Halloween Costume Help?We are having a halloween costume contest at my work and have to do a theme for our department. However, we are having a little trouble coming up with an original idea for 5 girls and 1 guy.
A Night of Friendly FrightHalloween - an opportunity for family and friends to get together and have some fun. There are some inexpensive but fun ways to enjoy the spookiest night of the year, no matter the age. Whether young or old, have fun, make memories, and enjoy food and friendship.
Read Arleen's article for great ideas for your Halloween activities.
Sizing Down a Costume for a ChildWhen you are sizing down a costume for a child, have them try on the costume for fitting inside out and with the shoes (if any) they will be wearing with the costume. After they have the costume on (still inside out) mark where the seams for the intake will be.
Gross, Yucky, Creepy Halloween Recipes?My kids are having a Halloween party this year. I was hoping that someone might have some gruesome, gory, or creepy food recipes. I have looked at several sites but it seems that most have the same ones over and over again...
Delaine in GA
Ghost CupcakesMake the recipe for your favorite cupcakes. Get one can of whipped topping, it has to be in the can. Put a glob of whipped cream on top and curl the end.
Halloween Party Refreshments?I have a request concerning ideas for Halloween parties. I have all the decorations and all planned. I just need some good ideas as far as refreshments are concerned. The more disgusting and gross or creepy the better.
Homemade Halloween Make-upAn easy Halloween Make-Up recipe.
Halloween Game for None But the Brave!Guests sit in a circle on floor, lights are out except for the flashlight that the narrator reads by. Have each item to be passed around in a separate bowl. Guest will pick up the item, put it back in the bowl, then pass to the next person.
Light Your Pumpkin With Twinkle LightsAfter you have carved your halloween Jack o'lantern light him up with a set of twinkle lights set inside. You can use the battery operated kind or cut a hole low in the back and run the cord thru to the outlet.
Halloween Costume Ideas for AdultsHere are a couple of grown up costume ideas that are fairly cheap. "Devil with a blue dress" (for you rock and rollers.) Last year I wore a blue dress I'd already had with devil horns and tail I picked up on sale for 1.99 and everyone loved it!
Witches' HatsSqueeze a one inch circle of cheese in center of each cracker. Top with a corn snack. Makes as many as you like.
Mini MummiesThese easy appetizers will make a fun addition to any Halloween party. Try them with your favorite mustard, hot sauce or catsup.
Teach Your Child Halloween Safety,Before going trick or treating, go over the rules with your
children. Because it's an exciting night and emotions can
affect clear thinking and "remembering," go over them
Hair-Raising Recipes!Whip up some yummies! A cut above eye-of-newt, these treats satisfy even the harshest party critics.
Costume Treasure Chest at Clearance PricesWell, Halloween is fast approaching and soon it will be all over but the belly aches. Start thinking now about those Clearance sales that will have those pricey costumes discounted to practically nothing.
A Frightfully Good TimeIt's almost Halloween - the days are slipping past, but they too can be a lot of fun - all leading up to a great family/friend time for all.
Simmering Witches Pot CenterpieceSet a paint can on the table and cover with black cloth. Sprinkle with silver glitter and plastic spiders. Put the cauldron on top of the can and fill with the Mt. Dew black and a small piece of the dry ice. When serving add orange sherbet. This looks sick but doesn't taste that bad. As the new Mt. Dew is grape.
Halloween Costume Ideas for CouplesFinding couples Halloween Costumes has always been a challenge! Over the last few years I have seen many different ones at Halloween parties. To give you a few ideas I have about 80 here.
Sparkle Shoes for Girl's Halloween Costume (or dress up)Don't waste money buying them at a store. Make your own. I did last year (red ones for a Dorothy costume) and they held up well.
Healthy Treats for Halloween?I'm looking for healthy treats for Halloween. Because of things needing to be wrapped or tamper proof and wanting to give something nutritious, I'm at a loss what to give out.
Mummies MixMix all ingredients together and serve in a trick or treat bucket. Be creative and add anything that sounds good!
Casper Ghost Eye DecorationsMy nephew and I love Casper. So, for Halloween we would decorate with Casper eyes all over the house. The most unexpected places the better.
Witchy HandsPlace one piece of candy corn, pointed side out into clear gloves. Fill the rest with the popcorn or caramel corn (green is best). Tie with yarn or festive Halloween ribbon. Serve to those special ghosts and goblins.
Halloween Pumpkin Dyed EggsReal cute to serve on Halloween morning at breakfast and for school lunches. My own idea!
Halloween LuminariasThrough the cold nights of fall and winter, luminaria are beautiful lining walkways, garden paths and sitting on porches -- particularly on Halloween.
Jelly Bean CostumeA cute inexpensive Halloween costume is to get two large pieces of plastic, large enough to cover your body front and back (furniture stores are great places to get this) or use a large clear garbage bag. Tape the bottom and side edges together, but leave openings for your arms and legs. Leave the top open.Blow up assorted colors of balloons and fill the bag. Step into the bag, putting your legs and arms through the openings, then tape top edges together but leave your head out. You are a bag of jelly beans!!
Pumpkin Plants for Halloween TreatsI'm giving out tiny pots of planted pumpkin seeds this Halloween.
Last year, I saved the seeds from pumpkins when making jack-o-lanterns and dried them. We roasted and ate some, planted others in our vegetable garden and saved the rest.
Carving Those PumpkinsAre you ready to carve those pumpkins? You may have already but with Halloween landing on a Sunday this year there is always time to do more.
Here are some sites with lots of information on pumpkin carving:
Really Quick Halloween CostumeGo to Office Max and get a pack of the "Hello, My Name is __________" stickers. Fill them out with various names and put all over your clothing.
Homemade Pumpkin Mix from Scratch?My husband and I bought some extra pumpkins for this Halloween season. We carved one but will use the other others to eat. Of course we'll roast the seeds.
Getting Spooked! for HalloweenI have no idea who started this (kind of the point) but last night the doorbell rings and I open the door. I find a white balloon with a ghosts face markered on it. Tied to it is a tiny basket filled with candy and two papers. One is to put on my door that says, "We been Spooked!" with a picture of a ghost.
Directions for Craft Foam Candy Corn Decoration?I am looking for directions for a Halloween wall or door decoration that used craft foam. It was three different sized "candy corn" triangles made with strips going across of white, orange, and yellow craft foam just like real candy corn. Each candy corn had a face with a black craft foam smiling mouth and black and white jiggly eyes from a craft store.
Last Minute Halloween CostumeLast minute Halloween costume: Use a marker to write on an old t-shirt. I AM A _________(cat, pumpkin, puppy... If you can, draw a stick figure on the back, and a few whiskers on the child's face. Call it minimalist!
Halloween Bags From Clearance ItemsFor next years Halloween bags use on sale Halloween printed material to make little pillowcase loot bags to carry candy in, or make smaller rectangular ones to give candy out in. Most fabrics are on sale now for $1 or less and one yard will make several bags.
Making CostumesWhen making a costume, I have found the best place to get strange clothes is the Thrift Stores, and also have a husband willing to dress up in anything you buy. Enjoy the picture!
Lamb CostumeI saw a sweet little Halloween costume yesterday. It was a lamb costume. She'd used a black long sleeved bodysuit and glued white pompoms on the belly and made ears with a plastic hair band covered in black felt and hot glued ears with black, white, and pink felt.
Savannah in Tomboy CostumeLast year I found it hard to make a costume for my daughter Savannah. So I gathered together some of my oldest son clothing. I dressed her like a Tom Boy. Take a look.
Voodoo on the Bayou Themed Party?I am planning a Voodoo on the Bayou - Romp in the Swamp party for my daughter's 12th birthday. Any ideas or suggestions would be welcomed. I am going to shy away from the evil aspect of Voodoo, and concentrate on things like "Love Potions", palm reading, etc...
Beaded Magic WandInstructions for making a beaded magic wand.
Terrific Beaded TiaraMake a beautiful beaded tiara for your little princess.
Soda Can Costume?I am looking for a pattern or idea to make a group Halloween costume. We want to go as a six pack of soda. We are thinking of using thick foam for the can and lid, but have no idea what to use for the plastic rings.
Homemade Policeman and Knight Costumes?My two boys (ages 6 & 4) want to be a policeman and a knight for Halloween. Do you have any ideas on how I can pull this off with materials around the house. I am not a great seamstress.
Fairy WandHere is an easy wand to make for a Halloween costume.
Chinese Take Out Costume?My hubby and I are thinking of dressing up as Chinese Take out for Halloween. We bought the round hats that point at the top but now are trying to be creative on the rest of the outfit to create. We have seen some websites that show a fortune cookie made from a pillow wrapped around the body, and cardboard box turned into a take out box. Any other good suggestions for this one? We are going to a party and really want it to be a hit.
"Ghoul-Ade" For HalloweenMix Kool Aid's together with sugar, in large pitcher. Add water and mix. Just before serving, add ginger ale.
Homemade Spooky Halloween SoundsBefore they were on the market for sale, my family and I would make our own spooky sounding tapes to be played during Trick or Treat hours on Halloween.
M&M Halloween CostumeBuy material big enough to make a big circle, front and back, with solid color material. Allowing neck hole, arm holes & a way of putting it on. Sew or mark a big "M" on the front.
Using Pumpkins as Decorations All MonthI buy my Halloween pumpkins at the beginning of October to sit out on our porch. Instead of carving them right away, knowing they won't last until the end of the month, I take a black Sharpie marker and draw the eyes, nose, and mouth and color them in, then sit it outside.
Save Ads for Halloween CostumesThis time of year, you get all the sale ads for halloween costumes; save them!
Yummy Mummies PizzasYou no longer have to fear what is behind those ancient bandages because the truth has been revealed, mummies are yummy!
Edible Halloween BugsGreat little Halloween bugs made from candy, vanilla wafers and pretzels.
Halloween Cheese CakeGreat recipe for a kid's Halloween party.
Mini Pumpkin TartsThese no bake mini pumpkin tarts are a delicious treat to whip up for your next holiday party.
Handmade Hobo CostumeHandmade costumes are fun. They can dress like a hobo with a stick and bandana item...
Lightweight Mummy Halloween Decoration?My place of work has a door decorating contest every year. This year, my office is planning on entering. We are in need of suggestions on how to make a lightweight mummy, so that we can suspend it from the top of the door frame. Any idea of what materials we could use that would be lightweight and cheap?
Pumpkin Carving TipsHalloween is right around the corner. This page contains some Jack O'Lantern carving tips and resources. Feel free to post your own tips.
Candied ApplesMakes 8 candied apples.
Trick or Treating BagA white pillow case (or any old one will do) works really well for trick or treating...
Flower Garden CostumeI needed a fast and inexpensive Halloween costume and my daughter wanted to be a 'flower garden'. So off to the thrift store we went, where we bought a green adult size M sweatshirt, which I cut at the sleeves. And some green stretch pants.
Make Your Own Halloween Costumes?Tips and Ideas for Making Your Own Halloween Costumes. Post Your Ideas.
Turtle Costume for a BabyTrying to find an inexpensive costume for a 7 month old can be hard. I had this idea to make our son Nathan a turtle costume.
Autumn or Halloween Party Table DecorFor a festive touch at your next Halloween or autumn party, hollow out some mini pumpkins...
Easy Ghost CostumeFor a last minute costume idea, dont forget the good old plain white sheet ghost costume.
Face Painting Ideas for CostumesDo an internet search for face painting ideas. Last year I found a great fleece lion costume for $5.
Pumpkin PotsPumpkin pots add personality and charm to Halloween and Thanksgiving décor. If you make them in September, you can add soil and seeds so they will be overflowing with fragrant herbs, just in time for holiday cooking.
Washing Detergent CostumeSix Halloween costumes to come up with yearly and wanting to never repeat one was quite a challenge. One of the cutest and easiest, was a box of detergent that was overflowing with suds. Instructions included.
Gold Digger and Sugar Daddy CostumeFor the woman, wearing black pants and black sweater, using a 3 inch wide yellow ribbon, I made a "Miss America" type banner, and put sticky letters on it saying "GOLD DIGGER" ...
Making Masks and Halloween CostumesMy children love to create their own costume's mask for Halloween. I buy foam craft sheets, self sticking cut outs, glitter and glue. Any items in the craft area or around the house works.
Halloween Snack MixGreat for a Halloween Party or to package in individual goodie bags for a school party or bake sale.
Homemade Fake BloodPlace the corn syrup into a bowl and mix in some hot water, add a little at a time until your have a nice consistency (not too runny, not too lumpy)
Green Slime CakeCombine all the cake ingredients in a large bowl and beat until well blended...
Spooky Spider TreatsIn a small saucepan over low heat, melt chips.
Stir until smooth...
Caramel Apple Dessert SquaresMix bisquick and sugar in medium bowl. Slowly pour in milk and mix until blended ...
Googly Eye CakeDecorate the cake using the round candies and the decorative icing with the thin tip. Place two round candies side by side and affix smaller candies to the front using icing.
Wormy Gelatin (Halloween Recipe)To unmold, dip pie plate in warm water for 15 seconds then gently loosen edges with moistened fingers...
Costume Ideas for Someone Who Loves Fantasy and Computer Games?I'm at my wits end. You see my brother cant decide what costume to wear for halloween. We all have it figured out besides him and as the 31st is getting closer its giving us less time to get a costume together. Plus we're getting ready to put our house on the market on november 1st so we also don't have to much money.
Dracula's Blood Bank PieStir lemonade and condensed milk until blended...
Orange Pumpkin Shaped Cookies?Does anyone have a recipe for those orange colored jack o lantern shaped cookies that they sell at the grocery store this time of year? I think they are just sugar cookies. A recipe would be great, I would prefer not to buy them.
Toxic Waste Punch (Halloween Recipe)Slowly pour the soda around the sides of the sherbet. The soda will lift the Kool-Aid leaving delightful color streaks and sour flavors...
Paint Pumpkins with Acrylic PaintPaint your pumpkins with Acrylic paint. Lightly trace face you want on pumpkin and then paint with acrylic paint. When dry spray lightly several times with acrylic spray to protect from damp weather.
Skull CupcakesReally frighten your guests into hunger with these delicious skull cupcakes...
Skeleton Costume IdeaTake an old black sweat suit and paint bones on it with white paint...
X-Ray Machine Costume IdeaFor a variation on the skeleton costume, paint the rib cage of a skeleton on a black t-shirt.
"Bun in the Oven" CostumeIf you are pregnant this Halloween, get a big box, like one that a TV or microwave comes in, cut holes for your head, and arms leaving the bottom open so you can have lots of room for your legs. Make sure to get one that will go below your belly...
Halloween Bowling GameI made these bowling pins out of empty 24 oz. pop bottles. I used clear and green bottles. Any sized bottle will work.
Bag of Garbage Costume IdeaCut holes in the bottom of a large garbage bag for legs and two holes in the side of the bag for arms...
Grapes Costume IdeaGet a purple sweat suit and attach a bunch of purple balloons to it so it looks like a bunch of grapes.
Homemade "Deviled Egg" CostumeI made this costume in about an hour. I already had the devil horns, tail, and pitchfork. The egg is made from an old sheet, yellow craft foam, 2 hangers, some hot glue, and very little sewing.
Trick or Treating TipsA parent or adult should always accompany younger children...
TV Costume IdeaGet large cardboard box and cut out the bottom for your legs and three holes for your arms and head...
Ninja Costume IdeaAll you need is black pants, black shirt, black shoes and a black sash to wear as a belt...
Dracula Costume Ideas?I am looking for ideas for making a Dracula costume for my husband. I bought the teeth, but would like to do the rest as cheaply as possible. Any ideas would be great.
Accompany Your Children Trick or TreatingIt sounds so simple and yet so few parents do it. ACCOMPANY your children around your neighbourhood. Not only does it keep them safe, it allows you to meet new neighbours and to promote goodwill with in your area.
Ghost Party FavorsMake little ghost favors using a whole walnut for the head and a double Kleenex for the "sheet" and tie thin orange and black ribbons around the neck. Use a fine marker for eyes and mouth.
Mini Spider CupcakesMini spider cupcakes made with M&Ms. Make these cute mini cupcakes as a delicious Halloween treat!
Ideas for Halloween Party DecorationsDrape white sheets over all the furniture and windows. It looks like a haunted house and a much more realistic and fun decoration than store-bought paper decorations. Add candles in old fashioned holders on top of covered tables, and a few hidden flashlights to provide creepy uplighting. . .
Pumpkin Vase as CenterpieceThis is what we did for a center piece for Halloween. We carved out the inside and put flowers inside of it. It does last for about 2 weeks.
Letter to Grandma CostumeMy daughter, Mackenzie didn't want to be "just like everyone else for Halloween". So, I let her pick...we went to my fabric cabinet and she said "Mom, I want to be a "letter".
Halloween Centerpiece with Miniature ScenesPut miniature scenes inside a carveable foam pumpkin and make a nice centerpiece.
Ruby (Rottweiler)Ruby is a 6 year old Rottweiler. Ruby's owner died a few weeks ago. We are fostering her until her new owners come to get her, which will be this weekend!
Here she is dressed as a Detroit Red Wings hockey fan.
Using Pumpkin Carving KitsWhen using those pumpkin carving kits that poke holes for you to carve over, rub some flour over the holes to make them more visible to you.
Halloween Safety TipsSome great before, during and after Halloween Safety Tips. Many you may know but here's a really complete list of what you need to know to have a safe and happy Halloween.