5 Ways To Have A Happy Halloween

‘Happy Halloween’, I’ve always loved this quote, especially as children (and many adults) do their very best to scare the living daylights out of each other, how does that equate to happiness … but it actually does; from the dressing-up, the laughter and, of course, the treats!

In the U.K, we do like to dress-up, go trick or treating and often throw a Halloween party. However, for those of you who are American, my hat goes off to you! A few years back, we visited Atlanta, in October and … all I can say is … OMG! The houses that were decorated ready for Halloween were amazing! They were so awe-inspiring! My girls loved it. 

And now with the Halloween holidays approaching us quickly (and, can I just say, can you believe we are in October, I think I blinked through 2019!), I decided to look at ways in which you can bring happiness to your Halloween. 

1. A PUMPKIN CARVING COMPETITION

There are some crazy, wacky and wonderful artistic designs on pumpkins, it would bring so much laughter to hold a fun competition between family and friends. Obviously kids who are too young to be using carving equipment, could pair with an adult. Not only a fun activity, but a great opportunity for bonding.

 

2. MAKE SOME FUN FOOD

There are lots of food ideas and it’s not just about the end product, but the excitement of making the food. See below some fab pictures and links to see how you can make a selection of scary, creepy and gross-looking foods.

See these simple but very effective recipes from

Taste of Home

Check out this brain dip and other creative food ideas from

Country Living

Credit: Country Living

Clean and Scentsible

displayed these quirky pretzel broomsticks and

many other fun halloween recipe ideas

If you want to see more freaky and fun Halloween food ideas, you can see plenty here on Pinterest

3. MAKE YOUR HOUSE INVITING TO ‘TRICK OR TREATERS’ WITH AWESOME DECORATIONS

As I said earlier in my post, I love the Halloween decorated houses in America. They really do go to town for this holiday. So I’ve been looking through some wonderful photos to give you some inspiration to bring the scary to your home.

Check out the realtor website for some wacky and wonderful exterior Halloween ideas

Credit: Realtor

Love this … if you’re a fan of the walking dead you’ll see why!

See this website ‘explosion’ for more awesome Halloween house ideas 

Credit: Explosion

Halloween doorways to entice those trick or treaters!

Credit: Pinterest

See more ideas on pinterest here 

4. CRAFT IDEAS FOR KIDS

There’s a great variety of Halloween crafts for kids; from decorating your home with their creativity to letting them design and colour to their hearts content. See below some fun and freaky crafty ideas;

Crazy Little Projects is a fab website run by mum of 4, Amber Price. You can discover lots of different ideas on her site, including lessons on how to sew! Might come in handy if you want to create a wonderful and wacky Halloween costume. 

Another fab website for craft ideas is, One Little Project, see these Halloween Candy People … which child isn’t going to love these!

Credit: Red Book

Perfect way to keep the kids entertained is colouring some creative pictures. There’s plenty of places to download free colouring prints, but I was drawn to this site fun free halloween. They have lots of different designs to keep your kids entertained.

5. GAMES

Whether you are having a halloween party or simply having a few friends round, playing games is a great way to bring laughter into your home and the halloween holidays. Here’s a few ideas to get you started;

At Crayola, you can download some free bingo game cards, perfect way to start or end the night.

Credit: Crayola

Kids absolutely love the ‘toilet roll mummy game’ … wrapping a friend in toilet roll and racing against other friends to see who can make the best mummy. This game never fails to bring laughter to the home.

One of my favourite Halloween games is, ‘Guess what’s in the box!‘ I love the squriming and squealing when the kids put their hand inside the mystery box to feel brains, eyeballs or whatever else is gross enough for Halloween.

Imaginations are stretched when the feeling slimy pasta represents ‘guts’. There are so many ideas, here’s a few links to help you create the perfect mystery Halloween box. 

The Spruce Crafts

Happy Mom Hacks

Momma Braga

So as you can see there we have lots of ideas to help you have a Happy Halloween

Can you believe Christmas is coming … I don’t even want to count the weeks, days etc. time just seems to be escaping. 

The kids have only gone back to school, and I’m not quite sure where the summer holidays went and now we have to think about Christmas!

This is one of the reasons, I love writing my blog! When we think about how fast time is passing us by, it’s a reminder to stop and take a breath. Enjoying each day is what matters. 

With this in mind … enjoying each day with a glass of wine is how some people like to roll! Not that I’m encouraging this behaviour, but as a wine-lover, (yes we can still be spiritual etc. and enjoy the flavours of alcohol-fuelled grapes), there’s something fun about receiving a wine-related gift.

So do you have a family member or friend who would relish, or find it fun, to recieve a quirky wine-related gift?

Here’s some fab ideas!

A BATH CADDY

How perfect is this for wine lovers, book lovers and bath lovers?

A fab all-in-one pressie.

A Homiu 100% natural bamboo bath caddy from DealBerry (was £44.50) OR redeem towards another available deal
Check it out on wowcher

WINE FOOD BOOK

For those friends who not only love wine, but who also enjoying cooking. This great book has many ideas to accompany the finest wines.

WINE STARTER KIT

Many wine lovers have their favourite wines, but many are up for exploring different tastes. This is a great pressie for wine-lovers to experiment making their own wine.

Starter Wine Making Set - Solomon Grundy Gold Cabernet Sauvignon 6 Bottle Size Red Wine Kit With Equipment - Home Made Homemade Wine

Click here to purchase this fun wine making kit

WINE CHILLER STICK

I love this! We’ve all seen the wine bottle coolers, but sometimes they are just not convenient! How perfect is this? Not only does it keep it cool but it is a wine stopper too! Perfect for those friends who simply like a glass of wine, rather than the bottle!!

Check it out this chiller here

FUNKY WINE HOLDERS

I love a quirky wine holder! I love the shoe design holders, but if that’s not your thing, check out the link below for more funky designs.

SEE MORE FUNKY, QUIRKY WINE HOLDERS

FUNKY PERSONALISED ACCESSORIES

How cute are these? Perfect for those friends who love to snuggle with a glass of wine. Personalising them gives that extra special touch. 

Wine Socks Funny Socks Women's Personalized Socks image 0
SEE HERE HOW YOU CAN PERSONALISE THESE GORGEOUS SOCKS

PERSONALISED WINE BOTTLE

Tell me a wine-lover who wouldn’t want to see their name branded on a bottle of wine! Perfect, fun and quirky keepsake gift.

Personalised "Always Be My Partner in Wine" Couples’ Wine

See here how you can personalise a bottle for your loved one

WINE COLOURING BOOK

Not only is this a fun pressie, but it is perfect for mindfulness. A glass of wine and a relaxing evening colouring … perfect!

You can purchase the snarky wine colouring book here

WINE SOAP

A fun gift that is great for wine lovers who love their baths.

See more about this wine soap here

PORTABLE & FOLDABLE WINE & PICNIC TABLE

I have no words for this … it’s perfect! Not only to use in the park or on the beach, but also in the garden when entertaining friends! You could buy this for a wine loving friend, or buy it for yourself! This defintiely something I’ll be adding to my kitchen attire.

WINE CANDLE

What a perfect way to spend a relaxing evening: a beautiful scented candle giving off the aroma of your favourite wine. Lovely gift for wine lovers.

See this pinot grigio wine candle here

LAST BUT NOT LEAST,

MY OWN FUNKY WINE PRINTABLES!

Download, print and frame! Simple! A cheap but fun gift for wine-lovers.

This is a bundle of wine prints for under £5: you receive 10 prints in 4 different sizes (4×6, 5×7, 8×10, 11×14)

You can even use them as scrolls … tie a piece of red ribbon around the scroll & it’s already looking like christmas!

See below the prints you will receive, all print off in black and white:

See here the above black and white prints, available on my online shop. 

INSPIRE YOUR CHILDREN THIS SUMMER

UNFORTUNATELY, THIS FREEBIE HAS ENDED. YOU CAN PURCHASE THE PRINTABLES ON MY ONLINE SHOP.

HOWEVER … I am all about inspiring people, especially children to believe in themsleves. If you send me an email, vicky@victoria-brown.com, I’d be more than happy to send you the full package for free!

Your very own FREE downloadable summer activity printables for children, PLUS, some wonderful inspiring messages for them to colour in to help them believe in themselves.

THIS FREEBIE IS AVAILABLE UNTIL THE END OF AUGUST! 

DOWNLOAD NOW

8 INDIVIDUAL INSPIRING PRINTS

& 14 PAGE ACTIVITY BOOKLET

See below what you’ll receive, then simply fill in your details at the bottom of this post, check your emails (check your spam if you can’t see it! And if it’s not there at all, drop me an email on vicky@victoria-brown.com).

To download the above for your kids, simply fill in the details below, open your emails, download, print, have fun and inspire your little ones …

DON’T FORGET TO SEND THEM TO ME: vicky@victoria-brown.com – I’d love to see them and put them on my website … kids inspiring kids!


I’m a huge fan of tattoos, especially quote tattoos. The trend is actually increasing, as more and more people decorate their bodies with something that means something to them.

As we step into June and the weather becomes warmer, bodies are bared and body art is revealed. If you’re a lover of tattoos, like me, you’ll love looking at other people’s designs.

Many people can take years to decide which design they would like, others design their own, and yes, there are the odd few who have had a drunken moment and ended up marking their skin, with, shall we say, not the most dashing of designs.

Just for laughs, you can see an article on buzz feed here, of 28 drunk tattoos.

So for the month of June, I decided to put some printables together that were inspired by tattoos, (don’t worry there are no drunken-inspired pictures that you definitely wouldn’t hang around your home).

You can see below the instant downloadable prints that are available on my shop. This is a package of 4 prints that come in 4 different sizes.

The star-inspired printable …

I love the star tattoo in this picture & how awesome is the love between the two women. There are other tattoos on the women, but it was the star that inspired me to create the printable ‘without the dark, we’d never see the stars’.

CREDIT: Image by Ben Kerckx from Pixabay

credit: Image by Kevin Fields from Pixabay

You can purchase the above prints in a package

of 4 prints in 4 different sizes

The winged tattoo …

I love this picture. To me, it speaks power and courage. Although the tattoos are intricate, and actually remind me of a dream catcher, it was the context behind the picture that got me thinking … and the quote, ‘take those broken wings & learn how to fly’ came to mind.

Credit: Image by 2234701 from Pixabay

You can purchase the above prints in a package

of 4 prints in 4 different sizes

Inspiring tattoos …

I love this simple but powerful message. I think this is a sexy elegant tattoo that can be shown at the owner’s will. Loving all things inspiring, it was this tattoo that inspired the printable, ‘believe in yourself’.

Credit: Image by StockSnap from Pixabay

You can purchase the above prints in a package

of 4 prints in 4 different sizes

How cute is this? Any tattoo that is family related, I love. I have both my daughters names on my foot. Personally, I think it signifies love. This got me thinking about family, and the quote, ‘Family, where love never ends’ felt perfect to place on a print that can be placed in anyone’s home.

credit: Image by Ritinha Corain Ritinha from Pixabay

Yes, there is such a thing as World Laughter Day. It is celebrated worldwide on the first Sunday of May every year. It was created by Dr. Madan Kataria in 1998 in Mumbai, India.

Dr.Madam Kataria founded the Yoga Laughter Movement. The idea to bring positivity, peace and unity across the globe, to connect with each other through laughter. Did you realise there are thousands of laughter clubs across 105 countries?

Credit: Slideshare

How awesome is this guy? Creating such an awesome day and spreading the love of laughter to so many people.

There’s so much sadness in the world, so to focus on laughter can bring so much joy to us. Laughing your way through problems can be the easiest way to overcome them. Joining others on their laughter mission could be just what you need. Yes, this can be easier said than done, but Dr. Madan Kataria has created tools you can use that will help.

In my research, of this awesome day, I found his online laughter university … I encourage you to take a look.

Imagine being surrounded by people who are happy. I understand that laughter or a smile doesn’t always mean happiness, but even faking it can make you feel better. Faking it until you feel it within. You will eventually feel that happiness and joy.

You can read my previous post on Laughter, participate in the therapeutic writing exercise and task. Find something to laugh about and spread this love to everyone.

This month I’ve added 10 downloadable funny and quirky quotes to my online shop. You can spread the joy throughout your home or workplace; a little reminder that laughter is so important.

The following prints come in a package for £9.99, which is less than £1 per print. You can print, frame for your home or as gifts for friends.

Visit my shop to purchase or look at more prints