Posts Tagged ‘Halloween’

Haunted House

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013 by by

A few years ago Rob did some work for a customer who transforms the entire exterior of his house into a haunted showcase every Halloween.  The set up is an impressive array of motion-activated monsters combined with horrific vignettes and live actors.  There is so much thought and detail put into the entire affair that you can really feel how much passion he has for this “hobby” and how much he enjoys putting the whole thing together every year.

Hayden has totally inherited my fear gene.  He does not like anything creepy/spooky/startling/alarming/gory or even a little bit scary.  I am not kidding – if you stand behind a doorway and then jump out to scare me, you will be in jeopardy of being punched, and it is certain that I will be incredibly angry at you for at least 12 hours.  Even though we check this house out every year, Hayden has yet to ever leave the car.  Of course, I have to get out and put on a brave face for the sake of my other kids, all of whom are incredibly delighted by having the bejeezus scared out of them.

Even though the display is generally the same each year, I am still totally creeped out and am STILL caught off guard when I trip a sensor and something jumps up or flies down or starts to moan.  I wasn’t on the property for more than two seconds before I set something off and ended up screaming into Larissa’s ear.

Kellan and Eliza ran deep into the heart of this freak show like they were (more…)


Boo and Everything

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012 by by

“Bob, you are adorable.”


“And extremely scary. You’re a very scary zombie.”

“I’m not a zombie! I don’t eat brains! I’m a skeleton! A skeleton is just plain scary, Mom.”

Twas the Weekend Before Halloween….

Monday, October 29th, 2012 by by

It was a busy weekend around here!

Saturday night Rob and I went to our friend’s annual Halloween costume party.  Last year Rob and I didn’t worry so much about matching our costumes, but this year I thought it would be fun to coordinate outfits.  Since I am all about easy this year, I thought of the simplest costume for Rob and worked backwards from there.  Needless to say, I didn’t have to spend a dime on Rob’s half.

My half didn’t end up costing that much either.  I got the faux suede dress for $1.99 at the thrift store along with a $1.00 stuffed polar bear that I sacrificed for its fur.  I re-purposed a $0.50 set of bunny ears into antlers/ears using more stuffed animal pelt, the two pockets I ripped off the front of the dress, duct tape, hot glue and (more…)

DIY Halloween Treat Toppers

Monday, October 29th, 2012 by by

Contributing Writer: Kelly Griglione from Notable Nest

Are you still looking for something special to make for school Halloween treats, or for certain kids in your neighborhood? These clothes in Halloween treat toppers are quick and inexpensive to make, and can easily be personalized for the recipient. This is also a project your kids can help with, or even make on their own.

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DIY Trick or Treat Bags

Monday, October 8th, 2012 by by

Contributing Writer: Laurel MacDougall from Ducks in a Row
Although my kids LOVE carrying the plastic pumpkins to collect candy in every Halloween, this year I thought it was time for an upgrade.  I saw this awesome vinyl polka dot at Ikea and knew right away that I was going to make trick or treat bags with them.  Funny thing is, I was stopped at least 3 times from people loving the fabric but wondering what I was going to do.  When I told them, they told me I was a genius!  Who doesn’t love that?

Each bag starts off with (more…)

Halloween Pumpkin Faces

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012 by by

I had this great pumpkin carving idea for my preschooler. See, in Florida you can’t just carve a regular old pumpkin and leave it on your doorstep, a reality I learned when I first moved here in 2000. All you get from that is a large, wet, moldy mess on your front porch, and that’s a Halloween horror I don’t want my kids to experience. I decided a great alternative would be to get those carvable fake pumpkins from somewhere like Michaels, and then both The Older and The Younger could make their own pumpkin that would last. I’d cut out different eyes, noses, and mouths, for The Younger, and she could create the face she wanted while the older drew his own.

I started out with these, and The Younger got to work, creating all the different pumpkin faces her little mind could come up with.

However, as all projects do, this one took (more…)

Easy Ghost Craft

Thursday, September 27th, 2012 by by

The Younger is fighting a nasty head cold, so last night we decided to say “no” to baseball and stay home. The kids are getting excited for Halloween, so I figured there would be no harm in starting our annual footprint ghosts a bit early.

These are easy to do (this is my second time doing this, and the kids were really excited). All this project takes is white paper, a pen, a black marker, and some scissors.

First, have the kiddo put their foot on a piece of white paper (I used copy paper, but I think I’ll try thicker paper next time), and trace the foot. Try to keep their toes together, if you can.

This is not a good example of proper foot placement, but The Older was adamant that this picture be included.



Girl power for Halloween

Monday, October 31st, 2011 by by

Halloween is such a sneaky holiday. We’re just catching the new routine, getting things set up…and it jumps out of a dark alleyway to say, “Beee-ware. It’s the start of the holiday season. I will sugar up your children and turn them loose into the nii-iight.”  Which is enough to terrify any parent.

I like Halloween. Any excuse to play dress up is fine by me. The kids have to get their ‘order’ to me by October 1st if they want new costumes.  Mark, now 10, believes he’s too old to go and so has decided to dress as himself and hand out candy. Megan, 7, bounced up to me with How to Train Your Dragon. Yes, she’s going to be Astrid.

Of course, I put off making it until nearly the last minute. That way, Halloween can feel accomplished by striking fear into my heart when I realize the school festival is Thursday.

The cost breakdown…
black leggings and a green t-shirt from goodwill.  $2.50.
brown and silver felt,  $1.50.
plastic canvas $1.00
silver puffy fabric paint $3.00
Fimo clay for skulls- donated

Transforming my daughter into a dragon rider, Priceless

Ghost Sock Halloween Craft

Sunday, October 30th, 2011 by by

  • white sock
  • black felt
  • thick Popsicle sticks
  • white glue
  • tissue paper
  • marker
  • orange pipe cleaner
  • scissors
  1. Place the sock upside down so that the toe is at the top. (The toe area will be the head of the ghost).
  2. Socks should be about 8 inches long. If longer, cut the bottoms off to make them this length.
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Pumpkin Patch

Saturday, October 29th, 2011 by by
Since becoming a mom, my favorite part of fall has been our annual trip to the pumpkin patch. We’ve been going to the same one for the past three years now (and I think before that even). These trips have produced some of my favorite shots of Haeden, too. The past two years, he has gotten such a kick out of going. He runs around yelling, “PUMPKINS!!!” and insists on trying to pick them up… no matter how big they are!
2009 – 6 months old
2010 – 1.5 years old