Halloween FUN with Family Fun Magazine (Giveaway!)

Ghost and Goblins every where are anxiously waiting for October 31st to come around so that they can parade around town in their best Halloween costume and pick up some tasty treats along the way.

Some children are still undecided as to what they are going to be, like my daughter. Back in the day when I was a child I always made my own costumes. My sister is very talented and she created some wonderful costumes for my niece and nephew over the years. Some children and parents prefer to put on their thinking caps and come up with unique and creative costume ideas rather then hand over $40+ to purchase a costume.

If you are someone who enjoys making Halloween costumes, but are in need of some inspiration, then you need to check out the very special Halloween edition of Family Fun magazine.

I have been turning to Family Fun magazine over the years for all my crafty inspirations and fun recipes to prepare for my children. I have saved pretty much every issue since day one. Here is just part of my collection of Family Fun magazines.

My husband has been bugging me for years to get rid of them. I don’t want to because the pages are packed with so many wonderful ideas. I suppose one day I’ll have to get rid of most of them and just keep a few favorites, but for now I’m happy to leave them “as is”.

Family Fun magazines special Halloween edition is sold in store, it is not part of the regular subscription issues. It can be found at bookstores, grocery stores and where ever magazines are sold.

I have read the magazine from cover to cover and I am in awe of the brilliant ideas. Not only do they have directions to make the coolest little “Monster Toes” snack treats (seen at the bottom right of the right page) but they also have easy to make Halloween costumes for your little Ghosts and Goblins. Some of the costumes do require you to have more then a basic knowledge of sewing but most of the costumes can be whipped up by novices like me.

Some of the ideas I recall seeing in past issues, however I did notice a few things that were new to me like the super adorable Garden Gnome costumes.

Did you know that Family Fun also makes fun craft kits? The kits come in a “spooktacular” variety of activities sure to please your children. The kits include Halloween Tie Dye, B00-tiful Balloons, Creepy Creatures and Pumpkin Pals, to name a few. These special kits are sold at Wal-mart stores across the country. Each kit sells for around $5.00. That is a small price to pay for fun activity you and your children can do together.

We have the Stepping Stone kit which allows my kids to make a cute pumpkin stepping stone. Since we don’t have a yard we’ll set it on a decorative plate stand and use it as a decoration in our home.

The kit came with everything we needed including the mold, plaster, mixing stick, paint, paint brush and gloves. The instructions were super easy to follow. All we had to do was mix the plaster with some warm water, mix it thoroughly and then smooth out the top. We were able to mix it inside the mold too so there is no extra clean up.

Unfortunately I don’t have a photo of the finished product. I’ll have to upload that later on. We prepared this on Sunday and its still in the mold. The recommend that the plaster be left for 24 hours to completely dry. We’re just leaving it in the mold until the weekend so that my kids can “un-mold” it and paint it. They are already fighting over who gets to paint it so one of my kids will paint the pumpkin part and the other can paint a design on the back.

Family Fun also carries other cool kits, also available at Wa-mart, for around the same price.

To learn more about the Halloween craft kits you can visit  http://familyfun.go.com/halloween/halloween-2010/familyfun-craft-kits-898716/.

For more information about Family Fun please visit FamilyFun.go.com.

Family Fun would like to give a lucky reader a Halloween craft kit AND the special edition Halloween magazine. The giveaway will include one randomly selected kit and a copy of the Halloween magazine. Thanks Family Fun!

Since time is of the essence this will be a quick giveaway.

To enter please visit the Family Fun website, http://familyfun.go.com, look around then come back here and comment on another fun craft or recipe idea that you really liked. You can either give me the specific name or leave the URL.

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– Subscribe to She Scribes and/or Connect with Google Friend Connect. Both options are found on the right side bar.

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– Use any of the social networking buttons located at the bottom of this post to promote this review/giveaway. Don’t forget to tell me what you did and if possible provide a name and/or URL so I can check.

This giveaway is open to US residents only and will end on October 23, 2010 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen from all eligible entries using a random number generator. The winner will be notified via e-mail and needs to reply promptly (no later then 3 days) with a name and mailing address or a new winner will be chosen.

Other great giveaways can be found on the right side bar under “Win It”.


*I received a free sample copy of both products in order to faciliate this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own.

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About Kimberly

Kimberly Vetrano resides in the suburbs of New York City with her family and "mini zoo" consisting of five cats, a dog and a Goldfish. Kimberly is a teacher's assistant for a Kindergarten class. When she is not working or blogging, Kimberly enjoys taking photos of nature and hanging out with family and friends.


  1. I love Family Fun! I used to get it in mail before I had to cut back on all mags and extra things. Now I pick it up when I can. I needed to declutter so I made a “Fun Activities” scrapbook which is an old photo album filled with crafts/ recipes and other great activities that I clipped and tore out of the old mags (which I then recycled). Those ghost milk jugs are in it! In fact, I think we’ll make thenm thi syear 🙂 I also love the cute gourds they decorated http://familyfun.go.com/crafts/gorgeous-gourds-710644/
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  2. Thanks for the heads up to follow them on Twitter 🙂 @janflora
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  3. PS: I also made those Hot Dog Mummies you can see in the picture. THe kiddos LOVED them- very easy 🙂
    And I tweeted this 🙂 http://twitter.com/janflora/status/27831780122
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  4. I like the Bat-o’-Lanterns craft.

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  9. I love the Bat-o’-Lantern craft!
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  10. Suburban Prep says:

    The Handprint Pumpkin Pie is a great way to get the child involved in the preparation of the family holiday meal.

  11. Suburban Prep says:

    I follow via subscribe and google friend.

  12. The Easy recipes~Wow! I absolutely love the M is for Mini Monster Cupcake~ Clever, clever, clever!
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  13. I follow @FamilyFun on twitter
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  14. The Flapping Bat craft looks like it would be fun to do with the kids this Halloween!
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  18. Kelly Ann T. says:

    My favorite craft is the Bat-o’-Lanterns

  19. I like the Turkey Breadbasket craft!

  20. forked eyeballs

  21. I like the Cheese Finger Food recipe. Really easy, but, super cute and healthy.

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  26. minishoes1 says:

    The pumpkin icecream pie looks yummy! What a great site so many ideas and great costume ideas! Thanks! jacquecurl1(at)gmail(dot)com

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  28. Love the “Rotten Apple Punch” idea- looks disgusting and delicious at the same time!

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  31. I like Ghost Disguised as a Pumpkin

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  34. I absolutely LOVE that magazine. I’ve been dying to get the supplement.
    I made their forked eyeballs last year and we enjoyed them
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  37. JoyfulTxGal says:

    I love Family Fun’s Costume section. Everything’s pretty simple to pull together and super adorable! Great ideas!!

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    I like Pumpkins with Personality craft

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  44. I know my son would love the Bat-O-Lantern craft!
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  45. I really liked the Craft Stick Mummy.

  46. I think the bat o’ lanterns are great.

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  48. I like the Hazelnut, White Chocolate, and Pumpkin Cheesecake recipe.

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  50. Tonya Dean says:

    They have some great ideas. I like these Halloween eyes you can make called Eye See you – here’s the link. http://familyfun.go.com/crafts/eye-see-you-930963/


  51. The recipe for Hairy Daddy Longlegs Cupcakes looks great.

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    i subscribe thanks

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  60. I like the spirit jugs

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  62. http://familyfun.go.com/halloween/halloween-crafts/halloween-bat-crafts/bats-and-spiders-662124/

    The bats and spiders craft is my favorite. My sons would love to try that!
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  66. I enjoyed looking at the 15 Hauntingly healthy Halloween Snacks..cute and simple ideas!! I like the Apple bites and the Edible eyeballs.

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  68. Diane Baum says:

    I like the turkey breadbasket craft

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