YouTube – Your One Stop Shop For Halloween Ideas



Trick or treat! It’s October and that can only mean one thing. It’s Halloween — everyone’s favorite creepy, kooky, mysterious and spooky time of year.

YouTube is THE destination for Halloween, from dramatic makeup transformations with Kandee Johnson to SoCraftastic’s clever DIY decorating ideas and yummy treats via MyCupCakeAddiction and Rosanna Pansino. Plus, Halloween costume ideas from #1 style and beauty YouTuber, Michelle Phan and popular YouTube teens Brooklyn and Bailey.

This year people have been searching on Google for that perfect costume, for the latest Google Halloween costume trends, click here: g.co/frightgeist.

Whatever it is, YouTube has got you covered this Halloween.

Tasty Halloween Recipes

  • Rosana Pansino (+4M subscribers & +1 Billion views) – Rosanna of  “Nerdy Nummies” has the most popular cooking show online. Watch as her and fellow YouTubers MyLifeAsEva bake Costume Quest 2 Halloween treats.
  • MyCupCakeAddiction  (+2M subscribers & +269M views) – Elise loves to create amazing cakes, cupcakes and sweets. She had the opportunity to team up with R.L. Stine aka Jack Black to create 3 amazing spooky treats to celebrate the new Goosebumps movie and Halloween!
  • LaurDIY (+2.4M subscribers & +115M views) – Toronto based DIY and lifestyle YouTuber, Lauren, whips up chocolate covered pretzels that look like pumpkins, creepy oreo eyeballs, and Halloween kabobs.
  • WhatsUpMoms (+725K subscribers & +170M views) – This channel is produced by moms, and they aim to inspire, inform, and make people laugh. This Halloween they are showing us how to make yummy chocolate apples!

Make-Up/Costume Ideas

  • Michelle Phan (+8M subscribers & +1.1 Billion views) – #1 beauty YouTuber, Michelle Phan, gives us clever and hilarious Halloween costume ideas from Tinder to Grumpy Cat and even a Belfie.
  • Kandee Johnson (+3.2M subscribers & +344M views) – Youtube makeup, style and fun guru, Kandee Johnson, is here to help you transform into female kick-butt superhero,  Wonder Woman.
  • Grav3yardgirl (+5.8M subscribers & +824M views) – Bunny Meyer is a quirky and fun YouTube beauty guru.  Watch her transform into Sarah Sanderson from Hocus Pocus. Plus, check out these Halloween-esque shoes she unboxed!
  • Brooklyn and Bailey (+1.9M subscribers & +206M views) – Need a Halloween costume but aren’t feeling creative? Check out Brooklyn and Bailey’s 28 last minute Halloween costume ideas including favorites Minnie Mouse and Minions.
  • Glam&Gore (+956K subscribers & +53M views) – Glam&Gore describe their channel as “the swiss army knife of makeup tutorials.” Pay close attention because they can help you turn into Harley Quinn this Halloween.
  • rosaliesaysrawr (+217K subscribers & +6M views) – Rosalie is her name and YouTube is her game with videos ranging from DIY, Fashion and Challenges. Want your beloved four-legged friend to dress up with you this Halloween? Rosalie has the perfect costume; Red Bull and an angel costume.

DIY Halloween Decor/Craft Ideas

  • SoCraftastic (+1.2M subscribers & +131M views) – This DIY arts & crafts channel will show you how to make a glow in the dark pumpkin.
  • WhatsUpMoms (+725K subscribers & +170M views) – From a spooky terrarium to a reusable glow and the dark trick or treating bag, these moms show us how to do Halloween right.
  • JustLikeThat (+404K subscribers & +29M views)  – These group of girls bring new videos each week and showed their viewers how to make a Halloween candy centerpiece, festive drinks and balloon art.
  • Karina Garcia – (+390K subscribers & +20M views) – Karina Garcia loves sharing DIY videos and review. This month she shows us how to create gross eyeballs in a jar and a spider web “night light.”

Do you have a favorite YouTube channel that you turn to for holiday/seasonal ideas/recipes? If so, please leave the link in the comment section so me and other readers can check it out.



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DIY Nature Place Mats


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Autumn is my most favorite time of year. It’s the start to the holiday season (Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years), and it’s also cooler outside (I am not a fan of heat and humidity). I also truly love when the leaves change color and the crisp fall air.

I’ve been looking for ideas to do with the kids that I work with in the after school care program that would utilize the bounty of beautiful leaves we’ll have in the upcoming weeks. I have been checking on all the sites I have bookmarked looking for ideas that we could do with leaves.

One of my go-to resources for great ideas is AdventureAhead.KinderCare.com. Not only do they have some wonderful craft ideas they also have recipes, “adventures” you and your child can do and so much more. If yo have a child, grandchild or work with children I would recommend that you bookmark the site too.

Here is a fun idea that makes meal time even more special. It’s something the whole family can do together – make your own Nature Placemat.

Imagine how much more special family dinner would be when you eat on place mats created by your kids.  Making them at home is a super easy project that takes less than an hour to complete.

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Whether you’re planning for a big dinner party or simply thinking of your many family meals together ahead, break out this fun activity so that your child feels like she is an important part of the process.  Using contact paper, construction paper, and a little help from Mother Nature, these homemade place mats add a wonderful note of spring joy to the table.

What You Will Need:

  • Clear contact paper
  • 12-in x 18-in construction paper (or any other larger size)
  • Flower petals in various colors
  • Leaves in various shapes and sizes


  1. Hunt for natural objects that can be easily flattened like flower petals and leaves
  2. Create the frames by cutting a rectangle out of the center of each piece of construction paper so that a ½ inch border remains
  3. Place one sheet of contact paper over a frame and set the combined piece on the table, sticky side up
  4. Encourage your child to design their place mat by artfully arranging the petals and leaves onto the sticky contact paper
  5. Place the second sheet of contact paper face down to seal in the petals and leaves

Pro-tip: The flatter the items, the fewer air pockets you’ll have in the end.  When laying down the second sheet of contact paper, work from one edge to the other, slowly pressing it down so you can work out air bubbles as you go

One of the best parts about creating these place mats is finding the perfect flower petals, leaves, and stalks of grass to showcase.  Feeling rustic? Gather some wheat if available.  Want to host a tea party for forest fairies? Pick some large green leaves.

If you have access to a large laminator it would be great to laminate these so that they last longer. I used to make placemats for my kids using cardstock and graphics. After I designed them I would run them through my laminator so that they would last longer. You can wipe off the laminated surface.

What do you think about this idea? I think it’s something fun that could be done almost year round (depending on where you live). I also think having homemade placemats for the Thanksgiving table would be very special. You can have each guest take home their own piece of artwork too.

If you try this activity upload photos to social media and tag KinderCare. I’m sure they would love to see what you created.

For more fun ideas like this be sure to check out AdventureAhead.KinderCare.com.



*I have partnered with KinderCare to bring you this information. Although compensated the opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Fun and easy “3-D” Foam Art



I have a new job now. I work with elementary school aged children in the afternoon (after school care). Right now they are still trying to get used to being back to school. Their time is spent doing homework and getting outside for some fresh air and exercise. Before you know it the weather will be too cold for them to go out (thankfully we have access to the gym). That means we need to find more indoor activities for the kids to do after their homework. For that reason I have been on the look out for quick, easy and affordable craft ideas we can do with the kids.

I have a few places bookmarked that I like to frequent to look for ideas. One place is KinderCare. They have a nice variety of craft ideas anyone could do with their children (or child).

I really love this idea.

We all know that coloring on a two-dimensional surface is a staple activity for kids (coloring book, doodle paper…) but what about creating 3-D art – with foam?

Welcome a whole new world of exciting possibilities!  Say hello to fluffy, puffy, make-it-yourself paint.

Making a batch of foam paint is a breeze.  Create a few colors for variety’s sake and spoon them into Ziploc bags.  Then let the foamy fun begin!

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What You Will Need:

  • Shaving cream
  • Craft glue
  • Food coloring
  • Cardstock or heavy paper


  1. Mix equal parts shaving cream and craft glue
  2. Spoon into a Ziploc baggie
  3. Cut one corner off the bag
  4. Paint by squeezing the bag onto the cardstock or heavy paper as if you were frosting a cake with a pastry bag
  5. Leave overnight to dry

Warning: This activity can get messy! 

Playing with foam paint is best done outside, or at least on a table with plenty of newspaper if it must be done inside.  Show your child how to squeeze paint out of the bag at first.

Encourage your kid to paint sun and clouds with the thick and foamy textures, or whatever else they’re inspired to paint.  Dots, abstract designs, and even squiggles are great.

After your child’s picture—or pictures—is complete, leave overnight to dry.  The puffy foam paint will grow and harden to make a wondrous object d’art.

I used to play with shaving foam in the bathtub when I was a little girl. My mom would give me my dad’s can and allow me to draw all over the shower/tub walls. When I was done my mom would simply splash some water on it and clean it up. Who knew shaving foam would make a great medium for artwork.

I’m going to present this idea to our site director and see what she thinks. I’m thinking it would be fun to make snowmen and snowflakes out of shaving foam, especially because it would give them a 3-D look.

If you would like to see other fabulous ideas like this one, visit AdventureAhead.KinderCare.com. KinderCare has other great ideas other than crafts too like Upcycled Planters and Homemade Popsicles.

What do you think of this 3-D Foam Art idea? Would you try this out with your own child/grandchild?



*I have partnered with KinderCare to bring you this information. Although compensated the opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Fun and easy decorating with Chalk Ink


Photo Credit: Chalk Ink's Facebook page

Photo Credit: Chalk Ink’s Facebook page

Have you ever walked into a restaurant or coffee shop and admired a colorful chalkboard sign? You know it’s done with chalk, but it’s way too neat to be done with regular chalk. Trust me, I’ve tried. We have a chalkboard at work and I’ve tried to do nice designs and letting on it but it only ends up smudged and there is chalk dust everywhere.

How in the world do they design those pretty chalkboard signs?

I suspect they are all done with Chalk Ink. Chalk Ink is similar to a marker except what comes out of it is liquid chalk that dries almost instantly and doesn’t turn to dust. Once dried it’s not easy to smudge it either.

Chalk Ink is just like a chalk marker, for lack of a better description.

Chalk Ink Fall

I was sent to review a set of Chalk Ink chalks in their “Fall-lala-lala” colors – Green Tea, Stick o’ Butter, Teddy Bear, Candy Corn Orange, Spanish Tile and Smiley Face Yellow. These colors are PERFECT for the fall season. Chalk Ink has other colorful sets, including a holiday set, which are ideal for decorating year round.

Chalk Ink is not just for chalkboards. You can use the Chalk Ink “pens” on most non-pourous surfaces including chalkboards, windows, mirrors, plastic, ceramic, glass, tile and more. Once dried the chalk washes off like regular chalk. If you find that some of it “sticks” simply use a damp cloth to remove the remainder.

You can even use Chalk Ink on whiteboards.

Imagine the possibilities! Chalk Ink is not just for classrooms or businesses, you can use Chalk Ink to decorate your home for the holidays (draw pumpkins on the mirrors, snowflakes on the windows…) and other occasions and events.

Check out this great video that shows you what you can do with Chalk Ink. The possibilities are endless!


Here is something I have been working on at work using Chalk Ink pens.

Chalk Ink

My intention is to put the leaves all down the sides of the chalkboard and something along the bottom like pumpkins and/or an apple tree. It’s a work in progress.

I know these work well on windows too. My boss drew sunflowers on the windows at work. I wanted to take a photo but she didn’t think they looked good enough and requested that I not take a photo of them. For the record I thought they looked great.

Chalk Ink is non-toxic and odor free. They are also great for those who are sensitive (or allergic) to regular chalk.

I’m not the only one who loves Chalk Ink. Read the reviews on Amazon.com. Everyone who posts reviews raves about Chalk Ink. There are even a few photo examples found among the reviews too.


Students, teachers, DIY’ers, crafters, businesses… everyone and anyone can use and enjoy Chalk Ink.

Many of the Fortune 500 companies like Starbucks, Whole Foods, Panera Bread, Peet’s Coffee, Trader Joe’s already know and love this all-purpose marker – now it’s your turn!

For more information visit www.chalkink.com. You can also check out Chalk Ink on social media (Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter – links found at the top right of their website).

What do you think about Chalk Ink? Have you ever use it before?

In what ways would YOU use Chalk Ink? Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.

Chalk Ink Logo


*I received free product samples in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Homemade Bath Bombs, Salts and Scrubs


Homemade Bath Bombs, Salts and Scrubs

I love bath and body products. I have a really nice collection of products. Some were sent to me to review, some were given to me as gifts and others I purchased myself.

I am a big fan of things like scrubs and soaking salts. I use scrubs pretty much every day as well as lotions to keep my skin moist and hydrated. Other products like soaking salts and bath bombs I use on occasion. Sometimes I enjoy them “just because” and other times I “need” them after a rough day at work or a stressful week.

People will spend a crazy amount of money on bath and body products. Did you know that you can make these products in your own home for just a fraction of the cost? Many bath and body products can be made with just a few simple ingredients too – many of which you might already have on hand.


I sometimes make my own hand scrub with a dash of olive oil and about a 1/2 a teaspoon of sugar. I put the ingredients in my hand, gentle rub my hands together then rinse them off. The sugar acts as an exfoliate to remove dead skin cells and the olive oil helps to moisturize your skin.

You can also use the same ingredients to make a sugar scrub for your lips to remove dead, dry skin. Just be sure to rub carefully because the skin on your lips is thin.

You can find recipes to make your own bath and body products online, but honestly, unless you know specifically what you are looking for you’ll no doubt miss out on a lot of great ideas. I prefer flipping through the pages of a book. That way I an find things I might not have ever thought of before. That is why I am an enjoying the book Homemade Bath Bombs, Salts and Scrubs by Kate Bello that I was sent to review.

Introducing “Homemade Bath Bombs, Salts and Scrubs,” a new collection of 300 easy, fun, DIY recipes to take bath time to the next ahhhh-inducing level.

These personalized creations utilize fragrant petals, powerful essential oils and exotic ingredients, including sage, lavender, peppermint, rose, jasmine, himalayan sea salt and much more.

Made of all-natural ingredients, these bath additions elevate your soak and help to relieve common ailments such as allergies, stress, acne, dry skin, sunburn and more.

If you follow me on Pinterest you’ll see that I have a whole board dedicated to Beauty. There you will find some great DIY beauty recipes.

What I love about this book is that it contains recipes for products I would never think to make. Not only that it gives you information about the ingredients and how they can benefit you.

There are plenty of great recipes to create products to help you create your own at home spa, but this book goes beyond that. It also provides you with recipes to create products to help you with different ailments you might be suffering from such as stress, eczema, arthritis and even the flu.

Salt and shampoo with nettle on board

The directions are super easy to follow. Each recipe provides you with a list of supplies and ingredients you’ll need.

Many ingredients you might already have in your home. Other ingredients you’ll have to shop around for, such as the specific essential oils you might need. I have an assortment of essential oils but I found recipes that require different oils. I have those pages bookmarked so I an refer back to them when I pick up all the ingredients that I need.

I’m impressed by all the wonderful things you can make simply and easily in your own home. Best of all you can make these products to give as gifts to family and friends. You’ll just need some creative packaging like bottles, jars and boxes. I’m sure you can find great ideas at your local dollar store so that you don’t have to spend a fortune.

If you have every been curious about making your own bath and body products, or you want to find a way to make your own so that you can save money, look no further than the book Homemade Bath Bombs, Salts and Scrubs by Kate Bello.

Look for it where ever books are sold (I saw it on Amazon and Barnes & Noble too).

Have you ever made your own bath and body products? Do you have a favorite recipe you would like to share? Feel free to share your thoughts and comments. I always love to hear from readers.

lavender salt


*I received a free sample copy in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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It’s “streaming” cats and dogs!


Our Pets

Are you an animal lover? I sure am. I think our five cats, dog and Goldfish sort of hint to that fact. Plus I would LOVE to have my own working farm, or even an animal sanctuary if we had the money. Sadly, living in a condo is not the most ideal place for cows and chickens. LOL!

I know there are plenty of animals lovers. Most people I know have at least one pet. Even my boss has a cat and she’s allergic to cats. She deals with her allergies because she loves her funny little kitten.

I work with little children and one of the questions I always ask them is if they have any pets, and if so, what kind. I feel like it’s a great way to “break the ice.” Most kids I talk to are happy to talk about their pets. It’s a nice way to get a child comfortable talking with you.

Netflix has a new series that I think would be of great interest to many children and adults. It’s Puss, as in Puss in Boots from the Shrek movie franchise. Of course Puss in Books is a classic story  that dates back hundreds of years. I remember reading the story of Puss in Boots when I was a child, back in the Stone Age. Of course the current “Shrek version” is probably the most popular Puss in Boots characters. After all, how can you not fall in love with his sweet little face?

Puss in Boots sad eyes

The swashbuckling adventure-comedy series, The Adventures of Puss in Boots, comes to Netflix on January 16, 2015.  I haven’t had a chance to check it out yet (since it’s not available until tomorrow) but I plan on watching it. Puss cracks me up in all the Shrek movies and holiday specials.

If you are looking for other movies and shows the feature our furry – and not so furry – friends, here are a few additional suggestions from Netflix.

Little Kids

1. Pet Party
2. Clifford’s Puppy Days
3. Littlest Pet Shop
4. The Adventures of Milo and Otis (love this movie!)
5. Snow Buddies (all of the Buddies films are adorable)
6. Sabrina, The Animated Series

Big Kids

1. The Adventures of Puss in Boots
2. Annie
3. Step Dogs
4. Jumanji
5. Hachi: A Dog’s Tale (this is a sad movie)
6. Air Bud (all the Bud/Buddies movies are cute)
7. Monkey Trouble


1. Anchorman 2
2. Frasier
3. Family Guy
4. Friends
5. Red Dog
6. Wilfred

I have a few other suggestions that are not listed here of out pet themed movies. Pets are not ONLY dogs and cats.

Black Beauty (classic!)

Wiener Dog Nationals (funny, I reviewed it)

Poppy Cat (super cute children’s show)

Charlotte’s Web (classic!)

If you are planning on having a pet/animal themed family movie night, or you are looking for something fun to do inside to stay out of the freezing cold weather, check out this adorable craft idea.

Puss in Boots Bank

Guard your treasures from sticky paws or save up for your first pet with this DIY kitty bank. Click here to learn how to make your own.

I love that it’s supposed to be Puss in Boots. That is a cute idea. I also think that you can use this basic idea and make other creature “piggy banks” – maybe even an actual pig!

While you are enjoying a fun, family movie or series why not indulge in some yummy hot chocolate topped of with a marsh-meow.

cat marshmallows

Channel your inner milk connoisseur with this homemade hot chocolate recipe featuring cat-shaped marshmallows — the purr-fect winter treat! Click here to learn how to make your own.

You can use any shaped cookie cutter you might have too. You could even make a whole zoo!

Do you have pets? What kind of pets do you have? Feel free to tell me about them. I LOVE animals.



*I am a member of the Netflix Steamteam. I received a free membership and other goodies in exchange for my participation. There is no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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