Halloween Party Food Ideas For Kids

By Dee Power

Halloween is a great time to host a kid’s party. After all, what child doesn’t like Halloween? One of the most enjoyable aspects of Halloween is the food. There are hundreds of recipes that have been specifically created for this spooky holiday. The following ideas will help you plan the yummiest menu possible.

Serve a minimum of sweet treats. You don’t want your guests suffering from ‘sugar overload’ during the party. To celebrate the occasion, serve chicken fingers with a blood (any red dipping sauce.) If you prepare them from scratch, it’s not hard to make them resembling the more human variety. Add a sliced almond for the finger nail for a realistic approach.

Another dish to try is to add equal parts red, blue, and yellow food color to spaghetti after it’s been cooked so it turns an ugly brownish color. Serve with a green pesto sauce and call it snakes in the swamp.

Make goofy eyeball meatballs. Shape seasoned ground meat into an oval with a flat top and bottom, bake until done. Cut a round circle out of mozzarella cheese about the size of a half dollar or one inch in diameter. Cut grape tomatoes or cherry tomatoes into three slices. Cut black olives in half. Assemble the goofy eyeballs by placing a slice of cheese on the meatball, then a slice of tomato on the cheese and top with a black olive half. Vary the placement of the toppings so the eyeballs are looking in different directions.

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If you will be serving punch, why not serve the ghoulish variety? Simply make your favorite punch and add a few ghoul hands. To make these hands, fill non-powdered rubber gloves with cranberry or other red juice. (Don’t overfill, the fingers of the glove should still move easily.)

Close gloves tightly with rubber bands and freeze flat on cookie sheets, which have been lined with paper towels. When ready to serve, open gloves with scissors and add to punch. You may want to break off one or two fingers and add them separately.

A fun punch can be with one quart of lime drink, one quart of lemon lime soda and one cup of lime sherbet. The sherbet should be added right before serving. Stir so the sherbet foams up a bit with the soda. Dust the foam lightly with cocoa powder to resemble dirt.

It’s not a good idea to use dry ice in your punch to make it smoke. Curious hands may try to touch the dry ice resulting in freezer burn. Instead place the dry ice in containers out of reach, such as the back of a table and you’ll still have the atmosphere of the smoky fog without the worry of accidents.

Keep the food simple and familiar but with a twist. Rename favorites in the Halloween theme. Use food coloring in blues, greens, and browns to alter the way a dish looks. Or use familiar food in unfamiliar ways. For example blanch a cauliflower head, break apart and then reassemble (this makes the cauliflower easier to serve) cover the cauliflower with ranch dressing then using ketchup in a squeeze bottle outline each floret with the ketchup so it looks like a brain.

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On the campaign trail in the USA, October 2020

Monday, November 2, 2020

The following is the sixth and final edition of a monthly series chronicling the 2020 United States presidential election. It features original material compiled throughout the previous month after an overview of the month’s biggest stories.

This month’s spotlight on the campaign trail: the Free and Equal Elections Foundation holds two presidential debates, three candidates who did not participate in those debates give their final pleas to voters, and three political pundits give their predictions on the outcome of the election.

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Colleges offering admission to displaced New Orleans graduate students

See the discussion page for instructions on adding schools to this list.Tuesday, September 13, 2005

NAICU has created a list of colleges and universities accepting and/or offering assistance to displace faculty members. [1]Wednesday, September 7, 2005

This list is taken from Colleges offering admission to displaced New Orleans students, and is intended to make searching easier for faculty, graduate, and professional students.

In addition to the list below, the Association of American Law Schools has compiled a list of law schools offering assistance to displaced students. [2] As conditions vary by college, interested parties should contact the Office of Admissions at the school in question for specific requirements and up-to-date details.

The Association of American Medical Colleges is coordinating alternatives for medical students and residents displaced by Hurricane Katrina. [3]

ResCross.net is acting as a central interactive hub for establishing research support in times of emergency. With so many scientists affected by Hurricane Katrina, ResCross is currently focused on providing information to identify sources of emergency support as quickly as possible. [4]

With so many scientists affected by Hurricane Katrina, ResCross is currently focused on providing information to identify sources of emergency support as quickly as possible.

Physics undergraduates, grad students, faculty and high school teachers can be matched up with housing and jobs at universities, schools and industry. [5] From the American Association of Physics Teachers, the Society of Physics Students, the American Institute of Physics and the American Physical Society.

If you are seeking or providing assistance, please use this site to find information on research support, available lab space/supplies, resources, guidelines and most importantly to communicate with fellow researchers.

The following is a partial list, sorted by location.

Alabama |Alaska |Arizona |Arkansas |California |Colorado |Connecticut |Delaware |District of Columbia |Florida |Georgia |Hawaii |Idaho |Illinois |Indiana |Iowa |Kansas |Kentucky |Louisiana |Maine |Maryland |Massachusetts |Michigan |Minnesota |Mississippi |Missouri |Montana |Nebraska |Nevada |New Hampshire |New Jersey |New Mexico |New York |North Carolina |North Dakota |Ohio |Oklahoma |Oregon |Pennsylvania |Rhode Island |South Carolina |South Dakota |Tennessee |Texas |Utah |Vermont |Virginia |Washington |West Virginia |Wisconsin |Wyoming |Canada

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21 Exciting Things To Do In Australia’s Act

By Christine Barton

1. Australian Institute of Sport

For all those keen sports enthusiasts out there, you simply can’t spend time in the ACT without paying a visit to the Australian Institute of Sport. This is where some of our country’s finest athletes train, inspiring a passion for sport, as well as a passion for life. The interactive environment demonstrates the strong emphasis Australia places on sport, encouraging involvement and inspiring the inner champion inside of you!

2. Australian War Memorial

To get an idea of the true sacrifice so many Australians made while serving in the war, some time spent at the Australian War Memorial will not be wasted. This is one of the world’s greatest museums and is home to commemorative collections, a Sculpture Garden and gallery exhibits. Take a stroll through the collections and you will find relics from the battles fought, military artefacts and media collections from around the world. This museum will open your mind and heart to the heartache that was suffered to achieve peace for our country.

3. Black Mountain

A drive up Black Mountain will give visitors the chance to get back in touch with nature; all while enjoying spectacular views of the city of Canberra. There are multiple walking tracks that explore the far reaches of the mountain, allowing you to stretch your legs and sight some of Australia’s most unique and interesting wildlife.

4. Brindabella Ranges

The Brindabella Ranges can be found at the northern end of the Australian Alps, making them the ideal destination for a short driving quest out of Canberra. These granite rock formations are home to a total of 462 plant species, as well as plenty of native wildlife. The ranges are perfect for trekking, yet they are only accessible with a 4WD so if you are keen to explore this natural wonderland, keep this in mind when booking your hire vehicle.

5. Cockington Green Gardens

This delightful display of perfectly crafted miniature buildings is set within picturesque gardens that are beautifully landscaped, pleasing the thousands of tourists that pass through each year. These gardens are a landmark attraction of Canberra and feature some of the quaintest villages you will probably ever come across.

6. CSIRO Discovery Centre

The CSIRO Discovery Centre isn’t just for those science and technology lovers out there; it is for anyone that is interested in the development and growth of our great country. Through interactive displays and exhibits, visitors can undertake an interactive journey of Australia’s science history and achievements, making for an enjoyable and informative experience that the entire family is sure to enjoy.

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7. High Court of Australia

Keen to see where some of Australia’s most famous and important cases have been decided? Well look no further than the High Court of Australia, one of Canberra’s major tourist attractions. Positioned on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin, this architectural masterpiece is uniquely structured and stands at over 40 metres tall. A visit here will widen your understanding of the Australian legal system and allow for an appreciation of the court’s role in society.

8. Lake Burley Griffin

This man-made lake is a magnet for fitness freaks, nature lovers and those just wishing to get out on the water. The shoreline stretches for a total of 35 kilometres and is ideal for hiking, cycling and picnicking. If you want to leave the shore, there are facilities for boat hire, which will allow you to enjoy the lake from an entirely different perspective.

9. Namadgi National Park

Namadgi National Park adjoins with Kosciuszko National Park and the Bimberi Scabby Range, just south-west of Canberra. Namadgi has a rich heritage of human history and is also the foreground for a wide range of outdoor, recreational activities. The park is also a great place for driving and you can actually do most of your sightseeing from the comfort of your car.

10. National Botanic Gardens

For the ultimate in garden experiences, look no further than the National Botanic Gardens. These are undoubtedly some of Australia’s most beautiful and extensive gardens, maintaining a scientific collection of native plants from all parts of Australia. Visitors can take a stroll through the many displays that depict a different part of Australian flora, all while enjoying the clear and refreshing air that Canberra prides itself on.

11. National Gallery of Australia

Positioned on the calm shores of Lake Burleigh Griffith, the National Gallery of Australia is a must-see while in the area. This gallery is the premier gallery when it comes to Australian and international masterpieces and is the resting place of Aboriginal artefacts, European and Asian art, as well as many gardens and sculptures that are sure to please. This is an essential cultural experience and definitely one you will remember for many years to come.

12. National Library and Amphitheatre

Australia’s National Library is home to the country’s largest reference collection so you can be sure you will find practically anything ever written in Australia here. This strong national focus encourages a broadening of the mind and permits visitors to discover the nation’s finest literary treasures.

13. National Museum of Australia

For a celebration of Australia’s land, nation and people, pay a visit to the National Museum of Australia. Discover our social history though the interactive and interesting displays, making sure to check out the First Australians, Behind the Lines and the Eternity exhibitions.

14. National Portrait Gallery

The mission of the National Portrait Gallery is to “increase the understanding of the Australian people – their identity, history, creativity and culture – through portraiture”. The gallery is home to over 400 portraits that highlight the people who have shaped our nation’s history. The collection is so interesting and unique that you could easily get lost and spend hours here!

15. National Zoo and Aquarium

This is Australia’s only combined zoo and aquarium so it is definitely not one to miss. Located right near the city centre of Canberra, it is literally like stepping into another world; a world where the lion is king and animals abound. The zoo and aquarium are both home to a wide variety of native and exotic animals, with interactive displays allowing the kids to get up close to some of the world’s most interesting animals. Although the admission prices are fairly pricey, they are worth it, as this is one experience you can treasure forever.

16. Old Bus Depot Markets

The local markets are brimming with beautiful and unique handcrafted gift items and delicious culinary delights. Held in the old bus depot of Canberra, these markets feature over 200 stalls of exceptional quality goods, with an atmosphere markets are held every Sunday, so if you are in town at this time of the week, be sure to check them out.

17. Parliament House

Ever wanted to see where our country’s laws are made, where the politicians argue and where the Prime Minister spends a substantial amount of his time. Well Parliament House is exactly where all of this action occurs! Organised tours allow visitors to discover the inside workings of Parliament and walk the hallways that some of our country’s most famous politicians have walked. This truly is an experience that will enlighten your mind!

18. Questacon

As with most of Canberra’s most popular attractions, Questacon is also located on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin. Questacon aims to inform and educate visitors of science and technology, in an interesting and fun way. Popular exhibits include Measure Island, Eaten Alive and Awesome Earth. This is the perfect place to spend a day with the kids as there really is nothing here that they won’t enjoy.

19. Snowy Mountains

Although the name may suggest otherwise, the snowy mountains are the perfect fun family escape all year round (not just in winter). These gorgeous mountains are just brimming with things to do, and the driver here alone is simply stunning. Breathe in the fresh mountain air and take in the stunning views as you partake in activities such as mountain biking and climbing, kayaking and your choice of water sports. Things get even more interesting in winter when the snow falls and you take out your skis and snowboards. This truly is a recreational paradise; one that you may never want to leave.

20. Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve

Covering a total of 5500 hectares, the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve is home to the Tidbinbilla mountain range and the Gibraltar range. Suffice to say, it is a mountain lover’s paradise. Home to a diverse range of ecosystems, the reserve is perfect for bushwalking and getting back in touch with some of our nation’s most fascinating natural wonders.

21. Wee Jasper Valley

This picturesque village is nestled at the foothills of the Brindabella Ranges and sits beside the beautiful Goodradigbee River. A fascinating history and a wealth of recreational activities make this a popular place to visit all year round and one definitely not to miss!

-Christine Barton

About the Author: Christine Barton is a Content Writer for Discovery Campervan Hire, Australia’s travel focused online campervan hire company. She also writes frequently for Discovery’s Motorhome Hire New Zealand and enjoys travel around the world.

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RU486 Abortion pill hearings begin in Australia

Friday, February 3, 2006

An Australian Senate inquiry into the abortion pill “RU486” has started public hearings in Melbourne. A controversial conscience vote on the issue to overturn laws which prohibit Australian women’s access to the drug, will be held in Federal parliament on February 9.

The Senate committee is considering a bill to remove ministerial control of the abortifacient drug Mifepristone – or RU486. Health Minister Tony Abbott says the issue of whether to allow women access to the drug “is one of principle.” Abbott, who is against abortion, insists he is the right person to control the drug’s use in Australia.

Besides its use internationally as an “abortion pill”, there may also be a small chance that it may help treat various other medical disorders including prostate cancer, breast cancer, and inoperable brain tumours amongst other conditions. Mifepristone is effectively banned in Australia, with Minister Abbott controlling whether it is made available.

The bill, sponsored by a group of female senators and MPs, would hand Mr Abbott’s powers over to the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) – the body that controls all other pharmaceutical drugs in Australia. The bill seeks to have the TGA determine the drug’s availability and not the Health Minister.

Democrats Leader Lyn Allison, said she was “cautiously confident” the parliament will overturn the current arrangements when the conscience vote takes place. “Those who are in favour of the bill are saying this is a choice that ought to be available to women and that on the basis of the studies that have been done overseas it is at least as safe as surgical termination,” Senator Allison said.

Reproductive Choice Australia (RCA)say that medicine is placed at the whim of politics, saying that over 80% of Australians are pro-choice. A national survey found 87% of women aged 18 to 49 support a woman’s right to choose.

RU486 is available in much of western Europe and North America, but was effectively banned in Australia under laws initiated by now-retired pro-life senator Brian Harradine.

Christine Read, medical director of family planning group FPA Health, said Misoprostol, also known as Cytotec, is across the world to invoke contractions to expel the fetus after a woman had taken RU486. “It is used extensively in obstetrics and gynaecology for termination of pregnancy and to induce labour, so it’s used in the medical management of miscarriage,” Dr Read said.

Dr Sharman Stone, said yesterday the issue was not about Misoprostol, but rather that “the TGA should make the decision about any drugs – that is its job. Any other conversations about other drugs are simply irrelevant to this argument,” Dr Stone said.

Family First senator Steve Fielding says lifting a ban on RU486 would pave the way for do-it-yourself home abortions. “RU486 is different to other drugs in that it is an abortion drug which could see do-it-yourself home abortions,” he said in a statement. “The question is, should policy be made by bureaucrats or our elected leaders?

Senator Fielding claims Australians are worried about the high number of abortions in Australia, as reflected in submissions received by the Senate committee.

On Monday the committee will move to Sydney for a final day of hearings.

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Newcastle United’s St. James’ Park naming rights go up for sale

Thursday, October 29, 2009

The naming rights for St James’ Park, the home ground of English football club Newcastle United F.C., are to be put up for sale. The club stated that the club would be “welcoming offers for the stadium naming rights next season”. The move was part of a new drive to “maximise its commercial revenues”, after the announcement that owner Mike Ashley was not selling the club, which had been up for sale since May 2009.

St James’ Park is the largest and oldest football stadium in North East England. Football had been played at St James’ Park since 1880, with Newcastle United using it as their home ground since their inception, in 1892. Despite Newcastle being in the second tier of football, St James Park is the third largest club football stadium in England, behind Old Trafford and the Emirates Stadium.

Naming rights is not unprecedented in English football, including the Premier League grounds the Britannia Stadium, DW Stadium, Emirates Stadium, KC Stadium and Reebok Stadium. Bookmakers Ladbrokes named sportswear company and current club sponsor Addidas favourites to secure the rights. In order to stop the move, BBC Radio Newcastle football commentator Mick Lowes suggested that the Newcastle United Supporters Trust‘s used part of its reported £25m funds to pay Ashley not to sell the rights.

Ex-Newcastle striker and local sports pundit Malcolm Macdonald said of the decision:

they thought they had got on the wrong side of the people of Tyneside then just wait and see what happens if they go through with their plans to re-name St James’ Park because there will be an almighty uproar and outcry. It would upset people so much because it everyone’s second home. That is how people feel about it. It has been St James’ Park forever and a day and it should remain that way.

Lee Ryder, the Evening Chronicle‘s chief sportswrite blogged:

We need to make Coors Light Park a fortress” – to even imagine a future Toon player uttering such words will make many physically sick…Renaming St James’s Park is simply bad taste in the eyes of most Geordie fans – and many will feel that even the injection of silly money to do it will do nothing to make up for another piece of heritage being ripped away from the Tyneside streets….Renaming St James’s Park to Coors Light Park, Bwin Park or even the McDonalds Arena shows that Newcastle’s top brass have again got it so seriously wrong

George Caulkin of The Times wrote of the decision:

Renaming St James’ Park is a muddle-headed, flawed and divisive notion which must not and cannot stand. In an era of recession, there may be a need for Newcastle, in their own words, to “maximise their commercial revenues,” but if it comes at the expense of goodwill (what little there is left of it), hope and a sense of community, it would also come at a bitter, prohibitive, self-defeating cost.

There has been debate over the correct spelling and pronunciation of the stadium name, with differing accounts based on its meaning and origin. In 2008, the club insisted to the BBC programme Look North that the the correct spelling of the Stadium is St James’ Park, with no following ‘s’ after James’, because the stadium is not named as “the park of St James”, rather, it is named after the nearby St James Street, which predates the ground.

The announcement came on the same day as it announced Chris Hughton as the club’s permanent manager, and that owner Mike Ashley was taking the club off the market for a second time.

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Importance Of High Quality Professional Vacuum Wafer Rolls And Vacuum Bags Waffles!

Importance of high quality professional vacuum wafer rolls and vacuum bags waffles!



Vacuuming creates comforts in home and creating atmosphere, it makes home look beautiful. Professional vacuum waffles rolls are easily available in a high range and the first thing that has to be kept in mind is the fact that what is the base that has to be considered before buying the professional vacuum bags waffles has large range of variety. For wide range of sizes, it can be used to store foods in a preserving area and smashing way which can be kept in a vacuum bag waffles.

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Professional vacuum bags waffles, which should contain the food-grade, and having a technology. Food is such a critical part of our culture. If the right equipment is used then, it will be increasing for a storage food-grade. We have a large range of vacuum packaging food which offers your the best vacuum food machine. It is not usually problem if they are touching each other, so long as they are mostly dry to begin with. Then freeze your berries for at least four hours, preferably overnight. They should come away from the wax paper without much resistance. They are now ready for storage, depending on how soon you plan to use them. Vacuum packing is capable of keeping food for a longer period of time. Advantages of vacuum storage of food products: You can store them in plastic sacs or even recycled whipped topping sacs. They will not keep as well for as long and, depending on the sac, may get some air inside. Storing fruits is easy, If you have to find the best results, then pack them in air tight, into a bag. Freezing keeps food fresh and cool more than refrigerator. Avoid wastage of food. Disadvantage of freezing fruits freezing process breaks down the walls of the fruits. Food poisoning is much more common than it should be, it can sometimes be difficult to avoid. For the most part, several attention that is needed to minimize the chances of any unneeded results. The bacterium usually comes from fertilizers in the soil, so only the fruits and vegetables are affected. For the purpose of storing food, any sac that comes under the cover is used, thus in a vacuum environment, food types are stored in an airtight as much as you can. Which prevents e vaporized vapors for components. Usually the food is kept, near the kitchen, freezer or refrigerator you can keep your food on that in a systematic way for fresh food. Vacuum bag waffles which preserving bags, cans and jars are also planned and tougher and more precise used by the people. They do a better job of preventing freezer burn and other issues. For a longer period of time, vacuum bags waffles will help keeps your food fresh, purchased foods in good quantities and stored in your home in a better way. Professional Vacuum sealers will seal some vacuum storage. These bags actually work for food fresh at a longer period of time. Vacuum is also important for food preservation. Vacuum devices are most useful for stored medicines and can be capable for food storage.

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Shooter at Kansas City mall kills three

Sunday, April 29, 2007

A gunman killed three people and wounded two others Sunday after a shooting occurred at the Ward Parkway shopping center in Kansas City, Missouri. The shooting took place at around 4 p.m. local time (2200 UTC). The gunman fired shots from the parking lot, then entered the mall and continued shooting. He himself was then shot, presumably by local police.

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Wikinews interviews journalist Konrad Godlewski, who uncovered BATUTA hoax

Sunday, February 14, 2010

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Four years ago, on February 9, a major Polish newspaper, Gazeta Wyborcza published a report detailing a hoax in Polish Wikipedia entitled Henryk Batuta. The author of the report was Konrad Godlewski; several weeks later, Godlewski began editing Polish Wikipedia. The results of his work include one featured article – pismo chi?skie (Polish for “Chinese character”) – as well as various articles relating to China.

During our interview, Godlewski discusses memes, hoaxes, and the Batuta Army – the creators of the hoax his paper reported on. From February this year, a special project on the Polish Wikipedia, BATUTA, saw a makeshift taskforce work on improving the quality of content. BATUTA stands for “Bezwzgl?dna Akcja Troskliwego U?ród?awiania Tysi?cy artyk?ów”, roughly translated as “Ruthless Action of Carefully Adding References to Thousands of Articles”.

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Colombia releases detailed report about the FARC

Tuesday, February 1, 2005

Colombia — The Colombian Caracol Radio reported on January 31, 2005 that the government of Colombia released a detailed document which describes how the FARC operates in Colombia and around the world.[1] The report was prepared by the Unidad Administrativa Especial de Información y Análisis Financiero del Ministerio de Hacienda(Special Administrative Unit of the Information and Financial Analysis of the Ministry of the Finance) and describes how the FARC operates and manage their finances. The study was delivered to the Colombian government at the end of the last year.

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