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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!

 

Rare Halloween Blue Moon

As if 2020 hasn’t been crazy enough….October 31, 2020 will showcase a rare blue moon!  What is a blue moon?  When a second full moon illuminates the sky in the same month, it is referred to as a blue moon.  It’s not actually blue in color…it is just so uncommon that it was given this special name.  I’m sure you have heard the saying, “Once in a blue moon.”  That saying is obviously used when things are rare!  We brought October 1, 2020 in with the Harvest Moon and will be saying goodbye to October on October 31 with a rare Halloween blue moon.

There are many different thoughts regarding this phenomenon occurring in 2020.  I like to think of it as Halloween is going to be a little different for us this year, so we are being given this extra little treat!  Instead of trying to blur our thoughts with another weird happening…let’s celebrate this unusual experience.

Enjoy a Cocktail ~

Gather up your festive drinkware and make a batch of Blue Moons.  Cocktailsandshots.com has a festive recipe for the Blue Moon here!   Of course, you can also stock up on the Blue Moon Belgian White!

For a festive non-alcoholic drink to mix up for the family, try this link:  Blue Moon Frozen Punch Recipe by Momskoop.com

Make Some Snacks ~

There are so many different treats that you can buy that are already blue in color.  But let’s get crazy and make some fun “blue” snacks for the family.  They don’t have to be “moon” themed, but it will be extra fun if you create some recipes that still have the spooky Halloween flair to them while still being blue:

Poison Halloween Apples that are blue-purplish in color….perfect!!!  Follow this link for awesome blue/black candied apples by wannabite.com.  Wanna Bite has done a fantastic job with this wicked recipe:

Blue Monster Popcorn is another fun idea!  Check out the Blue Monster Popcorn by Smart Party Planning!  The whole family will be sure to love  this monster popcorn recipe by Smart Party Planning:

Of course, with the fall season, everyone is always looking for new soup recipes.  Amazon has a great Blue Moon Soup Cookbook filled with delicious soup recipes for the family.  A charming recipe book filled with recipes that call for many items you will already have stocked in your pantry.  What’s even better is that it is a kid-friendly book that urges the family to cook together.

Do Some Crafting ~

With any good themed family night, crafts HAVE to be added in for good family fun.  I have saved several paper plate crafts on Pinterest for the grandkids to do because they are easy for different age groups and supplies are easy to have on hand.  I am a sucker for interactive books and crafts, and this paper plate bat craft by kidscraftroom.com is no exception.  Once finished, you will have a big full moon with flying bats in front of it.  Although the pictures in the directions display a solid  yellow moon, let them add in a bit of blue to the moon to go along with this theme.  Check out this paper plate bat craft by kidscraftroom.com

Read Some Books ~

It’s a good idea to read some books that help kids understand why you are making such a big deal of this rare occurrence.  They will, of course, enjoy all of the fun food, drink and crafts, but why not bring it all together with a little learning.

The Boy and the Blue Moon is a wonderful story of a boy and his cat walking on the night of a blue moon.  Their walk quickly turns into a magical adventure.  Once back in bed, the boy wonders…was it all just a dream?

I Am Moon is filled with big print and bright images to help kids understand how the Moon moves in space with Earth as well as the Solar System and basic concepts of astronomy.

There are many of us out there that just  love Halloween and the spooky celebrations with witches and goblins.  However, I find this to be a little refreshing to bring in more October fun that centers around the beautiful moon that usually serves as a backdrop to all of our Halloween delight.  This October, we are bring the rare Halloween blue moon front and center and celebrating all that is unique about it!

Fun Halloween Dinner Ideas

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.

Monsterghetti ~

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!

Happy Haunting!

 

 

Positivity and Pumpkins!

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.

Print Your One Week Pumpkin Positivity Challenge!

The image above  is a sample of what you will be printing when you click the green link above!

I know we all just want to make some good memories in 2020 before this year comes to an end.  Let’s get started doing that!  Have a super weekend and remember….smile…it’s contagious!

DIY Halloween Spell Books

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:

  • Embellishments
  • Craft Letters (wooden, puffy–any with a raised surface)
  • Hard Cover Book
  • Paper Towels (cheap ones 😆)
  • Mod Podge
  • Black Paint
  • Metallic Paints
  • Paint Brushes – sponge and small craft types
  • Hairdryer
  • Old Coffee or Distressing Ink
  • Glue Gun & Glue Sticks

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Coffee & Halloween

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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Such a festive Halloween shirt (and I like how they have it paired as well!)….a little different than what you see in the stores…Check out “This Witch Needs Coffee Before Any Hocus Pocus” shirt

 

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I am LOVING this Black Cats & Coffee print.  I have seen it on shirts as well.  Hurry…this Black Cats & Coffee Cozy is going fast!

 

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Ok…..so it’s not Halloween related, but this is just way too funny to not share…come visit and you will see this hilarious sign at my coffee bar!    😂😂You Will Definitely Want to Add this to Your Sign Collection!

 

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Another hysterical play on words….LOVE!  Because it’s just too funny…..I need to get this one…do you?

 

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When do you EVER have enough of the Sanderson sisters?  Because we can NEVER have enough Hocus Pocus!!!

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I love adding that little something extra when entertaining.  Coffee/Tea spoons are a must in my household!  You Always Need Festive Spoons When Sharing Coffee & Tea!

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Whether you have a small or large coffee serving station, it is so much fun to spice it up with extra festive decor!  Those Little Extras Make Your Decor Complete!

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And finish that coffee station off with some whimsical and festive signs!  These Whimsical Signs Add Just the Perfect Touch!

I hope this helps you get in the spirit of Halloween…..don’t you just love Coffee & Halloween?????

The Best Halloween Picture Books

Are you tired of reading the same Halloween picture books to the kids every year?  Yes, there are always the favorites that everyone looks forward to each year, but maybe it’s time to spice up your collection.  You are going to want to try this list of the best Halloween picture books.

Last year I hosted a Witches’ Tea Party for the kids.  I’m not sure who had more fun…me preparing for the big event or the kids when they got to partake of it.  I will do a separate post on that later, but suffice it to say that it was a huge hit!  As I was planning all of the festivities for that day, I was overjoyed to discover that there are actually books titled The Witches’ Tea Party….how frightfully awesome!  (I was happy to see that there are other crazy Halloween lovers like myself out there in the big world 😉)

Below are some of the new books I have purchased over the last couple of years…and one that I am ordering this week to add to our spooky collection of Halloween books!  There are also some fun FREE printable coloring pages🖍 included at the end of this post!!!! Continue reading

Planning for HALLOWEEN!!!🦇

The verdict has not yet been reached, but many statistics are showing Halloween 2020 will still be taking place!  I am hoping that is true.  It may look a little different than the past years, but surveys are showing that a high percentage of people are still planning to celebrate whether it be the traditional trick-or-treating or through new social distancing events.  Not to mention, it is now more socially acceptable than ever to wear a mask!!!  So let’s start planning for Halloween now!!!

I am so excited to announce that I have partnered up with HalloweenCostumes.com to share the amazing costumes, accessories and decorations they have…many being UNIQUE to their company.  AANNNDDD…..we have coupons!!!  Get Coupon Codes Here!!!👻

I’ve been perusing their site, and I must say I am completely hooked!  We all know I LOVE Halloween, and I am beyond excited about all of their unique products.  Here are pics of some of my favorite costume ideas…

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