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Halloween is almost here (finally!) and that warm and cozy “fall feeling” is in the air. These two things combined make for one happy girl, as I love them both so much. Between being inspired to bake when the cool, crisp autumn air arrives, and decorating and doing crafts for Halloween, I just get giddy this time of year. This year will be especially festive, as I am going to have some serious fun with Starburst Candy Corn!
As I mentioned above, I love to bake during the fall and winter months. I have very fond memories of cooking with my mom, and even more of cooking with my own children when they were little. Each year, a couple of weeks before Halloween, my kids and I would start our baking tradition. We would bake dozens and dozens of sugar cookies in various “spooky” shapes, and decorate them with different colored frostings and sprinkles. After we were satisfied with our creations, we would carefully pack a huge platter and deliver them to my husband’s work. Since my husband is a Police Captain, there were plenty of appreciative officers who looked forward to our goodies (and a visit from our kids) every year. Of course, we did the same for Christmas and Valentine’s Day too.
Not only did my children and I enjoy these special times together, but I hope they will do the same with their own kids. This is definitely a tradition that should be passed down through the generations. In addition to it being fun, they learned to find the joy in giving…in seeing the delight on the faces of our recipients (in this case police officers, neighbors and friends). I hope these fun times are as memorable to them as they are to me.
Since I have always loved crafting, I have made plenty of seasonal decorations for our home. There is just something special about displaying decor that you have created yourself. I used to make table centerpieces and wreaths for just about every holiday season, but haven’t done those in a few years. Maybe it is time to start again!
Another fun thing about fall and Halloween are the parties! Seriously, seeing your friends and family dressed up in ridiculous/silly/fun outfits is such a blast. We haven’t had a Halloween party in several years but we have attended a few and they are always something we look forward to. My husband and I always have fun dreaming up clever costumes!
Here are a few of my tips for throwing a Halloween party:
- Send your invitations early! It is awful to plan a great party, only to find out that everyone already has plans to go to a party. Maybe even send a “save the date” card, just to be safe.
- Decorate, decorate, decorate! Make creepy scenes indoors and out. You can make your own or find some fun decor at stores. Craft stores tend to have some really spooky, festive items, as does Lowe’s.
- Make fun appetizers and desserts – this is where it gets exciting! You can make things like eyeball soup, graveyard cake, gummy worms in dirt, and so much more. Let your creative juices flow!
- Have a competition for best costume and let the partygoers vote.
Tori Spelling enjoys Halloween as much as I do apparently! She has created several crafts using Starburst Candy Corn, and they are really gorgeous! Yes, you heard me right – Starburst Candy Corn! I had no idea that there were so many things that could be made with Candy Corn, and when you add Starburst Candy Corn to the mix, the sky is the limit. The colorful candies are a great addition to any craft project. Look at these Mum Balls below!
I decided to make one of Tori’s crafts myself, and I chose the beautiful Candied Cupcakes. Who could resist, right? These were SO simple to make, and they are truly breathtaking. Since I am not very talented with fancy frosting flowers, piping, etc., these were the perfect solution.
I started by baking regular white cupcakes (but you could make any flavor you want, or even use an orange cake mix, or add a little orange food coloring if you want).
I then made a vanilla buttercream frosting from scratch, and frosted the cupcakes after they cooled.
I separated the Starburst Candy Corn into bowls, by color, while waiting for the cupcakes to cool off, and before frosting.
Before the frosting hardened too much, I carefully placed Starburst Candies on each. I started by inserting one candy (point down) into the center of the cupcake. Next I filled the rest of the top of the cupcake with the same colored candy corn in a circular shape (with the tips toward the center), using the middle candy as my guide. It couldn’t have been any easier!
Aren’t they gorgeous? I would be very proud to bring these beauties to any party, not just Halloween functions. I think they would be the star of the show! Not only do Starburst Candy Corn candies look great, but they are quite tasty. They taste just like the original Starburst candy…yum!
I am excited to try the other ideas from Tori – especially the Festive Favors (shown below). These are perfect for giving to your guests when they arrive at your party/dinner, or for sending home with them as party favors!
If you would like to try your hand at making some fun and festive Halloween crafts, visit the Starburst Candy Corn Facebook page where you will find all kinds of ideas. Make sure you follow the fun on Twitter too, by following #StarburstCandyCorn! When you follow along with this hashtag you will also see the decor that my fellow bloggers made using Starburst Candy Corn.
Don’t forget – Starburst Candy Corn are available for a limited time. You can find them in stores through October 31st only.