Halloween will be here soon -- yes, it's still a few weeks away but according to the aisles at the grocery store, we should all be out buying our candy :)
It's also one of those holidays that allows your creativity to shine!
Like the year my son decided to be the 3 Stooges (yep, he wanted to be all 3 of them at once).
Or the year I had to make a tractor costume for the farm themed fall party they had at school. (Really, a tractor - couldn't have been a cow, horse or scarecrow, right?!)
Creative Halloween Fun
To get ready for the season, we decided to get creative and make some salt-dough ornaments with a Halloween theme that can be used to decorate for the holiday.
Who said ornaments are just for Christmas trees! These can be used to create a string of garland, garnish a black wreath or even hung on the doorknobs around the house.
To create the salt-dough ornaments, you'll need the following supplies:
- Salt-dough recipe (we needed to add an extra 1/2 cup of water to ours)
- Halloween shaped cookies cutters
- Acrylic paints & paintbrushes
- Ribbon (if you plan to hang them)
As you can see in the photo, we also added a little vanilla flavoring -- I was hoping it would make the dough smell a little nicer during our prep/play time, which it did -- BUT, it ended up smelling so good that the dog has already chewed through the bottom part of the garland that was hanging on the wall!
So I wouldn't recommend adding any flavorings if you have pets :)
Now on to the best part of the activity -- rolling and cutting the ornaments!
Give the kids an opportunity to play with and roll the dough (great for fine motor skills). Make sure you have a well-floured surface when rolling the dough and cutting ornaments as it makes it much easier to transfer to the cooking sheet. The dough can be a little sticky so add flour as needed.
We used a straw to poke holes at the top of each ornament.
The recipe says bake for one hour and they did come out a little dark (we didn't mind we they were going to be painted but you may want to check on them if you'd like a lighter colored ornament).
Let them cool and then they are ready for painting! What I love about these ornaments is the are pretty indestructable -- we dropped a few and no harm done, so don't worry about them breaking during the process.
Make sure to add the glitter while the paint is wet and then let everything dry for an hour.
You can thread the ribbon through the hole at the top and you're all set -- pretty Halloween Garland for the front door or even to hand across a window.
Halloween Costume Contest with The Hub Network
My kids are definately creative thinkers when it comes to Halloween costumes too. They rarely want an out-of-the-box costume. Instead, they start planning in September for some really cool & unique ideas.
What are your costume plans this year?
Are you one of the super-creative families who love to come up with your own costumes? Then you'll definately want to learn more about this amazing contest!
The Hub Network is looking for super-creative, think out-of-the-box type of families for their First Annual Halloween Bash Costume Contest!
Creativity can really pay off here -- make your own one-of-a-kind costume and you will have a chance to win $25,000!
One winner from each state will be flown to Los Angeles where they will appear in The Hub's First Annual Halloween Bash. And guess who will appear as the contest judge -- none other than Halloween expert Martha Stewart!
There are six costume categories: Spook-tacular, Howl-arious, Blast from the Past, Everyday Stuff, Animal Kingdom and Mad Genius.
Watch this video for more information and then visit hubworld.com/halloween for the full details and to enter your costume.
All costumes entered into the competition MUST be completely unique and one-of a kind -- store-bought or pre-made costumes are not allowed.
I would LOVE to see one of our readers in the contest because I know we have some amazingly creative families!
So put on those creative thinking caps and Good Luck!
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Hub Network through their partnership with Circle of Moms. While I was compensated to write a post about Hub Network's First Annual Halloween Bash Costume Contest, all opinions are my own.
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