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My PCOS Journey (Post 2)

My PCOS Journey

There is no cure for PCOS. We can only treat the symptoms of the disease with lifestyle changes, medication, and supplements. I know it’s hard. Weaning myself off of sugar was hard; I was used to dumping three spoonful’s of sugar in my tea and coffee. I didn’t like to exercise and I loved junk food. But that all had to change if I was going to improve my health. I knew I had to do it because I was miserable where I was.

If you suspect you have PCOS, see an endocrinologist. They will do a test for your thyroid levels but I also suggest you push for tests for your vitamin levels too. You are most likely deficient. Another underlying symptom of PCOS it the body’s inability to absorb or produce that right amount of vitamins, hormones, and other things that keep your body running. They will most likely put you on synthroid for low thyroid, metformin for blood sugar control, and spironolactone for high blood pressure and to help with over production of hormones. (Spironolactone is a diuretic. It will make you pee.) A doctor might give you other medications or drop one of the ones I’ve listed based on your test results. Each person is different. These are what my doctor put me on.

Now we come to supplements. I want to point out that I am not a doctor. I am just a person who has been dealing with PCOS for the last two decades and this is what works for me. I’ve done research online, just like you are doing, and I’m passing on my accumulated knowledge. Talk with your doctor about the supplements you wish to take. (If they says you don’t need to take supplements, find a new doctor. If they say this particular supplement might be a bad idea or not be beneficial to you, listen to them.)

One of the symptoms of PCOS is that your body is either not producing or absorbing certain nutrients in the correct amount. Thus, even with a healthy diet, you probably need to take supplements. Again, we are treating the symptoms of PCOS. Different supplements are going to treat certain symptoms. If something upsets your stomach, lower your dosage and see if that helps. If it continues to upset your stomach after a couple weeks or so (I know, but you gotta stick with it.), then discontinue and bring it up with your doctor the next visit. They may have some suggestions.

  • Saw Palmetto. Taken to treat the hair loss associated with PCOS.
  • Spearmint tea. Taken to treat the hair loss associated with PCOS. 2 cups per a day.

High levels of testosterone in the female body due to PCOS is converted by the enzyme 5-alpha-reductase into DHT (dihydrotestosterone). DHT is more powerful than testosterone. It attaches to the same sites as testosterone, but more easily. Once there, it remains bound for longer. It is this DHT that is attaching to hair follicles , weakening them and causing them to fall out, and causing growth to slow down.

Testosterone and DHT are both androgens, most commonly called ‘male hormones’, although women normally do produce them in smaller amounts. In women, androgens are produced in the ovaries, adrenal glands and fat cells. Women may produce too much or too little of these hormones––disorders of androgen excess and deficiency are among the more common hormonal disorders in women. Androgen excess is PCOS.

Saw Palmetto and spearmint tea hinder testosterone from being converted into DHT.

  • DHT Blocking Shampoo.
  • Minoxidil. Stimulates hair growth.

Of course, the shampoo and minoxidil are not a supplements. Do not ingest these. The shampoo will help block DHT and remove build up from the hair follicles. I like Nizoral Shampoo or Pura d’or. They can be found at Walgreens and Target, respectively, or Amazon. Minoxidil is to stimulate hair growth and is found in such hair growth products as Rogaine. Make sure to use it morning and night. Walmart sells their version of minoxidil for about $20. I suggest using the 5% male version.

  • Hair, Skin, & Nails.

This is a multivitamin and usually I would be apposed to a multivitamin. It’s much better to target symptoms with a specific vitamin then scatter across a broad spectrum, in my opinion. But with a Hair, Nails, & Skin vitamin everything in there is targeted to help with hair loss and other complaints PCOS sufferers have. It has a host of vitamins and minerals that women lack because of PCOS. Including vitamin D, Iron, Selenium, Zinc, and a range of vitamin B. I prefer Nature’s Bounty Hair, Skin, & Nails multivitamin.

That being said, I still take individual vitamins that are in the hair, skin, & nails multivitamin. At first this was just to use up the supply I had when I first purchased the hair, skin, & nails multivitamin but then I continued to take them because of my body’s positive reaction. This may vary for you. Maybe that will be too much and your body won’t react positively. If you aren’t getting the results you are looking for after a couple months, adjust. I also take as an individual vitamin Vitamin D, Selenium, Magnesium, Potassium, Vitamin B Complex.

  • Cinnamon. Increases insulin sensitivity and boost calorie burning.
  • Chromium. Increases insulin sensitivity.

I want to point out again, that the only surefire way to help insulin resistance is to limit your intake of sugar. But there are supplements that will help your body better process the sugar is does take in. You’d be hard pressed to eat the amount of cinnamon you would need to get any benefits, so I suggest taking cinnamon caplets. Chromium is also another supplement that will help your body better process sugar.

  • Turmeric Helps with body and muscle aches.

Almost everyone I’ve spoken with that has PCOS complains of body and muscle aches. You are just sore. If you happen to ingest gluten, the joint pain and aches are even worse. I find that a turmeric supplement helps with that body pain. Like cinnamon, you’d be hard pressed to eat enough turmeric to get any benefits, so I suggest taking turmeric caplets. They can be found at any store that sells supplements, such at Walgreens or Target.

All of these supplements can be found at common stores. I buy all my supplements either from Walgreens or Target. There is no need to make a special trip to a health store or buy them online.

I hope this helps with treating your PCOS. These are just suggestions but they are what works for me.

For further reading:

Androgen | HealthyWomen

DHT: What is DHT’s role in baldness?

Is Saw Palmetto Good for PCOS?

How I Hacked PCOS! This video gives a good overview of the symptoms of PCOS and how to treat it.

The 2018 Budget: How I Plan to Slay my Debt

The 2018 Budget: How I Plan to Slay my Debt

I had some pretty big expenses in 2017. Most notable, I spent about $3,000 in car repairs. I had to replace my catalytic converter and water pump, among some other lesser things. (Maybe they were broken, maybe they weren’t. I just assume I’m being screwed over both because I’m a woman and I was at my car’s dealership and go on with my life.) So next year will be the year I try and recoup as much of that as I can. (It does not help that my one credit card has charges from way back in 2014 that I’m still paying off. I need to buckle down and pay off that credit card.)

But first, the rules:

  • Round down the amount of pay you take home.
  • Round up the amount of expenses you are paying for.

So, if your take-home pay is usually around $950 each paycheck, then round down to $900. If you pay $545 for rent, then round up a little to $550. Not everyone does this but I find it’s the best way to make sure you have a little extra left over at the end of the month.

Secondly, the break down:

  • Rent
  • Utilities
  • Credit card
  • Food
  • Gas
  • TV/Internet
  • Cell phone
  • Other

Some people may have a car payment or medical bills or what-have-you. Add what expenses you need to. The biggest expense is going to be rent or mortgage payment. (If you don’t have either, then you are a lucky person.) For me, utilities include gas and electric payments. Water, trash, and sewer are included in my rent. I separate the TV/Internet from other utilities so I can get a better handle on how much it is. Food is food; toilet paper and soap and such comes out of Other.

Third, the calculations:

Add your biweekly pay, or however often you get paid, together to get a monthly total. For me that’s:

 $900 + $900 = $1800

I rounded my pay down a little in my calculations. So, $1800 is my total budget. Now to add up expenses.

$550 rent +
$135 utilities +
$250 food +
$60 gas +
$160 TV/internet +
$40 cell phone +
$150 other =
$1345

You can see I left out the credit card. Since the credit card is something I want to pay off quickly, I’m going to subtract the rest of my expenses from the total pay and see how much is left and how much I can comfortable put toward the credit card bill. Now subtract expenses from total pay. I rounded my expenses up. My rent is actually $545, the utilities are $125, etc. Give yourself a little extra padding by rounding expenses up and income down a bit.

Forth, the end total:

$1800 – $1345 = $455

So at the end of the month, if I stay on budget and nothing else comes up or there are no emergencies (just had a good laugh at that), I will have $455 left at the end of the month. I’m going to round down, and say that there is $400 left, to give myself a good cushion. This cushion is for emergencies and other surprises.

My credit card bill stands at a little more than $3,000. If I am able to pay the full $400 each month, that means I will completely pay off the credit card in 8 months. (7.5 months.) All that rounding up and down also leaves me extra, which will stay in the bank account as emergency money. Hopefully, no emergencies big enough to completely ruin that month’s budget but one can only hope.

Can I do it? To be honest, probably not. Something is going to happen, either to something I own, my cat, or myself. The world is a unpredictable place and trouble finds me when I least need it. But this is the plan. I’m not depriving myself. I can survive comfortably on this and have a couple luxuries. (Candy, mostly. A geeky, fun item or two.) This is doable.

Remember, you are never going to follow a budget that is completely restrictive. Or at least you are not going to follow it for very long. Create a budget that has space for fun. My Other budget includes money for a meal or two out and maybe a movie or something. Luckily, I only have myself and my cat to worry about.

If you are a two person income household, add both incomes and round down before subtracting your expenses. Give your household a larger Other budget, for things like kids shoes, field trips at school, and emergency trips to the doctor for when your kid brings home the plague from school. You are more likely to have an emergency expense involving a child than anything else.

So that’s my budget plan for 2018. I’m going to try and keep to it all year and then reevaluate in the New Year. Hopefully, I’ll have no more credit card debt and will begin to start saving more and more money. (My big dream is to have enough to take a vacation to Europe for my 40th birthday.)

Fingers crossed! Happy New Year, everybody!

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My PCOS Journey (Post 1)

My PCOS Journey

I have PCOS; Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. PCOS is a health problem that affects 1 in 10 women of childbearing age. But even then PCOS can cause problems from puberty onward. As a child, I was overweight and had horrible acne much younger than my peers. When puberty hit, my menstruation cycle was completely out of whack. I would have 2 or 3 periods a year and those periods were heavy and painful. I was put on birth control pills when I was 14 years old. The pill didn’t do anything for my weight or complexion but it forced my menstrual cycle into line.

I didn’t know I had PCOS back then. I kind of coasted through my teenage years and early 20’s without much change. I was unhealthy; verging on type 2 diabetes, and already with high blood pressure and high cholesterol, and very overweight. I wasn’t eating that bad and I was at least moderately active but nothing budged. Then, in my mid-20’s, I decided to go off my birth control pills. (I wasn’t sexually active and I was sick of paying for them.) Huge mistake. My body freaked out.

My weight skyrocketed to the heaviest I’ve been in my life. I had acne constantly. Periods were nonexistent but I still had horrible cramps. I started having problems with my joints and muscles aching. But the worst, emotionally, was my hair starting to fall out. I would find big clumps of hair on my bathmat after showering and there was hair all over my clothing. It was devastating. My part and the crown of my head began to get thin. I could see my scalp. I had always had thick, wavy hair and to see most of it end up on the floor was heartbreaking.

Signs you may have PCOS…

Symptoms of PCOS

I had no idea what was happening. I went to the doctor and she did tests on my thyroid but said they came back normal. I had to keep pushing and even then I pretty much diagnosed myself and contacted an endocrinologist. He repeated the test and more. Found out my thyroid was a little low, just not low enough for my regular doctor to bother with. I was put on synthroid, metformin, and spironolactone. The synthroid helped my low thyroid numbers, the metformin helped with the blood sugar issues, and the spironolactone helped with the high blood pressure. This is pretty much the trifecta of medicines a doctor will put a PCOS patient on.

pcos in a nutshellFor about 5 months, this worked. My hair stopped falling out and I just felt better. My skin cleared a little and my weight stopped going up. Unfortunately, the metformin tore my stomach apart. I had a constant upset stomach and with some foods I’d get horrible pains, that I later found out was from extreme bloating and gas. Apparently, the metformin can do that to some people. I was taken off the metformin but then all of the benefits stopped too. I was right back where I started.

I tried so many things and it took about two years of adjustments before I found something that really worked. Here is what I did…

• Sugar. There are lots of ways to try and control the insulin resistance that comes with PCOS; like metformin, cinnamon, or chromium. But the only sure fire way and the most effective is to limit your sugar intake. The goal is to get yourself down to 4 teaspoons of additional sugar a day. I’ve since stopped drinking soda and only lightly sugar my coffee and tea. It took time to wean myself off the sugar but it was worth it.

Insulin resistance

• Diet. I had a terrible diet when I was a teenager. A picky eater in the extreme and then I ate junk and too much of it. It was only in my upper 20’s that I branched out and started to vary my diet. Avoid junk food and processed food. Shop the outer ring of the store; fresh fruit, veggies, and meats, before going for anything in the center of the store. Whole foods are much better for you and your body.

• Gluten free. I only saw great improvement in my health when I went gluten free. My joints and muscles stopped aching. My headaches lessened and my stomach issues declined. I was also able to start taking metformin again without it upsetting my stomach. Also, I began to have periods again. If I eat gluten, I can instantly feel it. A headache within 20 minutes, upset stomach by an hour, and joint and muscle soreness by the next morning. I used to have to wear an ankle brace on my left ankle just to be able to walk without pain. I no longer have to do that and it was only after going gluten free. I also won’t have a period that month if I eat gluten, even though I take birth control pills again.

• Exercise. As in you have to do some. Many of the symptoms of PCOS can be helped with moderate exercise and strength training. I try to get up and walk as often as I can at work and then at home I use a small floor cycle and a set of weights to focus on my arms. I have lost and kept a good amount of weight off and it helps your body in many, many ways. I can’t stress how much a sedentary lifestyle will hurt you in this situation.

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  • Anxiety/Depression. Mental health problems almost always come hand and hand with PCOS. Maybe you think you’re coping, maybe you think you can handle it. But let me tell you that you will feel a world of difference if you take your concerns to your doctor. I’d always been a shy, introverted, and anxious person but I never thought I had depression or a mental health problem. When I started having panic attacks at night last spring, I had to admit to myself that I needed help. It’s made me feel so much better and really lowered my stress level.

Along with the prescribed medications, I also take several supplements to counteract the symptoms of PCOS, which I will address in my next post. There is no way to cure PCOS, but we can manage the symptoms. Lifestyle change, diet, and exercise will be the fundamental foundation that you will build your PCOS treatment on.

Links for some further reading:

Looks Like PCOS to Me: A Visual Guide to Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

PCOS Diva: Just Been Diagnosed?

My PCOS Diet: Let’s be Real

PCOS Diet Part 1 / Part 2

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Why It’s Ok To Have A Non – Traditional Thanksgiving

Why It’s Ok To Have A Non-Traditional Thanksgiving

The past few years, my family has been having what some people would call a “non-traditional” Thanksgiving. The reason for this is two-fold.

First: We’re lazy. Wow, are we lazy. When I was younger, a kid or a teenage, we were less lazy. But I’m now thirty-mumble-mumble and the lazy is full blown.

Second: My family has shrunk. I’ve always had a small family. It took me until I was like fifteen to realize I should have two sets of grandparents. I had my maternal grandparents but, in my mind, my Dad burst forth from the bowels of Hell fully formed. (Not really. He wasn’t that bad, just a grouch with a short temper.) But we lost my grandparents many years ago and then my Mom in 2014 to cancer. So, for a little while it was just my Dad, my brother, and I for holidays and it just seemed like so much effort. We still met but the year my Mom died, we had Chinese food. It was all we had energy for.

Since then, my brother married and we have one more person at the dinner table for holidays. But my Dad’s health has declined, so much so that a big to-do is pretty much beyond him. However, he still lives in the house I grew up in (we’re trying to move him to the same apartment complex as me but it has to be first floor and there is a long waiting list) and that house is pretty much the only place that will fit four people. We could go to my brother’s house but it’s always a mess and even the short drive is too much for my Dad. So, short and simple has been the word for holidays.

Two years ago we ordered our Thanksgiving dinner from Whole Foods. It came with a turkey and sides. My brother and sister in law actually had to return to Whole Foods because the server had forgotten a couple of sides. So, pro-tip, if you order your Thanksgiving meal, and there are a lot of places that will do that, always check everything before you leave the store. It just might save you the hassle of a trip back.

The dinner from Whole Foods was ok. The sides would good but for some reason the turkey didn’t have any skin. It was cooked (actually, I think it was smoked) but we had to put it in the oven to give it a little color and flavor. I wouldn’t do it again.

Last year we did a beef roast in a crock pot and my sister in law and I made sides. My brother made deviled eggs because that’s just what he does for holidays. It was a very nice Thanksgiving. (I was also invited to my sister in law’s family’s house for Thanksgiving dinner and was completely overwhelmed with how large her family is. I mean, it was only nine people including myself, but it was way more than I was used to.) Pro-tip, if you are looking for hassle free holiday meals, the crock pot is your friend. Embrace the crock pot.

Be Thankful

It’s ok to have a non-traditional Thanksgiving, or any holiday for that matter. What matters is family. Even if that family is small or far away, it still matters. Even if that family is not related by blood or has four legs and a wet nose. Have Thanksgiving with your boyfriend or girlfriend curled up on the couch with a movie and pizza. Have Thanksgiving with your best friend with a board game and mac&cheese. Put the cat’s bowl on the table, just this once, while you eat cereal. Host a community potluck dinner. Skype and chat with friends you only know over the internet while eating pizza rolls. Attend a Friendsgiving. It doesn’t matter. What matters is that you remember that we are all human beings and we are all in this together.

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Ideas for non-traditional Thanksgivings:

  • Finger foods. Mozzarella sticks. Potato skins. Stuffed jalapeños. Frozen pizza. Queso dip and tortilla chips. Anything that’s easy and can be heated up in the oven or microwave.
  • Movies Marathon. Get a couple bags of microwave popcorn and some boxes of candy from the dollar store and have a movie marathon. Food an entertainment.
  • Potluck. Have everyone bring a dish and spread around the work.
  • Order dinner. Full Thanksgiving meals can be ordered from places like Whole Foods, Dierbergs, Kroger, other large grocery stores, and some restaurants.
  • Got to a restaurant. Most places are closed on Thanksgiving but wait a day or two and go out. I’ve more than once waited until the Saturday after and gone out with a couple people to whatever restaurant hit out fancy.
  • Friendsgiving. They’ve become popular the last couple of years. Invite your friends over for Thanksgiving and spend the holiday with people you actually like.

But the point is that Thanksgiving does not have to be your blood relatives sitting around a table eating turkey, potatoes, and the green bean casserole your aunt brought but nobody will eat because it tastes weird. Gather. Gather with friends. Gather with co-workers. Gather with neighbors. Just gather with other human beings and be together.

The setting is not important. The food is not important. How you gather with others is not important. Just gather.

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Fall To-Do List 2017

Ah, November. We are truly into the autumn season now. Halloween is over and Thanksgiving is just around the corner. (Soon it will be December and Christmas will rush into our lives.) But for now, we’re still firmly in autumn.

I live in the Midwest and our temperatures are already dropping hard. We’ve already had a hard freeze. The growing season is officially over and the plants have been put to bed. The days are getting shorter. (After daylight savings time is over, the days are getting really, really short.) So I present to you, a list of things to do before winter sets in; a Fall To-Do List to get the most out of the season.

Fall To-Do List

I would say I’m sad to see summer go but that would be a lie. I’m much more of a spring and autumn girl. Even winter is better than summer for me. I like to put on cozy sweaters and drink gallons of pumpkin spice whatever while reading a favorite book in my favorite spot on the sofa. Summer is hot and icky. Give me a cool wind and chilly temperatures and I’m a happy girl. Happy autumn, everybody!

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4 Things To Do For Halloween In Saint Louis, Missouri (For Adults)

Everybody likes a good Halloween party. As we quickly approach the last weekend before Halloween, there are more than a couple adult appropriate parties going on. So, get a babysitter for the kids and head out for some Halloween fun yourself. Just make sure you have a designated driver. Be safe, everybody!

The Halloween Party That Shall Not Be Named

Ballpark Village hosts The Halloween Party That Shall Not Be Named

Attention all wizards!

Johnnie Brock’s Dungeon and Ballpark Village team up again to throw the BIGGEST Halloween bash in St. Louis! Don’t miss The Halloween Party that Shall Not be Named with…you guessed it…your favorite magical theme for 2017! This themed party includes access to 4 different restaurants and bars, video DJ entertainment, wizarding characters, and our epic costume contest with a $7,500 prize package! Not to mention each venue will be decked out in all things magical from the train station to the great hall. Specialty themed drinks onsite available for purchase. TRUE FANS WILL NOT WANT TO MISS THIS!

TICKETS
$10 GA advance ticket will permit guests 21+ into participating party venues. GA ticket includes admission only, specialty drink menu, full bar and food available for purchase. Specialty themed drinks onsite available for purchase. GA ticket price increases day of to $20, so purchase your ticket in advance.

Perfect for all those Harry Potter fans who grew up with the series.

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601 Clark Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63102
Phone: 314-345-9481

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The Legendary Central West End Halloween

The Legendary Central West End Halloween

St. Louis’ most legendary Halloween party returns Saturday, Oct. 28!

Festivities kick off with fun daytime activities for the whole family, including a children’s costume parade, trick-or-treating at neighborhood businesses and a pet costume contest for all your furry friends. Then, as the sun sets, the party continues with an adults-only bash and costume contest, known for its elaborate, complex and outrageous costumes.

2 p.m. | Live entertainment on the main stage at Maryland & Euclid, featuring music, fire dancers and more!

6 p.m. | Registration for the adults-only costume contest opens at the stage. Be sure to register early to secure your spot.

6 p.m.-midnight | Adults-only party, featuring a DJ, fire dancers, hula hoop dancers and more.

8-10 p.m. | Adults-only costume contest. The top 10 finalists will be announced at 9:30 p.m., and the top three winners at 10 p.m. You must be present for the final round of judging to win.

The CWE Halloween party is FREE and open to the public. Events take place at the intersection of Maryland and Euclid except as noted.

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1 Maryland Plaza
St. Louis, MO 63108
I have noted the CWE Drunken Fish address, as it sits on that intersection.

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St. Louis Brewers Guild Halloween Party

St. Louis Brewers Guild Halloween Party

What better way to celebrate All Hallow’s Eve than a beer festival?

The St. Louis Brewers Guild Halloween Party features breweries from throughout the St. Louis region pouring samples of what they do best, live music, great food, wild costumes, a Hefe Ride (think hay-ride with kegs on it), and more, all in historic Lafayatte Park!

This is a 21 and up event. Event tickets gain access to the festival, live music, and local food vendors and includes a commemorative tasting glass and samples from our local breweries. Food is not included with the price of ticket. Food trucks, food vendors and retail vendors will be onsite for attendees to purchase whatever they want. Designated Driver tickets will be available for purchase at the gate day-of for $5. Bring a blanket or camping chairs if you want, or just share the picnic tables provided by the park. And don’t forget to wear your Halloween costume because there will be prizes for the best dressed (individual & couple or group).

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Lafayette Park
2023 Lafayette Ave
St. Louis, MO 63104

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Schlafly’s Full Moon Festival

Schlafly Full Moon Festival

Come join us by the fire for our Full Moon Festival on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 4 PM – 10 PM. Cheers to the season with Schlafly fall beers, plenty of roasted pigs, six big bonfires, a chili cook-off with top chefs, live music and more all under the harvest moon at Schlafly Bottleworks.

Guests are invited to celebrate under the November full moon while enjoying Schlafly’s seasonal beers such as: White Lager, Pumpkin Ale, Hard Apple Cider, Pilsner, Coffee Stout, and more.

For the food, the Schlafly culinary team will be roasting eight whole hogs. Guests can purchase a Pig Platter with pulled pork sandwich and two sides such as braised greens, braised greens, mac and cheese, and coleslaw. Guests can also purchase individual pulled pork sandwiches or sides. Individual housemade pumpkin pies will be available alongside tastings of Schlafly’s pumpkin pie in a glass, Pumpkin Ale.

Schlafly also celebrates our newest fall tradition where five local chefs will compete in the Schlafly Chili Cook-Off. Guests will be able to purchase a chili sampler for with tastings of the five participants’ chili creations. They will then be able to vote for their favorite. The winner will be crowned at the close of the festival. Tickets not required.

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Schlafly Bottleworks
7260 Southwest Ave
Maplewood, Missouri 63143

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3 More Things To Do For Halloween In Saint Louis, Missouri

The Saint Louis, Missouri area has some of the greatest haunted houses and screamparks in the US and they only get better every year. If you’re in the mood for some frights and aren’t too chicken, I suggest you visit the following.

The Darkness

The Darkness Saint Louis, MO

The Darkness is located downtown St Louis just a few blocks from the St Louis Cardinals Busch Stadium and Ball Park Village in historic Soulard.  The Darkness features zombie laser tag, outdoor scream zone, Silo-X haunted house, Monster Museum, and The Darkness haunted house.  Next door to The Darkness is St Louis Escape with four different escape rooms in one location.

I suggest you buy tickets online to save time or else you have to wait in two lines, instead of just one. Fast passes are also available for an extra fee and you will be able to skip the lines entirely.

Tickets are $25. Fast passes are $6 more. The zombie laser tag or Silo-X haunted house are also $5 more. Tickets can be bought here. It’s located right next to the Soulard Farmers Market off of Highway 44. Open during weeknights 7:30 to 10pm and Friday and Saturday nights 6:45 to 12:15pm until Halloween. Plus the first Friday and Saturday of November 7 to 11pm.

1525 South 8th Street
St. Louis, MO 63104

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The Abyss Haunted House

If you’ve ever been to Saint Louis and are even remotely interested in our haunted history, you’ve heard of Lemp. The Lemp family were beer makers, at one time the biggest in the U.S. But a series of family disasters and then prohibition saw the Lemp family and their brewery decline. By 1950, four Lemp descendants had killed themselves, three of whom perished inside the gloomy Lemp family mansion in St. Louis.

The Abyss is held in the limestone caves under the brewery, not the family mansion. You are forced to confront your fear of the dark, where you don’t know what is lurking around any corner. It is damp and cold down there, so if you have medical breathing problems, this is probably not for you. Wear flat tennis shoes. I’ve had a friend wrench their ankle down there because she was wearing espadrilles with heels. Enter at your own risk. If you chicken out, scream “William Lemp” and they’ll escort you out.

Are you ready to travel over a 100 feet underground in subterranean caves and tunnels?

Tickets are $25. Fast passes $6 more. Tickets can be bought here.

You can also buy a combo ticket for both The Darkness and The Abyss for $43.95. You can use the tickets the same night or different nights.

The Abyss Haunted House is located inside the old Lemp Brewery Complex.  The Abyss is off South Broadway just 2 miles from The Darkness Haunted House.

3500 Lemp Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63118

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For a real ghost experience, I suggest booking dinner and a room at the Lemp Mansion Restaurant and B&B. The mansion is actually where you have the best chance to see the Lemp ghosts, including the Lavender Lady and the Monkey Faced Boy up on the third floor attic. The Lemp men who committed suicide in the mansion are also said to wander around. Reservations suggested, especially in October. Most Monday nights year round at 7:00pm there are tours, $25.00 per person.

3322 DeMenil Place
St. Louis, Missouri 63118
PHONE: (314) 664-8024

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If you are willing to drive a bit outside Saint Louis, then there is Creepyworld in Fenton, 20 minutes from downtown on highway 141. Creepyworld is 13 attractions in one. There is Raven’s Manor, Krampus; A Christmas Horror Story, Silo-X, Hornbuckel Pig Farm and Corn Maze, Dolly Madelyn’s Mansion, Whispering Woods Cemetery, Carnivorous in 3D, The Dark Zone, Trick r’ Treat Haunted Hayride, The Evil Dread, Supermax; Riot at Rikers, Quarantine; World War Zombie, and Saint Lucifer’s Hospital plus the Hollywood Pumpkin Display and the worlds only all dead Zombie Band. (I think I named all of them. Trying to find a complete list was a pain in the butt.) No matter what tickles your haunted house fancy, Creepyworld will have something to fit. There is a lot going on at this screampark.

Tickets are $25. Fast passes are $6. The Trick r’ Treat Haunted Hayride is an additional $5 for some reason. Tickets can be bought here. I suggest buying tickets online or you’ll be waiting in two long lines. They are open every evening for the rest of October, during the week 7:30 to 10pm and Friday and Saturday nights 6:30 to 12:15pm. Halloween night 7 to 11:30pm.

1400 S Old Highway 141
Saint Louis/Fenton, Missouri, 63026

Have a fun and scary Halloween everybody!

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3 Things To Do For Halloween in Saint Louis, Missouri

We’ve got a little over a week until Halloween. I hope you’ve at least started on your costume. In the Saint Louis, Missouri area, there are ton of things to do for Halloween. I’ve listed 3 here but there are a lot more.

Great GO! Saint Louis Halloween Race

Great GO! St. Louis Halloween Race

October 22, 2017

7:00AM : 5K Start
7:30AM: 10K / Half Marathon Start
9:30AM: Fun Run Start
Trick-or-Treat Village: 7AM-11AM

This year we have added some extra Halloween fun starting with the Trick-or-Treat 5K! The 5K course will be lined with not only your usual water stops but also candy stops for you to trick or treat along the way! The 10K and half marathon courses have some added adventure this year as well! As you run through downtown St. Louis you will have to watch out for the Zombie Zone and you might even see the Ghostbusters in action!

The fun doesn’t end when the race is over! Get your  top of the line finisher’s medal, and head over to the Trick-or-Treat Village to fill up on candy and treats from local business and organizations. For the over-21 crowd, Michelob Ultra will be on site to help you enjoy a post race brew.

I do believe you have to register before the day of the race.Info packet pick up runs Friday and Saturday, October 20-21 at the GO! St. Louis office from 10am to 6pm.

GO! St. Louis office
300 Hunter Avenue
St. Louis, MO  63124

If you wish to participate, better hurry.

borderswishBoo at the Zoo

Boo at the Zoo Halloween 2017

Bring your little ghouls and goblins for a non-scary, kid-friendly Halloween experience. Children are encouraged to wear costumes. Children 12 and under will receive a treat bag upon exiting. Boo at the Zoo Nights is not a trick-or-treating experience.

Nightly, October 17–30, 2017
*5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

$6 for Zoo members (ages 2+)
$7 for non-members (ages 2+)
Free for children under 2
$1 discount for children 2 to 12 in costume with on-site ticket purchase

The Zoo is decorated for Halloween in a kid friendly manner. The is a pumpkin patch where kids can pick and then paint a pumpkin. ($5 fee) There are game locations, picture locations, and educational activities. New this year is also a Halloween-themed circus act. The 30-minute act features jaw-dropping juggling, stilt walking, amazing magic and more on stage at the Sea Lion Show Arena. (No animals in the circus show.)

borderswishGrant’s Farm Halloween Nights

Grant's Farm Saint Louis, MO

Runs Thursday thru Sunday for the rest of October. October 19, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, 29.

Get into the Halloween spirit with some spooky fun and celebrate with the animals at Grant’s Farm. Enjoy Halloween-themed shows, a DJ in the Bauernhof courtyard, lights, decorations and dark Deer Park rides.Guests are encouraged to bring flashlights to search for animals during the dark Deer Park rides.

6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Early arrival is recommended. Arrive as close to 5:30PM as possible! Halloween Nights at Grant’s Farm are very popular (especially on Friday and Saturday nights) and unfortunately even though we move guests on trams as fast as we can, cars can drive in faster. So arrive early, or try to visit us on a Thursday or Sunday night when the crowds are less!

10501 Gravois Road
St. LouisMO 63123
Parking is $20 per car. Walk-ups are $5 per person.

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The Teal Pumpkin Project

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The Teal Pumpkin Project was inspired by a local awareness activity run by the Food Allergy Community of East Tennessee (FACET) and launched as a national campaign by FARE in 2014. FARE thanks FACET for their ongoing partnership as we work to reach families across the country and around the world with the Teal Pumpkin Project’s messages of awareness, inclusion and community.

Putting a teal pumpkin on your doorstep means you have non-food treats available, such as glow sticks or small toys. This simple act promotes inclusion for trick-or-treaters with food allergies or other conditions. The Teal Pumpkin Project encourages people to provide non-food items in place of candy so children with food allergies can enjoy trick or treating on Halloween night like every other kid.

Click here to download signs and flyers.

Their Facebook page can be found here.

Have a safe and spooky Halloween, everybody!

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