Showing posts with label Halloween. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Halloween. Show all posts

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Ice Cream Jack-o-lantern Faces

If you're like me, I have to steer clear of the Halloween candy aisles all throughout the month of October.  I have no self control.  All of that chocolate on sale...dangerous!  I love making Halloween treats with my kids.  This year we decided to make ice cream jack-o-lantern faces.

Each of my kids got a scoop of orange ice cream.  I then gave each of my kids a handful of chocolate chips and let them go to town making faces and designs in their ice cream.  Such a simple treat, but the kids loved it!

For fun, I thought I'd share some of the faces my kids make when it's time to carve jack-o-lanterns.  We have "utter disgust" brought to you by Goofy.  Princess is making "sheer nastiness."

Bud's face says, "Gross!  Gross!  Gross!"  Don't worry, they all got past the initial disgust at the slimy pumpkin insides.

 Can you guess whose is whose?

Did you get it right?

Let your kids make some ice cream jack-o-lantern faces of their own. They will "eat it up!"

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Monday, January 25, 2016

It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown - Halloween Decorations

As I was flipping through my blog, I realized that somehow I had forgotten to post about Halloween.  This is a crime!!!  How could I have forgotten my favorite holiday?!  This Halloween was especially great.  I got to wear a costume that I have ALWAYS wanted to wear (a post about that to come later).  I am particularly proud of how my yard decorations turned out.  The theme this year was: It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown.  Who doesn't love Charlie Brown?  This movie is a classic!

I created 3 of the characters from the It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown movie: Lucy, Charlie Brown (of course), and Pigpen.
To make our friendly ghosts I needed:
  • Sheets of white fabric
  • Tomato cages
  • Foam balls for the heads
  • Paper bags
  • Safety pins
  • Black felt
  • Scissors
  • A hot glue gun
  • White Christmas lights
  • Pipe cleaner
  • Black Sharpie marker
  • A foam mask and witch hat for Lucy 
First, I attached the Christmas lights to the tomato cages using pipe cleaner.  I tied the top of the

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Doctor Who-loween

To those of you who are going to Salt Lake Comic Con - I am EXTREMELY jealous!  What I wouldn't give for a glimpse of Matt Smith, or touch the T.A.R.D.I.S., or just to mingle with my fellow nerds.  *Sigh!*  I will try to get over it (but it is going to be REALLY hard).

If you can't tell by my picture, I am a die-hard Doctor Who fan.  What you are looking at in the picture above is my front door last Halloween (2014).  Yep.  I love decorating my house around a different theme each year.  What better theme for Halloween than Doctor Who?  The weeping angels alone give me nightmares.  Seriously.

I wanted to share my Doctor Who-loween decorations for those of you who need party/Halloween ideas (and to forget my Comic Con sorrows).

Let's start with the crack in the wall.  I used a roll of white vinyl and hand-drew the crack in the wall.  I cut out the letters using my Cricut machine.  I had never cut vinyl with it before and it worked like a dream.  My kids had to get in on the picture taking action.

These are the starting stages of my outdoor decorations.  I really loved my crack in the wall on the garage door.  You can also see my T.A.R.D.I.S. front door.  To make the T.A.R.D.I.S. I used a blue, plastic tablecloth.  I printed out the words for the door and drew some windows onto two sheets of white paper.  It was so easy (and did I mention dirt-cheap)!

Okay, here is the door nearing the final stages.  I wanted to show it in the daylight so you could see how I put it together.  I knew from the start that I wanted the T.A.R.D.I.S. to look like it was flying through space.  To do this, I painted some black garbage bags with white and glow-in-the-dark paint.  I also cut styrofoam balls in half and spray painted them to create worlds.

Here's a closer look at "space" so you can see what I'm talking about.  I hung everything up using stucco tape.  (I tried many tapes and this worked best on the stucco.  Just be prepared to re-adjust throughout the month.  Wind is not your friend - trust me.)  

Here's a shot of it in my black light.  I really like my Doctor silhouettes with orange lights behind them.  (The ghost has nothing to do with Doctor Who - we were BOO'ed.  In case you were wondering.)  

I'll get in some more pictures of the AWESOME (if I do say so myself) front door.  But first, let's turn our attention to my second story windows.  I bought 3 large sheets of black foam board from the dollar store.  I hand-drew a Silent, Dalek, and Cyberman.  After putting some orange lights behind them here is what they looked like.  (Please forgive the poor picture quality - I took these with my cellphone.)  These were such a fun statement piece for the windows.

Here is the Cyberman in another window.  You will be upgraded!

Both windows.

Back to the front door.  These decorations were, as Nine would say, "Fantastic!"  I never wanted to take them down.

The neighbor kids loved it!  Not only did they feel like they were in space, but their costumes glowed in the black light as well.  Win-win!

One more shot of the front door.  Oooo Weee Oooo!

And just for fun - here is my Amy Pond costume.  Geronimo!

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Saturday, January 17, 2015

Purple People Eater Mix

"It was a one-eye, one-horn flying, purple people eater!"  I remember loving this song as kid.  (Who am I kidding?  I love it even now.)  After listening to it on Pandora, I had a sudden urge to make a purple people eater-themed treat (as if there isn't way too much junk food around during Halloween).
I used a the basic recipe for Christmas Crack.  It is caramel-y goodness in your mouth!  Basically, I used things that I already had around the house and it worked out beautifully.

I put some in a cup for Bud.

Bud approves!

Purple People Eater Mix
6-8 c Honey Nut Cheerios
1 1/2 c butter
2 c sugar
2 c corn syrup
neon purple food coloring (or mix red and blue; I just happened to have neon purple)
2 c marshmallows
1 bag chocolate chips
black and orange sprinkles

Measure out your Honey Nut Cheerios and put them onto a lightly sprayed cookie sheet.  In a large sauce pan cook butter, sugar, and corn syrup to soft ball stage (about 230 degrees on a candy thermometer).  Add food coloring to your desired color.  Pour over the cereal.  If the mix is too sticky add more Honey Nut Cheerios.  Mix with a wooden spoon until all of the Cheerios are covered.  Let cool.  When completely cooled, add marshmallows, chocolate chips, and sprinkles.  Enjoy!

My hubby thought that it was going to be fruit-flavored due to the purple coloring.  Have fun throwing people off!

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Friday, January 16, 2015

Grab the Ghost

When I was little my mom would make ghost suckers for my siblings and me.  They were a favorite Halloween treat.  Naturally, I wanted to carry on the tradition with my kids.

I let each of my kids cover the sucker with a tissue and tied it off with yarn.  Then, they used a Sharpie marker to add the eyes and mouth.  Easy enough!

Before they could have their sucker we played a couple rounds of grab the ghost.

How to Play:
Tie a long string to the sucker and gave each child a paper cup.
Place the sucker on the floor while holding onto the other end of the string.
Drag it all over the house while the kids try to catch it with their cup.  If they trap it they can eat it.

We haven't had that much giggling and sliding around on the floor in a long time.  Who knew something so simple could be so much fun?!

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Masking Tape Mummies

While browsing on Pinterest I came across these masking tape mummies.  I thought they were pretty cute, but I wanted to personalize them a little more for my kids.

I printed off black and white pictures of my kids.  You could print them directly onto cardstock.  I glued mine to some cardstock and then cut them out.  Give each child their own little picture.  Let them put masking tape all over.

They will love having their own, personalized mummy.

My kids decided they wanted their mummies to have scary eyes.  I let them use markers to add the finishing touches on their mummies.  These little guys followed my kids everywhere they went that day.

Do you have a favorite Halloween craft?  Leave a comment or a link to your craft below!

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