DIY: Halloween Shadow Puppets (With Free Template!)

Written by Melissa Fenlon and Sara Albers

By Melissa and Sara of  Alice & Lois

Get those flashlights ready, cook up some ghoulish tales, and you’re ready for some Halloween shadow puppet theater. We love Halloween and all the spooky tales that go along with it, which is why we’ve created these DIY shadow puppets for you. All you have to do is download the template, print them out, and cut out the shapes. Then, let your kids’ imaginations go wild with tales of the witch on her broomstick, her haunted house, jet-black kitty, and more.

Keep reading for the DIY instructions and downloadable templates.

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Recipe: Blueberry Buttermilk Scones

October is often your last chance to relax before ramping up for the busy holiday season. So, in honor of all things cozy and warm, I wanted to share this delicious homemade buttermilk scone recipe with you. Enjoy them yourself, of course, but don’t forget that baked goodies are a great, inexpensive gift to give—simply attach a thank-you note or include the treats in a get-well-soon basket (just remember to inquire about food sensitivities and allergies!).

Get the recipe after the jump…

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DIY: Spooky Halloween Centerpiece (That’s Entirely Edible!)

Add a little fright to your dinner table with a spooky Halloween centerpiece that’s totally, deliciously edible. If you’re having friends over for a Halloween party, your guests can nibble on this sinister spread of dark plums, grapes, and berries and a creepy-crawly cheese ball that combines blue cheese, dates, and pistachios. I displayed the centerpiece on my favorite mint-green milk glass cake stand. It’s a fun and unexpected color palette for Halloween and proves that the holiday can be spooky and sophisticated.

Once you’ve gathered all the supplies and ingredients, you’ll be able to put this together in just minutes. Read on for the recipe and instructions after the jump…

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Design to Dish: Halloween Chocolate Sugar Cookies

chocolate sugar cookie cut outs halloween party ideas

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays—I love how the weather is a little cooler, the sky a little darker and moodier, the food comforting and cozy. Some people really go all in for creepy, gory Halloween stuff, but I prefer my Halloween whimsical, charming, and old-fashioned, and I love the idea of throwing a really wonderful, timeless Halloween party for friends and neighbors. My party would be full of pumpkins and treats, hay bales and cornstalks, and massive amounts of festive fall fun!

Ever since I was little, I’ve loved decorating sugar cookies (and eating them!). My kids love them too. It’s a great way to get in the spirit of whatever holiday is coming up. If you give the cookies a chocolate twist, they are even more perfect for Halloween! Chocolate sugar cookies cut out in fun Halloween shapes would be a great party favor for a Halloween or harvest party, or a fun party-time activity! Keep reading for the recipe…

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DIY: Swan Halloween Costume

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As a mom of young kids, I’m trying to get in all the cutesy costumes before they’re old enough to voice their opinions (there will be plenty of time for super heroes and princesses!). This year, I opted to make something fluffy and sweet for my daughter’s first Halloween, and this swan costume fits the bill perfectly, don’t you think? Get the instructions to make this super-simple homemade costume after the jump.

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Creepy Cocktails (Part Two): Swamp Swill Martini

halloween dirty martini with cockroach olive garnish by kelli hall With Gin, Olive Brine, and an Edible Palmetto Bug

For the second Halloween cocktail in our three-part series (the previous drink was The Black Heart, a dark and mysterious concoction made with figs), I created this cocktail to celebrate fall in the Carolinas. In the swampy South, October is the time of year when the creepiest creatures emerge from their hiding places—including the icky Palmetto Bug (a.k.a. the hugest cockroach you’ll ever see and the unofficial South Carolina state bird since it also has wings, eeeek!). This Palmetto Bug, however, is made for chomping: He’s fully edible, with a black-olive body and chive antennae (sprayed with black food coloring). The cocktail is essentially a dirty martini with a nice, salty flavor to suggest swamp water and fresh herbs floating around to add a bit of murkiness.

Keep reading for the cocktail recipe…

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Festive Affair Holiday Party Invitations Challenge: Special Prize Winners

Holiday season is just around the corner (or in the case of Halloween, practically here!) and Minted customers will soon be planning fun and festive parties. So we asked the Minted Community to design unique invitations that would make any holiday celebration the most anticipated one of the season. We were looking for all types of innovative holiday party invites, and the Community delivered! The winners below each stood out in one of our special prize categories. Congrats, winners!

Modern Elegance Award for the best design that is traditional and elegant, but still fresh: “fête de Noël” by R studio

A bold but sophisticated linear faux foil pattern frames the party details in “Fête de Noël”. Reneé’s artistic, slightly edgy take on elegance is perfectly festive. The classic type provides a great counterpoint to the more modern border (not surprising coming from the designer behind a Minted Master Class Tutorial on typography!).

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Domino & At Home With a Minted Artist: Kristi Kohut

This month, Minted artist Kristi Kohut of Hapi Art and Pattern gives Domino magazine a tour of her chic, art-filled Chicago home. We’re big fans of Kristi’s bright, bold pieces, and she chats with the magazine’s editors about how she decided to pursue art as career (instead of advertising!), where she draws inspiration, and how she goes about decorating her own home. You can purchase one of Kristi’s bold and beautiful pieces for yourself in her Minted shop, and don’t forget to check out all of the previous Art Home With a Minted Artist features.

Photos: Karen Forsyth of Tallulah Lane

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Recipe: Pumpkin Chai Latte

By Ashley of  Sugar & Cloth

The start of fall really only means one thing: pumpkin spice lattes. Since we all know and love them, I figured I would combine them with one of my other current faves, chai, to make a perfectly fall concoction with this pumpkin chai latte recipe!

You only need a few ingredients and it’s as quick and easy as your favorite hot chocolate recipe…

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