* Create terrifying tombstones. Set the stage before trick-or-treaters even hit the front door. Use wood, cardboard or thick Styrofoam to create tombstones that you can put in your front yard. After cutting out the desired shape, use a matte gray spray paint to cover the surface, and then use black paint to write creative epitaphs such as “Dare to Disturb” or “Happy Haunting.”
* Get creative with pumpkins. Everyone enjoys a good jack-o-lantern, but why not choose to think outside the box when decorating with pumpkins this year? Instead of carving, try spray painting or using your favorite Halloween candy to decorate pumpkins in fun, spooky patterns. Plus, this is a project that even the littlest witch can enjoy.
* Download a haunted playlist. Nothing is quite as spooky as the sound of doors creaking or ghosts shrieking. Put together a haunted playlist that you can listen to while guests arrive, or stick speakers near an open window to entice the nearby trick-or-treaters to stop by for some candy.
* Serve spine-chilling treats. Use your free time on Halloween to make these simple but yummy treats designed to look like spiders. Serve them when guests arrive to kick-off the scary festivities.
Reese’s(R) Peanut Butter Pumpkin Spiders
6 Reese’s (R) Peanut Butter Pumpkins
1/4 cup Hershey’s (R) Milk Chocolate Chips
Large pretzel twists (2 -1/2 to 3 inches)
12 yellow Reese’s Pieces (R) Candies
Line tray or cookie sheet with wax paper. Remove wrappers from peanut butter pumpkins and place alongside each other on tray leaving 1 inch of space between each peanut butter pumpkin. For each spider, cut 8 matching curved sections from pretzels which will form the legs. Set aside remaining pretzels pieces.
Place milk chocolate chips in small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at medium 30 seconds; stir. If necessary, microwave at medium an additional 10 seconds at a time, stirring after each heating, until chips are melted and smooth when stirred. Transfer to small heavy duty plastic food storage bag. Cut off one corner of bag about 1/4 inch from the tip.
Attach pretzel legs and yellow candy “eyes” to spider with melted chocolate; place dot of melted chocolate on each eye. Allow chocolate to set before moving spiders.
Greater Oakland County Halloween Fun
It’s that time of year again, when the child in us wants to get out and play as we did when we were younger. If you’re anything like me I procrastinate about Halloween until the last minute with whether to stay in and pass out candy or to go out to a party or Haunted House. The Greater Oakland County area offers so much to celebrate Halloween regardless if you are a child or an adult. One of the things I enjoy most this time of year is seeing home buyers and sellers get ready for Halloween with decorations and discussions of who’s going to wear what costumes, its great fun and an extra perk in my profession.
I wanted to share some of the events, places to go and things to do in the Greater Oakland County area in this blog post in hopes it will help you prepare or even get out doing something before winter 2014 sets in. Remember be safe and always side towards caution towards costumes, trick or treating and haunted houses. Make sure you are comfortable and enjoy the Halloween season with great friends and family.
The Greater Oakland County area has the best Halloween attractions in the South East Michigan area. Whether it’s Pumkin Pickin or creating amazing fall memories then you will want to head out to the Greater Oakland County area.
Bloomfield Hills: Bloomfield Maze
Charles L. Bowers School Farm runs a haunted maze from Saturday, October 4th through Sunday November 2nd. The farm also has wagon rides, a petting farm, fresh donuts and apple cider. The haunted maze is $15 per person.
Farmington: The Haunted Winery, Inc.
Once upon a time, the historic building on Grand River Avenue housed a haunted winery. Note: As of this writing, the haunted attraction appears to be no more – at least the website is no more. While there is a Twitter page, there are no details about the attraction..
Ferndale: Hazelhurst Manor
Hazelhurst Manor was “dark” in 2013. Note: As of this writing, the website has not been updated for 2014.
The attraction fills four stories of former factory with special effects, horrific characters, scary monsters and hidden passageways. It was listed by Guinness World Records as the world’s largest walk-through haunted house from 2005 to 2009. These days, its motto is “I show no mercy.” Admission is $28 per person, with VIP tickets for $45. Group sales are available. The attraction runs September 19th and 20th, 26th and 27th, then Wednesdays through Sundays October 1st to November 2nd. It is open the entire week before Halloween.
Note: The attraction is now selling advance time-slot tickets.
South Lyon:Barn of Horrors
The Barn of Horrors is part of “Friday Night Haunts” at Erwin Orchards and has robotics and special effects. It also has a Corn Stalkers Maze. The attractions open on September 27th for a special preview. They start in earnest on weekends from October 3rd to November 1st, with a bonus night on Thursday October 30th. Tickets are $15 for the Barn of Horrors, $12 for the Corn Stalkers Maze or $24 combo ticket for both attractions. Note: The attraction does not accept credit or debit cards.
Tips for a Safe Halloween
S. Swords, knives, and similar costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible.
A. Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
F. Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.
E. Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Limit the amount of treats you eat.
H. Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you. Always WALK and don’t run from house to house.
A. Always test make-up in a small area first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation.
L. Look both ways before crossing the street. Use established crosswalks wherever possible.
l. Lower your risk for serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses.
O. Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.
W. Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, and falls.
E. Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.
E. Enter homes only if you’re with a trusted adult. Only visit well-lit houses. Don’t stop at dark houses. Never accept rides from strangers.
N. Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.