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Our Favourite Halloween Crafts

Sausage is a huge fan of Halloween. In fact, just the other day, she told me that Halloween was actually her favourite, ahead of Christmas; if a kid chooses something ahead of a holiday which involves copious amounts of presents, you know it’s serious! I do my best to indulge her love of Halloween with costumes and pumpkins and a yearly viewing of Ghostbusters, but this year the goalposts have changed. This year, we’re living in a village which actually DOES STUFF for Halloween!

On Saturday evening, we’ll pop over to the other half of the village to meet in the Mission Hall. From there we’ll indulge in a supper of hot dogs before all the families go trick or treating together! Sausage is beside herself with excitement as we’ve never done trick or treating before. Houses who wish to be involved are to place a pumpkin outside, so we thought we’d go one step further and make some awesome Halloween crafts for our display, and we’ve been searching blogs for inspiration. Here are our favourites:

These glowing ghosts over at Adventures of Adam are so simple, yet wonderfully effective and would make a lovely window display for Halloween night.

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These tissue paper pumpkins from Parenthood Highs and Lows are wonderfully easy to make and look fab, and I reckon even Burrito Baby could get involved with making them.

Tissue paper Pumpkins

As someone with a Pokemon FANATIC as a daughter, I know for a fact that we’ll be making this at some point this week! Go to In The Playroom for full instructions.

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Another craft which would look fantastic as part of a window display and is super simple to do are these clothes peg mummies from Thinly Spread. Their googly eyes and wavy arms don’t make them look too scary, making them perfect for toddlers and little ones.

clothes peg mummies

If you’re looking for some fun, spooky treats to give out to Trick or Treaters, these brilliant spider cakes from Pink Oddy are just the thing and they’re great fun for the kids to make, too.

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We love a bit of bunting in our house and this super-simple Halloween version from Daisies and Pie is a great addition to any Halloween house, especially if you’re throwing a party.

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I’ve been wanting to make these Jelly Worms for ages as they make the perfect gruesome Halloween sweets, but I’ve never got around to it. Luckily, The Gingerbread House has a great tutorial to help you make your own.

Jelly Worms

These lanterns would be the perfect accompaniment to Trick or Treating, especially if you used battery powered tealights or glowsticks, as the tutorial from Mum in the Madhouse suggests.

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These sugar skull dolls from Zing Zing Tree could not be more appropriate for us this year as Sausage is going to be dressed as a real-life Day of the Dead Senorita this year, so these will definitely be being made by us!

Sugar-Skull-Doll-Tutorial

Sausage and I were a bit late to the Hama beading party but now we’ve discovered them, we’re massive fans. This spooky glow-in-the-dark Hama craft from Hannah Spannah would be brilliant to hang in windows or on gate posts on the night itself.

Halloween Hama

If you have a little one (or even yourself) who isn’t keen on the full dress-up experience, then these autumnal Halloween masks from Dilly Drops could be the perfect solution.

Halloween Masks

Finally, these pop-up ghosts from Diary of a First Child make a really gentle ‘trick’ if people aren’t in the giving mood but you don’t want to go full-on and egg people’s houses! People will find it so adorable that they’re bound to muster up a treat after seeing them!

Pop Up Ghost

What will you be making this week?

Parenthood Is…

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about parenthood and how different people feel about it. Some people love a good moan while others wax lyrical about how their lives have changed for the better – one thing’s for certain though, and that’s that parenthood is one topic on which its really easy to engage a lot of people and get them thinking.

I decided to turn to my lovely blogging mates and ask them what “Parenting Is…” to them. Here are their responses:

Kate from Kate Takes 5 said “Parenthood is…99% a pain in the arse and 1% so magical that you forget the other 99%.”

Helen from Actually Mummy said “Parenthood is… like a long hard slog up a mountain. Tough, rocky and it makes your bones ache, but Oh My God the view from the top is incredible!”

Marianne from Mari’s World said “Parenthood is…surviving the unknown!”

Cat from Cat’s Yellow Days said “Parenthood is… realising you’ll never be alone again…not even on the loo. Parenthood is… talking about Sid, Alex and Katie like they are actually your friends. Parenthood is… having stickers on everything you own. Parenthood is… realising the silence isn’t golden, it’s worrying!”

Ruth from DorkyMum said “Parenting…is a walk in the park. Too bad that walk usually takes place at 3am with a crying baby.”

Stacey from Five’s a Fellowship said “Parenthood is…a big slap in the face and a hug for good measure.”

Sandy from Baby Baby said “Parenthood is…hard work, it’s smelly, dirty, unrelenting, tiring and emotional, but I wouldn’t change it for the world.”

Annie from Mammasaurus said “Parenthood is…a complete breeze *throws bread on the floor for the imaginary disco squirrels*”

Sonia from The Ramblings of a Formerly Rock and Roll Mum said “Parenthood is…over-worked, underpaid and overjoyed! 90% guilt, 10% pleasure? exhausting?”

Carolin from Mummy Alarm said “Parenthood is…smiling about baby sick in your mouth or poo in your bath when pre-baby this would have sent you over the edge”

Kathryn from Crystal Jigsaw said “Parenthood is…raising awareness of your own children’s issues”

Aly from Plus 2 Point 4 said “Parenthood is…lonely when you’re single”

So, from the realistic to the sentimental to the downright potty (I’m looking at you, ‘Saurus…!) we all view parenthood differently. Parenthood and our views on it can unite and divide. If there’s one thing that the past (almost) five years has taught me, it’s that having a sense of humour is absolutely vital when it comes to being a Mum, unless you want to go grey and mad in equal measure in a very short space of time.

If you have any “Parenthood is…” quotes to add, email me at jayne@mumstheword.me with your quote and blog URL , if you have one, and I’ll do a follow up post containing them all.