I’m so excited for the new Disney/Pixar film Coco. Ever since I read a description of the movie I’ve been looking forward to Halloween and throwing a Dia de los Muertos party.

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I knew I wanted a black background and as many pops of color as possible. I also really wanted different flowers and as many skulls as I could fit.

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I used window decals from the dollar store to stick to some candles.

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For desserts we made a cake using an $8 skull mold from Walmart and some chewy Sweet tarts candy and icing gel to decorate. With the extra batter we did a few cupcakes.

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We also baked some brownies that I cut with a skull cookie cutter and then made some marshmallow fondant that I cut with the same cookie cutter and placed on top and decorated with the icing gel.

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I couldn’t pass up putting out some colorful Goldfish to snack on.

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I hope you enjoyed the photos!

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Hocus Pocus

Who doesn’t love Hocus Pocus? It has always been one of my favorite movies to watch in the days leading up to Halloween. I’m so sad I haven’t been to Disney World recently to see the Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. So to cheer myself up I decided to throw my own Hocus Pocus party at home.


The preparation started with the making of the Sanderson sisters. My niece and I used poster boards and paint. I was inspired by some amazing bookmarks created by Marquisdusoleil. You can visit her shop at http://www.etsy.com/shop/marquisdusoleil and check them out.

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These witch fingers were just pretzel rods dipped in melted white chocolate that was dyed green. I used strawberry jam and almond slices for the fingernails.


These graves are just brownies and graham crackers.


I was really happy with the way the Hocus Pocus books came out. You can find the recipe online by googling it, but it’s just graham crackers sandwiched together with marshmallow crème, frozen for 10 minutes, then dipped in melted chocolate and allowed to harden. I will definitely be doing these again!


These Crashed Witch Cupcakes were really fun to make. You can find these online also, but I just drew one witch’s boot and traced it a bunch of times on black cardstock. After cutting them out I cut a striped straw in half and hot glued the boot to the straw. Easy peasy!


I knew I wanted a green drink for the kiddos, so I bought some bottles of Hawaiian Punch and removed the labels. I just made and printed out these labels that said “Witch’s Brew.”


The Witch’s Potion (I got 6 cauldrons for $1 at Target) are just lime jello made with fruit cocktail mixed in. I added the gummy worms and plastic eyes for an extra creepy touch.


Lastly, I had to attempt to make Winifred Sanderson’s spell book. I couldn’t bring myself to paint and glue on a real book, so I just used a shoe box. I covered it with a brown paper bag and painted it brown. I did buy some rubber fingers from Dollar General for the side, but the other pieces are Play-doh.  I used brown Play-doh and yarn for the stitches but the only other color Play-doh I had on hand was yellow, so I painted it gray and used it for the snakes. The eye is a plastic eye I cut in half.


Most of the additional decorations were purchased at Michaels.


I hope you enjoyed the photos. Thanks for stopping by!


The Nightmare Before Christmas

It wasn’t until this year that I finally got around to watching Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. Now I don’t know why it took me so long. It was really cute. I knew most of the songs already and I was happy to finally get to see how they fit in the movie.

I knew I wanted to stick to a black and white color theme and fit in as many striped items as I could.


The bats were just black cardstock. I traced a template and then cut out two different sizes I wanted.

I really love using paper lanterns, so I bring them out whenever I can. The idea for putting the Jack Skellington face on them came from partyingwiththeprincesses.com. I originally started with two, but I didn’t want to cover up my bats. 🙂


I painted black stripes on a white canvas (left). I then covered up three books with black cardstock and cut out letters from white paper. I also decorated three real white pumpkins. The one in the middle I just used black rhinestones, ribbon and some stickers. (This was also my first time filling a glove with popcorn. Not easy.)


On the left is another real pumpkin I just drew a spider web on and then hot glued a plastic spider. I decorated three jars I already had with ribbon, rhinestones and stickers (all purchased at Michaels). I originally intended for the brownies on the right to have a lace effect, but after that didn’t work I ended up just using powdered sugar to make them half dark and half white.


These were chocolate cupcakes with white icing that I just used black gel to make the Jack Skellington face. Here’s also a cookie recipe that would work: https://d23.com/recipe-jack-skellington-sugar-cookies/


I’ve been wanting a candelabra I could use for Halloween for a long time, so I finally made the purchase at Michaels. The candles were white and I just added the black ribbon to get the stripes I wanted. That’s Twizzlers black licorice in the jar on the right.


On the left is a bowl of Oreos and then next to that is a white candle that I drew stitching on to get the look the character Sally has. As you can see I also used a stretchy spider web I bought from WalMart and some black leaves I got from Michaels.


It was a great night and I am already excited about next Halloween!


Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Halloween has always been my favorite holiday, and in 2012 I was lucky enough to attend the Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. Between the Boo to You Parade, the HalloWishes fireworks, and the special meet-and-greet opportunities with rarely seen characters, I thought it was well worth the money. I would attend one again in heartbeat, but since that wasn’t in the cards this year, we had a party in honor of Mickey’s Not-So-Scary.

Candy Corn Jello – No one in my family is really a fan of candy corn, but since it is a Halloween staple I wanted to incorporate it. I saw this random photo on a Twitter advertisement and I assumed what I saw was Jello, so that’s what I tried. All you do is make a layer of yellow Jello, a layer of orange Jello, and then whipped cream on top. I got the candy corn look I wanted without purchasing candy corn that no one was going to eat. 🙂

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Paranormal Pretzels – This is an idea from Family Fun. It’s yogurt covered pretzels with melted white chocolate (use dye to get the colors you want) and mini M&Ms.


These are just Hostess Globalls a.k.a. Sno Balls (coconut & marshmallow covered chocolate cake with cream filling). I added Halloween stickers to dress them up.

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Here are just some orange and black Oreo cookies and Cheetos Puffs I used for color. The skeleton cups were from Target.

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Some of the decorations were from a Recollections Party Kit I got at Michaels. I added orange Mickey Mouse heads to plain black cups to bring in some Disney.

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Cupcakes – These are just vanilla cupcakes with white icing that I dyed orange. We had some Halloween sprinkles on hand. The cupcake holders and food pokes were from the Recollections party pack.

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Here is the full tablescape. I’m really happy with how it came out.

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