Trick or Treat? What are YOU doing this weekend?

These events are for Houston TX…but Parents Connect shows Family Friendly Events for most major cities!

Highlight of the Weekend:

Family festivities abound for all the little ghouls, goblins, superheroes, and princesses this Halloween weekend:

Scream on the Green at Discovery Green features music and dancing, trick-or-treating, face painting, larger-than-life puppets, magicians, Mad Science shows, and costume contests with prizes in many categories.

Tricks, Treats, & T-Rex at the Museum of Natural Science offers kids the chance to wear their Halloween costumes and enjoy Mad Science demonstrations, magic shows, samples of cooked insects, and “Creepy Chemist” experiments.

ArBOOretum at the Houston Arboretum includes trick-or-treating through the forest, pumpkin decorating, train rides, a petting zoo, pony rides, face painting, and hayrides.

In addition to these and some of the events listed below, you can check out our full page of Free Halloween Events happening all around town over the weekend. Have a fun, safe Halloween!

Friday: 

Ballunar Liftoff Festival(through Sun, Oct 31)
The annual Ballunar Liftoff Festival includes skydiving exhibitions, evening balloon-glows, arts and crafts, live entertainment, and hot air balloon liftoffs…
Location: NASA – Johnson Space Center
Cost: $10 per vehicle
Ages: All Ages
Monsters vs Aliens (FREE!)(through Fri, Oct 29)
Miller hosts a free screening of the popular animated film, Monsters vs Aliens (PG), with a Halloween costume contest held before the movie…
Location: Miller Outdoor Theatre
Cost: Free

Ages: 5 – 12

Saturday:

Skyline Screamers: Ghostly Tales (FREE!)(through Sat, Oct 30)
Storytellers from the Houston Storytellers Guild perform some of their favorite spine-tingling tales outdoors under the stars…
Location: Marmion Park
Cost: Free
Ages: 6 & up
Great Pumpkin Fun Run(through Sat, Oct 30)
The annual Halloween fun run features a 5K, a 1K kids’ walk, and a post-race party complete with a children’s costume contest and live music…
Location: City Hall and Hermann Square
Cost: Registration $10-$25
Ages: All Ages
Sunday: 
Ghostly Gardens (FREE!)(through Sun, Oct 31)
Kids are invited to enjoy free trick-or-treating, craft activities, face painting, and a costume contest…
Location: Moody Gardens
Cost: Free
Ages: 12 & under

Classic Horror for Halloween: Dracula(through Sun, Oct 31)
Miller hosts a free outdoor screening of the 1931 horror film Dracula, starring Bela Lugosi…
Location: Miller Outdoor Theatre
Cost: Free
Ages: 10 & up

Click here for more information and directions to these events or to find cities other than Houston TX
All of this info is courtesy of Parents Connect. A great source for family friendly fun!

Be The Most Popular House On The Block This Halloween

Are you ready for Trick or Treaters this coming weekend? Here are some coupons to help you buy the best candy and be the most popular house on the block! (or to eat during late night TV…your choice! LOL)

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Weekend Fun: Air Show Time Houston!




These events are for Houston TX…but Parents Connect shows Family Friendly Events for most major cities!


This Weekend’s Biggest Event:


Wings Over Houston Air Show (without giving too much info on my whereabouts…we can see this from our backyard! They’ve been practicing all day!)
The 26th annual airshow features the US Air Force Thunderbirds, vintage World War II planes, aerobatic pilots, military aircraft, jet fighters, an explosive re-enactment of the attack on Pearl Harbor, a kids’ area, and more.

Tickets for reserved seats are $40-$125. Special family ticket packs also available. Shuttles are available from area parking lots; visit the website for cost and locations.
***The festivities are awesome, but I have little ones and their ears are too sensitive. So we watch the blue angels from a field right behind Ellington Field! For Free!


Saturday:


Pet Fest


Activities include a pet costume contest, seminars, demonstrations, a pet psychic, music, pet adoption opportunities and information, diving shows starring the Heart of Texas Dock Dogs, and more.

Located in the heart of Old Town Spring.
10AM-5PM
FREE


Run for Your Life 5K Run & Walk




The Health Museum invites families to celebrate Halloween with a 5K race and 1K family walk. Costumes are encouraged, and all children participating in the 1K receive an award. The run/walk is followed by a spook-tacular post-race party at the museum. All registered participants receive free general admission to the museum.

Early registration discounts are available. Proceeds benefit the museum’s educational programs, exhibits, and scholarships.

Adults who are registered for the 5K may accompany their child(ren) in the Kids’ 1K at no additional charge (start-times are staggered accordingly).



Sunday


Brazos Kids Halloween Party


Kids can wear their costumes and enjoy games, costume contests for prizes, food, and a viewing of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow narrated by Glenn Close (the animated film runs about 30 minutes).

Costume contest categories are Best Halloween Costume; Best Character from a Story or Poem; and Most Creative Costume.

4-5:30 PM
FREE

Click here for more information and directions to these events or to find cities other than Houston TX

 

Eat Like A New Yorker!

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Just go to Eversave.com using this link and pick Houston as your city. The deal will be on the right side of the page!

Save on dining out, family fun, salons & more! Great local and online deals, 50-90% off. $5 off your 1st purchase!

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Five Question Friday: Happy Friday Y’all!




Time for 5 Question Friday! 


1.Who is the better cook, you or your spouse?

Well, I bet my husband would be a great cook if he cared to be. He cooks easy things for us and for some reason it always tastes better. I’m not sure if that’s because he’s better at making Hamburger Helper or because I didn’t have to cook it myself 😉

2. How often do you talk to your mom?

I wish I could say every day. My mom died of ovarian cancer when I was 12 years old. I miss her every single day and it never gets easier. I have lots of love and smiles in my life now though, and I know she’s watching over me!

3. Are you adventurous in the kitchen or stick to the recipe?

A mix of both. I have no reservations about changing up a recipe if I’m out of an ingredient or I don’t like something. I do like to stick closely to a recipe the first time through though. I almost always change it up the second time though. (which frustrates my husband! He thinks if it was good one time…I should make it the same. Yes..but it could be BETTER)

4. Is your second toe longer than your big toe?

Why yes it is!

5. Do you dress up for Halloween? (Bonus question: What will you be this year?)

Not really. I mean sometimes I wear my pajamas with Tweety Bird and put my hair in pigtails. I call myself a baby. It’s really just an excuse to wear comfy PJ’s in public though!

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Works For Me Wednesday: Why I Guest Post

Today I had two of my articles published on Associated Content. It was a very exciting day for me, because it kind of marks the first day I have the potential to earn money directly from my writing (Shameless plug: go check it out…I get paid for page views and comments!). Now, I’m not the most amazing writer. I’m the first to admit that I write how I talk. I am a passionate writer though. I write from my heart and sometimes I think that matters more than big words and fancy sentence structure.

I love to write. I deal with writer’s block like everyone else, but once it starts flowing…it’s a beautiful thing!

Another love of mine? My blog. I love my blog. I started my blog to help others learn fun and frugal ways to keep their families happy.

So you might wonder, if you love your blog so much, why do you submit some of your best content elsewhere? The answer to this is pretty simple, for more exposure! I want to reach MORE people. I want to help MORE people. Guest posting has played a major role in my blog’s success to date, and I have to admit…I really enjoy it!

  1. It helps a fellow blogger out. It is HARD work writing daily for a blog. Especially making multiple posts in a day. Guest posts give bloggers a bit of breathing room. (anyone want to guest post for me? Seriously! shoot me an email heather at familyfriendlyfrugality.com)
  2. It helps BOTH bloggers out. My readers check out their site, their readers come check out my site. Hopefully they find something unique about both of us and stick around.
  3. Search Engine Optimization. The more links there are to your site from other sites…the higher you rank in search engines.
  4. It’s good for community. Bloggers don’t have competition, they have colleagues.
  5. In some cases, it lets you write about things that don’t necessarily “fit in” on your own blog.
I have guest posted on several different blogs. In fact, if you are reading this right now…let me know in the comment section if you ended up here from a blog I guest posted on!
  • Budget Savvy Diva-I’ve actually done two guest posts for her! I can’t seem to find the first one, but I like this one better anyway.
  • $5 Dinners-I submitted my Arroz Con Pollo recipe!
  • Simply Stacie-This post was all about raising children frugally!
  • Just Married With Coupons-not so much a guest post as a guest spot. I collaborate with Just Married With Coupons on my Kroger match-ups as well.
  • Money Saving Mom– This post was very close to my heart. I cried while I wrote it. It was such a big turning point in my life when I finally conquered my failure. You might wonder why I submitted it to Money Saving Mom instead of here. I knew it was inspiring, and I knew she had the reach (read: lots of readers) that at this time I do not. I cried again the day it was posted.
I’ve submitted a few more guest posts. I’ve yet to have one declined! Guest posting has been an integral part of my blogging. I think the primary reason it has done so well for me is because I don’t submit mediocre content. I submit some of my BEST content.
I actually submitted a guest post just today to a VERY large blog waaaay outside my niche. It meant a lot to me when I wrote it, I’m hoping that shines through and it gets posted! Any good thoughts you can send my way on that would be MUCH appreciated!
Guest posting works for me!
Does it work for you? Tell me about your experiences with publishing in areas other than your blog….

 

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