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oh joy! pumpkins...

Artist Pumpkins... / via Oh Joy!

We're halfway through October, which means Halloween is right around the corner! Over the last few years, we've shown you different Oh Joy! versions of painted pumpkins. It's a great way to get creative, add some color to the traditional black and orange holiday decor, and requires a lot less clean-up than making jack-o-lanterns. Here's a look back and some inspiration for this year's pumpkin decorating for you...  

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a diy paper table runner fit for fall...

How To Make A Colorful Paper Table Runner / via Oh Joy!

How To Make A Colorful Paper Table Runner / via Oh Joy!

Today we have a really fun and VERY easy way to instantly add bright pops of color to your dining table with a DIY pieced paper table runner that's perfect for fall! It only requires four supplies, all of which you probably already have at home. And since it's so free-flowing, you can make the style and color palate completely your own. It's great for a fall table or even a kid's birthday party. Here's how... 

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cute spider donuts for halloween!

Cute DIY Spider Donuts for Halloween... / via Oh Joy!

Meet the cutest spiders you'll ever lay eyes on! They make for a super fun snack for a Halloween party and a tasty treat to make with the kids. Here's how to create them...

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5 not-so-spooky ideas for halloween!

5 Not-So-Spooky Ideas For Halloween  / via Oh Joy!

Every year when Halloween comes around, my kids are constantly creeped out by a lot of the Halloween decor we see in our neighborhood and also when going trick-or-treating on Halloween evening. We end up covering their eyes a lot as we pass by super creepy ghosts and monsters so that it doesn't ruin the rest of the night for them. And it turns out we’re not alone! Our friends at Netflix found that more than two-thirds of moms and dads have kids who are scared of Halloween, so this year, we're working on celebrating Halloween the non-scary way with a few tips for you! My kids and I recently watched the Super Monsters Halloween special where they uncovered all the ways Halloween isn't actually scary, just pretend scary, so taking a little inspiration from Super Monsters, we're sharing 5 tips for things you can make and decorate your home with to welcome friends and neighbors the not-so-spooky way this year...

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1. Friendly Ghost Wands — Halloween night can be scary walking around in the dark, so here's a fun light-up wand that can be made the night before or the morning of Halloween. To make them, drop a small LED light (turned on) into a 5" balloon, then fill with air and seal. Tape the balloon onto a wooden dowel and then cover in a light gauze material (a paper napkin also works!). Then tie off the fabric around the bottom of the balloon base with colorful cotton string. Finally use felt to cut face shapes (eyes, mouth, etc) onto the ghost's face. Kids can take these with them on their trick-or-treat walk OR they can even sit on the front steps or in the ground as decor for Halloween evening. The wands light the way and help make the darkness during Halloween less scary!

5 Not-So-Spooky Ideas For Halloween  / via Oh Joy!

2. Playful Super Monster PumpkinsInstead of the traditionally carved pumpkins (which are glowing and sometimes scary … and require knives to carve!!), use paint and felt pieces to make your own not-so-spooky pumpkin monster. We decided to make a Little Frankie, Little Drac, and Little Katya from Super Monsters, picking pumpkins in fun shapes and colors, then painting them (like Frankie) if needed. Then, using colorful felt, draw eyes, hair, and facial expressions to be cut out. All of the pieces can be attached to the pumpkins with hot glue so they'll last throughout the Halloween season.

5 Not-So-Spooky Ideas For Halloween  / via Oh Joy!

5 Not-So-Spooky Ideas For Halloween  / via Oh Joy!

3. Bat FamilyBats are often hanging everywhere come Halloween - just like Drac (a cute Super Monster who is always hanging upside-down). But they don't have to be dark and scary. Instead, make a rainbow of bats that are fun and personal by making each based on a member of your family! Kids will love helping out by making a bat like Mom, Dad, Grandma, Grandpa, etc. You can even make ones for friends as a fun Halloween surprise! Simply cut out bats from various colors of card stock. Then use a variety of materials (pom-poms, pipe cleaners, buttons, gems, and felt) to decorate them! This project allows for interactivity, customization, and helps tone down spookiness by seeing these previously scary creatures as a family just like yours!

5 Not-So-Spooky Ideas For Halloween  / via Oh Joy!

4. Silly Monster ParfaitAs a fun surprise for breakfast or an after school snack on Halloween, make Silly Monster Parfaits to show kids that not all monsters are scary. Kids will love the silly treat, and for parents it's a healthy option to offset all the candy they'll be enjoying later that evening! To make them, start by layering yogurt, granola, and fruit (we used blueberries here). Then, top it off with teeth (cut from apple slices), eyes (made by using a toothpick to secure a blueberry inside half a grape, and antennae made from pretzel sticks.

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5. No Fright, Just Fun! — Tell neighbors and trick-or-treaters that your house isn't a scary one with this printable we made just for you! The colorful Halloween sign can be hung on your front door or left out front with a bowl of treats on the porch if you’re not home for trick-or-treaters on Halloween. We mounted the printable on a colorful piece of card stock to give it extra thickness for display.

The Super Monsters Saves Halloween special on Netflix (streaming October 5th) has even more great ideas to make Halloween super fun for your family. Check it out!

This post was brought to you in collaboration with Netflix.

{Photos by Lily Glass. Styling by Wilmarose Orlanes, crafting and styling assistance by Jess Hong. Printable by Kim Vu for Oh Joy! 

pumpkin chocolate chip bundt cake...

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake / Recipe via Oh Joy!

Who else is super excited to start baking up all those pumpkin treats now that it's officially fall?!? We are! So we're kicking off October with a pumpkin chocolate chip bundt cake that's as pretty as it is delicious! Here's how to make it...

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s'mores cupcakes...

S'Mores Cupcake Recipe / via Oh Joy!

For when you want the taste of s'mores but without all the assembly, try making s'mores cupcakes! They're perfect for kids or adult parties because you can make them ahead of time but still get that gooey chocolate, graham cracker, marshmallow goodness that you would with a regular s'more. Here's how to make them...

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how to style with large branches...

How to Style with Large Branches... / via Oh Joy!

Vases can get hard to constantly keep full of fresh flowers, so I always love options to fill them that doesn't require as much upkeep. Branches make for a beautiful option plus they last for for a while. Styling a large vase can feel daunting, so today, we're showing you how to style with them using large beautiful branches! Come see how...

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a fruit board perfect for after school snacking!

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My kids LOVE snacking on boards. It makes them eat things they wouldn't normally eat, plus it's a great way to feed a small group of hungry kids all at once. So today, we have a super easy fruit board that makes the perfect after school snack! It's an extra special way to serve fruit that'll get your kids and all their friends excited about having fruit as a treat. Here's how...

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Perler Bead Coaster DIY!

Perler Bead Coaster DIY / via Oh Joy!

Who remembers playing with these beads when you were a kid to make key chains?! Today, we're showing you an updated way to use them by making...coasters! It'll have you feeling like a kid again with a VERY useful end result. Here's how...

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an easy rainbow floral arrangement

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We recently made this simple, but beautiful, arrangement for a video because it's so perfect for any last-minute gathering. If you're not super comfortable arranging florals, this is an easy way to make a statement with simple white flowers that doesn't require any florist skills! The trick is to use clear glass vases and then dye the water different colors so that it makes a rainbow effect! Here's how...

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