It’s that time of year again!

Help spread the word! Our 7th Annual HBMH Fall Festival is coming up on November 5 and we’re super excited! This is a community event – everyone is welcome to come! Join us for games, prizes, tractor rides, bounce houses, petting zoo, and our 2nd annual chili cook-off! We hope to see you all there!

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Fun at the HBMH 6th Annual Fall Festival!

A BIG thank you to our entire community for coming out to our recent Fall Festival; we had a record turn-out this year! This has always been a successful fundraiser for us. It gets better and better every year. Thank you all for coming out and supporting our school!

Face painting, henna art and hair/nail salon was a big hit!
Thank you, Ms. Insiya for creating such lovely henna for our guests! Visit Insiya’s Temporary Body Art homepage for background on her beautiful work.

 

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Of course, everyone’s costumes were nothing short of amazing.

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Our First Annual Chili Cook-Off was a huge success! Congrats to Ms. Maya for winning on overall presentation and flavor of chili! Thank you to all of our participants!

Thanks to Jay’s help, our concessions this year included smoked ribs, chicken, and hot dogs…yum!

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The petting zoo came fully equipped with chickens, roosters, a calf, piglets, bunnies, and a few other furry friends.

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Mr. Monty was the “tractor conductor” and towed the kids in the barrels all night. They absolutely loved it!

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We had THREE bounce houses this time, which included obstacle courses and slides.

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Another “congratulations” goes to all of our silent auction basket winners. With your help, we raised over $1,800!

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Plenty of smiles to go around! This had to have been one of the funnest fall festivals yet.

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On behalf of the entire HBMH community, thank you to all who came out and supported our school. This event is always the largest fundraiser of the year for us. With your continued support, we raised funds that will go towards the growth and improvement of our school!

Parent Tips for a Happy & Healthy Halloween

It’s common for many families with young children to seek healthier alternatives to traditional Halloween practices (instead of Haunted houses, you might try a community fall festival, or dress up in fun animal costumes instead of scary ghosts or zombies). Everyone celebrates this holiday in their own way. For us, this time of year means family gatherings and festivals, new and exciting autumn works and crafts for the children, and embracing the seasons as they change.

Here are a few parent tips, from our HBMH family to yours, on how you can celebrate the fall season in a healthier and safer way.

  1. Of course, there’s the up-and-coming popular “Teal Pumpkin Project”. Click on this link for more information on how you can participate, http://www.foodallergy.org/teal-pumpkin-project. Instead of handing out candy to trick-or-treaters this year, try distributing bubbles, fun spider rings, or other items that appeal to all children.
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  2. Make “friendly” scarecrows using old clothes and hay, a straw hat, and maybe even some fun boots (stuffed pillow cases make for great scarecrow heads). Display alongside your carved pumpkins to show your fall spirit.
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  3. Participate in community fall festivals – whether you volunteer or take your children, these events are definitely fun for the whole family!
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  4. Be sure to stop by pinterest.com for lots of creative ideas on Halloween crafts, snacks, DIY costumes, and so much more. Click on the icon below to see our HBMH Pinterest page: http://www.pinterest.com/hbmh/healthy-halloween/
  5. Visit your local pumpkin patch (makes for a great photo session with the kids!).http://www.storybookranch.org/
  6. There are so many great family-friendly fall and Halloween books, that you can read with your little ones.http://www.thejennyevolution.com/40-family-friendly-halloween-books/http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0760727546/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=0760727546&linkCode=as2&tag=generationikid-20&linkId=Q7ASEIDUN33KVZGB

How does your family celebrate the fall season? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section below!

Have a safe, happy and healthy Halloween!