Monday, October 31, 2011

Witch's Brew, Spider Cider, Spooky Sticks, Night Fright, Salem... happy halloween!

Happy Halloween!! 
Tonight we shall feast upon Spider Cider and Witch's Brew before our little ghouls go out haunting and begging for candy.
I'm so excited. We have a Corpse Bride, and Rainbow Butterfly, and an Amish Boy.

We've had fun celebrating Halloween all month. Below are some pictures of our food and decorations,  my 5K night run, and our trip to Salem, Massachusetts.

To make Spider Cider, warm up your favorite apple cider recipe, then add plastic spiders and make a festive sign. I found spider goblets at Michaels for $.50.

For Witch's Brew, make your favorite batch of soup (you could even make it an orange butternut or a black bean soup to be extra festive. I went with a vegetable chowder). Then I put my pot directly into a cauldron and make a sign. The food is all made... I can't wait to warm it up and eat tonight before we go into the cold for trick-or-treating!

Here are some sticks that I found in our yard.
I spray painted them black.
 Then perched a spooky bird on a branch.
I bought my witch candlestick in....

Salem, MA! That's right, a few weeks ago we took a trip out to Boston to visit my sister and her family. We took a day trip to Salem, and it was the neatest place. We loved it.
We went to a small production about the witch trials that took place in Salem.
We visited a Witch House.
It wasn't scary or haunted like we thought it would be.
In Boston, we visited the neatest cemetaries. I thought these were cool Halloween-ish pictures.
Check out that skull and crossbones!
This is Paul Revere's headstone.
Boston was amazing. More on that to come.
On Saturday night, I ran a 5K with some of my gal pals. It was called the Fright Night, but wasn't spooky at all. Still fun though!

Happy Halloween!!!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Once Upon a Weekend {Link Party #16} and Features

Happy Halloweekend everyone!!!  
Remember my Blog Bash from a few weeks ago? Just wanted to let you know that all the giveaways are still open, until Halloween at midnight. For a recap on all the fun, (there were over 20 amazing giveaways), and to enter, click HERE!

 Here are the top 5 hits from last week's party! 
You guys are amazing!

Top Hit: Kelli from the Turquoise Piano, sounds like an awesome gal!

This has been featured everywhere, and its no wonder! $ saver! Genius!

So festive and fun!

Great tip!

Amazing room and photography!

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A Ghost Post

This is the full post I wrote for The Letter 4's Ultimate Halloween Party last Friday.
You can link your Halloween projects to the link party here!

I call this "A Ghost Post."
Here are 7 ghost activities and crafts
that my little ghouls girls and I have done this Halloween season.
All these activities were made with things that I already had laying around the house,
and you might too!
These are fun, easy, and best of all, inexpensive ideas to do if you'll be hosting a Halloween party this year!

Activity 1:
To make this, all you need is a lollipop, a tissue, a piece of ribbon, and a black felt marker. Tie the tissue over the lollipop, color a ghost face, and give this treat to your favorite little ghoul.

Activity 2:
 A surprise peanut butter and jelly sandwich! Just use a cookie cutter, then I used peppercorns as eyes for presentation, and fed the scraps to my one year old who is too young to care :)

Activity 3:
All you need is marshmallows, a mug of hot chocolate, and black food coloring. Mmmm!

Activity 4:
My 3 year old had such a fun time making this!
I free handed the ghost shape onto a piece of white cardstock.
She spread some glue with a q-tip, then added the cotton balls.
I cut the mouth out of a piece of junk mail that had a black section.
Then we added the googly eyes. Easy!

Activity 5:
As I was going through my craft stash, I found some glitter (yay!) and knew that we could make something ghostly and glam.... these were so fun, and are way cuter in person! The steps are pretty self-explanatory!

Give the glitter a good shake, they shake the excess off onto a different piece of paper.

Activity 6:
The kids kept telling me that we need more decorations on our porch. They were right! This is a bit spooky, I'm not quire sure how I feel about it yet...
There are several ways to make these flying ghosts.
I didn't have any white fabric or styrofoam balls on hand, so here's how I did it.

I used an old dish towel, and cut off the embroidery to create a square.
I used a playdough can that was just about to go in the garbage, to make the head. I wasn't sure it would work since it's not perfectly round, but it actually did the job just fine. Tie string or ribbon around the neck, and literally hang your ghost on the porch. Oh, and the face is just drawn with a felt marker.

Activity 7:
You've probably seen these "floating" around the internet. They are so fun to make!
To make, clean out a few milk jugs (I think the transparent ones look better).
Then cut a hole in the back of the jug.
The kids painted the faces and bottle caps with black acrylic paint.
Then we inserted a push light in the hole.
(The ghost on the left has.... freckles).

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Kid Craft: how to make homemade slime.

 Are your kids always on the lookout for a new craft to do at home? Well, here's a surprisingly easy project to do with your kiddos, and its cheap and easy! This slime has provided my kids with hours of fun! It was fun to do, especially around Halloween time. We made it about a week ago, and its still moist and perfect for them to play with. It was fun having a science experiment going on in our kitchen.

 Here's how to make Homemade Slime:

you'll need-
2 tsp Borax
2 cups water
1 cup glue (about 2 bottles)
1 cup water
food coloring

Mix the borax and water in a bowl.
Mix the glue, water and food coloring in a separate bowl.
Now mix the ingredients of both bowls together.
That's it! 
Store in a ziploc bag.

*I found Borax in the laundry aisle at Target. It was only $3. We now have enough to last for a lifetime of homemade slime!
*If you use the transparent glue, your slime will turn out shiny. I'm trying this next time!
*Make sure your kids know that this is not edible!!!
*Here's a link to the video I watched to learn how to make this:

 I told the kids it was troll bogies (Harry Potter, anyone?) They thought it was hilarious!

Linked here!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

THE CORPSE BRIDE {Halloween Costume Tutorial}

You might think we're a little twisted, but I assure you we're not! We just really enjoy some of the Tim Burton movies, including The Corpse Bride. I remember the first time I saw this movie in the theaters, it was a school night, I was a teacher and had to be to school by 7:30am the next day, but Troy (my husband) wanted to see the movie so bad at the midnight showing, so we went. And it was awesome. If you haven't seen it, you probably think it is spooky and twisted, and while there is an element related to the underworld, it is also very sweet and magical and witty. Emily, who is the corpse bride, is a very giving, unselfish character, and is a delight once you get to know her. Which is why we were totally okay letting our 5 year old choose to be The Corpse Bride for Halloween. She plays the part perfectly....

 Since most of these pictures are her solemnly "in character," I've added a picture of her smiling... she had so much fun wearing this costume, and was dancing all over the living room while she watched the movie. She LOVED wearing this costume, and is excited to wear it again on Halloween!
How to make a Corpse Bride Costume
We started with finding a white dress. I bought this at Once Upon a Child for $13, which was our biggest expense. It was a few sizes too big for my daughter- perfect. I wanted the length.
I had to take in the dress on the sides, about half an inch. Since this is a Halloween costume, I knew it didn't have to be perfect. All I did was cinch in the sides, tucking a layer of lace across the front bodice. My daughter helped me sew it all together.

After the lace, I got crazy with a pair of scissors, and cut a small slit in the front and tattered up the bottom of the dress. Then I took it outside and carefully spray painted it blue and black.

Here's the spool of lace I had on hand to work with. I used it for the lace on the bodice, the arm cuff, and the veil. A spool of lace costs around $4 at a craft store.

I cut a small piece and sewed this elastic to the top and bottom. While sewing the elastic, I stretched it, to help it gather.
From here, I sewed the sides without elastic together, and the cuff was the perfect size for my daughter's arm. Then I spray painted it blue, followed by a very light mist of black.

I made a similar cuff to wrap around the flowers. These are cheap yellow carnations (all we could find), which I spray painted blue and black, and called it "good enough!"

I twisted pipe cleaners together to create the circle. Then I hot glued 7 cheap white artificial daisies to it. Next, I tied 2 very long strands of lace to the back, creating 4 trails of lace. I could have added a bit more, but I didn't want to use up all my lace on one Halloween costume, cuz I'm frugal like that! Last, I spray painted it all blue, then black.

We were lucky to find this amazing blue wig at the grocery store for $6. It was my daughter who spotted it, and knew it would be perfect for her costume! I spray painted bits and pieces of it black so she didn't look like a pop star. Thankfully, I'm still able to brush through it even with spray paint in it.

I'm not sure if you can tell what the black thing on the bodice is, but its supposed to be the bride's ribcage showing through the dress. We did our best to create this look, using baby brother's too-small skeleton shirt from last Halloween. (which I had bought at the thrift store for $1). It's not exactly perfect, but honestly I had to call it... good enough!

We sewed the 2 sleeves together to use as the other arm cuff, where the bride is just showing bones.

Face Paint:
This was the fun part! I used a mixture of face paint from Wal-Mart, and my Mac makeup to create the face. I started with a white base, then covered her eyes in smoky gray and blue makeup. Then I drew the eyebrows, eyelashes, and filled them in. We finished it off with blush and lipstick. It really added to the drama and overall effect of the costume.

So, what do you think, for roughly $20, how did we do?

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