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A Few Clever Ideas for the Halloween Season

Sep 25, 2017 09:00AM ● By Kimberly Boney


October 2017
Story by Kimberly Bonéy

October is the perfect time to reap a harvest of joy with your family and friends. With so many wonderful things to do, your social calendar will be full before you know it. Embrace your sense of adventure, round up your little pumpkins and see what fun awaits you.

The Perfect Pumpkin Hunt: One of the greatest blessings of living here is the access we have to local farms ( What could be more fun than hunting for the perfect pumpkin? With so many varieties available, everyone in your family is likely to find one with its own unique flair. Pumpkins are weighed by the pound at most farms, and although the rate per pound is typically comparable to that of your local supermarket, we guarantee hunting for your own is a lot more fun that buying one that’s been picked for you. Many local farms also have delectable fruits and vegetables available. While you are pumpkin hunting, ask what other goodies the farm may have for purchase and you may just save yourself a trip to the supermarket altogether. 

Cook Up Some Fun: Pumpkins are good for more than just carving the perfect jack-o-lantern. Make dinner preparation a family affair by assigning each person a dish to prepare. Roasted pumpkin seeds, pumpkin pies, soups, purees and casseroles are only the tip of the iceberg. is sure to have you drooling for hours on end with the plethora of pumpkin recipes. You could always go old school, tie on your apron, and see just how delicious it can be to season everything with love—no recipe required.  

Play Dress Up: Part of the fun of Halloween is finding the perfect costume! Local thrift stores, vintage shops and pop-up Halloween boutiques are a lovely place to find inspiration. Many shops stock up all year for Halloween season, so get ready for a treasure hunt! If you can’t find what you are looking for in a store, you can always create your own unique costume. Websites like and can plant the seed of creativity while local craft, fabric and thrift shops—and even garage sale finds—can help bring your vision to life. 

Get Your Craft On: Grab some paint, paintbrushes, a small drop cloth, an old wooden frame, wire, glue and the funkiest old buttons you can find and create this adorable harvest inspired work of art: Don’t worry if it doesn’t turn out exactly as it appears in the photo. Part of the fun of it is allowing the creativity to take over and following your heart to create a keepsake you’ll treasure for years to come. 

Trick-or-Treat: It’s October 31. You’ve found the perfect Halloween ensemble, crazy hair and make-up are in full effect, the cool night air is blowing on your face and you have a bag ready to load up with candy. What could be better?  Not much—except if you are looking for an alternative to the neighborhood trick-or-treating of yesteryear, you and your family can still have a rip-snorting good time together on Halloween. Many local churches hold family friendly events (no scary costumes allowed) that feature game booths, face painting, candy and much more, all
for free. ImagineU in Visalia will host its 2nd annual Village Halloween.

And if you would rather “treat” someone else to some fun on Halloween, there is plenty of joy to be had in passing out candy to trick-or-treaters while checking out all of the costumes that make their way to your door. Bonus points if you dress in costume to greet your trick-or-treaters. 

There’s plenty of opportunity for you to have a smashing good time this halloween.