A body cavity cake with ribs made from white chocolate and each organ made of a different flavor cake and filling. Image courtesy of Debbie Morrow. All Rights Reserved.
Confessions of a Party Planner
I must confess: it is a highlight for me to get an emotional response from guests before they even taste a morsel at my Halloween parties. But beyond their visual appeal (or gruesome effect), it has to be undoubtedly tasty.
Luckily, it usually only takes a few brave souls to initiate the tasting of horrifying foods and giving them the thumbs up. Word-of-mouth is very powerful and thanks to those who initiated the food fest, a chain-reaction will occur of good conversations, laughs, and most importantly, everyone else digging in.
Below you’ll find awe-inspiring Halloween recipes that have been tested by my own party attendees or are on my “must try” list from my peer’s tried and true recipes. Continue reading
This failed cabbage pot was the perfect place to set my DIY witch shoes and props. Image courtesy of Debbie Morrow, All Rights Reserved.
Looking for a quick and easy Halloween decoration? These ordinary granny boots can be transformed into a great prop in less than an hour(depending upon drying time if paint is needed).
One Pair of Lace-Up, Spiked Boots (an easy secondhand store find)
Black Spray or Waterproof Acrylic Paint (If boots are not black, purple, or burgundy)
Seasonal Ribbon and/or Halloween Shoe Strings
2 Pieces of Styrofoam (to fit from inside heel to top edge of boot ankle)
6 Small Halloween Floral Bunches (Dollar Tree item)
A Low Heat Glue Gun/Glue Sticks
A Broom (pictured is one from Dollar Tree, but Kidspot has a video on how make your own)
*Optional: Witch Sign, Skull, Extra Brooms of varying sizes/styles, and lights.
Directions: Continue reading
From left to right: Original casted well weighing over 40 pounds. The same well after about 10 years of elements and lawn mower hits. The newest well on right taking 3 days to make and only 5 pounds. Images courtesy of Debbie Morrow, All Rights Reserved.
Desperate Times Calls for Desperate Measures
Many times I can work better under pressure. This is one of them. When my Ring Girl Well was destroyed between lawn mower hits and age, I was at a loss for a few days. Since I’m still recovering from back surgery I couldn’t think of any possible way to achieve the rock casting and the bending needed to either repair or make another well as in my older Ring girl well tutorial.
Light Bulb Moment
It took over 50 PVC cuts to make the Mayor but it was so worth the effort. Image courtesy of Debbie Morrow. All rights reserved.
For those who have been waiting a year – I’m so sorry for being so tardy. If you’ve followed me in any way – you’ve seen I lost a huge part of my heart the day after Halloween – which has thrown me off kilter.
My loyal friends gently reminded me of my promise to post the tutorial – so here it is – the images are added first and then some explanation will follow with a specs sheet – that has all the measurements. Please read all before starting your project.
Take a plastic flexible garbage can and squash it a bit for correct shape. Cut a hole at top that will accomodate a 1″ PVC pipe. Use primer paint on all and let dry. Place painter’s tape down half vertically. Use outside acrylic peach on one side, grey on other side.
Find image on Google search, draw in pencil on the peach face and when satisfied, use grey, black, yellow, white, and tan acrylic outdoor paints.
Again, find image, draw in pencil and use black, white, and grey acrylic outdoor paint.
Use 1″ PVC pipe with “T” joints to make a larger bottom heptagon (7 sides) and a smaller version for top. Cut PVC pipe to connect smaller heptagon top to larger bottom (as you can see I ran out of pieces of PVC, so I added an extra unused “T”. This can work by adding a variety of couplers etc., if you run short too. I also covered it entirely with boxing tape once I was sure the shape was correct since I’ve had issues with PVC glue in the past.
Make frame by making a big “H” shape, topped with a horizontal PVC piece: using 3 “T’s” in horizontal (one for neck, 2 for shoulders) and 2 “T’s” in middle horizonal PVC and 2 “T’s” at bottom. Before adding bottom “T’s”, add a piece of pool noodle for legs. Cover with a pair of child’s size 4 stretch pants or fabric. Add PVC pipe for feet and cap each end with an 40 degree elbow for stability. You will need to cut PVC into pieces to fit the “T’s” into each other rather than being able to use one big piece at a time.
Place bell-shaped PVC frame over “H” frame, attach with zip ties (this allows for ability to take apart later if needed. Cut out 2 circles of black foam board equal to the size of the small bell shape top. Cut a hole in both to allow a 1″ pipe to fit snuggly through center of each. Hot glue one circle to top of bell frame, the other save for hat.
Use a white tee scrape or sheet scrape to cover mayor’s chest. Hot glue. Drape fabric over body, making two folds for a lapel and cut away fabric to transform into a suit. Attach PVC arms, cover with pool noodle and add a joint for elbows if you wish. Cover arms with same fabric and hot glue.
Get a rubber spider from dollar store, add black pipe cleaner to make a spider tie.
Get a roll of red ribbon, cut several pieces that you will fold over and hot glue each end. Cut a circle out of white foam board.
Lay ribbon folds in circle, glue together and glue white foam board circle in center.
Don’t forget to write the word “Mayor” in Black permanent marker in white circle of ribbon. Putting Head and Hat Together: Cut a long piece of PVC pipe, slide the head on through the hole (make sure it can move so you can switch the head view when you feel like it).
Slide the black circle you cut earlier over top of head and place your PVC shish-ka-bob style piece into the “T” at the neck part of the “H” frame. Top the hat with a piece of pool noodle and cover with black fabric with a hot glue gun. Make a strip of grey trim fabric around hat and glue. * You’ll notice that the black rim of hat made out of foam board shows the white inside – use your black paint to touch that up all the way around.
The hands are made similar to my Sally, Jack, and Ring Girl. I added a stripe to a cheer horn to give it a “Tim Burton-ish” feel ( a word from the book of Deb).
Mayor Specs DIY Nightmare Christmas
If anyone has an issue opening the PDF specs. sheet, please feel free to shoot me an email so I can send you the word document. If anyone has a question, please don’t hesitate to email me too. Happy Prop Building!
I can imagine this perfect cat costume in a photography studio. Image courtesy of Kittybloger.wordpress.com.
Now that it is time to mull over what costume to choose this year – don’t forget your favorite pet. Kitty Bloger has some wonderful images of cats in costumes.
Newzshop also includes some images from Kitty Bloger and others – if you’re really interested in dressing your cat.
As for your other animals, I’ll save that for a later post.
* Please note: For the sake of animal love, only dress cats(or other animals) that truly enjoy it. Otherwise this might seem a little cruel. Thanks!
An interactive exhibit of a Paper Craft Guillotine by Mandy Smith. Image courtesy of Make.
I know…it’s still summer. But this is the time I like to think about what I’d like to make for Halloween. Whether I can actually accomplish the things I dream of making…well – that’s another story. I’ve just had back surgery (all those hours of prop making can do a lot of wear and tear after so many years). But don’t count me out just yet.
Planning Ahead Saves Money
By making your plans and item lists early, you can save a bundle. Especially in garage sale season because you can pick up a plethora of items for pennies on the dollar. You can also find priceless stuff on the curb.
The Newest Prop to Love
While in my Reader, I found an awesome prop idea from Make. It is a paper craft guillotine that was used in an exhibit. I’d love to make one for the kids to try out. You’ll find it at Vimeo:
Unsure of what this season holds for me, I’d appreciate all my creative counterparts to start posting their ideas and if you accomplish your dream prop, shoot me a pic and a quick note so I can highlight you on my blog. Thanks!
Twas the night after Halloween and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse…Because we were all so tired from celebrating! Here was the yard this year and a highlight of costumes at the Halloween Bash.
Below are a few memorable costumes from our annual Morrow Halloween Bash. I’m sorry for so few. My photographer aka my husband was having such a great time he forgot his job for the night.
The head for the Mayor from The Nightmare Before Christmas is made from a garbage can squashed a little. Image courtesy of Debbie Morrow. All Rights Reserved.
For those who are looking forward to the Mayor tutorial, you may have to wait a little longer than expected. I’ve already started the first of the series, which is probably the most daunting.
This is not a task to take lightly. I must step into the shoes of a person who has no knowledge of PVC frame building.
With over 40 cuts of PVC needed to make the frame along with finding the word usage for the assembly – it will take several days to add the steps in a clear, concise manner.
I have reread and edited after taking a break, in order to help those who are really interested in building it. Will they have the directions in time for Halloween? Probably not.
I’m sorry to disappoint those who were waiting. Yet, it is more important to give accurate and clear directions rather than posting pics without guidance.
This zombie bunny looks thirsty. Image courtesy of Debbie Morrow. All rights reserved.
With The Walking Dead, Warm Bodies and other zombie movies warming our hearts, how could we not want to make zombies of our own?
To make this zombie bunny you’ll need:
1 Blow mold bunny (Craigslist and Ebay)
Outdoor craft paint – red, dark green, white, and black
Paint brushes with small tips
Small cups or an empty egg carton to mix colors
Pumpkin Teeth (Walgreens, Walmart)
Metal shish-kabob skewer or roofing nail
Paper towel (cheapest brand works best)
Directions: Continue reading
Some people get really disturbed when they go to a Halloween party and find others dressed in the same costume. Although I look at it as: the-more-the-merrier, others might not feel the same.
So here’s a few unique ideas that I’ve NEVER seen before today.
Image of Homemade Bath Pouf courtesy of Carleyy at Instructables.
Directions for the Human Scrubby can be found at the Instructables page called Homemade Bath Pouf Costume.
Smile for the Camera!
How would you like to find a camera case for this one? Image courtesy of tylercard at Instructables.
I wonder if any students can get extra credit for their photography class by actually becoming the camera? Either way, the costume can be found at Instructables and is called the Fully Functional Camera Costume.
Be a Thirst Quencher
You’ll never get thirsty with the Box of Wine Costume. Image courtesy of Carlyy at Instructables.
At least this wine spigot costume girl never leaves her friends high and dry. On the Instructables page called a Box of Wine Costume, there is an actual contest being held for anyone who makes the costume, takes a picture of themselves, and then posts with comments. Just don’t tell your friends if you want to be the only wine box at the party.
Do you have any unusual costumes you’d like to share? Send your photos and/or instructions of how you did it and I’ll post them – giving you the credit. Thanks!