Halloween has come and gone. Post Halloween depression has set in. Okay, I'm not actually depressed, but I do miss it already. There is such a drastic transition between Halloween and the next day. October and November? Completely different worlds! October is crisp, November is cold. October is spooky, November is dreary. The kickoff for the meal that is HalloThanksChristmas in our house has begun. At least we have an awesome leaf show going on this year. Posting these pictures of Halloween is going to ease that transition. I didn't get to a pumpkin patch this year, but I did have a little bit of craftiness going on.
This is not my porch, this is my sister's porch. In fact, I'm not even sure that it was my sister's porch this year, it may have been last year, but it sure does make me happy.
This is a huge hawk that landed in a tree at kickball and tons of leaves started falling all over the place. Pretty cool .
This was my centerpiece for the table this year. I accidentally grew a TON of marigolds in the garden this year. I also grew the two adorable pumpkins. Next year, I hope to switch that and have a ton of pumpkins and a few marigolds. Fingers crossed :).
My birdhouse church makes me happy. I hope that someday it has some residents. There was a wren checking it out this fall. Take note wrens! Hot property up for the taking.
Here is my chicken wire ghost, Mildred, during the day. She is subtle and very spooky. I should probably take another picture now that there are leaves in the yard and the grass is long.
I got on a bit of a potions book kick sometime mid - October. I also went a little mod podge crazy. I have spells I need to print that go on the inside, but that's for next year.
I hosted or went to no less than three bon fires. It's a fall must.
Surprisingly, The Dollar Tree was selling Mexican Jumping Beans. I decided to Halloween theme my beans so now I have spider webs, Jack Skellington, scary cat, Michelangelo and more jumping around the coffee table most nights.
While on my mod podge kick, I covered a clipboard with Halloween paper. I will use it year round and it will make me smile with all of its Halloweeness.
The lab was on the hutch this year.
The crows are out in full force in October.
On actual Halloween, I went grocery shopping with spider and skeleton jewelry. Subtle witch.
Here is my sister's freaky little folk art decoration display. So neat! I love the simple background paper put into each section.
Can we talk about this? This gorgeous chocolate caramel concoction is a little piece of heaven on earth. It's chewy, gooey, and fudgey (it's a descriptive texture, trust me) all at the same time. You can find the recipe here. Rolo Fudge Brownies. Just do it!
My niece, Molly, was born on Halloween so every year, a Halloween theme birthday party cannot be the case. You have to branch out and keep things fun. Hello, Rainbow Art Party! I was feeling ambitious so I made candy buttons. I used this recipe from Martha Stewart and found that I had to add a ton more water than listed in the recipe. I did print the template and found the whole process rather fun. After the dots dried for a few days, I put the candy in cellophane and dug out my never used Eurosealer and sealed them in and added a label.
I also made a rainbow cake. If you follow any number of food blogs, there is no doubt that you've seen a rainbow cake. I never had a good reason to make one, but my sister asked so I was pretty excited to try. I was worried that it would look more pastel than rainbow, but I used gel dye and everything turned out great. Again, I used the Martha Stewart Recipe which was good, but next time I think I'll try a coconut cake since I'm not a big fan of white cake. The icing I used can be found here. The icing was pretty sweet, but I didn't adjust the recipe because kids love insanely sweet icing.
If I was a true food blogger, I'd have to fuss with the cake and the slice of cake to make it look insanely perfect, but I'm not, and I love to see pictures of real cakes made by real people so maybe someone else will too. I was so happy with how the color turned out. Thanks gel food coloring! :)
Goodbye, Halloween! It was fun, and I'll see you next year!