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  • Posted October 19, 2012

    Simple and fun ideas!

    Matthew Mead has such a wonderful talent of taking easy to find objects and foods, and then transforming them into crafts and treats that are eye catching and have a great sense of style. This book has lots of great food, craft, party and decorating ideas for the ever increasingly popular Halloween holiday. I especially loved all of the candy creations that Matthew makes, including the adorable skeleton party favor with tootsie roll arms, smartie legs and a lollipop head and the store bought peanut butter cups that he embellishes with Autumn colored candies to make them extra special. My kids’ favorite edible craft were the gumdrop witches, cats and other creatures. We had such a fun time making them from different colored gumdrops and we enjoyed coming up with a few extra monsters and ghosties of our own!

    Simple ideas abound, like using food coloring to turn a layer cake into a stunning party centerpiece with its black and orange stripes. Whoopie pies and meringues are perfect for the season when you use Halloween colors to dress them up. There are also detailed suggestions for several parties, including the elaborate Three Ring Circus party, which is based on the vintage circus style. I collect vintage children’s books and I love this old fashioned look and Matthew’s party games, treats, masks and more, all work together to make an ideal party for Halloween. I appreciated that he included the vintage clip art and craft patterns in the back of the book, so I could just photo copy them and have them ready to use. I’m sure I will turn to the easy and excellent ideas in Halloween With Matthew Mead year after year.

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