Monday, October 31, 2011

31 Days of Villainy: The Wicked Queen

Villain: The Wicked Queen
Movie: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Role: Queen, Snow White's stepmother
Villainy: Jealousy, orders Snow White's death (at the hands of the huntsman), transforms herself into an old hag/witch and gives Snow White a poisoned apple that places her into a "sleeping death"
Hates: Snow White because of her beauty, the huntsman (after she finds out that he failed her and lied), the seven dwarfs
Minions: Magic Mirror, the raven, the huntsman
Quote: "Magic Mirror on the wall, who is the fairest one of all?"

The Disney Diner's Photo Countdown to Halloween: #1 Happy Halloween!!!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

The Disney Diner's Photo Countdown to Halloween: #3 Narissa's Costume

31 Days of Villainy: Maleficent

Villain: Maleficent
Movie: Sleeping Beauty
Role: Sorceress, Evil Fairy
Villainy: Curses the infant Aurora, tries to kill her later in life, then when in dragon form, she tries to kill Prince Phillip
Hates: King Stefan, the Queen, Princess Aurora, Prince Phillip, Flora, Fauna & Merriweather
Minions: Diablo (raven), Goons
Quote: "You poor simple fools! Thinking you could defeat me!? Me, the Mistress of ALL EVIL!"

The Disney Diner Episode 8: Captain Jack Sparrow Makeup Tutorial

     Check out our Special Halloween Episode of The Disney Diner featuring a Captain Jack Sparrow Makeup Tutorial:

 Happy Halloween!!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Kermit the Frog Pumpkin Carving Template has a FREE printable Kermit the Frog pumpkin carving template. Click HERE to be taken to their site with the pattern and complete instructions.

Happy Halloween!!

31 Days of Villainy: Blackbeard

Villain: Blackbeard
Movie: Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
Role: Notorious Pirate, Angelica's Father
Villainy: Cruel, heartless murderer, selfish
Hates: Captain Jack Sparrow, Hector Barbossa
Minions: Zombies and Crew
Quote: "If I don't kill a man every now and then, they forget who I am."

The Disney Diner's Photo Countdown to Halloween: #5 Villains Float

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

39 Last Minute Homemade Costume Ideas for Kids!!

   Scrambling for a costume?? It's less than a week away from Halloween and if your kids still haven't figured out what they are going to be, check out's 39 Last Minute Costumes. Most of these costumes can be made from items you already have around the house and are quick and easy to put together (most can be made in 1 hr). Here are a few examples:

    Click HERE to visit their gallery to view all 39 Last Minute Costume Ideas with images and complete instructions.

Happy Halloween!!!

Nightmare Before Christmas: "This is Halloween" Light Show Video

  Check out this video of a Halloween Light Show dancing to the music of "This is Halloween" from The Nightmare Before Christmas. Incredible!!

31 Days of Villainy: Prince John

Villain: Prince John
Movie: Robin Hood
Role: Younger brother of King Richard, acting monarch of England
Villainy: Wants to overthrow his brother as King of England, lies, overtaxes the people, rules harshly, tries to have Robin Hood killed
Hates: Robin Hood, Little John, Maid Marian, people of Nottingham
Minions: Sir Hiss (Sherriff of Nottingham), Trigger & Nutsy (Rhino Guards)
Quote: "Mommy!"

Halloween Party!!! Decorations

    Here are some of the decorations we had at our annual Halloween party last Saturday night. I've also included the information on where we purchased or how we made them.

Table Setting

Tablecloth - Target
Plates & Napkins - Target
Goblets - Dollar Tree
Light-up Misting Cauldron - Walmart

"Ghost in Mirror"

    For the "Ghost in Mirror" I simply cut pieces of plastic wrap from my kitchen and formed it into the shape of a person and stuck it to my dining room mirror. No adhesive of any kind is needed, it simply clings. Adding the arms gave it an eerie "reaching out" effect.

"Treat Bar"

   For my "Treat Bar", I simply draped black netting (I already owned) over the bar (I've seen similar netting in the Halloween section of my local Target). I then added bat-shaped garland (Target) and several mini-pumpkins.


    For our porch, we added a Scream door cover (Party City) and Halloween doormat (Dollar Tree). The "Enter If You Dare" tape wrapped around the pillar was also purchased at Dollar Tree.


  Here is a closer look at the door poster. Right above it, we added a sound-activated spider (Dollar General). It has frightened everyone that has entered or exited our house this week (including me). :D


    We hung a wooden skeleton sign (another Dollar Tree purchase) and draped spider webs (Party City) and plastic spiders (Target) from our porchlight.


Skeleton Fence (2 ft. lock-together pieces) - Dollar Tree
Bloody Foot - Dollar Tree
Tombstones - Dollar Tree

    The hand is another Dollar Tree find (I love this store!).

Here is a pic of our cemetery at night.

    The rope lights were from the last year's Christmas decor.

Spooky Window

   For our spooky window, we purchased a glow-in-the-dark full-bodied skeleton from Target and positioned a black light in front of it. The pumpkin head is a light-up table-top pumpkin (Target) perched atop a dress-form (can also use a coat rack like we did last year). It is dressed in a Jack Skellington costume. For the guy in the tux, it is simply a creepy Halloween mask and wig on top of another dress-from stand. Another black-light is positioned to the left of him. The giant glowing skull head (pictured above center) is another great buy from Dollar Tree.

And now for my FAVORITE feature of the Halloween Party!!

Madame Leota
(from The Haunted Mansion)
  Yes!! She actually talks and moves!!!

Here's what she looks like in the light:

This is what we used to put this together:

19" flat screen TV
extra large brandy glass/vase
7x7" piece of sturdy clear plastic
rubber snakes
plastic skull
black fabric
black netting

  For the directions on how to create this special effect, watch this YouTube video from Barry Belcher Art & Design. And check out his other Halloween How-To Videos, they are awesome!

   I hope you've enjoyed the pics from our Halloween party and I hope that they've helped inspire your party planning! :)

Have a Happy Halloween!!

The Disney Diner's Photo Countdown to Halloween: #6 Skeleton Pirate

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Liberty Tree Tavern: Ooey Gooey Toffee Cake Recipe

Sweet, buttery cake filled with
chocolate chips and Heath toffee,
then topped with vanilla ice cream,
chocolate and caramel syrups,
and even more Heath bits.
That's what you'll find in
Liberty Tree Tavern's
Ooey Gooey Toffee Cake.

Ooey Gooey Toffee Cake
*serves 8

Bottom Layer Ingredients:

1 box yellow cake mix
1 stick butter, softened to room temperature
1 egg


   Preheat oven to 325-degrees.

  Mix the above 3 ingredients in large bowl with electric mixer. Batter will be thick, similar to cookie dough. Spread evenly (filling halfway) into each compartment of a large muffin cup pan. Set aside.


Top Layer Ingredients:

1 (8 ounce) brick cream cheese, softened
1 stick butter, softened and cubed
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup Heath Bar toffee bits
1 (16 ounce) bag powdered sugar


vanilla ice cream
chocolate syrup
caramel syrup
Heath Bar toffee bits


   With an electric mixer, cream butter and cream cheese. Add in eggs, one at a time. Mix in vanilla. Blend well on medium speed. Slowly add in powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time, scraping sides of bowl occasionally.

   Once the batter is mixed well, reduce speed to low and pour in chocolate chips and Heath Bar pieces. Blend just until pieces are incoorporated into all the batter; do not overmix.

  Spread the batter (will be thick) evenly over the first cake layers in pan. Bake in preheated oven for 35 minutes or until done. Remove from oven and let cool in pan for 30 minutes.

  Remove each muffin and place onto individual plates. Top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream then drizzle with both chocolate and caramel syrups. Finish off with a dusting of Heath Bar pieces. Enjoy!!


31 Days of Villainy: Horned King

Villain: Horned King
Movie: The Black Cauldron
Role: sorceror, lich
Villainy: evil, kidnaps the princess, wants to kill all human beings, desires to be a god and rule the world
Hates: humans
Minions: Creeper (goblin), Gwythaints (dragons), Cauldron Born
Quote: "Throw the boy in the dungeon!"

The Disney Diner's Photo Countdown to Halloween: #7 Italy Pavilion Masks

Monday, October 24, 2011

Halloween Party!!! Treats and Recipes

    We had our annual Halloween party Saturday night and so I've posted a few pics of the treats I made and the recipes. Enjoy!

"Finger Bones"

    These "finger bones" are actually candy-coated pretzels.

   1 bag of Pretzel Rods (broken into various sizes)
   1 bag of Wilton's Vanilla Candy Melts (craft section) or brick of Vanilla Almond Bark (baking aisle)

     Melt vanilla coating in a deep bowl according to package directions. Line a cookie sheet with wax paper. Using a fork, carefully dip each broken pretzel piece into the melted coating. Shake gently to remove excess. Place the coated pretzel on the wax paper. Repeat for as many pieces as will fit onto your cookie sheet then place into the freezer for 15 minutes. Remove bones (candies) from the cookie sheet and repeat for remaining pretzel pieces.

  Assemble some of the bones on your platter in the shape of a hand and the rest surrounding it.

"Jell-O Brain"

   We purchased the above Brain Jello Mold online at


(4) 4-ounce boxes of Strawberry-flavored Jell-O
(2) 4-ounce boxes of Peach-flavored Jell-O
(1) 8-ounce can of non-fat Evaporated Milk
2  1/2 cups boiling water
1 cup cold water
Cooking Spray


   Prepare the brain mold by spraying with cooking spray. Coat well.
   Boil 2 and 1/2 cups of water. Remove from heat. Pour in all 6 packages of Jell-O. Stir well until all granules have dissolved. Add in 1 cup of cold water and can of evaporated milk. Stir. Carefully pour into the prepared mold. Place in refrigerator for 4 hours until set.

   Remove from fridge and place your serving platter upside-down on top of the open side of mold. Carefully flip over and tap until it releases the brain. Brush or drip red food coloring into the crevices for a realistic look.


    Although they appear gruesome, these eyeballs are actually sweet and tasty cakeballs...and completely addicting!!


1 box white cake mix
1 tub prepared vanilla frosting

1 bag Vanilla Wilton Candy Melts (craft area) or 1 brick Vanilla Almond Bark (baking aisle)
1 tablespoon cooking oil
1 bag Red Wilton Candy Melts or 2 tubes of red icing
Mini M&Ms
Green food coloring


   Bake cake in a 9x13" rectangle or (2) 9" round cake pans according to package directions. Let cool completely. In a large bowl, crumble the entire cooled cake with your hands and the back of a spoon if needed. Add in 2/3 of the tub of prepared frosting and mix well with large spoon.

   Using your hands, roll this mixture into 1-inch balls and place on a wax paper-lined cookie sheet. Place the cakeballs in the fridge for 15 minutes while you prepare the coating.

   Melt the vanilla-coating as directed on package, add in 1 tablespoon of cooking oil to thin. Mix well. Remove the chilled cakeballs from the fridge and dip one-at-a-time into the melted coating, using a fork. Tap to remove excess and place back on wax paper-lined cookie sheet. Immediately place a brown Mini M&M in the top center of each cakeball. Repeat for all then place into freezer for 10-15 minutes until set.

   When the coating is firm, remove from the freezer and brush green food coloring around the brown M&M to create the retina. Repeat for each cakeball.

   Melt the red Wilton Candy Melts then spoon into a decorating bag or bottle. Squeeze 3-4 squiggle lines onto each eyeball to give a bloodshot look. *If you don't have red candy melts you can simply use a red icing tube from the baking aisle.


   I found these silicone ice cube trays at my local Dollar Tree but thought I'd try them out as candy molds instead. I first filled in the eyes and nose with melted dark chocolate then filled in the rest of the skulls with melted Vanilla Almond Bark (baking aisle of my Walmart, near chocolate chips). I placed them in the freezer for 10-15 minutes to set. I removed them and they popped right out of the silicone trays with no problems. They worked perfectly and at only $1 they were a great buy!! (I saw similar Halloween-themed silicone candy mold trays selling for $5 - $10) 

"Spiderweb Cupcakes"

   Click HERE to be taken to my previous post with the complete recipe for these cupcakes. And even better, click HERE to watch how to make these cupcakes (along with 2 other designs).

"Halloween Chips"

   I found these Halloween (black and orange) Mission Tortilla Chips at my local Target (in the Halloween section).

"Witches Brew" Punch


1 can frozen Limeade Concentrate
1 2-liter bottle of Ginger Ale
1 brick of Lime or Rainbow Sherbet


   Let sherbet soften about 15 minutes before preparing punch. Pour frozen limeade and ginger ale into punch bowl. Add softened sherbet and mix well with ladle or large spoon. 

"Treat Bar"

   Well, I hope you've enjoyed the recipes and pics from our Halloween party.

Happy Halloween!!!

31 Days of Villainy: Governor Ratcliffe

Villain: Governor Ratcliffe
Movie: Pocahontas
Role: Leader of the expedition, Governor of Virginia
Villainy: Racist, greedy, deceitful, wants to kill the natives to take the land and gold for himself
Hates: the natives, Pocahontas, John Smith's popularity
Minions: Wiggins (servant), Percy (dog)
Song: "Mine, Mine, Mine"
Quote: "And if you see any Indians...shoot them."

The Disney Diner's Photo Countdown to Halloween: #8 Jack o'Lantern in Parade