After you've inhaled more chocolate and candy than you can stand, incorporate them into cookie and cake recipes for your kiddo's classmates, school functions, or as a housewarming gift for friends and relatives that still talk to you. As for those beautiful roses your sweetheart gave you for Valentine's Day, when they are about to lose their luster, take each flower and hang them upside down on a hanger with either floral tape, string, or clothes pins wrapped around the stem of the flower and the hanger. Allow them to dry upside down on the hangers for a few days. From there, take the newly created "dried flowers" off the hangers and arrange them in a vase. You can also dip or brush them in lacquer or epoxy (dry overnight in a can or glass) to create a bouquet in an antique kettle or other hip contraptions for display. The possibilities are endless, as many people like to press Valentine's flowers between books as keepsakes, too. Use your imagination with other Valentine's gifts or any perishable presents throughout the year!
This Halloween season, there is so much for the kids to do! So, let's get right to it! Here are MORE great Halloween events for the kids in Butte, Anaconda, and Deer Lodge. Plus, remember to see our recent posts for other family-friendly Halloween activities brought to you by Thriftway Super Stops! * We'll start it off with the awesome Butte America Foundation's Halloween PARADE! The parade gets underway tomorrow, Saturday, October 29th at 8 p.m. on the corner of East Granite & Arizona in Butte. From there the parade will head west on Granite to Main, then south on Main to Park Street. Bring the family as there will be plenty of colorful displays and costumes to check out!
As children prepare for numerous parties, haunted houses and trick or treating this Halloween it's always a good idea to remind them about staying safe! It's great to have a good time, no doubt, but make sure safety outweighs any other factors. Here are top ways to keep you and your children safe this Halloween season.
Halloween is fast approaching, and trick-or-treaters have been excited about it for weeks! Near and far, kids will scope out businesses and special events on Halloween for delicious treats, while many will keep to the tradition of going door-to-door. Trick or treating, or "mummin" as remembered by many locals growing up, dates back to 16th century Scotland and Ireland. Over the years, it was considered "guising" because children would go house to house disguised in costume seeking food or money. In North America, the art of "guising" became popular in 1911 and eventually earned the name trick or treating. From a pagan ritual to a light-hearted festive party described in Roger's Tricking Halloween, the concept of acquiring goodies on this special night and then devouring the sweet treats for days has remained the same over the years. However, the main difference is that many of the HALLOWEEN TREATS that are popular now didn't exist years ago, and vice versa.
If you grew up in the early 70s, common treats to make their way to your Halloween bag were popcorn balls, Cracker Jacks, Ring Pops that you could wear as jewelry, Bottle Caps (the root beer ones were the best), Pop Rocks that crackled and popped in your mouth, Necco Wafers, Zotz, and those d*mn candy wax lips and teeth that I admittingly chewed like a stick of gum moments after displaying them on my face. Occasionally, we would come across "that one neighbor" who thought it would be cool to pitch a can of soda on top of our beloved candy or throw in a caramel apple wrapped in wax paper. I even received a can of green beans in my Halloween bag one year. Looking back, it was certainly more of a trick than a treat for a youngster. Who knows what that was about? The bean giver must have been in a mood or did it for shock value. At that age, you didn't question the treat; you just made sure to continue to the next house and hope for the best.