Showing posts with label Halloween. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Halloween. Show all posts

Wednesday, October 28

EVENTFUL: A Grown-Up's Guide to “Treating” Trick-or-Treaters

"Trick or treat?" How you answer that question on Halloween night will impact your household’s reputation for the entire year. Children have a sixth sense when it comes to scouting out the best candy houses and are quick to discover which houses to swarm and which to avoid during their night of scavenging. Since this is the only time when taking candy from strangers is socially acceptable, remember to play by the rules in order to become the beloved Willy Wonka of your neighborhood. As any trick-or-treater will tell you, not all candy is created equal.
Golden Rule – While “fun size” is fun, “king size” is better.

Rule #1 – No Popcorn Balls or Homemade Pinterest Attempts

Popcorn balls are good for two things: pelting siblings and gunking up a child’s candy receptacle. And unless you’re hosting a Halloween bash, refrain from dispensing homemade treats to wandering children. Popcorn balls do not belong in a pillowcase or plastic pumpkin. No parent is going to let their child eat treats made by the hands of a stranger, no matter how nice and unassuming you seem. Give Pinterest a rest and don’t waste your time in the kitchen. Think pre-wrapped and store-bought.

Rule #2 – Chocolate > Hard Candy
Not only is chocolate far superior in taste and satisfaction in comparison to hard candy, chocolate also has the bonus of being less of a choking hazard. Lemon Heads, Jolly Ranchers, and the like are delicious, but no kid can resist the smooth taste of a Snickers or Hershey's Kiss.
Rule #3 – Fruit Spoils Happiness
Unless you want to be known as the Grinch of Halloween, do not answer the door holding a bowl of fruit. Nothing makes a child’s gleeful smile disappear quicker than an apple or clementine on Halloween night. The same goes for toothbrushes and raisins. Save yourself the embarrassment and keep the fruit for your own kid’s lunches.  
Rule #4 – Protect Your Candy
For one night only, candy is king. Like a scene from a zombie movie, parents allow their children to wander the streets in search of these nutrient-lacking nuggets. So, protect your stash. Don’t leave your candy bowl unattended on the porch. It only takes one punk teenager with a heart full of greed and a mouth full of cavities to ruin the fun for a gaggle of tiny trick-or-treaters. No one wants that.
Rule #5 – Stay Away from Wax Lips & Wax Fangs
No one knows what these are, or why they were created. Enough said.
Rule #6 – Mom & Dad Tax
Think about being the house on your street that caters to the Mom & Dad Tax. Candies such as caramels, Almond Joys, Good & Plenty, and Mounds are usually lower on a child’s candy-trading scale and therefore act as acceptable payment for the Mom & Dad Tax at the end of the night.
Rule #7 – Accidental Lighting
Don’t be the person who is clearly home and has left the porch light on, but refuses to answer the door. If you run out of candy or don’t wish to be greeted by ghouls and goblins, turn off the porch light. Think of those little tykes patiently waiting for candy, and then realizing there is none.

Have a happy Halloween!

Contributed by Rebecca Stokes, Fairmont Private Schools
Image by Clip Art Sheep  

Monday, October 26

EVENTFUL: Halloween Haunt Recap

Last Friday, little ghouls and goblins Fairmont-wide celebrated Halloween early by attending the Historic Anaheim Campus' Annual Halloween Haunt. An evening of face panting, wandering through haunted houses, skipping around pumpkin patches, and playing fun carnival games, the 2015 Halloween Haunt was a great way to begin the autumn season! Sponsored and organized by the Historic Anaheim Campus Parent Association, the Halloween Haunt created many memories as students and families arrived in costume to eat, laugh, and play together!


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Contributed by Rebecca Stokes, Fairmont Private Schools


Monday, October 19

A to Z: 10 DIY, Non-Scary Halloween Costumes

Halloween is only two weeks away! Still need to find a costume for your child? Here are ten non-scary, clever costumes that you and your child can create together without breaking the bank!

Garden Gnome
Pippi Longstocking

Alice in Wonderland

The Lorax

 Dwight Schrute

Where the Wild Things Are

Crayola Crayons

Where's Waldo

Mary Poppins and Bert the Chimney Sweep

Ninja Turtle


Contributed by Rebecca Stokes, Fairmont Private Schools
Images by Free Halloween Images, Pinterest, Modern Kiddo, Mommy Shorts, Pottery Barn Kids, Costume Works, Zeppy, & The 36th Avenue

Friday, October 31

FRIDAY FOLDER october 31

Highlights of the week:

Sahar K (right) North Tustin graduate at Broadcom Masters
North Tustin graduate wins at Broadcom MASTERS

At the Broadcom MASTERS this week, Fairmont North Tustin graduate Sahar K. won the $10,000 Marconi/Samueli Award for innovation in recognition of engineering excellence for her project on wildfire early warning systems using computer science. The project was developed by Sahar when she was an eighth grader at Fairmont.

She is among the 12 top award winners hailing from all over the U.S. including California with six winners, Pennsylvania with three winners, and Arkansas, Indiana and Oregon with one winner each.

The students, faculty, staff of Fairmont congratulate Sahar for her extraordinary achievement!

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Saturday, October 25

ARTS + CRAFTS halloween paper lanterns

Halloween decorations can be a fun craft project for kids. Try making these Halloween paper lanterns to string up around your house for Halloween.

What you need:
  • sheets of orange paper or card
  • scraps of black paper or card
  • scissors
  • stapler
  • glue
  • pencil 

You can make big lanterns out of a whole A4 sheet, or cut the A4 sheet in half to make smaller ones.  A combination of big and small looks good.

Fold your sheet of orange paper in half lengthways.

Now, with the fold edge facing you, cut 1cm slits all along the length of the folded piece of paper. (Don't cut right to the edges, just make the slits sit about 4cm from each edge.)Open the piece of paper out.

Now roll it into a lantern shape - secure each short edge together with a stapler to form a cylinder.

Use your scraps of black paper to glue eyes, nose and a mouth onto your spooky lantern.

When you have at least four lanterns, you can use a hole punch to make holes in the tops and then string them together to hang up outside your house for Halloween.

Have a Happy & Safe Halloween! 

Contributed by Neha, Fairmont Private Schools
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Thursday, October 23

A to Z having a safe Halloween

Halloween and Harvest Day are fun times for children of all ages. These celebrations also provide a chance to give out healthy snacks, engage in physical activity and focus on safety.
Check out these tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help make the festivities fun and safe for trick-or-treaters and party guests.

Going trick-or-treating?

S Swords, knives, and similar costume accessories should be short, soft, and  flexible. 
A Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
F Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.
E Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. 

H Hold a flashlight to help you see and others see you. Always WALKand don't run.
A  Always test make-up in a small area first.
L Look both ways before crossing the street. Use crosswalks wherever possible.
L  Lower your risk for serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses.
O Only walk on sidewalks, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe. 
W Wear well-fitting masks, costumes and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips and falls.
E Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats.
E Enter homes with a trusted adult. Only visit well-lit houses and avoid dark houses. 
N Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.

Expecting trick-or-treaters or party guests?
Follow these tips to help make the festivities fun and safe for everyone:
  • Provide healthier treats for trick-or-treaters such as low-calorie treats. For party guests, offer a variety of fruits, vegetables and cheeses.
  • Use party games and trick-or-treat time as an opportunity for kids to get their daily dose of 60 minutes of physical activity.
  • Be sure walking areas and stairs are well-lit and free of obstacles that could result in falls.
  • Keep candle-lit “jack o'lanterns” and luminaries away from doorsteps, walkways, landings and curtains. Place them on sturdy tables, keep them out of the reach of pets and small children, and never leave them unattended.
  • Remind those driving to the party to watch out for trick-or-treaters on the streets.

Contributed by Doug Fleischli, MA Fairmont Private Schools
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Friday, October 17

FRIDAY FOLDER october 17

Highlights of the week:

Anaheim Hills DSL Football vs Heritage Oak

North Tustin Variety show

Historic Anaheim Preschool Color Fun Run

Historic Anaheim Campus Color Fun Run

Halloween Haunt Provides A Spooky Good Time

The Historic Anaheim Parent Association annually hosts the "Halloween Haunt" on the Friday before Halloween. The $6 admission helps the FPA pay for the DJ, hay rentals and decorations. The DJ plays great games with the kids! Additionally, there will be booths inside led by students in ASB, Yearbook Club and the Girl Scouts. Booths include games, face painting, snacks, a "haunted" maze, a little goblins area and much more. StuffNit Burgers will serve dinner to all the ghosts and goblins. Don't forget to get your sweet fill at the dessert truck. Join us at Historic Anaheim Campus on Friday, October 24th for a night of Halloween fun!

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