Your favorite parody-producing YouTube family is back! This time with a Halloween-tastic take on Gin and Juice, featuring the family dressed up as the Frozen brigade. 

We know just how we’re spending Halloween – with our minds on our candy and our candy on our mind!

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Nothing says Halloween like an amazing “Thriller” parody video! Are you a mombie? Chances are, if you’ve ever had a toddler, you are! It’s ok, there may not be a cure for you yet but at least you have this video to cheer you up.

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Tis the season to dress the entire family in matching pajamas and make a rap video about how cool they are! That’s exactly what this holly jolly family did and seriously, it’s so great! We can’t pick a favorite but it’s definitely a toss up between Lola’s rainbow loom and Penn’s jazzy dance moves. So slip into your own Xmas bedtime attire and cross your fingers that next year the Holderness family will decide to hit the road and carol the falalalala out of those jammies!

Pinterest is a magical place full of beautiful food that literally nobody has time to make. This is especially painful around holidays like Halloween when you really want to make cool, creepy food but have literally zero time to do it. Well, you’re in luck because we’ve assembled five super fast, super easy spookified Halloween foods just for you!

1.) Graveyard Taco Dip

Venture into this graveyard and you’ll discover a tasty taco party dip. Layers of refried beans, lettuce, and black olives mimic dirt and grass; tortilla shells easily transform into tombstones, a spooky tree, and a creepy cat.

2.) Eyeball Ice Punch

Your guests won’t be able to shake the feeling that they’re being watched when helping themselves to a glass of refreshing punch — a creepy eyeball ice ring floats inside. Made from fruit and candy, this spooky decoration will add sweet flavor to any Halloween drink.

3.) Monster Blood & Guts

This gory looking spooky treat is actually just pull-apart raspberry cinnamon rolls! But you don’t have to tell your kids that. Find the deliciously simple instructions here!

4.) Candy Corn Waffles

Throw some food coloring into your normal, boring waffles and BAM – Halloween waffles!

5.) Baked Eyeball Eggs

This breakfast casserole looks like a whole bunch of creepy bloodshot eyeballs and tastes like magic. You can’t go wrong with hash browns, eggs, and cheese!

 

The leaves are changing, the temperatures are dropping, and we have flipped our calendars to October. That means that Halloween is right around the corner! I have never been big fan of Halloween, but, as a parent, it is hard to escape.

I certainly want my kids to have fun trick or treating, but I have three and the last thing we need is three giant pumpkins full of candy, sugar, and future trips to the dentist! In my search for alternatives to all the candy, I have found lists and lists of other things to give trick or treaters, but some of the things included are most definitely NOT o.k. with parents.

For example, whistles. Really? You plan to give children who are already excited and hopped up on sugar objects with which they can make loud, high pitched noises?!? Please, no! Another bad idea is the plastic spider rings. I get that they are cheap and easy, but the reality is that, even if my little princesses would wear them (which they will not), within an hour they will just be fodder for my vacuum cleaner. (Or, give me a heart attack when I happen across one carelessly dropped in a corner somewhere.)

To alleviate these concerns, here are 15 good, parent-approved alternatives you can hand out on Halloween that won’t have parents strategizing tricks to play on you as revenge!

As much as I hate to say goodbye to the California sunshine and watch our long, warm days dissolve into shorter, cooler days, I love the fall season.

Maybe it’s because of the years I spent in New York as a pastry chef, but there’s something very exciting about pulling out my boots and sweaters and bundling up for long walks around town with my family. Let’s be real, I also prefer the warmth of my Mixed Bakery oven while baking in the cooler months too.

One of my favorite go-to recipes this time of year is for my Pumpkin Whoopie Pies. They are easy to make and always a huge hit at Halloween parties. Beware – this is definitely NOT a low-cal dessert, which is most definitely why they taste SOOO GOOD!

Ingredients for Pies

makes about 2 dozen pies

1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 pound unsalted butter (4 sticks)
2 cups pumpkin puree
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 eggs
4 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon ginger
1 teaspoon clove
½ teaspoon salt

Directions

Cream butter and sugars in a mixing bowl
Add eggs and vanilla
Add pumpkin puree
Add dry ingredients
Using a small (1 oz) ice cream scooper, drop the batter onto a parchment-lined cookie sheet about 2 inches apart
Bake at 350 for about 14 minutes or until golden brown, rotating the tray halfway through
Cool completely before you apply the frosting

If you have the time, I suggest making your own frosting, but your favorite brand packaged frosting is also fine. Just make sure it’s the cream cheese flavor!

Cream Cheese Frosting

4 cups powdered sugar
1 pound cream cheese (2 8oz packages)
1 stick of butter
4 teaspoons vanilla
Mix all ingredients together until creamy, spreadable texture

Live in the Southern California area? Visit Mixed Bakery to place a custom order for your holiday celebrations.

Decorating the house can be challenging with kids. You must find decorations that aren’t breakable, that can be squashed, stepped on, even chewed on, and still cute and festive. Yes, I promise this is one task that can be completed and for very little money. Here are a few things to keep in mind when choosing decorations to put out each season or holiday:

1.) Aim high. No, higher. Completely out of reach from those sticky toddler hands.

2.) Soft and plastic. Turn toys into decorations using stuffed animals or Little People holiday toys.

3.) Get your kids involved and crafting!

4.) Gordman’s, TJ Maxx, and Target’s dollar section are my fave places to score some awesome decorations for every season. Gordman’s usually has an excellent selection of all kind of decor (breakable, kid friendly, candles, wreaths, and more) and Target Dollar Section always has decor that is kid friendly….and it’s cheap too so when they do destroy it I don’t feel guilty for spending the money on it.

5.) Check out Michael’s craft stores for seasonal and holiday craft items. When we went last weekend, all Halloween and Thanksgiving crafts were 40% off. A good amount of our decorations are things the kids have put together, colored, and painted.

Here are a few ideas to get you started:

On top of the entertainment console and within grabbing distance of the kids sits their favorite sensory activity of all: the gourds and a trick or treating pumpkin bucket filled with Indian corn. I did make the rule that if they want to play with it they must ask first and they must be sitting on the floor in the designated “gourd and pumpkin area.” Not only is this great for fall and Halloween, but it allows the kids to touch and play. We can also keep these corns and pumpkins out after Halloween thanks to a turkey bucket I found in the Target dollar section.

This spider craft was incredibly cute and a hit with the kids and parents. Have kids paint or color a paper plate black, attach googly eyes, use a piece of black construction paper to cut out 8 strips of paper for the legs, and tape on the back. I made a small hole to loop white string through and tied the spider by his web from the ceiling fan. I scored a package of spider webs in the Target dollar section and cut in into three different sections. I put one on the fan (the kids loved talking about how the spider spun a web and I didn’t clean it) and two more on our bushes in the front yard.

Yes, I stuck a giant fake spider in the web…..this freaks the kids out more than any other decoration we have up!

I went to Gordman’s and nabbed a couple of cute signs (the one of the door for $8 and the Boo sign for $5). Most of my holiday and seasonal decorations come from Gordman’s because everything is beyond cute and at an excellent price.

Before you open our front door, you’re warned of the witch who lives here….and open the door to find her broom! The broom is courtesy of digging in the Target dollar section for stickers only to pull out the broom handle.

We buy all of our seasonal crafts from Michael’s craft stores. I scored a thick cardboard witch hat and a wooden Frankenstein face for 40% off regular price. At the beginning of the week, I had all of the kids help paint them. I was hoping to put the witches hat inside the front door next to the broomstick, but the wooden hat wouldn’t stay on the hook. So instead we made a witch lamp.

She lights up! I had the kids color a printable witches face (type Halloween coloring printouts and you’ll get a list of websites you can print for free from), cut it out, and taped it to the inside of the lamp.
The Frankenstein head went in the window with fall window clings (found at Dollar Tree) and a pumpkin border (also found at Dollar Tree).

We downloaded and printed out several different Halloween pictures for the kids to color. It’s been a busy week of coloring, cutting, and taping to the wall around the mirror, but it’s slowly coming together. The kids are pretty proud to see their work up on the walls!

I scored these stuffed felt pumpkins from the Target dollar section. I have these sitting on a shelf eye level with the kiddos. They love having pumpkins that can be thrown around. They’re cheaply made (they were a dollar a piece so not surprising) so I predict they won’t be around for long, but if they make it, they’ll be out for decoration until Thanksgiving.

This high, up out of the reach of children, is usually filled with my breakable Isobel Bloom figurines, but I put those safely away for the season and put my kid’s crafts out. We have a glitter pumpkin (the foam pumpkin was found in the Target dollar section and sprinkled with a lot of glitter), the foam candy house was built by Max (found at Michael’s for only $8), and the wooden coffin (.50 cents at Michael’s) was painted and filled with ghost erasers ($1 at Target).

Our front window is by far our favorite this year:

The kid’s toilet paper roll ghosts and bats are displayed in the small windows and the large pumpkin head looking out glows orange (Hubs was pretty proud of this find at Menards).

I must admit, I usually put off decorating for the holidays because I fail miserably at taking it down in a reasonable amount of time (yes, we are always the house with our Christmas decorations up until February). This year the kids pushed me to do the Halloween decorations and I am so glad I did.

We’ve had a great time and kept super busy crafting, coloring, shopping, and decorating our way through the week. I also don’t feel like I destroyed our budget buying decorations since the kids made most of them. If you still have yet to decorate for the season, I suggest checking out Michael’s craft stores as they have a good selection of a lot of items (and more importantly, all of their Halloween items will be only sale for at least 40%).

Now that we’ve (almost) finished decorating for Halloween, my kids asked: “when do we wear costumes and put the candy out?”

This post was originally featured on Ashlen’s blog, Kidspert. Photo via

Do you like pumpkins? (the correct answer is yes).

Do you like beer? (again, yes).

Then we have the perfect Halloween DIY for you.

Ok we’re not actually entirely sure this would work because a pumpkin is not technically a pressurized keg and your beer may end up flat…. but it’s guaranteed to look really cool!

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Strong, spooky, and just a little bit sweet, this Humpday Cocktail is exactly what you need to de-stress on a fall afternoon (or morning, I’m not judging). Plus, this wicked concoction is low-carb so you can splurge on those Reese’s cups shaped like pumpkins (seriously, WHY are those so good?).