Just another day to go before the big day! Of course, I’m talking about Halloween!! Are you one of those busy people who can barely find the time to get things done by the deadline, let alone get them done early? Well, I’ve got a couple of surprises for you if you’re not quite ready for Halloween and need a few last-minute, easy ways to make it real special at your house!
Did you know that at most store bakeries, you can call ahead and ask them for undecorated cupcakes? I know that cupcakes are real easy to make, but we’re almost out of time over here, so give your local in-store bakery a call and ask for a dozen un-frosted, un-decorated chocolate cupcakes and try out these fantastic Mummified Mickey Cupakes!
Here’s what you’ll need:
*Batch of baked cupcakes
*Chocolate nonpareil candies
Here’s what you do:
Working atop wax paper dusted with confectioners sugar, use a rolling pin to flatten a bunch of marshmallows. Use kitchen scissors to cut the rolled marshmallows into thin strips. Set the strips aside for now. Frost the cupcakes. Press a pair of nonpareil candies (white side down) into the frosting at the top of each cupcake to resemble Mickey ears. Then add a pair of chocolate-covered raisin eyes. Randomly place marshmallow strips over each cupcake, leaving the eyes exposed, to resemble a mummy. Gently press the strips into the icing just enough to make them stick in place. When the cupcakes are sufficiently covered, use the kitchen scissors to trim the marshmallow around the perimeters, as needed.
Now, maybe you’re having a small group of kids over to your house for a little get-together instead of going out, especially if you’re weather is not so good. These Vampire Mickey Candy Boxes are just the thing to fill up with a small dose of Halloween goodness to send everyone home with!
Here’s how to make them:
First, download and print the Vampire Mickey Candy Box template by clicking this link: vampire-mickey-mouse-halloween-candy-box-printable-0911
Print the template on regular paper or cardstock and cut out the pieces. Make all folds along dashed lines. Using either glue or double-sided tape, close Mickey’s body by securing the A tab to the back piece. Close the bottom of the candy box by securing the B tabs, followed by the C tab. Fold each of Mickey’s arms in half along the dashed line so the design is two-sided. Without sticking the tabs together, secure the two sides. Butterfly the tabs on Mickey’s arms and use them to secure his arms to the sides of his body. Finally, fold the top dashed lines on Mickey’s legs toward you, and fold the lower dashed lines away from you — this will help him sit in place. Your little guests will be thrilled to take this box of fun home with them!
Just because the party is over doesn’t mean the haunting has to end. Send your guests home with a couple of Haunted Mansion ghosts of their own with this fabulous bookmark! Is this bookmark stretching? Or is it your imagination? If you happen to be a teacher, what a great “treat” for your students!
1. Print out the bookmark and the bookmark holder [using the above link] on regular paper or cardstock and cut out the pieces, including the “window” on the front of the bookmark holder. Do not cut along the fold lines.
2. Fold the bookmark holder in half along the fold line so the illustration is on the outside. Fold the tabs on the sides inward. Spread glue over the tabs and glue them to the inside of the back of the holder. You should now have a pouch with an opening at the top.
3. Fold the bookmark at the half way line so the illustrations are on the front and the back of the bookmark. Glue the backs together. Punch a hole at the top of the bookmark and tie a string or ribbon through the hole. Now you can slide your bookmark out of the holder to reveal the grim fates of the Portraits.
I hope I’ve given you some great last-minute ideas for making Halloween fun at your house! I’d sure love it if you let me know in the comments what your favorite last-minute “trick or treat” is!
Also, be sure to check out all of the Festive Fall Craft Ideas over at Spoonful.com!