Ditch the Candy—and the Trip to the Dentist—with These Healthy Halloween Alternatives

When someone mentions Halloween, many of us can’t help but immediately think of candy. Unfortunately, getting a month’s supply of candy all at once isn’t necessarily the healthiest thing for children. This year, try out one or more of these healthy Halloween alternatives that kids are sure to love—and which won’t cause cavities!

Fruit

Fruit is nature’s candy, and as such, it’s a perfect Halloween treat. It also makes a great snack for kids to bite into while they’re out trick or treating.

Stickers

Kids love stickers, and they are a wonderful alternative to candy. Stickers are also very inexpensive and can be bought in bulk easily, so you don’t have to skimp on them when passing them out.

Key Chains

Key chains are another fun alternative to Halloween candy. It’s cheap and easy to buy a variety of small key chains that kids will enjoy picking out.

Activity Pads

A piece of candy is gone in a matter of seconds. An inexpensive activity pad, on the other hand, lasts hours and can be educational as well as healthier than candy.

Temporary Tattoos

Finally, consider stocking up on temporary tattoos this Halloween. On a holiday that is all about dressing up, temporary tattoos make a perfect treat for excited ghouls and goblins at your door.

Here at Trent Cadillac in New Bern, we hope you and your crew have a spirited Halloween.

Check Out the New Bern MumFest

With the beach to the east and the Croatan National Forest to the south, there’s always a chance to get outside when you live in New Bern, North Carolina. But a particular fall festival is coming up in mid-October that will invite families and visitors of all ages outside in historic downtown New Bern.

The New Bern MumFest celebrates all things fall and all things fun on October 12-14 2018. The event takes places downtown on the New Bern waterfront, and is free for all to experience. Last year, roughly 100,000 visitors enjoyed a day at the New Bern MumFest, and this year promises to be just as fun.

The MumFest kicks off with a concert on October 12th. Dan + Shay will play at Lawson Creek Park, and will be joined by special guest Walker McGuire. Tickets for the kickoff concert are available online.

In addition to live music, the New Bern MumFest will include other entertainment like street performers, amusement park rides, acrobats, and model train and helicopter displays. Take a cruise on the Neuse River, then spend a few hours browsing through unique vendors featuring handmade items like pottery. MumFest also includes plenty of food vendors, so you can spend the entire day with your family enjoying this fall festival in New Bern.

For a sophisticated ride to get you to MumFest in style, be sure to check out our lineup at Trent Cadillac.

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Rock Out at the Rockin’ on the Rivers Music Festival

Rocking out and having a good time are two things that go hand-in-hand in New Bern. This year’s Rockin’ on the Rivers music festival takes place on July 20th, rain or shine. Trent Cadillac is proud to be a sponsor of the Rockin’ on the Rivers music festival.

The Rockin’ on the Rivers music festival is the second concert in the 2018 Summer Concert Series. The New Bern Area Chamber of Commerce has partnered with WRNS 95.1 to make this event particularly special. As a result, Parmalee with Bryan Mayer and 3 Day Weekend will be performing live on the waterfront.

Tickets are $15 if purchased in advance and $20 at the gate. Children under 12 years old are admitted for free when accompanied by a paying adult. Ticket sales began on April 9th and can be purchased online at the New Bern Area Chamber of Commerce website. Alternatively, tickets can be purchased in person at Mitchell Hardware and the New Bern Area Chamber of Commerce office.

For those coming from out of town to attend the concert, you’re in luck. The DoubleTree has discounted rates for those planning on attending. You can take advantage of the discount by visiting their website.

We hope to see you at this year’s Rockin’ on the Rivers festival.

Valentine’s Day Activities: Things to Do in New Bern, NC

Valentine’s Day is nearing, which means many businesses in the area are preparing for a surge in customers. Whether you’re getting flowers and chocolates or trying to find a romantic restaurant, there are a number of places to visit in New Bern. That’s why we at Trent Cadillac have created a list of spots to visit and things to do on Valentine’s Day.

According to WITN, you should stop at Occasions to Celebrate. Whether you’re looking for presents for a special someone or you just want to let others know that you care, you can find most of what you need at this retailer. As Scott Price, the co-owner of Occasions to Celebrate, says, “Roses, stuffed animals, and balloons. We do a lot with all three of those categories and chocolates.”

There are also tons of restaurants in the area. We won’t list them all, but there are some to consider if you’re looking for fine-dining. Bay Leaf is great for those who love Indian food, while Morgan’s Tavern is a classic steakhouse. Bakers Kitchen has vegetarian options for those who have dietary restrictions, while La Rosa has classic Italian that’s perfect for any date night.

Looking for Valentine’s Day activities? If your date loves games, you should consider Room Escape Games. Boat tours can be romantic for many, though it may be a bit chilly this time of year, and the Bear City Fudge Company is great for those with a sweet tooth. These are just some of the many things you can do during Valentine’s Day this year.

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New Thanksgiving Traditions to Try with Your Family

If you’re looking for new Thanksgiving traditions to try out this year, then you’re in luck. There are tons of fun crafts and activities you can do with your family that will bring new life to the holiday, and we’ve come up with some of our favorites from around the internet.

Try out crafts with your kids like making a family tablecloth. Just get a plain white tablecloth and have everyone write down what they’re thankful for. You can use it every year and see how it changes. The kids will also have fun putting together a family cookbook with all your traditional Thanksgiving recipes. Print the recipes and have the kids decorate the pages, then put them in a binder or scrapbook.

Make it a tradition to take time out for yourself away from the bustle of Thanksgiving. Whether that’s taking a walk, making yourself breakfast to enjoy before your guests arrive, or sitting down with a cup of coffee in the morning before you start cooking, it’ll help you relax before things get too crazy.

Lastly, if you’d like to spend your holiday giving back to the community, try doing something charitable. Volunteer at a soup kitchen and help feed the less fortunate or get together some old clothes and toys your kids don’t need anymore and donate them to a local charity. Lots of communities have a Turkey Trot marathon that collects donations and lets you burn off all that heavy Thanksgiving food.

From everyone here at Trent Cadillac, we wish you an amazing Thanksgiving.

Spooky Road Trip Ideas: Haunted Places Near New Bern

Happy Halloween!

With Halloween right around the corner, now is the perfect time to take a road trip to any one of the many haunted places near New Bern, NC. Simply hop into your new Cadillac and drive to a haunted spot—a perfect activity for a date or as a family adventure. We at Trent Cadillac have put together a list of some of our favorite local haunted spots.

According to Haunted Places, one of the spookiest haunted spots in New Bern is the Attmore-Oliver House. Built in 1790, this house is reported to have several ghostly inhabitants. You can tour the house if you request an appointment, and many visitors report seeing poltergeists from former residents who passed.

Next, check out the Harvey Mansion and Historic Inn. Built at the start of the nineteenth century, there is supposedly a woman in a white dress that haunts this location. If you listen closely, you’ll hear a child laughing in the night.

Finally, visit the Foscue Plantation House. Located 10 miles from New Bern in Pollocksville, NC, this house was built in 1824 and is rumored to be haunted. Whether you’re a paranormal investigator or simply an amateur ghost hunter, this plantation house is a must-see spot on any haunted tour around North Carolina.

How to Prepare Your Cadillac for Fall

prepare your Cadillac for fall

Here in North Carolina, fall weather is relatively mild, especially out here on the coast. However, the closer you get to the mountains, the cooler it becomes. No matter where you live in the state, you need to take some time to prepare for the upcoming change in seasons. Here are three ways to prepare your Cadillac for fall.

  1. Check your tires. Wet leaves on the ground can lead to slick road conditions. Make sure your tires have enough tread left to keep you and your Cadillac connected to the ground. You can use the penny test, or, for even safer results, the quarter test.
  2. Pack an emergency kit. You never know when an emergency will happen, but you can try to plan for them. As the temperatures start to get cooler, especially at night, you’ll want to prepare for the worst—a dead car on the side of the road. Pack some blankets, a spare cell phone or charged battery, high energy snacks, emergency flares, and water.
  3. Catch up on maintenance. If your Cadillac is due for any routine maintenance, or you have been noticing some bothersome issues, then it is surely time for a check-up.

If you want to make sure your Cadillac is ready for the fall, schedule a service appointment here at Trent Cadillac.