“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.”
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…)
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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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?
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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.
However, as all projects do, this one took (more…)
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.
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
This craft has been my plan to do since…well, forever. My mom used to make these amazing mini-pumpkins to sell at my dad’s store (he works in a produce department), and I’m not at all crafty and talented like she is, but I can certainly make it work for the kids! So far, we’ve made a spider and a ghost out of those little mini pumpkins you can find in the grocery stores for 75 cents, and Eric has loved doing it!
The spider is his favorite so far. All you need is some paint, 4 pipe cleaners, googly eyes (if you want them, or you can just paint eyes on!), and a glue gun. I went out an bought an ultra-cool glue gun for $5 at a craft store so I didn’t have to worry about the glue burning tiny fingers.
First, paint the pumpkin black! We used washable paints, and I learned that’s not the best idea, because the paint can and will flake later while trying to attach stuff to it. Next time, I’ll use just regular craft paint.
Set it aside and let the paint dry – Eric paints his pumpkin one day after school and does the decorating the next day. Once the paint is dry, take the 4 pipe cleaners (I had Eric pick; he wanted red) and fold them in half. Cut at the fold so you have 8 legs. (more…)