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The Big Brew-Ha-Ha: Happy Halloween! by Claudia

by Claudia, posted to Holidays

Like a good witches brew, our round-up features a real mix of ingredients. Find Halloween-related blog posts, dare to scare DIY projects, decorative ideas and hair raising recipes. Add your posts or make a spooky suggestion to get in on the fun!

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Food: 10 Spooky Desserts For Halloween

In October, there's nothing more delicious than a heaping bowl of...more

Here are some delicious looking treats that are fun and easy to make for Halloween.

Jennifer: I made this bark twice already- a HUGE hit with young and old!

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Decoration and Food Ideas

Some good snack and home decor ideas. Also some cute fall fashion ideas!

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NY designer, Jennifer Fisher is best known for her personalized fine...more

Suggested by ashfiddy

Jennifer Fisher jewelry is perfect for everyday wear & her gothic, skull & bone jewelry plays well with the theme of Halloween. Available at & select brass pieces are available exclusively at & Barneys NY.

Krista: This is so cool - I love that you can wear it after Halloween too. That's the best!

Krista: Also - Ashfiddy, do you know Jennifer Fisher personally?

ashfiddy: I do -- feel free to email me at

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Organization-411: Putting the "I"s Back Into OrganIzIng


A list of 10 tips for Halloween.

Suggested by Kristi Meyer

These 10 tips are coming from a Mom, a Certified Family Manager Coach and a Certified Professional Organizer. They just have to be list worthy! Well, once you read them, I think your agree my tips are list worthy (perhaps even sponge worthy!).

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Countdown to Halloween

Halloween Countdown showing the number of days, hours, minutes &...more

Suggested by tchurm

This is a great, simple way to count down the number of days, hours, minutes and even seconds until Halloween!

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Decoration: Spooky lamps, bloody candles, and scary votives!

JourneyChic - a quest for easy, affordable style

Suggested by Laura@ JourneyChic

These projects are so easy and cheap! Craft paper, taper candles, ribbon and glass votive holders are all you need to add some scary decor to your house.

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Decoration: How to Decorate your House for Halloween

By Holiday Maven

Be sure to change all those light bulbs! A change in lighting can make all the difference.

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DIY: Bottle Decorations

Are you ready to throw away from expired condiment bottles? Think twice before doing so. Just wash them out and create a fun art project out of it just in time for Halloween.

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DIY: Dipped Marshmallow Pops for Halloween

Who doesn't love marshmallows? Try this great DIY recipe to bring some Halloween spirit into marshmallow pops

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Decoration: Fun Halloween Party Printables and Party Ideas

Plan your party in minutes by letting us do the work for you. From...more

The best part about your party is that much of it can be done ahead of time. Look around your home to discover other ways to utilize the printables. For example, you might find pillar candles to be wrapped with the soda bottle labels, and more!

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Food: Mummy Mia!

Spiders and mummies and bats, oh my! Get kids excited for the happiest Halloween ever with these easy decorating projects and yummy treats and sweets.

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Food: Witch Hat Cookies

So easy! Takes minimal effort (3 items) and looks great. Perfect to use in a party

Laura@: These are sooo cute! Would be great for a kids' party.

Claudia: Yes, I'm looking forward to making these this year!

Jackie: Simple and creative...i like!

addy: Even I can make these!

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Decoration: Spooky Photos

No drawing skills required! Just print the images onto white paper, soak in coffee, allow to dry and place in frames. Items can all be bought at the dollar store!

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Decoration/DIY: Easy Halloween Decorations

Conjure up a Halloween party that draws on autumn's natural splendor,...more

These decorating tips are so easy, it's frightening! Check out these great Halloween decorating ideas that will be sure to make your house full of spirit

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Decoration: Halloween Decorations, Crafts, and Games

Whether you're searching for hanging Halloween decorations, scary...more

Over 60 Halloween decorating ideas guaranteed to give you the best indoor decor.

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Food: Green Halloween

This Halloween, think treasures, instead of candy. Kids love little...more

This year try to be "green" by eliminating the sugary candy and passing out keepsakes or healthier treats.

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Decoration: Free Halloween Pumpkin Carving Templates

20 Free Halloween Pumpkin Carving Templates and Stencils.

"How great are these! Even though it’s still early you might want to start planning your pumpkin line-up now and print off these free templates. Did someone say Twilight?"

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ANOTHER LIST: Healthy Halloween by Jennifer Lee | SkinnyScoop

Loads of candy scare you? Try tricks not treats for a healthy...more

Suggested by Krista

Wonderful alternatives to a happy, healthy Halloween without a guaranteed sugar overload. Amen!

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ANOTHER LIST: Homemade Halloween by HealthyHip Mom | SkinnyScoop

A round up of some homemade Halloween costumes, seasonal decor and...more

Suggested by Krista

A great list of awesome DIY Halloween goodies by another SkinnyScoop member. Love it!

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QUESTION: When do you start decorating for Halloween?

Question: When do you start decorating for Halloween?

Suggested by Krista

It seems that people get into decorating pretty early! How about you?

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Somebody's Mother's Create A Classic Halloween Treat Contest

Somebody's Mother's Chocolate Sauce invites you to create a classic...more

Suggested by Thom Rafferty

A contest like this is fun (and pretty challenging too!). There's a lot of creative quality time to be enjoyed with this.

Thom: Didn't see the link, so I'm sharing it:

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20 Favorite Halloween Recipes

A compilation of 20 favorite Halloween recipes.

Suggested by Krista

From deviled eggs to nutter butter ghosts, I love this compilation of 20 halloween themed recipes. So much fun!

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6 Perfect Pumpkin Patch Recipes

It's officially October! And that means pumpkin season is happening....more

Suggested by Jackie

There are some yummy looking recipes here that I would not have imagined making using pumpkin..check it out!

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Learn To Make Easy, Adorable Handmade Costumes

Anne Weil has dozens of great ideas to share in her new

Suggested by Lisa Greim

Craftsy online video courses are a very good value. I made the hooded cape in less than three hours from inexpensive fabric, without a pattern, and it looks awesome. Your kids will want to wear these costumes all year.

Jackie: Very cool! Thanks for the resource :) I always appreciated the costumes my mom made for me more when I was little.

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Spooky October drinks

Look past apple cider and have fun with anything from a green...more

Suggested by Carol

It's fun, it's easy and kids love it!

Krista: Ohhh I love this! Fun for any age!

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Make Kid & Budget-Friendly Halloween Decorations Using Everyday Items

Suggested by Krista,

Here are some ideas for kid-safe halloween decorations that are easy on the wallet, too.

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How To Have A Safe And Practical Halloween

Money Crashers

Suggested by Money Crashers

Of course we all want to eat great candy and dress up with some unique costumes, but don't forget to be safe this Halloween with some of these tips.

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How-Tuesday: Halloween Mermaid Makeup Tutorial | The Etsy Blog

The official blog for the world's handmade marketplace. Discover...more

Suggested by Jackie

I think I want to be a mermaid for Halloween now :) Although Ariel has always been an idea of mine...this is a great step-by-step tutorial on getting the mermaid look for Halloween (Etsy style) by Traci - mermaid performer/model

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Green DIY Witch Costume for Your Kid

Here is a tutorial, guiding you on how to make a cute witch costume...more

Suggested by Heather Stephens

Easy and inexpensive DIY costume idea!

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Ghost Hunting Giveaway

Do you love a spooky adventure? Join 4 FatWallet employees on a Ghost...more

Suggested by Heather Stephens

What could be more fun and spooky than going on your own Ghost Hunting adventure? Discover links to haunted locations near you, and get a list of the ghost hunting essentials you'll need here on this post! Enter to win the giveaway here!

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Wear the authentic sexy dress Kate modeled in the fashion show that...more

Suggested by DrCarole

Feel like a princess on Halloween and beyond. Make men fall head over heels for you, like Kate did! She's the quintessential good girl who used bad girl secrets to catch her prince and you can, too! (Dress exclusively sold from my website)

Claudia: Thank you for the comment Dr. Carole

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Bag the Best Prices on Popular Halloween Costumes

Before you fill up on treats, bag the best deals with Halloween...more

Suggested by Heather Stephens

One of the mom's here wrote an awesome post rounding up links to the best places to get the best costumes at the best prices!

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Halloween costume ideas

We've collected all of our Halloween posts into a directory. Need...more

Suggested by kristaj

My fellow bloggers and I have spent a lot of time writing posts about Halloween, and wanted to collect them all into one Halloween directory post on our blog. It has everything we could think of for Halloween ideas.

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FREE Reverse Trick-or-Treating Kits!

Choose Halloween as the time to help end the exploitation of children...more

Suggested by Tex Dworkin

Trick-or-Treaters will be handing Fair Trade chocolate back to adults, with informational cards attached, to explain the problems of the cocoa industry and how Fair Trade presents a solution. By providing children with a way to be active, hundreds of...

Jackie: This is an awesome idea for bringing awareness.

Tex: Thanks Jackie R.S.!!

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Halloween Party Printables: Cards, Posters, Activities and More!

Everything you need to get your Halloween off to a great start....more

Suggested by Reenie Feingold

A great way to have a creative DIY Halloween festivities for the whole family.

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Ever been scared by strange noises—sounds that seem to happen all by...more

Suggested by Karl Beckstrand

Sounds in the House is a funny bedtime story on fear, courage and friendship. Available in English, Spanish, or bilingual (full text with pronunciation guide). Ideal for Halloween! (SEE INSIDE:

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A healthy side to Halloween

Suggested by Karla Dempsey

Only 25% of the US population consumes an adequate amount of copper. Need to up your intake? Chocolate contains copper (about 33% of the RDA), as does canned pumpkin! Dig into your chocolate treats and indulge in some pumpkin pancakes this October!

Claudia: Thanks Karla for your suggestion! Look forward to working with you!

Krista: This is great - any excuse to stuff myself with pumpkin pancakes is wonderful!

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25 Totally Awesome Disney Pumpkins


So, I went to Disneyland and they had a new Halloween section of...more

Suggested by Jackie

Some pretty cool Disney pumpkin carvings...a little inspiration if pumpkin carving is your thing :p

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Halloween Trends on Etsy Halloween

Celebrate the holiday where anything goes with unique costumes,...more

Suggested by Jackie

This is a great collection of Etsy Halloween shops and products. I recommend checking out if you still need props for your costume or fun decorations.

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Flickr: Nightmares Fear Factory's Photostream

Niagara Falls, Ontario's Nightmares Fear Factory

Suggested by Fawnda Camarillo

Pictures of people getting the pants frightened off of them at this spookhouse in Ontario.

Jackie: Hilarious!! I want to know what they are scared of!!

Jackie: Oh...and now everyone knows WHY my guilty pleasure is scaring people hahah [evil laugh].

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Creepy Chic: 15 Amazing DIY Halloween Decor Projects | Apartment Therapy Ohdeedoh

Suggested by Jackie

There are some great DIY tips in here if you are looking to spookify your house for Halloween. I love the mummy juice boxes! Great idea for a kids "treat" at a Halloween party.

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How To Use That Leftover Halloween Candy: 10 Ideas Recipe Roundup | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn

Suggested by Jackie

In that rare case that you have LEFTOVER Halloween candy, here are some creative and yummy recipes for using them.

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LINK: Free Halloween Printables and Projects

We've gathered some of the best free Halloween ideas on our site --...more

Suggested by Krista

This is an awesome list of great printables & projects - fun for parties or do to with kids.

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Halloween Swirl Cupcakes


Cute Halloween Cupcakes using McCormick food coloring.

Suggested by Dawn Lopez

Fun idea to make ordinary cupcakes into a nice Halloween treat!

Jackie: My friend actually made a few of these and she added some designs (roses) in the swirls. Now roses aren't Halloween spooky-esque BUT maybe swirling some white food coloring to make ghosts would be a cool idea..?

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Making Stuff: Sinister Ceramics {DIY Halloween Decor} | This Mama Makes Stuff

Did you see the little kitty, knick-knacks I picked up at my local...more

Suggested by Jackie

Very creative idea for DIY Halloween decorating!

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Easy Kid's Halloween Breakfast Idea


Easy kid's Halloween Breakfast Idea, french toast using cookie...more

Suggested by Dawn Lopez

Fun activity to do with kids!

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Do It Yourself Face Paints


Face Paints you can make at home for Halloween or anytime.

Suggested by Dawn Lopez

Great way to be green and save green!

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Black Spray Paint + A Trip to the Thrift Store = Halloween Decor | The Budget Diet

Spooky, creepy, homemade Halloween decorations are at your fingertips...more

Suggested by Kristl Story

You won't spend a fortune on Halloween decor with this list!

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Halloween Costumes for Groups - Easy Halloween Costumes | The Budget Diet

Halloween costumes for groups are fun and easy. Try Pigs in a Blanket...more

Suggested by Kristl Story

Trick or Treating is so much fun with a group, so try these ideas for group themed costumes.

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Easy Homemade Halloween Costumes | The Budget Diet

Easy homemade Halloween costumes that cost less than $5 and don't...more

Suggested by Kristl Story

It's amazing the costumes you can create using items from around your house!

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Easy Homemade Halloween Costumes | The Budget Diet

Easy homemade Halloween costumes, no sewing required! Easy Halloween...more

Suggested by Kristl Story

Homemade costumes & no sewing required...what more could you want?

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Smartphone Apps For A Stress-Free Halloween -

Bryan Trussel, CEO and Co-Founder of Glympse, shares his picks for the...more

Suggested by Julie H

This list has great tips for planning a stress-free Halloween with your family.

Claudia: Awesome idea!

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Get Halloween Costume Inspiration From Film!

Silver screen Halloween: movie characters in costume Cuddly pumpkin...more

Suggested by Jackie

Are you like me and still do not have your costume ready for Halloween? Use movies for some last minute inspiration!

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5 Geek-Inspired Halloween Costumes For Couples

The day is nearly here! If you and your significant other have yet to...more

Suggested by Jackie

Because who doesn't like geek inspired costumes?! I still need ideas for what I'm going to wear :/

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TIP: Use Cookie Cutters To Carve Your Pumpkins

Carving knives and small hands aren't the best mix. Instead, for...more

Suggested by Jackie

This is a great idea and seems fairly simple.

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iPhone Apps to Keep Kids Safe While Out Trick-or-Treating!

Keep your kids safe on Halloween! The holiday is a childhood favorite...more

Suggested by Jackie

This Halloween be safe while trick or treating using some helpful iPhone apps suggested from LilSugar.

SkinnyScoop Member: Awesome find Jackie, I'm sure this list will come in handy!

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Spooky & Playful: The Best Halloween Treats for 2011 | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn

BOO Halloween Milk Shooters at Babble

Suggested by Jackie

There are some adorable recipes in this article! I love the frozen "boo"-nana pops, apple cider in apple cups, and owl smores! But they are all pretty great recipes! Will def need to make some for a party :)

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"Howl"arious Halloween Treats | How Does She...

I Share Fun Food is a great resource for finding that spooktacular...more

Suggested by Jackie

Some more yummy Halloween treats that look fairly simple to make.

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Halloween Trick or Treating by the Numbers


Halloween Trick or Treating by the Numbers We live in THE neighborhood...more

Suggested by Eden Godsoe

We handed out 1200 chocolate bars during Halloween 2011. No joke. Since I love numbers so much, I decided to crunch the numbers on our Halloween trick or treating experience - cost, calories & more!

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