Tuesday, October 27, 2009

It's HALLOWEEN WEEK + (another!) GIVEAWAY

It's HALLOWEEN WEEK! It's HALLOWEEN WEEK!

I love love love Halloween. I think partly because it's a chance to be something other than yourself one night a year, but mostly because I always considered it the kick-off to my birthday week! ha! So to start the celebration, I wanted to share a few cards I did for BasicGrey's Eerie Card kit.

For those of you not familiar with BasicGrey's Card kits, they come complete with everything you need to create 8 gorgeous cards in various standard sizes, right down to the rub-ons, stickers, chipboard and envelopes! They're so fun to do and a great way to do handmade without having to come up with it all on your own! We do one for each new line we release, but I have to confess, this Halloween edition is one of my favorites ever!





And because I love Halloween so much, I want to share a bit of it with you! If you leave me a comment between now and 11:59 PM Eastern time on Halloween night (Saturday, October 31st) telling me your favorite Halloween memory or tradition and you will be entered to win a fun Eerie Album Kit (cover shown below) as well as a slew of other BasicGrey goodies!
Only one entry per person, please!

Good Luck and Happy (early) Halloween!
xoxo,
k.

175 comments:

Jennifer DeWolfe said...

Really ... the first comment?! Wow! My favorite halloween memory is from my childhood. After putting the pumkin out and hitting the streets to trick or treat we would come home and pose for pictures with all our halloween candy. Rosey cheeks, big grins, and a huge pile of candy ... what else could be better?!

Love your blog, thanks for sharing!
Jennifer

Jen said...

I remember living in Iowa going trick or treating and there was a few years that it snowed on Halloween. Now my son goes trick or treating and it is 70 degrees out here in CA.

Sarah Mullanix said...

My favorite Halloween memory are the handmade popcorn balls that a neighbor of mine made for all the neighborhood kids. We grew up on a very short dead end road and new everybody and it was the absolute BEST!! These were the first of the treats that my sisters and I would go for as soon as we got back home every year.

-Sarah

Shelley said...

My favourite halloween memory is carving pumpkins and making rice krispie squares with my mom.

Gene Skirt Divas said...

My favorite halloween memory and tradition is the Black halloween tree that my Mother-in-law has. She decorates the tree like a x'mas tree and with all the skulls and spiders and other spooky things:) Thanks for the chance to win!

QueenBee said...

My favorite memory of my halloween was when I was about 4 years old. My mom made me and my brother Raggedy Ann and Andy costumes for halloween. I love Halloween and am sad now that my boys are older and don't trick-or-treat anymore.

Thanks for the chance to win. These papers are great

Carol said...

I remember my favorite Halloween was actually with my kids. I dressed them up and took out trick or treating. I loved how they held tightly held my hand as we would go up to the doors. Awww, the memories.

Lorelle M said...

My daughter just turned 2 a few months ago & I love seeing her excitement for Halloween ... she helped pick out the pumpkins this year & she can't wait to carve one!
She loves her costumes & can't wait to trick or treat ~ she has been practicing!! hehe
So what I love most about Halloween now is starting our own family traditions & seeing her as happy as can be :)

BabyBokChoy said...

I really should not have looked!! Here I finally am able to skip one BG collection, lol, you make it irresistable!!! sigh... Where's my 30% off Archiver's coupon...

mustangkayla said...

Fabulous cards! That mini looks adorable! My favorite Halloween was when I was in 6th grade! Three of my best girlfriends and I had a slumber party! We played all sorts of games and stayed up all night! We only caused a little bit of trouble! ;)

Addie said...

Love the cards! My favorite tradition is the pumpkin patch! I enjoy each of us getting our own pumpkin and now my son is able to help carry them all! Happy early birthday!

Lisa said...

I think my favorite Halloween was when I was about 24 (yes I know!) and I had a room mate from Australia who'd never celebrated Halloween before, so we were "teaching" her all the traditions from costumes, to trick or treating (well, handing out candy to trick or treaters!)

Jennifer said...

I have SO many great memories from halloween as a child. Several years, my mom made my costumes, which were (IMHO) SO much better than the plastic capes and masks. :) Trick or Treating began at school, carrying on to a whole evening affair. So fun!

Jennifer Cowan said...

Mostly I remember my costumes that my parents helped me make. I never had a store bought costume, my parents always came up with great ideas and we made them come to life. I always got comments on how unique my costumes were!

Melissa said...

Best Halloween memory is the year I was Strawberry Shortcake. I loved my dress SO much and wanted to wear it all week. I remember walking in the halloween parade at school and being SO proud of my costume. I wish i still had it!

April said...

My favorite Halloween tradition is ending the night of trick-or-treating at my mom's house. She always has some super cool goodies for my girls! ;)
- April

Jenn said...

I love making costumes for my girls, but I was very sad this year when my older daughter wanted one from the store. I hope next year she changes her mind.

Love your projects, thanks for the chance to win

Tobi said...

The year my dad painted my whole face green and gave me the ugliest mole to be a witch (I think I was about 7).
I heart Basic Grey so much!

Leslie Murphy said...

My favorite tradition is the Halloween bonfire with my family. LOVE IT! (and I love Eerie the more I see it)

kmp1515 said...

My favorite Halloween moment from childhood was the homemade costumes my mom would sew every year...back then they didn't have the fancy costumes you could just go out an buy so I always had the best costumes. Unfortunately I did not inherit the sewing gene so my favorite memory with my children is decorating pumpkins for the neighborhood pumpkin carving contest...everyone gets a prize and it is so fun!

Cheryl Nelson said...

First of all Happy Birthday Week!! Hope you have fun and celebrate all week long! Love all your fun projects. A favorite Halloween tradition of mine is going to the annual Halloween party that a neighbor of ours throws every year. The whole neighborhood shows up and it is great fun!

Beckabear3213 said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

I absolutly love halloween! My favorite thing is the smell of the jackolantern when the candle is lit...reminds me of when I was a kid. Our halloween tradition is to hold a sort of impromptu party on our large front porch after trick or treating is over. All the neighbors come over for snacks and drinks and there is the usual trading of treats between all the kids.

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Ursula said...

Sorri four the deleties, My Typins iz dreadyul...:)

I grew up in England, way back when we did not celebrate Halloween... We had mischeivious night, mat night, knock-door-run and Guy Fawkes night which we call Bommy night. It happens on November the 5th and my family would build a great big fire right in the midle of the grass, no safety gates, walls or fences. We would burn anything and everything, including my "looby-Loo" doll, old couches and a piano and... well you get the idea. The BEST part of "bommy" night was jacket potatoes loaded with butter and eaten with a teaspoon...or was it mum's toffee apples.. home made no less..or perhaps it was the hotdogs with fried onions, or maybe it was sitting in front of the dying fire, when supper and fireworks were done, cold backs and warm faces. I even remember my mum carving a TURNIP! (We did not have pumpkins in England as far as I know). You can see where I get my crafting inclination... I miss this celebration the most since I move to Canada 20+ years ago!

Jocelyn said...

Oh I adore the goodies.....love me some BG!!!!! One of my favorite memories of Halloween is how much my mom and I worked together to have the perfect costume....no store bought costume for me and I passed that along when I had my daughter....All the preparation for the Perfect costume to parade the streets to gather all the goodies!!!! CHOCOLATE!!!!! :-)

Kelly said...

Pumpkin carving, without a doubt! The "yuck" factor combined with the creativity is so fun!

Stephanie said...

My Mom used to be a smoker and I will never forget the year she was a witch and had these big ugly loooong green fingernails. She managed to start them on fire when she was lightin' up. :P

Jodi R said...

One of my favorite traditions...the flaming eyes ghost cake we made every year when I was a kid. And yes, I will be making it this year with my girls.

kari said...

Yay for birthday weeks! Happy Birthday to you!

My favorite memory from Halloween is the year I won "scariest costume" at a local Halloween party. I was Frankenstein's Bride. I loved that costume. I'm pretty sure my mom still has it somewhere.

Jennifer D. said...

I love taking the kids trick ot treating. We have a new dog this year so we are dressing him up like a hotdog. I am not sure he will like it as much as we will. :)

Beth said...

I don't have much a favorite memory as a child, but as a mom, I do! My boys like going to our chuch carnival. My oldest son with Autism is pretty cute at the trunk or treat portion. Once he gets a lollipop, his favorite, he's done. He rips that puppy open and has a smile the rest of the night :)

Holly said...

I second the BG Card Kit love fest!! A while back, I needed to make 5 cards in a week. I just didn't have time to come up with and execute 5 designs in one week. I picked up a BG card kit and in just a few hours, I had all the cards I needed!! Since then, I've gotten a couple more kits, just so I always have a card on hand.

Happy Halloween!!!

Kirsten N said...

I loved having school friends sleep over for Halloween and staying up all night watching scary movies!!

Genny V said...

I have to say my favorite halloween memory is when my parents dress me and my 3 sisters all as ET, in the yellow plastic jumpsuit and plastic mask...the picture is pretty awsome with 4 ET's staring right atcha!

ArlaMo said...

Favorite Halloween tradition is making homemade costumes every year! Our family always comes up with a theme and then off to the sewing machine (or glue gun!) I go.

Angel S. said...

I love to have Caramel Apple parties every year. Bowls of various toppings, crispy apples and friends. Niiice!

serena said...

my favorite halloween tradition is taking my children out to trick or treat. My husband used to go with them but when I discovered he didn't really enjoy it I jumped at the chance to go out with them and leave him to give out the treats at our door. I love the community feeling of the evening - everyone out with their kids with a hot cup of something in their hands. I love talking with all the neighbors and enjoying the cool crisp evening.

Jen Adkins said...

I used to love going to the Ruritan's Halloween bash! We'd get to bob for apples and everything.

Loriann said...

My fav. memory was getting my highlights magazine and seeing a craft to make a candy holder. You would take an 8 pack cardboard holder and decorate it with paper and markers and stickers. It was the kind that held glass pop bottles. I was the hit of the neighborhood. (although seeing this written I feel really, really old-since they don't make glass pop bottles anymore and crafting wasn't in style and I'm not even 40 yet)

sesil said...

I live in Chicago, my good friend lives out in the suburbs. When I had my first child we would go to her house, trick or treat and have grill cheese sandwiches and tomato soup. % years later and a total of three children we still go to her house to do our trick-or-treating. We will be moving out of the state after Thanksgiving so this will be our LAST Halloween with my friend Marie. So sad, we were wanting to continue the tradition when she has kids. She is getting married in December. But if we are back in Chicago for Halloween we are defiantly going to Marie's...it's TRADITION.

Erika M. said...

My favorite Halloween memory involves wearing my costume to school and participating in the Halloween parade around the school - fun times were had by all!

Stacy Guthrie said...

Our favorite tradition is riding the Pumpkin Train. There is a company near hear that usually does a dinner train but during October, they run the Pumpkin Train on Saturdays. We ride the train to the "pumpkin patch", pick the perfect pumpkin and then ride back to the depot. They serve hot cocoa and cookies on the train. My kids look forward to it every year!

Cynthia B. said...

My favorite Halloween memory is from a couple years ago. My then-8year-old son refused to go trick-or-treating. He said that he "didn't get it" and would just pass out candy. After some 15-20 minutes of handing out candy, sitting with other adults on our street, and looking at all the OTHER kids having fun, he then figured out that he really ought to be out there having fun and getting candy!! ;) He grabbed a pumpkin bucket and proceeded to go trick-or-treating as "glowstick man" (for lack of a better costume). For such a serious little man, he had a GREAT time, and he's one of the first now, to pick out a Halloween costume. :)

Awesome cards! Thanks for the chance to win!!

Jennifer said...

Love the cards!

My favorite Halloween memory is of Character Day at school every year. It was so much fun to go to school in costume and get to spend the day as someone or something else!

lwarren737 said...

My favorite Halloween tradition is getting to pass out candy and my boxer jumping up to kiss all the trick or treaters.

Beth Warren said...

I'm not sure I can recall a favorite Halloween memory, but my favorite activity is getting to pass out the candy to all the trick or treaters and see the adorable kids dressed up. I can't wait until I have kids and can take them trick or treating. (I love your cards and album, I'd LOVE to win!).

Anonymous said...

My favorite Halloween memory is dressing up for the annual costume parade in elementary school and then going trick or treating that night especially at the town bank that gave out regular sized candy bars. That was a real treat back then!

Thanks for the opportunity to win some great Basic Grey goodies!

K in PA

Monica said...

Cute cards! Love reading some of these memories :)
Mine would be the carving of the pumpkins and how we always went with a huge group of neighbors to trick or treat! Of course our moms had to line us up for 100's of photos 1st :)

Stacy said...

I have too many great Halloween memories because this is my birthday week as well! My birthday is the 29th, and I always had the most awesome birthday parties. One of my favorites that I remember is turning 8 I believe. My family owned an old church like building, and we had a huge haunted house/birthday party in it. It was awesome! The main floor had fun kid friendly games, bobbing for apples, relays, etc., and the basement rooms were different haunted themed rooms. There were drunk monsters at a bar, a caged and crazy gorilla, a room with a chainsaw man, etc. It was awesome! I hope to one day host haunted houses like that. Happy Halloween and Happy Birthday!

Summer Braxton said...

My fave Halloween memory was when my neighborhood threw a block party right. We bobbed for apples, shared candy and played so many games. THe coolest part was that it was right in front of my house :)

Pink Heather said...

I grew up in New Zealand so never got to Trick or Treat till I had kids. When my boys were toddlers I spent hours making them the cutest little Panda and Lion costumes. We walked up and down the street Halloween night. It was so much fun for me, though my boys were really too young to get anything out of the cold, dark walk. I think they enjoyed visiting the neighbours and being spoilt rotten :)

Renee said...

My favorite Halloween tradition has to be my son dressing up as a garbage can to spook unsuspecting victims. We took an actual garbage can and altered it so that my son could wear it - cut out the bottom etc. My son then poses as said garbage can sitting by the front door. Next to him I place a giant bowl of "unguarded" candy. Most kids are so busy contemplating helping themselves to the bowl of candy they fail to notice my son the garbage can until he jumps up and says Boo!. The shrieks, screams, and giggles we get are hilarious and people always leave laughing because he surprises them when he sticks his head out of the can. Victims even wait and watch my house from nearby houses for the next person to get scared by my son. You would think after several years of doing this the kids would catch on - but they never do. In fact, one year my dd's friend even came to school and started to tell dd about it, and dd laughed and said that was my brother.

Peggy said...

My favorite Halloween ... when my kids were 4 yrs. old and they went as a pair of dice... they're twins, get it? Pair of dice, twins... ok, ok, I know, I'm lame. My kids think so too but I thought it was so clever. And, they looked really cute. Too bad I don't have any good pictures of them, it was before I became a scrapper.

Kelly said...

This will be my baby girl's 1st Halloween so I know it will be the beginning of many wonderful Halloweens to come. A favorite tradition is that we decorate the front of our house like a haunted house so the kids have to walk through all of it. We always get "This is the coolest house EVER!" comments:)

us -- said...

I grew up in Germany (not on an army base) and they never celebrated Halloween (up until now). I was always so very happy when my sister who is 10 years older than me, took me to an army base to go trick-or-treating. I can still remember all the games they played and decorations they had up (some were really really scary) :)

Amy said...

Sooooo pretty!

c.darwin said...

I have new favorite memories every year! Last year was carving pumpkins with good friends and I love to look back on all of my homemade costumes growing up. Who knows what this year will hold!

KindredEsprit said...

I think my favourite Hallowe'en memory may be last year at work. I was on the social committee and we did a *super* job of decorating the haunted hallway etc. People RAVED and raved about the decorations and we had *tonnes* of treats that people brought in to share. I think that was one of the highest moments of morale in our office. Yay!

Bluenocs said...

Whoo hoo! Trick or Treat! Or maybe just 'Treat please!'

MNJackson said...

My favorite Halloween memory is making of the chili with fritos before the kids go out for trick or treat. We always make a big pot of chili! This year will be no different, funny how the kids start asking for some the week before!!

Erica Hettwer said...

I loved the "old lady" costume I did one year. My granny helped me out with the details, like knitting stuff in my canvas bag and a kleenex stuffed up my sleeve. It was so good, one of my co-workers asked "Can I help you ma'am?"! LOL!

Ashley M said...

My favorite Halloween tradition is carving the pumpkin with my mom! It has always been a big event for us to do together because it was just one more way for us to be creative! Well this year, we decided to each carve one and have trick-or-treaters vote on them! We will see who wins! hehe

Ann said...

Our favorite Halloween tradition is making Boo Buckets and delivering a basket of goodies to our friends - secretly of course!

wendipooh13 said...

we love to do the phatom ghost and leave homemade sugar cookies to neighbors and family members, leave a note and a ghost and then ding dong dtich.. also we just love to decorate for halloween, dress up and have fun!! such a great holiday

Fleursbydesign said...

Every year we have a halloween party for the kids and we always make the cupcakes. It's so much fun making scary and gruesome cupcakes every year.

Nicole said...

I always thought that one of my favorite memories of Halloween would be when I was a kid and we would eat pot pies before venturing off with either my mom or dad to go trick or treating. And then I had kids. To see such joy and excitement in picking the costumes and going trick or treating and getting that first piece of candy in their buckets when they actually understand it all. Those moments are what I will always remember and will by my favorite memories forever.
Have a great day.
We have tons lined up for Halloween celebrations starting on Friday night even.
Nicole M.

Christine said...

My favorite memory is my daughter, at 18 months, laying down on the street in the middle of Trunk or Treat, with her head resting on her hands because she was DONE.

Romy said...

Wow, your creations are awesome. The cards are so beautiful in it's simplicity. And my favorite Halloween memory? I think it's the whole atmosphere: lightning pumpkins, costums etc. Halloween is just so special.

melanie said...

Every year my dad would help us carve the pumpkin, and as someone who never let anything go to waste, our pumpkin always had ears! He'd use the mouth pieces to make ears that stuck out, I do the same with our daughter because it makes me smile

Paula said...

My brother & sister & I would come home, sit by the heater to warm up, dump out our "treasures", organize them and then the trading began! We had so much fun!

Debi said...

My grandma was an incredible seamstress and made several of my Halloween costumes. I always won the school costume contest. I specifically remember being a geisha girl and an American Indian princess complete with handmade wigs.

Susan said...

The thing I like most about Halloween is when my kids would get back from a successful trick-or-treating and we'd "organize" their candy. It's so fun to see how excited they were about having it all in little neat piles.
Susan.

¤*¤Marinette¤*¤ said...

Coucou Kelly,
tes créations sont plus belles les unes que les autres.
Je suis en admiration tellement tout est beau
Bravo
Bizzz
Marinette

dcpolshak said...

I was about 6 or 7 and wore a pixie cut wig over my loooonngg hair. My mom said I liked it so much that I wanted to get my hair cut like that. (I'm not sure if I liked it OR if she just was tired of my long hair ) :)

Jeannie said...

I love this mini album and love the cards. Such inspiration you give us Kelly. Love your work

Jeannie in Florida

Brenda in Ohio said...

There was a house in the neighborhood that always had cider and doughnuts!! We would go there last cuz we didn't want to waste our candy collecting time!! ;>) Love the BG collection!!

Lan said...

My favorite halloween memory as a kid is going to the huge house that gave out full size candy bars! We were like in heaven and wanted to go back for seconds.

Awesome cards! Love the papers.

Becs Attwood said...

Halloween is not such a big deal here in New Zealand, but when I was at school I had a friend who had her birthday at Halloween - she used to have a fancy dress party each year, so we still got to dress up. I love all the fun colours & designs in the Halloween craft collections too. Thanks for the chance to win!

Dena G said...

My dad took us trick-or-treating every year while my mom stayed home and passed out candy to the other neighborhood kids. We would be so tried and want to go home and he always wanted to go furhter so that we would have a bunch of candy to share with him ;o)

Anonymous said...

A very happy Halloween memory was a few years ago when my daughter and friends were trick-or-treating in our neighborhood. The streets were closed to traffic and so full of children and parents. A numer of houses had entire lawns filled with decorations and dry ice machines filling them with eerie fog and real "monsters" giving out candy. Lots of fun, laughter, and squeals.

Lara Hodges said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog! My favorite childhood Halloween memory is dressing up in a gypsy costume for 5 years in a row - just because I got to wear all of my mom's make-up for a night :)

NiyahNicole said...

What I love about Halloween is just the faces of the kids in the neighborhood that come to our door for more than just candy. I make goody bags for the kids to have that is full of fun things with a little candy to make them extra sweet and some even receive a skeleton head with money inside. So fun!

Jenn said...

Growing up, we used to go trick-or-treating from my grandparent's house every year. We'd meet all of my cousin's and go out in one big group. I have so many wonderful memories of family celebrating together.

echowein said...

Trick or Treating at my parents house when I was kid was the best! Tons of kids and lots of candy to be had! Now I take my boys over there every year.

Jenny B in Indy said...

I grew up in a home where we didn't celebrate Halloween.. our church had a "Fall Festival" each year. The kids would dress up like a bible character or anything they wanted, it just couldn't be scary and we would get candy and one year we had a talent show and I sang in front of the church for the very first time. Scared the crap out of me but it was the start of awesome things to come :)

ivy said...

happy birthday! my son's b-day just passed (10/11) and it's sooo fitting he's born in oct! he loves halloween!
my best memory was gettng a costume that came in the box w/ the see through window at woolworth's when i was little. i sooo wish my mom hadn't thrown them out. plastic mask & plastic-y outfit!

ShellyJ said...

I always loved getting dressed up each year! ... now i get to enjoy watching my little ones get dressed up too!

Heather said...

My favourite Halloween memory from my childhood was the year we went to a Halloween party at one of the local churches. The activities were fantastic and so much fun. I remember thinking how creative the people were who put it all together --- never would have know we were in a church. Another favourite memory is from my teen years. My youth group did a Halloween sleep over in our church. It was really spooky playing hide and seek in the empty and dark church --- and the bats in the belfry really added to the experience. Now I'm loving Halloween from the parent side, watching my children get excited about dressing up and going out. Love it!!!!

AmyInKy said...

There is so much I love about Halloween and we have quite a few traditions, too. I'll share a funny memory with you...The year my son turned 2 (in early October) he dressed up as a cowboy for Halloween. Right before we left the house, he tumbled off our porch steps and scraped up his face just below one eye. All night everyone would ask what happened to him and we'd tell them he got into a fight back at the saloon!

Shawninaz said...

What a great giveaway! My favorite Halloween memory which years later makes me laugh is how many times I think I dressed up as a Gypsy. It was always a great excuse to wear all of my Mom's jewelry. My 10 yr old daughter wouldn't dream of being the same thing from year to year. Times do change!

Anonymous said...

Halloween is my favorite time of year! My favorite memory is actually from last year...it was the warmest Halloween on record, and the kids weren't bundled up in snow suits in there costumes, and you could actually tell what each child was dressed up as without having to rely on face make-up. We live in Canada, and it's very very rare not to have encorporate a winter jacket under your costume. :)
RonniH

patty hamilton said...

Loved trick or treating as a kid and now I get to do it with my little one, so much fun to anxiously await the sun going down!

VAWM said...

So a little about my "warped" family. We used to blow up a white balloon and cover it with a plastic garbage bag, also white and hang it from our flag pole. We also had Halloween music coming from our house, which was at the end of the dead end street. Kids would turn around when they heard the music. I *suspect* that my dear dad wanted to scare kids away so he could have more treats. Thanks for helping me have a special memory of my dad, who has been gone two years tomorrow.

scrapping4twins said...

I still can remember wearing those "plastic" masks & outfits for halloween when I was younger! Wear are those outfits today!

Dale P. said...

My favorite memory is when I was a child getting home from trick or treating and spreading all the candy out on the floor and then playing trade with my brothers and sisters.

Kelli said...

Growing up, we used to have those little frozen meat pies for dinner. They were cheap and easy and then we'd head out to trick or treat. Now that my kids are older and they don't make the pies the same, we don't get them, we order pizza instead.

Keri P. said...

We always made our own costumes, which I have done with my own little ones. My favorite was dressing up my son as an airline pilot (he has a white shirt, tie & vest both with airplanes on them) We turned his stroller into an airplane by adding wings and personalizing the airline with his initials. everyone LOVED it! I've never used their card sets before, but I love Basic Grey! Thanks for the chance!!

isa dona said...

I remember going trick or treating with my sister !!!
thanks for the chance

isabel scrap said...

I love going with my kids on the streets, with costumes and make up

the mustik said...

I live in France and we don't celebrate Halloween, but with the kids we do trick or treats

alexandra said...

every year we do a party with the kids and their friends and we cook, we danse and we play

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Emily said...

Haha, first I just commented on how cute your cards were and totally forgot the favorite Halloween memory part. Okay - that's tough... so many good ones. I threw together a lot of costumes kind of random and last minute, there was the year in middle school that I had dyed my hair blue and dressed as a maid and had a blue feather duster. That was pretty funny. Or the year I randomly decided that day that I was going to go trick-or-treating with some friends after all, and grabbed an orange dress, drew leaves up and down my arms with green eyeshadow, and called myself a forest nymph. Good times.

Jeanne Ann said...

Growing up in northern Utah it was hit or miss just how much snow we would have to wade through to trick to treat. Didn't really matter and it never spoiled the fun! Overall I think the best part of my childhood Halloween's was heading to the school for the festival that was put on each year. The whole community came out and it meant a fun and safe holiday.

Scrappin Susie said...

My favorite memory has to be when my older brother and my sisters would go trick or treating, he was 8 yrs older and never wanted to hang out with us younger girls, but he did on trick or treat night. We filled garbage bags! It makes my belly ache just thinking about it. Happy Halloween!

Stacy said...

fire pit at my parents... on actual halloween night. :)

halloween season: gallreins. duh. LOL. :)

Misty said...

I have so many memories of Halloween as a child, but I guess the year that my mom braided my hair into pig-tails and ran a wire clothes hanger through the braids to make them stand straight out (Pippy Longstockings style) stands out the most...lol...its a million wonders that I did not put someone's eye out!!! Happy Halloween to you and yours :) Thanks for the wonderful blog to follow!!!

Bart and Cindy said...

Our new favorite tradition is taking the grand daughters to the pumpkin patch. Their parents stay home for much needed free time and we have the best time picking pumpkins and flowers, and riding ponies!
Thanks for a chance to win,
Cindy D

Susan Beth said...

Favorite Halloween memory: My son's first trick-or-treating happened in 18 inches of snow with a group of wonderful friends who all had kids born the same month as my son. His costume was home-made out of fleece, and he was a cute and cuddly two year old bear. We moved away from all those dear friends literally THE NEXT DAY. What a great way to spend time with those we would miss so very much!

Jeff and Pia said...

My favorite Halloween memory will be Ethan's 1st trick or treat! He was a pirate for that day and he absolutely love going around the village for some candies and some picture taking with the other kids! I never really liked Halloween but with the birth of my son, Ethan ... I learned to love Halloween and is now one of my favorite holidays!

Jane said...

I LOVE Halloween! My favourite memory is when my dad dressed up in my mom's robe, slippers and somehow managed to put curlers in his hair......and did his OWN make up!!! Of coarse he felt it was necessary to visit our neighbours!

BBC said...

Growing up in WI, I remember all the layers I had to put under my costume! It was snowing alot of the years! Love your mini album!

Lydia said...

I still love everythign about pumpkin, picking carving roating the seeds and smashing them after halloween. I love pumpkins!~

Anonymous said...

My fav memory is when my Mother dressed up and went out with us. She was too funny. I wish I had a pic of her dressed up that night. Ohhhhhh well I can still see that memory in my head.
Hugs
Jackie

Peg said...

My favorite Halloween memory is picking out a pumpkin - there were several neighbors who grew them and then sold the pumpkins in their front yards ;-) After I had my pumpkin, I couldn't wait to carve it - and then watch the candle glow inside. Fun stuff :-)

crackerjackgirl said...

I love the whole Halloween/ Fall Season! Starting with the visit to the pumpkin patch!! It is my absolute favorite place to capture photos of the kids! As far as Halloween traditions, I make a huge pot of chili with cornbread early in the afternoon. By the time the kids are done trick or treating they can't wait to dig in! Nothing like that warm cozy feeling after being out in the chilly Halloween weather!!

Colby said...

As a young teenager, one of my favorite things to do was to go to Haunted Houses. We used to go every year, and try to find a new one to go to. For some reason, over the years, I have lost my love for fear. HA. So, now, as an adult, I enjoyed handing out candy to the little trick-or-treaters, as opposed to visiting any scary haunted houses!

Kimmie said...

we arent trick or treating this year. The flu has hit our area like a mad man and its not worth it. So ds and i will hit the mall for a movie and dinner

Melanie said...

A Halloween memory that sticks out in my mind..
when my husband and I were first married, I wanted some caramel apples. He said he had never tried them. So we got apples, and made some. Needless to say, he didn't like them, and a lot of apples went to waste, b/c I couldn't eat all of them. It was a fun experience with the hubby!
Now I love seeing the excitement on my kids face when it's time for candy! Priceless.
Thanks for the chance!!

Gloria said...

I love this holiday even more than Christmas! Favorite Halloween tradition: planning a preparing a meal for the eve of that is ghoulish and tasty so my family is ready for trick or treating!

Gloria

Daniela said...

My favorite Halloween memory is from college. We dressed up as Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders for a party, with the big hair and glitter all over.

Mary H. in Alpharetta said...

My favorite Halloween tradition is dressing up the family in theme oriented costumes. This year we are dressing as characters from the movie Men In Black -- and that includes our pug dog. I can't wait!

Angie said...

I love Halloween and have so many great memories and traditions. Our newest and most fun Halloween tradition is spending the day with Dh's Grandma. We spend the whole day at her house with all the other Grandkids and Great Grandkids. We have a huge pot luck and play games all day until it's time to get the tricker treaters ready. Then the fun costume chaos begins lol.

Renee said...

I'm starting to celebrate my birthday week too! Hope yours is a great one.

Right now my fave memory is the Halloween that my husband and his brother went with the corny costumes.

DH--wore sweats with lots of pictures of Robert DeNiro....he was Mucho DeNiro....his brother wore black with fake money all over his clothes....he was Johnny Cash.....super silly but so much fun.

If I win its time to scrap those photos.

Thanks!!!

Shemaine Smith said...

Wow, those are some amazing projects! My favorite Halloween memory was when my mom handmade me a fairy princess costume in my favorite color, purple. She made one of the long cone hats with matching fabric hanging out the end and covered the cardboard in tin foil so it was silver and glued some fantastic plastic jewels around it. I won 1st prize in the school costume contest.

Kristen said...

My favorite halloween memory was when I would spend weeks and weeks trying to decide what I wanted to be. It changed about 5-10 times and then finally I'd end up being what my first choice was. I was so indecisive! haha, anyways I love the Eerie line! So cute! You're my fav!

Jessie Larsen said...

I have better memories of Halloween as an adult actually, we've dressed up as some pretty great costumes over the years and usually win a prize at the party we go to. Thanks!

Jennifer Hansen said...

My uncle would take us trick or treating around town and he was like a big kid himself, always decked on in some crazy costume. One year he went as a mummy (fully wrapped!)
jenniferlynnhansen at yahoo dot com

alexandra s.m. said...

Beautiful Cards and mini!

Hannah said...

Here in Australia, Halloween isn't that special. One of my coworkers (a Canadian) said her kids really missed the trick or treating. We set up a spooky hallway, dressed up and had a lolly buicket so the kids had their Halloween :)

Anonymous said...

Our neighborhood always did a block party for the kids. I remember running around in costumes and eating cupcakes before trick or treating! What were our parents thinking??

Anonymous said...

I always loved taking my kids out trick or treating with the neighbors. My youngest turned 13 and isnt going this year... bummer....
Lori R

Jennie said...

our favorite halloween/fall tradition is going to our local orchard and taking a hayride out to the pumpkin patch to pick our own pumpkins! yummy hot apple cider in their little store afterwards...mmm....

kelly mcgarry said...

Living in Colorado I always remember having to bundle up every Halloween. I started to learn to incorporate winter coats into my costumes.The candy was always worth freezing for! HAPPY HALLOWEEN! thanks for the chance to win!

Kim Edge said...

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays!!! I don't have one favorite memory to share, but I loved the tradition every year of walking our small KY town from one end to the other visiting friends and coming back with lots of goodies! My was killed when I was 8 and we lost many of our traditions with her, but Halloween was one my dad kept going.

Kristiina said...

My favourite memory is from 10 years back when a good friend of mine threw a big party. I love halloween!

Lily's Mommy said...

What I love the most about Halloween...is how much my daughter is enjoying it. She loves to play dress up....so Halloween is the perfect day for her. She has 3 costumes this year...and will be attending 3 different costume parties. Let the fun begin!!!

~*~ Stephanie ~*~ said...

My favorite Halloween memory was staying out wandering around the neighborhood until there were no more porch lights on... LOL before there were scheduled hours for trick or treat... it started when the sun went down and ended when there was no house left to get candy from...

Chelsea and Manuel said...

Seriously, my best and worst memory is a super wet and rainy halloween. We were cold and wet but determined to get candy. I can't beleive my parents even let us go out, lots of good memories

KirstyK said...

My best halloween memory is going trick or treating with my oldest friend when we were 13 or 14. way too old to go out but we had a blast!

Vicki said...

So many good memories it's hard to pick one! I loved going trick or treating with my best friend and my Dad and then coming home home and dumping all our candy out on the dining room table. Then we'd start trading...it's was a complicated negotiation!
Gorgeous cards!!

Joyce said...

I loved Halloween as a kid. The leaves would change, we'd trick or treat for Unicef, dress up for Girl Scout parties, school parties, church parties, and Halloween night! Lots of pretending and haunted houses!

Rachel D said...

My favorite Halloween/Fall tradition is to take the kiddies to our local pumpkin patch. let them pick out the biggest pumpkins there and then take their pictures in front of the same fence each year to see how much they have grown.

6p00e00997d1308833 said...

My favorite Halloween tradition is dressing up my poor dog in costumes. She tolerates it but never seems to look happy in the photos.

Jamie said...

My most vivid Halloween memory is coming home after trick or treating and dumping out my pillow case (which is what we used to hold the candy) on the floor and going through my loot, separating what I determined "good" candy from the stuff I didn't like.

Vanessa (aka V, Nessa, oldschool) said...

My absolute favorite thing about halloween is the tootsie pops :)
I don't really eat chocolate so I remember as a kid tradin with my sisters for all their nummy treats!!!
Now that I have my own kids I buy them their favorites but there is always a bag of mom's favs too!!!

Christina C. said...

Every year I look forward to pumpkin hunting and then pumpkin carving. I love to make a new face for my pumpkin every year.

Happy Halloween!

carriegel said...

Halloween was always so cold in Michigan that we always had to choose costumes that could accommodate a winter coat.

toniw said...

My favorite memory was dressing up with my sister and cousins who lived down the road and trick-or-treating one year in the pouring rain. Needless to say, we made out like bandits because of the weather, not many other kids were out! Thanks for the great givewaway. Hope your family is healthy again soon!

bex said...

My favourite memory is last years Halloween, my 1st one as a Mommy I dressed my then 3month old son as a pumpkin - he looked so cute. I don't think I will ever forget that one :o)

Heather said...

Since moving to the midwest autumn/halloween has become one of my favorite times of year. I LOVE the changing colors of the leaves, the crispness to the air and of course getting to pick our pumpkins straight out of the patch! NO busy road side stands for us any longer!

Monica said...

First of all, I am so sorry your son has the flu. I pray he recovers very fast!
My first Halloween memory was trick or treating with my little sister when I was around 6 years old. We were going to my grandparents to surprise them with our costumes and my mom hid behind a tree. Instead of going with the master plan - my little sister said "Hi Grandma" when she opened the door and I was so upset with her because she ruined the "surprise". HA HA

Anonymous said...

Hope your little love recovers quickly -- mine did, fortunately. As far as Halloween goes, my favorite part has been making coordinating costumes for my two kids. We've come up with some awesome ideas over the years, and the memories always make me smile!

Gina HM

Jen said...

Wow how did I miss this?

My favorite memory would be my oldest 1st. We dressed him up as a skunk...he was stinkin' cute!

Michelle said...

My favourite Halloween memory is from one of the houses we lived in when I was a kid. The stair case in the house was right at the front door. My dad thought it would be fun to scare people so he rigged a big ghost at the top of the stairs. When someone opened the door it flew down and stopped...right in front of your face!! Oh we scared quit a few that night!

Evonne said...

Heres a true fact about Halloween for you! Jack O Lantern actually originated here in Ireland! We didn't have pumpkins here, so turnips were used instead. When the tradition was carried to US thats where pumpkins were used instead! Funny, cos now we all carve pumpkins here now!
Happy Halloween.

Elaine said...

I would say the year my kids dressed up as Mickey and Minnie mouse was my favorite memory. They were so darn cute and we lived in CA where they could actually go trick or treating w/o a big heavy raincoat on! I'd love them to be little again - just for a little while!

Lizzy said...

Wow, this looks wonderful. Love to visit your blog.. thanks Norma

Jules(theurbanzoo@wyan.org) said...

My favorite Halloween memory is the Halloween parade in school....marching around, showing off our costumes and checking eachother out.

Sharon said...

My best memory is our first year in our house giving out candy. The little ones started coming even before dark and this one tiny fellow dressed as Spiderman literally attached himnself to my window in such a sweet rendition of a spider. What a cutie!

Amy said...

My favorite Halloween tradition/memory...it's so hard to pick! I think last year's Halloween was one of my favorites because my son was able to wear the same m&m costume made by my mom that I wore when I was small.

Frogs-n-Butterflies said...

I love this time of year! My favorite Halloween memory is when I was about 5 yrs old and my mom made my brother and I polka-dotted clown costumes complete with rick-rack and red toule! We wore hats and even got to wear MAKE UP! I was sooo excited when my mom was putting her lipstick on my cheeks and around my mouth to make a big smile. Of course, my dad always got a kick out of playing the scary reel to reel music and haninging rubber bats, spiders and webs all over the place to scare everyone in the neighborhood. Ahhh, such good times! lol :D Cheri

stinker said...

well i missed out on the giveaway (poo!) but my favorite halloween memory is wearing a woody woodpecker costume and doing his crazy laugh!

Bordentownlawyer@yahoo.com said...

I'd love to enter the giveaway. My fav Halloween activity/memory is passing out candy and getting to see the cute costumes kids are wearing.

Heather said...

I would love a chance to win! I am loving the Eerie line and your cards!!!!

Anonymous said...

These pictures rally makes me miss Indiana this time of year.So I had to print your pictures and pretend they were mine--Florida doesn't do halloween good. I needed pictures for my fall album we made in your class at Strawberryfields.I hope you don't mind. And I would love to win you prizes. I LOVE BASIC GREY!!!!!darlene nahre

Jen**SugaredSongbird** said...

Beautiful cards! I've always loved Halloween since it is so close to my birthday- my cupcakes usually had candy corn on them. I still love candy corn cupcakes now even as an adult!

Paola said...

My fav. Halloween memory was the first one where I stoped trick or treating and was in charge of taking my brothers and sisters.
I felt so important!
Have a great day.

Nanny's Room said...

I'm loving your work, and love the designs! Thanks for the chance to win!

linda228@woh.rr.com said...

Oh Kelly this is go cute! I'd love to put my Dr. McSilly Grandson pics in this book!!!! Hoping for a treat!!!!

Robin said...

Our favorite halloween tradition is our annual Halloween block party. All the neighborhood comes out we have a fire truck and Halloween parade before trick or treating starts - lots of fun :)

Keri P said...

Would Love this! Need to try a mini book...haven't gone there yet. thanks!

Sarah and the rest of the family said...

Oops -- I posted to the one above. Doesn't this count, now, though? Have a great weekend, ladies!

kim.mom said...

How cool! Love those papers!