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Halloween 2023

10 Ways to Get Ready for Halloween: A Spooktacular Guide

Are you ready to embrace the spooky spirit of Halloween? As the leaves change and the air turns crisp, it’s time to prepare for one of the most thrilling holidays of the year. In this guide, we’ll explore ten fun and creative ways to get ready for Halloween. From decorating your home to picking the perfect costume, we’ve got you covered.

1. Halloween Home Decor

Transform your home into a haunted haven with eerie decorations. There are tons of DIY Halloween decor ideas that would make for a great craft night with friends or family. Plus, there’s nothing like a spooky home craft night to increase the creepy ambiance and get you ready for the spooky season.
Don’t forget to take pictures of your craft night and display them in your digital frame. Plus, if you’re feeling extra creative, you can even use your frame as part of your Halloween decor. Just make a Halloween-themed playlist and let it play for all of October.

2. Pumpkin Carving Ideas

Unleash your inner artist by carving the perfect jack-o’-lantern. Not sure where to start? There are plenty of great guides that will make you a pumpkin carving pro in no time. If you need a little inspiration, here are some great pumpkin carving ideas to choose from. You can even get pumpkin carving stencils from your local craft store or online to make your pumpkin really pop. 

Be sure to take pictures as you carve and of your finished product so you can enjoy your pumpkins digitally long after their freshness wears off.

3. DIY Halloween Costumes

Crafting your costume can be a blast. There are tons of DIY Halloween costumes that will make you stand out at every Halloween party this season. Homemade costume ideas are everywhere, and making a unique ensemble truly yours is a great way to get in the spooky mood. 

DIY Halloween costumes also come in clutch if you wait until the last minute and need something quick! Whether you cut some holes in an old sheet to become a ghost or put together all your pinkest clothes to go as Barbie, your homemade Halloween costume is sure to make for some great photo ops. So don’t forget to take plenty of pictures!

4. Halloween Makeup Tutorials

Elevate your costume with stunning makeup. Dive into the Halloween makeup tutorials or special effects makeup to take your costume to the next level with professional-looking results. Whether it’s to compliment a DIY Halloween costume or the perfect online costume find, learning to do your own Halloween makeup is a gift that will keep on giving. 

Plus, you’ll walk away from every Halloween party with phenomenal pictures to treasure for years to come.

5. Costume and Decoration Shopping

If you’re not a huge DIY fan, there are plenty of shopping options to get your home and yourself ready for Halloween. Check out your local craft or Halloween store or an online Halloween shop for all your decor and costume needs. Just don’t wait until it’s too late for shipping!

6. Spooky Movie Marathon

Set the mood with a spooky movie night. Watch classics like “Hocus Pocus” and “The Nightmare Before Christmas” or new releases to really get into the spirit of the season. Embrace scary movies with friends to keep you company or stick to the lighthearted classics for solo movie nights. 

Whichever movies you choose, having a spooky movie marathon is bound to get you ready for October 31st.

7. Haunted House Visits

Explore local haunted attractions to really embrace the Halloween spirit. Search for haunted house tours in your area or “spooky attractions near me” and get ready for a night full of fright! If you have young ones who may not be into the super scary haunted house visits, look into something more tame, like a corn maze or pumpkin patch.

Get photos of your friends and family’s best-scared reactions and make them into a playlist for your digital frame!

8. Halloween Party Planning

Plan a memorable Halloween bash. Invite friends to dress up in their best Halloween costumes and celebrate the spooky season. Complete the planning with creepy cocktails, a Monster Mash Halloween playlist, and Halloween-themed treats. 

You could even set up a photo booth to preserve the memories from this hauntingly fun night.

9. Trick-or-Treat Safety Tips

Safety is a top priority, especially for families. One crucial way to prepare for Halloween night is by taking a quick minute to refresh your trick-or-treat safety tips. There are lots of Halloween safety guidelines each year online (and from local news outlets) to ensure a fun and secure experience for the whole family. 

Hopefully, the scariest thing you encounter this Halloween is your neighbor’s haunted house, but it doesn’t hurt to be prepared!

10. Spooky Recipes

Prepare delicious recipes for Halloween-themed treats and drinks. Even if you don’t throw a Halloween party, you can still enjoy Halloween recipes and tons of spooky snacks! Cooking creepy treats is a great way to get into the Halloween spirit and makes for a great October activity. 

Invite friends and family over for a baking night or take on a recipe solo, but don’t forget to take pictures of the process and the final product!

In conclusion, getting ready for Halloween is a thrilling experience filled with creativity and fun. Whether you’re decorating your home, planning a party, or perfecting your costume, these ten ideas will ensure you have a spooktacular Halloween. And don’t forget to take tons of pictures for your Nixplay Halloween playlist so you can display them in your digital frame through the spooky season and beyond! Happy haunting!

Embrace the Beauty of Autumn: 3 Ideas for Fall Family Outings

Leaf-peeping excursions, scenic photo spots, and more fall fun for everyone!

3 Fall Outdoor Activities For the Whole Family 

Autumn adventures that are great for all ages.


Summer heat is on its way out and the beauty of autumn is imminent. Fall foliage photography and leaf-peeping excursions will soon be in full-swing which makes it an ideal time to gather your loved ones and get out for some quality time doing your favorite fall outdoor activities. In honor of the season, we’ve gathered three ideas for fall family outings that have a little something for everyone.

1) Enjoy leaf-peeping excursions & scenic fall drives for a fall family outing.

Plan a leaf-peeping road trip to iconic fall destinations and witness the splendor of golden, red, and orange leaves as you drive through scenic routes. You can even use a fall foliage prediction map to see when leaves will reach their peak colors at your desired destination. Plan stops at picturesque viewpoints or explore lesser-known routes to snap beautiful family photos with colorful fall backdrops. You can even plan a lovely fall picnic stop to complete your fall family outing.

2) Autumn camping and hiking make for lovely fall outdoor activities. 

For a more active take on leaf-peeping excursions, consider a fall camping or hiking trip. Get up close and personal with one of the most enchanting aspects of fall — the changing leaves — by spending quality time in nature. Research your local trails and camping destinations and enjoy a lovely fall family outing close to home. Alternatively, choose a more adventurous destination for fall outdoor activities like one of our nation’s many gorgeous national parks

Your fall family outing could even include some cozy nights around the campfire and some professional (or casual) photos to cherish for years to come.

3) Host a fall family outing with pumpkin patch adventures & orchard visits. 

Local farms often host a variety of fall activities that are fun for the whole family. From pumpkin picking to corn mazes to petting zoos, it can be a fun fall family outing for all ages. Spend a day picking pumpkins before carving them and using them for fall decorations or visit an apple orchard to pick apples, taste cider, and indulge in a wide variety of apple-themed treats. 

There may even be some harvest festivals in your area where you can enjoy live music, eat delicious food, and purchase artisan crafts for some fun fall outdoor activities. And don’t forget to take photos as you immerse yourself in the culture of your region.

Preserve the memories from your fall family outings.There are so many incredible ways to enjoy autumn that we’ve barely scratched the surface. The season is so beautiful and the fall outdoor activities are so abundant, you are sure to enjoy quality time with loved ones and have ample opportunities for photos to document the experiences. Put those memorable fall family outings on display well into the winter with a Nixplay digital frame and keep the beauty of fall alive. Through a digital frame, you can keep the memories of this time vibrant even as the colors of the leaves begin to fade.

How Connecting With Grandparents Can Build Strong Families

Marie Kondo, the author of “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” and “Spark Joy”, talks of how the process of sorting photos with her family was the project that brought her the most joy. She highly recommends viewing photos together as a family to encourage storytelling. Even the expert of decluttering realizes how important our personal photo collections are!

Research in psychology repeatedly shows that investing in making and sharing happy memories with family has a positive return on investment. A series of studies conducted by researchers Marshall Duke and Robyn Fivush at Emory University found that children who knew more of their family’s history had a stronger sense of control over their lives and higher self-esteem than children who did not know these stories. Further, the children with the most self-confidence had what the researchers call a strong “intergenerational self.” In other words, these children felt part of something bigger than themselves.

Children, even grown-up children, can draw on a bank of positive memories and family stories to help cope with more stressful or turbulent times. When families revisit memories with loved ones through photographs, bonds are strengthened, relationships deepen, and memory improves. It is also just plain fun to look back at the way things used to be, as time was passing before you realized it, as the children grew overnight, and as traditions were practiced over the years.

Here are 4 ways Grandparents can connect with their grandchildren:

1. Create Photo Albums: Printed photo books, scrapbooks, and photo albums don’t require technology to be enjoyed. You don’t need an internet connection, and you won’t need to migrate them to a new format to view them fifty years from now. When you combine images and words into a documentary-like narrative, you are creating a historical record for future generations with stories that you can celebrate and enjoy today.

2. Video Slide Shows: When you combine photos, videos, oral narratives, and music into a slideshow or montage, you create a living album filled with emotion and fun. Try adding music, oral narratives, or both, and the result is a living album filled with movement and sound that triggers your senses. Slideshows are a great option for family gatherings, special events, and celebrations. They can also be a fun option to enjoy on family movie night. Popcorn, PJs, and precious family memories—can it get any better than that?

3. Wall Galleries:  Are you looking for instant gratification while you work on that family archive or photo album? Decorate your home with the people you love! While you organize photos, you’ll come across pictures too good to keep hidden. Look for frame-worthy images that you can display on walls or turn into photo gifts for others.

4. Digital Photo Frames: This is an excellent choice for technology-challenged family members. This way of displaying image slideshows is perfect for people who want a quick, easy way to showcase their memories. It’s also really easy to regularly send photos and videos to your frame, adding to your family story as you go, especially with Nixplay’s easy to use digital frames.

Organizing, telling, and retelling the stories of your family’s good times as well as the stories of bouncing back from the difficult times, can result in more confident children and happier families. And nobody can do that better than Grandparents.

Cathi Nelson is the founder and CEO of The Photo Managers, but most importantly, she’s passionate about helping people organize their photos so they can share their photo legacy. If you need help or more ideas, check out Cathi’s best-selling book “Photo Organizing Made Easy: Going from Overwhelmed to Overjoyed

Grandparenting from a Distance

How to Stay Connected When Grandparenting From a Distance

Kimberlee Kiehl, Director of Operations, The Photo Managers

Next to the birth of your children, the birth of your grandbabies is one of the best moments in life. These little humans who share your genetics, remind you of your own children when they were little, and bring you so much joy are truly a gift. When they live far away it can be tough not to get to see them, hold them, and watch them grow in person. Three of my four grandchildren, my daughter’s children, live 10 hours away and have lived far away since they were each born, sometimes living all the way across the country. But we have managed to develop close relationships, and I feel like I am getting to watch them grow, thanks to a variety of technology. Notably, photos have played a huge part in building these relationships.

As a certified photo manager and a long-time scrapbook maker, I very much value photos. I believe they tell a story and that each of us has our own memories when we look at those photos. This love of photos has passed down to my daughter, and now to my grandchildren as well. One of our favorite “together” activities is to look through the scrapbooks I have made for them and share the stories that go with the pages. But when we are apart, we must find other ways to stay connected. Facetime, “snail mail” and our Nixplay frames play a huge role in helping us build and keep these connections.

Video calls are great for all generations

My 6-year-old granddaughter knows how to Facetime me on her mom’s phone and will often take the phone to her room for some “girl talk” or to read a book to me. My 4-year-old grandson wants to show me his latest Lego build. Even my 6-month-old granddaughter knows who I am on Facetime and gives me her huge smile when we chat! They also Facetime with my mom, their great grandma, on her iPad which allows her to feel connected to them too.

Printed gifts for special memories

I will often print photos and mail them to my grandkids after I have visited their house or they have visited mine. After a recent trip to Disneyland, where I surprised them by joining the trip, I sent each of them (even the 6-month-old) a small plastic 3×4 box with their name and embellishments on the outside and 3×4 printed photos of their individual experiences at Disney inside their boxes — including some photos with me in them. They can pull them out anytime and remember our experience together and the fun we had.

Nixplay frames for a daily connection

On a day-to-day basis it is the Nixplay frame that I have in my kitchen that provides me with the most consistent and updated photos of their lives. Both my daughter and I have one (mine was a gift for Christmas from my daughter!) and that frame is the first thing I see when I walk into the kitchen to get my morning coffee and the last thing I see when I turn the lights off to head to bed. Throughout the day, I see photos from years ago intermixed with ones from yesterday. And even better, I can watch short videos of my grandchildren as well! The three of them on the beach, the first day my newest granddaughter sat up, first grade concerts and preschool graduations. I can send them photos of what I am doing as well. These shared photos build connections between us and allow us to share life stories, even when far apart. These are the true joys of life.

Kim is the Director of Operations for The Photo Managers and the owner of Stories of a Life, LLC, a photo and story organizing business in Columbus, Ohio. For more information on managing your photo collection join The Photo Managers for Save Your Photos Month in September 2023 at

7 lustige Ideen für Haustierfotos: Tipps und Tricks für die Haustierfotografie

Für die meisten Tierhalter ist es selbstverständlich, ihren pelzigen Freunden Wertschätzung zu zeigen. Schließlich tragen sie dazu bei, dass wir uns jeden Tag glücklicher fühlen. Doch das Leben kann sehr hektisch sein, weshalb nicht immer genügend Zeit bleibt, um unseren Haustieren die Aufmerksamkeit zu schenken, die sie verdienen. Deshalb möchten wir dir einige Tipps und Tricks zum Fotografieren verraten, mit denen du die besten Fotos von deinem Haustier machst. Wir haben eine Mischung aus witzigen Porträt- und Schnappschuss-Ideen für dein Haustier zusammengestellt. Anschließend kannst du die Bilder in deinem Portemonnaie aufbewahren, mit Freunden teilen oder in eine öffentliche Nixplay-Wiedergabeliste hochladen.

7 Lustige Ideen für Haustierfotos 

1: Fotos vom besten Trick deines Haustiers

Das ultimative Hundefoto! Zeige die Fähigkeiten deines Haustiers mit einem Schnappschuss von seinem besten Trick. Ganz gleich, ob es sich auf die Hinterbeine stellt, Hände (oder Pfoten) schüttelt, eine Rolle macht oder einen anderen lustigen Trick vorführt – dieses Bild ist mit Sicherheit ein echter Hit. Wenn die Fotos unscharf sind, versuche, sie im Serienbild- oder Live-Modus aufzunehmen. Denke daran, dass du mit den Smart- und Touch-Rahmen von Nixplay sowohl Videos als auch Fotos anzeigen kannst – mach dir also keine Sorgen, wenn dir nicht das perfekte Standbild gelingt und wähle stattdessen ein Video!

Dein Haustier kann keine Tricks? Kein Problem! Ein süßer Schnappschuss, auf dem es sich von seiner besten Seite zeigt, ist genauso gut.

2: Fotos von deinem Haustier an der frischen Luft

Es ist bei jedem Wetter schön, Fotos von deinem Haustier unter freiem Himmel zu machen. Ob beim täglichen Spaziergang, an seinem Lieblingsplatz im Freien oder bei einem kleinen Fotoshooting im Garten – wenn du dein Haustier in seinem Element festhältst, erhältst du mit Sicherheit ein fröhliches Foto, das du mit deiner Familie und deinen Freunden teilen kannst.

3: Fotos von deinem lächelnden Haustier 

Es ist kein Geheimnis, dass ein bezauberndes Foto eines in die Kamera lächelnden Tieres zu Herzen gehen kann. Warum also nicht einen Schnappschuss von deinem Haustier teilen, auf dem es sein schönstes Lächeln zeigt? Einfach, aber wirkungsvoll ist die Verwendung eines Schwarz-Weiß-Filters, um einen zeitlosen und professionellen Look zu erzielen.

Das könnte ein bisschen schwierig sein, aber wir sind sicher, dass ein kleines Leckerli nicht unbemerkt bleiben würde!

4: Fotos von deinem Haustier mit seinem Lieblingsspielzeug

Eine weitere großartige Möglichkeit, ein tolles Foto von deinem Haustier zu machen, ist ein Fotoshooting mit seinem Lieblingsspielzeug. Von Quietschspielzeug und Kuscheltieren bis hin zu Spieltauen und Hüpfbällen – jedes Haustier möchte sein Lieblingsspielzeug zur Schau stellen und dies ist die perfekte Gelegenheit dazu. Warum also nicht einen Schnappschuss (oder zwei) von ihm machen, wie es mit seinem Lieblingsspielzeug spielt oder sogar im Schlaf damit kuschelt? 

5: Fotos von deinem Haustier zur Fütterungszeit 

Du servierst deinem Haustier seine Lieblingsspeise zum Abendessen? Dann präsentiere ein Foto, wie dein Haustier eine Gourmet-Mahlzeit genießt. Ein Schnappschuss eignet sich gut, aber du kannst auch eine lustige Szene kreieren, in der dein Haustier wohlerzogen am Esstisch sitzt. Oder noch besser: Nimm einen anderen Blickwinkel ein und zeige deinen pelzigen Freund mit einer Kochmütze bei der „Zubereitung“ des Essens! 

6: Fotos von deinem Haustier in einer Verkleidung

Zieh deinen Haustieren Sonntagskleidung oder ein lustiges Kostüm an, um deinen neuen Fotos eine besondere Note zu verleihen. Von falschen Brillen bis hin zu Pullovern und Hüten gibt es eine Reihe von Kleidungsstücken für Haustiere, die du ausprobieren kannst – aber zwinge sie nicht dazu. Wenn sie sich nicht wohlfühlen, platziere sie stattdessen einfach in einer lustigen Szenerie! Ob sie nun ein Buch lesen, am Computer sitzen oder auf einem Liegestuhl im Garten ein Getränk zu sich nehmen, es entsteht mit Sicherheit ein unbezahlbares Foto.

7: Fotos von deinem Haustier mit dir

Hab keine Angst, ein Foto mit deinem Haustier zu machen! Auch wenn du lieber hinter der Kamera stehst, verdient dein Haustier ein Foto mit seinem Lieblingsmenschen. Wir sind davon überzeugt, dass auch du dich darüber freuen wirst. Ganz gleich, ob es sich um ein Selfie, ein professionelles Porträt oder einen Schnappschuss von dir beim Faulenzen im örtlichen Park handelt – ein Foto mit deinem Haustier wird für viele Jahre eine wertvolle Erinnerung sein.

Tipps und Tricks für die Haustierfotografie

Du fragst dich, wie du deine Fähigkeiten beim Fotografieren von Haustieren verbessern kannst? Haustiere sind unberechenbar und bewegen sich oft ziemlich schnell, daher kann es schwierig sein, den richtigen Moment festzuhalten. Hier sind einige unserer besten Tipps für die Haustierfotografie, um dir den Einstieg zu erleichtern:

Nimm deine Fotos im Serienbildmodus auf:

Wenn dein Haustier nicht still sitzen kann, steigerst du deine Chancen auf das perfekte Bild, indem du mehrere Fotos auf einmal machst.

Halte Ausschau nach dem besten Licht:

Wie bei jedem Bild ist gutes Licht von entscheidender Bedeutung – besonders bei Haustieren mit dunklerem Fell.

Biete eine Belohnung an: 

Wenn dein Haustier so viele Mini-Fotoshootings mitmacht, verdient es auf jeden Fall eine Belohnung! Ein paar Streicheleinheiten oder Leckerbissen sollten ausreichen.

Der wichtigste Tipp ist jedoch, stets auf die Sicherheit deines Haustiers zu achten, denn es lohnt sich definitiv nicht, es in Gefahr zu bringen, um das „perfekte“ Foto zu machen.

Schau dir unsere 4 besten Tipps zum Fotografieren von Haustieren an, um noch mehr darüber zu erfahren, wie du gute Haustierfotos machst.

Haustierfotos teilen Denke daran, die Freude an Haustierfotos nicht für dich zu behalten und deine tollen Bilder mit Freunden und Familie zu teilen. Lade deine Fotos in deine Social-Media-Profile hoch, sende sie in einer E-Mail oder, noch besser, teile deine Fotos mit anderen Nixplay-Nutzern! Gestalte den ultimativen Haustier-Fotorahmen mit einer liebevollen Diashow deiner Lieblingsfotos von deinem pelzigen Freund. Erinnerungen zu teilen war noch nie einfacher.

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