Links We Love: DIY Monster-rific Candy Jars and More Super-Spooky Halloween Crafts and Activities

Eek! It's getting scarily close to Halloween. Wondering what to do/make/buy before the boo-tiful day? Get inspired by these ideas from some of our favorite bloggers...

Make a Monster-rific Candy Jar
Need help passing out goodies to the mobs of superheroes, princesses and goblins? Craft an adorably spooky container so trick-or-treaters can help themselves. Craftberry Bush shows how to do it with a recycled soda bottle -- draw a ghoulish face, cut out a hole for the mouth and paint it a devilish shade or red or an eerie blue. These monsters are the perfect spot to scoop up Skittles and M&M's. For more clever Halloween crafts to try this weekend, see iVillage's roundup of our favorite blogger ideas.

Get Dolled up For Halloween
Family portraits are usually for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hannukah and New Year's, but why not get started early? Ramblings of a Crazy Woman has a last-minute craft idea your kids can do in minutes. Color and cut out bodies of skeletons, monsters, mummies and witches from a coloring book (or draw your own), and glue on your own faces from family snapshots. To make them even sturdier, glue the pics to posterboard -- instant paper dolls!

Send an October 31 E-Card
Everyone sends holiday cards -- but not everyone sends out Halloween greetings! Cocodot has the cutest selection of festive e-cards you can deliver to all your favorite ghosts and goblins with just a few clicks. Friends and family will get a kick out of a happy pumpkin or haunted house appearing in their inbox.

Cook a Delish Pre-Trick-or-Treating Dish
If you're trying to curb the candy this month (really, it gets out of control, right?), feed your kids a hearty meal before hitting up the neighbors for treats. Weelicious shares recipes for super-quick crock pot dishes like Mexican tortilla lasagna and chicken chili verde. Just toss in the ingredients, turn the crock pot on and finish up the decorating and costume-perfecting while dinner cooks. (And click here for three easy ways to get your kids to eat green veggies from the new Weelicious cookbook!)
 

More To Explore:  Don't miss our Easy Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids!

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