Halloween Lanterns

These pumpkin lanterns are so cute!  The best part is you can make them with material that you have at home.

Halloween crafts

Tin can
Hammer and nail
Metal primer
Acrylic paints: orange and black
Several yds of 18–20-gauge black annealed stovepipe wire
Tacky glue (we used Aleene’s Original)
Votive candle

Clamp can to table and poke holes for handle on opposite sides 1/2″ below top with hammer and nail.

Sand, prime, then paint outside of can orange.
Pencil outline of a jack-o’-lantern face on front and punch holes along outlines. Paint face black. Let dry.

Wind 27″ wire around a bunch of pencils or a thick dowel; remove and fasten ends in holes. Glue votive in place. When candle is lit, bend handle away so it doesn’t heat up.

Never leave candles unattended.

Milk Jug Ghost Halloween Decoration

Stationed on a walkway or porch, these homemade lanterns will extend a ghostly greeting and good-bye to all your holiday visitors.

What you’ll need

  • Clean plastic gallon milk jugs
  • Black permanent marker
  • Craft knife
  • String of 50 clear low-wattage holiday lights

How to make it

  1. Draw ghost eyes and mouths on the jugs. Tip: Leave the caps on while you do this, so the jugs don’t dent.
  2. Use the craft knife to cut a half-dollar-size hole in the back of each jug (a parent’s job).
  3. Arrange the ghosts near each other and string the lights between them, stuffing several bulbs into each of the jugs.

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Get Organized for Halloween

Get Organized for Halloween

I looked at my calender today and realized that October is half over.  Which means, Halloween is almost here.  I started to go through my mental checklist: costumes, parties, candy, decorations… how am I going to get it all done.  For everyone who is in the same boat that I am, I am posting this article in hopes of helping you get organized for Halloween.

Whether you are picking apples, planning a party, decorating for the season, trick or treating, or watching scary movies, there is something for all ages at Halloween. Here are a few helpful tips for getting organized during this fun time of year.

1. Check Your Calendar – Open up your calendar and start planning ahead – although October has just begun, with all the activities in the fall and weekends filling up, it will be over very quickly.  Planning ahead for all the things you need to do, accomplish and attend will help you stay more organized.  Enter your absolute dates and schedules first, referring to work, activities, sports, religious, and other volunteer commitments. Once those are in your calendar, be sure to plan some time for fun little trips to enjoy the autumn colors this time of year.

2. Plan It Out! Make a master list including sections for: parties, home decorations, costumes, pumpkin carving, apple picking, school or extra-curricular schedules, and errands to run.  Each one of these categories has many sub-tasks and can easily eat up valuable time in the planning details. With a master list, you are more likely keep these tasks top of mind and can combine errands and trips – so you are less likely to have to make last-minute runs that can throw anyone’s schedule.

3. Costumes! Discuss what each member of your family will dress-up as for Halloween. This will give you an idea of how much time will be needed to prepare or purchase costumes as well as how much to budget. Costumes are one of those items that can be quite expensive if you’re purchasing pre-made varieties. To save money, consider home-made, borrowing costumes from a friend or neighbor or going with costumes that are simple and reusable. You can pull ideas for costumes from a number of sources, including fairy tales, video games, comics, cartoons, horror movies, etc. If you want to save money, thrift stores are a great place to find gently-used Halloween costumes.

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DIY Make a Lawn Ghosts

Are you looking to add a new outside Halloween decoration?  Then this project is for you.  It is easy and doesn’t cost very much.  Get the whole family involved they will love making Lawn Ghosts in your yard.

DIY Make a Lawn Ghost

Click here for instructions on how to make this project.

10 Easy Halloween Costumes Anyone Can Make

Here is a list of 10 easy costumes anyone can make.

seriously adorable..

Hershey Kiss

Easy do it yourself costumes for kids.

Bag of Jelly Beans.

DIY kids halloween costumes

Cotton Candy

DIY costumes kids



Family Laundry

Grape Costume DIY from parents.com. Blow up purple balloons and cutout green felt leaf for head band

Bunch of Grapes

Hundreds of creative DIY Halloween costume ideas, and tips on how to find costumes dirt cheap.

Robber with money bag

hot air balloon halloween costume - adorable!  @Candon Leopold  I can see Lily in this!

Hot Air Balloon

Glow Stick Person


Activity: Simple Toilet Paper Pumpkins

Your kids will have no problem making these cute pumpkins made by craft elf.

toilet paper pumpkin craft


  • Fabric 22″ square, solid orange or calico
  • Green felt 5″ x 2 1/2″
  • Craft paper 3″ x 6″ *
  • 1 Green pipe cleaner
  • Glue stick
  • Roll of toilet paper; the full roll not just the tube
  • Pencil or round chopstick

* If you don’t have craft paper, use a paper bag


  1. Lay a 22″ square of orange fabric right side down on you work surface.
  2. Place a full roll of toilet paper in the center of your fabric square.
  3. Working your way all the way around the toilet paper, neatly tuck the fabric into the center of the toilet paper roll.
  4. Cut a 3″ x 6″ piece of craft paper.  Starting at one of the 3″ ends, roll the paper to form a tube which will be you stem.  Run a glue stick across the other 3″ end before you finish rolling the craft paper to secure it in place.
  5. Using the leaf pattern provided, trace and cut out one leaf from green felt.
  6. Lay the stem on top of the leaf.  Securely wrap one end of the green pipe cleaner around both the stem and the leaf.  Curl the other end of the pipe cleaner by wrapping it around either a pencil or chopstick, then slide the chopstick/pencil out.
  7. Place the end of the stem/leaf piece into the center of the roll of toilet paper and your pumpkin is ready to display.

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Family Fun: 5 Cutest Homemade Halloween Costumes

Today is October 1st.  What does that mean?  It’s the first day of my Halloween Countdown.  To get you excited about the holidays, I will be posting articles relating to Halloween this whole month.  That definitely gets me in the mood, I hope it does you too.

We can’t start October off without thinking about Halloween Costumes.  Do you have costumes ready for your family yet?  I don’t, but hopefully we will soon.  I started my search on pinterest, they have so many wonderful ideas.  Here are my top 5 for cutest!

Baby Halloween Costumes

Pasta Baby

I want to steal her.

Little Red Riding Hood

DIY costumes halloween crafts kids

Beautiful Wings

kids costumes

Happy Cowboy


Little Lamb

Family Activity: Scavenger Hunt

This week take your family on a Nature Scavenger Hunt.  The weather is turning cool, why not use this as an opportunity to get your kids outdoors.  Start by making a list appropriate for the area you are going.  Lastly, take your time, the longer you are out the more you will hear and see.

Here are a few ideas for a Scavenger Hunt…

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Scavenger Hunt Nature Hike Camping Party

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