Welcome to Crafty Halloween by ME and my best friend J! I live in Australia and no Halloween isn't a big thing here however for me it is more an obsession just as Christmas is. None of these projects that we undertake are our own original ideas, all of them are found through google searches. That doesn't mean it isn't a load of fun to attempt them cause it sure is! As a practicing pagan for over 30 years I realize that Halloween in its commercial form means nothing really but another wonderful excuse for family and friends to come together for fun and food. For the Southern Hemisphere Halloween or Samhain as we Pagans know it is in May and is the celebration of our ancestors as well as the beginning of fall/autumn for this part part of the world. Halloween in it's commercial sense the way America has embraced it offers us here the opportunity to dress up, decorate the house and put smiles on allot of neighbourhood residents faces (could very well be more like laughing at my insanity too). One YouTube channel in particular is responsible for the beginning of my 'hard core' crafting Halloween obsession Drachenfan I highly recommend you check it out.
We have between 140 and 250 children through here each year. The least was 2016 when it rained and was freezing cold but still 139 lolly bags where given out, 2015 when it fell on a Saturday and we gave away 247 lolly bags but in 2017 it fell on a Tuesday and gave out 250 bags. In 2018 although it falls on a Wednesday, we have made up 478 bags. That might be a bit excessive but never mind hehehehehehee. Covid put a dampner on things for 2020 & I expect that 2021 will be the same, as that year we were in lockdown form most of the year.
I have started this site primarily for some family and friends who do not have facebook (where my bragging about things I make is also abundant LOL) so they can see what madness I am up to. My workplace is my dinning room, lounge room and kitchen. Much of what I create turns out different to the original concept and often much much larger than expected. Most of the things I have created have also been found with Google searches but as I am in Australia the names of components and products available to create them are often different or not available. So there is a fair bit of substitution that occurs. I list materials in terms of what is available here in Australia.
Both mine and J's skills are completely self taught from a lifetime of crafting and with the extensive help of YouTube & Instructibles. Some of these skills are not all that refined ( LOL ) and I have no skills at all with electronics or electrics, if there are any creations using these my son would more than likely have created those parts for me. If you would like some advice or need something specific feel free to Contact Us through the site here or check out the useful sites tab above. Thank you for visiting, stay a while, grab a cup of tea/coffee, have a laugh at some of odd things that have been created and most of all enjoy.