I have a few traditions that my kids, my husband and I have formed over the years. I tend to be the room mother of one of their classes so we have Halloween Parties at school that I am incharge of. I try to have four stations that the kids rotate through: a craft, a food, and two game stations. One of the crafts that we do that is very easy and popular (because it invovles candy!) is:
Tissue Paper Ghosts
These are super easy, especially for the younger children. I think my sisters will remember these because we use to make them growing up! They are simple but so fun for the kids to make and decorate the house with!
Cover a lollipop with a tissue. Tie around the top of the stick to keep the tissue in place. Draw a face onto the tissue. Easy. You probably didn't even need instructions!
Another tradition that we do during the month of October is Halloween food. We love to come up with scary/gross food to eat. But not too scary or gross!! I thought I'd share with you one of those recipes. This one is called:
1 medium potato, shredded and drained (or just squeeze out the juice)
4 strips of bacon, cooked and crumbled
1/4 c. cheddar cheese, shredded
1/4 c. butter, melted
salt and pepper to taste
Take 4 mini pie tins and divide the shredded potato between them. Press the potato up the sides and bottom of the tin. Drizzle 1-2 teaspoons of butter over potatoes in each pie tin. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake in 425 degree oven for 15-20 minutes, until potatoes begin to crisp. Then, into the hashbrown crust, sprinkle bacon and cheese. Over the top of the pie, add a cracked egg or two. Salt and pepper the egg, to taste. Finally, drizzle the remaining butter over the top of the eggs and put back into a 350 degree oven for 10-15 minutes. It is really a nice breakfast treat. My picky child even declared she wanted this every morning (but to be honest, she'd say that about anything with bacon!).
And finally, what is Halloween without decorations? I love Halloween decor but not the scary stuff. I prefer the cute! One of the things I got last year were these
These are so cute and easy to make but they are one of my kids' favorite decorations!
Wood of any size
White craft paint
White fabric, torn into 1" wide strips
Black craft paint
Take you wood pieces and paint white. When paint is dry, wrap blocks with fabric, making sure to put a little bit of glue under the fabric each time your wrap it around the side of the block. Next take your black paint and just dry brush the edges of the block and bandages, in the manner you see above. Finally, glue on your googley eyes and there you go. Simple and awesome!
Well, there are a few of our traditions for this time of year! Hope you enjoy!