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Halloween Snail Mail for Kids

Even in this age of technology everyone loves receiving snail mail….well, as long as it isn’t bills!  Seriously though, when you open that mail box and find a pretty colored envelope addressed to you, doesn’t it just bring an instant smile to your face?  I’ve been working harder at getting back to this long lost sentiment, and right now I have been focusing on Halloween Snail Mail for Kids.

In one of my posts last week, Flat Skelly Skeleton, I introduced a fun Halloween project for kids that can be mailed out.  This post builds upon that and gives you some ideas for follow-up “Skelly Snail Mail” you can send after you mail out Flat Skelly.  However, even if you have not mailed Flat Skelly, you can still use these fun ideas to surprise the kiddos.

Hand-Made Envelope With Craft Inserted ~

I used a standard sized (8.5″ X 11″) piece of colored card stock to create this envelope.  The package can be decorated any way you wish if you are hand delivering.  My grandchildren live close so that is the method I chose.  You can still make this if you will be sending it in the mail, just do most of your hand decorating on the opposite side so you have ample space to address it.

Directions ~
  • Place card stock in horizontal position
  • Fold bottom up 3/4 of the way
  • Crease the folds nicely by running a pen along the edges
  • Fold sides in about 1/4″ on both right and left sides
  • Crease folds
  • Fold top portion down
  • Tape left and right sides down to secure (making sure to leave top open to put mail in)
  • Decorate

The skeleton theme is being used on all of our mail this week since we have dubbed it “Skelly Mail.”  You obviously can use any Halloween images you wish, but following a theme does make it fun!  For the first package, I inserted a fun stained glass craft.  As always, choose whatever fun item you want to put in the package, but I am including a link below so you can see what I included:

Halloween Makit & Bakit Craft

These were a fun little activity that the kids really enjoyed and are so very cute to let them hang in their bedroom window, kitchen window or wherever you would like to display their artwork!  (Halloween is almost here now, but still check out this fun link to look at their other holiday choices for Thanksgiving and Christmas….get them ordered before they run out!)

Skeleton Hand with Treat ~

Here we printed out a skeleton hand image on a standard (8.5″ X 11″) sheet of white card stock.  We then carefully cut around the hand to cut out most of the white space.

Use this free link to print out your own copy of the Skelly Skeleton Hand ~  Skeleton Hand Full Size Image to Print and Cut.

I cut the space between the index finger and thumb apart so that I could insert the Halloween treat.  This makes it look as if the hand is actually holding the treat.

These fun ring suckers were found at our local grocery store.  However, if you cannot find them and act quickly enough, you can still get them delivered on time by using this link ~ Skeleton “Sugar Skulls” Lollipop Rings.  I plan to use the extra for our trick or treaters!

Pumpkin Tags ~

To add extra flair, attach a fun tag in a way that it is dangling from the skeleton’s hand.  You can create your own or I have made some for you to print out for free.  Bonus…these are cute but basic enough that you can use them for quite a few different things!  Print them out on cardstock…you will get 4 per page!

Use this link… Free Pumpkin Tags.  Once you have printed them, use a marker to write the recipient’s name.  I then wrote “5 Days ’til Halloween.”  This will add extra excitement for them to know they can officially start counting down the days until it is time to go trick or treating!

What’s Next You Ask? ~

As you can probably assume, I plan on adding a new fun delivery each day.  Be sure to tune in each day to see what I have added to this post!  I will be sure to give detailed directions for each creation!  I’m not really sure who is having more fun this week…me creating the daily mailings or the kids receiving them!  This Halloween Snail Mail for Kids is a lot of fun!

I hope your week before Halloween is filled with lots of spooky fun! 🎃

Love ~

Mimi

 

DIY Yard Witches

Have you thought about being THE HOUSE that everyone loves to talk about once Halloween decorations start going up?  Do you get tired of seeing the same spooky decor at every other house?  You will love these very easy yet unique DIY Yard Witches and all of your neighbors will too!

There are some different ways you can create these spooky little gals, but using a tomato cage has to be the easiest.  Don’t have any tomato cages?  Don’t worry…read on and I will give you some other easy suggestionsas well!

Items Needed for DIY Yard Witches ~

  • Tomato Cages (we used 4)
  • Styrofoam Heads (4)
  • Black Plastic Tablecloths
  • Large Black Trashbags (optional)
  • Black Tulle Material (4 yards per witch)
  • Witch Hats (4)
  • Black String or Yarn (or other item to tie with)
  • Yard Staples or Stakes
Below are some links if you have a hard time finding some of the items in your local store:

Yard Staples/Stakes can be found here!

Styrofoam Heads can be found here!

Plastic Witch Hats can be found here!

Black Plastic Tablecloths can be found here!

Some of these items are not pictured in the photo above!

Instructions ~

  1. Turn tomato cage upside down with prongs at the top.
  2. Rip large black trash bag down the seam and then place on top of prongs (so that it hangs to the right and left side of the cage to be used as the arms).  Pull the prongs of cage together and place styrofoam head over the prongs and trash bag (to secure the arms).                                                                                                                                                                                   
  3. Cover head and tomato cage with black plastic tablecloth.  We placed the long ends to the front and back of the witch so the tomato cage is not visible from the front.                                                                                                     
  4. Place tulle over the tablecloth so that it is even all around.                                                                       
  5. Tie off at the neck of the syrofoam head.                                                                                                               
  6. Place hat firmly on top of head.                                                                                                                                             
  7. Make other witches and then place side by side, a distance a part, in desired area of yard.  Pull the trash bags out a bit to tie “hands” of each witch together.
  8. Push yard staples at base of tomato cages to secure in the ground.

Alternate Ways to Make DIY Yard Witches ~

If you do not have any tomato cages and cannot purchase any at this point in the stores, don’t worry!  Thick yard stakes or poles can also be used.  Of course, the directions are a bit different, but the end result is the same.  We make yard ghosts every year and we use yard stakes to create these.

If you don’t have tomato cages try this ~

If the ground is dry, you will need to use a mallet or hammer to pound the stake firmly into the ground.  It is important that they are at least 2 to 3 inches in the ground for stability.  You can then follow the steps above to create the witch.

If you don’t have styrofoam heads try this ~

I actually use this method for my ghosts so that I can make fatter heads.  Take a plastic grocery sack and fill it with other grocery sacks, crumbled newspapers, packing plastic or bubble wrap.  Continue stuffing until you get the desired size for the head.  Carefully place the filled bag upside down over the yard stake, pinching it closed until you can get it tied off.

After securing the plastic bag head to the stake, follow the steps above to complete your witches.

Yard Ghosts ~

As mentioned earlier, we make ghosts at our house and they are truly looked forward to every year.  Different families come down and take pictures in front of them…they make a great photo opportunity!  If you choose to make ghosts instead or along with the witches, you will need white flat bed sheets.  These can be hard to find, so you will need to plan ahead.

At the end of the month, I take these down, wash the sheets and pack away all of the materials for the next year.  You may need to darken the faces again with a black sharpie each year, but it will help them last much longer.  Believe me, it is well worth the step to clean and pack away.

Brad made a campfire last year to add to our ghost scene.  It has been a very fun addition!

Happy October and Happy Halloween 👻to you all!  I hope your month is “spooktacular!”

Love-

Mimi

Flat Skelly Skeleton

Halloween shenanigans are in full swing…decorating the house, planning trick or treat costumes, fun at pumpkin patches, carving jack-o-lanterns, spooky crafts, fun snacks and more!  As a grandparent, I love to be as much a part of all this as possible, but realize it is not feasible to do so.  Flat Skelly Skeleton is here to help out with just that!

The Flat Stanley Project is an awesome project that our children were able to take part in back when they were in elementary school.  Have you been lucky enough to be a part of it as well?   The teacher provided a template of “Flat Stanley” for the kids to color.  The kids then mail him to various friends, family members or anyone of interest.  The recipient takes Stanley along with them for a day, taking pictures and writing about his visit.  Once done, they mail him back along with the pictures and journal notes.  It is a great literacy program that also teaches geography in a very fun way.

Flat Skelly Skeleton ~

Flat Skelly is similar to Flat Stanley.  This is a fun way for grandparents (or any friend or family member) to be a part of Halloween activities…even if they are not physically present.  I have made it super easy for you to print out the fun Flat Skelly Skeleton poem along with the Jointed Skeleton template. Then all you have to do is mail them to your favorite little ghoul(s).  They will be so excited to share all of their Halloween fun with you!

Flat Skelly Skeleton Poem ~

Click here for free download of Flat Skelly Poem

Jointed Skeleton Directions~

Click here for FREE printout of Flat Skelly Skeleton

 

I found this free skeleton printout by Preschoolactivities.us.  You can use the link next to the picture above to print out or go to their website with the skeleton coloring page Preschoolactivities.us skeleton coloring page.  There are also other free options on Pinterest if you wish to use a different image.  Print these on copy paper or card stock.

You have options regarding how you wish to mail these to the little ones.  You can leave the skeleton template in tact so that they can cut out the pieces or you can pre-cut and put the pieces, along with the brads, in an envelope.  The option you choose will depend mostly upon the age of the child you are sending to and whether they are skilled with scissors yet.

Whoever ends up cutting and putting the skeleton together will need these instructions ~

  1. Cut out each skeleton part
  2. Let your child color and decorate, if desired
  3. Insert small brads at each joint to make Skelly movable (see below for more information on brads)
  4. Tape a popsicle stick or cookie stick to back of the skeleton

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*Types of small brads to try ~

Brads are two pronged paper fastners that usually have some type of decorative top.  There are different sizes, so pay attention to the details.  The mini-sized ones may be the best option for Flat Skelly since he is a bit smaller printout.  Below are some fun varieties:

Mini-sized, multi-color brads

Assorted colors of brads ~

Halloween brads ~

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Once you introduce your children to the world of “brads” in crafting, the possibilities are endless.  They are such a versatile and inexpensive item to add to your craft baskets.  I even use them for scrapbooking!

There have been numerous spin offs of the original Flat Stanly that are so much fun to explore.  This project is a little different in that the child is receiving Flat Skelly instead of sending him to others.  They then have the responsibility to make sure pictures get taken and if of writing age, journaling about their fun experiences throughout the month of October.

You can take it a step further and get them a little “Flat Skelly Skeleton” journal to use for their journaling.  Here are some fun ideas:

Fun Vintage Style Skeleton Notebook

Dancing Skeleton Journal with blank pages

Wide Ruled Skeleton Journal

Sending Flat Skelly As A Package ~

If you live far away or like to send snail mail to the recepient of this awesome Halloween activity, here is what you will need to remember:

  • Skelly Skeleton Poem
  • Jointed Skelly Skeleton (or cut out pieces and put in envelop if sending to smaller children)
  • 8 brads
  • Popsicle or cake pop stick

Send it in a festive envelope.  I used a large manila envelope so there would be no fold creases.  Use stickers or color fun Halloween images on the outside.  What child would not be excited to receive this special delivery?

It’s no secret how much my family loves Halloween.  Even if you don’t love spooky things, you can enjoy Halloween with your kids.  To me, it is not just about the 31st….it’s a whole month of family fun!.  Whether it is as simple as coloring with your kids, crafting or making festive foods, you will create memories to last a lifetime.

Other Halloween Festivities to Check Out ~

Last year I shared some Halloween ideas:

Fun food ideas for Halloween!  Lots of fun ideas…including the infamous Feet Loaf!!!

Halloween Gingerbread Houses!  Buy a kit or make your own….it’s great fun either way!

You’ve Been Booed!!! 👻  This is an annual MUST in every neighborhood!

The month of October just really flies by way too quickly!  Don’t let these festive opportunities get away from you!  You may just find that you have more fun than your kids do!  Be sure to follow me if you aren’t already by entering your email…I promise you I won’t overfill your inbox….only good things coming and at good intervals!

Happy Haunting to all of you!

Mimi

 

Bring Back E.T.~Imagination and Role Playing

I wish I could tell you how many people comment, “Bring back E.T.!” whenever we post a picture of Max in his E.T. mask!  There was a short span of time that EVERYTHING he did was done with that big E.T. head.  One only has to be around him for a short period of time before he has you engrossed in his imagination and role playing.  While we are all laughing with delight at his antics, we never stop to think of the many benefits there are to children when playing dress up.

Have you ever been told, “Maybe you should try walking in my shoes for a bit?”  I’m sure almost everyone has either heard that phrase at one time or possibly even said it.  This is a person wanting you to understand what their life or situation is like…a person asking for empathy.  When a child engages in role playing, they are doing just that.  Whether it be dressing up like mommy and daddy, a superhero, a princess, or even E.T., they are “walking in their shoes,” and without realizing it, learning empathy.

Sure, it’s fun to pretend they can fly like a superhero or swim like a mermaid.  However, they have also watched this person in action and are now trying to mimic them…or walk in their shoes.  The process of watching…remembering…then mimicking is building brain power without them even realizing it!

Dress Up Box ~

A dress up box was always available to our kids when they were growing up.  It was filled with costumes and accessories.  We would go to a Hawaiian themed party and the plastic leis would make it to the box.  We would celebrate New Year’s Eve and the party hats, horns and boas would be added to the box.  Old party dresses and high heels….you got the idea!

What I wish I would have done differently is to add their Halloween costumes to the box.  I tended to put those back in case someone else wanted to wear it the next Halloween.  My daughter, Lauren, keeps costumes out for them to enjoy all year long.  This is how we ended up with the wonderful days of Max and E.T.

Eating with E.T.

Playing Outside with E.T.

 

Shopping with E.T.

Brushing Teeth with E.T.

Yes, Taking a Bath with E.T.

Going to Bed with E.T.

You hardly saw Max during those days that he did not have that E.T. head on.  He would sometimes wear the whole costume, but most often he just wore the head.  There were even days that he shared it with others!

Are you thinking to yourself, “Man, I have got to get one of these adorable E.T. costumes for my kids?”  Don’t you worry, I got your back!  Order your own cool E.T. costume right here!  As stated earlier, your kids can dress up all…year…long!

My other thought here is that if you let your children dress up whenever they want it builds a sense of self confidence.  As I watched our three children grow through the different stages, it was very important to me that they learned to be kind and to have self confidence.  I put these two together because I believe they go hand in hand.  The times I would see them at their lowest in self-confidence is when they were  being picked on by others.  Therefore, it was also important to use those times to enforce why being kind is so important.

With that being said, Brad and I completely believe that Max is not going to suffer in the self-confidence area!  Whether he is E.T (where he just always looks so adorable), The Hulk (where he very dramatically transforms from self to Hulk with LOTS of noise), Spider Man (where he covers you with webs with a twist of his magical hand), or Mr. Freeze (where he freezes you and you MUST stay frozen until he unfreezes you!) he truly believes he IS those characters!

Themed Play & Crafts ~

Lauren does a fantastic job of taking their current interests and turning them into fun activities filled with themed crafts and foods.  I wrote about the alien theme when I first started blogging.  It is a small entry, but the pics are cute.  You can check the alien themed blog here!!!

I have since learned it is helpful to include directions for the crafts and food.  I searched Pinterest for some help on how to make the spaceship and found this great pin.  Zygote Brown Designs describes in detail how to make a spaceship!

Where is Your Dress Up Box? ~

Playing dress up is SO MUCH MORE than just a fun way to keep the kids occupied.  It stirs their imagination and aids in their emotional development.  So if you haven’t done so yet, go create that box of imagination for them.

It can be a bigger, dual purpose box like this!

It can be a pretty basket like this!

Regardless of what you use, you won’t regret making this an option for your kids.  You, too, can bring back E.T. and spark their imagination and role playing.  They can enjoy this for years!  And who knows, when you become a Mimi, you may find yourself dragging it back out again! 😉

 

 

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????

Funny Halloween Shirt Halloween Shirt Halloween Tshirt Pebble

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!

 

OMG I'm Like Literally Dead Coffee Mug Halloween Mug Funny image 0

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?????

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