Happy Halloween!

img_7057I’m not going to lie – I will be glad when Halloween is finished. It’s an insanely busy time of year for us – we have workshop after workshop followed by a haunted house. Wishing Halloween over just brings Christmas faster and I know, that on Tuesday morning when I wake up, Christmas will have barfed inside every store window. I kind of like the idea of a small break between the two – I feel like the Americans get this with having Thanksgiving in November, but us Canadians we just dive right into the holiday spirit. I’m ready for hibernation from the holidays for just a wee bit. Guess I’m out of luck, given that I run a “seasonal” business! On that note, Happy Halloween!!!! Hope it’s a fun, safe evening for all!

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Tips for hosting a Halloween Parties!

img_6965Maybe, you’ve decided to host a last minute Halloween Party – cause either you like a challenge or you’re just plain crazy. On the topic of last minute decision making, if you’ve forgotten it’s Halloween altogether, check out our collaborative post on Rebel Mama for quick and easy costume ideas! We’ve hosted quite a few halloween events this past month, with our biggest yet to come, here are our tips:

  • Have a plan – or a schedule and keep on top of it, bored children pumped fill of sugar are a terrible combination.
  • pick a couple halloween games the kids can play (Anna Luther from myLifeandKids has soooooo many great ones)
  • have an easy (non-messy) craft, the dollar store sells great halloween foamies (which come with stickers) so no need to worry about glue. You could pre-cut orange pumpkins and have the kids decorate them. If you’re throwing a party for older kids and don’t mind a little mess – check out HGTV for a whole gallery of ideas.
  • Cookie decorating is a great activity for halloween but does come along with lots of mess – so use your discretion. For little hands, I recommend keeping the icing in bowls and giving them spatulas to spread it with. For medium size hands, you can fill squeeze bottles with icing and for the bigger hands go all out with icing bags.
  • Don’t go crazy, keep it simple (as long as you’ve got candy most kids are happy with that).

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Halloween Treats

Our Annual Haunted House is just around the corner and we’re getting ready by making all our own treats for the event. We are trying to stay on the healthier side of things but it’s not so easy at Halloween. We made organic gingerbread dough for our Skeletons and used a very small amount of brown sugar in the recipe. I did find a recipe after the fact that had no sugar in it, so if anyone has a chance to try it please let me know!

Mini Gingerbread Skeletons

Mini Gingerbread Skeletons

Gingerbread Skeletons

Gingerbread Skeletons

For the Ghost Pops you could definitely use sugar free Lollipops. We’re also going be decorating bran muffins to look like yummy cupcakes! One of our healthier snacks will be the return of Clementine Jack-O-Lanterns.

Ghost Pops

pumpkin clementines

Jack-O-Lantern Clementines

A quick and easy DIY project to help decorate your treat table are Mason Jar Mummies. This took me all of ten minutes and most of that time was waiting for the glue gun to get hot enough. I simply wrapped the jar in gauze (which I purchased from the dollar store) and then glued on some black construction paper with the hot glue. I added some googly eyes and voila! The Mummy looks really spooky once you add a candle and dim the lights.

Mason Jar Mummy

Mason Jar Mummy

Mason Jar Mummy

Mason Jar Mummy

Kleenex Box Monsters

Kleenex Box MonstersThis is an easy DIY craft for you to do with your kiddies! There’s so many great things about this craft, not only is it made using recycled parts it can also be used for fun games after, like skeleton toss or really just about any kind of “toss” you want.

Supplies

Kleenex box (with plastic sleeve intact)

Paint (your choice of colours)

Construction Paper

White Paper

Scissors

Egg carton (you just need 2 dimples from the carton)

Hot glue

Googly Eyes

Directions

  1. Paint the Kleenex box and 2 sections of the egg carton, let stand to dry.
  2. Cut circles (or shape of your choice) out of construction paper.
  3. Once paint is dry glue your eyes and shapes on, using hot glue. You can also glue the googly eyes onto the egg carton at this point.
  4. Cut teeth out of the white paper and glue to plastic sleeve on Kleenex box.