DIY Halloween tree ornaments


All Hallows Eve is just days away! {eek} And, as my baby girl reminded me this morning, “What kid doesn’t like Halloween candy?!” Can you tell she’s my little sugar junkie?

For her, Halloween is all about the candy and other assorted goodies, but I love the holiday for it’s fabulous decorations! From ghoulish and gruesome to sweetly spooky, whatever your style, there’s always something exciting to put out.

This year, our friends at Cricut Project Center sent us some adorable DIY 3-D Halloween ornament ideas that I wanted to share. I just love the little purple bat ornament — he’s the perfect embellishment for a Halloween party or home decor!

The jack-o-lantern ornament and spider ornament are too cute. But wouldn’t the sweet little ghost be lovely with our Candy Corn Halloween party printable collection?! If you join us on facebook you can download the entire collection for free. Plus ALL of our other Halloween printables are 50% off in the Shoppe right now!

As always, we hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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DIY headless horseman costume


My oldest was reading A to Z Mysteries, Sleepy Hollow Sleepover when we started talking Halloween costumes for this year and so it didn’t surprise me when he decided he wanted a Headless Horseman costume!

I’m not much for super scary or gross costumes, actually, we typically go as super heroes, as you can see from his little brother (aka Batman) in the background, or civil service (e.g., police swat officers, fireman). 

I tried to talk him into carrying a carved pumpkin, but that was a no go. I also tried the “I’ll paint your face and hair orange.” That too was a no go. He wanted it to sit on his head… well, you can immediately understand the issue.

Then my friends at JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores came to my rescue and didn’t even realize it. They sent me some Halloween goodies and among them were Funkins!

Super simple pumpkins to carve, no mess. It was great and he got so many compliments this past weekend at a local park’s Trick-or-Trail Halloween event, where this pic was taken. One man even asked us if it was real. Really?! Like I would put a oopy goopy pumpkin on my little one’s head! But my guy loved that the man wasn’t sure and I guess it’s a testament to how good Funkins look.   

Here’s what you’ll need:

Carving suggestions and tips:

  • Measure the Funkin and your child’s head before you purchase it. You don’t want their head to be squished!
  • Consider cutting small divots in each side of the pumpkin so that it sits on the shoulders and doesn’t slip back and forth on the child’s head.
  • Insert any padding and tack with hot glue inside the Funkin.
  • Now that the padding is in and shoulders cut, have the child place the pumpkin on and point to where their eyes are.
  • Take the pumpkin off and make a small hole. If the child can see out that hole, go ahead and carve 

For Halloween night we may let him carry my iPhone and play horse whiny noises when he goes door to door. {grin}

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free candy corn party printables


Love owls, spiders and candy corn?! Well you’re in the right place!

My Candy Corn Halloween Party collection was featured in Better Homes and Gardens Tricks and Treats issue last year and I’d love for you to celebrate this Halloween with all of my FREE  printable party details — from the invite to the beverage wrappers to the cupcake picks to the cello toppers. 

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And browse around while you’re here, I have tons of Halloween inspiration and DIY tutorials including:

and more! Happy Halloween everyone from The Celebration Shoppe!

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monsters, bats, mummies, oh my!


These adorable cookies arrived in my e-mail this morning from Pillsbury and I couldn’t resist sharing them. My favorite are the Chomping Monster Cookies on top. I’m soooo making those with the boys. We might use a bit less icing in the mouth… {grin}, but adorable nonetheless.

And the Owl Cookies, Chocolate Mocha Mummy Cookies and Spooky Bat Chocolate Chip Cookies are perfect for my Trick or Treat Halloween party collectioncomplete with witch, mummy and Frankenstein in the invite and tons of owls in the printable party supplies. 

Oh, and did I mention, all my Halloween invitations and party supplies are 50% off! Visit the shoppe for all the details.

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easy vampire bat cookies

Hi there!  It’s Deanna from Mirabelle Creations. I’m  sharing a fun and simple Halloween treat, not-so-scary vampire bat cookies, that will impress your kiddos, but just takes minutes to make!

When my kids get home from school, they are usually starving, so after-school snacks are a must! Although snacks are usually healthy, on occasion I make them a special snack to enjoy.  Recently, my husband brought them home from school and I had these cute little bats waiting for them. They were a huge hit!

I’ve seen variations of these little bat cookies made with chocolate bat wings. I admit that I don’t always have the best of luck with melted chocolate, so I tried to think of another way to make the bat wings.  These wings are simply chocolate graham crackers cut with a bat cookie cutter.

Here’s what you’ll need to make Halloween bat cookies:

  • Oreo Cakesters
  • 100 calorie pack chocolate graham crackers
  • chocolate bar
  • Wilton candy eyes
  • orange sprinkles
  • bat shaped cookie cutter (I used a Wilton cutter)

Simple how to steps:

  1. Using a bat cookie cutter, cut graham crackers into bats. With a knife, cut off both wings from bat’s body.
  2. Break off a small part of a chocolate bar, melt in microwave. For wings with sprinkles, dip the top half of wing into the chocolate. Shake off any excess chocolate. Pour sprinkles onto plate and dip the portion of the wing that you dipped into chocolate into the sprinkles.
  3. Let chocolate dry for a couple of minutes.  Insert each bat wing into the cream part of the Oreo Cakester.
  4. Dip the bottom half of the candy eyes into the melted chocolate, press onto the top of the Oreo.
  5. Using the portion of the chocolate bar that you didn’t melt, cut two small triangles for the bat’s ears.  Insert ears into the cream part of the Oreo.

These cute bats only took minutes to create, making them the perfect after-school snack. But, they would also be great for a Halloween party or play date!

As always, we hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and CELEBRATE!

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chocolate dipped Halloween spoons


It’s already getting chilly here in Ohio and by Halloween night it will be downright cold! Each year our entire neighborhood sits outside to hand out candy… the reason… there are so many children coming through the neighborhood that there would be no time to open and close the door. It’s crazy! So we all make a party of it and accept that we’re all going to be popsicles for a few hours.

We pull out the firepit, make coffee and hot cocoa… and this year, we’ll also be making chocolate dipped Halloween spoons with spooky eyes and lime green chocolate (flavored vanilla) wafer melts from Wilton! I picked both up at JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores and the orange and black spoons from Target.

The “how to” steps are super easy ~ melt the chocolates in a glass bowl (double boiler method, or 10 second intervals in the microwave, your call!), dip your spoons, add candy eyes, allow to cool on wax paper and finally wrap in cello bags if you like.

It’s that easy and now you can get your spook on!

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DIY Frankenstein coin wrapper favors

Excited to have Jen of Passion for Parties guest posting this morning and sharing her adorable Frankenstein coin wrapper party favors, perfect Halloween kids craft and so inexpensive to make!

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Good morning everyone! Here’s what you’ll need for this easy craft:

  • Coin wrappers for quarters (I bought an entire bag of wrappers at the dollar store)
  • One-inch gumballs (in a pretzel cello bag) or other wrapped candies
  • Black duct tape
  • Scissors
  • Black crepe paper
  • Black cardstock
  • Double-sided tape
  • Hot glue
  • Google eyes
  • Black and red sharpies

And here are the easy DIY how tos: 

  1. Stuff the coin wrappers with gumballs in food safe pretzel cello bags, or other prepackaged candies, as you would with coins, folding over the edges to secure.
  2. Cut a piece of duct tape large enough to cover the opening of the wrapper and fold down the sides a bit.
  3. Rest the tape on top of one end of the wrapper.
  4. Use scissor to cut slits in the tape, then fold the edges down and secure.
  5. Measure and cut a piece of green paper long enough and wide enough to fit around the coin wrapper.
  6. Use double-sided tape to secure it in place.
  7. Measure and cut a piece of crepe paper long enough to wrap around the top edge of the coin wrapper.
  8. Cut the crepe paper in half lengthwise, then cut triangular snips out of the paper to create hair.
  9. Use double-sided tape to secure the crepe paper around the tape-wrapped edge of the coin wrapper.
  10. Use scissors or a large heart-shaped paper punch to make a 2 to 2 ½ inch heart out of black cardstock.
  11. Fold the tip of the heart over about ¼ of an inch, then secure it to the back of the coin wrapper with a dot of hot glue to serve as “feet.”
  12. Attach the google eyes to the face of your Frankenstein, then use the sharpies to add accents like eyebrows, a mouth, and stitches.

 Thanks so much for having me Kim!

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You can find more of Jen’s fabulous ideas on her blog at Passion for Parties! And as always, we hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and CELEBRATE! 

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easy Halloween apothecary jars


Make your own spooky Halloween apothecary candy jars in less than two minutes! Actually, it might not take you that long! {grin}

I was shopping Target last week… when I got that gray cake plate I shared on Instagram and in this pumpkin muffin post!… and found these fabulous Halloween stickers. They were only $2 for 16 stickers. You couldn’t print them for that price!

And then I found these glitter spider stickers from Jolee’s of EK Success Brands in the scrapbook section and I knew I was going to “spook” up my apothecary jars (which by the way I picked up at Target two-years ago… I know… I’m there a lot!)

You can also get lots of pretty apothecary jars at JoAnns Fabric and Craft Stores. They have tall ones, short ones, fat ones… on and on. I have a ton from there too!

I filled the apothecary jars with black licorice, attached my Halloween labels, attached a few spiders and finally strung a bit of web and now I have classic and a bit modern apothecary candy jars for my neighborhood boo bash this Halloween!

I do LOVE an easy craft!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and CELEBRATE! Happy Friday everyone!

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itsy bitsy spider Halloween party


This morning I’m sharing Flavia of Fete a Fete black, white and orange Itsy Bitsy Spider Halloween party. The entire party was lovely, but I think my favorite idea is the science beaker glassware she used for the kids. So fun!

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The party details in Flavia’s words ~

The visual identity of this Halloween party was developed mainly from things I already had at home. Actually, this is how I settled on the color scheme black-white-orange: at first I thought about using black and white only, in part because I like the simplicity of these two timeless colors, but also because I had lots of leftover supplies in this color combination. I thought the addition of the orange brought warmth and playfulness. And it was very fitting, since it was going to be a party for both adults and children.

Next, the “theme”, which was slightly focused on spiders. It wasn’t intentional, but I noticed I was collecting a bunch of spider-related items (from previous holidays, stores, even recipes!) So, I focused on these little critters and the results range from “spider web cupcakes” to fake cobwebs to plastic spider rings snugged around wine glass stems.

 And a Halloween party calls for treat bags, right? Well, I had lots of food jars sitting around (I try to reuse everything I can) so I turned them into “treat jars”. I removed the label, painted the lids, wrapped a piece of black lace and orange ribbon around it, and added stamped tags. Voilà, my newly “upcycled” candy jars for guests to fill up with goodies to take home and devour later.

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easy Halloween party favors


I LOVE this time of year. I just get giddy over the weather, the fun costumes, the decorations, the baking, the photo ops with my kiddos… and oh yeah… the crafts! {grin}

And I’m thrilled to have hung out with the fabulous ladies of Eighteen 25 this week sharing a little Spooktacular fun for their annual Halloween blog party! So many fun ideas from so many talented bloggers. You’ll want to check it out!

For me, I made these easy and totally kid friendly jack-o-lantern Halloween party favor crafts using plastic Easter eggs. You needed something to do with all of those anyway, right?! {snicker}

You’ll need:

  • Plastic Easter eggs
  • Mod Podge & brush
  • Crepe paper (orange, black and green)

Super simple steps:

  1. Fill your egg with candies.
  2. Paint your closed egg with Mod Podge and wrap it with orange crepe. Allow it to set for a few minutes.
  3. Add a funny or scary jack-o-lantern face with black crepe and Mod Podge.
  4. Twist a 4″ piece of green crepe for the stem and attach with Mod Podge.
  5. Allow the eggs to set for several hours until completely dry.

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