Month: October 2013

Happy HallowSCREAM Favor Tag {Free Printable}

 Happy Halloween favor tag

Happy Halloween Everyone!

Today is a short post that may come in handy this week.   After my little “monsters” and I finished putting together Gavin’s classmates’ Monsters University-Inspired goody bags, I thought I’d create a simple tag for the back side of the bag. If you’re preparing your children’s classmates goody bags today, you may be able to use this tag too!   They are a basic white tag with a little eyeball in the center.  The tag simply states, “Happy HallowSCREAM”.   These tags could be used on any trick-or-treat goody bags!  I used Avery brand 2 1/2″ diameter glossy white round labels to print out the tags.  Using a sticker to apply the note was so easy!  If you’d prefer to use white cardstock, punch the tags out using a 2 1/2″ round craft punch and glue it on the back side of the bag, so easy!  Just make sure your little Monster remembers to sign them!

To use these tags, click on the Adobe pdf file below.

Happy Hallowscream printable

If you newly discovered Mouse Ears Mom, you might have missed my post of what’s inside the Mike inspired gift bag and an easy tutorial on how I made them.  Check out the post here:


Have a Monstrous Halloween!

“Mistress of All Evil” Maleficent cupcake


This Halloween season I’ve had fun making cupcakes inspired by my favorite Disney villains.  Today I’d like to share with you, Maleficent!

Love Disney villains like I do?  Here are the links to check out the tutorials for other Disney villain inspired cupcakes!

Cruella de Vil Cupcakes:

Evil Queen’s Red Apples

Captain Hook’s Cupcakes

To make this “Mistress of All Evil” cupcake start with a basic chocolate cupcake.Maleficent 002

To save time, I use Wilton Decorating Icing for a lot of my projects, especially if the cupcake needs black icing.  For this cupcake I used the two decorating icing tubes featured in the photo.  The tips used are round.

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With the icing tubes and tips, draw an outline of Maleficent’s headpiece and face.  Once outlined, continue to fill in the top of the cupcake.

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Melt black candy melts in a small bowl.  Using a spoon dip Bugle cone-shaped snacks into the chocolate.

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Using a toothpick, remove the Bugle out of the chocolate and place it on a wax lined cookie sheet.  Place in the refrigerator until the chocolate has hardened around the tooth pick.

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Place two of the chocolate covered Bugles in each cupcake to act as horns.  Then place the cupcake within another black cupcake liner to represent Maleficent’s collar.  To create the stripes around the horns, I used a Cake Mate Writing Icing.

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That’s it!

Did you know that this special Disney villain will soon be sharing her side of the “Sleeping Beauty” story on the big screen?   The film, Maleficent, is scheduled to be released on May 30th, 2014.

I hope you all have a Not-So-Scary Halloween this week!

A Beauty Makeover By The Disney Villains

villains makeup 012Can we agree that Disney’s Villains have a sense of style and beauty?

You may not be aware that your local Walgreens carries an evil line of beauty products inspired solely by Disney Villains, Cruella De Vil, Maleficent, Ursula and the infamous Evil Queen.  With products priced $7.99 to $9.99, I thought it would be simply wicked of me not to share this info with you!  Here are some photos of the product that I purchased and the product that is still available of this very popular line.

villains wegmans 002From Eyelashes to Fingernails, the Villains are ready to bring out the villainous side of you!

As shown in the photo above, the products produced for this line are Makeup “Look Books”, “Ponytailers”, nail kits, fake eyelashes, and makeup travel bags.  Each beauty item has four different styles representing each villain.

villains makeup 013This is a photo of the Evil Queen Look Book.

It includes 1 eyelid primer, 6 eye shadow colors, 1 brightening eyeliner, 1 liquid eyeliner, 1 mascara, 1 lip color and 1 eye shadow brush.  The cost is only $9.99.

villains wegmans 007villains wegmans 005The Ponytailers, advertised as “for your hair and wrists” are priced at $7.99 and come as a 7 piece set.

The featured photos are of Ponytailers inspired by Ursula  and Cruella de Vil.

villains wegmans 008Villain false eyelashes are sold for $7.99 per each wicked set.

villains makeup 009I fell in love the artwork on the cosmetic cases.  Notice on this Cruella de Vil inspired bag the London landscape camouflaged on the right side of the bag and the puppy paw prints on the left side that morph into flowers.

villains makeupCheck out the inside lining of the bag- Puppies!  The costs of the bags are $9.99.  I think anyone traveling to a Disney vacation NEEDS one of these bags.  Don’t you think?

If you like these products, stop by your local Walgreens to check out their supply.  I spoke with Walgreen’s management and the Villains beauty products were stocked for the Halloween season and will not be reordered!

Which Disney Villain products would fit your personality?




Top Five Disney Halloween Movies For Young Children

Disney World September October 2013 029Watching Disney Halloween Movies during the month of October is a fun tradition my family began when our son, Gavin was born.

October is a fun time for all.  From running through leaves, to carving a pumpkin, excitement surrounds young children.  Sometimes, Halloween can be a bit overwhelming to our youngest Trick-or-Treaters.  Since my family has two little goblins, we enjoy celebrating Halloween the “not-so-scary” way.  All of the movies that I will refer to today are Rated G.

Here’s my family’s pick for the Top Five G Rated Disney Movies to watch for Halloween.

Pooh heffalump halloween1. Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween Movie

This movie became a family holiday favorite when my son was about three years old.  It’s absolutely adorable and perfect for a little monster.

House of Villains2. Mickey’s House of Villains

Although this movie was released to Disney DVD in 2002, eleven years later, it’s my son’s favorite Halloween DVD.  The film is made up of 8 vintage Disney cartoon shorts.  Not only is it my six-year-old son’s favorite, my two-year old daughter actually stays focused on the video too!

Spooky Buddies3. Spooky Buddies

Honestly, I’m not a fan of this film. However, I am including it in our top five pick list because the “Buddies” are in the film.  What can I say other than kids love talking dogs. Although the film is rated G, there are a few scary moments for very young children.

The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr_ Toad (1949)4. The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad

What can I say?  It’s an old, but a goody.  The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad was released in 1949.  Within the film, the adventures of Mr. Toad will give you a chuckle.  The adventures of poor Mr. Ichabod might be a tiny bit intense for a toddler.  We waited until 1st grade to show this one.  Again, this movie is rated G.

monsters inc5. Monsters Inc.

Not intended to be considered a “Halloween” film, Monster’s Inc. is a heartwarming story of Monsters lurking into a child’s room at night.  What could scream Halloween more than that?  If you haven’t seen Monsters Inc. yet, it’s a fantastic film.  You’ll laugh, cry and of course, be scared!

As a reminder, if your kids love Sulley and Mike, Monsters University will be released to DVD on October 29th!

I hope this not-so-scary top five list puts you in the mood for some Halloween fun with your kids.  Pop some popcorn, stuff some goody bags for your little Monster’s classmates and enjoy the movie!





Jack Skellington Brownie Pops

Jack SkellingtonEveryone Knows that Jack Skellington is The Pumpkin King.  Today I gave Jack an additional title, The Brownie King.

Lately I’ve been making cupcake after cupcake but this weekend my son asked me for brownies.  With his adorable freckled face and two big new teeth coming in front and center, how could I say no?  Halloween is less than two weeks away and pumpkins surround us in our home, why not make some Brownie Pumpkin Kings?  If you know a fan of the Pumpkin King, why not surprise them this Halloween with a special treat?  Here’s the easy tutorial for you to follow.  In addition to brownie mix, you’ll need cookie pop sticks, white and black icing, and a drawing tip and decorator bag.

Disney Jack October 2013 011Using a 13″ x 9″ pan, sprayed really well with non-stick cooking spray, bake your brownies as suggested on the box.

Once the brownies are done, allow them to cool for an hour.

After cooling for an hour, place the brownies in the freezer for a half hour.

Disney Jack October 2013 012Using a paper towel with olive oil coat the base of a circle cookie cutter.  Press the cookie cutter into the brownie.  To remove the brownie cut around the circle using a plastic knife.

Disney Jack October 2013 015Place each brownie cut out on a wax paper lined cookie sheet.

Insert a cookie pop stick in the center of each cut out.

Place the brownie pops back into the freezer for an additional 15 minutes.

While the brownie pops are still cold, cover the brownie with white icing.

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Using black icing in a decorator bag with a writing tip, draw on Jack’s classic face.  It’s easier to draw his mouth with a very small writing tip opening.  I did not have a small tip, but used what I had to get them done today.  Don’t forget, my son was waiting for brownies!

jack skellington 001As a finishing touch, I added a little bow tie.

I hope you are having fun creating spooky treats this Halloween season. If you’ve made any Disney Inspired Halloween treats, I’d love to see them!   I have at least one more villainous treat to share before Halloween night!