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Halloween Entertaining Tips that Won’t Frighten Your Guests Away!

By Laura Dellutri

Busy people like myself, can hardly find the time to clean, let alone throw a Halloween party.   Sometimes I wish I was "Bewitched" and all I had to do was look cute and twinkle my nose and the whole house would be clean!  If you feel overwhelmed at times when it comes to cleaning up your home, take heart this month's tips include getting your home ready for party guests, Halloween entertaining tips, and  tips for your trick or treaters.

Halloween Parties are the one time of the year cobwebs are seasonably in fashion!   I love this time of the year, Carmel apples, apple cider and candy ( of course I have to inspect the children's candy to make sure it's not poisoned, I like to sample it too, extra insurance it’s safe to eat!)    It's also the one time of the year you decorate your house to look frightfully spooky and incredibly fun at the same time.  However, those REAL cobwebs, where REAL spiders live really need to come down out of your corners and ceilings so you really "don't" frighten your guests away.  If you think you can skip the cleaning and let the cobwebs stay up for a little more ambience  rest assured your guests will know the difference between artificial cobwebs used to decorate and real cobwebs that you just have neglected to clean!  It's no secret; people tend to judge our home by the way it looks and smells.  When entertaining this Halloween, we all want out homes to look as impressive as possible, because it is a nice reflection on us and it makes the guests feel comfortable.

Entertaining tips With Pizzazz!
1.  Use dry ice to create the "smoke illusion" over your punch bowl.

2.  Fill plastic food service gloves with popped popcorn and put spider rings on the fingers, close with rubber bands.

3. For Creepy Bug punch adds gummy worms.

4.  Buy mini pumpkins for each child to paint and take home.

5.  For older kids with no fear set up a table with spooky "Dead" body parts.   Have 3 bowls covered with a wash cloth.  Fill  one bowl with two peeled grapes, one bowl  with boiled spaghetti, and one bowl with cold jello.  Tell child to feel the eyeballs of the dead one, feel the brains, and feel the skin of the dead one.  This gets every child squealing the minute they touch the first item.

Cleaning before the Company comes!---Swiffer Give You the Five Signs of Clean!

1. Clean the floor surfaces Surface Your Guests Can SEE.  A dirty floor says dirty house to me!  Keep your floors clean in just minutes with the bucket less mop the Swiffer Wet Jet.  It cleans better than a traditional mop and bucket!

2. Clean the surface your Guests can FEEL.  Do your floors feel dirty on gritty on your bare feet?  Are your socks dirty after you've walked on your floor?  If so, use the Swiffer Sweeper to give you a clean you can feel and it does clean better than traditional broom and dustpan.

 3.  Clean the dusty surfaces you TOUCH Nothing is worse than a dusty coffee table, bookshelf or mantle.  Dust is a sure sign you have been clacking a little on the cleaning!   Use the Swiffer dusters to trap and lock the dust and dirt 5-10 minutes before your company comes.

4.  Make sure your home as a pleasant SMELL when guests arrive. If you have pets, or a fish smell from last night’s dinner, it can send a negative smell to your guests when they walk through your front door.  To get your home smelling great, ask a friend to tell you how your home smells.  Studies have shown the nose adapts to certain smells after time. Use fabric softener sheets like Bounce; use Swiffer Wet Jet cleaner on the floors in the main traffic areas 15 minutes before the company comes.  The cleaner has a freshly cleaned “scent”

5. Do your home’s surfaces SHINE?  A dull sink fixture, streaky mirror, and dull floor can make your house look unsightly.  Use the Swiffer Wet Jet to clean your floors so you can see the shine!

TRICK OR TREATER Tips for Parents
1. Removing face paint and makeup – Ponds Cold Cream or baby oil  will work gently and remove even the scariest goblin's face without complaints.  No tears I promise!

2. Make-up from clothing
– For those messy little trick-or-treaters who are sure to rub their noses with a sleeve, don't stress. Just use a little orange oil cleaner to pre-treat the clothing and gently work-in before laundering.  Tide to Go pen works wonders too!

3. Avoid bumps and bruises – Make sure your children's costumes do not drag on the ground, potentially causing them to trip and fall. Hold them up with safety pins to ensure a safer walk for your child.  Who wants a skinned knee and bloody elbow, when they are working on their candy mission?

4. Stop tummy aches before they start – Make sure your child has a full tummy and no spicy foods prior to eating their trick-or-treat candy!  Rolaids work great.  Keep soda pops and sugary drinks out of their reach.

5. Don't forget the old tale about poison candy – Before your children eat any of their trick-or-treat candy; always check the wrappers to make sure nothing looks suspicious. Throw anything away that you are unsure of. Have your children help in this process so that they understand its importance.  If you want to keep all your favorite chocolate bars from their loot, then do the candy screening in private.  What kids  don’t know won’t hurt them!

6. Yuk! Sick Kid Fallout –
Every year at least one little goblin in your group will experience a green face and a quick trip to vomit in the restroom (if they can make it there!). For quick clean up, scrape up with a solid metal spatula and flush away as much as possible. For carpets use a mild dish detergent with cold water and clean, absorb the liquid with a cotton towel. To prevent bacteria and odors, use an enzyme cleaner.  For clothing quick action with cold water and mild dish detergent should stop any staining.

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