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How much did the largest pumpkin pie ever made weigh?
54 pounds
101 pounds
350 pounds

How do Toppy and Bingo make Baby Monster go back to sleep?
Read him a story
Feed him
Play his favorite song

How much are bats worth in reduced crop damage and pesticide use annually in
the U.S.?
$1.9 billion
$3.7 billion
$4.2 billion

Pumpkin Fun

pumpkinsThe University of Illinois presents Pumpkins and More, urbanext.illinois.edu/
, a place to learn everything you want to know about pumpkins. Kids all over the world enjoy carving jack-o’-lanterns, and you’ll see what “Stingy Jack” has to do with this centuries-old Irish tradition in Pumpkin History. Do you know how big a pumpkin can grow? Pumpkin Facts contains this and more. Download unique carving patterns at Pumpkin Fun. Growing Pumpkins can be tricky, but you can find tips for planting a pumpkin patch in your own backyard next summer.

Play Spider Match
Spider Match

PBS Treats

Arthur in costumeCelebrate this haunted holiday with spooktacular activities at PBS Kids Happy Halloween, pbskids.org/
. Write a scary tale at Dot’s Story Factory. If she likes your work, she will feature it in the Showroom! Crank It Up with Arthur and record an original soundtrack to share. Now design and print your own Halloween cards with the Maya and Miguel Card Creator, personalizing a different card for each of your friends. Are you ready for games in Cyberchase, or will you go Home and try Motherboard Recommends for challenging missions and quests?

Kidz Cave

bat hanging upside downFind out All About Bats, batcon.org/index.php/all-about-bats.html, and why they are so important in keeping our ecosystem healthy and saving farmers billions of dollars each year. Did you know that a single little brown bat can eat more than 1,000 tiny insects in one hour? Intro to Bats describes the benefits of bats and how they serve as pest control experts, pollinators and seed dispersers around the world. Have some fun at the Kidz Cave with a collection of crossword puzzles, downloadable arts and crafts, and even a bat quiz to test your knowledge of these fascinating, featherless flying creatures.

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If so, where?

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Dear Amy: I just got a new cellphone, but I don’t know what to do with my old one. Can it be reused or recycled? — Josh, Milwaukee, Wis.

Dear Josh: There are a lot of ways that your old cellphone can find new life. You can sell it, recycle it, or even donate it to a good cause. Many cellphone companies offer trade-in programs and will buy back or recycle your old phone.

If you would like to donate your old phone, 911 Cell Phone Bank, 911cellphonebank.org, provides emergency cellphones to the elderly and others in need. Similarly, you can give your phone to a grandparent or someone else you know who needs an emergency phone, because cellphones are able to call 911 even without a service plan. Another option is Cell Phones for Soldiers, cellphonesforsoldiers.com. They will sell or recycle your old phone and use the proceeds to give active duty military members and veterans communication time, free of cost.

Whether you choose to sell, recycle or donate your phone, be sure to erase all of your personal data first. For more information on safely disposing of your old cellphone, visit ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/alerts/alt044.shtm.



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