Hacking Easter

Haunters tend to look at every holiday as an opportunity for finding new ideas for Halloween.  Easter, with it’s cute bunnies and colorful eggs, offers little that can be turned dark and gothic.  But if you look closely, and use your imagination, you can find some ideas for those plastic eggs so prevalent this time of year.

Spider Egg Sacs

Spider Egg Sacs

Martha Stewart has surprisingly good Halloween ideas.  Here at Stonehaven Manor, we’ve used the spider egg sac idea.  This picture uses a plastic egg instead of the styrofoam ball in Martha’s instructions.

Dragon Egg

Dragon Egg

A little hot glue and other materials give you a neat Dragon’s Egg for your medieval theme haunt or party.

Foam Egg Scarab Beetles

Foam Egg Scarab Beetles

If you are trying out an Egyptian Mummy costume, add some of these scarab beetles.  These use foam eggs instead of plastic ones.

Skull Party Favors

Skull Party Favors

Every Halloween party needs party favors.  Whether these Skull Party Favors contain candy or something more disgusting… well, that’s up to you!

Edible Gelatin Eyes

Edible Gelatin Eyes

Finally, you can use the plastic eggs as molds for these edible Gelatin Eyes.

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Home is where the (bloody) heart is

It’s almost Valentine’s Day!  That time of year when a young man’s fancy turns to thoughts of love.

Who am I kidding – I’m not so young anymore and I think of Halloween 365 days a year!  But if you are interested in some different gifts for your sweetie, check these out:

We all know that chocolates have become a traditional gift for Valentines Day.  I’m sure the chocolate industry has something to do with that. Instead of the standard caramel filled chocolates in a heart-shaped box, why not try an actual chocolate heart from PushinDaisies.com?

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Hacking Christmas

If you have been bitten by the haunting bug, you’ll notice that everything you see brings this question to mind : “How can I use this for Halloween?”.  And Christmas stuff is no different.

Here are a few ideas for you to think about, as the tradition of Christmas markdowns gets underway.  Think about picking up some of these products to use or alter next October 31st.

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Merry Krampus!

I like Christmas.  Really, I do!

Just because I make our house look all spooky at Halloween doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate the bright cheery Holiday Season.

Still, I always loved Dicken’s A Christmas Carol.  Which is, after all, a Christmas ghost story.

And if you are looking for more modern holiday horror, look no farther than the new movie “Krampus”

Merry Krampus!

On Target for 2015

It seemed like it took forever for Target stores to get rid of their back-to-prisonschool stuff and make room for Halloween.  But they finally got the shelves stocked with spooky goodness this last weekend in our neighborhood stores.  I was lucky enough to snag a skeleton at 20% off, through the Cartwheel app.  HOwever I was a bit annoyed that the discount was only good until that Saturday.  Still, if you don’t have the app, you may want to check it out.  You can still find deals on Halloween candy now, and maybe more later!

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