Monday, October 31, 2011
We want to see your crazy costumes, Halloween treats, decorations and more.
If you're proud of your pumpkin or your creative Halloween costume, house decorations or Halloween treats, brag a little by sharing your photos on Patch. Upload any Halloween-themed photos by clicking the green "Submit Your Photos" button.
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. …
Friday, October 28, 2011
Be safe this Halloween and follow suggestions from AAA, the Red Cross and Verizon.
Verizon Wireless, AAA Mid-Atlantic and the American Red Cross have all released tips on how to be safe this Halloween. Whether you're a parent trick-or-treating with your children, a teen off on your own, or a motorist driving while families go door-to-door, there are safety precautions to take. Parents: Children: You're old enough to go trick-or-treating on your own, but the American Red Cross wants to make sure you're safe. Follow these tips to have a fun but safe experience this Halloween. For a full list of trick-or-treating safety tips from the Red Cross, download the Lucky 13 list here. Motorists: On Halloween, twice as many children are killed by a car while walking than any other night of the year, according to Safe Kids USA. …
The Central Pennsylvania Autism Resource Center has eight tips for parents taking children with autism spectrum disorders out on Halloween.
Planning the couple hours of Halloween night can take weeks of preparation as it is, but planning the night for autistic children takes even more special care. "My best advice is to keep your plans flexible and kind of go with whatever your son or daughter wants to do, whether it be two houses or 20," said Mike Grant, organizer with the Autism Cares Foundation, based in Richboro. "Something we learned the hard way is my son needs to know what's going on and what's going to happen. We make it a multi-day event." Grant said his family generally begins talking about trick-or-treating a couple days ahead of time, laying out a gameplan and acquainting his son Dylan with what Halloween night will be like. He also said at first his son couldn't …
Thursday, October 27, 2011
This weekend the Philadelphia Zoo will host special Halloween events from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m as part of Boo at the Zoo.
Fall can be drab, so brighten up your life by getting out of dodge. Luckily, Philadelphia isn't too far away for fall fun—and our Fall in Philly feature can help guide you there. If you feel like venturing out a little farther from home, check here for a weekly suggestion of something fun or interesting to do in the City of Brotherly Love. Whether it's a restaurant to try, a festival to attend or special museum exhibits, we'll feature something different every Thursday. Perhaps you're not ready to take your kids on a haunted hayride. Why not treat them to a not-so-scary Halloween event like Boo at the Zoo. Visitors to the Philadelphia Zoo are invited to dress up in their Halloween costumes and explore the zoo's exhibits, enjoy treats and …
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Try some of these recipes to spice up this year's Halloween celebration.
Every Halloween party should have some themed treats. We've scoured hundreds of recipes online and narrowed it down to some quick, easy and fun ones to try out this year. Dabble in these delicious treats—that are appropriate for children and adults—and feel free to share your own recipes in the comment section. Black Bat Wings — Martha Stewart keeps it simple and spooky with her recipe for bat wings. This recipe serves 8-10 people as an appetizer. You'll need: Directions: Popcorn Balls — AllRecipes.com's crunchy popcorn balls recipe takes only 40 minutes to make. This recipe makes up to 20 popcorn balls. You'll need: Directions: Vampire Blood Punch — The Food Network's Michael Chiarello serves up this spooky beverage. You'll need: …
Underage Drivers reminded of stiff penalties for impaired driving.
- POLICE & FIRE
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Impaired drivers, especially those under the legal drinking age, had better beware this Halloween, as PennDOT and the Pennsylvania State Police are teaming to increase law-enforcement patrols throughout the week. “Many drivers under 21 don’t realize that different rules and penalties apply to them if they are caught drinking and driving,” said PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch. “Putting people’s lives in danger by getting behind the wheel while impaired is senseless and can result in tragedy. It’s just not worth the cost.” The legal blood-alcohol content in Pennsylvania is 0.08 for motorists over the age of 21. For underage drivers, the BAC limit is 0.02 percent. Penalties for a conviction can include jail time, license suspension and …
Monday, October 24, 2011
When is the right time to be the one giving the candy instead of taking the candy?
With Halloween right around the corner and kids everywhere considering what they will dress up as, we are polling parents to find out when they think kids should stop trick or treating.
This year skip the Halloween shop and make your own costume.
Having a great Halloween costume can be costly, but it doesn't have to be. This year, save some cash with a do-it-yourself costume that showcases your creativity. The following costume suggestions can be made mostly out of items found around the house, or cheap odds and ends from the craft store. Guys: Don Draper - Grab that suit out of the back of your closet, slick back your hair and sip on some scotch while lighting up a cigarette to portray Don Draper of "Mad Men." Of course, you don't really need to drink scotch (ginger ale is a good look-a-like) and most costume shops sell fake cigarettes, too. Green Lantern - So you're kind of lazy and your wife, friends or girlfriend insists you dress up this Halloween. Grab a green t-shirt and …
Sunday, October 23, 2011
Save your pumpkins seeds after carving your jack-o-lantern and make a fall snack.
This year, instead of just tossing out the remnants from the inside of your freshly carved pumpkin, save the seeds and turn them in to a simple and festive snack. It's easy to do solo, or as an activity with the kids. Follow these five steps to create the crunchy autumn treat: