Happy Halloween {and some other stuff}

Can you believe it is already October 31st?  Where has all the time gone? Speaking of time, did you know there are only 54 days, 14 hours, and 51minutes (at the time of this post) left until Christmas!!!!  GAH!  Anyone else feeling the pressure to get some shopping done?

{deep breaths}

Let’s not go there.  Lets focus on today!

Halloween, Yippee!  Whoever decided that we should dress up in silly costumes to get free candy was a genius!  But if you are like me after you get the kids costumes made, the pumpkins carved,  and visited enough pumpkin patches to last a lifetime, you may wake up and realize that you forgot to get your own Halloween costume together.  Never fear, courtesy of the How Does She? gals you can be ready to get in on the action at a moments notice with this list of last minute Halloween costumes for adults.

We all love candy but a few days after Halloween, and one belly ache to many, may leave you wondering what to do with all of that leftover loot.  Here are 10 ideas to use up that leftover candy (courtesy of Parenthood.com), and if that is not enough then here are 25 more!!!  You can never have too many ideas!

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Throwing together a last minute Halloween party?  No problem?  Tip Junkie has you covered with 20 free printables for Halloween including decorations, cupcake labels, and simple crafts!  There is no excuse not to party now!

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Last but not least, always practice safety first! If you are heading out tonight check these 13 tips for safe trick or treating from Kaboose!

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Hope you and your family have a safe and 

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Tissue Box Turned Monster Treat Holder

Halloween is just around the corner, and I am one of those people who can not get enough Halloween decorations in my house.  Not sure what it is about Halloween that I love so much but and as soon as October 1st hits, watch out!  It is full on Halloween around here.

Fortunately for me, the kids get into the spirit of Halloween as much as I do.  They love to make Halloween crafts, and come up with all kinds of fun things every year!  Today I am going to show you a simple, but fun craft that we came up with using a recycled tissue box and some other odds and ends we had laying around the house.

Supplies:

  • Recycled tissue box (the small square one the dispenses from the top)
  • Jumbo craft sticks
  • Craft paint (we used black, red and green but use what you have on hand)
  • Paint brush (foam brush works best)
  • Google eyes
  • White craft foam
  • Glue
  • Scissors
Start by removing the plastic around the tissue box opening.
Paint the tissue box black (or a color of your choice). A foam brush works best for this job because you can dab the paint on.  In the picture below you can see the different in coverage when using a regular paint brush (leaves streaks) versus a foam brush using a dabbing motion.  We used two coats of paint on our tissue box allowing the paint to dry between each coat of paint.
Paint your craft sticks green (or the color of your choice) on both sides.  Allow to dry.
While you are waiting for the paint to dry you can begin cutting out the teeth for your monster.  Using your pair of scissors cut small triangles from the craft foam. Make them large enough to allow for gluing to the tissue box opening.
Once the main paint color of your tissue box is dry it is time to paint on the mouth. Using your red paint (or the color of your choice) paint around the perimeter of the tissue box opening.  Allow the paint to dry before adding the teeth.
To attach the teeth, add a small dab of glue to a white triangle, and glue it to the inside rim of the mouth so that only the tip of the tooth will show.  Repeat this process with the remaining teeth varying the spacing of each tooth around the mouth opening.

Cut two small circles from the craft foam and glue a google eye to each foam circle.  Glue one foam circle to the top of each craft stick.  Note:  In the photo below I added one extra step and attached the white foam circles to black cylinders that I had in my craft stash.  This is an optional step and you can use basically anything you have on hand to give more definition to the eyes (i.e. buttons, felt shapes, etc.)  Attaching the white foam circles directly to the craft sticks works great to so if you don’t have any spare eye sockets laying around no worries :)

Cut two small slits in the top of the box wide enough for your craft sticks to slide into but still fit snugly.  It is easiest to cut the slits if you first puncture two small holes in the top of the box using the tip of your scissors. It is best not to allow children to do this step and adults be careful when cutting the openings please!

Slide the craft sticks down into the slits so that they fit snugly and stand on their own.

Add candy and you have a cute new addition to your Halloween decor!

Fun right?  What is your favorite part of Halloween?

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