Well it is almost time to start thinking about those letters to Santa!  I have found a few places you can send free letters to Santa!  One will even get a response back!

Free Letters From Santa Claus:

Visit Free Letters from Santa Claus and choose 1 of 5 letters that you can create to print and give your child.  I suggest with these letters from Santa to put in your mail box after your mail is delivered so that your child will think Santa actually sent a letter!  You might find a stamp to use as a post mark.

Letter From Santa:

Visit Letter From Santa to create one of 4 letters from Santa.

  • Using our easy and fun online letter creator, you can customize a Santa Letter with your child’s name, hometown, friend’s name and more.
  • We have four unique letters to choose from and three color choices making it easy to personalize a letter for each of your children.
  • After you finish creating your letters, you simply download them to your computer to print out on your own printer.

Easy Free Santa Letter:

Visit Easy Free Santa Letter to create a Free letter from Santa.  You can create a free letter if you use the Standard options.  You can choose one of the Magical Letters for just $2.99.

  • Faster than magic Elf dust and as easy as 1, 2, 3! Simply point and click and you’ll receive your FREE printable Santa Letter instantly, personally addressed to your little one by the big guy himself. No waiting by the mailbox!
  •  Looking for something much more magical? For only $2.99 choose from our many beautiful designs to create a unique Letter from Santa Claus full of special details about your child that only Santa could know. Watch your child’s eyes light up brighter than Rudolph’s nose! Create yours today!

Free Letter From Santa Claus from Santa Clause Indiana (This one is free but I always include a few dollars to help with postage.  These are local volunteers that write these letters to the children.

I live just about 30 minutes from this town called Santa Claus, IN. (Yes there is such a place!) They have a great theme park there to open spring to the fall. Pretty much everything in the town has a Christmas Theme! All the street names, stores, etc. Pretty neat for the little ones. One of the places we visit is the Santa Claus Museum! When we are there we drop off our letter to Santa, in which he an his elf’s write back!

If you are not near Santa Claus, IN you can mail your letter to Santa. This is free, but they do ask for donations to pay for postage. Volunteers write the letters, address and stamp. I always include a few dollars to pay for postage on my letter as well as a few others. Above is the letter my son got last year! (Make sure you have your address somewhere on the letter so they know where to send back too!)

Letter Details:

Since 1914, children have had the joy of receiving letters from Santa Claus for free. To receive a written letter from Santa Claus, a letter with a legible return address must be mailed to:

Santa Claus
PO Box 1
Santa Claus, IN 47579

Every letter mailed to Santa Claus before December 21st, will receive a letter back from Santa Claus himself! The earlier you can send in your letter the better.

To help pay for postage, donations would greatly be appreciated. They can be sent to the address listed above as well.

 

Head on over to 4 Crazy Kings and learn step by step how to make these cute Black Paper Bats. These seem very easy to make for those who are not as crafty as they would like to be. Supplies: Black Paper, Scissors, Circle Template (bowl, cup or plate…), Glue, Decorations for the eyes and mouth. We used googly eyes but you do not have to.

Visit A Girl’s Gotta Knit to learn how to make these super cute Trash Bag Ghosts! These are great since they are made with plastic and will be weather proof! Supplies: Trash Bag, Scissors, Needle and Thread, Black Sharpie, and something to stuff the head of the ghost (newspaper, magazine).

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October is here, and I thought it would be fun to share some Free printable Halloween Lunch Box Notes from around the web! With each just download and print. On my printer I set the quality to Fast Draft…still look great but with out using all my ink!

The first set (pictured above) comes from It’s Written on the Wall. It’s Written on the Wall has 24 great lunch notes plus a bonus everyday 12 lunch box notes all for FREE. To grab these (which they are too cute) you will need to like It’s Written on The Wall’s Facebook page and either send them a Facebook message or leave a comment with your email address. You will be sent the download link.

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Looking to make some cute little Halloween art with your kids?  Check out this cute idea I found on Handprint and Footprint Art.

Supplies:

Paint-White, Brown, Yellow & Black

Paper-Black & Green

Paint Brush

Directions:

1. Trace your child’s hand and arm, then paint it to look like a leafless tree.

2. Traced a circle shape for the moon using a small glass.

3.  The footprints were made on green construction paper which you then cut out and glued in place.

4. The mouth is a black thumbprint and the eyes are black fingerprints.

 

Looking for some last minute but easy homemade Halloween costume ideas? All of these should be cheap to make too!

Homemade Lego Family Costume found on My Plain View

The base of each costume consists of a solid color jogging suit, gloves, and knit hat. The “LEGO” portion of the costume consists of a large box, (our son’s box was actually an empty soda case) that we cut holes into (6 for the adult costume, 4 for the child costume). We then pressed butter bowls through from the inside and secured them on the inside using strips of duct tape. We also cut a hole in the top for our heads, and holes in the sides for our arms.

Once the costumes were constructed, spray paint the boxes red, blue, and yellow.

Jelly Bean Costume found on My Plain View

For the bag of the Homemade Jelly Belly Halloween Costume, I used a large, clear trash bag. I cut holes in the bottoms of the bags for our legs. Inside are obviously just balloons of different colors. I tied the bag around the neck with colorful ribbon and printed out a label from the Jelly Belly website and taped it on.

I might suggest just having the bag stop at your waist instead of cutting holes in the bottom for both legs. It was mighty time-consuming for restroom visits.

Human Pinterest Board fond on Parties for Pennies

Supplies: Cork Board (or just card board), Ribbon and printed pictures..Push Pins if use Cork Board

This one is pretty easy to create.. Just have fun with it!

Pac Man (found this one on Pinterest but could not find the original site

With this costume.. Wear all black and cut out a Pac Man shape and Two Yellow Dots. Just tape on to Shirts.. Pretty Easy!

Meg from Family Guy

This Meg Griffin from Family Guy Halloween costume was pretty simple. I found a pink shirt as close to Meg’s shirt color as possible. I sewed a white t-shirt underneath (so the white part of the sleeves wouldn’t slide back under). It took a while, but I finally found a pink hat that was almost the exact color as the shirt. Both the shirt and the hat were from Walmart, I believe. The glasses were a pair of “hippie” sunglasses from the Halloween store. I took the lenses out and painted them black. The last step was pin my hair under (my hair is much longer than Meg’s) then put on a pair of jeans and tennis shoes that I already owned. Voila! Meg Griffin!

Bunch of Grapes (another Pinterest find…not linked back)

My mom made a costume similar to this for my sister and brother one year.. Super simple!

Need: Purple or Green Balloons. All purple or green clothing. Safety Pin

 

Are you looking for a cute way to share Halloween treats with someone special? I saw this idea on another blog and thought I would share! It’s called “You’ve Been Boo-ed!!“. What you do is visit You’ve Been Boo-ed! website and print the cute little note above. Fill a bag or cute container with Halloween Goodies (include the note)… You then visit the recipiant and ring their door bell and RUUUUUNNNN! They open the door and all they see is the treats!

I want to do this for a few of our friends but their houses take a bit to get to them since they have big front lawns. We have never been Boo-ed but I am sure my son would love it! Have you been Boo-ed??? Or have you Boo-ed anyone?

 

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I went to a friends house the other day and they had these super cute pumpkin decorations around their house!  She told me they made them a the local Library.  I know some might not like using books for this project but you can always find some that are missing pages.. have water damage, etc.   Head on over to Crafting Mom to learn step by step on how to make these Pumpkin Book Decorations!

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