Happy Halloween!

Greetings from our House of Horrors…!

The Bahne family – a scary clown, evil Pikachu, a ninja, the Plague Doctor and just a regular zombie…!

Also featured, my bf – who’s a teacher and wore the perfect costume for the occasion! …looks like things are getting a bit out of control in Junior High during Halloween, teachers beware!

And here’s my evil goddaughter, in her best devil disguise (horns DIY:ed by herself – she’s crazy creative!)

Just look at those eyes!

Hope you’re all having a scary, cozy evening!

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DIY Plague Doctor Mask

I decided to go as a plague doctor for this years Halloween party. My version has a black mask, not the white one that is commonly seen, simply because I had black paper on hand at home…! But I’ve concocted a backstory where the mask is really made out of black leather, making it much more medieval:ly.. Anyways – here’s a look at how it was made. Above – I started with some newspaper that I molded around my face and taped together.

I made a large beak, big enough to fit a bunch of herbs. The thing with plague doctors is that people used to think it was the miasma i.e. bad odor, that spread disease. So to combat that doctors wore these big masks that fit sweet-smelling herbs inside the beaks.

I taped the beak to the mask and cut out holes for the eyes. I made ridges around the eyes using some paper and some tape.

Then I glued on lots of black paper along the mask in several layers. I glued some cut out plastic circles to the eyes (you have to cover everything! Otherwise you’re not a proper plague doctor and might succumb to the plague yourself!) and finally some black ribbons to the back of the mask.

I wore a black turtle-neck, black pants, a black cape and a black top hat. Not seen on the picture is my walking cane which I used to poke people with to check if they were still alive…! (which is what the plague doctor mainly did – check if people were dead or not)

It was a fun costume to make. But I only wore the mask at the beginning of the evening – it got too hot in there!

 

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Halloween goodies

We had sooo much candy at our latest Halloween-party! Luckily Halloween comes only once a year – I kind of didn’t think of the amount of candy we had already bought when I told the kids that they could bake cookies and cakes. Which they also did! Very nice ones actually – the perks of having kids who are getting older and can bake and cook and even sometimes clean up after themselves…!

As a contrast, all the food at the party was gluten-free, minus allergenic nuts, mostly vegan and overall healthy! So it kind of evens itself out! (not really, but I’m pretending it does!)

 

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DIY Window Monsters

These monsters were really easy to make, and give an instant Halloween-vibe to our house.

I folded a thin black paper into two and cut out a place to stick the eyes, and a scary mouth plus some evil looking ears/horns.

Then I taped the monster to the window, added a pair of glow-in-the-dark eyes.

I think we’re ready for Halloween now!

 

 

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Halloween is approaching

Our house gets more and more Halloween:y for every day that goes by – soon we’ll have our annual Halloween party, with new friends invited. It is always such a nice occasion to invite some of the new friends that our kids have made, along with their parents. My favorite holiday, my kids favorite holiday, and we’re all exited making costumes at home!

 

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Concrete skull DIY

Halloween’s a-coming, and we needed more skulls in our house. Especially ones that also doubles as candle holders!

I went and got some clay and did some sculpting. The skull turned out okay, but then when I made the mold it went a bit wonky! The clay hadn’t hardened enough so the skull got a bit of a different look than I had planned. But this works too!

It didn’t look like this when it went into the mold! But the crooked smile somehow works despite it.

When the mold was done I poured concrete into it. One of the skulls has a glass jar inside and doubles as a Halloween-vase. 

One of the other skulls was a bit flat on top – it’s the perfect candle holder for fat candles!

The concrete was rather rough, making for a weathered look.  

We’ve also got one skull for single, thin candles, but my favorite is the vase – we don’t have that many flowers growing right now in the garden, but that doesn’t matter when your vase is a skull! any old flower remnants suit the skull perfectly!

 

 

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The Halloween-party

Halloween came and went, but before I go all Christmassy on this blog, I’ll post some of the pictures from our Halloween party.

I was an evil tooth fairy, and I made a large staff with a huge tooth out of papier maché that I dipped in beeswax and then painted red in places. It turned out real creepy and went perfect with my outfit!

I also made a necklace with large pulled out teeth mixed with black ribbons. It took a while for the guests to see what the necklace really was, but it was all the more gruesome when they did!

I wore a crown that I made from Hama-beads. I’ve been on a hama-bead bend recently, but now I think I’m cured (because now gingerbread season is beckoning!). But there’ll be some hama-related blogposts in the near future, if I can only find the time to photograph (NanoWriMo, folks!)

I made the bathroom into my laboratory, where I pulled teeth of people who didn’t comply. This tooth fairy wants your money, or else…!

Supereasy to make some fake blood, and so effectful! 

I mixed some golden syrup and some water with a bit of red food coloring, and sprinkled it on the bathtub. Easy fun decoration, and easy to remove as well!

This year we remembered to bring out the skull shaped soap dispenser that we bought last year and completely forgot.  

The scary candles were perfect! Their core is either orange or black, which made for a nice effect when they were lit and the candle wax started dripping.

We had such a nice time, big ones and smaller ones, and it’s so much fun with a party where the whole family can participate!

The kids had been waiting for the party for ages. They had planned lots of funny games to play, and really enjoyed themselves. 

We had Niklas’ brain for dessert! 😀 (just kidding! Not!)

 

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DIY delicious devil horns

We’re huge fans of Christine McConnell in this house, so when it was time for our Halloween-party (a late party, Halloween has really already come and gone, but we live in Finland where it’s not that ingrained in the culture yet, so we just ignore it!) we wanted to make ALL of her projects!

That was just not humanly possible – the house she makes in episode 1 has just so many amazing details that it would take me at least a year to make. But I love looking at it! There were some more easy projects that I tried, like the scary candles.

And the devil horns.

These are superdelicious made out of candy canes and really expensive white chocolate that I dyed pink.

I really hope there’ll be a season 2 of Christine McConnel’s show, with more funny, scary stories and lots of inspiration!

 

 

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