G is for Ghosts & Goblins (& other DIY Halloween Projects!)

Happy Tuesday! I hope that everyone had a nice weekend. Today I'm playing catch up a little bit, because I spent a good part of Sunday and Monday trying to come up with a new look for the blog. My previous look was put together by me, but taken from some ideas from other templates. Things just seem better when you make them yourself from scratch. At least... I get more satisfaction by looking at it everyday that way. What do you think? I'd love any feedback you have. I know it will look different on different computers/programs, so I'd like to continue to build it to maximize its potential on all platforms.

And I've got to be honest, when I first started the design this is not at all what I had in mind. It's just sort of what happened. Funny how that works, isn't it? Regardless, I like it.

You also might have noticed that we have moved to .com status. Hooray! Don't worry though, hollyatnaptime.blogspot.com will still direct you here too.

Speaking about DIY projects, that's what today's Fall Family Challenge is all about!

G is for Ghosts and Goblins (& other DIY Halloween Projects) 

Yesterday was a very rainy and dreary day, so I loaded up my daughter, and after storytime at Barnes & Noble we headed out to do some more shopping. It's no surprise that Halloween decorations are everywhere, but what did come as a shock was how expensive those decorations are, and how people are so willing to pay for them! This article from MSNBC states that "Halloween spending [is] expected to hit $5.8 billion [in America]." Is that excessive, or what?

Granted, I'm not saying that the holiday should go unnoticed. I did purchase my daughter's costume this year, as I'm not super savvy about using my sewing machine just yet, and my husband and I will be purchasing candy and pumpkins as well. As far as decorations go, there are a lot of things that you can do without spending a fortune (Not to mention, they are fun and accessible projects for the whole family to do together... which is the goal!)


Make a fancy jack-o-lantern and impress all of your friends! Click here to view and download carving stencils from DIY Network. 

Don't like the icky mess of pumpkin carving? Print these designs on transfer paper, etch onto your pumpkin, and paint it on instead! Use some glitter Mod Podge to add some bonus flair.


Spirit Jugs

If you have toddlers in your house, then you're also more than likely to have your share of milk jugs too. This October, save them up to make these ghoulish lanterns from Disney's Family Fun! The best part is, you can use your white Christmas lights to make this happen, and after Halloween has passed you can still recycle them! No storage, no hassle, but mostly... no real cost to you!

For full details, please click here to visit Disney's Family Fun!


Clean plastic gallon milk jugs
Black permanent marker
Craft knife
String of 50 clear low-wattage holiday lights
Instructions 1. Draw ghost eyes and mouths on the jugs. Tip: Leave the caps on while you do this, so the jugs don't dent.
2. Use the craft knife to cut a half-dollar-size hole in the back of each jug (a parent's job).
3. Arrange the ghosts near each other and string the lights between them, stuffing several bulbs into each of the jugs

Holly at Nap Time Tip: If you think the finished product still looks too much like milk jugs, try your creative side to think of fun hair/hat ideas for your ghosts. Have a sports fan in the house? Show your colors with a baseball cap! Straw, witches hats, and cotton balls all will work nicely too!


 Clothespin Vampire Bats

These little guys are adorable (or terrifying, depending on how you make their faces) and make the perfect little ornament for any window sill.

Click here for the full set of directions from FamilyCorner.com.

A Party Centerpiece

And of course it just wouldn't be a complete holiday without the input of one Miss Martha Stewart. Head on over to her site by clicking here to see the "How-To" Guide to 42 awesomely ghoulish table centerpieces!

Here are a few of my favorities!

via Martha Stewart Living

via Martha Stewart Living

via Martha Stewart Living

I certainly hope you find some ideas here to inspire to you make some home-made decorations with your kids this year!

How much will your family spend on Halloween this year?

The Fall Family Challenge by Holly at Nap Time is designed to encourage families to do activities together and learn at the same time. There are no rules, no wrongs, no rights - just family fun!


  1. Hi! I love the spirit jugs and the third Martha Stewart centerpiece!

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    Enjoy the week! :)

  2. Wow! Those crafts are awesome! Now if only I were the crafty type! : ) That basket carved pumpkin and flowers is gorgeous! The bottom one would be perfect for a kids' Halloween party! Too cute! The first centerpiece cracks me up!


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