How frightening! Halloween is right around the corner and who has loads of extra time to make the midweek holiday Spooktactular? Not you? You are not alone! Here at the Imperfect Women headquarters we are always brainstorming trying to come up with ways to make the holidays fun and stress free. While easy is a prerequisite we also want it to look like Martha Stewart handcrafted it herself. Now that’s a tall order. This year we have come up with three fun, easy ideas that are sure to delight the little ones all the while keeping Mom stress-free!
I am all about keeping things simple for Halloween. I’ll stay up all night making my special Truffles for Christmas, but for Halloween if I can buy all the ingredients at gas station convenience store, I am happy as a clam! These Gruesome Halloween Eyeballs certainly fit that criteria. Easy, fun, and the kids love them.
1) Eye Balls (not too bloody) recently enucleated, or if you can’t find them, try Hostess Donettes Mini Powdered Donuts or Powdered Donut “Holes”. If you can’t find powdered donut holes buy the plain ones and shake them in a bag of powdered sugar.
2)Coagulated blood with clots. Or if you can’t find it, a can of Cherry Pie Filling.
3) Gummy Eye Candy (I found mine at Party City, I also have seen them online at Orientaltrading.com ). If you can’t find them, try using Gummy Lifesavers for the iris and stick a Skittle in the middle for the pupil.
4) Plastic forks (I like the ones that look like stainless steel forks but are really plastic).
Place a cherry with a small amount of filling on the top of the mini donut. Use the eye candy to squish down on the cherry so it oozes down the sides of the donut. Dip plastic fork in the pie filling then stick into donut.
Serve to all the little ghosts and goblins at your next Halloween party!
Trick Labels for Treats!
I got the idea for this fun craft a bunch of years ago when my neighbor’s sweet-as-pie 5 year old twin boys asked me what I gave out for Halloween Treats. “Broccoli,” I replied matter of factly, “And for really special kids I might give a turnip or some cauliflower.” My off-the-cuff remark caused a week of speculation at my friend’s house. Could it be that Ms. Pie would actually give out veggies for a Halloween treat? No it couldn’t be, could it? After I got the ball rolling I couldn’t very well stop it, could I? I got to work on my computer and fashioned a realistic looking label. Using double sided tape (a glue stick would work well too) I stuck it to a plain brown paper bag.
When the kids came to the door I peered into their goodie bags and said, “Oh my, too much yucky candy, I have just the thing to remedy that!” And out came my bags of broccoli and turnips! Their mom later told me it was the first thing they hunted for in their bags when they returned home, and, of course, they were relieved to find candy and not broccoli in the bags! I wouldn’t recommend putting actual veggies in the bags, unless you would love to find the trees in your yard filled with pretty toilet paper in the morning. But I’m just sayin’.
Just print, cut apart and stick to a bag. Fill with candy and you are good to go!
Nancy from Imperfect Women makes these great Milk Jug Ghosts. So fun and easy!
-Minimum of 3 gallon-sized milk jugs, cleaned and labels removed
-String of 50 white holiday lights (LEDs work best as they give off a whiter
Using a black permanent marker, draw a ghost face on the milk jug. You may
want to go over it a second time so the details are very opaque in color.
Cut a 2-inch circle in the back (lower third, center) of each jug.
Stuff about 15 lights into each one, allowing about 10-12″ (or 5-10 lights)
in between each jug.
If you are using these outdoors, you may want to weigh them down with a
little gravel or sand.
These make great pathway lights.