2 Super Simple Ghost Treats for Halloween

Are you looking for a last minute addition to your treat line-up for Halloween? You and the kids can have these super easy ghosts made in no time! All you need for the first project is a banana and some miniature chocolate chips. If you’d like to add an “O” for a mouth, you’ll need a few Cheerios cereal pieces.

Cut the banana in half and add 2 miniature chocolate chips for eyes. I pushed the pointed side of the chocolate chip into the banana. And there you are! 2 ghosts ready for spooking your guests!

Or if you want to give your ghosts a mouth, press in 1 piece of Cheerios cereal.

I can almost hear the eerie “OOOoooo!” these ghosts are making! πŸ˜‰

Are you ready for the second ghost treat? This one is easy too! You’ll need some lollipops or suckers, (I used Tootsie Roll Pops because the sucker part is nicely round), 1 paper tissue for each ghost, 1 small rubber band or a piece of string for each and a black marker or pen.

Ready? Let’s do this! First open up a tissue and lay it flat. Lay one lollipop on the tissue with the round part in the center and the stick pointing to one corner.

Fold the tissue over the lollipop to make a triangle.

Gather the 2 sides down around the lollipop to form a “head”.

Put the little rubber band or string around the “neck” of the ghost.

You can use the ghosts like they are or you can add some black dots for eyes and a mouth.

That was pretty easy, wasn’t it? Now you have 2 kinds of ghosts for your Halloween celebration!

I hope you have a great Halloween! πŸ™‚

Scary Face Pancakes Are Back at iHop!

It was a night a lot like the night of Oct. 29, the last time it happened. Something strange came over our pancakes. The toppings sprung to life, rearranging themselves. Candy corn curved into evil eyebrows, whipped cream twisted into a devilish smile. The transformation had begun! Oh no, what’s that?! It can’t be, it’s happening again, they’re aliiiiive!

Scary Face Pancakes are back and kids 12 and under get one for freeee on October 29th from 7am to 10pm! Create your own this Halloween Season!

Let’s Draw Monsters!

October is the month for witches and goblins and ghosts aaaand….MONSTERS! So let’s look at one easy way to draw funny or scary monsters! There is no right or wrong way when drawing a monster because, well, monsters come in every shape and size and design, right?! They can be any color you want them to be and have as many (or few) eyes and arms and legs. This is YOUR monster! You’ll need just a few things…a piece of paper and some markers. Oh, and some wiggly eyes make them even cooler!

First, draw some shapes or blobs with your markers. Remember, any shape is A-OK! Yep, even a flower is great.

Next place some wiggly eyes on your monster shapes. You don’t need to glue them down yet unless you want to, then that’s ok. I didn’t glue mine down yet, just in case I wanted to move them as I continued designing my monsters.

Now add more details like noses, mouths, arms, legs, hair, etc.

When you’re finished adding details, glue the wiggly eyes down, if you haven’t already done so. And you did it! You are a MONSTER MAKER!! Great job! I’ll show you my monsters in closer detail to give you some ideas.

This one looks like a person…maybe he or she is making friends with the monsters?

This monster has 3 eyes, 4 arms and 3 legs. Wow!

This orange guy has short arms and legs, funny hair and 3 eyes.

Here’s a one-eyed flower monster running away from something.

Whoa, this monster’s eyes go up and down instead of across! And look how big his ears are!

This guy might have been scared by someone…is it YOU? Maybe the monsters are scared of people?

I hope this will give you some fun ideas about how you can draw some monsters. You can even make up a story about your monster. Or draw them a house…or a pet…some trees…you get the idea! Have fun! πŸ™‚

Make a Halloween Spider!

Are you looking for something fun to help decorate your house for Halloween? You might enjoy making some Halloween pom pom spiders with your kids. They are more cute than scary, but they could be scary in the right situation. πŸ˜‰

Here’s what you’ll need for this project: a black pom pom (I used a 2 inch size), 2 black pipe cleaners or chenille stems, some glue and 2 wiggly eyes. You will need to cut the pipe cleaners so a pair of wire cutters or a sturdy pair of scissors is helpful.

Begin by bending 1 pipe cleaner in half.

Then cut it on the crease so you have 2 halves.

Fold each of those pieces in half again and cut them on the crease also.

Do the same with the second pipe cleaner so you have 8 pieces.

Bend each of these pieces into a letter V shape. These will be the spider’s legs. I know that spiders actually have 8 legs, but that is a lot of legs to glue onto 1 pom pom so you may want to do like I did and let your spider have just 6 legs. πŸ˜‰

Now switch to working on the pom pom and glue the 2 wiggly eyes onto it.

Make sure the eyes will stay in place before moving to the next step. Apply glue all around one end of a “leg”.

Stick the leg into the side of the pom pom, leaving space for the other 2 or 3 legs to be added to that side.

I found it helpful to sit the spider’s body (the pom pom) on an upside down Dixie cup.

Hold each leg in place for a little bit so the leg doesn’t just fall back off. After putting 3 or 4 legs on one side, turn the spider so you can add the 3 or 4 legs to the opposite side.

You might want to let your spider sit and dry for a little bit before you move him around much. Once he is dry enough, that’s when the fun begins! πŸ™‚

Where can you put your spider to make people laugh or even to give them a little Halloween scare? If you are careful and move the legs gently, you can reposition the spider’s legs to make him sit in different locations.

Want to give Mom a surprise? Hide him somewhere in the kitchen. πŸ˜‰

Or maybe in the bathroom so Dad finds him?

On someone’s computer keyboard? (Yes, it’s rather dusty, isn’t it? But since the owner is sick right now, we won’t mention it.) πŸ˜‰

On a lamp in the living room?

In the refrigerator??!

Or maybe you should just keep him in with the Fall decorations. πŸ˜‰ Wherever you put him, just be sure the person who will find him has a good sense of humor and they won’t mind!

I hope making this little Halloween spider will help bring some Halloween fun to your house! πŸ™‚

Halloween Riddles for Kids

Well, we are almost half way through October so I’m guessing you are thinking about Halloween. Do you decorate your house for Halloween? Do you dress up and go trick or treating? Do you have a Halloween party? It seems like Halloween is more popular than ever if you look at all the Halloween items for sale in the stores. I’ll try to add some Halloween ideas here on the blog to help get you in Halloween Mode! Let’s start off with some Halloween riddles for kids! πŸ™‚

#1.) Why do ghosts never lie?

Answer: Because you can see right through them!

#2.) What kind of music do mummies like?

Answer: Wrap music!

#3.) What do you call a skeleton who sleeps all day?

Answer: Lazybones!

#4.) What fruit does Dracula like?

Answer: Neck-tarines!

#5.) What musical instrument do skeletons play?

Answer: A trom-bone!

#6.) What kind of pants do ghosts wear?

Answer: BOO jeans!

#7.) How do you fix a broken jack-o-lantern?

Answer: With a pumpkin patch!

#8.) How are vampires like false teeth?

Answer: They both come out at night!

#9.) What do you call a ghost that gets too close to a fire?

Answer: A toasty ghosty!

#10.) When is it bad luck to see a black cat?

Answer: When you are a mouse!

Haha! I hope these Halloween riddles made you giggle! πŸ™‚

From the Queen of Cake Pops!

There is an amazing lady that created Cake Pops and she is called Bakerella. She makes the most amazing treats! I love to see the ideas she comes up with. She shared a post about 14 Frightfully Fun Halloween Treats and they are awesome! I just have to share them with you.

14 Frightfully Fun Halloween Treats

Aren’t they adorable?! Now you just need to narrow it down to which ones you want to make for Halloween! πŸ˜‰ Here is the link to her website:

https://www.bakerella.com/frightfully-fun-halloween-treats/

You will find lots of other fun treats to make on her website. Enjoy! πŸ™‚

Halloween-Party-In-a-Box

Halloween 2020 is looking a bit different from other years, isn’t it? Here in Ohio we’re being discouraged from having Halloween parties or getting together with people we aren’t around much and it’s all because of the Covid-19 virus. Should you take a chance on taking your family to a party? What about trick or treating? Is it safe? For those of you looking for a way to stay home with your kiddos but still let them have a fun time, I created Halloween-Party-in-a-Box. We don’t live close to our grandkids and in the interest of keeping everyone healthy, we won’t be seeing them this year at Halloween. But I wanted to do something to help them still enjoy this crazy holiday. Maybe you can use some of these ideas for your own celebration.

Let’s start off with coloring pages. There are quite a few free coloring pages that you can find on the internet. I just “Googled” “coloring pages” and found some cute free ones that I printed out for the grandkids. I added some new crayons or colored pencils and ta dah, there’s one activity.

Walmart had lots of odds and ends of Halloween fun for a low price so I found it fairly easy to come up with things for a party. Glow bracelets, for example. Halloween is all about being spooky and doing things in the dark so glow bracelets fit right in. You can get 8 glow bracelets for $.98.

Decorating a small paper bag with Halloween stickers and anything else they’d like to draw on, makes up activity #2. I found a pack of Halloween pencils so I threw some of those in too.

In order to keep the items for each activity all together in the same place, I used quart and gallon sized zip plastic bags.

Activity #3 is decorating pumpkin cookies. Yum! I found a box of 16 cookies with icing and sprinkles which I shared between 2 sets of grandkids.

I divided the sprinkles into 2 small containers and purchased 2 extra small tubes of icing gel so that each group had 3 colors to decorate with…orange, green and black. Again, I put everything for this project in a zip plastic bag and wrote on the bag what the project is.

If you’re having cookies to eat, you need something Halloween-y to eat them on, right?

Halloween colored crazy straws will make drinking more fun too. πŸ˜‰

Some tiny Halloween puzzles will be fun to put together for activity #4.

If you want to make it more interesting, have the kids race to see who can get their puzzle together first. I think they are cute!

I found tiny pumpkins in a clearance sale and decided to add in some markers for a drawing faces on a pumpkin activity. (#5)

Activity #6 is the grand finale with a “Wrap a Mummy” game. All you need is some toilet paper. πŸ™‚ There are different ways to play this game so pick the one that fits your family best. If you have enough people, divide into 2 teams and divide the toilet paper rolls between the 2 teams. Pick someone to be the mummy and the rest of the team wraps them in the toilet paper. The winning team is the one with the best looking mummy. (Remember to leave eyes and mouths uncovered for breathing and seeing where they are walking!) This could be extra fun if the mummies are mom and dad and the kids are doing the wrapping. Another version could be if all the kids become mummies. After they are all wrapped up, they could have fun walking around with their arms out in front of them, making spooky noises! πŸ˜‰ (And probably chasing their siblings or parents!)

I included a little note to the grandkids that is on the top of everything when they open the box.

One little tip I have is if you are sending the Halloween-party-in-a-box to kids that you don’t see often or are young little munchkins, you might include a picture of yourself to help them know who sent them their box of fun. Grandma and Grandpa, this would be a great thing to do if mom or dad is feeling stressed out and out of time before Halloween…you could offer to take care of the Halloween party this year and show up with your Halloween-Party-in-a-Box all ready to go. πŸ™‚ (Depending on your situation, of course.) I hope these suggestions will help you still have a great Halloween 2020!