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Wednesday
Oct192011

Frightful Friday: Theme Night Part 3

Caution: This post has a lot of pictures!

Last week, our theme night consisted of easy-to-make food and great company. Everyone had a blast!

 

I always enjoy having a row of simple decorations for our table. This week included our witches sacks, ghosts, and pumpkins.

Icky Drinks

Yum. IBC Root Beer covered with drink stickers I found for a $1 or $2 at Target. You could even make your own stickers!

White Chocolate Ghosts

Super easy to make! Melt white chocolate in a double boiler and scoop onto wax paper. Spread chocolate into a ghost shape, insert a lollipop stick into the bottom, and place two milk chocolate chips for eyes. Cool in the refrigerator for 5 minutes and you are done!

Witches Bags

Full of candy... Martha Stewart item my husband found at AC Moore (I think.) I love them!

Apple Monsters

Most people use almonds, but both my children are allergic to anything nuts, so we used dried banana chips and chopped them up. I used Wilton  cookie icing for the eyes. For detailed instructions feel free to visit Cute Food For Kids

Finger Dip

My finger dip didn't turn out quite like I imagined. One suggestion... don't be in a hurry. Cut the carrots in different lengths long enough to stick easily into the dressing (like I didn't do.) Most people use almonds... but the food allergy... I used banana chips. Cut almonds down to look like fingernails (again, don't follow my example!)

Crescent Mummies

Wrap hot dogs in crescent rolls and cook for around 12 minutes. Dot eyes with mustard.

Spider Web Chocolate Cups

(Best Recipes by Publications International)

Ingredients

6 muffin cups

1 cup semisweet chocolate

1 1/4 teaspoons shortening

1 1/4 cups cold milk

1/2 cup frozen OJ concentrate, thawed

Red and yellow food coloring

1 package (4-serving size) vanilla instant pudding and pie filling mix

Black decorating gel (tube)

Directions

1. Melt chocolate chips and combine with shortening in saucepan.

2. Spoon melted chocolate into 6 muffin cups. Coat each muffin cup completely. You will want these a little thick. Freeze for 30 minutes or until firm. Peel off muffin cups and return back to freezer.

3. Combine milk and OJ concentrate. Whisk in red and yellow food coloring until you reach the desired orange color. Pour into chocolate cups and refrigerate for 1 hour.

4. Pipe decorating gel in spiral shape on top of each cup. With a toothpick, draw straight lines from the center spiral to the outer spiral. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

  

Halloween Bingo

After our fun dinner, I had this Halloween Bingo all set to play. However, the kids decided they wanted to run in circles, so we let them while the adults chatted. However, I did want to share, because I love My Heart and Home and her ideas!

 Please share any fun ideas you are doing for Halloween!

 

Monday
Oct102011

Frightful Friday: Theme Night!!!

We look forward to Frightful Friday every week! This week we had spooky tacos, jiggly eye hot chocolate, ghostly cupcakes, and played a no-name game I made up.

I love decorating our little table. I try not to put too much on it since I have a little girl who likes to grab everything within reach. I decided it would be fun to use candles and turn off the lights. 

We sipped jiggly eye hot chocolate. Our darn grocery store only had the small marshmallows, I think it would turn out much better with the medium size marshmallows. I used a toothpick to "paint" on the eyes with black frosting.

We feasted on spooky taco salad. The eyebrows are made from a tomato, the white stuff is sour cream, and the eyes are olives cut in half. I love taco salad!

We then got our sugar high with our ghostly chocolate cupcakes. It would have been even better with awesome Halloween cupcake wrappers! The ghost is made out of whip cream and the eyes are chocolate chips. Next time, I will use cool whip. The whip cream melted pretty quickly... I told the kids they were shrinking ghosts. :) To use the cool whip, spoon it in a pastry bag with a large tip and swirl onto the cupcake. I think it will work much better.

We ended our night with a game that has no name. Each kid picked a card and then acted it out. We had a lot of giggles. For older kids, it may be fun to do a small charade game and have the "audience" guess what Halloween character they are acting out.

Feel free to use for all your fun Halloween use!

To make:

  • click on the ghost image below and print
  • cut
  • place together a picture card and written card both facing out (the front will be the picture and the back will be the writing)
  • laminate

It is a total of 8 cards, 4 are shown below.

Ghost image: Acclaim Images

Pumpkin image: Clip Art Heaven

Enjoy!


Linking up:

DIY Under $5 - A Little Tipsy

Whatever Goes Wednesday- Someday Crafts

 

Monday
Oct032011

Frightful Friday: Theme Night

October has come! The decorations are up and Frightful Friday has made it's return. If you are new to our theme nights, I plan a fun dinner, desert, and activity to celebrate the season.

For our first Frightful Friday, I kept dinner a little low key, but yet highly delicious.

I made a quick and simple...

Beef Stew.

(serves 6-8)

It's super easy and super yummy.

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs of meat (turkey definitely works, but after review, we prefer good old meat.)
  • 1 frozen package of mixed vegetables
  • 4 potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 32 ounces or more of a tomato-vegetable juice cocktail- V8 works great
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • salt and pepper

To make:

1. In a large pot, brown meat.

2. Add onion and cook a couple minutes.

3. Add tomato-vegetable juice, mixed vegetables, potatoes, and salt and pepper.

4. Bring to a boil and then simmer for 30-45 minutes until your potatoes are cooked.

5. Dish out and enjoy!

You can also make this in your slower cooker... However, I used my slow cooker to make...

Apple Cider!

(serves 4)

The house smelled soooo good and was quite tasty. My husband is not the biggest fan of apple cider and he loved this recipe!

Ingredients:

  • Bottle of apple cider
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • 2 Tablespoons of brown sugar

To make:

1. Pour all ingredients into a slower cooker.

2. Heat for 6 hours.

3. Enjoy the incredible smell of your home!

4. Take out the cinnamon stick and serve.

For our activity, we played...

"Pin the face on the Pumpkin."

The kids loved it!

To make the pumpkin face, you will need:

  • black, green, and orange construction paper
  • tape
  • clear contact paper
  • scissors
  • pencil

To make:

1. Tape 4 pieces of orange construction paper into a square.

2. Draw a large pumpkin and cut

3. Draw a stem from the green construction paper and cut

4. Draw 3 different sets of eyes, mouths, and noses from the black construction paper.

5. Cut two, identical pieces of clear contact paper that is larger than the pumpkin.

6. Peel off the covering of one piece of clear contact paper, place pumpkin on top and press firmly.

7. Take the second piece of clear contact paper, peel off covering, and place on top of the pumpkin. Press firmly and smooth out any bubbles.

8. Cut out pumpkin closely to the sides of the pumpkin... you are basically laminating.

9. Redo steps #5-8 to cover the eyes, nose, mouth, and stem.

10. Attach stem to the pumpkin with tape.

11. Place tap on the back of each mouth, nose, and eye.

12. For younger kids, let them take the different pieces of the face and create a crazy face.For older children, blindfold and see what hilarious face they put together.

After much laughter and fun, we decorated our

Sugar Cookies

(Earlier, the kids helped me make the cookies. When cooking with kids, please remember there is often a mess to clean up, but well worth it!)

My husband found these fun faces to decorate with at AC Moore.

(He shops for me!)

Our first Frightful Friday was fantastic! I can't wait for Friday to come again!

Please share some ideas of what you do to celebrate Halloween!