Thursday, October 29, 2015

Pumpkin Carving - Mickey and Minnie Mouse

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After I put a picture of this years pumpkin up on Snapchat and Facebook, a few people asked me to do a blog post explaining how to do it. I didn't take step-by-step pictures, but hopefully you'll be able to follow this.

First, a look at pumpkins from last year and the year before:

Last year, I did Zero (the dog) from The Nightmare Before Christmas.


In 2013, I attempted The Joker:


I wanted to do something for the kids this year - eldest still hasn't decided what he wants, but I went with Mickey and Minnie Mouse for the twins.


I was inspired by Corrina (she of CherrySue, Doin' The Do fame) to really try harder this year, she does amazing pumpkins (you can see them on her facebook page here). I googled and found a picture I liked, then printed it.
  • Find a picture you like and print it out.
  • Cut the top off your pumpkin and scoop out the middle. 
  • Wash and dry your pumpkin.
  • Tape your picture to the pumpkin using strong tape (I used duct tape - is it duct tape or duck tape?! The silver one!)
  • Take a tiny pumpkin carving tool and begin to 'trace' your picture. With this, I just went over every single bit of the picture with the smallest tool in a cheap pumpkin carving set. I've seen them in Dealz, Tesco, and most Euro shops.
  • After that, it's a game of patience - just go slowly, apply more tape if you need to so that your design doesn't move, and take your time. I screwed up Minnie's mouth by going too fast!
  • When your design is done, start to lift the skin off the areas where you want the light to shine through. Don't poke through to the inside. 
  • When you're done, test it with a tealight (I use a small LED torch from Dealz, it's safer around children). If the light's not coming through, gently pare away at the bare areas until you can see the light shine through. 
It's painstaking if you're doing a large detailed design but it's so effective and it's not hard, it's just time consuming. 

I wouldn't fancy trying to do it with a turnip, mind. 

Have you carved a pumpkin yet? I love seeing what other people are doing, pumpkins are one of my favourite parts of Halloween.





Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Twinsie Tuesday - Inspired By the Season

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This week, our Twinsie Tuesday prompt was "Inspired by the Season". I thought about doing Autumnal leaves, but I decided to stick to the Halloween theme and try some Jack Skellington-inspired ones.

Unfortunately, I painted my nails arseways - I was supposed to paint them all white except the ring finger (black), but I did it the other way round. So I improvised and remembered the Jack nail from Sammy's latest Halloween nail art wheel - phew!


My stripes aren't perfect (especially on that middle nail, ew) but I have a couple of other polishes to swatch and we aren't really getting much daylight at the moment so I didn't get the chance to redo it. Everything looks so much worse on camera! It's not as noticeable in reality (I promise).

I used Rimmel White Hot Love and Black is Back then whacked a coat of Essie Matte About You on top. I used striping tape for the stripes and a dotting tool for Jack's face.


I can't wait to see what the others did! They put me to shame every week with their amazing skills, please do check out the links below to have a look at some great nail art.

Until next week! (wait for it.......it's either going to be epic or an epic fail........)


Savannah - Addicted to Polish
Róisín - Cuti-CLUE-les
Claire - Kerruticles
Chelsea - Nailed Blog
Bridget - A Painted Nail
Amber - Nails Like Lace
Amanda - Fashion Footing
Amanda - Amandalandish
Alaina - The Little Canvas 




Sunday, October 25, 2015

Halloween Snack Ideas

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I thought I'd pop this post up today to give you a chance to get ingredients during the week, I hate when I find last-minute snack ideas and haven't got time to buy the bits and pieces needed.

First up, here's one I made earlier, puff pastry witch fingers!


To make these, you just need three ingredients: Flaked Almonds, Black Food Colouring, and Puff Pastry. You could make your own pastry but I just bought the packet already made (Lidl do their own brand, much cheaper).


I used about a third of the block of pastry (I put the rest in the freezer for another time) and 2-3 drops of food colouring, I mixed it in by rolling the pastry between my hands.


Then, divide the pastry into little pieces and roll out into the shape of fingers. Place them on a baking tray. I used a knife to score tiny lines on each finger, then I put a flaked almond in the top for a fingernail.


I baked them for about 10-15 mins (keep an eye on them). They're done when they're golden brown. The almonds will more than likely turn black - they're more for decoration than for eating.


You could stuff these with whipped cream or apple - but I'm a savoury girl, I'd love a couple of these with a big bowl of beef stew.

For other great Halloween snack ideas that don't involve a bag of Haribo as big as your head, I headed to (where else?) Pinterest, and I have my top 5 favourite snack ideas here.

5. Frozen White Chocolate Boo-Nana Pops
Use good quality white chocolate to make these adorable frozen white chocolate banana pops for little ones. A couple of dark chocolate chips (or you could use currants) are perfect for eyes! Full directions here: skinnytaste.com

4. Halloween Tortilla "Crisps"
Brushed with soy sauce or spaghetti sauce and then baked, you could cut these out freehand, or you could use some Halloween themed cookie cutters. Homestore & More have a set of mini ones here for €3. Full instructions at Simplydesigning.net. 

3. Mummy Pizza Bagels
Half a bagel, bit of passata, some thin strips of cheese, and some olive slices. Really effective! Photo from Diary of a Preppy Mom.

2. Orange Jelly Jack-O-Lanterns
All you need for these spooky looking jelly cups are some large oranges and a pack of jelly crystals. Full directions at Tesco.

1. Monster Apple Bites
These are really cute and very appealing! Apples, peanut butter, and yogurt covered raisins make for great Monster Mouths. Originally from We Do Fun Here, that site no longer seems to be online, so you can find instructions for the Monster Bites here, just use the raisins instead of marshmallows.

Bonus Idea: Shrunken Apple Heads
If you're having a Halloween party for kids, you could mix up some juices in a bowl (apple, orange, cranberry) and float the heads in - or, you could just make them and leave them on a tray. The adult version finds them floating in cider. How amazing (and disturbing) does this look?! Full instructions from All Roads Lead to the Kitchen.



Can I just add, this conversation just took place:

Me: "Oh my god, look at this, how cool!"
Husband: "What the hell is that?"
Me: "Shrunken heads in cider!"
Husband: "How did they get inside her?"
Me: *can not breathe*






Thursday, October 22, 2015

My Top Ten Halloween Songs

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I wanted to post about my top Halloween songs, I think there's something for all tastes here. Well, maybe that's a bit misleading. There's no way to suit all tastes, is there? I mean if you only listen to bespectacled Peruvian artists who yodel, you probably won't find anything here. But for anyone else who just wants to sprinkle a bit of Halloween over their music at this time of year - hopefully this will inspire you! I purposely didn't include Michael Jackson's Thriller. It seems to be the go-to song for most radio stations around the last week in October every year so I'm sure you'll hear it a million times anyway. It's the Fairytale of New York of Halloween. With better choreography.

In no particular order:



1. Monster Mash by Bobby Pickett
I love the Monster Mash. It's so fun, and it's timeless. It's good fun to sing along to and it's cheery and cheesy, not scary.



2. Time Warp from The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Another one that's just full of fun, this is great craic to sing or dance along to. If you haven't seen the film, please do watch it. It's a cult hit for a reason - it's completely bonkers - but it's also brilliant.



3. I Put a Spell on You  by Bette Midler 
From my all-time favourite Halloween movie Hocus Pocus, this is one of the catchiest Halloween songs out there. A cover of the (creepy) original by Screamin' Jay Hawkins, this is much better and much more fun to listen to.



4. This is Halloween from The Nightmare Before Christmas
The Nightmare Before Christmas is equal parts Christmas and equal parts Halloween. Released in 1993, conceived by Tim Burton and directed by Henry Selick, this is a stop-motion animation film that has that signature dark creepy Burton feel. This song is sang by the whole cast, including Danny Elfman. This was my ringtone for a very long time, useless fact fans.



5. Ice Dance by Danny Elfman
Is there a piece of music that makes you cry? This is mine. I loved Edward Scissorhands the minute I saw it - it was the first film I ever bought on video, and the CD soundtrack was the first thing I ever ordered from Amazon. Every single time I hear this piece of music, I end up in tears. It's so emotional, it's so beautiful, I'm slightly peeved that British Gas have robbed it for an ad, but hey - if it makes more people find it, then it's all good. I adore this. It has just enough magic in it to qualify for Halloween.



6. Casper's Lullaby by James Horner 
The late James Horner is my second favourite composer after Danny Elfman - he sadly passed away this year, but what a legacy he has left behind. I still like to listen to both Titanic soundtrack albums, but this one is also a favourite - Casper stars Christina Ricci and Bill Pullman, and is my second favourite Halloween film after Hocus Pocus. Obviously this will mean more to people who have seen the film, but even if you haven't, this is a lovely soothing piece of music with lots of emotion and a teeny tiny bit of a ghostly presence.



7. Tubular Bells by Mike Oldfield
Also known as the theme for The Exorcist, in itself one of the scariest films I ever saw as a child. This is another song without words - but it doesn't need them, it's bloody creepy.



8. Jace Everett - Bad Things
This is the theme tune to HBO series True Blood. I never really got into it - I own the first three seasons but I don't think I've watched past the first one, I always meant to read the books but I never got round to it. This is a little more dirty country than Halloween, but it's got just enough twang in there to qualify for a Halloween playlist.



9. How Soon is Now by Love Spit Love
I do love the original Smiths song, but it just doesn't give me the Halloween feels the way this Love Spit Love cover does. Used as the theme tune to witchy drama Charmed and featured in The Craft, this is definitely another one of my favourites to play at this time of year.



10. I Only Have Eyes For You by The Flamingos
Stay with me here. This has been covered by hundreds of people from Melanie C to Elaine Paige - but this version by The Flamingos is the best, in my humble opinion. Featured in an (underrated) episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Season 2 Episode 19) and more recently in creepy doll horror Annabelle, I think this song is terrifying. Others may listen to it and think I'm cuckoo but I swear I could not listen to this in the dark and not feel scared.

So - what's your favourite Halloween song? Or is there a song that creeps the bejaysus out of you for no apparent reason? I'll give you a bonus one that will not be on any playlist of mine, ever, because even listening to it now reminds me of how much it scared me as a child - anyone remember this?



In fairness, I was only 8 years old when this was released. It was on one of those compilation tapes I got for Christmas, and I was not off my face listening to it, so I don't think I was the target audience. I used to know when it was coming up at the end of Tape 1 Side A or whatever and swap the tape over to the other side. Avoidance FTW!

Still makes me shudder.



Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Twinsie Tuesday - Ruffian Nails

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If you haven't a clue what Ruffian Nails are, believe me you're not alone. I had to Google it when it came up as this week's Twinsie Tuesday prompt. It's essentially a reverse French Manicure, with the contrasting stripe of colour along the cuticle side instead of the tip. The technique is called Ruffian after it was used by CND for a fashion show by designers Ruffian at New York Fashion Week a few years ago.


I wanted to stick to Halloween colours so I used orange and black - Catrice Black to the Routes and Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Firey Island (€1.49 in Dealz, people!). I used two coats of the orange, then topped with the black. If you like subtle, it would be fine like that, but I am not a lover of subtlety and wanted to bring all the tack I could. I put a dot of orange in the middle of each nail, then dragged it out like flames with a cocktail stick. I went in again with a dot of black when the orange had dried, and used Essence Gel Topcoat to seal it all up.


I do like it - it reminds me of Batman for some unknown reason?! I'm not necessarily a lover of the whole Ruffian look, but I'm happy enough with how it turned out.

If you have a few minutes, please check out the other Twinsies below to see what they did with the prompt this week!




Sunday, October 18, 2015

Halloween Book Ideas for Adults and Children

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It's that time of the year again - last year I set myself huge reading challenges for Halloween, but it didn't work out as planned (the second half of Dracula made me lose the will to read). This year is faring much better - I'm on book 12 of the month (my Sky+ planner is full to the gills of stuff I haven't watched) and hope to get through a few more that I've been saving up for this time of the year. I'm going to give you some adult suggestions along with a couple of young adult and children's books, hopefully there will be something here to suit everyone, and you might find a book you'd like to read for Halloween!


Stephen King


Stephen King - my favourite horror writer. He's not perfect, but I love that he reads as much as he writes. He just lives and breathes books - there are many of us who started reading his books way too young, but I feel like I've grown up with him. I can personally recommend The Shining, Carrie, Misery, IT, and Revival. Any or all would be a great choice this October, although none mention Halloween in particular. The Shining is one of my favourite books of all time. If you've already read it, check out Doctor Sleep, in which we revisit Danny as an adult. Sometimes I forget that others aren't familiar with King's books, so here's a brief idea of what each book is about:

  • The Shining: A writer and his family move to a remote hotel for the winter where he takes up the position of Caretaker, but finds himself slowly going insane with a little help from some former residents. 
  • Carrie: A young girl with a very religious mother has the power of Telekinesis - she is subjected to horrible bullying incidents at school, but she gets her own back..
  • Misery: Writer Paul Sheldon has just written the conclusion for his very popular book series when he is involved in a car accident and rescued by his biggest fan Annie Wilkes. But Annie is not quite ready for her favourite series to be finished, or for Paul to leave her. 
  • It: An epic 1,000 page plus novel about growing up in a small town inhabited by pure evil, and a group of friends coming together one last time to defeat it once and for all. 
  • Revival: A boy keeps coming into contact with a Preacher at various stages of his life. Their lives intertwine until a final, terrifying conclusion is revealed. A story about addiction and obsession. 


Shirley Jackson


Shirley is someone I only discovered a year or two ago. In The Lottery, a short story just a few pages long, she delves into the concept of The Chosen One and turns it on its ear (a concept reproduced many, many times since). If you've seen the horrible movie version, you'll know this story - but it's definitely worth a read. I haven't read any of the other stories in that collection yet but hope to get to them this year. In We Have Always Lived in the Castle, we meet two sisters, one of whom has been declared insane by the villagers after an incident she was blamed for. When a cousin turns up and threatens the girls' way of living, it's up to eldest sister Merricat to get rid of him.

Young Adult


Horror is a genre that has always been popular in the YA world - how many of us cut our fangs on R.L. Stine's Goosebumps or Point Horror series? Goosebumps is still popular (in this house anyway), car boot sales and charity shops are goldmines. There are a number of Point Horror books available on Kindle, but in my opinion it's worth tracking down the old paper version, it just doesn't feel the same on a Kindle. Some other YA horror that I enjoyed are:

Bad Girls Don't Die by Katie Alender: a story about a 15 year old girl full of attitude trying to help her younger sister after she is possessed by an evil spirit.

The Doll by JC Martin: a short story about a creepy (and real) Mexican island that worships dolls, and what would happen if one left the island.

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs - a young boy suffers a terrible family tragedy and ends up in a small, strange Welsh village where he encounters strange children in an even stranger building. Littered with amazing vintage photographs, they're creepy and definitely worth a look.

This is a Film Too


I love reading books that were later turned into films - or in some cases, books that were written to tie in with films. Here are a couple of books-to-movies that would work great for Halloween

The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson: I was a bit disappointed that this story of the legendary 1975 Amityville haunting wasn't scarier, but some of you might enjoy it more. How much of it is true? Well, the names are the same, but I would approach with an open mind!

Halloween by Curtis Richards: Written after the movie, this expands on the history of Michael Myers and gives us a better insight into his character. The paperback of this is very hard to find, so if you see it anywhere, pick it up! It's very easy to find a digital copy online, give me a shout for the link.

Rosemarys Baby by Ira Levin follows a young New York couple as they move into their dream home and become involved with some very scary people. When Rosemary find out the truth, it's already too late.

If you enjoy a horror movie, have a look and see if you can find a book. Nine times out of Ten, the book came first - The Omen, Psycho, Ring, The Exorcist, The Other, Children of the Corn, The Haunting, Frankenstein, Dracula - all books.

Halloween Books for Children


Demon Dentist by David Walliams - for children 10 and up, this is a favourite with my 11 year old. It's about a demon masquerading as a dentist in order to pull teeth from the mouths of children, leaving them grotesque 'presents' under their pillows instead. Approach with caution - some events may upset young or sensitive children.

Coraline by Neil Gaiman - a story about a young girl who finds an alternate reality in her home, including an alternate set of parents. But is the grass always greener? Talking cat alert! Readers 8-12 would be well able for it.

Meg and Mog  by Helen Nicoll and Jan Pienkowski - suitable for toddlers and up, Meg and Mog (written in 1975!) is the story of witch Meg and her cat, Mog. They intend on going to a great Halloween party, until Meg's spell goes wrong and turns all the other witches to mice. Great fun to read aloud.

The Witches by Roald Dahl - I read this around age 7 or 8, but it's up to parents if they think their children are old enough for it, it could be scary for younger readers (I always found the Quentin Blake illustrations scarier than the actual story). This story of a boy who infiltrates a convention of witches is still one of my own personal favourites.

And Finally...


A couple of other books I enjoyed -

The Crucible by Arthur Miller - originally a play, this is set during the Salem Witch Trials and draws on true events to create a story of paranoia, hysteria, and injustice. The book is great - but for the love of god, avoid the terrible film version.

Bird Box by Josh Malerman - a dystopian thriller/horror about a young woman who finds herself all alone with her two children five years after a terrible unknown event in Russia spread worldwide - people see something, then they go insane, killing each other and themselves. The only way to avoid it is to remain blindfolded. Now the woman has to make a decision - in order to escape to safety, she must leave her home with her children and go outside where she knows 'they' watch her. A really good psychological horror, the baddies are as scary as your imagination can make them.

Hopefully I've covered a wide range here, and that you can find something to enjoy over the rest of October and get you in a Halloweeny mood!

Thursday, October 15, 2015

W7 Bronze Queen Eye Palette

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I fell in the door of Cara Pharmacy in Longford last week (literally) so I went off down to the W7 aisle until my face wasn't red anymore. I spotted this palette and took the gamble for €4 - I haven't seen it before, I've had a few of the other Naked-inspired W7 palettes and while they aren't my first choice, they're definitely acceptable.



This one is quite obviously inspired by Bobbi Brown, but the packaging on this is much better than the tins that house the Naked "dupes". When I swatched the shadows on my arm they came off quite powdery and not very pigmented. That fifth shade is more of a glittery topper, reminiscent of the ones in the Charlotte Tilbury palettes (nowhere near the same quality) but it's not going to give you big glittery eyeballs on its own.


Over an eyeshadow primer (Essence I Love Stage), the shadow isn't actually bad at all on the lids. I used the 2nd, 4th and 6th colours with a bit of the black on the outer corner and a bit of the sparkly shade all over.


It's not going to win any awards, but it'd be grand in an emergency or as a stocking filler for a teenager who wants to practice before moving on to more expensive brands. It's not as good as Essence or Catrice, but for €4 the sparkly shade is handy, it's nice to have something like that that doesn't have big chunks of glitter in it.




Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Twinsie Tuesday - Inspired By Your Favourite Fictional Character

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It's Twinsie Tuesday again, and this week our prompt was "Nails Inspired by your Favourite Fictional Character". I did think about Harry Potter but there was only one character I could choose - Buffy Summers.

I'm a huge fan of Buffy and the entire Joss Whedon universe, I've gushed about it on here several times - I've even done Buffy-Inspired nails before (and whittled a stake):

Wet n Wild Buffy The Violet Slayer
This week, I used Barry M Grey as a base, then drew on the Buffy logo and Buffy face with a black ballpoint pen. I used the white polish from the Rita Ora for Rimmel range to do some crosses, and finished the whole lot with Essence Gel Look Topcoat.



I think the face ended up looking more like Willow than Buffy, but anyway! I'm happy with how the logo turned out because I practiced it a few times and it kept going wrong.

Please do check out the other Twinsies designs at the links below, I can't wait to see who everyone picks as their favourite character!

Savannah - Addicted to Polish
Róisín - Cuti-CLUE-les
Claire - Kerruticles
Chelsea - Nailed Blog
Bridget - A Painted Nail
Amanda - Fashion Footing
Amanda - Amandalandish
Alaina - The Little Canvas 

See you next week!



Friday, October 9, 2015

Yankee Candles Halloween 2015

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I'm a huge, HUGE fan of Yankee Candles. I've a box full of wax tarts and tealights in the press, and I've gone through several large jars. Even if I buy other brands I still use Yankee. No doubt this will read like a sponsored post, but rest assured it's not, it's just a brand that I absolutely adore and I want to show you everything. I bought and paid for my Halloween items myself.

Images used with kind permission from yankee.ie and yankee.co.uk.

BONEY

I'm almost certain that this was the theme for 2014 - there are still a number of Boney items in stock on the Irish website, and they're all reduced.


Top Row: Boney Cat Tea Light Holder - now €5.95 here. Boney Wedding Couple Taper Candle Holder - now €9.95 here.
Bottom Row: Boney Dead Neck Votive Holder - now €5.95 here. Boney Toasting Couple Votive Holder - now €9,95 here.

BLACK CAT

New for 2015. I fell in love with the black cat melt warmer! The black cat range is available on both the Irish and UK sites.


Black Cat Jar Clinger - €4.50 here or £3.99 here.
Black Cat Jar Holder - €14.95 here or £12.99 here.
Black Cat Wax Burner - €24.95 here.


SPIDERWEB


Spiderweb Illumalid - £5.99 here.
Spiderweb Votive Holder - €7.95 here or £5.69 here.
Spiderweb Jar Holder - €14.95 here or £11.99 here.

SCENTS
There are two annual scents that always appear around Halloween - Candy Corn and Witches' Brew. There's also a Trick or Treat candle, but it can be quite hard to find. The 2 main scents come in wax tarts, votives, and jars. I also like Midsummers Night around Halloween, it's available all year round.


Candy Corn Tealights 12 pack - €3.95 here.  Candy Corn Votive - €1.25 here.
Candy Corn Medium Jar - €9.95 here. Trick or Treat Medium jar - €9.95 here.

The UK site has the repackaged editions of Candy Corn and Witches' Brew - if you're a sucker for packaging like me, these might be up your alley:

Wax Tart - £1.45 here. Votive - £1.75 here. Medium Jar - £16.99 here

Wax Tart - £1.20 here. Votive - £1.75 here. Medium Jar - £16.99 here

Votive Holders

These little votive holders are new for 2015, and they're so cute. 

Frankenstein, Skull and Pumpkin - €7.95 here or £6.49 here, here and here



Midsummer's Night Tart - €1.95 here or £1.45 here.
Pumpkin Wax Burner - €11.95 here or £9.49 here.

Yankee.ie have a flat rate of €3.95 shipping per order, or free if you spend over €39.
Yankee.co.uk post to Ireland for max £3.95 per order, free UK shipping over £30 (Parcel Motel it!)

I'll have another one of these posts with all the Yankee Christmas products in November.

Here's my Halloween Collection (so far). I found the lantern for €17.95 in my local chemist.



Spot anything you like?





Thursday, October 8, 2015

Halloween Printables

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I adore printables. I bought a cheap printer in Argos last November solely for printing out Christmas paper crafts.

This year, I've searched for lots of different Halloween printables, and I've found a huge range for all ages. Printables are fantastic for everyone - even if you're not remotely crafty, all you need to do is print them out. Sometimes there's a bit of cutting and sticking, but who doesn't love that?

Colouring and Activity Pages


Crayola have several activity and colouring pages to download and print, the colouring pages would be perfect for younger children and the frames would make a great craft for over 8s. You can find them here.

Ghostly Ancestor Photos



How amazing would these look printed out and framed? You could replace your family photos with these scary versions for Halloween. They're 5x7 and they're created by B. Nute Productions.

Macbeth Inspired Printables



How cool are these? They look like chalkboards. I'm definitely going to print one or both out. They're from Homemade Interest.

Paper Fortune Teller


Remember these from school? This is a fortune-telling Halloween one full of fun predictions. Also from B.Nute Productions. That link also has an entire Party kit in the same theme, from invites to place cards and cupcake toppers.

Dress-up Halloweenie


I loved paper dolls as a child. If you have little ones (or you enjoy it yourself - no judgement here) then this adorable girl Halloweenie is by Babalisme. You can find the dress-up boy version here. Just print on card, or print on paper and glue it to card (inside of a cereal box FTW).

Halloween Garland


This is by Talk Crafty To Me (has there ever been a better name for a craft blog?) and it's one I'm going to make, I actually bought a similar one last year.

Broom Parking Sign


This is really fun, I think it would look great on a lawn. From The Diary of Dave's Wife.

Halloween Masks


These are so cute! Again, either print on card or make use of the Cornflakes box and a bit of Pritt Stick. From Mr.Printables.

Spell Book Covers


Amy at The Idea Room has two fantastic free printables - book covers! All the directions and downloads for both the Spells and Enchantments and Poisons & Potions book covers are in this post (as well as THE BEST EVER idea for a spider decoration, seriously, it's genius).

Pumpkin Carving Templates


I adore pumpkin carving but I'm pretty crap at it freehand. I've used templates for the past few years, and this year I think I'll do a cat one. There are thousands upon thousands of stencils and templates available - just google "pumpkin carving template" and hit images, and be amazed.

I hope you find something you like on the list, this is just my own pick of a few things I liked, there are thousands of ideas on Pinterest, just search "Halloween Printables".