A Disney-Inspired Halloween at Home with Jack Skellington

I don’t know about you all, but my very favorite time of the year is the Fall. It’s been really different for me living in the south because here it is, almost Halloween, and the leaves haven’t even started to change color yet! Speaking of Halloween, which happens to be my absolute favorite holiday, I’ve got a few fun things to share with you courtesy of my friends over at Spoonful.com to help you bring Disney into your home for Halloween!

I’ve been noticing that some of you have already carved your pumpkins. Well, when we lived in Seattle, we would normally have them carved by this time too. The thing is though, it was 83 degrees here today, so if our pumpkins were carved, they’d have cooked outside…so we’ll wait a few more days.

What’s this?! A spooky but fun carving template featuring your favorite skeleton, of course! We’ll be carving this one at our house…but not until next week!

Photo Courtesy: Spoonful.com

Do you want one too? Ok, here’s how you can make yours. First, click on the link below to download the template:

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There are two ways to transfer your design onto the pumpkin. One is to copy it freehand onto a clean, dry pumpkin with a water-based marker (mistakes can be easily corrected with a paper towel). The other is to tape your template to the pumpkin, then score the design into the skin by poking holes through the template with a nail or plastic poking tool (available in some pumpkin-carving kits).

Carve by starting at the center of your design and working outward (this avoids putting pressure on areas already carved). Begin with the innermost and smallest details. As each shape loosens up, gently push it out of the pumpkin with a finger or a dull pencil point (a good job for young kids). Tip: If you cut something you didn’t intend to, perform an ad hoc pumpkin surgery by sticking a toothpick through the flesh side of the piece and fit it back into place.

Lastly, put your jack-o’-lantern in a place of honor (away from flamables), and remember to blow out all candles before you go to sleep.

Now, check out this awesome, printable door decoration of Jack Skellington! Isn’t he so awesome? I’m working on getting him printed up because my kiddos completely adore him and will LOVE to see this guy on the inside of our front door!

Photo Courtesy: Spoonful.com

He’s REAL easy to make too! Clicking on the link below will take you to the PDF template of Jack, so open that up first. I’ll wait here.

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Ok, now, you can print him out on regular paper or cardstock, I prefer cardstock so he’ll last longer and be more sturdy. Next, you’ll need to punch holes where indicated on the template. Then, using small brads, construct Jack from top to bottom. Start by securing Jack’s head to his torso. When Jack is complete, hang him on a door and put him in any position you like! These poseable figures with brads were my favorite when I was a kid!

How about a great Nightmare Before Christmas Playset?

Photo Courtesy: Spoonful.com

All you need to do is print the playset [by clicking on the link below] on regular paper or cardstock and cut out the pieces. Do not cut along the dotted lines — this is where you will fold the paper.

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Next, fold each character in half along the horizontal dotted line. Using glue or double-sided tape, secure each piece so the design is two-sided. Do not glue or tape the tabs at the bottom, these will be used to make your characters stand. Then, butterfly the tabs at the bottom of the characters outward; the characters should stand when finished. Finally, cut out the background and secure to a piece of cardboard or a wall and get playing!

I hope you enjoy these fun activities with your kiddos! Be on the lookout for another post later tonight with some more last-minute ways to bring Disney into your Halloween Home and be sure to follow Spoonful on Twitter and “Like” them on Facebook to stay in the loop with all their fun!

Disney Frankenweenie ~ New Featurette and Science Experiment Activity Sheets!

I’m so excited to share the newly released featurette from Disney Frankenweenie! We’re Really looking forward to seeing this spooky [and somewhat creepy] movie during the Halloween Season!! What could be more appropriate?

I’ve also got a couple of very fun activity sheets for you to print out and share with your kiddos for some spooktacular fun while waiting for the premiere of Frankenweenie in just a couple more weeks! Enjoy!

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Don’t forget about the Frankenweenie Monstrous Sweepstakes I told you about earlier in the month! You can enter through October 7, 2012!

FRANKENWEENIE arrives in theatres everywhere on October 5th!!

“Like” FRANKENWEENIE on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Frankenweenie

Disney Frankenweenie Monstrous Sweepstakes!

Disney Frankenweenie Monstrous Sweepstakes!

We are all big Tim Burton fans here at my house, and we are so excited for the upcoming film, Frankenweenie! We have really enjoyed his other films, including The Nightmare Before Christmas, and most recently, Coraline. We are also GIGANTIC Disneyland® fans, especially at Halloween! Well, I have some fantastic news to share with you today that includes a little bit of both…

Enter the Frankenweenie Monstrous Sweepstakes for a chance to win a spooktacular vacation for four to experience all the fun of Halloween Time at the Disneyland® Resort. Plus, don’t miss The Art of Frankenweenie Exhibit only at the newly expanded Disney California Adventure Park, where you can get an up-close look at the amazing world of Frankenweenie through sets, puppets, props and more. And for a limited time Guests will be treated to a special 4D extended preview of the film at the Muppets Vision 3D Theater before Frankenweenie comes to theaters in 3D October 5th!

Visit www.disney.com/frankenweeniesweeps to enter the Monstrous sweepstakes and you could win Halloween Time at the Disneyland® Resort for some frightfully family-friendly fun!

Dates:

August 23 – October 7, 2012

Entries:

Online: www.disney.com/frankenweeniesweeps

Mobile – Text EDGAR to DISNEY (347639*) to enter for a chance to win. *Msg and data rates may apply. If you’re under 18, get your parents’ permission first.

Prizing:

One (1) Grand Prize – A 4 day/3 night vacation for four to Disneyland® Resort and Disney California Adventure Park to experience the world of Tim Burton and Frankenweenie during Halloween Time.

Five (5) First Prizes – An Autographed Frankenweenie movie poster

“Like” FRANKENWEENIE on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Frankenweenie

FRANKENWEENIE arrives in theatres everywhere on October 5th!

Best of luck to all of you! I would just LOVE it if one of my readers wins!

Walt Disney Studios at the D23 Expo

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Walt Disney Studios at the D23 Expo

One of the many things I missed at the D23 Expo was the Walt Disney Studios’ presentation of this exciting list of films coming up. I’m excited to be able to share this fun information with you right here on my blog. Follow the links below for more information.

DisneyToon Studios’ Planes
It was announced that actor Jon Cryer (TV’s “Two and a Half Men”) will voice the main character in DisneyToon Studios’ Planes. Jon joined John Lasseter on stage for the announcement and to introduce the teaser trailer of the film…take a look for yourself, it looks pretty cute!

Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph
Director Rich Moore welcomed Jack McBrayer and Sarah Silverman on stage where the D23 audience was the first to see the opening sequence from the movie.

Disney•Pixar’s Brave
Filmmakers Mark Andrews and Katherine Sarafian were joined by actors Kelly Macdonald and Kevin McKidd to present footage from the film. You can keep up to date on what’s happening by “liking” the Brave Facebook Page.

Disney•Pixar’s Monsters University
In a special surprise appearance, Billy Crystal, flanked by Mike Wazowski and Sulley, joined director Dan Scanlon to discuss the film and show some behind-the-scenes making of the film. I’m really excited about this one!

Untitled Pixar Film From Director Bob Peterson
Joining Bob Petersen was producer John Walker to give fans never-before-released information about the untitled film.

Untitled Pixar Film From Director Pete Docter
Alongside Pete Docter was producer Jonas Rivera to provide never-before-released information about their upcoming project.

John Carter
Producer Jim Morris and director Andrew Stanton were accompanied by the film’s stars Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, and Willem Dafoe to present never-before-seen footage, introducing fans to the film’s epic characters. Give this movie a “like” on their Facebook page here.

Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie
Producers Don Hahn and Allison Abbate gave fans a sneak peek at what’s to come in next year’s film, including a demonstration on how these fascinating characters come to life through stop-motion animation.

The Odd Life of Timothy Green
The film’s star Jennifer Garner was on hand to talk about the inspiring, magical film and her experience making the movie.

Oz The Great and Powerful
Unable to join in person as they’re currently filming in Detroit, the film’s director Sam Raimi and stars James Franco, Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams, Mila Kunis and Zach Braff provided fans with a first look at the making of Oz The Great and Powerful via a taped piece from the set of the film.

Disney’s The Muppets
Stars Jason Segel, Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy gave fans an exclusive look at never-before-seen footage from their upcoming film.

Disneynature’s Chimpanzee
Walt Disney Studios Chairman Rich Ross presented the next Disneynature film, Chimpanzee.

Marvel’s The Avengers
The Avengers assembled at the D23 Expo, alongside producer and president of Marvel Studios, Kevin Feige. Stars Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Cobie Smulders and Chris Hemsworth made an appearance to present their upcoming film.

Which upcoming film are you most excited about?