Keep things simple and family-friendly this Halloween with easy Wizard of Oz themed costumes and a healthy Halloween soup recipe that’s perfect before trick-or-treating and loading up on candy.

You have to love a day that starts with art and craft projects for the twins while daddy was with his study group at school and the teenager was napping.

How to make a Halloween mask
This mask-arade kit was given to Marisol for her 3rd birthday by my parents when they came to visit.  It is a handmade kit by Figtree Hollow Crafts & Homewares in Australia.  Unfortunately they don't have a website, but for my Aussie friends here is their location (their kits make fabulous gifts).

Halloween crafts for kids

  Mask craft for kids

  crafts for kids

masquerade mask for kids

While Marisol worked on her mask, Flynn used cookie cutters, foam letters and brushes to make more wrapping paper for our stash … and did a little creative face painting on himself at the same time.

And yes, I did say cookie cutters.  He painted on the top of them with washable paint.  They make a great stamp and are very easy to clean.

Halloween stamping crafts for kids

  Halloween crafts for kids Halloween crafts for kids

When daddy came home from school he took them food shopping (that always gives me a couple of hours of peace) while mummy cleaned the paint off the walls and then it was time to dress up for trick or treating.

This year a combination of me running out of time and realizing that we have far too many little children in our community meant that we toned down our Halloween a lot, both with decorations and dressing up.  Yes I only wore a mask.  But isn't this mask divine.  It's Marisol's.  Yes I borrowed from my 3 year old.  This is a Zid Zid mask.  I coveted it and a few others for the longest time on my wishlist until a friend purchased a couple of them for the twins for their 2nd birthday. 

Wizard of Oz Costume Wizard of Oz Costume


My hungry little trick or treaters came home with bags full of candy.  But, not wanting them to be on a sugar high before bed, this mummy made broccoli and potato soup for them to have with warm dinner rolls before they could indulge in a couple of sugary treats.

Halloween jack o lantern soup

Sorry, no photographs of the teenager.  He's 'too old' for Halloween apparently.  He chose not to partake in dressing up and other family activities, instead deciding to hang out with his new neighborhood friends. 


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Hayley November 1, 2009 - 6:19 pm

The pics are too cute! Great crafts!

cat November 2, 2009 - 2:53 am

They looked adorable! So cute.

TwoHeartsTogether November 2, 2009 - 9:18 am

Those masks are awesome! Heck i would love to wear one of those 🙂 you know I love hearts
Thanks for sharing!

Adrian November 2, 2009 - 10:40 pm

Too old for Halloween? Wish my son felt like that. I had to forcibly restrain him from Trick or Treating at the age of 16 and now at almost 21, he still insists on dressing up in full costume and doing *something* every year for Halloween. Although, I finally have managed to convince him not to Trick or Treat anymore. Having a full-grown bearded man show up at your door demanding candy would freak out just about anyone.

lisa November 4, 2009 - 12:35 am

I came here to see M&F’s halloween costume and was so happy to see you wearing the mask! Kids look adorable, as always. Miss you, my friend. xo lisa

Melissa {is•ly} November 6, 2009 - 11:15 am

Great Halloween mask! Your kid’s costumes are adorable, too!

Sharlene November 13, 2009 - 4:02 pm

I love the mask decorating idea. Maybe I can try that for Mardi Gras. The kids looked so cute in their costumes. oh and I love the shower notetaking and you in super hot dress. Miss ya T!


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