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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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

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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 Halloween Cocktails (Part Two): Swamp Swill Martini

halloween dirty martini with cockroach olive garnish by kelli hallWith 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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Creepy Halloween Cocktails (Part One): The Black Heart

storybook menu styled for halloween cocktailsHands down, Halloween is my favorite holiday. And there’s no better way to celebrate than toasting the season with some spooky concoctions. I’ve created three potent potions that I’ll be serving up to my guests this Halloween—each recipe is super simple, has plenty of creep factor, and is made using basic ingredients you may already have in your bar or fridge. I’ll be sharing the three Halloween cocktails in the next few weeks—first up, let me introduce you to the “Black Heart.”

Setting the scene is key for any Halloween soirée, and spooky details are my favorite place to start. Serving cocktails on their own is perfectly fine, but I always rely on a menu design to help tell a story and set the mood. I love how Jody Worthington’s Storybook menu looks like a page that’s been pulled from a book of spells—it’s the perfect piece to conjure up some cocktail magic.

Black vodka and fig cocktail by kelli hallWith Black Vodka, Fig Vodka, and Creme de Cassis

Keep reading for the cocktail recipe…

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DIY: Easy No-Sew Strawberry Halloween Costume

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Self-proclaimed non-crafters: Don’t dismay, you can make your kid’s Halloween costume! If you know how to use a pair of scissors and a hot glue gun, you can make this sweet strawberry costume in 15 minutes, flat. Put on that DVR-ed episode of Scandal and before you know it, you’ll have whipped up an entire fruit bowl’s worth of berries. 

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DIY: Witch’s Hat Halloween Party Favor

Written by Melissa Fenlon & Sara Albers

By Melissa & Sara of  Alice & Lois

Sure, it’s still September, but we’re starting to get in the Halloween spirit! Our kids are obsessed with Halloween (how could they not be, right?)—candy, costumes, more candy, and spooky decorations. We host a pumpkin-carving party each October with family friends and this year, our kids will be making these super-simple witch’s hat party favors (that are filled with treats!). Keep reading for the DIY instructions…

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