The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


October 9, 2013

DIYW (Do It Your Way) Halloween


For those with the patience to wait until next year for display, there are great bargains to be had on decorations the day after Halloween.

For those moaning over missing the Wills’ party— never fear. It may return next year.

“I’m hoping to move it out of the house so it can be even bigger. We may turn it into a charity event,” she predicts.

Dracula Cookies

Chocolate chip cookies

   (cool before preparation

   if baking from scratch)

Red cookie frosting


Sliced almonds (for fangs)

Frost outer, underside edge of two cookies and carefully place marshmallows between to resemble a mouth with teeth.

Add “fangs” and voila!

(Or should we say: mmwhahahahahaha?)

A Crafty Trick

This is one of those: “Why didn’t I invent that?” moments. Moms who serendipitously clicked on the website aren’t sweating Halloween preparations for singletons or even classrooms of kiddos this year.

They had all the materials, prepped and boxed with illustrated directions, shipped to them in single 1-2 kid appropriate craft crates, travel crates and individual party-favor sized crates. Kiwi Crates take the time-consuming elements out of crafting with kids.

This season’s Glowing Halloween crate includes materials (including flickering night light inserts) for four decoupage luminaries (glittery Mod Podge and carefully cut tissue squares also included) and for a top-quality ghost necklace.

This is so far beyond the typical kid craft kit, there’s no comparison. $19.95 for single crates or $60 for a three-month subscription, Kiwi Crates are geared more for kids ages 3-7, but my 13-year-old thoroughly enjoyed helping her sister and displaying her own luminary.

Haunting Your House

Americans spent close to $8 billion on Halloween last year, according to the National Retail Federation. Becoming the best-decorated house on the block may seem difficult — but it’s easy if you have insider tips and tricks.

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