Great Pumpkin Ideas

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pumpkinWhile pumpkins are usually the symbol for Halloween, they can also be used at Thanksgiving time when you find pumpkin crafts for kids that pertain to Thanksgiving. Gourds, pumpkins, and squash are in plentiful supply after Halloween and the Pilgrims and Indians used pumpkins in their Thanksgiving feast, so why not find Thanksgiving pumpkin crafts for kids?

One of the great pumpkin crafts for kids we like is to take a small pumpkin and poke some holes in the back part of it near the top.  Then stick a bunch of lollipops into the holes to make turkey feathers.  You can then use a black marker to draw on a turkey face or use construction paper to make the face.  Just be creative with this craft and turn that pumpkin into a turkey with a little imagination.

Here is another one of the cute pumpkin crafts for kids we found.  If you know someone who is a wood worker, or if you know your own way around a jigsaw, take some wood and make some feathers.  This works best with thicker wood.  Just draw an elongated oval shape and cut out of the wood.  Then paint them in different colors.  Drill a small hole in the bottom of the feather after the paint has dried, and insert pegs in the bottom.  Then push the pegs into the back of the pumpkin near the top.  You can also craft a 3 dimensional turkey head out of the wood and insert the pegs into it as well.  Just push it into the pumpkin too and you have a cute turkey made out of a pumpkin!

We eat pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving, right?  Most people use the canned pumpkin to make their pies, but some people actually use the real thing which involves cleaning out the inside of a pumpkin and taking out the meat for the pie filling.  That leaves you with an empty pumpkin shell that you can use as part of your pumpkin crafts for kids arsenal.  We carve our pumpkins for Halloween, you can also carve a pumpkin for Thanksgiving too.  Print out a Thanksgiving coloring page that you like of a Thanksgiving scene whether it is of a family having dinner or the Pilgrims and Indians sitting down to break bread.  Use a carving saw and detailing tool and use the carved pumpkin for a centerpiece on your Thanksgiving table.

There are many other pumpkin crafts for kids that you can find online if you use your favorite search engine.  Look around the Internet and experiment around with as many of the pumpkin crafts for kids for Thanksgiving and then decorate your house for the holiday!

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This recipe is compliments of Gina's -- skinnytaste.com.  Many thanks to Gina for this great, healthy, easy recipe.  The kids and party attendees will love them.  The taste is ghoolicious.

Spooked at the thought of all the Halloween temptations we are about to experience at the scariest season of the year?

Well you need not fear – these Spooky Spider Cupcakes are lighter on the waistline, and are sure to be all the fright at your next Halloween party.

The cupcakes themselves are made with just THREE ingredients: boxed cake mix, canned pumpkin and WATER! The topping is a chocolate glaze, just a smear - just enough to help the sprinkles and eyeballs adhere to the cupcake.

Ingredients:

  • 16.5 oz Duncan Hines Dark Chocolate Fudge Cake mix
  • 3/4 cup + 2 tbsp canned 100% pure pumpkin
  • 3/4 cup + 2 tbsp water

For the glaze:

  • 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp confectioners' sugar
  • 4 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp 1% milk, plus 1 tsp if needed
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt

For the toppings:

  • 6 tbsp chocolate sprinkles
  • black string licorice, cut into 2 inch strips (Wilton)
  • Wilton eyeball candy

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350°. Line a cupcake tin with 18 cupcake liners.
Combine pumpkin puree and water in a large bowl; mix to combine. Add chocolate cake mix and beat 2 minutes. (Be sure the cake mix is 16.5 oz or you'll have to adjust the other ingredients)

Fill cupcake liners 2/3 full and bake about 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack for 15 minutes.

For the glaze combine all dry ingredients, add vanilla and 1 tbsp milk, adding 1/4 tsp more at a time if needed until smooth.

Place sprinkles in a bowl.

Using a spatula or butter knife, spread just under 1 tsp of the glaze over the cupcake, then quickly dip into the bowl of sprinkles. Quickly add eyes before glaze dries.  To add legs, poke holes with a bamboo stick, then insert. Can be made the night before. Makes 18.

Calories: 139.5 • Fat: 3.5 g • Carb: 26 g • Fiber: 2 g • Protein: 1.5 g • Sugar: 17 g
Sodium: 291 mg  *Nutritional info includes everything except eyes and legs.

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Having trouble figuring out what to have for your halloween party?  It needs to be something that matches the season, right?  When I was asked to bring something to our community event, I struggled to find the perfect dish but found this one.  What a great addition to Halloween!  Bake one for your party and watch as it disappears.  Your guests or other attendees will love this bread pudding.

recipe from Diana Rattray http://southernfood.about.com

Ingredients:

•  8 oz French bread, cut into small pieces, about 5-6 cups

•  2 cups half-and-half

•  3 large eggs

•  2/3 cup granulated sugar

•  2/3 cup brown sugar

•  1 can (15 ounces) pumpkin puree

•  3 tablespoons melted butter

•  1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

•  1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

•  1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

•  1 teaspoon vanilla

Butter a bundt pan. Heat oven to 350°.

In a bowl toss the bread with the half-and-half; set aside.

In another bowl, combine eggs, sugars, pumpkin, melted butter, spices, and vanilla; blend well.

Pour pumpkin mixture over soaked bread and stir to blend.

Pour mixture into the prepared baking dish.

Bake for 45 to 60 minutes, or until set.

Serve with brown sugar sauce, whipped cream, or vanilla ice cream. ?Serves 8.

Brown Sugar Sauce

1¼ cups packed brown sugar

½ cup butter

½ cup cream (35% fat)

Melt butter and brown sugar over medium stir constantly. Bring to slow boil and cook for about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and whisk cream into sugar mix a bit at a time. Serve warm over Bread Pudding.

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Powder asked:


We have a long standing tradition to be the scariest house on the block every halloween, and this year is no exception.
My dad bought a projector that we want to use to show a film/slide show of scary pictures on the garage door, but we're having problems finding something to our satisfaction.
What we're hoping to find is like a video of a ghost (scary ghost of course) flying across the scene, or multiple pictures of scary (disturbing works as well) people/demons...things like that.
Does anyone know where to find these or have any that you personally remember?
Please give a link

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starsheartsnhorseshoes asked:


Is KSU's annual downtown celebration the Saturday before Halloween (Oct. 25th) or on actual Halloween (Fri. the 31st?) I've heard people want to keep the tradition of having it the Sat. before but I'm not sure...

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:) L* asked:


im 13
not a very good runner,
and totally afraid of getting caught.
what could happen to me if i did?
a live in a small town in ohio and there are about 5 cops (actually alot where i live) each night out scouting for teens and drunks and cops will practically double on halloween.

here are the pranks were doing:
-TPing
-egging (houses not cars)
-shaving creaming
-forking yards
-switching halloween decorations
-piling pumpkins in the road
-glueing mailboxes. trashcans, etc
-flouring windows
vasoline, honey, PB, syrup on dorknobs/carhandles

any other ideas

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PLEASE
no telling me how bad it is and that i shouldnt do it because its practically a tradition in this town and its not gonna stop me.

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Jamie S asked:


Me and two other friends where thinking about dressing up as
Hilliary clinton, obama, and **** chaney for halloween.

i'm the whitest of us and would be Obama,
i would dress as a nerd and have Obama across my shirt or on my forehead.
my mexican friend would be Hilliary and would dress gangsta and have Hilliary across her shirt or forehead
and other white friend, would dress as Chaney...
except wearing camo and carrying a fake gun and
'Obama' and Hilliary' would have like fake gun wounds,
like Chaney shot us

we're all 17 and thought it would be fun just goofing around,
we have a tradition to dress up from something in history every halloween,
(ex. one year we went as Mt. Rushmore)
but then thought that some people might get offended?

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Brian asked:


There are some people who want to turn the phrase Christmas tree into a Holiday tree. LOL. What next?

Will Thanksgiving turkey be called a Holiday turkey or Halloween candy will be called Holiday candy.

If you do not like Christmas and do not celebrate it fine. But don't bash the holiday that so many of us love and get joy out of celebrating. Christmas is my favorite holiday.

I know that most people are not like this. And maybe I watch too much Fox News. But I just don't see why some people have such a problem with the holiday and tradition of Christmas.

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Alex asked:


I usually take halloween very seriously, but I don't have alot of money on hand this year, so rather than make a very expensive costume again this year, I decided to perfect an old one.

I went as The Joker from The Dark Knight last year. I have a very nice costume, but the makeup I had was horrible. It was something I picked up from a costume shop. It went on wet, and dried like paint.While it looked good for about 20 minutes, it turned solid, would crack, chip, and fall off. Another problem was that it was so itchy that I couldn't bare to wear it for more than an hour or so at a time.

Is there a certain kind of makeup I could use that would go on pitch white and stay that way? I understand that I probably couldn't do much eating or sweating, but the makeup I had last year ruined halloween for me, because I have a long standing tradition of only going out in public on hallween in costume, and I'd like to actually stay looking like my character this year.

Need it in a hurry for Halloween?

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Dante asked:


I need HELP!

This is a first marriage for not only my groom but myself included. He is a F to M transgendered punk Wicca, while I am a biological female Gothic neoanglo-christian/odinist. Our wedding is a Victorian Gothic affair being held on Halloween next year and it will be outdoors with the indoor reception, but its the ceremony that I am fretting over since he and I will be making all the reception fare ourselves.

We both agreed on having a Pagan Hand-fasting ceremony for this first part of our marriage, as in the state we are marrying we will only be able to have a Common Law Partnership. The problem is I know nothing about hand-fasting's or how they are performed, even vague descriptions only are never consistent enough with one another to give me an idea of how to do this ceremony.

What I need to know is what are the customs and such so I won't make a fool of my groom in front of his family and our friends, because the day is not only mine but his and I really want it to be special for everyone involved.

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