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Watch Video: How the White House Celebrates Halloween

Monday, October 31st, 2011

We received this fun video from the White House Office that gives a brief, behind-the-scenes look into how the staff prepared for Halloween.  Expect orange-colored frosted cookies in the shape of the White House, marshmallow ghosts, and spectacular carved pumpkins. 

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Stay Safe on Halloween

Monday, October 31st, 2011

Did you know that costume wearing evolved from a 17th-century British tradition of wearing masks for Guy Fawkes Day? Since then, costumes have evolved into fun, fantastical ways to showcase creativity and imagination. 

According to, the top five search trends for baby costumes this year included pop culture characters such as Angry Bird and Cookie Monster as well as the ever-popular butterfly, dinosaur, and pumpkin outfits. Meanwhile, toddlers were eager to dress up as pirates, elephants, characters from Disney Pixar’s “Up,” and even the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.  Harry Potter, Michael Jackson, and classic Disney characters such as Mickey and Minnie were the top-searched kids’ costumes.

If you haven’t headed outdoors yet with the kids, take a few moments to brush up on your Halloween safety to ensure it’s a frightfully fun and fearless evening.

And if you’re still pondering what to make for dinner tonight, stop by the supermarket after trick-or-treating ends to pick up ingredients for these last-minute recipes.

After dinner, while the kids are sorting through their candy loot, take a breather and test your candy smarts or keep everyone entertained with free printable coloring pages.

Better yet, gather the whole family and explain the history of Halloween, including why we celebrate certain customs such as trick-or-treating, carving pumpkins, and bobbing for apples (Halloween Traditions for the Family).  Or download our free Carve-a-Pumpkin app to keep the Halloween fun going throughout the night.

Happy Halloween! (and don’t forget to share how you’re celebrating in our Comments section below.)

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