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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

{October Spooktacular} Monster Mash Munchies Mix Printable Snack Labels

Usually I get all kinds of excited to decorate for Halloween. I don't know if it's our 80° weather or just that life is busy - when is it not with three kids?  I just don't have the aspirations to bling out my house in Halloween splendor this year, although we may be sporting a cobweb or two.

I do, however, have lovely snacking aspirations. And room mom aspirations. So I combined the two and created some fun snacks for Big J's kindergarten class. Behold, I give you...


All you need to do is DOWNLOAD THE FILE and print it out.  This single image can be used to create three different sized labels!  The full image will fit a sandwich-size zip top bag.  If you cut the image apart you can create smaller bag labels that fit a 4- inch zip top bag (a common size for cellophane treat bags) and a 2-inch zip top bag (the perfect size for little candy corn snacks)!

Happy Snacking!

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

{October Spooktacular} The Best Halloween Android Apps

The countdown is on!  Halloween in a mere 25 days away.  Have your holiday preparations begun yet?  We're still in the middle of a hot debate on costumes over here...

This time of year lots of holiday related apps start to pop up.  Lots of them are garbage.  Dumb apps with ads to no end from a developer trying to take advantage of the season and make a few bucks.  I don't the developers one bit for trying a few dollars, but if I'm going to have ad after ad interrupting me you'll see just how fast I can uninstall your app.

So what's worth the download?  Well, here are a few apps that are worth checking out.


1. Bouncy Bill.  Help Bouncy Bill make his way through each level by navigating his way onto, over, or under magical platforms and other enchanted obstacles.  Game includes 24 levels and simple game play.  Suitable for ages 3 and up, although my two year old likes to make Bill jump on the pumpkins.  He doesn't quite have the cognitive skills yet to complete a level on his own yet though.  Free in the Play Store, although in-app purchases are available.

2.  Halloween Pumpkin Carver.  This app is ridiculously simple... and addictive.  I downloaded it for my kids to get them to hush while I finished some grocery shopping and ended up playing it for 15 minutes later that night.  Use your finger to carve a pumpkin!  What's not to love?  All the Halloween fun of Jack-O-Lanterns without the pumpkin guts!  Free.

3.  Halloween Games.  While I'm not thrilled with the ads in this app, it's got a couple of good games for my 2 year old and some that my 5 year old likes too.  There's a couple memory games, a jigsaw puzzle, a shape puzzle, connect the dots, decorate a pumpkin, and a scratch to reveal game.  Usually the ads aren't too intrusive, but my toddler has bumped them and had trouble getting back to his game before.  My kindergartner knows not to touch them.  A decent set of games for free.

4.  Dress Up Halloween.  I liked this game and so did my kindergartner.  Basically, you choose the character's costume and dress him/her from a set of bodies, hats, eyes, hair, clothes and other features.  It's a great exercise in sequencing, as you can layer the "stickers".  Also tests matching skills.  I wish the costume pieces would "snap into place" when you get close to their intended positions, as it would help my two-year-old play.  Free in the Play Store,

5.  Halloween Blocks.  This is pretty simple, but still a good way to spend a few minutes in a waiting room or a good way to practice matching skills for kids.  It's simple enough for my kindergartner.  The Halloween-themed blocks fall to the bottom of the screen and you have to click on matches of at least 2 like pictures to make them disappear.  Free in the Play Store.

This post was written by Krista and originally appeared on While He Was Napping.

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Halloween Countdown Jar Printable

Guess where I am today?  In reality, I am probably cleaning up some sort of toy disaster or bodily fluids or trying to get somewhere on a design project while my two year old tries to climb to the top of my head while fighting with his brother and the baby needs to eat... BUT, in the blogerverse, I'm over at Ask Anna.  AND, I've got a really fun printable for you this month!

A Halloween Countdown Activity Jar for the kiddos (and you)!  Don't miss out on all the fun that October has to offer with this fun project the kids can put together and then use when you need a little fun and family time or a few minutes with the kids occupied.  So, head over to Ask Anna and get your copy NOW!

You might also want to check out my Christmas Countdown Jar too (because it'll be here before you know it!) or the full version of the Halloween Countdown in my Etsy Shop.

This post was written by Krista and originally appeared on While He Was Napping.

Thursday, October 02, 2014

{October Spooktacular} 16 of The Best (Commericial Use Friendly) Halloween Fonts

Because I am a graphic designer, I am always on the look out for a good font.  And a good free commercial-use-friendly font is a score!  With Halloween coming up, I have gathered some of my most favorite fonts that are perfect for your spooky projects.  From party invitations (for yourself or ones you sell) to decor projects, there's sure to be a font that will be the perfect touch.  Take a look and check out the links below if you find one you want to add to your collection.  Oh, and these are all commercial-use friendly.  Make and sell your little heart out.  You're welcome.

1. Trick or Treat 2   2. BatFont   3. Frankie   4. Trick or Treat BV   5. Kreepy Krawly   6. Monsters Attack   7. Black Rose   8. Casper   9. Blackwood Castle   10. Parseltongue   11. Ghoulish   12. A Startling Font   13. Sketchbones   14. 1942 Report   15. Horrormaster   16. Zombified

Do you have a favorite Halloween font?  Share in the comments below!

This post was written by Krista and originally appeared on While He Was Napping.

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

18 Spooktacular Halloween Ideas

How did October sneak up on me so fast?!  Well, it's here, whether we're ready or not and, at While He Was Napping, that means October Spooktacular is under way.  This is the 5th year of this series and I thought I'd do a little recap of the last four years before I jump in with more fun Halloween projects!  So, for your Halloween inspiration, here's some of my favorite past October Spooktacular projects:


Spider Web Nacho Plate, easy and delicious!

DIY Halloween Night Light

Beyond easy Batty Lamp

The perfect compliment to your Batty Lamp... A Bat Invasion!

DIY Vinyl Witch Silhouette

Cheese Cloth Ghosts - even the kids can do this one

Another easy one - Googly Eye Frame (fill with spooky silhouettes or past Halloween photos)

I love a cutesy little witch and what's a witch without her broom? The DIY Life-Size Broom still makes an appearance every year.

You can't have a broom and no hat!  This No-Sew Witch Hat takes about 24 hours to make (including drying time) and works as decor and head wear.

And if a broom and hat still isn't enough, give your witch a place to mix up her potions and the ingredients for them with a set of DIY Potion Bottles.

Finish off your witch decor with the DIY Spell Books she'll need to mix up those potions!

Get the Halloween Countdown Calendar with a fun activity for each day!  Just print it out, a little slicing with an exacto, and you're set for some fun all month long.  (Most of these activities are geared toward 3-5 year olds, but simple adjustments could be made for older kids too).

A printable version of one of my favorite typography pieces

Dress up your party treats with this free Halloween Party Sampler Pack.  Printable bunting, cupcake toppers and water bottle wrappers will get the party started on a spooky note.

I got into chalkboard art last year.  It's so fun, but can be such a mess.  And my kids think it's hilarious to destroy an hour and a half of work in a single swipe of the hand.  On the plus side, my tears get that chalkboard pretty clean.  So, here's a mess-free and much more permanent version of my Halloween Chalkboard Poem.

Stay tuned for more Halloween fun all October long!  Use the options below to follow and subscribe so you won't miss a single thing!

This post was written by Krista and originally appeared on While He Was Napping.

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