Halloween Costumes – Flapper

I think I kinda pulled this off well.

Okay, so I kinda cheated on this one. I might have found this flapper dress at a thrift tore for $9 and bought it. Just because I didn’t make the dress doesn’t mean it wasn’t a great costume, though. So that’s where I will stress here that you shouldn’t be afraid of thrift stores. Yes, not every thrift store will have some remarkable find, BUT you never know what you will find when you do go in and snoop around. I found this dress tucked in the back of a rack by some very ’80s dresses that no one was buying. And when I saw the price tag, I also died. I’ve seen dresses like this listed upwards of $100 online that aren’t even as good as this one. (Also, going to thrift stores means you’re being eco-friendly and reusing clothes!! Go Green!)

The best part was I only had to grab some jewelry out of my box, a long black necklace I got at H&M years ago (it’s plastic, nothing fancy) and this great red and black necklace/earring set that my cousin made years ago. Yes, I have tons of jewelry that just sits around, but on the bright side, these came in hand when I needed them most.

For my hair, I did a faux bob, I found awesome directions here: Check it out! Way easier than I ever thought. Plus I got a ton of complements on having short hair, who would have known? I used this lace I found at Joann Fabrics and wrapped it around my faux bob and pinned it into place to work as a headband.

The more you have, the thicker your “headband” will look.

Threw on some black low pumps and there you go! Flapper in a jiff. I even wore this to work, changed on my lunch break before our Halloween party and loved it. I wonder if I could get away with wearing this on a regular day… hmmmm

They never smiled in photos back then, so I didn’t either.

Halloween Party Planning – Graveyard Dirt

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You’d never know that Milano cookies make the perfect gravestones, but they do!

Oh goodness, I love this one! My co-worker actually did this, but it came out great and had to share it! And it’s quick (as long as you remember to use instant pudding.) 🙂

What you’ll need:

Two boxes of instant chocolate pudding
Milk for the pudding
Milano cookies
Black icing (the kind you can buy in the cake aisle at the grocery store that is already made for you)
Oreo cookies
Duff Chocolate Rocks
Gummy Worms

Get a very large serving bowl, glass of course, so you can see the dirt. Pour your two already made batches of instant chocolate pudding in the bottom, dropping gummy worms in the mix as you go.

On the side, bash some Oreos in a bag to get them all crumbly. See exhibit A:

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Get your anger out in a healthy way. Bash this.

Pour the crumbled Oreos on top of the pudding.

Next, write “RIP” on the top half of the milano cookies. You can then stick them into the “dirt” you’ve created. Top with some of the Duff chocolate rocks and you’ve got yourself a tasty graveyard! Party ready and a hit with the kids.

Halloween Costumes – Pirate

So much hairspray, you would never know.

Arrrggh-n’t you ready for Halloween? Ok, cheesy part over. I couldn’t help myself. As I’ve said before, I have three Halloween costumes. Pulled this one out for the first party. It was a hit and didn’t cost me a dime. I have to say though, I don’t know too many people that have a closet that runs the gambit from hippie to old lady to Victorian-era. Mine does.

I gathered the following (plus another maroon scarf and every piece of gold jewelry I owned):

Corset, fluffy white top, scarves, pirate boots

I happen to have a fluffy white hippie top and went perfectly under my corset. The corset, I wore backwards so the ties were in the front, to get that pirate waistband look. I tied the maroon floral scarf around my waist to layer my look. Topped the look with the pirate boots which have been sitting in my closet forever, but were perfect for this.

For my hair, I had my friend curl the heck out of my super fine, super straight hair. Curled and added half a can of hairspray to my do, then pinned a maroon silk scarf in as a headband.

Don’t forget a pair of black or black patterned shorts. (I went with my Gap pair I got this summer. Cotton, flow-y and had a gray pattern on it.)

Top it with every gold necklace I own, and POOF! You’ve got yourself a pirate. See, so easy.

Now, only two more costumes to go. I can’t wait!

Halloween Party Planning – Pumpkin Treats

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Aren’t these adorable? So easy to make, especially if you already know how to make a Rice Krispy Treat.

What you’ll need:
3 Tablespoons Margarine or Butter
1 package of 10 oz regular marshmallows
6 cups of Rice Krispies cereal
orange food coloring (or both yellow and red)
Mini Tootsie Rolls
Green Airhead

Melt butter and marshmallows over low to medium heat in a sauce pan. When melted, add some orange food coloring until you get everything melted down. Add the cereal, one cup at a time and stir in.

Melt down the butter.

Grab a scoop of the mixture and make into a ball, Place into a cooking sprayed muffin pan, the ball should fill just over the top. Press into the pan so the top is flattened a bit.

Cut tootsie rolls in half, place one in the top of each ball. Cut Airheads into small squares. Pinch opposite ends of the square to make it extend. You will notice that it will look like a leaf. Put two on each “pumpkin.”

All mixed up.

And there you go. So easy. Maybe I shouldn’t have shared my secret…. hmmmm

Halloween Party Planning – Mini Mummy Hotdogs

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Everything mini is adorable. Nuff said.

For the party we made some mini mummy hotdogs. So cute wrapped up. You can also call these mummy fingers, I guess. Whichever works for you.

Preheat the oven to 350. Then I took a bag of mini hotdogs and put them on a plate to get rid if some of the juice they were packed in.

Take a container of croissants and cut the tube into rings.

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We unrolled the ring and then pulled them to make the strings thinner. Then off to wrapping those puppies up.

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Don’t worry about being perfect. That’s not the goal. Then bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until they are golden brown.

Serve up with blood… er… ketchup and you’re all set!

Halloween Party Planning – Pumpkin Cheeseball

I like to play with my food. Ok, I said it. Admitting you have a problem is the first step. So when I saw this pumpkin shaped cheeseball on Pinterest, I HAD to make it for the party. (No pumpkins were harmed in the making of this appetizer.)

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Gather the above plus some shredded cheddar, taco seasoning, and Saran Wrap. So in total, you should have:

16 oz cream cheese
1/4 cup shredded cheddar
2 tablespoons taco seasoning
Quarter of a jalepeno, diced
Doritos
Quarter (or a little less) of an onion, diced
The top of a pepper, set aside
Saran Wrap

Mix all but the top of the pepper and the Saran Wrap. Once mixed, place in Saran Wrap and form a ball.

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Place in fridge unless cream cheese is hard and won’t lose shape. Begin mashing of Doritos.

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Roll unwrapped ball into Doritos. Set on plate, insert pepper top to cheeseball. Ta-dah!! Awesome fall appetizer in less than 10 minutes!

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