Friday, September 14, 2012

Casper Cups and Candy Corn: a classic welcome to the season and projects for kids


Peek-a-BOO!  These little Casper the friendly ghost cups are the closest thing to scary Halloween we'll likely ever have in our house. 



A lonnnng time ago (2009) ;) I shared an after school treat of CANDY CORN CUPCAKES.  That was back when cupcakes became super popular and hit our world with a whirlwind of creative cool, followed by the donut craze, and then macaroons, what's next?  In that candycorn sunshine post  I shared our family's sentiments on why we don't celebrate Halloween.  But then this year happened and I let this adorable little Casper ghost peek-a-boo his way into our home.  As soon as I thought of this after school snack idea, I decided that a little friendly ghost couldn't hurt anything.


I was inspired to make these cups after seeing monster cups on Pinterest via this fun blog: A Turtle's Life for Me.   I also thought about my turkey cups the boys and I made one year for Thanksgiving!


 See HERE for details on these turkey cups




These are just as easy as they look to make! 

CLEAR CUPS. 
BLACK SHARPIE. 
GLUE GUN.  
MILK. 
WIDE-EYED KIDS. 


This was an after school treat to kick off the early fall season!  We each made our own Casper Cup, filled them with milk to make it like a ghost, and served it with candy corn and grapes.


 We've never had tv, but I let the boys watch an old classic episode of Casper the Friendly Ghost on Cameron's kid computer.



Adorable with a mouth...



And mysterious without a mouth...




 This reminds of a kid's fun day fall kick off we did last year at my Mom's!  We spent an afternoon making fall cheese and apple slices, sliced caramel apples, and watching Charlie Brown's The Great Pumpkin. 

This year = Casper Cups & CandyCorn while watching Casper the Friendly Ghost.

Last year = Sliced Caramel Apples while watching Charlie Brown's Great Pumpkin.


To see details on how to make Sliced Caramel Apples see HERE.



One.More.Thing.

If you want fun PUMPKIN PROJECTS to do with your little people (or without!) I have a mini collection here on the blog. These are projects I did quite awhile ago but they're still fun TODAY.  

1) toilet paper pumpkins that I made when I was "kind of" newly married in 2002!
2) dryer vent pumpkins that I made when I had a house full of toddlers in 2004!




I'll be sharing A LOT more fall ideas {both old and new} in upcoming posts!

I'm an autumn girl. 
 My arms are stretched wide open waiting to embrace 
 the sound of crunching leaves under my Ugg boots,
the feel of my fingers getting warm while clutching a mug of cozy apple cider or hot soup,
 the sight of our world colored in a
 burnt orange and golden yellow canvas. 

"It is only the farmer who faithfully plants seeds in the spring,
who reaps a harvest in autumn."
B. C. Forbes




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9 comments:

Aimee Christian said...

Love the casper cups. I think I might have to make those with the mummy hot dogs we do (def more silly than scary). I'm not a fan of the scary in Halloween either, but we love dressing up as a family. This year the kids are going as the kids in Narnia.

Amy said...

That is so simple but SO cute and festive for the season! Would you consider sharing it here?
http://www.oneartsymama.com/2012/09/shine-on-fridays-45-and-giveaway.html

Lindy@Itsy Bitsy Paper said...

Those Casper Cups are So cute! I hope you will link up to my Wickedly Creative Halloween Ideas Party if you haven't already.

http://www.itsybitsypaperblog.com/2012/09/2012-wickedly-creative-halloween-ideas.html

Mary Ellen said...

Such a cute and inexpensive idea on your casper cups!

Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes said...

I'm hosting an It's Fall Y'all ~ Linky Party. I would love for you to share this, and any other Fall projects you have! Hope to see you there :)

Linda @ it all started with paint said...

That is such a great idea! I wish my kiddies were still kiddies so I could make them some Casper cups!

Oh, and I just linked up my very own dryer vent pumpkin ...

:)

Linda

Annie One Can Cook! said...

How cute and fun! Growing up, I loved watching Casper (heck, I still do!)--I'll have to remember this for when I have kids. Thanks for sharing--I'm your newest follower.

tiffany lagrange said...

How adorable and simple are these! So cute! I love the little mouth!

Marie {Make and Takes} said...

Love me some googly eyes. Too cute!