I don’t ever remember seeing a lot about Dia de Los Muertos when I was growing up, but these days, I see lots of decorations at Michaels for Day of the Dead crafts with bright and festive skeletons and skulls. After the Big One’s schools started doing Sugar Skull crafts and activities, and I saw how pretty they were, I thought that maybe a few crafts and treats to celebrate the Day of the Dead would be fun. They definitely add a bit of color and design into otherwise orange and black Halloween season. Did you know that Dia de Los Muertos originates in Mexico and the Aztecs? I didn’t! I also I didn’t know that the Day of the Dead takes place from November 1st to November 2nd, with the first day having more child-centered focus and the second day having an adult focus. Regardless on which day you choose to celebrate, there are so many wonderful Day of the Dead Crafts, Snacks and Tutorials that are available on the web. Here are just a few of them that I found.
There are certain activities that we do every year to celebrate the fall around our house. For example, we visit our Church Pumpkin Patch, and have lunch there on afternoon. We go to the Atlanta Botanical Gardens to see the Scarecrows in the Garden. The little boys participate in the neighborhood Halloween parade. The best part of the last 3 months of the year is all of the wonderful celebrates and family activities in our community, and I’m sure that most people have similar community activities that help you celebrate Halloween and the fall. Plus, there are is a new Moonlight Madness family event at our local Atlanta-Area Krogers. Pumpkin picking is likely one of my most favorite fall family activities. We tend to pick quite a few decorative ones that we won’t carve, so this year I used a few basic shapes in on my Cricut Explore Air™ to make a quick and easy DIY ghost pumpkin (or two) with vinyl.
Whether you’re a child of the 80’s or a child of today, you have heard of Super Mario Brothers! Super Mario Brothers are one of the most iconic symbols of video gaming as we know it, and they are entirely beloved characters in our house. You may remember by all of the fan gifts I have made for the Mellow Man, including two sets of coasters, and Perler Bead art for his office. Once Halloween comes around, your entire family can dress up with different Super Mario Brothers Costumes as Mario, Luigi, Bowser, Yoshi, Princess Peach, and run from house to house to collect those delicious treats. Plus Super Mario is timeline, you can wear these costumes on college campuses, and even to a party for the grown-ups. Everyone gets to feel “Super” on Halloween when they don their Super Mario Brothers Costumes for Halloween. Right now, I know that you’re probably on the prowl in trying to find the perfect costume or accessory to make your Super Mario character come alive. So, here’s over 15 Halloween costumes for people of all ages, and some accessories to add a little star glitter to your reality.
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I attend Snap Conference this past April, and learned about this really awesome event that is hosted by Laura Kelly over at Me and My Inklings and World Market. It’s a Popcorn Box Party where each blogger takes a popcorn box from World Market and uses craft materials to create a halloween inspired popcorn design. Sounds amazing right? Well, I started thinking and thinking, and I got this idea to make a spider web design with fishing line and shimmery black cardstock. I had the image in my head, so I went looking for spiders. And while I was shopping for the supplies, I found this amazing and shimmery washi tape, and I thought, “Why should I make the project any harder than I have to?” You know what I mean? Sometimes bloggers and crafters go for the challenging path, rather than the obvious craft solution. I picked up two rolls of the washi tape, and the end result was adorable, and I got my spiderweb look without all of the hassle. Here’s how I made my own Spider Web Washi Tape Popcorn Box.
These days you can find my 4-year-old Monkey running through the house fighting “bad guys.” Poor Angus, the Potcake Dog, is often the obligatory bad guy, and the little Peanut is roped into being Robin (regardless of whatever superhero the Monkey decides to be.) I know my little boys aren’t alone in their love of being a superhero. What kiddos don’t want to be superheroes? Catching the bad guy, scaling buildings, rescuing the damsel in distress…come on these are the things dreams are made of for kids. With Halloween being less than a month away, I’ve found that Amazon is wonderful source for amazing superhero inspiration. So many costumes that are perfect for trick-or-treating and better yet, perfect for dress up for months later! So without further ado, here are the best kids’ superhero costumes that I’ve discovered for my little boys, as well as your little girls!