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Here’s a couple haunting recipes from Ghoulish Goodies by Sharon Bowers.
Chocolate Spider Clusters
Chocolate candy with an arachnid vibe, these spidery clusters get their creepy appeal from gleaming red candy eyes. If you have time before the chocolate sets up, pull a few chow mein noodle legs upward in each cluster to wave around.
Makes about 2 dozen
1 6-ounce bag semisweet chocolate chips
2 cups chow mein noodles
1/4 cup red hots or red mini M&Ms
1. Line a baking sheet with waxed paper.
2. Melt the chocolate on top of a double-boiler or in a microwave, in 10-second bursts, stirring frequently and being careful not to overheat.
3. Stir in the chow mein noodles and drop by tablespoons onto the baking sheet. Press two red candies on one edge of each cluster to make eyes and lift a few chow mein legs up to give a spidery impression. Allow to cool and harden in the refrigerator and serve chilled.
Kids love the icy hand floating in the punch. Freeze a couple in case you break the fingers pulling off the glove. The trick is to use scissors and slit alongside each finger. You can not pull the glove off the ice hand as if you were pulling it off a real hand. If you find it too difficult, you can always put the hand in the punch with the glove still on.
Makes 24 servings
New rubber surgical or food service glove
2 quarts apple juice
2 quarts cranberry juice
2 liters ginger ale
1. Rinse the glove inside and out several times with cold water to make sure it doesn’t have any powder. Fill with water and tie the wrist tightly with a twist tie. Freeze solid.
2. Mix the juices and ginger ale ingredients in a large punch bowl. Peel the glove carefully off the hand and float it in the punch.
Find more wonderfully frightful recipes in Ghoulish Goodies.
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Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore–
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of someone gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
“‘Tis some visitor,” I muttered, “tapping at my chamber door–
only this and nothing more.”
Ah, distinctly I remember it was in the bleak December;
And each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor.
Eagerly I wished the morrow;–vainly I had sought to borrow
From my books surcease of sorrow–sorrow for the lost Lenore–
For the rare and radiant maiden whom the angels name Lenore–
Nameless here forevermore.
And the silken, sad, uncertain rustling of each purple curtain
Thrilled me–filled me with fantastic terrors never felt before;
So that now, to still the beating of my heart, I stood repeating,
“‘Tis some visitor entreating entrance at my chamber door–
Some late visitor entreating entrance at my chamber door;–
This it is and nothing more.”
Presently my soul grew stronger; hesitating then no longer,
“Sir,” said I, “or madam, truly your forgiveness I implore;
But the fact is I was napping, and so gently you came rapping,
And so faintly you came tapping, tapping at my chamber door,
That I scarce was sure I heard you”–here I opened wide the door;–
Darkness there and nothing more.
“There are three things I have learned never to discuss with people: religion, politics and the Great Pumpkin.” -Linus Van Pelt in It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
By Christine Dell’Amore
National Geographic Green Guide for Everyday Living
The sheer waste of Halloween is enough to make any environmentalist scream. From individually packaged treats to cheap one-time costumes, the holiday is usually anything but sustainable.
“Halloween is a great time to have fun with family and friends but it generates a huge amount of throw-away waste,” Kim McKay, a green-living expert and author of the National Geographic True Green book series, told the Green Guide by email.
So “why not make your Halloween as natural as possible … ?” McKay said.
You can enjoy the holiday in a way that’s less frightful for the Earth with these tips:
Make Homemade Halloween Costumes and Decorations
Homemade Halloween costumes and decorations can both save you money and prevent another witch hat from reaching the landfill. The Center for the New American Dream, a Maryland-based nonprofit that encourages responsible consumerism, compiled this list of conservation-minded costumes…
Read the full article here: http://www.thegreenguide.com/home-garden/holidays/green-halloween
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Last Friday, we had our annual Chinaberry Halloween potluck party. There were all kinds of deliciously ghoulish treats. And, what Halloween celebration would be complete without a costume contest? Pictured below are our contest winners for this year.
Last year, these two recipes were the #1 hit of several Halloween parties.
12 Navel Oranges (I used deep orange grapefruit with great success)
12 Cinnamon Sticks
1/2 Gallon Dark Chocolate Ice Cream (Godiva makes a really dark chocolate ice cream which works well.)
Cut off tops of oranges and gently hollow out pulp (a serrated grapefruit knife works really well), leaving a thick shell. Hollow out pulp from the tops too. Cut Jack-O-Lantern faces into each orange. Pack chocolate ice cream into shells. Avoid letting the ice cream come out of the holes. Cut a hole into top of orange top. Set tops back on over the ice cream, and set cinnamon stick stem through the hole.
Use your favorite sugar cookie recipe. I like to use the Hanukkah Triplet Cookie recipe from our Eat, Drink, and be Chinaberry cookbook (sorry, now out-of-print).
Make fingers by rolling the dough into 3″ or 4″ long “ropes” (around 1/2″ wide) For fingernails, place blanched, sliced almonds onto uncooked dough.
Using a knife or any sharp object, draw lines into the dough for detail on the fingers such as knuckles or wrinkles.
Follow instructions for baking, allowing slightly less time for them to bake. Note: Chilled dough works best, as you do not want your fingers to flatten out. If desired, you can paint the fingernails with food coloring, or use red icing for blood.
Feel free to experiment with warts or whatever your imagination comes up with!