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February 5, 2023

Falling for Fun!

The changing of the season brings fun for all with Halloween-themed activities, pumpkin patches, spooky treats and more!

Tricks are for Kids

Anti-Gravity Pencil

Teach your tot this fun magic trick, courtesy of Charlie Cadabra — all you need is a pen or pencil. 1) Rub the pen along your sleeve to develop a “static electric charge.” Hold your left palm up and lay the pen in it. Close your hand around the pen. Turn your hand so the back of the hand faces the audience. 2) Grasp your left wrist with your right hand, keeping your right index finger straight. Your left wrist will hide the right index finger. Put the tip of the right index finger against the pen inside your left fist. 3) Slowly straighten each finger of the left (make a big show of it!). The pen will remain against the left palm, thanks to the help of your right index finger. 4) Slowly make a fist again with your left hand and remove the right hand from around the wrist.

Candy Buy-back

Candy overload? Share it with others through these candy buy-back programs, and visit to find out where else you can donate your extra treats!


Sea of Smiles, Pediatric Dentistry

1319 Nagel Road • 513-474-6777 •

Stop by on Tuesday, Nov. 5 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. to exchange Halloween candy for cash. Sea of Smiles will pay $1 per pound (up to $5), and the candy will be donated to the Yellow Ribbon Center and shipped off to our troops.


Rogers Family Dentistry

8284 Beechmont Ave. • 513-231-1012 •

Join the 5th annual CASH 4 CANDY event on Monday, Nov. 4 from 3 – 6 p.m. Get $1 per pound of candy and enjoy goody bags and raffle prizes.


Montgomery Pediatric Dentistry, Dr. Murray Dock

9505 Montgomery Road • 513-891-0660 •

Dr. Murray Dock hosts a Halloween candy buy-back on Saturday, Nov. 2 from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Drop off your candy to be donated to the troops!


DIY Costumes

 Terrific Tutus

Tutus can go a long way toward jazzing up a Halloween costume, or being the costume itself! Whether you dress your tot in all black and add some whiskers and a nose for a cat effect, or simply toss on a tiara for a princess look, the versatility of tulle can save the day. Here’s how to make your own tutu!

What You Need:

  • Tulle
  • ¾” elastic
  • Needle and thread (don’t worry, very little sewing is actually involved)
  • Extra accessories for decorating (ribbon, fake flowers, etc.)

What You Do:

  • Use the elastic to measure around your child’s waist, leaving an extra inch for overlap. Sew the ends of the elastic strip together.
  • Choose the desired length of the tutu, and then double the length of your tulle before cutting it into strips.
  • Fold individual strips in half (or double the strips for a fuller tutu). Make a loop around the elastic, pull the tulle through the loop and tighten. Use the rest of your tulle to continue making knots all the way around the elastic strip.
  • Embellish with your accessories!

Mummy Pizzas

Here’s a fun Halloween treat that’s easy to make and yummy to eat!

What You’ll Need

  • Pizza sauce
  • Block of mozzarella cheese
  • Cheese hand slicer
  • Flatbread
  • Mini pepperonis

What You’ll Do

  • Heat your oven to 350 degrees.
  • Take your flatbread and cut it into fours.
  • Take one spoonful of pizza sauce and spread it over the flatbread leaving about a quarter of an inch border.
  • Parents, with your hand held cheese slicer, slowly cut thin strips off your mozzarella cheese block and criss-cross the cheese for a mummy effect.
  • Set two mini pepperonis as eyes on the cheese.
  • Pop them in the oven for a few minutes, just long enough to melt the cheese and warm the bread and pizza sauce. If you bake them too long, the cheese will melt too much and run together, which will not have the mummy effect.

Monster Mums

This silly craft for kids is great for Halloween and it will help spruce up those mums decorating your front porch, too.

What You’ll Need

  • Egg Carton (the paper one, not styrofoam) • Scissors
  • Paint (white, red, purple, green, orange) • Paint Brushes
  • Cup of Water

What You’ll Do

  • Cut out the crevices from the egg carton and turn them upside down.
  • Paint the bottoms white and let dry.
  • Paint a circle in the center of the bottom for the middle of the “eyeball.”
  • With red paint, make red veins around the white part of the “eyeball.”
  • Set them aside to dry completely.
  • Once dry, you can set them atop a bloom on your mums and there you have it! Monster Mums!

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