Monday, October 31, 2011
Patch’s Little Pumpkin Costume Challenge with Heidi Klum needs your entries now
Monday, October 31, 2011
Which kid in America has the most creative Halloween costume in the pumpkin patch? That's what we intend to find out with your photos and the help of celebrity judge Heidi Klum, who will select the Grand Prize winner. The Grand Prize? Patch will whisk the winner to New York or Los Angeles for a two day, three night trip for two that includes a meet and greet with Heidi, plus a donation of $1031 to a local charity of the winner's choice. Nine runners up will also get a $1031 donation from Patch to a local charity of their choice. Entering is easy. Just upload a photo of your kid, 12 years of age or younger, in his or her Halloween costume. Entries must be made by the parent or legal guardian of the child photographed. Full rules are here. …
These safety measures will help keep your kids safe this Halloween season.
As children prepare their costumes for an evening of more treats than tricks, it's important for parents to take the appropriate safety measures to protect their kids against harm. According to Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Ferman, it all begins with supervision. "When it comes to safety, the best thing that parents can do is keep their kids supervised," said Ferman. "Make sure you know where they're going and who they're going with. Talk to your kids about safety tips, and never let a child go off on their own." While that may seem like common sense, the level of necessary supervision becomes somewhat hazy as the children hit their teens. "The challenges come into play with the kids who are older – in their early teens," said…
Sunday, October 23, 2011
AAA: Kids are twice as likely to be killed on Halloween night
Sunday, October 23, 2011
While witches and ghosts are scary, the real horror of Halloween comes from a frightful statistic – on average, twice as many children are killed by a car while walking on Halloween than any other night of the year, according to Safe Kids USA. On a night when many children spend hours in close proximity to cars as they trick-or-treat through neighborhoods, pedestrian safety should be a top priority for motorists and parents. “Halloween is an exciting, yet very dangerous night for children,” said Jenny M. Robinson, Manager of Public and Government Affairs for AAA Mid-Atlantic. “AAA advises motorists and parents to make pedestrian safety a top priority on Halloween night. Motorists should slow down and get rid of distractions in the car …
Freddy Hill Farms will continue to host its annual Fall Festival through weekends in October.
The weekends in October are always so busy, with countless events happening each Saturday and Sunday. But, those living in and near Lansdale Patch know that one of the most popular choices in the area is at Freddy Hill Farms. Along with the complexes usual entertainment of batting cages, miniature golf, a small petting zoo and ice cream shop, the farm also plans countless activities over four weekends in October. Each Saturday and Sunday, the fest includes action from noon to 5 p.m. It will continue to run in its final dates Oct. 23, 29 and 30. There is still a chance to find the perfect gourd! Freddy Hill Farms is located at 1440 Sumneytown Pike, Lansdale. The store will remain in its full hours, from Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. …
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Are you in need of a good scaring? Mapquest is here to help you plan it out.
This Halloween season, you may be ready for a good scare. The Greater Philadelphia area has much to offer. There are a number of area haunted houses, themed hayrides and scary spots. But, how can you keep them all straight? Mapquest has your back. The 2011 FrightQuest maps out the scares in your area. If these seem too far of a drive, try checking out those suggested by Patch. In Chester County, you have Spring City's Pennhurst Asylum. This real-life former hospital has been featured on television shows "proving" it is haunted, and is the winner of 2011's "Top Haunts" award. If you are heading into the city, Philadelphia's Terror Behind the Walls at the historically preserved Eastern State Penitentiary in the Fairmount neighborhood is a …
Friday, October 14, 2011
Trick-or-treat falls on a Monday this year so there are still three weekends to make a spooky, silly, pretty, clever costume.
We spent hours one October making this dinosaur costume from Family Fun. It was worth it -- it took second place in the Collegeville Halloween parade! More importantly, it was a fun project for my then-kindergartener and I to do together. If you are thinking about tackling a homemade costume this year, there are many options available for all skill levels. Besides the great ideas on Family Fun's site, consider a few of these: We've got 18 days till Halloween. Do you have a fun do-it-yourself costume idea to share?
Monday, October 10, 2011
Spend some time outdoors in this beautifully crisp fall weather picking pumpkins and taking hay rides.
Its pumpkin carving season! Why pick up a pumpkin at a grocery store when you can spend a fun family day at one of the local pumpkin patches? Maple Acres Farm, on Narcissa Rd. in Plymouth Meeting, just off Butler Pike, is a great local option for pumpkins, as well as farm fresh produce and meats. An afternoon with my niece at Maple Acres Farm was a bunch of fun! Make sure to grab one of the wagons, especially if you’re planning on getting more than one big pumpkin. Maple Acres has a wide selection of big pumpkins, perfect for carving. There are also smaller pumpkins and mini pumpkins available, all the sizes you need to decorate your house for Halloween and the fall season. To entertain the kids, and for some fabulous pictures, there is …
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Columnist Billie Bakhshi is concerned by the Halloween costume options available for young girls this October.
While shopping for some last minute school supplies, I noticed that stores are already stocking their shelves with Halloween costumes. Prepackaged kits ranging from Superman to Papa Smurf were already hanging up. Boys seem to have plenty of muscle bound heroes to choose from, which is a great thing for them to model themselves after. As I began looking through the girls section, I didn’t like what I was seeing. Who doesn’t love Hello Kitty? She’s been around for a long time. I loved my Sanrio pencil case in second grade. I don’t love the costume. Some designer took the wholesome Hello Kitty idea, and turned it into a sex kitten outfit, complete with short skirt, tight shirt, kitten ears (reminiscent of a Playboy bunny) and high heels…