Posts Tagged ‘Halloween’
A Halloween decoration that is super easy to make and under $10?
Yes! This centerpiece took about 10 min. to put together. You do have to wait for the paint to dry but that didn’t take very long either.
You will need:
- Tree branches (free! I cut some from the tree in my front yard)
- black spray paint ($2.99 I bought a small ‘short cuts’ can)
- Glittered paint ($1.99)
- Cylinder Vase($1 from The Dollar Tree)
- Bag of Candy Corn (about $2)
Cut the tree branches and arrange in the vase to make sure you like how they look. Trim them as necessary.
Arrange the branches on old newspaper, OUTSIDE. Spray them with the black spray paint.
When spray paint is dry, brush on the glitter paint using a sponge brush. When the branches are dry arrange them in the vase and pour in the candy corn.
This year we managed to fit a whole lot of Halloween festivities into about a week. Little sister arriving on the 9th of October made it difficult but we were still able to make the costumes, visit the pumpkin patch, carve Jack O’ Lanterns, attend the Squadron costume parade, hit a Halloween party, and go Trick or Treating. Actually, the only thing I forgot was the Pumpkin Pie…but don’t worry, I’m making one today Of course, if my mom and sister hadn’t come out to help we never would’ve been able to do all of that and I am absolutely exhausted and so glad that it is now November, but it was worth it because of all the fun the P’s had!
This year we visited Bates Nut Farm where the kids found their way through the staw maze, took a hayride, and of course picked out the perfect pumpkin.
On Halloween, the P’s enjoyed painting their ‘baby’ pumpkins and carving their big pumpkins. P1 aked for her’s to have a scarry face. Once we were finished with the carving we toasted up the seeds. They LOVE them as a snack.
The costumes that they chose for this year were ‘Strawberry Shortcake Berry Fest Princess’ and a ‘Race Car’. I put freckles on P1′s nose to look like strawberry shortcake and of course P2 wanted something on his face too so I got out the face paints and did a lighting bolt and the #95 to match his car.
All of the infant costumes were too big for the little Princess, who is 3 weeks old, so I pulled out the Cardinal’s Cheerleader outfit that was P1′s. Couldn’t let her go out for her first Trick or Treat without a costume!
The P’s had a blast! Bubba got the crap scared out of him a few times (we had no idea our neighborhood decorated so elaborately for Halloween) but the buket of candy made up for it!
Of course, as soon as I took this picture he refused to wear his costume and went Trick or Treating in his sweats. And, halfway through P1 decided her wig was too itchy and took that off too. Oh well, at least I got the pictures!
The SITS girls (an awesome online group of ALL FEMALE bloggers that are there to support one another, give advice, etc.) have done it again. This weekend they have prompted all of the members to post about Halloween and today we are reminiscing on Halloween’s past. And there is a fabulous incentive to do so, other than showing off our favorite Halloween Costumes…they are giving away a Cannon Rebel T2i to one lucky winner!
2008 was the first year that P1 was old enough to chose her own costume and was also the first year that I started making their costumes. The best part about making costumes is that they can use their imagination and become whatever it is their heart desires. She delightfully declared she wanted to be a “PINK Mermaid” for Halloween. In keeping with the theme I decided to turn P2 into a Starfish!
For this year’s Halloween costume Peyton decided early on she want to be ‘Tinkerbell with a Tutu’! Easy enough, right?
I have two sisters and every year my Mom would make our costumes…they were wonderful! We could dress up in anything we could imagine and she would make it for us! Well, when my mom gave me her 20+ year old sewing machine a couple of years ago I knew then and there I would be carrying on the tradition of crafting and sewing my Children’s dreams!
I used one of Too Tutu Cute’s handmade tutus, of course, for the skirt of the costume. For the shirt, I bought a white Hane’s girls camisole shirt and died it green using Tulip fabric die. And for the shoes, I bought white satin ballet slippers and also died them green. I then covered them in permanent fabric glue and sprinkled green glitter on them. To finish them off I glued big white fluff balls on the toe! The only part I ‘cheated’ on are the wings. I ordered the Light-Up Tinkerbell Wings from Disneystore.com.
So, I decided last year that plain old trick-or-treating just isn’t enough for my little ones on Halloween. I thought, instead, add pre-party to the fun and this year we will have a house full of 20 kids, and their parents, all 5 and under to celebrate before we head out around the neighborhood. Here are some simple things you can do to throw a Halloween party for your ghouls and goblins:
I have opted for mostly snacks and appetizers, staying clear of too many deserts, all with a Halloween theme. Pilsbury and Betty Crocker both have easy, fun appetizer and dinner recipes on their websites.
An fun idea for the kids is to let them decorate their own sugar cookies. Set up a table (we are putting ours outside to avoid a mess) and place sugar cookie cutouts, along with bowls of different colored icings, plastic utensils, and fun sprinkles out. The kids will have a blast making and eating their own creations.
On the same table we will be making marshmallow spiders…a couple marshmallows for the body, pretzel sticks for the legs, and some chocolate chips for the eyes!
‘Haunt’ your house without making it too scary for the little ones…One of the best Ideas I’ve found is using black trash bags to make ‘haunted curtains’!
Another easy and inexpensive idea is spiderwebs! Instead of the usual putting them on the front porch, this year I brought them inside as well. I put them on everything! Every picture and wall hanging is covered!
The last of the main decorations I have used is Halloween Garland…banasters, book shelves, doorways, drape it everywhere! I found this cute pumpkin one at Target
Add some balck streamers to the ceiling and a couple black lights to floor and table lamps and you are ready to go!
I’ll let you know how the party turns out!