ThriftyFun News October 16, 2004 - Halloween Tips

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Halloween Tips

Volume Six, Number 40 October 16, 2004


Today's topic is Halloween Tips. We have some new tips submitted by readers, some articles and some older tips.


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This newsletter contains:

  • Sparkle Shoes for Girl's Halloween Costume (or dress up)
  • Witchy Hands
  • Mummies Mix
  • Simmering Witches Pot Centerpiece
  • Roasting Pumpkin Seeds
  • Casper Ghost Eye Decorations
  • Thrifty Halloween Ideas
  • Scooby Doo Birthday or Halloween Party Ideas!
  • Frugal Halloween Costume Ideas

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Halloween Tips

Sparkle Shoes for Girl's Halloween Costume (or dress up)

Don't waste money buying them at a store. Make your own. I did last year (red ones for a Dorothy costume) and they held up well.

Get an old pair of shoes or a pair from a thrift store (I used patent leather), brush regular white glue over all surfaces of the shoe except the sole. (Spray adhesive will also work though a bit more expensive.) While glue is still wet, dump glitter to cover shoe. Shake off excess and let dry.


When the shoe has thoroughly dried, use a small brush to sweep glitter off sole of shoe. Spray shoe with spray polyurethene or hi-gloss finish for decoupage projects (I used ClearCote). Two coats of spray finish are desirable. You can customize the color of the "glitter shoe" to match your child's costume.

By Nancy in FL

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Witchy Hands


Clear plastic gloves
Candy corn
Popcorn or caramel corn
Yarn or Halloween ribbon


Place one piece of candy corn, pointed side out into clear gloves. Fill the rest with the popcorn or caramel corn (green is best). Tie with yarn or festive Halloween ribbon. Serve to those special ghosts and goblins.

By Jacqui

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Mummies Mix


M & Ms candies (peanut and plain)
Dried cranberries
Mixed nuts
Other snacks


Mix all ingredients together and serve in a trick or treat bucket. Be creative and add anything that sounds good!

By Jacqui

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Simmering Witches Pot Centerpiece


1 large plastic witches cauldron
1 piece of dry ice
1 or 2 bottles of the new Mountain Dew Black
1 pint orange sherbert


Set a paint can on the table and cover with black cloth. Sprinkle with silver glitter and plastic spiders. Put the cauldron on top of the can and fill with the Mt. Dew black and a small piece of the dry ice. When serving add orange sherbet. This looks sick but doesn't taste that bad. As the new Mt. Dew is grape.

By Debra in Colorado

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Roasting Pumpkin Seeds

Clean all membranes off of seeds and rinse in lukewarm water. Spread on cookie sheet that has been oiled. Heat oven to 300 degrees and close oven door. Keep and eye to the oven and with a spatula turn seeds over when the are golden brown. You can then add Mexican seasonings for hot and spicy pumpkin seeds or leave plain. These are a great snack.

By Debra in Colorado

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Casper Ghost Eye Decorations

My nephew and I love Casper. So, for Halloween we would decorate with Casper eyes all over the house. The most unexpected places the better. You can use either eyes that you purchase (like window clings) or just cut them out of white paper and draw black pupils. It was so much fun and he had a great time trying to find Casper.

By Aunt Kay

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Thrifty Halloween Ideas

What are you ideas for thrifty Halloween costumes, treats, parties and decorations?

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By Rondi Hillstrom Davis and Janell Sewall Oakes

To take advantage of the last days of autumn, we planned an outdoor Halloween party at our family farm. This gave us an opportunity to bring our friends together in an informal setting before the hectic holiday season.

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Scooby Doo Birthday or Halloween Party Ideas!
By Cindy Barney

We all love Scooby Doo - if you're considering a scooby doo party, here are some fun party ideas.

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Frugal Halloween Costume Ideas
By Shannon Jarvies

Oh, wonderful fall! How I love this time of year. The leaves are changing making beautiful new colors everywhere I go. There's also a feeling of nostalgia I get every year at this time, memories of homecoming dances, Halloween parties and high school football games.

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