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Ahhhh Halloween. It really is one of my favorite holidays! Whether you’re a kid or an adult, a scaredy cat or a thrill seeker, there are tons of ways to celebrate Halloween. You can watch a scary movie, dress up in costume, decorate your mantle with creepy potions and skulls (which is what mine looks like right now) or you can just make a delicious Halloween – themed treat! Today I’m sharing a really simple Halloween-inspired recipe that’s delicious and easy. It’s the perfect way to satisfy that trick-or-treat sweet tooth. What more could you ask for?
Here’s what you need:
Fanta® (any flavor – there are 8 to choose from! Orange, Grape, Strawberry, Pineapple, Grapefruit, Apple, Peach and Cherry)
Sherbet (again, any flavor!)
A cup or glass (for each person you’re serving)
A large punch bowl or container (if you’re making a big batch)
If possible, chill your Fanta before the party. (Optional, but I prefer starting with it cold already)
If you’re making a large batch, pour your 2 liter of Fanta into the bowl/container a few minutes before your guests arrive. If you’re just making one glass, fill your glass up about halfway with Fanta.
Next, add your sherbet! Honestly, you don’t have to be super precise with the measurements, but a ratio of about 2 parts Fanta to 1 part sherbet works well. If you want your punch to be extra frothy, add more sherbet.
Come up with a fun name for your punch! Here are a few ideas – “Witches Brew,” “Ghost Goo,” “Brain Stew” or “Guts Soup” (that last one is pretty gross but it could work, depending on the crowd)! If you have time, make a cute little sign or label to go on or next to your punch. I just used my computer printer to print on some clear labels I already had at my house. Even if you don’t have time for a sign, I would still come up with a name you can use when you describe it to your guests!
Lastly….make your punch fun! Add in eyeballs, insects frozen into ice cubes, or gummy worms – or if you’re like me, use all three! The possibilities are endless so get creative. Just make sure to serve your punch with a straw so there’s not a choking hazard.
What are you two of my favorite things, you ask? Halloween and photos. You’ve seen my love for Halloween and dressing up here and here – so I figure why not treat you to another Halloween post?! BUT I’ve got something extra special for you, too – Portrait Innovations is offering something pretty incredible. And by incredible, I mean free and amazing.
Portrait Innovations is having a FREE PORTRAIT event in their studios on Monday, October 26 from 4-6PM. Bring your little ones in costume for a free 5×7 Print, 3 free Digital Images, and of course FREE candy for kids in costume! There will be no sales or appointments during this event.
Not only do you get free Halloween photos of your little ones, you can submit those precious photos to the Portrait Innovations Boo-tiful Costume Contest for a chance to win a $5,000 cash prize. Helloooooo talk about a TREAT! Don’t worry, I won’t tell the kiddos if you spend it all on yourself, after all, you DID do all the work getting them dressed up!
Every Portrait Innovations Studio across the country is hosting the event. Click here to find the studio closest to you!If you’re in the DFW area, you’re in luck! There are locations all over the Metroplex – Plano, Fort Worth, Arlington and Cedar Hill!
Can’t make it on the 26th? Don’t fret! Book a regular appointment, snap a few costume pics and you can still enter the contest.
Not sure what to dress up as? I’ve got you covered – this costume is actually perfect for any age or gender! I have to laugh a little at myself because this costume always reminds me of Mean Girls – “I’m a mouse, duh.” But I think taking a little extra time on the makeup to get the perfect cat face really puts this one over the top! The good news is, you’ll probably already have everything you need in your makeup case and closet! Except maybe cat ears, but of course I have an inexpensive solution for that too!
Keep it simple! All black will do just fine – leggings, pants, leotard….whatever you already have! I chose to go with black leggings and a short sleeved black t shirt. Shoes don’t really matter much, to be honest. I threw on heels for fun (even though they’re navy!) but if I was wearing this for a longer period of time I would wear black flats or sneakers. Just make it blend with the rest of your outfit.
I bought my ears at the Target dollar section about a month ago, I haven’t seen them recently at Target but it might be worth a shot. If not, make your own! I found this SUPER cute tutorial – it says to sew the ears but to be honest I’d just use some hot glue and call it done! Click here for the tutorial!
Lightly apply the translucent powder all over your face to set your foundation and eyebrows.
Use a shading brush to define your eye crease – just get some product on the brush and sweep it back and forth along the crease. If you’re not comfortable with applying eye shadow, you can always skip this step, I just like to give the eyes a little more dimension.
Using the pencil eyeliner, line all the way around your eyes as evenly as possible. Then go back and tightline your upper and lower waterlines – the upper is kind of irritating so if you’re not comfortable with that just do the lower! This step IS optional but it’s going to REALLY make your eyes pop so try to do it if you can!
Use your small/medium brush to slowly trace along the outside edge of your nose. Just keep adding small amounts and blending until you get the look you’d like. Also continue over your eyebrows that you filled in. You want it to basically trace from the outermost edge of your eyebrow to the bottom of your nose.
Take your concealer and make a line down the middle of your nose and carefully blend. This just helps define the nose even more than the shading on the outside. You should start to see a bit of a cat face now!
Back to the eyes – now’s time for the hardest part but you’ve got this! Take your liquid liner (or pencil if you have it, your eyes just won’t be quite as sharp) and draw a straight line from where your eyeliner is on the corner of your eye already straight out towards your eyebrow. You can make it pretty dang long – we want this to be an exaggerated look. Then just use your best judgment to clean up the liner – you might need to do another line to make it more of a “triangle,” if that makes sense at all. If not, watch one of the many tutorials on winged liner and just do an exaggerated/larger version for your cat eye.
To make your eyes look more like a costume, you also want to give yourself an inner wing (I made that up, please don’t embarrass yourself by calling it that in front of anyone else). Take your liquid liner and just extend the line from the inner corner of your eye in towards your nose. It might take a few tries to get the angle right so have some makeup wipes handy! You can always touch the brown shadow contour back up.
The hard part’s done! Take your black pencil eyeliner and draw in a nose. I like to keep mine pretty small! Then use that liner and draw a vertical line down between your nostrils to your cupids bow.
Either wipe off your eyeliner with a makeup wipe OR use your black lip liner to fill in your top lip ONLY. Start by just lining it and then fill the whole lip. Don’t worry if your lines aren’t perfect, you can always clean them up with some concealer!
Draw two curved lines on either side of your mouth with the lip or eyeliner (doesn’t really matter). I’m not going to explain this further, you know what they look like.
Use the pencil liner to draw in your whiskers! I like to do them more between my nose and mouth instead of across the WHOLE cheek but you can do whatever you prefer
I like to add a little blush and contouring on my cheeks but this is totally optional. You can also go back in with a powder highlighter under your eyes (down to where the whiskers start) and down the middle of your nose to give more definition.
Another optional step is to put a nude or light pink color on your bottom lip. You want it to be something that REALLY sets so you don’t have any transferring onto your top lip!
FINALLY add some false eyelashes if you’re comfortable with them OR just pile on the mascara. Define those eyes, girl!!!
You’re finished! Wasn’t that easy? Now get yourself and your kiddos dressed up and head on over to Portrait Innovations! I won’t even make you pay me a finder’s fee when you win the $5000 🙂
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, everyone!
I’ve always been a HUGE fan of Halloween, and thank goodness my mom always loved making costumes as much as I loved wearing them. I’m working on gathering up past costumes for an AWESOME post so keep your eyes peeled for that!
Besides dressing up in costume, decorating is another favorite part of the festive season. I’m so excited about my townhome turned out this year I just HAD to share it with you! I would also like to give a public shoutout to my husband because he doesn’t really like Halloween and has been VERY sweet about my Halloween takeover. (Confession: I started decorating September 12…)
Here’s a look at our dining room, I used a $3 burlap table runner from the Target dollar section and some fake gourds that I got at the Dollar Tree. I used three packs so only $6 for our tablescape and all of our dining room decorations will stay up until December since they’re Fall themed, not Halloween.
Here’s a closer look at our table. The gourds are actually really cute, especially for a dollar!
Last but not least, our mantle! I’m OBSESSED with how this turned out, especially for less than $30!
Here’s the breakdown of everything if you’re interested! Orange skull (Target; $3), Wood picture frame (old, Michael’s), raven (Dollar Tree; $1), Ghostly Greetings sign (Target; $1), black basket (Target; $3), Sirius Black’s wand (old), raven/skull decoration (Dollar Tree; $1), various photo frames (already had these from our wedding), large wood empty frame (stole from my mom but you could probably find one for cheap at a garage sale or thrift store), web (Dollar Tree; $1), fabric (Dollar Tree; $1 – 2 pieces), black roses (Michael’s; $1.50 each), clear glass jar (Target; $3), mini skills (Wal Mart; $3), tombstone (Dollar Tree; $1), rat (Dollar Tree; $1), lamp (free, someone was just throwing it out!), candles were leftover from our wedding. Total spent = $25
I think the easiest way to do a Halloween mantle is just get a LOT of stuff. Sounds silly but the more cluttered and dirty it looks…the better! I just gathered things from my house first to see what I had and then filled in the gaps using items from the Dollar Tree and the Target Dollar spot. Filling picture frames you already have with free online printables is a great way to save money and it lets you switch up the look every year. I’m not a huge fan of bright colors for Halloween color so I kept it all neutral except for the orange glitter skull.
Using fabric (I think it might be called cheese cloth?) really ties everything together. I got mine for $1 and used one sheet on the bottom and then draped another over the large picture frame in the back.