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Last Minute Halloween Ideas

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Halloween is less than a week away and I’m sharing some fun last minute Halloween ideas. From spooky treats to some of the best Halloween movies, decor and games, scroll down for a real screaming time!

Last Minute Halloween Ideas

1.) Go Batty with the decorations. Add some fun bats to the wall or even on lampshades to add a spooky touch. My kids are also big fans of the 10 ft skeletons, and obviously Halloween inflatables. We also love to make these easy DIY Ghost Lanterns. Click here for my DIY.

easy diy ghost lanterns

2.) Get some fun Halloween pajamas and have a Halloween movie night.

Everything is just better with some fun holiday PJ’s, am I right? These are some of the cutest Halloween pajamas.

Sharing a list of some of my favorite Halloween movies below.

  • Hocus Pocus
  • Beetlejuice
  • Monster House
  • Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Halloween
  • Casper
  • The Addam’s Family
  • Clue
  • Practical Magic
  • The Amityville Horror
  • Halloweentown
  • Sleepy Hollow
  • The Craft

3.) Make Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate and serve in fun cauldrons or with some ghost Peeps.

This hot chocolate can be made in the crock pot and the subtle pumpkin taste is perfect for fall. Serve in some little mini cauldron cups for the kids or top with a Ghost Peep. I like to add some Rumchata or Fireball to kick it up a notch for the adults. Click here for my recipe.

Pumpkin spice hot chocolate and ideas for a Hocus Pocus party

Peeps Halloween Marshmallow Candy, Packs of 3 Sugar Skulls, Monsters, Pumpkins, Ghosts, Pack of 5

Uiifan 12 Pcs 15 oz Halloween Cauldron Mug Witches Brew Black Plastic Cups Mug Witch Decor Novelty Witch Gifts (Plain Style)

4.) Serve some festive Halloween themed treats.

This Halloween bark is always a hit and super easy to make. Click here.

Halloween bark. Chocolate covered with candy corn, M&Ms, googly eye sprinkles, crushed oreos and drizzled with white chocolate.

This pumpkin baked brie is a delicious and more upscale appetizer if you’re not looking to get super Halloween-ey.

pumpkin baked brie

How fun is this spider taco ring?

spider taco ring

This Mummy Chicken Pot Pie is hearty and will fill up those tummies before you hit the streets Trick or Treating.

Mummy chicken pot pies with a spoon sticking in one of them lifting a bite of pot pie.

I saw this bloody fondue fountain and I think this is sooo marvelous! Enjoy with fruit, pretzels or some sponge cake.

Photos courtesy of http://www.sugarandspice

Pumpkin spice snack mix is a delicious sweet and salty combo. I like to make a bunch and leave out in a cannister to munch throughout the day. Sharing the recipe here.

Pumpkin spice snack mix

These zombie jello cups are a scream! I don’t know what the kids always love jello! I made these jello cups and added some Zombie finger pops and gummy eyeball treats.

Jello cups with zombie and witch finger lollipops for Halloween snacks and desserts.

Halloween Candy, Missing Body Parts Gummies, Trick or Treat Candies and Themed Party Favors, Swirl Sticker Included, 4.5 Ounces, (Pack of 2) (Gummy Body Parts)

Halloween Zombie Fingers Sour Apple 4 Candy Lollipops (Pack of 3)

5.) Boo your friends and neighbors.

Surprise your friends and neighbors with some little treats on their doorstep. I’m sharing my free printable and DIY here.

Halloween Boo Bags

And here is this one for the adults. Click here to download my free printable and drink up witches!

Drink up witches you've been boozed printable wine tag on bottle of wine with witch hat left on friend's doorstep for Halloween.


6.) Have a pumpkin carving or decorating contest.

Here are some ideas to inspire you.

7.) Figure out your costumes and dress up!

I think that’s probably the most fun part. For just one night, you can be absolutely anyone or anything. The options are endless! Whether you’re going to a Halloween party or maybe just even giving out candy to trick or treaters at home, get into it and dress the part!

Linking the deets for this easy couples costume here because I think we can all agree Taylor and Travis are couple goals.

Halloween costume idea for couples - Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce in Kansas City Chiefs shirts

Click here to shop all Halloween costumes

8.) Play some games.

Get the family or some friends together for fun. Get a round of classic Clue going or if you’re a true crime buff, try cracking a cold case. I’m linking some fun ones below.

Last minute Halloween Ideas Halloween games pick your poison Halloween games spider ring toss or zombie ring toss Halloween games stupid deaths classic board game Clue Halloween games - true crime cold case game Murder at Merivale Manor


Hope you all have a Happy Halloween!!!


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6 In holidays/ St Patricks Day

9 Ideas for St Patrick’s Day

9 recipes and Ideas for St. Patrick's Day

This St. Patrick’s Day, I’ve got 9 ideas to help you celebrate. Here are some of my favorite recipes and ideas you and your family are sure to enjoy! Scroll down to see them all including my leprechaun bait, reuben salad, homemade Irish cream and more!

9 Ideas for St. Patrick’s Day

9 ideas for St Patrick's Day- recipes and activities for St Patrick's Day

1.) Lucky Pancakes

My kids ask for this every St. Patrick’s Day. It’s easy to do and a cute festive breakfast. Recipe here

Lucky St. Patrick's Day Pancakes

2.) Lucky Charms Ice Cream Sandwiches

Give your rice krispie treats a glow up by adding some lucky charms and smoosh some ice cream in between to make the sweet ice cream sandwich! Recipe here

Lucky Charms Ice Cream Sandwiches

3.) Leprechaun Bait

Lure those leprechauns into your trap with this sweet and addicting leprechaun bait! Recipe here

leprechaun bait chex mix recipe

4.) Reuben Salad

This is my twist on the classic pub sandwich. Serve as a salad for a lighter way to enjoy! Recipe here

Reuben Salad


5.) Homemade Irish Cream

I usually make this around Christmas time as little gifts but you can make for St. Patrick’s Day too! Once you try this homemade Irish cream, you’ll never want the fake stuff! Drink over ice or in coffee 🙂

Recipe here

homemade irish cream irish coffee


6.) Irish Cream Cold Brew

If you’ve had the Starbucks version, I’m showing you how you can make your own at home! I love to add a splash of my homemade Irish cream to it! Recipe here

Copycat Starbucks Irish Cream Cold Brew


7.) Rainbow Sangria

This is the kind of rainbow I want to see on St. Patrick’s Day. This is a fantastic springtime sip! Recipe here

Rainbow Sangria


8.) Guinness Chocolate Milkshake

I’m not a big beer drinker but did you know that Guinness pairs nicely with chocolate? This milkshake is so rich and a great boozy St. Patrick’s Day dessert for adults! Recipe here

chocolate guinness milkshake

9.) St Patrick’s Day Bath

If the leprechaun stops by your house for some shenanigans, have them bring some magic potion to make bath time fun! Click to see how!

St Patrick's Day activities for kids green bath with gold coins

I love to see what you create! So if you make any of these, be sure to take a photo and tag me on Instagram @ourtiny_nest!

Happy Luck of the Irish to you all 😉

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21 In food/ holidays

Leprechaun Bait Chex Mix Recipe

leprechaun bait chex mix recipe

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This Leprechaun Bait chex mix recipe is a great snack for St. Patrick’s Day! This is a favorite recipe amongst all my boys, my husband included.  It is seriously addicting and won’t last long! This chex mix is also a cute snack to give to friends at school. I’m sharing the recipe below.

Leprechaun Bait Chex Mix Recipe


  • Honey chex cereal
  • Lucky charms cereal
  • pretzels
  • white chocolate chips
  • green M&M’s
  • chocolate gold coins


Start by lining a large baking tray with parchment paper.

Pour the cereals and pretzels on the parchment paper.

leprechaun bait chex mix recipe

In a bowl, pour the white chocolate chips. Melt in the microwave, stopping at about 30 second intervals to stir.

Once the chocolate is melted, use a fork to drizzle on top of the cereal and pretzel mixture.

leprechaun bait chex mix recipe

Add the green M&M’s on top.

Leprechaun bait chex mix recipe

Mix together then allow to cool.

leprechaun chex mix recipe

Break apart into pieces.

Add in some chocolate gold coins. I like to store this chex mix in a large glass canister because it looks cute on the counter or table and then just scoop out into bowls as you snack. Or you can bag for little treats for school. I’ve linked some cute gift tag stickers below.

leprechaun bait chex mix recipe

If you have little ones, this is fun to make after reading “How To Catch A Leprechaun”.


Leprechaun chex mix recipe

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I love to see what you create! If you make this, be sure to share a photo on Instagram and tag me @ourtiny_nest!

Here are some of our other favorite St. Patrick’s Day recipes:

Lucky charms ice cream sandwiches

Lucky St Patrick’s Day pancakes

If you liked this chex mix, you might also like this bunny bait that is perfect for Easter!

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28 In holidays/ Recipes

The best pistachio thumbprint cookies

The best pistachio thumbprint cookies

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These are the best pistachio thumbprint cookies and will easily become a favorite Christmas cookie! Sweet pistachio topped with a cheesecake filling or raspberry jam are the perfect bite and look festive for your Christmas cookie swaps or platters.

And I’m sharing 15 other delicious Christmas treats for you from some of my most favorite bloggers. Scroll down to see all of their recipes.

If you’re coming from Michele at Vintage Home Designs, welcome! I hope you will stick around here and continue to follow along. Also how delicious do her shortbread cookies look?

The best pistachio thumbprint cookies

One of my favorite things that I used to have every Christmas is my grandmother’s pistachio ambrosia. I loved it so much and it just wasn’t Christmas without it. This recipe combines my favorite flavors of pistachio with my favorite Christmas cookie – my sister’s almond raspberry thumbprints.

I made a yummy cheesecake filling for these cookies but you can also fill with raspberry jam too!

The best pistachio thumbprint cookies


  • 1 cup butter softened (I used unsalted)
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 package instant pistachio pudding mix
  • 2 cups nuts chopped (I used walnuts/pecans)

For the filling

  • 1/2 cup cream cheese.
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • or raspberry jam (optional)
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips


1.) Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees.

2.) In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until fluffy.

3.) Beat in the eggs, salt and extracts.

4.) Add in the flour and pistachio pudding mix, beating together until combined.

5.) Roll the batter into individual balls, about 1 inch. Roll some or all of the balls into the chopped nuts and place on a prepared baking sheet.

6.) Using your thumb, make a thumbprint in the center of each cookie.

7.) Bake in the oven for about 10-12 minutes. You want to take them out just before the edges start to get golden.

8.) Using a spoon or your thumb, re-shape the thumbprint if necessary as sometimes it changes shape after baking.

9.) Allow the cookies to cool.

10.) While the cookies are cooling, start to prepare the cheesecake filling. In a mixing bowl, cream together the cream cheese and sugar.

11.) Beat in the vanilla and make sure there are no lumps.

12.) Fill in each cookie with either the cream cheese filling or raspberry jam. I chose to do some of each.

13.) In a microwave safe bowl, melt some chocolate chips, stirring at 30 second intervals.

14.) Once melted, use a fork to drizzle some chocolate over each cookie.

15.) Allow the chocolate to cool before eating.

These also freeze really well so you can make ahead of time! I line some parchment paper in an airtight storage container and freeze until the day of.

Enjoy!!! The best pistachio thumbprint cookies

DIY snowglobe tray

I served them on this snowglobe tray that I made! Click here for the easy DIY.

Linking some cute things to serve your cookies below


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For more of my favorite Christmas treats check out

My homemade Irish Cream

These boozy chocolate hazelnut truffles

The best Christmas tree dip


Now head on over to Stacy at Bricks ‘n Blooms for her decadent fudge!!!

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Christmas Cookies and Holiday Treats

Are you looking to add some new recipes to your holiday rotation this year? Click on the links below to go to each post and see more.

Midwest Life And Style – Peanut Butter Balls | Cottage On Bunker Hill – Double Chocolate Oreo Bark | White Lilac Farmhouse – No Bake Christmas Cookies | Cottage In The Mitten – Holiday Peanut Butter Cookies

My Family Thyme – Eggnog Snickerdoodle Cookies | Eleanor Rose Home – Christmas Monster Cookies | Pasha Is Home – Christmas Fudge | Tatertots And Jello – Holiday Dipped Oreo Cookies

The Ponds Farmhouse – Dark Chocolate Pomegranate Bark | Vintage Home Designs – Cranberry Orange Shortbread Cookies | Our Tiny Nest – Pistachio Thumbprint Cookies | Bricks ‘n Blooms – Tiger Butter Fudge

The Tattered Pew – Daddy’s Molasses Cookies | Open Doors Open Hearts – Cinnamon Sugar Pecans | WM Design House – Cinnamon Popcorn | She Gave It A Go – Holiday Punch


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