“Tack”ful Pumpkins

Pumpkin FaceI LOVE the fall.  I Love the beautiful autumn leaves, and the nip in the air.  I also LOVE the harvest: First, corn and berries, then peaches, cherries, and apples and then… FINALLY. The pumpkins. Pumpkin pie, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin cookies and bread…. I’ll take one or all of those anytime.  HOWEVER, with that said I will mention that I have a little love/hate relationship with the beloved Halloween punkin’.  All that searching through fields, or bin digging and grocery store aisle seeking, looking for the perfect pumpkins.  Picking them out and lugging them home for the carving.  The kids love it.  Music playing, happy chatter, smiles and laughing. Newspaper covers the table as you dive into the stringy insides and remove the seeds. Very Norman Rockwell.  Next, you put your pumpkins on your porch with the a pride that could only be grander if you had raised your pumpkin from a seedling.  Creativity was on steroids as everyone carved away at their masterpiece.  And so you arrange a magazine worthy photo-op on your porch. Everything is perfect. Halloween can begin…..but then 5 unseasonably warm days later, that beautiful front porch of yours is making fruit flies and organic baby food all over your steps. OR somebody kicks one, rolls it a bit and you’ve got the snow shovel out for the wrong reason.  No thanks.

Tack Spiders

This year why not try something new and fun?  Your pumpkins will last longer with no mold. It’s Easy Peasy.  Think Mr. Potato Head with cooler, scarier parts. All you need is a glue gun, thumb tacks (small or large) eyeballs, spiders, little mice, fangs or bats. Anything fun you can think of. Simply glue the objects to the thumbtacks and poke them in. Your pumpkins won’t go moldy, and you can change them around and reuse them every year, adding fun new finds. Tack with Decorations If you’re in charge of the class party, this is easy and very inexpensive. The Dollar stores and party stores will have tons of items and you can use whatever you can find. Go after Halloween and buy the clearance to keep for next year. Creations are endless Happy Halloween! Make it a “tacky” one this year!  They’re bootiful!

No Effort Halloween Treat

Halloween Treat Donut

Whether you decide to lean on the healthy side, or not this Halloween, these little fangs will dress up the loneliest bagel or donut. You can go from a zero to a hero in a snap. Go to your local grocery or craft store and pick up some plastic fangs. We purchased 18 fangs for $1.50. It was perfect for a dozen and a half donuts or bagels. You could complicate it as much as you like adding eyes and a gummy tongue. The tongue is this picture is a gummy treat, the eyes are sixlets. Use anything you have. The possibilities are endless. The greatest part of this treat is after you have eaten it,voilà, you have part of a costume! These treats are great for school, office, church or family Halloween parties. So if you are a procrastinator sit back and enjoy yourself. You can use all the unwanted, picked over, undecorated donuts. But, if you’re an overachiever, get moving, you have a donut to dress up!

Halloween Treat BagelHalloween Treat Donut Face