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Fall 2014 Newsletter

5 Ideas for a Fun Halloween Party

Halloween is just around the corner and everyone loves an excuse to dress up as their favorite superhero or movie character. Whether you’re throwing a party for your kids or you’re hoping to entertain some of your friends, you want to make sure that everyone has a great time. With theme parties, the options are almost endless. There are so many different themes, party games and party favors that it can take forever just to figure out what you want to do. Take a look below at 5 ideas for a fun Halloween party that will make the night memorable for everyone.

  1. Safe for kids and fun for adults. One thing that will definitely ruin any party is someone getting hurt. At Halloween parties, falling and tripping are particular dangers because the lights are often turned low to make it spookier. Make sure that people can see the floor or any steps and obstacles in your home. You can use well–placed electric lanterns and strings of lights so that people can always find their way.
  2. Keep the kitchen well–lit. You can definitely turn your home into a haunted house, but make sure there is a place for people to congregate, talk, eat and drink in the light. Everyone wants to enjoy all of your hard work with the decorations, but make sure your guests have light so they can see what they’re eating and drinking.
  3. Party games. There’s nothing like some fun party games to break the ice if there are unfamiliar faces and also to entertain the kiddos. One fun Halloween game is to use toilet paper and have a competition to see who can wrap their friend like a mummy the fastest. You could also tell ghost stories as well or even hold a pumpkin–carving contest.
  4. Costume contest. There’s nothing like some friendly competition in order to bring out the best in people. If you want to make sure that everyone puts in some effort to their costumes, then a contest is a great idea. You can even have one contest for kids and one for adults.
  5. Make clean–up easy. Cleaning up after a party is just as hard as setting the whole thing up. Do yourself a favor and make it easy for your guests to throw stuff away. Set out lots of trashcans, use disposable cups, plates and utensils, and think about covering your furniture for the evening.

We hope you have a terrific Halloween this year and that everyone stays safe. Trick or treat!  

Why Do We Celebrate Thanksgiving?

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time of year when we get together with family, eat great food, watch football and spend time together. But why do we actually do all of this? Is it just about the Pilgrims and Native Americans or the turkey and the mashed potatoes? Those definitely are parts of it, but there’s also something more: something that many of us may quickly forget in the hustle and bustle of the impending Christmas season, planning flights, planning vacation days from work, buying gifts and all of those tasks that we have to do.

Giving Thanks

When we think about the first Thanksgiving meal that the Pilgrims had with the Native Americans, we need to put ourselves in their shoes. The Pilgrims left England in September of 1620 and didn’t actually arrive at Plymouth until December—in the dead of winter. When they arrived, they didn’t have enough food and had trouble locating a suitable place to set up a colony. During that first winter nearly half of the people died from harsh conditions, sickness and lack of food. It was only because of the help of the Native Americans that they were able to survive. So that they had much to be grateful for: not only for their very lives, but for the gifts that the Native Americans brought to them in their time of need.

For most of us, we will never experience a day of hunger or thirst; we will never have to spend a cold night sleeping outdoors because of a lack of shelter. That is a privilege and something unique to humanity in just the last 200 years. We all take it for granted and Thanksgiving is a perfect time to reflect on just how incredible it is to live in this era of technological and medical advancements.

This Thanksgiving, consider talking a few moments of the day to sit with your family or friends and talk about all of the things that you’re thankful for. Whether it’s the ability to fly across the country in a few hours or the fact that you’re alive to spend time with your loved ones, make sure that the people who are important to you know that you’re grateful.