#First Annual Halloween Craft & Movie Night

Love crafts & Halloween? What better way to add some creativity & Halloween fun into your week then a Halloween craft & movie night! I ordered some inexpensive, easy craft kits from Oriental Trading when I placed an order for supplies for Katlyn’s upcoming pink mustache birthday party, gathered a few snacks & supplies, and recorded a selection of the family Halloween movies we watch every October to get ready. Let the Halloween fun begin…

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No party or event is complete without a few snacks!!

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After snacks were eaten & hands were washed, we turned on the Nightmare Before Christmas and started the first craft of the night: No Sew Halloween Pillows

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The girls posed with their finished pillows.

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The pillows made a perfect addition to our living-room decor!

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These were so easy to make & very cute, but we did find out this morning that the self-adhesive on the foam pieces wasn’t as strong as it seemed so added some glue & they are drying now.

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A few lollipops, some scrap white material, Halloween ribbon, & a permanent marker = Ghost Pops, perfect for giving out to trick-or-treaters or your child’s classmates!

We just did this as a family this year (plus one friend), but this would be a perfect idea for any size group! Having a large get-together? Have each family attending bring a snack to share &/or supplies for one craft. Spending time & making memories with those you love is what’s important! It’s something we all need to remember as we speed towards the season of “I want!” Just a little food for thought on this beautiful October day 😉

#DIY Spooky Candlesticks

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Supplies: 2 glass taper candle holders (Dollar Tree has a great selection of these), black spray paint, heavy duty glue (I had some E-6000 lying around & it worked great), & 2 pillar candles (I found 2 orange pumpkin pie scent ones that worked perfect)

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Glue the narrow ends of the candle holders together and let dry. Check out the instructions on your glue before hand to make sure you know how long it needs to dry completely! Remove stickers (if any). Then it’s time to spray paint. Several thin coats with adequate drying time in between work best to avoid drips in the paint & get a nice even coat!

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Finished project… such an easy, cheap project to add a little elegant spookiness to your Halloween decor

 

#It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like… Halloween

In an apartment complex where only a few people even bother to put up Christmas lights every year, you can only imagine how un-Halloween like it looks like around here! But never fear our apartment right on the end gets festive despite it all, better to be different & have fun doing so! Here’s a little bit of what we have going on this year:

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Found this funny little sign this year @ Old Time Pottery & couldn’t pass it up… perfect touch for the front door!

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Found this little witch owl there too… gave her a cozy spot in a plant pot

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These are some of our old Halloween decorations but perfect for our boring sliding glass door… suction cup spiderweb lights & a hanging color changing bat… nice thing about these is they look Halloweeny day or night

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This year we splurged on a lighted Jack-o-Lantern from Target… we carve our own too, but since pumpkins only last so long once they are cut, this will hold us over til closer to the 31st… nice touch to any front door or entry-way

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We were looking for replacements for our 7 year-old inflatable ghosts we hang up every year since they aren’t holding their air very well anymore, but came up empty handed… hate when you bought something you love years ago & they stop making them… we did get every penny out of that Dollar General find though… instead found this cute strand of color changing ghosts @ Target on sale & couldn’t pass them up!

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Close up of the ghost light bulb 😮

So grab some extension cords & some decorations, and spook up your neighborhood, wherever it might be!

#It’s Finally October #Time To Decorate For Halloween

My favorite time of year is finally here!! While here in Florida the weather is still hot as hell, there is a change in the air! It’s the time of pumpkins, creepy decorations, dressing up, & gorging on candy… and we get to let go & enjoy it right along side our kiddos! Last night, I started getting into the Halloween spirit by breaking out some decorations from storage! While I am one of those people who like everything in a particular spot, I even let the kids help a bit! While decorations for any holiday or event can be expensive, you can easily create a fun theme or atmosphere without breaking the bank! One of my favorite places to look for decorations is the Dollar Tree. I find tons of cute $1 accents that I can use and/or supplies for seasonal Pinterest projects!

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My personal seamstress (oh who am I kidding??) aka my Mema made me a bright orange tablecloth that I will use for both my fall & Halloween decor. Spiderweb place-mats & black plastic flowers with little spiders mixed in from the Dollar Tree bring the Halloween theme to life in the dining room. (Side note: truthfully this table is actually in my kitchen since we live in a tiny 2-bedroom apartment right now – but we make the best of what we have & decorate it top to bottom!) And yes those are candy corns filling the vase… one of the cheapest ways I’ve found to bring color & Halloween flair!

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What’s a haunted house without a few bats? Found these bats silhouettes at (you guessed it) the Dollar Tree. A little bit of wing bending & some scotch-tape gives you a colony of bats flying up your wall. Of course there always has to be one straggler taking a nap upside down to make it seem realistic. lol

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The kids love running around the house putting spooky window clings on glass, mirrors, or anything that they will stick to. Even the fish are getting involved in the Halloween spirit! I’d show you the bathroom decorated, but there are 4 people sharing one bathroom here, if I ever get a turn in there, I don’t waste it taking pictures!

That’s about as far along as the Halloween decorations have got so far, but I’m off for my 3 day “weekend” starting tomorrow so I’ll be bringing you more Halloween fun, decorations, crafts, & recipes soon! Stay tuned!

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Happy October 1st!!