Easy Ideas for Halloween Fun

by Laura Wallis | Follow Her on Twitter Here

Easy ideas for HalloweenHalloween will be here soon and those Pinterest boards are blowing up with fun and cute ideas! Some of them are a little out of our comfort zone, so I thought I’d assemble some great ideas that are fun, but a little easier on us time-pressed moms!

Read on for some easy ideas for Halloween decorations and food…and some ways to make that candy disappear. (besides in your mouth!)

Decorations

  • [easyazon-image align=”right” asin=”B0098P7T0W” locale=”us” height=”105″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/510WMiDBGpL._SL110_.jpg” width=”110″]Blow up white balloons, draw a friendly or scary face with sharpie and voila! You have a gaggle of ghosts.
  • Buy mini flower pots at Michaels or another party store and paint them orange, turn them upside down and put a pumpkin face on them. Cute craft project for a party too!
  • Put out this ‘screaming doormat‘ while your kids are at school and REALLY surprise them when they get home!
  • Not a pumpkin artist? This carving set will make you look like the Michelangelo of pumpkins! Or, if you’re already pretty awesome, this 3D kit will really kick it up a notch!
  • Haven’t cleaned in a while? No biggie! Those cobwebs on your ceiling and light fixtures become decorations. (Just Kidding…sort of!)

Food

Who says Halloween has to only be about candy?

  • [easyazon-image align=”right” asin=”B001HNQ73S” locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51GLufV-4tL._SL160_.jpg” width=”160″]Pumpkin pancakes are the best! Add some pumpkin puree to your pancake batter and put chocolate chips for a face for a fun (and healthy!) Halloween breakfast.
  • I love using cookie cutters during any holiday. Surprise your little one with a shaped sandwich in their lunch box. This set goes beyond your average pumpkin/ghost selection.
  • And don’t forget the Halloween napkins! [easyazon_link asin=”B00DV6ALPE” locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”webnavigatorg-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]These are a little classier[/easyazon_link] than your average pumpkin style one.
  • For a festive Halloween dinner, make a Jack lantern quesadilla. Cut a face in just the top layer of tortilla and the orange cheese will show through. Add a little celery stalk at the top for a stem.
  • Check out these cute shaped cupcake liners that take your cupcakes to the max!

Candy

And finally, what to do with all that candy that comes home! There are several methods to candy distribution or should I say, redistribution.

  • [easyazon-image align=”right” asin=”1448695880″ locale=”us” height=”119″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51e%2B5E99ahL._SL160_.jpg” width=”160″]Some people advocate letting their kids eat all they want that night and then choosing a piece a day.
  • Some have their kids choose their favorites, and then take the rest to the dentist; many of whom will let you pick out a prize in exchange.
  • This might sound mean to some, but if you have little kids that come home early, dump out their candy bags, and let them pick stuff they really like, then mix the rest in with the outgoing candy that you are still giving out (is candy re-gifting p.c.?).
  • A mom I know takes out all the candy bars, freezes them, and uses them in cookies instead of chocolate chips throughout the year.
  • Making a gingerbread house this Christmas? Have your kids participate in picking out some of the candy and putting it aside for decorating your gingerbread house. Before you know it gingerbread house making time will be here. 🙂
  • I personally love the Switch Witch This cool book explains how she works, how the candy ‘disappears,’ and what comes in its place!

How about you? What are some of your Halloween traditions? And do tell, what do you do with all that candy?!

 

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