Halloween Tips and Tricks

Halloween Safety Tips for Your Pets

It’s hard to believe it’s almost Halloween!  If you’re planning to celebrate this year, be sure to keep these tips in mind for your furry friends.   Whether out and about or even at home, there are some important reminders included here.

The ASPCA recommends taking these simple precautions to keep your pets safe during the Halloween season.

Hide the Treats – If you suspect your pet has ingested something toxic, please call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 immediately.  Chocolate is a popular Halloween treat for kiddos, but definitely not a good idea for dogs.

Watch the Decorations – a knocked over pumpkin can quickly start a fire

Make Sure Wires are Out of Reach

Be Careful With Their Costumes – if they don’t love it, the ASPCA recommends not dressing them up.

Keep Your Pets Calm – if you have a dog or cat who is on edge.  It may be best to keep them in a room that isn’t right at the front door.  This will reduce their stress and anxiety.

For the detailed reasons behind these precautions, visit this link

Halloween Safety Tips for Your Pets

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Delaware's Favorite Full Size Candy Bars

Delaware’s favorite full size candy bars are what kids and kids at heart want for Halloween!

I know that that “fun size” candy bars are very economical, but the way I see it (at least in my neighborhood) there are not as many trick or treaters over the past few years.

My wife and I have typically gone the “fun size” route and buy a variety of candy bars. And there are always leftovers that generally last until Thanksgiving! We eat ’em up! Yum!

But this year and I am reconsidering. I want to be more my late neighbor Al!

Al had an adventurous life to say the least! He was an aviator in World War II and when he retuned from from the war, he worked for Sun Oil Company.

We met Al after he retired. In the morning my wife and her friends would walk our dogs and always stop by Al’s house for a visit. He was very charming with the ladies and would over feed the dogs with treats.

On weekends when I would walk the dog, I would stop by Al’s house. Our pup Grace got plenty of treats for sure, and Al loved her. Al also loved scotch! So while Grace munched away, he would pour me a glass of Macallan 12 Year Scotch. Al would talk of his adventures in the war and his travels with Sun Oil Company to explore potential oil fields in the Arab world. One glass would turn into 3. Grace would return home sluggish from all the treats. I would return home somewhat “comfortable”.

Al loved Halloween! He always had the most kids because he only handed out full size candy bars! Not just one. He would fill up paper bags with all time favorite full size candy bars!

So when Halloween rolls around, I take the time to remember Al and his dog treats, the conversation, the friendship, the scotch and Delaware’s favorite full size candy bars!

  • #10. Baby Ruth

    Not named after the baseball legend. The candy maker said it was President Grover Cleveland’s daughter Ruth!

  • #9. Butterfinger

    Delaware's Favorite Full Size Candy Bars

    Back in the 1990’s it was Bart Simpson’s favorite.

  • #8. Almond Joy

    Almond Joys got nuts!  Mounds don’t.  So if ya feel like a nut, have an Almond Joy!  It’s been around since 1946!

  • #7. MilkyWay

    It was invented by Frank C. Mars in 1923.  The company says eating a MilkyWay gets you lost in their triple threat of caramel, nougat (still not sure what that is) and chocolate!

  • #6. 3 Musketeers

    Wait, there’s the nougat! This was my favorite when I was a kid when it cost a quarter! Whenever I had a quarter, it burned a hole in my pocket for this classic introduced in 1932.

  • #5. Twix

    Twix is one of the newer classics.  Launched in 1979, it’s a worldwide favorite selling over 160 million each year!

  • #4. Kit Kat

    As the jingle goes “Break me off a piece of that Kit Kat Bar”!  And with the full size, there are lots of pieces to share!  

  • #3. Snickers

    The Wordle answer here is TASTY!  (what did you think it was?)  It’s advertised that this candy puts you in a better mood and keeps the hanger werewolf away!

  • #2. Reeses

    My favorite impulse buy when waiting in line at the supermarket!  I always get the cups of course, but you can also get it in candy bar form!

  • #1. Hershey's Bar!

    Delaware's Favorite Full Size Candy Bars

    Does it get more classic than this? We all love our visits to Hershey Park where the chocolate is always in the air, and you gotta have one! Al always included this in his bag of
    full sizes!

    13 Haunted Attractions Close to Delaware

    13 Haunted Attractions Close to Delaware

    It’s almost October, and that means Spooky Season is upon us.  Haunted houses, hayrides, haunted walks and Halloween.  This is one of the most anticipated times of the year.   We look forward to summer all winter long and then we get sick and tired of the super hot weather.  It’s that time of year to trade in our bathing suits, flip flops and sunglasses for flannels, costumes and pumpkin spice EVERYTHING!

    No matter your age or your level of thrill tolerance, you should be able to find something for everyone.  Whether for a fun night out with friends, a haunting date night or for some weekend family fun.   Disclaimer:  some of these places are REALLY creepy, so make sure you know what you’re getting yourself into before going.

    My 14-year old son isn’t a huge fan of scary things and he absolutely loves Bates Motel.  By the time October comes to an end I will have heard “Can I go to Bates?” more times than I’d care to remember.  Haha! Teenagers, right?  Gotta love them!

    So without further ado, we’ve put together a list of some of the hottest and most haunted attractions in the Delaware area.

    Enter if you dare!  (Insert creepy music here).

    • 1. Bates Motel

      Nationally ranked in Top 5 for America’s Best Haunts!  2018 Best Haunt from CNN Travel.

      Don’t forget to check into the Bates Motel, for the most incredible display of terror and mayhem this side of Hollywood.

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    • 2. Frightland

      Named a Top 10 Scariest Haunted Attraction in the country by Travel Channel, Forbes and Huffington Post.

      Offering 8 unique haunted attractions including a 2 mile Haunted Hayride, four indoor haunted houses and much, much more. Additionally, we have a full amusement park with rides, carnival games and carnival food.

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    • 3. Field of Screams

      America’s #1 Haunted Attraction

      With FOUR intense attractions and a fun-filled entertainment area, Field of Screams is unlike anything that you have experienced before.  Journey through the dark cornfields, where terrifying creatures live and horrific acts occur.

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    • 4. Pennhurst Asylum

      PennHurst, the legendary haunted hospital complex has opened its doors after being abandoned for 25 years!

      Pennhurst haunted asylum is Pennsylvania’s Scariest destination haunted house! The fear is real at Pennhurst!

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    • 5. Halloween Nights at Eastern State Penitentiary

      A Massive Haunted House in a Real Prison

      Fifteen attractions inside the cell blocks and more surprises in store

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    • 6. Hockessin Haunted House

      We’ve had an overwhelming response from those still wanting tickets. We are currently wait list only. On occasion ticket holders do not arrive for their scheduled time, in which case tickets become available on the spot. However, we cannot guarantee or predict that. If you’d like to try to get tickets in person, arriving prior to 7pm on the remaining nights of operation (October 28th and 29th) would provide the best, but not definitive, chance.

    • 7. Fright Factory

      • Over 25,000 Square Feet of Haunted Attraction
      • Featured on the Travel Channel as one of the scariest haunted attractions in America

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    • 8. Creamy Acres Night of Terror

      • New Jersey’s Largest & Scariest Haunted Attraction at Creamy Acres Farm
      • The Harvest
      • Slaughter Cave
      • Dark Dreams
      • Ride of Terror
      • Haunted Paintball Hayride

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    • 9. The Valley of Fear & The Original Haunted Hayride

      Come ride through America’s most horrifying woods, on what the independent website, FrightTour.com has called “one of the best we have ever been on” including a graveyard they called “absolutely amazing.” With gigantic sets and a twisting, disorienting trail, you’ll see why we were recently named Hayride Of The Year and the all new 2021 production of the Original Haunted Hayride will top all others!

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    • 10. Terror Labs


      If you’re looking for fun, excitement, and heart-pounding fear, Terror Labs will fill your prescription to a tee! Located in Pottstown, PA, Terror Labs is celebrating our 6th blood-curdling season. Our mad doctors, former patients, and formerly living experiments are eager to greet you. No appointment necessary.

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    • 11. Jason's Woods

      • 5 mind blowing attractions
      • Selected as the #1 Haunted Trail in America by Haunt Rater

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    • 12. House In The Hollow

      A true classic haunted mansion with an extensive cemetery and cavernous crypt in Bucks County

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    • 13. Lehigh Valley Scream Park

      • Ultimate Zombie Paintball Ride
      • 4 Terrifying Attractions
        • Hollow of Horror Hayride
        • Hillbilly Hell
        • Slaughter Barn
        • Psychopath Corn Maze

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