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Panini, treats, and food for Halloween

Halloween Buffet and Panini Sandwich Bar

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Panini, treats, and food for Halloween

A buffet to satisfy everyone on Halloween

The Halloween Buffet and Panini Bar turned out scrumptious and fabuous thanks to my daughter-in-law Ashley.

She helped me set up the buffet table and it looked grand!

Thank you so much Ash for your time and very cool decorations. It make it all come together boo-tifully!

On Halloween night, at our place, family and friends drop by to show off their kids, or grand kids, their costumes, and visit for a spell.

It is usually the tradition to have chili, soup, stew or even a pizza decked out to look like a pumpkin.

But I wanted something that as people came by, they could make their own food to their liking. 

See, something went terribly wrong, and a few of my kids do not like soups or pasta (I know….WHAT?). So a panini bar fits everyone just right.

This is family friendly to the best!  There’s something for everyone.  Healthy food. Have gluten free bread on hand.  People can make their  sandwich hot or cold.  And best of all….you get to relax and enjoy the company!

EVERYTHING you’ll want from crafts to decorations to keepsakes is here at It’s ALL About Halloween 

Halloween Buffet and Panini Bar

Halloween Buffet and Panini Bar

Halloween Buffet and Panini Bar

A panini bar is a wonderful option for guests to make their own.  See below for more on the paninis.

Here are the details of the awesome Halloween Buffet Table.

The plates and utensils were on a side table due to space.

 

Eye See YOU Halloween Cupcakes started the dessert table.

Red Cupcakes decorated with white frosting, topped with a candy eyeball and red gel icing

Halloween decorated cupcakes

 

My Cold Cider Drink comes up next.

A cold apple cider easy to make with purchased ingredients

A delicious cold apple cider

 

You could also serve my copycat version of Starbucks Hot Caramel Apple CiderCarries Cold Cider

 

Not to be passed by is my own Spooky Halloween Layered Cake

Halloween colored cake batter and decorated cake

Cake with layers of batter in Halloween colors, then decorated with Halloween candy

 

If you want a real treat with a trick, make sure to have out my own creation of Mysterious Halloween Candy Confection

White chocolate with halloween sprinkles and a surprise when you eat it

Chocolate with a bit of sweet, some pop and a little heat

  

Always a favorite is Halloween Mother Goose PopCorn

Halloween Mother Goose PopCorn colored Orange and Purple with candies

Granny Corn, Mother Sugar Popcorn

Homemade or purchased donuts are easy to put in a fun decorated plate or bowl.


The incredible Make Your Own Hot Sandwich Panini Bar

meat, cheese, condiments and more set out for make your own hot panini sandiwich

Panini Bar for guests to make their own hot sandwiches

For MORE Halloween food, decorations and crafts, come on over to It’s All About Halloween

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2014, 2018

Recognize a blessing and be a blessing today.

Food for Halloween from sweets to main dish

Ideas for Halloween Food for everyone of all ages and tastes



A candy lei to wear and give at Halloween

Halloween Candy Lei

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A candy lei to wear and give at Halloween

Lei made from candy, netting and in Halloween colors

This Halloween Candy Lei is the perfect SWEET gift for anyone of any age!

It’s difficult to find projects that are inexpensive for teens and that they will actually like, and want.  But this Halloween Candy Lei fits perfectly!  Teens will have fun making these for them self, or for their friends, or have them make these at a party! Put out candy that will fit in the netting (as described below) and let them choose the kind they want to put in their lei.  To keep your costs down, you can have popcorn or other snack food for them to munch on while they make their lei and kindly limit the candy count to whatever your budget will accommodate for each person. 

It’s a terrific treat for a parent to give to your kids.

The Halloween Candy Lei is an especially great gift for a grandparent to make and even send in the mail.  See my post Did You Know You Can Send THAT In The Mail for fun ways to mail it off! 

The Halloween Candy Lei is so EASY, QUICK and SIMPLE  with no tricks involved, only TREATS:)




 

HALLOWEEN CANDY LEI

Supplies:

Click on the name/title to go right to the item for easy shopping

This Halloween 10″ mesh ribbon/tulle would work well for mini candy bars and small size candy  *personally, I prefer to use this size just to be safe.  You can always put 2 pieces of small candy in it if it looks like it needs it. 

This regular 6″ Halloween tulle netting  works  for very small/mini sized candy

Curling ribbon in your choice of color

Any mini and small candy, it just needs to fit in the tulle netting you choose

 

Directions:

Place candy in center of tulle.

Halloween Candy Lei

Halloween Candy Lei

Halloween Candy Lei

Halloween Candy Lei

Halloween Candy Lei

Halloween Candy Lei

Take one side of the tuelle of the candy.Wrap the other side of the tuelle over the candy.Tie curling ribbon close to the candy to hold in securely so it won’t fall out. 

Halloween Candy Lei

Halloween Candy Lei

Option: tie candy into the ribbon if it it too large to hold securely.Curl the ribbon.

Tie the ends of the tuelle together in a square knot to form a lei.

Halloween Candy Lei

Halloween Candy Lei

Another option is to loop one end and have it more of a hanging type of candy holder as shown below.

Halloween Candy Lei

Halloween Candy Lei

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2013, 2018

Recognize a blessing and be a blessing today.




Halloween mini lights strung with fabric and netting

DIY Halloween Garland

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Halloween mini lights strung with fabric and netting

Halloween Decoration for your home

 

It’s incredibly easy with my step-by-step tutorial and perfect to do while watching a movie, or visiting with family and friends. 

All you do is rip or cut fabric strips and tie half a knot, that’s all there is to it!

By making your own DIY Halloween Garland Spooky homemade decoraction you can match your Halloween decor or use what you find on sale. 

This is also a wonderful activity to involve the kids or the entire family.

Great for a girls craft night.   

So fun, you could make one for a relative or neighbor. 




Make Your Own Spooky Garland

Supplies:

You can click on the titles I have in colored print below to go directly to the products.  

Also, you can easily adjust for a different length of light cord.  I show measurements for a 7 foot cord, but 1  1/2 times the measurements for a 10 foot cord, 3 times the measurements for a 20 foot cord and so on.  It’s a very forgiving pattern; just tie on the fabric and mesh strips to your liking.  

 

3  1/2 – 4  yards of 42″-45″ wide fabric.

Recommended to get 2 different patterns that compliment each other of approx.2 yards each (to give yourself plenty to finish the project, extra is better then running out). It must be 100% cotton so that it tears easily I have links here to make it easy if you’d like to check these supplies out.

 Spider Web Glow in the Dark fabric HERE

Pumpkin Heads Fabric HERE

CANDY CORN HERE,

3 packages of 10″ wide and 30 feet long mesh ribbon click HERE to see GREEN 

7 foot light strand- Click HERE for PUKMPKIN lights,     

Purple lights, but not sure the length 

Homemade spooky garland

DIY Halloween Garland

TIP* we actually found that using TWO strands of lights worked better than just one, so you might want to double the light strands like we did, though I only show one in the tutorial.  Instructions: Cut the 42″-45″ width fabric at 1 inch intervals, beginning on the short end of the fabric –

Homemade Halloween Decorations

DIY Halloween Garland

cut several at a time as you go, but not all at once, just in case you do not need all the fabric, then you can use it for something else.

Rip the length of the fabric giving you a 1 inch wide by  42″-45″ strip of fabric.

 

 

Homemade Halloween Decorations

DIY Halloween Garland

Measure the strip and divide it into fourths and that is where you will cut giving you 4 pieces that are approximately 9 1/2″ – 11″ long

Homemade Halloween Decorations

DIY Halloween Garland




With the mesh ribbon cut it at 10″-11″, whichever works best for the length of fabric you have pieces of. 

Homemade Halloween Decorations

DIY Spooky Halloween Garland

Again, cut as you go, but not all the roll just in case you have extra you will be able to use it for another project.

 

Homemade Halloween Decoration

DIY Spooky Halloween Garland

Taking the mesh ribbon, fold it over, dividing it into thirds. 

Homemade Halloween Decoration

DIY Spooky Halloween Garland

Try to be consistent, but does not have to be exact. 

Homemade Halloween Decoration

Taking the mesh ribbon, fold it over, dividing it into thirds. 

Cut along the long sides, giving you 3 pieces of the 10″-11″ mesh.



Begin to tie the fabric alternating with one pattern the mesh ribbon, the other pattern, the mesh ribbon, etc.

Homemade Halloween Decoration

DIY Spooky Halloween Garland

*Again, this shows using only one cord, but I recommend two cords for better light when finished to show through the fabric.

Homemade Halloween Decoration

 DIY Spooky Halloween Garland

Continue as shown,

Homemade Halloween Decoration

DIY Spooky Halloween Garland

All the way down the length of the cord.And that’s it! 

Homemade Halloween Decorations

DIY Spooky Halloween Garland

Now you have your own Halloween Garland to drape anywhere you’d like.

Halloween mini lights strung with fabric and netting

Halloween Decoration for your home

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2014, 2018

Recognize a blessing and be a blessing today.




Halloween Family Friendly

It’s ALL About Halloween

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Halloween Family Friendly

Everything Halloween, food, crafts, fun and all family friendly!

It’s ALL About Halloween!

It’s ALL About Halloween and I have a fabulous round-up of recipes, crafts for you and the kids, easy to make unique gifts and so much more. 

Because It’s ALL About Halloween in a family-friendly way for the best Halloween FUN! 

Simply click on the title to go right to the post for easy navigation for ALL Halloween ideas such as:

  • food
  • crafts
  • activities
  • family-friendly drinks
  • how we celebrate
  • how to keep your pets safe
  • a post about traditions to keep and some to avoid

and so much more because It’s ALL About Halloween

 

 

Make Your Own Halloween Panini Bar
I love making soups and chili’s for Halloween, but this is a wonderful alternative so your family and guests can make their own food, to their liking while you visit and enjoy.

meat, cheese, condiments and more set out for make your own hot panini sandiwich

Panini Bar for guests to make their own hot sandwiches

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SUCCESSFUL and Easy Caramel Apples

Easy Caramel Apples

 

 

 

Quick & Easy Chocolate Covered Halloween Popcorn
You can’t go wrong with chocolate – ever.  So orange and green of course bring out the Halloween spirit and this is a quick and easy treat.
it's all about halloween

 

 

Halloween Sugar Cookies
Letting the kids get involved in making and decorating cookies is all about Halloween.  This is a great recipe I think you will enjoy.

Cut out sugar cookies in halloween shapes with a glaze and decorated with gel frosing

Best Cut Out Halloween Sugar Cookies

 

 

Halloween Pet Safety
Halloween can be a scary time  for pets, and not in a fun way.  You’ll find really good tips for keeping your pets comfortable and safe during this Halloween season.

How To Keep Your Pet Safe On Halloween

Pets need to be watched out for on holidays

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Halloween Sugar Corn – Mother Goose Popcorn
Aawww the memories of sugar corn and Halloween, how sweet it is.  You’ll want to make up batches of this, and I’ll show you how with my step-by-step tutorial.
it's all about Halloween

 

 

DIY Spooky Halloween Garland
This fun garland is easy-peasy to make and customized to your decorations, or style because you choose your fabric!  You are going to want to make up a few extra to give away to your friends who are all about Halloween.

Halloween mini lights strung with fabric and netting

 

 

 

Kids Halloween Craft – T.P Scary Monsters
This is so simple and yet the kids and grand kids LOVE these!  I kid you not, they want to make them by the dozens!  But you’ll need to save up, lol.  Halloween T.P. Monsters are crazy cool. 

Cute monsters from toilet paper rolls or tubes

Halloween Kids Craft Monsters from Toilet Paper Rolls

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quick & Easy Halloween Wreath
Looking for something to hang on your door, OR to use as a grave marker if you decorate for Halloween?  This is perfect because it will weather outside.  
it's all about Halloween

 

 

 

Halloween Mummies
Kids and teens will really enjoy making these fun Halloween treats to give away to their friends, or you can make them for gifts yourself.  Every MuMMy will want one!
it's all about Halloween

 

 

 

Halloween Candy Lei
It’s so hard to come up with an inexpensive Halloween special treat to give to your kids, teens, grand kids or maybe coworkers, but I’ve got you covered! Now if you want ideas of how to send this creative all about Halloween gift in the mail, click HERE
A candy lei to wear and give at Halloween

Lei made from candy, netting and in Halloween colors

 

 

WHY Avoid the DARK Side of Halloween
There are pro’s and con’s to everything.  A balance is always best.  Come read my post on Halloween and see what you think. 

How to have fun at Halloween while protecting your family

Halloween can be fun but it can be a time of evil if not watchful

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friendly Spidery Web Frame
How fun is this Halloween quick and easy decoration to get everyone in the mood for celebrating.  A great girls-teens night/activity too. 
it's all about Halloween

 

 

Amazing Spidey Tacos
I wanted to have Halloween food that wasn’t just sweets, but still ‘all about Halloween’ and so Spidey Taco was created.  It’s simple, but festive and I’ll show you how to make them.

A taco with a spider made out of an olive on top to make it Halloween festive

A taco specially made for Halloween festivities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mysterious Halloween Candy Confection
My friend Dorthy told me about some very special candy – with a little sweet, some pop and a little heat.  It is AWESOME!
it's all about Halloween

 

 

Eye See YOU Halloween Cupcakes
Halloween is …..well….creepy sometimes, so these cupcakes will fill that side if you are looking for ‘just the right’ spookiness, here you go!
it's all about Halloween

 

 

Spooky Halloween Layered Cake
Layers of purple, orange and chocolate cake decorated with purchased embellishments make it come together quickly. Great for all about Halloween desserts.
it's all about Halloween

 

 

Halloween Crunchy Bread Bones and Dipping Sauce
Here’s another Halloween food for your family and guests that’s not sweet. it’s super simple ‘bones’ made out of bread sticks and a dipping sauce from ranch sauce and food coloring!  Come see how easy.
it's all about Halloween

 

 

FRANKEN Pudding CUPS
These are Halloween fun in a cup with pudding and cookie crumbs on the top.  
it's all about Halloween

 

 

Monster Mouth Apples
Finally a healthy Halloween treat! Come see how this comes together for everyone to enjoy. 
it's all about Halloween

 

 

Boazone the Snake Calzone

A calzone or pizza formed like a snake for Halloween fun food

A stuffed pizza dough in the form of a snake

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

S’Mores Chocolate and Marshmallow Pops

A great treat to make as a family – no campfire needed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attack of the Pumpkins and our Revenge 
Stan and I came home to 82 pumpkins!  WHAT? But we got our revenge, lol,  More Halloween fun at our house. 

 

 

Halloween Kids Thumbprint Pumpkin Keepsake Picture
I love this picture my daughter-in-law Ashley made for me using the thumbprints of all the grandkids as the pumpkins in the Halloween picture.  It’s a keepsake I bring out every year.
Kids thumbprint made into a pumpkin in a Halloween picture

 

 

Carrie’s Cold Apple Cider
I wanted to bring you an apple cider that’s cold (link to a hot one also there) for Halloween family friendly drinks that are non-alcoholic.  Enjoy
it's all about Halloween

 

 

Halloween Buffet 
This link will show you all the goodies of all about Halloween food in the buffet.  Great ideas for your celebration!

Panini, treats, and food for Halloween

Carrie Groneman’s recipe Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2017, 2018

Recognize a blessing and be a blessing today.

WHY Avoid the DARK Dangerous Side of Halloween

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How to have fun at Halloween while protecting your family

Halloween can be fun but it can be a time of evil if not watchful

BEWARE THE DARK SIDE OF HALLOWEEN

WHY Avoid the DARK Dangerous Side of Halloween?

There really are many reasons and I’ll explain 

I recently learned that Halloween has surpassed every other holiday in the amount of money spent to celebrate this time of year.
At first glance that didn’t surprise, nor phase me. We have the candy to hand out, the parties, the fun foods, the costumes, decorations for our homes and yard, we even have fun dressing up our pets
Then I began to ponder this a bit.
The next holiday in line for most spent is Christmas. I do not know if the statistical amount includes these: but consider if you will – Christmas financial spending to comprise:

  • Gifts for others
  • Service projects
  • Donations for worthy causes
  • Sub for Santa to ensure others have a Christmas
  • Food contributions of all sorts so families can have a meal, and children have food during the holidays
  • Halloween spending, to my knowledge does not do deliver any humanitarian aid nor relief. Well, possibly to dentists, or to those who are given the candy in the trades for sweets by the dentists; which is brilliant! Again, I am not saying we should do away with Halloween, so please stay with me.

 

POSITIVES

Halloween can bring fun, parties and lots of good times.

If you have looked at my blog you will see I enjoy making food festive and theme related.

I sewed my kid’s costumes as they grew up and even a grandson’s costume.

The rule was/is the costume had to be family-friendly. Nothing gory, inappropriate, supernatural in nature, etc.

Stan and our kids thoroughly enjoyed decorating the house and yard with lights, cotton webs, wood and ceramic figures, pumpkins and the like to bring in the celebratory mood.




 – Halloween can bring communities and neighborhoods together through ‘Trunk or Treats’

 – When visiting as people come to your home with their children.

These opportunities are tremendous because often in our busy life we don’t have/take the time to chat with those who live close by, or friends that we see on these occasions other than this holiday.

In fact I try to have hot chocolate, cider, scones, cookies or something to hand to the adults (of course candy to the kids) so we can say HELLO.

Make new friendships or renew old ones.

Halloween provides this possibility where none others do.

 


 

HISTORY OF HALLOWEEN

The tradition of Halloween is well….nothing too good……that I could find anyway.

For example, Easter and Christmas have definite Christian reasons for celebration. Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are sacred Jewish holidays.

Beginning as soon as the decorations are out for Halloween we spend a ton of money, plan like crazy, and yet is it just a party? Is there nothing more to it?

Sources I read stated that going clear back to the Celtics, they declared November 1st as Day Of The Dead since the weather was cold, the leaves would fall and it was getting dark earlier; everything was dying. It was thought that a “Lord of Death and Evil Spirits”, we now know as “The Grim Reaper” was coming.

It was believed that on October 31st the Lord of Death and all the spirits of those who had died that year, were allowed to return home and visit the living. As a way to keep these spirits pacified and be able to not harm them, or any other humans, the Druid priests held diabolical worship ceremonies; in which animals and even people were burned to death.

As time past, early Christians, desiring a part in the traditional festivities though not desiring a part of the original traditions, created All Saints’ Day to coincide with the pagan rites. Satanists–acting true to form–reversed the Christian procedure. Because November 1st was All Saints’ Day (All Souls’ Day, November 2nd, memorializes the dead), Satanists established October 31st as an”All Demon’s Night.” As surely as the Christian martyrs and saints dominated their own holiday, so did the demons permeate the preceding evening. All Hallows’ Eve predictably became a time of spells, curses, and horrors for those who did not believe, but for the Satanists, particularly the witches, it was a joyous festival and major sabbat. So it remains in a diluted form, ironically celebrated by Christian society far more vigorously than All Saints’ Day. (*http://logosresourcepages.org/Holidays/halloween.htm Quoted from The Occult Conceit – A New Look at Astrology, Witchcraft and Sorcery, by Owen S. Rachleff, from page 189-190.)


 So with this information, some Cautions to consider

You can research quite easily the origins behind the symbols we use for Halloween (I found none inspiring, but all depressing actually).
The occult’s that sprang because of Halloween include many appalling fixations and introduce corrupt and immoral behavior and ideas never before thought of or seen such as*:

  • Black & heavy metal music
  • Fantasy Role playing games
  • Slasher/horror movies & sadistic pornography
  • Reading occult & satanic literature
  • People who would not ever involve themselves with the occult at any other time will experiment at Halloween parties with séances, Ouija boards, levitation, rituals and ritual sex.
  • Arson tends to become a huge problem in many areas across the country the week of Halloween.
  • What about the candy itself? In most cities hospitals and medical facilities open their doors encouraging parents to bring their children’s stash in to be x-rayed for precaution that there are no foreign objects such as pins, razor blades, etc.
  • Pranks that are malicious are common practice at such as tossing pumpkins off of overpasses onto passing cars. People have even been harmed and killed this way.
  • The desensitizing and violence is rampant in all its forms as it’s associated with haunted houses, movies, etc.

 

Keep Going or Stop?

I personally will continue to enjoy the fun parts of Halloween.

However, I will use it as a learning analogy, as I like to do with everyday situations.

In fact, the story, ‘The Devil and Daniel Webster’ is a classic and fits my purpose here perfectly.  (I thoroughly enjoy the old black and white movie and is a regular at our home.)

From internet description:

“The Devil and Daniel Webster” is narrated as a folktale told in the border country of Vermont, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts, regarding the famous American orator Daniel Webster. Like so many folk legends, this one contains some exaggeration and several important lessons.

Jabez Stone is an unlucky New Hampshire farmer who, in a moment of frustration, sells his soul to the devil. His farm prospers, but when the devil returns near the end of the seven-year contract, Stone sees the soul of his neighbor Miser Stevens in the devil’s pocket, and his dread grows. Although the devil grants him a three-year extension on his contract, the time weighs on Jabez Stone and, in desperation, he goes to see Daniel Webster, who was born near Stone’s farm but who now lives and practices law in Marshfield, Massachusetts. Webster says that he has not argued such a “mortgage case” in some time, but he agrees to take it. The two return to New Hampshire to await the arrival of the devil, who comes at midnight to claim his property.
The heart of the story is the debate between the devil and Daniel Webster. At the beginning, it looks as if Daniel Webster has met his match. He argues that no American can be pressed into the service of a “foreign prince,” but the devil cleverly demonstrates that he has a long American history: “When the first wrong was done to the first Indian, I was there. When the first slaver put out for the Congo, I stood on her deck.” Not to be outdone, Webster stands on the Constitution and demands a trial for his client, with an American judge and jury. Mr. Scratch…




Why this story?

Is there a way to find a positive to the tradition of Halloween celebrations?

I do personally believe that there is a devil and that he is real.

In this fictional story, the devil shows just how much he wants a person, actually each one of us on his side, to be his, and to serve him and not God.

The main character in the book – movie, Jabez, in desperation put himself and his family in a terrible situation. 

Luckily it was a fictional story and a hero, Daniel Webster was able to rescue him.

It can be enticing to look to the darker side whether on Halloween, or any day of the year.

The unknown, the tantalizing a different way of life that is not wholesome.

While in reality, the repercussions of poor choices will reverberate and affect you and others for years, even generations to come.  

  • Of course, we can be redeemed and change!
  • But why go there in the first place? 
  • Why even consider the sinister, evil and sinful aspects? 
  • It will never bring good.  
  • It will never make us happy. 
  • It will never help us be a better person, one that others can trust, or one that can be followed as a guide for a life of integrity and  moral strength. 
  • By experimenting in the foul and vile immoral ways, it only brings unhappiness and  deep misery.

Let’s use caution and intelligence when choosing what to participate in during the Halloween festivities

  • as well as any activities
  • and what we see in movies
  • and hear in music that could affect our good standing.  

Passing up the provocative and anything that does not ‘feel right’, is truly worth the self control.

It’s worth the sacrifice to be a good example and one others trust to do the right thing even when it’s not easy.




CONSEQUENCES OF PARTICIPATING IN THE DARK SIDE OF HALLOWEEN

Everything has its opposite; light has dark, flat has round, happiness has pain, etc. 

As I pointed out above I believe there is a Satan, you may also believe there is a force of bad or wickedness that tempts us to stray from God or the good/right.

If you agree, then you believe there is a struggle for our loyalty, devotion, allegiance.

Let’s look at how it applies to Halloween for our purpose here:

Halloween time particularly promotes psychics, spirits, mediums,  seances and such over looking to God and Him only.

The promotion of violence and death is especially focused this time of year, desensitizing our mind and spirit.  During the rest of the year we would probably not consider going to certain places or putting our family in certain situations, yet pay for these experiences in October!  Think about what Haunted Houses, horror movies and the like encourage –

  • torture
  • mutilation
  • satanism
  • bizarre murders
  • sexual practices that exploit
  • none of these would be permissible in normal daily life!

When children, teens, even adults, are exposed to the evils that are prevalent at Halloween can do incredible physiological and emotional damage that may be irreparable.

Halloween is a time to be very vigilant and aware of looking at what is going on at the parties our family members/we are attending, the movies they/we are watching, avoiding any appearance of evil basically.   

HOWEVER

When you let your children know that you are striving with all your might to protect them spiritually, emotionally and physically, the bond of trust and love is unbreakable. 

So by having an open and continuous conversation about good and evil, choosing right and wrong, Satan and God. teaching them the scriptures and how to protect them-self, you are doing an remarkable and extraordinary job as a parent, helping them to have a happy and joyful future and life.

 

CONCLUSION

My point is, we live in this world.

Halloween is generally celebrated with the family-friendly emphasis,.

Only allow that approach in your home,  than we can have fun with the festivities while not succumbing to the malicious aspects.

I say YES to Halloween, and great memories!

Be watchful to ensure that only wholesome family traditions and activities are the result.

Never fear of peer pressure, no matter your age. That’s how there will be happiness and good feelings all around. 

I hope you will enjoy your time as family and friends, with positive and uplifting events, get-together’s and lots of GOOD will come.

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2015, 2018

Recognize a blessing and be a blessing today

How to have fun at Halloween while protecting your family

Halloween can be fun but it can be a time of evil if not watchful

3D Pumpkin

Unique 3-D Pumpkin Centerpiece

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3D Pumpkin

My friend Dorthy has the most incredible paper 3-D pumpkin I have ever seen.   

This CENTERPIECE will be a show-stopper and the possibilities are endless!  Dorthy has picture tutorials to help you every step of the way. 

Also, if you’re  looking for ideas for Thanksgiving  to make it more special click HERE

 

Unique 3D Pumpkin Centerpiece

Supplies:

10 – 12 X 12 orange cardstock (I used Kraftcore shattered by Core’dinatons)
1 – 12 X 12 dark green cardstock
Aleene’s tacky glue original or fast drying
Glue stick
1 wooden skewer
Small hole punch
Green wire (opt)
Scoring mat and scoring tool (opt)
2” Circle punch (opt)

Directions:

1 – Cut out all pieces:
From 2 pieces of orange cardstock cut: 2 – 4 ½ X 12 & 1 – 3 X 12
From 1 piece of orange cardstock cut: 4 – 3 X 12
From 4 pieces of orange cardstock cut: 2 – 3 ½ X 12 & 1 – 4 X 12
From 1 piece of orange cardstock cut: 3 – 4 X 12
From 1 piece of orange cardstock cut: 2 – 3 X 12 & 1 – 4 X 12
From 1 piece of orange cardstock cut: 9 – 2” circles
From I piece of green cardstock cut: 1 – 2 X 12 strip & 2 leaves (I googled pumpkin leaves)


2 –lightly mark each orange strip on the wrong side in 1 inch intervals or use scoring mat and tool so that there are 12 sections on each strip.

3D Pumpkin 1

3D Pumpkin 2

3 – Fan fold each strip being as exact as possible. (fold half of each width of strips by folding the first section toward the back and fold the other half of the strips by folding the first section to the front.)

3D Pumpkin 3


Punch a hole in the center of 7 of the 2” circles.(to find the center, fold one circle in half and then again in fourths.

Punch the hole where the folds meet and use this template to punch the other circles.)3D Pumpkin 44 – Bottom layer: glue 4 – 3 X 12 strips together to form a circle (I had to cut about 1/16”from each short end) making sure to use 2 strips folded to the front first and 2 strips folded to the back first.

Flatten into a circle and glue a 2” circle to the bottom keeping the center as tight as possible. (This is really easier to do with two people, so have a girl’s night to do this project.)

Insert the skewer in the center of the folds and glue.

Hold until the glue is set. Take a 2” circle and generously spread glue on one side.

Slide it down over the skewer and use to help hold the layer in place.

3D Pumpkin 5

3D Pumpkin 6

3D Pumpkin 7

3D Pumpkin 85 – Repeat the process with each layer.
2nd layer –4 – 3 ½ X 12 pieces
3rd layer – 4 – 4 X 12 pieces
4th layer – 4 – 4 ½ X 12 pieces
5th layer – 4 – 4 X 12 pieces
6th layer – 4 – 3 ½ X 12 pieces
7th layer – 4 – 3 X 12 pieces3D Pumpkin 9

3D Pumpkin 106 – Place one last 2” circle on the top.3D Pumpkin 11


7 – Cut the skewer to 1 ¾ “high reserving the cut part of the skewer. Roll the 2 X 9 piece of green cardstock around the cut part of the skewer to form a stem and glue to hold its shape. Remove from skewer.
8 – Cut 2 leaves from the green cardstock
9 – Wind 3 – 9” pieces of wire around the cut skewer and then remove to form curly vines.3D Pumpkin 1210 – Place the stem on the skewer end and glue. Arrange the leaves and curly vines on top.
TADA

This is not a hard project but it is a little time consuming. Be patient- it’s WAY worth it for this AMAZING centerpiece!3D Pumpkin 13

Centerpiece by Dorthy, Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2014

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How To Keep Your Pet Safe On Halloween

Halloween Pet Safety Tips

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How To Keep Your Pet Safe On Halloween

Pets need to be watched out for on holidays

 

How To Keep Your Pet Safe On Halloween with these tips

 How To Keep Your Pet Safe On Halloween with these tips makes all the festivities even more fun. 

Halloween can be a fun time to show off our pets, but there are ways to keep them safe, and steps to take.

My daughter-in-law Ashley has great tips to share with you so they are protected and you can enjoy being with them.




How To Keep Your Pet Safe On Halloween with these tips

How To Keep Your Pet Safe On Halloween with these tips

How To Keep Your Pet Safe On Halloween with these tips

My daughter-in-law Ashley is back after popular demand!  She kindly made us a list of tips to help our pets be safe during the upcoming holiday. We all learn so much from her advice and here is her list:

  • Make sure your pet has a current identification on at all times.
  • There is a high risk that your pet can be frightened and confused, causing it to run off.
    How To Keep Your Pet Safe On Halloween with these tips

    How To Keep Your Pet Safe On Halloween with these tips

  • Give your pet a safe and quiet place to go if they need to.
  • Strangers in costumes and the constant ringing of the doorbell can be stressful to a pet.
  • Keep animals indoors as much as possible so they do not become targets of pranksters who may tease or seriously harm your pet.
  • Black cats tend to fall victim much too often during October.
  • Keep candy and decorations away from your pet.


 

  • Chocolate can be toxic to animals, as well as many sugar-free candies and gum. *Reportedly anything containing xylitol can be deadly to pets. Watch for this ingredient and check with your veterinarian.
  • If you suspect your pet has eaten xylitol, or any other harmful substance, call your veterinarian immediately.
  • Candy wrappers and party decorations can be hazardous if swallowed. Keep picked up and away from pets. 
    How To Keep Your Pet Safe On Halloween with these tips

    How To Keep Your Pet Safe On Halloween with these tips

    If you choose to dress your pet in a costume, there are a few guidelines to follow for their protection and safety:

1. Be sure the costume fits well. It should not restrict movement, visibility, breathing or ability to bark or meow.

How To Keep Your Pet Safe On Halloween with these tips

How To Keep Your Pet Safe On Halloween with these tips

2. If your pet seems uncomfortable, anxious, stressed, over-heated or acting in an unusual way, take the costume off. Not all animals enjoy the costumes or clothing.   3. Carefully check the costume for any loose, dangling pieces or other items that could be chewed off or swallowed.

If you have any pet safety tips you’d like me to add, please email me and I would love to include them!

ENJOY the season and keep your pet safe!

How To Keep Your Pet Safe On Halloween with these tips

How To Keep Your Pet Safe On Halloween with these tips

Click HERE for Ashley’s Summer pet Safety tips and helps. 

Thank you so much Ashley for such terrific advice for our pets at A Mother’s Shadow.

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2013, 2018

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*Check with your veterinarian about these ideas and any other questions you may have; as this is not to take the place of a trained professional and are all simply opinions.




A wood frame with string inside to look like a spider web.

Friendly Halloween Spider Web Frame

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A wood frame with string inside to look like a spider web.

Easy and unique Halloween Craft and Decoration

 

 

Here’s a Friendly Halloween Spider Web Frame that is adorable and perfect for the door if you put it on a hanger or ribbon. 

The mantle or the table, really anywhere you want is great for this unique and easy to make craft. 

Make them as a family, gifts night-out, teen get-together or party, kids craft or family time fun. 

 




 

Friendly Halloween Spider Web Frame

Supplies:

click on the title or name to easily see the product if you’d like

Wooden frame, 8×11″ or your choice of size –  like these

Cotton String

Green paint of your choice,  HERE is an  Olive Green

Sponge brush

Decorations as desired, here are ideas:  THIS ONE or THESE

Hot glue gun

 




Instructions:

Paint the frame with the green and let it dry completely.

Friendly Halloween Spider Web Frame

Friendly Halloween Spider Web Frame

Begin with a drop of hot glue and with the string at the top of the frame.
With the string taut, now make a spoke wheel with the string, still one piece. 

Friendly Halloween Spider Web Frame

Friendly Halloween Spider Web Frame

You can see the pattern here on the back.

Then go around the spoke strings to make a web pattern.

Friendly Halloween Spider Web Frame

Friendly Halloween Spider Web Frame

Now, don’t be too worried if it’s not a perfect web.  All spider webs are unique and creative, just like yours will be!  Have fun with it and make it your own:)




Attach your embellishments with the glue gun. 

Friendly Halloween Spider Web Frame

Friendly Halloween Spider Web Frame

Now where to display this spooky spider frame – on the door or shelf? 

hhhmmm….Maybe we will have to make more!

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2014, 2018

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