It’s a full moon, ghoul-friend! (Oct. 14)

October 13, 2008

It’s the time of year to hit garden centers again in search of bulbs for spring, and it’s hard to pass up the Halloween gear when the kids are sooooo excited about it this year. Our one pumpkin plant will be a big money saver (we’ve harvested 10 pumpkins and counting!) but we need some ideas for how to decorate them all. One can only carve so many traditional jack-o-lanterns, after all.

I really got in the spirit after browsing the October issue of Martha Stewart’s Living magazine (check out the homepage if you didn’t see that issue), which had great low-cost ideas for DIY decorations.  We’re definitely making the marshmallow skulls, glow-in-the-dark room decorations and mouse-infested pumpkins.  And I’m considering taking the kids to Boo-wood at Bowood Farms tomorrow (Oct. 14) for the special free Halloween event at 4 p.m.  There’ll be a scavenger hunt in the garden center, plus pumpkin carving and painting (you have to purchase the pumpkins), plus cider and hot dogs at 5 p.m.

In general, the Central West End garden center is not a good place for kids — there are too many breakable objects (both plants and knicknacks) for the staff to be comfortable having energetic little ones around. However, kids are explicitly invited to this event, and I’m hoping the Bowood staff has moved all the fragile stuff to the top shelves! For details, call 314.454.6868.

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