Dear Craft World, I’m taking this Halloween off


Yes, you heard that right. I’m not going to forgo precious sleep to stay up all night making handmade costumes and party favors this Oct. 30. Now that I have a decade of parenting experience under my belt I’m dialing things back this year on the deadline Halloween crafting front. I even bought my kids costumes at Target this year. You can read my newspaper column about it in today’s edition of The Grand Rapids Press or online at

While I don’t want to stay up all night making costumes the night before the party this year, I can’t let Halloween pass without making something. That would seem a little too weird for this extreme crafter.

So instead of freaking out under the handmade holiday deadline pressure, I’m going to make a delicious treat with my kids and give it a spooky Halloween theme. She the recipe below.


Oreo Freak
1 family-sized package of Oreos
1/2 gallon vanilla ice cream
12 oz. tub of Cool Whip
1 stick of butter (melted)
1 bottle chocolate syrup
Optional: Orange and black sprinkles, tombstones or other Halloween themed cake decorations.

1. Smash up the whole package of Oreos and mix in melted butter.
2. Line the bottom of a 10”x13” glass pan with the crushed Oreo mixture.
3. Next, layer half-inch slices of vanilla ice cream.
4. Add a layer of chocolate syrup.
5. Spread a layer of Cool Whip across the top.
6. Add sprinkles and decorations, or simply top with a little more chocolate syrup.
7. Pop it in the freezer and chill until your ready to serve.

Have a great Halloween, folks. I hope you decide to take it easy this year, too. :  )

You can check out some of my past Halloween tutorials below:

* How to make a Minecraft Creeper T-shirt

Halloween Countdown Calendar 

* Treat bags, noisemakers and milk jug skeletons

* Woven Halloween banner

* Paper clay ornaments

* Last-minute Halloween crafts

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