If you, like me, are desperately planning a fall party for your child's classroom this week -- or just a Halloween party for the kids at home -- here are a couple of websites that might be useful.
The University of Illinois Extension website has a page called Pumpkins and More, with lots of pumpkin info and helpful links. You can learn about pumpkin history or fun facts, get some tasty pumpkin recipes or learn how to carve the perfect pumpkin.
Party-planners can check the Halloween Links, with links to fun clip-art, coloring pages, Halloween treats like Spiderweb brownies and Coffin Sandwiches.
That page also links to HGTV's Halloween website, with lots more holiday crafts, games and ideas. One I might try: Halloween ghost-bowling, using 2-litre soda bottles painted white and a small orange basketball. (I would do this activity outdoors, preferably.)
I also found a site called reasontoparty.com, with lots of "fall harvest and autumn party ideas," for schools that aren't allowed to do Halloween parties per se. Some of my favorites:
Photo: Ice cream balls floating in a pool of red jello with a candy in the center gives you Floating Eyeballs for your Halloween party. (AP Photo/Larry Crowe)