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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Halloween Games - Adding Frightful Fun to Your Haunt

So the ghosts are hung in the treetops with care, in hopes that trick or treat-ers soon will be there?

If you've went to the nines with your haunt - don't stop at just the Halloween decorations. Delight the ghouls and boo-ys with a few fun and frightful games that are sure to put your family on the map for the best house on the block!

Graveyard-Themed Headless Horseshoes

Buy a few garden stakes and stick these lovelies right into the ground. Then, simply instruct your guests that the Headless Horseman really enjoys a good game of horseshoes. And if they ring at least three of his undead friends, they win a mini pumpkin. (A nod to his favorite choice for head replacement of course.)

Ghoulish Duckies

image A contest is a great way to add excitement to your haunt. If you have smaller ones in the crowd, don't leave the little kids out. Look for some really cute rubber ducks with a Halloween theme (available at Oriental Trading or Amazon.) From vampire ducks to witches and wizard ducks, a 12 pack usually costs about $10. Write numbers on the bottom of your ducks and place them in a faux caldron. The number they draw from the duck is the number of prizes they will receive at the door!

*Cute hint: Place a sign next to the ducks that say "Under Three Feet? Special Treats!" Also, if you don't plan on using them next year (or you'll simply buy new ones), let the little monsters keep the duckie they've picked too!

As you gear up for the big night, remember that Halloween is all about fun and games. Think of ways to put your signature twist on the ideas. For instance, if your haunt has a cute "harvest" theme you could take the Headless Horseshoes idea and turn it into a Ring Around the Pumpkin game. Create a little pumpkin patch and instead of throwing small rings, toss hula hoops. There's lots of fun variations!

Guest post by Chris Molnar, editor of a theme party website.

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Sunday, October 23, 2011

How to use a wishing stone

Have you seen the little smooth stones at almost every gift or souvenir shop? They usually have one word (or short phrase or image) carved into them. They are called wishing stones or, as I’ve recently discovered, worrying stones.

If you’ve purchased one as a worrying stone, you would rub it between your fingers continuously thus worrying the stone instead of mentally dwelling on whatever your dilemma is. If it’s a wishing then rubbing or holding it should grant your wish. Do you think it works?

I’m going to find out. About a week ago I bought a pink wishing stone with “love” etched into it. I carry it in the side pocket of my purse and often reach in to rub it between my fingers or hold it in my hand. Each time the word love reverberates in my mind… almost meditatively.

As I was thinking about the love I wish for, I wondered if I was doing it correctly. I really think that rubbing the wish stone may bring love into my life because that’s what I’m focused on, but it may not bring the exact love I’m thinking of. I could get even more love from my friends and family, which would be great too.

image You can find some stones that have ancient symbols and rock art images that have profound meanings. There are others that are meant to be given a special significance by the owner. According to a site where I found some very reasonably priced stones, “Rub your wish stone to relieve stress, or use it as a talisman to promote inner growth.”

It’s that simple: Purchase the stone (or I’m sure you could make one yourself and rub it while focusing on your intentions.

Have any of you ever used a wishing or worrying stone? Do you believe in them or know of any stories about them?

**The image of the Baby Feet Stone is from WorryStone.net. I would have shown you a picture of my Love Stone, but I’m laying in bed and I can’t get up. LOL

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