Halloween is here – YEAH!! Time for decorating, dressing up and trick-or-treating, activities that every child enjoys.


Good carving starts with the right pumpkin. Choose one that is fresh (with a sturdy stem & no bruises) and that has a flat bottom.

Cut out the lid – a boning knife works best. Cut on an angle (not straight up and down), so the lid won’t drop inside the pumpkin when you replace it).

Remove the pulp. You can buy a special “claw” but an ice-cream scoop will do. Thin the inner wall of the “face” area to 1 1/4 inch thick, so it will be easier to pierce the shell.

When you’re ready to carve the features, hold the pumpkin in your lap so it’s gazing up at you. Don’t cut on a slant; clean up-and-down slices to look best. To make intricate designs, try using a small saw.

Make a tongue out of discarded piece of pumpkin shell.

Keep your pumpkin fresh. Spread petroleum jelly on the cut edges to seal in moisture. If your pumpkin still shrivels a few days later, revive it with a facedown soak in cold water for up to eight hours.

If you like to leave the lid on while the candle is lit, create a chimney. First, leave the lid on for a few minutes while the candle burns, them make a small hole where the lid has blackened.

Sprinkle a little cinnamon inside the lid. When you light the candle, your jack-o’-lantern will smell like a pumpkin pie.

 How do you mend a broken jack-o-lantern? With a pumpkin patch

Why do jack-o-lanterns have stupid smiles on their faces? You’d have a stupid smile too if you just had all your brains scooped out.


 ● Carry a bright flashlight to illuminate sidewalks, steps and paths. Check batteries before leaving. Make it more fun for the kids and use glow sticks.

● Make sure the little ones use the restroom before venturing out.

● Serve your kids a filling meal before trick-or-treating and they won’t be tempted to eat any candy before you get a chance to inspect it.

● Be careful when crossing the streets. Make sure to look in both directions and cross only at corners or crosswalks. Don’t assume the right of way. Motorists may have trouble seeing Trick-or-Treaters.

● Try to remain on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk. If no sidewalk is available, walk at the far edges of the roadway facing traffic. Never cut across yards or use alleys. .

● Know the route your kids are taking if you aren’t going with them. Let them know they are to check in with you every hour, by phone or by stopping back at home. Give them a time to be home by. Make sure they know how important it is to call if something happens and if they are doing to be delayed in returning home on time.

● Make sure to only go to homes with a porch light on and that kids know to never enter a home or car for a treat.

● Wear comfortable walking shoes.

● Stay away from animals you do not know. Even be careful of those you do know as Halloween can be a bit traumatic for animals.

● Carry a spare Halloween bag just in case.

 Halloween Trivia

 Orange and black are Halloween colors because orange is associated with the Fall harvest and black is associated with darkness and death.

Jack o’ Lanterns originated in Ireland where people placed candles in hollowed-out turnips to keep away spirits and ghosts on the Samhain holiday.

Halloween candy sales average about 2 billion dollars annually in the United States.

Chocolate candy bars top the list as the most popular candy for trick-or-treaters with Snickers #1.

Halloween is the 2nd most commercially successful holiday, with Christmas being the first.

 Halloween Movie Trivia

 1. What is the name of the movie that stars Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy as 3 sister witches?

 2. What is the name of the villain in “Halloween”?

 3. How many times do you say “Beetlejuice” to make him appear?

 4. Who waits to be visited by The Great Pumpkin?

 5. How many “Halloween” movies have been made?

 6. Halloweentown is from what movie?

 We hope that everyone has a great and safe Halloween!

October New Home of the Month – The Nathaniel at Woodbridge

At 4,770 square feet, the Nathaniel is the largest floor plan available at Woodbridge located in Coronado Ranch. There has never been a split-level home that has had so much space, versatility and style. The beautiful new home features five bedrooms, up to 4.5 baths, 3-car garage and an included elevator. The garden level includes a spacious game room, bedroom, storage, laundry and bathroom. The living level features the main living space including the kitchen, family room, nook, and formal living and dining rooms. The gourmet kitchen is highlighted by a large dining island and butler’s pantry. The sky level is home to the master suite and three additional bedrooms.

 “Our split-level home provides homeowners with an amazing 4,770 square feet of beautifully appointed living space. And the best part is – anyone can enjoy these homes.  The stairs in this extraordinary split-level plan are not a problem.  The three levels are accessible by an elevator that comes with the home. The excitement and interest regarding the elevator has been remarkable. No other builder in Las Vegas is including an elevator in their new homes,” said Larry Canarelli, President of American West. The Nathaniel is priced at $445,500. American West is the only builder to offer a split-level home at this size or price in the Las Vegas valley.

 The custom features that are included in the Woodbridge homes are incomparable to any other builder. From the custom paving stones on the driveways, front walks and porches, to the granite-tiled countertops, to the state-of-the-art gourmet kitchens with center islands, to the 3-car garages, to the cultured marble spa showers and the endless list of other custom features, it is easy to see why these homes are perceived as semi-custom homes. However, they do not come with a semi-custom home price tag.

 All American West homes are built to Energy Plus and ENERGY STAR® standards. Certified Energy Plus New Homes are built to exceed the energy efficiency of a standard home by 30 percent, double ENERGY STAR® standards.  American West’s energy-saving features come standard and include: 14-SEER natural gas heat and central air-conditioning; increased insulation in exterior walls and ceilings; energy-efficient radiant-heat barrier roof sheathing; Prime Wrap® house wrap; vinyl-framed dual-paned low-e windows and sliding glass doors; and water-conserving faucets and showerheads.

 Coronado Ranch is ideally located. The community is surrounded by popular shopping centers, great restaurants and state-of-the-art schools. And with easy access to the 215 Beltway, residents are minutes from the airport, Las Vegas Strip and recreation areas such as Red Rock.

 To visit Woodbridge, take the 215 Beltway to Rainbow Boulevard. Head south on Rainbow Boulevard. Turn left on Shelbourne and then right on Fox Brook. Turn right on Wigwam. The entrance to the model homes is on the left. The sales office is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call (702) 853-4590

 Let us know what you think of The Nathaniel.

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