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DIY Balloon Ghost

Published April 30, 2013 by sunhealersblog

Here is a simple ghost that is easily made out of a balloon.  Doesn’t take much time to do and if you hang them up from your ceiling it will look really neat.

ghost balloon

You will need:

  • a white balloon
  • a white plastic grocery bag
  • a black marker
  • scissors
  • tape

What to do:

  1. Blow up your balloon as much as you can and tie it.
  2. Cut the handles off the plastic grocery bag
  3. Leave the seam intact cutting from the open side of the bag into little strips, about 1″ wide.
  4. Tape the bag from the seam end all the way across the balloon.
  5. Using a black marker or sharpie draw 2 eyes and a mouth.

If you want to hang it up from the ceiling simply tape a string to the top of the balloon.

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Bloody Sheets

Published April 29, 2013 by sunhealersblog

bloody white linen

Turn your simple white sheets into a gruesome crime scene.  We tried this for a party once and it looked super cool!  All you need is some red paint and a plain white sheet.  Start by splattering the red paint onto your white linen.  Then dunk your hands in the paint  and start putting hand prints all over the sheet.  You can smear some of the paint on as well.   That’s it!  All you have to do is let it dry and you’ve got some killer evidence.

DIY Bats

Published April 28, 2013 by sunhealersblog

DIY bats

Amazing what you can make out of egg cartons.  I made these bats out of recycled material.  I painted blood dripping down from their mouths as they just finished feeding.

To make these scary bats you will need:

  • egg carton
  • paint
  • something sharp to punch a hole with
  • string or rubber band
  • (craft eyes and glue, optional)

What to do:

  1. Separate 3 cups from an egg carton.
  2. Cut out part of the bottoms of the 2 outside cups to resemble bat wings.
  3. Paint the bat. (black)
  4. Add eyes, a mouth, and decorate.
  5. Hang it from a string or a rubber band.

Halloween movies for Kids

Published April 27, 2013 by sunhealersblog

O.k. so during the whole month of October we blast Halloween movies all day long on the television.  I know it’s crazy but that’s what we do.  So, I have composed a list of  just some of the Halloween movies for kids to enjoy!20131018_144057

50+  Kid- friendly Halloween movies

  1. Scooby-Doo’s Creepiest Capers
  2. Monster House
  3. ParaNorman
  4. Hotel Transylvania
  5. The Goonies
  6. Bedknobs and Broomsticks
  7. Adams Family 1 & 2
  8. Adams Family Reunion
  9. Escape to Witch Mountain
  10. It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
  11. Something Wicked this Way Comes
  12. The Black Cauldron
  13. Halloweentown 1 & 2
  14. A Monster in Paris
  15. The Witches
  16. The Adventures of Ichabod & Mr. Toad
  17. The Nightmare before Christmas
  18. Walt Disney- The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
  19. Corpse Bride
  20. Casper ( with Christina Ricci)
  21. Casper- A Spirited Beginning
  22. Casper meets Wendy
  23. Hocus Pocus
  24. Monsters Inc.
  25. The Worst Witch
  26. The Haunted Mansion
  27. The Halloween Tree
  28. Wallace and Gromit:  Curse of the Were-Rabbit
  29. Coraline
  30. Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween movie
  31. Spookly:  The Square Pumpkin
  32. The Chronicles of Narnia
  33. James and the Giant peach
  34. Alice in Wonderland
  35. Igor
  36. 9
  37. Frankenweenie
  38. Monster vs. Aliens
  39. Small Soldiers
  40. The Little Vampire
  41. Tower of Terror
  42. E.T.
  43. My Favorite Martian
  44. When Good Ghouls go bad
  45. Ghostbuster 1 & 2
  46. Shrek ( all 5 of them)
  47. The Wizard of OZ
  48. Monsters University
  49. Mickey’s House of Villains
  50. Harry Potter ( the 1st one is better for younger children.  By the 2nd movie things start getting real serious!)
  51. Spiderwick Chronicles
  52. Escape from Planet earth
  53. Goosebumps
  54. Mad Monster Party
  55. Fantasia
  56. Escape from Planet Earth

DIY Halloween Spiders

Published April 26, 2013 by sunhealersblog

DIY spiders

Yesterday I made spooky eyes with a recycled egg carton.  Today I took the rest of the egg carton and made Halloween spiders with what was left over.  Another great idea for kids and family to do together.

How to make DIY Halloween spiders

You will need:

  • egg carton
  • paint (black)
  • glue
  • 2 small craft eyes ( or you can paint them on)
  • scissors
  • 4 pipe cleaners cut in half

What to do 

  1. Separate one cup from an egg carton.
  2. Using a sharp object  make 8 small holes (4 on each side) at the base of the cup.
  3. Paint the cup. ( I used black.)
  4. Insert a pipe cleaner into each of the holes for legs.
  5. Draw a face or glue the small craft eyes on.  You can paint a mouth on as well.

DIY Halloween Eyes

Published April 25, 2013 by sunhealersblog

 

DIY halloween eyes

Find out how I made theses spooky eyes out of an egg carton.  Make your own DIY props for Halloween this year recycling what you already have around the home.  A  perfect activity for kids and the entire family.

How to make Spooky Eyes out of  recycled egg carton:

You will need:

  • egg carton
  • paint
  • scissors
  • glue
  1. Cut horizontally across the egg carton so that you have 2 cups.
  2. Cut the pointy part from inside the lid of the egg carton.
  3. Paint inside the egg carton cups. ( I used black and red as border for  one.)
  4. Using white, paint the eyeballs at the bottom of the cups.
  5. Use red for the eyes and black paint for the pupil right in the center.
  6. Paint the pointy part cut out previously and glue on directly in the middle where wedge is.

Gluten-Free Candy, as of March 2013

Published April 23, 2013 by Chef Tai

See the original article here, by Jane Anderson, About.com Guide

Each year, it seems like more manufacturers identify candy as gluten-free, widening the choices for candy-loving kids and parents alike. As of March 2013, those who follow a gluten-free diet have numerous choices, including various long-time kid favorites such as Nestle’s Butterfinger candy bars and Jelly Belly jelly beans.

It’s always possible to find gluten-free specialty candies, such as the gluten-free, vegan gummy bears available from Let’s Do Organic and the gluten-free, low-sugar fudge sold by Diabetic Direct. But since your neighbors likely will pass out more mainstream treats on Halloween night, it’s helpful to know which ones are safe.

Here are the latest U.S. gluten-free lists of candies as of March 2013, plus links to manufacturers’ websites.

However, please remember to use these lists only as a guide, since ingredients and formulas can change at any time. In some cases, a product made at one location may be listed as gluten-free, while the same product made at a different location may not be gluten-free. Also, candy listed as gluten-free on the U.S. list may not be gluten-free in other countries. Always check the packaging and ingredients before consuming any candy, even if it does appear on this list. Always, if in doubt about the gluten-free status of a product, contact the manufacturer’s customer service personnel directly at the numbers listed below.

Nestle USA

Nestle USA considers “gluten-free” to mean “no gluten ingredients are in the product, whether directly added, or potentially present due to cross-contact. If a product label has an allergen advisory statement such as ‘made on equipment’ or ‘facility that also processes wheat etc.,’ we do not consider that product to be gluten-free. It is important to always read product labels/packaging for the most accurate information.” Nestle will label potential gluten cross contamination, a customer service representative says.

      According to Nestle, the following candies are gluten-free:
  • Baby Ruth
  • Bit-O-Honey
  • Butterfinger Bar (original flavor only, NOT Crisp, Giant Bar, Snakerz, Medallions, Jingles, Hearts or Pumpkins)
  • Milk Chocolate
  • Goobers
  • Nips (including both regular and sugar-free)
  • Oh Henry!
  • Raisinets (including Cranberry and Dark Chocolate flavors)
  • Sno-Caps
  • Wonka Pixy Stix
  • Laffy Taffy (including Laffy Taffy Rope)
  • Wonka Lik-M-Aid Fun Dip
    The following Nestle candy products are NOT gluten-free:

  • Butterfinger Crisp Bar
  • Butterfinger Giant Bar
  • Butterfinger Snackerz
  • Butterfinger Medallions
  • Butterfinger Jingles
  • Butterfinger Hearts
  • Butterfinger Pumpkins
  • Wonka Nerds
  • Sweetarts
  • Wonka Bar (all flavors)
  • Chewy Spree
  • Wonka Gummies
  • Wonka Kazoozles
  • Everlasting Gobstopper
  • 100 Grand Bar

In some of these products, the ingredients themselves are gluten-free, but the candies are processed in a facility that also processes gluten.

Contact Nestle USA at 800-225-2270.

Mars Chocolate

Mars Chocolate makes M&M’s, Dove, Snickers and other products. The company urges gluten-free consumers to check labels, even if a product normally is gluten-free; in busy times of year (such as Halloween), Mars uses alternative facilities to make its candy, and some of those may introduce cross-contamination risks. The company says it will label any gluten ingredients or cross-contamination.

Warning: At least some packages of two relatively new varieties of M&Ms — coconut and mint flavors — include the warning “May contain wheat” on their labels as of October 2012. Other varieties — including milk chocolate, dark chocolate, peanut and almond — don’t contain that warning. In addition, I saw Mars several seasonal products, including M&Ms candy corn, that featured the “May contain wheat” warning. Always read the label before purchasing.

    According to Mars Chocolate, the following candies are gluten-free:

  • M&M’s (all EXCEPT for pretzel-flavored M&M’s)
  • 3 Musketeers Bars (all flavors)
  • Milky Way Midnight Bar
  • Milky Way Caramel Bar
  • Dove Chocolate products (all flavors EXCEPT for milk chocolate cinnamon graham/cookies and cream)
  • Snickers Bars (all flavors)
  • Munch Nut Bar (the customer service representative urges consumers to check the labels on this one)
    The following Mars Chocolate products are NOT gluten-free:

  • M&M Pretzel flavor
  • Some packages of M&M Mint and M&M Coconut flavors
  • Milky Way Bar (original)
  • Mars Bar
  • Mars Combos (a snack mix)

Contact Mars Chocolate at 800-627-7852.

Tootsie Roll Industries

Tootsie Roll Industries, which also makes Charms products, says that, as of October 2012, all of the companies confections are considered gluten-free with the exception of Andes cookies. “We do not use wheat, barley, rye, oats, triticale, spelt or any of their components and that includes our dusting on our conveyor belts. We do use corn and soy products in the manufacturing of our products.”

    According to Tootsie Rolls Industries, the following candies are gluten-free:

  • Tootsie Rolls
  • Fruit Rolls
  • Frooties
  • Dots
  • Tropical Dots
  • Crows
  • Cella’s Milk Chocolate Covered Cherries
  • Cella’s Dark Chocolate Covered Cherries
  • Junior Mints
  • Charleston Chew
  • Junior Caramels
  • Tootsie Pops
  • Tootsie Peppermint Pops
  • Caramel Apple Pops
  • Fruit Smoothie Pops
  • Tropical Stormz Pops
  • Child’s Play
  • Charms Blow Pops
  • Charms Super Blow Pops
  • Charms Pops
  • Zip-A-Dee-Mini Pops
  • Fluffy Stuff Cotton Candy
  • Sugar Daddy Pops
  • Sugar Mama Caramels
  • Charms Squares
  • Charms Sour Balls
  • Charms Candy Carnival
  • Pops Galore
  • Andes
  • Sugar Babies

Contact Tootsie Roll Industries at 773-838-3400.

Smarties

Most of Smarties’ line of products is considered gluten-free and vegan, according to the company. However, Smarties sells its products to different “re-baggers” as well as various retail outlets. Since a re-bagger buys products from many different companies and then places them in different packaging, only re-baggers can verify whether their manufacturing plants are free of gluten or other allergens. “If the UPC number on the packaging begins with ‘0 11206,’ you can be assured that the product was packaged in one of our manufacturing facilities,” which means it should be gluten-free,” the company says. Smarties Gummies contain no gluten ingredients, but are manufactured in a facility that also processes wheat-containing products.

Contact Smarties through the company’s website.

Hershey’s

 

After several years of listing only a few products as gluten-free, Hershey’s published a gluten-free list as of March 2012 that includes several more products, mainly Hershey’s Kisses varieties. As of October 2012, the following list of Hershey’s candies are gluten-free:

  • Almond Joy (all)
  • Mounds (all)
  • Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Kisses
  • Hershey’s Filled Chocolate Kisses (caramel and cherry cordial creme)
  • Hershey’s Nuggets
  • Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bar, only in the 1.55 oz. size
  • Hershey’s Milk Chocolate with Almonds Bar, only in the 1.45 oz. size
  • Heath Bars
  • Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups (all except for seasonal shaped items)
  • Skor
  • Skor Toffee Bar
  • York Peppermint Pattie (all)
    The following Hershey’s products are NOT gluten-free:

  • Hershey’s Special Dark Bar
  • Hershey’s Cookies ‘N’ Creme Bar
  • Hershey’s Air Delight
  • Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Drops
  • Hershey’s Miniatures
  • Mr. Goodbar
  • Symphony Bar
  • Hershey’s Extra Dark Chocolate

Hershey’s says it will list any ingredients containing wheat, barley, rye, oats and malt on the label, and also will disclose shared equipment or shared facilities on the label. Hershey’s gluten-free list includes baking chips and bars, cocoa products and syrup; you can access the list here.

 

Contact Hershey’s at 800-468-1714.

 

Wrigley

 

Wrigley makes chewing gum and other candy products (for more on gluten-free gum, see the link above). According to the company, “all U.S. Wrigley chewing gum and confection products have been assessed to be gluten-free with the exception of the products listed below, which contain ingredient(s) derived from wheat or are made on shared equipment that also processes products with wheat and may contain trace amounts of gluten.” Here’s the list of Wrigley products that do contain gluten:

  • Altoids Chocolate Dipped Mints (made on equipment that also processes wheat)
  • Altoids Smalls Peppermint Mints (contains wheat maltodextrin)
  • Hubba Bubba Gummi Tape Candy (contains wheat flour and wheat fiber)
  • Lucas and Swinkles Branded Candy Strips (contains wheat flour and wheat fiber)

Note that Wrigley makes Creme Savers, Lifesavers, Skittles and Starburst, which in the U.S. are free of any gluten sources, according to the company.

Contact Wrigley at (800) 974-4539.

 

Jelly Belly

 

Jelly Belly makes jelly beans in an ever-expanding array of colors and flavors. According to the company, “all Jelly Belly beans are gluten-free, dairy-free, gelatin-free, vegetarian and OU Kosher.” This includes licorice-flavored gluten-free Jelly Belly jelly beans (in most cases, licorice candy contains wheat).

However, other Jelly Belly candies, including Chocolate Malt Balls, Chocolate Bridge Mix, Licorice Bridge Mix, Black Licorice Buttons and Licorice Pastels, are NOT gluten-free. In addition, seasonal mixes sold around the holidays contain the malt balls, and so are not gluten-free.

 

Contact Jelly Belly at 800-522-3267.

 

Necco

 

Necco probably is best known for its small sugar Valentine heart candies – the pastel-colored ones that say “Be Mine” and “True Love” – but my daughter’s candy stash often turns up a few Necco products every Halloween, as well.

 

    According to Necco, the following products do not contain gluten from wheat, rye, oats or barley:

  • Necco Wafers
  • Necco Chocolate Wafers
  • Candy House Candy Buttons
  • Canada Mint, Wintergreen and Spearmint Lozenges
  • Mary Jane
  • Mary Jane Peanutbutter Kisses (available for Halloween only)
  • Banana Splits Chews
  • Mint Julep Chews
  • Haviland Thin Mints, Wintergreen Patty, Nonpareils and Chocolate Stars
  • Skybar
  • Sweethearts Conversation Hearts (available for Valentine’s Day only)

 

Contact Necco at 781-485-4800.

 

Just Born

 

Peeps marshmallow treats, made by Just Born, used to appear only at Easter, but in recent years we’ve seen Halloween Peeps shaped like pumpkins and ghosts, Christmas Peeps in the shape of trees, and heart-shaped Peeps for Valentine’s Day.

 

According to Just Born, as of October 2012 all the company’s marshmallow candies that are safe from cross-contamination will state “gluten-free” on the package by the ingredients listing. The modified food starch used in the products is corn starch, according to the company. Just Born also makes Mike and Ike Candies.

    According to Just Born, the following candies are gluten-free:

  • Mike and Ike Berry Blast
  • Mike and Ike Italian Ice
  • Mike and Ike Jolly Joes
  • Mike and Ike Lemonade Blends
  • Mike and Ike Original Fruits
  • Mike and Ike Redrageous
  • Mike and Ike Tangy Twister
  • Mike and Ike Tropical Typhoon
  • Mike and Ike Zours
  • Mike and Ike Jelly Beans
  • Mike and Ike Hot Tamales
  • Goldenberg’s Vintage Peanut Chews

Contact Just Born at 888-645-3453

 

Tic Tac Mints

 

Tic Tac mints are produced by the Italian confection manufacturer Ferrero, and have been sold for more than 40 years.

According to the company, Tic Tac mints do not contain any ingredients derived from the gluten grains wheat, barley, rye, oats or triticale.

Contact Ferrero at 732-764-9300.

 

Although these are all supposedly Gluten Free, there is nothing on this list about Non-GMO ingredients and products. Some these companies definitely contributed big bucks to shut down the GMO labeling bill in California not too long ago. Please eat and share wisely this Halloween season.

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