Halloween Decorating DIY Projects

Written by Corri McFadden of Glitter & Bubbles

The best part about this time of year is that Halloween festivities span the entire month of October. From hosting ghoulish kids parties to making creepy Halloween treats, what would be a better way to celebrate the spirit of Fall than with kid-friendly Halloween decorating DIY projects.

Halloween Decorating DIY's: Halloween Table

If you are looking for easy Halloween DIYs to do with your little ones, look no further than Spooky Eye Halloween Cards and Milk Jar Mummies. Both DIYs require little instruction and your little one can make them all by themselves.

Spooky Eye Halloween Cards

Spooky Eye Halloween Cards Supplies

For Spooky Eye Halloween Cards you will need black cardstock, glue, googly eyes, a ruler, scissors, and a metallic pen.

Spooky Eye Halloween Cards 2

First, using your ruler, trace a 6 x 8 inch rectangle onto the black cardstock and cut out with scissors. Next, fold in half.

Spooky Eye Halloween Cards 3

Write your spooky Halloween message on the inside of the card.

Spooky Eye Halloween Cards: Interior

Place a small drop of glue on the back of your googly eyes and secure them to your card. Add as many as you would like and help your little one deliver these to all their friends!

Milk Jar Mummies 

To make Milk Jar Mummies you will need mini milk jars, gauze, googly eyes and glue.

Milk Jar Mummies Supplies

Begin by putting a small dot of glue at the top of the milk jar and place one end of the gauze over it.

Milk Jar Mummies Step 1

Next, wrap the gauze around the milk jar until it is completely covered. To keep the gauze secure, rip off excess gauze and glue the edge down in place.

Milk Jar Mummies 2

For the finishing touch, glue the googly eye on the front and place them around the house for ghoulish décor!

Corri McFadden is the owner and founder of eDrop-Off Luxury Consignment.  As a Style Expert and successful blogger, she hosts a weekly fashion segment on Chicago’s “You and Me This Morning”, and features “Style Recipes”, videos and Fashion “Must Haves” on her self-titled lifestyle website Corri McFadden.  Most recently, she launched Glitter and Bubbles, a modern day moms guide for those looking for inspiration through fashion, food and décor.

Halloween Kids Craft: Skeleton Necklace

Written by Darcy of No Monsters In My Bed

Halloween Kids Craft: Skeleton Necklace

Halloween Kids Craft: Skeleton Necklace 1When I saw skull necklaces in Martha Stewart Living I realized that the kids could probably make these on their own (yay! for easy). So we spent an afternoon making LOTS of skulls (and other silly face). And now my son never wants to take his necklace off. Below are the steps for this easy Halloween kids craft; DIY skeleton necklaces.

Here’s the scoop:

Materials: Air Dry Clay (similar to this), brown or black cord (similar to this), a kabob stick for the eyes and the hole in the back, and a needle for the teeth.

1. Roll clay into a quarter sized ball (or slightly larger, depending on the look you want).

Halloween Kids Craft: Skeleton Necklace 2

2. Pinch the sides of the ball in and then use your thumb to create a forehead-type indent.

Halloween Kids Craft: Skeleton Necklace 3

3. Use the kabob stick to make the eyes and to make a hole in the back for the cord.

Halloween Kids Craft: Skeleton Necklace 4

4. Use a needle to draw in “scary” teeth and a nose.

Halloween Kids Craft: Skeleton Necklace 5

Easy! HAPPY HALLOWEEN EVERYONE!

Darcy blogs at No Monsters In My Bed and is a mother of three children (8, 7, and 5 years old) located in Arlington, VA. She likes: sleeping in, Alice Munro, cheap red wine, old rocking chairs, shoes without heels, mix tapes, balloons, the color grey, & discovering new things.

DIY Kids Halloween Class Party Crafts & Games

Post by Christina of Christina Williams Blog

A couple years ago, I got roped into doing the class Halloween party for the entire first grade. This was for my oldest child, so I was inexperienced with class parties back then. I really could have used a “recipe” for a Halloween class party. I looked high and low and couldn’t find anything that fit my needs, so I’m putting one together for you. The next time you have to do a Halloween party, you’ve got everything you need right here!

Class parties are typically one hour long, and I planned activities that are A) easy to explain, B) easy to prepare and C) inexpensive. So here’s how it works, I divided the kids into four groups and the kids rotated between four stations: a pumpkin craft, a bean bag toss, a haunted house project and a bingo game.

Activities

Craft: Halloween Pumpkins

Just grab some orange paper plates, some different colors of construction paper, scissors and glue. The kids can cut out simple shapes to make a silly jack-o-lantern face on their paper plate.

Kids Halloween Craft: Halloween Pumpkin PlatesActivity: Beanbag Toss

I filled dollar store knit gloves with beans for some cheap, funny beanbags. Toss them in a cauldron (or several different cauldrons) to win prizes. I stocked up on cheap Halloween-themed carnival prizes: erasers, pencils, spider rings, etc.

Halloween Bean Bag TossProject: Roll A Haunted House

All you need for this game is chalk, black construction paper, foam stickers and a couple dice. I explained the process in depth on my blog, so go there for complete instructions and a few helpful tips. But basically, the kids roll a die and earn a sticker to decorate their haunted house. Easy as pie.

Kids Haunted House GameGame: Halloween Bingo

What would a Halloween party be without a bingo game? Thankfully there are all ready so many cute printable versions I didn’t even have to make my own. I used this cute free printable Halloween Bingo from Artsy Fartsy Mama and the kids loved it. We used paper circle as markers, since the kids would be eating candy all day long, but candy corns would be cute, too.

Kids Halloween Bingo

Kids Halloween Party Ingredients:

  • Orange paper plates (one for each child)
  • Construction paper (scraps would work great!) Yellow, purple, white, black, green.
  • Glue
  • Kid Scissors
  • Beanbags (or cheap gloves filled with beans)
  • Witches’ cauldrons (or plastic jack-o-lantern buckets)
  • Tall black construction paper
  • White chalk (10-12 pieces)
  • Foam Halloween Stickers
  • Dice
  • Printable Halloween Bingo Cards (enough for 1/4 of the class)
  • Bingo markers (candy corn, paper circles, etc.)
  • Cheap carnival-type prizes (spider rings, vampire teeth, etc.)
  • Timer
  • Bell
  • Stickers


Before the Party

Gather/buy all the ingredients listed above. Some of the stuff (chalk, glue, scissors, etc.) should be available at the school. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Send out a sign-up sheet for the parents to donate items from the list, or enlist a few of your friends to be on the party committee. After you have the supplies, separate them by station. Prep anything you can ahead of time to make things run as smoothly as possible.

Party Time

Step 1. Divide the class into four groups. (I used stickers – candy corns, spiders, ghosts, and pumpkins). Each sticker represents a different group.

Step 2. Each group rotates to a different station every 12 minutes. (That leaves 3 minutes to clean up and rotate to the next station.) I brought a timer so we could keep track of the time, and a bell to signal it was time to change stations.

Step 3. There’s a set of parent helpers at each station that remains with that activity for the entire party.

 

So there you have it! A recipe for an easy, fun Halloween party. Happy Haunting!

Christina Williams is a blogger and graphic designer living in Salt Lake City, Utah. She’s a night owl and a bookworm, as well as a mother to three children ranging in age from two to eight. She shares her latest DIY and design projects along with her adventures in parenting on self-named blog, Christina Williams.

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Pumpkin Pie Gelato Parfaits

Blog post by Rebecca of Not-So-SAHM

Pumpkin Pie Gelato ParfaitsWe developed a serious thing with gelato this past summer — trying out every gelato shop, truck and cart we came across. I love that it packs so much flavor and richness, that just a little bit is enough. And even though the weather has started to turn cooler, we’re not ready yet to give up our favorite dessert. So we thought we’d try our hand at mixing up a yummy gelato treat full of seasonal flavors. There are plenty of recipes out there for making pumpkin gelato from scratch, but we chose to keep it simple and doctor up one of our favorite local gelatos with pumpkin. Add in our other favorite pumpkin pie ingredients and we had a huge win. Delicious!

(And super super cute when topped with one of our Jack O’Lantern macarons, if I do say so myself)

Pumpkin Pie Gelato Parfaits
Makes 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pint Cinnamon Gelato
  • 1/4 cup Canned Pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1 cup Crushed Graham Crackers
  • 1 cup Whipped Cream
  • Pecans for garnish
  • Pumpkin Pie Sugar + Spice*

Directions 

  1. Let gelato sit at room temperature until it just starts to soften (about 5 minutes). Scoop gelato into a large mixing bowl and gently fold in canned pumpkin. Place mixture back in freezer until well frozen.
  2. Layer gelato, crushed graham crackers, and whipped cream into parfait glass. Press each layer gently with the back of a spoon.
  3. Top with pecans and sprinkle with pumpkin pie sugar + spice.

*To make pumpkin pie sugar + spice, combine: 1 tbsp ground cinnamon, 1/2 tsp ground ginger, 3/4 tsp ground allspice, 3/4 tsp ground cloves, 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg, and 1/2 tsp turbinado sugar.

Pumpkin Pie Gelato Parfaits 3 Pumpkin Pie Gelato Parfaits 5Rebecca is a mom to two young kiddos and, in her spare time (ha!), likes to pretend she’s a back-up dancer, craft cocktails, and run long distances. A relatively recent SAHM, she blogs family-friendly activities, DIYs and celebration fun at Not-So-SAHM