Trick or Treat Safety Tips

Trick or treat safety tips to help you and your family enjoy Halloween.

Halloween is here!  It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving and Christmas are only a few weeks away and soon enough it will be the beginning of a new year.  I didn’t understand what my mom meant when I was younger about time passing more quickly the older you get, but it certainly feels true now!

If your neighborhood is anything like mine, there are tons of families with young children.  This means that there will be lots of little people running around and knocking on doors asking for candy or treats tonight.  I remember one year my mom told some kids she wanted them to do a trick before she gave them a treat.  Haha!  They looked a little confused, but after a silly trick they got their treat.  *wink*

I have a few suggestions to (hopefully) make the night more enjoyable for everyone:

Communicate with your neighborhood about start and stop times
Our neighborhood actually has a Facebook group where we can post questions, ask for help and even make people aware of suspicious activity.  It’s been a really great way to keep everyone informed and bring our neighborhood/community together.  Every year around Halloween, someone will pose the question about when families are going to start trick or treating and after having people chime in, a basic time frame is established.  By doing this, everyone is on the same page and people aren’t surprised by trick or treaters coming earlier than they are ready for them.  If you don’t have a community page, you can also simply talk to your neighbors about start/stop times.

Give your kids a glowing or reflective item to wear
This time of year, it starts getting dark quickly by about 7pm.  But many trick or treaters are still out and their costumes might make them hard to see.  If you’ve got kids, you know that they aren’t always careful when it comes to crossing the street.  To help them be more visible, add something to their costume that glows or is reflective.  We are giving out glow sticks this year that kids can put around their wrist while they are out.  It’s a little late or order some online, but I’ve seen reflective tape at Walmart that you could stick on their trick or treat buckets.

*Also, check out these other great non-candy alternatives to give out this Halloween!

Use your porch light to show you are/are not receiving trick or treaters
Most people probably do this, but when we ready to start receiving trick or treaters, we will turn on our porch light, even if it’s still light outside.  If we’re not ready, we just don’t answer the door.  At the end of the night, we will turn off our porch light to indicate that trick or treaters shouldn’t knock.

Leave a sign letting kids know the candy is gone
Without fail, we still have kids knock on our door after we’re turned off our light.  As an added deterrent, we tape a sign to our door that says something like, “No more candy.”  Most of the kids coming later at night are older and know how to read.  If you are worried that turning off your light and putting up a sign won’t be enough, see if there is a way to disconnect your doorbell for the night.

Also, if trick or treating isn’t something that you like to do or don’t allow your kids to do, you can always spend the night inside doing fun activities together with family or friends.  Check out the following posts for ideas and activities you can do at home:

Preschool Halloween Party On A Budget
Preschool Halloween Party On A Budget  |  Sunshine & Munchkins (collaboration with Ford-Ology)
150+ Halloween Coloring and Activity Pages
39 Kid-Friendly Halloween Movies  |  Working Moms Against Guilt
 Halloween Science Experiments  |  Science Bob

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I hope you found these tips helpful as you and your kids go out tonight!  Happy Halloween!

150+ Halloween Coloring and Activity Pages

150+ Halloween Coloring and Activity Pages

One of my kids’ favorite activities is coloring.  I swear we pull out the bin of crayons, markers and colored pencils at least once a day.  As much fun as they have with our regular coloring books, it’s good to mix it up a little and print out some holiday/seasonal coloring pages.  I’ve collected over 150 Halloween coloring and activity pages for you to choose from.

To access the coloring pages, click on the link below the picture to be taken to the original source.  Happy coloring!

Coloring Pages

150+ Halloween Coloring and Activity Pages
8 Halloween Coloring Pages  |  Holiday Crafts & Creations

150+ Halloween Coloring and Activity Pages
24 Halloween Coloring Pages  |  Honey & Lime 
*These are the coloring pages I used for the Preschool/Toddler Halloween Party.

150+ Halloween Coloring and Activity Pages
Monsters Coloring Page  |  Dabbles & Babbles

150+ Halloween Coloring and Activity Pages

150+ Halloween Coloring and Activity Pages

150+ Halloween Coloring and Activity Pages
Halloween Color By Number  |  Itsy Bitsy Fun

150+ Halloween Coloring and Activity Pages

Activities and Crafts

150+ Halloween Coloring and Activity Pages
Halloween BINGO  |  The Crafting Chicks

150+ Halloween Coloring and Activity Pages
Halloween BINGO  |  Artsy Fartsy Mama

150+ Halloween Coloring and Activity Pages
Halloween Countdown Bucket List  |  The Happier Homemaker

150+ Halloween Coloring and Activity Pages
35 Pumpkin Crafts  |  Hands On As We Grow

150+ Halloween Coloring and Activity Pages
Halloween Charades  |  The Joys of Boys

150+ Halloween Coloring and Activity Pages
*This is the treasure hunt I used for the Preschool/Toddler Halloween Party.

I hope you found some fun coloring pages, activities or crafts for your kids!  I know I did!

Halloween Mantle Inspiration and Dec-O-Ween Blog Hop

Get some Halloween decoration inspiration!  By choosing a color scheme, decorating for Halloween is easy!

Can you believe that Halloween is only a little over 2 weeks away?  This month is flying by!  Since I can only use my Halloween decorations for a limited amount of time each year, I tried to get them up quickly so we could enjoy them all month long.

When it comes to Halloween decorations, I am definitely more of a pumpkins and witches and black cats kind of gal.  I don’t do scary or gory, so zombies and chainsaws are definitely OUT.  Over the years, I’ve realized that I gravitate towards the same colors when I’m choosing Halloween decor: black, white, orange, green and purple.  I’ve embraced this and so all of my decor for Halloween is in these colors.  I like that it creates a cohesive look on my mantle and I can still be creative with what I choose to put out.

So without further adieu, I give you my Halloween mantle inspiration!

Get some Halloween decoration inspiration!  By choosing a color scheme, decorating for Halloween is easy!

One of my very favorite decorations is my black stick wreath.  I bought it the day after Halloween a few years ago for a huge discount.  The only downside is that it’s not very easy to store and over the years some of the branches have broken off.  But I love that the whole thing basically screams “Halloween”.  (To me, anyway.)

Get some Halloween decoration inspiration!  By choosing a color scheme, decorating for Halloween is easy!

Many of my decorations around my home and for holidays/seasons are wood.  I love taking something that is unfinished or needs to be repurposed/updated and making it the way that I want.  So it should come as no surprise that I’ve got some wood crafts thrown into my decorations.  The wooden blocks were made by simply attaching scrapbook paper using mod podge.  I’ve also made them reversible to get a little more use out of them and my kids like switching them around.  Plus, they are durable, which is a necessity when you have small children who like to “help”. *wink*

Get some Halloween decoration inspiration!  By choosing a color scheme, decorating for Halloween is easy!

Get some Halloween decoration inspiration!  By choosing a color scheme, decorating for Halloween is easy!

The little witch pillow in the middle is another one of my favorite decorations.  This is probably because it was one of my first embroidery projects so a lot of love went into it.

Get some Halloween decoration inspiration!  By choosing a color scheme, decorating for Halloween is easy!

One of the more unique or unexpected decorations that I have up is my Halloween tree.  It is feathers attached around a cone with little ornaments.  When I saw it at Hobby Lobby a couple of years ago, I bought it right away.  (They have it this year too!)

Get some Halloween decoration inspiration!  By choosing a color scheme, decorating for Halloween is easy!

The black candelabra with green candles is the newest addition to my Halloween decor.  There is something a little spooky about candlesticks but the sparkly spiderwebs on the holder make it fun and decidedly less spooky.

Get some Halloween decoration inspiration!  By choosing a color scheme, decorating for Halloween is easy!

Lastly, I’ve got my two hurricane vases.  I’ve filled one with candy corn and the other with black/white balls.  The varying height creates interest plus I can use the vases almost year round by filling them with different objects.

Get some Halloween decoration inspiration!  By choosing a color scheme, decorating for Halloween is easy!

And to make things fun, I put up some “Haunted House” tape across the front door.

Get some Halloween decoration inspiration!  By choosing a color scheme, decorating for Halloween is easy!

If you’re interested in knowing where each item came from, I’ve included a list below and a link where to where you can purchase it (where applicable).

Black Stick Wreath & Holder  |  Rod Works
Black Spiderweb Candlestick Holder  |  At Home
Green Candlesticks  |  At Home
Halloween Feather Tree  |  Hobby Lobby
Orange Stand  |  Hobby Lobby
Hurricane Vases (made by me)  |  tutorial
Embroidered Witch Pillow (made by me)  |  pattern from Pine Needles
Purple, White and Black Blocks  |  The Wood Connection
Pumpkin Trio  |  Crafty Wood Cutouts
Boo  |  Hobby Lobby
Black and White Balls  |  Michael’s
Marquee Pumpkin  |  At Home
Gauze Table Runner  |  At Home
Also, be sure to check out these other awesome ladies as part of the Dec-O-Ween Blog Hop!  There are a total of 11 bloggers who have been posting all week about all things Halloween decor.  You’re sure to find some great inspiration! 

11 bloggers share their Halloween decor inspiration
Happy Halloween decorating!

Preschool Halloween Party on a Budget

In August of this year, I attended a blogging workshop.  While there, I met a fellow mommy blogger named Kyla (she blogs over at Ford-ology) who lives about 15 minutes away from me and has two kids the same ages as mine but opposite genders.  It was like a match made in heaven!  That night, she and I got to talking and decided that we definitely needed to collaborate on a post in the near future.

One day Kyla and I ran into each other at Hobby Lobby with our kids, who immediately started talking and playing with each other like they were already friends.  As Kyla and I were talking about activities our kids could do together for a playdate, it slowly evolved into a preschool/toddler Halloween party on a budget.  (Funny how things work huh?)  The more she and I talked, the more it all came together.  So today we are each sharing how you can host a fun, simple and entertaining Halloween party for your kids and their friends without breaking the bank.

We blocked out a two hour period of time to do everything which included prep time for each activity.  You could easily choose any one of these activities and do them with your child(ren) or for a playdate.  There is enough here that if you decided not to do an actual Halloween party, you could have some type of Halloween activity for almost every day of the week!  Some take a little more prep time, while others are fairly simple.  But the main thing is that all of them are budget friendly.

To start out with, we had the kids dress up because what’s a Halloween party without costumes?  We just used some dress ups we had at home rather than their real Halloween costumes.  When we got to Kyla’s house, we found that our girls had both chosen to dress as Sleeping Beauty/Aurora and our boys were both dressed as superheros: Spiderman and Superman!  So if our kids look like they are dressed the same, they pretty much are, but it was totally a coincidence.  (A very cute coincidence.)

While the kids played together, Kyla and I finished some of the prep work.  She already had a cute little table all decked out in Halloween decor with a tablecloth, fake spiderwebs and spiders (total cost: $4).  Each place was set with a cute paper pumpkin with each child’s name on it, a pumpkin and the paper goods we were going to use for lunch time.

Our first activity was a photobooth.  Kyla had found some cute monster props for the kids to use for $3 from Target and the Happy Halloween banner for $1 (also from Target).

We also used some darling little tissue paper tassels from my friends Etsy shop, Eve’s Party Market, to add a little extra Halloween fun. 

The kids thought using the props was hilarious and Kyla and I even got in on the fun, using our kids as stand-in photographers. *wink* (The tassels were kindly provided at no cost by Creative Juice Cafe.  The retail price is $4 for a pack of 5 tassels.)

Decorating Pumpkins
The next activity was decorating pumpkins.  We gave the kids some stickers, pompoms, googly eyes and paint and let them go to town.  (I already had the pompoms, paint and glue and Kyla spent $2 on stickers and $4 for the four pumpkins.)

It was so fun to watch them each create their own little masterpiece!  When the pumpkins didn’t have anywhere left to decorate, we set them aside to dry.

Pumpkin Toss
While the kids took a little break to get out some energy, we set up the next activity which we called the Pumpkin Toss.  I bought 3 buckets from the Dollar Tree for $3 and I made six beanbags using some leftover material and plastic pellets (purchased from Hobby Lobby for $3).

Since the kids are all fairly little, we just told them the rules were to try and get one beanbag in each bucket.  My daughter and her son (both 4 years old) accomplished this pretty easily, while the 2 year olds weren’t quite coordinated enough to aim accurately.  But they all had fun and wanted to try multiple times.  (I’m thinking this will be a fun game for my kids during the cold winter months when we’re stuck inside.)  If you have older kids, you could label each bucket with a point value and then tally up points for prizes.

Putting together the kids’ lunch was so fun!

We made PB and J sandwiches and then cut them out into ghosts and pumpkins using cookie cutters.

The mummy juice boxes were made by ripping up white fabric I had in my scrap pile and wrapping it around the boxes and gluing some googly eyes on.

The string cheese ghosts and mandarin orange fruit cup pumpkins were made using a sharpie to draw the faces on.

Lastly, we gave the kids some yummy Jell-O popcorn in individual popcorn buckets, also from Eve’s Party Market.  They were the perfect size to portion out the popcorn.  (The popcorn buckets were kindly provided at no cost by Eve’s Party Market.  The retail price starts at $1 for 1 with bulk discounts available.)

Treasure Hunt/Goody Bags
The last activity was a treasure hunt that led the kids to some goody bags.  Because the clues were hidden around Kyla’s house, her kids led the way to most of the clues but all the kids had fun running from room to room to find the next clue.

When the kids found their bags, they immediately sat down to find out what was inside: pumpkin bubble necklaces, spider rings, vampire teeth, pencils, small notebooks, coloring pages and a little bag of candy corn.

All of the items for the goody bags were found at Target in the dollar section and cost $6 to fill 4 bags.

I found the treasure hunt printout on Imagination Soup and just printed it off at home.  The coloring sheets are from Honey & Lime.  Kyla put two on each page and then cut them down and stapled the corner to make a little coloring book.

Like I mentioned at the beginning, our whole goal with this party was to make it budget friendly and have activities that anyone can put together.  Even if you don’t consider yourself crafty, you can take any one of these activities and tailor it to your kids.  Kids aren’t going to care if everything is fancy or picture perfect.  All they want is to enjoy the activities and spend some time with you and their friends.

Total cost out of pocket: $29

Honestly, I had so much fun putting this whole little party together for the kids!  Each activity kept their attention for just long enough to complete it and they were able to get their excess energy out while Kyla and I set up the next activity.  As Kyla’s son said at the end, “It was the best morning ever!”  I think we can definitely count that as a success!

If you’d like to read Kyla’s post about the party, click HERE.

What are you favorite Halloween-themed activities to do with your kids?

Top 10 Posts of 2015

Top 10 Posts of 2015

Sunshine and Munchkins has been up and running for almost three months now and it’s been so much fun for me!  Lots of hard work and time, but I’ve loved being able to share my posts with you and hear from you as well.  As we begin a new year, I thought it would be fun to show you what my top 10 posts were for 2015!

Top 10 Posts of 2015

10. My FAVORITE Roll and Cut Cookies–The title says it all, but these really are my favorite cookies to make when using a cookie cutter.  They keep their shape, taste yummy and are so easy to make!  Be sure to save this recipe and use it for any holiday or event you want to decorate cookies for.  (Which is pretty much all of them, right?)

Top 10 Posts of 2015

9. 25 Easy Neighbor Gifts–Neighbor gifts aren’t just for the holidays.  They are great to drop by any time of year, for any reason.

Top 10 Posts of 2015

8. Traditions I’m Starting This Christmas–My family LOVED the traditions we started last year!  I’m excited to add some new ones this year.

Top 10 Posts of 2015

7. DIY No-Sew Burlap Table Runner with Tassels–Burlap is so versatile and this no-sew table runner has been part of my holiday decor for the last 3 months because it’s so darn cute.  Definitely one of my favorite and easiest projects I’ve ever done.

Top 10 Posts of 2015

6. Traditions I’m Starting This Thanksgiving–If you didn’t get a chance to see our Thankful Tree and Book of Thanks we did for Thanksgiving last year, be sure and check it out.  My family loved doing both of them and we will be continuing the traditions for years to come.

Top 10 Posts of 2015

5. Gift Guide: Men–So many of my friends and family have told me they struggle with coming up with gift ideas for the men in their life, so I compiled a HUGE list!  This is a great list for birthdays, Christmas, anniversary and Father’s Day.

Top 10 Posts of 2015

4. Gift Guide: Parents and Grandparents–Just like men can be hard to buy for, parents and grandparents are too because in many cases, they can just go out and purchase anything they might want or need.  Check out this list for a bunch of great ideas for birthdays, Christmas, anniversary and Mother’s Day/ Father’s Day.

Top 10 Posts of 2015

3. 23 Free Thanksgiving Coloring Pages and Activities–Lots of waiting goes on during Thanksgiving break and Thanksgiving Day.  Why not print off some coloring and activity pages to keep your kids hands busy while the food cooks (and maybe yours too!)?  Pin it now and print it out in November.  (Or October if you’re Canadian.)

Top 10 Posts of 2015

2. 6 Simple Ways to “Halloween-ify” Your Home–Besides including a cute, free printable for you, I also give 5 more easy ways you can decorate your home for Halloween without spending a lot of money.

And the #1 most popular post in 2015…

Top 10 Posts of 2015

1. Awesome Non-Candy Alternatives for Halloween–I was so excited that so many people liked this post!  As much fun as candy is on Halloween, I think that providing non-candy alternatives is a great option.  One person told me that they were specifically thanked by a family for providing something different than candy for their children.  I love hearing stories like that.  But don’t limit yourself to Halloween with this post.  Valentine’s Day is coming up and you could use many of these same suggestions for your children to give out to their friends.

Thank you so much to everyone who has read, commented, shared, liked and pinned my posts!  It means a lot.  I’m excited for 2016 and what it will bring!

What types of posts would you like to see more of this year?

Awesome Non-Candy Alternatives for Halloween

Awesome Non-Candy Alternatives for Halloween--Some great ideas for non-candy items to give out to the kids on Halloween!

Phew!  Is it just me, or does it feel like October flew by?  I was realizing that I just celebrated my birthday at the end of last month and here it is already the end of another month.  That being said, Halloween is going to be here in three days and there are going to be lots of little (and maybe not so little) people coming to your door looking for a goody to put in their bags.  As a kid, I’d come home with my loot and dump it out on the table then sort it according to type: candy bars in one pile, tootsie rolls in another, etc.  (I still sort my M&Ms by color and then eat them in a pattern.  I’m weird, I know.)  Then I’d pick a few, eat them and save the rest because I remembered my mom’s warning: “Eat as much candy as you want, but you’ll have to have milk of magnesia afterwards.”  That right there stopped me from eating more than 3-4 pieces.  (Have you ever had milk of magnesia?  Imagine trying to swallow an entire mouthful of pasty chalk.  Disgusting.  Just the thought of it makes me cringe. *shudder*)

Now that I am a parent and I have to worry about my own children’s health (and pay the dental bill), I’ve been thinking about alternatives to candy that I can give out on Halloween and I’ve put together a list for you to consider if you’d like to give out something different.

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Hot Chocolate/Hot Cider One year, my mom had the brilliant idea to fill our big thermos drink dispenser with hot chocolate and give it out to the kids who came to our door.  She got the little Dixie cups and filled a few at a time so they were slightly cooled by the time someone came to our door.  It was a cold night out and everyone who came to our house was so happy for a warm drink.  There were even a bunch of kids who came back for another cup before the night was out.

Pinata Fillers There are bags of small toys that you can buy to fill a pinata with items such as, rings, mazes, bouncy balls and noise makers.  I’ve seen some at Walmart in the party section right next to the pinatas.  You could buy a 2 lb bag with both toys and candy for $6.  (You could also browse the party favors and there can be good deals there too.)  You definitely get more for your money and kids can choose if they want candy or a toy.

Awesome Non-Candy Alternatives for Halloween--Some great ideas for non-candy items to give out to the kids on Halloween!

Stickers I know a lot of little kids who would choose a sticker over candy.  The great thing about stickers is that you can buy so many for so cheap!  My kids go through stickers like crazy so I just buy sheets of them from the dollar store.  Then you can cut them up so they get a few on one smaller sheet.

Glow Sticks I don’t know what it is about glow sticks but they are so much fun to play with!  An added bonus of giving these out is that because they glow, the kids will be easier to see in the dark while trick or treating.  Just get them all glowing before you hand them out for the night and encourage them to put them on before they head off to the next house.  You can buy 100 glow sticks for $9-$10.

Awesome Non-Candy Alternatives for Halloween--Some great ideas for non-candy items to give out to the kids on Halloween!

Wendy’s Jr. Frosty Coupons Wendy’s sells a coupon booklet for $1 for 5 free Jr. Frosty coupons, plus $.85 goes toward the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.  Obviously these don’t have to be purchased just for giving out at Halloween so you could also stock up on a few for yourself as well.  But don’t wait because they are only sold from about mid-September through October 31, then they are good from November through February.

Peanuts/Pretzels  This is a fairly healthy alternative to offer if you want to give food but not candy.  You can buy individual bags like the kind they give out on airplanes.  If this is what you decide to give, you may want to have at least one other option available since there seem to be a lot of kids out there with peanut allergies.

Fruit Leather/Fruit Snacks I guess some people might count this as candy because of the sugar, but at least there is fruit in it too right?  *wink*  I love the Stretch Island Fruit Co. fruit leather from Costco, which is about $10 for 48.  Costco also sells boxes of fruit snacks for around $10 for 80.

Awesome Non-Candy Alternatives for Halloween--Some great ideas for non-candy items to give out to the kids on Halloween!

Are there other non-candy alternatives that you like to give out on Halloween?  Please share so I can add it to my list!

6 Simple Ways to "Halloween-ify" Your Home {plus a FREE printable}

So…Halloween is next week and you might be like me and realize that there’s not much Halloween-ish-ness going on at your house.  While I do like to decorate during the holidays, I generally just have a few places in the main living area that I put up decorations.  (I’ve also got littles in my house who like to play with the decor if it’s not out of reach.)  I’m not into creepy or spooky so my Halloween decor leans more towards pumpkins and witches, rather than skulls and zombies.  But whatever your Halloween decorating style is, there are a few staples that you can’t go wrong with.

Chalkboards:  Chalkboards are a great year-round decor piece because they are so easy to change.  I feel like chalkboards are especially fun in the fall.  Depending on the size of yours, you can put a simple “Happy Halloween” or something a little longer like “Something wicked this way comes…”.  I have a couple of chalkboards in different sizes and shapes that I change out.  I found a cute one at Hobby Lobby the other day for $4 and used my 40% off coupon.  Talk about inexpensive!

Pumpkins:  Maybe this one goes without saying, but I love to decorate with pumpkins in the fall.  Halloween is the obvious time of year with all the jack-o-lanterns popping up everywhere.  Real or fake, carved or not, putting a couple pumpkins on the front porch or on a table will instantly Halloween-ify your home.

Balloon spiders:  My kids love the balloon spider we have up in our front room!  It’s so easy to make and inexpensive too.  You could put multiple ones around the house or on your front porch.  Just pick up a bag of balloons and some crepe paper at the dollar store next time you go.  Unless you’re planning on using black balloons and crepe paper at some other time during the year, you’ll have supplies left over for next year which is that much less that you have to spend on decor.

Spider webs:  There are two different kinds of spider webs you can do: the white polyester kind or black yarn webs.  I usually do the polyester kind but this year I did the black yarn webs and they look so fun around the house!  If you’d like to do some too, check out this tutorial.  Either type of web would look awesome with the balloon spiders (or any spiders).  You can put these webs almost anywhere, including outside on your porch.  Plus, neither one cost much to buy.

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Apothecary Jars:  These jars come in all different shapes and sizes, so feel free to mix and match to create interest.  I bought a couple at Hobby Lobby last year when they were running a sale on their glass items and they only cost me $3-$4.  To make it more Halloween-ish, you just fill them with water and food coloring and finish them off with a label.  I used a chalkboard label and chalk pencils to label my “contents”.  If you don’t want to deal with chalkboard labels, there are lots of free printables available.  I like these labels from Lia Griffith.  If you like the labels from the above picture, click on the link in the caption.

Printables: Speaking of printables, they are easily one of the least expensive ways to change up your decor any time of the year and there are endless possibilities and styles to fit everyone’s preferences.  I have a couple of frames that I cycle through depending on the color scheme I’m using.  And if you like printables, or just need a new one, I’ve created a fun FREE 5×7 printable for you to print out and pop in a frame of your choice.  Put a couple pumpkins next to it and voila!  Instant Halloween-ification!

*Note: Due to differences in monitor colors and printer profiles, there may be some variation with the printed product.

I hope you found some fun ideas to Halloween-ify your home!  What other easy ways do you decorate for Halloween?