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The Great Blaze is Luxury Halloween Heaven

What’s the best possible way to celebrate Halloween before the big night actually arrives? Here at Dandelion Chandelier, we love All Hallows Eve, so we’ve been on a mission to investigate the most luxurious Halloween experiences. One critical choice is town or country – is your perfect Halloween rustic-chic, surrounded by trees, pumpkins and hay bales? Or is it big-city glamorous, with stately townhouses decorated in the most sinister possible way? Actually, why choose? We’ve got a great suggestion for a fabulous Halloween in the country. And we’ll also show you how to experience Halloween like an urban hedge fund boss. Because that’s the best thing about this holiday – if you celebrate it properly, you can actually have it all. First up, a splendid way to experience Halloween silliness, spookiness, laughter and artistry in a rural setting not far from the city. If you live in or are visiting greater New York in October, you have to go to The Great Jack O’ Lantern Blaze.

How To Find the Best Luxury Halloween Treats this Year

Halloween is drawing near, and you know what that means: treats! Parties! Goofy costumes! Jack-o-lanterns! What’s not to love? If you’re as psyched as we are about the holiday, and you’re either throwing a party, going to one, or just looking to kick your Halloween game up a notch, here are 5 luxurious Halloween treats that would be perfect ways to indulge this year. Whether it’s a host or hostess gift, a party favor or an indulgent sweet for yourself, here’s what the luxury class will have in its treat bags this All Hallows Eve — and your inner Charlie Bucket would surely consider any one of these a golden ticket:

How to Get Your Child Admitted to Private School

It’s that time of year. Private school application time. And you thought Halloween was going to be the scariest thing that would happen to you this month. Think again. Rest assured, you’re not alone. The thought of applying to an elite, selective private day school in the United States strikes fear in the hearts of parents everywhere. New York, Los Angeles, Chicago – there’s no escape. And there are limited ways in which to throw money at this problem. But fear not. As the father of three kids who have been admitted to private day schools (and to New England boarding schools) and having served on the boards of both day and boarding schools, I’ve observed this process firsthand for a while now. While there is no way to make applying for private school completely stress-free, there are some specific steps that you can take, starting now, that will maximize your chances of successfully making your way through the process with a minimum of agita. Over a series of posts, I’ll share what they are.

Could the Future of Luxury Retail Actually Be Fun?

We have seen the future of retail. And it’s fun. Literally. While old-line department stores and legacy brick and mortar retailers struggle to stay relevant and generate foot traffic, and launch somewhat far-fetched initiatives (we’re looking at you, Saks Fifth Avenue Wellery), on a recent trip to Martha’s Vineyard, we stumbled across a small retail location that points a clear path to the future for traditional retail. And it’s all about entertainment and fun.

Can a Martha’s Vineyard Fair Be a Luxurious Experience?

August involves many micro-luxuries: sunflowers, fresh lemonade, the smell of suntan lotion, watermelon, and the joys of going to a state fair. What’s that, you say? How can attending a state fair be a luxury? You’re kidding, right? Nope. Here at Dandelion Chandelier we love agricultural fairs, state fairs, street fairs, and carnivals of all kinds. We particularly love the annual Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Fair. What’s not to like? The smell of barns full of hay and lowing cows. The sound of carnival barkers and a septuagenarian Dixieland band. The cries of roosters and happy little kids. And cotton candy. We are all about pink cotton candy. For the skeptics, doubters, cynics and naysayers, here’s our list of 10 reasons that a visit to a state fair during the month of August is one of life’s sweetest luxuries: