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

Materials:
Tin can
Clamp
Hammer and nail
Sandpaper
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

Instructions:
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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Pumpkin Pie Dip

Pumpkin Pie Dip. Photo by jonesies

Two of my favorite things: Pumpkin and Dipping.  You can’t go wrong when you put the two together in this recipe from food.com.  You have to try it!

Ingredients:

1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
2 cups powdered sugar
1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin pie filling (pumpkin pie filling)
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2-1 teaspoon ground ginger
apple, slices
gingersnaps

Directions:

1 –    Beat cream cheese and sugar at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth.
2 –   Add pie filling, cinnamon, and ginger, beating well.
3 –   Cover and chill 8 hours.
4 –   Serve with gingersnaps and apple slices.

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Recipes: 7 easy Halloween treats for kids

Are you looking for simple Halloween treats to make?  Here are 7 adorable and easy treats, from baby center blog, you or your kids can make.

1. Pumpkin Rice Krispies Treats

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A few simple ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry will make it fun and easy for the kids to decorate the classic Rice Krispies Treats with orange coloring and a fun, Jack-O-Lantern face.

2. Pumpkin and Ghost Brownie Pops

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Using a silicone brownie pop baking sheet, you can quickly take a boxed brownie mix for boring to spooky with a little frosting and candy sticks.

3. Candy Corn Kix Mix Popcorn Balls

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Popcorn balls have never been quite so festive with the addition of gelatin to make them extra soft and gooey, along with candy corn for one sweet treat.

4. Candy Corn Dipped Marshmallow Pops

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Halloween treats always taste better on a stick. Using a few candy melts you can make an ordinary marshmallow a fun treat.

5. Pumpkin Spiced Hot Cocoa

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Kick up the hot cocoa a notch by adding some seasonal spices. Pumpkin pie meets chocolaty goodness with this fall favorite.

6. Jack-O-Lantern Iced Brownies

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Another fun and easy to make treat for kids to decorate with brownies cut from a cookie cutter to look like pumpkins.

7. Pumpkin Lollipop Treats

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Looking for a fun candy to share with trick-or-treaters or classroom parties? These easy lollipop treats are perfectly sized for candy wrappers and can be molded into dozens of fun Halloween shapes.

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Activity: Simple Toilet Paper Pumpkins

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

toilet paper pumpkin craft

Supplies:

  • 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

Directions:

  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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