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2017 Halloween Safety Tips

Carved pumpkins line the sidewalk, patiently waiting to greet your little Darth Vaders, unicorns and pirates alike, lighting the way through the festive night. The doorbell rings and an assortment of candy fills each bucket and bag. We are less than a week away, and there is more to plan than what shoes will look best and if there are enough treats to go around. Great Plains Communications wants to make sure everyone has a safe Halloween with some tips from Safe Kids Worldwide.

Have a Safe Walking Plan: Children’s excitement level is often escalated on Halloween as they see the sweet potential in each house, no matter if it is across the street or down the block. Help them to remember to look left, right, and left once more before holding the hand of an adult and crossing the street. Also, don’t forget to put down any electronic devices as you cross, and choose spots further away from the street to stop and take pictures.

Find Creative Ways to Add Safety Precautions to Costumes: Have your kids use fun metallic stickers or reflective tape on their candy bags, it could be a fun way to personalize their goodies and help them be seen by passing drivers. Glow sticks could be another fun way to brighten up the nighttime walk!

Be a Cautious Driver: Just because you are not in costume, does not mean you are not a large factor in Halloween safety. As a driver, make sure to eliminate any distractions inside the car and be especially alert in residential areas. Allow extra time to look for kids between parked cars and at intersections. Typical trick-or-treating hours are between 5:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., so buckle up and stay alert for all the little witches and skeletons walking the streets.

For more tips, check out the Safe Kids Worldwide website and remember that Great Plains Communications hopes you have a fun and safe Halloween! Let us know what creative safety tricks your family uses each year in the comments section on our Facebook page.

Our Favorite Food Network Halloween Crafts

There is still time for some Halloween crafts and Great Plains Communications has found some of our favorites from our cable channel, Food Network.

Gingerbread house decorating is a classic Christmas activity, but what if that gingerbread house was turned into a haunted house? Watch this example from the Food Network, then build your own spooky creations.

 

With just a few ingredients that many have around the house already, you can make this glow-in-the-dark goo for the kids to enjoy or even to add some fun surprises to your Halloween party.

 

Speaking of a party, add the flavor of fall to your next gathering with this pumpkin keg and bourbon-apple punch.

 

Lastly, you can’t pass up the simplicity of this no-churn pumpkin pie ice cream. And don’t worry crust lovers, this recipe layers the baked crust throughout the ice cream for the full pumpkin pie experience.

 

Watch for more delicious recipes on Food Network. If you aren’t currently a Great Plains Communications cable customer and would like to learn what services we offer in your area, call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483.

2017 Guide to Halloween TV Specials

Horror fans are welcoming the season as Halloween approaches. October is for picking apples and the perfect pumpkin, crafting a costume and watching the classics. From Hocus Pocus to Carrie, Great Plains Communications has put together a list of some of our favorite scary movie marathons, Halloween specials, and more you won’t want to miss throughout the month.

13 Nights of Halloween – Freeform

Starting October 19, the network celebrates the holiday by counting down with movies such as Sleepy Hollow, Hocus Pocus, and even an all-day Tim Burton marathon on October 23.

AMC FearFest – AMC

Running from October 21-31, FearFest will include the horror you have been missing with movies such as all the Halloween movies, Carrie, as well as more recent thrillers like Annabelle.

Classic Horror – TCM

The Turner Classic Movies has dedicated specific days of the week to different Halloween themes. Today would fall under Classic Horror Tuesdays with iconic films from the 1930s – 1960s, such as Frankenstein and The Wolf Man. Are you a Dracula fan? You will want to check out Dracula Sundays as they celebrate one of the most memorable movie monsters.

The Sandman

Saturday October 14, at 8 PM on SyFy

Watch as a young girl imagines the monster from her nightmares into existence.

The Watcher in the Woods

Saturday October 21, at 7 PM on Lifetime

Enjoy this remake of the original cult classic starring Angelica Huston.

1922

Friday, October 20 on Netflix

Based on the Stephen King novel, it is a story of Wilfred James, who has admitted to killing his wife with his son at their Nebraska home and now fears she is haunting him. Watch the trailer below.

 

If you are not currently a Great Plains Communications cable customer and would like to learn more about the services we offer in your area, please call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483.

 

Halloween 2016

With Halloween on a Monday this year, this weekend will be full of festive activities such as parties, trunk-or-treats, and costume contests. No matter your age, it is always smart to be cautious around Halloween, as pedestrian traffic increases significantly and there are many distractions. Safe Kids Worldwide provided an infographic breaking down some statistics about the season.

Photo provided by Safe Kids Worldwide

Photo provided by Safe Kids Worldwide

Now that we are all prepared, Great Plains Communications has chosen some of our favorite Halloween recipes provided by our cable channel, Food Network. Make Deviled Ham Eyeballs Sandwiches with Jeff Mauro, the Sandwich King, for a more savory take on the holiday. For a good mix of sweet and savory, look to Alton Brown’s Pumpkin Seed Brittle. Lastly, you can never go wrong with a classic Caramel, Chocolate and Candy Apples with Giada De Laurentiis. Find all the recipes below.

Happy Halloween from Great Plains Communications!

2015 Halloween Safety Tips

Carved pumpkins wait patiently to greet your little Darth Vaders, Supergirls and pirates alike, lighting the way through the festive night. The doorbell rings and the candy fills up, all part of the fun Halloween brings each year. We are only a couple days away, and there is more to plan than what shoes will look best and if there are enough treats to go around. Great Plains Communications wants to make sure everyone has a safe Halloween with some safety tips from Safe Kids Worldwide.

  • Have a Safe Walking Plan: Children’s excitement level is often escalated on Halloween as they see the sweet potential in each house, no matter if it is across the street or down the block. Help them to remember to look left, right, and left once more before holding the hand of an adult and crossing the street. Also, don’t forget to put down any electronic devices as you cross, and choose spots further away from the street to stop and take pictures.
  • Find Creative Ways to Add Safety Precautions to Costumes: Have your kids use fun metallic stickers or reflective tape on their candy bags, it could be a fun way to personalize their goodies and help them be seen by passing drivers. Glow sticks could be another fun way to brighten up the nighttime walk!
  • Be a Cautious Driver: Just because you are not in costume, does not mean you are not a large factor in Halloween safety. As a driver, make sure to eliminate any distractions inside the car and be especially alert in residential areas. Allow extra time to look for kids between parked cars and at intersections. Typical trick-or-treating hours are between 5:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., so buckle up and stay alert for all the little witches and zombies walking the streets.

For more tips, check out the Safe Kids Worldwide website and remember that Great Plains Communications hopes you have a fun and safe Halloween! Let us know what creative safety tricks your family uses each year, in the comments section on our Facebook page.

Halloween Fun With Food Network and HGTV

With Halloween on a Saturday this year, there will be plenty of time for festive parties to be had. No matter if you are planning something spooky or family-friendly, food and games are always good additions to any party. Great Plains Communications has teamed up with a couple of our cable channels, Food Network and HGTV, to provide some tips this Halloween season.

Halloween Party Games – HGTV

 

DIY Halloween Party Favors – HGTV

 

Halloween Candy Bark – Food Network Kitchen

 

If you have any questions about your Great Plains Communications services, or are interested in finding out what services we provide in your area, call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483 and a representative would be happy to assist you.

Having Fun with Fall

Fall is a season of change. The weather is changing, the leaves are changing, and everyone is gearing up for the holidays. Great Plains Communications has found three fun ways to embrace and enjoy the changes around us.

To start us off, HGTV offers all kinds of creative ways to decorate your home for the season. This video shows you how to make three easy pumpkin projects that could be used for Halloween, then later for Thanksgiving.

Our next video is just one of the many fingernail art tutorials offered by Disney. Here they show you how to create an easy yet beautiful spider web for Halloween.


As we all know and love, carving pumpkins is a trade of the season. The family gathers to put their unique stamp on the doorstep for all passerby’s to see. But don’t miss out on what else those little orange vessels have to offer! In our last video, Alton Brown from the Food Network will show you just what else you can get from your pumpkins this year.

This year, don’t let Fall just be your transition into the holiday season. Stop and enjoy the people and changes around you. Let us know in the comments below, what fun activities or decorations your family is going to do this year!

Halloween Safety Tips for the Whole Family

Red, orange, and yellow leaves line the streets and blanket the yards. Carved pumpkins sit on doorsteps, and costumes hang in closets, all as a reminder that Halloween is just a few days away. What is your little one anxious to become this year? Will she be Elsa, or he a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle? Great Plains Communications wants to wish everyone a happy and safe Halloween and we would like to pass along some safety tips to help make sure that happens.

  • Have a safe walking plan for the evening. Children’s excitement level is often escalated on Halloween as they see the sweet potential in each house, no matter if it is across the street or down the block. Help them to remember to look left, right, and left once more before holding the hand of an adult and crossing the street. Also, don’t forget to put down any electronic devices as you cross, and choose spots further away from the street to stop and take pictures.
  •  Find Creative Ways to Add Safety Precautions to Costumes. Have your kids use fun metallic stickers or reflective tape on their candy bags, it could be a fun way to personalize their goodies and help them be seen by passing drivers. Glow sticks could be another fun way to brighten up the nighttime walk!
  • Be a Cautious Driver. Just because you are not in costume, does not mean you are not a large factor in Halloween safety. As a driver, make sure to eliminate any distractions inside the car and be especially alert in residential areas. Allow extra time to look for kids between parked cars and at intersections. Typical trick-or-treating hours are between 5:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., so buckle up and stay alert for all the little witches and zombies walking the streets.

For more tips, check out Safe Kids Worldwide and remember that Great Plains Communications hopes you have a fun and safe Halloween! Let us know below what creative safety tricks your family does each year.

Five Classic Family-Friendly Halloween Movies

Halloween specials have become something of the norm for most television shows. Often adding a slight suspense to their usual plot, series such as Modern Family, Grey’s Anatomy, Psych, and Criminal Minds are just a few of the multitude of shows who have had some fun adding a Halloween twist. Though we have come to expect the annual Halloween episode, Great Plains Communications has chosen five classic family-friendly Halloween movies that are sure to continue bringing a nostalgic smile to the entire family.

1.       Hocus Pocus (1993)

Over 10 years ago, Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy became the three spunky Sanderson sisters we have all come to love. Children through the years have come to recognize the song, I Put a Spell On You and the soundtrack, mixed with the hilarious banter of the witches has earned Hocus Pocus a spot on our top five classic family-friendly Halloween movies list.

Sat. Oct. 25, 9:00 PM – ABCFAM

Sun. Oct. 26, 7:00 PM – ABCFAM

2.       The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

To bring a bit more music to the holiday, The Nightmare Before Christmas is a creative combination of musical fantasy and spooky humor. Tim Burton provides a fun experience for the whole family through the character of Jack Skellington.

Thur. Oct. 23, 8:30 PM – ABCFAM

Fri. Oct. 24, 6:00 PM – ABCFAM

3.       The Addams Family (1991)

The once cartoon family, has made it onto our list through their witty conversations and bizarre lifestyle. The Addams Family will make you laugh as you did watching it years ago, though still make you thankful they are not your relatives.

Sat. Oct. 25, 5:00 PM – ABCFAM

Sun. Oct. 26, 3:00 PM – ABCFAM

4.       Beetlejuice (1988)

Coming in as the creepiest of the bunch, is Michael Keaton as Beetlejuice. Looking past the somewhat disgusting measures taken by Beetlejuice, the movie puts a humorous twist on haunting ghosts.

Wed. Oct. 22, 5:00 PM – ABCFAM

Fri. Oct. 31, 6:00 PM – ABCFAM

5.       Casper (1995)

The 1995 movie has more than just a Halloween themed plot, but a relatability in the young lonely Casper. He is forced to scare people, but while doing so has won the hearts of children and parents alike.

Wed. Oct. 22, 7:30 PM – DISNEY

Mon. Oct. 27, 8:00 PM – ABCFAM

As the weather continues to get cooler, grab a blanket and some popcorn and enjoy the laughs and slight scares these movies have to offer with your little witches and goblins. Let us know what your favorite Halloween movie is, below!

Family Friendly Halloween Specials – 2013

Earlier this week, we reviewed our picks for the truly scary movies that are gracing the Cable airwaves leading up to Halloween.  But not every ghost story and Halloween tale is quite so scary.  We’ve rounded up some great options to enjoy with your whole family.

Toy Story of TERROR! 

Airing on Oct. 25 at 8pm & Oct. 26 at 11am on Disney Channel

While many movies that migrate to TV don’t live up to the originals, this one looks pretty darn good.  Plus kids will love to see the return of their favorite characters including Woody, Buzz Lightyear and Calamity Jane. The plot, a toy goes missing and everyone else must find it, harkens back to the movie plots that made the trilogy so enjoyable.

Ghostbusters 

Airing on Oct. 31 at 8:30pm on Comedy Central

Fact: there are few things better than a giant marshmallow man terrorizing New York City. With a truly fantastic cast and an old school charm, Ghostbusters was an instant classic.  The spooky and silly 1984 classic included stars such as Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Sigourney Weaver.

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown 

Airing on Oct. 31 at 8pm on ABC

We all know the story in this classic 1966 animated special. While the Peanuts gang is celebrating Halloween, Linus spends his time hoping that finally, he will be visited by The Great Pumpkin.  While this family-friendly classic is on every year, 2013 will also feature a bonus Peanuts cartoon, You’re Not Elected, Charlie Brown.

Enjoy your trick-or-treating, the spooky (but fun) movies and make sure to stay safe!

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