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Spooky Fun for Halloween

It's a cool and creepy weekend and there is SO MUCH to do, how will you fit it all in? The festivities begin TODAY for this spooky holiday and run through Monday do check out all the events at the libraries, parks, and local businesses to get the most fun out of the 2005 Halloween season.

Start your planning on the Columbia Events Page to plan your fall fun because there are just too many things going on to be able to list them all here.

Here's hoping you and your kids find lots of treats and not many tricks! -Scottie Claiborne, Columbia4Kids Editor.

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Preserve your Digital Photos- Don't Lose Them!

Lots of people when asked, what one thing would you take from your burning house (assuming that your family is safe) answer, their photo albums. But what do you do when your photo albums are all on your computer? Stop to untangle the wires?

You don't have to! It's easy to back up your photos and a lot of great online photo services are available for FREE to make sure you don't have to make a terrible decision between your computer and your cat.

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SC Guinea Pig Rescue


Are you looking for a low-maintenance pet who's good-natured, furry, and fun? Why not adopt a guinea pig? Tricia of the SC Guinea Pig Rescue has anywhere from 6-36 guinea pigs that need a home, depending on when you drop by. They really are cute little piggies!

Find out more about the SC Guinea Pig Rescue

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Dangerous Foods for Pets

Last newsletter Kimberly pointed out how fresh foods can help improve your pet's health. This month, she takes a look at foods that can be deadly to your pet. Pets can't eat everything we eat, but people sometimes forget that. Learn more in her article: Dangerous Foods for Pets

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Creative Cuisine- Cookie Baskets

Need a personalized gift? A cookie bouquet from Creative Cuisine fits the bill nicely! The owner will even hand deliver your special gift in the Columbia and Lexington Area

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Hampton Inn Getaway

Could you use a break from the kids? Are your in-laws coming for the holidays and you think everyone might be a little more comfortable if they had a room of their own? Take a break at the beautiful Hampton Inn, right in the heart of the Vista. This isn't your standard chain hotel, it's a beautifully-appointed, luxurious hotel right in the middle of all the downtown action.

The Hampton Inn is offering Columbia4Kids readers a special rate of $65 a night this holiday season! (That's half of what you'd normally pay to stay there!) Be sure to Print the coupon and take advantage of this incredible rate- take a break or give your family one!

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Scary (and not so scary) Halloween Happenings

Storybook Castle at Richland Mall
This annual event features picturesque scenes depicting favorite storybook characters and friends, including the return of Winnie the Pooh! And you don't want to miss this year's 'talking pumpkin'!

The Goosebumps Haunted House
Free for children 1-3! $5 for ages 4-12. The haunted house features flying ghosts, skeletons and a monster used for identifying body parts. There's a fun trail too! West Columbia.

Tricks and Treats at the State Museum
The State Museum's annual family Halloween event especially for the kids is here! Wear a costume and receive $1 off regular museum admission. Event is free with museum admission.

Hallowonka at Edventure
Since Halloween and candy are completely interwined, it makes perfect sense for Edventure to team up with Willy Wonka candy for this fun annual event.

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Date Night for Mom and Dad

The CityWords Blog entry this week is all about making time for the adults in your family. What? You don't have a date night? Well, it's about time you did! Get some inspiration from this entry.

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Hot Discussions!

What's going on at the forum? Come see for yourself!

Gym Suggestions

Do you love your gym? Why or why not? Help a new mom figure out which gym she wants to join.

Fun for the Family- Monetta Drive In

Is it just too far away? Our members say no, it's perfect for families and well worth the drive. Don't forget to buy your freshly roasted pecans at the concession stand.

Halloween costumes

Share your costume ideas and post pics of your adorable kids in their costumes!

Travelling with Kids

Holiday travel is just around the corner. What makes travelling with kids easier in your family? Share your tips or pick up some new ideas.

Come start your own topic!

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Wrap Up

My 6-year-old says this is the BEST time of the year. We attended the Jr Gamecock Club Halooween Party at the Colonial Center last night, he's on a trip to Harmon's Farm today at school, has a birthday party at Build-a-Bear tomorrow, and I've promised to take them to Edventure for Hallowonka as well as the usual trick or treating on Monday! Plus, we still have to carve our pumpkin. (I know what I'll be doing tonight!)

It's fun when there are so many things to do, but it can be tiring keeping up with it all as well. I have to remember to take more pictures- that's how we keep our memories alive.

Thanks for being a part of the C4K community. We love the feedback we get from our members so if you have a comment or suggestion, feel free to email us!

See ya next time! -Scottie

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