Monday, July 18, 2011

Free Halloween Family Fun Ideas

Halloween is an excellent time for family fun. The Internet is a great resource for fun ideas for your family from creating invitations for your party to decorating your desktop with Halloween images.

Did you know? This started in the U.S. as a harvest festival. Our Irish emigrants brought us the Jack o Lantern originally oversized rutabagas, turnips and potatoes were hollowed out, carved into faces and illuminated with candles. In the old country on Halloween, Irish peasants would beg the rich for food. For those that refused, they would play a practical joke. In an effort to avoid being tricked, the rich would hand out cookies, candy, and fruit, a practice that morphed into trick-or-treating today.

Halloween is now the sweetest holiday of the year with over 25% of candy sold in the two months prior to it in the U.S. Chocolate is the favorite sweet; Snickers tops the list of most wanted candy bars. But it is not all about empty calories, pumpkins originated in Mexico over 9,000 years ago; they are one of Americas oldest known vegetables and a great source of vitamin A, beta carotene and potassium. And your family can roast the seeds for protein and iron.

How to Roast Pumpkin Seeds

Rinse pumpkin seeds under cold water and pick out the pulp and strings. (This is easiest just after you've removed the seeds from the pumpkin, before the pulp has dried.)
Place the pumpkin seeds in a single layer on an oiled baking sheet, stirring to coat. If you prefer, omit the oil and coat with non stick cooking spray.
Sprinkle with salt and bake at 325 degrees F until toasted, about 25 minutes, checking and stirring after 10 minutes.
Let cool and store in an air tight container.

Halloween is not just for children any more over 60% of adults get into the spirit (and admit to sneaking into their children's candy every now and then). Consumers spend $1.5 billion on costumes each year, $2.5 on Halloween decorations and crafts and over $50 million on greeting cards. Now you can get your family in the spirit with these free, spooktacular ideas:

Print FREE Halloween party Invitations to get the party started. Free borders, text, images and more included.
Add Halloween clip art for a ghastly touch to all your craft projects.
Decorate your screen with a superior 3D Screensaver.
Turn your wallpaper into a haunted cave complete with 3D witch, ghouls and more.
Download sound effects to get in the creepy spirit!
Play Halloween games until the haunting begins.
Create a greeting card with your favorite goblin's picture. Totally adorable.
Add eerie ringtones to your cell phone.

Deborah Manthei, a Twin Cities, MN native, has over twenty years of marketing and sales experience focusing on interactive and consumer marketing. Debby's responsible for increasing awareness of W3i, an Internet company that delivers proven e-services enabling integrated, multi-channel digital content. W3i is the owner of and For more information e-mail

Debby has an MBA from the University of St. Thomas.

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