What should you do with all that Halloween candy?

It is November 1st so that means it is time to start talking turkey!  I am going to put away all of the Halloween decorations today.  The kids have gone through all of their candy, picked their favorites, and traded the ones that they wanted to give away.  However, between the Downtown Trick or Treat, trick or treating around the neighborhood, treats from friends, school and more, we are innundated with candy.  There is no way we could possibly eat all of this nor should we!  What do you do with your leftover Halloween candy?

Donate it to the USO Northwest Florida.  They have list of candies and other items from 2010.

Check with your children’s school.  The teachers sometimes use treats as rewards or during parties.

Take it to a dentist or orthodontist participating in the Halloween Candy Buyback Programs.  Bring your unopened candy to Shehee and Callahan (1007 Airport Blvd) from November 1 to the 4th.  Everyone who donates candy will receive a free firefly light-up toothbrush and goody bag.  Everyone who donates at least a pound of candy will earn a chance to win prizes.  The candy will be donated to the local USO and will benefit local military.

Donate to Operation Shoebox.  They will go through the candy and ship it to the troops.  According to their website, their mailing address is: Operation Shoebox; 8360 E Highway 25; Belleview, FL 34420.

Do you know of any other locations that are accepting extra Halloween candy?


Food Deals, Activities, and Trunk or Treats on Halloween Day in Pensacola

It is almost time to put away the Jack-o-Lanterns and start talking turkey but there are a few more October activities happening for Halloween.  If you celebrate Halloween, how do you celebrate?

Deals on Food valid on October 31st

*After each entry, I have noted how I got the information (the store’s website, word of mouth, etc.).  Call before you go to confirm details and restrictions.  Please note that I have not called each of these to confirm.  As always, we recommend that you call before you go!

Tijuana Flats – Kids in costume eat free with the purchase of an adult meal (*on website)

Beef O’Brady’s – Free kid’s meals for costumed kids at the Pine Forest restaurant; may need to purchase adult meal? (*word of mouth)

CiCi’s Pizza – Free kid’s buffet with a costume on and an adult purchase (*word of mouth & Frugal Coupon Living says you have to sign up for CiCi’s Pizza Perks)

Sonic -Corndogs for 50 cents beginning at 5pm (*word of mouth and saw a sign at the 9mile Road restaurant)

Chili’s – Free kid’s meal with the purchase of an adult meal (*Chili’s FB page)

Krispy Kreme – Free Halloween or Pumpkin Spice doughnut for each costumed child (*Krispy Kreme website)

TGIFridays – Free appetizer for costumed guests (*TGIFridays FB page)

(Many thanks to MOMS Club of Pensacola NE, FL for the heads up on many of these food deals!)

Trunk or Treats and Fall Festivals on October 31

Cokesbury United Methodist – Safe trick-or-treating on Monday, October 31st from 5:00 – 7:00 pm in the church parking lot at the corner of 9th and College (*word of mouth and website)

Liberty Church (Blue Angel Campus)– Oct. 31st from 5:30 – 7:30pm in the parking lot; Prizes, bounce house, games & more (*word of mouth and website)

Holy Cross Episcopal Church – No confirmation on times, etc. Call before you go. (*word of mouth)

True Worship Assembly of God – Hallelujah Happening – October 31st with the Hallelujah Hounds, Trunk or Treating
and lots of Cotton Candy, Popcorn and Chili 5:00 – 7:00 pm (*website)

Holy Cross Metropolitan Community Church – Monday, October 31 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm in the front parking lot (*word of mouthwebsite)

Mae Edwards Memorial United Methodist Church – October 31st from 4:30 to 7:30pm; cake walk, chili/hot dog supper, pumpkin decorating (*SRC Chamber)

Pine Terrace Baptist Church – Hallelujah Fest – Space walks, basketball throw, face painting, hay rides and more (*SRC Chamber)

First Baptist Church (6797 Caroline Street) – Fall Festival – games, face painting, door prizes and more (*SRC Chamber)

Gulf Coast Christian Church – Trunk or Treat at 6pm to 9pm (*SRC Chamber)

Immanuel Baptist Church – Trunk or Treat from 5 to 8pm; bouncers, candy, giveaways, and more (*word of mouth and website)

Heritage Baptist Church – Trunk or Treat from 6 to 8pm (*word of mouth and website)

Even More Halloween Activities

Texas Roadhouse in Milton – Haunted House from 5pm to 8pm; costume contest, trunk or treat from 4pm to 8pm and more

Main Street Milton Haunted House

Wales West RV Park Halloween Trains

Trick or Treating at Publix –  Trick or Treating from 4pm to 7pm (*Saw signs at both Pine Forest and 9mile Road Publix)

Did we miss a family friendly activity for Halloween night?  Leave us a comment with the details!

*Photo Courtesy of sticviews.com via Flickr

2011 Downtown Pensacola Trick or Treat

What: Trick or Treat; Where: Downtown Pensacola; When: October 28 4pm to 6pm; Cost: FREE

It is time for the Downtown Pensacola Trick or Treat event!  I heard from a lot of readers last year that they really enjoyed this event.  I am ashamed to admit that we haven’t made it down there yet, but we are going to try this year.

According to Downtown Pensacola, approximately 50 businesses are participating on Palafox, Jefferson and Garden Streets.  Children 9 and under can trick or treat at the participating businesses.  Trick or treating will be on October 28 from 4pm to 6pm.

Participating businesses will be marked with balloons and a bright orange Halloween Trick-or-Treat poster.

For more information, contact alex@downtownpensacola.com and be sure to check Downtown Pensacola for any changes and updates.

Photo Courtesy of sticviews.com via Flickr

Haunted Houses and Ghosts Tours

Hay and corn mazes and pumpkin patches provide lots of family fun.  I have a secret to share.  That is about as scary as it gets for us because I usually stick to that sort of Halloween activity.  The thought of walking through a haunted house makes my skin crawl.  Luckily, my kids are still young enough that they don’t dig the scary activities either!  I have a few more years before I find myself running from someone covered in pretend blood wielding a chainsaw but if you want to be scared (a little or a lot!) try these haunted houses and ghost tours!

Main Street Milton Haunted House – Dates: October 21-23 and 26-31; Location: 6674 Elva Street; Cost: $5; Kiddie Matinee available

Annual Ghosts of Milton Walking Tour– Dates: October 28 and October 29; Location: Milton; Cost: Adults $10; Children 5-12 $5; Children in strollers free (check or cash only, no credit cards)

Fear City Nights Seville Quarter Haunted House – Dates: Fridays and Saturdays in October (follow link for times); Location: Seville Quarter; Cost: General admission $15 Saturday Matinee 3pm-5pm $7; Kiddie Matinee available

Haunted House Walking and Trolley Tours – Dates: Friday and Saturday, Oct. 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29; Location: Tours leave Pensacola Historical Museum; Cost: Walking Tours – $10 adults, $5 children 12 and under. Trolley Tours – $16 adults, $8 children 12 and under. Be a ghost hunter – Ghost Meter rentals are only $5.00 per tour per participant

Wales West Railway Halloween Pumpkin Patch Express and Ghoul Family Night Trains – Dates: Various dates in the month of October; Location: Wales West Railway; Cost: $12

Spooky Pensacola – Haunted Houses and Ghost Tours

I hate to be scared.  I don’t do haunted houses and I don’t do spooky movies.  For the record, I will listen to ghost stories as long as it isn’t in front of a campfire in the middle of the woods where I will have to try to sleep the next eight hours.  But, I know some of you out there love to be scared so here is what we could find!  Not all activities will be suitable for children, but they might be perfect for a date night (yikes…not that you would ever see me there!!!).  Be sure to check out all the details before you choose to go!

4th Annual Mainstreet Milton Haunted House – October 22nd, 23rd,and 25th through 30th; $5

Annual Ghosts of Milton Walking Tour – October 22 and 23; $10 adult tickets and $5 children tickets

Fear City Nights Seville Quarter Haunted House – October 21, 22, 23 & 28, 29, 30, HALLOWEEN 31st; $12; There is a Saturday matinee flashlight tour with “no night time monsters and treats at the end” $7

Pensacola Lighthouse Haunted House – October 22, 23, 29, 30, 31 

Pensacola Historical Society Ghost Tours – October 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30; Prices range from $2 to $16 depending on age, walking or trolley tour

Do you know of another scary event going on around town?  Leave a comment but don’t look for me!

Halloween Activities Around Pensacola

Here is a list of Halloween activities that are happening around Pensacola.  I will re-post this information with the weekend roundups as it gets closer to the dates, but I have been getting some emails about Halloween activities so I wanted to post it now.  I will continue to add to the list as we get announcements.  If you know of a family friendly activity in or around Pensacola, please leave a comment in this post, use the contact form or send me an email at jennifer (at) pensacolawithkids (com).  Follow the links to confirm details.        

October 22nd, 23rd, 29th, 30th, 31 – Boo at the Zoo 

October 22, 23, 29, 30, 31 – Pensacola Lighthouse Haunted House

October 22 – Escambia Equestrian Center Barn Bash and Haunted Hayride

October 23 – Fall Festival – Let the history of Halloween spook you (Historic Pensacola)!

October 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30 – Pensacola Historical Society Ghost Tours

Friday, October 29 – Downtown Trick or Treat – Go trick or treating at participating businesses downtown.

Friday, October 29 – Haystackular at Night – Bring your flashlights and try to find your way out of the maze.

Friday, October 29 – Trunk or Treat at the Fricker Community Center – Candy, prizes, costume contests and more.

Saturday, October 30 – Pensacola Interstate Fair – With admission to the Fair, you will be able to participate in the Family Friendly Trick or Treat.  See the website for details and rules.

Saturday, October 30 – Halloween Egg Haunt at Roger Scott Community Center – Bring a flashlight for an egg haunt. hay ride, and more.

Saturday, October 30 – American Legion Children’s Halloween Party

Saturday, October 30 – Sam’s Spooky City – Spooky train ride, trick or treating, costume contest and more.

 Activities Outside of Pensacola Area

October 28 – 31 – Haunted Corn Maze at Maizing Family Farm – Elberta, AL

October 23 and 30 – Trick or Treat in the Magnolia Corn Maze

October 29, 30, and 31 – Haunted Corn Maze and Forest at Magnolia Corn Maze

Sunday, October 31 – Trick or Treat at Baytown Wharf

Sunday, October 31 – Trick or Treat TangerStyle

Sunday, October 31 – Silver Sands Store-to-Store Trick-or-Treating

Boo at the Zoo – Gulf Breeze Zoo

Boo at the Zoo will be held on October 22nd, 23rd, 29th and 30th for The Big Scare.  Activities available include rides on the train into the abyss, maze, and a haunted house.  On October 31, there will also be trick or treating at the Happy Haunting.  The hours will be: The Big Scare: 6-10pm with the first train ride at 7:30pm and Happy Haunting: 2-6pm.  There will be food and drink available for purchase at the concession stand. 

Be sure to check the cost of admission and cost of all the available activities before you go as well as dates/times.  When you follow the link, scroll down the page to see the Boo at the Zoo details.

Downtown Pensacola Trick or Treat

Downtown Pensacola is having its Business Trick or Treat event on Friday, October 29th, from 4pm-6pm.  The event is for children 9 and under who are costumed and accompanied by a parent or guardian.  As you wander, you will look for the orange and black balloons, the outside lights turned on and the flyer below posted outside of the businesses.  Businesses with the balloons and flyer posted are participating.