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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?

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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!

 

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.

 

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.

 

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?

 

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.

 

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.

 

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!

 

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.

 

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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.

 

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:

 

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).

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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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 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.

 

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!

 

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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.

 

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