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The recycling message is an important one to us at Totally Kids. Green Halloween, National Costume Swap Day  is a fun way of teaching our kids that they too can take a personal responsibility in helping save Mother Earth.

Bring in a child size Halloween costume to swap and take home a “new to you” one.

Hop on your brooms and fly in for fun and games, prizes, hot cider and treats. Start bringing your costumes in NOW!

Keep the GREEN going!

Before you visit us, check under your beds and back of closets for any gently used toys that the kiddos are no longer playing with or need. The toys for Autism collection is a GREEN project that is ongoing year long.

WANTED: GENTLY USED TOY DONATIONS
All parents in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area! Totally Kids
is accepting all toy donations to benefit the locally headquartered group “Parents United Against Autism”. We’ll take the donated gently used toys to local families in need. Aside from helping our friends and neighbors, this is an excellent opportunity to clear out your closets a little and keep those unused toys from ending up on a landfill for the next 100 years. Please bring whatever you can.

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Make an Egg-stra Special Recycled Bat at home. All Free Crafts will show you how.

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Green Halloween food tip: Eat your leftovers! There is over 29 million tons of food waste each year, enough to fill the Rose Bowl every three days and the rotting food in landfills contributes to global warming.

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Trick or Treat! The Halloween season comes to a close after a month of many fun festivities, Wag-O-Ween, Hallo-Green, National Costume Swap Day Party and many contests. The costume recycling was a great sucess with a huge load of Halloween costumes was delivered to St. Joseph’s Home for Children, thank you to everyone for your generous donations.  Now we face lots of un-decorating, bats, birds, ghosts, spooky things all need to come down this week. There are cobwebs everywhere.

Kate, Stephanie and Annette, three of Totally Kids weekend team pose in their Halloween attire.

This pooch decked out as a witch, stops by to take a test drive on her way back for a photo session with the Wag-O-Ween photographer, Josh P. Roberts.

Josh and Osa sporting a Twins jersey join Stephanie for Wag-O-Ween. Woof!

These pretty little Peacocks won everyone’s vote for Best in Show for costumes, and    their is a talented mother behind them. No, not hiding behind them, she made the costumes.

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Gourmet Mom on the Go will show you how to treat your family to these ghostly ghostly pancakes. Take a good look at them and don’t you agree, Halloweens a Scream?

How much candy can you fit into a crisp ghostly white percale environmentally friendly pillowcase and how many houses with steep steps do you have to run up to and shout out “trick or treat” to fill it?

At our house, Bob was the revered king of Halloween, never stuffing one, but close to almost two pillowcases full of  candy year after year. Really no one else even needed to bother putting on a costume and venturing out on a chilly Halloween night as Bob brought home enough candy to keep the entire neighborhood in candy until the following Halloween. Not the case though, the challenge was on with everyone trying to top Bob’s record. This competition continued year after year and always with the same results, the Candy King was Bob. Looking back, Bob was the only one big and strong enough to carry home a nine pound bag filled with the spoils of Trick or Treating.

Then, the worst thing happened every year the day after Halloween. The mountains of candy would always disappear. Our cruel father would take the candy and donate it to the orphanage downtown.

Over the years we all came to forgive Dad from robbing us of weeks of sugar highs and sparing us from future trips to the dentist with rotting teeth. Dad was on to something and today there are others sharing his belief that there is a limit to after Halloween candy dilemma.

Phillip Done, author of Close Encounters of the Third-Grade Kind: Thoughts on Teacherhood,” suggests having the Candy Fairy visit your kids. Have your kids write a letter to her and leave most of their candy out before they go to bed at night. She’ll take the candy (for children who couldn’t go trick-or-treating) and leave your kids a gift. For parents, that could be a fair and fun trade. There is also the The Halloween Candy Buy-Back Program!

Quite possibly some of us may have found special spots to stash a few favorite goodies. Don’t tell Dad, Please…

What were your favorite Halloween candies as a kid? Do you remember any of these oldies but goodies? And there’s nothing like an old pillowcase – sturdy, voluminous, , and environmentally conscious – to hold your epic stash. But you must have wondered – exactly how much could you possibly collect i

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Rock Candy? Not quite, but No Time for Flashcards will show you how to create these rock Jack-O-Lanterns.

Dig up some scary bones with Frugal Family Fun. Sorry, you’ll have to resist gnawing on these bones.

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These Candy Corn Cookies you CAN eat!

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What do birds give out on Halloween?  Tweets.

Devon’s Dogs

You may recall from previous posts,  that our Devon, aka Mrs. B., is a dedicated purple jersey wearing, rather superstitious Vikings fan. (she believes that she possesses some magic powers – or that her dogs do) We will not talk about the Jets game, it is over and done with. From this photo, it looks like her dogs also share a thing for football. Well, maybe they don’t always share that football, but like the game.

Wags and Tales Bio:

Hi! My name is Brandi, and this is my fur brother Brutus. (You can tell which one I am; I’m wearing the pink collar.) We love to take walks, play fetch and snuggle. I lived at my house all alone, until my humans adopted Brutus from the MN Boxer Rescue. I don’t know what I did without him! He has taught me how to snuggle and play like a good dog. I have taught him how to chew on things we are not supposed to! It’s a win win situation for me. We also have some creatures that live with us called “cats.” I have taught Brutus how not to eat them, and he has taught me how to chase them, but again, we do not eat them, that is not allowed.  Sometimes it gets really crazy at our house! But we love to love our humans.  It is our most favorite thing to do! We snuggle up and go to sleep as soon as they sit down on the couch. Well, my human is telling me its time to go on a walk, (another one of my favorite things to do), but I am sure you will hear from me again! Bye!!!!

If you have a special pooch and would like to share any tales, we would be pleased to post it here on Wednesday’s Wags and Tales. Send photos and stories to kayrocks@gmail.com.

SAVE THE DATE: Calling All Dogs! Bring your people to the Wag-O-Ween Party Saturday, October 23 from 11AM to 4PM. There will be hot cider, games, prizes, dog biscuits, free furry fotos and fun times.

Totally Kids | 7876 Portland Avenue South | Bloomington | MN | one mile from the Mall of America | 952-881-2425

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We took the message to the world this morning, or the world that is actually awake and watching NBC television before 6A.M. For those of you who have been following this blog, know all to well that we have a passion for Green, so it just made sense to make Halloween less orange and much more GREEN.

On September 23,  Hallow-Green was our big kick off that super intern Jenna put together. The initial message was of course teaching our children the importance of environmental consciousness with a fun Halloween Costume Exchange. Our team was blown away when folks did not just exchange a Halloween costume, but donated them. There is now a rack loaded with cute, cute costumes for infant to size 6 or 7 – ready and waiting for you to come in a swap for a “new to you” costume.

There is a HUGE National Costume Swap Day Party at Totally Kids this Saturday, October 9th from 11AM – 4PM. including  Storytime with Stephanie, contests, prizes, treats, hot cider, fun and games. Enter the Give-Away drawing for a FREE “green” (kid powered) no fuel needed kid size car. The costume swap will continue up until October 25 when the balance of Halloween costumes will be donated to families affected by Autism.

Keep the GREEN going!

Before you visit us, check under your beds and back of closets for any gently used toys that the kiddos are no longer playing with or need. The toys for Autism collection is a GREEN project that is ongoing year long.

WANTED: GENTLY USED TOY DONATIONS
All parents in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area! Totally Kids
is accepting all toy donations to benefit the locally headquartered group “Parents United Against Autism”. We’ll take the donated gently used toys to local families in need. Aside from helping our friends and neighbors, this is an excellent opportunity to clear out your closets a little and keep those unused toys from ending up on a landfill for the next 100 years. Please bring whatever you can.

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While at Kare11, again, so very too early in the morning,  I met kitchen scientist, Liz Heinecket, who had a rather remarkable way of inflating Halloween balloons. Her blog is The Kitchen Pantry Scientist where it appears that she is always stiring up lots of science fun.

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Scare up Some Halloween Food – No, I did not say throw up.

 

Where is that broom? It was packed safely away last year, just like every other year, the day after Halloween. Gotta find it and get it dusted off a little earlier than usual this year for pre-dawn TV. Luckily, the witches hat currently tops the Halloween tree, ready and waiting, but the broom, where is the magic broom?

Well not quite prime time, but NBC Kare 11 will be helping us get the word out about National Costume Swap Day, very early in the morning on Friday. We would have preferred a be later be-witching hour for our witchiest spokeswitch than 5:00A.M. That is really, really early. It was suggested that the old bat stays up all night to be sure that she makes it to the Golden Valley studio on time – so very too early in the morning.

The recycling message is an important one to us. Green Halloween is a fun way of teaching our kids that they too can take a personal responsibility in helping save Mother Earth. Bring in a child size Halloween costume to swap and take home a “new to you” one. The Totally Kids National Costume Swap Day Party is from 11A.M. to 4P.M. on Saturday, October 9th.  Hop on your brooms and fly in for fun and games, prizes, hot cider and treats.

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Saturday we will be sharing another fun recycling project with the kiddos – spooky sucker ghosts. Bring in your white plastic shopping bags that you are no longer using, since you now carry your groceries home in reusable cloth bags. Here are the steps for making the spooky sucker ghosts at home. They are easy enough to do with a pre-schooler.

Materials: Used white plastic shopping bag, sucker, ribbon and a black marker.

Step Two: Cover the sucker with the cut recycled.

Photo Credits: Lisa Wickman

Step Three: Boo – tie on a festive bow and you have a recycled spooky sucker ghost.

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Make an Egg-stra Special Recycled Bat at home. All Free Crafts will show you how.

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Rather than sharing a Halloween recipe as we usually do, here is a Green Halloween food tip: Eat your leftovers! There is over 29 million tons of food waste each year, enough to fill the Rose Bowl every three days and the rotting food in landfills contributes to global warming.

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Ever thought about how much you could help the environment by using Earth Friendly All-In-One Bamboo Diapers?

 

 

 

 

We will be posting pictures this evening and announcing the grand prize winner tomorrow at noon. There were several hula hoop winners and a few skilled young men winning the football pass game.  Somehow we ended up with more costumes than we started out with and now  have a lovely assortment of Halloween costumes. So now the Hallo-Green exchange will continue until Halloween or until further notice.  Please tell all of your friends -  if they want a cost effective way to outfit the kiddos for Halloween – drop in.

Daily Events for Hallo-Green.

Storytime with Super Stephanie.

Birthday Girl Molly and her friend Emily celebrated at the Water Park of America before stopping by to choose a birthday bed.  Molly’s  Mom liked the Dixie loft almost as much as the girls did.  You must admit that loft looks like it was made for the girls.

Skol Vikings and Big Happy Birthday Wishes to Molly!

It’s Hallo-Green – so… Who ya gonna call? The ghosts over the pirates bed were fair game today when armed with a popgun.

Charming soccer player, Ashley is sitting under the Summit Loft Bed. Her sweet little sister is seated in the picture below in a cozy snuggle chair.

Siting in front of  Elena’s Secret Loft is our cute secret guest. Please let us know if any names are not correct in this post, and to our secret guest, we apologize for not having your name.

We hope that you all will join October 23 for our next special event.


recycling fun for kids

Here are some Eco-Friendly Halloween Craft Ideas for Kids, How to Have a Green Halloween.

What Halloween decorating plans do you have for your house this year ? Our designers love spook inspired decor for the store.

Today marks the beginning of the holiday season for Totally Kids, so bring on Halloween. Our designers will be busy all week – let’s see what they have done so far.

A trip to the Dollar Store and just $14.00 provided Megan with a pile of spooky stuff. There was the orange danger tape added to the warehouse doors. Why are they standing guard? There is way more than doors to decorate ladies.

Oh, I guess they want it to be a surprise.

There are two upcoming in store special events that you will not want to miss.             September 25 join us for Hallo-Green Costume Recycling Party and                          October 23 Dogs bring their people in for our annual  Wag-O-Ween Party.

We welcome any decorating tips that you may have. Care to share?

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