December Events to Get You in the Holiday Spirit

The 55th Annual Georgetown Christmas Market via Historic Georgetown

The 55th Annual Georgetown Christmas Market via Historic Georgetown

Looking for something to do this month? Here are some ideas for December events to attend to get you in the holiday spirit.

In Georgetown

Although it might be an hour away, it’s worth it to look into the Christmas events in Georgetown. One is the Georgetown Christmas Market. This outdoor, European-style marketplace is free to get into. It offers horse-drawn rides, hot roasted chestnuts, holiday shopping, and carolers in victorian garb. Even St. Nicholas will be there! It will be held on the first two weekends of December (Dec. 3, 4, 10, & 11) from 10am to 5pm at 6th and Rose St., Georgetown, CO 80444.

In Denver

For another German-style market, look into visiting The Denver Christkindl Market for another “old world” themed village. Not only will there be food and beverage vendors (selling things like roasted nuts and soft pretzels), but also several places you can buy gifts and crafts. The event takes place through Dec. 23 from 11am to 7pm on Sundays through Thursdays, and from 11am to 9pm on Fridays and Saturdays. Location: 16th & Arapahoe, Denver, CO 80202

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



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

  • 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

  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

  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


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

best parks

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.

3 Party Filled Events For This Labor Day Weekend in Miami, FL

Labor day weekend

Labor Day weekend is approaching quickly and the thought might have come to you: “What do I have planned?” No need to worry, we got you covered with these 3 crazy fun events going on in Miami.

Day La Soul: 90’s and 2000’s Day Party

Enjoy some good vibes and fun times while enjoying some classic throwback songs! This is your chance to let your hair down and make some new friendships and let loose! You won’t want to miss out on this fun event.

ICON: Labor Day Weekend w/ DJ Camilo

Enjoy all that ICON has to offer from the state of the art technology to the art deco-inspired design. This is the same space that has been filled with celebrities like Tiesto, Calvin Harris, Beyonce, Lady Gaga, and much more!

Labor Day Open Bar Miami Beach Mansion Party

Great DJ and great music in a big mansion! This one is a no brainer! If there is one event you have to go to it is this one! Enjoy top shelf liquor from the open bar with all your friends as you enjoy the night!

3 Restaurants To Eat Out This Labor Day Weekend Near West Miami, FL

Labor day weekend

Labor day weekend is right around the corner and when it comes around, you’ll be ready to take full advantage of it with these 3 restaurants that offer delicious food and an awesome environment that’s perfect for enjoying your day.


Known for its eclectic style, Balans is the perfect place to enjoy a weekend brunch with friends and family. They have a very broad selection of choices so you’ll never get bored even if you go there again and again!

Hong Kong Cafe

If you’re looking for excellent food at an affordable price, then Hong Kong Cafe is the place you’ll want to be this Labor Day weekend.

Los Gallegos

If you haven’t yet tried Spanish cuisine then you have to check out this small eatery on 40th street. You’ll enjoy great service and amazing food. By the way, be sure not to miss out on the Paella!