When I was little, we always had hot dogs for supper on Halloween night before heading out to trick-or-treat. This was not necessarily and intended tradition on my mom’s part. One time she asked me what I wanted for dinner on Halloween, and I gasped in surprise that she would even ask! Hot dogs, of course! Turns out, she hadn’t even realized that we always ended up having hot dogs on Halloween. It was just a convenient coincidence: trick-or-treating started early, and hot dogs made for a quick and easy dinner before the rush to set out candy for my mom to give our visitors, put on my costume, and get my dad and me out the door to roam the neighborhood. However, hot dogs came to say Halloween to me in the same way turkey says Thanksgiving and candy canes say Christmas.
Now that I have my own little family, I still fix hot dogs on Halloween night to carry on the tradition my mom accidentally started. (And I must admit, they are very convenient to have on such a busy night!) I was so pleased last year then when I found a fun new way to serve my Halloween hot dogs on Pinterest – Mummy Dogs! Just as quick and simple, but way cuter!
All you need is hot dogs, a tube of crescent rolls, peppercorns, ketchup, and mustard. Cut the crescent roll dough into strips. Wrap the strips around the hot dogs leaving a small space uncovered for the mummy faces. Bake them at 375 degrees for about 15 minutes. Just before you serve them, put peppercorns on them for the eyes – or you could draw faces with ketchup and mustard instead. Then gobble them up and get on your way to trick-or-treating! Happy Halloween!
Let’s make some Halloween cards! Christmas and Valentine’s Day don’t have to have a monopoly on holiday cards. Why not send some cards for Halloween? I always like to make a few cards to send as Halloween treats to special friends and family I might not get to see during trick-or-treating.
Start by gathering some Halloween stamps, papers, ribbons, brads, tape, stickers, punches… any supplies that look like fun! Many of these are from Stampin’ Up, but you can find cute Halloween craft supplies just about anywhere.
Halloween Card Supplies
Next, plan your card. Put together a sample to make sure it turns out the way you want. If you are happy with it, start making you cards. Personally, I like to do one part at a time (color and stamp all the stamps, punch all the shapes, cut all the paper, etc.) then put them together all at once in an assembly line style. I find it much quicker and less tedious that way.
Be sure to put something on the inside of your card too – makes it that much more special.
Halloween Card Inside
Finally, send them off in the mail. I like to use the self-stick invitation envelopes from Office Depot. They are the perfect size and so easy and convenient to use.
Your friends and family will be happy to get the unexpected and cute treats in their mailboxes just in time for Halloween!
Decorating for Halloween has so many fun possibilities… and Halloween candy is so yummy… Why not combine the two? I found this darling candy jar project on Pinterest a couple of years ago, and I just had to make it for myself!
Other Halloween Candy Jar
All you need is a cute jar that can be sealed up, a variety of Halloween candy, and some ribbon. Layer the candy in the jar until you find an arrangement you like. It is helpful to put bigger pieces like Peeps around the sides first then fill in the middle with smaller pieces like candy corn or gum balls to add stability.
Halloween Candy Jar Top
Then seal it up and finish with a bow. It only takes a few minutes, and you end up with a fun Halloween decoration that is new and different every year!
Happy October! Time to share October’s Author of the Month. In my opinion, James Marshall (aka Harry Allard) is the perfect author for October. His book are hilarious as well as a bit spooky and mysterious at times too. Here is a list of some of his books and related activities. Happy reading!
James Marshall Books
- Miss Nelson is Missing, Miss Nelson is Back, Miss Nelson Has a Field Day: These popular stories about a sweet teacher with a class full of unruly students and her creepy substitute who whips them into shape are made for October. Kids might need a reminder of how to behave once the “honeymoon period” of back to school time is over. These books provide a great opportunity to review those classroom rules. I always like to have kids write their own stories about their own teacher being missing. Put their stories together for a cute class book.
- Hansel and Gretel, Cinderella, The Three Little Pigs, Red Riding Hood, Goldilocks and the Three Bears: James Marshall’s versions of familiar fairy tales are so funny and silly, and kids LOVE them. They lend themselves nicely to comparing and contrasting different versions of fairy tales. It’s also fun to have kids write their own versions of fairy tales after reading these books.
- Space Case: This book is just right for wrapping up October’s author study. It takes place on Halloween and November 1st. It is about an alien who comes to Earth on Halloween just in time for costumes and trick or treating. He is then disappointed when things are back to normal on November 1st. This book is great for helping kids explore the idea of point of view.