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Water Cooler: Halloween snacks

Halloween may be a little different this year, and if you’re cozying up at home for the holiday there are plenty of festive snacks to celebrate with.

Color me spooked: Pumpkin coloring contest winners

It was a colorful harvest this year. Nearly 200 area children (and a few adults) turned in some pretty spooky squashes. It was a tough job, but the judges at The Spokesman-Review picked their favorite pumpkins.  In the 0-4 category, Grace Blair charmed judges with her dotted pumpkin. Grace is 3 and lives in Mead.

Ask Dr. Universe: Why do we get tears when we yawn?

Dear Dr. Universe: Why do we get tears when we yawn? – Ella, 8, Australia. Dear Ella, You’re right, a lot of people get tears when they yawn. When you yawn, you actually use lots of muscles in your face. Maybe you can feel the stretch in your jaw, cheeks and eyes.

Water Cooler: Family-friendly Halloween reads

If you have children who love to celebrate Halloween but aren’t such big fans of being scared, here are some books they can read with silly and kid-friendly stories about Halloween festivities, flying brooms, magic scarecrows, spooky buses and scaredy cats.

Family Fun: Pop open science fun with author Lynn Brunelle

A plastic pop bottle makes a great mini laboratory. That's what Lynn Brunelle discovered when she was head writer for "Bill Nye the Science Guy." As she and her colleagues talked at writers meetings, she kept using her water bottle to help demonstrate whatever experiment she was talking about.

Raise your Halloween spirits with these glowing slime creatures

Give your home a spooky vibe this Halloween season by creating glow-in-the-dark slime creatures. While making slime is a fun activity on its own, transforming it into shapes such as pumpkins, ghosts and bats is a bright, ghoulish delight.

Family Fun: One Heart festival seeks to create connections in the virtual world

Each year when the organizers of the One Heart Native Arts and Film Festival choose the theme for the event, they consider "What are the things that are resonating in the country today?" said executive director Josephine Keefe. This year it was the coronavirus pandemic, which Keefe said has hit Indian Country particularly hard.

Family Fun: Treat your dog to homemade goodies

Sometimes your pup deserves a special treat. While there are plenty of commercially produced options, there are lots of recipes for making treats at home, said Raelynn Farnsworth, a clinical associate professor at Washington State University's College of Veterinary Medicine.

The latest hard-to-find item: a desk

First it was toilet paper. Disinfectant wipes. Beans. Coins. Computers. Now, desks are in short supply because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Family Fun: Library videos help students experiment with science at home

Science can be explosively fun – and messy. That's what Molly Moore is learning. Moore, an education and enrichment librarian for the Spokane County Library District, is creating weekly Science From Home videos hoping to help children and families engage in STEM activities at home while many students are working remotely this fall.