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Thursday, October 23, 2014

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Poor Man Survival

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A Digest of Urban Survival Resources

A successful person is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at him or her.
- David Brinkley


10 Fun Halloween Facts for Families


Halloween is short for Hallow's Eve or Hallow's Evening.

Halloween is at once a campy celebration of the supernatural and an ominous observance of the genuinely spooky side of life. Its popularity in the United States only extends back a handful of decades, yet its traditions have lingered since ancient history. Birthed in the rugged landscapes of the British Isles, Halloween melded the sacred and the secular, with different cultures tossing in their own rites and folklore along the way.

Today, the concept of costumed kids begging for candy and bobbing for apples may seem commonplace, but there's far more rhyme and reason behind those holiday customs than meets the eye. To get to the bottom of why black cats got a bad rap and where revelers can catch glimpse of a ghost, treat yourself to these 10 frighteningly fun Halloween facts.


According to an Irish legend, Jack O’Lanterns was actually a stingy man named Jack who, because he tricked the devil several times, was forbidden entrance into both heaven and hell. So, he wandered on Earth, waving his lantern to lead people away from their paths…


Halloween Holiday Trivia

  • Orange and black are Halloween colors because orange is associated with the Fall harvest and black is associated with darkness and death.
  • Jack o’ Lanterns originated in Ireland where people placed candles in hollowed-out turnips to keep away spirits and ghosts on the Samhain holiday.
  • Pumpkins also come in white, blue and green. Great for unique monster carvings!
  • Halloween was brought to North America by immigrants from Europe who would celebrate the harvest around a bonfire, share ghost stories, sing, dance and tell fortunes.
  • Tootsie Rolls were the first wrapped penny candy in America.
  • The ancient Celts thought that spirits and ghosts roamed the countryside on Halloween night. They began wearing masks and costumes to avoid being recognized as human.
  • Halloween candy sales average about 2 billion dollars annually in the United States.




Fake Wound Tutorials
Zombie bites, arrow stabbings, disembowelments, zipper face, blood-spurting knives... get gory on Halloween! If your costume incorporates a wound, you'll find the Instructable for making it happen here (with makeup, of course).


How to Turn a Crayon into a Candle

6 Awesome Ways to Use Up Leftover Pumpkin

Homemade Halloween make-up, bruises and blood
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Easy Halloween Costumes

We can't afford to buy new Halloween costumes every year, and I'm not handy enough to create them from things lying around the house. We do have a solution that allows our kids to get a new costume each year. That solution is the local thrift store. They carry costumes that have been turned in. Often they've only been worn once or twice. What a deal! And they sell them for a very reasonable price.


Severed Head Dessert

You’ll find many ‘scary’ Halloween dishes and DIY costumes and related goodies here:


Halloween Safety Tips to Keep in Mind for Your Pets

SAVE THE CHOCOLATE FOR THE TRICK-OR-TREATERS No tricks, no treats! That bowl of candy is for trick-or-treaters, not for Scruffy and Fluffy.   Chocolate in all forms, especially dark or baking chocolate, can be very dangerous for dogs and cats. Candies containing the artificial sweetener xylitol can also cause problems.  If you do suspect your pet has ingested something toxic, please call your veterinarian or your local Animal Poison Control Center.

HALLOWEEN DECOR & YOUR PETS Popular Halloween plants such as pumpkins and decorative corn are considered to be relatively nontoxic, but they can produce stomach upset in pets who nibble on them.  A carved pumpkin certainly is festive, but do exercise caution if you choose to add a candle. Pets can easily knock a lit pumpkin over and cause a fire. Curious kittens especially run the risk of getting burned or singed by candle flames.


Beware online pet pharmacies…they may sell counterfeit, outdated or mislabeled medicines.  If the site doesn’t require a veterinary prescription, odds are they are not a good choice.  For a list of licensed pet pharmacies, go to:


Share a Photo of Your Pet's Halloween Costume for a Chance to Win a $100 PetSmart Gift Card

We want to see photos of your pet's Halloween costume! Share a photo for a chance to win one of five $100 PetSmart gift cards.



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Custom Cakes

Tired of paying big for anything but a plain birthday cake at the grocery store? I finally decided to do something about it. My son loves Lego®. I made a regular cake and finished it in red frosting to match the red that Lego® uses. I swiped a couple of the men from his toy box and washed them thoroughly. They went on top of the cake.

Before I added the men, I took a zipper baggie and filled it with white icing. I cut a small hole in one corner, so I could write "Happy Birthday" on the cake. For the cost of the cake and food coloring in the icing, I had a custom cake that my son loved!


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Edmunds Scientifics-Mind & Imagination Stimulation

As a kid I loved getting stuff from Edmunds and they’ve been around since the 1940s.  The kits for kids are far superior to the crap you’ll find at Big Lots or Kmart…go to the site and get their catalogue or browse online.  Wonder & Inspiration Delivered!






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