Posts Tagged ‘halloween’

Make An Etched Glass Halloween Candy Jar


  • Armour Etch Glass Etching Cream (available here: http://www.etchworld.com/ecom-prodshow/15-0150.html )
  • 6″ x 6″ piece of Contact® shelving vinyl
  • Glue (to adhere Halloween decoration to top)
  • Hobby knife
  • Glass cleaner
  • Masking Tape
  • Glass Jar with Lid (we used a mayonnaise jar)
  • Glass Paint
  • Black Gloss Paint for lid
  • Running water
  • Ball point pen
  • Halloween decorations
  • Paper Towels
  • Transfer paper (or carbon paper)
  • Black & white paint pens


  1. Remove all previous jar labels and glue. Wash jar thoroughly.
  2. Wrap shelving vinyl around the glass jar.
  3. Secure transfer paper to top of vinyl. Place design on top and trace design through transfer paper onto shelving paper. Make sure to press hard when tracing. Remove design and transfer paper.
  4. Using your design as a guide, cut out design with a hobby knife.
  5. Clean exposed areas of your design to remove remaining glue, if any.
  6. Apply a layer of Armour Etch generously and wait for 1-2 minutes. View the directions and How To Videos.
  7. Wash off all Armour Etch® cream under running tap water.
  8. While wet, peel off and remove all vinyl stencil pieces.
  9. Clean your project with glass cleaner and dry with paper towels.
  10. Paint the lid black and allow to dry. Decorate lid with pumpkin and bat.
  11. With black paint pen, paint bats on either side of the design.
  12. With white paint write Halloween sayings around jar.

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Wickedly Delicious Halloween Appetizers

Witch Finger in a Bandage

Witches' Fingers in Bandages


  • 1 (12 oz.) package cocktail-size frankfurters
  • 1 (8 oz.) sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • 1/4 cup ketchup


  1. Cut off 1/2 inch diagonally from one end of each hot dog, to create a “fingernail.”
  2. Cut puff pastry into 1/2 -inch-by-3-inch strips. Wrap each hot dog in a piece of pastry, overlapping edges slightly and leaving both ends visible. Place “fingers” seam side down on a baking sheet. Freeze for 15 minutes, or cover and freeze for up to 1 week.
  3. Preheat oven to 375°F. Bake until pastry is puffed and golden, 20 minutes. Spread ketchup onto each “fingernail” and serve hot.

Bat Bites

Bat Bites


  • 1 (4 oz.) package cream cheese, softened
  • 8 ounces soft, mild goat cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup pesto
  • 2 tablespoons coarsely ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons poppy seeds
  • 8 pitted olives, sliced
  • 32 peppercorns
  • 32 triangular blue corn chips or free-form wing shapes made from leftover tortillas from Ghost Chips


  1. Mash together cream cheese, goat cheese and pesto. Chill for 40 minutes.
  2. Shape mixture into 16 2-inch balls, about 1 heaping tsp. each. Roll in black pepper and poppy seeds to cover. Press two olive slices into balls for eyes and place peppercorns in centers for pupils.
  3. Insert chip on either side of ball for wings; serve.

Ghostly Pizza

Ghostly Pizza


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound frozen pizza dough, thawed
  • 3/4 cup jarred tomato sauce
  • 8 ounces sliced low-moisture mozzarella cheese
  • 1 tablespoon capers


  1. Preheat oven to 475ºF. Brush bottom of a 16-by-11-inch rimmed baking sheet with olive oil. Press and stretch dough evenly to cover bottom of sheet. (If dough resists at first, let it rest for a minute and then continue.)
  2.  Spread sauce in an even layer over dough, leaving a 1-inch border around all sides. Bake until underside of dough is golden (lift up pizza with a spatula and take a peek), about 15 minutes. Use a ghost-shaped cookie cutter to cut ghosts from cheese. Place ghosts on top of hot pizza and bake for 5 minutes. Place two capers on each piece of cheese for eyes. Let stand 5 minutes on a wire rack before slicing and serving.

Devils on Horseback

Devils on Horseback


  • 24 pitted prunes
  • 1/3 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 12 strips of bacon, cut in half crosswise


  1. Preheat broiler to high. Soak 24 toothpicks in a small bowl of water for 15 minutes. Mist a large, rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray and place a wire rack on top.
  2. Halve prunes lengthwise, taking care not to cut all the way through. Place a small amount of cheese in center of each prune, in cavity left by removed pit. Wrap each prune with bacon, securing with toothpick.
  3. Broil for 10 to 12 minutes, turning halfway through.

Eyeball Punch

Eyeball Punch


  • 1/2 pint blueberries
  • 1 qt. water
  • Yellow food coloring, optional
  • 1 1/4 cups fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup fine sugar
  • 1 cup orange liqueur
  • 1/4 cup raspberry liqueur
  • 2 (750 ml) bottles dry Champagne, chilled
  • 2 lemons, thinly sliced, for garnish


  1. Place 1 blueberry in each compartment of iceball tray. Mix 1 qt. water with few drops of food coloring. Fill tray; freeze.
  2. Combine lemon juice, sugar, and orange and raspberry liqueurs in a nonreactive pitcher; stir until sugar is dissolved. Chill, covered, for 1 hour.
  3. Pour lemon juice mixture into punch bowl. Add Champagne and stir to combine. Add lemon slices and frozen blueberry eyeballs to bowl. Serve in stemmed glasses.

These and more delicious recipes can be found on Allyou.com

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Corn mazes are a popular fall activity that is fun for the entire family and a great way for farms to create additional income from tourism. The point is to solve the maze by finding a route from the start to finish. Many have “activities” and “secret” coded clues on dead end routes setup inside the maze. There are usually bridges, overlooking the maze both for viewing and for those folks who are a bit lost and need a little help with directions. Corn mazes range from family-friendly with additional attractions like hay rides, petting zoos, pumpkin patches and play areas for children, to very scary, haunted-house-type corn mazes. The farms decide on themes, the designs start on graph paper and then are plotted over the fields before planting. Farms and orchards grow specialty corn that is taller than most and very dense. These temporary works of corn art are usually huge, up to 45 acres, and are harvested in November.   Here’s a small photo gallery of some unique corn mazes that we’ve seen over the past few years:

A 15-acre cornfield maze with over 4 miles of twists, turns and dead ends featuring a technology-theme with complex additives of Leonardo da Vinci’s “Vitruvian Man,” from Treinen Farm near Lodi, Wisconsin.


Covering 12 acres,  David Archuleta’s likeness, along with the phrase “Archuleta 4 President,” was cut into the cornfield at the 2008 Cornbelly’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Fest located at Thanksgiving Point, Utah after finishing as the runner up in the  7th season of American Idol.

David Archuleta Corn Maze

Brown’s Farm Festival in Oxford, Florida has 10 acres of pure fun!!  They advertise 3 levels of difficulty and encourage you to try all 3.


 2012 corn maze theme at Server’s in Shakopee, Minnesota.


NASA-themed corn maze at Cornbelly’s in Lehi, Utah. NASA explained that the theme highlighted the specific region’s contribution to NASA and featured space-related educational games and activities.


Aerial photo of Alice in Wonderland and Cheshire cat corn maze in Hoosick Falls, NY.


Black Beard’s Revenge at Davis Farm in Sterling, MA.


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Spirit Jugs

spirit jugs

Stationed on a walkway or porch, these homemade lanterns will extend a ghostly greeting and good-bye to all your holiday visitors.

Clean plastic gallon milk jugs
Black permanent marker
Craft knife
String of 50 clear low-wattage holiday lights
Time needed: Under 1 Hour

1. Draw ghost eyes and mouths on the jugs. Tip: Leave the caps on while you do this, so the jugs don’t dent.
2. Use the craft knife to cut a half-dollar-size hole in the back of each jug (a parent’s job).
3. Arrange the ghosts near each other and string the lights between them, stuffing several bulbs into each of the jugs.

Tabletop Haunts

tabletop haunt

Filled with restless and hungry spirits, this spooky abode makes a great centerpiece for a Halloween party buffet table.

Pencil and ruler
Square tissue box
2 rectangular tissue boxes (ours were about 5 by 9 inches)
2 (5- by 8 1/2-inch) pieces of thin cardboard
Craft knife
Glue dots or double-sided tape
Black and gray craft paint
Orange tissue paper or paper napkins
4 (3-inch) lengths of white pipe cleaner
4 (1-inch-wide) Styrofoam balls
White facial tissue, cut into 4 (4-inch) squares
Black permanent marker
Time needed: About 2 to 3 Hours

Step 1 - Tabletop Haunt 1. Draw windows, a door, and a front-porch overhang (a 1 1/4-inch strip that folds out from the floor of the second story) on the tissue boxes. Draw 2 roof pieces on the thin cardboard, as shown.
Step 2 - Tabletop Haunt 2. With a craft knife, cut the openings in the boxes, leaving one side of each door attached and saving the window cutouts for shutters (for a swinging shutter, leave one side attached). Then cut out the roof pieces with scissors, fold them in half, and assemble them one on top of the other. Attach the roof to the square tissue box with glue dots or double-sided tape.
3. Paint the boxes and shutters. Once they’re dry, stuff the boxes with orange tissue paper or napkins and then glue or tape them together. Glue the shutters in place.
4. Now conjure up some ghosts. Push one end of a pipe cleaner into each foam ball and glue or tape the white tissue squares to the balls. Pinch the tissue around each ghost’s neck and draw on eyes. Glue or tape the ghosts to the house by their pipe cleaners.

Origami Bats

origami bats

Haunt your halls with a colony of these denizens of the dark. They can just hang around, or they can take wing as a bat mobile — tape several to pieces of monofilament and string them from a small branch.

Black paper (construction or scrapbook paper works best) cut into 8- by 8-inch squares
Glow-in-the-dark paint
Time needed: About 1 Hour

Step 1 - Origami Bats 1. Fold an 8- by 8-inch square of black paper into a triangle.
Step 2 - Origami Bats 2. Fold down the top 2 inches of the triangle.
Step 3 - Origami Bats 3. Fold each side flap in along the inner lines shown here, then back out along the outer lines, to form dimensional wings.
Step 4 - Origami Bats 4. To create ears, use scissors to cut a notch along the top, between the wings.
Step 5 - Origami Bats 5. Flip the bat over and add eyes with glow-in-the-dark paint. To give the body dimension, make a vertical crease down the center.
Amazing Bat Facts

  • Bats account for around a quarter of all mammal species.
  • As mammals, bats nurse their babies.
  • Thailand’s bumblebee bat, weighing less than a penny, is the world’s smallest mammal.
  • Some flying-fox bats of the Tropics have wingspans of up to 6 feet!
  • Hundreds of plant species rely on bats to pollinate them.
  • Like cats, bats spend lots of time grooming their fur.
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    Halloween has always been a fun time at our house. Now that our kids are grown we enjoy calling the grandkids and asking what they want to be for Halloween. We love hearing their excitement and seeing pictures of the final creation. Here are a few costume ideas I found on the web for your special goblin.

    Blue Butterfly
    Blue Butterfly costume

     Cave Kid

    Cave Kid

    Bob the Builder Wanna Be

    Bob the Builder wanna be

    A Good Egg

    Good Egg

    Big Bad Wolf
    Wolf Costume

    I Love Mummy

    I love Mummy

    Retro Robot

    Retro Robot

    50’s Waitress

    50’s Waitress

    Ice Cream Cone

    Ice cream cone

    For these and other great costumes visit: www.familyfun.com They have directions on how to make these costumes, and many others. Trick or Treat

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