Haunted by frugal ghosts. (Best Halloween Cookies & Crafts)
Before we begin, I think it’s important in the name of transparency after Monday’s post, for you to know I have managed to steer my daughter away from ‘Gothic Child Prostitute‘ (as a related aside, Gothic Lolitas are all the rage in Japan. Thanks for the link, Mary.). Madison is now interested in being a devil, I hope she’s not thinking of this kind of devil because that’s really not any better than her first choice and the phrase ‘over my dead body’ immediately comes to mind.
I have not been as successful in swaying Max from being a, in his word: “MysticForcePowerRangerSPD”. This is said in one exasperated word and is followed up with the reminder, “The red one, with the muscles.” $40!? Over my dead body son.
I have to admit that, aside from careful steering of my children away from overpriced and mostly disposable store-bought costumes, I really like Halloween as a holiday for kids. I think it’s a lot of fun so I thought today I’d look at some Halloween finds.
Some people adore cute little cupcakes, but I have to admit, I’m a bigger fan of decorated sugar cookies. Eleni’s makes the most adorable sets in several styles for Halloween. The set is $65 and I keep trying to be less cheap but it’s somehow in my DNA I think. $65 on cookies? “Oh no, oh no no no no no no,” say my dead ancestors. “You get yourself some sugar and flour and you do it yourself young lady.” Please, make them stop talking to me. Look what happened to my bathroom when I did it myself, Ancestors! I doubt my cookies will look like that.
Red Envelope is selling a nicely packaged set of cookies for just $19.99. Frosted in orange or white with a black cat. If you’re looking for cookies to give away, this might be a good option.
And still my ancestors, plague me, “Just mix up a batch of cookie dough for crying out loud.” Michael’s has quite a few nice cookie cutters, like these plastic ones which would be easy enough to use with kids. Let your kids dump some sprinkles on it and you’ve got cookies and memories. Also, my cheap ancestors won’t haunt you.
Even easier than making cookies with your kids? Get some pipe cleaners, suckers and googly eyes, now you have…..Spiders! We made these last year to give to friends at school and they loved them. My kids are also incredibly happy when I do something like this with them because in general I let life get in the way of ‘projects’. But this one is quick, easy and cheap. Just like me! Wait….what?
Another good project to do with kids are these shrunken head apples at Kiddley. I know you can’t exactly give your kids a knife to do the carving, although I don’t know maybe your kids play with knives. Our kids can play with knives but only when they’re drinking vodka and playing with matches. If your kids don’t actually play with knives, you can have them ‘direct’ your carving, maybe even giving you a rough drawing of what they’d like and each of the other steps can be all kid-all the time.
This project, making fabric stand alone ghosts, is the kind of thing I really have the desire to do, but I am wise enough to know what I really want is my husband to do it. A lot like mowing the lawn, it would be great to have it done but honestly? It’s just better for everyone’s limbs if Logan does it. Same thing for these witch window silhouettes. I love the idea, but don’t have the patience for it.
I have more treats to share later this week, but I’m wondering does anyone else have any little treats or decorations they like to do at halloween? Or am I the only one who’s eyeing this Jell-o mold and feeling a little tingly with the possibilities?
I am aren’t I?