Beach House to Haunted House for Halloween

Learn how to transform your beach house into a haunted house for Halloween with affordable decor from Oriental Trading. Just so you know, I did receive free and freaky decor to facilitate this post, but all opinions and photos are completely my own.

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Beach House to Haunted House on a Budget

Halloween is my second favorite holiday, coming in as a very close second to Christmas of course. Since Bubby is basically a Halloween baby, we like to “do it up” around here and we tend to start early. Our house is full of beach decor in hues of blue and green so it’s kind of tricky to give it that scary feel that we want for the month of October. But with the help of affordable Halloween Decor from Oriental Trading, we can easily transform our beach house into a Haunted House for Halloween!

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Reapers, and skeletons, and spiders…oh my! With just a few simple touches, you don’t have to makeover your house for Halloween, just creep it up a bit!

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Solo Man is by far Bubby’s favorite Halloween decoration so he typically goes up first. The frightful banter and glowing eyes from this guy spooks passers by every evening and it’s way funnier than it should be to me!

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No haunted house would be complete without a reaper!

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This year’s new addition for our outside decor, Greta, is ready to greet all of the trick or treaters as they walk up this year.

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Making the inside of our home a little scary is always more of a struggle. I mean, there’s nothing scary about seashells, light blues and greens, and anchors, right? But with a little imagination, it’s pretty simple to change things up. Hang webs from windows and add a few spiders.

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Hang motion-activated (scary as hell) slashing bats from walkways.

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Cover antique desktops with bloody clothes and skeletons, and things start to take shape quickly!

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Placing signs and potion bottles on your tiki bar gives it a festive flair.

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And my absolute favorite, the screaming, shaking skeleton in his cage, hangs just outside my kitchen so that every time I drop, chop, or pop something, he starts chattering and cracks me up!

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Our backyard graveyard (in the jungle) is a great place for entertaining all of our ghoulish friends. Really, when it all comes down to it, it’s so simple and affordable to turn your beach house into a haunted house with the help of Oriental Trading, a few dollar store items, and after-Halloween sale items from your favorite big box store.

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DIY Aurora Queen of the Moors Crown

This DIY Queen of the Moors Crown was inspired when I received an early release copy of Disney’s Maleficent from Click Communication to help promote the in-store release on November 4th. All opinions, ideas, and photos are entirely my own.

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“For in the other kingdom, the Moors lived every manner of strange and wonderful creature.

And they needed neither king nor queen but trusted in one another.”

Maleficent is my new all-time favorite Disney movie EVER! That’s saying a lot. I’m a Disney freak. One might think it’s because I have a million kids so I had to learn to embrace them, but that’s not true. One of my very first vivid memories as a child was going to the movie theater with my mom and my sisters to watch a Disney movie. I was hooked at about the age of 3 and things haven’t changed since, and I never miss a single new release. Unfortunately, because there were questions about whether Maleficent was completely kid friendly, I opted to skip it at the theater *SIGH* and anxiously await the release of the DVD in store. And that time has come! Disney’s Maleficent will be available on Disney Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, Digital HD, Disney Movies Anywhere, DVD, and On-Demand November 4, 2014! I got an early release copy, and I’m not going to ruin it for you if you haven’t already seen it, but I’m going to tell you…again…I loved it and have watched it several times. And for the record, there was nothing even remotely frightening to my 8 year old daughter in the movie and she loves it too! We loved it so much that it inspired me, a total craft hater, to craft an Aurora’s Queen of the Moors Crown. Want to make one for your little princess before the in-store release? It’s super easy. If I can do this, anyone can!

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Thick, bendable wire
  • Electrical tape
  • A random assortment of leaves (the fake foliage you can buy at any big box store)
  • Random embellishments (I used a few beads and some sparkly gold twigs)
  • Scissors
  • Gold spray paint
  • Hot glue gun

Start with the wire. Measure the piece around your queen’s head and cut it accordingly, overlapping by about 2 or so inches. Take the electrical tape and tape the overlapping wire together. Be sure to cover the whole area to avoid sharp edges.

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Cut the leaves off of the stems, spray paint both sides gold, then start hot gluing them on the wire band as randomly or neatly as you see fit until the entire band is covered to your liking.

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Clip your other, smaller leaves, twigs, etc. and hot glue them as you’d like to get the desired look and depth of the crown.

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That’s it! When you’re done, you have a golden crown inspired by a movie that you either already love, or you’re going to love as soon as you see it on November 4th! This was a fun project that my daughter was able to help with and she absolutely adores the results.

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November 4th is just around the corner, hurry up and preorder your copy of Maleficent today, and then head to the store to pick up supplies to make your own Queen of the Moors Crown before it arrives. In the meantime, check out all of the buzz about Malefient on Facebook and Twitter. If you’ve already seen the movie, I’d love to hear what you thought of it. If you’re anxiously awaiting the in-store release, let me know what you think of it as soon as you see it. Seriously y’all…Maleficent FTW!

Patriotic Mommy & Daughter Bracelets: Crafts for Kids

Just so you know, I received product from Oriental Trading to facilitate this post. All opinions, ideas, and photos are entirely my own.

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My Bug loves to craft. She loves to make things, especially jewelry, and the shinier the better! But I’m just not all that crafty and I really don’t have a lot of free time. She always does a good job on her little projects so in preparation for the 4th of July, I headed to Oriental Trading Company in search of something for her to curb her crafting itch and to occupy some of her summer free time. I found this adorable American Flag Flip Flop Bracelet Craft Kit and I just knew she would love it.

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When the kit arrived, I was pleased with the contents, especially at that price point. Everything was wrapped and packaged separately, and there was a full set of instructions. Now that Bug is reading so well, I just had to open everything up and she couldn’t wait to get started on her Mommy and Daughter bracelet project. Seriously, she couldn’t wait. The minute our package arrived, she started BEGGING me to rip it all open!

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Even though this package said the craft was intended for 14 and up, my little Bug didn’t have a problem once I laid out the picnic blanket, the supplies, and the instructions. She’s a happy little crafter and I really need to keep her busy during the summer or the house might come down at the hands of her mischievous little nature.

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When it was all said and done, I think these came out really cute, and she and I are all set for the holiday with our festive, matching jewelry. This project was particularly good for her because she loves patterned activities and she recently completed a huge project for her history class surrounding being an American and the 4th of July holiday.

We’ve got a few more patriotic crafts happening this week and I’ll be sure to come back and share. Meanwhile, if you’re looking for great, inexpensive crafts to keep your kids busy this summer, be sure to visit Oriental Trading for fun and affordable crafting supplies and kits. If you’re like me, you’ll want to go with the kits because they do all of the creative thinking for you. You can also find Oriental Trading Company on Facebook and Twitter, so be sure to follow along there too. Happy crafting!