It's almost Halloween! Haven't had the time to think about it? Even if you could get the kids in costume, with so many neighborhoods still reeling from the recent flood, where would they go trick or treating? And who has the money to spend right now?
Don't stress. We've got you covered.
One solution is to host a movie night. Pick a Halloween flick, such as the family-friendly classics "It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown," "The Addams Family," "Beetlejuice," "Casper," "Ghostbusters" (the original), "Hocus Pocus" or any from the "Harry Potter" series.
Need an easy costume? Look around. With all the cardboard boxes lying around, whipping up a costume is just a matter of grabbing some markers, paint, aluminum foil and/or construction paper and letting your imagination run wild. A box can become a computer screen or TV, a car or truck, a cellphone, a Lego, a dinosaur or your kid's favorite box of cereal — you get the idea.
For outside decorations, use sidewalk chalk to decorate, making a scary path to the doorway. Create scary faces on pumpkins using black duct tape, which is much easier than wielding a knife to carve out a jack-o'-lantern. But if you do get the urge to whittle away, why not make a pineapple jack-o'-lantern?
To create the perfect ambiance, scrub the label off an empty wine bottle, use a white paint pen to swipe on a scary face and then stick a candle in the top.
For the menu, keep it simple. Grapes in a bowl of water make great "floating eyeballs." Fill vinyl gloves with green Jell-O and refrigerate until set, then pull off the gloves to create "slimy hands."
And what kid doesn't love hot dogs? Kick them up a notch by making octo-dogs. Simply cut the hot dogs about ⅔ of the way up into eight sections. Boil them until they curl. Use whole cloves for the eyes. Serve with chili, cheese and your favorite chips.
For a special treat, make ghost pops by wrapping a tissue around a lollipop, tie it with a piece of twine and draw a face on it with a black marker.
Trick of Treat Hours
East Baton Rouge Parish — 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Monday, Oct. 31
Ascension Parish — 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Monday, Oct. 31
East Feliciana Parish — 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Monday, Oct. 31, except for the town of Wilson, where it will be 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 1
Livingston Parish — 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Monday, Oct. 31
Pointe Coupee Parish — 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 31
West Baton Rouge Parish — 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31
West Feliciana Parish — 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31