Don't wait until next October to stock up on Halloween
decorations and costumes. You can score some great items at scary
bargain prices if you shop this week at your favorite retail store!
You may need to take a guess as to how big your child will be
next year, but many costumes secure with simple buttons or Velcro
making it easy to fit into regardless of their growth spurt. The
early bird gets the worm, so don't wait until the end of the week
to find items that will add some tricks to the trick-or-treating
Motion sensor ghosts, tombstones, pumpkin lights and other
accessories to spunk up the holiday season may be hard to store for
a year, but the wait will be worth it when you check your receipt
and have everything ready to go for the 2011 Halloween season!
So, if you read my editorial in the Mid-Valley MOM Magazine you
know that I have 3 kids. And once again I had one that wanted
a store bought costume (Mimi is going as an adorable pink and black
spoted kitty) one that wanted a home made costume (McKenna now has
a black and pink poodle skirt) and one that waited until yesterday
at 3pm and then decided he wanted to be Picachu from
I figured finding a gold/yellow sweatsuit shouldn't be to
hard. (We are OSU Beavers at heart but there is quite a bit
of Duck stuff around). But, wouldn't you know it......(insert
explitive here) The Ducks went the green and black route this
year and not a gold color sweatshirt to be found...
Last ditch effort I ran to good old Target. I found a half
zip gold color fleece jacket but no pants. So around the
corner to JoAnn's Fabrics I went. I grabbed a pajama pattern
to make the matching pants and then found fleece that pretty well
matched the jacket. Of course according to the pattern I
didn't have enough material left on the bolt to get the pants and a
hood made for the jacket (picachu's head). So I took what
they had and then they literally locked the dorrs behind me.
Although I didn't feel to bad because they were really busy between
8pm and 9pm last night...guess I am not the only one with a last
By the time I got home, got the kids to bed, saw my husband for
15 minutes, etc, etc. It was now 11:30pm and I still had to
make the darn thing. I cut with lightning speed with the mini
size dull scissors I found in the drawer (remember we just moved
and my sewing stuff is buried in the garage). I sewed the
pants...made the hood, added the ears...crafted the tail and cut
out the face....then I went to bed at 2:00am but was so wired after
the Coke I drank I couldn't sleep until 3:00am.
My son awoke to me hollering..."get out here and get this thing
on so I can get the elastic in your pants...and your tail in the
right spot"! In the mean time I was helping both daughters
with spelling words and a math assignment about how many pockets
our family has on.....AAAhhhhhhhhhh!!!
I finished with 3 minutes to spare..just enough time to pull on
some jeans and run a brush through my hair and one over my
teeth. And off to school we went!
But, my story doesn't end there....I offered to do the crafts
for the girls classes today during their Halloween parties.
Mimi's is finished and individually bagged so the kids can get
right to work...McKenna's were another story.
I had good intentions of making these adorable "Witch Hands"
with clear plastic gloves, candy corn finger nails, filled with
popcorn and then topped off with plastic spider rings. I
borrowed an air popper from a girlfriend after an SOS was sent out
on Facebook. Candy corn..check, ring....check,
rubber band...check....gloves...OH NO...I forgot the
How hard could they be to find....hahahahahahaha! (Never
ask yourself that question the morning of the event). All I
could find were the latex type gloves...so I finally called my
local Fred Meyer and they said no...I "needed a restaurant supply
that has gloves like in our deli section...." ding ding
ding...we have an idea... "Can I buy gloves from your deli
section?" and we were off and running. Thomas the Asst,
Grocery Mgr was very helpful and said to come on down and they
would help me out! (Thank goodness for Thomas!) So,
away I drove and now I am a happy camper with gloves in
I just have to finish popping the popcorn, get a shower, find my
costumes, write this blog, get a few other work related
things done...get to the parties...(I think I will stop there and
just hope I get that far). Thanks for listening to me...I
really just had to tell someone...anyone???
I totally forgot! the Freddy's in Albany has all sorts of
Halloween stuff going on Saturday:
Cake & Cupcake Decorating 11am-4pm (you buy the cakes
and they provide the decorations)
Cake Walk Noon-130pm
Costume Contest 2pm for a chance to win at $25 gift
card to Fred Meyer (open to kids 10 and under)
I am sure the Fred Meyer in your neck of the woods has stuff
going on too! Just give them a call.........gotta go...the
popcorn popper is blowing and I need to put more popcorn in
it! Happy Halloween Everyone! I will get picture of the
costumes up soon!
Did you know that MOM Magazine has a Flickr Group?
We'd love for you to share your photos with us, and also use it as
a place for inspiration.
Let's start out by sharing pictures of your carved pumpkins. New
Here is what you need to do:
***Photo sharing tip*** I use Picasa (not the web version, the
one you download) on my computer to organize my photos. From
Picasa, I go through my photos and "star" the ones I'm going to
share/upload to the web (for Facebook, blog, Flickr, etc.). I then
select only my "starred" photos and export them in a smaller,
web-friendly size to a separate folder I have just for the purpose
of web-sharing. So when I go to upload photos to Flickr, I just
need to search for my folder I just exported to, select all the
photos, and click upload. It's easier for me because I can get just
the photos I want, and they are already resized to the size they
need to be.
Our good friend and Mid-Valley Healthy MOM Dr. Ilana Dickson
just reminded us that the Expectant Parent Class is coming up on
Wednesday. Check out this link for more info!
Here are 5 great cupcakes that you can make and some that
are easy enough for the kids to make....I know you all have school
parties coming up!!! Check out these recipes that I found on
We grabbed a bunch of gords and squashes when we went to the
pumpkin patch yesterday. I love using them as fall decorations that
can double as a sidedish between Halloween and Thanksgiving. These
cute butternut squashes looked like a little family of ghosts, so I
gave them fun google eyes with a black sharpie pen.
I've actually become quite attached to
the little guys as they look down on us from the fireplace mantle.
I just don't know that I'll be able to throw them in the oven.
From the Desk of MID-VALLEY Healthy MOM Dr. Illana
Reach Out and
A program that promotes early
literacy at pediatric offices nationwide by giving new books to
children and advice to parents about the importance of reading
Program launch at
Samaritan Pediatrics, the only
participating program in Benton County, on Friday November
5th, 4-6 pm, in the Samaritan Pediatrics
waiting room (Samaritan Professional Center, 3517 NW Samaritan
Drive, Suite C).
Cake and punch will be provided;
Tips on reading aloud will be
demonstrated by volunteer readers,
Beaver will be present from 4-5 pm.
A few facts from Reach Out and
Read program website:
There is a crisis in the public
education system in our country. More than one-third of
American children enter kindergarten without the basic language
skills they will need to learn to read. Those critical
early literacy skills include recognizing the letters of the
alphabet, understanding that books move from left to right, and
being able to understand and tell stories.
Despite the billions of dollars Americans have invested in
remedial reading programs, those millions of children who enter
school unprepared are highly likely to never catch up. In
fact, 88% of first graders who are below grade level in reading
will continue to read below grade level in fourth grade.
(Juel, 1988) And reading difficulty contributes to school failure,
which increases the risk of absenteeism, dropping out, juvenile
delinquency, substance abuse, and teenage pregnancy - all of which
perpetuate the cycles of poverty and dependency.
The answer is to "immunize" children against illiteracy in the
critical years before they enter school, when interventions can
have the most dramatic impact. In fact, Nobel Prize-winning
economist James J. Heckman found that economic returns on
dollars invested in early education are as high as 15-17% per
year - higher than other traditional economic development
Reach Out and Read promotes early literacy and school
readiness with a research-tested, evidence-based model that's
proven to help children develop the language skills they will need
to learn to read and succeed in school.
There are currently 4,654 Reach Out and Read Programs in
U.S.* and so far 6.4 million books have been distributed
to 3.9 million children
For more info on Reach Out and Read
go to their website at www.reachoutandread.org
You've got their costumes ready, but what about their treat
bags? Don't be so quick to rush out and purchase a trendy Halloween
bucket. With a little help from Crayola and your youngsters, you
can create a Halloween bag that carries the theme of their costume
while being kind to Mother Nature.
Simply use a white, recyclable paper bag with or without handles
(they're easy to add with strips of paper and a dab of glue) and
let your child tap into his or her inner Picasso. You can also use
kid-made, earth friendly bags for birthday parties for a personal
Have your little ones draw a picture of a birthday cake or write
the age of the child on the bag for the party you're attending. Add
stickers, glitter glue, feathers or any other art supplies you can
think of and you'll have a unique bag that has you going green
without spending a lot of green. Want to go ever greener? Reuse the
brown paper bags from your local grocer. For more craft projects
and creative Halloween ideas check us out as Mom Magazine was
recently featured on KEPR TV at http://www.keprtv.com/news/adventures/105553638.html.
I was so excited!!! I love craft and gift faires. It
means that the holidays are right around the corner. A lot of
the time you don't see them til Thanksgiving or December but there
is one this weekend not to far from my house!
McKenna and I spent an hour and a half just browsing and of
course buying! The prices were reasonable and there was a
great mix of food items, handmade items, stuff for
Halloween/Fall/Thanksgiving and of course Christmas! I took a
They are open today til 6pm, Friday 10 til 6pm and Sat from 10
The address is:
Riverside Community Hall 35293 Riverside Dr
If you are coming from Corvallis you can take Hwy 34 and
turn on to Riverside Dr at Rife's Home furnishings. It's a couple
of miles. If coming from Albany take Queen past West Albany
High and follow it out and take the Riverside turn off. Its
about 2.5 miles.
If you can't make it this weekend they are having a Huge
show the weekend of Thurs Nov 11-14th and the following
weekend Thurs Nov 18-Sun Nov 21st that cover both
stories of the building.
Have fun! I know I did!! Melissa
Here is a list of fun Halloween activities that you can
participate in her in the Mid-Valley! Some may not be for
young kids and others are for the whole family. Have a great
time and a safe Halloween!!! If you know of other events
please let us know!
Muddy Creek Maze http://www.muddycreekmaze.com/
New Scarecrow Slide~Photo Cutouts~Straw Fort
Corn Box~Picnic area
Now OPEN thru end of October
Hours of Operation:
Saturday and Sunday
11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Weekdays by appointment
$6.00 for Adults
$4.00 for children (4 - 11)
3 and under free
(Price includes all attractions, excluding Moo Train and
Make sure you take cash they
do not take debit or credit cards
Trolley of Terror
Hear the ghost stories that haunt Albany's three historic
districts on the Trolley of Terror. A fundraiser for the Monteith
Historical Society, the Trolley of Terror rides three nights a year
after dark. This year, take the tour on October 23, 29, and 30.
Tours run every hour from 6 to 9 p.m. (starting at 7 p.m. on the
23rd) and cost $10 for adults, $5 for children. Group rates are
available. Reservations are strongly recommended. For more
information, call (541) 928-0911.
Enter your carved pumpkin in a contest at the Historic
Carousel and Museum in Albany to win prizes and local gift
certificates. This is the second year the Carousel will host this
event. Drop off your carved pumpkins on October 29, and then come
back before 3 p.m. on October 30 to view the top submissions.
Children and adults will be judged separately. The Carousel is
located at 503 1st Avenue in Albany. For more information call
Harvest Party at the Mid-Willamette YMCA
Friday October 29th at the YMCA in Albany from 5pm-7pm. The cost
is $8 for families or 5 cans of food. Or $3 per child or cans of
We have lots of games and prizes. A bounce house. Picture Booth,
and Food; caramel apples; apple juice and cider; pumpkin pie; and
chili and cornbread.
For more info contact the YMCA at www.ymcaalbany.org or
Play games and win prizes at this FREE fall carnival
sponsored by the Calvary Chapel on October 31 at the
Benton County Fairgrounds from 4-8pm. Get up close with
the animals at the petting zoo, or take a balloon animal home with
you. Wear a costume and grab a hot chocolate or hot dog at this
event which is free to the public. The carnival is geared for
children ages 3-12 and their families. The Benton County
Fairgrounds is located at 110 SW 53rd Street in Corvallis. Call
(541) 752-2851 for more information.
Swim in the Dark
Wear a bathing suit instead of a costume to celebrate the
season while swimming in the dark at the Osborn Aquatic Center in
Corvallis on October 29. "Spooky" music and fake cobwebs will adorn
the pool for this all ages event. The house lights will be turned
down, but the pool will be lit from the bottom up, giving it a
Halloween feel. Get a glow stick at the door, or bring your own!
Don't forget a towel. The event runs 7 to 9 p.m. at 1940 NW
Highland Dr. The cost is $4 for adult, $3.50 youth (7-17), $2.50
child (0-6). Contact (541) 766-7946.
Pet-o-Ween Pet Costume Contest at Coastal Farm
Sat Oct 30th with Judging starting at 6pm so show up around
5:30. Dress up your pet...dog, cat, rabbit, chicken, horse,
goat..or whatever pet you have. Animals will be broken into
categories by weight and judged accordingly. There will also
be an overall winner for the best costume. Winners will
receive prizes sponsored by Nutro. $1 will be donated to the
local pet shelter for every pet entered into the contest.
For more info contact Coastal Farm & Ranch at www.coastalfarm.com or
Businesses in downtown Corvallis, Albany, and Lebanon
invite families to trick-or-treat at shops and compete in
Come to Corvallis on October 29 from 2 to 6
p.m. Look for businesses with a "trick-or-treat here" sign in the
window. Check the Downtown Corvallis Association website, downtowncorvallis.org, for more information
about the costume contest.
In Albany, the costume contest will start at 10
a.m. on October 30. Infants and children up to the age of 12 can
participate. The cutest and most original costume wins a prize in
each age group. For trick-or-treats, look for businesses with the
orange and black balloons from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. More than 50
businesses plan to participate.
Decorate pumpkins at the Lebanon Farmer's
Market on October 28 from 3 to 7 p.m. The Farmer's Market is
located at the corner of Grant and Main streets. Then on October
30, trick-or-treat at local businesses on Main Street from 3 to 5
p.m. These events are sponsored by Partners for Progress. For more
information, contact Nancy Chlarson at (541) 259-4649.
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