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10 Great Halloween Party Tips

Few holidays offer as much fun for children and adults alike as Halloween. The opportunity to dress up and act like a kid no matter how old you are makes Halloween a day of celebration and festive fun for everyone. If you’re planning a Halloween party we have some tips to help make it a success and to get your creativity flowing.  Let us help you make the most of your Halloween bash.

  1. First things first: get dressed up! You can’t very well have a Halloween party in the clothes you wore to work. Whether you want to look scary or have a more lighthearted costume in mind, a good costume is the key to having fun on Halloween. A bit of advice: skip the store–bought options. A homemade costume doesn’t have to be perfect, nor should it be. Have fun with your costume and guarantee yourself a fun night of hosting.
  2. Don’t forget the food. No party is complete without snacks. A bowl of Halloween candy is a good start, but we encourage you to get a bit more creative. Break out the baking sheet and food coloring for spooky, Halloween themed treats. Think back to when you were a kid. Those homemade candy apples and ghost cookies were a lot more memorable than bite–sized candy.
  3. Decorate, decorate, decorate! Worry about the mess tomorrow. Halloween is a night for fun and scares. Break out the pumpkin carving knives, hang the cobwebs and make sure you have plenty of black and orange materials on hand.
  4. Get the kids involved. They may not like doing chores normally, but the anticipation of a Halloween party to be remembered will get them in a helpful mood.
  5. Video wallpaper. Queue up some good horror movies and play them in the background on mute to set a creepy mood. Just remember, if there are children attending keep the scares kid–friendly.
  6. Dim those lights. It’s hard to get in the ghost and goblin spirit with fluorescent lights burning. Break out some lanterns or lamps. Candles make for great ambience, but be sure to use them safely and keep them away from capes and crepe paper.
  7. Set aside some trick or treating time. It can be difficult to find party time when you have kids, and Halloween is a great opportunity. Make sure your kids still get their trick or treating fix, though.
  8. Pick a theme. Worried about getting your more serious minded friends involved? Themed parties take some of the responsibility off their shoulders and can get them started in the right direction.
  9. Pick the right music. A party needs some background tunes, but make them Halloween appropriate. Scary sound mixes are a great choice too!
  10. Check your inhibitions at the door. Planning a party can be stressful, but make sure when the guests arrive you’re ready to have fun. There’s a time to stop hosting and just have fun, and Halloween is a great excuse. Worry about doting over guests when you host Thanksgiving dinner. On the 31st, put your focus on the fun.

We hope you have a great Halloween. Hopefully these party tips have gotten you in the mood for fun. Relax, have fun, and remember what a Halloween party was like when you were a kid.

 

Do You Need a New HVAC System This Fall?

Think back to winter. How did your heating system hold up? Was your family warm and comfortable all season long? Did you frequently struggle and fight with your furnace to get it working right? Were your energy bills through the roof? Depending on your answers to these questions, it may be time to think about a new heating system. In fact, for maximum efficiency and savings, this fall may be the best time for you to upgrade your whole HVAC system, including cooling.

New System = Savings

The biggest argument that most homeowners have against upgrading their HVAC equipment is the cost. Yes, getting new HVAC equipment is an expense. And yes, it can be quite costly. However, new HVAC systems are so efficient and pay for themselves so quickly with savings on your energy bill that they should be considered a sound investment, especially when switching from older systems. Whether you heat your home with oil, gas or electric heat, a new, efficient system can save you plenty on your monthly bill.

Aside from saving on routine costs, there is also the matter of repair costs. Have you had to have your HVAC system repaired in the last year, aside from routine maintenance? Repairs can be expensive, and if you have an older system that breaks down frequently, the costs can really add up.

When you also consider the hassle of fussing with an old HVAC system and the convenient comfort of a new model, you may realize it is time to upgrade.

Not Just Heating

When looking at a new heating system, you may want to consider upgrading the rest of your HVAC system as well. Although it seems counterintuitive to upgrade your cooling system just before winter, there are benefits.

The main benefit of upgrading your heating and cooling systems is that you can get what is called a matched system, in which all the components are designed by the manufacturer to work with one another. This creates maximum efficiency, which meets the ultimate in comfort and savings for you and your family.

With fall upon us, and winter not far behind, now is the time to think about whether your home could benefit from an HVAC upgrade.