The shelves are piled high with plastic pumpkins, and it's time to start baking. Wanna try something other than witch cutouts and sugar-sprinkled jack-o-lanterns?
This year, don't dress your tiny one like a pumpkin. Dress her in one.
Carve, make a body hole, make leg holes, protect infant in plastic bag, and show 'er off.
I remember the first halloween that 'art' pumpkin carving books became widely available...everyone in my neighborhood carved the same three patterns...witch-on-a-broom profile, three ghosts with boo, or cutesy scarecrow face. So, while they weren't the old triangle-eyes and toothy smiles of yesteryear, the variety was as hollow as the pumpkins themselves.
Certainly, modern books have improved on the patterns, but sometimes, you just need a...
A giant bowl of wispy punch is certainly festive, but a true ghost-host offers their guest customized cocktails that suit their own tastes. Here's a few ideas to get your fall festivities popping.
Garnishes: ANY mixed drink can get a scary-fun makeover with a frightful garnish. Simply mix up drinks per usual, but sink one of the following into your highball or martini glass:
- Plastic spider rings
- Gummy worms
- Novelty eyeballs
- A few drops of...
Okay, so maybe the example 'ghosts' aren't terribly spooky, but this two-way haunted mirror is a mighty fine idea, and looks like a blast to build. it works like this: "The mirror is really a box with a two-way mirror on the front. Inside the box are models or other renderings of ghosts. Since the inside of the box is black, the two-way mirror reflects the room normally, but when tiny lights hidden inside the box are illuminated, they wash...
There's certain to be hundreds of these compilation lists popping up over the blogospheres in the next few weeks, and this option from TipNut has upped the ante with over 200 Halloween craft, costume, and decor ideas.
Congratulations to smbriones, whose Candy Corn Flower Arrangement has been chosen as October's Curbly Challenge winner. Stephanie's project was classified as 'classy', 'useful', 'unique', 'elegant', 'creative', and 'tasteful.'
Best of all, she included how-to directions, so grab some candy corn, skewers, floral tape, and ye' old hot glue gun, and make your own!
Good work, Stephanie!
Whatcha think? Bit-O-Honeys are generally love or hate (mostly hate). Pennies are useless. And the dentist that gives out floss? Gee, thanks....
Derek Greenwood has some original projects for Halloween time that go way beyond dry ice in the punch bowl. I find the Head in the Jar to be particularly eerie and DIYable, but there's lots of good ones here, that don't *only rely on gore for gore's sake.
Hot Glue Skulls:
There are still eleven days left...which is plenty of time to tackle at least 15 or 20 of these 50 frightingly awesome DIY Halloween ideas from SimplyThrifty.com. (ED: Oops, looks like the original link has gone down, sorry!).
I just recieved a special request to take a group of teenagers to do a service project at our local YWCA Family Center: a housing facility for families who are temporarily in need of a home. We were asked to provide activities for the children of the families for an hour and half tomorrow afternoon.
Though the Family Center has an excellent playground (a dragon made of recycled tires, and a pirate ship!), the weather is unpredictable, so I...
Here's a free downloadable, vintage "scary sounds" album "Sounds To Make You Shiver"
Some scarily awesome animation Mad Monster Party: The Mummy
Everyone deserves a little special recognition, and today, October 15th, is Sewing Lovers Day. (Lover's? Lovers'?)
[It's also the birthday of the Roman poet Virgil, Emeril Lagasse, filmmakers Mira Nair and Todd Solondz, and Sarah Ferguson.]
Celebrate with some of these cool sewing and fabric related projects and links from Curbly.