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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Writing Wednesday - October Fun Ideas

As most of you know, I write Fun Facts for Kids for Two-Lane Livin' Magazine.

Below is my October column. 

A riddle - fall activities - fun and easy recipes.


What was the favorite game at the ghost’s birthday party?
            Hide and Shriek!

I love autumn. The weather is cool and the trees are so beautiful, their leaves bright and colorful as a kaleidoscope. It is the perfect time to grab your jacket and take a walk in the woods or attend football games.  Enjoy these days before winter rushes in with her cold winds and deep snows.
Here are eight fun things you can do in October:
Make a hand print wreath. Trace around your hand on orange, brown, yellow and red construction paper or craft foam. Cut them out and glue into a large circle. With a hole punch, punch a hole in one of the hand prints, insert thread and hang on your wall.
Gather some pumpkins and have a pumpkin face-painting contest with your friends. When you are finished, vote on your favorite and place your decorated pumpkin on your front porch for everyone to see.
Go on a walk with friends and gather different kinds of leaves. Sort them by color, size or type of leaf. See if you can identify what species of tree each one came from.
Gather together pieces of nature, such as leaves, acorns, small sticks and pine cones. Add some google eyes and pipe cleaners. Then, use your imagination and glue together some fun critters.
Get an old straw hat, decorate it with artificial fall flowers and leaves, place it on top of your painted pumpkin or hang it on your front door for decoration.
Go on a fun hayride, sing songs and roast marshmallows.
Make a Halloween costume. Wear old jeans, a plaid shirt and a straw hat, stuff raffia in your sleeves and pants legs, attach a stuffed crow on your shoulder, and be a scarecrow. Wear a gray sweatshirt and sweat pants, carry a fake axe, place a funnel on your head for a hat and wrap long pieces of aluminum around your elbows and knees. Cut a heart from red felt, sew to your sweatshirt, and be the Tin Man! Wear a blue gingham dress, carry a basket with a stuffed dog inside, wear red shoes, put your hair in pigtails and be Dorothy of the Wizard of Oz.
And with help from your parents, make these fun and easy snacks.

Acorn Doughnuts

Glazed doughnut holes
Chocolate icing
Fall sprinkles (found in small jars in the baking section of the grocery store)
Stick pretzels

Spread chocolate icing on the top third of the doughnut hole
Roll it in the fall sprinkles
Push in a small stick pretzel for the stem

Nutter Butter Ghosts

Nutter Butter cookies
Vanilla Almond Bark or white candy coating
Mini chocolate chips

Melt almond bark in microwave, stirring occasionally
Dip Nutter Butter cookies in melted candy coating – cover completely
Remove with fork and place on wax paper
Add mini chocolate chips for eyes
Let harden completely

Happy Writing!


  1. Oh my goodness, you're creative! I would never think of these things on my own. Thanks for the ideas. ;-)

  2. I think lots of families will be clipping your column and doing some of your fun suggestions ... What a nice guide for them :)

  3. I would never think of these either. Only creative minds...I may try some myself, especially the food.. have a nice Wednesday.

  4. love the cookie ghost thingy..think I will make some of I love nutter butter cookies.

  5. Great ideas for fall activities. I love your joke, too. I'll have to use it when I pick up carpool this afternoon.


  6. These would have been great things for me to do with my grandson, 20 plus years ago. He was super active and it kept me on my toes finding things for us to do.

  7. Sounds like there is going to be some party at your house! You remind me of a very dear friend I have who loves, loves, loves to plan parties and work out new and fabulous themes. Her joy reaches out, pulls you and everyone around you in and next thing you know you are saying "Sure I'll bring the potato salad!" :)

    Have a fun time ahead! Love Delisa :)

  8. Hi Janet,

    You're chock full of great ideas for this spirited season! You've given me several great ideas. I'm going to take my old farmer's straw hat and decorate it for my entryway.

  9. Janet, these are such fun ideas. My grandchildren are coming to spend the night and I plan on using some of these recipes and ideas to keep them entertained.
    Happy Fall!

  10. What great ideas for the kids in the fall! I enjoyed reading this post and thinking about what I can do with our grandson, perhaps between now and Halloween particularly! Thanks for coming by my blog and commenting. I was happy you enjoyed seeing the cactus wren and the scarlet tanager. And I am glad we are fellow "dishrs" :-) Take care!


  11. Janet,
    You are so creative. These are great ideas for Halloween. Kids would love these activities. We're having a fall party for our kids at church, I'm sure they would enjoy these fun projects.

  12. Great column! And neat ideas too : )


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