Spook Spotter: Dollar Finds: Halloween Treat Bags

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A stop at a dollar store like The Dollar Tree can bring with it a lot of surprises, especially at this time of year.  From foam tombstones to bags of fingers, the Dollar Tree has some interesting fare that can be used to haunt your home.  Among other goodies, this year, they are carrying an assortment of Halloween sandwich bags.  These bags are usually produced by the big names in the ”baggie” industry and can be hard to track down at the big box stores, which is why it was surprising to find these alternatives at the Dollar Tree.  This year, the discounter is offering a box of 25 Halloween Sandwich Bags for a dollar.  There are two designs: a Halloween Collage and a Jack-O’-Lantern print.  If you can’t find these or would rather wait for the name-brand releases, they can generally be tracked down near the end of September in places like Target.

These baggies are great for daily use, for your kids’ lunch — or your own!  However, they also would work wonderfully for the Halloween night Treaters.  You can fill them with miniature candies, little toys or both!  The zip-up feature makes it so you don’t have to worry about treats falling out and the designs add that extra bit of flare that makes your treat memorable.  The opportunities for using these baggies are endless.  Share some of your ideas in the comments section below!

Check back here tomorrow for more great tips, tricks, and treats to get your prepared for the big night!

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Spook Spotter: Who’s In? Owl is In!

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This glittery owl figure was picked up at Michael’s.

In recent years, you may have noticed a significant increase in the amount of our feathered friends on store shelves.  Places like JoAnn Fabrics and Michael’s Arts and Crafts are continuing the trend this year, with a specific emphasis on the most inquisitive bird of all — owls.

Yes, a visit to almost any retailer this Halloween season will surely bring with it some owl sightings.  They come in all shapes and sizes and in a variety of different formats.  From beautiful to spooky, these night fliers are big!

Now you may be wondering why owls have long been associated with Halloween.  Owls have a long-running history with the sinister side of nature, especially in ancient folklore.  The Romans and the English both held beliefs that owls were in league with dark forces.  Owls were night hunters and that surely meant that they were creatures of the Underworld.  Their silent soaring, their loud screeching… all things to be feared in the cultures of old.  The associations have carried through to the modern day.  And while we now think of owls in more pleasant situations, they still maintain a strong association with night — and, as such, they are symbolic of Halloween.

So this year, you may want to pick up an owl to add a bit of wisdom to your Haunted Home.