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Tip of the Week
"Halloween can be so much fun, especially if you involve the kids," says Paintideas.com blogger Angie Stinner. "Painting pumpkins or creating simple crafts to decorate your home doesn't take much time and can be done on a shoestring budget. It's a great way to share some quality time before the busy holiday season." Here are a few easy, affordable projects from Angie's Halloween bag of treats:
- Go batty: Create adorable beverage can bats to hang on your porch or anywhere in your home. Just rinse a few empty beverage cans with soap and water and allow to fully dry. Remove the ring that's attached to each can and bend the can slightly at the middle. Then, in a well-ventilated area like a garage with an open door, lay out old newspaper or an old sheet and spray several light coats of black spray paint onto each can and allow them to dry for 24 hours.
Once the can has dried, glue bat wings to the sides of the can, teeth to the drinking area on the can, eyes to the top of the can just above the drinking hole and bat ears to the outer ring of the can (right above the eyes). The wings, teeth, eyes and ears can be found at your local craft store or you can make them yourself from foam or construction paper. Glue a piece of fishing line to the can, allow the glue to dry and then unwind a paper clip and tie the other end of the fishing line to the paper clip to hang. Leave this "welcome bat" plain, or use orange puffy paint to write a fun Halloween message.
- "Trick" their treats: Don't send your little ghost or goblin out with an ordinary treat container when it's so easy to personalize it to reflect their Halloween style. Recycle the old plastic pumpkin they used the year before and transform it into something unique and special with spray paint. Once the plastic pumpkins are painted, let the kids decorate them using markers, puffy paint, stickers or stick-on jewels.
Family Screening Room
“Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole”
Rated: PG (for some sequences of scary action)
Length: 90 minutes
Synopsis: Zack Snyder makes his animation debut with the fantasy family adventure Guardians of Ga'Hoole, based on the books by Kathryn Lasky. The film follows Soren, a young owl enthralled by his father's epic stories of the Guardian of Ga'Hoole, a mythic band of winged warriors who had fought a great battle to save all of owlkind from the evil Pure Ones. While Soren dreams of someday joining his heroes, his older brother Kludd scoffs at the notion and yearns to hunt, fly and steal his father's favor from his younger sibling. But Kludd's jealousy has terrible consequences - causing both owlets to fall from their treetop home and right into the talons of the Pure Ones. Now it is up to Soren to make a daring escape with the help of other brave young owls. Together they soar across the sea and through the mist to find the Great Tree, home of the legendary Guardians of Ga'Hoole - Soren's only hope of defeating the Pure Ones and saving the owl kingdoms.
Violence/scary rating: 3
Sexual-content rating: 1
Profanity rating: 1
Drugs/alcohol rating: 1
Family Time rating: 2. This is a great family film. There are some tense moments, but it’s nothing too scary.
(Ratings are judged on a five-point scale, with 5 being “bad for kids” and 1 being “fine for kids.”)
“Flat Stanley and the Haunted House,” by Jeff Brown and Macky Pamintuan (illustrator)
Synopsis: Stanley can't wait for the Halloween party at school. But when a bully picks on his friend, Stanley saves the day in no time flat!
Did You Know
According to a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, U.S. children don’t drink enough water.
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