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toby the french bulldog in his Halloween pineapple costume

Happy Halloween from this tasty little pineapple I picked up at the grocery store! He’s always absolutely thrilled when Halloween comes around – can you see it in his face? And here and here? Toby’s costume this year was super duper easy to make. I stapled a piece of elastic to a toilet paper tube and layered green construction paper leaves around it for his hat, and used some markers to draw a geometric pattern on a kids yellow tee. A girl we met on the street commented that the costume would translate well into a human costume too, and I totally agree!

On another note – Hubs and I were reading in bed last night when out of the corner of my eye, I saw the closet door on his side of the bed suddenly shut by itself à la Paranormal Activity. To say I freaked out would be an understatement!! So we peered over, half expecting to find some gruesome goblin, and…we found one! It turns out that Toby was in such a deep sleep that he toppled halfway out of his bed, causing his leg to hit the closet door. He totally got me back or dressing him up as a piece of fruit :-) Well played, Toby, well played.

Wishing you all a safe and fun night!

toby the french bulldog in his Halloween pineapple costume

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fun halloween dinner ideas

Halloween Spaghetti from The 36th Avenue | Graveyard Taco Dip from Chickabug | Scary Skillet Shepherd's Pie from Kraft Philadelphia | Chicken Potpie with Crawling Hands from Delish

What will you be cooking up in your cauldron on Halloween night? I think this ghostly shepherd’s pie will be on the menu at our house (along with a pound of candy, of course)

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halloween tattoo glasses

Remember when temporary tattoos became a part of my DIY arsenal? Well here it is again with a fun Halloween twist! Imagine finding a leggy cockroach or giant eyeball staring at you from the bottom of a delicious cocktail – I would probably throw my glass clear across the room in terror! This DIY is particularly fun because it uses regular old drinking glasses, so no one will suspect that they’ve been rigged with creepy crawlies! If you’re feeling extra evil, just alter one glass when you have a few friends over, fill up their glasses and see who ends up screaming their head off later into the night :-) Halloween roulette, anyone??

halloween tattoo glasses

Here’s what you’ll need:

halloween tattoo glasses

  1. Flip a clean and dry glass upside down so the flat surface is facing upwards
  2. Remove the tattoo’s clear protective covering, and center it face down on the bottom of the glass
  3. Place a wet paper towel against it and gently press down until it’s thoroughly wet. Wait 30 seconds, then carefully peel off the paper backing
  4. Carefully dab away any excess water around the tattoo, and leave the glass upside down until it’s COMPLETELY dry. If there’s any moisture left, your tattoo may stick to the surface when placed right side up and be ruined (sad face)
  5. Fill up the glasses with a dark colored drink for the best effect – red wine, or a bit of grape juice with seltzer water as I’ve done here
  6. Time to party!

And the best part? The effect is completely temporary! A dip in hot soapy water with a sponge will de-spookify your glasses pronto.

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creepy spider cupcakes

I always shriek with delight when my channel surfing this time of year brings me to one of my favorite Halloweeny movies, “Arachnophobia”! It’s simultaneously funny and gross and terrifying (I’m STILL severely traumatized by the jumping spider in the shower scene) and a true childhood classic for me. And is there a better way to celebrate this campy 90’s horror movie than with a batch of creepy spider cupcakes?? I think not! Read on to learn how to transform innocent cupcakes into an arachnophobe’s worst nightmare!

creepy spider cupcakes

What you’ll need:

  • a box of chocolate cake mix
  • 1 can each of vanilla (I found a seasonal version that was tinted orange) and chocolate frosting
  • a piping bag with a narrow tip
  • small malted milk balls like Whoppers
  • Lindt Lindor truffles or any other large round milk chocolate candy
  • orange sprinkles and red confetti sprinkles (optional)

creepy spider cupcakes

  1. Bake the cupcakes according to the directions on the box, and let them cool
  2. Frost those babies with vanilla frosting! I went the extra mile and piped it on using a zig zag pattern so the spider would have a flat surface to sit on, but it’s certainly not necessary
  3. Place a Whopper and a truffle in the center of a cupcake to create the spider body
  4. Load up a clean piping bag with a few large spoonfuls of chocolate frosting, and use a narrow tip to add a dab of frosting between the candy to “glue” them together. Then pipe on some long spooky spider legs
  5. Place two orange sprinkles in front of the head for eyes/fangs
  6. The truffles I used featured a little indentation mark, so I added a dab of frosting and covered it up with a red confetti sprinkle for a black widow look
  7. Serve up your platter of spider cupcakes and wait for your guests to scream in terror – muhahaha!

creepy spider cupcakes

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toby the viking

“BUT WHAT IF MY FRIENDS SEE ME DRESSED LIKE THIS??”

If you’re going out for Halloween tonight, please be on the alert for this totally vicious and bloodthirsty viking!! Toby’s costume this year consisted of a cozy cape made from an awesome cropped faux fur vest I found at a thrift store, a baby hat “helmet”, and a couple of swords and battle axes stashed away underneath all that fur – don’t let that innocent face fool you!

Wishing you all a fun and safe night, and be sure to check out my 10 favorite horror movies for a spooky night at home!

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Halloween bat cookies

Soooo, funny story – these cookies were supposed to be simple bat shaped Oreo cookies. But then the $1 cookie cutter from Target churned out skinny bat wings that required surgical precision when moving the dough to the baking tray. And then the cookies came out way too thick to sandwich together. Which wasn’t a problem since none of them even came close to matching up perfectly. How is this physically possible when one cutter was used in the entire process?! Halloween trickery is in the air…

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