Thanksgiving Food Allergies-Holiday Allergy Free Recipes

The first thing I want to make clear is I know how Thanksgiving food allergies affect your holiday, I struggle even today with this time of the year being on a strict diet of my own. I never look forward to this time of the year simply because I am unable to eat most of the traditional foods, so I want everyone to know I truly do understand if you are living with food allergies and food intolerances.

Common Trigger Thanksgiving Meals

One thing I really miss is the turkey stuffing, and the reason I am not able to eat the stuffing is I am intolerant to gluten. It is a fact many people are now going gluten-free, and the majority of them share they have more energy and less digestive system issues.  Even if you are not intolerant these are hard on your digestive system, and I even have experienced no more acid reflux simply by changing my diet.  The best part about this is you can go without this plant protein for a few weeks, and if it is causing any of your symptoms you will notice a positive change right away. Dr. Hallet wrote an article on the most common foods from the traditional Thanksgiving meal that are triggered to our symptoms, so let us check the doctor’s list to see what we should watch out for?

  • Milk
  • Fish
  • Eggs
  • Shellfish
  • Tree nuts
  • Peanuts
  • Wheat
  • Soybeans

I highly urge you to take the extra time to read the ingredients on the packages, and now it is a law a company must list these ingredients with so many people with allergies today.

Is Your Thanksgiving Turkey Allergy Free

For the majority of families, turkey is the traditional meal. So are these safe for people with allergies to consume, and one of the biggest concerns for me is if the stuffing was prepared in the bird. You see unless you stuff them with gluten-free stuffing, you just contaminated the main course of this holiday meal.  Now, this is not a big deal for those of you who are tolerant, but someone like me, just a very small portion will ruin my holiday making me extremely sick for days.

Where Gluten Can Be Hiding

After years of getting extremely ill from products that I thought were free of gluten, I want to stress the importance of knowing about this plant protein being hidden in many foods. So how can we know which products may be hiding this from us, and here are a list of just some for you to watch out for?

  • Sauces
  • Gravy
  • Seasonings
  • Broth
  • Dinner Rolls
  • Stuffing
  • Green Bean Casserole
  • Soups

Just about anything that has a thickener could be holding hidden gluten, and another thing you must consider is if you are having both gluten and gluten-free on the same table this plant protein could be spread accidentally? What many people don’t understand is if one person uses their knife to butter their food, they could possibly be contaminating the butter with gluten without even realizing it?

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One of the worse foods on the holidays are the ones that contain hidden gluten

Gluten-Free Substitutes

With so many people intolerant or allergic to gluten you can find many substitutes, and below I have listed just some examples to give you an idea.

  • Stuffing
  • Flour
  • Dinner rolls
  • Bread
  • Soups
  • Sauces
  • Seasonings
  • Pasta

You might also find it interesting some of us who are gluten intolerant also can’t eat regular potatoes, and what you want to do is substitute with sweet potatoes instead. Other foods that contain no gluten to avoid are tomatoes. eggplant, and peppers, so this means that anything that contains any of these also could possibly be a trigger for your symptoms as well.

Thanksgiving Meal Alternatives

I have some alternatives for you to consider. Believe me, Thanksgiving food allergies really can spoil your holiday by eating trigger foods that are hidden from you. Let us now take a peek at some of the alternatives I have to share with you, and I hope this is helpful to any of you who have a bad relationship with the most common allergy foods?

  • Sweet Potato Cakes
  • Pumpkin Soup
  • Quinoa Salads
  • Corn Fritters
  • Vegan Shepherd Pie
  • Chocolate Dipped Fruit
  • Sweet Potato Casserole
  • Gluten-Free Crackers
  • Sorbet
  • Pumpkin Pasta

These are allergy-friendly alternatives to spice up your holiday meal this year, and the majority of people with Thanksgiving food allergies can eat these. For those of you who are new to this, I am going to list some recipes just for you in this article below.

Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Recipes

Since gluten and dairy are very high on the list for allergy food groups, I decided to start with these recipes from The Fit Cookie website. This site is provided by Sarah who is a personal trainer and food allergy mom, and I included a link to her blog for your convenience.

  • Gluten-Free Stuffing
  • Sweet Potato Casserole
  • Ginger Apple Sparkling Cider
  • Vegan Biscuits
  • Garlic Herb Crackers
  • Roasted Rainbow Carrots
  • Pumpkin Pie No Baking Required
  • Maple Apple Crisp
  • Crustless Pumpkin Pie
  • Pumpkin Cheesecake
  • Caramel Apple Pie

I provided you a link to the No-Bake Pumpkin Pie since this recipe got my attention right away, and the other recipes you can use the link above to go to her blog to get them.

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A Grateful Heart is a Happy Heart

Allergy-Friendly Thanksgiving Recipes

The next blog that I am happy to share with you goes by the name of The Pretty Bee, and this site is owned by Kelly. Kelly recommends these recipes even for those of you living with multiple allergies, so let us see what she has in store for the holidays?

  • Nut-Free Chex Mix
  • Vegan Cheeseballs
  • Turkey Preparation
  • Vegan Sweet Potato Casserole
  • Gluten-Free Gravy
  • Vegan Scalloped Potatoes
  • Corn Muffins for Vegans

So I must say Kelly has provided some interesting recipes as well, and I am really happy she included the Gluten-Free Gravy recipe. You can use the link in this paragraph to go directly to the page, and I thank The Pretty Bee for providing these for us.

Viruses-Allergies-Immune System-Books

For any of you interested in any books related to food allergies, I have included this list below. I have accomplished so many of my problems with solutions from good resources, so if any of these interest you feel free to check them out.

These are just a few of the better books I found for you, so I would begin with these to start your search if you are interested in this type of resource?

Mayo Clinic Allergy Tips

Suffering from allergies my entire life I am not a stranger to how miserable you can be, I also suffer from autoimmune diseases that make my life even more challenging with what I am able to eat. so let us see what The Mayo Clinic has to say below.

  • Always read food labels, even brands you have been using for years can change their ingredients at any time. So it is better to be safe than sorry, and it just is not worth suffering when it can be avoided.
  • Whenever you are out it is important to be extra careful, and the Mayo Clinic recommends when you are in doubt it is best to not take the chance.
  • Caregivers should be aware of how important your child’s diet is for them, and as a parent be sure you can trust your caregivers with your child when you are not around.

Even though the tips above are more of a lifestyle they are very important, so let us see what else the Mayo Clinic has to say?

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People Who Are Naturally Grateful For What They Have Are Happier People

What To Ask Your Doctor?

If you suspect food is causing you symptoms it might be time to talk to your doctor, and for many people, they are not sure what to ask their doctor? So here are some questions you might want to consider talking about at your appointment, and these come from The Mayo Clinic website.

  • Could my symptoms be food-related?
  • Are there any tests?
  • Is this a temporary condition or long-term?
  • What treatment do you recommend?
  • What are my alternative options?
  • How do I manage my existing health issues with this condition?
  • Dietary restrictions
  • Do I need to see a specialist?
  • Is there a generic version of the prescription you are providing me
  • Ask for any resources you can acquire online

So this is a good guide for those of you seeking information, and let us move on to the next paragraph now.

Online Allergy Resources

Here are a few allergy resources for more information, and I am more than happy to be able to provide you with everything in this article. Please feel free to leave me a comment at the end of this blog post, and I really do appreciate any support from my readers.

Thanksgiving Prayers For Families

This holiday is very important for us all to be grateful for the things we have, and for any of you interested in some prayers I have included some below for you.

Moravian Blessing

Come, Lord Jesus, our guest to be
And bless these gifts
Bestowed by Thee.
And bless our loved ones everywhere,
And keep them in Your loving care.

We Gather Together Hymn

We gather together to ask the Lord’s blessing;
He chastens and hastens His will to make known.
The wicked oppressing now cease from distressing.
Sing praises to His Name; He forgets not His own.

Beside us to guide us, our God with us joining,
Ordaining, maintaining His kingdom divine;
So from the beginning the fight we were winning;
Thou, Lord, were at our side, all glory be Thine!

We all do extol Thee, Thou Leader triumphant,
And pray that Thou still our Defender will be.
Let Thy congregation escape tribulation;
Thy Name be ever praised! O Lord, make us free!


For each new morning with its light, For rest and shelter of the night, For health and food, For love and friends, For everything Thy goodness sends.

You can enjoy even more prayers by visiting the article 10 Great Thanksgiving Prayers, and this is where I got the ones I shared above for you. Before I started using prayer my life was a total mess, and now things just seem to naturally work out for the best leaving my problems up to God.

Thanksgiving Food Allergies

If my article has been helpful to you please leave me a comment below, I would greatly appreciate you sharing what you liked and disliked about this blog post. We all have things to be thankful for, but for some reason, it is naturally easier for us to dwell on the things that are going wrong. This holiday is to remind us to be more grateful and be less negative. Any of you who have family and friends are extremely blessed, and until you find you are all alone you don’t appreciate the people in your life that love and support you.

Thank you for reading Thanksgiving Food Allergies, and I am very grateful you visited Free Family Solutions.








Allergy Friendly Halloween Candy-Trick Or Treat Tips

Are you going to be participating in trick or treat this year, and if so are you aware of the best allergy friendly Halloween candy on the market today? I become inspired to provide you this article from my last blog post non-candy alternatives, so if you missed that one you might want to read it using the link above.

Is It A Cold Or Allergy?

Many times parents are not sure if their children might have an allergy or a cold, and even your child’s physician is not always sure? Both of these provide similar symptoms, and that is the reason sometimes it can be confusing to know what one they are experiencing.

Colds And Allergies Common Signs

  • Both of these can come out of nowhere, you might be fine one minute and an hour later starting to feel symptoms.
  • Coughing is common in both colds and allergies
  • Sneezing
  • Runny nose
  • Headaches

Now let us look at just how the common cold affects your child, and maybe this will help you understand which of these is causing the issues above?

Common Cold Symptoms

  • Coughing up mucous the color of yellow or green, and it will be extremely thick as well.
  • Most often a fever can be present when you have a cold, but many times it is so mild parents are not aware their child even has a fever.
  • Spring and Fall are when the majority of kids catch a cold, and usually, the symptoms are more severe this time of the year.
  • The majority of children will be complaining about muscle aches, so these are some of the facts to consider.

Allergy Symptoms

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Tummy Aches
  • Diarrhea
  • Respiratory Issues
  • Runny Nose
  • Sneezing
  • Watery Eyes
  • Dry Mouth, Throat, and Eyes

In severe cases, a child can experience their throat to swollen causing them an emergy trip to the hospital, so food allergies are not something to take lightly and should be treated by a physician if the symptoms are severe.


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Parents Guide to Viruses-Allergies-and the Immune System

Viruses, Allergies and the Immune System

Jan de Vries

Together with other well-known nutritionists from around the world, the author has studied this phenomenon in detail and includes some illuminating case histories in this book.

Jan de Vries places a strong emphasis on the importance of diet, and the effects of food additives and drugs. Did you know that schizophrenia can be treated through diet? Or that the lives of hyperactive children – and their parents – can be returned to normal by eliminating even a single item from their food intake?

About Jan de Vries

Jan de Vries has written extensively on alternative health issues and is the author of the bestselling alternative medicine series By Appointment OnlyWell Woman, Nature’s Gift, and Jan de Vries Healthcare.

Viruses, Allergies, And The Immune System Is A Recommended Parents Guide 


Stanford Children’s Health Shares

I recommend if you are interested in a good article read Stanford’s Children’s Health on Food Allergies in Children, you will learn the following all in one place. So below I have listed the highlights of the information you will receive, and I encourage everyone in search of good information to read this post.

  • What is a food allergy
  • What causes food allergies
  • Food allergies food intolerances
  • Most common trigger foods
  • Learn the symptoms
  • Treatment
  • Milk and soy
  • Prevention Tips
  • How to dine out and be safe

Once again this is a good resource for parents with children with food allergies, and here is the link to the article once again if you are interested in reading Food Allergies in Children.

Food Allergy Research And Education

Another good resource to take advantage of is an organization that goes by the name of FARE, and this stands for Food Allergy Research and Education. Let us read what they have to say about themselves, so here is what they have to say.

FARE enhances the lives of individuals with food allergies empowering them to lead safe, productive lives with the respect of others through education and advocacy initiatives and improved awareness around healthcare options and treatment.

Who This Is For?

  • Newly diagnosed
  • Children with food allergies
  • Adolescents
  • Teenagers
  • Adults
  • Educators
  • Healthcare providers
  • College students
  • Parents

If you are interested in researching this topic this is a very good resource, to begin with, and you can never learn too much about how to manage your children’s food allergies.

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Another Good Resource to Visit is Connecting for Kids

About Connecting With Kids

I highly recommend you check Connecting with Kids organization out for the resources they provide you, and just some of the benefits you will receive by visiting this website are listed below.

  • Service provider directory
  • Family education topics
  • Resource guides
  • How-to guides
  • Parks
  • Playgrounds

You will find educational resources and information not only for children with allergies, but you will find valuable articles and websites on every topic that involves children and family. They even provide up-to-dates on COVID-19, so visiting Connecting for Kids is an organization I highly suggest families use.

I Am God’s Song

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I Am God’s Song is a Free Booklet provided by the Unity organization

Unity poet laureate James Dillet Freeman once told a close friend he thought the heart of Unity was “words that change lives.”

His inspiring words and beautiful poems have certainly touched hearts and encouraged friends of Unity for many years.

We’ve collected the wisdom of James Dillet Freeman and his best-loved poems in the latest booklet from Unity, I Am God’s Songavailable for you to request today.

Freeman’s poetry still has the power to renew faith, provide comfort in times of grief, and inspire us to celebrate the wonder of joy and love we know as individual expressions of God.

It’s a true keepsake booklet—the kind of touchstone you’ll find yourself returning to as part of your prayer practice again and again.

Peanuts And The Tree Nut Family

You will find many of the allergy friendly Halloween candy doesn’t contain peanuts or any of the tree nut family, and both of these are two different types of food groups I want to make it clear before going any further with this article. You need to know peanuts are actually a bean and not a nut at all. So you could be allergic to one of these without the other, and this is very important to know. Technically they are considered a legume crop, I just wanted everyone to understand there is a difference between these two foods.

The Tree Nut Family

For anyone with a tree nut issue, I have included the most common ones people eat and could be triggers for allergies.

  • Almonds
  • Brazil nuts
  • Cashews
  • Chestnuts
  • Filberts
  • Hazelnuts
  • Macadamia
  • Hickory nuts
  • Pecans
  • Walnuts
  • Pine nuts
  • Pistachio

Many people usually are allergic to all tree nuts, but you could very well be able to eat some and not others. The only real way to know for sure is by trial and error or having your physician give you an allergy test, I warn you these tests are quite expensive plus all insurance companies might not cover them. You will want to check before having these done, so this is just something to think about before you go through with allergy tests.

Common Tree Nut Foods

Even though this article is focusing on allergy friendly Halloween candy, I feel if you are allergic to tree nuts it is important to know what foods you might want to avoid.

  • Candy
  • Baked goods
  • Ice cream
  • Puddings
  • Cereals
  • Granola
  • Trail mix
  • Bread
  • Honey
  • Veggie burgers
  • Almond milk
  • Almond extract

Now that we have the tree nut family taken care of, I am going to do the same for the peanuts as well. The reason I am putting so much effort to inform you of these two food groups is they are the most dangerous, you will find some people have actually lost their lives to these and others have been hospitalized. So I feel these two deserve the most attention in this article, so let us now see what foods to avoid or at least be careful about eating.

  • Candy
  • Desserts
  • Pastries
  • Condiments
  • Cooking aids
  • Chocolate bars
  • Egg rolls
  • Beer nuts
  • Artificial flavoring

One thing you really need to do is read the ingredients if you have a peanut allergy, you will find more foods than you realize may have been used in some form. Flour is one ingredient in many vegetarian and gluten-free products they use peanut flour or possibly even peanut oil, and peanuts are the most dangerous allergy for many children.

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Peanuts and Tree Nuts are two of the most dangerous allergies for children 

Worse Allergy Time Of The Year For Kids

Amazingly Halloween is the highest reported allergy season for children, so common sense tells us it more likely is from all the treats they are eating. News Max wrote an article on the facts proving this, so if you want to read their post feel free to use the link in this paragraph. Here is a list of the symptoms News Max provided for parents to watch out for, so I have listed these below for you.

  • Itching
  • Hives
  • Lip swelling
  • Tongue swelling
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Wheezing
  • Dizzy spells
  • Passing out
  • Tummy pain
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Anxiety

So you can see how dangerous allergies for children can be from these two food groups, and it is nothing to take lightly. Every child will not experience the same symptoms or the same severity, but these are the most common signs to watch out for.

Allergy Friendly Halloween Candy

Now comes the most important part of my article, what is the safest candy for your child with food allergies? You will find if you read the ingredients chocolate bars are high on the list to check carefully, but I have provided you the list of the safest trick or treat candy for your child this Halloween.

  • Swedish Fish is a favorite of many children, so this is the number one choice on the list I found.
  • The second one on the list might suprise you as it has me, and it is made by a company by the name of No Whey Chocolates. 
  • Skittles is not a new name to most of us, I can remember my own sons eathing these all the time when they were boys.
  • Gimbal’s gourmet jelly beans is another new name to me, but I would not turn down a good gourmet jelly bean that is allergy-friendly.
  • What kid does not love Smores, and you can trust the brand Enjoy Life for smores for your entire family.
  • Sour Patch Kids is next on the list, but I am not familiar with this candy, but I have heard and seen it in my local Walmart store.
  • Star Bursts is another option you can consider, so if your children like this brand it is even safe for them.

Now you know some safer options for your children with allergies, but remember these are brands that contain none of the most common allergy ingredients. You can find even more depending on what your child might be allergic to, but these are allergy-safe no matter what your boys and girls might be allergic to.

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Alternative Non Candy Halloween Treat Ideas-Children Living With Food Issue

Today I decided to write an article on alternative non candy Halloween treat ideas for children, and the reason for this is with so many kids experiencing food sensitivities and allergies this might benefit some families. If this is interesting to you, I have inserted a link above to take you to the best selling choices Amazon provides. I will earn a small commission from any of your purchases, which will be used to improve Free Family Solutions. 

Food Allergy Triggers In Candy

The reason I chose this topic is that I struggle with many foods from my own food allergies and sensitivities, and the worse part is many times parents might not even be aware their child is sensitive to what is in the candy. How many of you can afford to have your children tested, and from my own experience those tests are not even always accurate. For any family interested if your insurance does not cover these tests you can be talking a whole lot of money, but did you know you can purchase home tests from Amazon for much less?

  • Milk
  • Soy
  • Peanuts
  • Eggs
  • Tree Nuts
  • Coconut
  • Gluten (Wheat, Rye, and Barley)
  • Modified Food Starch

I have provided you the most commonly known products in candy to be aware of, but I want to let you know even if none of these allergens are in the candy they can be contaminated when the company produces other products.  You will find very few companies that are going to take the time to clean and sterilize their equipment before preparing the safer alternatives, and in very small writing you will find this on the packages by law. Before sharing the alternative non candy Halloween treat ideas, Let us look at some of my favorite candy brands.

Reeses Peanut Butter Cups Ingredients

Being sensitive to peanuts I have to be careful how many Reeses Peanut Butter Cups I eat, but I am lucky enough to get away with being able to have them in moderation. Beware peanuts are one of the ingredients in candy more children are sensitive to, and some kids can end up in the hospital or even worse by eating just one peanut butter cup. The reason for this is their throats can inflame causing them unable to breathe, so this is my major concern for parents and their children.

  • Milk Chocolate
  • Sugar
  • Cocoa
  • Butter
  • Chocolate
  • Non-Fat Milk
  • Milk Fat
  • Lactose
  • Soy
  • Lecithin
  • PGPR
  • Preservatives (TBHQ)
  • Peanuts
  • Dextrose
  • Salt

You might be surprised just how many ingredients are in this candy brand, and as much as I love them myself I must be extra careful how many I eat at any time. I am always shopping for alternative non candy Halloween treat ideas myself, so together we can go shopping together.

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As much as kids love peanut butter it can be an allergy trigger food

M & Ms Ingredients

Even if you choose the M & Ms without peanuts you still might not be completely safe, and besides there being other allergy triggers in regular M & Ms, there still could be traces of peanuts as well. You will find this on their packages in small print, so to be safe you should avoid this brand completely if you are allergic to peanuts.

  • Milk Chocolate
  • Sugar
  • Chocolate
  • Skim Milk
  • Cocoa Butter
  • Lactose
  • Milk Fat
  • Soy Lecithin
  • Salt
  • Artificial Flavoring
  • Sugar
  • Cornstarch
  • Corn Syrup
  • Dextrin
  • Artificial Coloring
  • Gum Acacia

I have only listed the ingredients in the regular M & Ms, but I am sure you can see there are several possible allergy triggers in this not to count there might be traces of peanuts as well.

Snicker Bar Ingredients

Another one of my favorites is Snicker Bars, and again it is full of peanuts so is one I am not able to have very often as well. If you start reading ingredients you might be surprised how many allergens there might be waiting for your kids, so as parents we do need to start reading the packages carefully before giving them to our children.

  • Milk Chocolate
  • Sugar
  • Cocoa Butter
  • Chocolate
  • Skim Milk
  • Lactose
  • Milk Fat
  • Soy Lecithin
  • Artificial Flavoring
  • Peanuts
  • Corn Syrup
  • Palm Oil
  •  Hydrated Soy Bean Oil
  • Salt
  • Egg Whites

I will not go through all the companies and their ingredients, but I just wanted to list several of my favorites that I am not able to eat regularly myself with you. Now I am going to share with you the candy bars with fewer allergy triggers. So if you are not eating alternative non candy Halloween treat ideas, you at least are getting to know what to ingredients and brands to avoid.

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Ghost quotes for your imagination

“In Eastern culture, people see ghosts, people talk about ghosts… it’s just accepted. And in Western culture it’s just not.” — Jessica Alba

“I fully believe in ghosts. I have, my entire life. The first house I ever lived in was haunted. There was a grave of a man in the backyard. I was just a baby then, but my parents would tell me that every night, at the same time, they would hear someone walking up the stairs.” — Meaghan Rath

Better Candy Bar Choices

To be honest with you there is no brand on the market that I know of that is healthy for us, but we all need to indulge every once in a while with something yummy to put into our tummy. So next, I am going to share with you the brands that do contain fewer triggers.

  • Hershey’s Bars
  • 3 Musketeers
  • Tootsie Rolls
  • Butterfinger
  • Baby Ruth

The list above brands contains three or less allergens, so these are healthier choices for your kids. I still recommend you read the packages, you never know when a company might change their ingredients.


Best Choices For Your Kids

I did happen to find some that don’t contain any of the known ingredients to avoid, and below I have listed them for you just in case any of you parents are interested.

  • Smarties
  • Sour Patch Kids
  • Dum Dum Lollipops
  • Nerds
  • Life Savers
  • Skittles

I just want to mention one other good choice if your child has no problems with soy is Jolly Ranchers, so these are good alternatives for candy choices that are safer for your kids.

Healthy Halloween Treat Recipes

Before we get into the alternative non-candy Halloween treat ideas, I would like to share with you some healthy recipes you can prepare yourself with your kids. The holiday is a great opportunity to teach and spend time with your children, and I have never known a child who wasn’t interested in being part of preparing home-made goodies with their mom. In fact, why not get the entire family in on this as a family time activity?

If these sound interesting recipes you would like to check out, you can go to the article 10 Healthy Halloween Treats For Kids for these and more fun goodies for your children.

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Prayer request websites are the place to get more prayers to better your life

Best Websites For Prayer Requests

Today I would like to share with all of you some of my favorite prayer request websites, and when times are not going so well the more people you have praying for you the better. You can visit these sites anytime with your prayer requests, so never think you are alone during bad times.

  • 24-7 Prayer
  • The Living Prayer Center
  • CBN
  • Prayer Chain Online
  • Guideposts

I found these in the article The Top Five Prayer Websites, so if you need a helping hand you are only a click away from finding prayers.

Parents Prayer For COVID-19

As parents, we fear more for our children than we do ourselves when it comes to the COVID-19 virus, so for all of your families in need of prayer for your children today I have shared this one below for all of you.

I admit I fear the unknown. I fear how others will act during this time of uncertainty, how long this will last, and not knowing what the world will look like for my children when this is over. Father, calm my heart. Help me to trust you. Please keep my children safe from this virus. Please allow me to stay healthy so that I can take care of them. Help me to rest at night, so that I have energy and clarity of mind. Keep me focused on you, so that I can fill my children with encouragement and not panic. Help us to not grow weary of one another while we’re home together for who knows how long. Show me how to make the most of this time and disciple my children with a new urgency.


For more powerful prayers for the COVID-19 virus, you can use the link in this paragraph and know I am praying for all of you who read my articles to stay safe and healthy.


Alternative Non Candy Halloween Treat Ideas

The holidays are very difficult for me, you see I have many food allergies and sensitivities plus intolerances. So this time of the year is a challenge for me to stay healthy,  and when you are not able to eat the majority of the goodies everyone else can it is very hard. As a boy, it was even worse being tempted with all my grandmother’s home-made specials she never made any other time of the year. I am totally intolerant of gluten and dairy products, so you can just imagine how the aroma of the traditional foods are tempting for me.  Let us see what is available today for kids with food allergies and intolerances, and this will never be as good as the goodies we are missing, but they can make the holiday easier for the children.

  • Bubbles are always a good choice for kids, and now I hear you can even get Halloween bubbles.
  • Another goodie to spice up a child’s holiday is play dough, and I can remember my grandmother always preparing me her special home-made play dough
  • I have never met any boy or girl who does not love freeze pops, so this can be a very good alternative to candy.
  • As a boy I always received Halloween activity books and stickers, I also loved puzzle books so I often received a good supply on the holidays.
  • Stamper kits are a favorite especially for toddlers, and at their age, these kits are a much better choice than a ton of candy.
  • Coloring books are also a popular substitute, and when you purchase one with the holiday theme you can’t go wrong.
  • Art & Craft Kits for kids is way better than a bunch of candy, so consider introducing your child to a new hobby.
  • Glow Stick necklaces and bracelets will impress any child, and this is something they may have never received before now?
  • Skull rings could be a treat your own child would cherish, you can get these in art creativity kits at a very affordable price.
  • Something called slime is very popular with children, I even notice my teenage niece still has this from time to time.

I try to recommend parents provide their children books as much as possible, so I have some books that might be great choices as alternative non candy Halloween treat ideas.

You can get these and many more great choices, and you can check these out with this link that will take you to the Amazon website.

Thank you again for reading my articles on Free Family Solutions, and feel free to leave me a comment or two at anytime below.



















Great Family Halloween Activities Beyond Trick Or Treating

Are you in search of some great family Halloween activities beyond trick or treating this year, I have heard when out grocery shopping parents talking about if it is safe for their children to go out trick or treating or not? So hearing this inspired me to write this article, and today we are going to look at some ways to celebrate this holiday at home.

What Parents Need To Consider

I just read this article with tips for parents on participating in the traditional Halloween celebrating, so what I am going to share with you came from the website ABC.go news. What you are going to read below came from Dr. Edith Brancho-Sanchez, and here is the prescription straight from the doctor.

  1. The very first thing to consider according to Dr. Edith is how the virus is affecting your own community, You want to look for a 5% or less of people testing positive to the COVID-19 virus, and of course, as the doctor suggests in her article the lower the percentage the safer it will be for your child.
  2. Dr. Edith’s next suggestion is to consider your family situation, and the first she shares in the article is are there any pregnant women living in your home? Other members that are high-risk are very young children such as infants and toddlers, you also want to be aware if you have any seniors living with you with chronic autoimmune health problems.
  3. It is very important for you to come up with a good plan, and one of the ways she recommends is talking to your neighbors. How can your neighborhood celebrate Halloween, but still stay as safe as possible?
  4. The first part of your plan must be how to keep social distancing and secondly, how to give out the goodies to the children?
  5. Everyone must wear masks to participate, plus the homes with high-risk people living there might not want to be involved this year. So you need a system to alert everyone who is going to give out candy and who is not, and some of your neighbors might be interested in setting out their treats instead of Halloweeners coming to their door?
  6. Next, the doctor recommends everyone get a flu shot, and this is not to protect you from the COVID-19 but the regular flu is going to be around as well at this time.
  7. Another suggestion is to set up a hand sanitizer for the children before they can receive their treats from you, also going with individually wrapped treats is highly recommended.

Dr. Edith concludes her article stating that even if you do all the things she suggests above, you still could get the virus, so these are the things parents need to consider before Halloween arrives.

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Celebrating a safe Halloween is even more important this year than ever before

Halloween Quotes

I really enjoy sharing quotes with you in my articles, and I hope this is something you enjoy as well and look forward to. I would love you to share some of your favorites with me as well, so feel free to leave them in my comments at the end of this article.





Jack O Lantern Pumpkin Decorating

We all know how this is a tradition many of our children look forward to each year, and in fact, I am sure there are many adults who can’t wait to show off their creativity. You don’t have to carve a jack o lantern, you are able to participate in this tradition in many other ways.  Below are some of DIY Networks ideas that might interest you, and at the least get you inspired with some ideas of your own.

  • Spooky Skull Lantern
  • Sergent Jack O Lantern
  • Initial Pumpkin Idea
  • Hungry Jack O Lantern
  • Owl Pumpkin
  • Jungle Fever Ape
  • Pumpkin Family
  • Cat Lovers
  • Black Cats
  • Spider and Web Design
  • Tatoo Decorative Design
  • White Swirl Decor
  • Spider
  • Homemade Pumpkin Candy Bowl
  • The Jamaican
  • Wicked Witch
  • Fabric Embellishment
  • Golfing
  • Centerpiece Project
  • Peek-a-Boo Gourds

For step-by-step instructions on how to complete any of these DIY projects just use the link above that will take you to DIY Network. So what did you think of our first great family Halloween activities beyond trick or treating ideas, I would love to hear from you by leaving me a comment at the end of this article.

More Halloween Activities To Explore

Next, I am going to share some ideas from, and if you find any of these interesting and desire to learn more I inserted a link above for you.

  • Decorating Pumpkins once again is mentioned in their article as well, so this sounds to be something we all should make a point to add to our stay at home Halloween ideas.
  • Corn Mazes is their next suggestion, you would need to plan this in the spring or contact a farmer who might allow you to set up a corn maze.
  • Haunted Houses are always a fun option, but with the COVID-19 virus, I doubt if any haunted houses are going to be open this year?
  • Scavenger Hunts is their next suggestion in their article, and this is always a great choice for kids. You could replace trick or treating with a scavenger hunt, and the children could fill their bags with what they can find.
  • Werewolf Tag is a new one for me, how about you? So if you are interested in how this works, I recommend you visit their website with the link above.
  • Flashlight Tag is another good idea that children would love, so we are getting some interesting alternatives for Halloween now.
  • Lantern Making sounds like a great family Halloween activities beyond trick or treating to me, and if you are like me I am really interested in learning more about making a lantern.

Now we have some more ideas we can consider if we must celebrate at home this year, and with the ideas so far I am sure the children will have a great time.

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You also can create amazing jack o lanterns with kits

Cupcakes Instead Of Giving Out Candy

Everyone knows how children go crazy for cupcakes, and you could surprise all the kids in your neighborhood with these instead of giving them candy. I just happen to have a recipe for you, so let us see what we need to get started.

What You Need

  • 1 Cup Softened Butter
  • 2 Cups of Sugar
  • 4 Large Eggs
  • 1/2 Cup of Milk
  • Zest of One Orange Finely Grated
  • 1/2 Cup of Fresh Orange Juice
  • 3  Drops of Orange Liquid Food Coloring
  • 3 Cups of Soft All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 Teaspoons of Baking Powder
  • 1 teaspoon of Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Orange Flavoring
  • Paper Baking Cupcake Cups
  • Vegetable Cooking Spray
  • Halloween Orange Frosting
  • 1/2 Cup of Whipping Cream
  • 2 Teaspoons of Orange Flavoring
  • 1 cup Butter Softened
  • 1/4 Teaspoon of Salt
  • 2 16 Ounce Packages of Powdered Sugar
  • 6 Tablespoons of Fresh Orange Juice
  • 2-4 Drops of Liquid Orange Food Coloring
  • Assorted Candies
  • Sprinkles
  • Candy Sticks

Gee whiz, I never realized how many ingredients it requires for cupcakes before now, and if I add known all the ingredients it took I would have appreciated more when my grandmother made them for me as a boy.

Let’s Get To Making Cupcakes

  1. The easy part to get started heat your oven to 350 degrees
  2. You are going now to beat the butter and sugar at medium speed with your electric mixer until your mixture is creamy, now you are ready to add your eggs one at a time.
  3. Add your milk and the next 3 ingredients in a small bowl,
  4. Combine your flour, baking powder, and salt, and now you will add to your butter mixture alternately with your milk mixture.
  5. Beat at slow speed until blended after each addition, stir in your orange flavoring next.
  6. Place the paper baking cups in 2- 12 cup muffin pans and be sure to coat with the cooking spray, spoon your mixture into cups up to 2/3 full.
  7. Bake between 12-15 minutes or until a wooden toothpick comes out clean, you will allow cooling for approximately 10 minutes.
  8. Time to prepare the frosting, you will beat the first four ingredients at medium speed with your electric mixer until creamy.
  9. Gradually add your powdered sugar, beat at low speed until blended well. Beat at high speed now approximately 2 minutes or until creamy, add your juice and food coloring. Beat at low speed with an electric mixer until blended well, beat at high speed 2 minutes or until creamy.
  10. You are going to be filling each cupcake with your Halloween orange frosting, read on to learn how to do this.
  11. Insert the end of a wooden spoon in the center of the cupcake, you will now fill a zip-lock freezer bag with your filling or frosting.
  12. Snip about 1/4 of one corner of the zip-lock freezer bag, and next just fit the corner of the bag into the hole in the center of your cupcake. Squeeze very gently until filling or frosting comes to the top of the cupcake, you are ready to frost your cupcakes next.
  13. Frost each cupcake with a metal knife, and then top off with your assorted candies, sprinkles, and one of the candy sticks.

Whew, this is a lot of work for the little ghosts and goblins, and now I appreciate my grandmother’s cupcakes even more than ever after learning how much work she went through to make these for me. I inserted a link below just in case you wish to go on the website, and I thank you for reading great family Halloween activities beyond trick or treating so far.

Cupcake Recipe 

Halloween Decorating Ideas

Just in case you are wondering why I included this paragraph on decorating, I can remember as a boy many of my friends would have this tradition. Their entire family got together and made their home spooky indoors and outdoors, and I always thought this was something special I wish my own family had done. So here are some ideas I found to share with you, and possibly you can make this your own family tradition this year.

  • Skeleton Wall Art
  • Pumpkin Decorating
  • Front Porch
  • Zombie Party Sugar Cookies
  • Halloween Wall Decorating
  • Oreo Monster Cookies
  • Pumpkin Carving Made Easy
  • Wall Decorating
  • Cupcake Decorating
  • Hanging Spiders
  • Spider Webs
  • Fright Lights Pumpkins
  • Halloween Car Kits

As I was shopping around for you, I noticed if you purchase the kits you are going to get more for your money. So I suggest you check this out before buying anything from now on, and even more so with Christmas right around the corner.

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Time For Our Prayer Of The Day

It is about that time once again for our prayer of the day, and I thank all of you who visited Free Family Solutions. I encourage you to leave me a comment or two, you will be helping my website as well as I would be happy to hear from you. It reassures me people are reading my articles and I am helping them, so if you have a few minutes leave a comment would be much appreciated.

Saint Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle;
be our defense against the wickedness
and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke him,
we humbly pray.
And do thou,
O Prince of the heavenly host,
by the power of God
thrust into hell
Satan and all the evil spirits
who prowl about the world
for the ruin of souls.


Before I conclude this article you might be interested in reading another article I wrote by the title of Stay At Home Halloween Ideas, but if not I will not be offended and  I thank you for reading this article more than words can express.

Great Family Halloween Activities Beyond Trick or Treating

I really hope where you are living is safe enough for your children to be able to enjoy our tradition, but if not I hope this article has provided you some alternative options. The werewolf tag sounds like something the majority of children would love, and after that maybe the scavenger hunt to fill up their Halloween treat bags would be an option. Know I am praying for all of you and your children each and every day, we must stick together to get through this crazy time in all of our lives right now.















Tips For Supporting Your Child With Autism During Halloween

 Tips for supporting your child with autism during Halloween is very personal to me, you see my oldest son was born with this disorder. If you are a parent or grandparent I am sure you understand how the holidays are different for your child, so I am going to be sharing not only tips but also family resources so you can get assistance when you need it.

 Infant Autism Signs

Today one out of ever 68 children shows signs of this disorder, and if you have a son they are over 4 times the risk than girls are. My son was not diagnosed until he was already in school, but with more knowledge of the symptoms with babies and infants we can start helping our children much sooner. Our first responsibility as parents and grandparents is to understand what to watch out for, so these are some things you should be watching for in your very young child.

  • Avoiding eye contact even at this age is one of the most common signs, so paying more attention to your child’s eyes is something you need to be aware of.
  • The next thing is to notice how they react with interaction, you will find the majority of babies avoid interacting. Many will not look or listen to other people, so this is another symptom of this disorder.
  • Oddly I remember my son didn’t babble like my other sons, and at the time his physician’s just told me all babies don’t start the baby talk at the same time.

Infants are more difficult to diagnose until they become older many times, but by knowing more about what to look for can help you get them treatment earlier.

Toddler Autism Symptoms

As your baby grows from their infancy stage to their toddler stage the symptoms are more obvious, you as parents and grandparents should start noticing something is different about your child around this time.

  • Interacting with other children is almost never done, you will experience your little one prefers to play by themselves. So early socialization skills is a sure symptom to be aware of, and it is not that they don’t get along with other children, they just prefer to keep to themselves.
  • This was not a problem for my oldest son since he is high-functioning, but many children struggle to communicate with even their own families.
  • Repetitive behavior was very obvious with my own son as a toddler, and he often would line up objects that were not toys. He would spend hours going through the canned-goods lining them up, so often children with autism will show repetitive behaviors that are odd.
  • Hand flapping was very obvious with my own son, and from what I have learned this is very common among many children. You also might notice your child does hand waving as well, and this can be very distracting for some families.
  • You might notice the toddler rocking back and forth at times, and this is another common symptom to be on the outlook for.
  • My boy never did this one, but twirling is something some kids might do as well. So these are repetitive habits you might notice your toddler doing, and as parents and grandparents consult your baby’s physician if you notice any of these behaviors.
  • The last of these you might notice is the lack of pointing to objects, and also my son never showed interest by gesturing towards any of his toys. Actually my boy had very little interest in regular toddler activities and playthings, so this is my last symptom to share with you from my own experience with my own child.

Today physicians are able to diagnose autism earlier than when my son was a little boy, so the earlier your child is diagnosed the sooner therapeutic treatment can be applied. Beware all children don’t possess all of these signs and symptoms, and every child with autism doesn’t act the same.

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Free Family Solutions recommends Spectrum Women to Parents and Grandparents

Autism And Parenting

As a parent of a grown-up son with autism, I know how valuable good resources are. This book is a good resource for families, and if this interests you, I have listed the highlights below. If you are not in need or interested, I encourage you to move forward to my next paragraph. In my own opinion, I would have jumped on this when my son was just a little boy, and for the price of $20.95, this is a very good deal.

Spectrum Women

Full of wit and warm advice, this book empowers autistic parents and reassures them that autism is strength in raising their children with love, knowledge, and experience, while also giving non-autistic parents and professionals a fresh perspective on helping autistic children to thrive.

  • Three mothers reflect on their experiences of growing up as undiagnosed autistics, venturing into and embracing motherhood, and connecting with their children in a unique and powerful way.
  • They offer advice on overcoming the challenges of parenting when you are autistic, such as socializing with other parents or sensory issues that come with excessive touch.
  • Reflecting on their own experiences, they also emphasize the positives of being an autistic parent to an autistic child, such as understanding why their child is struggling or the open-mindedness that can come from not being constrained by societal norms.
  • They also explain how out-of-the-box thinking leads to the creative parenting of non-autistic children, forming strong and loving bonds.

About The Author

Renata Jurkevythz is a features writer for Spectrum Women Magazine and contributor to the book Spectrum Women: Walking to the Beat of Autism. Before writing about autism, Renata used to write about parenting in her blog and on the website of a local parenting/birth group in Brazil. She was professionally diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome in 2016. She lives in Germany.

Maura Campbell is a senior editor and features writer for Spectrum Women Magazine and co-author of Spectrum Women: Walking to the Beat of Autism and has written on autism and learning disability for a range of other publications, including AuKids Magazine, and for the BBC. She was professionally diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome in 2011. She lives in Northern Ireland.

Lisa Morgan is the author of Living Through Suicide Loss with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and a co-author of Been There Done That, Try This! both published through Jessica Kingsley Publishers. Lisa is an assistant editor, feature writer, and columnist of Spectrum Women Magazine and provided the foreword to Spectrum Women: Walking to the Beat of Autism. She is also co-chair of the Suicide and Autism committee of the American Association of Suicidology. She is an autistic adult and lives in Maine, USA.

Spectrum Women—Autism and Parenting

Renata Jurkevythz, Maura Campbell, Lisa Morgan, Barb Cook

Autism Alternative Therapies

As a parent, I would never recommend any medications in any of my articles, and one of the reasons is I feel this should be only used as a last resort. My son had more complications when put on medicine as a little boy, and from taking him off of them, and using the alternative therapies benefitted him so much more. I will be honest with you, I am not a physician or have any type of medical background, so this information is coming only from my own experience with my own son. You are wise to consult your child’s physician for treatment recommendations, so with that out of the way next is what worked for my own son.

  • The first positive change I noticed was changing his diet, you will find out many children with autism are extra sensitive to many types of foods. These food sensitivities are not your regular allergy symptoms, but they actually may increase their autism symptoms. For anyone interested in a good resource The Autism & ADHD Diet is a good place to start, so let’s go now to what is your next best step.
  • Children with this disorder usually are highly connected to music, so by using this you can provide them a healthy coping skill. Again I highly recommend parents and grandparents encouraging music into their child’s regular daily routine. If you happen to have a high-functioning child introducing them to a musical instrument can be the best thing you ever do, and music therapy is used regularly by therapists.
  • Another method used today that was not around when my son was a boy is relaxation therapies, and again this is used by therapists for these kids regularly.

If you are interested in going with natural alternative therapy, I highly recommend you consider the list above. You will find all of these are good even if you don’t suffer from autism, so even parents can benefit from using these to cope better with their stress today.

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Free Family Solutions supports Autism Awareness

Autism Quotes

  • “My autism makes things shine. Sometimes I think it is amazing but sometimes it is sad when I want to be the same and talk the same and I fail. Playing the piano makes me very happy. Playing Beethoven is like your feelings – all of them – exploding.” — Artist Mikey Allcock
  •  “And now I know it is perfectly natural for me not to look at someone when I talk. Those of us with Asperger’s are just not comfortable doing it. In fact, I don’t really understand why it’s considered normal to stare at someone’s eyeballs.” — John Elder Robison
  •  “I always find it kind of funny that normal people are always saying autistic children ‘live in their own little world.’ When you work with animals for a while you start to realize you can say the same thing about normal people. There’s a great big, beautiful world out there that a lot of normal folks are just barely taking in. Autistic people and animals are seeing a whole register of the visual world normal people can’t, or don’t.” — Temple Grandin

If you enjoyed reading these quotes, you can read more on the website The Mighty, and I thank this site for publishing these inspirational quotes to share with you. Please be patient for my tips for supporting your child with autism during Halloween, and next, I want to share with you a recipe.

Kid-Friendly Autism Recipes

First, before sharing my recipe of the day, I want to share some of the things to avoid in your child’s diet. These children are much like people suffering from autoimmune diseases, and below are some of the main food triggers both of them experience.

  • Gluten
  • Dairy
  • High Carb Diets
  • Sugar

Now that I have given you some guidelines to consider, we can start preparing my recipe for you today.

Bacon-Wrapped Pineapple Bites

This recipe will not be pushed aside by your pickiest eater, and you can find more recipes such as Bacon Wrapped Pineapple Bites on the website

What You Need

  • 1 Pound Bacon Slices
  • 20 Ounces Pineapple Chunks
  • 2 Tablespoons of Honey
  • 1/4 to 1/2 Teaspoon of Chipotle Chile Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon of Green Onion Thinly Slices and Optional

Let’s Get Started

  1. You will want to preheat your oven to 400 degrees
  2. While waiting for your oven line a sheet pan with aluminum foil
  3. Place your wire rack on the top
  4. Now cut each strip of your bacon slices in half
  5. Wrap your bacon strip around your pineapple chunk, you will want to skew in the middle of your pineapple chunk.
  6. Just repeat this process for all your chunks of pineapple
  7. Next, you are ready for the honey, you will want to drizzle the honey over your bacon wraps.
  8. Very sparingly sprinkle your chile powder next
  9. Bake for 30 minutes flipping over when the bacon is crisp on each side, garnish with the green onion if desired.

This really sounds like a fun and tasty treat for your picky eater, and the best part it is very healthy for them. Even though the recipe doesn’t suggest this, I would consider using turkey bacon for even a healthier snack.

Prayers For Autism Children

I am sure you are becoming impatient for your tips for supporting your child with autism during Halloween, and right after I share some prayers for these children we will be getting to the tips you have so patiently been waiting for.

Prayer for Children with Asperger’s Syndrome

Merciful Lord, please touch my son, and give him peace and guidance as he navigates through a world that is often confusing to him. Lift him out of the depression he often suffers because he is laughed at, isolated, and excluded at school and in social settings. Help him overcome awkwardness in communicating and catching social cues. Help him acquire good social skills, so he can develop friendships and have a sense of belonging. Heal his wounded heart and lack of self-worth.


I stumbled upon this prayer while writing this article for you, and you can read more of these from the blog post 10 Uplifting Prayers for Autism. 

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How to celebrate Halloween with your child with autism

Tips For Supporting Your Child With Autism During Halloween

As I promised now you are going to receive my tips that you have been patiently waiting for, and I thank you for your patience to read my article on Free Family Solutions today.

  • Preparing your child with pictures and drawings is one way to get them ready for Halloween, you will need to prepare them for what activities are going to take place. This is really important if you are attending or having a party, and most of these kids need to ease into new things to avoid a panic attack.
  • Be sure to get them into the costume if they are dressing up before the big day arrives, you will want to be sure they are comfortable being dressed up to avoid problems.
  • For example, if your child is not comfortable with their costume or possibly wearing a mask, you never should force them. It might be best to provide them one of those eye masks instead of a face mask for some children, so these are something to consider.
  • Rehearse the trick or treat ritual by going to a family home before the big day, and grandparents are a good choice for rehearsing.
  • Avoid going to more houses than your child is comfortable, you will find for some of these kids even three to five houses is more than enough.
  • I would recommend taking them to homes they have been to before and are familiar with, so consider taking them to close neighbors and family before strange homes in the neighborhood.
  • For many kids celebrating Halloween at home works the best, and if you need ideas I have inserted a link above for you.

Thank you for reading tips for supporting your child with autism during Halloween, and I encourage you to leave me a comment if you have anything on your mind to share with me.















Halloween Books For Kids-From Babies To Teenagers

If you know me from Twitter as Just Call Me Jeff, you know how I support authors. I chose Halloween books for kids as my topic today for parents and grandparents, and the reason is reading needs to be encouraged in a child’s life even before they are able to talk or walk.

The Importance Of Children’s Books

You might be curious why this might be such an important topic to me, and I am going to share my story with you. You see when I was growing up I was not encouraged to read, and in fact, I can’t remember anyone in my family ever reading to me.  To be completely honest with you, I don’t think my parents ever sat down and read a book as far as I can recall. Anyway, the point I am going to make is this experience prevented me from reading any more than I absolutely had to, and that was only for school because I had no choice in the mater.

Why Reading To Babies Is So Important

For one thing, this can become a special time for you to bond with your baby, you also will find many mothers and fathers who read to a baby learns to talk sooner. This simple activity provides calmness for the majority of infants, and some say this calms their child down even better than just rocking them. Bright Horizons provides in their article more benefits you might be interested in knowing, so below I have listed some of them for you. I have included a link above to their article, so if you wish to read their entire blog post you are able to.

  • Good time to cuddle with your baby, and also the perfect time suggested in this article is right before bedtime. This is a good pre-bedtime ritual, to begin with, a newborn baby, so this first tip I am very impressed with and maybe you are as well?
  • Allow your infant to hold and explore what you are reading to them, and it is not important to complete the entire story. You are providing a great asset to their life by allowing them to explore, so maybe allowing them to chew on their storybook is not such a bad idea after all?
  • Even though this might sound strange at first, you should point out pictures and say their names out loud to your little one. This helps them to learn not only the names of the pictures earlier but also they say it helps many infants start to speak sooner.
  • By gradually lengthening your family time activity as your child grows is recommended, and as your little boy or girl shows more interest and can pay better attention this will help them learn.

These are the highlights of the article by Bright Horizons, and again you can visit the website by using the link above I shared with you.

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Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost-The Lord of the Rings

Books To Read To Your Infant

With tons of books available it could be overwhelming for new parents to choose from, so what I suggest is you focus on the ones that are going to help your little one to learn. You can find a very large selection to choose from, and here are some that shares in their article. You can use the link I provided to read their entire list, and because their blog post list contains 30 of the best to consider, I am not even going to list them in this article.

Historical Animals By Moberg, Julia

I have chosen this book simply because animals are naturally an interest to us even as babies, so I think this would be a nice learning book to read to your infant. You can point at each animal and say its name, and this will get them to a good start at knowing the different ones. Being this is a historical themed book, you might even find this interesting to read yourself.

The Dogs, Cats, Horses, Snakes, Goats, Rats, Dragons, Bears, Elephants, Rabbits, and Other Creatures that Changed the World

Julia Moberg, Jeff Albrecht Studios

It is a fact many of the famous people in history have owned animals and pets, and even though we have never really mentioned these as often as we should, this could be a very good lesson for anyone of any age, even if you are an adult.  I really feel this would be a good choice to add to your child’s library, and we all know how children love animals, so how can you go wrong with reading this to your baby boy or baby girl?

  • Meet Alexander the Great’s horse Bucephalus
  •  Mozart’s starling bird that helped him write music by singing along as he composed.
  •  Ethiopian goats that discovered the coffee bean
  • Marco Polo seeing dragons in China
  •  A dog named Boatswain that saved Napoleon’s life
  • The cobra that killed Cleopatra
  • Cairo, the dog that helped hunt down Osama bin Laden

About The Author

Julia Moberg grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Southlake, Texas. She attended New York University where she received both her B.F.A. and M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing at Tisch School of the Arts. She is the author of Skies Over Sweetwater, a young adult novel. She currently splits her time between Paris, France, and Nashville, Tennessee.

Sure this is not your ordinary baby storybook for sure, but imagine how much your little one can learn from you sharing history with them? The animals will be what interests them the most, but they will naturally learn simply by you reading this to them. If my sons were babies once again, I would seriously consider adding this to their library.

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Historical Animal is a great choice for reading to your infant or baby

Learn More About Historical Animals

I know what you might be thinking this is not a Halloween book, but I just could not help myself to share this one with you. I promise you if you keep reading I will keep my promise, and you will receive my list before you finish this blog post.

Busy Toddlers Recommended Books

Next, we are going to talk about the terrible toddlers, and honestly, I have never met a toddler that was terrible in my entire life.  This list is from a website that is dedicated to this age group of children, so let’s see what they suggest for parents and grandparents to choose for a child.

  • The Hallo-Weiner
  • Happy Halloween Stinky Face
  • Big Pumpkin
  • The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin
  • The Little Old Lady Who  Was Not Afraid Of Anything
  • Ten Little Mummies
  • Mouse’s First Halloween
  • Ten Timid Ghosts
  • The Night Before Halloween
  • There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Bat
  • The Spooky Smells of Halloween
  • Five Little Pumpkins
  • Pumpkin Jack
  • Room on the Broom
  • Even Monsters Need Haircuts
  • The Haunted Ghoul Bus

This is the entire list from the website Busy Toddlers, and if you are interested in purchasing any of these books I hope you will go to the website and order from Busy Toddlers. Even though I am not going to receive anything for referring you there, I feel I owe the site that much since using their article to share with you. If asked how you found them, I would be grateful if you mentioned Free Family Solutions.

Free Printable Halloween Coloring Pages For Toddlers 

I must admit I have never heard of these Halloween books for kids before now, but they sound to be quite interesting to read to your toddlers. Even if they are able to read them for themselves, I suggest you coax them to read them to you. This is a great family time activity, and the entire family could participate in this to form an everlasting bond. As a freebie, I included a link to some coloring pages you can print and color with your little boy or girl, and this is another good activity to consider doing regularly as well.

We Are Teachers Best Halloween Reading

My next stop was a website by the name of We Are Teachers, and they have taken the time to provide us with an article with the 20 best Halloween books for older children. These are scarier than the ones I have been sharing so far, so these are suggested to be for boys and girls who love to be scared.

Grade School Children

  • Please Scare My Kids With No Words
  • The Pomegranate Witch
  • The Short Straw
  • Flashlight Night
  • Leo a Ghost Story
  • The Hoodoo Nik Naks Volume 1
  • School of the Dead
  • The Last Kids On Earth and the Nightmare Kings
  • A Halloween Carol
  • Lilac Skully  and the Haunted House

Middle School Kids

  • Nightmares The Lost Lullaby
  • Scary Stories for Kids
  • Library of Souls
  • The Carnelian Crow
  • Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard

High School Students

  • What Waits in the Woods
  • Scala
  • The Girl From Rawblood
  • Under a Watchful Eye
  • The Things in the Woods

I must say We Are Teachers did an excellent job with this article, you now have some very good choices to consider for all ages of children. This list I am sure you will agree with me is the best Halloween books for kids I have shared so far with you.

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Prayer For An Unborn Infant

Heavenly Father,

You have created in me new life, a little baby, unique and perfect and so full of joy! Each time I feel this little one with me I am more excited! I feel such wonder and such blessings.

I ask for your Almighty hand to hold and keep us as we carry this precious gift. I trust in your care and protection and look forwards to watching this little person grow more on earth.

Thank you.

More Prayers For My Readers

Halloween Book Recommendations

I have shared from some of the websites that are known to specialize in children and reading, and now I am going to share with you what Free Family Solutions recommends. So once you read my list you will have many awesome choices, and I am happy to be able to provide you all this information in this article.

  • Good Night Halloween provides children their favorite Halloween traditions and may even learn a few new ones, all while being gently lulled to sleep. Talk about a steal, you can add this to your library for $3.99.
  •  It’s Halloween, and the Cat in the Hat is taking Sally and Nick on a trip to find costumes, but Have No Fear Halloween is Here is a winner at the price of $4.99.
  • “There can never be enough Halloween stories. This one is appealing, participatory, fast-paced and a delight in the telling.”—Children’s Book Review Service, you will love the mystery of the Vanishing Pumpkin at the cost of $6.99
  • From the creators of the New York Times bestsellers How to Catch Santa and How to Babysit a Grandpa comes a silly (and not-too-spooky) send-up of Halloween…and ghosts! How To Scare a Ghost is another goodie in my book, and you can start reading this one at $7.99

As you can tell Free Family Solutions is not out to make a living from this website, I am seriously intending to provide you solutions to your problems and the best deals I can find. This website is not a business in my mind, but it is my way of helping families like yours. Any purchases will be used to improve this site,  and this is my promise to you.

Haunted Ghost Recipe

Better Homes and Gardens provided this easy recipe, and as they said they will disappear just like real ghosts by your family. Great idea for a Halloween party as well, so if you are up to making some scary and yummy ghosts let’s get started.

What You Need

  • 114.3 Ounce Package of Oreo Cookies- Substituting Brands is Optional
  • 18 Ounce Package of Cream Cheese
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 18-20 Tiny Marshmallows
  • 8 Ounces of Vanilla-Flavored Candy Coating Melted
  • 36-40 Miniature Semisweet Chocolate Pieces

Ready To Conjure Up Some Ghosts

  1. Line a cookie sheet with wax paper and set it aside
  2. In a food processor, you want to process your cookies until finely crushed.
  3. Once your cookies are finely crushed add your cream cheese and salt, and process this mixture until combined.
  4. Now you are going to shape 2 tablespoons of the mixture around one of your little marshmallows, once you do this with all your tiny marshmallows place them in a single layer about 1-2 inches apart on your cookie baking sheet.
  5. Chill them now about 1 hour or until they are firm
  6. You now will carefully pour about 1 tablespoon of the candy coating over the chilled balls one at a time, and then place two chocolate pieces in place for their little ghostly eyes.
  7. Just let your ghosts stand until they are set, and then they are ready to start disappearing

Halloween Oreo Ball Ghosts Recipe

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Costume Party Dress Ideas-Little Girls Halloween Dresses

Today we are going shopping for some costume party dress ideas for little girls, since I was a little boy the choices have changed dramatically. I am sure this is true for the majority of parents and grandparents as well, so I thought we would check out what the kids are dressing up as today compared to when we were children ourselves.

Our First Stop Will Be Amazon

I chose this store because it is one of the most popular stores parents and grandparents shop at, and many of you might have the famous Amazon Prime membership. Before I share the most popular choices, you know this membership would make a great gift for seniors on your shopping list, if you need any ideas for Christmas.

  • Pumpkin Patch Scarecrow
  • Cute Witch with her own Magic Broom
  • Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Star Wars 7 Rey
  • Dorothy of the Wizard of Oz
  • Gotic Female Vampire
  • Human Spider
  • Tinkerbell
  • Female Werewolf
  • Baby Lamb
  • Halloween Bat
  • Unicorn
  • Mermaid
  • Ballerina
  • Cowgirl
  • Disney Audrey Descendants 3
  • Pirate with a Sword
  • Beautiful Butterfly
  • Disney Minnie Mouse
  • Disney Frozen 2 Anna
  • Perky Peacock
  • Pretty Princess
  • The Famous Cinderella
  • Remember Repunzel
  • Batgirl
  • Zombie Girl
  • Girl Reaper
  • Mad Hatter
  • Good Witch Glinda of the Wizard of Oz

As you can see our first stop shopping for costume party dress ideas has been a success, and so are any of these possibly your little girl’s favorites? If you happen to wish to browse this store, here is the link to Amazon which will take you to their home page.

Fancy Dress Party Costume Ideas For Women

Who Is Up For Walmart

Our second stop will be a store we are all familiar with, and that store is your neighborhood Super Walmart. Most of us do the majority of our shopping here, and what makes this such a favorite for most of us is it is our one-stop place to shop. You can find just about everything you need here, and people today are always looking for ways to save time.

  • Snow Queen Princess Elsa Anna
  • Little Angel
  • Girl Skeleton
  • My Little Pony Rainbow Dash
  • Little Bo Beep
  • Prairie Girl
  • Toddler Bat
  • Vampire Toddler
  • Red Riding Hood
  • Lady Bug
  • Variety of Colors Princess Dresses
  • Disney Zombies 2
  • Colonial Child
  • My Little Pony Twilight Sparkle
  • Unicorn Toddler
  • Flower Toddler
  • Duck
  • Ghostbuster

Here are some of the best that caught my eye on the Walmart website, and if any of these interest you use the link to check them out.

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Candy Corn Is The Most Popular Halloween Candy

Candy Corn Recipe

Since candy corn is such in demand during this time of the year, I thought maybe some of you might be interested in learning how it is actually made? This recipe is provided by the Food Network, and the credit goes to a man by the name of Alton Brown.

What You Need

  • 4 1/2 Ounces of Powdered Sugar which is Approximately 1 1/2 Cups
  • 1/2 Ounce Nonfat Dry Milk, Approximately 6 1/2 Teaspoons
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 3 1/2 Ounces Granulated Suger, About a 1/2 Cup
  • 3 3/4 Ounces Light Corn Syrup, Equals to 1/3 of a Cup
  • 2 1/2 Tablespoons of Water
  • 2 Tablespoons of Unsalted Butter at Room Temperature
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 2 to 3 Drops Yellow and Orange Gel Paste Food Coloring

How To Make Your Candy Corn

  1. Combine your powdered sugar, dry milk, and salt in the bowl of a food processor.
  2. Pulse 4 to 5 times until the mixture is smooth. set aside for later
  3. Now you will combine the sugar, corn syrup, and water in a 2-quart pot
  4. Put over medium heat, cook, and cover for 4 minutes
  5. Next, you will add the butter, and clip on a candy thermometer
  6. Bring your mixture to the temperature of 230 degrees for about 1 to 2 minutes
  7. Now you are ready to take the mixture off of the heat, you can remove the candy thermometer as well
  8. Add the vanilla and the dry mixture at this time stirring continuously with a silicone spactula until well mixed
  9. Pour onto a half sheet pan lined with a silicone  baking mat
  10. Cool until the mixture is able to be handled which usually takes about 10 to 15 minutes
  11. Divide the dough into three equal parts, and add 2 drops of yellow food coloring to one part, and knead the dough until the color is consistent.
  12. Add 2 drops of orange food coloring to the second part or piece, and knead the dough until the color is consistent.
  13. You are going to leave the third part or piece white
  14. Roll each piece of dough to a strand about 18 inches long, and then cut each strand in half.
  15. Roll one of the white pieces about 1/2 inch thick, and about 22 inches long.
  16. Repeat this process with the yellow and the orange piece as well
  17. Lay the strands side-by-side and press them together, and then you will begin to cut them into 4 inch pieces.
  18. Lay the strands one at a time onto the silicone baking mat, and press into a wedge shape similar to a triangle shape.
  19. Use a wire butter slicer to cut the candies into pieces, you can also use a knife or a pizza cutter if you don’t have the wire butter slicer.
  20. Repeat this process with the remainder dough, lay the finished pieces on waxed  paper to dry about 1 hour.
  21. Store in a air tight container with waxed paper between each layer.

Wow, I don’t know about you but I think I will just go to my nearby Walmart and purchase my Candy Corn again this year. For someone who has the time and patience, you now have access to how to make Candy Corn all year round.

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Are You Tired Of The Same Old Jack O Lantern Every Year

Pumpkin Carving For Advanced Carvers

This is a fun Hallowween traditon especially when you have children, so are you tired of the same old Jack O Lantern faces year after year? Well if you are shaking your head up and down, I have found the solution to your problem. So here are what I have found to share with you to spice up your holiday, I hope some of these interests you.

  • King of the Jungle Tiger
  • A Royal Kings Crown
  • Witchy Shoes
  • Bubbling Witches Pot
  • Good Witch
  • Creepy Clown Face
  • Stranger Things String Lights
  • Shark
  • Hammerhead Shark
  • Vintage Camper
  • Campfire
  • Cool Haunted House
  • Raven
  • Here For The Boos
  • Wine Glasses
  • Happpy Hallo-Wine
  • Party’s Here
  • Pirate
  • Dracula
  • Zombie
  • Mummy
  • Wizard
  • Fire-Breathing Dragon
  • Pineapple
  • Cupcake
  • Sunflower
  • 70’s Floral
  • Elegant Chair
  • Hansel and Gretel
  • Headless Horseman
  • Castle
  • Spooky Tree

These are printable stencils especially designed for carving pumpkins for Jack O Lanterns, you have access to 92 patterns to choose from, and these are provided to you for Halloween by HGTV. 

Girls Party Dress Clearance Sale

Back to the costume party dress ideas for your littile girl, now I am going to share with you some of my favorites I found while searching for clearance sales. Even though Amazon and Walmart are very good choices to save you money, you might be able to find the perfect outfit and at the same time save even more money when taking advantages of them being on sale.

  • Jack O Lantern Print
  • Bat Print
  • Front Strap Bat
  • Halloween Pumpkins
  • Vintage Style Dress
  • Haunted Castle
  • Black Cats
  • Pumpkin and Spiders
  • Spiderweb Mesh

These are really impressive party dresses you must see to really appreciate them, and these are more for fancy Halloween parties than actual costumes for trick or treating. The prices are very reasonable considering how beautiful these dresses are, so if you are tempted to take a peek these are waiting for you at the website Dress Lily.

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When You Think Of Halloween Dracula Comes To Most Or Our Minds

 Scariest Halloween Attractions

  • Six Flags Fright Fest
  • Erebus Haunted Attraction
  • Bennet’s Curse
  • Witches of New Salem
  • Dent Schoolhouse
  • Hangman’s House of Horror
  • Terror Behind the Walls
  • ESP’s Night Watch
  • Fright Factory
  • Bates Motel
  • The Queen Mary

This gives you a good list of places you can consider visiting this time of  the year, and that is if you dare? These are some of the top family attractions recommended to be the best, so keep this list handy for the next time you are looking for something new to do on the spookiest time of the year.

Scary Halloween Costumes For Boys


Halloween Stories For Children

In my day my grandfather was always playing pranks on us kids, and when he was not doing that he was telling us scary stories that gave us nightmares for weeks. The stories I am going to share are not going to give your children nightmares, but they are highly recommended by the American Literature website. Below I have shared some of these stories for you parents and grandparents, and if any interest you use the link above to go to the home page of this website.

  • Halloween Pleasures
  • Jack O Lantern Song
  • A Tale for Halloween
  • The Goblin Man
  • Our Little Ghost
  • Joy Halloween
  • Pumpkins in the Cornfield
  • Hansel and Gretel
  • The Two Sisters
  • Bogey Beast
  • Old Witch
  • Legend of Sleepy Hollow
  • The Great Pumpkin
  • Song of the Witches
  • The LIttle Bat That Would Not Go To Bed
  • Red Riding Hood

I am sure many of these are familiar to parents and grandparents reading this article, and some of these might even be brand new to you. I recognize many of them myself, but I must admit there are more new to me than I would have thought.

Halloween Quotes

  • “Believe nothing you hear, and only one half that you see.” Edgar Allan Poe, American Writer
  • “Clothes make a statement. Costumes tell a story.” Mason Cooley, American Aphorist
  • “Not every witch lives in Salem.” Unknown
  • “We make up horrors to help us cope with the real ones.” Stephen King, American Author
  • “It is impossible to say how first the idea entered my brain; but once conceived, it haunted me day and night.” Edgar Allan Poe, The Tell-Tale Heart
  • “You must believe me, it was a horseman, a dead one! Headless!”Ichabod Crane, Sleepy Hollow
  •  “Am I walking toward something I should be running away from?” Shirley Jackson, The Haunting of Hill House
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Halloween Prayer For Children

Halloween Prayer Poem For Children

Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate.
First one said, “Oh my, it’s getting late!”
Second one said, “there are witches in the air!”
Third one said, “But we don’t care!”
Fourth one said, “Let’s run and run and run.”
Fifth one said, “I’m ready for some fun.”
Oooooooooooooh went the wind.
Out went the light.
And the five little pumpkins rolled out of sight!

How many of you parents and grandparents remember this prayer poem for children, I can still remember this at the age of 61. It is amazing how some things sticks in our minds no matter how old we become, so please share this with your children and grandchldren so they too can remember this and pass it on to their own kids one day.

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Fancy Dress Party Costume Ideas-Halloween Bargain Shopping Guide

My intention of this article is to provide you discount fancy dress party costume ideas for the ladies, I know the majority of you reading this more likely is being financially affected by the COVID-19. Let us hope and pray the United States government provides you another stimulus for the holidays, but in the meantime, I am going to provide you the best deals I can find to save you money.

What Is A Fancy Dress Party

The majority of these types of events people will come dressed up in costumes, but not your ordinary costumes will do for this type of event. You might find this interesting that this type of party began in the 18th century, and the theme most of the guests dressed up as were famous people of the past. Today it is much more open to just about anything with good taste, you can even come up with your own costume ideas if you are creative enough. The best strategy to use for such an occasion is to treat this as a competition, and this will get your more inspired to become more creative.

Good Housekeeping Ideas For Women

Good Housekeeping wrote an article with some very good party suggestions, and these are especially for women in search of some fancy dress party costume ideas. I do recommend you take a peek at the list they provided, and for your convenience, I have listed them below for you.

  • Ghost Buster Jumpsuit Costume is their first on their list, and it even comes with the Ghost Buster’s official patch. You can get this at for the price of $56.99, and so this is the number one choice you can consider.
  • Adult Disney Mrs. Incredible is next, and I have never heard of this and it would not be one of my choices to recommend to you. This one is available at ASDA, and the price for this one is $32.00.
  • The next on their list goes by the name of Pink Ladies, and this is basically just a pink jacket similar to the ones worn in the movie Grease. This is another ASDA choice you can consider, and this is very affordable at $13.00.
  • The Gothic Witch is more of a traditional choice, and you will receive your hat and the dress. This is located at Halloween Costumes and is very affordable at the price of $19.99
  • If you are shopping for something that will make you stand out from the rest, you might want to consider Little Red Riding Hood? Another Halloween Costumes choice and this can be yours for the price of  $47.99.
  • Did you ever watch Harry Potter, and if so do you remember Professor McGonagall? This is at ASDA for the price of $22.00, so Good Housekeeping is providing you a nice variety of choices for every budget.
  • For you ladies who always wanted to be a cheerleader now is your chance, and guess what you even receive your very own pom poms with this outfit. You can check this one out by visiting Amazon, and it is very affordable for every budget.
  • What do you think about dressing up as Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz, and you can do just that at Halloween Costumes for $47.99.
  • The next is a Creepy Clown, so if you are into clowns this might be a good one to consider. This is at Halloween Costumes as well, and it can be yours for $37.99.
  • Have you ever thought about what it would be like to have magic powers, and if so the Dark Sorceress might be just what you are shopping for? Halloween Costumes has this one as well, you can purchase this one for $42.99.
  • Did you ever attend the circus as a little girl, and if so maybe being a female Circus Ringmaster would appeal to you? This is the last on the list and once again Halloween Costumes is the place to go, you will pay $47.99.

If you are interested in any of the choices on the list above, you can either use the links in the list to the store or from the Good Housekeeping article.

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A Person Should Always Choose A Costume Which Is In Direct Contrast To Her Own Personality

The majorty of these fancy parties masks are not included in your outfits, so you might be wise to ask if this is required or not before choosing your costume for the party.

Bargainhunters Shopping Guide

Now I am going to share some of my own favorites I have found, and you can be sure these all are budget-friendly. Free Family Solutions main interest is to provide problem solving articles for families, and one of the majority of problems we all face is the high cost of our economy. So sharing not only solutions, but high-qualty products at affordable prices is also a priority, and now let us get started with what I have found for you ladies.

Spiderweb Print Dress

Even though this might not be a costume, I really liked this from the first time I set my eyes on it. I am going to share it anyway with you, and you just might like it enough to consider wearing it to your fancy event.  Before I provide you a peek at this dress, I am going to share some of the highlights with you.

  • $15.99-18.99
  • Knee Length
  • Swing Silhouette
  • Long Sleeves
  • Crew Neckline
  • Soft Comfortable Fabric
  • Knit Stretch Material
  • Polyester Spandex
  • Machine Care
  • Up to 3X
  • Spiderweb All Over Print Design
  • Party or Casual Wear


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Halloween Spiderweb Print Dress

Where you can check this dress out more if you desire to is LTD Commodities, and while you are there don’t be surprised what you might find for the holiday decorating at great deals.

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Let’s See What Amazon Has For You Ladies

Since Amazon is probably the most popular shopping website for families, I thought I would do the work for you and check out what they have and share them with you.

  • Goovy Hippie
  • Beer Babe Octoberfest
  • Cinderella
  • Snow White
  • Bat Woman
  • Roman Empress
  • Pink Princess
  • Sleeping Beauty
  • Spartan Queen
  • Sexy Godess
  • Red Riding Hood

These were the ones that caught my eye on my Amazon search, I only checked the first page. All of these are great choices, and you will be the hit of the party by dressing up as any of these I am sure. Now let us check out the next store, and I hope you are enjoying our fancy dress party costume ideas shopping trip so far?

Shopping At Halloween Express

Our next stop is at Halloween Express, and I am going to list what they refer to as their best adult costumes.

  • Harley Quinn
  • Sister Mary
  • Red Riding Hood
  • Sexy Indian Woman
  • Egyptian
  • Cleopatra
  • Old West Saloon Girl
  • Mummy
  • French Empress
  • Southern Belle
  • Virgin Mary

You will find Halloween Express provides a variety of price ranges, so everyone should be able to find something they love within their own spending budget here. Here are their categories to choose from, and this should give you even a better idea if this store is worth your time.

  • Angels
  • Animals
  • Classic Horror Movies
  • Disney
  • Storybook
  • Greek
  • Roman
  • Historical
  • Holidays
  • Religion
  • Science Fiction
  • Sexy
  • Sports
  • Super Heroes
  • 40’s
  • 50’s
  • 60’s
  • 70’s
  • Roaring 20’s
  • TV
  • Movies
  • Western
  • Traditional
  • Gothic

As you can see this store has a lot to offer you, and again they do have affordable prices available. Much depends on what your taste might be, but this is a place worth shopping if you are in search for the pefect outfit.

A Christian’s Halloween Story Provided By CBN

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Visit CBN To Read The Christian Halloween Story

Our Last Stop Party City

As for my last store to share with you in this article, I am going to be visiting Party City. This is a new website for me as well as it might be new for you, so together let us do some shopping to see what we can find here.

  • Sexy
  • TV
  • Movies
  • Super Hero
  • Disney
  • 1920’s
  • Horror
  • Gothic
  • 1950’s

Again this store provides a nice variety of themes for us to check out, and now I am going to share my favorites that I find while shopping on this website.

  • Baywatch Babe
  • Lady Officer
  • Act 2 Anna Disney Frozen
  • Nurse
  • Supergirl
  • Bride of Chucky
  • Lady Baseball Player
  • Devil
  • Annie Oakley
  • Pirate
  • Little Bo Beep
  • Mrs. Potato Head

These are my favorites that I noticed as I was shopping on Party City, and as you can see this website does provide some different themes than the others we have visited.

Huffpost How To Dress Up Article

I have not forgotten those of you who might not be able to afford to purchase a costume, and maybe you are one of those people who are not comfortable dressing up for Halloween. Well, you are in luck since Huffpost has written an article for people just like you, so let us see what they recommend for you to do?

Fashionable Halloween Outfit

  • Crocidile City Bag
  • High Waist Skater Skirt
  • Cassie Cat Long Sleeve Crop Top
  • ASOS Mandem Pointed  Flat Shoes

So this is the outfit Huffpost recommends for those of you who are not dress up in costume type of people, and this is an option to consider.

Halloween Witch Costume Ideas-Meet Some Real Witches


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Halloween Nail Art Supplies-Nail Art Idea Tips

This article is more about providing you ideas than actually Halloween nail art supplies, but what good would it be for me to provide you the inspiration without where to shop for what you need? So I am going to provide you both to completely solve your problem, and the first thing we need to know is what is this beauty technique?

What Is Nail Art

This beauty technique is actually artwork you can add to your fingernails and even your toenails, and this is most often done after the person has a manicure and a pedicure done.  For any of you guys who might be reading this article, I want to share that these are beauty techniques that trim, shape, and polish your nails. So now even you fellows should understand this more clearly now, and next let us learn about the different types of this unique artwork.

Types Of Nail Art

The different types can change overnight with the trends, but also our holidays such as Halloween is a major factor as well. What are the most popular accessories might be crossing your mind, and below I have listed some of these for you.

  • Nail Polish
  • Drawings
  • Decals
  • Stickers
  • Jewels
  • Charms
  • 3D Artwork

Now we are getting a much better picture of what we will need in the way of Halloween nail art supplies, and next, I would like to share with you some ideas provided in an article by Good Housekeeping. 

Good Housekeeping Ideas

Now that I think about it, I can see how adding artwork to go with your costume would be a very effective addition to your outfit. Leave it to women to come up with this awesome idea, so if you are going to be a witch for example you might go with black fingernails. Since I am not very creative when it comes to this, I am going to leave it up to Good Housekeeping to provide you some inspiration.

  • Friendly Ghosts
  • Glow in the Dark
  • Bride of Frankenstein
  • Candy Corn
  • Sparkling Skeletons
  • Spider Cobwebs
  • Blood Web
  • Glittery Graveyard
  • Creepy Crawler
  • Jack o Lanterns

These are the designs that caught my eye the most out of the 40 designs available in this one article, and you can use the link above that will take you to all of these ideas.

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Hope All The Candies Don’t Go To WAIST

 Inspirational Quote Websites

If you have been reading my articles you will notice I include at least one inspirational quote, and the reason for this is these really can get us in the right mood. Instead of just reading them, you really need to take the time to really think about what they are saying to you. Right now I am inserting one’s that are related to Halloween to get you into the holiday mood, and being a single guy, I know how difficult it can be for people who live alone to be in a positive mood this time of the year. So I do hope these are something that is helping you to leave my website in a better mood, and signing up for daily quotes in your email is convenient and easy for you to do.

Here are a few websites you can visit when you have the extra time, and there are more online you can search for as you have the time. I have found this to be just one effective method to stay positive and in a good mood, and maybe in an article in the future, I will share more of the methods that have changed my life over the years.

Who Is Nail Art For

For anyone reading this article and think this is for women only have a surprise coming, I am going to share some famous men from the article by Vogue with you next.

  • David Bowie
  • Keith Richards
  • Johnny Depp
  • Seal
  • Brad Pitt
  • Paul Klein

For the entire list you can use the link above, I just wanted to share a few with you to show you this form of art is not just for women.

Beginner Nail Art Kits

For someone new to this form of body artwork, I have read that your best way to get started is to purchase one of the best kits. So what should you look for might be something you are thinking, and I also was curious about this so I did the research for you.

  • Stickers
  • Dotting Tools
  • Rhinestones
  • Striping Tape
  • Glitter
  • Polishes
  • Stamping Kit
  • Top Coat
  • Base Coat
  • Orangewood Stick
  • Toothpicks
  • Tweezers
  • Scissors

I must say girls night sleep overs doing their nails could be a major project, and it is much more complex than when I was in school and the girls basically just painted one another’s nails. So we have solved your problem what you need to look for in a kit to get started, and I am going to go even farther by sharing the best kits you can buy. Before I share this information with you, I want to give the credit for the information above to STYLECRAZE and for more information you can visit their article on your own.

Recommended Best Kits To Buy

The article with the 5 Best Nail Art Kits to buy was updated September 2020, so you are receiving the most recent information on what are your best choices right now. Let us now just see what are the recommeneded products from this article. so by purchasing one of these kits you will receive everything you need when it comes to Halloween nail art supplies, and I am sure this is a way better deal than purchasing everything separately.

  • Aifaifa Best of the Best
  • Addfavor the Best for your Money
  • Proteove
  • Bememo
  • Bieawg

I have never heard of any of these brands, but I will admit the beauty industry is not my cup of tea. I chose this article for one, people are interested in this form of body art, and another to solve any problems for anyone interested in getting started. Many parents might not be into this, just like me. So this is a good guide for parents to help their children to get started, and I am sure most of your children are getting into this since it seems to be very popular.

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You Can Find The Best of the Best at Amazon

The kit above is the Aifaifa Best of the Best according to the article I got this information from for you, and you can purchase this kit at Amazon if this is one of your favorite places to shop.

Easy Step-By-Step Designs For Children

If you happen to have chldren who are interested in getting started in this here is a step-by-step article especially with designs for kids. I am sure this might interest some of you parents or grandparents, and I am more than happy to be able to provide this information for you.

  • Lady Bird
  • Converse Shoe
  • Angry Bird
  • Hello Kitty
  • Floral
  • Leopard Print
  • Rainbow
  • Zebra Stripes
  • Penguin
  • Love
  • Powderpuff Girls
  • Faux Tuxedo
  • Stripes
  • Polka Dot
  • Pusheen

Since it would make this article extremely too long to share all the step-by-step instructions for each of these kids designs, I am going to share with you the link and you can take it from there.

Nail Product Health Risks

With all the health problems in our society today, I feel it is important to consider the risks using these types of products. I am concerned since children begin using these at a very early age, and over time what effect could this have on our children’s health? The fingernail do’s and don’ts comes from the Mayo Clinic, you can use the link in this paragraph if you wish to read the entire article.

What To Look Out For

  • Change in color
  • Dark streak underneath your nail
  • Change of shape
  • Curling
  • Thinning or thickness
  • Bleeding
  • Swelling
  • Failure nail not to grow out

Fingernail Do’s

  • Keep dry & clean
  • Regular hygiene
  • Use moisturizers
  • Apply protective layer such as a nail hardener
  • Consult your physician about Biotin

Fingernail Don’ts

  • Avoid biting your nails
  • Never pick the skin around them
  • You should never pull off hangnails
  • Use fingernail products in moderation
  • Don’t ignore the signs above, and consult your physician immediately

These are very basic do’s and don’ts, but it is a good start to taking good care of your fingernails, I urge parents to keep an eye on these warning signs of their young children. It is very important people don’t overuse these products, and one of the most potent of these is fingernail polish remover. We are exposing ourselves to harsh chemicals pretty much every day, and we must start being more aware, how dangerous these chemicals have become to our immune systems.

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Watching Out For The Warning Signs Is Important To Be Safe When Using Fingernail Products

Best Nail Polish Dryer Machines

One last product you might want to consider investing in is the nail polish dryer machine, and these are very popular and inexpensive. This paragraph is going to provide your the Top 10 Best Nail Polish Dryer Machines, so if this is something you are interested in take a look at the list below.

  • MicroPure
  • Deep Dream
  • Sunyear
  • Melody Susie 12W
  • Meloady Susie 36W
  • Makarrt

Now you have 10  products to start checking out, and if you are interested in reading the article I inserted the link in the paragraph above for your conveneince. Since I am not an expert on this topic I have listed my resources in this article for you, and I am sure these reources will be able to answer many of your questions.

Halloween Nail Art Supplies

To complete this article I am going to list some places you are able to get supplies, so let us see what suppliers we have to choose from below.

This will give you a good start shopping for your supplies, but again remember to consider purchasing one of the kits instead of buying your products separately. I am sure all the companies on the list has kits, so this is just a friendly reminder to get the most for your money.














Stay At Home Halloween Ideas-COVID Canceling Trick or Treat

Many parents are concerned about their children’s safety going trick or treating more this year than ever, so I decided to provide families this stay at home Halloween ideas article. I know I would be worried about my own children, so many of you might be asking yourself how can you celebrate without going out this year?

Trick or Treating Risks 2020

Of course, parents don’t want to disappoint their children going out at the end of October all dressed up as they have done for many years. So what exactly are the risks of allowing your children to go trick or treating this year, and it just happens I found this article from MSN and Good Housekeeping with tips for parents from the experts?

  • Avoid allowing your child to go with a large group of other children as they might do most other years, and forget about haunted houses are highly recommended. Both of these will cause a close distance between the children and experts suggest parents think about this carefully. Staying 6 feet apart is still recommended, but this may be more difficult with the excitement to get to the next house for their treats.
  • The face-to-face contact with the children and the people giving out treats is a high-risk situation according to the experts, and how many of your neighbors might not even be comfortable participating in this considering the situation?
  • With the touching of so many things on this special night is another risky situation, and parents might be concerned their children will be exposed and even bring the COVID-19 home with them. If you go out with your little ghosts and witches you should carry hand sanitizer and use it, between each of your hauntings.

 Dr. Kesh explains, adding that some families may choose to trick-or-treat alone simply because they have at-risk family members at home.


  • As difficult as this is going to be you must set some rules your children must obey for their own safety, you want to be sure they don’t go digging around in their treat bag before they arrive back home. So it would be best for parents to accompany them to keep them safe, I can just imagine how tempting this would be for a little boy or girl to resist before returning home.
  • hand sanitizer alone is not enough, you must be sure your kids don’t touch their faces. Face touching especially around their nose and mouth is putting them at risk, so this is extremely important to be sure your little boy or girl understands.

 Molly Hyde, MHS, CIC, an infection control practitioner in Maryland-based GBMC Healthcare. “If you are going to hand out candy in person, make sure you are wearing a face-covering over your nose and mouth when giving out candy.”


If you are going to take your little ghosts and witches trick or treating these are important tips to remember, and even though this is very important for a child it is not worth getting sick and possibly even ending up in the hospital. This is a very important and difficult decision for every parent to make, so what I suggest is to follow your heart.

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Being A Parent Is More Difficult Now Than Ever Before

For more quotes like this one visit the website “Parade”, and I hope this one has you smiling as you read it.

Non-Candy Halloween Treat Ideas

I thought I would give you some non-candy treat ideas, so for anyone interested I have listed some below for you.

  • Bubbles are a great alternative to candy, and how many kids do you know would not be thrilled with a bottle or two of bubbles?
  • Another good choice would be play-doh, so maybe this is something you would consider giving to the little goblins in your neighborhood?
  • What child would not love to get freeze pops, and you might even become one of the favorite houses on their hauntings for years to come.
  • Another one that comes to mind is microwave popcorn, and this is a rather healthier option than candy.
  • I was just at the store this morning, and mini cheese balls caught my eye, and I thought these would make a great treat for the kiddies in my neighborhood.
  • How about chocolate oreo Halloween cookies, I also saw these this morning while doing some early morning grocery shopping.

If any of these interest you, I was doing my grocery shopping this morning at Walmart when these caught my eye. So next time you are there take a look around, and I am sure you will find even more alternatives to candy for the kiddies in your own neighborhood.

COVID-19 Update September 14 2020

I just thought I would share the COVID-19 update in this article for anyone interested, and this might help parents decide if allowing their children to go trick or treating is something they are going to do. If you do decide to give in to your kids going, I urge you to read over again the safety tips I provided earlier in this article. You must make this decision on your own, and to be completely honest with you I am not sure what I would do if my sons were not grown up and were little boys once again? The best I am able to do is provide you as much information in this article, and you will have to make the final decision about what is best for your own children. I really feel for you as parents and grandparents, but follow your heart and I will be praying for all of you and your children.

Prayer for Children’s Safety

Lord, Please keep them safe today. I ask that you would protect them from any harm or evil intent that would lurk close by, or attack them while they’re unaware. I ask for you to cover them in your care and hide them in the safety of your powerful presence. I pray for you to protect their coming and going, and to remind them that you’re always with them. Give them alertness, spiritual discernment, and wisdom to avoid temptation and to make the best choices.I thank you God, that you walk ahead of them, beside them, and behind them too. So I can trust you to always lead the way, be constantly at their side, and to have their back too, all at the same time. Amen.

If you are interested in more prayers for your children you can visit the website Crosswalk for powerful prayers for protection and hope for your child and your family. I am a Christian and I do apologize if I have offended anyone by posting this prayer, but I believe in the power of prayer from my own experience in my own life.

Thank You Thrifty Little Mom

I want to thank  Thrifty Little  Mom for the stay at home Halloween ideas she provided in her article, and I wanted to be sure I gave her the credit for these suggestions I am going to be sharing with you.

  • Halloween themed food is her first suggestion in her article, and pizza is one of her familes favorite meals. Thrifty Little Mom’s exact words are that pizza is one of the most kid friendly recipes on the planet. She also recommends the recipe Mummy Mini Pizza’s from Rhodes bread website, so this is a good place for you to start. I am sure your kids would love these mummy themed mini pizza’s, so feel free to get the recipe in the link above if this interests you.
  • Another tip she shares is kid-friendly Halloween party food, and for this she recommends the recipe Mummy Dogs. Come to think about it what is better choices than pizza and hot dogs to feed children?
  • As for activities, how does a Jack o Lantern contest sound to you? I must admit I would have never thought of this myself, so I do give her credit for her creative ideas.
  • Next on her agenda is movie night, and below I have shared her choices of movies she recomennds

It’s a Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown

Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest

Bedknobs & Broomsticks

Harry Potter Movies


She has more on her movie list you can check out by visting her website with the link above, so let’s see what else she has on her agenda.

  • Beverage Recipes

Kims Monster Mocktail

Harry Potter Butterbeer

Blood Red Mocktail

Warm Apple Cider


For these recipes and more you can visit her article Halloween Drinks For Kids, and she shares these are very easy to prepare and kids love them. So these are the stay at home Halloween ideas from her website, and it sounds as if she has experience at entertaining her children at home.

Trick or Treat Alternatives

Since this article is about ways to have fun without going trick or treating, I thought you might like some ideas on some alternatives. I got these from the website Pick Any Two, and this was my first time on this website but they have some interesting activities to share with you.

  • Trunk or Treat
  • Mini Pumpkin Hunt
  • Crafty Night
  • Bob for Doughnuts
  • Halloween Pinata
  • Hallow Themed Movie Night

I must admit these do sound interesting to me, and my favorite activities are the Bob for Doughnuts and Halloween Pinata. Now if any of these interest you feel free to use the link below, and it will take you to Fun Alternatives to Trick or Treat.

Related Articles You Might Like

I have included in this article my other blog posts I have written focusing on this holiday, so below I have listed them for you and feel free to check them out if any of them interest you.

You will notice I don’t have many article written at this time, and the reason for this is I only published Free Family Solutions in September 2020.

Stay At Home Halloween Ideas

I must admit even I have got some awesome ideas from writing this article, and being a single guy living alone I wll be staying home for Halloween again this year. So I am thinking I am going to try some of the recipes, and I do hope you and your family try some of them as well. Even though Free Family Solutions is a new website, I have been in the business for a very long time, so if anyone is interested in starting their own website, I would be more than happy to give you a hand getting started, and there would be no cost to you.