Every October, when the Fall chill really sets in and the first few snowflakes force me to turn on the heater in my car for the first time since April, I start to get excited. The Halloween stores open again, and by halfway through the month, they are packed full of overly-ambitious costume ideas and harried parents wondering why it costs $75 to dress their kid like a witch every year. I get into the spirit of the season as soon as I can, expanding my collection of multi-colored Jack-o-Lanterns and planning a theme for my front step. Despite the excitement leading up to the season and the crowds filling the stores buying candy and chocolate, one thing seems to be a constant. Every year, without fail, I find myself sitting at the door on the 31st of October wondering where all the kids have gone.
When the lazy days of summer turn into the hectic days of autumn, taking a winter vacation may be the last thing on your mind. However, once the snow flies and your mind turns to sand, sun and fun, it may be too late to book that winter beach holiday you desire. Before you start scouring the Internet looking for the best deals, take a moment to figure out what you and your family are looking for in a vacation.
Feeling haunted by the sugar surges of Halloweens past? Why not gather up your little brood of goblins for a sweet movie marathon sure to get you in the hallowed mood – no candy required. These not-too-spooky flicks are a festive way to build up to a big night of “Trick or Treat!” without terrifying anyone in the family. The films range in appropriateness from toddler to teen, with age recommendations that should satisfy even the most cinema-selective parents. So, what are you waiting for? Whip up a big bowl of your favorite popcorn, grab some 100 per cent fruit juice and cuddle up close on the couch for a night of lightweight Halloween chills.
As a young child growing up on the Prairies, I still remember the yearly excitement as summer holidays drew near and it was time to begin planning a summer road trip. Where would we go? What items should we pack? Will we visit our favorite cousins living in the country?
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