Friday, October 31, 2014
I know you've still got lots of things to do, costumes to finish, treats and tricks to prepare for the big scare..... but make the most of it and HAVE FUN!
Having Halloween on a Friday is fab-boo-lous because we can party all weekend long! Trick or treating tonight, the annual Halloween bash tomorrow, and wrap things up on Sunday night with a Spooktacular dinner party. After kids have collected all their treats and a few games of "Pin The Tail On The Dragon", then it's time to break out the flashlights, for a few rounds of "Ghosts In The Graveyard" !
Have a frightful Halloween weekend, be safe, and enjoy every minute of it! Thank you to all my Halloweenies for hanging out with me, here in our little corner of the web.... it's been a spooktacular year!
Now, I still have some cobwebs to hang, lady fingers to bake, and my witches brew is already simmering in the cauldron, so it's another busy day here at The Manor.
And don't forget.... after today, we'll need to start planning for next year!
Thursday, October 30, 2014
It doesn't matter if you didn't hang ghosts from all the trees, or bake those spiderweb cookies, or you forgot to make your Lily Munster dress.... just enjoy what you've done! Great job!
But, if you're still in need of that last minute crafty costume idea.... think bats!
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
If you don't have time to plan a large menu, just do drinks and a dessert table, instead. (and if you're really pressed for time, you can even buy the goodies already made.... then just decorate them yourself!)
Add a few spooky props, sparkly dishes, some candles and some spiderwebs. Dim the lights and wait for the guests to arrive!
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Or if you don't want to do a full-face make up, just add this lovely shade of green eyeshadow and a few scars from your eyeliner pencil, to your regular make up.
Now for that hair..... you can do a wig, or just take what you've got, tease it, pile it high, and pin it on top of your head. Spray a few temporary streaks of black and white, and you're good to go.
Friday, October 24, 2014
But that's ok, sometimes I think that subtle, pretty Halloween decorations can make such an impact, too. We call that "understated elegance" and here, you can see how something so simple as a few black felt bats put inside a lampshade, (with double-stick tape) and simple black and white lolly pops, really make this look amazing! I'd also add a few stray spiders and mice hanging around, but hey.... that's me.
I love decorating tips that don't take a lot of time and are high on the "oooohhhhs and ahhhhhs" factor!
Thursday, October 23, 2014
This sweet, old fashioned treat has been around for ages.... and I looooooove candy apples, it's the one thing that always makes me think of fall. The smell is incredible, and they always reminded me of big, shiny, rubies.
Well, here's a way to make those apples a bit more sinsiter, for your Halloween festivities. They're no different than regular candy apples, just add black food coloring, and you've got these little black beauties!
All you'll need is a bunch of green (Granny Smith) apples, some treat sticks, black food coloring, and candy apple glaze. You can find candy apple kits at your local grocery store, and they have everything you'd need, except for the black food coloring. Now, you can buy all the stuff seperately, but the kit is much easier. And yes.... this also works for caramel apples too!
Once you've removed the stems, washed the apples, and added the sticks, be sure to follow the instructuions on the package, and add the food coloring when you're mixing the candy glaze. Keep mixing and adding a few drops of the coloring at a time, until you get a nice, shiny, black gloss. Dip the apples, then cool according to the instructions on the kit.
They're just soooooo delightfully creepy.... how do you like them apples?
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
May I suggest, a few well placed tombstones with lanterns to light the way. Not only will it look
fab-boo-lous, but it will definitely give you that spooky effect we all want, in a good Halloween home.
Another oldie but goodie.... make a pumpkin head scarecrow! So easy to do, with just a few branches, some wire, a bit of ratty old fabric.... and of course, a pumpkin! You'll want to make the base first, securing each piece with some sturdy wire, and maybe a few dabs from the hot glue gun.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Well here are my top 5 favorite ideas. Not to worry, they're super fast, super easy, and are super fab-boo-lous!
Ok, all you need for this creepy entry way are some black trash bags. Take scissors and cut strips length-wise so they blow in the wind. You can put this up this up with duct tape (use black, so you won't see it) in a matter of minutes!
Monday, October 20, 2014
I'm sure that you're in high gear, getting everything just right, for that special day.... well, here's another idea you just may want to add to your bag of tricks.
This spooktacular treat has been floating around the www for quite a while now.... but just in case you missed it, you'll want to check it out. It's a super easy way to add a little fright to your chocolate chip cookies. It's so simple, and another one of those.... "Why didn't I think of that?" moments.
Just make your favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe, and when they're ready to come out of the oven, all good and hot.... you'll take a toothpick, and drag it lightly through the melting chocolate chips to make spider legs.
Once the cookies cool, it'll look like you used spiders in your secret family recipe!
That's it. But remember, you'll need to do this as soon as they come out of the oven, once they cool, the chocolate won't "drag" so easily.
Wouldn't this be a fun treat for your little ghouls classroom Halloween party? I can hear the screams now....
Friday, October 17, 2014
I've gotten quite a few questions on the best way to decorate pumpkins.... and I always tell my Halloweenies.... "Whatever you love, is the best way to do it!"
Add paint or fabric, cut outs or jewels.... whatever makes you smile and say "That's a fab-boo-lous pumpkin!" works for me!
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Is this a suer cute way to dress up the buffet table or what?! All you need is a little creativity.... your favorite chips and dip.... a red pepper, and some black olives.
Put some dip (may I suggest some fresh guaca-moldy) in a bowl, add slices of red pepper for the lips, and black olives for the eyes, lashes and earrings. Place the bowl at the bottom of a serving platter, turned vertical.
Add blue corn, and regular tortilla chips to make the classic Bride of Franenstein hair do.
Not only yummy, but quite festive, if I must say so myself. And the best part.... will be all your guests gathered around the buffet, talking about how amazingly creative you are!
Monday, October 13, 2014
17 days and counting.... how dreadfully wonderful! You know what would make today even more wonderful? How about we make it another project day! There's so much to do with Halloween festivities right around the corner, and every Halloween Homemaker needs some crafty inspiration.
Once again, you all know how much I love projects with jars.... and The Manor seems to be over run with them lately. But here's a way to put them to great use. I found this project on the craftylumberjacks.com website, and it's simple spooky fun!
Nothing screams Halloween more than a buch of spooky spiders, cobwebs, and candles! Well this fits the bill, peferctly.
All you'll need is some jars, black yarn, scissors, votive candles, and your trusty hot glue gun.
Then you'll make your spider webs out of the yarn (if you've never done this before, it's really quite easy... if you get stuck, just follow the lines on the photo above, placing small knots at some of the joints on the web) and add a few dabs of hot glue to keep secure.
Remember to wrap a few strands of yarn around the lip of the jar, and hot glue them down, to keep the ends from unraveling.
Add your votive candles, and maybe a few fuzzy spiders to set the scene, and you've got quite a festive tablescape!
But remember, safety first.... be sure to keep these out of the reach of little monster hands.
Friday, October 10, 2014
Oh Pinterest, how I love thee!
What's so funny is no sooner had I haved this picture to my project file, I had 3 e mails in my in box with the same picture! So I guess this would be a good topic for today.
It's another Pinterest Project Day, and this one will get you some spook-tacular results! All you'll need for this skull centerpiece is a plastic skull that you can find at your favorite craft and/ or Halloween store, a drill with a medium size drill bit, a sharpie marker, a pair of snips or floral cutters, and a bunch of roses (real or artificial.... either would work) *If you want to keep the flowers looking full through the Halloween season, I suggest artificial. But if you want them to dry up and wither, giving a spookified effect, go for the real ones)
What you'll need to do is take each flower, snip off some of the stem, and hold it up to the skull, so you have an idea how many you'll need, and how far apart you'll want to drill the holes.
Take the Sharpie marker and mark dots where you'll need to drill for the stems to go through.
Drill the holes into the skull (I really enjoy saying that.....*bwah hahahaha) to accomidate each flower.
Take each flower and place the stem throught the holes. You may need to trim each stem a bit more, so it's the right length to fit inside the skull.
If you have a few bare spots, you can always add more holes, and fill it in as you go.
I've done this kind of centerpiece many times, and you'll get lots of oooohhhhsssss and aaaagggghhhhhssss. The effect is quite dramatic, and oh so spooky.
And once you make one, I know you'll want to make more. I've done this kind of centerpiece with pumpkins, plastic tombstones, and skulls.... and they all came out just
Happy Pinterest Project Day!
Thursday, October 9, 2014
Here's what you'll need:
•1 cup blueberries, frozen
•1/2 avocado, seeded and peeled
•1 tsp wasabi, paste
•1 tsp lemon juice
•1/4 tsp salt
•1/2 tsp sesame seeds, black
1.Place in a small pot:
•1 cup blueberries, frozen
2.Cover eggs with water, cover pot and bring to boil over high heat.
3.Let eggs boil for 5 minutes, then turn off heat. Let eggs sit in the blueberry water for 10 more minutes.
4.Remove eggs, one at a time, and gently press and crack the shell with the back of the spoon.
5.Place cracked eggs in a bowl and add the blueberry water. Allow eggs to cool to room temperature, then place the eggs in the blueberry water in the refrigerator for 6 hours or up to overnight.
6.Peel the eggs and cut in half, lengthwise.
7.Scoop out the yolks and place in a bowl. Mix until smooth together with:
•1/2 avocado , seeded and peeled
•1 tsp wasabi , paste
•1 tsp lemon juice
•1/4 tsp salt
8.Place avocado mix into a piping bag and pipe into the hollowed egg halves. Chill until ready to serve.
9.Prior to serving, garnish eggs with:
•1/2 tsp sesame seeds, black
Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 10 min
Inactive Time: 8 hours chill time
Serving Suggestions: Top with some charcoal salt for a spooky effect!
Cooking Tips: Add red and blue food coloring for more of a purple effect, as done above. For easier piping, chill the avocado mixture in the refrigerator for hour prior to piping.
More more fab-boo-lous ideas be sure to check out familyspice.com!
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
One of our fellow Halloweenies, Melinda sent me this photo, and was asking if I knew the magic spell to make this work.
Well, Melinda.... each Halloween Homemaker has her own bag o'tricks, so I may not know they exact way this was done.... but I can sure give you some crafty ideas to get a very simular look.
Here's what I'd do....
I'd get a bunch of cardboard toilet paper and paper towel tubes, some LED votive candles, some black or white spray paint, some clear fishing line, some craft foam (poly-fil or styra-foam would work) a drill and tiny drill bit, and my handy dandy hot glue gun.
I know it sounds like a lot... but I know we can do this! What I would do first, is take all the cardboard tubes and the craft foam, and cut a piece of foam to fit inside the bottom of the tube, and do the same on the other end, leaving room for the votive candle.
Then I'd spray paint all the tubes (White or black (whatever color you want the candles to be).... and remember once they dry, to spray paint the foam piece at the bottom.... because when you look up, you'll see the bottom of the candle, so you'll want to make sure it's been painted) let them dry according to the instructions on the spray paint.
While those are drying, you should start on the LED lights. I'd make sure they're all working... and then I'd take my drill and tiny drill bit, and make a tiny hole at the very top of the flame on the votive, This is where the fishing line will go through to attach, and make them hang straight. (If you drill the hole through the cardboard, they would hang at an angle.... but that might be a cool look too.... and you may want to experiment, to see what effect you like the best!)
Once the tubes have dried, and the votives have the holes drilled in them, then I'd add the LED votives to the top of the tubes. (Be sure to turn on the switch to each votive to light them up) Keep them secure with a few dabs of hot glue.
Just a suggestion..... if you want to leave the light off in the votive until just before your guests arrive, I wouldn't add the hot glue until about an hour or two before you want to turn them on, or you won't be able to get them out of the cardboard tube.... add the dab of hot glue after you turn them on.
Then, I'd measure the lentgth that I'd want them to hang, and cut the fishing line accordingly. When attaching the fishline, I'd tie a tiny knot, to keep it from slipping out of the hole that you drilled at the top of the flame.
I'd attach them to the ceiling or inside porch with tiny framing tacks. If you're going to hang them in a tree, I'd suggest just making a loop in your fishline, and tie or knot off the end around each limb.
This is such a magical effect, and looks like a super fun project. But if you find a better way to do it, please let me know. And make sure you take lots of pictures of your creation, so we can share it with our fellow Halloweenies!
Thanks for the idea, Melinda.... I hope I gave you some crafty project advice!
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Moms love 'em 'cuz they're super easy to make.... kids love 'em 'cuz they're yummy!
Well, just add a few drops of orange food coloring and hazelnut extract, into the marshmallow mix, and follow the directions on the cereal box for making the gooey treats.
Then roll into little round shapes and drizzle with chocolate. How easy is that? And the best part...... everyone will think you slaved over these decadent desserts.... but we'll know better, won't we?