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My Top 5 Indoor Halloween Decorations

Do you live in a place where weather (or HOA rules) won’t let you put Halloween decorations outside? As a follow up to my Top 5 Outdoor Halloween Decorations, here are 5 indoor decorations that will have your guests shrieking with ghoulish delight! (I hit my cliche quota for the day)
All decorations available at Oriental Trading.

 

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Spooky Lighted Lace Curtain. Hang this up in your window to set a spooky scene. I’ve also hung it on doors and mirrors to create a similarly eerie effect.

 

 

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Haunted House Night Light. I like to put this in the guest bathroom or bedroom. It’s always a fun way to get your guests in the mood for Halloween!

 

 

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Halloween Bathroom Collection. Again, stick this in your guest bathroom. If your guests and family are not in the mood for Halloween, well you just gave them no choice! Plus, kids seem to love when the bathroom is decorated for holidays. I’m not sure why, but it is true. I suppose it is also a good way to get your kids to use the bathroom more often.

 

 

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Witch Shelf Sitter. Not everything has to be creepy! Add a little bit of cute to your Halloween decor (so as to not scare your kids too much) with this plush witch.

 

 

 

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Halloween Taper Candles. Give the kids a reason to sit around your dinner table again! They will be eerily drawn to the flickering orange candles haunting the table, and then you can ask them how their day was while you have their attention.

 

 

Look for more decorating ideas later this month!

Fantastic Halloween Adventure: Scooby-Doo and the Witch’s Ghost

thCAEK0OUXThe next stop on our Halloween tour: Scooby-Doo and the Witch’s Ghost! This animated movie came straight to DVD in 1999. Like most Scooby-Doo movies, this one revolves around a mystery. In this case, there is a witch’s ghost tormenting the citizens of Oakhaven, a sleepy little town where famed Horror writer Ben Ravencroft goes to write his books. Ben Ravencroft runs into Scooby and the gang after they solve a mystery at a local history museum.
Once Scooby, Shaggy, Velma, Daphne and Fred arrive in Oak Haven, they immediately begin to investigate the suspicious behavior of the mayor. The gang is skeptical about the Witch’s ghost being real , but once they see it for themselves will they believe in ghosts? Join the spooky adventurers as they try to solve the mystery of the Witch’s ghost!

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Fred, Daphne and Velma with Ben Ravencroft
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Picturesque Oakhaven! I’m ready for Fall… and food!

Why it is a fantastic Adventure: This movie is one that I view every October to get me into the Halloween and Fall spirit. The town of Oak Haven has a picturesque Massachusetts Fall setting: brown leaves, barren trees, a small Main Street where everyone knows everyone, and even a re-creation of a Puritan village. If you live in parts of the world where the weather doesn’t change much and Fall doesn’t really happen, this is a great way to get yourself and the kids in the proper Fall mindset.
Along the way, the gang meet a group of Gothic witches who are in the rock band, The Hex Girls. This trio provides a few songs in the movie (which are actually pretty good) and help keep the kids entertained through the somewhat plodding mystery story.
Scooby-Doo provides the majority of the movie’s laughs, whether he is scarfing down a gigantic sandwich, begging for Scooby Snacks, or trying to churn butter in the Puritan village. He also provides crucial entertainment value in a story that is somewhat dark for a kids’ Halloween adventure.
On that point, the ghost in this movie is real. She is not someone dressed up in a costume to be de-masked at the end. She has a real thirst for revenge and will do anything to get her way. She brings pumpkins to life and turns them into evil jack-o’-lanterns that try to eat Scooby and the gang.

The plot deals with witches, Wiccans and warlocks, and provides a safe introduction to the topic of real life witches- Wiccans -that you can elaborate on later if you so desire.
The mystery plot is a lot of fun and will keep your kids guessing until the end, especially since the witch turns out to be real (but who was behind the other part of the mystery, and why was the mayor being so suspicious?). There are plenty of eerie locations to keep up the Halloween vibe: abandoned mills, forests full of dead trees, a cabin shrouded in an eerie fog.

Overall, Scooby-Doo and the Witch’s Ghost is a great atmosphere setting movie with a fun mystery and a few teachable moments and imagination igniting ideas for your kids. Watch and get ready for Halloween!

Available to purchase on DVD from Amazon.com

The Hex Girls introduce your kids to great music and modern witches!
The Hex Girls introduce your kids to great music and modern witches!

My Top 5 Outdoor Halloween Decorations

As you now know, decorating is one of my favorite things about Halloween. Maybe you’re looking to add a little Halloween ambiance to your neighborhood. If you’re not, you should! Your goal should be to inspire your entire block to decorate for Halloween as thoroughly as possible! When I started decorating, my parents’ house was the only one on the block putting any effort into it. A few years later a couple of other houses got in the mix. Not quite total domination, but I’ll take it. In keeping with the theme of my blog, these decorations will be safe for the entire family!
All items available from Oriental Trading.

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Ghost Tree Hugger. Wrap this little guy around a tree, fence bush, etc. for simple and festive Halloween decor!

 

 

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Spider Pumpkin Push Ins. Have an extra pumpkin around that you didn’t carve? Stick these creepy spiders on them to  turn a plain pumpkin into something festive.

 

 

 

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Betty Bash the Crashing Witch. The classic! This is a great way to add a bit of humor to your Halloween decorations.

 

 

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Grim Reaper Carriage.  Don’t settle for just pumpkins and tree decorations. Erect this grim reaper in your yard and get the neighborhood’s attention!

 

 

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Color Changing Mummy. Set this guy down on the lawn, surrounded by some fake moss or soil and you have an instant eye-catching mummy emerging from your front lawn!

 

 

So, there you have it! Look for more outdoor decor ideas later this month!

SALE: Jeremy, the Jack-O’-Lantern

In preparation for Halloween, which is quickly approaching, my publisher and I have set a temporary discount on my children’s picture book, Jeremy, the Jack-o’-Lantern. Now through October 31st, save 15% off the cover price only at Lulu.com !

Get in the mood for Halloween and share this story with your kids, neighbors, friends, relatives, or anyone who enjoys Halloween!

 

Jeremy Cover 001What does a pumpkin think about being turned into a jack-o’-lantern? Join Jeremy as he goes from a small pumpkin on a vine to a delightfully wicked jack-o’-lantern! Go on a journey as Jeremy experiences Halloween for the first time!

 

 

Creepy and Safe Halloween Costumes

Trying to find the perfect Halloween costume for your kids? Tired of seeing the same unoriginal costumes? Here are a few girls and boys costumes that will stand out, but are still tasteful and safe for the entire family.
All costumes available from Oriental Trading.
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Polka Dot Monster. Have your little girl be the star of the monster’s ball (if there were such a thing). This monster costume is both cute and functional, with lots of coverage to keep your little one warm.

 

 

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Spider Princess. Spiders are always creepy and a perfect Halloween costume idea. Get this twist on a spider costume and turn your daughter into a delightfully scary princess.

 

 

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Vampiress of Versailles.
Looking to spend a little more and get fancy? Look no further than this Victorian era vampires costume. Style and elegance with Halloween flair!

 

 

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Evil Warlock.
This costume is the perfect blend of spooky yet family friendly. Give your son an option besides being a superhero this year!

 

 

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Gate Keeper. Another great alternative to the mass of super hero costumes. Still creepy enough for Halloween without being over the top scary. Plus, every boy wants to be a skeleton!

 

 

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Vampire of Versailles. The boys’ version of the Versailles vampire costumes. If you have a boy and a girl, this would certainly be classy, creepy costume set! Besides, vampires are in, right?

Halloween Candy Review: Oozing 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.

AAAADIqMLOQAAAAAAdnpKAToday’s Halloween candy review is for Oozing Eyeballs!
The packaging stands out as somewhat sickening. I mean who really wants to eat an eyeball? Kids, do! Of course, they will be grossed out for a few minutes by looking at the picture on the wrapper, but that is all part of the excitement and adventure of Halloween night!
7Once you get the package open, however, there is a bit of a disappointment factor. The artwork on the outside does not resemble the product inside. It is simply a plain white marshmallow puff filled with a flavored candy gel inside. No designs on the marshmallow themselves, just plain white. However, just the idea of eating an eyeball is sickening enough that most will hesitate to pop it in their mouths. The taste is a squishy, gooey sensation that would probably be a lot like eating a real eyeball with sugar poured all over it.
If you’ve ever had Gushers fruit snacks, the taste and gooeyness is similar.

The candy comes in multiple flavors, and is available from Oriental Trading.

 

 

5 Halloween Craft Ideas

What’s more fun than making things with your kids? Well, okay, there’s that. But, trust, me, this will be fun! 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.
Add a little homemade decor to your home or front yard with these five easy craft ideas.

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Halloween Ghost Jugs. Everyone has milk cartons, right? This has to be one of the easiest and effective crafts I have seen. All you need to do is cut the bottom out of the jug, use a sharpie to draw a face and stick them on top of a strand of lights for an eerie ghost-like effect.

 

 

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Spider Pops. go to any craft store, like Micheal’s, pick up some little eyeballs, black fuzzy ropes, glue and Tootsie Pops. Spend some time with your kids and get them away from the TV for a bit.

 

 
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Halloween Family Foot-Ghost Portrait. Another easy craft and family bonding time! (Thanks, kidsactivitiesblog.com)

 

 

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Q-Tip Skeleton.
This one is pretty straightforward. Q-Tips, black construction paper and glue! Best of all, your kids can use their imaginations and get creative with designing the skeletons’ faces!

 

 

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Egg Carton Bat. Simply cut portions of an egg carton in threes. Cut the end pieces to resemble wings. Paint it black. Stick on some of those small eyes you have leftover from your spiders! Add a string or ribbon to the top for hanging.