Fall fun: Recipes, decorating and ideas for Halloween!

One of my buddies in Atlanta made this wreath. She wrote on Facebook, "It's a styro ring (also available in black) from the $ spot in Target, old spider rings w/the backs cut off then hot glued on, and ribbon from the $ store. Total cost probably $2.75."

One of my buddies in Atlanta made this wreath. She wrote on Facebook, "It's a styro ring (also available in black) from the $ spot in Target, old spider rings w/the backs cut off then hot glued on, and ribbon from the $ store. Total cost probably $2.75."

I am so jealous that Atlanta’s temperatures are dropping in to the 50s at night and only reaching the 80s during the day. Even though it continues to rise to 104 almost daily here in Phoenix, I am so ready for fall!

I am ready for pumpkin and apple recipes and slow-cooker comfort foods. I have made pumpkin pancakes for dinner two weeks in a row. The kids just love them and they make a relaxing Thursday night dinner. (The week is almost over!)

So here are recipes that I been perusing and thinking about making.  I am also including some adorable Halloween crafts and treats to start you percolating on ideas.

Cooking with Apples

Comfort foods in the slow cooker

Kids’ Halloween crafts — I love, love, love the Paper Mice cutouts that can creep up your stairs. I also love the glitter pumpkins. (I am going to make those.) I also would like to make the the pumpkin that has lollipops all over it. I am sure my kids would love the clothes pin bats.

Super cute Halloween cocktails (You could adjust slightly for kids on some of them)

Halloween Treats

Fall decorating ideas

Halloween ideas – costumes, recipes and decorating

What are you doing to celebrate the start of fall? What are you cooking? How are you decorating your house? What ingredients are you excited about using? What are you thinking about Halloween?

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September 24th, 2012
12:59 pm

I am thinking about Halloween like I always do….UGH! Let it be over already!!!

I adore fall. Mums and gourds. Fall colors. LOVE IT.

Hate halloween with a warewolf’s fury!


September 24th, 2012
1:03 pm

oh cooking? Suffed bell peppers! baked chicken, soups, pumpkin muffins or pancakes (with brie!), caramel apples, pasta with lemon white wine sauce and cupcakes. Probably make applesauce cake here soon too.

2 things that scream fall to me: stuffed bell peppers and candy corn.


September 24th, 2012
1:26 pm

Here’s an after Halloween treat…take all that candy corn, melt it with equal amount of peanut butter. Spread into a baking dish…it should be about a half inch thick. Allow to cool/harden completely…then cut into squares and dip into melted chocolate…again, allowing it to cool and harden. Voila! Homemade Butterfingers!


September 24th, 2012
1:32 pm

Cute idea with the wreath, but I could do without the spiders! I can see something similar with little ghosts or witch’s hats working and being very cute, too. Pumpkins, too.


September 24th, 2012
2:13 pm

TWG have you been watching The Chew? If you blogged on it I missed it. However I love the quick “bites” (sorry for the pun) of crafts, fun, talk, food etc….and I think you would enjoy it if you have not seen it yet.


September 24th, 2012
2:31 pm

@FCM, I’m a big Iron Chef fan. Always loved Batalli, but the Chew has really shown Mike Simon’s personality. Good stuff.


September 24th, 2012
2:34 pm

@ Jarvis, I loved Clinton on “what not to wear”, Symon and Batali from Food TV. I do not watch Top Chef so I had not met seen Carla before The Chew. Daphne either. However I DVR the show and watch it (on the weekends if I have too!). I often love their guests too. They did an ABC Fall Line up special that is worth watching as well.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

September 24th, 2012
3:03 pm

I have seen a couple of times, but don’t watch regularly. Just usually happen to catch it. I probably would like it DVRd and I then I could fast forward through anything that doesn’t interest me and watch at night. I agree though that I like all the people on there and usually like what they are up to when I see it.


September 24th, 2012
5:01 pm

@FCM – I agree w/ your sentiment. Love fall colors etc. Can’t wait until Halloween is over. ugh


September 24th, 2012
5:11 pm

I have two plans for decorating for Halloween:

1. Every year I fill a large, black, plastic cauldron with warm water, and drop in some dry ice. Last year I bought some submersible LED tea lights, and dropped a couple into the cauldron. The effect was very spooky.

2. Something I saw somewhere on the Internet involving cardboard tubes from toilet paper or paper towel rolls: Cut holes into the sides of the tubes, into the shape of scary-looking eyes. Insert a glow stick (I’m going to use some of the tea lights – came in a pack of 10 or 12), and tie to a branch of a bush in the yard, or mount in a window.


September 24th, 2012
5:17 pm

What’s wrong with Halloween? My daughter loves it as much as Christmas! The wreath is super cute- and I like that it was inexpensive.


September 24th, 2012
7:24 pm

@ Tiffany….i am just not into it…not the candy handout, not the decorating (Note to self: don’t dust and call it Halloween decor), not the dress up.

I do like the potted mums (or planted in the yard), I like the leaves falling, I love the crisp snap in the air. I love the days leading into Thanksgiving, and the Holidays right behind. I love small gourds, color corn, and the wheat sheafs to decorate the tables.

I did get candy corn, caramel, and apples at the store.

TWG I totally skip segments I don’t want to watch. In fact rarely watch tv in real time anymore.

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September 25th, 2012
8:44 am

@Patrick, I don’t think I would put tea lights in a cardboard tube….may cause a fire. Go with the glow sticks. You can get like 100 at Party city.

And I saw that idea on Pinterest. Love it, and I may do it myself. I am a HUGE fan of Halloween.

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Warrior Woman

September 25th, 2012
12:10 pm

@Mayhem – Patrick isn’t talking about the candle tea lights. He’s talking about the LED ones. They won’d cause a fire in the cardboard tubes.


September 27th, 2012
7:41 am

I can appreciate the wonderment of children at the Halloween time of year, but some parents go a bit overboard. If you want an excuse to craft, then do it. Don’t throw your kids under the bus.