Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Halloween is Coming!

Halloween is coming quicker than you think! Just 10 more days! The stores are full of costumes, decorations and candy!

I am spending my Halloween in Jamaica this year. I have heard that they do not celebrate the Halloween holiday but I am hoping our resort does something. I would hate to miss celebrating Halloween. I’ve been trying to think of some quick and easy costumes that I could make up at the last minute and what materials to pack. We don’t have a lot of room left in our suitcases. I will probably buy some ghoul makeup. We could paint our faces white and ring our eyes in black and go as any kind of ghost. Michael Jackson would be easy – black pants, white socks, white t shirt, a glove, and hat. I’m taking most of those things. A toga is always easy and you could use the hotel’s bed sheet. My husband could be a mummy. I could wrap him up in a roll of toilet paper. I could be a hula dancer and wear my swimsuit with a belt and draped in toilet paper strips. I’ve got a few ideas if I need them. I’ll have to let you know what happens in Jamaica on Halloween!

About.com has some great ideas for costumes you can make out of the things you already have. They are very creative costumes. The link for this site is: http://familycrafts.about.com/od/costumeideas/tp/fastcostume.htm. There are pictures too.

I put out my Halloween decorations on October 1st this year. I like to use things that will be appropriate for Thanksgiving also like pumpkins and scarecrows. It makes it easier to decorate for Thanksgiving. Things start to get really busy then. I have a wreath and some autumn decorations on my door and a large scarecrow in my flower box. I have a large pumpkin on my front step which has not been decorated yet.

There is still plenty of time to carve a pumpkin. I saw a really cute one in my neighborhood. It was a witch. The pumpkin was lying on its side and the stem was the witch’s nose. It had a nice long curvy stem. It had carved eyes and a scary mouth and it was wearing a black witch hat with some old shoe laces hanging down for hair. You would need to find a pumpkin with a flat side and a long curvy stem and then hollow it out from the bottom and cover that with some kind of hair. Be careful, the hat and hair might be flammable. It makes an awesome jack-o-lantern. If you don’t want to carve your pumpkin, you can decorate it in any old leftover costume parts you have – just treat it like a head! You can also stack up a few pumpkins and decorate them as a whole person or as totem poles. They could be scarecrows, witches, snowmen, ghosts --- anything you think can think up. Some people in my neighborhood have used a row of pumpkins to carve out a spooky sentence: Eat, Drink, and be Scary!

I found an awesome animated Halloween cake at instructibles.com. I had to research instructibles.com for a class I am taking and I found it to be an amazing web site. It was created by the MIT media lab and is a place where anyone can share their coolest projects. You have to see this cake – it is unbelievable. The link to it is http://www.instructables.com/id/Animated-Halloween-Cake/. You can watch a video of the final project and read how to do it yourself. It must have taken a long time to construct it but it is truly amazing. There is also a section of Halloween foods like eyeballs on a fork, kat litter cake, mummy dogs, and ghastly grins. You can find DIY decorations and costumes and fun too!

Martha Stewart has some great recipes for Halloween treats at http://www.marthastewart.com/photogallery/creepy-treats. She also has costumes and decorations.

Here is very impressive cocktail for Halloween:

Jack O' Tini
2 oz. Vodka - chilled
1/4 oz. Bols Pumpkin Smash Liqueur
1 candy corn

Place a single candy corn at the bottom of chilled cocktail glass. Combine vodka and liqueur a shaker with ice, shake well and strain into the glass.
I know we will have some good pumpkin dishes in Jamaica – they grow a lot of pumpkins there. Maybe I will be able to get a Pumpkin Margarita!!!

Happy Halloween!!!!

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