Cookie Monster ‘Trunk or Treat’

Earlier this year, my mom accepted a position as a director of children’s ministries at a church near their house. With Halloween approaching, she began planning her first-ever Trunk or Treat event. And since Mom was in charge—and Dad and I are people who don’t like to be outdone—we brought our A-game by creating a monster-sized idea.

We used his truck to create a larger-than-life Cookie Monster display. (And I’ll go ahead and spoil the ending for you, we took home the top prize!)

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I love creating projects with my Dad because he always brings out the power tools. We started the display by creating the wood frame. His truck bed had two notches along the top that could fit the legs of our frame, helping it stand up. (I’m not sure what the technical name or use of these notches are. Sorry, I’m not a car person.)
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Once the frame was complete, we wrapped it with cheap blue fabric we found at Walmart. (The key to creating Cookie Monster is all about finding the right color blue.) We ended up letting the blue fabric hang low to cover up more of the truck.

Note: I love the picture below because it shows how exacting my dad is. We couldn’t just cut out a circle. We had to use an Xacto knife.

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I used black fabric (the same cheap fabric as the blue) to cut out a mouth, and we used poster boards to create the eyes. We decided to not attached the eyes until we actually got to the event because we thought there was a high risk they could be damaged in the drive to the church. But I attached the black fabric mouth with spray fabric adhesive.

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With the display complete, the next step was to create the corresponding game. In the church’s storage room, my dad found a wooden bean bag toss board. He brought it home and covered it with blue felt. I create a similar black mouth out of fabric, and we created another pair of the eyes.

Finally, I made felt cookies as the bags kids would toss into Cookie Monster’s mouth. At the local Walmart, we found 1-pound bags of beans, and I stuffed the felt cookies with the bags as-is. (Aka I didn’t open the plastic, keeping it as the container for the beans.)

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IMG_8368.JPGLike I said at the top of the blog post, there was a contest for the best display at the Truck or Treat. We won!

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Christmas Tradition: Cookies!

It’s a tradition in my family that I make Christmas cookies (aka gingerbread cookies) every year. I spend about 5 hours rolling, cutting, cooking and decorating these bad boys (usually by myself), but this year I was blessed with a mother who joined in to help!
And while wondering through William Sonoma, I came upon a can of crushed up peppermints that they had packaged and sold as “Peppermint Snow” (props for the cleaver title!). And of course, it was $24. So I took the idea and made my own, spending only 88 cents.
It was super easy and quick to make. I just took the candy canes (that I found at Walmart for 88 cents), but them in a zip lock bag and hit them until they are small, even pieces. Adding it on top of cookies made a perfect Christmas touch, plus it pairs perfectly with gingerbread. Mom and I probably made around 100 cookies today. So if you’re in the neighborhood, swing by and I’ll hook you up with some delicious cookies and a glass of milk!
PS – It’s a pet peeve of mine when Mr. Gingerbread is without a Mrs. They are always cut out together, and decorated to match. (Call me a romantic!)