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Halloween Costume Party Ideas: Food, Scary Music, Games for Kids Of All Ages and Adults Too!

Updated on February 9, 2015

Get Ready for Halloween!

This is my nephew.  He is very cool, as you can see, standing in a Pumpkin Patch!
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It's That Time of Year Again!

Halloween is right around the corner. For some people, Halloween is a favorite holiday. We get to dress up in costumes that we would never consider wearing any other day of the year and we get to eat a lot of candy and treats!

Whether you are Hosting a Halloween Party or taking your kids out Trick or Treating, safety should always be the first consideration. For those going door to door Trick or Treating, keep in mind that in some areas the weather can be cold in October. Make sure that your children stay warm to avoid hypothermia.

Another problem associated with Halloween is the danger of not being seen by motorists especially when it is dark outside and your child's costume is not bright. Children should be supervised by an adult and everyone should walk with a lighted flashlight so that oncoming traffic knows that you are there.

This article serves to be a guide for all things Halloween. We'll look at some Costume Ideas, Recipes and Party Ideas, Decorating Tips and Games and Activities for people of all ages.

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Costume Ideas for Young Children

What types of costumes are popular this year for babies and young children? To answer this, let's get some inspiration from the television shows that are popular among preschoolers:

  • SpongeBob SquarePants
  • Bob The Builder
  • Curious George
  • Caillou
  • Dora The Explorer
  • Go, Diego, Go!
  • Sesame Street
  • Clifford
  • Dr. Seuss
  • The Muppets
  • Thomas the Tank Engine

These are just a few of the shows being watched in this age group. There are plenty of costumes available in stores or online. You could of course make your own at home!

Start off by asking your child who he or she would like to be this Halloween. Halloween is a great time for parents and children to enjoy spending time together having fun!


Costume Ideas for Tweens and Teens

Tweens and Teens enjoy Halloween almost as much as adults do! They can also be the most difficult age groups when choosing Halloween Costumes. Sometimes parents don't have the same ideas as their children as to what is an appropriate costume for their kids.

Let's look at some of the television programs that Tweens and Teens are watching to get some inspiration for Halloween Costume ideas:

  • Adventure Time
  • iCarly
  • Hannah Montana
  • Twilight
  • Harry Potter
  • Glee
  • Buffy The Vampire Slayer
  • Anime Cartoons
  • Scooby Doo
  • Vampires
  • Werewolves

There are many characters in each of these shows that your child may want to dress up as for Halloween. Take a look at Etsy if you are interested in Custom Made Costumes and Props.

In this economy, many parents are choosing to make their own costumes at home with whatever materials they have on hand. Your imagination is the limit when it comes to making costumes at home. Making costumes at home can be a great way to spend time with your child and have fun together!


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Costume Ideas for Adults

Many adults choose to dress up for Halloween and sometimes they like to go to parties or take their kids out Trick or Treating.

Whatever you decide to do, there are many ideas for adults when choosing a Halloween Costume. Many want to be "sexy", some want to be their favorite athlete, and many people come up with their own home made costumes.

Let's look at some ideas for Adult Halloween Costumes:

  • Favorite Football Player (or any other sport)
  • Pocahontas
  • Sexy Witch
  • American Gladiator
  • Wizard
  • Shrek
  • Where's Waldo?
  • Fairy Princess
  • Pirate
  • Harry Potter
  • 1950s Sock Hop
  • 1920s Flapper
  • Angel
  • Fred Flintstone


These are just a few ideas! I think adults have the biggest selection of Halloween Costumes and more and more adults dress up for this holiday every year!


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Hosting A Halloween Party?

There are 2 basic types of Halloween Parties. Either the party is hosted for children and families or you may choose to have an "Adult Only" party. Hosting a child's party is fun. There are many games and activities that are appropriate for all ages.

"Bobbing for Apples" is a great game to play and I remember playing it at Halloween Parties when I was a kid, but be careful; this game is a great way to spread germs! Now a days people are playing less contact games. Let's look at some popular games to play at your Halloween Party:

  • Pin the Nose on the Pumpkin
  • Spider Ring Toss
  • Murder Mystery (Who Dunnit? for Adults)
  • Adult Drinking Games

There are many games and activities and these are just a few. You can get creative and invent your own games.

Some activities you can do:

  • Costume Contest
  • Pumpkin Carving/Jack O'Lantern Contest
  • Limbo Contest (How low can You go?)
  • Watch Scary Movies
  • Tell Scary Stories
  • Hold a Séance
  • Play with a Ouija Board
  • Listen to Scary Music
  • Make a Haunted House


Scary Haunted House Music For Your Halloween Party!

Food and Ambiance

If you are Hosting a Halloween Party you will need to feed your guests! Some ideas for what to serve: (Keep in mind that some people have Food Allergies so make sure to ask your guests if they have any allergies!)

  • Peanuts
  • Chips and Dip
  • Candy (of course...it is Halloween!)
  • Halloween themed foods like decorated cupcakes
  • Appetizers
  • Assorted Beverages (adult and child; choose low-sugar for the kids!)
  • Pizza
  • Burgers

You would most likely want to decorate your home for the party. There are many ideas for both indoor and outdoor decorations. You may decide to make a "Graveyard" in your front lawn.

Buying Disposable Halloween Themed Plates and Silverware makes for an easy clean-up.

Don't forget to buy Scary Movies and Scary Music to set the mood! Be careful when using candles!

If you are hosting a Children's Party, be sure not to over-do it by making the environment too scary for the little ones! You may decide to read Scary Stories from a Child's Halloween Book.


The most important thing during Halloween is to ensure that everyone is safe. If Adults decide to Drink Alcohol, please do it Responsibly and choose a Designated Driver!

Halloween is a great time of year that inspires creativity and brings family and friends together. I hope that this guide has helped you by providing some ideas for one of America's favorite holidays! Have a Happy and Safe Halloween, for many years to come!

Happy Halloween!


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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Thank you crissytsu! He is 3 now-growing up fast lol. I appreciate your comment and vote. Thanks for stopping by!

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      crissytsu 5 years ago from Texas

      Your nephew is adorable! Nice hub, lots of great ideas on costumes. Voted up.

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Your're welcome alissaroberts! Your Hub was really great and the pictures were awesome. I am happy to share and I appreciate you sharing this Hub! Thanks for stopping by. Here's to Halloween!

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      Alissa Roberts 5 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Some really great ideas for costumes and for throwing a Halloween party! I always enjoyed this holiday when I was little but now that I have kids it's even more fun. Really appreciate you sharing my link to the cupcake hub! Voted up, useful, and will share!

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      You are welcome kimh039! I appreciate your comment as well! Thanks for stopping by!

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      Kim Harris 5 years ago

      Love your family pics on here. Halloween is fun with kids. I've had a reprieve for a few years as mine are adults now, but will begin celebrating again with grandchild! Nice hub, and thanks for your words of support re my status update last night. I appreciate it, J.S.Matthew:)

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hello The Fastionista! I appreciate your comment and vote! Thanks for stopping by!

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      The Fastionista 5 years ago

      Fantastic one-stop-shopping for some great Halloween ideas! :) Voted up!

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hi Cloverleaf! I appreciate your comment very much. I will be linking your costume article in this Hub as well! Thanks for linking me and for leaving a comment.

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      Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      Hi J.S.Matthew, excellent ideas for costumes, food and party ideas - you've got it all covered! I bet you throw an excellent Halloween party. I'm going to link this one in to my Halloween Outdoor Decoration hub. Voting up and awesome!

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hello blog8withJ! I appreciate you stopping by and leaving a comment! Thanks!

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      blog8withJ 5 years ago

      hey..this is interesting!

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @b. Malin: My kids are still at the age of going out trick or treating but it may only last a few more years as they grow up fast! Thank you for stopping by and commenting!

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @LuxmiH: Thank you! I always appreciate your comments!

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      b. Malin 5 years ago

      And who doesn't love Halloween...my kids are gown, but we still buy the Candy Treats, and put out the Decorations... and wait for the Kids to ring the bell and YELL...TRICK OR TREAT! Fun Hub, good very Creative Information, thanks for sharing, J.S. Matthew.

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      Luxmih Eve-Lyn Forbes 5 years ago from Fort Pierce, Florida

      Your inner child certainly came out to play in this hub, A lovely blend of play with fun-filled guidance. I enjoy reading your Hubs.

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      JS Matthew 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hello Chatkath! Fall is my favorite time of year too, especially here in New England! Thanks for taking the time to read and comment! I appreciate you stopping by!

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      So much fun, I enjoy Halloween even though my son is grown because Fall is my favorite time of year! What a great resource for costume ideas, I never would have thought of most of these! (Plus I love the candy). Good Job JS!

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      JS Matthew 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      I agree mikeyperk-it's so much better when you have kids to enjoy it with! I appreciate your comment. Thanks for reading!

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      mikeyperk 6 years ago

      Being a father. Halloween has taken on a whole new meaning of fun! Great hub!! Voted up!

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      JS Matthew 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hello Arlene! Thanks for coming by again! I really enjoyed your Hub about being a designated driver and thought it was appropriate to back-link to it in this article. Thanks again for stopping by!

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      Arlene V. Poma 6 years ago

      J.S., now that you've mentioned it, I did see my link in your article. Thank you so much for adding this to your story about Halloween. Whew! You sure are an expert on celebrating this holiday.

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      JS Matthew 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      It can be very fun inaniLoquence! Around here we celebrate it on the last day of October (October 31) but I imagine some people continue the celebration into November! Go for it! Try something new. Maybe you can start a tradition with your friends! Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate your comment!

      JSMatthew~

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      inaniLoquence 6 years ago from Singapore

      I have never tried a Halloween costume in my entire life. This makes me want to celebrate November with the most colorful costume I could find! :)

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      JS Matthew 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hello lord de cross! What would I be, hmm... Maybe the Joker from the Dark Knight? I really don't know! That's a great question, I'll have to think more about it. I appreciate your comment and votes and I am now following you! Thanks for stopping by.

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      Joseph De Cross 6 years ago

      Interesting JS.,

      If you were 12 yrs old again, what costume would you wear? Myself? Probably Captain America. Nice hub! Voted up!

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      JS Matthew 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hi Sueswan! Thank you for your comment and votes! I appreciate it!

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      Sueswan 6 years ago

      Hi J.S.

      You have covered everything for a great and safe Halloween.

      Voted up and awesome.

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      JS Matthew 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Thank you anglnwu! I tried to make it comprehensive and hope that I will experience traffic from search engines! I hope it works! Thanks for stopping by!

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      anglnwu 6 years ago

      What a comprehensive hub--from costumes to food to everything in between. You made it even more interesting by sharing your own pictures. Awesome!

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      JS Matthew 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @missolive: I appreciate the tweet! Planning early is a great idea; less stress! Thanks for stopping by and sharing!

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      JS Matthew 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @lundmusik: Wilfred Brimley-that must get a lot of good laughs! There's always next year! Whatever you decide, have fun and stay safe! Thanks for the comment!

      JSMatthew~

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 6 years ago from Texas

      great Hub - deserves a tweet

      I LOVE Halloween - think I'll plan early this year.

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      lundmusik 6 years ago from Tucson AZ

      thanks for the tips,, i'm supposed to go as Wilford Brimley, but too much of my handlebar mustache is gone,, so, just myself,, that should provide plenty of scare,, :)

      thanks for the hub!!!

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      JS Matthew 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hello ChristyWrites! Halloween is right around the corner! You are most welcome for the welcome! lol I appreciate your comment and look forward to reading your work.

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      Christy Birmingham 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for a great article, it gets us thinking more about the approach of Hallowe'en! Also, thank-you for your informative welcome message as I am a new member, it is much appreciated :)

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      JS Matthew 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hi Arlene! My nephew is a cutie! That was taken last Fall while we were at a farm picking pumpkins and apples. Renting those horror movies sounds like a great idea! I appreciate your comments and votes...did you notice the link to your Hub on being a designated driver?

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      Arlene V. Poma 6 years ago

      That photo with your nephew in a pumpkin patch was enough to get my attention. What a cutie! It is also a reminder that Halloween is the beginning of the holiday season. You put a lot of work on this and shows your true colors as a Halloween party animal. I am also reminded that viewing the "Halloween" movies with Jamie Lee Curtis scared me to death. Maybe I should rent them for old times' sake? Voted up and anything else I keystroke.

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      JS Matthew 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      I appreciate your comment randomcreative! Thanks for stopping by!

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      Rose Clearfield 6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Great overview for Halloween. Thanks for all of the suggestions!

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      JS Matthew 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hello Simone! I tried to cover everything! It's funny, as a HubGreeter I always promote the Weekly Topic Inspiration Program and yesterday I realized that I never took part in it myself! I had fun with this one! I always appreciate your comments Simone! Thanks for stopping by!

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      JS Matthew 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hi Vinaya! Halloween is a fun holiday that actually has its roots from Ancient Pagan Religions. The feast is actually a celebration of the spirits and the dead and many symbols used are also ancient. It is a very interesting holiday that has turned quite commercial! Thanks for stopping by!

      JSMatthew~

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      Simone Haruko Smith 6 years ago from San Francisco

      What a wonderful Halloween Hub! You sure cover all the bases, J.S.Matthew! Love the photos, too.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 6 years ago from Nepal

      I'm getting to know Halloween these days. It is fun to read about Halloween when I'm preparing to celebrate a Hindu festival this fall.

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      JS Matthew 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      tngolfplayer this is one of my favorite holidays too! Wearing reflective tape is a great idea! Adult supervision is very important! Thanks for stopping by and adding to this article!

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      tngolfplayer 6 years ago from Knoxville

      Halloween is my favorite holiday. Another safety tip I used with my daughter is reflective tape on her pumpkin candy holder. Keeps the safety off her costume, but is still there. But also like you said, adult supervision the whole time.

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      JS Matthew 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      I appreciate that FloraBreenRobison!

      No matter what project I share, safety is always my first consideration. I guess I can blame that on the Boy Scouts or the Factory Jobs that I have held that were bound by OSHA. Either way, I appreciate your comment.

      On a side note, I am glad that you re-claimed your profile from plagiarism. I read your article and followed the comments (also shared), and I had never heard of that happening.

      Kudos to you for taking the time to contact each website that allowed the violating spam article to remain in searches. I will now link to your article: http://florabreenrobison.hubpages.com/hub/My-biogr...

      Thanks for stopping by Flora! I always appreciate your comments!

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      FloraBreenRobison 6 years ago

      finally a hub on Halloween that talks about the practical side of saftey and staying warm.

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      JS Matthew 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Autumn in New England is untouchable ktrapp. Small New England towns are so picturesque (wintertime too!) There are mountains and lowlands and everything in between. I will enjoy it more now that I know people are expecting me to. I know many people(including my Mother) who do not practice this holiday but still enjoy the Fall Season. An Autumn Party is a great idea; it could be a celebration of the beginning of the Harvest, prior to Thanksgiving. Thanks for the insightful comment and for adding to this article!

      JSMatthew~

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      Kristin Trapp 6 years ago from Illinois

      I grew up in CT and do miss the way all the fall colors look on the dense trees over all the rolling hills. It is a beautiful sight to see. Plus all the little quaint towns in the midst of all the trees just make everything picture perfect. Enjoy your journey, I'm sure the photos will be beautiful. And back to the hub at hand, for those that are not "fans" of halloween, an autumn party would be a fun thing to do, as well.

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      JS Matthew 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hello halola1999! I too like winter and I will be coming out with a Seasonal Winter Hub soon, including snow, Christmas, and maybe even Hanukkah! Thanks for the comment and stay tuned for more articles!

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      halola1999 6 years ago from cairo

      winter is my favorite season :)

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      JS Matthew 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      ktrapp I have to agree with you. Autumn is my favorite season and I love foliage and all things Fall. I plan on making a Photo Journey of my upcoming Autumn Experiences in New England. I have gone on a few expeditions over the last few years but didn't really take pictures. The Weekly Topic Inspiration has made me think about documenting my experiences.

      My mom just got a new dog (Miniature Hot-Dog) and she also has a Cocker Spaniel. She is thinking of getting them sweaters and Halloween Costumes. That's a great idea; I should ad Dog Costumes to this Hub! Thanks for the inspiration!

      JSMatthew~

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      Kristin Trapp 6 years ago from Illinois

      I love autumn and pumpkin patches, hayrides and corn mazes. It is such a beautiful time of the year. A lot of pumpkin patches where I live have other activities (pony rides, goats to feed, etc.) for young kids too. Mine are now a bit too old for that. Your nephew is adorable at the pumpkin patch.

      In addition, to costume ideas for kids and adults, I was just in the store and saw costumes for dogs. They had a shark, squirrel, and a really cute hot dog! Regarding safety, where I live there are actually designated trick-or-treating hours the Sunday before Halloween during the daytime. At first I thought it was sort of lame, but it is safe and there is an ending to the doorbell ringing. The only problem is that it overlaps with Sunday football.

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      JS Matthew 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hello beckyland05! A Scavenger Hunt is a great idea! It reminds me of the concept of an "Easter Egg Hunt". I am sure that there are many ways that you could implement a Scavenger Hunt to just about any party. What a great suggestion! Thanks for adding to this article and make sure that you keep inventing games and sharing them on HubPages!

      JSMatthew~

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      beckyland05 6 years ago from South Carolina

      Another game that was very successful at my Halloween Parties (yes, we play too) is a scavenger hunt (good for family fun as well). The list is either given to them before they arrive or after dark. Or the scavenger hunt is a riddle and you have to find the answers within your neighborhood (If it is a neighborhood party). Such fun!! One of my favorite holidays. Always trying to event a new game. Thanks for the tips.

      Becky

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      JS Matthew 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      I appreciate your comment LABrashear! Thanks for stopping by and for voting up!

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      LABrashear 6 years ago from My Perfect Place, USA

      I love Halloween. I love it even more now that I have kids. I'm always on the lookout for creative information - you provided some. Thanks! Voted up!