Yes, it's that time of year, this weekend the streets of Venice, FL  and the surrounding communities will be full of ghousts, ghouls and goblins.  Dress up with your little ghoul and embrace the spirit of the season, with the annual Children's Costume and Halloween Parade.  The  Parade starts at 4:30 pm on Friday Oct 30. People can start to gather in Centennial Park at 4:00pm.  Don't forget a bag for all the treats and hopefully a few tricks will be played.  

If you don't have a halloween costume, don't worry, we have your back.  

Halloween falls on a Saturday this year, so many are planning for celebrations lasting the entire weekend.  Americans will spend close to $6.9 billion on Halloween costumes this year, averaging  $74.34 per person in 2015, according to the National Retail Federation (NRF).People are buying multiple costumes to wear on Thursday, Friday and Saturday! Which can be hard on the wallet.  If you haven't bought your costume yet, we're here to share the most popular costumes, so you don't end up 1 of 4 Cinderella's at the Ball, as well as inspire your inner creative, for a one of a kind Costume Contest Winner.  

This year the TOP SELLERS for ADULTS are various Superheroes, Disney princesses, Star Wars and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!  For the KIDS;  The HOTTEST SELLERS is The Descendants, followed by the Disney villains from the hit 2015 movie.  So, think outside the box, and remember you don't have to spend a bunch of money, get creative; here are some of our favorites:

French Kiss                     Google Maps


Ginger Bread Man           Philosphical Play-Doh


Formal Apology                    Spelling Bee


Some links to get your creative Halloween juices flowing: 

20 Very Punny Costumes To Rock This Halloween


Now, it's time to engage your inner Martha Stewart or Rachel Ray.  If you're brave enough to host a Halloween party this year, don't skimp on the details.  Cleverly themed appetizers and drinks are a must.  Here are some appetizer ideas, sure to impress your guests for many Halloween moons to come!

MUMMY DOGS                      WITCH'S BROOMS


BRAINS                      CHEESY BATS


SPIDERS                            WORMS IN DIRT


PUMPKIN VOMIT                    MEATHEAD                 


Hopefully you feel inspired!  Halloween is one of the best parts of Autumn and certainly one of our favorites.  If you have any unique costume, appetizer or drink ideas, please share on our Facebook Page!  We're always on the look out for fresh creative ideas to help make the season better each year.