• Tamara Morgan

Fun Halloween Ideas

Here are some fun and scary ideas to do this Halloween


Don't know what to do this Halloween?

Here are some fun ideas for the whole family to enjoy!




Candy Corn Cupcakes

To get this perfect gradient of color, top yellow-colored batter with orange batter and then decorate with white frosting.

INGREDIENTSFOR CUPCAKES

1 16.5-oz box white cake mix

3 large eggs

1 cup water

1/4 c. vegetable oil

2 tsp. pure vanilla extract

1 tbsp. yellow food coloring

1 tbsp. orange food coloring

Candy corn, for topping


FOR CREAMY MARSHMALLOW FROSTING

1 8-oz package cream cheese, softened

1 c. confectioners' sugar

1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

1 7-oz container marshmallow créme

1 8-oz container frozen whipped topping, thawed


DIRECTIONS

MAKE CUPCAKES Preheat oven to 350°F. Line two 12-cup muffin pans with paper liners; set aside.In a large bowl, beat cake mix, eggs, water, oil, and vanilla with an electric mixer on medium speed for 1 minute. Increase mixer speed to high and beat for 2 minutes. Place half of batter in a separate bowl. To one bowl, add yellow food coloring; mix well. To the other bowl, add orange food coloring; mix well. Evenly divide yellow batter among muffin cups, then top with orange batter. Bake until a wooden pick inserted in the centers comes out clean, about 18 to 22 minutes. Remove from oven and cool in pan for 10 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.Place Creamy Marshmallow Frosting in a pastry bag fitted with a large round tip. Pipe frosting onto cupcakes. Garnish with candy corn if desired. Store covered in refrigerator for up to 3 days.

MAKE CREAMY MARSHMALLOW FROSTING In a large bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth, about 3 minutes. Add confectioners’ sugar and vanilla and beat until combined. Add marshmallow crème and beat until creamy, about 2 minutes. Add whipped topping and beat until combined. Use immediately, or store covered in refrigerator for up to 3 days. If refrigerated, allow to come to room temperature for 30 minutes and beat with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy.




Edible Monster Pizza Bites

Spookify your kid's favorite miniature frozen pizzas by adding canned pre-sliced olives for eyes. Heat as directed for instant edible monsters.The kids will love these pizza bites so much that they won't even complain about eating black olives!




Pin the Stem On the Pumpkin

To keep the kids busy during your big Halloween costume party, get them to play this rendition of "Pin the Tail On the Donkey."Place bare pumpkin cut-outs around the house or yard and have kids try their luck at pinning the stems on.


Materials:

Tracing paper Pencil Masking tape Medium-weight cardboard Craft knife Cutting board 1-inch flat paintbrush Orange acrylic paint 9x12- inch piece of green felt Scissors Hot-glue gun and glue sticks 15-inch length of medium-weight wire Green pushpin or upholstery tack Several yards of 1-inch wide green ribbon


Directions:

1. Enlarge pumpkin and leaf pattern (see How to Enlarge Patterns). Trace patterns; tape pumpkin pattern onto cardboard and place on cutting board.

2. Using craft knife, cut out pumpkin. Paint orange; let dry.

3. Cut one stem base from green felt; glue to top of pumpkin.

4. Cut several 1-inch-wide strips of felt. Apply glue to one end of one felt strip; starting at one end of wire, wrap felt around wire to cover, adding more glue every inch or two. Join additional strips as needed to complete stem.

5. Cut three leaf shapes from felt; glue ends of leaves along stem.

6. Attach pushpin to one end of stem.

7. Glue center of ribbon onto back of pumpkin; wrap and tie ribbon around tree at children's eye level.

8. Play like Pin the Tail on the Donkey: Child tries to pin stem at top of pumpkin.




Bewitched Pumpkin

Set a sassy sorceress out front to welcome neighborhood nightwalkers. Glue on fake lashes to make this witch extra eye-catching!


What you'll need: fake eyelashes ($7, amazon.com)




Monster Mash Pumpkin

Coiled aluminum-wire eyes that reflect light are a reminder that this ragtag team of ghouls is keeping watch over your house. Paint the body in your favorite patterns, stack a smaller pumpkin on top for the head, and add sticks for arms.


Source: Women's Day.com

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