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Witch's Cupboard Halloween Dessert Table

It's finally "almost" Halloween.  My kid's have been counting down the days for a month now and we've been baking, crafting, and haunting up a storm for our Halloween party.  Now it's time to PARTY!

We decided to go with a Witch's cupboard this year for our dessert table.  Everything we have to eat would be something you might find in a witch's brew.  So in the center of our table, we had to have a bubbling witch's cauldron.  I can't tell you enough how much I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE how this looks in person.

We found a big cauldron at Goodwill and drilled a hold in the back upper rim.  Then we filled it with a brick and some water.  The brick was to put this awesome Fog Mister from Oriental Trading Company on so it would release fog, color, and bubbles onto the table.  It is super cool.

I made this great cupcake tower out of candlesticks painted black and garden pot bases.  I intended to put my Witch Cupcakes on there, but ended up being the perfect fit for my Halloween pumpkin treats, Monster boxes, and Skull Caramel Apples.

This awesome test tube feature was found at Goodwill too.  I'm not sure what it originally was, but it was filled with water and food coloring to add some fun to the table.

We filled the table with blood bags, pumpkin seeds, bloody brains, trapped souls, eye of newt, zombie fingers, and other great Halloween candy.  We gave everything fun names using our Spiderweb table cards.  I think it helps to bring the party together to add the themed treat names, but also include what the treat really is so that those who are allergic or don't like something can avoid turning into a monster at the party.

Every witch worth her salt, needs a magic mirror, so we had to add Snow White's Evil Queens Magic Mirror to the back of the dessert table for a great addition.

I can't wait to dig in, although it looks like a little of our Ectoplasm has already snuck it's way into someone's tummy.  Good thing there's still a little time before we go haunting.

Monster Halloween Printable Box Party Favors

Halloween Printable Party Favor Boxes by Kims Kandy Kreations

I've got my Witch's Cupboard Halloween Dessert Table almost done and ready for the big day.  I'm super excited with how it has turned out.  Except that I didn't have a party favor for my guests to take home.  Sure, they will probably have a bunch of candy, but what about that sweet little "Thank You For Coming" treat?

Mummy Halloween Party Favor Box Printable
So I spent last night designing while catching up on some of my TV and came up with this fun Mummy Halloween Party Favor Box.  It's designed just the same as our Dice Party Favor box.  It's 2 inches by 2 inches by 2 inches.  That's a big enough size to fit some chocolate covered oreos or Bloody Brain Cake Balls or some Pumpkin Face Hershey Kisses.

Pumpkin Halloween Party Favor Box Printable
In fact, I love these little boxes so much, that I kept going and made a Pumpkin Party Favor Box

Frankenstein Monster Halloween Party Favor Box
and a Frankenstein Monster Party Favor Box.

They are super easy to put together.  Simply save the file, print it, and cut it out the outside of the box.  Then score the inside lines, fold, and glue each box together.  Really easy and super cute!

Hallween Mummy Party Favor Box Free Printable

And to show you, I'm sharing the Mummy Box with you for FREE!  Just right click to save him and print him onto card stock for a sweet party favor for your Halloween party.

Monster Halloween Party Favor Printable Boxes
If you want to make the trio, you can find the Pumpkin Party Favor Box HERE and the Frankenstein Party Favor Box HERE.

Now I just need to figure out what I'm going to put in them.  What would you fill them with that would make your guest's mouths water?

Chocolate Chip Cookie Brownies

Do you want a quick and easy, but SUPER yummy dessert for after dinner tonight?  These brownies are considered our "Luke Skywalker" brownies since they have both a dark side and a light side.  But they are TOTALLY worth putting up with a Darth father or Goodie son to enjoy.   (Yea, there's my cheesy nerd side peeking out a little.  Bet you didn't know I was a big Star Wars fan.)  But trust me, these are THAT good.

And if you've read my blog for anytime, you may remember Daredevil wants to own a brownie store someday, so we like to experiment with new brownie ideas and recipes.  This was the result of one of those experiments gone right (for a change!)

All you need is one box of your favorite brownie mix and one bag of (powdered) chocolate chip cookie mix, plus all the fixings for each.  Betty Crocker is our family's favorite.

Make up each of the mixes in seperate bowls.

Add your brownie mix into a 9x13 inch pan and bake for 10 minutes.

Remove from oven, brownies WON'T be done yet.  Spoon your chocolate chip cookie dough on top of the brownies.  Using a knife, swirl the brownie and cookie dough mix together.

Return to the oven and bake for another 10 minutes.  Let cool.  Cut brownies and ENJOY!

See, I told you it was easy!

10 Fun Halloween Decorations from our Favorite Sponsors

Halloween is only two weeks away!

 I can't beleive how fast time is flying.  My kids have begun their costumes (hooray for us for not waiting for the last minute this year!), the Witch's Cupboard dessert table is almost all planned, and the home decorating has begun.

But as always, I'm still out there looking for the perfect decoration that will make my Halloween party stand out.  If you are in the same boat, you still have time to check out a few of my favorite decorations from some of our blog sponsors.  Maybe one of these is exactly what you need to add that extra Sparkle or Freakiness to your Halloween party.

1. This Spooky Tote would be great to use for all the candy you'll get while you're out Trick or Treating on Halloween night.  It's big and the handle is sturdy and comfortable, both of which is a BIG plus when your candy basket is full at the end of the night.

2. Aren't these the cutest Ghost figurine candles? They make me smile just looking at them with their happy faces and fun Halloween color scheme.  They would look so bright on your fireplace mantel or as a holiday night light on the darkest of nights.

3.  If you're trying to scare your little trick or treaters or amuse your party guests, this Halloween ghost will be the star of your show.  He's just the right size to a little pizazz to your party with out too much spookiness.

4. You've gone to all the work to create a yummy Halloween dessert table, so why not push your guests in that direction with this fun Candy Corn decoration?  It would be a great table centerpiece or hanging eye piece in such stunning colors that everyone's mouth will water.

5. Don't forget to decorate the outside of your haunted mansion with this Light Up skeleton.  I love that it lights up so when Halloween night hits and all is dark, you can still see this crazy skeleton trying to climb out of the grave.  (Plus you can get 20% off of him with coupon code HUGE20)

6. Maybe it's just me that thinks of Harry Potter when I start thinking witches and halloween, but if not, this Feathered Owl looks just like Hedwig and would be a great addition to your party.  He would look great sitting on your mantel or in a castoff cage looking over your dinning room. (Plus, he's also 20% off right now with code HUGE20)

7. How about a FREE Personalized Tote bag for your little munchkin?  (Just pay shipping.) No one will mistake whose candy bag this one is with your little one's picture right on the front.  Of course, then when you're caught sneaking the candy out the next day, you won't have an excuse, so maybe that's not the best idea.

8. This Skeleton Restroom Door Cover just makes me giggle every time I see it.  Wouldn't this be a great banner to hang on your bathroom door?  It might make your guests pee their pants, but it would make a great story for the next day and for years to come.

9.  My Dear Hubby is deathly afraid of spiders, so I can't have too many at our Halloween party, but these cute little Halloween Spider Tea Light Candle holders would make a fun addition to our Halloween party.  The sparkle and sweetness can't help but make anyone smile and not be afraid.

10.  If you want to make a Haunted Mirror or just a freaky frame for your Halloween party, this WOWindow Posters Green Faced Demon Halloween Window Decoration would certainly be an easy and scary addition to your Halloween party.  He kinda gives me the creeps just looking at him.

If you're planning a Halloween party, please go check out our great sponsors for some freaky and sparkly additions perfect to get your scare on!

Halloween Mantel

I'm originally from Texas.  We don't have mantels, because we don't have fireplaces.  After all, who wants to turn on the heat when it's 100 degrees outside IN THE SHADE?  I may be cold by nature, but no ones that cold.  Or crazy.

But here in Colorado, it gets cold.  After all, it's 32 degrees right now and snowing.  I'm absolutely FREEZING and missing my Texas winters.  So of course I want to snuggle in front of the fireplace with a cup of hot chocolate and a good book.

While, I enjoy the fire's glow, it's also nice to be able to enjoy the fireplace mantel as it dresses up for Halloween too.

My mantel always has the Elliott wooden name pieces that I made so long ago (and showed you how HERE.)  So I like to decorate around them.  I tell my kids its because our family is a permanent fixture in their life and they are stuck with us always, so just work around it and deal with it.

I also have some kind of picture about the mantel.  I keep the frame and just change out the picture each month with a new one that I make.  For October, I made a Halloween subway art printable (you can see it HERE) with my favorite fonts.  I used a 50% off coupon and had Walgreens blow it up to poster size for only a few bucks.

Below the subway art, I placed a ghost and a pumpkin tea light holder that I found on clearance last year at one of the dollar stores.  They aren't very big and don't give off much light, but they are super cute.

To the left side of the mantel is a pumpkin plastic canvas candy holder that I made years and years and years ago.  It was probably one of my first real plastic canvas projects and even though it's lost it's lid and stem piece, it still makes an appearance every Halloween.  

Next to my jack o'lantern candy dish is a pumpkin mason jar that I painted a while back also.  It's a large mason jar painted orange with a jack o'lantern face painted on the front.  The lid is painted green and has a wooden knob as it's stem.  Then I tied green curly ribbon to the stem to be the pumpkin vines.  At one time, I had Christmas lights coming out of a hole I cut in the lid, but with my boys running around all the time, I hate to stretch the extension cord across the room and have them trip on it.

Finally, I have a Halloween advent calendar finishing off the left side of the mantel.  I was given this chalkboard calendar a few years ago since I love to collect count down calendars, so I'm not sure where you can get one.  It's cute with Frankenstein, Count Dracula, and a mummy peeking out the top and has a place to count down to Halloween on it on the sign they are holding.

The right side of the mantel has 3 pumpkins made out of wooden tree trucks.  I made these years ago at a Church women's meeting.  They were super easy to make.  The wood tree is cut into 3 different sizes and painted orange color.  Then I painted faces on each one of them.  At one point they had little tree limb pieces painted green as stems, but those were lost 4 moves ago.

I am a very symmetrical person, and everything I do has to be even, (can't you tell from when I showed you how to make the Candy bouquets?  Everything was crazy even.)  So I needed some height on the right side.  I finally added a glitter witch hat that I will probably use for my Halloween costume this year.  This way, I won't lose the hat and it looks cute for more than just one night.

Finally, I found another ceramic pumpkin candy dish at Dollar tree last year.  It sits on the inside of the pumpkins and brightens up that side of the mantel.  I have been known to hid a few flat candies in there so I can munch when I'm sweeping the floor.  No one knows they are there, so it's a good way to hide my treats in plain site.

I have to admit, I'm a huge fan of how my Halloween Mantel turned out.  As I sit by the fire tonight enjoying my hot chocolate, I'm going to enjoy the cold weather outside and the fact that I have a beautiful fireplace to sit by.

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10 DIY Halloween Wreath Ideas

10 DIY Halloween Wreaths

I love wreaths to decorate doors.
They are such a wonderful way to welcome people into your home.
Yet ever since I had someone destroy my Dum Dum candy wreath, I've been a little leary about putting one up.   Instead, I decorated the whole door up with my Mummy Door Decoration this year.  But I'm still a little sad and wishing for a Halloween Wreath for my door.  I may yet make one, so in here are some easy DIY Halloween wreath ideas in case you want to make one too.

Nevermore Wreath by Create Craft Love
1. Nevermore Wreath by Create Craft Love

Spooky Halloween Wreath by Cuddles and Chaos.
2. Spooky Halloween Wreath by Cuddles and Chaos.

All Eyes on You Wreath by I Love To Create.
3. All Eyes on You Wreath by I Love To Create.

Halloween Ribbon Wreath by Zulily.

(Happy) Halloween Wreath by Tatertots and Jello.
5. (Happy) Halloween Wreath by Tatertots and Jello.

Candy Corn Halloween Wreath by Sevin Family
6. Candy Corn Halloween Wreath by Sevin Family.

Classic Ornament Halloween Wreath by Uncommon Designs Online.
7. Classic Ornament Halloween Wreath by Uncommon Designs Online.

Giant Bow Halloween Wreath by 7 Layer Studio
8. Giant Bow Halloween Wreath by 7 Layer Studio.

Spooky Skeleton Wreath by Snap Creativity
9. Spooky Skeleton Wreath by Snap Creativity.

Ghouslish Greetings Halloween Wreath by Cupcakes and Crinoline
10  Ghouslish Greetings Halloween Wreath by Cupcakes and Crinoline.