Upcoming Events in November

1. The Holiday Parade of Lights

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With over 70 light entries, this year’s Holiday Parade of Lights is sure to be the biggest. Explore the creativity and craftsmanship of floats, live bands, and special guest beginning 6pm on November 27. Be sure to come early for the Kid Zone for games and prizes between 3:30 and 5:30pm at the Mayas Cinemas at 153 Main St.

 

2. Danza Tlayolotli 

As part of the Caminos Del Arte (CDA) small grass roots non-profit organizations, Danza Tlayolotli will be taking place every Thursday in November from 6 – 8pm. Everyone is encourage to join at El Dorado Park as they preserve cultural traditions and further educate people of their indigenous cultures.

 

3. Flair on the Farm Holiday Boutique

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Join in on the first annual Flair on the Farm for this two-day event with over 200 vendors of arts and crafts, a perfect one0stop shop for holiday gifts. The event is Saturday, November 19th from 10:00am to 4:00pm and Sunday, November 20th from 10:00am to 3:00pm at the Monterey County Sheriff’s Posse Grounds. Be sure to arrive early and get first dibs on amazing works!

 

Upcoming Events for November

 

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Still have some baseball fever? Well let’s keep the heat as we watch the second half at the 25th Anniversary of the Arizona Fall League at Sloan Park in Mesa. Games are scheduled on select dates so be sure to visit their website at mlb.com or follow the link below for information on times and ticket sales.

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The Mesa Amphitheatre is offering the option of the eccentric hip hop artist Chance the Rapper on his Coloring Book tour November 11 or the awesomely rock icons Barenaked Ladies as they start their rounds on November 19. Check out the Mesa Amphitheatre website for ticket information.

 

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Or, you can just take a hike at the Usery Mountain Regional Park with over 29 trails including the popular Wind Cave Trail. On Thursday, November 17, the Maricopa County Parks and Recreation are celebrating National Take A Hike Day with ticket at $6.

 

 

After Dark In The Halloween Hills

There is a rather pleasing amount of spooky happenings tomorrow night that certainly cater to everyone of all ages! The possibilities open up for a day filled with trick-or-treats and night with the ghouls and goblins that prowl after dark.

1. Olde Fashion Halloween Party

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This is an event to keep it simple, fun and for the kids. Maybe you’re just looking for an old-fashion spooky search for trick-or-treats. Stroll down to Main Street Square in downtown Renton tomorrow afternoon October, 29 between 1 and 4pm . The party will have all the essentials for a fun Halloween night with popcorn, caramel apples, face painting, and many games. Their will also be a doggy costume contest!

For more information call 425-235-1776. you can visit them at https://www.facebook.com/downtownrenton/

 

2. Channel Your Inner Animal | Halloween Party

Shaker + Spear and Pennyroyal at Kimpton’s Palladian Hotel in Seattle is hosting their First Annual Halloween Bash benefiting Seattle Humane tomorrow night October 29th from 7pm to midnight.  Join in for live music by The Scotch Tops, a costume contest, and pay-to-play carnival-style games where all proceeds will support Seattle Humane.

Tickets are $99. This event is 21 and over.

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3. Issaquah Zombie Walk Event- Makeup Sign Ups

Issaquah is hosting their Zombie Walk Event and Make Up face painting at the Historic Shell Station. Pricing is only $10 per person for spooky zombie face painting by skilled volunteer make up artists. Sign up early as space is limited. Face painting schedule begins at 1pm.

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Contact Brenda DeVore at: 425-391-1112 or email at brendadevoredia@gmail.com

 

Halloween at Superstition PD Station

If the title of the Superstition Police Station is not intriguing enough, the Halloween ghouls that will gather there tonight should convince everyone out to the festivities. The celebration includes plenty events from Halloween games, K9 demos, and trick-or-treating.

The event begins at 5:30 pm and will progress through these events until 8 pm. Come out and meet police officers as they discuss helpful safety tips for the ghoulish holiday and also take advantage of free goodies and food before the festivities begin.

The event is sponsored by councilmember Kevin Thompson and the Mesa Police Department. The Superstition police station is located just nine minutes away at 2430 South Ellsworth Road, Mesa, AZ 85209

 

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How to Style Your Home for Halloween Season

  1. Put those ordinary garage doors into good use by creating a spooky, scary scene. Stick adhesive black vinyl sheets to the garage door using a little of your imagination. From bats to pumpkins, you can pretty much stick anything you want. And the best part is that it is easy to remove once the season has passed!
  2. What’s scarier than a headless man in front of your door? That’s right, nothing. This is the ultimate scare every Halloween year. To add a little more spookiness, have the headless man hold a jack-‘o-lantern head. Warning, this may be too scary for some toddlers.
  3. A backyard cemetery is a cheap way to scare those trick-or-treaters. Simply cut cardboard into a shape of a tombstone and paint them to look centuries old. Create multiple tombstones so people will think your house is littered with graveyards. And there you go, your home looks like a creepy cemetery.

Fun Halloween Ideas

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  • Once you have finished making jack-‘o-lanterns, you should now make a painted pumpkin city to go with it. The good news about this project is that anyone can easily create this pumpkin city. Simply print these house templates and trace with a felt-tip pen. Now cut where the doors and windows are supposed to be and whalaa! You’ve got a pumpkin city. Watch your fingers when cutting!
  • Need to put that fireplace to work? Try igniting pumpkins on fire. Print these flame templates and trace along the design. Carefully carve along the lines and place candles inside each one for the finishing touch. Don’t carve too much or your home will heat up!
  • Now it’s time to take the fun outside. Set up a Halloween candy station for all trick-or-treaters to experience. Light the way to the candy station by setting up luminaries along the path. Add jack-‘o’-lantern decal to each one to make them scary looking. Give each type of candy a spooky-Halloween themed name to warn trick-or-treaters what they are going to eat.

Getting Your Home Ready for Halloween

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  1. Sometimes the simple things are the best things. Here are a few Halloween items to wow trick-or-treaters all night. Start with a festive front door. Swap your old doormat with a new, Halloween-themed doormat. Next, add a bale of hay with a freshly carved pumpkin sitting on top. To top it off, add a couple of hanging bats to give a good scare to trick-or-treaters.
  2. Decorating tree branches is a good way to make your home ghostly looking. Carefully place jack-‘o-lanterns throughout a bare-limbed tree. Remember not to place too many jack-‘o-lanterns or the overall effect will cancel out. One crow on top and one crow at the base of the tree are the perfect pieces to finish the project.
  3. Spooky window decorations are sometimes overlooked during Halloween. But don’t miss out on this great opportunity! Blood-spattered windows are sure ways to attract trick-or-treaters. Cover your windows with wax paper and splatter red paint over it and watch your house be the talk of the town!

Fun Ideas to Try This Halloween

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  1. Throw a spooky Halloween party for all ages to enjoy! It is also a chance to bond with the new neighbors. But before the party starts, prepare a Radioactive Fruit Punch you and your kids will love making. Mix orange juice, mountain dew, Kool-Aid, and food coloring to make this delightfully disgusting drink.
  2. Calm those sugar rushed, energetic kids with cool Halloween crafts. First, go on a nature walk with your kids and collect twigs and branches. Second, glue them onto black paper to give a dark, scary background. Add eyes to give them “life.” Finally, snap a picture of your kids holding the finished crafts to record the families’ fun times.
  3. Have you ever heard of the game Pin the Tail on the Donkey? Now have you ever heard of the game Pin the Wart on the Witch? Different game names but same game rules. You have to literally pin the wart on the witch blindfolded. A guaranteed way to get lots of laughs from kids!

How to Prepare Your Home for Halloween

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Add a twist to this Halloween season by decorating the inside of your home. Your guests will be scared and entertained all throughout their visit!

  • Have multiple sets of eyes watching your guests’ every move by replacing chandelier shades with jack-‘o-lanterns. It is a creepy, eerie feeling knowing that someone is watching your every move.
  • Those jack-‘o-lanterns may need backup, so hang these ghost fellows in your house. They are easy to make so you can hang dozens of them everywhere in the house. But remember to hang them high!
  • Add black stickers with warning signs and mini pumpkins for those who dare to walk upstairs. They will definitely think twice before heading to the unknown.
  • Continue the spookiness of your house by placing crocheted spider-webs in the guest room. Your guest will expect a comforting, inviting bedroom but no, catch them by surprise with this idea. Add spiders on the web to enhance the look.

Exploring Your City: Best Parks Located Near You

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Looking for a great way to spend your weekend?  Do you live in or near apartments in Naperville, Illinois? Why not enjoy your time outdoors with all that Naperville has to offer at one of these nearby parks!

Country Lakes Park

This park features one of the largest jungle gyms that would impress most kids.  If your dog happens to be your kid, this is still a great place to visit! You can find this located at 1835 N. Aurora Rd, Naperville, IL 60563.

Columbia Commons

Large grass fields and aged trees makes this park a great place for those into sports.  Amenities include a playground, baseball field, and a multipurpose field.  If you’re looking to take a walk, there are a few hiking trails to get your heart pumping. The park is located at 1524 Oxford Lane, Naperville, IL.

Burlington Trails

Feeling outdoorsy or want to get in tuned with nature, this park is perfect for you.  It is known for its long scenic trails and picnic areas that lets you feel like you’re eating with the wildlife.  Take a stroll over to 1524 Oxford Lane, Naperville, IL, and you won’t regret that you did.