Spooky Halloween Headband DIY + $200 Fandango Giveaway

One of the best ways to add an instant Halloween Costume to your look is through an amazing hair accessory. It’s perfect for those non-dresser-uppers and kiddoss who need a simple costume for school. It’s been a while since we’ve shared a fun DIY tutorial, and our spooky Halloween Headbands are the perfect hairpiece for the season!

Our inspiration is drawn from our vampire friends from Hotel Transylvania 2, which comes out in theaters this Friday.  Complete with bats and spiders, leaves and thorns – we hoping they’ll earn us our vampire fangs!

Here’s how to make em’:

  • Gather materials.  We picked up a garland of fake black and glittery purple leaves, a stem of black plastic glittery thorns, bats, and glittery spiders from our local craft store.  A glue-gun and a thick headband are needed too.
  • Simply cover the headband completely with leaves, securing with a glue-gun.  I like to use a tool to help press the leaves in place and save my fingertips from pesky burns (anything will work – I happened to grab a matchbox car!).  Make the leaves stick out in various directions to make the headband look more like a statement headpiece. Make sure to only secure small leaves close to each end, so it won’t be uncomfortable around the ears.
  • After the leaves dry – adorn the headband with gross bats and spiders.  Add a touch of thorns to one side only.  Make sure to pick off any glue residue and let your masterpiece set.

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And just like that – she’s ready for the vampire ball!

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Win It! Our partners at Fandango Family want to send one lucky winner off to see Hotel Transylvania 2 and MANY more great movies with a generous $200 Fandango Gift Card! Just visit the widget below to enter. Best of luck!

Cheers to Halloween and making fun things! Check out more of our hair accessory tutorials here.

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This post is sponsored by Fandango Family, where in addition to movie info, you’ll find other great DIYs.  Content and tutorial as always, are my own. Thanks for reading!


The Full Spectrum of Emotions + Fandango Giveaway

As a kid, I remember the excitement of getting lost in a great book or movie.  The feeling of identifying with a character or storyline normalized some of the feelings I wasn’t always well-equipped to deal with throughout childhood. It’s thrilling to watch my children devour stories – and be of an age where we can experience quintessential fun family outings, like spontaneous trips to the movies together.

We couldn’t wait to see Inside Out which tells the personified story of emotions – joy, sadness, fear, anger, and disgust – all inside tween Riley’s head.  The story unfolds in the most magical Pixar way. Illuminated marbles represent core memories, moving through space and sleep and ultimately remind us that it’s OK for emotions like sadness to take control when necessary.

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Through Inside Out we see that memories and experiences that help define who we are, are not built on a strange dichotomy of happy or sad.  They are strung together by a full spectrum of emotions – like speckled marbles reflecting a complex kaleidoscope of colors.

We leave movies like this with tangible ways to discuss emotional intelligence with our children.  Striving our best to make room to allow our kids to explore and express how they feel in a safe and compassionate space.  Even when it manifests into Olympic-level “YOU’RE THE MEANEST MOMMY EVER!!!!” – we hope that we offer lessons (and examples) in venting our feelings in appropriate ways.  Aligned with what our children respond well too.

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In our home, we continue to find a helpful tool in creating art.  Fandango Family also offers so many other ways to discuss accessing our feelings via kid-appropriate Inside Out-inspired activities.  Please join in the discussion in the comments below.

WIN IT: Want to take your family to see Inside Out or other great Fandango Family movies? Fandango is generously giving away $200 in Fandango Gift Cards to one lucky winner! Enter via the rafflecopter below – US only please and entries are verified.  Best of luck and cheers to summer!

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fandango_family_logoAs a Fandango Family Ambassador – this is a sponsored post. Content and opinions, as always, are my own.