Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Free Halloween Party and Carnival Planning Class!

You are most cordially invited to hear fun and creative harvest and Halloween party planning tips from a professional caterer and designer at the 
Kaysville Public Library  

on Saturday, October 17th at 2 p.m.  

Come hear about the history of Halloween, new themes and professional tips on prep, presentation, activities and more.

And don't forget to tune in to 

 BYU SiriusXM  Radio 143 
Friday, October 30 @ 1 p.m.

 Content will be taken from

 A Harvest and Halloween Handbook 

Thank you Sparklers magazine for including me in your fall issue, it is beautiful; well-done!


Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Happy Green Halloween

   Halloween heralds the dawn of the holiday season. It seems once fall arrives, time races and before you can catch your breath Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's are knocking at the door right behind the trick-or-treaters. 

   As much fun as holiday observances are, they can place a burden on your time and resources so I am offering a few green tips for saving money, the planet and your sanity during this busy and wonderful time of year. 

     If you missed our BYU SiriusXM Radio 143 discussion on Wednesday, here's the transcript, I'm on the second half.

   Halloween costumes and activities don't need to cost an arm and a leg, check these tips for having fun while saving $$$

   $ Tip: A Harvest and Halloween Handbook shows ways to create costumes from items you already have and for incorporating reusable clothing into costumes as well as other money-saving and artistic ideas for autumn holidays. 

   Trade old costumes with family and friends. Make simple costumes great or upcycle last year's by adding an amazing accessory like a sword or jewelry. 

   $ Tip: Wet 'N Wild nail polish at Walmart is $.97 a bottle - it has great colors and coverage. Buy patterns on sale weekends at fabric stores or with coupons, check their websites.

   Minions are big this year, dress yours in long-sleeved yellow t-shirts and thrift store denim overalls with canning jar ring glasses.  


   $ Tip: create a scene using items you already own repurposed in unusual ways. 

   Check your favorite thrift store for art and Halloween decor and scout the great outdoors for branches and autumn leaves. Hang your children's art projects to create a gallery and memories. Tuck branches in a pot or urn and display photos of your family's past Halloween costumes and activities. 


   One of our favorite decorations was crafted from a $3 thrift store dollhouse, a few bottles of acrylic paint, scrapbook paper, buttons and ribbon scraps. 

  The furniture was made from candy bar wrappers and the house was peopled with my girls' outgrown dolls.  

   Recycled garlands from Halloween and Christmas can be wired into a wreath and decorated with old and new ribbon. Watch for Halloween and fall decorations at your favorite home decor store after the holiday. Around Christmas you can buy Halloween decorations and supplies at up to 90% off.

   $ Tip: after Halloween buy chocolate bars on sale for your Christmas baking (and raid trick-or-treat bags if deemed appropriate). Also pork prices are lower in the fall. If you eat meat, plan meals with shredded pork like taco stacks, stuffed potatoes, soups or pulled pork sandwiches.) 

   Create a semi-healthy punch with equal parts white grape juice and ginger ale, add a could of drops of green food coloring. The directions for creating your glow-in-the-dark punch bowl are in A Harvest and Halloween Handbook. 

   Green tip: If you are using disposable cups and plates to serve your party food, I recommend Chinet or other heavy compressed paper plates and Solo or other paper hot drink cups. Try to avoid styrofoam. 

   Try these Halloween favorites: 

Pumpkin Pie Cake

A picnic with rustic turkey sandwiches, crudites and 
monster chocolate chip cookies

Homemade popcorn balls

*And don't forget to do something nice for someone: 
a gift of food for a neighbor, soldier, missionary. 
Give quality time, help a struggling family or parent or 
shelter with costumes or warm clothes.* 

Have fun, eat well and save money and time with these tips, recipes and dozens more great Halloween ideas and party plans in 

   Be sure to tune in for more ideas on Wednesday, September 23 at 3 p.m. Eastern/ 1 p.m. Mountain for autumntalk on Kim Power Stilson's BYU SiriusXM Radio 143's Talkworthy show! 


Monday, September 21, 2015

Join us on BYU SiriusXM Radio 143 this Wednesday 1 p.m. Mountain

   Join Kim Power Stilson and me on Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at 3 p.m. Eastern as we chat about lively autumn traditions and activities. There's so much more to fall than Halloween, and we LOVE Halloween!

You won't want to miss this show!

Friday, September 18, 2015

Almost as much fun as a pillowcase full of candy...

Join Kim Power Stilson and me for our 3rd annual Halloweentalk(worthy) broadcast on 

BYU SiriusXM Radio 143
Friday October 30
3 p.m. Eastern/1:00 p.m. Mountain

While you are anxiously awaiting the broadcast, read up on Halloween in your 

A Harvest and Halloween Handbook

Thursday, September 17, 2015

This is Halloween, Halloween, Halloween...

In this town we call home...

I could decorate for days and days, but this year I'm practicing restraint and focusing on my favorites. I've added a few autumn and Halloween touches here and there and am saving my energy for Christmas when my son Tim returns from his LDS mission to Alabama and our family is together again!

 So the important things are that Great...great grandfather Perus Sprague Tracy is remembered.

A Halloween fairy house is ready for a party.

 The antique crate in the kitchen is filled with Halloween mugs and glasses and ready for spiced pumpkin cocoa

The vintage-style paper lanterns are tied with Houndstooth plaid ribbon

The pumpkin tureen ready to be filled with fresh soup...

Mr. Cezanne, this is an American kitchen at Halloween 

There's more to enjoy when you get recipes and costume tips in your download of 

A Harvest and Halloween Handbook

Keep your little pumpkins busy with 32 Halloween carnival coloring pages

Buy A Harvest and Halloween Handbook today and the owl will get a bigger cage. 


Thursday, August 13, 2015

2015 Top Halloween Costume Round-up

It is never too early to start thinking about Halloween costumes. If you are looking for an activity to share with your little pumpkins the last week or two before school starts, you might start working on this year's haute couture.

Here are the top costumes for 2015; provided by my friend Rhonda Cowan, who with her sister Sandy, owns Etoile, THE L.A. movie studios' go-to costume and gift shop.

Starting at the top of this year's lineup:

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Age, size, shape - none of that matters. If you can rock denim overalls and speak gibberish -
you're golden!

For girls: holding on at number 2

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Anna and Elsa show no signs of melting into obscurity. 

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 Captain America, Iron Man and Thor lead the way for boys. 


Adults and theme parties will be jitterbugging to the beat of the Roaring 20's with 
Gatsby and Downton Abbey leading the style parade.

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Surrender Dorothy! the WW of the W, Glinda, et al are back for a Wizard of Oz 76th Anniversary this year - still smoking!

Perennial favorites:

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Star Wars will be back in force and 

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and watch out! Pirates of Caribbean will again invade your neighborhood.

Here are additional favorites rounding out the lineup: 

Zelda's Link 

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The Princess Club

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The neurotransmitters from Inside Out. 

Costumes, props, decor; 
its almost that time when all the world's a stage...