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Halloween fun before the cameras roll

Tips for Leftover Halloween Pumpkins and Candy.

We spent hours picking them, decorating them and setting them in just the right spot on our front porch. Now, less than 24 hours after Halloween has ended and my Jackson-o-laterns look like eye sores.

Jackson-o-Laterns

Jackson-o-Laterns

For those of you wondering what to do with your pumpkins now that Halloween has ended, check out these 10 uses for old pumpkins! As for all that candy  ~ you can support our troops and get rid of all that sugar via Operation Gratitude. Or, if you want to take a crafty route, check out these cool contraptions made with the sweet stuff  courtesy of Sharon Bowers and her awesome book Candy Construction. Feeling hungy? Try out these delcious Halloween candy recipes!

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Halloween Candy Ice Cream Cake

Halloween Candy Ice Cream Cake

Of course, I’m considering taking a different approach and staying “on trend” by celebrating Halloween all year long.  Considering all the successful  Zombie and Vampire movie, TV and book franchises there are these days, keeping the Halloween going seems kind of chic ~ don’t you agree?  Need more  inspiration? Check out my latest segment WCIU-TV You & Me This Morning.

Finally, friends who live on and around Chicago can stay in the Halloween spirit this weekend at  Chicago’s Redmoon Theatre’s Skelebration . The avant-garde theatre is hosting this family friendly event encourages a “come and explore” attitude as kids are invited to interact  with young live musicians, to play in Redmoon’s build masks and shadow puppets and perform in Redmoon’s giant shadow world. Another bonus? Redmoon has an indoor swin parks of swings, an indoor roller rink AND they will be serving food courtesy of  Whole Foods Market and Cabot Creamery Cooperative! Happy Year Round Halloween