Freebie Friday : Loads of Halloween Printables

Halloween is almost here, so here’s a round-up of some of my favorite FREE Halloween printables! Remember, the printables are for personal use only and if you post any of your own pics using the printables, be sure to link back to the designer.

Cupcake toppers from I (Heart) Naptime

Treat bag and mini candy bar wrappers from Chickabug via How Does She?

Complete set of orange, blue and black Halloween printables from Party Box Design via Celebrations at Home. The set includes:
Halloween Party Print (8.5 x 11)
Cupcake Toppers
Water Bottle Labels
Party Favor Box Template
Party Favor Tags
Costume Party Print

Cupcake toppers from Little Beehive via We Love to Illustrate.

And finally, Get Your Witch On set from Persona Designs.

I’ve added even more Halloween printables to the Freebies page, so be sure to check there as well for more options. Have a great night with your kids!

Freebie Friday: Halloween & Thanksgiving Printables

I owe a lot to Kori of Paper & Pigtails: she was the first blog to publish one of my parties (see my July 4th party here). With absolute honesty, I’m not sure I would have had the confidence to launch Double the Fun Parties without that boost from Kori.

So, I’m really excited to feature her FREE Fall printables. And that’s why I’ve squeezed in a Friday Freebie on Thursday. Kori is a smart girl and she’s combined her Halloween and Thanksgiving celebrations with one color palette. All you do is switch out your signage and you’ve moved from Halloween to Thanksgiving.

The free set includes party circles and signs for both holidays. If you want to order the rest of the set, visit her Etsy shop.

To access the printables, check out Kori’s perfect photos and you’ll find the printables link at the end of the post.

Thanks Kori!

Halloween: Pinterest Inspiration

If you’re not a Pinterest member, you can’t see my pin boards — or any of the other amazing images captured on the site. So, I thought I’d share some of my Halloween favorites. Maybe you can use some of these ideas, or do some last minute shopping on Etsy. So much cuteness!

Treat buckets from My Little Ladybug Gifts via Etsy

Lollipop covers from Simple Tastes via Etsy

Felt ghost banner from Home Front Holidays via Etsy

Fondant cupcake toppers from Lynlee’s Petite Cakes via Etsy

Polka dot and ghost shirt (just $18 and also available as a onesie) from This Pretty via Etsy

Adorable hostess apron (can’t have too many!) from Lover Dover’s Clothing via Etsy

Candy corn marshmallow pops from Casa Sonrisa

Mini bunting and it’s free if you become a fan of BellaBella Studios on Facebook via Etsy

And finally, orange and black bunting from Betty and Barclay via Etsy.

If something is already sold, don’t hesitate to convo the seller and ask if they can make another for you.

To see all my pin boards, visit me on Pinterest at http://pinterest.com/JenNeedham/.

Happy Halloween!

Freebie Friday: Spooky Halloween Banner from The TomKat Studio

Just in time for Halloween comes this spooky Halloween banner from Kim at The TomKat Studio. It’s our first Freebie Friday addition to our Freebies page!

Kim decorated her mantel in black and white and topped it off with this banner. Her post also links to her spooky door sign tutorial, which will teach you how to make the rosette fans behind each of the letters from the free banner.

Enjoy! (And be sure to check back next Friday for a new freebie!)

Sweet (Not Spooky) Halloween Party Activities

Welcome to Part 2 of our Halloween Party. Today we’re focusing on the table decorations and children’s activities. I always prefer fabric tablecloths: they are easier to make wrinkle free and they are resusable. They cost more, but I always feel like I get my money’s worth out of them. On the activities table, I added an orange table runner and coordinating chair ties.

Even though we weren’t actually going to carve pumpkins, I took inspiration from pumpkin carving and used newspaper as my placemats. And at just 79 center per pound, pumpkin decorating was a very affordable craft.

Down the center of the table, I placed ceramic jack-o-lantern luminaries that I made years and years ago. Since the girls would be reaching near the luminaries for the foam pumpkin decorations, I skipped the candles. No need to mix kids and flame.

We used foam decorations to beautify our pumpkins. Just peel off the backing and stick to the pumpkin.

After the pumpkin decorating, we made candy necklaces. This is such an easy project and you could do it for any holiday celebration. My sister-in-law Kathy taught me about these necklaces. You’ll need:

  • Wrapped candy (we used gumballs)
  • Plastic wrap
  • Curling ribbon
  • Scissors
Here’s what to do:
  1. Lay a 35″ section of plastic wrap in front of each child.
  2. Let them place candies in a straight line along the center of the plastic wrap.
  3. Fold the plastic wrap over the candies, then roll it up.
  4. Cut 5″ lengths of the curling ribbon.
  5. Have your guests tie a double knot in between each candy and at both ends.
  6. Have an adult use the scissors to curl each ribbon.
  7. Place the necklace around the child’s neck and tie the two ends together.

Happy Halloween!

Vendor Credits

Girls’ hair bows: Little Boo Creations

Girls’ pillowcase dresses: Sew In Fashion

Tablecloth, runner and chair ties: Tablecloths Factory

Sweet (Not Spooky) Halloween Party

In our family, Thanksgiving belongs to one sister-in-law, Easter belongs to my other sister-in-law, and Christmas is a free for all. Halloween is all mine. We gather at our house in the afternoon to carve pumpkins and try to the get the girls to eat a little (they are usually too excited to get much down). They we get their costumes on and take turns walking them from house to house.

Well this year, we’ll have an even bigger crowd and I thought it was time to get our party on. My main inspiration was the candy thievery that occurs each Halloween after the kids go to bed and we (OK, mainly I) start raiding their Halloween buckets for Reese’s Cups. I thought we should all have a pumpkin to decorate and some candy to snag.

Tomorrow, I’ll blog about our party activities, but today the focus is on the sweets. I used Squared Party Printables’ free Halloween set from Catch My Party because they were more sweet than spooky.

I went with traditional orange and black with pops of green and purple and polka dots. To cover the mirror above my sideboard, I draped two sheets of orange wrapping paper. Then I cut in half some left over black polka dot wrapping paper and used that to cover the gaps between my orange papers. I also used the polka dot paper on the sideboard.

The sweets table started in my local CVS. While I would have loved to order custom cookies, timing meant buying Frankenstein and pumpkin cookies at the drug store. (They were actually tasty.) To add to the cookies, I focused on candy in Halloween colors. In the apothecary jars, I offered orange gumballs, candy corn, Reese’s Pieces, and Hershey Kisses in Halloween wraps. I turned ghost Peeps into lollipops — super easy. Orange and purple Pixie Stixs were popped into vases and topped with ribbon.

Being short on time, I bought cupcakes and just added Halloween sprinkles and cupcake toppers. The girls and Don love the Halloween Oreos, so I dipped those in orange candy coating. The cupcakes and Oreos were both displayed on candle stands (hint: way cheaper than cake stands) that were covered in orange, green and purple Sixlets.

Finally, I added orange and black take-out boxes, decorated with more printables and satin ribbon. Our guests can fill the empty boxes with candy to take home.

Back tomorrow with part two of the party!

Vendor Credits

Printables: Squared Party Printables

Striped boxes: Dollar Tree

Take-out boxes: Michael’s

Candle stands: Hobby Lobby and WalMart

Trays: WalMart

Wrapping paper: Tuesday Morning and WalMart

Tutorial: Polka Dot Spider Halloween Wreath

Maybe it’s because I have two girls, but I like a cute Halloween instead of a spooky one. Of course, for me, that means polka dots! So I decided to try making my own Halloween door wreath this year. My six-year-old assistant and I whipped this together in no time.

Supplies

Foam wreath (mine is 14″ across)

Floral pins

Hot glue gun

1.5″ wide orange polka dot grosgrain ribbon (2 rolls at 3 yards each)

2.5″ wide sheer black ribbon

5″ long glitter spider (WalMart)

Door hanger

How-To

  1. Pin one end of your grosgrain ribbon to the wreath. Insert your pin at an angle.
  2. Wrap the ribbon around the wreath. Slightly overlap each wrap and hold the ribbon taut to keep it smooth against the wreath.
  3. You’ll get about half-way around the wreath with your first roll of ribbon.
  4. If you need to, trim your ribbon so that all your pins will be on one side of the wreath.
  5. Pin the end in place.
  6. Start pinning your second roll of ribbon to the wreath, beginning where the last roll of ribbon ended.
  7. Take your sheer black ribbon and cut 6 lengths of about 16″ each. Cut the ends at an angle or in points.
  8. Stack the black ribbons together and tie all in one knot.
  9. Fluff out the ends of your black ribbon.
  10. Add a generous amount of hot glue to the spot you want the black ribbon to go on your wreath.
  11. Put the black ribbon knot on the hot glue and press to adhere.
  12. Add a generous amount of glue to the underside of the spider’s head.
  13. Put the spider’s head in the center of your black knot and press to adhere.
  14. Trim the black ribbon as desired.

And here’s your finished product.

Easy Halloween Cakes & Cupcakes from Delish.com

Chocolate Pumpkin Cake

Loads and loads of ideas on Delish.com today for Halloween treats. They round up the best of the web to bring you cakes, cupcakes, cookies, lollipops and more.

Along Came a Spider Cake

Stenciled Chocolate Cupcake

Easy Halloween Cakes & Cupcakes – Halloween Cupcake Decorating Ideas – Delish.com.

Be sure to click on these links, too:

Eight Halloween Cakes from Martha Stewart

Halloween-Themed Cookies

Not-Too-Scary Party Treats for Kids