M&J Halloween 2014

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We hope everyone had a safe and happy Halloween this year! We really enjoyed helping everyone with their costumes, and even got in on the fun ourselves! Check out the team at M&J in all of our costumed glory! 
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Bag of Bones Inspiration

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The skeleton is a classic symbol of Halloween, but sometimes creepy and cool intersect and we’re left with accessories we want to wear well past the scariest night of the year! There’s something inherently intriguing about skeletons and bones. Whatever the reason is, we’ve definitely got them under our skin!
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These insane exoskeleton shoes by shoe designer, Janina Alleyne, are sharp.

d8daeecc211aabf2cc063238f5d430e5This skeleton bracelet is a subtle accessory for the obsessed.

 

 

7fa33275eeb810957aaffc5f3d9437bcSkeletons go sartorial with this golden bodysuit!

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This shirt is business in the front, and spine in the back!

8d843521da19b78aafe67676ed0e7be8Anyone who loves a tight hug will love this skeleton belt!

 

Cute Kids Costumes

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For kids, Halloween is one of the best holidays of the year. They get to dress as their favorite characters, and walk from house to house retrieving candy. Who wouldn’t love that? But there are perks for adults too, like seeing all of the adorable costumes that the little ones don each year! If you’re looking for some cute costume ideas for your tiny tot, look no further. Here are some of our favorite costumes for kids!
il_570xN.191246178Dress up your little wild thing in a costume inspired by Maurice Sendak’s famous book, Where the Wild Things Are!

1b23411b7af10312b090988dd5b3ab84Everyone thinks their child is sweet, but with a cotton candy costume you can let the entire world know!

 

8f38828d1a946546af99c5d9b8f3b70cYour child can be the coolest bird on the block in a flamingo costume with matching hot pink shades.

 

This Frida Kahlo costume is perfect for cultured kids, and parents who love seeing their kids with drawn on facial hair.

 

slide_372210_4316436_freeWhy not aim high on Halloween, and set the bar to scientist? In a few years they’ll attribute their Nobel Prize to this very costume.

Halloween DIY: Gilded Goddess Statement Necklace

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If you’ve ever wanted to realize your inner goddess, we have the first step to your transformation. This epic statement necklace features chunky pendants, chains in an assortment of sizes and shapes, and beautiful beaded trim. 
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2 5/8” Bugle/Seed Beaded Fringe

1 1/4” Square Linked Chain

1 1/8” Metallic Circle Chain

Gold Sunflower Pendant

13mm Small Round Rope Chain

E6000

Jump Rings

Teardrop Pendant

Lobster Clasp

Pliers

Wire Cutters

 

DSC_05531. Create a long necklace using your small round chain. Add a jump ring and lobster clasp to the back.

DSC_05582. Lay the necklace out in an oval. Place a piece of the square chain to the center. Connect the corners with jump rings. Attach the jump rings to smaller pieces of the small round chain.

DSC_05803. Take the larger round chain and attach pieces to each side.

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4. Repeat step 3 with the small round chain.

DSC_05755. Add the teardrop pendants to the bottom on each side, and one on the top overlaying the square chain.

DSC_05716. Add the sunflower pendant to the bottom center.

DSC_05877. Cut a 5 inch piece of the beaded fringe. Fold over and glue each ribbon side together, then glue the ribbon to the back of the sunflower pendant so that only the fringe is exposed.

DSC_0588DSC_05908. Create a smaller fringe pieces doing the same process in step 7. This time add a hole in the center. Add a jump ring and attached on to each side next to the teardrop pendent in the center.

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Clever Costume Inspiration

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Halloween isn’t only the time to get creepy. It’s also the perfect occasion to get clever! Check out these pun-tastic costumes, and get inspired to make your own hilarious creation!

638fccc3319b42eef1fe1e42b1ce76fcThis social butterfly costume is #winning in our books!

nrm_1411491135-50-shadesGet literal and literary with this fun 50 Shades of Grey costume!

Deviled-EggsA clever costume for couples who have an appreciation for a classic food pun.

Spice-GirlsSpice up your life with actual spices! The best part about this group costume? There are more than five characters to go around, and no one has to fight over who gets to be Baby Spice.

8c6a26da0a1ce442aff308167f95f398With a Taco Belle costume, you can still dress up as a princess while also being hilarious! Everyone wins.

Super Scary Halloween Decor

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Looking to really freak out your party guests this year? You’re not alone. These terrifying decorations are sure to scare the living daylights out of your Halloween party pals.

DIY-halloween-head-crafts-unleashed-1024x682Nothing screams Halloween like a creepy severed head. When it comes to Halloween, cheesecloth is one of your best tools.

6c3efd2881dc7260e55c56c5767e53cdAnd you thought turning off the lights was scary! Turn them on for a creepy-crawly cockroach surprise.

 

Scary_Monster_on_the_Ceiling.img_assist_customYour guests won’t believe their eyes when they look up at your ceiling. All you need for this terrifying decoration is a blood-curdling mask, a wig and a sheet.

DSCN3040Spiders have their secrets too. Let the mysteries of their secret lives unravel in these creepy cocoons.

 

photo-craft-diy-1009-deKeep the creepy all in the family with these ghastly portraits!

No Carve Pumpkin DIYs

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Everyone loves decorating pumpkins for fall, but do you know what nobody loves? Dealing with pumpkin guts. That’s right! Having to clean up the ooey-gooey  insides of gourds is probably the least fun activity of autumn. Our solution? A bunch of pumpkin decorating DIYs that don’t have to be carved! Another added bonus? You pumpkin stays in tip-top shape too!pumpkinfeature1Add feminine flair to your fall decor with this floral and glittered pumpkin from PBTeen!

006-stringartpumpkin-dreamalittlebiggerThis string art pumpkin from Dream a Little Bigger ensures you can still make the creepiest pumpkin on your corner, without dealing with all of that cleanup.

6a017ee3c48414970d01b7c6f2c73b970b-800wiThese gold leaf pumpkins from The Home Steady are beyond elegant, and are beautiful enough to earn a spot on any dining table!

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If you love the look of metal on pumpkins, check out these copper-accented beauties from Home Oh My!

final3Have a talent for typography? Take a look at these chalkboard pumpkins from Fairgoods!

Halloween DIY: Feathered Flyer Beak and Headpiece

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This year, stand out from the flock with two accessories that are sure to be tweeted about. Make yourself into a bird that’s brighter than any peacock with our DIY Feathered Flyer Beak and Headpiece! This DIY uses a huge array of trims and embellishments that even a magpie would covet, and can be converted into any bird species just by switching up the colors! Want to see more creature-inspired accessories for your Halloween costume? Check out our Party Animals Halloween store!

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What You’ll Need:

5.5” x 7” Half Pin Wheel Feather

5/8” Single Face Satin Ribbon

1/2” Square Sequin Floral Trim

25mm Faceted Jewel Trim

Cobalt Blue Crystals

Scissors

E6000

Headband


DSC_05001. Glue the  satin ribbon and cover the headband starting from the tip. Put glue on the outside and the inside.

DSC_05042.Cut your feather patch into three sections, and glue on top of the headband.

DSC_05133. Embellish the rest of your headband with trims and stones..

What You’ll Need:

5/8” Single Face Satin Ribbon

1/2” Square Sequin Floral Trim

25mm Faceted Jewel Trim

Cobalt Blue Crystals

Scissors

E6000

Hot Glue

Illustration Board

Dowel

Hole Puncher

 

DSC_05171. Cut a rectangle out of your illustration board, and then cut out two equal triangles from the rectangle by creating an “X” mark on the rectangle. Cut where the mark are.

DSC_05182. On each piece score a line from the tip to the bottom. Softly bend and connect to pieces together. Use hot glue to connect these pieces.
DSC_05232. Punch a hole under the beak where the dowel will be punch up into the inside. Hot glue on the inside so dowel does not shift.

DSC_05423. Embellish the beak with trims and crystals.

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Canine Costume DIY Roundup

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Do you celebrate every holiday with the furry friends in your life? Then Halloween should be no exception! These critter costume DIYs are just the thing to your best pal’s tail wagging on the scariest day of the year.

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Everyone has seen the viral video of the puppy in a spider costume scaring passersby. Well now you can make your own with Martha Stewart’s DIY spider costume!

Kitai_halloween_dog_costume_chia_petMake your pup another type of pet with this DIY Chia Pet costume from I Found the Place!

FP1SUGVH97JR1WU.MEDIUMIf your pet is king of the castle at home, why not make him king of the jungle for a day with an easy to make lion mane?

DIY-Dog-Pinata-Costume-600x399This piñata costume will make your pup the life of the party!

FV5090MGU4MC7OA.MEDIUMTake your dog to new depths with a walrus costume from instructables!

Clever Creature Costumes

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Animals are always a popular pick for Halloween, and with an almost limitless amount of options, the decision to be a critter this Halloween is an easy one. But once you’ve decided that you want to be one with your spirit animal, how do you figure out how to really BECOME the animal? Take a lesson from these costumed creatures who have figured out how to harness the essence of animals with some makeup and trimming!like_a_snake_by_lucikoshkina-d63q09la8965c122be2aafd9cbdc9e3f1576dd7

 

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