I have a confession to make. Halloween is my favorite holiday! As long as I can remember, I have always loved dressing up, decorating, carving pumpkins and cooking for Halloween! I’m a huge kid and I find it to be a Boo-tiful thing. I begin by decorating my house, with scary sights and sounds, on the 1st day of October. I have collected so many Halloween decorations; I have begun to share them with neighbors and friends. When I say share, I mean I decorate their yards and houses as well as mine. There is a method to my madness!
Scary movies begin from the get go. There are so many that are my “favorites”, it literally takes the entire month to go through all of them. From Frankenstein to Jason, I love them all!
Carving pumpkins is a huge ordeal, and all of my friends and family gather for the annual carving contest. (Spook-tacular Tip: I like to dry out the pumpkin seeds and coat them in Sirachi Sauce mixed with a tablespoon of brown sugar. Nothing better than sweet spicy pumpkin seeds to snack on after the contest! Also, after we carve the pumpkins, we wipe them down with petroleum jelly to help them keep their shape and not break down too quickly.)
We have a large hairy spider named “Dave” that always appears in the most precarious spots of the house. Closets, laundry bags, shower, washing machine….The game is to catch people off guard and let Dave have the last laugh!
Everyone here dresses up. I have portrayed myself from pirates, to nerds, to scary monsters. Even my little dog Minnie gets into the act! Last year she was a little devil, this year a Princess! She hates it!
And then, there’s the Halloween Party. Taste of Home makes it so easy! Everything from “finger foods” to decorations, pumpkin carving stencils and hand crafted costumes for the little ghouls & boys are all featured on our website. I can’t wait to make one of my favorite Halloween recipe, the Cheesenstein! My Halloween party guests don’t even realize its a cheeseball until I take a big bite from it! With all of the CRAFTY IDEAS, I may just get carried away. But don’t let that scare you! Remember, this IS my favorite time of the year, and I “witch” you all the fun this Halloween.