10 Spooky Halloween Makeup Tutorials

Didn’t have the time or opportunity to buy an awesome custom? If you don’t want the lame disarrayed left overs from Galeria Kaufhof, then try your hand at creating your own. Here are a few Halloween makeup tutorials that will get you the looks of fright or thumbs up from all you encounter on the spookiest of nights. We have tutorials for men and women.

Half Skull Halloween Make up

Dark Vampire

Queen of Darkness

Zombie(Walking Dead) Makeup

Creepy Clown


Spooky Scarecrow

Grim Reaper

Demon Makeup

Dr. Jeykll and Mr. Hyde


Werewolf Attack Victim

10 Halloween cocktails to get you in the “spirit”


Who says kids get to have all of the fun for Halloween? Here are a few ghoulish treats of the the adult variety. Munichmom says choose 1 to help you survive your child’s Trick or Treating sugar induced insanity 😉


1.Bloody Brain Shooter.


Via wonderhowto



2. Eyeball Highball


Via marthastewart.com


3. The poisoned apple


Via the little epicurian


4. Mr. Hyde potion


Via Sam Henderson


5. Purple People Eater


Via guestofaguest


6. Ghost in the graveyard


Via MarthaStewart.com


7. Witches Brew


Via thegardeningcook


8. The Raven


Via Smart Party


9. The Devils’ Margarita


Via show me the yummy


10. Candycorn jello shots


Via the holiday cottage page


15 Ideas to make your Halloween Party a hit

halloween pro

Munichmom is turning 1( que the balloons and confetti) We went live with our first post on October 31st 2014.  As you can guess, our first articles were all about Halloween. We were in the “spirit” so we went with it 🙂

Now that my favorite holiday has rolled around again, we shall keep the tradition going and bring you all the information that you can handle about upcoming parties for kids, and adults. We will give you helpful decorating ideas, recipes and lots of DIY everything.

First in our 3 week-long spooky series is…………………

Ideas to make your very on Halloween party a hit with spectacular decorations

  1. Mummy Jars
Found on dailysavings.allyou.com

Found on dailysavings.allyou.com

2. Spooky Apothecary Jars: http://bit.ly/1j7iwnA

3 Pumpkin Party Cooler: http://bit.ly/1KZsEbK

4. Candy Filled place cards: http://bit.ly/1JS0POz


5. Bloody Candles: http://bit.ly/1LhIgJ5





6. Pumpkin Fondu: http://bit.ly/1Olf1rj

7.Black sugar rimmed drinks: http://etsy.me/1NmnGto

8. Painted and stenciled Pumpkins

9. Black Lace votive candles


Found on cfabbridesigns.com

10. Spooky Food labels: http://bit.ly/1OleoOg


Found on elebrationsathomeblog.com

11. Witches Legs: http://bit.ly/1Ly60L3

12. Spooky Glow in the dark eyes: http://bit.ly/1KZymKG


Found on juxtapost.com


13. Witch Legged Tables: http://bit.ly/1VDkCxs



14. Glass  bottle candle holders


Found on stylemepretty.com

15. Screen printed napkins: http://bit.ly/1FWEx36

Capture Fall with Mini Photo Sessions

The days are getting shorter and the nights chillier as fall descends. Leaves are changing into beautiful colors. It’s a wonderful time to be living and loving in in Munich. Fall or Autumn is my favorite season. It is were all my best shoes and clothes live ;).

Fall creates the perfect scenery for photos. That’s where our super talented partner Photographer Kristin Speed comes in. She is offering special Fall mini-photo sessions on October the 18th. The sessions will last 30 mins. It’s perfect for families with little kids, couples or individuals who just want a few gorgeous photos. And for those of you thinking about Christmas already, these photos are great to use for your yearly Holiday cards or even presents for grandmas and grandpas, aunts & uncles, etc. Spots are limited so be sure to book early!

To contact Kristin see info below

Dirndls, Lederhosen and Brunch at the Charles hotel

Seasonal Breakfast Buffet @the Charles Hotel

Earlier this year we got to experience and write about the brunches and after work grill parties at the Charles hotel. It has been one of our favorites places to eat at and we definitely enjoying blogging about it(http://wp.me/p5bcsF-k1). The brunches are spectacular and now we are adding Tracht into the equation for a bit of tradition and fun. You can enjoy the Oktoberfest Brunch in Davvero or on the terrace on Sunday, September 27th! Munichmom will definitely be there as we are live blogging this event and many other Oktoberfest festivities 😉 Continue reading

Your friendly guide to Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest is upon us, bring on the pretzels, rounds of unusually large mugs of beer, roves of unstable drunken teenagers and lost tourists. I love this time of year… It’s great!!! We would like to provide you with a brief schedule of important events.

Leading up to and during Oktoberfest we will post tips and tricks to survive this event in spectacular fashion. If you are a veteran of this grand show please leave us your wisdom in the comments section. We will probably add those golden nuggets in following posts. If you are a newbie, take heed to the advice or just ignore us drunk oktoberfestcompletely. Either way we at Munichmom are here to have fun. Continue reading

A fish in foreign waters- a book for bilingual children-

Munichmom is continuing her quest : smart books for smart kids 🙂
Our paths crossed  with  a beautiful and talented young author, who resides in England who is, however,  a full-fledged Italian. Her book touched the right spot ( new job/new language?) and the idea that when you double the languages you double the friends , stayed with me until today ! Munichmom was lucky enough to Skype with Laura for a few hours after the kids were in bed. With a glass of wine in our hands. Literally.

MM : Munichmom

LCW: Laura Caputo-Wickham

MM  How did your book come to life?

LCW My interest for bilingualism has started with the birth of my first child, Elisa. I was fascinated by the progress that her language was making.

At the age of three though, I’ve started noticing some hesitation in speaking the minority language, and the same I could see in the children of my friends, who were older than she was. While doing a bit of research, I came across a quote from Professor Colin Baker, who writes in his book, A Parent’s and Teachers’ Guide to Bilingualism (Multilingual Matters, Third Edition): “Children often don’t want to appear different. They want to conform to the status-giving behavior of the peer group. This may entail a temporary non-use of one of their languages.”

Not only children don’t want to be different, they are also very aware of what language they should invest energies in learning and often this ends up being the majority language.

This made me feel quite sad. They are not aware of the great benefits that speaking two languages brings, and by the time they realize, they have probably wasted prime years where their brain would have been very receptive to the language.

Something needed to be done! And this was the inspiration for my book.

MM Did the story come first or did the illustrations ?

LCW The story came first. My publisher matched the manuscript with the illustrator whose style best complimented the story. When I heard that Pamela Goodman was going to illustrate the book I was over the moon. Her portfolio (pamelagoodman.com) is absolutely gorgeous and I knew from the start that her pictures were going to add so much to the story.

When the publisher sent me the sketches that she made of Rosie Ray and her family, I couldn’t stop smiling. It was so much better than what I pictured it in my head!Even after reading the story times and times again, I still find myself lost in the pictures and I notice new details every time.

MM How do your children live their being ‘ other’ in their daily life?

LCW It’s hard to know for sure what goes on in their heads, because they are still very little and they can’t quite express more complex feelings and emotions. But I can see in my eldest daughter a desire to fit in and being just like her friends. She wants to wear the same clothes, watch the same shows and of course, talk the same way. I think having been there myself (I was raised bilingual and so was my mother), helps me to understand a little bit more of what they might feel and this helps me to empathize with them.

MM What was the biggest surprise after the publication of your first book?

LCW Every twitter about my book, every review or comment is a very welcome surprise, but if I had to choose one, I would say my daughter’s reaction when I read her my book for the first time. She asked me to read it again straight away and then she offered to read it back to me in the minority language! I was flabbergasted! All of a sudden she started listing so many Italian words, most of them I didn’t even know she knew! Needless to say that I was in tears! A voice inside my head was shouting: “It works!!!”

MM You live between two cultures : the British and the Italian one. Can you name one positive and one negative aspect of the way children are raised in the UK vs Italy?

LCW I love how children are so organically included in the Italian society and everyday life. They are not treated as a group apart; they are part of every event, gathering, night out and they learn right from the beginning to socialize, to interact with adults and to be comfortable in a crowd. What I don’t like so much, is how institutional and cold some Italian schools can be. But I’d like to think that this is changing.

In the U.K., I love how creative the teaching methods can be. I visited a few schools and I was so impressed with the amount of drawings, crafts, projects that were covering every inch of the walls. What I don’t like so much, is the pressure put on children since a very young age. I’ve seen parents teaching their two years old children to read, and others who would hire a tutor for their three years olds. This makes me feel a bit uncomfortable as I enjoyed so much the carelessness of childhood and I wouldn’t want to deprive my daughter of it.

MM Thank you Laura, it was a pleasure e-chatting with you!