DIY Halloween Spider Straws

Written by Aleah and Nick of Valley & Co.

Halloween really brings out the kid in us and each year we get so excited to pull out all of the stops to decorate for the festivities. Pumpkins galore, dried corn stalks, creepy bats, aged scary silhouettes, and freshly made apple cider and home-baked goods are some of our Halloween must-haves for entertaining. This year will be our first Halloween as parents so now we can truly justify decking the halls with fun! To add the perfect dose of eeriness to a Halloween meal, surprise the kiddos with these Spooky Halloween Spider Straws. It’s a simple project that yields scary results!

MATERIALS YOU’LL NEED:
For the straws: paper straws || plastic spiders || faux spiderwebs || hot glue gun
For the glass: orange sprinkles {or rimming sugar} || water || tall glass

Kids Craft: DIY Halloween Spider Straws

Step 1. warm up your hot glue gun and dab a bead of glue towards the top of the straw

DIY Halloween Spider Straws - Step 1Step 2. gently press a spider onto the glue, holding into place while the glue dries
DIY Halloween Spider Straws - Step 2 DIY Halloween Spider Straws - 3Step 3: prepare a small piece of the spiderweb and turn the spider over. Place a few dabs of hot glue on several of the legs and secure the spiderweb onto each bead, stretching it as you go and pulling over the top of the spider.

DIY Halloween Spider Straws - 4Ta-da!

DIY Halloween Spider Straws - 5Serve up these spooky straws in a big glass of milk on Halloween morning and make it extra festive by adding a pop of edible orange fun! Pour a mound of orange sprinkles into a small plate. Rub the rim of a glass with water and turn the glass upside down, rolling the rim in the sprinkles until it’s coated. Then carefully pour the milk into the glass.

DIY Halloween Spider Straws - Step 4

DIY Halloween Spider Straws - 8 DIY Halloween Spider Straws - 6 DIY Halloween Spider Straws - 7 Party planning tip: If you’re hosting a Halloween gathering, set out a side table welcoming your guests with pre-rimmed glasses with straws at the ready. Let guests garnish drinks {whether it’s milk or other libations} with all sorts of fun elements like edible red flowers, frozen spiders {simply place plastic spiders in an ice cube tray and fill with water to freeze}, or raspberries {use them frozen if you want them to attain a dripping red look as they melt}.

Who else is as excited for Halloween as we are?

Nick and Aleah Valley, of Valley & Co., began planning and designing utterly fantastic celebrations in 2003. They also pen Valley & Co. Lifestyle, an entertaining blog, where they share their pro party planner tips, effortless entertaining ideas, recipes, and tips on how they balance family life with running a business. Their entertaining and party tips are frequently sought after for publications like Better Homes and Gardens, Sunset Magazine, BRIDES Magazine, Occasions Magazine, and many more. You can find them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram

Quick & Fun Halloween Snacks

Written by Corri McFadden of Glitter & Bubbles

Trick or Treat I have something good to eat! Halloween is one of my favorite times of year and in celebration of this spooky month long holiday, I have included some simple and delicious Halloween snacks for you and your family to enjoy.

Ghost Bananas & Clementine Pumpkins

Check out these festive ideas to create ghost bananas and clementine pumpkins and marshmallow monster guts. Not only are they absolutely darling but also are yummy snacks that will have your family screaming for more.

To get started you will need bananas, clementine, celery, regular and mini chocolate chips.

Halloween Snacks: Ghost Bananas & Clementine Pumpkins SuppliesFirst, remove the skin from the clementine and cut a small hole to stick in your celery stem.

Next, for the ghosts, cut a banana in half and place two mini chocolate chips at the top for eyes and a regular chocolate chip for the mouth. Place them on a tray and serve as a great after-school snack!

Halloween Snacks: Ghost Bananas & Clementine PumpkinsMonster Guts Cup Recipe

I have also included step-by-step instructions for my Halloween snacks monster guts cup recipe. Its one of the easiest desserts I’ve come across and it’s to die for!

You will need Oreos, Cool- Whip, marshmallows, gummy worms, gel icing, sprinkles and green food dye.

Halloween Snacks: Monster Guts Cup Ingredients First, crush the Oreos and mix the pieces with Cool-Whip and marshmallows. Add the green food dye to the marshmallow blend; this will give your monster guts some ghoulish color!

Halloween Snacks: Monster Guts Cup RecipeNext, take your cups and rim them with gel icing. Dip the icing side into any desired sprinkles.

Halloween Snacks: Monster Guts Cup Recipe 2Spoon your monster gut into the cups and add gummy worms for the finishing touch. Enjoy! Halloween Snacks: Monster Guts Cup Recipe 3Corri 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 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.