Halloween Menu

Today is the day… do you have your menu ready yet?

We have gathered a few ideas for you just incase.

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halloween menu

Via Pintrest

Halloween Menu

Halloween Menu

Via Pintrest

Halloween Menu

Halloween Menu

Via Pintrest

Halloween Menu

Hope this sparks some fun and creative food ideas for Halloween!

Have a fun and safe night!

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How to take great Halloween Pictures

Some of the most treasured pictures of my kids are of them in their Halloween costumes.  Their is so much color not only in their costumes but during the fall season surroundings.

As parents we know our children’s’ limits and how long we have them in a good mood before total breakdown.  So we have to act fast.  Find a pumpkin patch with pumpkins… sounds odd but when they start to have rides and bounce houses forget it, basically you already lost them to the bouncy house!

Late afternoon early evening is prime time for the most gorgeous light ever!  Waiting for the right time of day will result in the perfect pictures.  No shadows, no squinting of the eyes, no washed out pictures. If you have the perfect light you will have no reason to use your flash… so turn it off.

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Find a good little spot and let them explore. You want those candid pictures.

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If you don’t have access to the perfect pumpkin patch, take you little one somewhere their costumes will stand out.

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Somewhere they can act out their character.

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Look for a cute store front set up.

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A neighbors front porch.webDSC_0624

Your backyard.tina k. photography

Your school or church fall decoration set up.webDSC_0750

Your own house!!

If you want to have a little fun with your Halloween pictures visit a website called PicMonkey. I edit my own photos in Photoshop, but with a push of a button PicMonkey can be your best friend.

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Your best chance of getting a great group shot is seconds before you let them go trick or treating.  They will do anything to hurry and get going.  I always say ” The faster everyone smiles the faster we can go get candy!”  works like a charm!!

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Good luck this year capturing those smiles!

Halloween Fabric on Craft Projects

One of my all time favorite items to use on my projects is… fabric.  I am a tad bit obsessed with it.  New, old, vintage… it doesn’t matter I love it all.  It just changes things up a bit.  There are more patterns than ribbon, more durable than paper, and sometimes has a story to tell.  You can rip it, cut it, sew it, glue it, tie it, anyway to use it you will be happy.  I think one of the most easiest ways to use a piece of gorgeous fabric is to just place in it a frame!  Yep, that is right.  Cut the desired pattern you want to display and instead of placing a photo put the fabric in the frame and viola!

 

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I guarantee you will be on the hunt for gorgeous fabric.  How easy and quick to change out for the different holidays?  Super fun, and super  inexpensive.

Here are a few of my favorite Halloween fabrics.

Alexander Henry Fabric

Alexander Henry Fabric The Ghastlies

Edgar Michael Miller

Michael Miller Edgar on White

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Spooktacular Witches Brew by Blend Fabrics

Paseo de los Muertos in Black

Paseo de los Muertos in Black and white   by Alexander Henry

Have fun creating and decorating my friends!

4 minute Halloween Banner

You read it right!  4 minutes from start to finish.  Teresa Collins is a genius when she designed this paper.  Why not embrace a project that takes less than 5 minutes or less?  You always have the option to embellish on the design and make it as intricate as you would like.

 

 

 

 

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In my case I just wanted it simple.  All I took out was my paper trimmer, some twine, and my Crop-a-dile hole punch.

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Sometimes finished is better than pretty.

Halloween Treat bags out of Dollar Spot Deals

Hello my name is PJ and I’m a sucker for the Dollar Spot section of Target!  Who isn’t?  You can find just about anything in that section for your holiday needs.  Right now, it’s full of fun and fabulous Halloween themed items!  I’m always trying to find new ways to dress up treat bags for my kids to take to their classes.  I swear their is a secret competition between the moms in the classes to see who makes the cutest/coolest goody bag!   Well, here is my latest goody bag creation.  I got the bags at the Dollar Spot section of Target. They came in quantities of 4 per package.  I then just added some plain cardstock borders that I punched out with various Martha Stewart Halloween punches. I also used those border punches to make the rosettes and lastly added some tulle and twine that I had lying around.

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halloween pinwheel Collage

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Halloween Treat Bags

Halloween treat bags are officially being made, and what a great feeling that is.  Candy isn’t always first on the list at Halloween, occasionally it takes a backseat to baked goods.  You all know that the normal kraft bags show grease spots or basically any spot once you put food in it.  Wax bags or glassine bags come in handy for baked good items.  I made these bags because I knew they would be the perfect size for brownies, a slice of banana bread, cookies, becuzuluvme blog coffee cake slice… ok you get the picture.

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I am notorious for buying paper so I can cut it up and use it as embellishments.  The tickets… cut from a 12×12 paper, the Frankenstein head?  Cut out from a 12×12 paper, The witches wart circle?  Yep,  you guessed it cut out from paper.  Do you see a pattern here?

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becuzuluvme blog

Everything on this treat bags was cut out or stamped.  Super easy, super simple, totally doable.

Now get to creating!

Halloween Must Haves This Year

Halloween is one of the holidays that I am slightly obsessed with.  I have no idea why…other than I love orange.  You would think that I celebrate this holiday year round with the amount of crafting supplies that coordinate with this holiday.  I cannot help myself this year.  I am adding to my ever growing, one time a year, collection.

To the top of the list goes…

Happy Haunting Stamps by My Mind’s Eye

My Minds Eye Stamps

Happy Haunting Collection Kit Carta Bella

Carta Bella

Papertrey Ink Trick or Treat Stamp Set

PApertrey Ink

Mama Elephant Bootastic

Mama Elephant

I have to stop myself right there…  but aren’t they so cute?  My goodness!

Halloween Scrapbook Freebie Project Life Download

This weekend here in SoCal the highs going to be in the 90’s again, so it  will be the perfect time to dig through my garage for my beloved Halloween decorations.  It is one of my families favorite holidays.  When bringing out your pumpkins, hanging spiders, and candy bowls don’t forget about your picture frames.  I have a few frames around my house that I rotate printables in and out of depending on the occasions.  I just download them to a folder on my desktop, upload it to Costco and in an hour for about a buck I have the perfect holiday decor.   Sometimes I even leave a bunch in the frame ( I know lazy but the birthday ones are popular).  It makes great gifts too!  Start building your collection now….

Summit Avenue Designs download.

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October thirty one download.

 

 

 

 

Sarah Jane

It Works for Bobbi download

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Halloween Treat Bags

For most of us we are still swimming in our pools, blasting our air conditioners, and working on our tans.. but fall is coming.  It will be here before we know it.  We wanted to show you how easy it is to make simple treat bags out of a few dollar store items and a few things you probably already have at home in your stash.

We all know the Dollar Tree carries crepe paper… they will have Halloween colors out soon if it’s not already out.  Brown lunch bags, you might have them at home if not get them at the dollar store.  Next just some scrap Halloween themed scrapbook paper and punches.

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Martha Stewart has great edge punches and their not just for borders.  You can use them for the details on rosettes, or on the top of the treat  bags as well.

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Lay the brown paper bag flat (don’t open it) and punch the top of it with the border punch. You do not have to keep the bag tall,  you can cut the bag down and use Martha Stewart’s haunted fence punch then it would look like a graveyard!  Use this same technique with the snowflake punch in winter, the leaves punch in fall…. you get the picture.

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Next take out all that old scrap Halloween themed paper (you could even use gift wrap) and just cut some circles for an added focal point on the rosettes.  All this cuteness for a couple of dollars at the Dollar Tree.  No need to buy fancy gift bags.  It can get expensive when you have to make 20+ treat bags for your child’s classroom.  You can still make it cute without spending $20 on bags.

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 Have fun creating treat bags this season!