DIY Halloween costumes: werewolf and werewolf hunter

DIY Halloween costumes are the way to go in my opinion. And these werewolf and werewolf hunter costumes thought up by my boys were so fun! My youngest thought it would be cool to be a werewolf for Halloween this year. And his brother jokingly said then he would be the werewolf hunter… well… as you can see the idea was born.

DIY Werewolf and Werewolf Hunter Halloween Costumes | TheCelebrationShoppe.com

My mom is the genius behind Sew Jewell and she made both of these Halloween costumes, which my boys adored!

DIY Werewolf Halloween Costume | TheCelebrationShoppe.com

For the werewolf there was nothing in stores that wasn’t just downright creepy. All bloody and gruesome… I couldn’t stand it. So we purchased gray silver faux fur from Fabric.com and my mom made it into a slipover vest for his chest with Velcro on the sides. She also made him cuffs for his wrists. We paired her creations with some holey jeans and a button down shirt. A little silver hair paint and some gel… plus some glow in the dark teeth (minus the blood), and we were ready!

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For the werewolf hunter, my oldest, that required a bit more work on Sew Jewell’s part. She picked up a pattern for an overcoat / duster (I’ll find out the brand and update the post), purchased black denim fabric from Fabric.com and created this fun 3/4 length jacket. She also monogrammed “WEREWOLF HUNTER” on the back just to be clear. {wink} Then I got to work and used Krylon Stainless Steel Spraypaint on one of his NERF guns and a plastic bullet belt.

They turned out so fun and got tons of comments as they roamed the neighborhood.

If you’re looking for a custom Halloween costume next year I encourage you convo Sew Jewell on Etsy. She’s amazing! And I’m not just saying that because she’s my mom. {grin}

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

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crafting with kids: Thanksgiving kids table

Who’s ready for Thanksgiving kid crafts?!

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My kiddos love getting Kiwi Crate boxes in the mail! It’s always exciting to see what’s waiting for them inside and this time it was a special Thanksgiving kid craft box.

Not a member of the Kiwi Crate club? You don’t have to be for this special box. You can buy just this one! {grin}

The box includes everything you need to complete two crafts (even the crayons!): turkey placecards for six and a turkey bowling/toss game. See all the details and contents of the Kiwi Crate Thanksgiving Kids Craft Box.

We’ve already crafted ours, and will be using the placecards and the game to decorate our Thanksgiving kids table this year. But if we hadn’t, I would keep them as crafts for Thanksgiving Day. I’m always looking for ways to keep the boys busy while we cook! {grin}

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ghostly rice krispies treats for my Halloween party

Rice Krispies Treats are a favorite in my house so they tend to grace every holiday party with this past Friday’s Halloween party being no exception. Let’s get crafty and make some Ghostly Rice Krispies Treats pops!

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To make Rice Krispies Treats Ghosts (yield six), you’ll need:

  • 6 cups rice crispy cereal
  • 1 bag large marshmallows
  • 3 tsp butter
  • 1 cup white icing
  • 1/4 chocolate icing
  • 6 lollipop sticks
  • egg shaped cookie cutter (inch deep)
  • wax paper
  • 2 plastic icing bottles
  • toothpicks

Easy steps:

  1. Butter the cookie cutter and your hands and then mold each ghost while the treats are still warm.
  2. Insert the popsicle sticks into the bottom (small part of the egg) of each crispy. (Tip: Doing it later might cause your icing to crack.)
  3. Add white icing into a plastic icing bottle and pipe the outline of the shape.
  4. Heat the remaining icing for 8 seconds and slowly fill the krispie, pulling any icing to the sides with a toothpick.
  5. Allow the icing to set for at least five minutes.
  6. Add chocolate icing to second icing bottle and pipe faces.
  7. Allow to set for a few hours if you decide to package in cello bags.

Happy Halloween everyone and as always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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Halloween Game: Bowling for Witches

Hosting a Halloween party this year? How about a party game!

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This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and Cottonelle, but all my opinions are my own.

We hosted our annual Halloween party this past weekend and our guests ranged from 9 years old down to 18 months. As you can imagine, we had to have two sets of games set up for the kiddos.

My sons and their friends played outside most of the evening. We decorated our backyard with lights, spider webs, and a sort-of haunted tree house complete with monster eye window decorations, lanterns, jumping spiders, glowing lights and more. (Here’s a quick tutorial for the monster eye window decorations!)

For the little siblings, we kept them indoors and entertained with fun games like this one: Bowling for Witches!

To make this Halloween bowling game you’ll need:

  • 5-6 rolls of Cottonelle Triple Roll (I’ve even got a Cottonelle coupon for you! Buy Cottonelle Triple Roll 12-pack or larger and get a FREE box of Kleenex while supplies last.)
  • Washi tape (for your alley)
  • Ball
  • My free Sinister Sister Witch Download

Three easy steps to set up your Halloween bowling game:

  1. Craft your witches with a 2.5″ circle punch for the head / scissors for the hat and foam adhesive dot (so the hat appears raised) to attach them to each other
  2. Arrange the toilet paper and attach the witches
  3. Use washi tape to make an alley

To play the game, we let the little ones try to knock the witches off! The bigger kids of course knocked the whole thing down. {grin}

As for the witches, they’re also darling as cupcake toppers! The download includes the cupcake wrappers too if you’d like to give them a whirl as well.

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easy monster eye Halloween window tutorial

Make your windows a little spooky this Halloween with this simple monster eyes window décor idea!

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This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and Cottonelle, but all my opinions are my own.

My family hosts an annual Halloween party every year, the Byers Family Boo Bash! {grin} And this year my boys are finally old enough to help me decorate. And with them being old enough to help, that also means they have their own ideas!

With 15 giggling kiddos coming over, my boys wanted to decorate their tree house to be a bit spooky. Nothing too creepy… but just enough to get a “eeek!” out of their friends! There is a flip up, hatch-type window, on the front so the boys made a Monster Eye Window. It was super easy and a big hit with the kiddos!

To make monster eye windows this Halloween, you’ll need:

  • Roll or two of Cottonelle Triple Roll (I’ve even got a Cottonelle coupon for you! Buy Cottonelle Triple Roll 12-pack or larger and get a FREE box of Kleenex while supplies last.)
  • 2 Sheets of Black Cardstock
  • 2 Nails and Hammer (or tape if you’re covering a real window)

Monster Eye Window Tutorial | TheCelebrationShoppe.com

And here are the three easy steps:

  1. Cut two large circles out of cardstock.
  2. Nail to window, or tape if glass.
  3. Wrap with toilet paper (tape at each side if you can’t wrap around).

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In addition to the monster eyes, we also had a mummy wrap game during the party. Sadly, it was a bit too dark to get good pics, these were taken with my iPhone, but it was a riot! Just have the kids pair up and choose who is going to wrap and who is going to be wrapped. Then, starting at the legs, ready-set-go and wrap to the top. The first to finish without the toilet paper breaking wins!

AND, we had a “Bowling for Witches” game. I’ll be posting about it next and it will include FREE printables!

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

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easy Washi Tape Halloween pumpkins

Who loves Washi Tape?! And pumpkins?! Yep. Me too!

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I needed something fun for my kitchen Halloween decorations so I spent two minutes and dolled up a few pumpkins with Washi Tape. My favorite part besides the designs of the Scotch Expressions tape… the two minutes it took me. {wink}

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Gotta love an easy craft!

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no-carve pumpkins: fun faces, typography & stripes

Who loves decorating pumpkins?! If you raised your hand, my next question is, do you love carving them? Pulling out all the goop?! Well, I love decorating pumpkins, but I’m more of a no-carve pumpkin kinda girl. {grin} Don’t get me wrong, we carve pumpkins with my boys every year. As a matter of fact, we’re carving 10lb pumpkins tonight, but it makes me sad when they get all icky and collapse so I have to make a few pretty pumpkins that I can keep year to year too!

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This year I wanted black and white pumpkins and black and orange striped pumpkins for my front porch area to go with my Countdown to Halloween pallet. Let’s start with the striped pumpkins. Whatcha think?

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Scotch Blue Painters Tape is the best for making all kinds of designs. I hear there is even “shape tape” now!

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Once taped off, just hang them from a branch and paint. I recommend three light coats to keep down any dripping. And to hang, I used garden tape (you could also use ribbon) and a short nail. Just tie the tape to the nail, insert the nail in the underside of the pumpkin opening and tie to a tree.

Allow to dry, peel off tape and you’re done!

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Now, for the fun face and typography no-carve pumpkins, hop over to my most recent post with Parade Magazine. I share the full tutorial. It’s super easy and your kiddos can help!

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get the All You Frightfully Fun Halloween Handbook

All You Halloween Handbook

So excited to be sharing a few of the super creative ideas in the new All You Frightfully Fun Halloween Handbook! No matter whether you’re gathering toddlers, teens or adults for your annual spookfest, this book has 192-pages of low-cost, big-bang ideas to ensure everyone a hauntingly good time.

Features from the book include:

GET YOUR GUARD ON: Transform Pumpkins into Creepy Creatures - Get in the spirit by making pumpkin decorations for the front porch or dining room table from adorable pumpkin families to classic jack-o-lanterns to down-right scary skulls.

HAUNT YOUR HOUSE: Create Spooktacular Outdoor Displays – Send chills up the spine of trick-or-treaters and passerby with spooky decorations for the front door, porch and yard. Ideas include covering the doorbell with a black-caped witch, sitting a life-sized pumpkin man on the porch, and hanging flying ghosts from trees.

DECORATE YOUR DIGS: Give Rooms an Eerie Glow with Crafts - To help set the mood in the house, ALL YOU shares loads of ideas and inspiration to transform rooms. For an eerie glow, create miniature haunted dollhouses, googly-eyed spiders or ghostly window treatments. To celebrate in a more subdued elegant fashion, display framed leaves, faux pumpkins or harvest vases made from winter squash. 

GATHER THE GHOULS: Throw a Fang-Tastic Theme Party - Throw a party with suitably festive food and decorations. ALL YOU provides dozens of recipes for appetizers, main dishes, sides and desserts, and suggests setting the table with bat mobiles, ghost lights and other spooky ideas.

SWEETS AND TREATS: Whip Up Some Terrific Food - Delight Halloween revelers with creepy-crawler cupcakes, spider web cakes and dozens of other spirited desserts.  Also included are easy-bake treats to use up all that leftover trick-or-treating candy.

CRAFT A DISGUISE: Make Curiously Captivating Costumes - Be it a princess, a robot, or a bunch of grapes, ALL YOU offers costume ideas for the whole family to help bring dreams to life.

And this is one of my favorites. I love a no-carve pumpkin and these masks just crack me up. Zorro anyone?! {grin}

All You Halloween Handbook

The All You Frightfully Fun Handbook is on stands now so don’t miss your copy before they’re all gone! You can find it on BarnesAndNoble.com, Walmart.comAmazon.com or a bookstore near you.

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10 easy & cheap ways to style Halloween candy jars

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Eeek – Halloween is just days away! As moms, we all end up with some version of a Halloween Candy Boo-fet {wink}, so why not dress up those candy jars?

I pulled together some great last-minute ideas that are sure to impress even the littlest goblins:

  1. Beverage Labels via Martha Stewart to make these plain jars hauntingly cute!
  2. Easy Apothecary Jars via The Celebration Shoppe
  3. Halloween Candy Jars via Craftberry Bush
  4. Candy Corn Mason Jars via Mason Jar Love are too sweet!
  5. DIY Apothecary Candy Jars via At the Picket Fence are sweet and simple
  6. Wickedly Witchy Candy Jar via  Simply Designing (found on She Knows)
  7. Halloween Candy Jar via Sister Stuff
  8. Free Halloween Printables via The Celebration Shoppe will dress up any candy container
  9. Mummy Candy Holder craft via Parents
  10. Creepy Candy Jars via Target come with the candy and adorable package.

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countdown to Halloween pallet sign {it’s all about the candy}

Halloween is coming and my kiddos are counting down the days with this easy Halloween pallet art.

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I saw an idea from Laura at the Corner House on I Heart Naptime last year and I swore I’d make a version for my kiddos. And this year it happened, except I decided to go economical and use a free pallet from my husband’s office. {grin}

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 To make your own Halloween countdown pallet you’ll need:

  • Pallet
  • Orange and white craft paint
  • Flat black spray paint
  • Block number and letter stencils
  • Nails (hangers for letters)
  • Planks (cut into squares and drilled in the same spot for the nail)
  • Candy Corn template

Countdown to Halloween Candy Corn template | TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Now for the easy do it yourself steps:

Space plan – I suggest you “layout” the design before you use a drop of paint. I used strips of paper and a Sharpie.

Measure – Determine the size of your number (date) blocks. Mine were 3×3 inches, but it will vary with the size of the pallet.

Cut - You’ll need 14 blocks (0-3 for the left and 0-9 for the right)

Spray paint – Paint the number blocks with two coats of flat black paint

Stencil – Measure the center point for each word and start stenciling

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My boys love changing the numbers each day and I love to see the excitement on their faces as we get closer to all that candy! I may or may not pick out all my favorites while they’re sleeping… {wink}

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And you see these cute pumpkins?! I’ll be posting about these and a few more pumpkin ideas in my next post. Stay tuned!

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