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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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