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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.

 

English muffin pizzas with strips of cheese and olive eyes.

Yummy Mummies PizzasYou no longer have to fear what is behind those ancient bandages because the truth has been revealed, mummies are yummy!

 

A plate of mini pumpkin tarts.

Mini Pumpkin TartsThese no bake mini pumpkin tarts are a delicious treat to whip up for your next holiday party.

 

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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.

 

A fall floral display inside a pumpkin vase.

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.

 

Kids trick or treating on Halloween.

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.

 

Butterfly Kids Costume

Victoria the ButterflyThis is 8 month old Victoria, trick or treating at Grandma and Grandpa's house. She is a pretty pink butterfly.

 

Jack-Orange-Lantern

Jack-Orange-LanternThis is a cute and easy way to display your oranges for Halloween. Plus it makes the orange easy to peel.

 

Bat cupcake

Bat Cup CakesThese Bat Cup Cakes are super easy and quick if you use Hostess Cupcakes like I did. You also could make similar bats with your own cupcakes.

 

Beautifully carved pumpkins

Pumpkin Carving CollectionEach year my husband adds a couple of carvings to his collection. We light the pumpkins each evening during the month of October. I really wish all of you could bring your children and grandchildren by to see them.

 

A mini pumpkin on a flashlight.

Mini Pumpkin Flashlight LanternPerfect for Tricker or Treating in the dark with young ones and a fantastic craft for the family to make. A illuminated that glows with its grinning face.

 

Finished fingers.

Ghost Finger PenThese pens are sure to spook your friends. Great to send with kids to school, use at a party for writing games or as the pen for your guest book.

 

Halloween Bat Sock Puppet

Halloween Bat Sock PuppetTake black sparkle felt (or foam or reg felt) and cut out two bat wings and 2 little ears. I made a template out of regular paper before I cut into the felt. Glue wings so sparkle side is facing front.

 

Halloween Alternatives

Halloween AlternativesWhat if you don't celebrate Halloween, but your kids want to dress up? Or maybe you'd rather to do a bit more on the educational side rather than simply buy a costume. Here are some ideas from my school and friends.

 

Juice pouch purse.

Orange Jammer Purse For HalloweenTake 3 jammers and sew together side by side 4 times. Then take 2 jammers and sew on top of each other 2 times for the sides. Sew three more on top of each other for the bottom.

 

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pumpkin seeds

Pumpkin Recycling (To Roast or Not to Roast!)Peter Piper Picked a Profoundly Plump Pumpkin - Now what does he do with it?Try using this versatile squash in many ways.

 

Spiders made from plastic bags for your yard.

Yard SpidersWe had just cleaned out grapevines in the backyard, so I thought, I should make something. Spiders came to mind for Halloween. I cut the lengths I wanted, nailed them to a piece of 2x4 and stuffed a black trashbag and nailed it on top. Glitter for the eyes. Large spiders in the yard, spoooky.

 

Painted Plastic Pumpkins

Refurbish Old Plastic Pumpkins With PaintRecycle your old faded plastic pumpkins with a new coat of paint and a little glitter. Acrylic paint works best for indoor and outdoor use.

 

Child dressed as a taco.

Saving Money on Halloween CostumesAs fast as children grow, they outgrow their clothes fast, usually meaning less money in your wallet. Before this Halloween, either shop for gently used Halloween costumes either at yard sales, or your local thrift stores before buying a costume at a retail store. It is much cheaper than renting one or buying one.

 

Decoupage pumpkin luminaries.

Spooky LuminariesConstruction paper and modge podge are all it takes to transform ordinary glass jars into a spooky Halloween setting.

 

A flower or sun pattern carved into a pumpkin.

Selecting and Carving Pumpkins for HalloweenBefore you select your pumpkins, decide on your carving design and your Halloween decorating goals. Do you need several pumpkins of a uniform size to line your walkway or a trio of pumpkins to create a display on your porch? Make a list of your needs before you go shopping so you can select pumpkins in the sizes and shapes that best fit with your decorating plan.

 

A pair of jeans painted with a Halloween scene from Charlie Brown.

Halloween Painted JeansTransform those old jeans/overalls/skirts, etc into Holiday Wear. With this EASY Project for lasting results of enjoyment. All you need is a scene of your choice (here I did The Peanuts Gang with Charlie Brown receiving his bag of rocks).

 

Painted gourds on sticks in yard.

Halloween Yard DecorationsDrill large hole in bottom of coconut (or gourd) and drain out any liquid. Paint half the coconut/gourd with a base coat of any color paint. Let dry and then paint on the faces in black.

 

Halloween Taffy and Candy Corn

Frugal Trick or TreatingI don't get a whole lot of kids at my house for Halloween but rest assured I am fully prepared! :) There are a few things you can do to save money on candy:

 

kids at pumpkin patch

Take a Trip to the Pumpkin PatchHere are some links to a few pumpkin patches. Pumpkin Patches are great not only for pumpkins but other fall crops as well. If you have one near you, please post it in the feedback and we'll add it to the list.

 

Craft Halloween

Pumpkin WreathRecycle old wire hangers and make a beautiful pumpkin wreath with your children. All that is needed are orange and green pipe cleaners and paper.

 

Plastic pumpkin place settings.

Trick Or Treat Place SettingThese cute pumpkins make perfect decorations for any Halloween party. They can be used as favors or as place setting gifts. Just remember to fill them full of yummy candy!

 

Max's First Halloween

Max's First HalloweenMy adorable little Grandson Max, getting ready to celebrate his first Halloween! He is taking after his Daddy in his Army costume, he's already our little Hero.

 

A carved pumpkin

Individualized Carved PumpkinsThis is the jack-o-lantern that I carved for my 8 month old son. It is a real pumpkin and was hand carved using only wood carving tools and a rotary tool. My family and I carved an additional 4 pumpkins the same way, each to reflect on the persons interests.

 

Photo of someone cutting up a pumpkin.

Recipes Using PumpkinsYou can get great deals on pumpkins this time of year. Do you have any tips or recipes for using pumpkins? Also, do you have any tips for selecting pumpkins to eat?

 

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Carved and lighted pumpkins

Aiden and Avery's PumpkinsHere are two pumpkins carved by Aiden (7) and Avery (4). Aiden carved a killer robot and Avery carved a rabid mouse. We used stencils that we purchased for $3 at Fred Meyer and it made it super easy to carve something neat.

 

Carved pumpkin

"Oh No" PumpkinWhen we asked my 3 yr. old grandson how he wanted his jack-o-lantern's face to look, he told us he wanted an "Oh, no! pumpkin" and made the face. This is what it looks like.

 

Spider made from child's handprints.

Handprint SpiderThis quick and easy craft uses minimal materials and is such a cute representation of your little one's hand prints. We made ours to hang up for decorations during a buggy birthday party, but this can work just as good a spring craft, as well as, a Halloween craft.

 

card with jack 'o lanterns

Spooky Halloween CardIt's fun, easy and a real treat to send spooky greetings to all your family and friends at Halloween. What's more, everyone is bound to appreciate receiving a hand-made card to open just as the lights are dimmed on All Hallows' Eve!

 

Children out trick or treating

Keeping Halloween SafeDid you know that 4 times as many children ages 4-15 are killed on Halloween evening as compared to other evenings of the year? Falls are another leading cause of injury on Halloween. Follow these safety precautions and keep safe on this SCARY night.

 

Farmer Halloween Costume (Wheelchair)

Farmer Halloween Costume (Wheelchair)A large painted cardboard box is all you need! My husband is paralyzed and said that he couldn't wear a Halloween costume. But, wheelchairs can make a great costume.

 

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

A Collection of Halloween TreatsMy husband's favorite holiday is Halloween. He loves all the candy he gets to give out. (and eat!) I have been collecting Halloween treat recipes for many years. I hope you enjoy them all.

 

striped pumpkin paper card

Happy Halloween CardCreate a quick, easy and fun Halloween card. Fold 10x5 inch rectangle of white card stock to make a base card. Round the top left and bottom left with corner rounder punch or use scallop-edge scissors.

 

Haunted house on the hill.

Classic Horror Movie Trivia GameThis is a great Halloween game that can be played by adults or teenagers at your next Halloween Party. Copy and paste the questions with their options into a word document.

 

Halloween Party Ideas

Halloween Party IdeasOur 11 year old daughter is hosting a Halloween Party this year for about 10 kids. We plan on wearing costumes, trick-or treating and watching movies But what would a Halloween Party be without some Tricks and Treats?

 

Pumpkin carved with a leaf motif for serving bowl.

Pumpkin Serving BowlsThese pumpkin bowls make beautiful serving dishes for any autumn event.

 

Halloween Costume: GypsyPeasant Skirt, black long sleeve shirt, long scarf and old costume jewelry. None of this costume had to be made.

 

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Halloween TreatsUse Halloween theme papers to create a fun card, tag, and wrapped sweets. Make a 4 x 5 inch card and 2 3/4 x 3 3/4 inch tag from purple cardstock. Trim the edges with decorative-edge scissors.

 

Halloween Pet Costume: Minnie MouseThis costume was made by reusing several things we had on hand. The skirt was from a Poodle Skirt Girl Costume. We cut the top attached shirt and vest off and used just the skirt. The t-shirt was one we already had at the house.

 

cat with curly spiral tail

3D Halloween Cat CardEasy Halloween card with action. Online, find a clipart cat that you like, size it to the card size you will using. Trace this cat on black paper and cut out, but draw a circle where the tail normally is.

 

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Halloween Costume: SpiderThis is a spider costume I made. It is a long sleeve turtle neck shirt, skirt and black pants. For the shirt, I took 4 black pant legs stuffed them and sewed them to the shirt under her arms.

 

Halloween colored button bracelet.

Halloween Button BraceletThe Halloween button bracelet is a very simple project that can be done by adults and children. This project can be a very personal and special project because you can use new buttons or older buttons that may have been your mother's, aunt's, or grandmother's.

 

eggs and bacon on plate

No Bones About ItGreat way to start the day of Halloween! Fry two pieces of bacon in a skillet. Drain on paper towels. Cut each bacon slice in half; arrange the four pieces in an "X" shape on a small plate.

 

Orange treat bag with a ghost and bat motif.

Halloween Treat BagsWith August already here, it will take no time for Halloween to be at our door steps. Here are some treat bags you can make for little ghosts and goblins.

 

Finished Halloween jean bag, complete with face and belt.

Blue Jean Halloween ToteAlter a child-size pair of blue jeans into a Halloween treat tote, child's purse, favor, or gift bag. By cutting off the legs and the side seams, the bag is transformed into a miniature tote perfect for a child's hands.

 

Orange and Black Halloween Lollipop Cookies

Halloween Lollipop CookiesMake and decorate some Halloween lollipop cookies, great to do with the kids! A fun party favor for a Halloween party or just a treat to give to friends.

 

Jack-O-Lanterns Glowing at Night

Mason Jar Jack-O'-LanternsUse a few old Mason jars to make some cute glowing jack-o'-lanterns that you can use year after year. This is great project to do with the kids. They love to make funny and spooky faces on their jars.

 

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Lollipop Halloween TagHere's a fun and easy Halloween treat idea.

 

A young witch with a cute Halloween puppy.

Keeping Trick or Treaters and Pets...Halloween is around the corner, which presents a myriad of potential dangers that can take dogs, cats, and their owners completely by surprise. If you want to include your dog in your Halloween celebration, make it an event that is safe and enjoyable for both of you.

 

Halloween candle centerpiece made from jar painted like a jack-o-lantern.

Indoor Halloween DecorationsThis is a page about indoor Halloween decorations. In addition to all of the spooky and fun Halloween decorations for outdoors, don't forget to add some fun, seasonal decorations inside.

 

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Jack-O'-Lantern Soda BottleDress up your drinks for your next Halloween party.

 

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Pretzel Skeleton Treat BagsThese treat bags are easy to make and are perfect for a kids Halloween party.

 

A napkin ring made from plastic vampire teeth.

Vampire Teeth Napkin RingsThese napkin rings are perfect for your Halloween party. Simply roll up a napkin and slip a pair of plastic vampire teeth onto the napkin.

 

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Apple Monster MouthsThese treats are a little more healthy than most, but are sure to fit right in with other spooky treats at your Halloween party.

 

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Gruesome Band-Aid CookiesThese gruesome cookies are sure to creep out your party guests. If they are brave enough to try one they are sure to love them.

 

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Pretzel PumpkinsThese pretzel pumpkins have the perfect combination of salty and sweet. They are a great treat for your next Halloween party.

 

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Rice Krispy PumpkinsIf you like rice krispy treats, then you will love these adorable and yummy pumpkins!

 

Rice Krispy Pumpkin

Making Rice Krispy PumpkinsThis is a page about making rice krispy pumpkins. Rice krispy treats are always a hit; make pumpkin shaped ones for the fall holidays.

 

Cracked Porcelain Doll Costume

Cracked Porcelain Doll CostumeI had the opportunity to dress up two days in a row for costume parties this year. I chose to be a cracked porcelain doll out of items I already had in my closet. Here are pictures of my makeup both nights.

 

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Spider Web Layered Taco DipLayered taco dip is easy to make and is a great snack to serve at a party. This spooky version is perfect for Halloween!

 

ice cubes in orange soda

Spider Ring Ice CubesPlace a spider ring into each space in the ice cube tray. Fill with water and freeze until solid. Add to your favorite beverage. They are sure to scare your Halloween party guests.

 

mummy enchilada on plate

Mummy EnchiladasThese creamy "mummy" enchiladas are perfect for dinner on Halloween!

 

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Homemade Witch BroomMy daughter wanted to be a witch for Halloween this year and wanted a broom for her costume. The broom I made was easy to make and can be easily customized to match any witch costume.

 

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Monster DoughnutsIf you are looking for a quick and inexpensive treat, give these monster doughnuts a try! They are perfect for a Halloween party or as a classroom treat!

 

Frankenstein pudding cup

Frankenstein Pudding CupsThese Frankenstein pudding cups are an easy Halloween treat that kids will love!

 

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Mummy Pringles CanThese quick and easy Mummy Pringles Cans are a great way to "dress up" some snacks for your Halloween party!

 

spooky glowing eyes

Spooky Toilet Paper Tube EyesThese spooky glowing eyes are a super easy decoration that you can use in your yard or in your house for Halloween.

 

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Jack-O'-Lantern Fruit CupsDress up those mandarin orange fruit cups by turning them into jack-o-lanterns.

 

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Halloween Pretzel TreatsThese fun pretzel treats are easy to make and are the perfect combination of salty and sweet.

 

Jack-O-Lantern Snack Bags

Jack-O'-Lantern Snack BagsThese jack-o'-lantern snack bags are quick to make and would be great for a party or packed in school lunches.

 

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Krispy Kreme Monster DoughnutsThese monster doughnuts make a great treat to bring to a school Halloween party. Grab as many dozen doughnuts as you need, some plastic vampire teeth, and some chocolate chips.

 

broom sticks standing on plate

String Cheese Witch BroomsIf you are looking for a more nutritious Halloween treat, give these string cheese witch brooms a try!

 

Wiggly Bat Headband

Wiggly Bat HeadbandThese fun wiggly headbands can be made with any toppers. They would be a great craft to make at a Halloween party.

 

jello jack o lantern cups

Jello Jack-O'-Lantern CupsThese jack-o'-lantern Jello cups are easy to make and perfect for a Halloween party!

 

three oranges

Jack-O'-Lantern OrangesThese jack-o'-lantern oranges are the perfect healthy treat for Halloween. They are easy to make and super cute!

 

pumpkin orange

Pumpkin OrangesThese pumpkin oranges make a great healthy treat for Halloween and they are easy to put together!

 

upclose banana ghosts

Banana GhostsThese spooky bananas are super tasty and are a quick, healthy Halloween treat to make!

 

paper plate ghost on wall

Easy Paper Plate GhostsThese paper plate ghosts are easy to make with your kids and are a quick craft for Halloween.

 

finished monster mouth

Scary Apple Monster MouthsOur daughter made these scary apple monster mouths for school and she wanted to make them again at home. They are fun to make and even more fun to eat!

 

tootsie roll tree

Graveyard BrowniesIf you are looking for a spooky treat for your Halloween party, these brownies are perfect!

 

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Jack-O'-Lantern PlanterThis jack-o'-lantern planter is a fun variation on an old tradition!

 

Journalist and Secretary

Journalist Costume for PhotographerThis Halloween, my photographer husband and I attended two costume parties. He wanted to be able to take pictures at both events so we needed to find a costume that allowed him to incorporate his camera.

 

cheese ball in jar

Cheese Ball Pumpkin JarA quick way to dress up your snack table at a Halloween party is to make a cheese ball pumpkin jar.

 

Happy Halloween spelled out with cut paper.

35+ Great Halloween CraftsHere are tons of great recycled or easy crafts to get you ready for Halloween. Whether you are making them with your kids or to decorate your adult costume party, there are crafts for every skill level.

 

Jack-O-Lantern Oranges

Jack-O'-Lantern OrangesWatch this video and discover how easy it is to make these cute Jack-o'-lantern oranges! These are great to put kids lunches or have as an after school snack.

 

Mandarin Orange Pumpkin

Mandarin Orange PumpkinPeel a Cutie mandarin orange, then stick a sprig of cilantro (or parsley) into the center. It's an instant pumpkin. :) My daughter made this at dinner the other night and I think it would be perfect around Halloween as a non-sugary treat or as a decoration for a meal in the fall.

 

Mason Jar Jack-O-Lanterns

Mason Jar Jack-O'-LanternsUse a few old Mason jars to make some cute glowing jack-o'-lanterns that you can use year after year. They make awesome decorations on a table or in a window.

 

Graveyard Brownies

Graveyard BrowniesThese brownies are the perfect dish to bring to a Halloween party.

 

Jack-O-Lantern Planter

Jack-O'-Lantern PlanterHere is a fun twist on the classic jack-o-lantern. The perfect fall project for a gardener.

 

Spider Cookie Dough Truffles

Spider Cookie Dough TrufflesThese delicious no bake cookie dough truffles include mini chocolate chips. I decided to serve them as a dessert for Halloween. YUM!

 

goofy pumpkin with a tongue hanging out

Making Your Jack-O'-Lanterns 3-DWhen carving that face into your pumpkin this year, why not give it a 3-D effect. Use the pieces that you remove to create a tongue, ears, or even a ponytail.

 

Poke-A-Pumpkin Game

Poke-A-Pumpkin GamePoke-a-pumpkin is an easy to play game that is fun for all ages. There are endless possibilities for prizes and treats that could be tucked inside too!

 

cropped witch brooms

String Cheese Witch BroomsIn an effort to offer multiple healthy treats at my daughter's Halloween party, we set up a station to make string cheese witch brooms. We set out a bowl of stick pretzels, a plate of string cheese and plastic knives for them to cut the broom bristles. These are easy enough for even younger kids to make. :)

 

caramel apple dipper

Caramel Apple DippersWe had a caramel apple dipper station at my daughter's Halloween party. We put pre-cut apple slices onto cookie sticks, then the kids could dip the apples into tubs of caramel and decorate them with sprinkles. It was a fun alternative to a them eating a full caramel apple, but just as yummy!

 

bag of oranges

Mandarin Orange Jack-O'-LanternsI recently helped organize a classroom party for my daughter. We need to have multiple activity stations to keep the kids busy. One of the stations was a table where kids could pick a mandarin orange and use markers....

 

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Painting Mini PumpkinsPainting mini pumpkins is a great activity to keep kids busy at their Halloween party. The mini pumpkins work well for keeping the project quick and they are inexpensive. We provided paints and glitter.

 

Spooky Halloween Lunch

Spooky Halloween LunchMy daughter requested that her dad make her a spooky lunch so he happily obliged. While maybe not the healthiest lunch ever made, it was really fun and a perfect treat for Halloween!

 

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