Posts Tagged ‘halloween’

PostHeaderIcon Counting the days ’til Halloween

Oh oh oh…. it’s THAT time of year! Super duper excited that it’s now *completely* acceptable for me to be planning for Halloween. Never mind that we actually started a month ago.

So what do we have planned this year so far? Well, let’s see….


Pretty sure I’m classified as a Pinterest addict. It’s even worse around this time of year. I even added a brand new board – Halloween Makeup Ideas. Our costumes have yet to be set in stone, but thinking we are probably going with a Tim Burton style family costume set. That means we’ll be relying heavily on spooky makeup. WOO! My favorite.

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PostHeaderIcon Zombie Clown for Halloween

I’ve said it a thousand times before, and I will say it again – WE LOVE HALLOWEEN!

Sewing and piecing together handmade Halloween costumes is tradition for our household. This year has been no different. My daughter has always been called the “Halloween baby” because her birthday is in October and because she gets into Halloween the most. Every year she carefully selects what she plans to be for Halloween way ahead of time, so we always have time to put together something awesome. In August she announced her 2012 idea for Halloween…. ZOMBIE CLOWN!

Zombie Clown for Halloween

As with previous years, we had a blast putting this handmade costume together. First, we found the ugliest jumper in our scrap fabrics that fit her almost perfectly. Since it was a little tight, we made some alterations using additional scrap fabric so it had a “clown” look. This included a yellow and pink flower pocket. We also found an old, ugly tie to go along with the “silly” part of the costume.

Second, we dyed her hair fire-engine red. Her short, curly hair was better than any ratty wig we could have purchased in the store. Like I said, we go all out for Halloween, so dying hair was no big deal. In fact, I dyed mine purple the same night!

Finally, the make up. Oh my, how fun this was. We had modeling clay that we discovered gets everywhere and would be perfect as “crusty” clown make up. We touched up some areas with white eye shadow to make it look a little more clown-like. Then came the lipstick that was smeared around her lips to look like she just ate a survivor. We also used the lipstick for her nose and a wound or two. A little blue eye shadow was around her eyes to look like the remains of what once was a “happy” clown.

Overall, this was one of her best costume ideas. I think we did pretty good using the scraps and supplies we already had to make a “dead” clown.

Happy Halloween everyone!

PostHeaderIcon How To: Painting Pumpkin Jars for Halloween

Acrylic paint, paint brushes of various sizes, Sharpie, Mod Podge.

You will need:

– Acrylic paint
– Paint Brushes (large and small)
Stained by Sharpie, black
Mod Podge (I used “sparkle” or “gloss”)

Step 1. Draw

Another way to do this is covering the area you don’t want painted with tape or paper. I just prefer drawing.

Step 2. Paint

Paint used may vary.

I used paint I had from other projects, one with the name “Pumpkin orange”. I ended up using 2 coats of each type of paint. One type of paint covered the jar better but had a matte finish I didn’t care for, and the other was nice and shiny but would have taken 10 coats to cover it.

First coat – matte finish paint.


After the shiny paint coat.


Step 3. Outline

Using “Stained” by Sharpie for this step.


All touched up and ready for the next step!

Step 4. Mod Podge

Used sparkle Mod Podge for this step. Can also use the spray glitter shown with the supplies with gloss finish Mod Podge.


Step 5. Embelish

Embellished with ribbon. Can also use pipe cleaners, hemp cord, or other kinds of ribbon or cords.


We had a BLAST making these adorable pumpkin jars. After we were finished, they were handed over to my mom, the “Candle Lady”. She filled them half way with pumpkin pie scented soy wax. They look like jack-o-lanterns when they are burning! SO CUTE!

Happy Halloween!

PostHeaderIcon A Very Pinterest Halloween

First off let me say I LOVE Pinterest. I use it for everything from recipes to craft ideas to DIY projects for home. It’s the best social sharing site I’ve seen in my decade of online play. It’s especially been a fascination for me with Halloween coming up. I’ve subscribed to almost every Halloween board I can find and came up with some FANTASTIC ideas for my favorite holiday. While some of them didn’t turn out “exactly like the picture”, some projects actually turned out better.

Here are a few crafts we’ve done so far…..



The original project featured black bats and was found on Pinterest. You’ll notice we used a different color paper so it stood out better on the wall. Our generous neighbor had given us a ton of yellow paper she had no use for, so we were pretty excited to find at least one purpose for it. I don’t think I’m done with this wall yet, but it’s getting there!


Painted Pumpkin Jar Candles

Since my mom loves to make candles and had the perfect scent (Pumpkin Pie), we decided to make this Pinterest craft into something unique. I painted the jar (tutorial coming soon), and mom filled it with Pumpkin Pie scented soy wax. When lit, it looks like a jack-o-lantern. I like the candle much better than candy, especially because there wouldn’t be any candy left to make it cute like the original project was!


Countdown to Candy

This easy print-out made this craft quick and fun. My printer was being difficult (as usual), so I ended up taking a Sharpie to make it look better. I had the frame given to me by my hubby’s grandmother, which I thought was a pretty big stroke of luck. I think it was a PERFECT contrast to the orange and black. The glass on the frame acts like a dry erase board so that we can change it every day.


More to Come!

This is just the beginning of the Halloween tricks and treats we are making at The Hot Spot. We wanted to wait until a week or two into October before we drove out to Prairie View Pumpkins to pick out pumpkins. After we do, we should have TONS of decorated pumpkins to show off. You can see a full list of project ideas we’ve got on the burner on our Pinterest Halloween board.



PostHeaderIcon Our Halloween Costumes 2012

Oh yes. It’s my favorite time of year and we are busy digging up plans for Halloween. The first on the list, as always, is the Halloween costumes. I’m so sad my oldest (now age 12) wants no part in Trick-or-Treating, but we still have a good month and half to convince him to at least dress up.

My fantastically creative daughter has picked her costume for the year and we are already beginning to piece it together.

This year’s pick: ZOMBIE CLOWN!

Ugly Scraps

We started by picking out the fabrics we planned to use, which included the ugliest jumper we’d ever seen (shown above). As luck would have it, this almost fits my daughter. It’s a bit tight, so we plan to leave it unzipped and unbuttoned, using additional ugly scraps to fill in the gaps. You can see from the picture we also found an ugly tie to go along with the hideous costume. We plan to dye her hair red (she has the most perfect short curly clown hair) and paint her face in zombie-style.

Costumes of Halloween Past

Halloween 2011

Last year my daughter won 3rd place in the Prairie City costume contest. I suspect it’s because the costume was homemade (far left is my daughter, far right is my son, and in the middle is my teenage cousin who visits on the weekends). She was a “She-Devil” that year and we used mostly clothes she already had that fit the role. The pitchfork was from my son’s costume last year (shown below) and the horns we purchased.

Halloween 2010

Zombie Cheerleader and Demon Boy. Loved this year, the makeup, and the ideas. Again, my daughter wore mostly clothes she already had with a few extra accessories and dead-looking make-up. She even had a scar that year pained on her forehead.

Other years we have made good use of scraps, cheap fabrics on sale, and clothing they already own. We are proof that costumes can be cheap, easy, and way awesome with just a bit of creativity.

What costumes are you planning for this year?

PostHeaderIcon Homemade Halloween Costumes

Hello Idea Queen readers! It’s that time of year again and I am SUPER excited…Halloween is coming! I absolutely ADORE this time of year!

We may not do a whole lot of decorating, but lots of stuff is going on around our house. Pumpkins are being carved, pies are being cooked, and most importantly, the costumes are being planned. Every year my daughter comes up with the BEST ideas for costumes. Together we usually put together something really fantastic that is deserving of loads of pictures.


Homemade Costumes of Halloweens Past

Around here we feel making costumes is much more fun than buying them. Here’s a rundown of our best costume ideas over the years, most of which are handmade comepletely or made without spending loads of moolah on a complete costume.

Devil and Zombie Cheerleader

You ain’t taking this dead cheerleader back to hell so easy! Mask and pitchfork for the devil was purchased at the store, but the rest of the clothes are just regular old clothes. He still wears them even a year later. Pompoms for the zombie cheerleader were purchased off ebay for a whole $3, and the rest is normal clothing. It’s the makeup we had fun with on that costume.

Punk Rock Star

Her original idea for this year was “Hannah Montana”, but I talked her out of it. Instead, we decided on a punk rock star because the makeup would be a lot more fun. It was! She looked fantastic and most importantly, UNIQUE! I spent a little more on the shirt that I usually do, but she wore it for a good 2 years after using it as part of her costume. She also had striped tights that were purchased for less than $5.


This is the year my son had an obession with Garfield. Do you think we could even FIND a costume? Heck no! So we made one out of a pillow, oversized orange shirt, black spray paint, and wooden/foam mask. The tail was made from basic orange fabric and stuffed. He loved it!

Dead Bride

One of my all time favorites was the dead bride. Dress was made from an uber cheap fabric I found at Walmart (About a $1 per yard is all it was I think), with dollar store cobwebs over her head. We got a little crazy with the makeup this year but I think we made her look good and dead. 😉

Batman and Princess

Poof! You are now a super hero! While both of these weren’t the most unique or cheapest costumes, the kids enjoyed playing their parts. Plus the picture was absolutely ADORABLE so I couldn’t pass up the chance to post it. You can tell we’ve always loved playing with the make up.

Other Costume Ideas

This year we have plans for a she-devil, and boy is still undecided. I suggested “Dead Kenny” from South Park, but got rejected. I hear my 13-yr old cousin has plans for that particular idea this year, which I can’t waite to see how it turns out. For the first time ever, the adults are planning on dressing up too, but our costume ideas aren’t set in stone yet. I’m thinking a basic witch, but we’ll see what I can find for accessories between now and Halloween. Cat in the Hat is also being considered, as are characters from the boy’s Xbox games.

My daughter’s running theme of “dead” or “evil” has made these costumes extra spectacular. It’s so easy to take a basic costume idea and turn it into a “dead” or “zombie” version, as my daughter demonstrated with the dead bride and zombie cheerleader. With all the things you can do with a homemade halloween costume, I don’t know why anyone would want to buy them!

PostHeaderIcon Fun Halloween Costume Ideas

As you should know by now, Halloween is our favorite time of year around here. We start getting ready when the first hint of fall comes around, and start thinking of costume ideas WAY ahead of time. Mostly because we make our own, or put together something from pieces you see at the store. It’s been quite a few years since we’ve bought a “regular” costume off the rack.

Here’s a run down of this year’s costumes and some from Halloweens past. Enjoy!

Boy – Demon
We spotted a red demon mask at a hardware store, and a pitchfork to go along with it. He wants a red rubber suit, but just in case we can’t find one of those (haha, I know we wont, at least not in mom’s price range!), a red shirt and black pants will do just fine. Simple I admit, but fun.Total cost was around $10 for the strictly costume part of it. The additional clothes are something he’ll be wearing again, which is a major bonus.

Girl – Dead Cheerleader
I am so in love with her ideas for costumes. This year she decided to be a dead cheerleader, which I think is just AWESOME. So far we’ve got a black long sleeve shirt and black skirt, along with pink and black stripped tights I bought on clearance right after Halloween last year for a whole $2.  I’m on the lookout for a V-neck tank top or something that will make it look a little more like a cheerleader outfit. We’ll be painting her face white with black under her eyes to give that dead look, and dying her pig tails pink. Oh, and I managed to snag some black pom-poms off ebay for $5.  So the total for the costume-only part will be under $10.

Boy – Ninja
This was a simple one to put together. Black sweatshirt, black pants, black stocking hat. We also painted his face black so it looked like a mask with the hat. We found some cheap ninja supplies (sword, stars, etc) for about $5 I believe it was.

Girl – Punk Rock Star
We had a close call last year with her first idea being “Hanna Montana”. Yuck. I’m alright with her being a fan, just not as a costume. Where’s the “wow” in that? We talked it over though, and she ended up being a punk rocker. Black skirt (yup, same one as for this year!), pink and black stripped tights (they didn’t make it after halloween, unfortunately), and adorable rocker looking shirt. The shirt was the most expensive and around $12, which is more than I usually spend on regular clothing. However, it WAS part of her costume, AND she still wears it even now. We spray painted her hair pink and put it up in lots of pony tails all over, then did black eye liner and black lipstick. If she would have been about 6 or 7 years older, I so would have approved of this style. She was ADORABLE. We loved the pink hair so much, we let her dye her hair pink often with the temporary dye!

Boy – Garfield (pictured)
This costume was so much fun to do, and SO cheap. We found a orange over sized shirt (on sale no less) that we sprayed the stripes on with black hair spray. The tail we made, and mask too with foam sheets, paint, and glue. Strap a pillow on and he was good to go! (See how we made the Garfield Costume here)

Girl – Dead Bride
One of my absolute favorites by far, but we’ll see how dead cheerleader works out this year! This was also an original idea of her’s, of which I’m quite proud of her for. We made a dress out of some cheap fabric (on sale at Walmart for 75 cents a yard – I got 2 yards), and used fake cob webs as her “vale”. White face paint with dark circles under her eyes, and black lips. She added an extra touch and put fake blood around her mouth and eyes. I told you she was a cool kid … haha!

The girl will be turning 8 in a little over a week, so she’s got a lot of fun years and ideas ahead of her…I can’t wait to see what she continues to come up with next year! The boy too, for that matter. 😉

These ideas should at least get you started, so have fun!

PostHeaderIcon Halloween Activities in Your Town? Go Find Out!

The pumpkins come out of the gardens, costumes are on sale, and we’re giggling down the seasonal aisles of all the stores……. IT’S ALMOST HALLOWEEN!

I’m worse than the kids this time of year, I really am. I get so flipping excited I can barely sit still, and it’s not just on the day of Halloween…it’s the whole dang month. Before then, even, with everything coming out WAY early with every holiday. With this particular seasonal festivity, though, I don’t mind. To me there’s just a certain electricity it creates, and it excites me.

Imagine my giddiness when I spotted “Oktoberfest” going on in a near by town. It was in the back of my head for the past week already as something we may be doing on the 2nd, but what really sealed the deal is when I see the words “FREE”. Oh snap! Did you say FREE? *grin*

I’m pretty excited, and so are the kids. They’ve got a bounce house, face painting, pumpkin painting, bowling, games, and loads of other stuff going on. All wrapped around the fall theme and Halloween spirit. Oh yes, it will be an awesome day!

What’s going on in YOUR town this month? If you haven’t looked, go do it! You might be surprised what you find!

PostHeaderIcon Halloween Birthday Party

I pitched an idea for my daughter’s upcoming birthday to something Halloween themed, and was excited to find she too was on board with it. I’ve always called her my Halloween baby, obviously since her birthday is in October. She’s just like me and absolutely loves this time of year!

I may not be any good at making cakes, but I sure do like trying. After giving it some thought, we both decided on a pumpkin shaped cake. Basically what we’re planning to do is making 2 bunt cakes and putting them together. It’s going to be a pretty big cake but hopefully will turn out alright.

I even thought about making the cake an actual pumpkin cake, but decided against it. I’ve have enough problems in previous years working with cake, and I have no idea how “solid” a pumpkin cake would be. While this one wont need to be “shaped” or cut, it will need to be flipped over. So we did get a regular cake mix again, which hopefully will be alright too.

For the “stem” we’ll be using an ice cream cone frosted green, which I think will fit pretty well inside the cake giving it the real pumpkin look. The birthday girl also came up with a neat suggestion, which was making it look like a jack-o-lantern. So with black frosting decoration we’ll be giving him a face.

She also requested plastic spiders around the top of the cake, which I also thought was a pretty fun idea. More specifically she wants rings so the guests can have them to take home. Cute!

I’ll be working on the cake tomorrow, and HOPEFULLY will have some pictures if the cake turns out alright. I am no artist, so wish me luck!


Here’s the finished project, before adding the spider rings:

Pumpkin cake.

Pumpkin cake.

PostHeaderIcon 2009 Halloween Costumes

At the risk of being just like the stores who pull out the holiday stuff 2 months before it’s even here, I do believe it’s time to at least start thinking about Halloween costumes. Especially if you plan to make them yourself!

This year my son wants to be a ninja. Not too hard at all, and I doubt we’ll have any trouble putting that together. I refuse to pay up to $20 for a costume as simple as that, so yes we WILL be doing it ourselves. Plus I’m sure the boy and I can make a sword together, which will be fun.

The girl is still undecided. She threw out “Hannah Montana”, although I think I’ve got her talked out of it. Sure it’s her favorite, but did you see how many little Mileys there were running the streets last year? Maybe it’s not my place to dictate what she goes as, but the “WOW AWESOME COSTUME!” factor from the other kids is something I’m thinking about. Last year she was a dead bride (my personal favorite of her’s thusfar), and this year I think we can figure out something just as good. Maybe something a little more traditional such as a witch or ghost, but that we can add a bit of flare too.

What are your kids going as this year? What did they do last year that was super cute? It’s about that time to start gathering supplies, so let’s hear it!