Millennium Park Summer Movie Series Lineup 2015


Thanks for the heads up DNAInfo!

PritkerPavilionThe weekly screenings will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays starting June 23 with “Back to the Future,” the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events said Friday. The series is underwritten by the Millennium Park Foundation and co-curated by the department.

The movies will be free and shown on a 40-foot LED screen at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, 201 E. Randolph St. Here’s the full list:

• June 23: “Back to the Future” (1985)

• June 30: “Apollo 13” (1995)

• July 7: “Big Night” (1996, rated R)

• July 14: “Edward Scissorhands” (1990)

• July 21: “Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory” (1971)

• July 28: “Almost Famous” (2000, rated R)

• Aug. 4: “Drumline” (2002)

• Aug. 11: “The Aviator” (2004)

• Aug. 18: “Dirty Dancing” (1987)

• Aug. 25: “Mahogany” (1975)

• Sept. 1: “The Breakfast Club (1985, rated R)

Julia’s Peanut Basil Linguine


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Prep Time: 30 minutes


  • 1 box of linguine pasta (cooked)
  • 6 eggs (scrambled and cut into small chunks)
  • 1 small onion (sliced into half rings)
  • 3 teaspoons of basil (chopped)
  • 5 tablespoons of peanut butter
  • 5 tablespoons of soy sauce
  • 4 teaspoons of garlic powder
  • 4 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons of brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of Sriracha hot sauce

Step 1 – Combine together peanut butter, soy sauce, garlic powder, 1 tablespoon of the olive oil (save the rest for cooking), brown sugar and Sriracha hot sauce in a small bowl and stir until all ingredients are blended together to make the sauce.

Step 2 – Pour 3 tablespoons of olive oil into a heated wok on medium heat, add onion and cook for about 5 minutes or until slightly translucent.

Step 3 – Add blended sauce to the wok and stir for about 3 minutes on medium heat.

Step 4 – Turn heat to low and add linguine and scrambled eggs. Toss generously.

Step 5 – Plate pasta and sprinkle about 1/2 teaspoon of basil on each helping.


10 Father’s Day Gift Ideas


Father’s Day is around the corner, here are some gift ideas to help with your search for the perfect Father’s Day gift! 🙂


1. Rechargeable USB Travel Razor from Sharper Image – for the well groomed Father




2. Baby Daddy Baseball Cap from CafePress – for the new Daddy

Baby Daddy Cap



3. Mr. Barbecue Grilling Set from Amazon – for the BBQ fiend Father

Mr. Bar-B-Q 94001X 18-Piece Stainless-Steel Barbecue Set with Storage Case



4. Star Wars Golf Club Covers from ThinkGeek – for the geeky golf loving Father



5. Fitness Tracking Bracelet from Jawbone on Ebay – for the health conscious, gadget obsessed Dad




6. French Coffee Press from Crate & Barrel – for the caffeine fix Father

Bodum® Chambord 34 Ounce French Press



7. NBA Live 14 from Abt Electronics – for the basketball/gamer Dad


8. Whiskey Glass Set from Bed, Bath & Beyond – for the whiskey enthusiast Dad



9. Eye Glass Holder from Uncommon Goods – for the “where are my glasses” Father



10. Tool Chest from Menards – for the “can’t stop fixing things” Father

10 DIY Mother’s Day Gifts


Here are some fun and easy Mother’s Day gifts you can craft with your little ones!


1. Kitchen Herb Planter
































Take a used coffee can and plant useful kitchen herbs such as cilantro, mint, rosemary or thyme that Mom can use for cooking OR plant aloe which is great for cuts and minor burns that happen while cooking.


2. Personalized Glassware (Via Make It & Love It)


3. Chevron Tote Bag (Via GingiberSnap.com)


4. Homemade Salt & Sugar Scrubs (Via Brit + Co.)


5. Child Silhouette Framed Photo (Via HGTV.com)

Silhouette Frames


6. Mother’s Day Room Service (Via Seven Thirty Three)

Give her the breakfast in bed she's always wanted.


7. Butterfly Footprint Canvas Art (Via Plain Vanilla Mom)


8. Family Portrait Collage (Via Better Homes and Gardens)

Collage Family Portrait for Mother's Day


9. Mother’s Day Mix Tape (Via Blog 5 to 9)

Valentine's Mix Tape CD Sleeve















10. Chocolate Chip Macaroons – so quick and easy to make! (Via Learnvest.com)

75 Celebrities You Will Never Look At The Same Way Again


Buzzfeed does it again..! Not sure if these are all true but, seriously #29 — mind blown.

What you are about to read may change you forever.

1. Kesha has an IQ of 140 and scored 1500 on her SATs.
2. Oprah’s real name is Orpah.
3. Marilyn Manson’s real name is Brian.
4. Leonardo DiCaprio was named Leonardo because his pregnant mother was looking at a Leonardo da Vinci painting in a museum in Italy when DiCaprio first kicked.
5. Tim Allen was arrested in 1978 for possession of 1.4 pounds of cocaine and was jailed for two years.

6. Justin Timberlake’s mother was Ryan Gosling’s legal guardian while they filmed The Mickey Mouse Club.

7. Jerry Springer was the mayor of Cincinnati.
8. Steve Buscemi spent his early days as a New York City firefighter.

9. When Madonna moved to NYC, she worked at Dunkin’ Donuts. She got fired because she squirted jelly on a customer.
10. Christopher Walken traveled with the circus when he was 15 as a lion tamer.
11. Sylvester Stallone’s first movie was a porn called Party at Kitty and Stud’s.
12. Sean Connery wore a toupee in every James Bond movie he appeared in.
13. Chuck Norris’ real first name is Carlos.
14. Elvis was a natural blonde. He began dying his hair black in high school
15. Johnny Depp suffers from coulrophobia. He is afraid of clowns.

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16. Nicolas Cage’s middle name is Kim.
17. Alanis Morissette has a twin brother named Wade.
18. Ashton Kutcher is also a twin. His brother’s name is Michael.

19. One last twin: Scarlett Johansson is a twin. She is three minutes older than her brother Hunter Johansson.
20. Martin Lawrence was born in Germany.
21. Justin Timberlake is the voice of the “I’m Lovin’ It” campaign.
22. Bruno Mars’ real name is Peter Gene Hernandez.
23. Miley Cyrus’ real name is Destiny Hope.
24. Ashton Kutcher’s real name is Christopher.
25. Brandy killed someone in a car accident. She failed to break immediately.
26. Laura Bush also killed someone in a car accident.
27. Michael J. Fox’s middle name is Andrew.
28. Anne Hathaway wanted to grow up to be a nun.
29. Dr. Ruth is a trained Israeli sniper.
30. Adele and Taylor Swift are basically the same age. Adele is 25. Taylor Swift is 24.

Taylor Swift: Getty Images/Jason Merritt – Adele: Getty Images/Jason Merritt

31. R. Kelly is illiterate.
32. Ryan Gosling was almost in the Backstreet Boys. He was offered a place in the band.
33. Mark Wahlberg went to jail for 45 days for beating a Vietnamese man in what was believed to be a racially motivated attack.
34. Martin Luther King Jr. was a huge Star Trek fan. Star Trek’s Nichelle Nichols actually was convinced to stay on the show after meeting MLK.
35. David Bowie’s eye is permanently dilated because of a fight he got in when he was 15.

36. Steve Jobs used to relieve stress by soaking his feet in Apple’s company toilets.
37. When Bill Murray was 20, he was arrested at Chicago O’Hare for trying to smuggle 10 pounds of marijuana onto a plane.
38. Martha Stewart used to be a fashion model.

39. Nicolas Cage once bought a pet octopus because he thought it would help with his acting.
40. Woody Harrelson’s dad was a hitman.

41. Joaquin Phoenix was raised in a cult. His parents brought him and his siblings up in the Children of God cult until 1978.
42. Tom Cruise was the inspiration for Christian Bale’s mannerisms in American Psycho.
43. Leighton Meester was born in prison while her mom was serving time for smuggling drugs.
44. Leonardo DiCaprio has a 38-pound Sulcata tortoise. He got the tortoise after attending the North American Reptile Breeders conference and asking for the biggest one they had. The tortoise could live for 80 years.
45. Jim Carey dropped out of school when he was 16 and worked as janitor.
46. Tom Cruise has an asymmetrical face.

47. Nicolas Cage once did mushrooms with his cat.
48. Nicolas Cage was also once stalked by a mime. “I was being stalked by a mime — silent, but maybe deadly. Somehow, this mime would appear on the set of Bringing Out the Dead and start doing strange things.”
49. Jennifer Lawrence used to look exactly like Justin Timberlake did in 1999.

50. Tim Curry was the voice for Nigel Thornberry on the cartoon The Wild Thornberries.
51. Jackie Chan was in a porn film.
52. J.K. Rowling was fired from her job as a secretary for daydreaming too much. After that, she wrote the Harry Potter books.
53. Dennis Rodman has 28 siblings.
54. James Lipton was a pimp in France.
55. Natalie Portman has been published in TWO scientific journals.
56. Tom Hanks is related to Abraham Lincoln. He is the third cousin, four generations removed.
57. Emma Stone is not a natural redhead. She’s actually blonde.
58. Christina Hendricks is also not a natural redhead. She’s a blonde too.
59. Tom Hanks was once enrolled in seminary school to become a priest.
60. Samuel L. Jackson was part of a group of students that held a group of trustees at Morehouse College hostage, one of which was Martin Luther King Sr.
61. Kobe Bryant is fluent in Italian. See here.
62. Ryan Reynolds and Alanis Morissette dated from 2002–2007.

Frazer Harrison / Getty Images

63. Rob Lowe is deaf in his right ear. It may be from a undiagnosed case of the mumps.
64. Matthew Perry is missing part of his middle finger because of a door-shutting accident.

David Klein / Getty Images

65. Matthew McConaughey is terrified of revolving doors.
66. Tyra Banks is terrified of dolphins.
67. Louis CK is a Mexican citizen.
68. Jeremy Renner was a successful makeup artist before he became an actor.
69. Al Roker and Lenny Kravitz are second cousins.
70. It’s Ree-anna not Ree-ona.

71. Jason Sudekis’ uncle is Norm from Cheers.
72. Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers did the voice of Donny on the Wild Thornberries.
73. Jaleel White, aka Urkel, did the voice for Sonic the Hedgehog.
74. Ed O’Neil, aka the dad on Married with Children, is a black belt in Brazilian jujitsu.
75. Megan Fox has toe thumbs.

15 Amazing, Not Photoshopped Photographs


Thanks Adam Albright-Hanna of PurpleClover.com


Tiny Man or Humongous Rabbit?

Tiny Man or Humongous Rabbit?

It’s a humongous rabbit that’s sometimes sold for food, but more commonly kept as pets. Know as “The Flemish Giant,” these over-sized bunnies have been bred as early as the 16th century near in Belgium.

What does it eat?

Whatever it wants.



Giant Ducky

Giant Ducky

That’s not a perspective trick or anything — it’s actually an enormous rubber ducky. The jumbo bathtub toy, which is almost 40 feet tall and 45 feet long, was created by the media company Four and has shown up at harbors all over the world.



Not a Painting

Not a Painting

This National Geographic photo caused a mini-scandal when its readers refused to believe this was an actual photograph, but it really is. Taken at twilight in the Namibian desert, the orange background is actually a sand dune (not the sky) and the spots are actually tuffs of white grass. The blue foreground is a product of being in the shade.



Yes, Goats Do Grow on Trees

Yes, Goats Do Grow on Trees

OK, there aren’t any trees that actually sprout goats like leaves, but in the Moroccan desert it’s not uncommon for the animals to climb and hang out on the limbs.



Traffic Laws Vary From Country To Country

Traffic Laws Vary From Country To Country

This truck is transporting all of the corn because who wants to go back and forth all day loading and reloading your crop when you can do it all in one trip? Apparently, this type of cargo transport is common in Somalia, where this photo was taken.



Mutant Sea Octopus?

Mutant Sea Octopus?

Nope, it’s just a bunch of seaweed off the coast of New England’s Innsmouth Beach.



Chance Of Rain

Chance Of Rain

This indoor cloud may not actually spew rain, but it comes close. It’s the work of Dutch artist Berndnaut Smilde, who is able to make an indoor cloudy day by creating an atmosphere of just the right humidity, temperature, lighting and blast of a fog machine to briefly summon its appearance.



No Lock Needed

No Lock Needed

No one is sure how exactly the bike got there, but it is, in fact, a real bike stuck inside a real tree. We’re just glad that whoever was riding it was able to hop off before that tree sprung up out of nowhere.



Does a Bear Sit in the Dining Room?

Does a Bear Sit in the Dining Room?

Sure, if it’s this bear. Meet Brutus, a bear/actor who’s been raised in captivity his whole life and is, by all accounts, completely harmless. While we’re sure he’d love to get into films, look for him on television, as he’s starred in multiple commercials.



Advantage: Gravity

Advantage: Gravity

Not Photoshopped. This insane match between Andre Agassi and Roger Federer actually took place in Dubai a few years ago. The world’s highest tennis court is generally used as a helipad on top of the Burj Al Arab skyscraper.



There Goes the Neighborhood

There Goes the Neighborhood

Nope, not a portal into another dimension. This is The Inversion House, a 2005 art project made by a pair of Houston sculptors who peeled back the exterior skins to create the illusion.



It's Always a Close Call

It’s Always a Close Call

This is actually how all landing flights at the airport on the Island of St. Maarten look. The extra-short runway is only 40 feet from the beach, leading us to wonder how soon, exactly, something terrible will happen.



This Person Is Normal-Size ...

This Person Is Normal-Size …

… but the table and chair are not. The huge sculpture, named “The Writer,” is located in Hampstead Heath in England and was created by Italian artist Giancarlo Neri as a monument to writing.



Earth-Eating Robot Monster

Earth-Eating Robot Monster

Yes, this terrifying thing is real but, to our knowledge, has not yet gained sentiency nor is currently waging war on humans. It’s an excavation machine, designed by German engineers.



Trippy House

Trippy House

If you saw this photo online, you would think it’s Photoshopped. If you saw it in person, you would think your drink was spiked. But the actual story is that this Parisian apartment was covered in a huge Dali-esque tarp while the building was undergoing a renovation. It’s actually pretty cool.

A Dozen Chicago Speed Camera Maps


Thanks Randy Rivero!

Check him out if you need your computer and/or laptop repaired. Or if you are simply looking to buy a new computer, he can build you a custom machine — especially to suit your needs 🙂

These are the first speed cameras to roll out in Chicago. Here are their locations so you can avoid these areas.

  1. Abbott Park, 49 E. 95th St. Chicago (Map)
  2. Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences, 3857 W. 111th St. (Map)
  3. Curie High School, 4959 S. Archer Ave. (Map)
  4. Douglas Park, 1401 S. Sacramento (Map)
  5. Garfield Park, 100 N. Central Park Ave. (Map)
  6. Gompers Park, 4222 W. Foster Ave. (Map)
  7. Humboldt Park, 1440 N. Humboldt Dr. (Map)
  8. Jones High School, 606 S. State St. (Map)
  9. Legion Park, 3100 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. (Map)
  10. Marquette Park, 6743 S. Kedzie Ave. (Map)
  11. McKinley Park, 2210 W. Pershing Rd. (Map)
  12. Washington Park, 5531 S. Dr. Martin Luther King Drive (Map)

11 Things Hiring Managers Won’t Tell You


This list pretty much confirms a whole lot of fears I have about hiring managers. But, on the bright side, not all of them do ALL of these things…right?!? 😉


Thanks LearnVest!

1. I leave pictures of kids on my desk. They’re not even my kids.

Legally, hiring managers aren’t allowed to ask if you have kids, just as they’re not supposed to discriminate against you on the hunch that your child might occasionally have a soccer game. But we spoke to one hiring manager who leaves pictures of her niece and nephew to find out (legally) who has kids. “I’m not allowed to ask about family situations, but if they bring it up, it’s fair game. Kids are a distraction to this job, which requires long hours and weekends. I won’t hire someone who has other priorities.”
How to handle this: It’s very easy to get nervous and resort to small talk. (“Oh, are those your kids? How old? Mine are 6 and 10 … ”) Commenting on kids’ photos is easy bait, especially if you’re a parent yourself, but avoid it if you can. Talk about the weather or find something to compliment your interviewer on instead.

2. I check for wedding bands.

One hiring manager told us: This is an entry-level job, and the people we hire are usually fresh out of college. If I see a wedding band, there’s a good probability that candidate is going to start a family soon. If I hire her and she goes on maternity leave, I can’t legally fire her, but I still have to find someone else to replace her while she’s gone. When she comes back I can’t fire her either, so now I’m stuck with two employees when all I needed was one. No thanks.”
This one is an easy fix: Leave your wedding ring at home. You’re not obligated to share any information about your relationship status, so try to avoid doing so.

3. I regularly hire women for 65-75% what I pay men.

Half a century after the Women’s Rights movement, the pay gap still leaves women making 70% of what men make. Yet it was shocking to hear part of the reason why straight from the mouths of hiring managers. The causes are numerous, but if we had to narrow it down to one … women don’t negotiate enough.
One manager offers men and women the same starting salary: “The women simply accept, while the men negotiate. I would have essentially the same candidate, the only difference being gender, and I was paying her $20,000 less.”
Some jobs are truly non-negotiable, like an entry-level role at certain Fortune 100 companies. But far too often, people—especially women—leave money, vacation time or benefits on the table needlessly.
(Looking to make some progress of your own? Consult our tips on how to ask for a pay raise.)

4. I don’t hire old people.

Ageism is real. While this may be as simple as discrimination against people who don’t seem as “with-it” as their younger counterparts, we pressed harder for the root cause of why people really care about age. It comes down to learning new technologies.
“Older people have a harder time adapting to newer technologies, and I’d rather not spend the time training them,” one hiring manager confesses.
Casually let it slip that you’ve been working on gaining proficiency in the latest technology in your field. Bringing this up lets the interviewer know that you not only enjoy continuing to learn about the field, but also have no problem adapting to new developments.

5. I prefer to hire someone who’s currently employed.

It’s a Catch-22: Hiring managers often would rather hire someone who currently has a job … but of course it’s the unemployed people who need jobs the most. “If you’ve been unemployed for a long stretch of time, it makes me wonder what’s wrong with you,” one hiring manager says.
How can you combat this bias? Continue your education, volunteer your time at your favorite charity or even work or “consult” for free so you have something to write down that may mask a gap on your résumé.

6. I’m looking for a reason NOT to hire you.

The issue with so many applicants applying for so few jobs is that hiring managers often look for reasons to exclude you rather than include you as a potentially perfect candidate. A typo, a poorly formatted résumé or a low GPA will often get you placed in the “no thanks” pile.
So, yes, you should perfect your application (then proofread it again), but an even better bet is to circumvent the application process altogether. It’s estimated that 80% of jobs are found through personal connections, so tap your network, including old bosses, college networks and everyone you know (and they know) on LinkedIn. That will be the fastest way to rise above a huge pile of competing résumés.

7. Don’t tell me your previous salary. I’ll use it against you.

In the age of pensions, it was uncommon for people to leave jobs. Now sometimes you have to look outside your own company to progress.
But your previous salary needn’t follow you. While many companies will ask what it was, you have every right to deflect the question by saying you don’t feel comfortable revealing it, or that your previous company preferred you keep it confidential.
“We were interviewing one candidate for a senior manager position and asked for her previous salary,” our source says. “She said she signed an NDA [Non-Disclosure Agreement] to not reveal her previous salary. It was clever because I couldn’t press her for more info, and also respected her for maintaining her integrity to her previous employer.”
One caveat: If it’s a job you really want, and the company is insisting, you may be smarter to divulge the number. Just explain that you’re looking for an increase (and name your percentage) given all of the skills that you bring to the job in question.

8. Don’t apply online; you won’t get anywhere.

There are too many walls to cross and red flags to trigger when you apply online. “We build our application process to weed out candidates, and extract information like previous salary to use against them,” our source says. “Applying online is a losing game.”
Once you find an open position online, don’t apply. Instead, do some online stalking of the company’s website and LinkedIn to find out who you might know there—or to find another way in. Namely, a human, rather than a blind “submit your application” form. Then, send your résumé to that contact directly and say you heard about this opening—and are interested in any roles that match that particular criteria.
“I was interviewing candidates and narrowed it down to my top three. Then the Creative Director sends me a résumé she received via email,” says one hiring manager we spoke to. “What was I going to do? I had to bring her in for an interview. We ended up hiring that candidate.”

9. That hot guy you added on Facebook last week? Yeah, that was me.

We’ve heard for years how important protecting your online image can be and that companies may try to search for you before making a hiring decision. What we haven’t heard are some of the ways they’ll get you to open up your social media profile.
“I’ll add several of her friends, so we have several friends in common, and then I’ll add her,” one hiring manager told us. “I now have access to her profile, wall posts, status updates and even those photos from her trip to Cancun she thought were private.”

10. I go through hundreds of résumés a day and spend less than 30 seconds on each one.

Take an honest look at your résumé. If it isn’t easy to scan for highlights, it’s not going to get you callbacks. One hiring manager at a technology company writes: 
“If I have to spend more than 30 seconds finding out what you have accomplished, forget it … Likely, I will ignore the whole thing, write down in my notes ‘poor communicator,’ and move on … If you can’t nail it in one sentence, do I really want to look forward to your rambling emails every day?
“To craft a great résumé, tailor it to my job posting. If I have a skill set in there like ‘Windows Administration,’ make sure you have at least one bullet point talking about … that skill.”
If it’s a job you really care about, you should have multiple people read over your application. It should be clear, concise and tailored specifically to the job you want.

11. I have no clue what I’m doing.

At the end of the day, it’s important to remember that some hiring managers are merely going through the motions. Their job is to get someone who can do the job for the least amount of money. Despite their best efforts, they may not be experienced interviewers, and even they may not know how many ping-pong balls fit in a plane … or if the right answer correlates to doing the best job.
But your best bet is to try to make your interviewer like you, because she’ll be more likely to pass on a glowing recommendation (or include you in the résumé stack at all) even if she won’t be making the ultimate decision about whether you get the job.


19 Halloween Costumes That Are Actually Clever


The YouTube Channel is my favorite, it’s like a new school kissing booth 😉

Thanks HuffPost!


1. ’50 Shades Of Grey’

Bits And Pieces
The best part? Paint samples are free!

2. The Brawny Guy
Attention men with red flannel shirts: you’re just one paper towel purchase away from a great costume.
3. Che Guevara T-Shirt
This is the greatest thing we’ve seen since The Onion’s “Che Guevara wearing a Che Guevara T-shirt” T-shirt.
4. Bag Of  ‘Eminems’
When in doubt, go with a pun.
5. Grayscale Couple
Imgur/Whitney Avalon
No Instagram filter required! Get the tutorial here.
6. Nudist On Strike
Last minute? Definitely, but it works.
7. Super Tall Guy As Regular-Sized Guy On Stilts
He’s ridiculously tall and he’s totally owning it.
8. Every KISS Member At Once
The hard part is deciding where to look while you’re talking to this person.
9. French Kiss
Speaking of KISS, these two had an even better idea.
10. Tapatío Hot Sauce
11. Freudian Slip
Who said pun costumes can’t be sexy, too?
12. A Penny
Honest Abe would be pleased.
13. YouTube Channel
Twisted Sifter
Even better? It’s a PSYCHIC YouTube channel.
14. Leg Lamp From ‘A Christmas Story’
Hands down, the most clever costume for people with one leg.
15. Roller Coaster Riders
These guys look like a lot of fun.
16. Ginger Bread Man
Mental Floss
Gingers may or may not have souls, but they do have clever costumes.
17. Guy In A Hurricane
You, sir, are winning at this.
18. ChatRoulette
We have a feeling someone will “report inappropriate behavior” by the end of the night.
19. Dunkin’ Donuts
Greatest Escapist
Someone get these girls a sponsorship deal!

10 Alternatives to Halloween Candy that won’t give your kids Diabetes


Thanks DaNelle at Weed ‘em & Reap!

1. Bulk Bag of Organic Lollipops  Organic lollipops in bulk. Need I say more?

2. Glow in the Dark Vampire Fangs Because you haven’t lived until your child wakes you up in the middle of the night with these in his mouth.

3. Glow Stick Bracelets Hint: these make great glow-in-the-dark bath time fun! And you can let your kids use them in the bath too.

4. Glow in the Dark Sticky Eyes What IS it with kids and sticky toys? My kids go nuts over all things sticky.

5. Fake Mustaches ‘Cause it’s funny. Especially when you put one on the family dog. Or the family goat.

6. Creep Martian Fingers Just like those creepy witch fingers, only martian. Which is scarier. Because martians are real. At least that’s what my 10 year old keeps telling me.

7. Animal Noses To wear all the time, of course. Ya’ know, because people don’t think we’re weird enough yet.

8. Fruit Leather Great candy trade-in (see below) if you don’t want to buy for the whole neighborhood.

9. Unreal Candy. I’m tellin’ you, we love this candy. It’s non-GMO, no corn syrup, preservatives or artificial stuff, plus it’s gluten-free and made with grass fed dairy & sustainable palm oil. What?! You can (affiliate link) buy Unreal Candy here in bulk, orvisit their site to see which stores sell Unreal Candy. I get mine at my local CVS Pharmacy. I’m not planning on buying for the whole neighborhood, but I DO plan on having some at home for a candy trade-in.

10. The Mountain Three Wolf Moon Short Sleeve Tee Okay, okay. So, I know you can’t buy these for your whole neighborhood, but you could buy for your kids as a candy trade-in. I mean, imagine the rockstar status your kids would obtain by wearing these to school. P.S. Read the Amazon reviews on this one for a good laugh!

The Parent Candy Trade-In Operation

This is a great idea if you want to lessen the amount of sugar-coma inducing candy this year. My kids LOVE doing trades and bartering, and I’m guessing your kids would love it too. Those sneaky little bargainers. After all the trick-or-treating is over, and our kids dump their spoils in a huge heap on the living room floor, we do trade-ins. They get to trade their junk in for other fun stuff. So, it’s a WIN-WIN for everybody!

This year, avoid turning Halloween into a week long sugar binge, and trade that craptastic candy for better choices instead!