Category Archives: 31 Days of Halloween

5 More Halloween Crafts

What’s more fun than making things with your kids?  We’ve all seen those craft websites and magazines with those amazingly good looking crafts that look oh so easy to make. Have you eve tried to make those? Yeah, they never turn out the way you though, right? Well, here are five crafts that are guaranteed to turn out great because they are simple in construction and explanation.

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Halloween jars. Just get some empty glass jars, clean them out well and paint away! It’s a great creative way to engage with your kids!

 

 

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Paper Bag Monsters. These are a fun and easy craft and a great creativity spark! Simply paint, cut out construction paper and then glue!

 

 

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Popsicle Sticks. Glue together a bunch of Popsicle sticks (on paper or a heavy string) and paint away!

 

 

 

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Seed Crafts! All you need is some construction paper, corn seeds, beans, rope and lotsa glue! Have fun with it. How many different things can you make?

 

 

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Fun with Paper Plates. These are also an easy, fun craft for kids. All you need are the cheapo paper plates, some construction paper, scissors and glue! Create any Halloween inspired monster you can think of! Frankenstein, Dracula, Jack-O’-Lanters, Mummies, etc!

Halloween Village Favorites

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I have always wanted a Halloween village. Sure, most people have Christmas villages with happy ice skaters and a cheery Santa frolicking in the snow but I’ve always wanted a village of dead trees, spooky creatures and haunted houses! I have yet to acquire any parts of my Halloween village, but one day I hope to have a sizable collection. I fin it is the perfect final addition to great indoor Halloween decor. Pictured below you will find pieces that inspire me and, I hope, inspire you too! Which ones do you like?  Happy Halloween!

 

Fantastic Halloween Adventure: Hocus Pocus

Hocus-Pocus-movie-posterAh, Hocus Pocus. This film was only mildly successful when it came out in 1993 and to this day it is a very divisive film. However, it is one of my favorite Halloween movies and a great family friendly movie, so I will be presenting it. The story focuses on three witches who were burned at the stake for their evil deed of stealing the souls of children in Salem, Massachusetts in 1693. Right before they died, they cast a spell on a black flame candle that once a virgin lit the candle on the full moon before Halloween, they would rise once again. Fast forward 300 years to 1993 and a young high school boy named Max Dennison lights the candle to impress a girl. The three witches rise again to steal the souls of little children.
Max, his (hopeful) girlfriend Allison, and Max’s little sister, Dani must stop the evil Sanderson Sisters before the sun rises on November 1st in order to prevent the sisters from coming back permanently. Of course, the hard part for Max and company is that it is Halloween night and none of the adults or authority figures believe them! I will not spoil the ending, of course, but you can expect much hilarity, adventure and creepy Halloween spooks.

Why it is a fantastic adventure: Max is every bit the aspiring young hero for middle school aged boys, with just the right amount of disobedience and knowing when to do the right thing. He is also an especially good role model for any big brothers who have little sisters to take care of. Max learns throughout the movie and teaches your kids at the same time. You can be irresponsible and have fun, but there will be consequences. You can hate your little sister for being a

Max and Dani portray a great sibling relationship.
Max and Dani portray a great sibling relationship.

burden, but you’re going to do everything you can to protect her when things turn ugly. And lastly, you can try to impress the cute girl at school all you want, but you’re not going to win her over that way.
The little girls in your family will wish they were in Dani’s shoes from the very beginning. Dani is lovingly portrayed by Thora Birch, who really steals many of the scenes in this film. She is strong-willed and won’t stop tormenting her big brother until she gets her way. Your little girl will be going on the adventure with Dani, reveling in a night of witches, zombies and magic that all seems fresh and real. She even gets a talking cat as her companion through the film. Another plus, just when Dani is getting too scared – and maybe your little girl, too – her big brother swoops in and comforts her. It is a perfect lesson in sibling relationships. Just enough rivalry, but in the end it is compassion that wins the day.
Of course you can’t mention this film without talking about the witches themselves – the Sanderson Sisters. They provide most of the comedy throughout the film, mostly having to do with being from 1693 and being awoken in 1993. The elementary school is deemed a “prison for children” (your kids will

The Sanderson Sisters
The Sanderson Sisters

agree with that), a man dressed in a devil costume is mistaken for the real thing, and the entire concept of Halloween being a night of young children dressing up as creatures is quite upsetting to them. Bette , Kathy Najimy and Sarah Jessica Parker play the creepy yet kooky witches to perfection with just the right amount of terror and humor. If these three witches do not get your kids excited about all things Halloween, then there is not much that will.
There are Halloween decorations abound, zombies, talking cats, creepy cemeteries and picturesque Salem settings, which really bring that cold Fall feeling to the film.
The entire movie itself is one long, grand adventure that never lets up and teaches very important lessons along the way, all the while building your kids’ love of Halloween.

 

 

More Halloween Party Decorations!

I enjoyed writing about Halloween party decorations earlier this month, so i thought I’d throw a few more ideas your way. I am a firm believer that one can never have too many Halloween party decorations. Add these decorations to your next Halloween party to add that extra level of detail that your guests (and kids) will love!
All items available at Oriental Trading

 

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Halloween pails. Put these artfully decorated pails on tables, mantles, desks, etc. and fill them with different items like candy, caramel corn, candy corn, etc..

 

 

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Giant hanging spider. Add this guy to you dining room, living room or hang him up in the garage for an outdoor party. He s sure to get the attention of your guests.

 

 

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Candy corn garland.
It’s the little touches, like this candy corn garland, that really show you put some thought into decorating for your party. Plus, it looks great!

 

 
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Halloween place cards.
Are you having a lot of people attend your party? Do you want them to be able to reserve their own seats? Have these set up on a table where people can write their names and then place them to save their seats! As a bonus, kids love to have things with their name on them!

 

 

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Giant rope spiderweb.
Hang this up near your staircase, in a corner, or better yet over a doorway! It will truly add that extra level of detail to your Halloween party decor!

 

 

Fantastic Halloween Adventure: Berenstain Bears – Trick or Treat

thThe Berenstain Bears were always a staple of my childhood. For every lesson to be learned, the Berenstain Bears have a book to teach you. Perhaps the most memorable of these books for me was the dark and eerie “Trick or Treat.” The story involves the kids going out on Halloween  night trying to avoid the creepy house in the neighborhood because they’ve heard bad and scary things about the man who lives there. Eventually they learn that appearances can be deceiving.

The fantastic artwork will draw you in!
The fantastic artwork will draw you in!

Why it is a fantastic adventure: The artwork alone is enough to give any kid a certain awe. It is a great feeling to look at these drawings of dark corners, bare trees and dimly lit porches and be able to feel scared but safe at the same time. After all, these are the Berenstain Bears an they have always been kind to you in the past. Don’t worry, there will be no nightmares about the friendly drawings, but it is about Halloween night and all that come with it – ghosts, goblins, darkness, trick or treating, jack-o’-lanterns. It’s a comfortable yet scary feeling.
The story also contains a good lesson: people and things are not always what they seem. The ol’ don’t judge a book by its cover. Your kids will learn that spooky things are okay, different things are not always scary, and not to believe everything they hear.
Overall, it is a great Halloween journey, especially for the artwork. The story is really secondary here, as your kids will be more enthralled with the eerie trees and full moon than what is happening in the story. Still, it stands as a true Halloween classic for the entire family!

Family Friendly Jack-O’-Lantern Stencils

Halloween cannot officially begin until a jack-o’-lantern is lit. You can make spooky faces, funny faces, sad faces etc. The most exciting part of carving a pumpkin is that it is a blank slate for your kids to let loose on! Give your kids some ideas with these fun and easy stencils. Of course, if they really want to make their own then let ’em at it, even if it ends up being just a giant hole in the middle of the pumpkin!

Enjoy!

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Goofy Face
Happy Face
Happy Face
Cheerful
Cheerful
Scary
Scary
Mustache Jack!
Mustache Jack!
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Ghost

Halloween candy review: Bags O’ Blood

Throughout the month I will be reviewing unusually creepy Halloween candy. Anyone can give out the usual M&M, Snickers, Milky Way, Twix mix. Stand out by giving a unique treat that will both repulse and excite the kids in your neighborhood.

LiquidBloodCandyHave you ever wished you could drink blood? Well, now you can (sort of). These small bags of blood are just enough to satisfy a small craving. If you’re looking to quench a bigger thirst, it’s best to find a blood bank somewhere. These packets area bit on the small side. They are about as wide as two fingers and about 3 inches tall. These bags of blood are actually filled with a watermelon flavored corn syrup concoction. They are high on sugar content and loaded with artificial flavoring. What’s not to like?
Perhaps the best reason to give these out for Halloween is to see the reaction of the kids in your neighborhood. Most kids have reacted with delightful disgust as they grab a few bags and run down to tell their friends: “He has bags of blood!” That, my friends, is what it is all about!

You can order Bags O’ Blood from Oriental Trading.

5 Easy Halloween Recipes

Now that I’ve shown you some great Halloween party decorations, it’s time to focus on the other central aspect of any successful Halloween party – the food! We have all picked up Halloween recipe books hoping to recreate that amazing looking dish only to be extremely disappointed in the outcome. Well, be disappointed no more! Here are five easy recipes that will look great and you don’t have to be a professional to make it.

 

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Jack-O’-Lantern Veggie Dip.
Just get a lot of baby carrots, some cucumber and broccoli, and a round serving dish. Arrange into a happy jack-o’-lantern face and you’re done! Of course you now have a ton of carrots. Put the extra broccoli and cucumber in a bowl nearby.
Recipe: Taste of Home

 

 

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Handburger!
This one is extremely easy and just gross enough that your guests and your kids will still eat it! Just form your ground beef into big hand shapes (because they shrink when grilled) and the rest is like a traditional hamburger.
Recipe: Hungry Happenings

 

 

Scary_Faced_PizzaMummy Pizza. You can make these mini pizzas for bute sizes snacks, or make a larger version with a Boboli crust, pizza sauce, mozzarella and lots of olives to make the eyes.
Recipe: Halloween on Earth

 

Chocolate Candy Corn CookiesCandy Corn Chocolate Cookies. Whip up some chocolate cookies (your preference of home made or slice n’ bake). Once they are fresh out of the oven, press in the candy corn.
Recipe: Punchbowl.com

 

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Halloween Jell-O.
Simply add some gummy worms to your Jell-O and serve in clear cups. Easy and effective!
Recipe: Kate on Thin Ice

Halloween Candy Review: Gummy Eyeballs

Throughout the month I will be reviewing unusually creepy Halloween candy. Anyone can give out the usual M&M, Snickers, Milky Way, Twix mix. Stand out by giving a unique treat that will both repulse and excite the kids in your neighborhood.

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When you first look at the packaging you get a nice drawing of bloodshot, floating eyeballs. The only deceptive thing about the packaging is that the gummy candy is actually flat and not round like an eyeball. This actually works out very well for placing on top of cupcakes, cakes, or other Halloween related foods you may have baked this year!
The consistency is very chewy, but not as tough as a traditional gummy bear. There is a lot of chewing and slimy consistency, which turns out to be a little gross!
Regardless of the gross factor, the kids in your neighborhood will definitely remember your house if you give out these gummy eyeballs! It’s all about making a memorable moment on Halloween night for kids everywhere.

Candy available at Oriental Trading!

Costume Contest Giveaway! Win my book and $20 Amazon Gift Card

Hello, everyone! Time for another contest! One of the best parts of Halloween is dressing up in a costume. This week I would like to invite my readers to post there favorite Halloween costumes on my Facebook page.
Just follow these easy steps:
1. Go to my Facebook page.
2. Click on the post that shows the photo below.
3. Upload your Halloween costume picture in the comments section.

That’s all there is to it! Feel free to send me a message if you need assistance!

 

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