Trick-or-Treat for a New Kind of Thrill

(Family Features) For most kids, Halloween is all about costumes and candy, but it can also be a chance to demonstrate how helping others brings its own set of rewards.

This October, children, families and schools across the country will join in Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF, a month-long celebration of the power and impact of kids helping kids. Throughout the month, kids, parents and teachers can add purpose to their Halloween activities by collecting donations in support of vulnerable children.

Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF encourages children to be “scary good” this Halloween and help their peers around the world. Equipped with iconic orange collection boxes, kids can raise funds that add up to lifesaving change: $8 can buy a kit to give one family clean water to drink; $15 can buy a box of five mosquito nets to protect kids from deadly malaria; and $55 can buy one box of therapeutic food treatment to save a child from severe acute malnutrition.

Sharing the caring
In addition, a series of partners and supporters are also making it easy to help.

This year, HSNi Cares, as a national partner, will continue to raise funds and awareness to support UNICEF through all of its brands: Ballard Designs, Frontgate, Garnet Hill, Grandin Road, HSN and Improvements. Throughout September, customers will be able make a donation to the children’s humanitarian organization online or over the phone at all brands.

Key Club International will participate by raising funds for The Eliminate Project, which seeks to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus, a deadly disease that claims the lives of thousands of babies and mothers each year. Key Club International, a student-led service leadership program of Kiwanis International, is the oldest and largest service program for high school students. For more information, visit or

American Airlines will support the campaign through UNICEF’s Change for Good program, which converts customers’ donations of foreign and domestic currency into lifesaving services for children. From Oct.16-31, American Airlines flight attendant volunteers will make Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF-themed announcements and collect donations from customers on select international flights.

Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education and media company, will team up with Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF to celebrate the 25th anniversary of its best-selling children’s book series “Goosebumps.” Popular character Slappy and his monstrous friends will be featured on the collection boxes as well as

Make it social
Families are invited to share their Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF story on social media with the hashtag #ScaryGood. Parents and teachers who participated when they were children are also invited to share their experience with the hashtag #TBTOT4UNICEF.

Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF – the original kids helping kids campaign – has raised nearly $177 million since 1950 to help UNICEF provide children around the world with lifesaving nutrition, water, vaccines and more. For more information, visit


Scary Good Seasonal Treats

(Family Features) Whether your tastes tend toward the spooky or spectacular, or maybe a little of both, this Halloween you can set the scene for a scary good time with a menu that entices goblins big and small.

You won’t have to scour a witch’s lair to find the right ingredients for these treats. All you need is Limited Edition TruMoo Orange Scream Milk, which is inspired by an orange frozen ice pop with vanilla ice cream. It’s tasty served on its own in a cold glass, or added to Halloween-inspired recipes perfect for hosting your fellow ghouls and goblins.

Try using it for non-traditional recipes, such as Orange-Cranberry Scones for hosting a scary fun Halloween get-together. Or for another creative snack option at your ghoulish gala, go for Bread Pudding to send guests home screaming with delight.

An added bonus, TruMoo Orange Scream Milk leaves out lots of things. It contains no high fructose corn syrup, no artificial growth hormones, no artificial sweeteners and no artificial flavors, so all that’s left is a nutritious, family-friendly and tasty fun time. TruMoo Orange Scream Milk has no GMO ingredients.

For more Halloween-inspired recipes, visit, and find TruMoo Milk on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

Orange-Cranberry Scones

Servings: 6 scones


  • 2 1/4    cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4       cup granulated sugar
  • 2          teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2       teaspoon salt
  • 4          tablespoons cold butter
  • 2          large eggs
  • 1/2       cup TruMoo Orange Scream Milk
  • 1/2       cup dried cranberries
  • 1          tablespoon grated orange peel

Orange Glaze:

  • 1/2       cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1          tablespoon TruMoo Orange Scream Milk
  1. To prepare Scones: Heat oven to 425° F. In large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. With pastry blender or two knives, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in eggs, one at a time, then milk, cranberries and orange peel.
  2. Turn dough onto lightly floured surface. Refrigerate 30 minutes, or until firm. Pat dough into 8-inch round, about 3/4-inch thick. Cut into six wedges; carefully separate wedges and place on parchment-lined baking sheet about two inches apart. Bake about 15 minutes until lightly golden and crusty.
  3. To prepare Orange Glaze: In small bowl, combine confectioners’ sugar and milk until well blended. Cool scones slightly. Drizzle scones with glaze.

Orange Custard Bread Pudding

Servings: 6

  • 1          loaf (16 ounces) sliced raisin-cinnamon bread
  • 2          cups TruMoo Orange Scream Milk
  • 3          large eggs
  • 1/2       cup granulated sugar
  • 1          tablespoon grated orange peel
  • 1/4       teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4       teaspoon orange extract
  • 1/8       teaspoon salt
  • confectioners’ sugar
  1. Heat oven to 350° F. Cut raisin bread into 1-inch pieces (about 8 cups). In large bowl, whisk together milk, eggs, sugar, orange peel, nutmeg, orange extract and salt. Toss with raisin bread to mix well.
  2. Butter 2-quart casserole or baking dish. Pour bread mixture into dish. Place in center of deep, ovenproof pan. Pour boiling water into pan until it reaches halfway up sides of dish. Place pan on center rack in oven. Bake until just set, about 40 minutes. Carefully remove from oven.
  3. To serve, sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar. Serve warm.


Trick-or-Treat, Learn Halloween Safety Tips

halloween-1563652Join Wesley Children’s Hospital and other community sponsors at this year’s sixth annual Halloween in the Park. Come rain or shine, children of all ages are invited to join us Friday, Oct. 23, from 6-9 p.m. at Edgemoor Park, 5815 E. Ninth St., for a free night of trick-or-treating and Halloween fun.

“Halloween in the Park is such a great family event for Wichita,” said Mollie Triplett, Wesley pediatric trauma coordinator. “The event provides a fun trick-or-treating experience while educating kids on how to have a safe and enjoyable Halloween.”

Children will have the opportunity to get a free bear at Wesley’s Teddy Bear Clinic, trick-or-treat at various booths, participate in a Halloween craft project and tour an ambulance, police car and fire truck. There will also be a photo booth for families to take fun Halloween photos.

Halloween in the Park is supported by several community sponsors, including the City of Wichita, Wichita Park & Recreation, Wichita Police Department, Sedgwick County 911, Wendy’s, EagleMed, 100.5 The Wolf, Pepsi, Farmers Insurance, BOB FM 97.1, the Wichita Fire Department, Superior Rubber Stamp & Seal, Cox Farms, Davis Moore, Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital and many more.

“It’s great to see so many community organizations and businesses come together to support this safety event,” Triplett said. “It just keeps getting bigger and better every year.”

For more information about Wesley Children’s Hospital or Halloween in the Park, please contact Mollie Triplett at 316.962.8291.

Adults-only Halloween party today at Exploration Place


Third time’s a charm to finally finding the zombie cure, or is it?

Today from 7-11 p.m. at Exploration Place, adults will roam throughout the museum to develop survival skills and prepare for a zombie apocalypse.

This event is called Museum of the Undead 3: Safe Zone, and those brave enough to take part will witness a zombie dissection, use mirrors to trick zombies, aim for a target using marshmallows and PVC pipe, observe scientists trying to find a zombie cure, build a miniature tower and wall in the new national traveling exhibit Design Zone, test their immunity to the zombie virus with the Sedgwick County Health Department, and enjoy music and games in the “Safe Zone.”

Guest can also show their daring by posing for a picture with “captured” zombies.

Two Brothers BBQ will provide snacks, and a cash bar will be available.

Tickets cost $20 for Exploration Place members and $25 for nonmembers, and tickets are on sale online at or by calling 316-660-0620.

October takes me out to the ballgame


This is one of my favorite times of the year. I love getting dressed up and trying to scare the pants off of my friends and family. I also have an affinity for Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and candy corn.

However, I really like October because it means the Major League Baseball season is kicking into high gear in the run-up to the World Series.

Baseball is my favorite professional sport to watch. I root for my beloved St. Louis Cardinals every chance I get. For me, there is little as exciting as watching a do-or-die game in which the team’s future in the chase for the championship is on the line.

Baseball is America’s pastime for a reason. Sure, sports like football might have larger audiences nowadays, but baseball will always be the king in my book.

I grew up playing little league, and I loved every minute of it.

My only regret from high school is not playing baseball, but a series of shoulder surgeries made playing next to impossible.

Sure, some people claim the sport is boring because it is too slow-paced, but it is an incredible game of strategy. Pitching changes, pinch-runners and any other personnel change might slow things down a bit, but it is all part of a carefully orchestrated attempt by the managers to win the game.

In what other sport do you get to see such gamesmanship like that? Not many, that’s for sure.

Beyond the chess-like strategy of baseball, think of the history of the game. I’m an admittedly huge nerd, and I love how there are statistics for nearly everything in baseball, and those figures date back to nearly the first pitch ever thrown in a game.

For much the same reason I love golf so much, I also appreciate how individual the game of baseball can be.

Sure, there is a team of nine guys on field, but when it comes down to it, the game revolves around individual match-ups between the pitcher and the batter. With one swing of the bat, a solid hit can change the directory of the game.

The game is nerve-wracking to watch, and I can’t get enough of it.

So, when various ghouls and goblins come knocking on my door later this month, they will probably be able to hear me cheering in joy or screaming in agony as I watch post-season play. They might think it is part of my Halloween celebration, but they will be wrong.

It’s just me watching baseball.

Recipe for a good time

How to Host a Mad Scientist Halloween Party

Frankenstein Cake
Mac and Cheese Cups with Chili
Candy Corn Cupcakes
Apple Pie Potion

(Family Features) Transform your house into Frankenstein’s lab with a few party tricks and Halloween treats. Set the scene with a mad scientist-themed sweets table and carry it home with a crazy good menu featuring frightfully yummy appetizers, mocktails and, of course, treats.

Tricks for Your Treats

  • Chili Mac Cup Concoction: Use a regular muffin pan to bake mac and cheese cups – a fun twist on the kids’ favorite. The macaroni cups are the perfect chili topper for a hearty fall favorite.
  • Little Monsters Mocktail: Play mixologist with a perfect potion recipe featuring a few easy ingredients: apple juice, club soda and delicious drops of Treatology flavor concentrates in taste-tempting Cinnamon Graham and Creamy Vanilla Custard flavors. Serve up these mad scientist mixtures in food-safe Wilton plastic beakers.
  • Candy Corn Craze: Halloween wouldn’t be the same without candy, especially candy corn. Wow guests with your inventive use of the iconic Halloween flavor. Infuse limited edition Candy Corn flavored Candy Melts Candy into cupcake icing.
  • The Guest of Horror: You can’t have a mad scientist Halloween party without Frankenstein. This easy buttercream cake makes a big statement, a fantastic centerpiece for your sweets table and will make others green with envy over your decorating skills. The Color Right Performance Color System makes it easy to mix the precise shade of Frankenstein green.

For more Halloween party ideas and inspiration, visit

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Frankenstein Cake


  • 6 cups favorite cake recipe or mix
  • 4 cups Wilton White Ready-To-Use Decorator Icing (4.5-pound tub)
  • Wilton Color Right Performance Color System
  • Wilton Black Icing Pouch with Tips
  • Wilton Large Candy Eyeballs
  • Wilton 6-by-3-inch Round Pan
  • Wilton 10-by-16-inch Cooling Grid
  • Cake plate
  • Wilton Cake Leveler
  • Wilton 13-inch Angled Spatula
  • Wilton 12-inch Disposable Decorating Bags


  1. Prepare cake according to box instructions and make two layers using 6-inch round pans. Bake and cool on cooling grid.
  2. Prepare Spring Green icing using this color tint formula from the Color Right Performance Color System: 4 cups icing + 30 Y + 6 B. Stack layers on cake plate for a two-layer cake, using leveler as needed. Ice cake sides smooth with green icing.
  3. Use black pouch icing without tip to cover top of cake. Use tip of spatula to create spiral effect. Use black pouch icing with star tip to pipe pull-out bangs around top edge and two hair strands on cake top.
  4. Prepare a disposable decorating bag with green icing; cut a hole in point of bag the size of tip 3. Attach candy eyeballs with dots of green icing. Pipe green eyelids.
  5. Use black pouch icing with round tip to pipe dot nose and neck bolts, outline mouth and stitches.
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Mac and Cheese Cups with Chili


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 8 ounces white American cheese, shredded
  • 1 package (8 ounces) Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 package (16 ounces) elbow pasta, cooked and kept warm
  • 2 cans (25 ounces each) chili


  1. Heat oven to 350$deg;F. Prepare two muffin pans with vegetable pan spray.
  2. In large pan, melt butter over medium heat. Stir flour into butter and cook 2 minutes on medium heat, stirring constantly. Gradually whisk milk into flour mixture and cook until thickened, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to low and stir in cheeses, onion powder, dry mustard and pepper. Stir in cooked pasta.
  3. Divide evenly into prepared pans. Bake 15 minutes or until bubbly. Cool in pans 15 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, in saucepan, heat chili according to package directions. Serve each macaroni cup on top of 1/4 cup chili.
  5. Tip: To make ahead, refrigerate macaroni and cheese cups in muffin pans after baking. When ready to serve, remove from pans and microwave 30-45 seconds each until heated through.
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Candy Corn Cupcakes


  • 1 package (16.25 ounces) white cake mix
  • Egg whites, water, vegetable oil to prepare mix
  • 17 drops Wilton Orange Color Right Performance Color
  • 3 drops Wilton Yellow Color Right Performance Color
  • 1 package (10 ounces) Wilton Limited Edition Candy Corn Candy Melts Candy
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2/3 cup solid vegetable shortening
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon Wilton Imitation Clear Vanilla Extract
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar (about 1/2 pound)
  • Candy corn for garnish (optional)
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  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Prepare muffin pans with baking cups.
  2. In large bowl, beat cake mix, egg whites, water and colors with electric mixer at low speed 30 seconds. Scrape bottom and sides of bowl; beat at medium speed 2 minutes. Divide batter evenly among baking cups, filling about 2/3 full.
  3. Bake 18-20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool cupcakes in pans on cooling grid 5 minutes. Remove from pans; cool completely on grid.
  4. In medium microwave-safe container, combine Candy Corn Candy Melts Candy and heavy cream. Microwave at half (50 percent) power 1 minute. Stir. Microwave on half power in 30-second intervals, stirring between each, until melts are almost melted. Stir thoroughly until mixture is smooth. Cool slightly.
  5. In large bowl, beat shortening with electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add Candy Melts mixture and beat until smooth. Beat in honey and vanilla. Gradually add confectioners’ sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Pipe or spread onto cooled cupcakes. Top with candy corn, if using.
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Apple Pie Potion


  • 1 bottle (1 liter) club soda, chilled
  • 5 cups apple juice, chilled
  • 7 drops Wilton Treatology Warm Cinnamon Graham Flavor Concentrate
  • 3 drops Wilton Treatology Creamy Vanilla Custard Flavor Concentrate
  • 4 drops Wilton Yellow Color Right Performance Color
  • 1 drop Wilton Blue Color Right Performance Color
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  1. In large pitcher, combine club soda, apple juice, Warm Cinnamon Graham and Vanilla Custard flavors and colors. Whisk until well combined. Serve immediately or chill until ready to serve.
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‘The Peanuts Movie’ Gang Encourage Kids to Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF

Encourage Kids to Trick-or-Treat

(Family Features) As kids set out with friends and neighbors on a quest for sweet treats and goodwill this Halloween, they can bring along a new gang – “The Peanuts Movie” gang, that is. This year, the iconic Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF campaign will celebrate its 65th anniversary by joining forces with another American favorite, Peanuts, which is also turning 65 this year.

“The Peanuts Movie” characters will encourage children to support Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF this Halloween by going door-to-door to collect donations for UNICEF’s lifesaving programs while they celebrate the spooky season.

Since 1950, American kids who Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF have raised more than $175 million for UNICEF to provide children around the world with medicine, nutrition, clean water, emergency relief and education.

Tools for schools
In addition to children’s efforts to raise funds, teachers of grade K-12 students can participate in the Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF School Challenge. This fall, teachers can enter a short essay (200-500 words) contest about encouraging global citizenship in the classroom and community. The top 15 entrants will receive $500 worth of Scholastic books. Entries must be submitted at by Dec. 1, 2015 to be considered; teachers can also access lesson plans and other resources to engage their students on the website.

Other ways to participate
Families can participate in this year’s campaign through partners and supporters, including HSNi Cares, Key Club International, Claire’s and American Airlines.

HSNi Cares will raise funds to support UNICEF through all eight HSNi brands: Ballard Designs, Chasing Fireflies, Frontgate, Garnet Hill, Grandin Road, HSN, Improvements and TravelSmith. Throughout August and September, customers can make a donation online or over the phone at any HSNi brand. From Aug. 14 to Sept. 30, HSN will match all customer donations made on the HSN credit card up to $150,000. Exclusively on, customers can purchase one-of-a-kind “I Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF” tote bags. The U.S. Fund for UNICEF will receive a 30 percent donation from the purchase price of each bag through Oct. 31.

Claire’s will support Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF through retail stores nationwide and on From Sept. 24 through Oct. 31, customers can pick up a Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF box in Claire’s stores nationwide, which they can use to decorate and collect funds to support UNICEF. In addition, Claire’s will sell a Halloween Tote, donating 50 percent of the purchase price to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. The brand will also host an Instagram sweepstake (#clairesunicefsweepstakes) and give prizes for the most creative boxes.

To learn more or participate in the Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF campaign, visit

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