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4 Things To Do For Halloween In Saint Louis, Missouri (For Adults)

Everybody likes a good Halloween party. As we quickly approach the last weekend before Halloween, there are more than a couple adult appropriate parties going on. So, get a babysitter for the kids and head out for some Halloween fun yourself. Just make sure you have a designated driver. Be safe, everybody!

The Halloween Party That Shall Not Be Named

Ballpark Village hosts The Halloween Party That Shall Not Be Named

Attention all wizards!

Johnnie Brock’s Dungeon and Ballpark Village team up again to throw the BIGGEST Halloween bash in St. Louis! Don’t miss The Halloween Party that Shall Not be Named with…you guessed it…your favorite magical theme for 2017! This themed party includes access to 4 different restaurants and bars, video DJ entertainment, wizarding characters, and our epic costume contest with a $7,500 prize package! Not to mention each venue will be decked out in all things magical from the train station to the great hall. Specialty themed drinks onsite available for purchase. TRUE FANS WILL NOT WANT TO MISS THIS!

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$10 GA advance ticket will permit guests 21+ into participating party venues. GA ticket includes admission only, specialty drink menu, full bar and food available for purchase. Specialty themed drinks onsite available for purchase. GA ticket price increases day of to $20, so purchase your ticket in advance.

Perfect for all those Harry Potter fans who grew up with the series.

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601 Clark Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63102
Phone: 314-345-9481

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The Legendary Central West End Halloween

The Legendary Central West End Halloween

St. Louis’ most legendary Halloween party returns Saturday, Oct. 28!

Festivities kick off with fun daytime activities for the whole family, including a children’s costume parade, trick-or-treating at neighborhood businesses and a pet costume contest for all your furry friends. Then, as the sun sets, the party continues with an adults-only bash and costume contest, known for its elaborate, complex and outrageous costumes.

2 p.m. | Live entertainment on the main stage at Maryland & Euclid, featuring music, fire dancers and more!

6 p.m. | Registration for the adults-only costume contest opens at the stage. Be sure to register early to secure your spot.

6 p.m.-midnight | Adults-only party, featuring a DJ, fire dancers, hula hoop dancers and more.

8-10 p.m. | Adults-only costume contest. The top 10 finalists will be announced at 9:30 p.m., and the top three winners at 10 p.m. You must be present for the final round of judging to win.

The CWE Halloween party is FREE and open to the public. Events take place at the intersection of Maryland and Euclid except as noted.

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1 Maryland Plaza
St. Louis, MO 63108
I have noted the CWE Drunken Fish address, as it sits on that intersection.

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St. Louis Brewers Guild Halloween Party

St. Louis Brewers Guild Halloween Party

What better way to celebrate All Hallow’s Eve than a beer festival?

The St. Louis Brewers Guild Halloween Party features breweries from throughout the St. Louis region pouring samples of what they do best, live music, great food, wild costumes, a Hefe Ride (think hay-ride with kegs on it), and more, all in historic Lafayatte Park!

This is a 21 and up event. Event tickets gain access to the festival, live music, and local food vendors and includes a commemorative tasting glass and samples from our local breweries. Food is not included with the price of ticket. Food trucks, food vendors and retail vendors will be onsite for attendees to purchase whatever they want. Designated Driver tickets will be available for purchase at the gate day-of for $5. Bring a blanket or camping chairs if you want, or just share the picnic tables provided by the park. And don’t forget to wear your Halloween costume because there will be prizes for the best dressed (individual & couple or group).

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Lafayette Park
2023 Lafayette Ave
St. Louis, MO 63104

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Schlafly’s Full Moon Festival

Schlafly Full Moon Festival

Come join us by the fire for our Full Moon Festival on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 4 PM – 10 PM. Cheers to the season with Schlafly fall beers, plenty of roasted pigs, six big bonfires, a chili cook-off with top chefs, live music and more all under the harvest moon at Schlafly Bottleworks.

Guests are invited to celebrate under the November full moon while enjoying Schlafly’s seasonal beers such as: White Lager, Pumpkin Ale, Hard Apple Cider, Pilsner, Coffee Stout, and more.

For the food, the Schlafly culinary team will be roasting eight whole hogs. Guests can purchase a Pig Platter with pulled pork sandwich and two sides such as braised greens, braised greens, mac and cheese, and coleslaw. Guests can also purchase individual pulled pork sandwiches or sides. Individual housemade pumpkin pies will be available alongside tastings of Schlafly’s pumpkin pie in a glass, Pumpkin Ale.

Schlafly also celebrates our newest fall tradition where five local chefs will compete in the Schlafly Chili Cook-Off. Guests will be able to purchase a chili sampler for with tastings of the five participants’ chili creations. They will then be able to vote for their favorite. The winner will be crowned at the close of the festival. Tickets not required.

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Schlafly Bottleworks
7260 Southwest Ave
Maplewood, Missouri 63143

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3 More Things To Do For Halloween In Saint Louis, Missouri

The Saint Louis, Missouri area has some of the greatest haunted houses and screamparks in the US and they only get better every year. If you’re in the mood for some frights and aren’t too chicken, I suggest you visit the following.

The Darkness

The Darkness Saint Louis, MO

The Darkness is located downtown St Louis just a few blocks from the St Louis Cardinals Busch Stadium and Ball Park Village in historic Soulard.  The Darkness features zombie laser tag, outdoor scream zone, Silo-X haunted house, Monster Museum, and The Darkness haunted house.  Next door to The Darkness is St Louis Escape with four different escape rooms in one location.

I suggest you buy tickets online to save time or else you have to wait in two lines, instead of just one. Fast passes are also available for an extra fee and you will be able to skip the lines entirely.

Tickets are $25. Fast passes are $6 more. The zombie laser tag or Silo-X haunted house are also $5 more. Tickets can be bought here. It’s located right next to the Soulard Farmers Market off of Highway 44. Open during weeknights 7:30 to 10pm and Friday and Saturday nights 6:45 to 12:15pm until Halloween. Plus the first Friday and Saturday of November 7 to 11pm.

1525 South 8th Street
St. Louis, MO 63104

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The Abyss Haunted House

If you’ve ever been to Saint Louis and are even remotely interested in our haunted history, you’ve heard of Lemp. The Lemp family were beer makers, at one time the biggest in the U.S. But a series of family disasters and then prohibition saw the Lemp family and their brewery decline. By 1950, four Lemp descendants had killed themselves, three of whom perished inside the gloomy Lemp family mansion in St. Louis.

The Abyss is held in the limestone caves under the brewery, not the family mansion. You are forced to confront your fear of the dark, where you don’t know what is lurking around any corner. It is damp and cold down there, so if you have medical breathing problems, this is probably not for you. Wear flat tennis shoes. I’ve had a friend wrench their ankle down there because she was wearing espadrilles with heels. Enter at your own risk. If you chicken out, scream “William Lemp” and they’ll escort you out.

Are you ready to travel over a 100 feet underground in subterranean caves and tunnels?

Tickets are $25. Fast passes $6 more. Tickets can be bought here.

You can also buy a combo ticket for both The Darkness and The Abyss for $43.95. You can use the tickets the same night or different nights.

The Abyss Haunted House is located inside the old Lemp Brewery Complex.  The Abyss is off South Broadway just 2 miles from The Darkness Haunted House.

3500 Lemp Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63118

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For a real ghost experience, I suggest booking dinner and a room at the Lemp Mansion Restaurant and B&B. The mansion is actually where you have the best chance to see the Lemp ghosts, including the Lavender Lady and the Monkey Faced Boy up on the third floor attic. The Lemp men who committed suicide in the mansion are also said to wander around. Reservations suggested, especially in October. Most Monday nights year round at 7:00pm there are tours, $25.00 per person.

3322 DeMenil Place
St. Louis, Missouri 63118
PHONE: (314) 664-8024

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If you are willing to drive a bit outside Saint Louis, then there is Creepyworld in Fenton, 20 minutes from downtown on highway 141. Creepyworld is 13 attractions in one. There is Raven’s Manor, Krampus; A Christmas Horror Story, Silo-X, Hornbuckel Pig Farm and Corn Maze, Dolly Madelyn’s Mansion, Whispering Woods Cemetery, Carnivorous in 3D, The Dark Zone, Trick r’ Treat Haunted Hayride, The Evil Dread, Supermax; Riot at Rikers, Quarantine; World War Zombie, and Saint Lucifer’s Hospital plus the Hollywood Pumpkin Display and the worlds only all dead Zombie Band. (I think I named all of them. Trying to find a complete list was a pain in the butt.) No matter what tickles your haunted house fancy, Creepyworld will have something to fit. There is a lot going on at this screampark.

Tickets are $25. Fast passes are $6. The Trick r’ Treat Haunted Hayride is an additional $5 for some reason. Tickets can be bought here. I suggest buying tickets online or you’ll be waiting in two long lines. They are open every evening for the rest of October, during the week 7:30 to 10pm and Friday and Saturday nights 6:30 to 12:15pm. Halloween night 7 to 11:30pm.

1400 S Old Highway 141
Saint Louis/Fenton, Missouri, 63026

Have a fun and scary Halloween everybody!

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3 Things To Do For Halloween in Saint Louis, Missouri

We’ve got a little over a week until Halloween. I hope you’ve at least started on your costume. In the Saint Louis, Missouri area, there are ton of things to do for Halloween. I’ve listed 3 here but there are a lot more.

Great GO! Saint Louis Halloween Race

Great GO! St. Louis Halloween Race

October 22, 2017

7:00AM : 5K Start
7:30AM: 10K / Half Marathon Start
9:30AM: Fun Run Start
Trick-or-Treat Village: 7AM-11AM

This year we have added some extra Halloween fun starting with the Trick-or-Treat 5K! The 5K course will be lined with not only your usual water stops but also candy stops for you to trick or treat along the way! The 10K and half marathon courses have some added adventure this year as well! As you run through downtown St. Louis you will have to watch out for the Zombie Zone and you might even see the Ghostbusters in action!

The fun doesn’t end when the race is over! Get your  top of the line finisher’s medal, and head over to the Trick-or-Treat Village to fill up on candy and treats from local business and organizations. For the over-21 crowd, Michelob Ultra will be on site to help you enjoy a post race brew.

I do believe you have to register before the day of the race.Info packet pick up runs Friday and Saturday, October 20-21 at the GO! St. Louis office from 10am to 6pm.

GO! St. Louis office
300 Hunter Avenue
St. Louis, MO  63124

If you wish to participate, better hurry.

borderswishBoo at the Zoo

Boo at the Zoo Halloween 2017

Bring your little ghouls and goblins for a non-scary, kid-friendly Halloween experience. Children are encouraged to wear costumes. Children 12 and under will receive a treat bag upon exiting. Boo at the Zoo Nights is not a trick-or-treating experience.

Nightly, October 17–30, 2017
*5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

$6 for Zoo members (ages 2+)
$7 for non-members (ages 2+)
Free for children under 2
$1 discount for children 2 to 12 in costume with on-site ticket purchase

The Zoo is decorated for Halloween in a kid friendly manner. The is a pumpkin patch where kids can pick and then paint a pumpkin. ($5 fee) There are game locations, picture locations, and educational activities. New this year is also a Halloween-themed circus act. The 30-minute act features jaw-dropping juggling, stilt walking, amazing magic and more on stage at the Sea Lion Show Arena. (No animals in the circus show.)

borderswishGrant’s Farm Halloween Nights

Grant's Farm Saint Louis, MO

Runs Thursday thru Sunday for the rest of October. October 19, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, 29.

Get into the Halloween spirit with some spooky fun and celebrate with the animals at Grant’s Farm. Enjoy Halloween-themed shows, a DJ in the Bauernhof courtyard, lights, decorations and dark Deer Park rides.Guests are encouraged to bring flashlights to search for animals during the dark Deer Park rides.

6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Early arrival is recommended. Arrive as close to 5:30PM as possible! Halloween Nights at Grant’s Farm are very popular (especially on Friday and Saturday nights) and unfortunately even though we move guests on trams as fast as we can, cars can drive in faster. So arrive early, or try to visit us on a Thursday or Sunday night when the crowds are less!

10501 Gravois Road
St. LouisMO 63123
Parking is $20 per car. Walk-ups are $5 per person.

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My Top 10 Not So Scary Halloween Movies

Top 10 Not So Scary Haloween Movies

Halloween is my favorite holiday. Even over Christmas. When October rolls around, I get an itch to watch some good old, spooky movies to get in the mood. But I’m also a chicken. I don’t like blood and gore but I have a love for cute Halloween movies. So, grab a cup of pumpkin spice coffee as I list my top 10 not so scary Halloween movies. (Guaranteed to NOT give you nightmares.)

10) The Haunted Mansion (2003)

9) Frankenweenie (2012)

8) Paranorman (2012)

7) The Addams Family (1991)

The Adams Family movie 1991

6) Coraline (2009)

5) Corpse Bride (2005)

4) Hotel Transylvania (2012)

3) Hocus Pocus (1993)

Hocus Pocus 1993

2) Practical Magic (1998)

Practical Magic

…Drum roll please! My favorite Halloween movie of all time…

1) The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

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I adore Nightmare Before Christmas. I watch it every year, both for Halloween and for Christmas, I love it that much. It was the first stop motion movie I’d ever seen, the first ever done I think, and it just amazed me. I drive my coworkers nuts listening to the soundtrack too.

What’s your favorite not so scary movie to watch for Halloween?

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The Teal Pumpkin Project

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The Teal Pumpkin Project was inspired by a local awareness activity run by the Food Allergy Community of East Tennessee (FACET) and launched as a national campaign by FARE in 2014. FARE thanks FACET for their ongoing partnership as we work to reach families across the country and around the world with the Teal Pumpkin Project’s messages of awareness, inclusion and community.

Putting a teal pumpkin on your doorstep means you have non-food treats available, such as glow sticks or small toys. This simple act promotes inclusion for trick-or-treaters with food allergies or other conditions. The Teal Pumpkin Project encourages people to provide non-food items in place of candy so children with food allergies can enjoy trick or treating on Halloween night like every other kid.

Click here to download signs and flyers.

Their Facebook page can be found here.

Have a safe and spooky Halloween, everybody!

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Happy Halloween!

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I love it when Halloween falls on a weekend. Kids and adults alike can stay out and have fun without having to worry about finishing homework and getting up for school in the morning. Parents aren’t rushing home from work, trying to get some food into their kids while stuffing them into costumes to go trick or treating. They can make a whole day of it. Unfortunately, it looks like it might rain today where I live. I know, bummer.

I’m going as the tooth fairy! Not the one from The Guardians. I can’t imagine dealing with all those feathers. Just a normal tooth fairy. I’ve got pink pants, a shirt, and tutu and then I’m wearing a silver crown, pink/purple wings, and carrying a little bag with chocolate coins. I’ve also got a tooth necklace and some teeth earrings. And I have a little plastic toy hammer. Because I need a tooth in exchange for the chocolate coins. It’s only fair.

I really wish Halloween was bigger. People barely decorate anymore. And I mean decorate as in more than just a pumpkin on the porch. Halloween is such an awesome holiday and it’s so under appreciated. There should be more things to do for Halloween. We’re did some activates at work because Cathy and I love Halloween and it’s like pulling teeth to get anyone to do anything. It drives me nuts! Everybody should be dressing up and be excited to play games and win things. Instead, I wonder why I’m bothering. Grouches.

Well, stay dry, stay warm, and stay spooky, people! Happy Halloween!

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The Teal Pumpkin Project

The number of people who have food allergies is growing. It’s estimated that 4% – 6% of children in the United States are affected by food allergies. About 4 out of every 100 kids. The most common being an allergy to peanuts, gluten (wheat), or soy. Sometimes they are affected by multiple things. This kind of takes the joy out of trick or treating on Halloween. It can be disheartening when your parents have to search through your candy bag and take most of it away because you are allergic to the peanuts in Snickers and Reese’s cups or to the gluten in Kit Kats and Twix. Reactions range from the merely uncomfortable with hives or an upset stomach, which includes damage to the digestive system, to the more serious with anaphylactic shock, where the child’s airways constrict until they can no longer breathe.

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That’s why I encourage everyone to join the Teal Pumpkin Project. It’s a pretty simple idea. When parents see a teal pumpkin out on your porch, they know that this house will be food allergy friendly. Plain chocolate will be free of peanuts or gluten but it’s pretty hard to avoid soy. Even M&M’s or Hershey’s Kisses have soy in them. Then you have to worry about cross-contamination. This is where a candy that is technically allergen free is made on machines that handle other candies with those allergens. A candy made on a machine that makes something else with peanuts will often trigger a reaction in those allergic to peanuts. It’s a dangerous world for those with serious allergies.

That’s why I suggest a nonfood item for trick or treating. A small toy from the dollar store or, for a more Halloween feel, some small party favors. PartyCity has a lot to choose from but any store selling Halloween stuff will have small games, toys, and other things a kid with food allergies can play with. Target had maze games and spy glasses, the type with fake glasses and mustaches, which would be fun.

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Having options for kids with allergies will insure that everyone gets to enjoy Halloween. So, paint a pumpkin teal and be sure to set it out Halloween night to let people know you have allergy friendly treats available.

Happy Halloween!

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Happy First Day of October!

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Sunny and in the upper 60’s today. I walked outside this morning and let out this huge breath. Ahhh. Hello, Autumn. Hello, October. My favorite month in my favorite season. Boneregard, my 6 foot skeleton, is going out on the balcony this evening. During the Halloween season, he waves at people to get them in the spirit. Ok, he doesn’t really wave but his arm is in the air like he’s waving. You get the idea. 

punchFor Halloween this year, I’m going to be a tooth fairy. Not the one from the Guardians movie but just a simple tooth fairy. I’m going to get a pink shirt, leggings and a tutu. Stick on some fairy wings, a cheap plastic crown, and magic up a tooth wand, and I’ll be rocking the tooth fairy look. I’m thinking about getting a leather pouch and filling it will chocolate coins to give to my coworkers and trick or treaters. Of course, I require a tooth in exchange. Hold still while I knock one out. 

I need to get some more Halloween decoration review posts up. I still have the videos from Target and now pictures from Hobby Lobby and Home Goods to share. Then I want to get another post of my Colorado vacation up, which I’ve been meaning to do forever. And I have a couple of book reviews I should type up and post. Man, I’m lazy. Where did the time go?

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Target Halloween 2015

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If you’ve shopped at any store lately, you’ve probably noticed the Halloween stuff. A giant 10 foot tall pumpkin head blow up doll is kind of hard to miss, after all. Yesterday was the first day of autumn in the northern hemisphere. Soon, it will be October and Halloween season. My favorite time of the year! Give me a good Halloween over any other holiday and I’m a happy camper. There are a couple stores I always hit when they get their Halloween stuff up and Target is one of them.

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The promised land. There is more stuff to the right of this photo.

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Target has a lot of bright, colorful Dead of the Day stuff this year. Perfect for a less scary Halloween party.

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A selection of hanging decorations. I’ll have some videos of the animated and electronic stuff up Saturday.

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For your witching needs.

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A lot of skeletons. Notice the cat and wiener dog skeletons on the bottom shelf.

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Hanging decorations and tombstones.

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Note the alligator skulls, light up Beware signs, and more cat skeletons.

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Orange and black wreaths and creepy black owls.

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10 foot tall pumpkin head blow up doll; because every Halloween yard display needs one.

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There was a whole row of lights and lighted figures like those on the top shelf. There was even a nice selection of LED battery operated lights; perfect of lighting up a fake pumpkin without worrying about setting it on fire. (Psst! LED lights are cool to the touch.)

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Potion bottles and creepy radios and gramophones.

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Orange and black party supplies.

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Close up of the cute hanging decorations.

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And, of course, lots and lots of candy.

When I was a kid, candy companies put out special candy for Halloween. They were Halloween shapes and were in decorated wrappers. You felt like you were getting something special and awesome because it was different. You knew you were getting Halloween candy. Now it’s just regular bags of candy that you could find all year long. It’s very disappointing.

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There are a few hold outs but they are hard to find. Dove had milk chocolate eyeballs and dark chocolate pumpkins.

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And, of course, Reese’s pumpkin shapes.

I plan to hit a few other stores and see what they have to offer. Party City usually has some nice stuff. Home Good will have some fancier pieces. Spirit and Halloween City aren’t open in my area yet but I’ll definetly be header there when they do open. Michael’s, Jo Ann’s, and Hobby Lobby always have Halloween decorations and crafty stuff. Eeee! I can’t wait to see what everyone has!

Have you found an awesome Halloween decoration?

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Trick or Treat: Witch’s Hat

The witch’s hat project starts at your local craft store. There are a lot of premade forms for Halloween projects there. I was able to find papier-mâché witch’s hats are several places for around three dollars.

Now, paint that sucker black. I used acrylic craft paint in matte black. Let it dry for about an hour.

Now that you have a blank black witch’s hat you can paint whatever you want on there. It’s at this point where you will discover the hard way that the acrylic paints you have will for some unearthly reason not paint smoothly onto the surface of your black witch’s hat. But! Never fear! Because you can always turn to craft paint pens. Paint pens are easy to use and will adhere to anything. Some find that using paint pens, especially for letters, are much neater than trying to paint in a straight line.

For my witch’s hat I used a white paint pen to write “The Witch Is In.” around the rim of the hat. I then used a metallic silver pen in draw stars around the words and up the cone. Metallic colors are bit harder to find but it can be done. I also had a selection of Halloween ribbon. Of course, when trying to glue it on I discovered the laws of physics will not bend to my will and I would not be able to get the ribbon to lie flat on the curved hat. Annoying. So I was forced to glue the ribbon at one place in the back and let it rest at the bottom as you see here in the second photo.

Here is my completed hat.

Happy Halloween!

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