Monday, October 31, 2011
Let us know in the comments if you'll be savoring a chocolate peanut butter cup or a mouthful of candy corn tonight.
Halloween is one of the few times of the year when adults may unapologetically fill their supermarket carts with candy, intending to give it all away to the neighborhood's little ghouls. But since we tend to buy the candy we like, more often than not, we end up eating a handful before dusk falls. So what sort of candy are you handing out and saving for yourself tonight? And if you didn't buy candy, what are you hoping that your trick-or-treating kids will come back home with, just in case you want to sample their stash? Tell us in the comments. (To avoid eating too much, read Patch blogger Kristen Mercier's post "Keeping the Pounds Off This Halloween.")
Outside of checking for suspicious-looking candy, the hospital offers a number of practical tips to keep your kids healthy this Halloween.
Monday, October 31, 2011
Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary issued the following press release: Mass. Eye and Ear wants the public, patients and their families to stay safe on Halloween. There are several tips that parents can mind to keep their children safe. Dr. Matthew Gardiner, Director of Emergency Ophthalmology Services at Mass. Eye and Ear, stresses the dangers of using masks and also warns about candles: “Masks can restrict peripheral vision, especially when used in the dark at night. Many children are injured crossing streets because they cannot see well enough to check for cars. It is better to use face-paint instead. Also, be careful of candles used in pumpkins or other decorations. Loose costumes may catch fire.” Mass. Eye and Ear is dedicated to …
A costume contest, classic horror films, the "other" morris dance, and trivia
1) Costume contest Think your kid's costume is killer? You could win $1031 for the charity of your choice, and you could even get a trip to LA or New York—all for entering Patch's national Halloween costume contest. What to do: Snap a photo of your kid in his or her awesome costume. Use your cell phone, if you want. Then, upload it here. Supermodel Heidi Klum will select the winner. Also, visit Trick or Treat for UNICEF to support Klum's efforts to feed the hungry. 2) Back-to-back classic horror Treat yourself to a classic fright. Hitchcock's Psycho and the 1931 version of Frankenstein are on tap tonight at the Somerville Theatre. Psycho is showing at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Frankenstein is showing at 6:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. 3) AntiMorris and…
Sunday, October 30, 2011
A monster mash of delicious fall flavors!
These muffins certainly don’t look like Frankenstein, but this month when I sought out to create the ultimate pumpkin muffin recipe, I decided to borrow bits and pieces from other muffin recipes I had tried in the past. First, let me explain my ideal muffin. To me the most important qualities in a muffin are a fantastic flavor and a texture that isn’t too heavy and is in no way dry. I’m also looking for a muffin that doesn’t make me feel guilty, but isn’t so healthy that I feel like I’m eating saw dust. I started by looking at three different muffin recipes. The first was your typical, straight-up unhealthy but still delicious pumpkin muffin, the next was a stripped-down recipe that included whole wheat flour and a ton of pumpkin, and the …
Saturday, October 29, 2011
Plus, a worker fell into a basement, the aldermen have a busy meeting, and a Halloween contest that could win you a trip to LA or New York.
Police on lookout after indecent assaults Police increased patrols around Davis and Porter squares in the wake of a series of indecent assaults that have taken place in the area. There have been four indecent assaults in the span of six weeks. Police think some of the incidents may be connected. Worker falls A construction worker fell into a basement at 100 Dover Street on Tuesday and was rescued by emergency responders. The worker suffered what was believed to be two broken ankles, and Dover Street, in Davis Square, was closed for about an hour Tuesday morning. Foodie Crawl More than 1200 foodies bought tickets for East Somerville's Foodie Crawl, which took place Tuesday night. Food enthusiasts sampled a diverse array of food from 17 …
Friday, October 28, 2011
Also, a pumpkin stroll, a haunted house and a book sale.
Day of the Dead at Taza Chocolate Join a Dia de los Muertos parade to the Taza Chocolate factory on Saturday. The parade begins at 1 p.m. at the Union Square Farmers Market. The parade will feature music from Mariachi Estampa de America, and at the factory visitors will be able to sample food from Cuisine En Locale, "El Mariachi" mole beer from Cambridge Brewing Company, coffee and special Day of the Dead chocolates. People are encouraged to wear Day of the Dead costumes. Pumpkin Stroll Get into your costume and join a parade along the Community Path, ending at Lexington Park for fun and games. The event is free and open to everyone. All ages are welcome. The parade begins Sunday at noon at Statue Park in Davis Square. Haunted House The …
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Check out crafts made by local artists this Saturday in Davis Square.
From a post by "Mary" on the Somerville Art Council's daily newsletter: Get into the spirit of things at the Saturday Local Artist Market (SLAM)! There will be Halloween-themed crafts, as well as a great selection of jewelry, photography, textiles, painting, wearable art and so much more. Art makes a great gift for friends and family...or for yourself. Shop at the market then stay and listen to live local bluegrass musicians. The Burren will also offer $5 lunch specials on market day. When: Saturday, Oct. 29, from noon to 4 p.m.
Heidi Klum will choose the Grand Prize winner from our favorite photos of your creative kids' costumes.
Which kid in America has the most creative Halloween costume in the pumpkin patch? That's what we intend to find out with your photos and the help of celebrity judge Heidi Klum, who will select the Grand Prize winner. Patch will whisk the winner to New York or Los Angeles for a three-day, two-night trip for two that includes a meet and greet with Heidi, plus a donation of $1,031 to a local charity of the winner's choice. Nine runners up will also get a $1,031 donation from Patch to a local charity of their choice. Full contest rules are here. We have stopped accepting entries for the contest, but we'd love for you to continue sharing your Halloween photos on Patch! Simply click the green Submit Your Photos button (above or below), and …
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Also, a Somervillian competes in Reader's Digest, and Take Back Day for prescription drugs.
1) East Somerville Foodie Crawl Head into East Somerville tonight for a cornucopia of foods from Ethiopia, El Salvador, Brazil, Haiti, Mexico, Italy, America and elsewhere. Discover why East Somerville is one of Greater Boston's most diverse culinary destinations. The East Somerville Foodie Crawl takes place from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. along East Broadway. The Foodie Crawl's website says the event is sold out, so if you go without a ticket, be prepared to beg. 2) Heidi Klum and Patch's Little Pumpkin Costume Challenge It's a national contest to see which kid in the country has the most creative Halloween costume. (Watch a video of Heidi Klum introducing the contest.) The thinking at Somerville Patch is this: Somerville has some of the most …
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Show the community how you or your neighbors have decorated for Halloween.
Now is the time to dig up the black-and-orange Halloween decorations in your basement, hang cobwebs and carve pumpkins. Several Somerville residents have already transformed their homes, and Patch would like you to show off how you or your neighbors have gotten in the spirit. Add a photograph of your porch, your front door, your desk at work--whatever you've gussied up for the holiday--to our slideshow, and let us know in the comments what you think are the scariest and most successful ways to style a space for the spookiest of holidays. Just click on the "submit your photos" button above, then upload a file and write a short caption. And if you're planning a trick-or-treat route for your children, keep these houses in mind. …