As my favorite witches from Hocus Pocus would say, “Sisters, All Hallow’s Eve has become a night of frolic, where children wear costumes and run amok!” I’m pretty sure you know the rest. In any case, it’s time to celebrate Halloween!
Dan and I started the night off by dressing up in a very special tribute to the 90’s, featuring outfits from one specific episode of Seinfeld: The Face Painter. In this episode, Elaine is dating David Puddy, and she discovers that he is a massive New Jersey Devils fan because he paints his face (“you gotta support the team”). I’ve recently decided that my hair should dictate my Halloween costume choices, so Elaine was the perfect fit for me. It took us a while to determine that Dan should play Puddy, particularly the face painted version. Based on the fact that he owns the same Devils jersey, it was a no-brainer that we’d get creative with the face paint. I love how it turned out. Now, onto the rest of the post: seven Halloween fun ideas! On Sunday, I brought you the Great New Jersey Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, and today I’m here to share a few more Halloween fun ideas from our annual Halloween party.
Since I spent a lot of time on the couch last week, I started to think more carefully about how I wanted to curate our Halloween party. With our new kitchen space, we had a little more room to play with, so I got right to it.
Revamping the Kitchen Command Center: I decided to use the Kitchen Command Center space as a place to display our desserts for the evening. I changed up our DIY magnet board slightly by adding a skull-adorned notecard, posted up a Halloween napkin, and added (what else?) Game of Thrones magnets. It changed up the space without really doing too much to decorate.
Tablescape: Speaking of decorating, we kept the tablescape fairly simple this year. Instead of digging out every piece of Halloween decor that we own, I was selective in identifying very bright and fun items (more of a candy corn theme than a Halloween theme). I used a simple beige table runner, lime green wicker tray from World Market, laid out some bright chevron napkins, and threw in a pumpkin for good measure. I also took two candle holders, filled them partially with candy corn, and adorned them with skull lollipops.
Apple Muffins: I’m not one for cooking (at all, mind you), and I’m not even a frequent baker, but after Dan and I went apple picking this year, I decided it would be the first year that we really made good use of all of our apples. We’re usually pretty strategic about picking baking apple varieties that are slightly tart like Jonagold, Cortland, Macoun, and Empire (these are New Jersey specific varieties). This year, I took the laziest route possible for baking and searched Pinterest for “apple recipes”. No kidding. This apple muffin recipe from The Girl Who Ate Everything is incredible – these apples were slightly sweet, slightly tart, and with a topping of brown sugar, you really can’t go wrong. I’ll be dreaming of these apples.
Chocolate Cheesecake Graveyard Dip: You may have noticed the other dessert on the Command Center, and it’s cheesecake. This version from Well Plated is a little prettier, but my version still came out pretty tasty. This recipe involves no baking, just about 20 minutes of prep time, and it gives me an excuse to eat Milano cookies well after Halloween is over. I adorned each of our dishes with a handmade candy corn tag label and put graham crackers for dipping in that adorable cat bowl from the Target dollar section a few years ago.
Cheesy Bones: First of all, I must admit that I’m a sucker for almost any recipe that involves the word “cheesy”. Dan and I were looking for one more savory dish besides spinach and artichoke dip and some easy bake pigs in a blanket, so I started doing some more research and came across these cheesy bones from Kraft. These delicious bones were actually breadsticks tied into bone shapes, rolled in parmesan cheese, and Dan made the spicy ranch dip by mixing ranch dressing and Sriracha hot sauce. Yum.
Apple Cider Margarita: Last but not least, we can’t forget about the evening’s beverages. Every Halloween, I relish the opportunity to break out my beverage dispenser and fill it with some new, delicious form of apple cider concoction. This year, my brother gifted us with Peligroso cinnamon tequila, so I decided we would try our best to make use of that in the mix. All I did was mix together three parts apple cider, two parts tequila, and one part triple sec to make this margarita. We added some apple slices as garnish and sprinkled a little bit of brown sugar to sweeten it up. I ended up adding a bit more apple cider to the mix afterwards, since the cinnamon-flavored tequila really brought the spice.
Whew! Not one, but seven Halloween fun ideas for you to play with this season! Dan and I will be enjoying some much needed rest and relaxation this weekend, but we hope that your Halloween celebrations are spooky, scary, and of course, delicious.