Happy Halloween & Fun Costume & Food Ideas

Well it is that time of year again!  Halloween!!!  Time for ghouls, ghosts & goblins...or at least at my house...Princesses, ballerinas and a little ninja (Prince & I are the only men left in the house!)  To kick off this great weekend for some fun and family time...I give you a few fun recipes and costume ideas on the cheap.  Happy Halloween and I will see you in November!!

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Fun Costume ideas: (Scroll down for the RECIPES...)

1. Mummy

Supplies: Toilet paper. A lot of it. Instructions: Wrap yourself from head to toe in toilet paper. Avoid using the bathroom or getting wet.

2. Zombie

You could be an extra on 'The Walking Dead' with this fabulous syrup-based blood and heavy makeup. Photo by iStock.
You could be an extra on ‘The Walking Dead’ with this fabulous, syrup-based blood and heavy makeup.
Supplies: Old clothing that can be thrown away after Halloween—  jeans and a shirt, pants and a jacket, a dress or skirt for women, etc. The more “normal” looking, the better. Gel or hairspray, white face makeup or pale (ivory) liquid foundation, dark eyes hadow and eye pencil or liner (black or gray), baby powder, a makeup sponge or brush, corn or pancake syrup, chocolate syrup, food coloring. Instructions: Partially rip or shred the clothes — especially the sleeves, hems and pockets. Drag them through dirt or mud, and smear on fake blood made by combining 1 cup corn syrup, 1-2 tablespoons of chocolate syrup and 1-2 tablespoons of red food coloring. Try for a dark color – bright red blood will give you a cartoony appearance. If needed, add a couple small drops of blue or green food coloring to darken the fake blood. Wash your hair the night before and let it dry as you sleep so it will look messy. You can also back-comb your hair or smear in a lot of conditioner for a greasy look, wear a lopsided bun, or create an updo that is partly undone. Spray the finished look to keep it in place. Apply white makeup or foundation over your entire face and neck to create an unhealthy pallor. Use dark eye shadow to accent sunken areas of your face (around eyes, under cheekbones and chin). Brush or blot baby powder on your face to set the makeup and add to your paleness. Dribble fake blood into your hairline and let it run down your face. Pour blood into your hand, and then “eat” it to get a nice mouth smear, and let it dribble down your chin and throat. Walk slowly, move stiffly, wheeze when you breathe, act confused and leave your arms slack and mouth open. Lean forward and shuffle when you walk, dragging one foot behind you. Don’t talk much (mostly grunt and groan), but ogle human flesh like it’s your favorite meal (which it is).

3. Zombie Bride

Supplies: Long white dress, white face paint or makeup, hair gel, dead flowers or fake black roses. Instructions: Mess up your hair and use the hair gel to make it look matted. Put on white face paint or makeup and carry your ghoulish bouquet. Feel free to add any additional touches from the costume above.

4. Vampire

Supplies: Velvet three-piece suit or dark slacks, white shirt, red (or brightly colored) vest, a long, dark trench coat and dark shoes. You’ll also need white face paint, a pair of Dracula teeth, jojoba or other hair oil, black eyeliner and red lipstick. Instructions: Deck yourself out like Dracula and flip up the collar of the trench coat. Liberally coat your face, neck, and hands in the white face paint. Line your eyes with black eyeliner, and apply  lipstick just to the insides of your lips. Slick your hair back with the hair oil and flash your fangs.

5. Scary Ghost

Supplies: Cheap white bed sheet from a thrift store like Goodwill, scissors, black marker, black eye shadow. Optional: chain links. Instructions: Drape the sheet over yourself and have a helper mark the sheet at the point where it hits the floor. Also ask them to gently mark the places to cut your eyeholes. Trim the bottom of the sheet an inch or two above the floor mark (so you won’t trip). Cut out eyeholes and then use a black marker to outline them. Color the area around your eyes with black eye shadow to increase the creepiness. To amp up the scare factor, find some chain link to carry and shake.
Creative types can create a scary skeleton costume using only face paint. Photo by artur84, freedigitalphotos.net.
Creative types can create a scary skeleton costume using only face paint. Photo by artur84, freedigitalphotos.net.

6. Skeleton

Supplies: White and black face paint. Instructions: Paint your entire face white. Use black paint to draw dark circles around your eyes and to fill in your bone structure. Wear regular clothes.


4 Easy Halloween Recipe Ideas

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Make Halloween more exciting with a quick and easy dinner to enjoy before heading out for a night of trick-or-treating. In our house we do a Halloween dinner and prepare foods and snacks that are all Halloween themed. As a busy mom, everything needs to be quick and easy, so I think you will enjoy some of these ideas.
This year we are making these cute little Mummy Face Pizzas. 
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Mummy pizzas are easy to make and the perfect recipe to get your kids involved in the kitchen. Let your kids assemble the pizzas by laying out English muffins, spooning on pizza sauce, and adding cheese “bandages,” and black olives for eyes. Let mom run the oven. Serve your little mummy pizzas with apple slices with a fruit dip or another variety of fruit to complete the meal.
Mummy Face Pizzas
5 English muffins, cut in half
10 tablespoons Pizza Sauce
20 -25 pepperoni slices (two – three for each pizza)
10 Mozzarella cheese slices, cut into strips
One 2.25-ounce can sliced black olives
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cut or split each English muffin in half. Spread one tablespoon of pizza sauce on each side.
Place two or three pepperonis on each English muffin.
Cut strips of cheese using a pizza cutter or kitchen shears. Place cheese strips over the pepperonis to resemble strips of bandages.
Place two sliced olives for eyes. Bake until cheese is melted and heated through. Cool and serve.
Recipe yields: 10 mini pizzas

Another spooky dinner option is easy Mummy Hot Dogs.
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Wrap hot dogs in your favorite refrigerated breadstick or crescent roll dough and leave an opening at the top for the mummy’s face. Bake the mummy dogs and add your favorite condiment, mustard or ketchup to make the eyes. My kids love these, so it’s always hard to choose between pizza and mummy hot dogs for dinner. I say just make both to please everyone. 

What would Halloween be without treats? Try this easy Halloween Poke Cake for a fun sweet treat to end the night.
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If you want to celebrate Halloween with cookies instead, try these White Chocolate Candy Corn Cake Mix Cookies.
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These colorful cookies start with a yellow or white cake mix and are packed with white chocolate chips, cream cheese, and candy corn M&M’s. Next time you stop by your local Walmart, grab a few bags because these M&M’s go quickly this time of year. 

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