Here at Lice Clinics of America in Medway, our professional staff is an integrated part of the people and businesses that live here. This time of year is full of opportunities for communities and families to come together in sharing the joys of the fall season. We believe that communities should work together to ensure families and individuals have opportunities to grow and become acquainted. With that in mind, we thought a few suggestions on fun, fall traditions could help you spice up the season.
- Find a local pumpkin patch. Supporting local farms in an important part of a community. During the Halloween season, usually from the beginning of October through the end of the month, pumpkin patch farms can bring lots of entertainment to families. Children love running through pumpkin patches and finding that perfect pumpkin to take home to the front porch. Many farms offer inexpensive pumpkin prices or a small fee to enter the festivities, which sometimes include a pumpkin under a certain weight or size. Hayrides, haunted houses, corn mazes, carnival games, seasonal treats, and even pumpkin demolition make this a super fun experience for everyone. We recommend that you call ahead to your farm of choice to make sure you know what expect. Sometimes they only accept cash or can be open only during certain days/times. If you need help finding a good one check out www.pumpkinpatchesandmore.org. This is a great resource that updates their information every year.
- Get into the Halloween spirit with matching costumes! What creative and fun Halloween costumes have you always wanted to try? If you can’t think of any ideas on your own, check out internet websites that offer a lot of fun, easy and exciting costume ideas! Some of the best ideas we have seen include Alice in Wonderland themed family costumes complete with Alice, the White Rabbit, the Queen of Hearts, a Mad Hatter and even Mr. Caterpillar. Better still a family of Circus Clowns is always a laugh. Star Wars enthusiasts would love to have everyone ready to fight the dark side as Jedis. One super creative family dressed as their favorite breakfast foods, a fried egg, a slice of bacon, a carton of milk and an orange. Taking time as a family to create an idea of your own could be half the fun! Just think of how entertaining you will be for trick or treating or Halloween parties.
- Find a community Fall Carnival to attend. Community carnivals are planned with families in mind. The games, the prizes, the treats, and the chance to dress up make this a fun and memorable afternoon. Some activities could include bobbing for apples, pie eating contests, donuts on a string, or any number of traditional American fall time fun events! Usually, the cost is minimal and the experience will be well worth it.
- Decorate your own home inside and out. Children can create many different types of fall crafts with stamps, handprints, cutouts or printouts online. Have a coloring contest to display their artwork and add a fun prize to see which of your family members will win! Use your child’s handprints to make ghosts or turkeys. Instead of carving a pumpkin, paint one or use props to create a funny face with a hat, nose, earrings, etc. The more fun you decorate, the more festive your family will feel!
- Enjoy the food of the season. Pumpkin everything is definitely in season. Add it to cookies, cakes, breads, coffees, shakes, fudge, ice cream or whatever else you enjoy. There are hundreds of recipes online that will get you cooking. In the mood for something even sweeter? Caramel is a taste of fall you won’t want to miss. Make a dip for apples, drizzle it on sundaes, wrap it up as a candy…so many choices!
Whatever fall traditions your family participates in we hope they help you feel unified with the local community. This season is a time for family, friends and memories. Don’t be afraid to reach out and invite a neighbor along to share in the autumn time fun. Just be extra careful not to share too closely and have someone in your family catch lice. Avoid sharing hoodies, hats, beanies, costumes, masks or any other clothing that head lice could find their way onto. Always take the time to check heads after the holiday, just to be aware.