This Weekend in London

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It’s Halloween weekend! They’re predicting the start of the cold weather this weekend, so keep warm and keep busy!

Westmount Shopping Centre Halloween

Westmount is celebrating Halloween indoors this Friday night from 5:00-800pm. Trick or Treat where it’s warm and dry! Most stores will be handing out candy while supplies last. This is a great place to take your little ones who aren’t yet ready to keep up with the big kids outside.

Kusterman’s Haunted Trail

Are your kids too old for Trick or Treating? Want to give them a good scare? Head out to Kusterman’s Family Farm for a frightening walk though the stalks and other spooky excitement this Friday, October 31 beginning at 7:00pm. $11/person, rated 14+.

Fright Night 5

Museum London is having their annual Fright Night event on Friday, October 31 at 9:00pm. Advanced tickets are sold out, but 100 tickets will be available at the door for $25, 19+ only. There will be live music, costume contest, Gallery tours, palm reading, photo booth and a candy bar.

Byron Craft Club Christmas Craft Sale

Nothing says “Halloween is over!” like the first Christmas craft sale of the season. If you are ready to compost those pumpkins and start hanging the holly head on down to the Byron Library on Saturday,November 1 from 10:00am to 1:00pm. Admission is free.

Ignite Your Vision

Mompreneurs will want to take part in Ignite Your Vision 2014, hosted by London Mompreneurs at the Lamplighter Inn this Sunday, November 2 from 8:00am to 5:00pm. Tickets are $95/person, which includes breakfast and lunch.

Have a great weekend!

Halloween with Allergies

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For families dealing¬†with food allergies, Halloween can be a frustrating time. The desire to let your kids share in the spoils of the season battle with the very real risks and dangers associated with accidental contamination. An American organization’s Halloween campaign is picking up steam here in Canada to combat this problem. Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) have started the Teal Pumpkin Project asking people to buy or paint a teal pumpkin and have it somewhere prominent on display so that Trick or Treaters can easily spot it as they pass by. Displaying the teal pumpkin lets families know that you will have non-food items available for treat bags.

Don’t have any teal paint lying around? You’re not alone! While teal is the colour of food allergy awareness, it is not in my kids’ standard paint collection. An easy solution is to just print off a large version of the teal pumpkin on your home computer or find the teal crayon in that jumbo box of crayons you might have lying around and colour your own drawing. Stick it to the front door with the Teal Pumpkin label and you’re all set.

If you are worried about being the neighbourhood Halloween Scrooge without any candy to hand out, have both! Just be sure to keep them in separated bowls. Need some non-food ideas? Have a look at your nearest dollar store or dollar/seasonal section of Target/Walmart/party stores. We love these:

  • small containers of playdoh
  • small bubble bottles
  • pencils and/or erasers
  • vampire teeth
  • glow sticks or bracelets
  • stickers
  • spider rings
  • bookmarks
  • coins
  • crayons
  • necklaces
  • dinky cars

Will you be participating? What are you going to hand out?