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Hot Dog It’s the Wag-O-Ween Party 2011 Today!

                                  Put on your costumes and bring your people in.

Totally Kids fun furniture & toys WAG-O-WEEN PARTY 2011

Please join us today, October 22 from 1-3PM at 7876 Portland Avenue South, Bloomington, MN

All Costumed Families with Their Costumed Pets will Receive a FREE $5.00 Gift Card!

(All pets must  be on leashes during the party please!)

Professional photographer, Gretchen Osowski will be on hand for Furry Family Fotos.

Hot Cider, Treats, Dog Biscuits, Games & Prizes for the Whole Family!

No Tail Wagging Pets? No Problem! Bring Your Favorite Stuffed Animal and Dress Up

Do not let your people miss out on the fun. You can have them get more de-”tails” at 952-881-2425.

And it all ended with a one night stand.

Wrap up some mummies and put them on your plate. Surprise the kiddos, a hot dog inside. The how to is found at Family Fun.

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Looking for a no brainer? This Mummy has no brain, just unwrap it and you will find Halloween Playdough an un-candy treat. Another recipe from the Idea Room.

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Mummified Oreos could be your treat.

You may ask How She Does It, she will show you how to too.

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Mummy? No it’s a baby, well maybe a baby Mummy.

Babble claims all it takes is roll of gauze plus a cute baby and you’ll have your own baby Mummy.

All you Mummys and Daddys have fun with your babies on Halloween.

Our annual Wag-O-Ween Party is just two Saturdays away. The showroom is spookily decorated with pumpkins, bats, ghosts, spiders and lots of cobwebs, some faux and even many authentic spider spun left especially for the occasion.

Today, I am considering this way Marvel-ous costume. What do you think? How long would it actually take to accomplish that face?

Calling all dogs!

Put on your costumes and bring your people in to the Wag-O-Ween Party 2011. Join us Saturday, October 22 for fun games, prizes and treats. Professional photographer Gretchen Osowski will be with us for fun fotos for pooches and people.

Make some Marvelous Mummy Meatloaf.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well, anyway……

Here’s lookin’ at ya!

Hop on your broom and drop in……

Angela or senior Interior Designer, and Erin L. our special events coordinator are displaying two of the costumes available for the National Costume Swap Party on Saturday.

Go green this Halloween and celebrate EEK-onomically by exchanging your gently used Halloween costumes for a new – to – you one.

Please join us.

WHEN: Saturday, October 8th from 1pm-3pm
WHERE: Totally Kids retail location at 7876 Portland Ave. S., Bloomington, MN 55420
WHAT: Hallow-Green Costume Exchange Party
WHY: To offer families a creative, eco-friendly Halloween tradition

Everyone will be entered into a drawing; the first chosen will pick their item first. The rest will follow; then, let the trading begin.

Hot spiced apple cider and cookies will be served. Play fun games and win prizes. Enter a drawing for a eco-friendly, kid powered car!

Receive a 10% discount on everything and anything when participating in the costume exchange.

Families are encouraged to bring in multiple costumes for the exchange. Any left over costumes will be donated to St. Joseph’s Home for Children, a charity that provides basic needs and emergency shelter needs for children in the Minneapolis and metro area.  Last year, Totally Kids was able to donate a carload of Halloween costumes to children. The goal for this year is to at least double that amount. What a great way to share the Halloween spirit with children who would otherwise not receive this opportunity.

FINGER FOOD

PREP TIME: Requires 30 minutes chilling
COOK TIME: 25 minutes
YIELD: About 30 Cookies

INGREDIENTS
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon Amaretto
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 2/3 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
1/4 cup sliced almonds
3 tablespoons strawberry jelly
1 teaspoon water

NEXT:

1.  Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.

2.  In a large mixing bowl, beat together the butter, sugar, egg, Amaretto, and vanilla extract.  In a medium mixing bowl, sift together the dry ingredients.  Working in batches, add the dry ingredients to the wet, mixing until fully incorporated.  Cover and refrigerate 30 minutes.

3.  Meanwhile, combine the strawberry jelly with 1 teaspoon water in a small saucepan.  Over low heat, melt the jelly.

4.  Working with one quarter of the dough at a time and keeping remainder refrigerated, roll a scant tablespoon full of dough into a thin log shape, about 4″ long for each cookie. Squeeze the dough around the center and close to one end to create knuckle shapes.  Keep the logs somewhat skinny, as they tend to expand in the oven.

5.  Make a small indentation at one end of the dough.  Drop a small bit of jelly onto the indentation, and press an almond slice firmly into the end of the cookie for a nail.  With a paring knife, make three slashes at the knuckle.

6.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Bake at 325 degrees for about 25 minutes, or until pale golden.  Allow the fingers to cool on a cooling rack.

Serve if you dare!

THREE DAY DEAL!

Take 40% OFF our Live Butterfly Garden.

Sale Ends at Midnight September 15th or when sold out!

Live Butterfly Garden
Watch them grow then let them go! See one of Nature’s greatest miracles right
before your eyes with our Oppenheim Best Toy Award-winning butterfly raising kit. Raise 3 to 5 Painted Lady butterflies while learning all about metamorphosis. See  the caterpillars’ transition as they mature, change into chrysalides, and finally  emerge as Painted Lady butterflies! The butterflies’ development takes approximately  three weeks, and they’re absolutely safe to release into the environment.  Includes colorful pop-up habitat suitable for hanging or free-standing on a countertop,  special food, feeding kit and complete instructions. Ages 4 years plus.

Pack some butterfly treats in a school lunch. What a nice surprise that would be!

 

 

 

Leave it to Kreative Kellie to come up with such a clever idea.

All you need is a glue gun and the snacks, plus:

-snack size plastic bag
-2 googly eyes
-wooden clothes pin
-Pipe Cleaner

Yes indeed, upcycled and upside down.

Megan (surprise – surprise) here is a new project – how about building a which-way witch for the event. Birshykat has the 411 you’ll need for this creation. (witch BTW  was made from finds right here in Minneapolis) She even crafted the witches shoes! (the Goodwill is  conveniently located down the street) We will see what our talented furniture designer, Megan will come up with…

Hallo-Green Costume Exchange Party 2011.

Celebrate EEK-onomically this Halloween by exchanging costumes! Bring in your kids’ gently-used costumes and trade for a new-to-you one! Trading costumes is a fun way to get kids excited about recycling.  Join us at Totally Kids for games, prizes, and spooky treats!

START BRINGING IN YOUR GENTLY-USED COSTUMES NOW!

All those participating will receive 10% off their entire purchase!*

Bring in gently-used costumes for kids or dogs and trade for a different one!

WHEN: Saturday, October 8 from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
WHERE: Totally Kids at 7876 Portland Ave. South, Bloomington, MN 55420
WHAT: Hallow-Green Costume Exchange Party 2011
WHY: To offer families a creative, eco-friendly Halloween tradition

Everyone will be entered into a drawing; the first chosen will have first pick of a new-to-you costume. The rest will follow; then, let the trading begin!

Any additional costumes that you can donate will be combined with the leftover Halloween costumes and given to St. Joseph’s Home for Children. Last year we were able to provide a huge car load of Halloween costumes for the kids at St. Joe’s. This year our goal is to at least fill 2 car loads. Please help by sending over any gently used costumes that you are no longer using!

www.shoptotallykids.com
phone: 952-881-2425

To top off the witches head, (wherever it is) here are some yummy kid easy to make Witches Hat cookie concoctions.

Simple iingredients are Keebler Fudge stripe cookies (turned upside down), Hershey Kisses attached with orange Wilton tube icing. Soooo easy!

*Offer good October 8 only. Not valid on prior purchases, gift cards or combinable with other offers.

A star filled night sky, crackling campfire, finding the perfect spot on a preferably charred, slightly glowing log for roasting your marshmallow that’s waiting on the tip of a stick until the inevitable poof when  it’s enveloped in a small ball of flames.  Next, what it’s all about…. the ooey gooey  marshmallow-ey chocolate mess on your face and hands.

Maybe you have a secret method of getting it all neatly between the graham crackers? Not me.

A few weeks ago we had all the fixings ready and waiting, but two days of rain dampened our campfire plans for S’mores.

Can’t rain on our parade – we discovered a new method:

When It Rains – It S’mores

Don’t reserve these for campfires–they’re easy to do in the oven.

Ingredients:

16- graham cracker squares

4- milk chocolate bars

1- cup mini marshmallows (un-used, not from marshmallow shooter misses)

Preparation:

  1. Preheat broiler.
  2. Arrange half of graham crackers on baking sheet. Top each cracker with 1 piece of the chocolate bars. Broil until chocolate is softened but not melted.
  3. Arrange 2 tablespoons marshmallows on each cracker. Broil until lightly toasted.
  4. Top with remaining crackers and serve.

Tomorrow is National S’mores Day – now we know – no campfire – no problemo…

The origin of S’mores dates back to the 1920′s. It’s believed the recipe was first discovered by Girl Scouts. S’more folklore suggests that S’mores got its name right by the campfire. After eating one, young kids chanted “gimme some more!”

S’mores for Halloween.

Sally Ride Day honors the first American woman to go into space. Dr. Ride accomplished this feat as a mission specialist aboard STS-7, the second flight of the Space Shuttle “Challenger”. STS-7 was launched from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, on June 18, 1983.

Celebrate Sally Ride Day by learning more about the U.S. space program and NASA.

If any of you young ladies (or  young gentlemen) have thought about becoming an astronaut, hopefully  you will follow your dream of going into space. Until then, here is some practice gear for you.

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This Official Jr. Astronaut Suit is available in child and adult sizes. If you stop in today you just might see Annie suited up in her astronaut gear.

Unfortunately, Annie’s head is a little too big to wear the realistic Official Jr. Astronaut Helmet with built in sound chips, a spring loaded retractable shield plus a mock boom microphone for communication.

As a famous Trekkie once said. “Space is the final frontier”.

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?

Halloween Safety Tips For Dogs

1. Avoid chocolate and other candy.  Make sure to keep any candy that you are going to hand out safely hidden from your dog. Notify kids in the house to put their candy bags away. Chocolate is a big no-no for dogs as it contains theobromine, which their bodies cannot properly digest. The darker the chocolate, the worse it can be. Small amounts are typically not lethal, so if he does snag a bite don’t freak out. But also don’t let it happen.

Candy wrappers, tinfoil, and other dangers can be found in candy bags, so keep your dog safe by putting these away.

2. Put your dog in a safe place, either a separate room or his crate, when the trick-or-treaters are coming by. You should not let him be at the door to greet the kids. Costumes, commotion, and loud noises will stress him out and can cause problems ranging from stress to aggression.

3. Don’t leave your dog around kids without supervision. The erratic movements and loud, startling noises can really upset him. Add in a scary costume and you have a formula for disaster.

4. Be careful about placement of electrical cords for decorations. If your puppy or dog chews on these, trouble will follow. Arrange them for safety and use a bitter apple spray on the cord to keep pets at bay.

5. Don’t leave candles unattended. Carved pumpkins look great with a candle burning inside them, but they can be tipped over. They can also be investigated by curious pets which can lead to burns or worse.

6. Make sure that your dog’s costume is the right fit. Don’t put him in a costume that is too small or tight. Also check for loose ends that could be chewed on and swallowed or cause other problems. If your dog hates having the costume on be a friend to him and take the costume off.

7. Watch out when the door is open. If your dog is not secured in another room or in his crate then he might bolt out the door. With all the activity outside it may be even harder to get him back in.

8. Walk your dog before the festivities begin – all those costumes can be scary.

9. If the noise is bothering him, try adding background sounds (radio, TV) to distract him from the neighborhood hubbub.

10. Be careful when out walking your dog after Halloween – loose candy can be found and he may grab a big piece if he sees it before you do.

11. Think twice about taking him out with your family to trick or treat. There’s a lot of costumes and commotion which can put any dog on edge. He might be happier at home.

12. Tell kids the dangers of the treats and to not feed the dog any.

13. Be firm. Don’t let anybody who wants to greet your dog just to be polite. Be willing to say “no thanks” if your dog is feeling anxious or if the other person (perhaps an excited, sugar filled child) is approaching inappropriately.

14. If you take your dog with you, do not take him up to a stranger’s door – the resident dog may not take kindly to that and it could end up being a bummer. Someone should wait at the end of the driveway with the dog.

15. Do not leave your dog outside. There are plenty of rumors that dogs are taunted and teased, that gates are opened, and that candy is tossed in yards. It’s unlikely that lots of kids are running around causing harm to dogs on Halloween night, but the commotion is enough to unnerve your dog and it is conceivable that a youngster might toss a treat toward your dog with the best of intentions but bad results.

It may seem like a lot, but the truth is that Halloween is a fun time for parents and kids and can easily be fun for dogs too. Many dogs enjoy being the center of attention and will tolerate wearing a costume (which we get a huge kick out of!) to do so. Keep an eye out for the dangers of candy, keep your dog secure in your house, and be ready to ward off over excited kids and all will be well. Happy Halloween.

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Halloween Treats For People

                Pupcakes recipe from Gourmet Mom On the Go.