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Sunday, 30 October 2016
Last year I carved The Cheshire Cat into my pumpkin:
This year Tesco had a 2 for £3 offer so I decided to carve a duo into them:

Mickey & Minnie!
I am so happy with how these turned out, I yet again used a pumpkin carve kit for Poundland and some stencils that I found on Pinterest. If you want to do Mickey & Minnie too click here for the stencils.

What did you carve into your pumpkin?

I'd love to know what you think, use the hashtag #HalloweenWithHannah on Twitter & Instagram or feel free to comment below ^.^

As always, thanks for reading...
Friday, 28 October 2016
I've been packaging Halloween sweets in different ways as treats for the kids in my family over the past few years. I've done latex gloves and cellophane bags as well as including small toys with the sweets. You can see those posts here & here.
This year I got a huge haul of bits and pieces. If you are looking to do your own treat bags I found amazing Halloween inspired sweets at Poundland and Asda.
I used cellophane bags again as I had some left over from making Candy Apples and I think they're super cute. This is how they turned out:
I even managed to pack a baby's first Halloween outfit into one:

I'm so happy with these, I can't wait to give them to the kids and see the big smiles on their faces!

I'd love to see if you recreate this, use the hashtag #HalloweenWithHannah on Twitter & Instagram or feel free to comment below.

As always, thanks for reading...

Monday, 24 October 2016
Unfortunately Halloween falls on a Monday this year and to top it off most children will be going back to school after the half term. If you want to do something a little more low key to celebrate Halloween with your children, how about a movie night? Here are my Top Family recommendations.

For younger children (Under 8) I'd say an animation would be best:
It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
As the Peanuts gang get ready for Halloween, It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown follows Linus's efforts to meet the Great Pumpkin, a holiday figure believed to bring toys to those good girls and boys who believe. 
This is a fantastic family film if you have toddlers or for children who are more into animation than live action. It's beautifully done, very autumnal and a classic to those who grew up with the Peanuts gang.
Wallace & Gromit - Curse Of The Were-Rabbit. 
It's Tottington Hall's annual Giant Vegetable Competition and there seems to be a problem with rabbits. Wallace and Gromit decide to start up their own pest control business "Anti-Pesto" but it's not just the rabbits that seem to be a problem. 
Brainwashing, 24 "Carrot" Gold Bullets and a lot of cheese; a true Wallace and Gromit classic using stop motion capture and a script full of British slapstick comedy.

For 8 to 11/12 years you have a bigger range between animation and live action (Please be advised that most of these are PG Rated):
Monster House
This film follows 12 year old DJ who spies on his elderly neighbor Horace Nebbercracker. Horace confiscates anything that lands in his yard and after a confrontation with DJ about him being on his property, he suffers a heart attack and ends up in Hospital. Later that night DJ overhears a conversation between his babysitter and her boyfriend about how the house is haunted and consumes anything and anyone...thus the plot thickens. 
Honestly this is brilliant, has the most amazing cast of voices - you'll be surprised.
The Adventures Of Ichabod & Mr Toad
This is a collection of short stories rather than a film, but perfect for a quiet night in. The first story, based on The Wind In The Willows, starts with Thaddeus Toad a wealthy "incurable adventurer". After an incident with a horse, cart and car, Thaddeus's friends put him on house arrest as he has become motor mad. Thaddeus escapes and soon finds himself charged with car theft. At the trial it becomes apparent that the truth isn't on Thaddeus's side and he needs the help of his friends to get him out of a sticky situation.
The second story is based on The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow and finds Ichabod, a hungry and charming school master in a new position in Sleepy Hollow. There he competes with the towns bully for the heart of Katrina, the daughter of the richest man in the village. What people may not initially know about Ichabod is that he is deeply superstitious. One night after hearing ghost stories about the headless horseman at a local Halloween Party he starts his travels back alone through the woods. He then comes across said headless horseman, but is everything as it appears to be?
This may be considered a little dark for Disney but it's got a Halloween theme without being overly inclusive of ghosts and ghouls - a great starter film.

Hocus Pocus
The Sanderson sisters are back! The three witches spent most of their lives obtaining the youth of children so they could regain their own. Thackery Binx tries his hardest to save sister Emily from the three witches when they turn him into an immortal black cat. Binx's father leads the town into a witch hunt where they hang the sisters for taking the children. Unbeknownst to them, Winifred had cast a curse which would see the sisters resurrected on "All Hallows Eve" once a virgin lit the Black Flame Candle. Fast forward 300 years, Max Dennis who is new to the area becomes the one to light said candle. The three witches are resurrected and on the hunt for the youth of children.  
This is the ultimate Halloween movie, if you have not shown this to your children yet I'd be shocked. One of my favourites if not my number one favourite!
This is another 90's Halloween film that has become a cult classic. Casper and his three uncles are ghosts who "haunt" Whipstaff Manor. Heiress Carrigan inspires Dr Harvey and his daughter Kat to Whipstaff as his work is primarily being a paranormal therapist. His passion however is to search for the ghost of his late wife Amelia. Casper, known as "the friendly ghost" wants to have Harvey and Kat living in the house as he likes them and their company. However his three uncles try their best to scare them off. Meanwhile at Kat's new school, once they learn where shes living, becomes popular for suggesting they have their Halloween party at the Manor. One thing after another and it isn't all going the way anyone wants. Will their be answers or a happy ending? 
This is a lovely film and definitely a family favourite, with famous actors starting out their careers you see the epitome of 90's American Culture. 

For 11/12 years and older:
The Nightmare Before Christmas
Jack Skellington is the Pumpkin King of Halloween town but has grown tired of the same thing year after year. After the towns Halloween celebrations he wonders through the woods and stumbles into Christmas Town. He decides that Christmas is what he's missing from his life and tries to get Halloween Town involved...then it all starts to go horribly wrong. 
This is another cult classic for Halloween and I would definitely recommend it as a family film. Another one of my favourites.
The Black Cauldron
The Black Cauldron is a brilliant Disney film rooted from "The Chronicles of Prydain" by Lloyd Alexander, fictional novels based on Welsh Mythology. Taran, a pig-keeper, learns that The Horned King is searching for a mystical relic known as The Black Cauldron. The Black Cauldron is the ultimate weapon and can create an invincible army of undead warriors. The only way The Horned King could find such a relic is with the unwilling help of a pig with oracle powers. This finds Taran and Hen Wen (the pig he keeps) in a dark situation...
I absolutely love this film, it is a little on the darker side despite it's U rating which is why I recommend it for older children.

I'd love to know what you think, use the hashtag #HalloweenWithHannah on Twitter & Instagram or feel free to comment below.

As always, thanks for reading...
Sunday, 23 October 2016
After losing all my pictures I tried to get a lot of the wigs and accessories again but either couldn't get them in time (as I previously ordered a bit from China) or they were a lot more expensive. I decided then not to do any celebrity inspired looks and round off this years makeup looks with a Frankenstein's Monster inspired look.
I started off tracing out where I was going to put my stitches with a silver eyeliner. As the whole idea of Frankenstein is that the monster was put together using various parts of different people and brought to life, I decided to do my makeup as normal on one side of my face and paint the other side a cartoon green like most Frankenstein Monsters are portrayed. I did do my eye makeup the same on both sides as I liked the symmetry and I did that before going in with the green face paint. I decided to go down my neck and shoulders too, if you are doing a look like this remember to paint your hands and any other skin on show. After the makeup side was done, the other painted I went in with a black eyeliner (you can use black face paint) and drew on my stitches. I finished off with a red lipstick and some false lashes.

For another last minute look I was really happy with how this turned out. If you wanted you could use a Frankenstein wig with the lightening bolt in it and/or stick some bolts to the side of your neck using spirit gum.

I'd love to see if you recreate this, use the hashtag #HalloweenWithHannah on Twitter & Instagram or feel free to comment below ^.^

As always, thanks for reading...

Thursday, 20 October 2016
Having a Halloween Party isn't something you see a lot in the UK but quite a few companies have started to go all out and I thought I'd share what I've seen and some ideas.

For a quick children's Halloween party or family get together, Poundland have some brilliant low price, good quality pieces for food and goodie bags.

As it's from Poundland, you guessed it, everything is £1! It's a great design for kids and I think it'd be a perfect looking set up with a lot of goodies to chose from.

Moving onto a quiet night in, but you still want to do a small set up of goodies and you don't want to be washing up at the end of the night, I'd suggest this design from Party Delights. They have a fantastic design range but for a movie night this just suits.

If you do decide to throw a party and need some game ideas, I composed a board on Pinterest with some of my favourites!

I'd love to see if you do anything like this, use the hashtag #HalloweenWithHannah on Twitter & Instagram or feel free to comment below ^.^ 

As always, thanks for reading...
Monday, 17 October 2016
This week has been pretty horrible technology wise and all the pictures of looks I've done in advance have corrupted. This means I've had to pull time from nowhere, I'm sorry it's not brilliant but here is a Zipper Face look.
You can stick the zipper on with your makeup done or put the zip on and do the makeup around it. I started without makeup just because I used the Ben Nye Spirit Gum to adhere the zip and I've found it doesn't stay on as long when makeup is underneath it. Using spirit gum is easy, you just apply a little where you are going to place your zip, tap it until it gets tacky and then press the zip down. It is easier to work from top to bottom and sticking sections as you go along. When the zip dried I applied very little makeup, making sure I was more pale than anything else. Then with a fluffy brush I applied red & brown eye shadow to the inside area of the zip before layering in some fake blood. Then you are done!
This is very quick and cheap to do, a great last minute look and I've actually seen Zipper Face kits for around a £1.

I'd love to see if you recreate this, use the hashtag #HalloweenWithHannah on Twitter & Instagram or feel free to comment below.

As always, thanks for reading...

Thursday, 13 October 2016
Cooking isn’t really my forte although I do really enjoy it. This year I decided to show an easy, inexpensive treat that would be great if you are having a party / small get together or if you’re looking for a Halloween Activity. I decided to do two different types of Candy Apples; Chocolate and Toffee.

You Will Need

  • Apples (I used Red & Green) 
  • Bamboo or Lollipop Sticks 
  • Chocolate (I used Galaxy) 
  • 100’s & 1000’s 
  • Toffee 
  • A Knife 
  • A Spoon 
  • 2 x Glass Bowls (One bigger than the other) 
  • Kettle For Boiling Water 
  • Baking Paper 
  • Cellophane Bags
  • Ribbon

First take your apples and make sure they’re washed, de-stemmed and de-stickered. If you are doing more than one type of candy apple, decide which one you will do first and put the other apples to the side. I decided to do chocolate covered ones first and use green apples for this. I would suggest starting with chocolate first as it would be easier to wash the bowl to reuse when melting the toffee.
I then took a knife and put a slit into the top of each apple, being careful not to go too deep or too wide. I then took the stick and wedged it into the apples. If you do find the lollipop stick won’t stay or you are scared of it wriggling out you can always melt down the covering and use a little of that as a glue.

Fill the kettle and boil some water, pour some into a large glass bowl but don’t fill it. Then take the chocolate, cut or snap it into smaller pieces and place into the smaller bowl. Now take the smaller bowl and place that into the larger bowl. Obviously be very careful doing this as it is boiling hot water and make sure the water in the larger bowl doesn’t rise and spillover or spill into the chocolate.

Keep stirring until the chocolate is at your desired consistency. This method should melt the chocolate without the need of a hob or a microwave. If you do prefer either of those methods go ahead, I just prefer this way as it means less to clean up and if you do this as an activity with kids you can place the bowl away from small hands.

Lay out some baking paper ready and taking one apple at a time dip them into the chocolate until they are evenly covered. Before placing them onto the baking paper I sprinkled some 100’s and 1000’s onto the underneath.

When they are dry I placed them into these fantastic Halloween Cellophane bags I found on Amazon and tied some ribbon around the top on the apple.

I then cleaned up, laid out some more baking paper and did the same method with the Red Apples and Toffee. The toffee was not how I imagined it to be. I knew beforehand that toffee would be harder to melt so I did end up putting it in the microwave and I knew I didn't have a lot of time to work with it. As I dipped the apple around the toffee it was going on very thick and when it dried it was actually too difficult to eat. I'd recommend making your own toffee or even caramel.

I decided to just stick to the chocolate ones for now as they were easier to make and let's be honest; chocolate is better than toffee anyways. This is how they ended up looking;
I am really happy with how the chocolate ones turned out and it’s safe to say they went down a treat!

Do you have any candy apple recipes you'd like to share? comment below! I'd love to see if you recreate this, use the hashtag #HalloweenWithHannah on Twitter & Instagram or feel free to comment below ^.^

As always, thanks for reading...

Monday, 10 October 2016
This is a Red Riding Hood after being scratched by the Big Bad Wolf inspired look. It's another simple look to do and it didn't take long to complete. All I used was Makeup, Liquid Latex, Tissue and Fake Blood.
I did my day to day makeup as normal, keeping it very minimal but adding some false lashes and a red lip to emphasise it being Red Riding Hood. I then went in with a white eyeliner and drew the scratch across my face. Shaping tissue into the scratch marks I stuck it on with the Liquid Latex, making sure I put a layer over the tissue to seal it. I did two layers of this to get a raised effect and peeled a little round the edge to add to the depth.
I then used red and brown eye shadows over the top before adding some fake blood with a thin paintbrush.
I love the effect of this, you could always do a lovely, simple Red Riding Hood look but it's Halloween you need to break out the fake blood!

I'd love to see if you recreate this, use the hashtag #HalloweenWithHannah on Twitter & Instagram or feel free to comment below.

As always, thanks for reading...
Sunday, 9 October 2016
Today's post was actually going to be a clown makeup look but with all these attacks involving people dressed as clowns I decided to do another last minute look instead.
This look only involves a handful of products that you may already have; makeup, liquid latex and tissue.
Starting with a bare face and a paintbrush, I took one-ply layers of tissue and layered them on my face with liquid latex. It's kind of like doing paper mache, making sure you put a layer of liquid latex over the top. I didn't do this neatly, even bunched up the tissue a little and gave the side of my face some texture. 
When dry, I went in with brown, purple, blue, red and black eyeshadow on a fluffy eyeshadow brush and gave the wound depth, shadows, highlight and even used the blue to define the look of veins. Doing my makeup as usual on the right side of my face and straightening my hair I could have left it like this. If you chose to you could do similar patches on your neck, chest, hands...etc and be a zombie/mummy but I want to go in with fake blood.

I added the fake blood with a thin paint brush and used red eye shadow at points to make it seem darker/give it some texture.

Even though this wasn't what I planned, sometimes doing last minute looks with a few products can have a brilliant effect. I loved how this turned out and I think it'd look good all over the face or in smaller patches all over the skin.

I'd love to see if you recreate this, use the hashtag #HalloweenWithHannah on Twitter & Instagram or feel free to comment below.

As always, thanks for reading...
Thursday, 6 October 2016
I am such a fan of Adult Colouring Books but there isn't many here in the UK that are Fall inspired. I had a rummage through Pinterest and found so many free printable colouring pages. Here are 5 of my favourites:

If you haven't tried colouring as a way to de-stress I'd highly recommend it! These would also be great for kids on a rainy day.

Are there any fall colouring pages you'd recommend? Leave a comment!

As always, thanks for reading...
Monday, 3 October 2016
This year I had so many ideas for Halloween, originally I wanted to do 30 looks in 30 days but with work commitments that would of been difficult. I ended up deciding on simple looks with a couple of character ones thrown in.

To start with I will be showing you a Black & White Comic / Pop Art inspired look.

This was really easy to do. I did my base makeup as normal and then started to trace out my features (brows, lips) with a black liquid liner before filling them in. I then traced round my face, added some lines to the hollows of my cheeks, down my nose and generally where comic book characters places theirs. When that dried I added some false lashes for that comic effect and done! 

To take this to the Pop Art look, I took the end of a paint brush, dipped it into White Face Paint that was water activated and started to dot all over my face. This was quite quick to do even though I had to keep loading the end of the brush. I wanted to see how closed off the face would be by having dots under the brow, so that's why there is a difference between both photos, in my opinion having a longer face it suited without, but with added to the Pop Art effect - whatever you feel suits your face shape.

If your going out after work, university or just want to do something simple but effective I'd highly recommend doing something like this. You can add colour, do a reverse two tone or add contacts and a wig.

I'd love to see if you recreate this, use the hashtag #HalloweenWithHannah on Twitter & Instagram or feel free to comment below ^.^

As always, thanks for reading...
If you read my blog or follow me on Twitter you'll know that over a year ago I found the planner community and fell in love with the Erin Condren planner. 
I've decided to do Plan With Me posts over the next couple of months as I have a lot planned, a lot to plan and I've found the most amazing printable stickers on Etsy. I love reading posts like this and was hesitant to share mine as my weeks are not always that busy.

A few weeks ago I was contacted by Eventbrite, a self-service ticketing platform that helps people not only buy tickets for a variety of events, but sell them too. This is what really made me go "OK, I will do these Plan With Me posts". They are heading a project to get people into the habit of Going Out More Often (GOMO) by squashing the Fear Of Missing Out (FOMO) and getting people away from sofa nights. They really want people to not only make the most of Fall/Winter this year but try new things and share new experiences. You can visit the website and find out more information hereJust as a disclaimer this post isn't sponsored, it just really got me as being diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis I have to plan things well and I sometimes can't travel far for events. Eventbrite meant I could find local events online that I otherwise wouldn't have known about.

For this weeks plan I used stickers from the wonderful A Charming Plan on Etsy and I thought it was such a stunning layout going into fall.

This week doesn't look overly busy as I am working quite a few longer shifts but I love the fact I have the space for lists on the top. Space to highlight exciting events or birthdays in the middle and still have space to write in my work shifts, blog post days...etc.

How do you plan your weeks? Any sticker sellers that you'd recommend?

Thanks for reading!

Hannah Marie x

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