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By Pam Parker Erie Times-News staff blogger
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Posts tagged ‘halloween’
Posted: October 31st, 2013

adriaWhat should you do with all those leftover candy wrappers? Make a chain … or a dress. In 2012, we interviewed Adria Roberts, then a student at Strong Vincent High School. She and her boyfriend,  Steven Comi, – and countless others — collected Starburst Fruit Chews wrappers so that Adria could make her prom dress. The photo, by Adria’s sister appeared in Her Times, and the teens wore some big glasses and Starburst corsages to add to the wardrobe.

Adria and Steven are busy pursuing degrees at different colleges. Read the entire Her Times article here.

Gum wrappers have a long history as chains. The Guinness World Record holder is Gary Duschl, of Virgina Beach, Va. He has his own website at Gumwrapper.com. He started his chain in 1965, and he’s still going. The site says the chain required $123,356 worth of Gum, and it’s Wrigley wrappers only. He’s been the world record holder for 18 years, and the chain measures more than 14 miles. He added that you can make a Starburst chain. He also demonstrates how to make your own chain. View his additional videos on candy wrapper purses and more.

Lots of clever ways to remember Halloween with recycled wrappers.

Happy Halloween! 1384238_10151906170047367_650287073_n For more great Halloween stuff, click on GoErie.com. Or check out the Facebook page by clicking on the jack o’ lanterns — the GoeErie image today.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is mom to three, stepmom to three and GramPam to one.

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Posted: October 26th, 2013

ChalkboarThe temperatures are driving us indoors, and some great ideas are popping up for decorating.

Chalkboard wall coverings and ideas for chalkboard decor are spicing up homes. Mary Carol Garrity wrote a terrific column that appears in House to Home this week, and local decorators Marie Feltz, of Decorating Den, and Sabrina Fischer, of Sassy Peacock Galleria, gave us some art to illustrate the idea that chalkboards can be fun at any age.

They take writing on walls (and doors and everything else) to new levels. Lots of great ideas — gifty type things too — in that article. Read it here.

Sue Scholz writes about some funny-looking milkweed, but there’s nothing funny about the need for milkweed. It helps the butterflies, and the world needs more butterflies. Read Milkweed branches out into new blossom.

We have a lot more in House to Home this week. Check out:

» Give life to a dead-branch centerpiece for Halloween

And check out all the open houses with our open house locator map here. Happy house hunting!

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is mom to three, stepmom to three and GramPam to one.

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Posted: October 24th, 2013

When I see all the cute Halloween costumes, I remember some of the cute stuff my kids wore. And here they are:

Kelly and Ry

Kelly and Ryan — the pumpkins invade!

Howie the lion

Howie roars as a tot. That young woman next to him is making me feel awfully old. This picture is about 25 years old.

Howie and Kelly

I made that Christmas tree costume that Howie is wearing. We all wore it at least once. Kelly was a dinosaur. We turned her sideways so we could see the dino part.

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Kelly Potter

In a year of Harry Potter, Kelly made her own costume.Great job, Kell! That old house we lived in had some Hogwarts’ characteristics. I magically raised three kids there.

As the kids got older, they were very clever. Kelly has been a slice of pizza, Mario Brothers’ characters, Woody from “Toy Story” and much more. The boys were football players. And they went through a lot of scream masks. For years. Too many years because I have a box of scream masks.

In recent years, when both my boys lived with us, they were cowboys. I’m not going to embarrass them with that photo, but I do have it. And my oldest went to a party with a last minute costume of a party in his pants. Balloons and other party paraphernalia wrapped around his waist.

Oh the days of partying kids.

Back in the old days on Oakmont Avenue, trick or treating was a trick that I remember. My oldest was 7, and he was recovering after a bout of chicken pox. He became totally “sausted” after we had only hit a few houses. My daughter and youngest son were raring to go, so I carried my oldest one home and took the other two back out. The next day, it was two more kids with chicken pox. That’s a disease that now has a vaccine.

Good thing because it was nasty. My daughter never got very many chicken pox, and she seemed unscathed by the whole thing. My youngest was covered in them, however. Nothing slowed him down, but he was covered. And he itched. My oldest was sick as a dog — fever and miserable. It’s funny how three kids with the same genetic makeup can suffer so differently. At the time, I remember calling it Pam held hostage — I think we hit 21 days before we could send everyone back to school and the babysitter.

This year, no Eckerts are home to celebrate Halloween, but little Mia Parker will visit. She is a pirate, and shiver me timbers, I am looking forward to that.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is mom to three, stepmom to three and GramPam to one.

Posted: September 21st, 2013

mumsHappy Fall! Today’s the day. Summer is gone, and this place needs some fun fall and Halloween stuff.

And some mums. This photo, above, is from the National Chrysanthemum Society. I never have any luck with mums. I have spent a fortune killing them, but I try every year to get at least one pot to live through 30 days and still look like it’s alive. I fail, but here’s a link to The Better Homes & Gardens tips for care and feeding. I think I may just get the pumpkins out … and maybe the witch. Oh, and the spider and skeleton … They always look alive!

If you need some ideas to autumnate at your house, read Mary Carol Garrity’s column in today’s House to Home. She tells us how to bring a little fall inside by using occasional tables for a few decorations.

Check out all of House to Home, and enjoy this cool but rainy fall day — a perfect day to autumnate.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is mom to three, stepmom to three and GramPam to one

 

 

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Posted: October 31st, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another masterpiece for Halloween —  the Google Doodle welcomes us to lucky building Number 13. A black cat sits in a trash can while a raven walks the rooftop. A skeleton dances in front. Click on the doors, cat, raven and skeleton, and get a show. The doors open to monsters that spell out Google. Happy Halloween!

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa.

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Posted: October 25th, 2012

If you want to update your home Halloween decor, glitter will do it. It covers spooky houses, skulls and more, and that booooosts your home’s Hallow WOW factor.

On a recent vacation to Albuquerque, glittery skulls were all the rage. Some had gems in one eye socket – kind of like an eye patch. Glittery skeletons are also popular.

You can get this creepy set of three skulls for just $2.99 at Oriental Trading Company.

If you’re not into skulls, this sparkling votive holder from Pier One is great fun — it adds sparkle, spooky factor, and it’s on sale for under $28 — they won’t last at that price. Have a glittery Halloween! Check out House to Home on Saturday for dozens of great decorating ideas — just in time for sales.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa.

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Posted: October 24th, 2012

In case you missed it — today is the last day to enter the John V. Schultz pumpkin carving contest. All you need to do is carve a pumpkin and upload a photo! How about the one at left? And wait till you see the gory and funny submissions.

The grand prize winner gets a $250 gift certificate to John V. Schultz Furniture. Two runners-up get $50 U.S. Savings Bonds. And think of the bragging rights! Tomorrow starts the voting through Oct. 31. Winners will be announced Nov. 5.

You can click here to see all the entries. Currently there are 16 spooky-looking jack-o’lanterns. Take a look!

I remember carving some pretty nice works of art with my kids. Now they can do it on their own — you have to be 13 and up to enter.

Click here for all the info.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa.

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Posted: October 22nd, 2012

Huffington Post offers some perfect costumes from TV programs. That includes the now famous PBS show Downton AbbeyDame Maggie Smith’s character — the Dowager Countess requires a hat, cane, gown and “optional accessories of maids and  a cup of tea,” says Huffington Post. Almost any character from the show would be worth the effort, and if you get a whole group together … hmm I see a Downton party in the making.

HP also suggests the rubber suit that the guy from “American Horror Story” wears. That show is too scary for me.  I’ll stick with Downton! All the stuff looks fun.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa.

 

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Posted: September 24th, 2012

I love Halloween as much as kids, and I already started decorating. Here are some of my favorite things:

Last year a video of  a house decked out for Halloween hit Youtube. See it here. The house lights up to the Party Rock Anthem by LMFAO, who happens to be a huge fan of women’s tennis. It appeared in the UK version of the Sun. The video went viral last year.

This may look like a typical jack o’ lantern, at left, but it has two faces — one on each side of the pumpkin, and it takes on some wild motion. Watch the video here.  It’s $49, motion-activated and battery operated. From grandinroad.com.

I’m not into the really spooky, gory stuff — just the fun  stuff including creepy looking hands — must be from growing up watching The Addams family and Thing.  And finally, here’s a goodie, but my husband won’t let me have this $279 beast in front of the house.  This ghoulish pumpkin carriage driven by a wicked ghoul has to capture attention. 

Time to crank up “Monster Mash,” and add a few more hands to the decorating staff.

 

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa.

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Posted: September 7th, 2012

Dry Dudz™ women’s swimwear combines shorts and bikini separates in a clothing line perfect  for boarding, kayaking or pretty much anything. The items double as quick-dry swimwear and active wear. They promise all-day dryness and a lot of cuteness. Visit Dry Dudz hybrid apparel. Pretty much everything is on sale for $25 per piece.

These outfits and more appeared on the TODAY show and The Talk. They are available for men and women and the fabric is big on quick-dry technology.

Happy Hallo-glitter

If your kids are begging for sparkly tattoos, get some of these made in the U.S.A. Glitter Toos. The company offers some fun holiday kits of glitter tattoos.  Each kit includes 24 stencils,  glitter, glue, brushes and more for $15.95. Halloween, Christmas and Valentine’s Day kits are big sellers. These tatts are water based. Take a peek at www.glittertoos.com.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Timesand House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa.

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