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Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays and it is fast approaching! It’s a holiday that is all about fun with no expectations, no huge meals to plan and cook, and no presents to buy. So what do I do? I totally go to town decorating my house, planning themed meals, and baking tons of desserts. Funny how things work out that way isn’t it?
It also happens to be the day before my birthday so I think I grew up believing it was all about me which may explain my strange fondness for all things creepy, crawly, and spooky. I was a fan of vampires and werewolves before Edward and Jacob were even a twinkle in their parents’ eyes.
I’ve been scouring the internet on the lookout for all things Halloween and boy did I score big. Thanks to Pinterest, I have a pretty extensive Halloween board with lots of super creative ideas to spook up your house and yummy recipes to feed your little ghouls and goblins. I just love Pinterest. It gives me the same feeling that I get when I walk into one of those container stores. A thrilling sense of exhilaration overcomes me when I see all those little containers and imagine all the organizational possibilities. Same thing with Pinterest. It is one place to keep links to everything you see that is of interest to you, on boards that you create, customized to your own liking. Fabulous! My husband does not share my feelings about container stores, nor does he share my excitement over Pinterest. I’ve tried to clue him in, but he just doesn’t get it. So be it.
Here is just a small sampling of my Creepy, Crawly, Spooky Stuff pins. I hope you see something that inspires you to get crafty or get cooking! I’ll be adding to the board through the month of October so be sure and check back for the latest and greatest Halloween crafts and goodies.
The Family Kitchen has put together a delicious collection of 10 Halloween Popcorn Ball Recipes including the Chocolate Toffee Popcorn Balls pictured above. Be sure to check out all the other clever varieties including Caramel Machiatto, S’mores, and Brain Popcorn Balls just to name a few. This post really caught my eye since my mom made popcorn balls every Halloween. The trick-or-treaters who knew our family well got a little something special when they came by our house.
Source: paperprincess.blogspot.com via From Valerie’s Kitchen on Pinterest
A little chalkboard paint and a pumpkin make for a really creative Halloween countdown from Paper Princess Studio. It would also be a fun way to post your dinner menu for a Halloween themed party.
Pina Ghoulada anyone? Surprising what you can do with a little Karo Syrup and red food coloring. The “blood” dripping down from the rim of the glass adds a great effect. Check out Martha Stewart’s super creepy but really delicious looking collection of Halloween cocktail recipes. Oh, that Martha!
Here is a really simple craft to put together with your little ones from Jackie of Domestic Fits. Hang them from the trees or illuminate the path to your front door with these glowing ghosts for a great effect on Halloween night.
Source: countrycleaver.com via From Valerie’s Kitchen on Pinterest
The famous Pumpkin Cheesecake Crack Dip from Wanna Be A Country Cleaver. This stuff is true to it’s name – don’t say I didn’t warn you.
This should get the attention of people driving past your house. The question is, are they trying to get in or out?
Cute, bite-sized pumpkin pies from Bakerella. Perfect party food. Since they are small we can eat ten right? Right.
My step-by-step instructions to make the perfect roasted pumpkin seeds. When you carve your pumpkins don’t throw those seeds away! Roasted seeds are delicious, nutritious, and easy to make.
If your kids aren’t too squeamish than Dead Man Meatloaf from Allrecipes could be just the thing to feed them for dinner before they make the mad dash out the door to go trick-or-treating. This poor guy has seen better days. I shaped him out of meatloaf mixture, dressed him up with olives for eyes and a corn mouth and then finished him off, literally, with a knife in the belly and a ketchup based sauce. I know, it’s awful isn’t it? Fantastically awful! I believe being the mother of 4 boys has taken it’s toll on me. Meatloaf men, beware!
Time to go dust off the Halloween decorations and get working on some new creepy, crawly, spooky creations.