Joan’s Spooky Halloween Cake

October 29, 2010 by admin  
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Thanks Joan for Sharing Your Recipe!

Bake any cake you wish (boxed or from scratch) in a 9 x 13 pan. Cool completely. Leave in pan or remove from pan to put on a plate. Ice top with chocolate frosting and sprinkle with crushed Oreo sandwich cookies or other chocolate cookies for dirt. Put cookies in plastic bag and crushed with rolling pin. To decorate: marshmallow ghosts, cookies for tombstones (I use Milano cookies from Pepperidge Farm), candy pumpkins, candy corn (orange and white or orange, chocolate and white). All decorations can be found at Target. You can write on the tombstones “RIP” with chocolate icing.

Halloween Decorations For Kids – 4 Interesting Ideas You Can Try

October 22, 2010 by admin  
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Halloween Decorations For Kids – 4 Interesting Ideas You Can Try

All of us want to become good parents for our kids. Spending quality time with your kids is very essential in order to come close to your kids. In fact it is the best gift you can give to your child. Yet, it is easy to spend time with the grown up kids. We often keep wandering as to what activities do we do with them.

Surprisingly, we often underestimate our kid’s abilities. Teach them some fun craft activities and help them carry on the same. You can look for many free and easy Halloween crafts that your little one would love to work on with you.

The internet is a hub for several ideas. Once you have the ideas and tips and tricks, you can use your innovative skills to make the ideas even more interesting. Creativity and imagination is the key to make your decorations as exclusive and attractive and spooky as you wish to.

Here are some interesting ideas to try out:

1. Halloween Ornaments with Fun Foam

Fun foam is among the essential craft items especially among the kids. This Halloween collect some chunks of fun foam typically in the Halloween shades that are black, orange, green and white. Now, draw some ovals and circles on the fun foam. With safety scissors let your child brush his or her craft & cutting skills. Make them cut out these shapes out of the fun foam. Mean while, you go ahead cutting shapes from the remaining pieces of fun foam. You might opt to work on interesting patterns like witches, scary cats, bats, ghosts, and many more. These shapes can easily be found on the internet. Now stick on these varied shapes on the ovals & circles you ha cut earlier. Finally, punch a hole on the top. Put a string in this hole and hang your child’s Halloween ornaments where ever you wish in the house!

2. Scary Pumpkin Windows

Get square pieces of orange construction sheets. Now let the kids draw some scary pumpkin faces on them. Further cut out these faces. Let the paper be square because as you may want to decorate the windows with this. Tape this to your windows and illuminate from behind using a lamp. Enjoy the sight of scary windows, the Halloween way!

3. Spooky Bushes

In case you have bushes around the house, try placing this cute little ghost out there. Fold a white bed sheet in to half. In between the fold, place some newspapers. Using black craft paint or black permanent markers, draw a spooky ghost face on this sheet in the front of the sheet. You can opt to make a funny, scary or whimsical face, the choice is completely yours! Now drape this sheet over the bushes. Pin it using clothes pins. This would make it tight enough. Now there is your ghost sitting in the bushes.

4. Halloween Candles

This craft requires varied materials like fruit gummies, candied corn, sequins and beads. Using the traditional white school glue, stick on these trinkets or any others that you wish to use; in order to decorate black and other dark colored candles. Use these to decorate the house for Halloween!

While these are just a few ideas, free and easy toddler Halloween crafts are very commonly found on the internet. Now-a-days there are several web sites focusing on these crafts. These are easy and fun activities for kids of all ages. These fun projects are simple and memorable activities to carry on with your kids. Try these and gift your child moments for life!

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Get Scary with Landscape Lighting this Halloween

October 19, 2010 by admin  
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Get Scary with Landscape Lighting this Halloween

Halloween Means Time for Creativity

Halloween is a great time of fun for kids of all ages. But it can also be a fun and creative time for the whole family. It’s estimated that 50% of Americans alone will decide to do some Halloween decorating but if you are one of the ones that haven’t decorated your house before, maybe this is your year to give it a shot. There are some great ways to make your home appear very scary for not a lot of money. Plus, its a really fun activity for everyone in the family. Here are some different ways for creating a scary but fun Halloween landscape.

Lighting Options
Light strings are a good starting point when thinking about Halloween lighting. They come in a variety of colors such as orange, black, green and purple as well as other colors and they are relatively inexpensive. They are also available in different Halloween shapes like pumpkins, goblins, ghosts and candy corn. They can be hung from trees and shrubs, strung along fences or attached to the eaves of the house.

Led lighting is another example of Halloween lighting and also is substantially cheaper than tradtional lighting because it uses much less energy. Many Halloween lights now offer flashing or pulsating LED lights and come in many vibrant colors. You can also buy LED up lighting with colored lenses to help create the mood. LED lighting is now available in costumes, candle lights and even in string lights.

Solar lighting has developed to a point where it has become comparable in quality and light output to other types of traditional lighting. Solar lights require no electricity because they store sunlight during the day and use it to generate its own electricity. Plus, they come in Halloween decor and they can be shaped liked ghosts, ghouls or a variety of other scary shapes.

Projection lighting is also a great option because it actually projects scary images on to your house, sidewalk or other objects.

A terrific way to add some fun without breaking the bank is replace your outdoor light covers with spooky Halloween covers. You can get them in a variety of colors and frightening shapes quite often for under . They are temporary cover so you can pull them off, store them and use them again next year.

When it comes to Halloween lighting, a popular choce for many people is the black light. They produce a dark purple glow after the sun goes down and highlights costumes and makeup that are fluorescent. You can buy black lights by themselves and replace existing outdoor lights or buy them with complete with a fixture.

Stand alone lighting is another option. These are decorative Halloween themed pieces that you place in the yard and have and have a lighting component to them. They may include pumpkins, lighted Halloween trees, tomb stones, ghouls, goblins or any number of different themes.

Use this as an opportunity to get the whole family involved! Pick a day and spend a few hours going to the store together to pick out your lights and have fun with Halloween lighting.

Ready to learn creative ways to use landscape lighting? Visit The Landscape Lighting Site to learn how!

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Fog Chiller Graveyard Display Ground Fog Halloween Yard Haunt Demo

October 18, 2010 by admin  
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Standard quality video. My latest practical example of how the 48qt Igloo Ice Cube Cooler DIY Fog Chiller with 7 lbs of ice, a 400W Gemmy fog machine, a Pseudo Venturi inlet pipe and trash bag on the outlet performed in a yard in 60 degree rainy weather in a small open Yard Haunt graveyard display set-up. Once again the trash bag on the outlet was used to not just spread the fog out a little more but mainly to create back pressure in the chiller, slow the velocity and make the fog lay lower or linger more. The fog machine timer was set to 2 oclock on the burst duration dial and 30 seconds on the interval dial. Note how the fog lays low at the beginning of the night. Then the wind starts up and pushes the chilled fog to the side. It still creates a nice Halloween graveyard atmosphere. At 4:45 min shows a test without the trash bag on the outlet in heavy wind with two tombstones set-up to contain the fog and block the wind to a degree. At 6:25 I added footage showing the inside of the fog chiller set-up from a previous video to show what I was using in this one. Note that with a larger chiller and higher wattage fog machine the effect would cover a larger area more quickly. Video shot Monday Night Oct 22, 2007. See my other videos for more Yard Haunt and Fog Chiller how-to’s. Note: When handling hardware cloth which is used to make the ice tray, wear work gloves. It can be sharp. And when constructing anything new with tools remember safety first. I may upload videos of
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Halloween Party Games and Craft Ideas For Children

October 15, 2010 by admin  
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Halloween Party Games and Craft Ideas For Children

Kids love to dress up as their favourite characters at Halloween, but these days you might not feel comfortable letting them out and about to go Trick or Treating. Why not do something a little different this year and let your kids invite their friends over for a Halloween Party? They can all get dressed up and enjoy some spooky fun in the safety of your home.

Here are some ideas for party games and Halloween craft activities to keep them entertained.

Halloween party games

1. The not so spooky Halloween parade

The little ones will want to show off their costumes so put on some mussy and have the kids put on a Halloween costume parade. Get them to do their best dance moves to the music and ensure the adults whoop, cheer, and look suitable spooked!

2. The Trick or Treat bonanza

Cut up some paper strips and on half of them write the word “treat”, on the others write out a number of tricks, such as “hop on one leg”, “growl like a lion” or “sing their favourite song”.

Put all of the paper pieces into a hat or a pillowcase and hide some sweets and candies around the room.

At the party ask each child to draw a piece of paper from the hat. They then have to perform the trick or search for the treats.

Halloween craft ideas

When the kids have run off all their energy on the party games have them sit around the table for some quiet craft time. Here are some ideas to get you started:

1. Not so spooky Halloween mask making

Have a supply of white paper plates, glue, ribbons, felt pens and other craft items ready and ask the kids to make their own masks. They can design them to be as fun or as spooky as they like.

When everyone is done with their creations pierce a hole in each side of the plate and attach a piece of elastic so the kids can wear their masks, and pose for a group photograph!

2. The great Halloween loot collection

Kids love to take loot bags home from parties so let them decorate their own bags. You’ll need the same craft supplies as for the mask making, but this time they’ll need brown paper bags to decorate.

When the decorating is complete let the children go back to playing and fill the loot bags with candy and Halloween themed treats, when the party is over they can take their loot bags home.

Hosting a Halloween party in the safety of your own home is a great way for young children to take part in the festivities. Check out these great toddlers Halloween costumes to make sure they look great at the party; Dora the Explorer fans will love the Boots the Monkey costume at

Halloween Decorations & Treats for Parties : How to Make a Halloween Tree with Paper

October 12, 2010 by admin  
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Easy Halloween decorations! Learn how to make a twisted scary tree for a Halloween party in this free video clip about Halloween decorations. Expert: Karen Weisman Bio: Karen Weisman graduated from Boston University with a degree in Hotel and Food Management. Since then, she has helped a national grocery store chain develop and launch a gourmet food division. Filmmaker: Karen Weisman
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Looking for Halloween party decorations? Learn about covering chairs with ghost in this free video clip about Halloween party ideas. Expert: Karen Weisman Bio: Karen Weisman graduated from Boston University with a degree in Hotel and Food Management. Since then, she has helped a national grocery store chain develop and launch a gourmet food division. Filmmaker: Karen Weisman
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Halloween Decorations & Treats for Parties : Ingredients for Making a Spiderweb Cake

October 11, 2010 by admin  
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Easy Halloween desserts! Learn how to make a spider web cake for Halloween in this free video clip about Halloween party ideas. Expert: Karen Weisman Bio: Karen Weisman graduated from Boston University with a degree in Hotel and Food Management. Since then, she has helped a national grocery store chain develop and launch a gourmet food division. Filmmaker: Karen Weisman
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Haunted Tiki Island 2008 – Halloween Yard Haunt

October 9, 2010 by admin  
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Check out the blog: The second year of Haunted TIki Island yard haunt. Features a cast of hungry headhunter cannibals and a jungle of zombies, monsters, and giant insects. See the talking tiki mask, the cauldron creep, and the Cannibal Family. 95% of all props are handmade. Located at 2134 Elizondo Ave and Haven Ave in Simi Valley, CA. Open on Oct 31st, dusk till 10:30pm. No admission and kid friendly. 2009 is the last year!
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Halloween Yard Haunt 2009

October 8, 2010 by admin  
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A haunted garden on Greenwood Avenue in Oakland CA where a graveyard of spooks come out to frolic in the night.. Animated goblins pop out from a giant pumpkin & from the dark, owls & cats move about on trees with big faces, a devil comes out of a corn field, the ‘Ghost of Greenwood Ave’ persistently hovers above the yard, and finally the two witches; one witch stirring her potion in a boiling cauldron of goo while the other witch watch over the Driveway Follies below.