Glitter Spiders in the Kitchen!

One more Halloween blog to inspire some home decorating. . .   My kitchen table is crawling with glittering spiders!

I don’t really know what happened to me this year but suddenly I am nuts over spiders!

Like many designers I have always been nuts over glitter so I guess it just makes sense to sparkle up some creepy-crawlers fo the holiday. I even found a fuzzy leopard print spider at Pier One! 


But, I digress. . .


for the discriminating Halloween glamour puss!


The ideas for these pumpkins are a personalized version of something presented on the Country Living website called the “Great Pumpkin Challenge”.


I bought the plastic (I did say discriminating, didn’t I?) white pumpkins at Michael’s and already had tons of glitter. Spider rings also came from Michael’s. Originally, my plan was to have a play/art date with my four-year old grandson to decorate these pumpkins. You know – “ to do it for the kids!”

 Which we did.

 Here is Scotty’s work of art!

A little bit like his “nana” in that his use of glitter paint was somewhat extreme.

 It took 2 days to dry!


after Scotty completed his pumpkin and took it home I was left with some plain white pumpkins.

I had an uncontrollable urge to rush back over to Michael’s to buy the all black glitter pumpkin!

Which I did.

Next, paint glitter on the little spider rings and hot glue them. 

Ghouls and goblins, I give you  . . .

the finished project. . .


My kitchen table. 




Dianne Ross

Interior Designer/Phelans Interiors















D Ross photo


Last week was all about the real Halloween food – candy!


This week: Macabre Meatloaf!

 Mummy meatloaf:  cooked lasagna noodles wrapped, cheese and olives for eyes.

 Not only will children eat meatloaf but it is just about the easiest dish to prepare, so let’s focus on getting the kids out the door on Halloween with some real food in their bellies .  . .

Here’s the best part: Meatloaf can be patted, poked, and pushed around to make it look like a nightmare. I found these next two photos on the Food Network page.

Horribly clever, don’t you think?

Do you think that’s a layer of hashbrowns underneath?


This severed hand meatloaf calls for onion fingernails

and a spicy barbecue glaze!







Try making a dead man meatloaf. Stick a knife into his gut just before serving. You can creep out the kids even more if you serve it on top of spaghetti “snakes” or macaroni “maggots.”

Let your imagination run  wild! If you have kids between 12 and 17 they can add their own ghoulish details. Fake blood seems to be a favorite among this set – and entirely appropriate at this dinner table!

Fill them up with wholesome horror food and then let the sugar high begin!


D Ross photo (my candy!)

Dianne Ross

Interior Designer / Phelan’s Interiors


Candy Corn! Trivia, Decor and Food – really?


The origin of candy corn.


















Not Really.

This card (which I received 5 years ago) is so Halloween-gross,  it still cracks me up! 


Actually, the sweet little treat was invented in the late 1800’s, and because we were predominately a farming society then, the idea was to make candy in the form of something people would recognize. Corn!

We have been eating these tiny kernels of corn for over 200 years!  Don’t tell the First Lady but this month 20 million pounds will be sold.

So, besides scarfing them down, what else are people doing with

Candy Corn?


Okay I have touched on some Corn Candy trivia so let me show you another very simple way to decorate  with candy.








You could also use the candy instead of glass rocks under the candle.

Black bowls and Candy Corn.

Told you it is simple!


To make  an easy, crowd pleasing  Halloween treat using Candy Corn try this version of  an American staple: Rice Krispy Bars.

  • 1/2 c Butter
  • 10 c Crispy rice cereal
  • 9 c Miniature marshmallows
  • 2 c Mixture of candy corn and Indian candy corn
  • 3/4 c Miniature chocolate chips
  • Candy pumpkins
  • Yellow and red food coloring


Melt butter and marshmallows; stir until smooth. In a large bowl, mix rice cereal, candy corn and miniature chips together. To marshmallow mixture, blend in 2 drops yellow food coloring and 1 drop red food coloring, adding more coloring if necessary to reach desired shade. Add marshmallow mixture to cereal mixture; stir quickly to combine.

Spread on a large buttered pan; press with buttered hands. (Or shape the entire glob into a pumpkin, ghost, or candy corn (!) shape before refrigerating and decorate accordingly.)  While warm, press on candy pumpkins spaced 1 to 1/2-2 inches apart. Refrigerate and cut into squares.

**Most of you are aware of my total dedication to PEEPS,

 my personal favorite health food snack,**

 but this is the season to embrace that waxed little marshmallow treat – Candy Corn!


I found this photo along with a cupcake recipe from


It is possible to honor the integrity of  PEEPS,  and to incorporate candy corn as an element of  decor.


One more time for review and/or slow learners:

The origin of Candy Corn 

mojeetcat photo

More to come next week!


Dianne Ross

Interior Designer/Phelan’s Interiors