5 Cute & Easy DIY Halloween Costumes

Halloween is quickly approaching – do you have your costume yet?  I’m not the craftiest person when it comes to anything that involves sewing.  I literally failed the “SEWING ON A BUTTON” test in Home Ec.  Pathetic, right?

At any rate, every year, I like to find cute & easy DIY  Halloween costumes.  A) They make me think I’m actually crafty.  B) They save me lots of money.  C) They usually fit better than the plastic and pleather costumes from retailers.

This year I’m going as Minnie Mouse – more to come on that – but I love perusing the web to see all the creative costume ideas of others.  Here are 5 of my favorite costume ideas:

Diet Coke Cans

These are SO cute, aren’t they!  All you need is some felt, scissors, fabric glue 0r Stich Witchery, and a cheap gray or silver tube top dress.  This would work for any canned beverage – heck, any canned food.  How funny would it be to go as a can of pumpkin?

Loofa

When I first saw this, I had one of those “I wish I thought of that!!” moments.  Actually, I think that’s the title of my Pinterest Board I originally had this on haha.  I think it’s brilliant and adorable, and lucky for us, I found a great How-To from E-How Style.  Just be prepared for people to make awkward jokes about showering with you…

Toddlers in Tiaras

Singer Fergie rocking a Toddlers in Tiaras costume.

I can’t say I’ve ever watched the show, and don’t even get me started on how much I DESPISE the Honey Boo-Boo spinoff in all of it’s disgusting glory.  However, this costume is too cute, current, and quick to put together that it’s one of my all-time favs.  All you need is an old or thrift store prom dress, a plastic tiara, a sash, and a pacifier.  Add is some seriously big, curly hair and wild make-up, and you’ll be good to go.  You can also take a nod from Fergie and carry around a stuffed animal all night, but that could get weird.

Taco Bell Hot Sauce

It’s probably because my bff and I are in love with the clever sayings on the real packets (and the entire taco bell menu,) but whatever the reason, I’m obsessed with these costumes.  Starting-to re-think -the- whole -Minnie -Mouse- idea obsessed.  Again, a cheap tube top dress, some felt, some glue, fabric you can print the logo on, and a sharpie is all you need!

Witch

You absolutely can not go wrong with dressing up as a witch.  It’s like the LBD of Halloween costumes… Quite literally! A sexy LBD, some striped or fish-net stockings, your favorite black heels, and a hat from the Halloween store.  Throw in some bright red lipstick, some long fingernails, and you’ll be the hottest witch in town!

I also found a MUST-HAVE tube top dress tutorial.  It’s so easy, I think that even sewing-challeged me could do it, and it would work for so many DIY costumes.  It’s from the Rock, Paper, Scissors Costumes tutorial from LaurenConrad.com (another of my favorite costume ideas).

What is your Halloween Costume going to be?

XO – Stephanie

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Wedding Wednesday: Spooktacular Soiree!

Have you ever considered having a Halloween wedding?  I’m so inspired by the dark mystery of this holiday, and would love to turn someone’s wedding reception into a Spooktacular Soiree! I’m not talking cheesy decorations and masks of former presidents.  I’m thinking mysterious, black and white, high-fashion, a little goth and all around sexy glamour!!

It takes a special couple to pull off such a specific theme, and it’s important to incorporate the chosen theme into all the details.  However, it’s pivotal to remember that it is still a wedding, and the bride and groom should be the main focus.

Here are some of my favorite Halloween wedding ideas:

I’m completely obsessed with that black laced mermaid gown with the orange lace shoes. Gorgeous!!

Here are a few more ideas I couldn’t find pictures for:

  • Hang long vertical twinkle lights entwined with “cob webs” from the ceiling
  • Couples favorite signature drinks renamed something like “Witches Brew” or “Vampire Blood”
  • Caramel apples, AKA “Poisoned Apples” used as place card holders (just attach the card to apple’s stick with clear tape or Zots)
  • Creepy food names like Eyeball Salad – green salad with radishes stuffed with olives, Leg O’Man – Smoked Pork Roast, or Human Ribs – Smoked Beef Ribs. Be careful not to gross-out guests!
  • Ask guests to wear masquerade masks or certain costumes or have black, white and orange dress code
  • “Trick or Treat” bags with a candy bar
  • Halloween song-list: Thriller, Monster Mash, Time Warp, and creepy organ music through dinner
  • Horse drawn carriage for bride and groom with black horses
  • Photobooth for guests with costume wigs, glasses, masks, etc. and/or set to look like an electric chair
  • Hang antique looking photos that change to look like ghosts – found at most stores carrying Halloween decorations
  • Antique furniture or mirrors hung around the room
  • Orange and black lights to give the room a great glow

There are so many things that can be donw with this particular theme – I could go on and on! If you’re daring enough to throw a Spooktacular Soiree Wedding, just remember to have FUN and incorporate all the things you and your groom love about Halloween!

What are some of your ideas?

XO Stephanie

Skinny TRICKS for Yummy TREATS!

As the kiddos prepare their finest ghost and ghoul costumes for Trick or Treat night, I can’t help feeling like we Twenty-Somethings deserve a few treats too!  But since we’re not kids, and know indulging in all that sweet stuff is bad for us, and the seams of our skinny jeans, those sweet treats can be tricky.

If you, like me, find yourself feeling guilty when you sneak a candy bar or cupcake, this post is for you!  Let’s say goodbye to the angel and devil food cakes on our shoulders and hello to these guilt-free Halloween treat recipes from SkinnyTaste.com!

The author of Skinny Taste, Gina, is just about my biggest hero.  She has found ways to make all my favorite decadent foods healthier and without sacrificing great flavor.  Check out her website when you get a chance.  You won’t regret it!

Here are 3 of her recipes I’m dying to try!

Pumpkin Sherbert

I drool over the pumpkin pie blizzards from Dairy Queen, but with a whopping 570 calories in a SMALL, I have a hard time allowing myself to order one.  I think this recipe may be my waistline’s saving grace.  There are only 153 calories in 1/2 cup of this decadent frozen treat. Sign me up!

Pumpkin Sherbert from Skinnytaste - Picture from Skinnytaste

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cups 1% milk
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • pinch of clove
  • pinch of salt

Directions

  1. Combine and heat sugar, pumpkin and milk, in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil while whisking, reduce heat to low, and simmer for thirty seconds.
  2. Remove from the heat, add the clove, nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla, and stir together.
  3. Transfer the mixture into a bowl, and chill in the refrigerator until cold, about an hour.  When chilled, freeze in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Now, I’d venture a guess that many Twenty Somethings don’t own an ice cream maker. Heck, I don’t know anyone who does. So, here’s a trick to make ice cream in a bag.  I think it would work for this too.

This recipe yields 2 3/4 cup. You could eat the whole batch and still consume less calories than a LARGE blizzard. WOW!

Low-Fat Chocolate Mummy Cupcakes

Mummy Cupcakes from Skinnytaste

How stinkin cute are these?! And they are semi-homemade, meaning they use a boxed recipe, so they’re super easy!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 18.25 oz Duncan Hines Dark Chocolate Fudge cake mix
  • 1.4 oz sugar free, fat free, instant chocolate pudding
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1 1/3 cups water

Directions: (Follow the link to check out Gina’s mouth-watering-good step-by-step photos.)

  1. Preheat oven to 350° and fill a cupcake tin with cupcake liners.
  2. In a large bowl, mix pumpkin puree and water. Add chocolate pudding mix and mix well
  3. Add chocolate cake mix and beat 2 minutes
  4. Fill cupcake liners 2/3 full and bake about 25 – 28 minutes, or until a
    toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack for 15
    minutes.

Vanilla Frosting:

  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/4 cup light butter (Land O Lakes)*
  • 1 tsp white vanilla extract**
  • 2 – 3 tbsp boiling water
  • 36 M&Ms for mummy eyes

* Gina notes that some “light” butters have an added yellow coloring that can change the icing’s color and recommends Land O Lakes Light. **Using dark vanilla extract will effect the color, so she suggests using clear extract to keep the icing really white.

Combine melted butter, vanilla, confectioner’s sugar and enough water to make a frosting consistency.  Start with 2 tbsp and add more as you mix.

Put frosting in a piping bag, cut off the tip and pipe onto cupcakes.  While frosting is still wet, set your M&M eyes in place.  Done!

There are only 164.7 calories in these babies! That’s over 125 calories LESS than the boxed cake directions, and I trust that Gina’s version is just as delicious – if not more!

Pumpkin Spice No-Bake Cheesecake

No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake from Skinnytaste - Image from Skinnytaste

Pumpkin cheesecake is my absolute favorite indulgence this time of year!  I’ve been fighting with my diet conscience to avoid the Olive Garden’s and Cheesecake Factory’s versions because they pack in 840 and 740 calories, respectively.  OUCH!  Gina’s recipe only has 239 calories per slice!

Ingredients:

  • 7 oz 1/3 less fat Philadelphia Cream Cheese
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, unpacked
  • 8 oz Cool Whip Free, thawed
  • 9 inch reduced fat Graham Cracker Crust

Directions:

Using an electric mixer, combine pumpkin, cinnamon, vanilla, pumpkin spice, brown sugar and cool whip, using an electric mixer until fluffy. pumpkin pie spice, and brown  Add Cool Whip and whip until smooth. Spoon mixture into pie crust and chill for a few hours, until firm.

That’s just about as easy as driving to one of those restaurants, right?

As always, please let me know if you try any of these recipes, and if I do, I promise to let you know how they turn out!

Have a great day dolls!

XO Stephanie

DIY Chic & EASY Halloween Decorations

Happy Friday!! I hope you’re all having a good day! Since there is a little over one week till Halloween, I think today is good as any to show you some really fun, easy and chic DIY Halloween and fall decoration ideas! Enjoy!

Glitter Pumpkins

This is the only DIY I’ve had time to try out for myself, but goodness are they E.A.S.Y. and pretty!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Pumpkins – real or styrofoam from local craft store
  • Clear-drying Glue – I used Mod Podge but Elmer’s would work just as well. It just needs to dry clear.
  • Loose glitter in fall colors – I picked gold b/c that what I could find.
  • Paint brush or foam brush
  • Paper plate or newspaper

The ones pictured are from DIY queen Martha Stewart, and she used real pumpkins. According to her, they will last for a few months.  I opted for the foam ones you can buy at Michael’s Craft Store, because I want to be able to bring them out year after year.  To try, I bought two medium-sized pumpkins.  One orange and one white.

Okay are you ready for your super easy steps?

  1. Cover pumpkin in glue.
  2. Sprinkle loose glitter on pumpkin over plate/newspaper until it is covered to your liking.
  3. Let dry

Done, and done! You now have super chic and divalicious sparkly decorations!

Candy Corn Vases

candy-corn-vases

I found these thanks to my Pinterest obsession. They are also ridiculously easy and so cute!  I think some big sunflowers and wheat stalks would look great in these.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A few vases or glass bottles from the dollar store or around your house
  • White spray paint*
  • Orange spray paint*
  • Yellow spray paint*

*I’d suggest using gloss coating to get the shiny effect pictured above.

  1. Wash bottles/vases and let dry completely
  2. Spray the whole bottle with a white base coat and let dry completely
  3. Mist the middle section with the orange paint, allowing for a faded effect on the top and bottom.  Let dry and apply another coat.  Let dry completely.
  4. Spray the bottom section with two coats of the yellow paint, and let dry.

Tip:  If you like the vase with the dot pattern shown above, but can’t find one to buy, you can make your own using Elmer’s glue.  Just draw whatever pattern you’d like and let it dry completely before painting

For the original posting and step-by-step photos, visit The Sweet Life blog.  Author Alexa has some fantastic Halloween decoration ideas!

Cinnamon Stick Candles

These are so simple and elegant and require 4 things:

  • White pillar candles
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Rubber bands
  • Twine

Place the rubber band around a candle.  Slide cinnamon sticks underneath the rubber band.  When the candle is entirely covered, wrap the twine around the rubber band to camouflage. DONE!

These will look great for the winter months as well, so a few short minutes and you have a centerpiece for months!

Check out more pictures at Home Stories A2Z.

If you try any of these ideas, please send me pictures! I’d love to see them!  What are your favorite fall decorations?

Have a safe and happy weekend loves!!

XO Stephanie