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Thursday, November 23, 2017

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Pumpkin season treats: Recipes families can craft together

Pumpkin once was known almost exclusively as a pie for Thanksgiving. Today, this multi-tasking squash with its dense, sweet flesh defines the flavor of fall. Pumpkin and its aromatic companion spices show up in smoothies, soups, granola, cookies, donuts and stews. “Pumpkin is to Thanksgiving what peppermint is to Christmas. It’s everywhere because, frankly, people […]

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31 (somewhat) spooky Halloween books for kids

Every holiday celebration helps cultivate children’s roots — those strong, deep connections to family, traditions and values. Halloween festivities can help kids develop and test their wings, too, by encouraging curiosity, exploration and new perspectives. Like the magic potion made by the young frog in William Steig’s “Gorky Rises,” Halloween is a mix of everyday […]

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Is face paint safe?

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The art of embellishing the skin with color and shading dates back to Cleopatra and her kohl stick…and beyond. Applying color and glitter to the face to disguise and decorate continues centuries later among adults and children—for pretend play, theater performances and especially Halloween costumes. We’ve come a long way since the ancients crushed up […]

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8 creative ways to celebrate Halloween

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As Halloween gets closer, it’s tempting to fret about making the perfect costume or throwing the perfect party. But there are plenty of ways we can help make Halloween special for children without going to a lot of fuss. Spend time with them at Halloween-theme performances, or help them enjoy Halloween-related arts and crafts. We’ve […]

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Know the dangers of Halloween candy confusion

For several generations, parents have felt the need to check the candy that their kids collect on Halloween for anything dangerous. It’s something we parents do to keep our kids safe. I had those worries and took those steps with my two kids when they were young. DrugFreeAZKids.org encourages—and helps—parents to know the dangers of […]

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“Scary savings” on Halloween costumes at Goodwill

Looking for that perfect Halloween costume—without spending a fortune? Goodwill of Central Arizona has everything you need to create unique costumes for less, from pirates and witches to zombies and superheroes. Customers can also browse an assortment of Halloween accessories and décor. “Costumes range anywhere from $5 to $25. With a little imagination, you can […]

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Halloween fun at “Boo! at the Zoo”

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It’s that time of year again, when the weather still isn’t quite cool enough for a big furry costume and mask. But the warm days didn’t stop families in costume from getting a jump on Halloween at “Boo! at the Zoo” this weekend. “Boo! at the Zoo” offered scavenger hunts, a pumpkin patch and the […]

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VYT’s “Narnia” inspires Halloween fun

If your children have yet to settle on that perfect Halloween costume, you can find plenty of inspiration in the musical “Narnia,” which is being performed by Valley Youth Theatre (VYT) in Phoenix through Sunday, Oct. 26. This musical theater version of the C.S. Lewis book “The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe” is a […]

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Pretend it’s National Haunted House Day

It’s no secret that I am a huge fan of Halloween. I’m not sure where this infatuation started. Perhaps it was because my older brother (whom I adored) celebrated his birthday on that day. Or maybe it was the fact that I could don a plastic mask and cape and go out under cover of […]

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i.d.e.a. Museum opens “Jeepers Creepers” exhibit

“I hate bugs with a passion, but this is beautiful,” a Phoenix woman shared with me via social media Thursday night. She had seen a photo from the new “Jeepers Creepers: Bugs in Art” exhibition at the i.d.e.a. Museum in Mesa, which is filled with insect-related artwork, facts and hands-on activities. Large red and black […]

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