Halloween Tips & Tricks

Halloween is a lot of fun for both adults and children.  Below are some Halloween News items for updates on October Halloween events and festivals.  Also some Halloween tips and reminders to keep everyone involved prior to Halloween day, Halloween costume tip, party ideas and ideas on how to stay safe during this major fall event.

Halloween in the News

This Halloween, Give Out ‘Change’
Toronto Star
Halloween is about to change for good – and for the good of children. Toronto’s Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital is launching its new Change for Kids fundraising program, a program designed to make coins this Halloween’s shell-out of choice and a treat for everyone….

Send us your (amazing, homemade) Halloween costume pictures
Globe & Mail
Calling all crafty moms and dads! We’re looking for pictures of your kids in the coolest, most impressive, out-of-the-park awesome, homemade Halloween costumes!

All aboard the Terror Train
Sudbury Northern Life Staff
After dark, the sounds of haunting choruses and blood curdling screams echo from the rail yard in Capreol. The Northern Ontario Railroad Museum Heritage Centre (NORMHC) in conjunction with Northern Screams are inviting thrill seekers to experience the outdoor scare which mimics the real-life ghost town, Sellwood.

Why candy isn’t so bad after all
Samira Kawash, the author of a blog and an upcoming book about the sugary treats, claims candy has taken an unfair rap Read more
Trick or treat, stress the treat: 13 ghoulishly good candy recipes
Deliciously creepy Halloween treats

Fall fun at Ontario parks
Toronto Sun – Bob Boughner – 
(JACOB ROBINSON/QMI AGENCY) Halloween and bird watching are fall traditions in southwestern Ontario where milder temperatures and late fall colours attract ..

2012 Kingston Zombie Walk; they’re coming!
Kingstonthisweek.com Amanda Emerson
October 20th is the fourth annual Kingston Zombie walk! It’s a family event, so dress up your children, your dogs (leashed), your friends.. or come alone ! Just remember to bring a nonperishable food donation for the Kingston Youth Shelter. Dress up in your zombie best…

October events take on a weird twist 
thelondoner.ca KAYDI PYETTE, Special to QMI Agency..
As the air turns crisp and the leaves change colour, get set to fall for fabulous film festivals, howl for Halloween haunts, feast on scrumptious seafood, or set your sights on a “lightseeing” tour.

Halloween Tips and Reminders

Before Halloween
Make a week-end trip with your kids to a farm and let them pick out their own pumpkins!  We have developed several pumpkin routes to assist in your search for the perfect pumpkin.

Halloween Costume Tip
Ladies, paint your nails for Halloween in black and orange or candy corn colour.  Considering getting your nails done with a spa getaway North of Toronto

Party Ideas
Not sure what you are doing for Halloween.  Check out our Halloween events and weekend getaways.
Have a pumpkin carving contest for your kids and their friends. Buy a few smaller pumpkins and give prizes for the most creative. 

Start a circle ghost story! Sit in a circle and start a scary ghost story. Each guest adds on to the story until it reaches a scary ending!  Need ideas for a ghost story. Check out or Take a trip to one of Ontario’s ghost towns and abandoned places.

Many rock, theme and haunted sounds CD’s can be bought at this time of year.  Set a boom-box on the roof and play some spooky music!

Halloween Evening Safety
Halloween style flashlights can add extra safety to a dark night, helping to make everyone more visible while trick or treating. You can also use reflective tape on costumes so headlights will pick them out in the dark.

If you have porch steps, make sure they are easy to navigate for your trick or treat guests. Use jack-o-lanterns to light the stairs.
Make sure that any store bought costume is fire retardant. Nylon and other materials is highly flammable.

If you are wearing a mask make sure that the eye holes and mouth hole is big enough to wear comfortably all night!