Tasty DIY Halloween Treats to Try

Halloween treats
Halloween is just a couple weeks away. We’re sure by now you can’t wait to put on a costume and head to your party. Don’t show up empty handed! Instead, try out one of these fun and creative Halloween-themed dishes!

Mummy Dogs:

Who doesn’t like hot dogs? Anyone can easily grill up some dogs, bring a bag of buns and call it a day. But with just a little extra effort, you can transform generic hot dogs into these tasty mummy dogs. Wrap crescent rolls around the hot dogs as bandages, leaving enough room at one end for a face. Bake until the dough is golden brown. After they’re out of the oven, use mustard to draw the eyes and you’re good to go!

Evil Eye Deviled Eggs:

Deviled eggs are always a nice healthy snack option, and can be a great dish to bring for parties. Put a little Halloween spin on your deviled eggs by adding avocados(or green dye), black olives and red food dye to turn them into scary evil eyes!

Terrifying Taco Dips:

You can never have too many dips at a party. Make your dip stand out from the bunch by making it Halloween themed. Cut and bake tortillas to make tombstones and turn your dip into a spooky graveyard, or use chips and black olives to transform your dip into a Jack-O-Lantern!



Sinister Sweets:

Don’t forget about dessert! Put a fun little spin on one of your childhood-favorite desserts with these Halloween themed ideas! You can use green food coloring, melted chocolate and candy eyes to turn normal Rice Krispies treats into little Frankenstein’s. Or for an even easier dessert, drizzle some white icing on top of brownies to make some spider webs




Do you have any simple Halloween dishes that you like to make? Let us know in the comments below!

Trick-Or-Treat Safety Tips

Halloween safety

Trick or treating on Halloween is a fun experience for you and your kids to share. But cranky, tired, and over-excited kids can sometimes lead to safety issues.  Here are some kids to help keep you and your kids safe and make your trick or treating experience go as smoothly as possible.

Check the Weather:

Kids are going to be outside for a few hours, so make sure they are dressed accordingly. Of course, your child wants everyone to see that cute costume, but if it’s going to be cold, think about having your child put a sweater on under their costume. Add leggings, and maybe some waterproof boots or thermal underwear, hats, and gloves to keep your kids comfortable for a long night.

Stash the Fancy Footwear:

Children are going to be walking around for hours, so make sure they put on the right pair of sneakers to avoid blisters and other foot problems. Also, make sure the costume isn’t too long and there aren’t loose pieces attached. A costume that’s too long can cause a kid to trip and fall, and loose articles of clothing can get caught on branches, bushes, etc. Also, make sure that any mask or makeup they have doesn’t obstruct their vision.

Plan the Route Ahead of Time:

Planning out a route will help children know where they’re going in case they get separated from the pack. It is also a good way to make sure that your child crosses as few streets as possible for their safety. Maybe do a practice run with your kids so they are familiar with their route. Of course, having an adult or two present should help keep kids from getting lost.

Light up the Night:

If your child will be out trick or treating after dark, be sure to add reflective tape to their costumes or have them bring a flashlight, glow stick, etc. with them. Even the most careful driver can have trouble seeing at night, so make sure that your child stays illuminated for their own safety.

Keep Your Eyes on the Road:

On the same note, if you’re going to drive during the trick-or-treating hours, be sure to pay attention! Expect the unexpected. Many pedestrians will be hard to see, and with their masks on they might not even see your car coming. Keep your eyes on the road, stop at each cross walk, and be sure to look both ways before taking your foot off the brakes.

Check the Candy:

Finding razorblades and needles in Halloween candy is rare, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t check the candy anyway. Go through your kid’s collection and throw away any candy that is unwrapped or has a broken seal, as these can be unsanitary or dangerous.

Stay safe out there and have a Happy Halloween!

5 Fall Decorating Ideas

Fall has arrived! Not only is it finally time to break out the flannels and the apple cider, but it’s also a great time to get creative with your home decor. Here are a few fall decorating ideas for you to try this season:

Table Decor:

A table centerpiece is a great way to transform a space! We have a great selection of artificial floral centerpieces to choose from. Place these on a dining room table or end table and let them bring a fall feel to any room.

Fall Table Decor

Fresh From the Garden:

One of the best parts of fall is the colors, and our garden centers are the place to go to lively colored fall plants! Our selection of pumpkins, hay bales, fall squash, mums and other natural fall decorations will make it easy for you to design your autumn theme.

Fall Garden

Wreaths and Garland:

Don’t think of wreaths and garland as Christmas specific decorations! Wreaths and garland are a great way to decorate your home for fall, Halloween and Thanksgiving!

Fall Wreaths

Get Cute With Your Halloween Decor:

While spooky Halloween decorations tend to only be brought out around Halloween time, cute Halloween decor can be used all season long! We have a great selection of cute Halloween decor available like these costumed dog figurines and pumpkin jars.

Halloween Decor

Autumn Lanterns:

A great decoration for autumn is to fill up a decorative lantern. Add in some mini-pumpkins or candles to complete the look. This simple and versatile fall decoration is perfect add some curb appeal outdoors or to be used as part of a table centerpiece!

Fall Lantern

Dave’s has everything you need for fall decor and more. Stop by one of our locations today!

4 Haunted Places in Buffalo

Haunted Places in Buffalo

Halloween season is the perfect time to get a little spooked. There are plenty of haunted houses to walk through and scary movies to watch, but what about real haunted places? If you’re someone who believes in the paranormal, Buffalo, NY has a number of haunted spots available. Take a look at our list below for some great haunted places to check out.

Richardson Olmsted Complex:

With its gothic architecture and history as an abandoned asylum, many stories have been told of strange noises and sightings at the Richardson Olmsted Complex. Closed in the 1970s, through the years it became derelict and severely damaged, but eventually plans to rehabilitate the building came through. Today the main part of the complex has become Hotel Henry, a hotel and conference center, but many claim to still hear screaming and moaning from the abandoned sections of the complex!

Book a room and stay overnight at the hotel to see if anything appears, or take a walk around the complex to see the outside of the abandoned wings. There are also in-depth tours available.

Richardson Olmsted Complex

Buffalo Naval & Military Park:

The Buffalo Naval & Military Park is home to several decommissioned Navy vessels, three of which claim history of the paranormal. For example, the USS The Sullivans was named after the five Sullivan brothers who were killed during World War II. Some believe that their spirits linger in the park. Not to be outdone, many have also noticed strange occurrences aboard the USS Little Rock and the USS Croaker. Some guests claim they’ve heard phantom voices and footsteps.

Buffalo Naval Park

Central Terminal:

The Buffalo Central Terminal is also known as one of the most haunted buildings in Buffalo. Originally built in the 1920’s, the terminal was abandoned for decades and gradually began to fall into a state of disrepair. In more recent years, the Central Terminal has been restored and has been home to some exciting events. Even with its recent revitalization, claims of spirits still exist and ghost tours are still offered for those who are brave enough.

Buffalo Central Terminal

Town Ballroom:

Formerly a speakeasy during the prohibition, the basement of the Town Ballroom was used for gambling and illegal meetings. It’s been rumored that Al Capone even went there a few times! Today this venue is mainly used for concerts, but every now and then people hear sounds of gambling and parties coming from the basement. Some have even claimed to have seen ghostly apparitions!

Do you know of any other haunted places in Buffalo? Leave a comment and let us know.

Trick-or-Treat Safety Tips & Times for WNY

Happy Halloween!

Stay Safe This Halloween!

Trick or treating seems like an easy thing, after all, you’ve been doing it since you were a kid right? Well, sort of. While some aspects of it have remained the same over the years, a lot has changed. You now have to consider elaborate costumes, smartphones, and new trick or treat times.

Before writing this post, I chatted with a few different parents. I asked them about the most common Halloween headaches and how to avoid them. I uncovered a lot of funny and usefull information. To help you have a seamlessly smooth holiday, I put together a list of pro-tips for Halloween night.

Prepare Before Getting Dressed

Consider everything your child needs to do before putting him or her in a huge costume. Think about things like dinner, juice, and bathroom breaks while your kids are still in reasonable clothing. There’s nothing worse than finally getting your son or daughter into the costume, only to hear “I have to pee”.

Research the Best Times and Plan a Route

Look up a few surrounding neighborhoods in your area. Consider going to a new location this time, if the times are better. For example, in Cheektowaga the trick or treat times go from 630-8. However, close by, in Lancaster and Depew, they go from 6-830. Tonawanda is a bit further away, but their hours are from 530-830! Check local cities near you and find the ones with the longest schedule. Most hours range from 530-9. Also, be sure to plan which streets you’re going to hit and how long it will take. This will help avoid getting lost or too tired before the fun ends.

Consider Costume Temperatures and Footwear

You want to ensure your kid isn’t too cold or too warm while walking around for a few hours. Comfortable shoes are crucial, even if you have to get creative in order to make them fit the costume. Avoiding blisters and sore feet is more important than looking perfect.

Stay Illuminated

Make sure you always carry a lantern or a flashlight with a group. Pedestrians are at a greater risk on Halloween. There are too many kids and their travel patterns are very unpredictable, so even careful drivers can make mistakes. It’s best to stay bright so there are no mishaps.

Keep Costumes a Sensible Length

Make sure you hem any costumes that are too long for your child. Also avoid dangling parts that touch the ground. They may look cool but they’re dangerous and they track dirt.

Check the Candy

Yes, we covered this in our post about Halloween Myths. There are little to no documented case of compromised candy. You don’t have to open every piece looking for needles. However, you should inspect the bag and check for any unwrapped candy. Unwrapped candy is unsanitary and if anything is easy to alter, it’s the unwrapped goods. Just say no thanks to anything that isn’t sealed.

Practice Extra Caution When Driving

As we stated in a previous paragraph, pedestrians are at a higher rick on Halloween night. Make sure you stop at each crosswalk, look both ways of course. You should also make sure you make eye contact with the driver so he or she knows you’ll be crossing. It’s just safer and better this way.

 

7 Interesting Facts about Halloween

buffalo wny halloween holiday storeWe all know about common Halloween facts and traditions. Jack-O’-Lanterns are named after a man named Jack. Trick-or-Treating used to be a way to control vandalism on Halloween night. You know, the usual facts we hear every year. However, there are some quite interesting facts that I just learned recently and I found them fascinating. I put together a quick post to share these facts with you. Read the points below and save them for some great Halloween conversation starters!

 

  • In earlier Trick-or-Treating customs, visitors would have to dance before getting their treats or goods. I think I’m going to try instituting this rule at my house this year.
  • Masks were made from animal skins and horse heads in past eras. Ohhh boy… no thank you. How happy are you that we live in this time after reading that?
  • Halloween was once as romantic as Valentine’s Day is today. A variety of traditions revolved around finding your significant other. Since everyone was out looking for his or her soulmate, people would mingle and get together on the idea of romance.
  • The mask Mike Myers wore in the movie Halloween was actually a $2 Captain Kirk mask. Somehow a killer wearing William Shatner’s face is much more terrifying!
  • The famous magician Harry Houdini died on Halloween night in 1926. That will be 9 decades next Halloween!
  • Silly String is illegal in Hollywood on Halloween night. Apparently it was so bad one year they had to set a strong penalty to discourage people from buying or using silly string during this time. The consequences are the same as littering, and they’re strictly enforced. Anyone caught possessing, purchasing, or using silly string is subject to a $1000 fine or six months of jail time!
  • A full moon on Halloween is as rare as it is cool. Unfortunately, we won’t have another one for five years. The next Halloween full moon will be October 31, 2020

8 Gorgeous DIY Halloween Centerpiece Projects

There’s 25 days left until Halloween, and probably even less until the parties start! Are you hosting a spooky gathering for family and friends? Among delicious treats, fun games, and a costume contest, your party will need some attention-demanding decorations and centerpieces. If you’ve been to one of our stores, you’ve likely seen beautiful glitter skulls, glass pumpkins, mason jars, luminaries, lanterns and more. Today’s post features our favorite centerpiece ideas from Pinterest, to help inspire you with ideas on how to use some of our great decorations. Check them out and let us know which ones are your favorite in the comments section. Happy Haunting!

Monster Eyeballs

Candy Corn Candle Holders

Spider Luminaries

Mummy Wine Bottles

Spooky Eyeball Flower


Vampire Pumpkins

Creepy Floral Centerpiece

Spooky Sticks



 
 
Sherrie Carter
 

13 Fun & Spooky Outdoor Halloween Decorating Ideas

When fall hits, some of us think “cider” and some of us think “Halloween”. For those that are super excited for the

haunting season that lies ahead, we have some great outdoor decorating ideas. Give your porch, patio, or backyard a

festive, spooky touch with some of these Pinterest inspirations! View our favorites below, and be sure to share your

favorite scary decoration in our comments section! Happy Haunting!

Crates, Pumpkins, & Candles



Witch Had Door Swag


Rainbow Pumpkins


DIY Low Lying Fog


Pumpkin Checkers


Floating Apple Candles


Spooky Glowing Eyes!


Witch Hat Luminaries


Climbing Skeletons


Creepy Masking Tape Hand


Spooky Lighting


Garbage Can Full of Skeletons


Skeleton Flamingos!





 
 
Sherrie Carter