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Halloween Luminaries

Aren’t these so cute? They are really easy to make too! The best part is that it uses up those little florist vases that gather dust in the cupboard above the fridge. I can never seem to find the right flowers for them and now I have a way cooler thing to do with them!

Check out Jessica at The Entertaining House for the step by step instructions!

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No Bake Spider Cookies

 

easy halloween cookies
I was trying to think of a cool Halloween cookie that didn’t include me making cookie dough ( my true weakness), so using pre-made cookies and simply adding to them was the perfect solution! These easy no bake spider cookies are a hit everywhere I take them.
  1. Gather your materials. You will need some sandwich cookies , shoe string licorice, some gummy candy and /or jelly beans.
  2. Open up two cookies and discard the sides with no yummy middle icing.
  3. Cut your shoe string licorice into 8 legs of the same length and stick them in the white icing on one cookie.
  4. Pop the other open cookie on top ( so it’s double stuffed now… you could also just use double stuffed to start with) .
  5. Cut some green gummy candy into small circles. I am using sour apple licorice.
  6. Pop it on top of the cookie to make eyes.
  7. Add small bits of the shoe string licorice for the pupil.
  8. OR you can cut a red jelly belly in half and pop those on for eyes. They stick well if you lick the bottom ( so you may not want to do this version if you are serving these to guests) .
  9. OR you can add green gummy candy for the eyes and top it with the very end of a red jelly belly.
  10. Enjoy.

Easy Texture Collage Ghost

halloween crafts for toddlers I’m trying to desensitize my easy to burst into tears toddler to the scarier side of Halloween so today our craft is a fun friendly ghost. I decided to make it a fun collage with rough and soft materials so even if you don’t participate in Halloween you can simply do a collage with opposing textures !

  1. Gather your materials. You will need 2 pieces of construction paper, some black foam ( although paper would work fine too) , some cotton balls, some party streamers, crayons, scissors and glue.
  2. Pull the cotton balls apart into smaller pieces, and cut the streamer into small squares.
  3. Draw a basic outline of a ghost. If your child can draw it have them do it.
  4. Add glue start collaging! Talk about how soft the cotton balls are and how rough the paper feels. Let dry.
  5. While your child is collaging , cut out 2 eyes and mouth from the foam sheet. I like using foam because it will retain it’s shape on top of the other materials.
  6. Glue those on. My son wanted nothing to do with them until they looked like eyes and a mouth on the ghost, then he wanted to help tap them in place!
  7. Have your child decorate the other piece of paper, we are using the Halloween recycled crayon we made a few weeks ago.
  8. Cut out the ghost and glue it on the backing!
  9. All done!

Halloween Books Part II

More Spooky Reads!
I think any holiday especially one as awesome as Halloween ( that’s my sweet tooth talking) is a fantastic catalyst for reading. Use your child’s excitement to get some learning in ! Here are three more fun Halloween Books.

“Dem Bones” by Bob Barner is sort of two books in one. The superficial layer uses the words of the ever popular old time spiritual with fun Halloween inspired skelleton illustrations. There is also a second layer that has longer text for older children that goes into the anatomy of the bones the song sings about. Great way to keep a Halloween theme strong while teaching about the human body!

” Maisy’s Halloween “ is a cute board book for toddlers that follows Maisy’s search for the right Halloween costume. There is something about this little mouse that children just love, it’s also a cute introduction about the fun we have dressing up for Halloween.

” Big Pumpkin” by Erica Silverman is a staple in most preschool classrooms. It’s a cute story about a witch who is desperate for pumpkin pie but her giant pumpkin is too big for her to pick up! Luckily she enlists the help of a ghost, vampire, mummy and bat and with a little teamwork they save the night! The rhyming text is almost like a song and kids love it!

Parent and Tot Project !

Pine cone
Pumpkin

I had a grand idea and while it didn’t turn out the way I envisioned it was still fun to make with my son and I will share it here.
  1. Gather your materials. You will need pine cones, paint, a green pipe cleaner and a hot glue gun.
  2. Start by mixing red and yellow together to make orange paint. This craft uses a lot of paint so we took this opportunity to have a color lesson and my son loves to mix paint.
  3. My plan was to use a paint brush but my son found that rolling the pine cones was faster and better than a brush. So roll!
  4. Let the pine cones dry.
  5. This is the parent part of the craft, I used a ton of hot glue ! Lay out the first level and then glue together.
  6. Add another layer or two. filling in the gaps.
  7. When you are happy that it looks like a pumpkin twist the pipecleaner to look like a stem and glue it in.
  8. Try not to hurt your husband when you ask him if he knows what it is and he replies ” Cute Grapes!” .