Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns

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Looking for something to do that’s Halloween-y?  Can’t handle events like Horror Night at Universal Studios (like me)?

Then Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns is definitely for wimps like us.

Buy tickets beforehand, park (for free!) show up during your time slot, and walk through Descanso Gardens.


Over 5000 hand-carved pumpkins are on display, reflecting themes for everyone.




Thrilled to see one of my favorite video games.





IMG_0622No pumpkin pie on the menu, but plenty of treats for sale.

The Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns runs through November 2nd – there is also one in NYC at Old Westbury Gardens.  IMG_0617

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DIY: Floral Crown

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I’m kinda weird when it comes to Halloween costumes.  You’d think, as an actor, I’d love dressing up.  Wrong.  When I was in elementary school, I was a “Tame Punk” (oversized sweatshirt, lots of eye makeup, rubber bracelets) every. single. year. because I wanted to participate in the holiday, but I didn’t want it to look like I was actually dressed up.

In the spirit of people who don’t want to try too hard – I’ve got an idea for you.  When I went to Coriann’s Cecconi Celebration last April and wore the homemade floral wreath you see above, I kinda felt like I was in costume, but I didn’t feel crazy.

She recently shared the how-to on her Facebook Page, and I asked if I could pass it along on the blog.

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  1. Measure the twine around your head, with an extra inch and cut three equal pieces.
  2. Braid all three pieces together.
  3. Take your florist tape and wrap around the twine to secure into a halo shape.
  4. Wrap your greenery around your crown and secure with florist tape.
  5. Cut your flowers and roses at an angle and with a long enough stem to secure onto your crown.
  6. Once positioned to your liking, secure with tape.

That’s it!  Now you can be a God/Goddess.  Or a Sprite/Elf/Fairy.  Or Mother Nature.  Or someone in a wedding party.  Or someone who’s going to San Francisco.  Or someone who likes to wear flowers in their hair.  Or someone going out to dinner with friends.

Thanks to Bright Living Now for the how-to and photos above.