Looking to have a Halloween party with your friends? We’ve got a couple ways you can give it an Ixalan twist!
Here’s a bunch of snacks that go perfectly with your inner dino-pirate-folk-vampire during an Ixalan draft. What better way to keep yourself entertained while the kids come knocking at your door?
To really spice things up, pair these snacks with a Trick-or-Treat grab bag chaos draft! Have your guests BYOP (bring your own packs) from throughout Magic’s history, mix them up, and make the spookiest deck you can.
Dino Print Cookies
Use your favorite sugar cookie recipe or box mix to make enough cookies for you and all your dino friends.
Call upon one of your dino friends (toys work well too) and smash each cookie with their foot before baking. For extra flavor, dip foot in a little water and then cinnamon sugar before smashing.
Fun fact: Raaawwwrrr means “delicious” in dinosaur.
Mix together green fruit punch, pineapple juice and ginger ale until it looks as green as the jungle and tastes as sweet as a tropical vacation!
Are you a vampire on your blood fast? Try this tasty beverage instead. Mix together your favorite soda with grenadine until it looks like blood—much sweeter than the real thing!
Skewer red apples with wooden stakes.
Dip apples in melted white chocolate.
Drip candy coating (colored with red food dye) onto the apples until sufficiently gruesome.
For something savory, add red food coloring to melted butter before sprinkling it on your popcorn.
For something sweet, melt together sugar, corn syrup and red food dye, and drip it on top.
Merfolk Marshmallow Treats
Melt down marshmallows in a big bowl, add crisp rice cereal and stir until well coated.
Separate into two portions. Color one with blue food dye and the other with green.
Put mixture into a dish, alternating and swirling the colors around each other. Then, pretend you are a Merfolk wizard and mold the marshmallow elements into fun shapes.
Bonus points for nautical gummies!
Mix together blue fruit punch, lime juice, lemonade and lemon/lime soda until a brilliant blue.
Add slices of lime for a colorful contrast.
Use your favorite chocolate cake recipe or box mix to make enough cupcakes for your whole crew.
Coat the cakes with copious amounts of vanilla frosting.
Paint frosting with edible gold paint.
Top with a piece of chocolate disguised as treasure!
Hide your real treasure on a useless island.
Fill a mug with a hardy serving of root beer.
Drop in a scoop or two of vanilla ice cream and watch your bounty overflow!
Have a fun Ixalan-themed Halloween party—and make sure to send us pictures!
Here’s Day 9 of 31 DIY’s Til Halloween! I’ve been looking forward to this one forever. This is Billy the Puppet from the Saw films (not to be mistaken for Jigsaw himself!) and was seriously so simple to put together. The main parts are the white collared shirt, red bow tie, black blazer, and of course the makeup. Having black hair doesn’t hurt ;) Honestly I think any costume doesn’t need to be an exact imitation of the character you’re dressing as, it’s way more fun to put together clothes and accessories that are accessible to you and that work for your style and your body. That’s the spirit of DIY!
I’m wearing sheer black tights, black thigh high stockings, and a basic black tank top from my closet. The thigh highs can be found in any lingerie shop (I’ve had mine forever and don’t remember exactly where I got them.) The garter belt I’m wearing is the Rago Six-Strap Suspender Belt. i found mine on Amazon in black. The pleather skirt is from H&M in NYC last winter but I’ve seen them at several stores lately.
The white shirt is that same thrifted little boys’ button down that I found for $1.99 and have used for so many different costumes already this week! The bow tie was $1.29 at the dollar store and the black blazer I also thrifted for $5.99 at Value Village (obviously my second home). I’m wearing my platforms that my hubby gave me for my birthday. I’m addicted to these shoes and I need to change it up soon! I promise I will!
The makeup is the fun part of this costume. I used Graftobian white grease paint base. I have a hookup at a local costume shop because I did makeup and photos for our city’s Zombie Walk last weekend, and I’m working at the city’s biggest and best-rated haunted house for all of this month. This stuff ain’t cheap but it lasts for ages and if necessary if you do a lot of special effects makeup (this is my job, so I have budgeted for it.) Costume shops and Halloween stores sell similar grease paint / face base this time of year for $1-5, and that would work just as well!
I’m wearing a NYX Retractable Lip Liner in Ruby and MAC Ruby Woo lipstick. The spirals on my cheeks are done in basic red face paint from the dollar store and I went over it with the same NYX lip liner. I did my normal eyebrow routine and eyeliner. The eyeshadow is a smudged/blended/blown-out mix of browns and pinks, I wanted it to look super bruisy and sunken. It looked way more intense in person but I shot these photos in direct daylight. The “puppet” lines can be done with any black liquid liner.
Now that I’m back on schedule, a new DIY Halloween costume will be posted every day until Halloween! Sometimes more than one if I’m feeling ambitious!