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GIVEAWAY!! ParaNorman Decorating Kits to celebrate the film’s release!!

 

UPDATE: Congratulations to Melissa, Amber, Mikey, Stephanie and Carla! Their comments (numbers 5, 64, 65, 44 and 7) were randomly drawn to win and their prizes are on the way…

I know, it feels almost too early for Halloween, but the eerie chill you feel (right? that’s what I was going for) is actually meant to celebrate the almost-release of the 3D stop-motion family film, ParaNorman, from Focus Features, opening August 17. Focus Features asked me to help spread the word via sweets, and how can I resist this awesome combination of kid fun, dessert and movies? They created an uber-fantastic, supernatural decorating kit so you could create your own themed desserts. Scroll to the end to enter the GIVEAWAY!!!

 

 

ABOUT THE FLICK:

Before you do anything, watch the hilariously creepy trailer:

Quoted from Focus Features: “The film ParaNorman follows Norman, a misunderstood boy who can speak with the dead and his adventures as he takes on ghosts, zombies and grown-ups, in order to save his town from a centuries-old curse.  The film is rated PG and from the makers of Coraline.  It promotes the positive message of embracing the qualities that make each of us unique and not to shy away from our gifts, like the tagline says, ;You don’t become a hero by being normal.’ Leslie Mann, John Goodman, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Anna Kendrick, Casey Affleck and Kodi Smit-McPhee lend their voices to the film.” Read more about the film HERE.

 

THE DECORATING KITS and WHAT I MADE:

Each kit includes: ParaNorman cupcake liners with character cupcake picks,  edible frosting toppers, and a custom-made ParaNorman cookie cutter.

I made some cookies on a stick with the cookie cutters, and given the film’s subject matter, I feel entirely OK about the whole head-on-a-stick thing. By the way, that red felt tie is supposed to represent Norman’s sweatshirt. I also used the edible frosting toppers to make cookie pops. And I used the cupcake liners and picks to make some neon green cupcakes oozing blood.

 

To make the cookie pops, I made my cookie dough, chilled, rolled out and cut out 2 1/2-inch circles for the frosting topper cookie pops and used my Norman cookie cutter to make Norman. For cookie pop how-tos, click here. I prepared my royal icing, divided and tinted using my Americolor Soft Gel Pastes (Bright White, Super Black, Peach, a mix of Sky and Royal Blue, and Chocolate Brown). To make Norman, I prepped decorating bags with couplers and size 1, 2, and 3 tips and piped my decoration. For the circle pops, I outlined each circle with white and flooded with white icing. (For basic cookie decorating how-tos, click here and to find supplies, click here.) Then I let the flooded icing dry overnight. I brushed the surface of the cookie with light corn syrup, then gently placed a frosting topper on top and smoothed with my fingers.

 

 

To make the cupcakes, I simply prepared white cake batter from a mix, and added some Electric Green Americolor Soft Gel Paste. I made some frosting, tinted it with the same Electric Green, and used a decorating bag with size 1M  tip to pipe the frosting on the cupcakes. Then I put some strawberry preserves in a decorating bag, snipped the tip and piped “blood” on the cupcakes. Insert the picks, and that’s it.

 

 

 

THE GIVEAWAY!!!

 Leave me a creepy comment (a non-creepy comment works, too) here before

Sunday August 12, midnight EST

and FIVE of you will be randomly chosen to win a

ParaNorman decorating kit.

Winners must have a US address.

Winners have 48 hours to respond after being notified before another name is drawn.

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73 Comments

  1. Heather
    Posted August 7, 2012 at 10:14 am | Permalink

    These turned out so cute!! My son is excited for the movie (thank you television commercials!) but I actually am too. Thanks for the chance to win!

  2. Michelle
    Posted August 7, 2012 at 10:32 am | Permalink

    This movie looks very cute! Thanks for the chance to make some fun cupcakes!

  3. Angela
    Posted August 7, 2012 at 10:32 am | Permalink

    I love these cupcakes! The Green looks great with the oozing blood! Very creepy!

  4. Trina
    Posted August 7, 2012 at 10:35 am | Permalink

    Amazing cookies!!!! Would love to win but either way me and my kids are excited to go watch the film

  5. Shanika Clark
    Posted August 7, 2012 at 10:39 am | Permalink

    These are so cute. My kids would love helping me make these.

  6. Posted August 7, 2012 at 10:43 am | Permalink

    Whoooo…creapy ghost sounds coming your way :) My son just finished reading this book in anticipation of the movie release, he can’t wait and it would be so much fun to make Paranorman treats with him to celebrate the opening. Cool way to make it a full circle experience! Thanks for the chance to win!

  7. Carla S
    Posted August 7, 2012 at 11:02 am | Permalink

    Super cute! My husband knew all about this movie. It would be fun to make these then see the movie with my son and a couple of his friends the have an “after-party”.

  8. Jessica
    Posted August 7, 2012 at 11:04 am | Permalink

    LOVED the cookies!!! Looks like a good movie. Thanks for the chance to win :)

  9. Sandra R.
    Posted August 7, 2012 at 11:04 am | Permalink

    I can’t wait for this movie to come out! Aborably ooky.

  10. Katie
    Posted August 7, 2012 at 11:40 am | Permalink

    I’m so excited for this movie!

  11. Susan
    Posted August 7, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Permalink

    Zombies are coming to a screen near you.

  12. Lynn Melton
    Posted August 7, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Permalink

    Ok…here’s my child-proof scarey riddle for the win…
    Why was 6 scared of 7?
    Because 789!
    Corny, but worth an entry for the prize ;)

  13. Monique
    Posted August 7, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Permalink

    Can’t wait to see this! Loved the cookies.

  14. Posted August 7, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Permalink

    I’m 39 and excited for the movie. These kits are adorable.

  15. Dee
    Posted August 7, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Permalink

    These are adorable!!!

  16. Tziona
    Posted August 7, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Permalink

    Creepy post. What a cute giveaway!

  17. Nicole
    Posted August 7, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Permalink

    This kit looks like fun and I can’t wait for the movie to come out!

  18. Mary Mac
    Posted August 7, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Permalink

    This movie is all my granddaughter talks about. She is already doing her “creepy” walk.

  19. Lauren aka Giddy99
    Posted August 7, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Permalink

    SPECTACULAR! I’ve been anxiously awaiting this movie since I saw the first trailer months ago!!! :)

  20. Posted August 7, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Permalink

    Cute, yet creepy cupcakes(my favorite) and cookie pops! Looks like a neat movie for the coming(sooner than we realize)Halloween holiday.

  21. Posted August 7, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Permalink

    These are so cute! My neices are huge tomboys and they would love getting into making these with me. Thanks for the chance to win.

  22. Johnny
    Posted August 7, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Permalink

    I love a cookie on a stick…but heads on a stick are even better!

  23. Nikki
    Posted August 7, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Permalink

    I love the cookie pops!!

  24. Eika Johnson
    Posted August 7, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Permalink

    My son knew exactly what movie this was before I even scrolled down! I love the booger green color of the the cupcake ans frosting!

  25. Lauren
    Posted August 7, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Permalink

    these look ghoulishly good!

  26. Valerie
    Posted August 7, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Permalink

    I just love customer cupcake liners. They add so much to the presentation. Thanks for the givaway!

  27. Deidra
    Posted August 7, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Permalink

    I love movies like this! My husband and I get really excited every time we see the trailer.

  28. Posted August 7, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Permalink

    I love how you made cookies pops with the cupcake toppers, spooktacular idea.

  29. danielaurista
    Posted August 7, 2012 at 4:07 pm | Permalink

    Awsome kit,and Adorable cupcakes.^^

  30. L
    Posted August 7, 2012 at 4:51 pm | Permalink

    I cant wait for this movie to come out and I NEEEEEEED that cookie cutter.

  31. Andrea Ginsberg
    Posted August 7, 2012 at 7:12 pm | Permalink

    I’d love to win, and can’t wait till Halloween and cool weather.

  32. LaurieC,
    Posted August 7, 2012 at 7:34 pm | Permalink

    These are so cute and look yummy! The cupcake picks are fantastic but that cookie cutter is out of this world! My kids can’t wait for the movie.

  33. Posted August 7, 2012 at 8:29 pm | Permalink

    Those are adorable! I would LOVE to win one of these. Can’t wait for this movie to come out. I loved Coraline and Halloween is my favorite holiday. I’m already in full Halloween mode… anything creepy this time of year is normal for me. : )

  34. Ladywild
    Posted August 7, 2012 at 8:34 pm | Permalink

    These are so cute!

  35. Amanda Briggs
    Posted August 7, 2012 at 9:59 pm | Permalink

    Until you mentioned it, I thought perhaps the red felt was a hint at a severed head on a stick. Thanx for clearing it up for me!!

  36. Hana S
    Posted August 7, 2012 at 10:34 pm | Permalink

    So cute! Looking forward to the movie!

  37. Posted August 7, 2012 at 10:35 pm | Permalink

    I’m watching you…….
    that sounds like a creepy comment to me. Lol
    Thanks, mamatkins@hotmail.com

  38. Carmen
    Posted August 7, 2012 at 10:36 pm | Permalink

    Love your page!! Can’t wait to see the movie :)

  39. Pat K
    Posted August 7, 2012 at 10:53 pm | Permalink

    These cookies spooky, love them! Would love to win your giveaway!

  40. Tiana
    Posted August 8, 2012 at 5:11 am | Permalink

    Another cookie cutter to add to my collection? Of course.:) I love the cute cookie pops and cupcakes.

  41. Tammy Honeycutt
    Posted August 8, 2012 at 7:40 am | Permalink

    My girls would love these. I would love to win this package to have our own creepy family fun

  42. Mary Juckett
    Posted August 8, 2012 at 8:47 am | Permalink

    I would totally love to win this…I would have so much fun make things with this set. Thank you for the chance to win.

  43. Gloria
    Posted August 8, 2012 at 9:15 am | Permalink

    My 6 year old is ALL over this movie before it’s even out. He has also been talking about Halloween for the past few weeks and would LOVE this.

  44. Posted August 8, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Permalink

    This movie looks like it will be a lot of fun to see. Thanks for the chance to win.

  45. Karen B
    Posted August 8, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Permalink

    How cute these are! I can’t wait to see the movie. It looks hilarious! Nice way to make it complete.

  46. Marcella
    Posted August 8, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Permalink

    My daughter has been talking about this movie for months! Can’t wait to see it.

  47. Meghan
    Posted August 8, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Permalink

    BOO! My daughter (who is 6) decorates cookies right along side me.. and I know this would be a fun project to do after seeing the movie.
    Love your cookie pops and your site..your RI (sort of) is my go to icing (love love love it!)…Thank you so much!

  48. Diane
    Posted August 8, 2012 at 5:49 pm | Permalink

    SPookTACULAR!
    Oh well worth a shot :))
    Thank you for the chance to win.
    My grand kids can’t wait to see it !

  49. maria alvarado
    Posted August 8, 2012 at 6:44 pm | Permalink

    I can’t wait for the movie to come out, kids can’t wait either. wink wink… LOL… Love the cupcake liners, cookie cutters and toppers. The cookies were so cute.

  50. Kim
    Posted August 8, 2012 at 7:09 pm | Permalink

    Great giveaway. Thank you

  51. Pointy
    Posted August 8, 2012 at 10:17 pm | Permalink

    These look cute, I love that green! :) Love those individual cake-stands too. :D

    I have a question – when you’re colouring buttercream (which I think this is?), how do you get more delicate colours? I struggle to get pale colours because the cream is already yellow from the butter. I tried to make some purple the other day using gels, but the yellow base-colour made it very difficult and I ended up with a muddy dark pink (which actually looked okay once it was piped).

  52. Jane
    Posted August 9, 2012 at 1:30 am | Permalink

    I husband would love to see this movie. Cute cookies

  53. Ashley T.
    Posted August 9, 2012 at 2:31 am | Permalink

    I’m certain I want to see this movie more than my 3 1/2 year old, but she would absolutely enjoy all the treats this kit would make. Awesome job, thanks for the giveaway!

  54. Posted August 9, 2012 at 6:41 am | Permalink

    So excited about ParaNorman!!! The cupcakes are precious!!!

  55. Melissa
    Posted August 9, 2012 at 7:30 am | Permalink

    I love anything Tim Burton! Cant wait to see this movie and love the blood on cupcakes.

  56. mary norman
    Posted August 9, 2012 at 11:30 am | Permalink

    very cute. looks like a good movie too.,
    thanks for the chance,
    mary

  57. Steph
    Posted August 9, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Permalink

    The ParaNorman cookie pops are awesome! Great treats for a really neat looking movie.

  58. Buffy
    Posted August 9, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Permalink

    Oh wow!! BEAUTIFUL..I hope I am the winner of these delicious treats….they are to die for, get it. thanks for the chance and more than excited to see the movie. :)

  59. kelly ronca
    Posted August 9, 2012 at 5:53 pm | Permalink

    My kids would love this! Halloween is our favorite time of year. I can’t wait to see this movie! Thanks for an awesome giveaway.

  60. Stevie
    Posted August 9, 2012 at 8:29 pm | Permalink

    I love watching movies…sitting in an Air Condition room for two hours eating popcorn.

  61. kesha
    Posted August 9, 2012 at 10:18 pm | Permalink

    My daughter and I just saw the commercial for this movie release! We can’t wait to go see it! Thank you for the giveaway!

  62. Posted August 10, 2012 at 12:04 am | Permalink

    This is about the “scariest” movie I’ll see–fraidy cat!

    Jackie

  63. Arlene T
    Posted August 10, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Permalink

    That looks like a good movie! And ur treats look yummy :)

  64. Amber L
    Posted August 10, 2012 at 6:04 pm | Permalink

    I cant wait to see this movie and I love how ur treats look I want to make some for my son and nephew

  65. Mikey
    Posted August 10, 2012 at 8:50 pm | Permalink

    These look like fun to make! Such an awesome movie coming and what better way to celebrate than baking! Even if it means putting Normans head on a stick… Than eating it… Oh my gosh… I am a Zombie… By heart…

  66. Kara
    Posted August 10, 2012 at 11:00 pm | Permalink

    Love these! I actually run a movie theater, and would love to make these for my staff for the movie!

  67. Donna
    Posted August 11, 2012 at 11:58 am | Permalink

    These are so cute! What a cute idea to combine the movie with the treats.

  68. Posted August 11, 2012 at 8:52 pm | Permalink

    Dont you hate when you watch scary movies & you scare yourself at night hearing things you didnt notice before?? lol, thanks for a great giveaway!

  69. Kathy Feeler
    Posted August 12, 2012 at 3:04 pm | Permalink

    These would be perfect for my Halloween Party – Halloween Village, “Thriller” performances, and “ParaNorman” treats! Thanks for the chance to win!

  70. Posted August 12, 2012 at 10:15 pm | Permalink

    MMMMMMM! These cupcakes look delicious and so does the movie! Thanks for giving me a great oppurtunity to win an awesome cupcake kit. :)

  71. Faith
    Posted August 13, 2012 at 10:03 am | Permalink

    Love the “fake blood” I will have to make these with my nephew. Thanks for the idea!

  72. Posted August 14, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Permalink

    woo hoo, I won a set. When, I looked at the Norman cookie cutter, I was trying to come up with something else to use it for. I keep seeing a frankenstein head with the bolts sticking out of his neck. Thanks again.

  73. casper
    Posted August 26, 2012 at 9:21 pm | Permalink

    this movie is awsome!
    cant wait untill it comes out on dvd so i can buy it. hope theres a game coming out for it.
    cool cupcake kit.

    whats scairyer then seeing dead people is seeing the living sooo. hold me im freak’n out.

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