Halloween Broken Porcelain Doll Costume

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I hope everyone had a great Halloween.  This year we planned a costume contest at work, but organized it with only a week notice.  Not having time to run around and look for a costume, I turned to my closet and Pinterest for inspiration.  In the end I decided to try a broken porcelain doll costume.

Halloween Broken doll costume

This is a pretty simple one to pull together.  I had a black tea length dress from my Senior prom. With a little adjustment and sucking in, I was able to get the dress on still.  I grabbed a little cardigan to make it more work appropriate.  Next I grabbed some costume jewelry necklaces, white tights and my favorite holiday pumps.

Halloween Broken porcelain doll costume

What really makes this costume is the broken doll make-up.  I was able to complete this look with just a pale powder compact, red lipstick, black, white and brown eyeliner, purple and white eye shadow, blush and fake eyelashes.  I quickly curled my hair and tied a ribbon as a headband.

Halloween costume- Broken porcelain doll make-up

Simple look that is sure to turn heads on Halloween.  It was fun to see people’s reactions at work and the trick-or-treaters at our house.  With the rain we had a lot less visitors to our house this year, so I guess I will have a bit of candy to consume this next week :)

Halloween costume- Broken doll make-up

Hope everyone else had a great Halloween.  Do any fun face painting to celebrate the holiday?

Haunted Halloween House

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HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!!  Last year I bought this cute little wooden haunted house right after Halloween.  It was 50% off plus I had a coupon so I was able to get it for a steal.  I loved the cute little metal bats and cobwebs and whimsical slanted roof lines.  I knew I could paint it up easily and add it to my very limited indoor Halloween decor items.

DIY Halloween house for halloween decor

After rummaging through my paint drawer I knew exactly what I was going to do.  I have these fun green and purple glitter paints and I also grabbed black for the roof and yellow for the windows.

Painting supplies

As you can see, it took a few coats to get the color intensity I was aiming for.

Painted halloween house for halloween decor

But the finished product is awesome!  I cute little Halloween house we can use on our entry table for years to come.

Halloween decor. Spooky House.

Warning Zombie Sign

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My favorite part of my Zombie Attack Halloween decor this year is this DIY warning zombies sign. I decided to make instead of buying because I wanted it to be personalized and I can never pass on a chance for a fun craft day. After searching around on Pinterest and thinking about what I wanted to do, I came up the this look for my sign.

How to make a spooky zombie sign

To make this sign you will need a square wooden board, a wooden stake, paint, red gel food coloring and spray acrylic sealant.  To start out I painted the entire board cream.  I then used my yard stick to separate the top section and painted it black.  I then played around with red and black for the outside border of the sign.  Once dried I freehand painted “Warning” and “Zombies”.

Making a zombie sign diy

Next I racked my brain on how to do the blood on the sign.  I ended up grabbing a tube of red gel food coloring from my baking cupboard and smeared it all over my hand.  I then grabbed the sign in a few places and used one finger to write out “Save Your Self”.  The texture of the gel food coloring gave some great depth and detail and really looks like blood.

DIY zombie halloween sign

After letting it dry for over 24 hours, I took the sign outside and added multiple coats of clear acrylic spray paint.  The red food coloring has already faded a bit and is really not water resistant.  I am not sure if it will hold up all that great over time, but I can always re-do that portion for the future if it fades away.

zombie attack halloween decor

The final touch to make this sign pop was adding fake barb wire and Zombie Arm Lawn Stakes.

zombie attack halloween decor. Zombie eat brains!

Don’t have time to make a zombie sign?  Good news is that there are a ton of them out there to buy and they run about $10-$15 a piece.  Here are a few examples I saw at the Spirit store that would have worked great too.

Zombie Hunter SignZombie Research Metal SignQuarantine Sign

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Zombie Attack Halloween Decor

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I LOVE Halloween!  This year for our outside decor I decided to go with a zombie attack theme.  I had big plans of going all out, but kept it pretty simple in the end to save money and time while still having fun. So, let’s go for a tour around our front yard…

DIY zombie halloween decor

Let’s start out in the little cubby area next to our front door.  Same as last year, I began by adding some webs and spiders.  I decided to use regular webs this year, since the black light ones did not light up as well as I hoped.

Zombie attack decor for Halloween

Next up we ran by the Spirit Halloween store and bought some Bloody Hand Drips Decoration and Blood Splat Window Clings.  These clings are awesome and help to add some gore to the zombie attack theme.

zombie attack decor

Also at SpiritHalloween.com or the Spirit Halloween stores that pop up during this season, we were able to find some foam distressed boards to use on our windows.  I tried using double sided tape, but after a couple hours they started to fall.  So I pull out my staple gun and secured each plank to the wall around the window.  For the bigger windows I was able to tape two planks together and span the gap that way.

DIY zombie attack decor

I also found some fun fake barb wire and wrapped the front post with it.  It looks to be just twine rope painted in silver, so I might make my own in the future if I need more.  I bought two stands this year and saved the second strand to use on my zombie sign.

Spooky spider infested halloween tree decor

Panning over to the trees along the path, I added more spiderwebs and glittery spiders.  I bought 3 bags of web this year and was able to cover a lot more area than last year.  I did the same look on the main tree in front of our house by wrapping it in purple lights and then web and spiders.  I bought new lights because the cheap ones from Party City last year kept failing.  These are much more vibrant LED lights we picked up on sale at Target right after Halloween last year.

Spooky spider infested halloween tree

To add some creepiness we have our native giant spider making an appearance too again this year.  He is much too heavy for the web, so I use thread to tie him the the branch for added support.

Spooky Halloween Spider

Now on the the main new additions this year. Since I had so much fun last year making the wooden trick or treat sign, I decided to do it again this year by making a warning zombie sign.  You can learn more about how I did it here.

zombie attack halloween decor-diy

I am really happy with how the sign turned out and it really adds to the overall look and theme.  I had some left over black cloth from last year so I simply covered the bush and threw some more up in the tree.

zombie attack halloween decor

This big bush came in handy for the sign too.  Instead of having to hammer it into the ground, I stuck it into the bush and done.

Halloween zombie sign.  Warning Zombies!

One finishing touch…adding some zombie hands to the lawn, also found at the Spirit store.  So there you have it, cheap and fairly easy Zombie Attack Halloween decor.

Halloween outdoor decor. Zombie attack

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Decorating for Halloween

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I am excited for our first Halloween in our new house and for decorating for Halloween!  I did not get to do all the decorations I had in mind, but the few I got done still look pretty good.

Halloween decorations

Spooky webs, spiders and purple lights!

our Halloween decor

The webs we got this year are great because they are made to glow under black lights.  I figured we could change our our porch lights with black light bulbs, but unfortunately they were too weak to glow much :( So we ended up just changing out one for the purple glow and left the main one over the door normal so that the porch is still lit enough.

Halloween decorations for the front porch

Here is a distance shot from the sidewalk including the Trick or Treat sign I made this year (more on that here).

front porch halloween decorations

And one more close up of the sign:

DIY trick or treat sign

Now for my favorite part, the creepy large spider!  I love how the lights on the tree make the webs glow.  I have a huge fear of spiders, so I love the creepiness this guy brings to our yard!

Creepy spider halloween decoration

Unfortunately our pumpkins molded too fast so we already had to throw them away and used un-carved pumpkins to decorate our porch. But, you can see all three of our carved pumpkin designs or check out how to make the best pumpkin seeds in my other posts from last week.  Enjoy all the ghouls and goblins in your life and have a safe Halloween everyone!

Halloween carved pumpkins

Halloween Decorations from Halloween Express

Classic Pumpkin Seeds

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There are many different pumpkin seed recipes out there and I have tried quite a few of them myself, from sweet, to savory and even drunken with Whiskey, but my all time favorite is still the simple and classic pumpkin seed.  Each year I look forward to fall and and excuse to carve pumpkins (check out our pumpkins this year), and cooking up their delicious seeds.

To make pumpkin seeds in the oven at home, start with washing and drying your seeds.

making roasted pumpkin seeds

For these classic pumpkin seeds all you need is:

  • 2-3 cups pumpkin seeds
  • 3 T butter
  • 1 t salt
  • 1 t Worcestershire sauce
  • Sea Salt

In a microwave safe mug, melt the butter.  Add salt and Worcestershire, stirring to combine.  Pour over the bowl of pumpkin seeds and stir to evenly coat.

Savory simple pumpkin seed recipe

Pour pumpkin seeds into a thin layer on a foil lined baking sheet.  Sprinkle with sea salt to taste.

Basic roasted pumpkin seeds

Bake at 275 for 75-90 minutes or until crisp and browned.  Once cooled, store in an airtight container.  There you have it, the best, classic pumpkin seed recipe.

Simple classic roasted pumpkin seeds

Pumpkin Carving

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I love carving pumpkins!  This year I picked up 3 pumpkins at Safeway for only $3.99 each and got busy working on them.  It was a nice fall day so I had to grab a quick picture of the pre-carved pumpkins in our yard with some nice fall leaves around them.

fall pumpkins

I grabbed a cheap carving kit at the store to have a good scooping spoon and detail knives, along with two bowls from the kitchen; one bowl for pumpkin goop and the for pumpkin seeds.  I LOVE pumpkin seeds and will be sharing a couple recipes later this week.

Carving Pumpkins for Halloween

I opted to open each of my three pumpkins differently to have unique styles on each.  For the first one I opened up, I did a hole through the back of the pumpkin.  This is a great way to maximize carving space on the front.

Cut the back out of the pumpkin instead of the top

For my second pumpkin I opted for the traditional round cut top.

Carving Pumpkins

And for the last one I did a top cut as well, but more decorative and fun with a jagged pattern.

Zig-zag pumpkin top

I was able to get about 3.5-4 cups of pumpkin seeds from the three pumpkins and look forward to baking them up to eat!

pumpkin seeds

Ready for the end results?  Pumpkin number 1, glowing bright at night!  I used a stencil for all three this year to keep it simple.  This one was Alex’s favorite stencil from the batch…the skeleton face pumpkin:

Skull pumpkin

For the number 2 pumpkin I went with a fun twist on the traditional pumpkin face.  I really liked the eyes and little piggy nose.

Spooky face halloween pumpkin

And even cooler glowing at night with the candle shiny through the open mouth.

Spooky face pumpkin

And lastly, for pumpkin number 3 I went with the ghost and boo stencil. This one had a bit more detail and time into it, but it was my favorite of the batch.

Boo Ghost Pumpkin for Halloween

Especially when glowing at night.  I just loved how the candle light shines through and gives depth.

Boo Ghost Pumpkin

The one thing that I hate about carving pumpkins is how quickly they start to deteriorate.  Especially with the weather being pretty warm this year, I knew that there was little to no chance that these bad boys would last until Halloween.

Having fun carving pumpkins

So I decided to try a technique I saw on pinterest to make them last longer.  You can read more about it here, but basically it was dipping the pumpkin in a bath of water and bleach to kill the bacteria.

Preserving cut pumpkins

The remove it from the bath and set upside down to drain out and dry.  Next brush on a coating of vinegar, lemon juice and water to keep it fresh.  Unfortunately I did not find this to work all that great.  Within 2 days they were growing a ton of mold and attracting gnats like crazy, so I had to toss them out.

Saving carved pumpkin

But at least I was able to get a few good pictures before they fell apart. Maybe next year I will opt to carve up a foam pumpkin or two instead and just open up the fresh pumpkins after the holiday for their yummy seeds.

Halloween carved pumpkin

One last shot, and my favorite since you can see the bats on the window behind the pumpkins too.  Now, hopefully tonight I can finish the rest of our porch decorating and share it later this week!

Halloween carved pumpkins

Halloween Decorations: Trick or Treat Yard Sign

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Halloween keeps getting closer and I am not yet done with our Halloween decorations for our house.  Being our first Halloween in the new house I have grand ideas for how amazing the decorating would be…until I spent an hour walking around a party store and realized the price tag to my vision.  Since I don’t want to break the bank (and I figure I can wait and grab Halloween decor half off after the holiday to use for next year), I decided to scale back and try to DIY a few items this time around, starting with a Trick or Treat yard sign.  Besides, homemade almost always comes our cuter and more unique anyways right?

Halloween Decorations: DIY Trick or Treat Yard Sign

So, to get started I took a quick trip over to my homeland, I mean Joann’s, and grabbed a few supplies.  I was being lazy and have not fully unpacked all my crafting supplies so I just grabbed it all including brushes.  What I needed was a few fun paints, 2 longer wood signs, one small wood sign, and wood pole, a wood stick, wood glue and  paint brushes.  I grabbed some googly eyes too, but ended up not using them.

Supplies to make a halloween sign

I did not take any progress pictures as I painted, but basically I painted the front of each sign (multiple coats needed on the glitter paints to get full coverage).  Once dried I painted the black edges to get more consistency among the three pieces.  Next I free-hand painted the letters onto the signs.  I was going for a cute bone look, like one I saw on a sign from Pottery Barn.

Trick or treat sign

One last touch was to outline each letter with glow in the dark paint so that it will pop at night in our yard.  The glow in the dark paint goes on a greenish-white, but dries clear so it did not effect the overall look.

Outlining trick or treat sign with glow in the dark paint

Did anyone else notice the creepy dude photo bombing my last picture?  He was in an ad on the magazine page I was using to keep paint off our table, and I did not even see him until editing the pictures..too funny! Once the sign was done and dry, the final step was to paint the stick black to match and use the wood glue to affix the signs to the stick.

Working on my trick or treat halloween sign

The stick ended up being too flimsy on it’s own to keep the sign up in the yard.  After a few minutes it started to bend and eventually fell over.  We plan to reinforce it with the large wooden dowel tonight and hopefully that helps to hold up the weight of the sign.  I will let you know how it goes when I share the rest of our Halloween decorations next week :)

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Zombie Makeup Tutorial

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Last year for Halloween my husband and I dressed up as a zombie and zombie hunter.  It was so fun working on our costumes and coming up with the overall look and zombie makeup.  My zombie costume was themed as a sorority girl zombie.  All great zombie costumes must have a back story, right?

Zombie  Make-Up Tutorial

I meant to post this afterwards, but almost a year later I am finally getting around to writing it.  So, without further ado, here is a quick tutorial how-to make yourself look like a zombie:

Zombie Make-up Tutorial

Step 1: Gather all your supplies needed to achieve your desired zombified look. I used the following:

Step 2: Start with creating a pale white base layer all over your face.  I first used my white cream make-up on a triangle sponge to get a nice coating of white color.  I then used my Bare Minerals Mineral Veil over the top of help seal it in.  This made it a bit splotchy, so be careful when adding a powder over the greasy Halloween makeup.

Step 3: Now on to the eyes. Using a black eyeliner pencil, I did a nice thick line along my top and bottom lids. Next I took my plum color eye shadow (MAC Trax) and using my finger as the applicator I made large purple circles over my eyelids and under my eyes, making both of my eyes look blackened and sunk in.  I then used my darker MAC color (Beauty Marked) over the same area to darken it even more.

Step 4: To give my face a bit more detail, I used the same eye shadows under my cheek bones.  Not sure if they just looked like bruises, but either way I liked the way it brought more appeal and detail to my overly white face.

Step 5: And finally on to the lips.  Being that I did not want to spend money on a dark lip stick, I went with what I already had on hand.  I used the dark MAC Beauty Marked eye shadow on my lips along with some lip gloss and I think it worked great.

Step 6: Now on to the final touches.  I added a little mascara and worked on my hair.  Being that I was a zombie sorority girl, I opted for messy pig tails.  And last but definitely not least, I popped in my amazing white contacts to complete the look.  Pretty creepy and oh so fun!


Couples Halloween Costume: Zombie and Zombie Hunter

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Happy Halloween!!  It has been a few years since dressing up for Halloween, but this year we were invited to a costume party with a prize for best costume, so it was on!  After wracking our brains and much research on Pinterest, we finally decided on Zombie and Zombie Hunter. I have always wanted to do a creepy costume and have been intrigued by the cosmetic contacts, and this was my chance to go all out.

Zombie & Zombie Hunter Couples Costume

When coming up with a zombie costume, it is always a good idea to come up with your characters’ back story. What were you doing when you were turned into a zombie? Sure you could be wearing just about anything torn-up with blood on it, but some of the best zombies have a story, like a zombie nurse, or cheerleader, or just out of bed with curlers still in.  Or what about a zombie bride and groom?  With that in mind I decided to be a zombie sorority girl.  Not a hard one being that I was in a sorority and knew I could whip up a pair of letters to use with left over fabric and puff paint. Matched with old ratty jeans and you have a costume.

Step 1: Gather up all your clothing and props. I used my “crafting” jeans that already had tears and paint on them and my sorority shirt. For Alex, we found a trench coat at Goodwill, an old pair of jeans, and a few props (hat, bullet belt & axe) from a Spirit store. We also bought a zombie make-up kit, fake blood spray, and zombie contact lenses to complete the look.

DIY Zombie Costume Before Pics

Step 2: Time to start making your costumes. Take scissors and cut into your shirt. It looks more authentic to start the holes with scissors, but then pull on them to rip larger and more naturally. Continue reading »