Want a quick and easy way to make Halloween candy a little more fun? Whether you’re handing out treats from home, or tucking a special candy bar into a loved one’s lunch box this week, we’ve got a way to make it extra special.

Halloween Candy PrintablesHalloween Candy Printables

All you need is a color printer, scissors, a stapler, and tape to transform a simple baggie of hard candy, or a ho-hum bar into a frightening vampire, mummy, or Frankenstein.

Halloween Candy Printables

Halloween Candy Printables

To assemble candy bar wrappers:

  • Print out the candy bar wrappers here
  • Cut out individual wrappers.
  • Fold the topper around the candy bar.
  • Tape and enjoy!

 

To assemble treat-bag toppers:

Halloween Candy Printables

  • Print out the treat-bag toppers here.
  • Cut out individual toppers.
  • Assemble a sandwich bag of treats.
  • Fold the topper over the top of the bag.
  • Staple and enjoy!

Halloween Candy Printables

We hope you have a spooky Halloween full of tricks and treats!

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Create a Photo Book that Celebrates All Things Halloween

When you have kids, Halloween is not an end-of-October affair. It’s a month-long (or more!) foray into imaginative play, dramatic dress-up, extravagant decorating and magical thinking. In our household, Halloween encompasses at least one-twelfth of the calendar year and probably a much greater percentage of my children’s mental space. Creating a Halloween photo book to showcase all the activities leading up to the 31st underscores the important themes of togetherness, creativity and fun that come out of a holiday with more surface messages of sugar and scariness. Start with Mixbook’s Halloween photo book template, then add in photographs from the following categories all month long. Decorate your pages with stickers and captions to make your Halloween album a personalized scrapbook you’ll want to print for your family, plus friends and family members near and far.

Halloween Photo Book Ideas

The Decorations
If you’re a parent, you have probably had to work hard to stave off decorating for Halloween until October. This year I gave in and put up decorations on September 30th, so there will be a full month of listening to the animatronic crow cackling at everyone who crosses our threshold. I enlisted the kids’ help and snapped shots of them helping to string up everything from skeletons to cobwebs to chronicle the process of transforming my home for Halloween. A series of photographs that capture the decorating process is ideal for a few pages in the opening section of your Halloween photo book.

The Costumes
Just one disguise? Never! Kids have a way of shape-shifting their way through October, morphing their alternative identity along the way with a combination of costumes accumulated over time. Capture the creative process throughout the month, culminating with the piece de resistance on Halloween night.

How to create a Halloween photo book

The Crafts
Go on Pinterest to search for age-appropriate crafts to do with your children in the coming weeks. Whether you work together to create the creepiest monster door in the neighborhood or you put together a menagerie of Halloween-themed Legos out of orange, black, green and white bricks, it’s great fun to snap pics of your kids and their friends and family members teaming up in the name of Halloween.

Halloween Photo Book Ideas

The Treats
If you have little kids, you are likely familiar with the phenomenon that suddenly the most everyday food becomes spooky. Hamburgers are haunted, pancakes are possessed, smoothies are scary. Chronicle the transformation of everyday foods to fiendish fare over the course of the month.

The Carving
Collect photos of the carving of jack-o-lanterns – everything from picking the perfect gourd to scooping out the ghoulish insides and carving a demonic face. Use low-light settings to be sure you capture nighttime photos optimally.

Halloween Photo Book Ideas

The Big Night
Last but not least, chronicle the candy-fueled night of trick-or-treating starting with costumes and make-up, moving on to traipsing house-to-house, then spiraling into candy-trading and sugar-crashing. Remember that quick-fire series photos can beautifully (and often hilariously) capture a progression of events that will conjure up happy times for years to come.

Halloween Photo Book Ideas

Happy Halloween! Keep those Halloween memories un-dead!

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4 Fun and Easy Kid-Friendly Halloween Party Ideas

There’s something about a Halloween bash that captivates kids of all ages. License to act goofy and partake in fun activities like getting messy with gourds and working hard to look ugly rather than pretty has broad appeal. So give in to the once-a-year fun that kicks off a season of more serious celebrating with a party that’s spooky or silly complete with ridiculous snacks and crazy costumes.

Haunted House
Whether you hang up a few ghosts, a cackling crow and a jumping spider or you go all out in the spirit of Claire Dunphy on Modern Family, it’s fun to host a Halloween party with a haunted house theme. Send out one of Mixbook’s great haunted-house themed party invitations, then enlist your kids to help decorate with everything from cobwebs and cauldrons to bats and rats. They’ll love coming up with ingenious ways to scare friends and family who arrive unsuspecting. Designate a single area as the scary spot, say the garage or the basement, so that younger kids and parents can retreat to non-spooky zones of the house. For snacks, set out crepe paper wrapped waters or juices to resemble mummies, and serve them alongside some of these amazing non-candy Halloween snacks.

Halloween Party Snacks

Halloween Party Invitations

Halloween Party Invites

Costume Party
Who doesn’t love a great costume party?! Host a party on or around Halloween so that kids and adults alike can embody an alternate persona for an afternoon or evening. Send out Mixbook’s Halloween Polka Dotted party invitation, indicating whether the dress-up code has a specific theme – like Pokemon, Superheroes or Teen Titans – or not. Plan to give out prizes in multiple categories, from ‘most creative’ to ‘most realistic’ to ‘hardest to recognize.’ Set up a photo booth to capture everyone’s alternate identities, then compile the photos from your party in a fun post-even party favor – a mini Halloween Mixbook photo book!

Halloween Party Invitations

Pumpkin-Carving Party
Invite friends and family over for an afternoon or evening of pumpkin carving a few days before Halloween. Send out one of Mixbook’s pumpkin-carving themed invitations, indicating whether it’s BYOG (bring-your-own-gourd) or not. Have newspaper-wrapped tables set up for the messy work of cleaning pumpkins, including scoops, bowls for seeds, pumpkin-carving tools, tea lights and matches. Designate one adult to help with each station, including one to wash, dry and roast pumpkin seeds. Have a big pot of mulled cider on the stove along with big mugs for addressing the new chill in the air. Keep it simple with seeds and cider for snacks or put out any one of the snacks listed in this great collection of non-sugar Halloween snacks.

Pumpkin Silhouettes
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Halloween Party Invites

Monster Bash
Host a Halloween party that celebrates the best monsters of all time, from Frankenstein to Scully. Send out Mixbook’s Frankenstein invitation, indicating that guests should come dressed as their favorite monster. Set the scene by decorating your entryway with a custom Monster Door and Monster Windows. Serve up Monster cookies, fruit bowls and monster mouths, then play a rollicking game of monster beanbag toss. For a fun kid-friendly craft, have kids make monster party hats. Remember to take lots of pictures and create a fun photo book after the event to remember your monstrously successful party!

Halloween Party Invitations

Halloween Party Ideas

Happy Mixbooking! Happy Halloween partying!

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Start Thinking About Your 2014 Holiday Card!

We are thrilled to announce that the Mixbook 2014 Holiday Card Collection is here! Time to start thinking about that one beautiful photo or group of photos you’ll make into a collage and send out to friends and family to encapsulate your year – and spread joy (or humor, or both) far and wide.

Holiday Photo Cards

MONOGRAM
Always classic, ever stylish, and universally appealing, a simple monogram in a pop of red is a striking counterpoint to a collage of black-and-white photos. By using all black-and-white photos (or converting color photos to b/w) you create an easy way to visually unify photos taken in different light conditions and at different times of the year. Mixbook’s Classic Collage Monogram card featuring a single typographic seal front and center is a sophisticated and fun choice for your yearly holiday greeting card.

Classic Holiday Cards

GLITTER & DOTS
Perky polka dots take a chic turn when covered in golden glitter. Mixbook’s Glitter and Dots card is ideal for a family greeting that’s fun enough for the kids and stylish enough for the grown-ups. Use the back to share a beautiful quote about wishes for the coming year, or add your own text or more photos.

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CHALKBOARD
There’s something about a series of snowy photos that looks amazing set off by a hand-doodled chalk background. The vibe is warm, homemade, artful and fun. Mixbook’s Chalkboard Holiday card lets you showcase several photos in hand-drawn chalkboard frames.

Holiday Photo Cards

KRAFT PAPER & WASHI TAPE
Warm and happy by nature, there’s nothing like the pairing of Kraft paper and washi tape to invoke crafty coziness and homespun fun. Mixbook’s Show Merry Mod card creates a balanced composition out of a fun and festive mix of design elements on a neutral background. A grid of photographs on both front and back lets you show off the many moments of fun shared with family this year.

Holiday Photo Card

ART DECO
Gatsby mania was so last year! We’re kidding, of course: Fitzgerald’s work is timeless and Art Deco style is for the ages. We love this modern, minimalist take on a highly ornate design trend that’s leaps and bounds beyond Baz. Mixbook’s Merry Deco card feels clean, fresh and unique.

Holiday Photo Cards

METALLICS
An enchanted mixture of gilded evergreen and other woodland treasures, Mixbook’s Gold Leaves is a fresh alternative to the overabundance of red and green. The scene invokes a Scandinavian winter wonderland filled with natural beauty and wholesome fun.

Holiday Photo Card

Once you’ve chosen a design, let your creative wheels start turning! Go back into the photos from your year and select images that would work well in one of Mixbook’s holiday card designs – you can create many iterations in many different templates till you find the perfect combination of your photography and Mixbook’s beautiful card designs. Mixbook will save all your projects online until you’re ready to order.

But remember, the earlier you order, the more relaxed you’ll be about getting your cards in the mail!

Happy Mixbooking!

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As hard as it can be to say goodbye to summer, it’s always a bit of a relief to be able to turn inward once the air turns crisp and the leaves go orange. Not only do I give myself permission to stay indoors for a change, I tend to have the sudden urge to make soup, bake bread, and pull my family a little closer.

Fall Photo Projects

It’s not by accident that the upcoming holidays are all about celebrating family. So channel the craving for connection with loved ones into creating a book that everyone will cherish. Mixbook has four new book themes that are perfect for capturing the beauty of autumn and beyond. A new photo book will reinforce those deep feelings of connection, filling kids with pride of family and making adults stop in awe to reflect on all they have. And making copies of your photo books for family members and close friends near and far is a heart-warming gift everyone will love – whether the occasion is Thanksgiving, Christmas or just because.

Have An Adventure
Choose Shades of Autumn, Natural Textures or Rustic Family Album to showcase all the fun you share over the next few weeks. You can even take a few planned adventures to maximize your enjoyment of fall. Head to a harvest festival or go pumpkin picking, and take a hike to view (and stomp on) beautiful leaves.

“Shades of Autumn”
Autumn Photo Books“Colored Canvases”
Fall Photo Books“Natural Textures”
Natural Textures Photo Book“Rustic Family Album”
Rustic Family Album

Dress the Part
Pull on boots, cozy sweaters, colorful hats and sip steaming hot mulled cider for a fun autumn photo shoot in a field of dried grasses or with a backdrop of vibrant trees. Shoot lots of photographs so you can play around with a series to evoke movement and energy in your photo book compositions.

fall photo idea

Fill Out the Year
If your autumnally inspired urge to gather photos compels you to go further with collecting pictures from the entire year – go with it! Mixbook’s Seasons of Love photo book provides a layout that’s perfect for including highlights from every season – including fall! You can create 90% of the book now, then go in and add photos of Halloween, Thanksgiving and early Christmas parties – ordering mid-December for the perfect holiday gift for every loved one.

Fall Family Photo Books

Get a Head Start on Holiday Cards
Fall also happens to be a perfectly picturesque time to have a photo session with a professional or amateur photographer. Autumn light is particularly flattering and natural settings have a way of lending themselves to cozy shots with family. Choose a rustic style to set off your holiday photo card and check that project off your list early! Some of our favorite designs that frame fall photographs beautifully are:

Whimsical Wood
Holiday Photo CardsMerry Blocks
2014 Holiday CardsGold and Silver Pinecones
Fall Photo CardsGold Leaves
Fall Photo Projects

Happy Mixbooking!

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