Monday, November 1, 2010

Happy Halloween!

Were any of you as busy as I was this weekend? We did a fun event at church this weekend called "Trunk or Treat". We decorated out trunk with other cars and the parking lot was blocked off. Then, the kids come and get treats and play games. It is a carnival style and the kids and guests all seemed to have a super-fun time! ;) Well, we had an idea of what we wanted to do and the kids wanted to help...  We had a theme for outside the car, Autumn, and the theme in the car was Halloween. Yeah okay, not genius themes, but we had fun. ;) The pic above is my mom with the whole deal and the ones below are what the kids did...

Giant spiders are hard to find and expensive when you do find them, so we decided to make some. It was really easy and took less than 1/2 and hour:

Let the kids tackle the legs while you cut out the body pieces. This is great because you don't need glue or anything. The beads will stay in place on the fuzzy pipe cleaners on their own. -There are tons of projects using just these two items!
My kids noticed that these are shaped like cauldrons... I made one from the cheap felt sheets and one slightly smaller from a piece of cardstock to stabilize. 
We wanted black widows, so we made an hourglass shape by bending a pipe cleaner back and forth. 
I used a glue stick because I wanted it to dry quickly, but you could use any craft glue that works on felt. I globbed it on really heavy and lined up the legs and "fangs". It won't hold at this point, so leave it laying flat. Press the black felt body piece down firmly and hold for about 30 sec to 1 min. Then, you'll want to let it set for a while to dry completely. 
Here's the finished spider... we couldn't find our googly eyes, but I think they were a little scarier without them anyway. ;) 
Next, we hung some fake webbing in the back of the car and just stuck our spiders in there... It was so cute because my kids couldn't remember the word tarantula and kept saying jolly ranchers instead. lol "Mommy, we need one jolly rancher on this side and one over here too!" 
We put our candy bucket in the middle and added some streamers. The kids were able to help with most of it and they felt very proud! ;) 

I also did some baking this week...  
Pumpkin Bread 
Spice Cake Oatmeal Cookies 
Pumpkin Pie Muffins with Cinnamon Glaze 
YUM! ;)
I felt like this post was getting long, so I'm making another with the kids in the their costumes. I'll post it today too...
How was your weekend? Did you celebrate? Did you or your kids dress up?
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