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Halloween is one of my all-time favorite holidays!! I love decorating and dressing up in crazy costumes! Not to mention the spectacular fall treats! (I’m the pumpkin fiend all of you are getting sick of :-D ) However, Halloween sets off the holiday season. And with the increased consumption of candy and cute, little ghost cookies, probably not on a good note… Here are some ways to have a hauntingly good time without the scary aftermath.

1. Get scared!

No, really! The University of Washington released a study that shows watching a 90-minute horror flick can burn an average of 113 calories! Here is a list of the exact numbers for the most popular Halloween flicks. So grab some friends and embrace that horror movie marathon! Remember: that doesn’t mean you can eat a whole bag of Halloween candy or it defeats the purpose. Bonus points: Go to a haunted house! Not only do you get scared, but you are also walking (or running). The RiverFront Times ranked the top 5 best haunted attractions in St. Louis.

2. Make You Own Halloween Treats

Honestly, no one really know what’s in all those Halloween candies and cookies from the store. Take out the guess work and make your own!! Put that Pinterest obsession to good use and search for DIY treats and snacks (believe me, there are hundreds!) Invite your friends over for some a movies (see #1) and baking Halloween Bash! Remind them that costumes ARE required!

3. Take the Little Ones Trick Or Treating

As much as I wish and hope, adults are still not allowed to trick or treat… However, that does not mean you can’t live vicariously through the little ghouls and gals that society will acceptingly pass out candy to. So grab your best Halloween costume (again, Pinterest is great if you need a last minute DIY costume), and stroll the neighborhood with your little nieces, nephews, or siblings. Just make sure you walk with them, don’t drive! You never know, you may get a few pieces of candy as well! :)

What is your favorite way to celebrate a healthy Halloween?

Also, be sure to check out my blog, The Wholey Trinity, for more health and nutrition tips!

 

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Abby Towle

Autumn has Arrived

by Abby Towle on October 27, 2014

in College Life

Autumn in St. Louis has treated me well so far. The trees are beautiful shades of yellow, orange, red and green and the weather has been around the upper sixties and seventies, amazing! There are many fabulous things I love to do during the fall season and I am excited to share some of those with you!

1) Eckert’s Country Store & Farms: This is a large place located in Belleville, IL, only about 40 minutes away from Fontbonne. They have a variety of things to do such as apple picking, pumpkin patches, a restaurant to go to, hay rides, concerts, and a wonderful shop with great produce, desserts and gifts!

2) Haunted Houses: St. Louis has many spooky places to go during the fall! Three major haunted houses in the St. Louis are “The Darkness,” “Creepyworld,” and “The Abyss.” I went to “The Darkness” the other night and it sure was scary! It is a little pricey ($25-$35), but the haunted house was very long and worth the price.

3) Trader Joe’s: I went to the store Trader Joe’s a few weeks again with a friend and picked up a few fall favorites! I bought some of their famous spiced apple cider as well as mini pumpkins to decorate my windowsill with. Trader Joe’s always has stations to sample different types of food and drinks and they never disappoint!

4) Football Games: What better way to enjoy fall than to sit in the stands at a football game and sip hot coco! I have gone to a few football games at Washington University in St. Louis (right across the street from Fontbonne!) and watched their games. It is always  fun to go with a few friends and get bundled up to watch a great game unfold while enjoying the crisp autumn air. It is a great activity for a Saturday afternoon.

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Fall is the sign that winter is coming and summer has gone. It is a time for change. But that is not what this post is about; it is about my favorite fall activities. There are a lot of things to pick from, but for me, there are only a few great things about fall. I have my top five things I like about fall:

5) Number five is the weather. It isn’t too hot or too cold, it just stays in between. The windows can be left open for most days and nights. It saves some money when to comes to the a/c and heat bills.

4) Coming in at number four is Ohio State football. The Buckeyes return and play amazing games. Their seasons are always great to watch, even if they don’t win it is a great game.

3-1) Numbers three through one are too close to call. Bonfires heat up at number three. It is so much fun to sit back and have some soda around a fire. I enjoy talking face to face with my friends instead of texting them. There are s’mores and jokes that are shared throughout the night.

Number two is………the releasing of video games. A lot of games come out around this time of year, or as I like to call it: the era of Tim being broke. HaHa. It was great to see them in the summer, but playing them is even better.

Number one is The Walking Dead. The new seasons kick off, giving us the return of characters that we love. I love seeing where the characters end up, and how they deal with the problems or people that come along. There are parts that are used from the graphic novels, but are still made differently.

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The trees are finally starting to change colors and the air is getting a little more brisk- fall is here! I absolutely love fall weather and everything that goes along with it: pumpkins, apple cider, Halloween, apple orchards, and the farmers marketYesterday I went to the Soulard Farmers Market in St. Louis and it was SO much fun. The market began in 1779 as a big grassy area where farmers could come and sell their local fruit, vegetables and livestock; today, the Soulard Famers Market is one of the largest in the area and sells a wide variety of items such as candles, carpets, fruit, vegetables, baked goods, spices, scarves, and so much more!

The atmosphere of this farmers market was lively and exciting. There was a live band playing, people walking around and vendors trying to sell their products to the people passing by. Some even used little riddles, like “a tisket, a tasket, you know you want my basket!” that one lady sang regarding her basket of broccoli. I spent a few hours there while I walked around the main buildings and sipped hot apple cider. The prices were amazing too! The fruit and vegetables were very inexpensive- I want to go there from now on to do my grocery shopping! I purchased some apples, pumpkin bread, a candle, and a pomegranate. I would highly suggest going to the historical Soulard Farmers Market if you are in the St. Louis area and looking for a great time and great food!

The market is open year-round Wednesday-Saturday with the following times:

Wednesday: 8am-5pm

Thursday: 8am-5pm

Friday: 7am-5pm

Saturday: 7am-5:50pm

For more information about the Soulard Famers Market, click on the link: http://www.soulardmarket.com

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West Lake Landfill: Toxic is Toxic

by Lauren October 20, 2014

Some weeks ago I attended an event about the West Lake Landfill crisis. Unbeknownst to me, the crisis at West Lake has a large impact on the St. Louis region. I, myself, was clueless about he goings-on in Bridgeton. My sister, a devoted advocate of the Earth, asked me to join her. The West Lake […]

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Why I love St. Louis

by Sarah Rose October 7, 2014

If someone were to ask me, why I love St. Louis, I am not too sure if I could give exactly one particular reason as to why. I can think of a few reasons though, such as the big town, small city feeling; short commutes; several forms of entertainment close in proximity; there are so […]

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These are a few of my favorite things…

by Raven September 29, 2014

Okay, I’ve lived in Saint Louis my whole life, and I love my city! Wouldn’t trade it for the world. As you can imagine, I also have a list of places that I LOVE to go when I have free time. I would list them all but we don’t have a billion years to spare […]

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Root Beer and French Toast

by Taylor September 29, 2014

“Are you doing anything this weekend?” That’s a common question asked among Fonties on a Friday afternoon. Answers usually involve hanging out with friends and going somewhere around town. That “somewhere around town” usually involves food! As far as food goes, I have some personal favorites here in St. Louis! One of my favorites is […]

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Tour of St. Louis

by Sara September 29, 2014

The office of international admissions organizes a tour for all Fontbonne students. Since I came in spring, this was the first time I had the opportunity to join the adventure. The tour was on Saturday 13th and we started at 9:30 am, too early for a Saturday! But it was a nice day outside and […]

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The Guide to STL: From a Non-St. Louisan

by Cathy September 29, 2014

Coming from a suburb of Chicago, where the hottest hang out was a park (with a twisty slide!), I found St. Louis exciting. Everything felt new and fresh, I could even walk to places! That being said, I want to tell you the best things to do here — and there’s a lot. So, my […]

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