As I See It

Great Halloween Costumes

The family Halloween parade came marching through my front door with great Halloween costumes on. Besides all the fun costumes and good Halloween treats, it’s the first annual lighting of the fire in the fireplace. Glade, age 9, chopped wood a couple of weeks ago. It guaranteed him the honor of building the first fire of the year. Besides showing off their costumes, I think my famous “Bean Soup” is another reason they all show up to celebrate. My son, Wade, is afraid I’ll go to my grave without sharing the recipe. Perhaps he’s right!

However, I will share this year’s Halloween Parade with you. Clever costumes and super grands!


Wonder Woman Norah, age 6, was the first to show up. What a beauty!


Next came Bat Woman Lu, age 5. She’s quite a show woman. I love the mask.


Abram has been wearing his Spider Man costume for a month now. His mom, Martha has not been able to get him to take it off…. so the folks at the grocery store, and the gas station have had a Halloween preview.


Little Rosemary, age 1, has just learned to walk. She pranced around as Super woman.


Brad, their dad, always shows up with a clever costume. This year, the “Joker” stopped in at Costco and had all the kids following him around. You might say he was the “Pied Piper” of Costco


Clever Mom made the girl’s costumes. Well done Martha.


The Neff family showed up next. Wyatt, age 13… and McKenize, age 15, were “were cross dressers. Wyatt is a pretty good looking gal… don’t you agree?


Glade, age 9, is a fan of Paton Manning… Can you tell?

Mom, Emily said she spent hours on her face paint.. placing all those shiny stones and all. Pretty good looking ghost if you ask me.

Now where is Randall? He took the “hot thing” off as soon as he got his candy bag full.


The Benson Family popped in next. Claire, age 5, was the “Queen Of Hearts.” Love those heart lips


Ella, age 7, is one great looking bride. Look at those eyes.



Now have you ever seen a cuter owl? Beck, age 1, stole the show. Those glasses are just a “Hoot.”


Now, mom and dad, Katie and Mark, are one scary couple. They went to a party the night before in these costumes and won the Prize. Do you think the judges may have felt a little threatened?
This scary creature came though the back door and scared us all to death. Wade’a costume is always a surprise.


Braden, age 12, is a “What” or is it a “Who?”


Barrett, age 9, brings back a lot of memories for me. I’m a “60’s gal.”


Josie, age 7, has the sweetest face… even with all this make up on .


Landon, age 5, is one cool kid… even under all that fur.

Mom, Lisa, opted out this year.



We’ll end our parade with these cute photos. Rosemary and Kenzie … then these three beautiful women… Ella, Claire, and Norah.

Hope you had as much fun at your Halloween Party as we did at ours.

Till Later,

Insightful Nana

P.S. Hope you enjoyed our Halloween Costume Parade. Where was my costume? Well, you know… the “Witch” in me shows up every now and again… quite unannounced. No sense in giving away my cover.


Halloween Printable Coloring Pages

Halloween printable coloring pages  can keep your young kids busy for a long time.  I bring them out after Sunday dinner and it keeps the grands occupied for an hour or so.  The kids love ’em.    It  give all their parents a little break so the”old”  folks can visit with each other in peace.  I love them because it keeps the “chasing through the house” down a bit.  So…. we all win.


These free Halloween printables are my gift to you and your kids or grands to enjoy.  Print out only one… or  print them all.   I have included pre colored  copies for those who don’t want to color them but want a showing of Halloween without the work..  Just hang them on the fridge or window.

Here ya go!   Just click on the links below and they will download to your computer immediately.

Halloween Pumpkins Black and White

Halloween Pumpkins Pre-colored

Halloween Witch Black and White

Halloween Witch Pre-colored

Halloween Mummy Black and White

Halloween Mummy Pre-colored

Give these fun printables a try.  Happy Halloween!



Insightful Nana

P.S.  My sister Sheila gives copies of these Halloween printable coloring pages to a neighbor down the street that has a pre-school in her home.  Who could you share them with?


Free Halloween Printables

These free Halloween printables are just the ticket for your Halloween favors.  These headers can be used to top a candy Halloween gift for your party guests or the treats for those little ones who come to your door for trick or treat and a little Halloween fun.

If you want to take a gift to a friend, take a Halloween gift… such as a bright, cheery orange pumpkin.  There are so many fun pumpkin varieties these days, it would make a fun gift.   Write your greeting inside of the tag and simply tie it to the stem of the pumpkin with a piece of jute or ribbon.

For my other Halloween treats, I found clear bags at my local paper store…I’ve also seen them at Wal-mart.  The bags are 3 1/2″ X 7.”  I filled one bag with my special Carmel Popcorn. I cut the top down on another bag and filled with Halloween candy corn.  The final bag, I filled with jelly pumpkins, tied the bag closed with jute and attached the tag.

Cottage In The Country is having a month long Halloween party.  I’m offering these Free Halloween Printable Header/Tags to all party goers. Check out this site and join in the Halloween fun.  Great Halloween party ideas, Halloween activities and free Halloween printable await you there.

Have a fun time at the party.

Till Later

Kathy Griffiths

Insightful Nana

P.S.  The Halloween party will soon be over but I want to continue to give you free printables. The holidays are coming up and you won’t want to miss all the fun things I have planned for you.  Besides… you’ll get a free report on stress immediately for joining.  Once your on the list… you won’t have to ever sign in again.  Don’t worry about your personal information… your information is safe… I hate spam!

All you have to do is sign in the box in the upper right hand corner. Simple! Sign in now… for all future give-a-ways!

P.P.S.  Don’t forget your other free printables…. Halloween coloring sheets for your kids.  Check them out!


Halloween Jack 0 Lantern – Printables

These Halloween Jack O Lantern printables are precolored for your convenience.  Black and white copies are also provided for your kids or grandkids to color.  There are three printable pumpkin designs for you to choose from and you’ll want to print them all.

If your young ones are having a Halloween party… coloring these pumpkins with crayons or markers would be a fun activity.  Perhaps you have a church or school activity… you’re welcome to run off as many as you like.

My granddaughter, Claire, came to keep me company and, was delighted when the black and white Halloween Pumpkins came zooming out of my printer.  She wanted to color them all… so I make plenty of copies.  She and her friend Hunter loved coloring the pumpkins to add to their Halloween decorations.

If you want to enjoy more Halloween activities, join the Halloween blog party at Cottage In The Country. Hostess, Debbie Crabtree Lewis, will be there to greet you.  Lots of exciting things going on this month… and you won’t want to miss it.  By the way… I hope you had a chance grab my famous Carmel Popcorn recipe. If you haven’t… you don’t know what your missing!

Kathy Griffiths

Insightful Nana

P.S. If you want to be automatically sent future printables and all kinds of fun things… just sign in to my newsletter in the box in the upper right hand corner.  Right off the “bat” you get a free report on stress.  With the holidays approaching… you may need this report.

In the next few months… I’ll be giving away a lot of great holiday stuff… you just won’t want to miss it.

P.P.S. Here are your downloads… have great day.  If you’re on my e-mail… list watch for more Halloween Treats and great recipes this month.


Cat Pumpkin

Ghost Pumpkin

Frog Pumpkin

Black and White

Cat Pumpkin B/W

Ghost Pumpkin B/W

Frog Pumpkin B/W


Make Carmel Popcorn

Make this carmel popcorn, and watch your family’s faces when they take their first bite.  I promise, they won’t be able to stop with just one bite. As soon as the weather turns a bit chilly, my family starts begging for carmel corn.  I try and hold off cooking up a batch until around Halloween… but I never seem to make it.

My daughters call this Sticky Carmel Popcorn recipe “evil.” I agree.  “Just one more little bite,” I say to myself… and pretty soon I’ve overdosed.  You’ve just got to try this carmel corn recipe.  No kidding… it’s the best carmel corn you’ll ever put in your mouth.  Mmmmm…. gooey…sticky, and I promise, you won’t be able to stop with one bite.

This Sticky Carmel Popcorn recipe has been in our family for over 40 years.  I’m excited to share it with you.

Here are the ingredients:  1.  Popcorn… I like Orvalle’s the best because the kernels pop so large.  2.  Corn Syrup.  3.  Brown Sugar.  4.  Condensed Milk.  5.  Butter (not margarine).

Yep… I’ve had this popper for over 40 years and it still works great.  The glass lid broke years ago… so I just use a lid from one of my pans.  I like an oil popper better than air popper because… what can I say?  It just pops the corn bigger.

Pop your corn ahead.  This recipe is a large one… I use about 8 quarts of popped corn which I measure in a two quart pitcher.  You’ll need a very large bowl… or two smaller ones for mixing.  (Mine is about 12″ across and  6″ deep).

Notice this popcorn gizmo… I got it years ago.  After the corn is popped, I dump the corn into this bowl that has a trap at the bottom.  I shake it a bit and the unpopped kernels sink to the bottom.  Neat huh!  But, if you don’t have such a gizmo… shake your corn well and let the unpopped kernels sink to the bottom of your bowl.  Carefully lift the popped corn off the top and place it in another bowl, then discard the unpopped kernels.

Put all the ingredients in a 3 Qt. pan:     2 C.  Corn syrup.  2 1/2 C. Brown Sugar (which is 1 lb. or 1/2 of a 2 lb. bag).  1 can of Sweet Condensed Milk.  1 Cube of butter.

Mix all the ingredients together.  Heat is on med high.  Stir continuously so it won’t scorch.

Turn the heat down to low as it come to a rolling boil.  Bring to a full rolling boil before you begin timing. Stir continuously for exactly 5 min.  (I use a wire whisk).  Because it contains sugar and milk… it will scorch if you leave it!

To start, pour half of the carmel over half of the popped corn… toss as your pour.

Keep adding more corn and more carmel. Toss until all of the corn is well coated.  We love our corn pretty covered. You’ll have to be your own judge on how your family will like it.

Look at this…  Carmel Popcorn…  I know it will be hard but… mitts off until it cools a bit.

Use this delicious recipe and make carmel popcorn for your family… the weather is chilly and Halloween is coming.

Till Later

Kathy Griffiths

Insightful Nana

P.S. Now, I have to let you in on a little secret here!  The recipe on the video was filmed a year ago…. and it differs just a little from the recipe given here.  It calls for 1 C  Corn Syrup.  However, several weeks ago…while at our Mt. Retreat in Tabiona, Ut… I had a hankering for a little carmel corn.  The air was a bit chilly… ya know!

I didn’t have my recipe and… I accidently used 2 cups of Corn Syrup instead of one.  Guess what… it turned out great and it covered more corn.  More Carmel Corn!!! Yea!!!  So, I’m sticking with the 2 cups of Corn Syrup.

P.P.S. If you want a printed Carmel Popcorn recipe for your Insightful Nana Cookbook, give me your name and e-mail address and I’ll send you a nice copy.   Once you’ve signed up you won’t have to do it again.  Besides all of up coming recipes… I’ll be sending all sorts of fun printables for you and your kids.. (and grands)…. all for freeee! The holidays are coming… and you won’t want to miss a thing!