Hosting a Halloween Party Doesn't Have to Be Scary

By Cole, Harriette | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA), October 31, 2014 | Go to article overview

Hosting a Halloween Party Doesn't Have to Be Scary


Cole, Harriette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)


DEAR HARRIETTE: My wife and I decided that we would not have our kids participate in trick-or-treating in the traditional sense this Halloween, and we are looking for a fun alternative way to celebrate the fall holiday. Do you have any suggestions? - Happy Halloween, Chicago

DEAR HAPPY HALLOWEEN: Rather than having your children troll the streets of your neighborhood, why not host a party at your home, community center or another friend's home? Join forces with a few families and stage a party where sweets, music and games abound. It can be easy and inexpensive to decorate because Halloween items are in stores absolutely everywhere.

Alternatively, you can host a party preparation activity where you get together with the children and make decorations. You may end up having more fun as you also keep your children safer because they will be inside.

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DEAR HARRIETTE: I just got a big check for a job I did a few months back, and I was so excited to get some money that I went out and spent it all. I feel like such an idiot. But I had gone so long being broke that I wanted to treat myself.

The treats just seemed to grow and get out of hand. Now I'm back at square one with all kinds of bills to pay and no money to pay it. I do have a couple of checks that I'm waiting for, but I realize that I have created a terrible pattern. …

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