‘Tis the season of Halloween hauntings….skeletons, witches, ghosts and ghouls! Can you feel all the eerie feelings as you walk through your neighborhood on these crisp evenings? Halloween is so much more fun when there are festive yard decorations all around…don’t you agree? Have you started decorating yet….it’s not too late to make your own ghostly yard decor! Follow along for these easy DIY directions.
As I walk through my neighborhood I see amazing store bought decor as well as homemade. One style is not better than the other as far as I am concerned. They all fit together nicely to create a fun atmosphere for everyone to enjoy. I have been making yard ghosts for many years now. In fact, I have the regulars that stop by each year to take a picture of their kids using the ghosts as their backdrop and I LOVE that!
How to Make Your Own Ghostly Yard Decor ~
These little ghostly guys are so festive and fun and yet so easy to make!!! What is even better is if you don’t have all of the materials on hand, you can brainstorm to easily come up with some items to substitue and still get a good outcome. Following is a list of the items you will need:
It’s a few days before October and we are getting VERY excited for all the Halloween FUN! Last year I introduced Flat Skelly Skeleton in an effort to bring Halloween fun to everyone’s mailboxes. No, not an email mailbox….the snail mail mailbox. You know, the big thing outside that usually only produces bills and advertisements?!?! Let’s spuce the inside of that box up with some Halloween fun because Flat Skelly Skeleton is BACK!
What is so wonderful about this project is if a grandparent or other family member lives far away from the littles in their family, they can still be a part of the Halloween fun! You send the Flat Skelly…they send you pictures all month long! A link is included above for the original post so you can read more about it, however, I am also including a direct link below as well to get the necessary printouts for this festive project. I guarantee you that it will bring smiles to the children and you ALL…MONTH….LONG!
(pic included for reference…use the green link above for printable version)
As stated earlier, there is a link above that describes Flat Skelly in detail, but here are the basics.
How Flat Skelly Works ~
Print a copy of the poem. This can be printed on any type and color of paper. If you are mailing, I suggest you print on regular copy weight of paper for less cost in mailing.
Print the skeleton cutout page…you will want to be sure to include a printout of this for each family member receiving the package. I suggest you print this on card stock to make the skeleton more durable to last through the month.
Include 8 brads for each skeleton printed. (Unless the family you are sending to is a crafty family and already has some of these in stock. (brad’s are two pronged paper fasteners). Here is a handy link if you need to order some brads ➡️➡️Brads for crafting.
Mail the complete package out to your loved ones! They will do the cutting and assembling once they receive their fun snail mail.
Now it is up to the grandchildren, nieces/nephews, etc. As they complete different Halloween crafts, make creepy foods or go to festive activities, they need to take Flat Skelly with them and photograph the memories and send the pics to you! Voila! You are not there, BUT it’s the next best thing!!!!
One of my favorite annual Halloween memories is our house getting “Booed.” The doorbell rings…the kids run to see who it is…instead of a person they find delicious Halloween treats festively displayed on the doorstep. Quickly, everyone darts outside to see if they can catch a glimpse of who has left this Boo-tiful gift for them. Sadly, those years have faded into the past for us. But wait….we may be getting older but that doesn’t mean we can’t still take part in this Halloween fun! So this year…Pappy got Boo-Booed!
You’ve Been Booed!
If you are not familiar with this FUN Halloween tradition, below are images of the 2 documents needed to carry out the plan:
There are a lot of fun images you can find on the internet but many you have to pay for. I created these images and have included the link to download for free:
Once you read the page labeled You’ve Been Boo-ed, you will understand what all you need to do. Basically, you need to print out 2 copies of each of these pages, put 2 goody baskets together and choose who your phantom will visit! It’s that easy. When you get visited by the phantom, then you need to put your copy of the We’ve been Boo-ed! page in your front window.
Now, you are probably wondering why this is titled Pappy got boo-booed! As stated earlier, our days of enjoying this activity with our kids is long gone. Enter our grandchildren! I must say that I had not initially thought of doing this for Addi and Max until our daughter, Lauren, asked us to do so. Our other daughter, Karleigh and I were the phantoms last year. This year I asked Pappy to help out!
We made a grand plan of how to deliver the goodies to our grandchildren without getting caught. Let me tell you, if you have seen their house, you understand this is no easy feat. It’s guarded like Fort Knox, hard to get in and out of and windows galore. Need I remind you that we are now 50+!!! But we are old athletes. We can do this! Right????
Pappy Got Boo-Booed!
So, we park far away and decide to tackle this feat on foot. We trek to the front porch, crawl under the windows, ease up to the door, place the goodies on the step, knock and run!!! WELL, Pappy steps in some mud and sprawls face first onto the sidewalk. Amid concern (well, a little anyway) and much laughter, he rolls like the young quarterback he once was and hightails it out of there! We made it safely to our hiding place.
Did I mention our son-in-law got home while all this was going on. I wish you could have seen the confused look on his face. We wait for what we believe is a good amount of time to trek back to our truck and head home. Both winded and standing by our get away vehicle, Brad looks over at me sheepishly and states, “I don’t have my keys!”
Seriously? We have to go back to the scene and retrieve said keys from somewhere in the mud! Yes, our son-in-law is still sitting in his truck as Brad creeps back by and searches for the lost set of keys. Do you wonder what he is thinking about his in-laws???
We finally escaped, unseen by the grandkids I might add! However, as you guessed, Pappy did not remain unscathed by this little incident. YES, he got a Boo Boo!
Suffice it to say, we are adding new “You’ve Been Boo-ed” memories to our family photo albums. I just wish I had taken my camera on this little escapade to capture Mimi and Pappy to add to the photo album along with these cuties!
It is now late in October, but if you have never done this before, please remember this for next year and add it to your Halloween family traditions. Hopefully, you like the fun images I created and will use those next time!
Have you planned your Halloween night family dinner? I mean, you still have a couple of days to figure it out, right? Well, if you are still searching, I have a great idea for you. Spooky stuffed pepper pumpkins were on our menu last night and wow! Seriously, the whole family loved them! And, if that sounds good, let me fill you in on the rest of the kid-friendly Halloween menu!
Kid’s In The Kitchen ~
What I love most about this menu is that the kids were able to get involved. Aprons were thrown on (I think this is pretty important for these recipes I’m about to share) and the fun began! I should mention, however, that a little prep was done before the kids arrived. We were packing a lot of stuff into one night so that was a huge help!
As mentioned earlier, some steps were done before the kids arrived. It is important to get some of the cooking done ahead to make it easier for them to participate! Otherwise, they will quickly lose interest. Here is what I did earlier in the day:
EARLY PREPARATIONS ~
Slice tops off of bell peppers
Cut jack-o-lantern faces in the peppers
Cook meat mixture
The kids were very excited to stuff the peppers, add the cheese on top and find the right bell pepper top to fit on each one. Finding the tops were somewhat like a puzzle which makes it even more fun! I then placed them in the oven to start cooking and make room for the snake breadsticks!
SNAKE BREADSTICKS ~
We followed a festive breadstick recipe that we found on Pinterest from Flawlessfood.co.uk. They give very detailed instructions to make this delightful Halloween side dish. It is a perfect accompaniment to the spooky stuffed pepper pumpkins. Follow this link for Snake Breadsticks from Flawless Food!
Our breadsticks did not turn out as professional as the ones from Flawless Food, however, the kids had a blast making them. If you prefer a deeper color, please follow their directions and paint the wash on for the last 5 minutes of baking. This being said, I wanted the kids to be able to complete this step, so to keep any burns from occurring, I had them paint the breadsticks before baking. They still turned out adorable and the kids were delighted when they came out of the oven.
Below you see Addi’s Oreo truffle bats! *We have officially lost Max’s attention at this point! 😂 Please note that if you are making these for something other than a Hallowhttps://mimiblog.org/aob6een family dinner, you may want to do these on your own. 😁
She truly had so much fun with every step of this recipe, from crushing the oreos and rolling the dough into balls to adding the finishing touches. We had bats with different eyes, bats with 1 eye, and bats with 3 eyes. Much laughter was heard while creating these masterpieces. Since we had such a packed evening, we tried to concoct our own method of attaching the bat wings. Next time I will definitely follow the instructions from One Sweet Appetite.
Addi was so perplexed on how we were going to make the bat wings. I pulled out the wax paper and she started laughing. “Mimi, we can’t eat paper!” I then drew bat wings on the wax paper. My little princess was understandably still confused. It was when I taught her how to cover the bat wing stencils with melted chocolate that it started to make sense. She was amazed that we could create our own chocolate images this way. Once again, follow the link above for more detailed instructions on this fun step!
Needless to say, we had a VERY busy night filled with festive Halloween recipes! We topped it off with the annual pumpkin carving. The kids went home with full bellies and carved jack-o-lanterns. More importantly, we created another fantastic evening of wonderful family memories!
Gingerbread house making and decorating has found its way into the month of October. What a fun Halloween craft idea to do with kids! Whether you choose to make everything from scratch or select from the fun Halloween gingerbread house kits in stores, it will be spooky fun! You really can’t go wrong either way. A fun day is ahead when you plan on making Halloween gingerbread houses with kids!!!
The Basics of Gingerbread Houses ~
You must first decide if you are going to make gingerbread cookies from scratch or use an alternative ingredient, such as graham crackers. Either way you choose to go is great and may be dictated by what your family likes. Obviously, if you are making gingerbread cookies, you will need to do that ahead of time. Here is a GREAT gingerbread cookie recipe for you to print out! Create some extra family fun by having the kids throw on their aprons and do the baking with you!
What You Will Need ~
Plan ahead on what toppings you want to have available. You may already have some great ideas on what will be included, but if help is needed, here are some festive ideas:
pumpkins or jelly pumpkins
baking chips in several flavors (chocolate, white chocolate, butterscotch)
M & M’s (holiday ones are a plus!)
candy skeleton bones
various colors of icing in tubes or plastic bags
Here are some handy links to some of the items that are a bit harder to find in the stores:
The “Glue” ~
Next, you need to decide what you want to use for the “glue.” Probably the most popular option is icing. You can make your own or use store bought. Be careful to not use a super creamy icing, as it is harder to make things stick! Another option is burnt sugar. I love Mel’s Kitchen Cafe’s post on this, which includes the directions for burnt sugar. Check out Mel’s Kitchen Cafe post on haunted houses using burnt sugar! *Might I suggest you save this recipe from her post as well.
Plan Ahead for Making Gingerbread Houses ~
Plan ahead and have all of your ingredients set out in bowls for everyone to easily reach. It also helps the kids get their creative juices flowing when they can see all of the items they have to work with out in front of them. Of course, it makes it even more fun if you serve a fun Halloween drink in a festive cup to enjoy while they are building.
Remember, the idea is not perfection when you are making these works of art with your kids. The fun is in letting them make decisions and then you all get to enjoy it together! Just have FUN making Halloween gingerbread houses with your kids!
Wickedly delicious “zombies” are heading your way….and just in time for Halloween! Creepy food ideas are running rampant right now so I got the creative juices flowing to try my hand at something new. The wonderful thing about this recipe is that it is simple to make and yet still festive enough to share with company. Most people love carrot cake….so they have to love Halloween Zombie Carrot Cake too then, right???
This idea unfolded when I received a wonderful delivery of Edible Beach Chocolate Rock Candy from A Southern Girl’s Needs. They sent these wonderful chocolates to me to sample in return for a review of their product. Well, let me tell you…I love them! There was such care in the packaging and shipping that I was immediately impressed. What a surprise I had after opening the box to find these cute little confections. This is definitely a small business that cares about their customers.
These perfect little chocolates look exactly like rocks. There is a nice variety of color tones which gives them a very realistic look. We all loved the nice crunchy outer shell filled with delicious chocolate yumminess. I, of course, had to make these “beach” chocolate rock candies into “graveside” rocks to create a fun Halloween cake. I shopped for a couple of extra toppings to help create a fun grave site effect.
Making the Halloween Zombie Carrot Cake~
This step was easy as I purchased a carrot cake mix and followed the directions on the box. After mixing the cake mix, I divided the batter into 2 prepared 9″ round cake pans and baked according to the directions.
Cream Cheese Icing~
We prefer homemade icing…and a lot of it! I used the following recipe, and increased all of the measurements by 1/2. Many times I double recipes, but I felt a little less than double would suffice for this cake. It turned out that I had a little left over. I put the leftover icing in a large zip lock baggie to use for my next small project.
1 stick butter – softened
8 oz cream cheese – softened
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. salt
4 cups powdered sugar
*Reminder, I increased all ingredients by 1/2. If you do not like a lot of icing, then the original amounts are sufficient!
Mix softened butter and cream cheese in a bowl until creamy.
Add vanilla extract and salt…continue to mix.
Gradually add powdered sugar until completely combined
*If you need it to be a bit thicker you can add a small amount (tsp. or less) of cornstarch.
Assembling the Halloween Zombie Carrot Cake~
Once your cakes have finished baking, let them cool completely. Carefully remove first cake from round cake pan and place on your desired serving dish. I turn the cake “upside down” on the cake platter to have the smooth portion on top (which is the bottom of the cake).
Completely ice the sides and top of the first cake. Repeat with the second cake…carefully placing it on top of the first layer.
You are now ready to decorate.
Other Ideas for the Edible Beach Chocolate Rock Candy~
Ice Cream Toppings
Displayed in Candy Dish as Graveyard Gravel Candy
Added in a Festive Fall Snack Mix
Packaged with a Gift and a label, such as “My Dad Rocks!”
Pudding Cup Dessert Topping such as Dirt Pudding
Dirt Topping for Flowerpot Cakes Made in Terra Cotta Pots
It’s very important fill those bellies of your little ghosts and goblins before they head out trick or treating. However, those kiddos are usually so excited about filling those goodie bags that they would prefer to skip the healthy meal part. Parents can alleviate this issue by preparing a spooky dinner to entice them. Make Halloween fun before the haunting begins by making some of these fun Halloween dinner ideas!
Feet Loaf ~
Do you have a favorite meatloaf recipe your family already loves? You can still follow that recipe, however, once your ingredients are all mixed up, you will shape the meat into feet.
Shaping the feet:
Shape the feet, bringing the back up to form the top of the ankle. Then snip small sections to create toes and spread them out a bit to keep them separated while baking. Hollow out the top of the ankle and place half of an onion in the hollowed area to keep ankle formed. This also adds extra flavor from the juices of the onion as well. Cut 10 small sections of onion to create toenails and place one on each toe. Drizzle some ketchup around the ankle where you have placed the onion.
Bake at 350 for about an hour or until cooked through and browned.
Frankenstein Corn Dogs ~
This simple recipe uses frozen corn dogs. Make a simple egg wash of 1 egg and 2 Tablespoons of water. Mix in green food coloring until you get a nice dark green color. Cover the entire corn dog with the green egg wash and bake as normal. Lightly coat the top of the corn dog in honey and then roll in crushed black tortilla chips to create the hair. Push pretzel pieces in the sides of corndog for arms. Use candy eyeballs and either black olives or more black tortilla chips to create the mouths.
Make an easy side dish of green beans and corn. Top with a couple of plastic eyeballs for a spooky finish.
⬅Don’t have plastic eyeballs??? These are so realistic and eerie!
Breadstick Spider Bowl ~
Use a loaf of frozen bread dough for this eerie delight. Follow directions on package to thaw out dough. Divide the dough into 8 smaller balls, 1 medium sized ball and 1 larger ball.
Roll out the 8 smaller sections of the dough into long breadstick shapes. Then fold in half to form the legs and place on greased baking sheet. Let rise according to directions on package. If you desire, season with garlic powder, grated parmesan cheese, seasoned salt and red paprika. Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes or until a light golden brown.
Using the remaining dough, form 2 balls, one larger one for the body and a smaller one for the head. Let rise according to directions on package. If you desire, season as stated above. Bake according to package directions until they are a light golden brown.
Let legs and body cool. Place 2 black olives in the head for eyes. Cut 8 small incisions along the side of the body to anchor the legs. Cut out a small circle in the body make room for bowl of nacho cheese sauce.
Make spaghetti as you normally would, with the exception of dying the noodles to the color of your choosing for noodles to soak in. Once noodles are prepared, place a heaping spoonful on plate, top with meaty spaghetti sauce and 2 olives for the eyes and voila, you have monsterghetti!!!
Festive Halloween Serving Ware ~
Of course, you have to finish off your fun Halloween dinner ideas with a cool serving platter. There are so many to choose from, whether you want simple or fancy. Here are some great deals below:
Make the rest of this month fun celebrating Halloween in every way you can. Make these fun Halloween dinner ideas leading up to Halloween as well as Halloween night! Make memories with your ghosts and goblins!
I am absolutely positive I love pumpkins! How about you???? Do you love fall and pumpkins? We are on the downslide of 2020 and everyone is ecstatic to close out this crazy year of 2020! While I cannot agree more, I am also very excited about these next three months and all of the fun with family and friends….whether it has to be with masks or not! Right now I just want to think about positivity and pumpkins….so let’s celebrate the good times ahead in the months to come!
Look at these faces⬆⬆⬆….they are living life to the fullest!!! That’s what we all need to try to focus on…trying to find the positive and fun in every situation! I mean, even the jack-o-lanterns have a constant smile, right? How can you not smile when you look at those toothy (or lack of thereof) grins of the jack-o-lantern?
Positivity Challenge ~
Who’s with me??? I am challenging each of you to print out the attached Pumpkin Positivity Challenge and complete the task listed for each day! It’s only for one week!!! Let’s do this together and see how much better we feel. It’s amazing how small things can make a big impact…on you as well as on others you interact with!
Positivity Jar ~
You can take it a step further and cut the pumpkins out to place in a jar. (Of course, ignore the Daily # titles). Tie a cute little ribbon around the top of the jar. Voila…you have a colorful and festive fall decoration on your desk. Pull a pumpkin out each day and follow the challenge listed.
Whichever way you choose to join the challenge, just click the green link below to get your printable copy.
Utilizing books for home decorating has been a popular trend for quite some time. Whether you are using them as a riser to heighten something small or wanting to display the whole book to add to your ensemble, books can definitely finish off the look! Decorating for Halloween is no exception, and you are going to love making this spooky DIY Halloween spell book to proudly display with your other festive decor.
DIY Halloween Spell Books
Here is What You Will Need:
Craft Letters (wooden, puffy–any with a raised surface)
Just a quick drop in to help you get ready for Halloween. This post contains 3 of my favorite things…Shopping, Halloween & Coffee. I spent a little time rounding up some fun new items for you to add to your Fall and Halloween Decor….it’s everything Coffee & Halloween!!!!!
Pictures & Links~
Check out the pictures below and if you just HAVE to have it, click on the green link below each pic….how fun is this????
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