I guess it’s that time of year again! We’ve already started the countdown for Halloween at our house. I’ve been busy making costumes for the grands, Halloween cards and decorations. We’re also starting to plan this year’s Halloween party for my grandson Jett. It’s supposed to be a small one, but we’ll see. Our parties tend to grow as we plan.
One of the activities we love during the Halloween season, in our family that’s pretty much the whole month of October, is the neighborhood game “You’ve Been Booed!”. We play it in our neighborhood every year. It’s a great way to get to know some of your neighbors and a good way to teach kids about sharing and giving.
The older kids love helping prepare the gift baskets, but the highlight is really dropping them off without being seen!
If you’re not familiar with the game I’ll explain. The object of the game is to anonymously drop off a Halloween treat to 2 of your neighbors without being seen. You must include a copy of the poem and game instructions with your treat, as well as a sign that let’s everyone know that house has been booed.
The treat recipient hangs the we’ve been booed somewhere visible so everyone knows that house has gotten a treat. Then each recipient will continue the game by giving treats to 2 other neighbors who haven’t been booed yet.
I know I said it’s a neighborhood game, but really you can play it in school or at the office too!
By the way the treat doesn’t have to be just candy, you can include stickers, decor, and other fun Halloween stuff. You can be as creative as you want!
To help you get started we’re sharing 2 new designs for Halloween 2016! Each design has the instructions and the sign hung by the recipient. You have a choice of “I’ve been booed” or “We’ve been booed” . If you’re playing in school or at the office you may want to display the I’ve been booed sign.
Just click on the link, download and print! Enjoy!
A fall party staple is bobbing for apples, if you don’t want to get wet try tying donuts on strings and let the players chomp away.
Instead of pinning the tail on the donkey dis-assemble a jointed skeleton cut out and have the kids re-assembling it blind folded.
Instead of a pinata try this Pop Goes the Pumpkin from MarthaStewart.com. The Pumpkin makes a cute decoration and the kids will love popping the balloons to find their surprise.
For some ghoulishly good fun have blind folded kids guess which body part they are touching.
Simply place assorted food in containers and have the blind folded child stick her hand in each container to feel around, she must guess the body part that is in each container.
Use peeled grapes for “eyes”, cold cooked spaghetti for “hair”, etc.
When the fun and food are over gather your ghosts and goblins to trick-or-treat in the neighborhood. By the end of the evening you will most likely have a group of over tired kids, wind them down with a quiet activity such as reading a Halloween book or watching a Halloween movie.
Last year my toddler grandson, Jett, dressed up as a “Chick Magnet”; I made him a chick costume and his parents made him a “magnet” to carry around or wear around his waist. This costume earned him an honorable mention in their local costume contest.
This year in keeping with this play on words we decided to dress him up as “Eye Candy”. The eye part was easy, but it took us a while to decide what type of candy he should be and what it should be made of. In the end we thought candy corn was appropriate for a little boy and that a crocheted sweater will work instead of the sack dresses we saw online, those were just too girly.
So I crocheted him a hat, which he could actually wear any time with or without the “eye” and this sweater. I show the fringe on the hat both braided and unbraided, either way is cute. The sweater can be worn later by removing the “eyes” or even for Thanksgiving by replacing the “eyes” with a turkey applique.
The pattern I have here is for a size 2T sweater and a child’s hat that will fit a 20″ head circumference.
I used a large hook size so it didn’t take long to make.
Hook Size K 6.50mm
#4 yarn in Yellow, Orange, White, Black, Brown, Gray
2ch counts as 1 hdc.
Ch 2 with white
Rd. 1: 7 sc in 2nd. ch from hook (7)
Rd. 2: Ch2, hdc in same st, *hdc in next 2 sts, 2hdc in next st,* repeat *, join (10)
Rd. 3: Ch2, hdc in same st, hdc in next 3 sts, 2hdc in next st, hdc in next 2 sts, 2hdc in next st, hdc in next st, 2hdc in next st, join (14)
Rd. 4: Ch2, hdc in same st, hdc in next 2 sts, *2 hdc in next st, hdc in next 3 sts,* repeat * 1 time, 2hdc in next st, hdc in next 2, join (18)
Rd. 5: Ch2, hdc in same st, *hdc in next 4 sts, 2hdc in next st,* repeat * 2 times, hdc in next 2 sts (21)
Rd. 6: Ch2, hdc in same st, hdc in next 2 sts, *2hdc in next st, hdc in next 2*, repeat * around join, (28)
Rd. 7: Ch2, hdc in same st, hdc in next 3 sts, *2hdc in next st, hdc in next 3 sts*, repeat * around, join (35)
Rd. 8: Ch2, hdc in same st, hdc in next 4 sts, *2hdc in next st, hdc in next 4 sts*, repeat* around, join (42) – Change to Orange yarn on last st.
Rd. 9: Ch2, hdc in same st, hdc in next 5 sts, *2hdc in next st, hdc in next 5 sts, * repeat * around, join (49)
Rds. 10- 19: Ch2, hdc in each st around (49) – Change to Yellow yarn at the end of Rd. 17, continue same for Rounds 18 & 19. Do not fasten off you will work first earflap – slst in next 6 stitches and continue as follows:
Row 1: Ch2, hdc in next 13 sts, ch 2, turn (14 hdc, chain 2 counts as 1hdc)
Row 2: hdc2tog, hdc in next 9 sts, hdc2tog, ch 2, turn (12)
Row 3: hdc in each st, ch 2, turn (12)
Row 4: hdc2tog, hdc in next 7 sts, hdc2tog, ch 2, turn (10)
Row 5: hdc in each st, ch 2, turn (10)
Row 6: hdc2tog, hdc in next 5 sts, hdc2tog, ch 2, turn (8)
Row 7: hdc in each st, ch 2, turn (8)
Row 8: hdc2tog, hdc in next 3 sts, hdc2tog, ch 2, turn (6)
Row 9: hdc2tog, hdc in next st, hdc2tog, fasten off (4)
Count 12 stitches across front of hat, join yellow yarn to next st and repeat rows 1-9 above, but do not fasten off. Ch 1, sc around the hat, join to the first sc, fasten off.
Tassels: make 2
Cut (4) strands of orange, yellow, white 10″ long. Fold strands over to form a loop at the top. Take a small strand of orange yarn and slip it thru the loop and knot. You will use this to tie tassel to earflap. Take another strand of orange yarn and wind it to the top of the yarn strands about 1/2″ from the loop. You will now have a tassel. Repeat then tie tassels on to the middle of the earflap. Trim ends or braid then trim ends.
Hook size F 3.75mm
With black yarn Ch 2
Rd. 1: 6sc in 2nd. ch from hook, join – switch to brown yarn (6)
Rd. 2: ch 1,sc in same st, *2 sc in each st*, repeat * around, join – switch to white yarn (12)
Rd. 3: ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next st, *2sc in next st, sc in next st*, repeat * around join (18)
Rd. 4: ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next 2 sts, *2sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts*, repeat * around, join (24)
Rd. 5: ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next 3 sts, *2sc in next st, sc in next 3 sts*, repeat * around, join (30)
Rd. 6: ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next 4 sts, *2sc in next st, sc in next 4 sts*, repeat* around, join (36) fasten off leaving 6″ tail for stitching
Hook size F
With yellow yarn Ch 2
Rd. 1: 6 sc in 2nd. ch from hook, join (6)
Rd. 2: Ch 2, hdc in same st, *2hdc in each st*, repeat* around, join (12)
Rd. 3: Ch 2, hdc in same st, hdc in next st, *2hdc in next st, hdc in next st*, repeat * around, join (18)
Rd. 4: Ch 2, hdc in same st, hdc in next 2 sts, *2hdc in next st, hdc in next 2 sts*, repeat* around, join (24)
Rd. 5: Ch 2, hdc in same st, hdc in next 3 sts, *2hdc in next st, hdc in next 3 sts*, repeat* around, join (30)
Rd. 6: Ch 2, hdc in same st, hadc in next 4 sts, *2hdc in next st, hdc in next 4sts*, repeat * around, join (36) fasten off leaving 6″ tail for sewing
Sew inner eye into outer eye. Sew finished eye to the middle of the front of the hat.
Sweater: Size 2 will fit chest size 21″ Size K hook. Ch 2 counts as 1 dc
Row 1: With yellow yarn – ch 41. Hdc in 3rd. chain from hook and in each stitch across, turn (40hdc)
Row 2: Ch 2, *fpdc in next st, bpdc in next st* repeat * across, dc in last st, turn (40 dc)
Rows 3-5: Repeat Row 2 (40 dc)
Row 6: Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn (40sc)
Row 7 – 8: Ch 2, dc in each st across, turn (40dc) – change to orange at the end of row 8
Rows 9 – 26 repeat row 7 (40 dc) – change to white at the end of row 26
Row 27: Repeat row 7 (40dc)
Row 28: Slst in first 4 sts, ch 2, dc in next 31 sts, leave remaining sts unworked, turn (32dc)
Row 29 – 41: Ch 2, dc in each st across, turn (32dc),
After row 41 you will start the first shoulder
Row 1: Ch 2, dc in next 4 sts, turn – leave remaining sts unworked (5dc)
Row 2-3: repeat Row 1 – fasten off
With right side facing you count 5 sts from opposite end, join yarn to next st and repeat 3 rows of first shoulder
Work same as the back up to row 35
Row 36 will start first shoulder as follows:
Row 1: Ch 2, dc in next 8 sts, turn – leave remaining sts unworked (9dc)
Row 2: Slst first 2 sts, ch 2 in next st, dc in remaining sts, turn (7dc)
Row 3: Ch 2, dc in next 4 sts, turn – leave remaining sts. unworked (5dc)
Row 4 – 11: Ch 2, dc in next 4 sts, turn fasten off
With right side facing you count 9 sts from opposite end, join yarn to next st and repeat 11 rows of first shoulder
Sleeves: Make 2
Row 1: With Yellow chain 37. Hdc in 3rd, ch from hook and in each stitch across ( 36hdc)
Row 2: Ch 2, *fpdc in next st, bpdc in next st* repeat * across, dc in last st, turn (36 dc)
Rows 3-5: Repeat Row 2 (36 dc)
Row 6: Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn (36 sc) Change to orange at the end of the row
Row 7 – 31: Ch 2, dc in each st across, turn (36dc) change to white at the end of row 25
Row 32: Ch 2, dc in same st, dc in each st across, 2dc in last st, turn (38dc)
Row 33: Ch 2, dc in each st across, turn (38dc) fasten off
With yarn needle and right sides facing stitch front and back together at shoulder.
Stitch sleeves in body by fitting sleeves into the armholes – see picture
Stitch sleeve seams and side seams together. I matched the yarn color to the color blocks on the sweater and sleeves.
Neck line trim:
Attach white yarn to one shoulder at the neckline. Hdc in each stitch around, join to the first hdc.
Rd. 1: Ch 2, *fpdc in next st, bpdc in next st* repeat * around, dc in last st, join
Next round: Repeat round 1, join and fasten off. Weave all ends securely.
Make inner eye same as for the hat but fasten off after round 4 (24sc)
Make outer eye in gray same as for had but fasten off after round 4 (24hdc)
I made 6 eyes and attached to the front of the sweater, but you can make however many eyes you want.
It’s that time of year again! Yup it’s almost Halloween, one of our family’s favorite holidays. (And you know we love all holidays!) To get into the Halloween spirit, pun intended, we like to usher in the holiday by reading Halloween Books with the grandkids.
We have grands ranging in age from 2 months to 16, so clearly we don’t read the same Halloween Books to all of them. Although in years past the oldest one sometimes sits in during the pre-schoolers story time if only to tease his brother about the baby books.
Anyway for this post I’m going to tell you about 6 Halloween Books our pre-schoolers love. In fact they like them so much we’ll be reading them many more times between now and Halloween, and perhaps even after.
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My 4 year old twin grandkids love Pete the Cat. They think he’s super cool!
Pete the Cat:Trick or Pete is the perfect Halloween book for them. It’s a lift the flap book that follows Pete as he goes trick or treating in his neighborhood. As he goes from house to house the flap opens to a fun spooky surprise.
It’s a fun book and will be loved now and the years to come!
Here’s another beloved character! Follow along as the cute bear plans his Halloween Party. There’ll be pumpkin carving, apple bobbing, and of course trick or treating. But wait! What will he wear? Help Corduroy decide on his costume!
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My daughter, Jaime, made what she calls her Fall Wreath decorated with mini pumpkins, silk leaves, and her initial, the letter “V” covered in burlap. She used a wire wreath form and knotted on tulle ribbon in fall colors.
She decided this wreath will hang on her door from now thru Thanksgiving.
She had some leftover silk leaves and tulle ribbon so she glued the leaves on a mason jar, tied a bow, and made a fall candle holder.
My daughter Jenny made this adorable Witch Hat for Halloween. She used tulle ribbon knotted on to a wire wreath form and tied on the witch hat and legs she found at Walmart.
I made this fall wreath last year using a wire wreath form and mesh material. I used zip ties to secure the mesh on to the frame. For step by step tutorial click here!
If you’ll be using tulle strips or ribbons you just cut strips to the desired length and knot them onto the frame until you reach the desired fullness. Here’s a tutorial that shows how to knot tulle onto a styro-foam form, It’s the same basic idea but when using a wire form you need to tie on more tulle. Click here!
It’s a great time to make fall wreaths. You’ll find a big selection of rolls tulle ribbon at Walmart and most craft stores!
Nothing’s more excited than receiving a greeting card in the mail, or even hand delivered for that matter. Greeting cards are a nice way to let someone know you’re thinking about them! Handmade cards are even better, they show how much you care!
I know many of us are too busy to send cards for every occasion, we can barely get Christmas cards out! Instead we resort to emailing or texting holiday greetings to friends and family. I suppose it’s become the norm in this technology driven age, and it’s fine for many situations, but there are times I feel that a nice handwritten card is more appropriate, such as a Thank You card or a party invitation.
Of course I would feel this way as I’ve been on a greeting card making binge. It’s my new passion! It lets me get real creative and friends and family love the cards I’ve made for them!
Recently I’ve been busy in my craft room creating Handmade Halloween Cards. Who says pretty cards are just for Christmas? Definitely not me!
You don’t have to be very “crafty” to make Halloween Cards. Nor must you have lots of fancy gadgets and spend lots of money making them. All your really need is some time, card stock or construction paper, a printer, scissors, glue, and some fancy embellishments. Embellishments can include ribbons, stickers, glitter, and beads; pretty much anything you find around the house. So raid the kids’ craft or school boxes and start making some fun spooky Halloween cards!
Here are a few I created in my craft room using my handy dandy Cricut Explore Air and my ever growing box of goodies. Like I said you don’t have to have all the bells and whistles to have a blast making Halloween cards. I hope my Halloween cards will fire up your creative juices!
The Cricut Design Space and Cricut Access must have channeled my recent obsession with Subway Art. Here’s a Halloween card made using the Halloween words design including with my Access subscription.
I cut out the words using my Cricut Explore Air (affiliate link) and pasted it on the orange background which I then mounted on my 5×7 card base. The “boo” was also cut by the machine and pasted on with double stick foam tape to give it a little lift. To make if fun I glued on a pair of jiggly eyes.
If you don’t have a cutting machine, no worries. Just create your own word art on any photo app and print it out on your computer. Cut out the size you need and glue it on your card base. By the way you can buy blank card bases from a craft store, Walmart’s craft department, or on Amazon. You can get a package of 25-50 cards and envelopes for under $10.
I love cards that move! This Pop Out Swing card is fun to make.
Again I used the Cricut to make the cuts, but you don’t need a cutting machine to make it!
All you need is a ruler, scissors or craft knife, and card stock. It’s all about the folding!
If you have a Sizzix Big Kick or other embossing machine you can use it to cut out your shapes. If you don’t you can just use a ruler and a craft knife.
Using a glue runner instead of a liquid adhesive makes these types of cards look better. Liquid glue gets messy and might leave clumps.
Here’s a quick tutorial by Linda Bauwin to help you get started!
Another card style I love are Flip Cards. I use my Sizzix Big Kick and a label die to make this.
To make it more interesting I pasted on a smaller card that I had embossed on the boarder using a Darice embossing folder and the Big Kick.
I think you pretty much need a Big Kick for this project. It’s a reasonably priced gadget you can invest in if you like to make cards.
If you’re considering purchasing one check out my review here!
Here’s a video tutorial how to make this flip card by Meg Loven!
Here are some cards you can get real creative with. Mixed media cards!
For these Halloween Cards I made backgounds using watercolors on watercolor paper which I then pasted on to the card bases and embellished with die cuts and washi tape.
Washi tape is fun and easy to use. You can buy them in assorted designs from any craft store or Amazon.
They make fabulous “frames” for your cards and can be used as borders too! You can get very creative with washi tape and best of all they come in seasonal designs for all holidays! I love them so much I have a box full!