I’m getting a head start on Halloween Recipe Planning! This one is super easy & fast:
Frankenstein Guts & Eyeballs
Cook spaghetti as usual, drain, then put back in pot. Ad oil & green food color. (lots of oil so color coats evenly) The color will be completely absorbed by the pasta so this leaves no green mess!
Place in serving dish then add candy eyeballs. The ones I used were gummy eyeballs from the dollar store. (bargain!) ENJOY!
If you are scrambling for a last minute Halloween costume for your little guy/girl, check out H&M’s All for Children collection. Twenty-five percent of all sales go toward UNICEF’s work in Bangladesh to improve access to quality education for some of the world’s most vulnerable children. The All For Children’s collection is a tribute to the 18th century masquerade ball. My favorites include the Marie Antoinette dress/wig and Sea Captain costume!
I’ve been wanting to try out this new Vegan Fluffy Buttercream Frosting Recipe & thought Halloween was the perfect excuse! I only had about an hour this morning so the cupcakes are made with the help of Betty Crocker. The new frosting recipe is super delicious (fluffy, light, buttery, all those good adjectives!) Baking/cooking is unfortunately not my natural talent, and I’ll need to practice a lot to perfect the recipe…the frosting turned out kinda lumpy. Fortunately, my kids didn’t seem to mind!
Want to try it?
1/2 cup nonhydrogenated shortening
1/2 cup nonhydrogenated margarine
3 1/2 cups powdered sugar, sifted if clumpy
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 cup plain soy milk or soy creamer
Beat the shortening and margarine together until well combined and fluffy. Add the sugar and beat for about 3 more minutes.
Add the vanilla and soy milk, and beat for another 5 to 7 minutes until fluffy.
* all party supplies from Hobby Lobby
* wallpaper backdrop = Enchant Black Wallpaper
Last week we went on a mini Halloween shopping spree at Target. My kids were thrilled to go on a shopping trip that was all about them!
On arrival at Target we headed straight to the costume aisle, what would we be? Harper’s eyes lit up when she saw the princess dresses. As much as I am not a big fan of Disney Princesses, I have to admit the costumes and accessories are pretty cute! After debating between Cinderella and Ariel for about 20 minutes, Harper decided that Ariel was her favorite since she related more with her: they both love to swim! She was also ecstatic about the beautiful red wig that she would be able to wear EVERYDAY.
My son went back and forth on whether he wanted to go for the Batman costume or the Ninja Warrior. Ultimately the plastic ninja swords trumped Batman! We all agreed that he would be a “good guy” Ninja Warrior, and would protect his family from the bad guys.
In honor of Halloween we also decided to purchase some fun cereal. Yummy Mummy & Booo Berry were must haves for our Halloween costume breakfast:
Finally we purchased a few fun accessories for the house… some orange twinkly lights for our back patio & a cute candy dish. The kids also REALLY wanted to try the new Halloween colored/flavored M&Ms. We purchased both the Candy Corn flavor as well as the Pumpkin Spice package! Don’t they look cute in the new Halloween bowl? (It was only $3 in the dollar section at Target)
From ghoulish getups to spooky sights, Target has everything you need for a festive Halloween!
Expect More. Pay Less.
I’d love to hear about your favorite Halloween finds from Target! and be sure to tag your Instagram photos with the hashtag #TargetHalloween!
Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Target via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Target.
We’ve reached the mid point of October which means the count down to Halloween is on! Are you ready? I think we are just about there. I was never really a huge Halloween fan myself, but somehow my children have more than warmed me up to the holiday. I am excited to decorate & dress them up, carve silly pumpkin faces, bob for apples and trick or treat, and of course read all of the fun Halloween children’s stories. This year I am loving all of the colorful and festive decor. My own Halloween decor tends to have a Día de los Muertos kind of feel. LOTS of colorful skeletons and CUTE Halloween things. (…you’ll find nothing bloody or zombie-like at our house!)
In honor of the Halloween season I decided to put together a few HALLOWEEN nursery mood boards. As a mama blogger and children’s decor fanatic I couldn’t help myself! Each nursery mood board below includes some of my favorite nursery decor items and is inspired by the colors of Halloween: GREEN, BLACK, ORANGE, YELLOW, WHITE, & PURPLE. The colors are inspired by Frankenstein, Bats & Dracula, Candy Corn, Ghosts & Mummies, Dracula, and Witches. I know that Halloween in this decade consists mostly of superheroes and princesses, but I really like to keep the holiday pretty classic!
Each of the three mood boards I’ve created trends on the modern side of decor and uses the same modern white crib, one of my favorites! Rooms are decorated and accessories are chosen based on a color combo theme. Mood Board #1 includes shades of green, white, and a bit of black. Mood Board #2 is inspired by the colors of Candy Corn: oranges, yellow, & white. Mood Board #3 is my favorite. It includes a bit of bright purple, subtle orange, a bit of gold, light wood textures, and vibrant white!
What do you think of these color combos? Would you use any of them in the nursery? & what colors do you decorate with for Halloween?
MOOD BOARD #1
1. green throw pillow
2. Zahara Zebra Crib Sheet
3. Eicho Crib
4. Avalon Children’s Chair in Green
5. There Is Not A Monster In My Closet Letterpress Poster, by Etsy seller thebigharumph
6. Black Moose Head
7. Green Toddler Vans
8. Eco Forest Baby Blanket: SpearmintLOVE.com
MOOD BOARD #2
1. Yellow Polka Dot Crib Sheet, Land of Nod
2. Zuo Modern ‘Phante’ Orange Elephant Children’s Chair
3. Eicho Crib
4. Candy Corn Monster Print, Etsy seller Omaplapen
5. thinkbaby Low Profile Baby Bowl, Orange, 2 pack
6. Yellow Boa
7. Perch Table Lamp, Yellow; West Elm
8. Blabla Kids Colette the Cat
9. Eero Aarnio Alpha Shell Orange Egg Chair And Ottoman
MOOD BOARD #3
1. Big Orange Monster Meets Small Purple Monster – Illustration Print; Etsy seller CarlBatterbee
2. e27 Purple Ceiling Light. muuto
3. Flokati Purple Rug
5. West Elm Natural Tree Stump Side Table
6. Orange Crush Crib Sheet, newarrivalsinc.com
7. LOVE [GOLD] Pillow Cover, SpearmintLOVE.com
8. Vinnie White Cradle Chair
9. Baby Degen Monster Sweatpant, SpearmintLOVE.com
10. Sonny Angels Halloween Dolls
11. Ubbi Diaper Pail, Purple from ubbiworld.com
Halloween is just around the corner, & now that October is here I am in full Halloween mode! …have you started decorating/party planning yet?
When it comes to Halloween, I tend to be pretty prude. I love pumpkins, ghosts, spiders, skeletons, mummies, monsters, & even witches. But I tend to stay away from anything that includes blood and gore! All of the Halloween decor in our house is pretty tame & will be very child-friendly. I’d probably do this even if I didn’t have 3 & 4 year olds. Even before I had children I was not crazy about the “gore factor” in Halloween.
funny fact about me: I am scared to death of those awesome-ly scary haunted houses. you could not pay me enough to actually enter one!
So, is anyone in Halloween party planning mode? I’m not sure if we will be hosting a party this year, we are still pretty new to the neighborhood. If we were to host a party there would be LOTS of little ones running around. I’d want to keep it festive without being scary. (My kids get so scared just walking by that HUGE Skeleton Reaper at the Home Depot!! You know, this thing?)
So, here are some of my favorite things for a kid-friendly & very G-Rated Halloween party. Other than the Halloween theme tying the party together, I’ve included lots of oranges, greens, purples & blacks to make it colorful! (see links below)
1. Pirate Skull and Crossbones Flag
2. Halloween Haunted House Favor Box Centerpiece
3. Solar Ghost Lanterns
4. Orange Light Bulb
5. Mason Jars
6. Kool-Aid, Orange
7. Black Stripe-y Straws
8. Halloween String Lights
9. TRIPP Orange & Black IKEA Containers
10. Green Battery Operated Outdoor Flameless Candle
11. Purple Napkins
12. Orange Paper Plates
13. Glitter Spider Cutouts
14. Green Cutlery Set
15. Halloween Warning Tape – 30′
16. Halloween Music
17. Halloween Hanging Decor
In addition to colorful decor for a G-Rated Halloween Party I thought it would be really fun to create some sort of photo booth prop for the kids. Over the weekend I was shopping at Paper Source and they had sooo many cute Halloween decor ideas. Have you ever been to a Paper Source store? Everything is pretty fabulous, but it is also EXPENSIVE!
I became obsessed with these adorable Halloween Masks. The set includes a DIY witch, mummy, dracula, & monster. I was so close to purchasing the set, but decided since I would still have to cut and glue the masks together, I might as well make them myself! I wanted to use the paper cutouts as photo booth props so instead of turning them into masks, I glued each one onto a recycled Fudgesicle stick. The project was fairly simple from start to finish. It took me about 1.5 hours to draw, cut, and glue all 4 of the paper props. Instead of purchasing for $14.95, the entire project cost me about $2.95. I had all the supplies in my craft cabinet minus the glue.
The Halloween Props turned out pretty cute and I was able to get some fun pics of the kids yesterday. If you follow me on Instagram, you got the sneak peek! I taped some glitter wrapping paper from the Paper Source to the wall for a festive backdrop.
A drool-worthy Halloween brunch to get you in the spirit this morning. Do you get really into Halloween, or not so much? Before having kids I really hadn’t done anything to celebrate since my early 20s…It is much more fun now that I have 2 little ones to dress up!
I am not sure yet if we will be dressing up tonight. A lot of NJ towns have rescheduled Halloween for Friday evening due to all of the storm damage.
Get baking with these spooky Halloween recipes for kids. These recipes are sure to have your kids laughing and there are some less scary ones thrown in for the littlest ones in your family. My personal favourite is the Halloween ghost cupcakes, they are so adorable that they make you are the scary one eating them up!
Don’t forget that tomorrow (01/11/11) is the last day of our Win a SUPPORi baby sling competition – get your entry in before it’s too late!
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I was thinking of my 18 month old daughter’s Halloween costume the other day, and found these cute handmade costumes on etsy!
1. Penguin costume, $55.
2. Pig Halloween costume headband crochet pattern, $4.95. This seller offers PDF pattern for this adorable pig headband for kids. If you like crafting, it would be a great project for you!
3. Baby bunny hat and diaper cover, $45. Adorable on newborn! The seller makes these made-to-order, and offers different options for color combinations.
4. Cat kids felt animal mask, $14.75. More animal masks here.
5. Feathered chicken Halloween costume, $39.99.
Rex is going as Elvis! What are your kids dressing up as?
How was your Halloween?
We spent a fun evening with my MIL. John was working so it was great to have another adult to go trick or treating with. Rex was not happy about wearing the boots and hat, he prefered to just carry the hat around with him. We visited 3 houses in my MIL’s neighborhood, and then helped her hand out candy the rest of the evening.
Isn’t it way more fun to dress little kids up?
The darling pirate costumes were courtesy of Halloweencostumes.com.
If you haven’t found a Halloween costume yet, you’re getting chillingly close to missing out on e-retailer deals. Luckily, Coupon Sherpa has the low-down on nine Halloween coupons to help you show your spirit before it’s too late.
Now until Oct. 29, get $5 off your costume purchase of $50 or more with Sears coupon code SBOO.
2. Spirit Halloween
Take 20% off your highest priced item through Oct. 26 at Spirit Halloween with coupon code SPAFF20.
3. Costume Discounters
Through Oct. 31, get 5% off purchases of $50 or more using coupon code 5MORE. Spend $150 or more and get 15% off using 15MORE.
Use Walgreens coupon code SCARY20 through Oct. 22 and receive 20% off all costumes.
5. Hot Topic
Get 20% off your Hot Topic purchase of $60 or more through Nov. 2 with coupon code HTAF20HWN.
6. Hancock Fabrics
Enjoy up to 40% off Halloween costume patterns through Oct. 31.
7. Costume Kingdom
Use coupon code 15OFF75CK through Oct. 31 to receive 15% off your purchase of $75 or more.
Through Nov. 1 on DrugStore.com, save up to 30% on all Halloween costumes, plus get free shipping.
9. Costume Supercenter
Through Oct. 31, use coupon code Ghost10 and get 10% off your order of $50 or more. Spend $100 or more and enjoy 15% savings with coupon code Ghost 15.
Our costumes arrived today. I think that I am waaay more excited than anyone else! Anyway, Harper & Rexford are both being pirates. I am taking advantage of dressing them up as a pair while they are little! (it was actually Harper’s idea to be a pirate.)
Anyway, these outfits are too cute. Rex wasn’t interested in the dress rehearsal- I’ll post pics of them together on Halloween. Both costumes are from Halloweencostumes.com (& they are just darling I might add!)
Today is the last day to enter to win a $30 Gift Card for your little one’s Halloween Costume.
What are you kids being for Halloween?
P.S. last year my little pumpkins were Raggedy Anne & Andy.
i cannot believe it is October 1. i remember grocery shopping at the end of August and laughing to myself- they had already put the Halloween candy out! if this month goes by as quickly as September did, i will be running to the grocery store in a mad dash on Halloween and thinking “hmmm, maybe buying Halloween candy in August would have been a good idea!”
i have to be honest…i really don’t get that into Halloween. i have never hosted a party and haven’t dressed up since college. but these Halloween cupcake wrappers are so incredibly cute they make me want to have a party!
do you host or attend a yearly Halloween party? are you making anything special? have you thought of a costume yet? i can’t wait to dress up the kids…they are going to match!
happy halloween! i am reposting this so you can add your halloween post to the list!
let me see your little ones (or big ones!) in their halloween costumes. post photos on your blog and add your name to the list Mcklinky below:
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