Hey Everyone, I’m Kimberly, with Get Away Today, and I am so excited to be here on the Crafting Chicks! I regularly contribute to Packed with Fun, the official blog for Get Away Today where we share our best travel tips and all sorts of fun ways to extend vacation magic at home with vacation countdowns, games, crafts and more. There is so much to love about Disneyland, and it seems like there is always something new and exciting happening. This year is no different, so for my first article, I thought it would be fun to do a quick year-at-a-glance for everything you need to know about going to Disneyland in 2016.

Everything You Need to Know About Going to Disneyland in 2016

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Early Winter/Spring

The Diamond Celebration is still going strong with sparkly decor, upgraded attractions, limited time merchandise and food items, and three incredible nighttime spectaculars; World of Color – Celebrate, the Disneyland Forever fireworks, and Paint the Night Parade.


For the first time ever, Disneyland is offering a dining package that includes premier viewing for the Paint the Night Parade. You can get a grab-and-go picnic from Aladdin’s Oasis for reserved viewing by “it’s a small world,” or enjoy a three-course meal at the Blue Bayou with reserved viewing on Main Street U.S.A. Reservations can be made online or over the phone 60 days in advance.

Star Wars is all the rage and Season of the Force is a limited time Star Wars overlay that has temporarily taken over Tomorrowland. If you have a Star Wars Fan at your house, go you must. Space Mountain has become Hyperspace Mountain complete with Rebel Wing Fighters and the Tomorrowland Theater is showing Path of the Jedi, a 10 minute 4-D compilation of the entire film series. Kids ages 4-12 can register to be a part of the new Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple show. There are normally six showings each day and the spots are filled on a first come, first served basis, so you’ll want to get there early. The Star Wars Launch Bay has actual props and costumes from the films, and you can meet Chewbacca and Darth Vader. Special merchandise and food options are available. It’s unclear how long Season of the Force will be available, but we have been told at least through Spring 2016.


Along these lines, Disneyland is beginning construction on the new Star Wars Land that was recently announced. To make way for this 14-acre expansion, some attractions, like the Disneyland Railroad, Fantasmic, and Tom Sawyer’s Island will close indefinitely. Also closing, but this one is permanent, is Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular at the Hyperion Theater. Its final performance will be on January 10, 2016 to make way for an all-new musical coming this summer.


Summer is always a fun time at Disneyland! With extended hours, there is so much more time to see and do everything. In addition to being the last few months of the Diamond Celebration, a new Frozen Musical is coming to Disney California Adventure Park in the Hyperion Theatre. This will replace Aladdin, and we’ve been told that it will also replace the current Frozen Celebration Sing-a-Long that is held in the Royal Theater, formerly the Muppet-Vision Theater. There’s no word on what will replace the Royal Theater, but we’re sure it will be fantastic. And I just have to say, summer nights are even better at Disneyland. Try to make sure that you are in Cars Land when dusk hits at least one of the nights of your vacation. There is an informal neon lighting ceremony each night set to music. You may want to consider dining packages for World of Color – Celebrate! and the Paint the Night Parade. Make sure you make time to experience the Tim Burton inspired Diamond Mad T Party and the Disneyland Forever fireworks as well.



Halloween Time is one of the most festive and popular times of year to visit Disneyland. Halloween Time officially begins mid-September and continues through Halloween. If you want to beat the crowds, September is a great time to go to still get the Halloween experience. Or, if you don’t want the kids to miss school, make your plans over their fall break. Halloween Time includes the annual Main Street U.S.A. Pumpkin Festival, Haunted Mansion Holiday, extra spooky overlays to the Tower of Terror, costumed characters and so much more. Mickey’s Halloween Party takes place on select nights during Halloween Time. This is a private event that requires a separate ticket. On party nights, Disneyland closes a little early to regular guests and is only open for party guests who get access to most attractions, trick-or-treating, a special Halloween parade, fireworks, and other fun treats.



The holiday season kicks off in mid-November and continues through early January. The holidays bring festive overlays to classic attractions like “it’s a small world” holiday, the Jingle Cruise, and other fun surprises. A Christmas Fantasy Parade and the Believe in Holiday Magic fireworks are guaranteed to get you in the Christmas spirit. Plus, the entire Disneyland Resort is completely decked out for the season.


Also, although it’s not Disneyland related, it is definitely worth mentioning that The Wizarding World of Harry Potter will open at Universal Studios Hollywood on April 7, 2016. The new land will include incredible rides, shops, entertainment, and of course, Butterbeer. If you are a Harry Potter fan, you’ll definitely want to make it part of your Disneyland vacation.


Here are some dates to keep in mind when planning your 2016 Disneyland vacation including school breaks:

  • February 15, Presidents Day
  • March 27, Easter
  • April 7, Wizarding World of Harry Potter opens at Universal Studios Hollywood
  • May 4, Unofficial Star Wars Day (May the Fourth Be With You)
  • Season of the Force – limited time experiences
  • May 30, Memorial Day
  • September 5, Labor Day and Final Day of the Diamond Celebration

If you would like help planning your Disneyland vacation, our agents at Get Away Today would LOVE to help! They’ve toured all of the area hotels and visit the parks at least once a year so that they can pass on their expert advice. Give them a call at 855-GET-AWAY or check out our Disneyland packages at getawaytoday.com. Be sure to mention promo code: CraftingChicks when booking online or over the phone and you’ll save an extra $10 off your package.

Once you have your Disneyland vacation plans, make the countdown even better with our free Star Wars vacation countdown printables featuring your favorite Star Wars characters. Everyone in your family can have their own and choose from Han Solo, Darth Vader, Chewbacca and R2-D2, Yoda, Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker.  Download your favorite one here, and May the Force Be With You!



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Spider Web Cupcakes

We had a Halloween Birthday Party for my little boy this year.  He requested spider cupcakes.  I am not a chocolatier…but I had fun making these easy simple Spider Web Cupcakes.

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I made chocolate cupcakes with white buttercream frosting.

Using Black Wilton Candy Melts (melted in the microwave following the instructions on the bag), I piped my spider web shape onto wax paper.  You start by making a plus sign and then an x through the plus sign.  So 8 lines out from the middle of the web.  Using a U shape, connect the lines at the top and in the middle.  The candy melts were so easy to work with.

Make sure you have a fine tip decorating tip.  It pipes out so smooth.  Don’t worry if they look perfect…every spider web is different right?! sm spider cupcakes 4

I added orange spider rings to the center.  These were so fun to make.  The kids loved them and my little guy was a happy camper on his birthday party!
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Spider Halloween Party Invitation

Sharing a fun Halloween Party Invitation Idea with you today.  We made these for a Mother/Daughter Witches’ Tea Party.  They are so simple but the fun sparkly spider rings are my favorite part!

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I found these sparkly jeweled spider rings at Michaels Craft Store.  They were on the end of an aisle near the halloween party favors.  I thought they would be perfect for a witches tea party.

If you can’t find these, you can take the regular plastic spider rings and hot glue a big sparkly jewel to the back.  This way you could choose the spider color.

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In photo shop, I created a 4×6 black image.  Added a spider web graphic and some wording, including the date and time.  The tag line went perfectly with the jewel spider rings.  “COME “HANG” WITH US!”   sm halloween party invite 5

I also added a little poem:  “Dress up as a witch, and come if you dare!  Put on a spider ring…to add a little flare!”

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The mother/daughter witches tea party was a hit!  But I have to say that the highlight was making Crafting Chicks Nikkala’s Witch Corsages!  Sharing the link below!  You should definitely plan a Witch Tea Party sometime!


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This cute Halloween pillow takes less than 10 minutes and costs less than $8 to make.

No Sew Jack-O-Lantern PIllow | The Crafting Chicks

Hey there crafty readers! It’s Sydney from Tastefully Frugal here and I’m so excited to be here with you today sharing a super easy decor idea for my favorite holiday, Halloween. Halloween hasn’t always been my favorite holiday. In fact, until I had kids Halloween always ranked pretty low on my list of favorite holidays; but my boys have quickly changed that. They have been begging me since the beginning of September (when we went to Costco and they saw the costumes and decorations) to decorate the house and I finally caved last week.

Knowing very well that my two toddlers and their friends would have just as much fun destroying playing with the decorations as I would putting them up, I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on things that probably wouldn’t make it until Halloween. We got all the decorations for our porch and kitchen from the dollar store, which has some really awesome decor ideas by the way, and as I was going through our Christmas decorations looking for some lights that I could put little pumpkins on I found our Mummy Pillow from last year. And that got me thinking of what other no sew pillows could I make?!

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That’s where the idea for this cute little guy came in. So we went to my favorite store in the whole wide world, Ikea, and picked up a pillow and cover and headed home to make my jack-o-lantern. The hardest part was keeping my boys from stealing his eyes and mouth as I was ironing them on. Since I am a little sewing challenged I used the next best thing, Heat’n’Bond. It’s so easy to use; you just cut the amount you need place it between two fabrics you want to “sew” together and iron it on high for 15-20 seconds. Seriously this stuff is the best thing since sliced bread! But enough of my Heat’n’Bond love; let’s talk about how to make this cutie!

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Orange GURLI Cushion Cover

Inner Cushion



Iron, scissors and silver or white marker (to draw your face on the black felt)


Take your cushion cover out of the package and iron all the wrinkles out.

Trace the shape you want for your jack-o-lantern on the black felt and cut out.

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Position the shape on your pillow where you want it.

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Turn over first piece of felt and cut Heat’n’Bond to fit piece.

Carefully flip piece of felt over so that Heat’n’Bond is in between felt and cover.

Run iron (on high) over felt for 15-20 seconds and check to make sure felt is attached to cushion.

Repeat with remaining pieces of jack-o-lantern.

Put inner cushion in cover and cuddle up with your new pillow.

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These no sew pillows are quickly becoming my favorite way to decorate for the holidays. What are your favorite decor items? Want more fun and frugal Halloween ideas? Check out The 13 Frighfully Fun Days of Halloween over on Tastefully Frugal.

halloween memory game

Although I’m not the head room mom in any of my kids classes this year, I’ve been getting emails asking for help. So I created this Halloween memory game (images from Miss Tiina Designs) to help any of you in the same situation–looking for those center games!

Just download, print, and attach to cardstock on the back before you cut out the cards. Download below.

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Download Black


Our Halloween Memory Game coordinates with Halloween Hedbanz and our 3’x4′ Halloween Coloring Tablecloth for a perfectly coordinated Halloween party!

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Hi Everyone! Kiki from Kiki and Company back here to share a fun printable that can be used for so many Halloween events! 

Vampire Candy Wrap from kiki and company at the crafting chicks. SO cute!

I don’t know about you, but around my house, we have Halloween events GALORE! Whether it be a class party, a friend party or trick or treating…this freebie will be the hit of the holiday!

Vampire Candy Wrap from kiki and company at the crafting chicks. LOVE!

These Vampire Candy Wraps are super easy to make.


  • Free printables at the end of this post
  • scissors
  • candy
  • adhesive (hot glue, double sided tape, etc)
  • ribbon


  1. Download, print and cut out free printable. I printed mine as a double sided print. Print the polka dot pattern on back.
  2. Fold in wings.
  3. Attach candy with hot glue, double sided tape or any other  adhesive you have around
  4. Tie up with ribbon and attach small tag.

Vampire Candy Wrap from kiki and company at the crafting chicks. Cute!

Easy, right?! These are seriously the cutest little treats around!

Vampire Candy Wrap from kiki and company at the crafting chicks

I hope you have the Happiest Halloween around!

To download this free Halloween Vampire Candy Wraps, click on the link below:

Vampire Candy Wraps


Happy Halloween!

Halloween is a favorite in my home. My kids and hubby really get into the decor, costumes and of course YUMMY Halloween Goodies! My season favorite . . . Candy Apples! The tangy apples with a smother of sweet candy shell just seems to hit the spot for me! This year, I thought how much fun it would be to mix the Spooky Halloween season with one of my favorite treats. So I created this Spooky Halloween Candy Apple Treat!

I used a kit from Urban Accents, which made this SUPER easy and quick to make.  For more spooky fun, I added a glittery black stick and an eyeball that I found at Hobby Lobby.  For the little extra touch I HAD to add a tag “I’ve got my EYE on you” which I think really brings it all to life!!!

Here are the supplies you will need
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To get the glitter effect, I used a little bit of spray paint, then applied the glitter to the wet paint. No need for glue.

The candy apple mix was super easy to use;  I found my kit from my local bakery. The mix and sticks are included in the package. A quick tip… a candy thermometer is a MUST for successful candy apples!

Now it’s your turn to add a bit of Spooky Apple fun to your holiday! You can’t go wrong with a Spooky Halloween Candy Apple! Here is the free printable for you to enjoy!


Click on Photo to download!

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Pumpkin Desserts

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Halloween Spider Treats

Sharing a fun Halloween Spider Treat today.  These are so fun for the kids to make…especially at those halloween parties.  Just grab a few goodies from the store and you will have the cutest spider treat ever!

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To Make these Halloween Spider Treats, you will need:

-Hostess Ding Dongs or Orange Snowballs (the white ones work too:)

-Black or Chocolate Licorice

-Candy Corn

-Wilton Candy Eyeballs (Large or Small)

-Honey to glue on the eyes and fangs

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The make the Ding Dong spider, gently cut the ding dong in have lengthwise.  Cut the licorice strips into 8 thin pieces.  Add those into the middle of the ding dong.  Add Fangs and candy eyeballs with honey.

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The Orange “Snowball” spider is super simple.  Using the eight thin slices of licorice…press into the sides to give the spider legs.  Using the honey add eyes and fangs!

A sweet spider treat!

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Other fun treat ideas on The Crafting Chicks:

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Halloween Paper Lanterns Kid Craft


I am so excited to be sharing a fun halloween kid craft with you today!

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These Halloween paper lanterns make a really fun kid craft.  They are perfect for halloween class parties.

To make Halloween Paper Lanterns you will need:

8 1/2 x 11 inch paper in orange, black or white

A stapler





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To make the lantern, fold a sheet of paper hotdog style (the lengthwise way).  Starting on the folded edge, use your ruler to draw lines spacing about an inch apart.  Make sure you leave 1/2 inch free space near the adjacent edge.

You can now cut the lines (starting on the fold) using scissors.  Make sure to stop 1/2 inch before reaching the edge.

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Now, unfold…take one end and wrap around.  Staple the top and bottom of the lantern.  (image above)

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The kids love this part!  Using shapes cut out of the paper, add faces to your Halloween creatures.
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For the Ghost, we added black eyes and a big circle mouth.

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For the bat we added white fangs, creepy red eyes, pointed ears and wings to the back.  Try making a black cat or black spider too!

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For the jack o’ lantern we used black shapes for the eyes, nose and mouth.

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Such a fun craft for the kiddos this Halloween season!  Thank  you for letting me share with you today!   You can follow the chicks on Pinterest, Facebook or Instagram.

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