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Halloween Decorations and Treats

October 26, 2016
Halloween Decorations and Treats

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays!  Although I have not decorated this year I will share some of my favorite variations that I do every year.  The life-size mummy makes her appearance every year!

Halloween Decorations and Treats

I made this years ago with my sister-in-laws help!  She was a trooper and I still don’t know why she willingly said yes to this idea.  I found the idea from a magazine…remember those days when we looked at magazines versus Pinterest?  She dressed in old clothes and I wrapped her in duck tape!  It took a lot longer than expected and I remember her saying how hot it was!  My kids were younger and kept asking what we were doing.  I remember telling them not to tell people who I was wrapping their Aunt in duck tape while she was wearing a ski mask!  It just didn’t sound like a good thing! We put the ski mask on her so I could wrap her head. I don’t remember exactly how but the instructions did say that she should be able to slip out of it.  Yeah.  We must have done something wrong, or many things wrong because we had to cut her out of her clothes!  So, once we had her out of the duck tape mold we patched it where it was cut and patched the face part.  Once it was secure we filled it with the expanding spray foam!  It was awesome to watch.  I cut lots of strips of fabric and dipped them in tea to stain them and then hot glued the strips to the mummy form.  It has lasted over 10 years.  I’ve added a witch hat and a couple of crows over the years.  When Halloween is over, we just take her back down to the corner of the basement where she stands and waits to come out again.  I really wouldn’t recommend this project, it got a little scary when we were trying to cut her out of it.  Panic might have set in for both of us!

Halloween Decorations and Treats

My favorite decorations are the black curtains hanging on the porch that blow in the wind.  We change to bulbs to colored ones to make it look spooky at night.  I’ve used two versions of the curtains.  In the above picture I used black tulle cut into strips and duck taped it to the overhang of the porch.  This is the fancy version.  I like the garbage bag version a little better.  It’s much creepier.  Take large black garbage bags and cut them into strips.  I like to pull the plastic a little bit to make it look worn and tattered.  I also use duck tape to hang them at the top.  Place some witches cauldrons around and some black rats and it’s complete.  Also, I paint all the pumpkins black and hot glue crows to them.

Halloween Decorations and Treats

This is what I look like on Monday mornings!  Actually most mornings!  My daughter has been into creepy costumes ever since she could make a request for costumes. Out went the cute little poodle costumes that she wore when she was little and in came everything zombie!  A few years ago we were zombie brides.

Halloween Decorations and Treats

No need to get all fussy with costumes.  I used some old spider web fabric and draped it on her and sewed up a quick tulle skirt to put over an old black dress of hers.  I spray painted an old fancy skirt I had and then sprayed the tulle to make it look old.  If you have some old fake flowers spray paint them or pick some dead ones from the yard.

Halloween Decorations and Treats

I painted some exposed bones on her arm and tried my best at zombie makeup.

Halloween Decorations and Treats

She really got into playing the role of the zombie!

Halloween Decorations and Treats

Another year she was a zombie baby doll.  I used an old Disney princess dress underneath and made the previous years tulle skirt into a dress!  I hot glued some rats to the dress, threw on some makeup, teased her hair and she was set!

Halloween Decorations and Treats

I painted her tights to look like exposed doll joints at her knees and ankles.  I just used craft paint.

Halloween Decorations and Treats

I love to make Halloween treats!  My son gets so grossed out that he won’t ever eat them though!  The Q-tips are made from marshmallows and caramel!  He loves both of those but when I called it earwax suddenly he lost his appetite!  The band-aids are made from graham crackers, white frosting, and red frosting.  Again, he wouldn’t eat them but my daughter would!

Halloween Decorations and Treats

This year I was amped up to make more treats and I really thought I couldn’t screw these up!  I was so wrong though!!  File this under Pinterest fail.  They are supposed to look like creepy fingers but mine look like bright asparagus!  You will need the above items for this project.

Halloween Decorations and Treats

The picture behind mine shows what they are supposed to look like!  I’ve never melted white chocolate before.  I used the double broiler and all seemed to be fine until I added the green food coloring and then the chocolate got weird and clumpy.  Panic set in and I added milk to it because I have no idea what to do in the kitchen.  I think I was so concerned about the consistency that I didn’t think about adding black food coloring to tone down the bright green.  Anyways, the chocolate never really set on the pretzels and it was just a gooey mess.  The almond slivers didn’t look like fingernails either.  This could be a fun project if you know what you’re doing.  I don’t though.  My daughter ate them and said they tasted fine.  My son wanted no part of it.  Actually, I think he said, “Please make normal food.”

Halloween Decorations and Treats

My daughter had better luck with these intestines!  They actually look like bloody intestines! First, she cut puff pastry into strips and laid them in the pan.

Halloween Decorations and Treats

Halloween Decorations and Treats

While the pastry was baking she made a raspberry compote.

Halloween Decorations and Treats

Halloween Decorations and Treats

After the compote cooled she put it into a squeeze container and squeezed it between the intestines.

Halloween Decorations and Treats

Halloween Decorations and Treats

I think it looks pretty close to the Pinterest picture and we will file this as a Pinterest win!  My son even ate it!

Halloween Decorations and Treats

Our costumes for this year turned out pretty cool.  Rose and I had the same costume.  We simply glued lots of googly eyes on our face with eyelash glue.  We used three different sizes but in no particular order.  Check out our Instagram for the video of the eyes moving in slow motion.  It’s an easy and inexpensive costume.  The eyes were easy to peel off but they left a little glue residue that we had to pick off and scrub two or three times.

Halloween Decorations and Treats

Crystal

Halloween Decorations and Treats

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