Halloween Giveaway. A gift from me to you.

It may seem a little late for a Halloween giveaway.  I mean … Halloween stuff has been on the shelves since I threw my first hotdog on the BBQ some time back in June.  You know.  Around the same time stores started to hang massive foam snowflakes around their winter parka displays.

So you’ll have to excuse me for my tardiness.

But what I lack in timeliness I make up for in sheer fun.  Halloween fun.

It’s giveaway time!

Wanna know what I’m giving away?  Take a look at the video …






Yes indeed. I’m giving away EVERYTHING you need to create your very own version of my super-fantastic, elegant yet creepy … Halloween Wreath.

Haven’t seen my Halloween Wreath before? Here’s the tutorial on how to make it, only you’ll be using the Pool Noodle wreath technique instead of the styrofoam technique.

One lucky winner will get a Craft Box filled with …

8 black feather boas
3 sparkly skulls
1 sheet of black cotton gauze
1 pool noodle (pre-cut to the appropriate length)
1 small portion of plastic pipe for securing the noodle into a circle
Several lengths of pre-cut wire for attaching boas and gauze

This contest is open to EVERYONE IN THE WORLD.

To enter just leave a comment. You can say anything you want.

Then go and tell everyone you know how great I am.

Contest closes Saturday, September 22nd at midnight E.S.T. Winner will be randomly drawn and announced next Tuesday (September 25th).

This contest is no longer taking entries.

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  1. jen says:

    ohh, pretty!

    um… but your video is a no-go.

  2. Dana says:

    Oooh! It would be perfect for the annual Halloween party.

  3. Becky says:

    I really want one of these wreaths, but I too can’t see the video.

  4. Whozat says:

    Very creepy! I want one!

  5. Jodi says:

    As the first person to comment and evade I have NEVER won any of your contests including the ones I DESPERATELY wanted like the rain boots or the linen or tea towels. Or. Heck. I’ll take the Lays potato chips, I hope being first means I WILL WIN. please. Thank you.

  6. Liz S. says:

    This is awesome!

  7. Agnes says:

    Video works now!!

    I’m gonna take a wild guess and say all these items came from Dollarama…

  8. Ricki says:

    The video works ok for me! Nice music! There’s my comment. 😉

  9. Laura says:

    You are great. And I tell everyone all the time.

  10. Jenn says:

    <3 Will totally be making this wreath but would love for it to come directly from you to meeeee!!! Thanks for your awesomeness!

  11. Tanya Stewart says:

    Your videography skills are* astoundingly *fantastic.

  12. Jean says:

    love the video! this is perfect for Halloween!

  13. Sparky says:

    Well, Golleee, I don’t care whether I win or not, I love the video! xSparky

  14. Heather says:

    Ok let’s try this commenting thing again (first one didn’t post)

    That is an exceptationally spooky wreath that I would be honored to adorn my door.

    As always, you are fabulous!!!

    And I would shout this out loud but, I’m in the library at my University and I don’t want to get kicked out before I complete this paper I’ve been working on for 3+ hours (many more till I’m done). So, I will just write it on the bathroom wall. I mean that IS where all vital information is found in college :-)

  15. kelly says:

    how did you make that video… love it! I do so wish I will win this give away, it would class up my place for halloween. All I have now is a piece of candy corn that lights up!

    • Karen says:

      Kelly – It’s a stop motion video done with a combination of photos and iMovie. I may post about it in the future if enough people are interested in doing. They’re really easy and HUGE fun to do. ~ k!

  16. Shele says:

    This is Tim Burton cool! Gotta have it and if I don’t get it, gotta make it anyway!

  17. Lauren from Winnipeg says:

    I have coveted this wreath from the time I first saw it. And I am the least craft-oriented person around. I think it is magnificent and would be proud to hang on my front door and creep out the little buggers…er…I mean delightful trick and treaters. And kudos on the music. Very cool and apropos.

  18. sherry says:

    nice, but could you throw in a bag of chips?

  19. Rachel says:

    I wanna creepy wreath (making kit)!! :)

  20. Ashley Creech says:

    Great video! Looks like it took forever to make it…are we gong to see a behind the scene making of the video?

  21. Candice says:

    I found you accidentaly through youtube. Frozen yogurt tampon is kindof catchy, no? I’ve been laughing at that for months! Aaaaaand your chickens are badass. And I would totally attempt a late night bandage on the hubs! And I too love dollar store chic! Keep posting your amazing stuff sparklepants! We wouldn’t be folding our sheets right without you! -C

  22. Bedalia says:

    You are VERY, VERY late, in fact – my friend saw CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS in Zellers this past week! And I saw a lit Christmas tree in someone’s window tonight – considering my neighbourhood, I’m hoping it was a student house and they think they’re being “ironic”.

    P.S. Leave me out of the contest, or give it to someone else if I win. I don’t do wreaths. I’m grumpy like that.

  23. Katy says:

    ohhhh! what a great giveaway!

  24. Erica Filpi says:

    How awesome would it be to win a fantastic wreath, for my absolute favorite holiday (by the way I was shopping in the stores in June for the Halloween stuff haha) from my favorite blog??

    You have so much fun with your videos *L*. Thank you, your blog always makes me smile.

  25. Camarin says:

    Pick me! Pick me!

  26. Sarah says:

    I love it! It’s just what Oklahoma needs. (It’s pretty flat and dead here.) Pick me! Pick me!

  27. Carla says:

    Wantz it!

  28. Tabitha says:

    Halloween is my absolute, 100%, undeniably favorite holiday EVER & I don’t even have a Halloween wreath. I have more Halloween decoration containers than I do Christmas decoration containers & am willing to add this fabulous wreath to my collection!

  29. Caroline says:

    My birthday is on October 31st, at least it was, until I had a kid. Now I spend the anniversary of my birth trick or treating, which is fun for ten minutes and then I want to go to a bar and get drunk. But instead I trick or treat for another hour.
    If you make me the winner I will hang the wreath on my door every year until I get my birthday back. I’m guessing I have another 6 or 7 years of candy grabbing birthday torture. On my 45th birthday I will take my daughter’s trick or treat bag and burn it atop this wreath in a celebratory ritual where everyone has to slam chocolate martinis whilst wearing pink party hats.
    Thanks you.

  30. katy oneill says:

    Looks great!

  31. Dory Gardner says:

    I love this wreath! I was just looking in our local dollar store for the stuff to make it…I would love to win this goodie box!

  32. susan Preston says:

    I hope, even if I can just go “across the street” for all the stuff to make my own wreath, that I can still win! This would go great with my creepy spider laden troll inhabited basement and my giant pumpkins that I put out for Hallowe’en! Besides I can never have enough decorations for one of my favourite times of the year!! thanks!! Boo!!

  33. katie says:

    this is exactly what my new front door needs!

  34. Carly H. says:

    I want one! Or, in the spirit of Halloween: I VANT VONE!
    Did that come across like a Vampire? If not, go back and try again. I was aiming for vampire voice

  35. Kim Kline says:

    Love the video, the wreath, your hilarious blog and all of your amazing and very cool ideas! Thanks for the continued laughs!

  36. deborah f says:

    I’ve watched the wreath video a number of times, because I think it is so totally cool! The person who wins is on lucky ducky :)
    Great giveaway Karen!

  37. Karl says:

    Only 43 more days until Halloween! Pick me pick me pick me!!

  38. Daniela says:

    I need something scary for my door – thanks, Karen!

  39. Amber E. says:

    OMGoodness! This is definitely neat. Truthfully, I followed the link because I’m a contest junkie. I totally dig the skulls, though. I’m gonna give them red, jeweled eyes.

    • Karen says:

      Amber – LOL! Well, I hope you decide to stick around a bit. It’s not all contests and rainbows and confetti every day … but it’s pretty good around here. ~ karen!

  40. Cathy says:

    My grand kids would love this . We always have so much fun with them at Halloween.

  41. Traci says:

    I love that you chose Squirrel Nut Zippers for the video soundtrack! Man, you rock!!!

  42. Denise Leavens says:

    Just so you know, I would love to know how to make a stop motion video like this here giveaway one. I, too, love the music (How To Choose Music will be in the video tutorial as well, right?) The materials for making your Halloween wreath is a brilliant idea for a giveaway. How do you come up with such terrific ideas?

    Oh, I know.

    Magic hiccups.

  43. Liz says:

    You are the most amazing woman I know of and I want to be just like you! (How’s that for a comment…)

  44. jezz says:

    Love the wreath! Really love the video!! I could use some creep in my Halloween, oh great one!!!

  45. Stephanie bray-voorhes says:

    Ooh. Love the creepy….

  46. Christina Boyll says:

    Creepy! I love it!

  47. Celina hemmeter says:

    Love it!! Would look supe creepy on the front of my old home circa 1910…

  48. Elle says:

    I love the video! What song is it?

    Unfortunately for me, I live in a country where Halloween is not celebrated by the masses so there is NEVER NOTHING IN THE STORES FOR HALLOWEEN. ever.

    We are a few families with kids, all lived in the US in the past, that LOVE HALLOWEEN and we celebrate it with a big party every year. We have to rally get crafty to create decorations as there are none to buy.
    In our former house, we had really nice open-minded neighbors and I told them about Halloween and gave them some candy so our kids got to do “trick or treat”.

    I think this wreath will be the a huge hit at our party tonight (we have never made a wreath before, either. No wreaths at all at my little corner of the globe).

  49. SK Farm Girl says:

    Did I scare ya?!?!?!

  50. leslie newhall says:

    It would be great to hang this on my door in the Netherlands. They don’t really celebrate like we do in the USA.

  51. Karen Eggleston says:

    Very creepy.

  52. Gayla T says:

    Pooeee on the wreath, I want that magic box that stuff pops out of. Course I’ll need the person behind it but she probably needs a vacation in sunny KS anyway. Seriously, that vid is a hoot! This is the kind of creativity that makes this such a fun place to hang out. I actually don’t even want to be in he contest as I already have my all wreath on the door and I don’t like scary stuff. I get nightmares too easily. Just thought you needed to hear you got your mojo going but you probably know that…..what am I doing here any hoooo?

    • Karen says:

      Gayla T – Thank you ma’am. I’ve always wondered where “mojo” comes from. You have officially been assigned the mojo looker upper. ~ karen!

  53. Angela says:

    I’m not entering, as I don’t like decorating for Halloween, but please please please let the fella choose the winner and please please please video the process.

  54. Sarah says:

    This is amazing! I would love to make one. I am a total Halloween freak, it’s my favorite holiday! :)

  55. Stan R. says:

    Excellent giveaway!

  56. Grace says:

    I lied when I said I’d be asleep when the contest started. I still haven’t fallen asleep.

  57. Sue T. says:

    Absolutely love your video… You are so-o-o-o-o talented Karen !! And that music was well chosen. The wreath is adorable, I would be honored to be chosen for your gift giveaway. Thanks for another enjoyable post .

  58. Mary says:

    Awesome video! Well done!

    Count me in – I totally want to win a goody box from the infamous Karen!

  59. Jules says:

    You really are fabulous;) i have a bash every year for my neighborhood and this wreath would make the perfect addition to my spooky entryway!!

  60. Tara says:

    Eeee! That has to be one of the most awesome videos you have made! AND one of the most awesome wreaths I’ve seen! Great job Karen!

  61. DzynByJules says:

    AMAZING giveaway, AND video!!! You must do a how-to on the stop action filming. Did I see the Fella helping from under the table? Or, fitting with the upcoming season, do you have a ghost assistant??? Your talents continue to astound us all Karen! Thanks for your generosity. That wreath is bad-ass!

  62. Cassandra says:

    You really do come up with the greatest ideas. Thank you for sharing all of the ideas.

  63. Jenny says:

    That wreath is sooo me!! Soft, sparkally, bendy, and a just a touch scarey :) Gotta have it, pretty please!

  64. Moe says:

    Love the video.. now we need a tutorial on how to make a video like that. lol
    Love the wreath too. Can’t wait to see if I win. :o)

  65. Pam Carr says:

    Would also make a GREAT accent for an OVER THE HILL B’day party!

  66. barbara n says:

    I love Halloween and love to decorate! Your wreath is awesome

  67. Mary Vitullo says:

    Moi, Moi, Moi!
    ….but if I don’t win, I’ll still be a faithful follower.
    Thanks for making my morning cup of coffee an enjoyable one. Love your blog.

  68. KiwiKat says:

    I would love, love, love it if I could win this as my birthday is on Halloween (yeah, my fiends, I mean friends, say it explains a lot) and it isn’t something that gets a lot of coverage here in New Zealand…I’ve been collecting bits and pieces from online over the years, but winning this would be awesome!!

    I’m still loving the website and still giggle at so much of what you write – still waiting for the fart video follow up to the hiccups, too! :)

  69. Tigersmom says:

    Well crap! I’ve been stalking our crappy USA dollar stores since July looking for black feather boas, etc. I finally ended up purchasing a bunch of the black gauzey scarves because I realized that no amount of wishing was gonna turn our crap stores into almighty Dollaramas.

    I also totally forgot about the swim noodle trick and when I couldn’t find a styrofoam wreath form at our (again, really crappy) dollar stores I paid (gasp!) RETAIL for one at a craft store.

    BANG! (that was me shooting myself in the foot)

    I love the video. I mean what’s not to love about dancing glitter skulls?

  70. jamie says:

    that love scene between the skulls was HOT! love the video… you always go above and beyond 😉

  71. Michelle says:

    Love halloween! It’s like Christmas for my Fella so a super duper wreath would make the season so merry and bright for him…or spooky and dark is more appropriate!

  72. Janie Farmer says:

    Karen, YES!!!! do a tutorial on how you did your video. Oh, wait….my IPhone doesn’t take video. What’s up with that Apple? Guess it’s true….”there’s always 1 bad apple in the whole bunch.” (Bunch…who the hell thought that word up?)

  73. Michelle says:

    Shoot too excited about the amazing wreath and forgot the flattery – I was put off my game by how ridiculously good looking and clever you are!

  74. Annie says:

    Way cool. Was going to skip entering despite admiring and coveting the wreath. Thinking my procrastinating ways would thwart me if I won….
    But then your video was was so darn brilliant it( and the knowledge that I never win ; so no prcrastinator’s guilt)) made it so that I couldn’t not enter!

    Ps. Has a more convoluted sentence ever been written?

  75. Laurel says:

    Oooh I would LOVE to have this kit! I am an American living in New Zealand for 3.5 years now, and they just don’t do halloween like they do in the states, So I am always looking for ways to decorate for halloween and throw a party!

  76. Beckie says:

    way too groovy and extra groovy points for the Squirrel Nut Zippers!!

    this would go well with my Shabby Gothic decorating style 😀

  77. Karen Boreham says:

    I could be heading for serious strife. If I don’t win I’ll make a scene all day and then there will be hell to pay.

  78. farquist says:

    Are the materials snow-resistant? It was 2 here in the Peg yesterday morning. I may have to go and purchase one of those parkas today.

    • Karen says:

      Oy. Yikes. Probably around 25 here yesterday. Today? Cooler and rain. So I suppose it’s on its way here too! Eventually. ~ k!

  79. Phyllis Kraemer says:

    Ha!…your readers are getting cheeky sparklepants!…I loved the video……and yes…pick me please

  80. Debbie Angstadt says:

    Love the wreath! Hysterical video! PICK ME!!!

  81. Becki F says:

    love the wreath, hope to have one soon….

  82. Amy s. perry says:

    Would be perfect for my Halloween party!

  83. Megan Beavers says:

    I love Skulls!!!!! YAY

  84. Faye says:

    Love your site – I am addicted!

  85. Kim says:

    Love the video!! Everything about it was fun.

  86. I tell everyone how great you are on a near-daily basis already!!!

  87. Suanne says:

    The wreath looks fun,
    It brought a grin.
    Be thus advised….
    I hope I WIN!!!!!

  88. Alison says:

    I’m thinking of how much fun I could have with those boas before making the wreath….

  89. Betsy says:

    Love the wreath…..and the music!

  90. Dru says:

    that would be perfect on the farm, would freak the cows right out…

  91. Zala says:

    I hesitated a bit to post a comment, because I was afraid that the choice of who gets the package would be left to the fella, so I got nervous…. Otherwise, the video is creepy and the wreath lovely. No, wait. The other way around. :)

  92. Meghan says:

    The skulls are funny. I have no halloween decoration, so this would be a start! :-)

  93. Kellyrae says:

    Very cool – I’m just about to dig out the 4 totes of Halloween crafts and decorations this week! By the way – watched your video laying in bed at 7:30 and ended up with a 6 and 2yr old dancing away around me – I guess there are worse ways to wake up!

  94. Caitlin says:

    I am recently married and moved into a new home, we would love to be able to create a very Halloweenie type door to make us seem cool to all the neighborhood kids. This wreath would be just the ticket!

    Please, pretty please pick me.

    Pick ME! :)

  95. Cindy Marlow says:

    Yes, you are truly the Mistress of the Universe! Your (or the fella’s) video making skills are fantastic as is the choice of music. Oh, yeah, and I also want that freakin’ box!

    • Karen says:

      Gasp! The fella?! No. No, I made the video, LOL. I make all the videos. All the fella does is provide fodder. ~ k!

  96. stefanie says:

    The video is fabulous! and your blog is my all time favorite!

  97. teri c says:

    All over the creepy stuff this time of year! It’s the only time I get to show the dark funk of decorating at my house! This is great! Thanks!

  98. Cynthia says:

    love the video and the music ,,,,nothing like a good giggle first thing in the am!

  99. Dawn says:

    You’re so fantastic! Also, hooray giveaway! You shoulda just brought up the crap from your basement you didn’t want to keep around the house and have that as the giveaway instead :)

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