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Pretzel Skeletons, Halloween Snack

These little skeletons are so cute, you may not want to eat them!  Using candy coating and pretzels, you can make these fun, Halloween goodies perfect for your little goblins!

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You will need

Pretzels Sticks and mini twists

Almond bark

M&Ms for the eyes

Wax paper for setting up

Begin by melting your almond bark in the microwave for 90 seconds.  I did half a brick at a time.  If it isn’t melted, put it back in for another 20 seconds, taking it out to stir.  Continue those steps until it is melted all the way without chunks.

Once you have the candy coating melted, begin to put your pretzels in.  I started with a twist for the head.  Once it was coated, I fished it out of the candy coating with a fork.  I then allowed the excess candy coating to drip back into my bowl, and set the pretzel on the wax paper.  My pattern was 1 twist pretzel followed by 5 stick pretzels all horizontal under the twist to form the ribs.  Once the ribs are done, do another twist pretzel, but this time do it upside down.  Finally, you will be doing 4 more sticks and laying them for the legs and arms.  If you are using M&Ms for the eyes, now is when you will put them on too.  Continue doing this until all of your candy coating is gone.  I got 12 skeletons out of half a brick of candy coating.  When they were done setting up on the wax paper I used a thin, metal spatula to scoop them off the wax paper.  The skeletons will be fairly brittle in some places, mostly where the head and ribs connect.  Be sure to set them in an airtight container where they won’t be shaken around a lot to avoid them breaking before you are ready to use them.

Now you have a great, inexpensive snack for your kids, a Halloween party, maybe even a school party if you are going to take them yourself.  Not sure how they would hold up in the care of a rambunctious grade schooler!

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Witch Feet Cupcakes ~ Quick, Easy, Halloween Treats

Paper straws are big right now.  You can find all kinds of them all over right now.  When I saw these black and orange ones, I thought they looked like tights and came up with this idea.

You will need:

  • Cupcakes that are baked and iced
  • Sprinkles (optional)
  • Striped paper straws
  • Small witches feet cut outs (I cut mine out with my Silhouette machine, but you could find some by searching for them online and printing them off.  Mine were about an inch each)
  • Hot glue and hot glue gun

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Begin by cutting your straws into 3 sections.  Don’t stress too much if they aren’t perfectly even, you can push them down a little further into the cupcake.  You can then attach the shoes to the straw sections using hot glue.  Let them cool and make sure you remove any glue strings that may be hanging before putting them into the cupcake.

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I used some fall leaf sprinkles, maybe my witches were jumping into piles of leaves!  There you have a super simple party food that people will love and think is cute!  I served them at a family get together and the kids thought they were great!

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Halloween Jack O’ Lantern Votive Holders

These cute, little, illuminating jack o’ lanterns are much simpler than carving an actual jack  o’ lantern without the mess!  These are so great for the kids to decorate themselves, and then watch for their surprise when you stick a battery operated candle inside.  These are the perfect addition to your holiday party, line your walk with them for the trick or treaters or just make them for a fun family craft!  I am all for a jack o’ lantern that doesn’t make a mess, or get moldy way too soon!

You will need:

Orange plastic disposable cups

black sharpie markers

battery operated votives

I am pretty sure no directions are needed, with your cup upside down, you simply use a sharpie to put a face on your jack o’ lantern and then stick a battery operated votive in the opening.  If you are going to stick these outside, I would suggest sticking a small rock or something on top to prevent them from blowing away.

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Look how great they turn out in the dark!  My kids had a blast with these and can’t wait to make more!

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Cute Bat Banner, Thrifty Halloween Decorations

I am not a huge fan of the “traditional” Halloween.  The creepy, scary part was never fun to me.  However, give me a cute or goofy looking monster or bat, and I am a sucker!  Sometimes it is hard to find things at the store that focus on the cute side of the holiday.  That is why I tend to make my own!

You will need

  • black card stock bats
  • ( I used my silhouette to cut mine.  They are about 5 inches long by 2 inches tall.  If you don’t have a machine or software to create yours, download a coloring sheet file of them and create your own.  Just print them out as an outline, or print one outline out, trace it onto your black card stock and cut them out that way.)
  • googly eyes
  • bakers twine, yarn or twine
  • tape
  • glue

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Begin by cutting out your bats.  I did 6 of them and they all fit on one sheet of black card stock.  Next, glue your googly eyes to the bat.  I was able to use a glue stick just fine.  You can find self sticking googly eyes if you would rather.

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Once you have them glued on, you can begin to tape the bakers twine to the back of your bat shapes. I left a little space between each bat.  I didn’t measure, but it was close to 2 inches.  Leave a little room at the end of each side so that you have a way to attach your banner.  If hanging using thumb tacks, tie a small knot in each end.

That is it!  Now you are ready to hang your string of bats anywhere you would like.  Make them smaller, and hang inside a wreath.  Make them larger and string them across your garage door.  I am hanging mine across my china hutch and they fit perfectly.

These are a great, quick, thrifty Halloween decoration and would also be great for a party.  Get the kids involved and let them help create some cute bats too!  What a great family craft on a cool, rainy fall day!

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These lego minifigure balloons were a huge hit at my son’s birthday party!  Everyone loved them!  I colored the faces on, using the Lego Movie characters as my inspiration.  (This one in the photo above is supposed to be Wildstyle).  With a few simple supplies, you can make some minifigure balloons for your little one’s party too!

You will need

Yellow balloons (we got a package at the dollar store)

Sharpies

someone to blow up your balloons.

I am not very artistic, and was pleasantly surprised in how many of  my minifigure’s faces turned out.

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I opened up a photo of the characters on my phone and set it beside me so I could see what they looked like.  My kids were able to tell me who each one was, which was impressive to me!

If you are doing them just as lego minifigures and not based on the movie,you could come up with faces of your own to draw on.  If you are going to tie them to something, you could also draw the faces on upside down.  Get creative and have fun!

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