Easy Halloween Party Favors

Easy Halloween Party Favors


Making these easy pumpkin Halloween Party Favors is such a cute giveaway! Even if you are not hosting a party, you can bring these as a hostess gift or to hand out to students as a party favor during a school class party. These cute little tissue paper pumpkins are so simple to assemble and they are extremely cost effective. You definitely don’t have to worry about breaking the bank on these pumpkins. All you need is candy, orange tissue paper and green tape – that’s it, just three supplies!

My tip – At first, I tried using a single sheet of tissue paper, but found that you can see through the tissue paper and it took away from the solid orange pumpkin effect that I was after. Also, a single sheet of tissue paper will tend to tear more easily, so I doubled up and used two sheets per pumpkin. You can save yourself some time by folding the tissue paper into layers. Two standard sheets of tissue paper can be folded into fourths and the 8-inch cake pan fits perfectly into the size! Happy crafting!


| you’ll need orange tissue paper, green tape and candy |


| using an 8-inch round cake pan, trace the perimeter of the pan onto the tissue paper |


| cut out the circles, you can cut many layers of tissue paper at a time |


| add your favorite candy |


| lift the sides of the tissue paper to form a ball and twist the ends |


| using a small piece of green tape, wrap the ends of the tissue paper to make the stem of the pumpkin |


| if needed, cut off any excess tissue paper |



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Halloween Treats – Frankenstein Rice Krispies



| Frankenstein Rice Krispies wrapped up in treat bags and tied with a bow |

Hi guys, did you have a great weekend? I certainly hope so! My weekend was a little out of the ordinary – in a very fun way. I spent most of Saturday preparing for a live TV segment that aired on Sunday morning for WTNH News 8 Good Morning Connecticut with anchor, Stephanie Simoni. It aired at 7:15am and that’s pretty early for a Sunday morning and I hope that most of you were still snuggled up in bed! I thought you might like to see some photos that I took in the News 8 Station Studio, and I’ve also included a link to the broadcast in case you are interested in seeing it.

Stephanie asked me to stay behind to do a video for their Facebook page, it is longer and much more relaxed because we didn’t have to watch the clock. Click here to watch the Facebook video. The link will take you to Stephanie’s Facebook page and the video should be in the top left. To get to the Frankenstein Rice Krispies Treat just scroll down…


| me and Stephanie Simoni on the set at News 8 Connecticut |

Today marks the first day in another week-long series dedicated to one of the best holidays of the year. Halloween! Depending on where you live, you might be Trick or Treating on Saturday. In Connecticut, we typically trick or treat on Halloween, regardless of whether it’s a school night. Either way, it is just around the corner and I have some fun and creative DIY Halloween goodies to share with you. Each one is easy to make and kid-friendly, except for the wicked cocktail that will debut on Friday! If you are new to Connecticut in Style, I did a similar week-long series about Halloween-themed ideas and inspo, check here to take you to a blog post that will show you all the things I did last year: Candy Corn Cake, Spider Cupcakes, Mummy Juice Boxes, S’Mores Witches’ Hats and the Suffering Bastard Cocktail.

Halloween Treats – Frankenstein Rice Krispies

I LOVE Rice Krispies Treats! When I was pregnant with Catherine I craved these like crazy and for whatever reason, they helped take the edge of my morning sickness. When it came time to planning content for Halloween, I made two Rice Krispies Treats this year. First were adorable pumpkins, click here to see the post. Next up is my favorite monster, Frankenstein.


Here is the recipe, instructions and step-by-step photos. I hope you enjoy!


  • Two 10 ounce bags of mini marshmallows (save a dozen for the neck bolts)
  • 1/2 stick of sweet butter
  • Two drops of yellow and six drops of green food coloring
  • Five cups of Rice Krispies Cereal
  • 1/2 cup of melted chocolate, I used chocolate chips
  • Candy eyes (available at kitchen and craft stores)



Step 1 – Put the mini marshmallows in a large microwave oven safe bowl and heat for one minute. Add 1/2 stick of sweet butter to the mini marshmallows and heat for another minute. Stir until butter and marshmallows are blended.


Step 2 – Add 2 drops of yellow and 6 drops of green food coloring


Step 3 – Mix food coloring into melted marshmallow mixture


This is the color you are aiming for, a sickly green!


Step 4 – Add five cups of Rice Krispies Cereal and mix until combined


Step 5 – Spray a pan with cooking oil spray and press the mixture into the pan evenly, allow to cool


Step 6 – Once the Rice Krispies have cooled, cut into squares


Step 7 – Using a spoon, paint on Frankenstein’s hair using the melted chocolate


Step 8 & 9 – Using melted chocolate as your “glue” add candy eyes and mini marshmallow neck bolts (the neck bolts in the photo are too high, they look more like ears so I ended up moving them down)


Step 10 – Put some of the melted chocolate into a plastic bag, cut a small opening in one corner (to make a piping bag) and draw on the mouth.


I suggest putting them clear plastic party favor bags and tying them with a festive ribbon.



Frankenstein Rice Krispies Treats

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Favorite Things


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| my standard attire for this time of year |

Happy Friday! What’s with the weather y’all? This week in Connecticut, we’ve seen highs in the 80’s. Of course this warm weather arrives only minutes after I have switched out my spring/summer clothes for fall/winter. I know what you are thinking and it has something to do with the words: you might want to check the weather forecast. Actually, the summer-like temperatures have allowed me to put the final coat of paint on our Adirondack chairs that will help me get one step closer to finishing a little project.

I’ve been working on creating a cozy little area on our patio to enjoy wine by a fire pit on sultry fall evenings and it’s almost ready to reveal. In addition to that, I’m spending the weekend working on creating a few more treats that I want to share with you as we prepare for the last week before Halloween! Have a wonderful weekend xo


| pumpkins with attitude |


| this is our new favorite bedtime story, it is wickedly delightful! |


| proving that once again, cheetah is a neutral |


| favorite find this week at Target, a $3.00 thick felt clutch that can be used for so many things |

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How to make a Silk Tassel Pendant


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Over a year ago, I blogged about how to make a tassel necklace. To see the post, click here. A reader recently asked me where she could find the instructions to make the actual silk tassel pendant and I realized that I had neglected to add that post, so sorry! Below are the instructions and step-by-step photos, thanks Raegan for reminding me about this!

DIY Tassel Necklace finished 2

| above tassel pendant was made using a machine-made silk tassel, but the instructions are the same |

How to make a Silk Tassel Pendant

Please note: These instructions are for a 3″ long silk tassel, the two beads I added made it 4″ long total.


  • 2 yards of silk thread, I used 0.90 mm thick silk thread for a 3″ long pendant
  • a piece of cardboard to wrap the (I used a standard size business card)
  • Bead cap (used to cover the head of the tassel)
  • G-S Hypo Cement (used to glue the bead cap to the head of the tassel)
  • 5″ long piece of wire with a loop at the end, 22 gauge (similar size gauges will work too as long as it fits through the bead hole)
  • 8 or 10mm Crystal Pave Bead (or whatever you like)
  • Square Bead (or whatever you like)
  • Pliers, round-nose preferably (used to make the loop)
  • jump ring (used to attach the pendant to the necklace)



| cut two pieces of silk thread |


| place one piece of thread horizontally across the top of a business card, then wrap the silk thread around it about 80 times or until desired thickness |


| slide the thread up and tie it tightly in a square knot |


| carefully remove the business card being sure to keep the tassel flat and untangled |


| take the second piece of thread and wrap it around the top of the tassel several times and then knot it – to make the head |


| slide the wire up through the head of the tassel, the loop at the end of the wire will prevent it from coming through the top, especially after you cement the bead cap over the head of the tassel |


| apply the cement to the inside of the bead cap and slide it down over the wire and firmly onto the head of the tassel, allow to dry for 10-15 minutes |


| slide the square bead and then the pave bead onto the wire and using round-nose pliers, form a loop |


| wrap the open end of the wire around the base of the loop a couple of times (this is called wire wrapping) |

Finally, add a jump ring to the loop you made at the top of the tassel and then attach the pendant to the necklace with the jump ring. For a great tutorial on how to make tassels, click here.


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Cutest Halloween Rice Krispies Treat!


Cutest Halloween Rice Krispies Treat!



These little Rice Krispie pumpkins are so CHARMING! They are super easy to make, it took me less than 30 minutes and I love how they turned out. I made one small batch using a 10 ounce bag of mini marshmallows, half of a stick of sweet butter, two cups of Rice Krispies cereal, about 6 drops of orange food coloring, Rolos candy (for the stem) and green M&Ms (for the leaf). Step-by-step photos, instructions and recipe follows.




  1. I found this idea on Pinterest and after doing a little research and reading about all the problems other “bakers” were having with the rice krispies sticking to their hands – I decided to use an ice cream scoop to form the balls.
  2. After you form the balls, insert one Rolo into the center and add one green M&M before the Rice Krispie cools. One of the advantages of pushing the Rolo into the ball is that it flattens the ball and makes it look more like a real Cinderella pumpkin!


| 10 ounce bag of mini marshmallows, Rolos candy and green M&Ms |


| microwave the mini marshmallows for one minute, add 1/2 stick of sweet butter and microwave for another minute |


| add about 6 drops of food coloring, you can also combine red and yellow if you don’t have orange |


| stir the food coloring into the melted marshmallow and butter |


| this is the color I ended with |


| add two cups of Rice Krispies cereal and gently combine all ingredients |


| use an ice cream scoop to form the balls, trust me – do not use your hands |


| put the pumpkins on a sheet of wax paper and push in one Rolo and add a green M&M |


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