With an October 31st birthday, I would be remiss not to love Halloween. In fact, I think I love it even more as an adult (especially as a mother, seeing it through my children’s eyes) than I did as a child myself.
My 9-year-old daughter, 6-year-old son and I love decorating our NYC apartment for Halloween. We may not have a front porch or yard at our disposal, but inside our four walls we manage to make our home look very festive each Halloween season, especially with DIY pumpkin painting & decorating. In this post, I want to share how to make our latest pumpkin creation (it’s very pretty and soooo easy) plus I want to tell you about our newest Halloween candy obsession (plus, I’ll be giving the same to 20 lucky readers) Reader on.
I’m no Martha Stewart, so I’m always on the lookout for deceptively easy ways to decorate beautiful pumpkins. Thanks to a Halloween decor magazine at the supermarket checkout (I apologize I can’t remember which one), this year we perfected our “Zebra Pumpkin.” Take a look:
Amazing, right? When I posted this to my private Facebook account, friends wrote things like “Wow”, “You are so talented” and “how did you do that???”
I fessed up and told them the secret–Duck Tape. You, too, can make a gorgeous pumpkin that will fool your friends into thinking you are the best artist on earth, when in fact all you did was show some good taste in choosing a roll of tape.
Here’s all you need to do. Buy some zebra duck tape (available at Amazon.com for $7.80 for a 10 Yd. Roll)
Then, starting from the top of the pumpkin just below the stem, carefully unroll the tape one strip at a time down the length of the pumpkin. Repeat one vertical strip next to the other (don’t worry if the strips start to “swerve” as you follow the contour of the pumpkin, but try to match up the pattern as best as you can). Flatten any air bubbles as you move along the pumpkin with the tape, too.
In no time at all, you’ll have a masterpiece like this:
Of course, while you are crafting you may want to snack, too (especially if you are crafting with a fourth grader who has a major sweet tooth- ahem). While R. and I made our zebra pumpkin, we each enjoyed a Cadbury Screme Egg, a brand-new Halloween version of the popular Easter confection, this time with seasonally appropriate white-and-green fondant filling instead.
I had received several from Walmart and they are just as delicious as the Easter version. We are trying not to eat them all right away. (R., age 9, quipped, “I know why they call they call them Screme Eggs. Because I screamed from happiness when I saw them!”)
Cadbury Screme Eggs are available at Walmart and other national chains–perhaps you’ve seen them by now. Read more about them the new Cadbury Screme Egg Facebook Page.
To celebrate Halloween and the Hershey’s® Boo Boulevard campaign (a fantastic new section of the Hershey’s website, chock full of crafts, activities, and recipes for a fun Halloween), Hershey’s (which owns Cadbury) is giving TWENTY (20) MyMomShops readers each a half dozen Cadbury Screme Eggs. Your kids are gonna love these (and I have a feeling you will, too). Save them for Halloween if you dare….but I think you’ll devour them sooner.
Win it! TWENTY (20) MyMomShops readers will win prize packages of Cadbury Screme Eggs.
Here are the contest rules:
1) Simply leave a comment on THIS post (click on “comments” below) telling me what your favorite trick-or-treat candy is (mine are Reese’s Peanut Butter cups–I put ’em in the freezer. Mmmmm.)
2) You may leave up to FOUR separate entries- 1 entry with a comment as described in #1, 1 entry if you are already a MyMomShops e-mail subscriber (to subscribe, email me with “subscribe” in the subject line), 1 entry if you follow MyMomShops on Twitter, and 1 entry if you follow MyMomShops on Pinterest.
3) You MUST also include a valid e-mail address so I can contact you if you’re a winner.
4) Post your entries by 11:59pm EST, Monday, October 22nd. Maximum 4 entries per person (as described above), please. US addresses only.
5) TWENTY (20) winners will be chosen at random (using Random.org) and will be contacted by email on Tuesday, October 23rd.
5) If any prize is NOT claimed within 72 hours, the next random winner (using Random.org) will be contacted.
6) Hershey’s will be shipping all prizes directly to the winners.