Playhouse Halloween Makeover | Halloween Decor on a Budget from DOLLAR TREE

*DISCLOSURE:  This post is NOT in anyway sponsored by Dollar Tree.

The kids playhouse has been due for a fresh coat of paint but since we were out for the most part of summer, we never got around to painting it. I figured in it’s current “grungy” state, we might as well start decorating it for Halloween. If you’ve been following us for awhile you know how much we try to enjoy this season with all the opportunities to play pretend and dress up. Well, this year we decided to “dress up” the playhouse as well but challenged ourselves to decorate the playhouse with a $25 budget and we all know shopping at the dollar store is probably the only way to get this challenge done so the kids and I headed to our local Dollar Tree and this is what we ended up getting.

4 Halloween Themed Flower Stems

2 2-pack glittery spiders

2 Black Creepy Cloth

2 White Creepy Cloth

2 Hanging Ghosts

1 BEWARE sign

1 spider web with spider decor

2 rubber rats

2 styrofoam Pumpkins

2 styrofoam tombstones

2 plastic skulls

2 plastic skull fence

1 cauldron pail

The talking doorbell was on clearance from BIG LOTS post Halloween from two years ago. I bought it for less than $5.

Here’s the BEFORE and AFTER for comparison.

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BEFORE

AFTER

Here are the back details of the house 🙂

Xavi and Cassie enjoying their mini haunted house

I’m sure we could have gotten more stuff from the Dollar Tree since they had a lot to offer like string lights shaped like skulls, pumpkins and bats, giant spiders, clip-on bats, etc. but a challenge is a challenge besides I’d like to think less is more.

How did we do with the 25-dollar challenge? Not bad right? I know Halloween is still a ways to go but I hope this inspires you and your kids to decorate your cubby house this Halloween season. Enjoy!

~Rhea

Costumes, Candies …Cassie.

The Autumn season is quite enjoyable but what I really look forward to is the Halloween part of it, sorry to say I enjoy it more than I do Thanksgiving. It might just be the fun and the flair of Halloween that attracts me to it, nothing to do with the origins whatsoever. I’d have to admit it is tempting to enjoy the horror movie marathons they play on tv for the entire month of October, (I think I could binge-watch those) but for me its mostly the fun of dressing up or thinking of what or who you want to be for halloween. Halloween is an excuse to be a kid again, to allow your imagination to run free and play dress up; play pretend.

Technically, this would fall as Cassie’s first “real” halloween, I wouldn’t count last year since she was only a few days old when halloween came around. And it actually works that she’s an October baby, all the more reason to go crazy on her birthday. Haha. I can only hope that she grows up to enjoy the halloween festivities as much as I do—the costumes, the candies, the parties and all the works. I’m starting her young.

Here are Cassie’s costumes in a nutshell, although Mommy didn’t have time to DIY, I think we still came up with pretty good last minute costumes from her closet. Yes, we don’t repeat costumes.

COSTUME #1:

Frida Kahlo

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COSTUME #2:

Pebbles Flinstones

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COSTUME #3:

(this is pushing it but….) Native American Girl

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St. Angela Merici Catholic Church Trunk or Treat

Our church, St. Angela Merici Catholic Church held their annual Trunk or Treat and Cassie and I went as Mommy and me Frida Kahlos. Head dresses were DIYed by me ofcourse. We darkened our eyebrows but erased our unibrows, Marco said I was pushing it. Hahaha.

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Some of the car designs at church

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Grandmy, Mommy and Cassie after Trunk or Treating

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Halloween Town at Sugarland Town Center

Our first time to take part in Halloween Town and it was packed!  It could’ve been a more pleasant experience for us but I guess we just weren’t used to being around that many people and the lines were crazy long. Too long to wait for candies and freebies if you ask me. It was fun seeing all the kids in their costumes though, I’m a sucker for cute babies playing dress up.

We went as the Flinstones this year since I found a good deal from some mommy who was reselling her costumes as a family. Marco and Cassie fit perfectly in theirs although I had to make some adjustments on my costume, everything worked out. Not only are store-sold costumes over priced but they’re usually flimsy and the wigs are outrageously tacky, I had to wrap a scarf around it and pass myself as a  “posh” Wilma Flinstones.

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Cassie is grandy’s girl

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Look who we bumped into

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Pebbles “beautiful eyes”

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And…it’s this girl’s birthday so we had dinner at the Hibachi Grill per the birthday girl’s request

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Sienna Plantation Trick or Treat

I was running out of costumes for Cassie and on the actual day of Halloween I made her a feather headdress that matched one of her rompers and passed her off as a little Indian (Native American) girl.

I had a lot of left over candies  from Cassies birthday and decided to do a last minute buffet-style trick or treat table to make it look more enticing . Mom dressed up as a Chinese lady (yes, we definitely have Chinese blood so we’re not being racist) and she had to guard the table since some of the kids tend to get a lot more than they’re supposed to.

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The first ever pumpkin that Marco carved

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I joined in the fun and dressed up as well

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And this is what happened when the kids saw our halloween candy set-up

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A mommy and Cassie selfie before we took her out trick or treating

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 This little Indian girl is a halloween-naturale.

Who says the fun stops when you become parents? Marco and I are definitely am not out partying on halloween night like we used to but at least now I have two more people to dress up other than myself. Dressing up as a family is so much fun, I’m blessed to have a husband who is down for anything and let’s not forget, the CANDIES! I’m hoping Halloween is something my little family would look forward to in the years to come. Happy Halloween, my little Cassie.

~Mommy Rhea

Villain For the Night

After the usual October 31 family shenanigans I had to help this little one with her makeup, I asked her what she wanted and she told me “anything scary, mita” so I googled ‘pegs’ and just improvised due to the time constraint, my niece had to go trick or treating in less than an hour. At this point, I’ve barely finished spray painting my head dress and haven’t started with my cloak for tonight’s dinner.

One bloody, happy customer… I’m glad it turned out okay bri! I would’ve worked more on the details but this little girl was so ticklish it was quite impossible to do that, we just kept laughing the entire time I was putting make up on her.

Now that’s done, here are some photos of the last minute #DIY head dress for the night. Occasionally, I go into the nitty gritty of the details but I didn’t have the luxury of time to take photos during every step of the process so I’m going to briefly describe  how I ended up with my handmade Maleficent head dress.

Here are the following materials I used:

MALEFICENT HEAD DRESS

Old Newspapers (tons of them)

Tape (masking tape or packing tape will do)

Black Electric Tape

Glue (plaster glue preferable)

2 medium sized deflated balloons, P20

Black Acrylic Spray Paint, P109

Faux Leather Cloth (half a yard worked for me), P70

Thanks to Sai Panasaya for being my main inspiration and providing me the first few steps of making my head dress. I’ve pretty much followed everything except the last few steps she did. As I mentioned earlier, I didn’t have time to work on the details of my head dress so I skipped drawing design details and attaching the faux leather cloth with a glue gun. I also decided to wrap my horns with electric tape to give it texture and to save me some time spray painting it with black.

Here’s my head dress prior to spray panting it. Sai, in the video, would have incorporated details at this point but I skipped that since I didn’t have glue gun at hand. Notice how the horns are already wrapped with black electric tape.

Unlike Sai, I accidentally used the generic white glue that you can purchase in any bookstore and mixed it with water for the papier- mâché instead of the plaster glue that she preferred in the video. It came out softer than the one she had (almost close to flimsy, in terms of my standards) but it was strong enough to hold the horns when I attached them using the masking tape. Make sure to cautiously secure the horns in all angles.

There is no specific brand for the black paint, all I know is I made sure to pick the cheapest Acrylic spray paint I could find. This particular brand, Lotus, was the cheapest brand in Handy Man and it cost me P109 (that’s roughly $2.60)  I was scared that using too much of the spray paint would soften the ‘cap’ part of my head dress so I was very careful to spray the paint evenly.

Here is how it looked like after leaving it for a good 30 minutes to dry.

Now for the last few steps of the head dress, I simply followed Sarah Sofi’s application of the faux leather cloth. I wrapped the cloth around my head the way she instructed and fastened it using at least 4 pieces of hairpins.

Looked up some DIY Maleficent looks but ended up doing my own thing, I used a bunch of purple hues for my makeup. I think the main thing to remember is to apply the dark grayish streak under her cheekbones to give maleficent that ‘sunken’ look.

MALEFICENT CLOAK

2 yards of black fabric, P36/yard

1/2 yard of purple felt fabric, P120/yard

Purple Ribbon

Maleficent’s cloak, I’d have to say was not sturdy at all but at this point I was just going for the look. I pretty much took the ends of the black cloth, put them over my back and instead of wrapping it around my neck to make like ‘superman’, I wrapped the tips around my arms to make them look like sleeves (as you would a shawl), I then did a temporary stitch to fasten them there (one stitch just under the armpits and one closer to the wrists on both sides). On the purple  felt fabric, I drew the shape of Maleficent’s flap, cut it out and attached it to the neck area with simple  backstitches. After which, I made 4 holes around the neck area for the purple ribbon to pass through thus making a draw string to make the cloak easy to adjust.

Look who joined me to dress up for Halloween…another black-purple beauty, Jeminah a.k.a Ursula.

Dinner at where else, the Encanto’s residence. Thanks for feeding us hungry villains…Pesto Pasta, Palabok, King Sisig (4 kinds of sisig) which by the way was superbly delicious, Fried Lumpia, Mocha Cake, Cupcakes and Wine.

Pervs Halloween 2014

Here’s our Disney Counterparts…

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Marco as Mr. Smee

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Rhea as Maleficent

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Gela as Cruella

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Jeminah as Ursula

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Next stop…The Bowery in the Fort.

Yes, we’re all Villains.

Jau as the Pacman Ghost and Gela as Cruella

Look who we bumped into…Migi Zuluaga. It’s been awhile. 🙂

Mai as Preggy Cherie Gil

Yep…you guessed it, someone came out as Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo from ‘She’s Dating the Gangster’

T’was a fun night out, considering the fact that nowadays I easily get tired clubbing, not hiding my age…I am old. Hahaha. Thanks so much Jau and Gela for the ride.

Happy Halloween!!!!

Hope everyone had a fun and creepy celebration and before I end here’s one last photo of my costume. Finally decided to join Lookbook’s Halloween Contest just for fun. Don’t forget to HYPE my look. haha.

~Rhea

Ghoulish Tendencies

Halloween came in weird this time of the year, it’s right swak in the middle of the week. Usually we go party on the weekend closest to Halloween, but it was hard to call this year. I honestly didn’t think my friends and I would do something to celebrate since the pre-Halloween weekend everyone was busy with their own thing, it’s a good thing someone named Hessa (ehem)  made last minute efforts to plan a costume party at the Almacens.

This is what I love about my girls (and yes the guys too…) when you say it’s a theme party, you know it’s going down and I’m not surprised that this girl named Hessa (ehem again) pulled it off. Haha..She went all out on all the Halloween DIYs, other than her DIY costume, I definitely had fun with the DIY photobooth, my personal favorite (Thanks Alamacen boys and Papa Charles for setting it up). Party sponsored by Tony’s Grill and Deep Eddy Vodka if you know what I mean, shout out to the Almacens for hosting. I actually had another costume party to go to but the latter part was girl talk and you know how that goes, I had to put my girlfriends first. Sorry Ran, Rad, Jo, Iyah, Katsie and Pau.

2011: Mourning Widow to 2012: Corpse Bride

Finished product of my last minute costume. I didn’t purchase anything this year.

Watch me enjoy the DIY photobooth…

Girls camwhoring…first takers on the photobooth.

With the pirate lovers..haha. My brother Paulo and his girlfriend Katsie

With the man with no pants…Hahaha.

With the Obamas.

Magic Mark..I mean magic Mike.

Mr. Penguin and the Corpse Bride

Red Head alert. Hessa with her DIY Poison Ivy costume and Roxi as Cleopatra from Mars

My afro perv.

Third wheeling..schoolgirl and Jake

Me, Nikki, Vynna, Ann, Hessa and Roxi

Vynna and those tranny lashes that I love

Excuse me, corrupting minors ka..haha. Didn’t get to take a photo with you

Most of it sponsored by Tony’s Grill. Haha

Reminiscing Vegas. AMFs FTW.

Deep Eddy Vodka girls.

Announcing the Best in Costume Award…

…and the winner is. Cleopatra and Magic Mike.

Closing shots

Next year Roxi will have to be Storm. haha.

That pretty much wraps up our post-Halloween party, more (and I mean moreeeee) pictures on Facebook.

Later.

~Rhea

Wicked Wonderland

Happy Halloween!!! (notice how the dead are in character, haha. Amil Almacen)

Roxi: Black Swan, Vynna: Minnie Mouse, Jessica: Snow White, Me: Black Widow, Amil: Living Dead, Marielle: the Military Chick

My Awesome Couple Friends in their matching costumes…

Vynna and Carl: so Disney!

Charles and Anne: so Greece!…haha

Amil, my dead partner for the night.

Oh, hello there octo-mom! hahaha. Hilarious!

BLACK is the color of our night. Love you pek!

G’night! See me in your dreams..haha

~Rhea