FamilyFun Big Book of Halloween

FamilyFun Big Book of Halloween

This issue features fun, can-do Halloween ideas that parents will love creating for and with their kids. Easy recipes, costumes, party ideas, favors, and outdoor decor combine to create the ultimate how-to guide for the season.

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in this issue

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from the editors

Halloween fun is for everyone. Whether your kids are chomping at the bit to perfect their costume for a night of trick-or-treating or more interested in a game of peekaboo, Halloween offers family fun opportunities for all ages. To help you kick off the season, we created the “Ultimate Halloween Countdown” (page 6), packed with crafty ideas for decorating and making your own costumes. For the haunted host with the most, get recipe ideas for kids and grown-ups in “No Tricks, So Many Treats” (page 24). Grab goofy game ideas (with free downloadable printables) and silly snacks for your littlest partygoers in “The Monster Bash” (page 86). No party is complete without a great costume, but there’s no need to fret about having to spend hours sewing. “Kids in the Hood” (page…

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what do you do with excess halloween candy?

help the homeless Take small favor bags to a homeless shelter. –JESSICA WEATHERHEAD, HOPKINTON, MA bake a batch of goodies I keep leftover chocolate candy for baking desserts. –SHANNON HOLMES, SOMERS, CT use the scientific method Starting when he was 3, my son, now 10, has performed experiments with extra candy. –PAMELA J. MILLER, NEW YORK, NY donate to kids in need For Operation Christmas Child, we fill shoeboxes with little gifts and treats. –ERICA KNIGHTS, RUCKERSVILLE, VA design with gingerbread My son decorated a gingerbread house with most of his treats. –PAM COX JUTTE, CHARLESTON, SC turn candy into art Using just candy and toothpicks, our family has an annual art competition. –MICHELLE KADERA, PLACENTIA, CA support our troops We take it to a dentist who buys it and ships it to troops overseas. –AMY LEACH, MENOMONIE, WI…

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decorate the house

An estimated 157 million Americans celebrate Halloween! SURPRISE-A-DAY CALENDAR Spider rings. Ghost erasers. Your kids will love getting a Halloween-y prize each morning. MATERIALS * 12×14×3-inch shipping box * Crafts knife * 20×30-inch piece of black foam core * Double-stick tape * Yellow tissue paper or vellum * Thirty 3-oz. paper cups * Hot glue * Candy or toys INSTRUCTIONS 1. Cut one 12×14 side off the box. Cut a small hole in the top back of the box (for hanging the house later). 2. Trace the house template (find it at onto foam core; cut out foam-core house. 3. On back of house, outline each window with double-stick tape. Spread tissue paper flat on a clean surface. Press house, tape-side down, onto paper. Trim excess paper. 4. With house faceup, gently write numbers 1 to 30 on small windows. 5. Inside the box, arrange paper…

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work on costumes

35 million pounds of candy corn are made annually. BUSY BEE Wear: Black blazer, striped shirt, and jeans. Make: Antennae and wings. INSTRUCTIONS 1. For the antennae: For each, twist together three black pipe cleaners and one yellow pipe cleaner. Wrap one end around a headband and glue a pom-pom onto the other end; let dry. 2. For the wings: Cut out four 3×3-foot pieces of tulle; layer them on top of each other. Fold the stack accordion-style; secure at the middle with clear tape. Trim into a wing shape. Pin to the blazer. FLOWER CHILD Wear: Green dress and tights. Make: Flower collar. INSTRUCTIONS 1. Cut a 1½-inch-wide yellow ribbon to your child’s collar size, plus several inches. 2. Fold it in half lengthwise, iron to crease the center, and unfold. Cut out 12 pink felt petals, each about…

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party prep

bark with a bite This treat comes together fast: Melt a package of candy melts according to package directions. Spread onto parchment paper. Press in various candies; let cool. Break to serve. One package makes about nine servings. cyclops skewers Halloween can be healthy too! Thread segments of fruit (we used pineapple, kiwi, watermelon, strawberries, and clementines) onto 4-inch-long bamboo skewers; top with a melon ball. Press in mini chocolate chip pupils and carrot strip antennae. CEREAL BALLS S0 EYE-CATCHING! INGREDIENTS 3 Tbs. butter, plus extra1 (10-oz.) package marshmallows (or 4 cups miniature marshmallows)6 cups cereal (like Fruity O’s) Candy eyes Prepared frosting DIRECTIONS 1. In a large saucepan, melt the butter over low heat. Add the marshmallows; stir until melted. Remove from heat. 2. Add the cereal and stir until well coated. 3. Use a buttered scoop (⅓ cup)…

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prep pumpkins

REAL LOOKERS What to do Empty your pumpkin. Paint it with white acrylic; let dry. Use permanent markers to draw an iris, pupil, and veins onto a press-on closet light. Trace the light on the pumpkin, carve out the hole, and set the light into hole. (Be sure to hold the light from the inside when you turn it on.) GLO-SAIC What to do Paint pumpkin black; let dry. Adhere strips of glow-in-the-dark duct tape to parchment paper. Draw 1-inch-tall X’s spaced 1 inch apart along the length of the tape; cut out to create hexagons (about 80 total). Stick them to the pumpkin as shown, starting in the middle. NEO-NEON What to do Empty your pumpkin. Paint it black; let dry. Draw a word on paper. Curve 12-gauge armature wire to match the word, leaving 3 inches…