Old-fashioned homemade suckers | Halloween | simplykierste.com

Old-fashioned homemade suckers

Homemade suckers bring me back to my childhood. My mom would make them in different shapes and flavors, and we absolutely loved it. I thought it was time I introduced my own children to them, and the holidays are the perfect time to try them.  With Halloween coming up, I made some super cute homemade suckers shaped like bats, witches, scarecrows, and ghosts.  They are SO adorable and super easy to make.  LOVE!

Old-fashioned homemade suckers | Halloween | simplykierste.com

I just love being able to make whatever kind of sucker I want to, and you guys, it is SO easy and fast! I whipped up this batch in less than 15 minutes, plus the cooling time.  I had completed suckers in about an hour, which is so awesome!

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Haunted Gingerbread Houses with Hersheys | simplykierste.com

Haunted Gingerbread Houses with Hershey’s

 This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Hershey Company. All opinions are 100% mine.

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One of our favorite Halloween traditions is making Haunted Gingerbread Houses, and we are now on our 9th year!  We love to invite friends over to join us, and make it a whole evening of fun--making houses, eating yummy food, and laughter around the campfire.  It's such a fun way to celebrate Halloween with your whole family--the kids love it, and so do the adults!

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Striped Halloween Wreath | simplykierste.com

Striped Halloween Wreath

If there's anything I love as much as polka dots, it's stripes.  I've had this black & white striped ribbon in my ribbon drawer for awhile now, just calling my name, and what could be more perfect for it, than this adorable Halloween wreath?

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I love love it!  A big fat bow some sparkle, and little bits of ribbon put the finishing touches on it. I can't wait to get this up on my front door! Best of all, it's super easy to make!

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Trick-or-treat printable gift tags | simplykierste.com

Trick-or-treat printable gift tag

 
October is NEXT week, people.  Is it just me, or does anyone else feel like it was just June?  The last quarter of the year is my most favorite, but it always goes the fastest.  Here is upstate New York the trees are just starting to change colors, the air is getting a little more crisp at night, and all I want to do is bake apple pies and wear cozy sweaters!  To quote Anne of Green Gables, "I'm so happy I live in a world where there are Octobers!" October also means Halloween, and I embrace all of the "cute part" of the holiday.  It means darling costumes, candy, yummy food, jack-o-lanterns, trick-or-treating, and parties!

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DIY Striped Mason Jar Soap Pump | simplykierste.com

Striped mason jar soap pump…perfect for Halloween!

Did you know there is a super easy way to make and adorable mason jar soap pump?  I've made them in the past using vintage jars and soap pumps cut from plastic soap dispensers, and I love them still, but this way is just SO easy.  You can use a plain jar, which is always a classic choice, but I thought a fun black & white striped version would be perfect for Halloween!

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I love love LOVE it!  Isn't it too adorable?  Stripes are another one of my obsessions, so it was an easy choice.  How cute would this be, sitting on your kitchen counter or next to your bathroom sink?  I know!

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Gluten Free Halloween Candy | simplykierste.com

Gluten Free Halloween Candy

 One week until Halloween!  Eeek!  We are so excited at our house, and my five year old boys ask at least ten times every day how many more days until Halloween arrives! The costumes and the candy....oh, the candy. I have a little girl with Celiac Disease and can't have gluten, so being aware of the gluten free Halloween candy  is really important.

Gluten Free Halloween Candy  | simplykierste.com

I've read through several gluten-free and Celiac dedicated sites, because they always post candy information about this time of year. I was able to compile a list of popular Halloween candy that is listed by their manufacturers as gluten-free, which will be very helpful when all that candy comes home! If you are also looking for candy that's gluten-free, hopefully this list will help you as well.

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Easy & Spooky Halloween Meals | simplykierste.com

10 Spooky & Easy Halloween Dinner Ideas

Halloween night is one of the most fun nights of the year, and one our whole family looks forward to.  Costumes, trick-or-treating, friends, and food!!  I love to make something fun for Halloween dinner, but it has to be pretty quick and easy.  Usually the day includes dashing from one school classroom to another, costume parades, and other Halloween activities, so it doesn't leave a whole lot of prep time. This year I was on the hunt for some fun, easy, and quick Halloween dinner ideas, and I wanted to pass them on to you!

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Paint Can Trick-or-Treat Buckets | simplykierste.com

Paint Can Trick-or-Treat Buckets

Remember how I told you everything we have (minus the basics) is in storage?  That means all of our Halloween stuff, including the trick-or-treat buckets.  The kids were pretty concerned about what they would put all of their candy in, so, it was time to make new ones!  I was going to use pails--because I'm seriously obsessed with them, and use them for everything--but when I was in the paint aisle at Home Depot and saw the paint cans, I thought they would be perfect, and so fun!

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halloween tags | free printable | simplykierste.com

Halloween Tags {Free Printable}

We are a popcorn family, and love it pretty much every way you can think of.  When I came across black melting wafers by Wilton on my last trip to the store, I knew they would be perfect for a fun & spooky Halloween popcorn treat!  This popcorn is yummy for snacking on at home, but it's also perfect to wrap up and give away.  Add one of these darling free Halloween tags, and you've got a fun and super easy Halloween gift!

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Yarn Pom-Pom Halloween Wreath | simplykierste.com

Yarn Pom-Pom Halloween Wreath

We moved to New York last month, and because we are going to build a home here, we are renting an apartment with 90% of our belongings in storage, including all of our holiday decorations.  I wish I could say it was easy enough to just go get them out of storage, but I'm afraid to say that's nigh until impossible.  It's a huge unit, stacked floor to ceiling, front to back with furniture and boxes, and everything would have to be moved out and looked through to even have a chance of discovery. We're talking hours and hours of work, for a low percentage of success. So...I decided to just create a few new fall and Halloween decorations, because we all love when we have a bit of the season in our home.  And I can always use a good excuse to make something.  :)  First up?  A wreath for the front door!  I made a darling Yarn Pom-Pom Halloween Wreath, and it's so easy and fun!

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Easy Tin Man Costume + 88 Easy Costume Ideas!

It's almost October, and that means Halloween is on the horizon!! One of my favorite parts of Halloween is coming up with cute costumes for my kids.  So...I'm excited to tell you that I got together with 80+ blog buddies got together to bring you 80+ DIY Halloween costumes, including my super adorable and Easy Tin Man Costume!

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My little Jack-Jack was going as the Tin Man last year for Halloween, and I searched for quite awhile for a Tin Man costume for him.  I just wasn't in love with any of the ones that I saw, and didn't want to pay the price they were asking for them.  So...I decided to make one.  Problem? I'm not a seamstress.  Not a real one, anyway.  I can sew straight lines--give me basic curtains and pillow covers and I'm fine.   I needed something that would be simple, not take too much time, and still be super cute. I came up with this totally adorable and EASY Tin Man costume, and it just might be my favorite.

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Easy Halloween Projects | simplykierste.com

Out-of-the-Vault: Easy Halloween Projects

With Halloween around the corner, I thought it would be fun to bring some of my favorite easy Halloween projects out of the vault to share with you. Halloween is something our family looks forward to every year, and my list includes free printables, fun family traditions, decor, and more!  I have a list of even more Halloween ideas and projects I'll be posting over the next couple of weeks, so stay tuned for those too!

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Not-So-Spooky Halloween Fonts | simplykierste.com

Not-So-Spooky Halloween Fonts & Dingbats

Halloween is one of my very favorites.  The fact that it's a part of the cozy fall season just adds to its appeal.  When it comes to Halloween, I'm more of a not-so-spooky girl.  Give me the pumpkin carving, fun decor, darling costumes, trick-or-treating, fun parties, and yummy food!  There are also lots of opportunities to use fonts throughout the Halloween season, so being the  font addict that I am, I gathered my favorite Not-So-Spooky Halloween Fonts.  Best of all...they're free!

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