Hey y’all! This is Hawt Mama Cheryl!
Our family has never been huge about Halloween, but there was always something fun about finding just the right costume for my children and then experiencing the excitement of the hunt for candy. Now, with my daughter in college and my son just starting middle school, we’re at the stage where costumes and trick or treating are not part of our yearly activities.
How do you join in with your fellow digi scrappers and enjoy using all the amazing Halloween collections available every year? Well, don’t get too scared, because I’m here to share a few suggestions for you!
If you’re anything like me, you have a vast repository of photos that are waiting to be scrapped – and that includes Halloween photos. Even if you’ve scrapped every single photo, it’s likely there’s a detail or story that wasn’t told when you initially recorded the memories. Get in those photo archives, dust the cobwebs off, and scrap some of those older photos.
My daughter on Halloween 2005 when she was 8 years old.
If you don’t have children or your children are grown, you still have the opportunity every year to give out candy. Don’t take photos of the children who come to your door unless you know them (hello, creepy! LOL), but you can certainly take photos of your candy bowl for trick-or-treaters. Photos of little hands reaching into a candy bowl can help you tell a great story about your neighbors and neighborhood – stories that are worth telling whether you have children or not. Or you could be like our house and not have many visitors. Taking a photo of the leftover candy tells a story, too!
As I mentioned, we don’t have many (if any) visitors on our street that isn’t well-lit, so there have been years we didn’t give away any candy, but I still put out some Halloween touches. Take photos of what you’ve decorated and be sure to scrap those, too!
Have a couple of friends or family members gather together to have a meal on Halloween. Giving out candy as a group is a fun activity – and the food’s good, too! Tiny touches like spider rings on napkins or a decorated cake turn a regular dinner into a fun themed event.
Nature is beautiful, but it can also be downright scary. I love the way this spider web looked in the light, but I really don’t like the look of that spider. Look at the nature around you. I could make a seriously scary page talking about my fears about spiders with this one photo!
These are just a few ideas, but I hope they will be instrumental in giving you some ideas for scrapping this holiday season!
About the Author: Cheryl is a memory keeper, template designer, reader of books, homemaker, zentangle artist, amateur photographer, and cross stitcher. She lives in Florida with her husband and son, while her daughter is off at university. See her gallery at Sweet Shoppe Designs, follow her on Twitter, visit her blog, or see what interests her on Pinterest.