Halloween Tips

Don’t TRASH your Halloween candy ~ 7 creative ways to get it out of the house or repurpose it

7 ways to use your Halloween candy, recipes and projects to put that Halloween candy to good useSo many parents are talking about how good it feels to get rid of the Halloween candy, making better choices and getting rid of unhealthy food, so they toss it all in the TRASH when the kids are at school.  My thoughts on this… STOP IT!, Stop being so wasteful!!!  Now hear me out, I am all about healthy choices, but what REALLY bothers me is the fact that we live in a throw away society.  We take things of value and just throw them away… Go ahead and get rid of the candy, but use it as a teaching experience or do something useful with it.

Teach your kids to give ~ Give it all away, you might not want it, but that does not mean it no longer has value.  Take it to a homeless shelter, church pantry or the food bank. See if your kids teachers want it to add the treasure box at school.  Send it to the the Troops who project our freedom.

Save it for another party ~ Do you put candy in your kids stockings at Christmas, or do a pinata  for birthdays?  Put the candy in a ziploc freezer bag and store it in the freezer till you are ready to use it.  Let’s be honest here, it is just wasteful to toss candy in the trash and then 7 weeks later buy more candy to fill your kids stocking???

Gingerbread house decor ~ Do you make a gingerbread house with your kids, or maybe buy a gingerbread kit. Have the kids pick out fun things to add to the gingerbread house, save it in a bag and pull it out in a few weeks when you are ready to decorate.

Buy Back programs ~ Lots of Dentist participate in buy back programs where they pay kids cash for their candy. We have several locally that participate, see if there are any in your area.

Use the chocolate in a recipe ~ Store the chocolate candy bars in a ziploc bag in the your freezer until you are ready to use them. If you plan to make chocolate chip cookies or brownies make your recipe as normal, but instead of chocolate chips add left over Halloween candy bars. It is best if you chop them up into smaller prices first. Here is a recipe for Candy-bar Crescent Rolls.

Make a Candy Bouquet ~ Make a candy bouquet and brighten someones day. They are easy to make and turn out really pretty, and an easy way to make someone smile.

Use it to motivate you kids ~ My kids LOVE candy and if I let them they would have eaten the whole bucket by now. But I believe it is good to teach them moderation and self control.  On Halloween night they get a few pieces to eat, but then they have to turn it over. I am one of those “Mean Mom’s”  I make my kids put all their candy in a bowl and I take it away.  Each day they have the opportunity to earn two pieces once they get their homework done, eat all their dinner and get to bed on time.  It totally motivates them, they want something and are willing to put forth the effort to earn it. Within a few weeks the candy is gone and eaten in moderation. And a good lesson on working for something has been learned.

If you don’t want your kids to have any sugar, then DON’T let them go to 100 doors trick or treating. Teach them to value their time, don’t spend 2 hours trick-or-treating only to toss everything in the trash 3 days later.  Instead take them to a few houses, then plan something else fun to do. Maybe go to the movies, go to a special restaurant you don’t normally eat at. Have friends over and play games.    Halloween is about creating memories and having fun.

Bonus Hint – Send it to Military Troops Overseas – through Operation Gratitude

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What traditions or tips do you have for Halloween?

The switch witch is another way you can get your kids to TRADE their candy for something else. At that point you can then use the candy for other things or give it to them only for special occasions.

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My friend was telling me about the Switch Witch a couple of days ago. Each of her kids get to choose 10 pieces of candy Halloween night, and then they leave out the rest for the Switch Witch. The witch at night and takes the rest of candy and leaves the kids money or a special toy in return.

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Halloween Food recipes ~ Easy Halloween Frankenstein Cakes

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Easy Halloween Treats Frankenstein Cakes

Halloween is so fun for both kids and adults,  I love to make fun treats for Halloween parties. But I prefer to make fast and easy treats that will bring a smile to their face but won’t take all day.  These Frankenstein Cakes are so simple because you are not cooking anything, instead just decorating. So essentially they are a “craft/treat” my older girls love making them, fun project for tweens/ teens.

Ingredients:

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  1. Set wax paper on counter or work surface, open other items and set on cookie sheet or in bowls. Unwrap snack cakes.
  2. Melt the semi-sweet chocolate in a bowl according to the package’s instructions.
  3. Start with the hair or brown chocolate.  Dip one end of the snack cakes into the semi-sweet chocolates.  For Frankenstein, we just dipped the ends.  For the Brides of Frankenstein, we dipped about half of the snack cake in the semi-sweet chocolate.  You may need a knife to help spread the chocolate.
  4. Set out on wax paper and allow to air dry.  The melting wafers harden much faster and are so easy to work with!  But if you love the idea of an extra layer of chocolate, the chocolates work just fine too!
  5. Melt the green candy wafers according to package instructions into a bowl.
  6. Once the hair has hardened, you will dip the opposite corner in the green mix.
  7. Using the decorating gel, attach two eyes on each snack.
  8. Dip a Sixlet in the green candy melts and attach the nose on each snack.
  9. Use the decorating gel to create a smile, eye lashes or scar marks on your Frankensteins.
  10. For the Bride of Frankenstein, use a drawing tip or a ribbon tip and make some waves with white frosting on her hair.

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Halloween Food recipes ~ Easy Halloween Frankenstein Cakes

Easy Halloween Treats Frankenstein Cakes Halloween is so fun for both kids and adults, I love to make fun treats for Halloween parties. But I prefer to make fast and easy treats that will bring a smile to their face but won't take all day. These Frankenstein Cakes are so simple because you are not cooking anything, instead just decorating. So essentially they are a "craft/treat" my older girls love making them, fun project for tweens/ teens.
Course Dessert Party Food

Ingredients

  • Snack cakes of your choice Twinkies, Hoho’s, etc. We used Sara Lee Devil’s Food Creme Cakes.
  • Semi-Sweet Chocolate I used Baker’s or Brown Candy Melts
  • Green Melting Candy Wafers
  • Green Sixlets
  • Small Candy Eyes
  • Black Decorating Gel
  • White Frosting
  • Parchment Paper

Instructions

  1. Instructions:
  2. Set wax paper on counter or work surface, open other items and set on cookie sheet or in bowls. Unwrap snack cakes.
  3. Melt the semi-sweet chocolate in a bowl according to the package’s instructions.
  4. Start with the hair or brown chocolate. Dip one end of the snack cakes into the semi-sweet chocolates. For Frankenstein, we just dipped the ends. For the Brides of Frankenstein, we dipped about half of the snack cake in the semi-sweet chocolate. You may need a knife to help spread the chocolate.
  5. Set out on wax paper and allow to air dry. The melting wafers harden much faster and are so easy to work with! But if you love the idea of an extra layer of chocolate, the chocolates work just fine too!
  6. Melt the green candy wafers according to package instructions into a bowl.
  7. Once the hair has hardened, you will dip the opposite corner in the green mix.
  8. Using the decorating gel, attach two eyes on each snack.
  9. Dip a Sixlet in the green candy melts and attach the nose on each snack.
  10. Use the decorating gel to create a smile, eye lashes or scar marks on your Frankensteins.
  11. For the Bride of Frankenstein, use a drawing tip or a ribbon tip and make some waves with white frosting on her hair.

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Spooky Halloween Candles – Thrifty Halloween Decorating

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Spooky Halloween Candles – Thrifty Holiday Decorating

These candles are the perfect mix of spooky, gory, and cute for Halloween!  They make the perfect, inexpensive decoration for your Halloween decor.

You will need

White candles

Red tapered candle

Match

Paper to lay your candle on

Begin by opening your candles.  Light the red candle and let it drip a couple of times on a sheet of paper.  Now, you want to lightly touch the edge of  your white candle with the tip your red tapered candle.  Let it drip down the side.  If you get a large drip in a place you don’t want it simply heat it up and let it melt again, gently pulling it down with your red taper.  That is what happened in the photo below.

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So simple, yet so cool looking and will definitely make people look twice!  Such an easy craft that comes from supplies at the dollar store!

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Pumpkins made out of Paperback Books ~ DIY Fall Decor

 

Fall is here, so that means it is time for one of my favorite DIY projects. Pumpkins made out of Paperback Books! These can be made out of outdated manuals, books missing pages, old romance novels that should never be read again lol. Or just grab some cheap paperback books at a yard sale or thrift store.

Do you have a few old paperback books laying around, maybe a few with missing pages … and you need some Fall Decorations?  Well I have the perfect solution for you!   Turn that old book into an adorable pumpkin!  Pumpkins made out of Paperback Books, from start to finish takes about 30 minutes and is rather simple.

Pumpkins made out of Paperback Books

You will need

  • Tree branch about 3 inches long for the stem
  • Ribbons or flowers in fall colors to decorate your pumpkin
  • Glue Dots or hot glue
  • Paperback Book 1 for a small pumpkin and 2 for a large pumpkin (I used 2)
  • scissors or cutting blade

Ok yes I know it goes against everything we have been taught to cut up a book…. If you are not willing to cut your own books just head to a yard sale or thrift store and you should be able it pick up a trashy romance novel for under $.25 and feel no guilt for cutting is up LOL.  If you want to make a large pumpkin you will need 2 books with about the same amount of pages.  If you want to make a small pumpkin use one book and cut both sides  from one book.  One out of the top and the other out of the bottom of the book.

Start out

Start out by making a pattern of “half a pumpkin” and draw it onto the back of your book.  Take 15-30 pages at a time and cut out the pumpkin shape.  If you get to many pages it becomes to hard to cut and takes longer… so fewer pages at a time is faster in the long run and looks nicer.  I used scissors but you could also use a cutting blade ( I just don’t trust myself with sharp objects lol)

Once you have  both of your books cut out (or two parts of the same book if you are doing a small pumpkin) trim up any pages that are larger than the rest.

Line them up

Line up the two book spines back to back… you will want to keep the spines open or free from glue so you can push your stem in.  I used Glue Dots to glue the two books together.  I did cut the covers down a bit so any color would not show.  Glue your too covers together on both sides…. then glue a page over the covers so you see a printed page not a black cover when your pumpkin is on display.

Wedge your stem into the spine of the book, add ribbons and flowers and you are DONE!

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