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Halloween Gift Basket Ideas

This is How To Make A Halloween Gift Basket

Try this great Halloween idea for that special someone dressed in their funny Halloween costume this Halloween, give them a Halloween gift basket. You don’t have to be creative or even artistic to do this. All it takes is some knowledge about the person, or persons, you want to surprise in this way. The basket will contain items particular to their tastes, and they will love you for it.

A great idea is to create a special basket for a couple you may be close to. This one is especially nice if the couple either has no plans for Halloween, or they don’t have enough money to do anything special. You can provide them a very unique Halloween gift basket that will give them a lovely way to spend the evening. For this one, you will need a rather large basket. Start with the dinner. Choose food that you know they like. This can be either 2 nice steaks, bag of salad, and fixings for baked potatoes. Or it can be a gift certificate for pizza delivery. Use your own judgment. Add a six pack of soda, some Halloween cupcakes or cookies for dessert, a couple of scary movies that you know they want to see, and maybe some microwave popcorn to enjoy with the movie. This will be a much appreciated gift.

Another great fun Halloween gift basket idea is one for friend of yours who enjoys reading. Gather several scary paperback books, along with a small cozy stadium blanket, a beverage of choice, glass or cup, and, of course, Halloween munchies. These can include candy, along with some salted snack mix. This will provide a quiet and relaxing Halloween night. It might also provide a few delicious chills up the back.

Of course children also really enjoy gifts at Halloween even if they do get all that candy by trick or treating. It is for that reason that you may want to limit the candy in this particular Halloween gift basket. You will need to shop for age appropriate toys to include. These should also be run by the parents of the child before purchasing them to make sure your ideas are going to be alright with them.

And you don’t want to forget the older people in your life, such as parents and grandparents. They will enjoy receiving a gift basket, too. The items selected for these baskets will depend on any dietary or other restrictions. Again, shop with what you know about the person firmly planted in your mind. If you don’t have parents or grandparents of your own, try contacting a local home for the aged. A lot of the people there are also without family to treat them on special days. They would love to receive a Halloween gift basket.

The best thing to remember is that you are going to be putting smiles on faces with your thoughtfulness. You really do not need to spend a lot of money on your Halloween gift basket just be funny and creative - and remember your party costume!


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Halloween Lights to go with your Costumes

Just What Halloween Lights Should You Get?

Many of us choose to have Halloween lights for the celebration at this time of the year. They work well to show off your funny Halloween costume ideas. You can of course choose to buy your lights, however you can also just as easily make your own. These homemade lights are called luminaries. They can give a spooky and eerie shadow that just can not compare to string lights. Making these lights can become an annual family activity, and also help the entire neighborhood look more festive.

Lights can be made from many different types of material, but a lot of people choose tin cans as their base. For this project you will need tin cans, a hammer, nails, cookie cutters, paper, pencils or markers, tape, sand, and tea light candles. Once you have gathered all of your supplies, the fun of making your own Halloween lights can begin.

Make sure that all of the cans are clean. Wash and dry them thoroughly. You will begin by tracing the inside of the cookie cutters with the pencil. Place it on the paper to make a template. When you have all the pictures you want to use, you can proceed to the next step. Choose one of the templates and wrap it around a can, using tape to secure it in place. You need to be sure that the shape you traced is on the outside facing you. Punch holes around the shape on the paper by using the hammer and a nail.

You can choose to make a single design for all of the cans, such as a jack-o-lantern face, or use many different Halloween designs. It is totally up to you and your creativity. Whether you choose a uniform look or a mix and match appearance, the over all effect is amazing.

The next step in making these special Halloween lights is putting the sand in the bottom of each can. The reason for doing this is to ensure that the can does not tip over. Be careful not to cover the holes for your design. Set a tea light candle in the middle of each can on top of the sand. Now, you are ready to line your driveway, sidewalk, or the edge of your lawn with the cans.

At Halloween time, as soon as it starts to get dark, light all of your candles. This causes a rather spooky effect, and nearly everyone loves it. In fact, some of your neighbors may want to get together with you in making some lights for their own homes. This looks especially nice if your immediate neighbors also choose to make their own Halloween lights to set up. Anyone entering your street will be enchanted by the glow coming from all of these super Halloween lights. Your neighborhood could well become the talk of the town especially with everyone dressed in funny Halloween costumes too.


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Halloween Props – Magic Broomstick

How to make a Halloween Magic Broomstick

Many of us enjoy adding Halloween props to our parties, or just when decorating for this special occasion. These can be items such as skeletons, witches, ghosts, or any number of Halloween decorations. One prop that is quite a lot of fun is a Magic Broomstick. These can be incorporated into classroom or home craft activities for children, too. Anyone should be able to make these, and children love watching them come to life.

For each broom, you will need to gather 3 empty paper towel roll tubes, 2 small brown paper lunch bags, brown and yellow yarn, 1 sheet of construction paper, scissors, glue, stapler, paint, masking tape, markers, and a paint brush. Once you have gathered all of your supplies, you are ready to begin.

To start creating your own Halloween Props, paint the tubes whatever color you choose. Many people go with black for this. Cut a couple of strips from the construction paper measuring 6” long and 2” wide. When assembling the broom handle, put the tubes together using the masking tape to keep them connected together. Add a few drops of glue to the paper strips and wrap them around the tape, as you don’t want the tape to show.

To make the broom base of these Halloween props, cut the paper bag into a rectangle. This is done by cutting both sides and the bottom edge from the front of the bag. Cut 8 slits measuring 5” in the base. These serve as the broom bristles. Cover the bristles in glue and add 15 – 20 pieces of the 5” lengths of yarn.  Make sure that you lay the yarn so that the top lines up.

The brown yarn needs to be cut into 5 pieces and glued over the edge of the yellow pieces to look like a border. You can now cut the other paper bag the same way as the first one. This makes the other side of the broom bristles. Once this is done, staple the sides, but not the top, together.

Now, you are ready to add the handle between the bristles to complete the look of these Halloween props. Put the handle about an inch down, and staple the top together. Add a string tied into the shape of a bow around the top of the bristles where the handle comes together. Once the glue has completely dried, you have your very own Magic Broom.

Making several of these and using them to hang up in various parts of the party room will add a look of magic and fun to your gathering. You can bet lots of people will want to know how you made them, so be prepared to explain how you made your Halloween Magic Broomsticks.


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Halloween Invitations

Where Can You Find Halloween Invitations?

So you need to get out your Halloween invitations, because it is now the season for ghosts and goblins. We all know that Halloween parties are great fun. They are just as important as getting the decorations and the candy ready for the trick-or-treaters. Of course you want your Halloween party to be the best one in town. So, you have got all your Halloween decorations ready, the food and drinks, and, of course, chosen the right music. Now, all you have to do is invite people to come to your party.

Getting the guests to attend your party is where your Halloween invitations come in. Everyone needs to know your party is going to be happening. You need to make sure they know what time, and whether or not to dress up in a theme costume. You could spend hours on the phone trying to contact everyone, or you could send out a bunch of emails in this day and age. However, it’s much better to send out invitations instead. This makes it a bit more personalized. Seriously, who doesn’t like getting party invitations in the mail, or left for them at work?

Halloween invitations come in all shapes and sizes, from cute and cuddly to the more horror filled aspect. Whatever you decide to get, you need to keep in mind that your invitations should reflect the theme of your party. If your party is geared more for children, then you should find something that has cartoon monsters and playful ghosts to convey a message of fun with out the scare. However, if you are throwing an adult Halloween party, you can throw caution to the wind and get the scariest invitations you can find.

You might also keep in mind the type of party you are going to have. For instance, if it’s a “come as your favorite horror film character,” then try to find Halloween invitations that fit this theme. If it’s more like a fancy dress ball, you may want to use invitations that are more elegant and suited to that theme. Whatever choice you make for your party, remember to have the invitations match your unique decorations. This can be done through color or content.

You can find all of your Halloween invitations online, if you like. They are also available in the cards section of just about any major store or greeting card shop. However, with using the stores you are a bit limited to the selection you have. If you have the time and money to spare, it is possible to get a wonderful greeting card software program, and create your own invitations right on your computer. With these programs, you can add everything from pictures to text, and even choose how the cards themselves open. You can also be more creative with your paper selections, making these party invitations unique to you.


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Printable Halloween Stencils

You will probably want to decorate your home for the Halloween holiday. However you can keep things simple and cheap by using printable Halloween stencils. This gives you the ability to do more decorating with little expense, as well as using some of your creativity. Now that most of us have access to computers and printers, this is fun and easy.

You can find all the printable stencils for Halloween you could ever imagine online through a number of websites. They are all free and give you very clear instructions on how to use them. This allows you to print out multiple sets of stencils while bringing a whole new level to your decorating options. They can actually make you look like an artist.

Children of all ages will have fun printing out their stencils and making their Halloween decorations for the house. Allowing your children to participate in the Halloween decorating gives them a sense of personal achievement, and shows them that this is for them also. They love to be included in things such as decorating the house for holidays, and printable Halloween stencils gives them this opportunity to be creative little goblins.

You can use these stencils to make collages for the windows with washable paint. Having a moon and flying bats swarming around a witch flying on a broom stick will be loved by the entire neighborhood. The scene is only limited by your imagination and the time you spend looking for your stencils. When you do find them, you will be amazed at the variety of printable stencils that are available.

These easy, simple decorating tools will allow you to spend even more time getting your party theme together, and making sure you have enough candy for all those kids that will arrive on Halloween night. It must be said that printable Halloween stencils will save you loads of time and money in the long run. They can be used over and over again, year after year. This cuts down on having to buy cheaper decorations from major stores that never seem to make it through the night, let alone through to next year.

Now you have found your printable Halloween stencils, all you need to do is save them to your computer, print them out, and then cut out the image. Then it is just a matter of using them as a stencil and making memorable decorations. By the use of washable paints and markers you will probably find this the easiest way to utilize your stencils. However, you can also use them as cut outs to make fabric or cardboard decorations that your children can color or paint in the way they want to see them. Do let the children join in ansd let them have fun with decorating their own creations. This fun element is more imprtant than producing anything perfect. Just sit back and watch the smiles spread widely across their happy little faces as they create their own decorative Halloween pieces of art.


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Halloween Party Supplies

With the Halloween season now upon us and it is time to haul out those Halloween party supplies to make your haunted house come alive. With costumed little children rounding the corner, you want to make sure that your house stands out in their minds for years to come. Any one can put up some lights and a few fake spider webs, but you want that special quality, the one that the children see in the early evening light and think of scary stories. However, you definitely don’t want to give them bad dreams so be sure to keep it light and funfilled.  With the older kids and adults coming around late at night, or your party guests arriving after nightfall, you want the chill and thrills of a true haunted house. So, you will need to find the happy balance between these.

You need to get your Halloween party supplies together to fit in with your special party theme. You need more than just the everyday ones. You want those special ones. The ones that show you put a lot of thought into your party and into the decorations of your haunted house. One thing you should have a lot of is dry ice. This is easy to get if you can contact a grocery store, or ice plant, a week or two in advance. Set up a time to pick it up, and get quite a lot of it. It melts fast at room temperature, and even faster in water. You want it to last a decent amount of time.

Another of the Halloween party supplies you should get ahead of time is fake webbing. This can be found at almost any store that has Halloween decorations on display. They are reasonably cheap, and you need quite a lot to make it feel like an old abandoned house. You should also think about getting a fog machine and some fogger liquid, if you can't find any dry ice. Or get it along with the dry ice, and only put the dry ice in the punch bowl for added affect.

Food and treats should also be on your list of Halloween party supplies. Things like skinless grapes are always fun if you put them in a bowl with a cover and make your guests reach through this to get to them. This feels like reaching into a bowl of eyeballs. You can make what ever kind of punch you want. Color it with food coloring to make it green, and add some ice cream to give it a thicker consistency. Serve it as witches brew to your guests.

If you have a lot of party items and props make sure you make time to get it all set up and ready for the celebrations. Enlist the help of others in the family to share the fun of preparation and make sure your Halloween party supplies are set up just the way you would like to make your Halloween party fun and something to remember.


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How To Make Halloween Wigs

Halloween Wigs

It is so easy to create your own Halloween wigs. All you need are some basic items and your imagination to make any style of wig your want. Of course, it depends on the costume you are wearing, and the effect you want to achieve. But you are only limited by your own creativity.

The basics for making your own wig are actually quite simple. You will need a baseball cap, knitted hat, pantyhose, or any other sort of hat that will cover your own hair.  Add to this some yarn in any color you choose for your particular wig, fabric glue, scissors, a small cup, and a beach ball or basket ball. You may also require a needle and thread for some of the wigs, if you need to sew the yarn to a knitted cap.

Once you have assembled your supplies, you can begin making your Halloween wigs. Take the cup and glue it to the base of the ball. Use this as a stand for your cap. You now have your head ready to work with. Place your cap on the ball and get ready for a lot of fun.

Cut the yarn into the lengths you want your wig hair to be. You can make short hair, or very long hair. The choice is totally up to you. Next, make a thin line of glue where you want the part to be. You can also make a circle of glue. For a split colored wig, make a line with the glue halfway around your head. Attach the yarn one piece at a time to the glue until the entire ball is covered as you would like it. If you are working on the top, you move the yarn to one side or the other as needed. You may just tie it up to get to the next layer. If using a knit cap you will need to sew the yarn to it instead of using the glue. It sews the same way. Now, you are almost done with the first of your Halloween wigs.

You just need to let the glue dry and you have your very own wig! After the glue dries, you can fix it into any style you like. You may want it to be straight and hanging down, put into ponytails, or just anyway that you would like to show off your own homemade wig. It is unwise to use your own head as a base for your Halloween wigs model.  You should always glue the yarn onto a fake model as the glue will be very hard to get out of your real hair!

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How To Make A Halloween Skeleton

How to Make a Halloween Skeleton

There are many scary things at Halloween, how about the Halloween skeleton costumes?  It seems that many people, both young and old, are attracted to the skeleton. Just the thought of bones is what scares most people. Therefore, at Halloween time many of costumes that are seen running around town has at least part of a skeleton attached to it.

It is very easy to make your own skeleton costume. Most people buy costumes year after year, but with the rising costs these days, if you do have the spare time it is cheaper to take a few minutes of that time and make your own. It only takes a few supplies and some imagination to fashion your very own designer Halloween skeleton costume. Doing it this way is also more fun than just buying it off the rack knowing you have construvted it yourself.

You can take any black garment you may have laying around and use that as your starting point. This can be a shirt, blouse, t- shirt or a sweatshirt. Whatever plain black shirt you have should work. If you don’t have a black one, navy blue work will work just as well. You can make a full skeleton costume by adding a pair of black pants, such as sweat pants. Pieces of cardboard and white chalk, or fabric chalk, are other supplies you will need.

Once you have your supplies assembled, you can get started making your Halloween skeleton costume. Cut the cardboard to fit inside the arms of the shirt, if you have chosen a long sleeved one. Another piece of cardboard should be cut to fit inside the chest of the shirt. Once the cardboard is inside the shirt, lay it on a flat surface. Use your white chalk or fabric chalk to draw bones on the shirt. If you happen to be doing this for a child, let this be a learning experience by explaining what bones go where as you are drawing them. Even if you aren’t an artist, this will still be fun.

The bones you will want to be sure are there include the neck bones, back bones, ribs, and possibly the hip bones. You can add gloves to the costume if you want, and draw in finger bones. The design for your Halloween skeleton is limited only by your imagination.

Not only is this costume rather spooky, but it can be made on the spur of the moment. It is one that can be worn for Trick or Treating, or to an adult party. So, it is quite versatile. To top off the costume, you have the option of either painting your face white, or wearing a simple white mask.

However you choose to make your costume look, it will be inexpensive, and it will be just the right size. That’s even more of a reason to create your own Halloween skeleton costume. However also have a look at the Halloween costume ideas and bargain offers here.


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Halloween Decorations: The Ghost Tree

Lots of people use Halloween decorations for their homes or offices during the Halloween holiday. These decorations range from fake spider webs and plastic spiders, to streamers and lights. You are merely limited by your own imagination and creativity when it comes to making your personal space appear as festive and spooky as possible.

One great way to decorate your home for Halloween is by creating a Ghost Tree right in your front yard. It’s quite easy to do this as well as being a fun activity that even the kids will enjoy doing. This is also a cost saving idea since you don’t have to spend a lot of money on the supplies you will need.

For these Halloween decorations, you will need a flat bed sheet as the base for your ghosts. This can be an old white one, or even a colored one, just as long as you can make several ghosts from it. Using a pair of nice sharp scissors cut the sheet into 6 inch squares and set them aside. Gather rocks that are approximately half dollar sized, or pinecones, if you live in an area that has them. You will also need plenty of string, yarn, or ribbon. The choice on this is yours.

Now, you are ready to assemble your ghosts. Center a rock or pinecone in the middle of one of the squares you cut previously. Take the string, yarn or ribbon and tie it so that it makes a small ghost. Make as many of them as your materials will allow. Once they are all assembled, take them outside and choose your tree. Hang these fun little ghosts on as many branches as you like. You don’t need a pattern. Just hang them wherever you think they look cute. When there is a breeze, you will be able to watch these little ghosts swaying back and forth, just like a “real” ghost! You will find that everyone who sees these Halloween decorations will stop and watch them.

You can choose to do these ghosts in different colors and sizes. If you are feeling really creative, you can use a black marker to make eyes for your ghosts. Most people will not see these eyes from far away, but any friends or neighbors who want an up close look, will enjoy this extra feature. If you choose to make larger ghosts, the eyes will be more easily seen. Giving your ghosts a mouth is another variation. Simply use the same marker you used for the eyes, and draw an O shape for the mouth. Then just color it in.

There are so many different ways you can enhance and add to these Halloween decorations. After you have made a few of them, you might find yourself doing all sorts of different things to dress them up even more. The ghosts are easily stored after the Halloween holiday is over, and can be brought out again in the future years to come to be enjoyed by friends and family again and again.


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Origin of Halloween

The origin of Halloween is firmly rooted in the pagan beliefs of long ago. Halloween started out as Samhain, or the New Year, of the Celts in 5th century BC. Originally celebrated on October 31st, it was the third and last harvest for the year. It was also the time of death for the pagan god, although this god was re-born at Yule. This was the day that summer officially ended. The sun, measured by ancient standing stones in Ireland and Britain, is at its lowest point on October 31st. It is believed that this is why the Celts chose this day to be their New Year.

The pagans celebrated in many ways on that day. The Druids had a ritual sacrifice to their deities on this day, during which they burned their victims in wicker cages. Before this ceremony, all of the fires in the village were extinguished. Once the ceremony was complete, everyone re lit their own fires from the sacrificial fire. This was believed to bring good things to this village.

The origin of Halloween included the belief that on October 31st the spirits of departed loved ones were able to cross through the veil that separates the living and the dead. It is on this day that the veil is thinnest, thus allowing the souls to cross over and walk among the living. Costumes and masks were initially worn to scare away these souls, and anything else that might have made its way through the veil.

Dinner tables were set with extra place settings to include any souls of loved ones who had recently passed to the other side. This was done to both honor and show love for them. Samhain was a day to remember these departed loved ones. It was also the day of celebrating the eternal cycle of reincarnation.

The true origin of Halloween is seen today as celebrated by modern pagans and Wiccans. They stick very closely to the customs of Halloween as they were celebrated in the days of old. Samhain, or Halloween, is also their New Year. They follow all of these pagan traditions and beliefs, right down to setting extra places at the dinner table for recently departed loved ones.

Halloween eventually evolved into something much different than the way it all began. Once the Catholic church became involved, the celebration of All Hallows Eve on October 31st became The Feast of All Saints celebrated on November 1st. The true origin of Halloween got lost somewhere along the way. It is gratifying to know that these traditions have not completely died, and are still celebrated by modern pagans.


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