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by Vaun Thygerson
Staff writer and mother of three

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Why is it that children, especially my boys, want to dress up in the scariest possible costumes the older they become?  When they were younger, and I chose their costumes, I dressed them up as Winnie the Pooh, Stitch, Scooby Doo, or Superman.  I would take them to the mall to have them photographed in these adorable costumes to have as keepsakes for their scrapbooks.  

This all changed a few years ago when my older son decided he wanted to be a “scary skeleton.”  Since then, his Halloween costumes have been a gory road of blood and guts.  And, now, following in these gruesome footsteps, his little brother wants to be a zombie hunter this year—complete with fake blood and a machete.  My older son hasn’t quite figured out what he’s going to dress up as this year, but rest assured, it will be some kind of creature out of your worst nightmares.  Move over furry, fluffy animal costumes and make way for severed limbs and blood-dripping weapons of choice.

No matter what costume your children choose this year for their night of trick-or-treating, Halloween brings a lot of fun traditions:  pumpkin carving, apple bobbing, and candy eating.  One of my favorite treats of the season is making caramel apples.  To find some scrumptious recipes for this tasty delight, check out the article, “Gourmet Caramel Apples” on page 11, brought to you by the creators of Soda Pop Avenue (sodapopave.com).  This blog has a little bit of something for everything from DIY projects to holiday decorations to “up-cycled” crafts.

Of course, no Halloween is complete without the tradition of trick-or-treating, but sometimes this festivity can turn into a nightmare with tantrums and bickering.  Blame it on the sugar or endless hours of walking, but KCFM has some tips to keep the tricks out of it.  In the article, “More Magic and Fewer Meltdowns:  Tips for Trick-or-Treating Parents” by Christina Katz on page 10, you can find out how to have a hauntingly good time this year as you go from house to house in search of your favorite candy.

Along with a sugar high this Halloween, you can encourage your children to read some spooky stories about ghosts and goblins.  Tracie Grimes gives us her monthly recommended books in the article, “Scaring up October Reads,” on page 16.  Some of these titles include: “Romping Monsters, Stomping Monsters” by Jane Yolen, “Ghost in the House” by Ammi-Joan Paquette, and “Vampire Baby” by Kelly Bennett.  For moms, she says “The Last Original Wife” by Dorothea Benton Frank gives readers an expressive story of self-discovery, lost love, family, and friendship.

Tracie Grimes also makes us laugh this month with her Humor at Home article, “Kids:  Poster Children for Birth Control.”   She writes about how she and her children’s peevishness might have proven to be birth control for childless couples.  And, she wonders why this didn’t work on her when she was around rowdy children before she decided to have four of her own.  To experience a good, old -fashioned laugh, turn to page 15.

October isn’t all about wearing orange, black, and purple to celebrate Halloween.  It’s also a month devoted to pink for breast cancer awareness.  KCFM features breast cancer survivor, Charlotte Brandt, who had a lot of help along her journey to health.  Now, she pays it forward by helping others going through this trial.  To read her amazing and inspiring story, check out the article, “Charlotte Brandt:  A Breast Cancer Survivor’s Story,” on page 12.

This month whether you’re dressing up your precious toddler in a frilly princess costume or helping your pre-teen transform into a blood-thirsty zombie, remember the fantastical memories you are creating for yourself and for them.  And, no matter what costume you choose, don’t forget to wear your pink ribbon in support of breast cancer awareness.

Happy Haunting!

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