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8 Things to do this Halloween!

When we think of the most unique holiday traditions we have, Halloween is one of the strangest. Think about it! One day a year we dress up in costumes, walk around all day like that, go to our neighbors houses asking for candy. We go into haunted houses and look forward to being scared.

Sometimes I want to see what would happen if we did this on any other day of the year and see how people would react.

This year if you need some ideas of how to spend the time, here you go.

1. Have a Campfire 

Of course this will be our first recommendation, never miss an opportunity for campfires.  You don’t have to be camping. Thankfully this autumn season has had a few warmer days throughout October. Make some s’mores, then when your neighbors and strangers come to your house they can just come join you around the fire. Then you can offer them marshmallows covered with various kinds of candy that everyone brings in from their trick or treat adventures. Roast some marshmallows and make traditional s’mores and whatever other creative food inventions you can dream up.  For those of you in cities, you probably can’t have a fire in your front yard and definitely not in your apartment so just go to one of those fancy rooftop restaurants that has a fire pit. Those are amazing!

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2.Play Capture the Flag

Since everyone is out acting crazy anyways, playing a ridiculous game would be fun for kids and adults. Whether you’re in cities, neighborhoods or farm fields this would be a great way to run off that energy from all the sugar.

3. Enter a Costume Contest

At some places they do costume contests where you can win money or prizes. One time I was walking with some friends (as Avatar, Ironman, Cleopatra, Lady Gaga) though a mall and one of the managers of a bar asked us to come in and enter the contest. Sure enough our good friend “Ironman” won a prize of $200. He had made his costume out of toys and moped parts, so who knows you could earn money back.

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4. Go to Waikiki (or other boardwalks in cities)

I know that place might seem random. I am just using this city as an example since its one that I’ve seen in action. You’ll probably see the most beautiful chaos in the streets of the cities. Don’t go out too late, but in small doses it can be a very interesting experience to see everyones costumes.

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5. Haunted Hay Rides and Carnivals

Community events can be a fun way to spend the evening. There are corn mazes, carnivals with face painting and games for the kids, and haunted hayrides where you might be able to see zombies come out of the woods and perform their version of “thriller,” if you’re lucky. Look up your local state park as they might be holding some events both at night and during the day.

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6. Drink coffee (or tea)

For adults this caffeine essential. What other way are you going to keep up with all those sugar crazed kids, even if you don’t have kids just drink caffeine because you can. If you want to just spend some time at home with a small group of friends, learn to make a pumpkin spice latte and a chai tea latte from pinterest. Spend the time catching up with friends and playing games at home.

7. Don’t watch a scary movie

Go outside. Play a game. There are so many things you could be doing instead. It will be a much more memorable and you’ll be able to sleep at night.

8. Carve pumpkins

You can carve pumpkins in traditional style or you can find alternative ways, like in Idaho this is sometimes what we do, (see the image below).

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Whatever you decide to do we hope you have a great and safe Halloween holiday this year.

Here is the color line up of Rolla Roasters. We are still running a sale which allows you to mix and match colors. This is a great way to do some early Christmas shopping and find some great affordable gifts that are able to be customized for your friends and family.

http://www.rollaroaster.com/shop/rep-your-team/

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Rep Your Team

In America, we slay footballs with our hands, and we’ve been doing it since 1869. We’re trendsetters like that. Whether you’re a professional watcher or a sure-footed passer, football is an American tradition. And here at Rolla Roaster, we take tradition pretty seriously. That’s why, for a limited time, you can customize your Rolla Roaster set to rep your team. You’re welcome.

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See, not only do we love football, we also love the things that football represents. Hard work, dedication, loyalty, and buckets of team spirit. And we’ve got spirit (yes, we do). However you slice it, football is a culture of community—both on the field and off. It’s a chance to spend time with friends and loved ones, while you root for your team. Together, we laugh. We yell (“Open your eyes, Ref, before we tape ‘em open!”). We cheer. We ugly cry. But no matter what we do, we stick by our team—through good times and bad. And whether your team is NFL, your Alma Mater, or your high school champs, we’ve got you covered.

Usually, each set includes two Rolla Roasters of the same color. But since we’ve always got your back, you can customize your Rolla Roasters by selecting two different colors. So pick wise, and pick proud.

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And if you are anything like Aunt Heather, you like to plan ahead. With Christmas just around the corner, these customized Rolla Roasters are the perfect gift for the “World’s Biggest Fan” in your life. Or maybe even that rival-team fan you somehow still call “friend”—if you can stomach it. With their slim profile, Rolla Roasters make great stocking stuffers, too. Just think… by customizing your set now, you can stuff your face later (with perfect, golden roasted marshmallows and plump, juicy dogs). It’s a win-win. And, let’s be honest… This isn’t Little Leagues, and winning is everything. Either way, show up to the next game with these bad boys and tailgate in style. You might even spark a new American tradition.

 

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Flannels and Fair Days

Have you ever thought of what makes each season or each town unique?

Autumn is a great season of change. School starts up again, the blistering heat of summer fades, cheers from the football game can be heard, the leaves change color and above all it’s a great time reconnecting with friends and family at unique small town events.

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Here in our hometown of Orofino, Idaho one of the main festivities in September is Lumberjack Days. Long before wearing flannels the trendy thing to do, the lumberjacks were rocking them here.

Lumberjack Days started in 1947 as a way to improve the county fair. I’m sure there’s way more history than that but 59 years later it’s still going strong. The carnival comes to town, the parades begin on Friday, there is activities all throughout Saturday and Sunday including all the 4-H kids bringing their animals to the barn, like any county fair. It seems to be a “family reunion” for the whole town, catching up with old friends and family.

On Saturday night is when they have horse pull competition where a team of 2 draft horses, will tow a sled of weighs up to 6,000 pounds. It’s impressive!

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On Sunday the log show starts and it includes several different activities. Between when the professionals do their competition there is time for the youth to practice new log cuttings skills, working as teams, even the OCI royalty of Orofino got to practice team sawing in their crowns and white pants.

One of the best parts of the log show is watching the men climb up about 50 ft to the top of the poles. It is probably the most extreme event in the show. The guys warm up as if prepping for a race, they have their climbing gear on then when it’s time to start they literally run up the pole, secure themselves in at the top and saw a piece the log off. What impressed me most is how when one guy finished he just stayed up there and cheered on his opponent, “You can do it man! You’ve got this!”

I think that’s a great picture of the heart of these small town events.

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This year was the first year I’ve been back for this great weekend in awhile, so I saw everything from a fresh perspective. It’s amazing the kinds of experiences are available right here in our own backyard.

What is just around the corner where you live? Get out and explore!

And if you ever find yourself in Idaho in September looking for a unique experience, don’t miss out on the Lumberjack Days!

http://orofinolumberjackdays.org/