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Halloween Boo Treats – Free Boo Poem and Boo Signs

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In early October a few years ago, my kids and were relaxing in the evening when the doorbell rang….when we opened the door, there were two little treat bags and this cool Halloween poem that brings the “secrete santa” spirit to the Halloween season.  My kids loved it, and every year since we have been upping our game and creating treats to “Boo” our friend, neighbors and cousins.  I have included the instructions and the poem on how to “Boo” and the “Boo” sign you will need to print both of these out and include them with your treats.

Boo Poem – Free Download (no advertising!)
Boo Ghost Sign (no advertising!)

Halloween Boo Treats

Halloween Boo Treats

Admittedly this is almost the same project as my previous post, but since we were in the rhythm and we weren’t giving these to same group, so be it.

Inspiration for these came from –

For these handmade card stock popcorn boxes I used my Cricut Expression with the Tags, Bags and More and Stretch Your Imagination cartridges.  I cut them at 6″.  I printed the card stock my self using Atomic Cupcake’s Haunted Twilight Scrapbooking Digital Kit (I ran it through my printer twice to get the double side effect.  I used the scraps and the non-pattern side of my printed card stock to create the spider.  The hat and shoes for the spider were just had colored in by me and the kids using a black marker.  The corners are embellished by my daughter using crystals we got at Michael’s.

I bought all the stuff at Target, but since they don’t have most of it online, you could complete this project from your craft room with out going to the by getting everything at Oriental Trading Company, I have put links to what I would substitute with (in fact I kind of wish I had done my shopping there.

For the candy we used the following (but there shouldn’t be any shortage of ideas in that department!):

  • Trolli Frite crawlers
  • Wonka Spooky Nerds and Sweettarts
  • Sour Punch Twists
  • Hershey’s Halloween Wrapped Mini’s – I loved these because they were wrapped in green, orange, purple and black foil – really shiny!
  • Palmer Double Crisp Monster Munny

Happy Booing!!

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October 9, 2009 at 8:12 pm

Almost Candy-Free Unisex Birthday Favors

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Unfortunately I have been really sick the last few weeks, and my daughter’s birthday was on the 6th.  This is the first year I am not doing full on birthday bash.  We decided to take her to Disneyland and that I would do fun treats that we would work on together for all her friends.

It seems like most of my craft projects are always invites or favors and the way my family is I am always making at least 25 of the same thing.  So I like to hybrid the projects with scrapbook digital elements and paper to save costs and trips to the craft store.  Sara’s class has 30 kids so I needed to make 30 unisex birthday favors!!  In addition I don’t like giving just a bag full of candy, one type of candy/chocolate that was my guideline.  Here is what we came up with for goodies and the box.

Candy Free Kid's Birthday Favors

Candy Free Kid's Birthday Favors

I love the Tags, Bags and More cartridge for my Cricut Expression and I was intent on using one of the boxes on it, but being able to cut 2 on 12×12 card stock and still have a decent sized box.  The popcorn box could cut 2 at the 5 1/2″ setting and still be about 4 1/2″ high.

I downloaded the Affair To Remember and Perfect Party Pack digital scrapbook kits from We used the Perfect Party Pack to print out 60 mini candy bar wrappers, and I printed the striped pattern paper from the Affair To Remember.   Sara loved wrapping the chocolates – we had to remove the Mr. Goodbars, so we didn’t have peanuts.  We cut the Birthday Party Hats and Presents from the Potpourri Basket Cricut Expression Cartridge.

Goodies we included:

  • Z Wind Up toys in assorted colors and characters – fish, frogs, robots, dinosaurs.  I got mine at Kitson Kids, but I found them online here –
  • 2 different colors of modeling clay and directions on how to make a little clay characters – by Roseart @ Target (not available online)
  • Bright colored mechanical pencils – Target (not available online)
  • Camoflouge Chapsticks – Kitson Kids online at Patina Stores
  • Fruit Tape – Target
  • Hershey’s Minis wrapped with the candy wrappers – Target

Popcorn Box Supplies

  • Bazzil Cardstock from the Tropical Paper Pack
  • Diagonal Striped Paper from digital scrapbook kit: Affair To Remember
  • Cellaphane Baggies
  • Assorted Ribbon
  • Cricut Expression with the Tags, Bags and More and Potpurri Basket cartridges
  • Cellophane Bags are by Highland Supply Corp.  I get them a wholesale floral supply place called Shinoda Design Center in Orange County, CA

Written by sarastars

October 8, 2009 at 2:19 am

Spooky Halloween Birthday Parties, Invites, Cakes and More!

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I love it that my daughter’s birthday is in the early part of October, we get to celebrate Halloween all month.  This post is dedicated to Halloween Birthday’s.  I would love to see your creations and ideas, as I expect that I will need new inspiration each year!

Last year, I built the Spooky Halloween Birthday theme around this great batty girl image that I found on  My daughter absolutely loved this bat girl vector art, and we used it as the catalyst for her party.  The invites were a square format and I used Paper Source’s – Petal Envelope in grape (upon checking the link I found out they are on sale – 50% off!), then I mounted the white square invite on Paper Sources poppy 5×5 notecard (also on sale!).  I used Martha Stewart’s black sticker that read “Beware” to close up the invite, and Paper Source’s poppy file folder labels for the name’s and addresses.  The font I used is Carnivalee Freekshow.  I scanned in the invite below, the colors aren’t quite true…but if you use the links that I have included in this post you will get stunning results and the “ah” factor when your guests open it.

Batty Girl Halloween Birthday Invite

That day we actually had two birthday parties, the kids one first and the adult later.  For the kid’s Halloween Birthday Party I had my bakery: Its All About the Cake in Dana Point CA,  make cupcakes with white icing and black and purple bats cutout of fondant.  The evening cake was one of Diane’s masterfully designed cakes, she is truly an artist.

Batty Girl Halloween Birthday Cake

I scrapped this invite together 4 years ago.  Once I scrapped the one invite, I scanned it.  Once the image was scanned, I bumped up the contrast and the saturation, to get the blacks, really black and the other colors to be intense.  Then I just printed them to 4×6 glossy photo cards, and used black envelops.

Halloween Birthday Invite

Halloween Birthday Invite

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September 29, 2009 at 6:31 pm