Halloween 2011

Ninjas are very secretive. You won't know one's there until it's too late ...

Much thanks to Nana for putting together Will's awesome costume.

Joseph has been a little more difficult in the costume department. 
First the conversation went like this:

Me: "Joseph, what do you want to be for Halloween?"
Joseph: "I want Halloween candy." 

Eventually he got the "dress-up to get candy" idea and first said tiger, and then elephant ... now we have a lion costume which I would love to for him to wear. My Aunt Lenora made it for her son James originally and he's in college now! Will has worn it too. Thanks to Nana, we also have an elephant hat to pair with warm grey sweats. Whether Joseph will wear either costume come trick-or-treat time is anyone's guess. He did not want to wear a costume to his school party. He did not want me to take his picture the one time I did get him in the full lion costume. If he doesn't want to wear a costume, that's fine. I've got a generic Halloween shirt ready to stand in. Regardless of what he wears, he's bound to get plenty of candy.

Come on, who wouldn't give him candy?!


Halloween crafts I want to make NOW

I love Halloween. Chris and I have had some awesome parties in the past. Now we have the most fun taking the boys trick-or-treating. I would love to go all out and massively decorate the house inside and out but time and money are not on my side. I've still got a week so maybe I can squeeze in one or two of these fantastic DIY/craft projects ...

Martha Stewart

Must.make.these! Martha's vampire pumpkins

Scrappy pumpkins ... Mom on Timeout 

Glow stick lanterns!!! ... Lil Blue Boo

Adorable owl goodie bags ... Rock Scissor Paper

Dana's 10-minute spider web that will take me two hours ... Made

Skelly men ... Chez Beeper Bebe

Book pumpkins ... Creations by Kara

Craft Buds

I would love to have the time and mad skillz to make a dozen or more fabric pumpkins to place around the house ... great tutorials herehere and here

Easy peasy jack o' lanterns ... The Long Thread

Not so easy peasy but darn good-looking spider web table runner ... The Crafty Cupboard

DIY skeleton shirt ... Be Different Act Normal

Ghostie cozies ... My Paper Crane


Only thing scary here is running out of ink

Halloween is getting close. We've got a few Lego pumpkins on the mantle but that's about it. But these freebies will help me get ready. Hope you enjoy them too.

Alpha Mom

Monster Mash-Up calendar ... Scout Creative

Mini haunted house luminaries ... Just Something I Made

Everything you need to throw a party ... Skip to My Lou

Halloween snack bag toppers ... Blooming Homestead

A cool and creepy skeleton from 1875 ... Just Something I Made

Need cupcake toppers or stickers? Creative Mamma and We Love to Illustrate have the cutest.

Though my favorite cupcake topper is from Alpha Mom and pictured above. Light bulb: Use same toppers to make a fast and easy garland for mantle. Just cut, attach to ribbon, hang and enjoy!

Visit Tip Junkie and Family Fun for a gazillion more printables.

Don't forget the chevrons ... Two Twenty One

Coming soon, a post on all the Halloween crafts I won't have time to do!