Saturday, October 19, 2013


   This great tutorial was found at www.lifeartcollide.blogspot.ie .  Being a home haunter and loving Halloween, this  hit me right between the eyes, as something I've always wanted to do.  These are really cool and would make great pics to have around during Halloween.

Make Your Own Freaky Family Portraits For Halloween

Making your own freaky family photo arrangement is super simple using PSE (Photoshop Elements). You don't need any previous experience manipulating photos to create these fun portraits.

Over the summer I scoured garage sales for used picture frames, never paying more than 50 cents per frame! Believe me, people were more than happy to get rid of them. I often went home with an armload for less than one dollar.
Here are some of the before and after examples I used. The pictures are greatly altered in the final product so the original person is unrecognizable . To find suitable photos hop on the net and type "Victorian portrait photography" in the search engine, that will give you a nice selection to play around with. I also used "skull", "ghoul", "ghost", etc.
Here's how you do it:
Open PSE and select two saved photos you want to merge.

Click File, then New, then Photomerge Faces
Use the Alignment tool to mark each photo

Use the Pencil and Eraser tool to merge your selections
When your happy with your final portrait click Done, then print it out. FINISHED!
Have fun haunting your house with your new freaky family!


This diy comes from www.mrprintables.com . Some really spooky candle wrappers!  If you don't like the waxy mess from candles, I would just use the led votive candle you can get at the Dollar Store.  They are usually 2 or 3 to a pack for a dollar! (what a bargain!)

Spooky Halloween Candle Wrappers

Halloween > Printable Halloween Decorations
If you want to create that haunted house feel or spooky garden path full of spider webs, bats flying around, ghosts crawling about but don't actually fancy real spiders, blood thirsty bats or shivery ghosts - these flickering Halloween candle wrappers will help create that perfect spooky and atmospheric decoration.

Halloween Printables

These candle wrappers are designed to wrap around a glass, using a t-light candle inside, or around a large diameter white pillar candle, never with any candle with an exposed flame. Of course please take care to keep the candles out of small children's reach.
T-lights can sometimes crack a thin glass base so you may want to float the t-lights in a little water, great also for extra stability when used outside.
Simply print them on plain papers and wrap around your glasses and candles, they have vellum paper like effect when the candle's lit and a great spooky flickering light, indoors or out!

Ghost Candle Wrapper

Halloween Printables candle wrap 1

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Bat Candle Wrapper

Halloween Printables candle wrap 2

Spider Candle Wrapper

Halloween Printables candle wrap 2

You will need

plain paper
white pillar candles or T-lights with glasses


   This diy/recipe comes from www.lasvegasfoodadventures.wordpress.com .  They are a really bright and glossy red.  For those with a sweet tooth for candy apples.

Candy Apples
Candy Apples

Candy Apples
The only trick is to use a candy thermometer.
6-10 red delicious or other crisp eating apples
6-10 wooden ice-cream sticks
4 cups sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1 teaspoon red food coloring
1-1/2 cups water
Wash and dry the apples well with warm soapy water. Coating will not stick on wet or waxed apples. Push the sticks into the middle of the stem end. Place on a baking sheet lined with wax or parchment paper and set aside.
Combine all of the ingredients except the apples & sticks in a large heavy bottomed saucepan. Over medium high heat stir gently till all of the sugar has dissolved. Stop stirring when mixture comes to a boil.
Continue boiling till mixture comes to 290-300 degrees F. (soft crack stage). Remove from heat.
Immediately dip each apple in the hot sugar mixture to completely coat and set on the baking sheet to cool. Place finished apples in the refrigerator to harden the coating.