Posts Tagged ‘Halloween’

How to roast pumpkin seeds from Jack O’Lanterns

Friday, October 24, 2008 6:44 1 Comment

Roasted pumpkin seeds are a great healthy snack – and they are fun to make with your kids after the pumpkin carving is done. 

And, did you know you can toast any kind of squash seed as well, so don’t think you are limited to just toasting up pumpkin seeds, toast other squash seeds for a nice “trail mix variety” of pumpkin and squash seeds for snacks.  And, they keep at room temperature for three months, but up to a year in the fridge, meaning you will be just in time for a new batch next Halloween!

How to toast pumpkin seeds


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Halloween Trick or Treat Bags to Make

Thursday, October 23, 2008 3:13 3 Comments

Halloween is just over a week away, and if you have kids, they are very likely awaiting the big trick or treat event!  Want something a little different than the same old plastic Halloween bags that you pick up each year at someplace like Target for your kids to put their candy in?  Here are some different things to use and make for a Halloween Trick or Treat bags this year.

Boo Bag
This is what I am making my daughter this year… and see that white?  It is GLOW IN THE DARK!   It is a fairly easy pattern to follow, and the glow in the dark yarn isn’t that much more expensive.  And the pattern is free from Bernat.

Not quite up to doing the switching colors mid-row?  Why not do a stripe black and white pattern instead, changing colors every 4-6 rows, and follow the pattern for the shape? 

The Bernat Glow in the Dark Yarn comes in white (shown in the pic), pink, blue, purple, green and yellow.  There are some other free patterns there that use this same wool, including a cute crochet star in the glow in the dark yellow that I am sure will make it on many Christmas trees this year!

Cowboy style Trick or Treat Bags
These bags are so cute!  They are sewn out of cowboy-ish fabric to give them quite the rustic look.  Any tote pattern could be used to make something like this.  And I really like how she lined them in red, made a great contrast.

Easy Trick or Treat Bags at Crafty Mom Blog
She gives us some great ideas for making trick or treat bags, including fabric tote bags, such as the Cowboy style ones, along with using different ideas, such as a bucket or a decorated gift bag or shopping bag.

Trick or Treat Spider Bags
These are kind of small, but perfect for the few houses a toddler is likely to last through!  There are instructions for these cute spiders at Ramblings of a Crazy Woman and Blissful Kids.

Quilted Trick or Treat Bags
These bags are favorites of mine too, and I might have done this if I hadn’t seen the Boo Bag first!  And this will last for years to come as a trick or treat bag, or even for bringing in Halloween treats to the office for your co-workers.  Extremely detailed instructions are here, so if you are still relatively new to quilting, there are instructions every step of the way.  Isn’t Halloween quilting fabric just the cutest?

Collection of Trick or Treat Bags
Two different styles here, one a regular tote, one a decorated large tin can.  Be sure to scroll down to where she has her Fall and Halloween themed scrapbook layouts, if you are a scrapbooker in need of inspiration!

Halloween Gift Bag
This one is done in a regular gift bag, but it could be easily transfered onto a slightly more sturdy style of gift bag, to be used for trick or treating without any mishaps.

Scrapscene Halloween Scrapbooking Projects
And not trick or treat bags, per se, but I couldn’t help but share ScrapScene’s Halloween Scrapbooking Projects lists with a ton if pics and ideas… good if you are trying to figure out a design to put on a sturdy gift bag for trick or treating!

Do you have any Trick or Treat bag patterns?  Share them here so we can check them out :)


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