Posts Tagged ‘Halloween’

Happy Halloween and Fang-tastic

Oct
07

It’s October! The month of Halloween and spooky decor and beautiful Fall foliage and harvest festivals and Creepy Food Week! There is just so much to LOVE about October. It truly is one of my favorite months, seasons, holidays. And I cannot believe it is already here!

My shop has been woefully unprepared for Halloween! So I spent this afternoon making sure my Halloween printable parties are ready to go. I mean, Halloween is just around the corner! And we are especially lucky this year; Halloween falls on a Friday this year!!! Party time friends, Halloween party time!

And finally, my Fang-tastic and Happy Halloween parties are now available in my Scubbly shop! I’m feeling the black, orange, and purple vibe this year, so I wanted to get my Happy Halloween party up for you, just in case you’re going the traditional black and orange route this year too.

I love these two parties. I may just be adding a third one this month, its very bewitching in black and purple, perfect for the tween set. Definitely check back, but in the meantime you will find two perfect Halloween themes ready for instant download!

Find my Fang-tastic DIY Printable party in my Scubbly Shop!

Fangtastic Collages

Find my Happy Halloween DIY Printable Party items available separately in my Scubbly shop!

Happy Halloween Collage Scubbly

I’d love to hear about your plans for Halloween this year! I’m on the lookout for a pair of Maleficent horns, let me know if you see some!

Fondly,

Tracey

Vintage Type ~

Oct
15

I have a vintage type table full of letterpress type in my garage. But I don’t have any large type like this vintage type from Monki Vintage on Etsy:

I would decorate my mantel for Halloween with large type like this, oh yes I would.

happy halloween

Oct
31

creepy food week day 4

Oct
28

Yesterday my daughter asked me for batwing quesadilla’s. How much do I love that? TONNES! I love that she has favorite Creepy Food Week dishes and that she looks forward to Creepy Food Week every year. I adore my family and I adore that they just go with and embrace their mama’s crazy ideas. So in honor of my daughter’s love for tex-mex and my yearning to do something new, last night (yes this post is up a little late) I crispy fried some bat wings and forced a pumpkin to puke. Yes, yes I did.

Last night’s dinner: Crispy Fried Batwing Nacho’s with a side of Pumpkin Puke.

Yes, you heard me right, pumpkin puke. It took a lot to get that pumpkin to puke. You don’t want to know what I HAD to do. Pumpkins. Strong constitution. Who knew?

Can you see the bat? I added some bat eyes to the mix, you know, for a little texture. Can you see them?

And since my husband and I like our bat wings spicy, I added some green dragon livers to our plates for a little heat.

Truthfully, these are straight up taco seasoned burger and black bean nachos with blue corn nacho chips. And the pumpkin puke? My homemade guacamole with fresh cilantro.

My eldest daughter took one look at the pumpkin puke and said “that looks really good mum, but seriously, it’s kinda gross.” All the while jumping into a picture to give the pumpkin bunny ears. But I’m not allowed to show you that picture, she said so.

My youngest daughter, a huge fan of guacamole,  plopped herself on the chair and promptly yelled “I love that green stuff!” Not one to be turned off by fancy Creepy Food Week names, she’s no fool.

This was by far, the most enjoyed meal of the week. The girls spent meal time squishing their bat eyeballs and making eyeball and puke nacho sandwiches, laughing the entire time. When faced with something creepy you just gotta laugh.

Are you enjoying Creepy Food Week? Tell me, what is your favorite Creepy Food Week meal so far? I’d love to hear!

creepy food week day 3

Oct
26

This afternoon my daughter asked me what we were having for dinner tonight. She was hoping I was going to tell her it was bat wing quesadilla’s. One of her favorites from the past few years. When I told her no, it’s not bat wing quesadilla’s she let out a wail of “but mooooom, can’t you make bat wing quesadilla’s? I looooove bat wing quesadilla’s!”

No, tonight was not tex-mex night (but it’s coming, oh yes it’s coming), it was Egyptian-Italian night!

Tonight’s dinner: Cannelloni Mummies

I love how the bechamel sauce left an aged stain on the fresh linguini noodles. Creepy.

These mummies are cannelloni wrapped in fresh linguini. Although simple in nature, they do take some time to make, and I used store bought cannelloni! It’s all the wrapping that takes time. But it is well worth it.

 

My eldest daughter’s first words were “Mooom? Oh man, one look at those and I think I’m going to barf.” I’m not entirely sure if that’s a good or bad thing, but they definitely creeped her out. So really, my job is done.

What do you think of the cannelloni mummies? I’d love to hear what you think in the comments below!

If you’re looking for more creepy food inspiration, head on over to my Facebook page. There is a lot more creepy food going on over there!

creepy food week day 2

Oct
25

Welcome back to the second installment of Creepy Food Week! Did you check out last night’s dinner? It was pretty creepy. But tonight’s dinner, oh tonight’s dinner was brought to you care of zombie Tracey. Yes, my house was invaded by zombie’s and dinner was all about BRAINS!

Tonight’s dinner: Brain loaf, with a side of  sliced tongue and mashed eyeballs, and brain cake for dessert.

Which is zombie speak for meatloaf with my special secret sauce, sliced beets and mashed potatoes decorated with black beans.

Mmmm yum! Underneath all that blood, er special sauce, is my homemade meatloaf shaped like a brain. My meatloaf is my daughter’s absolute favorite meal though I cannot tell for the world why as I am not a meatloaf fan myself, but she requested a meatloaf meal. She just didn’t know it would come in the shape of a brain.

How did I shape this to look like a brain? In my Halloween stash was a brain-shaped Jello mold that I picked up last year after Halloween super cheap. I pressed the meatloaf mixture into the brain mold and let it sit in the fridge for 10 min before placing it in a baking dish for cooking. It turned out lovely, all veiny and bumpy under that…sauce.

Dessert was an extra special and sticky brain cake.

A perfect meal for zombie’s. Bellies were filled, plates were emptied, nothing left but a bit of brain gook in a puddle of blood and a lone fork.

I hope you enjoyed the second installment of creepy food week! Tomorrow I’ll post a quick tutorial on how to make the brain cake. Super easy and super fun! Can you tell what it is made from? Hint: it’s probably a childhood favorite of yours. Let me know what you think it is in the comments below!

creepy food week begins!

Oct
24

Here it is! Our 4th Annual Creepy Food Week! My family has been eagerly awaiting this week all month, nay all year! As soon as one ends they look forward to the next, and it started tonight!

If this is your first time visiting, or your first time hearing about Creepy Food Week, let me fill you in. Creepy Food Week is an annual Halloween celebration in our house. The week leading up to Halloween is Creepy Food Week where our dinners each night are delightfully creepy concoctions made by moi. Check our last year’s post about the history behind Creepy Food Week. For now, let’s get on with Creepy Food Week!

Tonight’s dinner: Bird Pie

I have always wanted to make Bird Pie. It’s been on my list of creepy food for the past two years and this year I had the perfect opportunity to make it when I found a turkey digging through my peony bushes.

That just won’t do I thought so I ran outside with my tube of Super Hug-Me-Tight glue, slathered it all over my hands and grabbed for that bird! Now let me tell you, that bird fought! In all the ruckus it whacked its’ head off the door jamb and promptly knocked itself out. Thank goodness I had already rolled out the dough for an apple pie because I had to work fast, you know, before it woke up.

So I threw that bird in the pie dish, luckily I only tore out a few feathers wrenching my hands off  the bird. Let me tell you, that glue is hard to get off, it is Super Hug-Me-Tight glue after all and it hugged tight to my hands. I suppose that’s a good thing, no glue in the bird pie.

Anyway, I threw some carrots, potatoes, peas and cream into that pie dish, and quickly threw the pie crust on top. But wouldn’t you know it, as soon as I sealed the pie crust that bird woke up and thrust its feet through the top and started kicking its feet! All in all I didn’t mind as I didn’t get a chance to cut vents in the pie crust to release the steam during cooking. Lucky me, that smart bird took care of it.

Since it started flailing around, I popped that bird pie in the oven and an hour later, Bird Pie!

Ah well that’s the story I told my daughter as we sat down to eat, or something like it. Really, truly it is a simple turkey pot pie made from turkey soup leftovers and homemade pie crust, with some dough bird feet on top. Simple, home cooking with a creepy twist.

It’s pretty tame as far as creepy food goes, but it seriously creeped out my daughter. I think it was the simplicity of the bird feet sticking out the top. The look on her face was priceless. And I swear to you, the story I told my daughter was no where near as elaborate as the story I just told you. I really just think that bet things in life are simple and sweet, or simply creepy.

I hope you enjoyed our first night of creepy food. Are you going to make some creepy food this week?

stuffed bats

Oct
21

Staying in the Halloween crafting spirit, I have another bit of crafty goodness for your Halloween party. Stuffed bats!

Inspired by these Handmade Surprise Balls made by Chara of Love, Me Boutique (which I think are brilliant), needing something for my Fang-tastic printable, and I’m on a bit of a treat packages kick right now (you saw the Ghostly Goodies from yesterday, yes?), and I was looking around the studio and thinking “what can I do with all these black crepe paper streamers?” Yup, a variety of circumstances led to me to stuffed bats. It’s amazing how the world works.

Just like yesterday, these are super simple to make, and a lot of fun. All you need is black crepe paper streamers, the Fang-tastic DIY Printable Party collection OR a set of bat wings, white paper, glue, and a selection of Halloween treats!

Lay out a bit of streamer, place your first candy and start to roll into a ball.

Roll and wrap the streamer around the treat until it is completely covered.

Add your next treat or sweet and continue wrapping.

Keep adding sweets and treats until your bat is a good size, then secure the end with glue to keep all the treats inside the bat.

Cut out your bat wings and secure to the back of the bat with glue.

Cut out two triangles from the white paper, glue them on the front so the vampire bat has vampire teeth. And there you have a stuffed bat!

Fill up a table with these and your guests will go batty! Ha ha, ha. NO, seriously, I’d like to see an entire table filled with these stuffed packages. I think it would look awesomesauce, an army of vampire bats ready to take off. Awesome.

Will you be making some creepy treat packages for Halloween?

{NEW TO SHOP} fang-tastic

Oct
13

I am getting super excited about Halloween this year! Gathering costume ideas for my girls, preliminary planning for creepy food week (which I really must focus on as it’s only a week and a half away – eeek!) and planning new Halloween decor to add to our classic favorites. In the midst of all this brainstorming, an idea hit for me a new Halloween printable that is a little less girlie (have I told you today how much I love my girlie ghost?) and a little more creepy, you know, for the boys. It is fang-tastically cute and it’s hitting my Etsy shop today!

This one is all about the vampires and bats!

It all starts with an invitation to a fang-tastic Halloween party!

Hey, come on over for a bite!

A party full of bite sized sweets…

creepy treats…

and once bitten cupcakes.

I vant to suck your blood!

And of course there are party staples like bottle wrappers and party circles for decorating cupcakes…

and favors full of creepy toys and candy!

I wanted something creepier and detail oriented to decorate the table and windows, so instead of a traditional banner I opted for a bunting of bats and a couple of bat mobiles!  Ha ha ha.

This collection includes bats in small, medium and large so you can be batty and make your own bat mobile and bunting.

The Fang-tastic DIY Printable Party Collection is now in my Etsy shop!

{NEW TO SHOP} happy halloween!

Sep
28

Are you hosting a Halloween party  this year? Get excited because I have just launched my latest DIY Printable Party collection for Halloween!

I have been so eager to share this classic black, orange and white collection with you! If you want to host a Halloween party in traditional colours with a whole lot of sweetness, this may be the collection for you. A little spooky with a frightful BOO, but mostly full of sweetness with plenty of candy corn and a cutie patootie ghost wearing a bow on her head and I am totally in love with her!

The Happy Halloween collection has everything you need to craft a sweet and spooktacular party! Invitations with a DIY crafty flair, 3 sheets of party circles, 2 sheets of bottle wrappers, tent cards, favor tags, 3 party signs, ghost cut outs, mini chocolate bar wrappers, a Happy Halloween banner, and 10 sheets of coordinating decorative papers so you can create your favorite paper decorations in coordinating patterns. I used the paper to cover the tops of some loot bags, line platters and decorate lollipop stands.

We all know I love gumballs! So I had to make a giant candy corn out of gumballs and an icing bag. I just couldn’t resist.

And because I love a simple party DIY, you can decorate your invitations with a party circle of your choice! Simply, print and punch out your favorite party circles and attach at the top of your invite (guide circle provided on the invites). Candy corn and jack-o-lanterns for the boys and cutie patootie girlie ghost for the girls!

Seriously, I love her!

The Happy Halloween Collection is now available in my Etsy shop!

And because I’m so excited to finally be able to share this with you, I am launching the collection with a 50% OFF sale!

Get the collection for $10.00 until Oct 5, 2011!