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Spooky Screens for Halloween Atmosphere • Easy Ghost Decorations •
Popcorn Balls Monster • French Bread Pizza • Ghost Cupcakes

By Mary Canovas


Before we get into all the recipes and crafts I hope you will consider
for your Halloween festivities, let´s get in the mood or
perhaps I should say into the spirit of things.

Spooky Fireplace

What better than a spooky dark mansion with a crackling fire with thunderstorm in the background. Put this YouTube video on your large screen TV or computer screen just like you would a Halloween decoration: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_GuME-djUVg&t=10s

Please take note – start the video at 2 min. 20 seconds – this way you can avoid a very drab presentation.


Easy Halloween Ghosts

There is really no excuse not to have a ghost floating or resting around your house or office at Halloween. This is the easiest, quickest and cheapest one of them all.

Soda pop plastic bottle with straight sides any size, Paintbrush, Black acrylic paint, Cutter, Scissors

How To:
• Cut off the top and bottom (height according to taste) of bottle
• Fill with pillow stuffing or cotton l
• Paint a ghost face in black
**See video for full tutorial


Spiral Hanging Ghosts

So easy to make, so inexpensive and so much fun. Decorate your ceiling, lamps, branches, twigs, etc. with dozens of big, small, thin or fat ghosts. I bet you can´t make just one.

● White paper of any kind, any size – must be a rectangle. Suggest regular office paper and construction paper.
● Lápiz, tijeras , hilo transparente para colgar

How To:
● Draw ghost with a pencil – see video for design – basically it looks like a snail. You can also download our template and adjust to the size of your paper
● The thinner the longer the tail.
● Paint mouth and eyes with a black permanent marker or acrylic paint.
● Make a hole with a needle and thread it with nylon or regular thread through making loop for hanging.
● Make your ghost´s face gory, scary, funny, enchanting, etc. Hang from ceiling.

Template: http://www.encasacontigo.com/archivos…


Halloween and Holiday Popcorn Balls

Popcorn Balls – Everybody loves them. There are as many recipes as there are individual tastes.
Economical for parties or for family and are very easy to make. Here is a great recipe for Halloween.
However, if you change food colors, e.g. red and green, you´ve got Christmas balls or just red for Valentine´s, red and blue and white for 4th of July… well, you get the idea… Also feel free to add or leave out any candies you may wish – just don´t leave out the popcorn.

Ingredients: 5-8 balls – Depending on the size from
• 3 cups popped popcorn
• 75 gr marshmallows
• 15 gr butter
• 1/4 cup M & Ms or LaCasitos etc.
• 38 gr peanuts
• Red and yellow food coloring

How To:
• Place popcorn in a large bowl. Transfer the popcorn by hand to another bowl until there are only small pieces or kernels left at the bottom of the original bowl.
• In a saucepan heat the butter until melted over low heat,.
• Add the marshmallows and food colors (Usually 3 drops red and 2 drops yellow for orange.)
• Stir until color and marshmallows are well mixed
• Remove from heat.
• Add popcorn, candy and peanuts.
• Work quickly-Mix with a spatula slightly smeared in butter to coat popcorn evenly
• Grease your hands with butter and form balls of desired size
NOTE: Careful don´t make them too compact or they will be difficult to eat. Use a light but firm enough touch to form balls.


Halloween Monster Garlic & Cheese French Bread Pizza

The slightly melted Pepperoni bloody Jack o´Lantern makes it all the more monstrous. The cheese is completely melted and the base of garlic makes sure no monster or vampire would dare to approach. Everyone will love this holiday version of French Bread Pizza. Put another face on it and it´s a year round favorite.

– A loaf of French bread
– 4 tablespoons margarine or butter
– 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
– 1/2 teaspoon oregano
– 1 and 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
– 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
– 3 thin slices of Pepperoni or Pamplona chorizo

– Preheat Oven to medium heat top and bottom
– Cut the loaf lengthwise and vertically in 1, 2 or 3 pieces depending on the length and width of the loaf.
– Beat butter with garlic and oregano together
– Spread the the garlic butter on both sides of bread slices
– Place in the oven 2 minutes
– Remove from oven, cover with mozzarella and sprinkle the parmesan
– Cut eyes, nose and mouth out of the Pepperoni or Pamplona chorizo forming Jack o´Lantern or other monster face.
– Using only the grill now, place slices in oven 2 more minutes or until the cheese begins to bubble and turns golden. Take care – cheese burns very easily.


Ghost Cupcakes

These very special Halloween cupcakes look so professional but really are very easy to make. These adorable little ghosts are perfect to decorate cupcakes or cakes for your Halloween get-together or party.
The basic ingredients are fondant which you can buy at specialty shops or make our marshmallow fondant **(see below for link), a rolling pin and just follow our tutorial.

Ghost ingredients and cupcake materials:
• White fondant and a little bit of black for face
• Mars or Snickers for base of ghost
• Rolling pin, knife
● Cupcake yours or store-bought
● Frosting yours or store-bought

How To
Ghost Cupcakes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Keo1iS9b8p4
Follow video tutorial . It´s in Spanish but the How-To is easy to follow in any language.
How To Marshmallow Fondant *** http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xLeomO…


Ed’s note: For more crafts, please turn to ENTERTAINING: Halloween Special – 2


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