halloweenTonight is the night
When pumpkins stare
Through sheaves and leaves
When ghouls and ghost 
And goblin host
Dance round their queen.
It's Halloween.
- Harry Behn

It’s nearly that time of year again—Halloween, a time of ghosts and ghouls, tricks and treats, and costumes and candy!  Did you know that Halloween is second only to Christmas in terms of spending?  Yep--$1.2 million on costumes and another $2.5 million on candy, decorations, and other themed paraphernalia! 

Other little-known facts include:

  • 86% of Americans decorate their houses.                                                  
  • 10% of pet owners costume their pets.
  • 35 million pounds of candy corn are produce yearly.

Halloween traditions are many and varied.  ‘Tis the night for donning a costume, wearing a mask, bobbing for apples, and, the children’s favorite—trick-or-treating.  Looking for something different to give to the little ones coming to your Tampa home this year?  How about juice boxes, mini-marshmallows, popcorn balls, fruit roll-ups, 4 pack crayons, small glo-sticks, silly erasers, temporary tattoos, unusual pencils ,themed bandaids or goldfish snacks?  Visit Green Halloween for more clever suggestions.                                                                  

Carving a Jack-o-Lantern:  

Be your pumpkin orange, white, green, and yes, even blue, you want the face on the porch of your Tampa home to be individual and unique.  Get free templates to assist you in carving or for cut and paste faces here.

The Count Dracula Society was founded by Dr. Donald A. Reed in 1962.


halloweenForget the old standbys of ghost and witch.  Get creative and think about the unusual.  A cupcake?  Or perhaps popcorn or an aquarium?  Although the web is filled with sites which sell costumes, you can express yourself by making your own garb.  Check out CostumeIdeaZone.com for silly, serious, and/or super fast ideas.

Orange and black are Halloween colors because orange is associated with the fall harvest and black is associated with darkness.

Activities for the young and young at heart

Check out Caboose.com, Halloween.com, ZombiePumpkins.com, and TheTeachersCorner.net.  For creative ideas such as wicked wreaths, friendly ghosts, fright lights, tasty treats, and much, much more, visit LowesCreativeIdeas.com.