Sunday, 30 October 2011

Whitefield Halloween Festival!

Today was Whitefield's Halloween festival in Hamilton road park! Here are my pictures :)
its a medieval dragon



its a bird in a hat!



tasty halloween treats






pumpkin carving
The medieval halloween festival was great! Happy Halloween!

Saturday, 29 October 2011

Halloween crafts- Pumpkin Jar Lantern

Look at this fantastic tea light holder I made using an old jar, orange paint and black nail polish! Make your own this Halloween. Jack-o-lantern Jar time...



Autumn Leaves and Squirrels

I saw some Autumn leaves and squirrels in the park recently. It made me feel nice and autumny which was nice. I took some photos before they got wet and frosty.




Fun Things- Edible DNA

I attended a Science trail in Bolton University recently. It was very good and at the end we made models of DNA after extracting DNA from peas.



its candy DNA!

Thursday, 27 October 2011

Halloween crafts- Batty Bat

Yesterday I made my own bat called batty. The bat itself is no sew but the wings require sewing. Batty's body is made from folded newspaper covered in grey felt. 2 purple fabric stripes hold the body together. The wings are made from 2 purple triangles of fabric folded and sewed along two sides, then the wings are turned inside out and sewed across the opening. The wings are then sewn onto the body. For his face I used stickers and pens but googly eyes might also look nice.
Batty is looking forward to hanging around this Halloween

Halloween crafts- Fun mummy making workshop

My Sister Textile artist and designer, Nicolette who has her own blog http://archieandtherug.blogspot.com/2011/10/homespun-wedding-cheese-cake.html?spref=fb has recently started running kids craft workshops and yesterday at a Halloween workshop I made my own Mummy from newspaper and rags. Say hello to Steve..

Monday, 24 October 2011

Halloween crafts- Creepy Rat silhouettes

I found this spine tingling Halloween craft on this site  http://www.marthastewart.com/266588/paper-mice-halloween-decorations?czone=holiday/halloween-center/halloween-center-decor  I made the templates bigger so the cute mice turned into evil rats. I named mine Sniffer and Fangs and here they are..
Fangs is all ready to spook people on the stairs


Sniffer has eaten all the pies and can't fit in his hole!

Halloween crafts- BOOrific Double sided door hanger!

I also created this fab double sided door hanger! Its spooktastic!


Halloween crafts- Spooky ghost door hanger

Today I made a Ghost door hanger for Halloween. I used an idea from this amazing website. Here is how it turned out....


This ghastly ghost is sure to give guests a spooky surprise.

Sunday, 23 October 2011

Halloween crafts- Scary door sign

To create this scary door sign all you need is instant coffee, 2 tea bags, paper, glue, red paint and card.

First stick the white paper to the card. Let dry. Put tea bags in hot water. Squeeze out. Rub and squeeze onto card. Rub coffee into card with wet fingers. Let dry. Use red paint to write a scary message like Haunted House or Keep Out.

my creation to spook trick or treaters :)

Halloween crafts- Autumn Wreath

I decided to do some crafts today and the first craft I am going to share with you is this beautiful autumn wreath, I made a set of 3 but you can make 1 if you like.

Equipment
paper
orange, yellow and brown paper
card or a paper plate
scissors
glue


Instructions
1. Firstly draw some leaves onto the plain paper
2. Next cut out the paper shapes
3. Draw the leaf outlines onto the coloured paper using the templates
4. Cut out the coloured leaf shapes
5. Cut a wheel shape with card or cut away the middle of a paper plate
6. Stick the leaves around the wheel
7. Trim away excess card.

Halloween Soundtrack

If you need to burn a CD to play at a Halloween party then look no further as I have a list of all the best Halloween songs that I have on my own CD. Get YouTube converting!

What's that coming over the hill.... (is it a monster)
Spirit in the sky
This is Halloween (nightmare before Xmas)
Monster Mash
Time Warp
Transylvania
Thriller
Bump In the night
Buffy- Once more with feeling songs (give me something to sing about, walk through the fire etc.)
Flying Purple People eater
I put a spell on you
The magic of Halloween, ET
The Adams Family


enjoy..

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Halloween activity ideas

I am a devoted Yahoo answerer and sometimes I like to Link my blog to Yahoo answers to save typing things up. Recently on Yahoo loads of people have been wanting ideas of things to do at Halloween Party's so I decided to help them. I love Halloween.





What can I do with a 4 year old for Halloween without spending lots of money?
Four year old children are very easily entertained why not do some baking and crafts during the day. You could make some tasty cupcakes http://familyfun.go.com/halloween/halloween-recipes/halloween-cupcakes/batty-cupcakes-688894/ why not make some skeleton gingerbread or rice crispy treats.

Then you could do some crafts, Pumpkin carving is always a winner but make sure nobody gets hurt, an autumn collage of leaves and twigs is exiting for little ones to try and so Is making a scarecrow for the garden. In the lead up to the evening try colouring in then a nice meal followed by trick or treating. When it gets late settle down to a films such as spooky buddies.

My daughters 12 and 7 are having a Halloween Party, what can we do?
You can make pizza for a spooky lunch and have a scary pizza competition followed by trick or treating, when you get back have some yummy cake then play the Mummy Game. To play the mummy game you need two teams, each team has a leader and each team has a roll of toilet paper, the teams have to make their leader into a mummy as fast as possible then the team with the best mummy wins! You can also play trick or treat- pass the parcel, Some layers of the parcel contain candy but the others contain spooky dares eg- show us your best mummy walk or scare another player. Then play the traditional game of bobbing for apples! Have fun!

I am 13-15 and want to watch a spooky film at my Halloween party what films are age appropriate?
Of course you want to watch a scary film but remember don't watch anything unsuitable, Films rated 18 can permanently damage your brain. Here is a list of great films you can watch.
High Spirits-12, Beetlejuice-15, The Haunting Hour-12, Teen wolf-PG, The Rocky Horror Picture show-15, Tower of Terror (Disney) 12, Halloween Town- PG, Ghost-busters-12.

I am an adult and want to have fun this Halloween what should we do?
Atmosfear is a fantastic game available to buy on-line why not buy that and get a spooky film then play a quiz about the film you watch!

Going out to a horror attraction for Halloween...?
If you have young children please do not go to a horror attraction. Passage of Terror and London dungeons advise no young children but Spooky World does not bother. We went in the daytime and there were plenty of traumatised children. Scary characters included, The man with the chainsaw in the hay ride, maze and house, a possessed girl and a cannibal. Even though they say it is scary at night and fine at daytime the lighting is the only difference. Horror attractions are meant for teens and adults and are fun for them but so if you have children under 10 that are not particularly gory then why not go to Smith-ills farms Halloween attraction or Bury's Spooky train ride rather than overpriced Spooky world/apple-jacks.

Love India xoxox

Monday, 17 October 2011

Halloween window display!

In America Halloween shop displays are amazing but here they are kinda boring so me and my friend Las were really excited when we saw an amazing Halloween window display on the way home from Afflecks.

The window was in store American Graffiti, Hilton Street, Manchester! Me and Las are Halloween addicts and were very excited so took some pics! http://www.americangraffitti.co.uk/index.html




Yummy Banana and apple/pear Muffins!

I was recently experimenting with flavours of muffins and these sweet treats are perfect for any occasion from breakfast to party's! The grated apples and pears melt in the process and the mashed bananas add sweetness. So tasty!





  • 200g (7 oz) plain flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 large bananas, mashed
  • One pear peeled and grated
  • 2 apples peeled and grated
  • 75g (5 oz) caster sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 75g (2 1/2 oz) butter, melted
  • we added a piled tablespoon of raisins but you can use chocolate chips if you like.


Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Place 12 paper baking cases in a muffin tin.

Sift together the flour, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda; set aside.

Combine mashed bananas and grated fruit, sugar, egg and melted butter in a large bowl. Fold in flour mixture, and mix until smooth.



Spoon evenly into baking cases in muffin tin.



Bake in preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until muffins spring back when lightly tapped.
The muffins might be good as a Halloween treat!

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Halloween costume help! :)

Hi you guys,
I am writing this post because Halloween is approaching! Halloween is great, Its a chance to dress up, a chance to get stuff for free and an excuse for a party.


For me this is great. I love baking Halloween treats, making things, carving pumpkins, Halloween music, spooky movies and getting something for nothing! (trick or treat!) The problem occurring to most teens at this time of year is costume trouble. All of the best Halloween costumes on the market are for adults or  children so if you don't fit age 11-12 or size 10-12 you have to think outside the box.

I normally order costumes on-line from American stockists for more choice and variety but the past few years upon needing age 13-14 costumes I have noticed that if costumes are meant for teens or 'tweens' the price is bumped up. I am not paying 64 dollars for a Halloween costume!


The reason I don't like getting adult costumes is because even if they are size 8 that fits me they are often too short or revealing. I don't want a long dress but I don't want to look like a stripper.


Last year I altered a teen dark fairy costume and made it into an evil rag doll costume because altering costumes is simple I just removed the wings and added woollen hair extensions, fishnets and glove-lets. If you want to alter a costume its simple maybe you want to ditch the witch hat and add devil horns or make a ghost girl costume into a corpse bride with a tiara or some net. If you have not yet got a costume then feel free to use this idea.


Zombie prom queen

Use a old pretty dress or prom dress. You can rip or add blood if you like but you do not have too. Make a sash using an old pillow cover then write 'Evil Prom Queen '11' or 'Zombie High Prom Queen'. Go crazy with fake blood, wear tiara.

If you like you can alter this into a pageant girl version with the sash reading 'Miss Zombie 2011' Or 'Miss world of dead 2011'

Here is a list of my costumes (that I can remember) for inspiration
Ghost (I was young)
Casper (still young)
Dracula's Bride
Frankenstein's bride
Bat/vampire
Witch
Charm School witch
Candy corn witch
Evil rag doll :)

Happy Halloween! I will send pictures of my pirate princess costume following Halloween. xx