ghostly good Halloween ideas

Just a few ghostly good ideas to keep us all in the spirit! {wink} 

As always, I hope your inspired!

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easy crashing witch cake


A few years ago I made crashing witch cupcakes (just her legs and icing for her skirt) and this year I took it one step farther and made a crashing witch cake!

I used a Keebler sugar cone cut in half for the hat and skirt. The hat has a Keebler Grasshopper cookie as the base and then the bottom of the cone makes up the skirt. Just melt a bit of purple chocolate (available this time of year at craft stores and baking supply stores) and paint it on the hat with a kitchen basting brush, then add a few sprinkles before it dries. For the skirt, roll the edges in chocolate and add a few sprinkles.

For her hair, I cut open a green rainbow Twizzler and spread it out under the hat.

Her legs are orange candy sticks and her boots are Starburst. I just heated two squares for eight seconds each and molded them into the shape of high healed boots. Then I drew on the laces with a food marker. 

By the way, the cake is just a flat iced buttercream cake from Kroger ($5.99 per layer) and the border is alternating orange and black sixlet candies. Super easy and no baking required! {wink}

As always, I hope your inspired!

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say “trick or treat?!”

I can’t tell you how often I’m the one saying “Trick or Treat” when we go out on Halloween. My kids often just turn on the shy smile and say nothing until the candy is in the bag and they joyfully scream “Thank You!” as they run away. I guess if I can only get them to say one or the other I would prefer they be polite. That said, I’m strongly considering making them carry my Halloween photo props (from our Trick or Treat collection) around with them!

It’s cute and it keeps me from having to “Trick or Treat” for them. {wink}

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{free} sinister sisters

We designed these fun sinister sister witch cupcake picks and wrappers last year and they were a huge hit, so of course we had to bring them out of the broom closet again this year! {witchy cackle} If you look at them closely you’ll see that they’re 3-D. The hat is a separate printable from the face, attached with a foam adhesive dot.

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And if you want a few more goodies to match these girls, you can find them with our spooked pumpkin collection.

And as always, I hope you’re inspired! Happy Halloween!

 

 

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not so spooky vampire cookies

My fabulous friend Callye of Sweet Sugar Belle is back this morning with just the right amount of spooky for your upcoming Halloween bash!

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Hi there, it’s getting close to Halloween, so it’s the perfect time to work on cookies for that spooky day. I don’t know about y’all but as my kids get older, its getting tougher to balance their desire for “scary” with my desire for cute. So, I came up with these guys as a way to keep us all happy. They’ve got just enough spook to satisfy my boys, but not so much that I end up with a crowd of scared kiddos in my bed at night.

Believe it or not, I made this guy with a cutter you may already have, a TULIP! All I did was nip off the middle petal before baking.

To make these cookies you will need:

To begin, outline and fill Dracula’s hair.

Next outline the cape and face portions of the cookie.

Let the hair dry for an hour or two so that it will not bleed into the other colors. The longer the better. At this point use white icing to flood the face area, and red to flood the collar. Work quickly so you can move to the next step before the white icing has dried.

While the white is still wet, quickly add two candy beads for eyes. Let the cookie dry completely. Overnight is best.

The next day use black piping icing and a small tip to add a smile. Don’t be afraid to be creative with this.

To finish up, use another small tip to give Dracula a little pair of fangs. After all, a vampire is not much of a vampire without teeth!

When you’re finished you’ll have the cutest little spook you’ve ever seen without having to buy a special cutter! And as always, remember to keep it creative and fun!

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Callye is just full of fabulous ideas, like these Leggy Little Witches, 3-D Witch Hat Cookies, Owl in Pumpkin Cookies {adorable!}, and Sweet Little Vampire Teeth. If you’ve ever wanted to decorate cookies and just haven’t been able to get the knack, hop over to Callye’s and she’ll hold your hand through the entire process!

As always, I hope you’re inspired!

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friendly Frankenstein treats

This Halloween get creative in the kitchen with your little monsters and whip up my Friendly Frankenstein Rice Krispies Treats™.

This Halloween recipe’s “sweet” demeanor is perfect for mini party goers! Just hop over to my post on Kellogg’s Snackpicks.com for all the details including a pictorial of how to ice his facial features and attach his bolts (aka Kellogg’s Apple Jacks). Oh, and the best part, no cooking required! Just pick up a box of Rice Krispies Treats® snacks and his head shape is perfect every time!

As always, I hope you’re inspired!

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Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween

Last year my family and I attended Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom in Florida. It was fabulous. And a few days ago, Crissy of Crissy’s Crafts sent over a Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween party she hosted at home. She did such a great job and it made me a little sad that we didn’t go to the party this year, so I simply had to share her fabulous ideas for celebrating this fun theme at home!

Are those cupcake wrappers?! Love cute and clever.

And you’ve gotta love these Mickey Mouse ghost cookies! Hop over to Crissy’s to see more of her Not So Scary Halloween party inspired by Mickey himself.

{Thanks for sharing with our readers Crissy!} And as always, I hope you’re inspired!

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DIY monster pedestal jars

I shared our new Trick or Treat Halloween party collection weeks ago (blog post, collection in the shoppe) and I mentioned that my monster pedestal candy jars were my favorite craft project. And this morning I’m going to tell you how I made them. It’s super easy!

You’ll need glass glue, sharp scissors (these are Martha Stewart brand), black vinyl (I picked mine up at Hobby Lobby),

candle stick holders from the dollar store and you may even get lucky and find your glass jars there. I picked all of mine up at a nearby Dollar Tree with the exception of the Jack-o-Lantern bowl. It’s a bit larger and I picked it up at Target. And last but not least, you’ll need lots of candy! You may recognize my orange gumballs, green and white sixlets and mini marshmallows from my DIY monster cello bag treats in Monday’s post. They were left overs. {grin}

Just attach the candle stick holders, cut out the self-adhesive vinyl in simple shapes, stick them to your bowls/jars,

fill with candy, give them fun names like Frankenstein bolts, ghost mist and pumpkin seeds and serve!

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

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DIY monster cello bag treats

We always like to give a little something special out on Halloween to the kiddos in the neighborhood that the boys play with. Last week I was browsing around and ran across some adorable ghost cello bags from The Gaines Gang. I immediately thought clever! And then the next thing I thought was how I could make my Trick or Treat collection monster pedestal candy dishes (tutorial coming this week) into cellos and give them out on Halloween.

The fabulous thing is, these aren’t only cute. They’re super simple. All you’ll need are pretzel cello bags from the craft store, I picked mine up at JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores, and a wide tip Sharpie! Crafting doesn’t get much easier than that.

Jack-o-lantern,

Frankenstein,

and ghost!

I just filled each with candies (orange gumballs for my jack-o-lantern, green and white sixlets for my Frankenstein and mini marshmallows for my ghost), tied them with pretty ribbons and done.

As always, I hope you’re inspired! {UPDATE: I made Thanksgiving turkey cello bag treats!}

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decorating with white pumpkins

Growing up I remember orange pumpkins and gourds galore, but not so much the white pumpkin. And now they are everywhere and I LOVE how we can decorate with them. I admittedly subscribe to a ton of magazines and these are just a few of my favorite white pumpkin decorations found in their pages:

And this last weekend, when the boys and I were carving this pumpkin, we also made a Mickey Mouse pumpkin. Isn’t he so cute?!  

As always, I hope you’re inspired!

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