Showing posts with label Halloween. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Halloween. Show all posts

Oct 31, 2011

Halloween Sneak Peak and Soup Party Recipes

Happy Halloween everybody!  We hope you have a fun day creating new memories!  This year I (Pam) am starting a Soup Party after trick-or-treating with my family!  How fun will it be to come back after Trick-or-Treating to a bunch of different kinds of warm soups, salad and breadsticks?  Right?  I asked each of my family members to bring a soup in a crock-pot (if they want) and I'll also be bringing some homemade bread sticks and a mega salad!

Here are a few of me and Lisa's favorite soup recipes:

Also, I Heart Nap Time, did a great post last week with tons of great soup recommendations!  Check that out HERE!

Here is a sneak peak of what our cute boys will be looking like tonight!

Jeffrey aka Superman
Lisa's mom actually made this costume 30 years ago for her brother!  SO CUTE, huh?
You can see better pics of the costume in THIS post of Lisa's!

Nathan aka Leonardo the Ninja Turtle!

and then we have.....
Lisa's Legos!

Have a safe and Happy Halloween!

Oct 27, 2011

Clay Pumpkins Tradition

Every 5 years or so growing up we made clay pumpkins as a family. Here are mine and my parents pumpkins over the years....

Cant you see all the budding creativity I displayed even from a very young age :)

My Dad made his to hold a tea light and glow this year. Clever!

Last year we did pumpkins as a family but the clay we used ended up breaking apart and so we had to throw them away - it was so sad! This year I bought Super Sculpey clay and its awesome! You have to work it pretty good to get it soft but once you do its easy to work with and doesn't dry out or get hard until you bake it.

We sculpted pumpkins for our Monday Family Night activity this week. Our boys did great and were so creative! We used foil as a form since it recommended not making the clay more than a half inch thick.

I was a little worried that we would not have enough clay but since we used the foil we actually had leftovers.

Davis was especially patient and worked really hard on his masterpiece.

After we baked them they had almost a plastic feel and they seem really durable. Thank goodness!


  Davis' pumpkin is riding a skateboard, and Caleb's is carrying a surfboard :)

All finished!

I'm excited to be carrying this tradition on in our family and cant wait to do them again in 3-4 years!


PS. Happy Birthday Dad! Love you!

Oct 20, 2011

Cooking with Kids - Haunted Graveyard Cake

Beckham has been needing some one on one time so I figured a little time in the kitchen with Mom would be a good idea. I decided to make a Tombstone Cake with him because they are so fun and easy.

You can either make a cake and top it with pudding or just do a solid pudding bottom. My favorite chocolate cake is this To die for Chocolate Cake.

Cake and/or pudding
Milano cookies
Chocolate or black licorice
Wire - I didn't have and tried to use toothpicks and it didn't work very well
Black food coloring and a tiny paintbrush or Food Marker Writers

First make your base.

Crush Oreos in a bag and spread on top.

I wanted to make a cool tree like this one from Parents....

...but I was short the wire and so I used toothpicks and skewers. It did not have the same effect but Becks didn't mind.

To paint the names on the tombstones I added a teaspoon of water to a bowl and mixed in black food coloring. Then I used a tiny paintbrush to paint on the engravings. Pam just informed me that they have  Food Marker Writers.

Here are some funny tombstone names to use:

Rustin Peace
C.U. Later
M.T. Tomb
Theo Later
Ray N. Carnation
I.M Gone
Lev Itation
G.I. Miss You
Al B. Back

Don't forget to lick the leftovers!

The boys are dying to eat it! Ha Ha Ha! :-)

Oct 19, 2011

Pin the Tail on the Wolverine Printable

My friend, Nadine, is having a little Halloween Birthday Party for her son and we were talking about some of the games she is going to be playing.  While we were talking we came up with the idea of her wanting to do Pin the Tail on the Wolverine game!  So, I put together this little Printable Pack for her and thought I would share it with all of you as well!

The Printable Pack comes with:

-20x30 Wolverine Poster w/ Tail Outline

-8x10 Wolverine Tails Print 
(the tails are approx 5 inches wide)

You can get both printed at a local Print shop or at your local WalMart or Costco.  You will need to have the Wolverine Poster printed as a 20x30 Poster and then the Wolverine Tails are just a standard 8x10 Photo Print. Be sure to print as many of the 8x10 Wolverine Tail Photo prints as you will need.  Each 8x10 has 4 Wolverine Tails on it.  Each kid should have their own Wolverine Tail.  Allow them to mark it or write their name on it, prior to "pinning" it on the Wolverine.  That way you will be able to identify everyones tail easily.  

To pin the tail, you can put 2-sided tape on the back or even just roll some masking tape!  I hope you and your kids can enjoy this game!

Download the 
Pin the Tail on the Wolverine Printable Pack HERE!

This is a .zip file.  So, once you download it you will need to unzip or uncompress the file.  Once you unzip or uncompress the file, it will give you the two separate jpg files. 

If you do not know how to unzip files you are able to download the separate files HERE and HERE!

Don't forget about our Halloween Pre-K Pack and Halloween Counting Cards that match this printable pack! 

Here are some other great games you could play at your Halloween Party!

TipJunkie did a great post with a huge list of Fun Halloween Games!

There is a great post over at What Teacher Wants with all sorts of great party ideas, but I especially loved her Witches Brew Recipe

 How cute are these "Picture Moment" boards from Crafts by Friends?  These would be so fun to have around for the kids to take pictures in!

Have a Happy Halloween everybody!


Oct 6, 2011

Tutorial: Making Ghosts and Dementors

Growing up I remember my Mom making ghosts that hung around our house from the ceiling. She used cheesecloth, drip and drape, and balloons. This year I wanted to make some for our home and share with you just how easy it is!

What you will need:

    First cover your work surface with a trash bag or drop cloth. I chose my kitchen table because in order to do this you need somewhere to hang the ghosts while they dry and I was using my kitchen light fixture above the table.

    Blow your balloons up to the size you want the head of the ghost to be. Then attach a 1-2 foot long string to the knot in the balloon. This string is so you can tie it up once you have your cheesecloth over the balloon. I wanted my ghosts to look like they were flying so I also attached 2 more strings to the knot that were about 3-4 feet long to pull back sections of the cheesecloth later in the process.

    Next, I cut my cheesecloth into a square the size I wanted my ghost to be. You can lay the cheesecloth over the balloon to make sure you have the right length. When I had my squares ready I cut the finished edge off of the cheesecloth and shredded all of the edges.

     Don't be neat here the more ripped it is the better the effect!

    I wanted to try a double layer on some of my ghosts so I cut 2 layers for those ghosts. I did make one of the layers shorter to give it more depth.

    Once I had my cheesecloth ready I added approximately a cup of the fabric stiffener to a bowl with about 1/3 cup water. I mixed it together with my hands and took the first piece of cheesecloth and drenched it in the liquid. This part is kind of gross but just keep mushing the cheesecloth until it is all covered with the fabric stiffener. Then squeeze out the excess fabric stiffener and you will be left with a tight little ball. I carefully opened and stretched the cheesecloth out and draped it over the balloon with the cheesecloth laying over the knot. Then I pulled the knot of the balloon through the cheesecloth.

    This is definitely easier if you have someone to help you! If you are doing a second layer you need to repeat the process and put your second layer over the first.

    Once I had my layers over the balloons we tied the shorter string to a hanger and hung it on our chandelier. You really need to stretch the ends out and down at this point, it likes to stick and bunch together. Once we had the ends hanging completely down we took the longer strings and pulled back parts of the wet cheesecloth and tied the strings to chairs to give the effect that the ghosts were in motion.

    We let them dry overnight to be sure they were really stiff. In the morning we popped our balloons and pulled the balloons and the strings out of the ghosts so that all we were left with was the cheesecloth form.

    Then we hung them from our ceiling. I tried using fishing line at first but it was so thick it could be seen.  I replaced the fishing line with invisible thread and loved it. Its impossible to see! I tacked them up and we had our ghosts!

    Since we are doing a Harry Potter themed Halloween in our house I wanted to change my ghosts into Dementors! It took all of 5 minutes to do! I laid my ghosts on a drop cloth outside and sprayed them with a black spray paint. In fact I didn't even cover up all of the white. Leaving some of the white showing made them spookier and gave them texture. I rehung them and Voila!


    I really want to make huge ones to hang on our porch but for now these dementors haunt our pool table!

    You can see our other Harry Potter decor and printables here and here.

    Pam used the same technique to do these spider sacks.

    One last project I wanted to debut that we did in our house this week was the ghost feet I have seen all over Pinterest. I love this idea! A cute Halloween decoration that's also memorable! I know my boys will love seeing how much their feet have grown each year.

    To make this I simply found a board at our local DI thrift store for $1, drilled holes in the corners, and spray painted it black. I had each of my boys step their footprint with white paint on their feet and then painted little eyes and mouths with black paint. I  bought the ribbon 50% off for a whopping 85 cents. This cost me less that $2 to make! You don't have to spend a lot to get cute and memorable decorations!

    Happy Halloween Crafting!