Saturday, 29 October 2011

Halloween Horror and Safety

I don't know about you but I get very stressed by children (especially ones I don't know) coming to my door demanding treats and I absolutely don't let my children inflict that same horror on others.  However Halloween is still a fun time in our household and here's how we do it.

1. No Trick or Treat Posters. 
 I just googled no trick or treat posters and a whole load come up Just choose one and print.  I laminate because of the bad weather we have here in October.  Place it in a prominent Light place either your front door, gate or garage.

this is the one I'm using this year

2. BOO your family and friends.

 Welcome to the wonderful world of Halloween BOO-ing!
Sometimes called "Ghosting" or "the Phantom", the Halloween BOO is an Autumn take on "Secret Santa" or May baskets.
Usually seen in neighborhoods--but sometimes in the workplace--BOO-ing is a friendly tradition for Halloween fun.

To start a Halloween BOO, we secretly leave a small gift- this year a Bat mars bar/ Ghost lollipop, a BOO poem, BOO instructions and a BOO sign at a neighbour's doorstep.
The lucky BOO-ee is asked to post the sign near the door, alerting others that "We've Been BOO-ed!" That way, new BOO recruits won't leave a duplicate BOO on the doorstep.
In turn, the neighbour is asked to BOO two other households, leading to a chain reaction--and Halloween fun.

I love doing the booing as it teaches the children to give not Take.  we use different posters and gifts every year and give to different people and even a few unsuspecting people who serve in the community.

This year the girl who served us in tesco, the security guard in Tesco, The community Wardens all got booed as well as family, friends and neighbours.  Brilliant fun.

Boo Poems

I found these poems around the web. None were credited with authors. Of course you can be creative and make up your own!

Poem #1
The air is cool, the season fall,
Soon Halloween will come to all.
Ghosts and goblins, spooks galore...
Tricky witches at your door.
The spooks are after things to do,
In fact a spook brought this "Boo" to you!
The excitement comes when friends like you,
Copy this note and make it two.
We'll all have smiles upon our faces,
No one will know who "BOO"ed who's places!
Just two short days to work your spell,
Keep it secret, hide it well.
Please join the fun, the seasons here .
Just spread these "BOO's" and Halloween cheer.

Poem #2

The air is cool the season fall
Soon Halloween will come to all
The spooks are after things to do
In fact, a spook brought this to you
"BOO" is a shield from witching hour
Just hang it up and watch its power
On your front door is where it works
It wards off spooks and scary jerks
The treats that came with crypted note
Are yours to keep, enjoy them both
The power comes when friends like you
Will copy this and make it TWO
Then others here among our friends
Will give warm fuzzies that do not end
We'll all have smiles upon our faces
No one will know who "BOO"ed whose places
Just one short day to work your spell
Or a big ZAP will strike your tail
And don't forget a nifty treat,
Like something cute or something sweet
Please join fun, let's really hear it
And spread some "BOO"s and Halloween spirit

Poem #3
This treat is for you, we hope you enjoy.
The idea is simple, one we hope you employ.
You pass "BOO" along to two other neighbors.
Along with any kind of Halloween favors.
If we all do our part, and spread the good cheer,
By Halloween night it will be very clear,
We're a friendly bunch, we like to share fun
So please do your part to keep "BOO" on the run!

Poem #4
Since this is the time for goblins and bats
Halloween spirits and ghosts and cats
Happenings are weird and witches make brew
The following are the things I wish for you.
May the only spirit you chance to meet
Be thee spirit of love and friends that are sweet.
May the only goblin that comes your way
Be the neighborhood phantom, the breeze takes away.
So by tomorrow, pick a friend down the street
And give to them a Halloween treat.
Fill this cone with goodies galore,
Then hang it on their front door.
You only have one day to do this, so hurry
Leave treats on their door and run in a flurry
As this cone moves along from friend to friend,
All good wishes go on and never end

Halloween Safety Advice

Halloween can be a lot of fun for children and young people, but it can also be distressing and intimidating for some residents. If you are going 'trick or treating' please respect and consider others and follow these top tips to ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable time:


  • Go alone - 'trick or treating' is more fun and safer if you go in a small group with friends and family.
  • Go into houses - stay on the doorstep where the responsible adult can see you.
  • Play pranks that may damage property - this could result in arrest and a criminal record.
  • Demand money or intimidate people - Halloween can be a night that some residents dread, so be respectful and polite.
  • Don't throw eggs or flour - it's classed as a criminal offence and you will be arrested!


  • Look out for  posters - These will let you know whether 'trick or treaters' are welcome at a house or aren't.
  • Take extra care crossing roads
  • Go with an adult - get a responsible adult to go with your group to help in case you have any problems.
  • Dress to be seen - wear light, reflective clothes or carry a lamp or torch so that drivers and your responsible adult can see you.
  • Respect people's rights - be polite, don't go out too late, ring or knock only once, and be prepared to take 'no' for an answer.

Thursday, 27 October 2011

Halloween Tutankhamun

Adam just one 1st prize for Fancy dress at his Halloween School Disco dressed at Tutankhamun.

Its amazing what you can do with an old sheet a tee bag (pinched from my father) and a pringles tube and a paper plate.

Simply print the headdress make a band measuring the childs head and if your really flash add some gold material using double sided sticky tape to secure.
For the main costume Adam found an old pair of cream/beige trousers and a white T shirt I took an old white sheet cut into strips and put the whole lot into a basin for 12 hours with some T bags.  Dryed them out then  got Adam to put them on. I wrapped him up in the bandages securing with a needle and tread or safety pins.  Cost next to nothing.

How to make the jewellary can be found  HERE for the Egyptian Collar

and the Egyptian Bracelets can be found HERE

Sunday, 23 October 2011

Hanna's 13th Birthday part 1,2,3 & 4

Part 1 An Aberdeen Adventure

Our Hanna has finally turned 13 she has been desperate to be a teenager since her big sister turned 13 and for her birthday we were 200 miles away from home in Aberdeenshire, Scotland visiting with Gran & Granpa Peden

Hanna was making great use of her birthday present - a new camera

Gran & Papa Bringing in the Birthday Cake
Hanna with Birthday cake number 1

 An Aberdeen Adventure Part 2

 We hit the bowling alley for birthday treat number 2 with Auntie Michelle, Uncle Eric, cousins Jamie and Stuart and finally Auntie Denise all the way from England
We had a special birthday cake for all our birthdays Hanna's 13th, Adam's 10th, Ruth's 16th and Sean's 40th
Back Home Birthday Spa Part 3

  When we got back home Hanna had a spa Sleep Over which also included a surprise torture session for her bad (the best part of the party)

We decorated simply with pink and white balloons and used lips, hats, moustaches, and glasses on sticks for added photo fun.

We had a hair station with hair dryers, tongs, straighteners, sprays , mouses etc

Facial station with face masks, cleansers, toners, moisturisers, cucumber for the eyes cotton pads and cue tips and A Nail Bar with nail varnishes, files, nail varnish removers and hand cream.

They had a selection of schloer  in nice wine glasses or refreshing water to drink. The party favours were party shows with homemade chocolates.
Hanna made her own pinata during the summer using a large balloon wallpaper paste and a roll of wallpaper and took great satisfaction in beating it to a pulp we filled it with sweets, lip glosses, pens, sticky post it pads and oddments of make up

Food was a chocolate fountain with grapes, strawberries, mini donut and waffle and a KFC (well you can't be good all the time.
But the highlight for the girls was  dad tied upand them  painting his toes and nails with nail varnish, putting on a peel mask with cucumber and giving him a wee treat by waxing his feet.

he didn't go down easily

and I'm afraid I took great pleasure in adding to his misery

poor soul!

some of the printable I used for Hanna's Party (these are not my designs I'm not that talented however I also don't remember exactly no were I got them from so if you can tell me I would like to give recognition to very talented individuals)
I printed this A4 and put it on my door to welcome the girls

I used these on water bottles, as face cloth rings, cup cake toppers, general decorations

And Finally........Spa Party Part 4

Certainly a birthday to remember

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Ruth's 16th Oscar Party

The Invitations

 Party Printables:
{click links to download printables in high-res PDF format}

Hollywood Glam “Envelope” Napkin Wraps

 • Hollywood Glam Labels – BLANK

 • Hollywood Glam Patterns (sized at 11×17)
I used these patterns to design my own labels for bottles, party poppers, decorations, etc

 • Hollywood Glam Place Cards

 • Hollywood Glam Round Tags (for drink charms)

some of the decor

some of our photo props

Nominee Napkin

Turn paper napkins into Oscar envelopes with a gold seal, red ribbon and some clever folding: Open the napkin and lay it flat; fold in the top two corners to form a triangle. Fold the bottom edge of the napkin up until it meets the base of the triangle, then fold the top triangle down and seal.

party favours simply alittle gold bling aka ferrero rouche with a wee note from ruth thanking the girls for coming to her party

We started by getting the girls to  dress up for the occasion with a dress up box to get that hollywood feeling.

Each of the girls then walked down the red carpet!

Purchase red fabric  or a red table cover . The perfect to place for the red carpet is on the path leading up to your home however we ended up doing it in our hall a little cramped however still good fun.

We used these  fill-in-the- blank questions "Red Carpet Walk" form (below) to ask each guest. Call your guests ahead of time and ask the questions .  I didn't and it was a little confusing so highly recommend doing this ahead of time.

  This form was used to announce each "diva" or "movie star" as she arrives on the red carpet. We also  passed out printable sunglasses, lips mostaches and hats to add a little more variey and fun.

As each girl came down the red carpet the paparazzi (aka dad) took lots of photos with all the papparatzi speek you know the thing..........strike a pose, say movie star, say glamour girl, etc...

 Walk of Fame stars.  Explain to the guests about the real walk of Fame in Hollywood and how famous movie stars, etc. have their own star! We printed up the star below for each girl and got them to sign in thier most diva way either thier own name or thier Film star name

The girls were all animae freaks so of course as they sat down to thier meal (chinese their favourite) and watched 2 movies.  The girls each voted for different Oscar categories. Here are a few ideas for some of the categories -
Best Animation
Best Costume Design
Best Music
Best Story
Best Romance
Best Baddie
Actor –Leading
Actor –Supporting
Actress –Leading
Actress –Supporting

I made up a booklet where they put thier votes and collected them all in ofter the movies
after the birthday cake it was time for the oscar awards presentation.

I placed the winning nominations in envelopes complete with seals using the form below.  The girls each took turns in Presenting the awards and accepting the awards in the most diva way.

The rest of the night was down to them just having fun without mum hanging around.

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