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HALLOWEENIES – Cool Crafts to Make With Your G-Kids!


“Halloweenies” defined: quick, easy-to-make decorative bursts of the spooky season!

Everybody’s looking for these this time of year because there’s not a moment to spare. Why waste seconds that could be spent eating Halloween candy purchased in July because it was on pre-holiday special and satisfied that smug feeling of being stocked up?

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Paper Punch Drink Lids


I love the way bottle toppers dress up a kids’ table. They also ensure that sippers-and-wanderers will eventually find their way back to their own drinks. Bats, spiders, or a combo of both….simply punched, stacked, glued and poked!

A 3″ circle works for the base of each topper. Find shapes progressively smaller to layer in contrasting colors and patterns. Plastic spiders, ants, or flies are welcome, too! I use recycled Starbucks coffee drink bottles for perfect kid-sized servings. Poke a hole in each topper for a festive paper straw and hand them out!

Spooky Snack Baskets (pictured at top)

If you purchase your coffee drinks in the four-pack size, you’ve got a handy little tote to stuff with snackable monsters! Spray paint it black, decorate with punched orange dots, and round up some wraps! The green spinach guy holds a savory cheese and veggie filling, while his paler sidekick supplies dessert in the form of a PBJ spread. Attach baby carrot noses and big buggy confection eyes with a tiny dab of peanut butter. Personalize each snack tote if you’re expecting more than one little grand-goblin at your family Halloween event!

“Dying to Know How Many!” Estimating Jars

HalloweeniesThis is my way of contributing to the classroom Halloween parties my daughters enjoy planning as “room mothers.” They’re charged with providing games and treats, and I like the way this educational activity creates a whirl of excitement and suspense for the classmates of my grandchildren.

Three clear, plastic jars stuffed with small toys and candy are accompanied by slips of paper for names and guesses.

Teacher receives everything – including the answer sheet! – the day before the event so there’s plenty of time for each child to carefully inspect every jar before estimating. Winners (those who guess closest without going over) are announced at the party.

I found my 32 oz. jars at Just Artifacts, although I see that Oriental Trading carries pint size (16 oz.) ones now, too. Present them smartly decorated in the same style as paper punch drink lids – and don’t forget to make “freebies” for your own grandkiddoes!

SEE MORE HALLOWEEN FUN FROM JOYCE GILLIS – Come to the crazy bones cafe



Christine Crosby

About the author

Christine is the co-founder and editorial director for GRAND Magazine. She is the grandmother of five and great-grandmom (aka Grandmere) to one. She makes her home in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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