Blog :: 10-2019

Halloween Safety


  • Use face paint whenever possible. However, if you, or your child, are planning to wear a mask for your spooky night out, make sure that the holes for the eyes are large enough to clearly see both straight ahead and  peripherally. You may have to cut the eye openings larger to allow more visibility. If any skin starts to show through the enlarged holes, you can always use some black face paint to cover the exposed areas of the skin. 
  • Prepare your child's costume for strong visibility at night by choosing a costume that can be made with bright     materials.  If the theme of the costume does not allow for bright  colors, add reflective tape to your child's costume or treat bag.
  • Make sure the costume is the right size to prevent trips and falls.

Monster Route

  • Know the trick or treat route your kids take, especially if you are not going with them.
  • Younger children should have adult supervision.  Older children  should go in groups and have them check in       regularly, by phone or by stopping back at home, to make sure they do not deviate from the  preplanned trick or treat route so you will always know where they are and will be.
  • Remind children to use sidewalks or paths, if available, and to cross at street corners. Never to dart out into the street or cross from between parked cars.

Candy from Strangers

  • The only time of year you allow your kids to take candy from strangers, you can never be too careful. Make sure your kids understand not to eat any candy or treats until they have been properly examined by you. This allows you to check for any possible tampering with the candy wrappers; and at the same time, you get a chance at the first pick of candy!

Drive Extra Safely

  •   Slow down and look extra carefully as excited children may move in unpredictable ways.
  •  Turn head lights on early.

Pet Safety

  •   Don’t feed pets candy and keep glow sticks & jewelry away from your pet.
  •   Never leave a costume wearing pet unsupervised .
  •   If taking your pet on your spooky night out, make sure they are wearing something for strong visibility at night also


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    Quick Halloween Dinner Idea

    Show your Halloween spirit

    and still get them out the door on time with this quick dinner.


    Jack 'O Lantern Quesadillas by RIAN HANDLER




    Cooking spray, for pan

    2 c. shredded rotisserie chicken

    Juice of 1/2 lime

    1/2 tsp. chili powder

    1/2 tsp. garlic powder

    8 medium flour tortillas

    3/4 c. shredded Cheddar

    3/4 c. Shredded Monterey Jack

    1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

    Hot sauce, for serving



    Preheat oven to 425°

    Grease a large baking sheet with cooking spray.

    In a large bowl, add chicken and toss with lime juice,

    chili powder, and garlic powder.

    Assemble quesadillas:

    Using a paring knife, cut a Jack-o-Lantern pattern into 4 flour tortillas.

    Sprinkle chicken and cheese onto remaining 4 tortillas, and top with Jack-o-Lanterns.

    Place quesadillas onto baking sheet, brush with oil, and bake until cheese is melty and tortillas are golden, 15 minutes.

    Serve with hot sauce.



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      Pumpkin Carving Tips

      11 Easy Tips to Help You Carve the Perfect Pumpkin


      1. Start with the right pumpkin.

      2. Cut from the bottom, not the top.

      3. If you do carve from the top, cut out the lid on an angle.

      4. Scoop out all the pulp (and then some).

      5. Sketch out your design on paper first.

      6. Try holding the pumpkin in your lap.

      7. Start by making simple rough cuts.

      8. Use your scraps creatively.

      9. Keep your pumpkin fresh.

      10. Create a chimney.

      11. Sprinkle cinnamon inside the lid.

      Hundreds of FREE Pumpkin Carving Patterns, Pumpkin Carving Stencils, Halloween Crafts & Activities, and much More!


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        Congratulations Shannon!

        Shannon Marcelino-Aureli




        It’s with great pleasure we announce Shannon Marcelino-Aureli, Realtor with The Marcelino Team, has acquired her Broker’s License.  

        A longtime local veteran of real estate sales of 24 years, Shannon has added to her previously earned professional realty designations which  include ABR (Accredited Buyer’s Representative) and  SFR (Short Sales and Foreclosure Resource Certification).

        Shannon feels it is very important to continue learning and improving her ability to service buyers and sellers. Real estate laws, trends, and market conditions are continually changing, and she wants to provide her customers the very best, most knowledgeable representation possible.

        Let Shannon put her experience to work for you!





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          Local Halloween Happenings!

          A list of just some of the many local Halloween events:

          It's time to get your SPOOK on!


          Halloween Howl @ Oakledge Park 10/26  2-6pm Free

          Trick-or-Treat Street @ Church St Marketplace 10/27 1-4pm Free

          Halloween Bike Ride @ 47 Maple St. 10/27 1:30-4pm  Free 

          Queen City Ghostwalk Tours -



          Horses for Hope @ Blackrose Farm 10/19 10:30am-2:30pm $5ea Formerly Enniskerry Farm 848 Middle Rd


          Essex & Essex Jct:

          Nightmare Vermont @ Champlain Valley Expo  10/17-10/19 & 10/24-10/26 Thurs & Fri 7-10pm Sat 6-11pm   $15ea

          Essex Jct & Essex Parks & Recreation Halloween Celebration @ Champlain Valley Expo Wed 10/23 5-6:30pm   Free

          Pumpkin Lobotomy @ Essex Middle School 10/25 6-8pm Free

          Pumpkin Palooza @ Maple Street Park 10/30 6-8pm Free


          Grand Isle:

          The Emmons Island Haunted Trail @ 1 Island Meadows Lane  10/12 Kids Walk (non scary) 4:30-6pm Free  10/12 Main Event (PG13) 6:30-10pm $10 or 7 non perishable goods each



          Trunk or Treat  @ Bombardier Park 10/25 6pm Free



          Haunted Happenings @ Shelburne Museum 10/27 10am-1pm  $7ea

          Halloween Parade & Activities 10/27 12:45-4:30pm  12:45 Floats @ Shopping Park     2pm Parade begins on Falls Rd   2:30-4:30pm Activities @ Town Gym, Fire Station & Library


          South Burlington:

          Halloween Spooktacular @ FHTMS 10/21 12-3pm  Free

          UVM Horse Barn Annual Halloween Barn @ UVM Horse Barn   (Parking at Gutterson with a shuttle ride) 10/28 5:30-7pm  $3ea suggested donation



          Haunted Westford @ Westford Elementary School 10/25 6-8pm  $5ea for Trick or Treat Street, $3ea for Haunted Forest



          Halloween 2019 Pumpkin Carving @ Winooski Senior Center 10/19 9am-5pm & 10/20 9am-finished Free & Free BBQ!

          The Haunted Mill @ 20 Winooski Falls Way 10/25 & 10/26  6:30-11pm $10ea (Recommended age is 13 years and older!)

          Halloween in Winooski 2019 @ VSAC Bldg, Rotary Park and Downtown Trick or Treating 10/26 5-8pm Free



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              Fall Is A Great Time To List!


              It’s true that in fall and winter, there is less inventory out there, fewer homes to look at.  But that means less competition and people who are buying a home in fall or winter, those are serious buyers. If you've been thinking at all about selling your home, you might want to consider that now is a great time to enter the market. 


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                Fall Home Maintenance

                Fall home maintenance can make a big difference for your home.

                Inspect your furnace

                Change the filter, have your fuel company do a yearly maintenance and a safety inspection.  If you heat with wood, have the chimney checked for creosote build-up. If you hire a sweep, make sure they are certified.


                Check your roof & gutters

                Check your roof for leaks, missing shingles, rotted areas, make sure flashing is in tact, remove any debris. Clean out gutters and check that they are in good condition. Get any problems fixed before the Moisture does more expensive damage to your home.


                Drain outside faucets

                If you don’t have a freeze proof outdoor faucet, you will need to drain to prevent your pipes from cracking. Insulate or electrical tape may do the trick!


                Drafts and leaks

                Common places of escaping warm air-windows, doors, attics, electrical outlets, dryer vents, anywhere pipes enter your home.  Caulking, foam sealer, foam gaskets, plastic film for windows, and extra insulation are some ways to fix these leaks.


                Prep your lawn for winter

                Fall fertilization & proper lawn care is the key to a healthy lawn.



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