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A few years ago, we did "You've Been BOOed." Logan had a lot of fun putting together the candy bags, quietly walking up to the door to leave the candy bag, and run excitedly away. Of course we did it during the day so I knew that most people were not home! It's a tradition that I think would be a lot of fun to start again. 

A few of my favorites:


It's Written on The Walls

The TomKat Studio

Love From The Oven


Frightful Friday

It is October and that means Frightful Friday is back in full force! Each week, I plan a fun evening of spooky dinner, yummy desert, and a fun Halloween activity. Just tonight, my son told me how much fun he has on these evenings. It makes all the stress and fatigue worth it!

...All recipes this evening came from the pil best recipes Halloween magazines I find on the check out stand at the grocery stores each Halloween...

This Frightful Friday we celebrated with...



  • can of crescent rolls
  • bag of cocktail franks
  • thin pretzel sticks. 

To Make:

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees

2. Open crescent rolls and take each triangle and cut into three triangles. This took some thinking. Sorry I don't have a picture, my husband and I were thinking too hard! Really, you can't go wrong as long as you have some dough to wrap abound the frank.

3. Wrap each triangle around one cocktail frank, leave some frank showing in front.

4. Bake 11 to 15 minutes or until the crescent rolls are golden brown.

5. Cool for a few minutes.

6. Take three pretzel sticks and break each one in half.

7. Press pretzel sticks into crescent roll, three on each side for the legs.

8. Serve with condiment of your choice.

Magic Potion

*I'll post on Wednesday how to make the glasses.


  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 1 package of lime-flavored gelatin
  • 1 1/2 cups cold water
  • 3/4 liter of lemon-lime soda, chilled
  • 1/4 cup sugar

To make:

1. In a punch bowl, pour boiling water over gelatin. Stir until the gelatin is dissolved.

2. Stir in cold water.

3. Add sugar and soda. Stir well.

4. Keep chilled until ready to serve.



Ghost Cupcakes


  • cupcakes
  • Cool Whip
  • Mini chocolate chips
  • Prepared chocolate frosting (I broke down and bought it from the store.)
  • Pastry bag or ziplock back

To Make:

1. Make your favorite recipe of chocolate cupcakes and cool.

2. Heat a cup of prepared chocolate frosting by microwaving on high for 10 second increments. Stir after each increment until frosting is melted.

3. Hold each cupcake upside down and dip into chocolate frosting. Tilt the cupcake to let the extra frosting drip off. Let frosting sit until firm.

4. Snip off the tip of a pastry bag or a corner of a ziplock bag. Fill bag with Cool Whip and pipe in a circular motion onto the top of the cupcake, coming to a point.

5. Place two mini chocolate chips onto the Cool Whip as eyes.

6. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.

*Note #1: Last year I tried regular whipped topping but it did not work well. I find the Cool Whip kept it's shape and was a lot easier to work with!

*Note #2: With the frosting, these cupcakes turned out super rich.

For our activity, we played Fall Bingo. At the website, DLTK, you can create a variety of Bingo themed cards. I was able to print five different copies of our Bingo card as well as the cards that you will call out. You can pick either words or pictures. The website is great!

I hope you will join me in creating a theme night at least once this month with your family!


Stained Glass Apples

Fall brings so many delicious apples. We love apples and wanted to celebrate all the apple goodness in our lives. We made Stained Glass Apples for one of our front windows. We love them!

You will need:

To make Stained Glass Apples:

1. Cut out template from the Apple Preschool Packet

2. Place template on red construction paper, trace, and cut out.

3. Place the red apple cutouts onto the clear contact paper. Cut out.

4. Place small red, pink, and green tissue squares inside the apple.

5. Let child sit on the table but do not tell husband. Sometimes he wonders why the kids try to sit on the table at dinner time. :)

6. Once the apple is completely covered with tissue paper, cut out another piece of clear contact paper to cover the apple completely.

7. Cut out the apple.

8. Hang and enjoy!




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Our Favorite Halloween Story and How To Make A Flannel Board

One of our favorite Halloween books is The Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything. We read this book day in and day out. It is a great book for repetition and even my two year old loves to repeat the different sounds and sayings.

I thought it would be fun to create some pictures for a flannel board so my children could interact with the story. I decided to check out the good ol' internet to see if there were any pictures to go along with the story before I spent a lot of time creating them. I found a great site with not only the pictures but a lot of accompanying games and activities.

Scarecrow Cutouts

We (Logan and I) colored the pictures and cut them out and then glued flannel on the back so we could play with them on the flannel board.

If you love this book as much as we do, please check out the site Making Learning Fun. I've used this site for other books.

If you are interested in making a flannel board, it's very simple.

You will need:

  • 1.5 yards of flannel
  • tape
  • foam board

1. Cover the front of the foam board with flannel.

2. On the backside, pull the flannel tight and start taping.

3. Use the front and do not let anyone see the backside!

I'm sure there is a more elegant way to make a flannel board, but this is my quick and dirty way. It only took me about 5 minutes. I like easy!



Favorite Preschool Packets

I 'm not much of a daily preschool teacher to my children. I sent my oldest to a formal preschool and I firmly believe that children learn best through play (and Super Why!) However, my children do love learning and we have enjoyed many of the activities I downloaded and laminated from these fantastic packets.

Oopsey Daisy

Over the Big Moon

 2 Teaching Mommies

Home School Creations