Celebrating Halloween Pinterest Style
Baby Gumball Machine
Costume Works 2014 costume contest.
My son and I have visited several Halloween stores this year. We’ve disappointedly perused the decorations and costumes. It’s all the same-old, same-old to us. And even if we were inspired by the creepy offerings of retail, it would’ve cost a pretty penny to add to our Halloween collection.
Not that retail doesn’t have its perks. Swinging by and picking up clings that can be easily slapped onto windows and spider webs that can be draped along the stairwell in seconds is convenient. For busy families especially, there is nothing wrong with buying a few ghoulish Halloween necessities.
However, when I turned to Pinterest, I found a plethora of DIY costumes, decorations and foods that evoked and reinvigorated the dulled Halloween Spirit out of the depths of indifference in the recesses of my soul.
With renewed enthusiasm, I created three new boards on our Piedmont Parent Pinterest page. To ensure you can easily conjure them up, they are labeled as follows:
And even though I’ve only just recently created and starting pinning to these boards, over 1000 of you have already begun to follow them. For the rest of October, I will add to these boards as I happen across fun Halloween finds. In the meantime, here are my favorites from each board thus far.
2015 DIY Halloween Costumes
Baby Gum Ball Machine. This nifty idea was sent to Costume Works in 2014 as a costume contest entry. As someone who grew up with gum ball machines — and absolutely cherished the one I received as a birthday present when I was seven — I could not resist this adorable costume. I also love that it is not cumbersome for the baby. As far as the little one is concerned, it’s just another cutesy outfit with a matching hat onto which pureed carrots will eventually be spit up.
Sweat Suit Dragon. Another good one for safely moving about the neighborhood on Halloween night, this dragon costume idea from Tried and True can be adapted to satisfy any imagination — change up the “attachments” and the color of the sweat suit to create a dog, cat, witch, Frankenstein, ghost or whatever your creepy heart desires. And, because sweat suits come in all sizes, you can make sweat suit costumes for the whole family.
2015 Halloween Decorating Ideas
Cheesecloth Ghost. Everyday Crafting Gift’s ghost can be a fun family project. What I love is that there is no way any two ghosts can look the same using this process. The cheesecloth is going to fall a little differently each time. Also, you can change things up by using different lengths of cheesecloth, different sized Styrofoam balls and different lengths of wire for the arms.
Wall of Bats. This is a simple way to decorate for Halloween. Dana shares the template and great photos of her home depicting a colony of bats flying through the dining room. That she put it all up while her kids were sleeping so they could wake up to a bat invasion made it even better.
2015 Halloween Foods
Mini Caramel Apples. These delicious bite-sized treats are not only easy to handle, but much less messy to eat than their full-sized counterparts. They make for a delicious treat as well as a pretty, fall party snack. The recipe is family friendly, so you can certainly make these with your kids. MyLitter.com even shares tips for avoiding the ominous Pinterest Fail.
Eyeballs. Cute Food for Kids shares this simple, fun and healthy Halloween snack. The recipe is perfect for younger kids to assist and older ones to create on their own. I am planning to bring a platter of eyeballs to every Halloween gathering we attend this year.
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