Ten Things to Like This Tuesday About Halloween:Products, Costumes, Treats, Tricks and Books

by Lian on October 25, 2011

I’m overly excited about Halloween this year so I decided to put together a Ten Things List for costumes, recipes, decorating ideas,  books and All Things Halloween-y. Enjoy

Pigs in a Blanket Costume! Can you stand it? Click here for more from Real Simple.


1. Real Simple Kids Costumes That You Can Make with Garbage Bags From the editors of Real Simple, mais oui. If you have a child under 10, chances are that Junior has changed his/her mind since actually purchasing the costume in August. You’re in luck thanks to Real Simple. Here are some fantastic, fun, kid-friendly ideas in this terrific slide show. So simple, even I could make them. You know,  if I had to!

Butternut Squash and Spinach Soup. Click for recipe.


2. Butternut Squash and Spinach Soup The weather has turned cold and damp here and put me in the mood for soup. I usually make a pot of soup or stew for Halloween, so that the kids, my husband and me (aka Goth Witch) can eat whenever we get a chance. Remember, I have 300 kids to give candy to that night, I need something quick and delicious– before I eat the chocolate! This Butternut Squash and Spinach soup looks healthy, delicious and just right for my cauldron.

3. Wonderful Halloween Books It’s a short season, so get reading. Seeing this list of Ten Great Halloween Books by Suburban Turmoil at Blogher made me nostalgic for the read-aloud days. I might just to dig up some of our books, like one of my fave The Little Old Woman Who is Not Afraid of Anything. Tonight’s a good night for snuggling up with a classic.

4. Hot Apple Cider In the olden days, like the 1970′s when my parents were manning the front door on Halloween, my mother used to give out Hot Apple Cider and Glazed Donuts at our house. We lived in a one-acre zoned neighborhood, so it seemed like miles between houses.  We earned our candy and treats with all our walking. I loved returning home for my own cup of Hot Apple Cider and Donut at the end of the evening.

Click here for How-tos for the Pirate Wench Manicure


5. Halloween Manicures One of the many wonderful things about the age of You Create Your Own Content is that there are blogs devoted entirely to manicures. Don’t love this pirate-inspired manicure I discovered at  Midnight Manicures?  Ahoy, Wenches. For my Witch look, I usually go with a silver base and black spider webs on the big toes and thumbs.

Perfect costumes for Nerds, Bakers or Orange-Lovers. More quirky costumes at Real Simple. Click here.


6. Costumes for Grown Ups that require Very Little Effort or Exposed Skin Thanks again, editors at Real Simple for putting together some Real Grown-up costumes with a sense of humor. This slide show is perfect for those of you who start planning your outfit at , like, 7:00pm on the 31st. Love, Love, Love Pumpkin Pi. Wish I was invited to a Halloween Party at Caltech this year.

7. Halloween Jokes What do you call a carved out hot dog? A Halloweenie. Yup…. first joke I ever write in 1972.

Love this "dead" arrangement. For more decorating ideas, many including templates, click here.


8. Outside Decorating for Those With Fear of Templates When I see the word “template” in a craft instruction, I’m out. I don’t understand how to template at all– the printing out, the blowing up, the tracing. Too much for me. But I was going to put together a “dead” flower arrangement for my Gothic Front Porch this year. I have some nearly-dead plants that I’m going to spray paint black over the weekend. Martha takes it to the next level, of course.

9. Flameless Tealights I enjoy lining my walk way with Halloween luminaries. But the live flame make me nervous around all those “non-flammable” costumes. Yeah, like they really wouldn’t catch on fire. All hail , the Flameless Tealights popping up at stores all over.

10. More ideas on How to Cut the Chaos at Halloween From yours truly at makinglifebetter.com. Did you buy your big candy bars yet?

Embracing my Chaos, Lian

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Chpdlivr October 26, 2011 at 5:20 PM

My husband is a math instructor at a local university. Think I’ll make him the pumpkin pi costume! He has class on Monday night.

MaryCatherine October 26, 2011 at 12:26 PM

The Pumpkin Pi costume is so creative! My daughter is a math grad student and she would get a good laugh if someone wore that. Thanks for the great halloween list! Glad to hear you are in the spirit of the holiday.

Cyndi October 25, 2011 at 5:26 PM

Butternut squash and spinach soup – I’ll be right over! Sounds delicious …

Your #7 early joke was very cute and foretelling … (oh and I guess for telling haha) … still making us laugh today – thanks!

These are all the reasons I enjoy autumn – I can do without the gory decorations – what are people thinking?

chpdlivr October 25, 2011 at 11:45 AM

Just picked up the big candy bars! I’m not even going to be home, but I have a feeling my 26 year old will get in the spirit as he does every year.

Happy Halloween!

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