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Flat Skelly Skeleton is BACK!

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!

Flat Skelly Poem ~

*→Make the introduction to Flat Skelly with this easy to use printout!  You can print it out on your paper type and color of choice.

(pic included for reference…use the green link above for printable version)

*→You will also need this skeleton cutout for Flat Skelly!

(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!!!!

DON’T STOP THERE!!! ~

Please do NOT stop with this one mailing!  You have so many opportunities to send more Halloween fun to those cute little Halloween creatures!  Throughout the month of October, send other small skeleton themed cards, projects, games, treats, etc to keep everyone thinking about Flat Skelly!

Here are some fun ideas for you:

The Skeleton Game ~

The object of this game is to be the first person to assemble the skeleton.

You will need the following:

  • 1 Dice
  • Printout of game rules for reference
  • Printout of skeleton for each person playing

Print out directions for The Skeleton Game Here! ⇐ Use this handy link to print out the game rules.

Print out the quirky skelton here! or if you prefer you can print out more copies of Flat Skelly (link above)  Cut out the pieces (head, 2 complete arms, 2 complete legs and body).

This is an easy game to print out the pieces and send along in the mail.  It usually is safe to assume that the recipients will have a dice to use.

Skeleton Treasure Hunt ~

This game is incredibly easy.  You will need to purchase flat skeleton pieces to send in the mail.  I honestly had a pretty hard time finding flat skeleton faces that would be easy to mail.  I have included a link to one set that I found that would work perfectly, though they are small… Skeleton faces – flat.  You could also find some in party favor sections of different stores.

Print out this simple Skeleton Treasure Hunt instruction page to mail out!  It doesn’t get any easier than that!!!

 (Picture shown for reference!)

Halloween Sticker Face Fun ~

Mail these fun Make A Face sticker sheets to your little ghouls for some craft time.   I know, these do not have a skeleton theme…but it still is a great Halloween project that will be easy to mail out!  This fun set includes 36 pieces of fun ghoulish face making!

These spooky ideas should get you started!  The kids will be so excited that Flat Skelly Skeleton is back!  Remember, this is a fun project for those who live far away OR for those who live in the same town.  Kids LOVE to receive mail….so get moving now to bring some fun to their mailbox!

Happy Haunting!

Mimi (otherwise know as Skelly Shelly during the month of October!)

 

 

 

Pappy Got Boo-Booed! 🤣

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!

Happy Halloween!

 

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