6 More Things to Do When It’s not Halloween

Happy Walpurgisnacht! We are halfway to Halloween and another long, hot, miserable summer is just around the corner. Last year, around this time, I shared with you 10 Things to Do When It’s Not Halloween.  Sometimes, we tend to focus on the bad so much that we forget to concentrate on the good, like the fact there are plenty of Halloweenesque activities to do to keep us happy until October.

Plant a pumpkin

The Pumpkin is the ultimate symbol of Halloween. It’s the heralded icon. The shepherd of the holiday. One could argue it’s the whole reason that Halloween even exists. Planting your own pumpkin can be rewarding in a number of ways. For starters, you’re doing something nice for the environment. Your pumpkin can be insecticide and chemical-free. Second, it might be more economical than buying a pumpkin at the store, particularly if you live in rural areas. Next, there’s plenty of evidence to suggest that gardening relieves stress. Watching your little pumpkin grow makes you happy. That alone is totally worth it. Next, you can brag about it on your Instagram and social media. Create a photo album tracking your pumpkins growth. Lastly, you’ll have an amazing pumpkin to carve into a jack-o’-lantern by Halloween!

The Farmer’s Almanac has all the info you need on growing pumpkins:
https://www.almanac.com/plant/pumpkins

bonnie plants pumpkin
©Bonnie Plants

Paint Halloween ceramics

Lemax and Department 56 are awesome, no doubt about it, but they’re also a little pricy.  Why not try and create your own Halloween village? Everything you need, ceramics, materials, and the tutorials that teach DIYers how to create certain looks with paint, can all be found online. Likewise, you can find paint, brushes and other materials at your local arts and crafts stores. You can paint your own ceramic haunted house and knick-knacks, or add new items to storebought villages piecemeal.

Bonus: Painting ceramics can be a soothing way to relax and hone in your concentration skills

Watch all 1225 episodes of Dark Shadows

ABC’s dark gothic soap opera Dark Shadows featuring vampires, witches, ghosts, werewolves, and other supernatural creatures, aired 30-minute episodes on weekdays from 1966-1971.

The first season sluggishly produced efficient melodrama, romance, and the usual family squabbles, as found in a typical daytime soap, until introducing the charismatic, creepy, and somewhat sexy character of Barnabas Collins, a centuries-old vampire played by Jonathan Frid. From that point, the show became his show and Frid’s portrayal of the powerful Barnabas helped boost audience viewership and eventually, made him a horror icon.

 

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Create your own Halloween florals

You can certainly wait for fall to buy some artificial autumn florals or black roses, but it’s always been my belief that some fake flowers are “fuller” than others, during different times of the year. This is certainly just an opinion, based on no facts whatsoever, but if we always paid attention to facts, we’d have no fun at all!

For those of you looking to dye real flowers black, the good people over at Florist Chronicles have put together one of the most comprehensive tutorials on how to create black flowers that I’ve ever seen. Check it out: www.floristchronicles/2011/create-black-flowers

black vase Steph O Rama
©Steph O Rama

Create a spooky centerpiece

After you create some black florals, you may need a haunted vase to put them in. You can turn any dollar store vessel into a gothic or Halloween centerpiece with some black paint, a glue gun, some fake spiders and other Halloween objects.

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©Paige Taylor Evans

Check out this amazing easy to make spider vase tutorial over at KS Craft Shack:
http://www.craftshackchronicles.com/dollar-store-crafting-spider-halloween/

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©KS Craft Shack

Need more ideas, check out the Halloween florals board on Pinterest:
https://www.pinterest.com/halloweenkristy/gothic-halloween-florals/

Visit a cemetery

Cemeteries are lovely quiet little places, open all year around. There’s nothing more relaxing than sitting under a tree and enjoying the sights and sounds of nature of a cemetery in the springtime, a time when the flowers and trees are in full bloom. There’s something meaningful, even bit ironic, about so much life flourishing among the dead. Just when you thought your little goth heart didn’t like pastels.

Go early and you’ll have a chance to photograph the gravestones before the morning mist burns off, or try in the late afternoon to catch those eerie shadows falling over the tombstones.

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Springtime ©Green-wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY

 

Happy Walpurgisnacht!

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Haiku of the Week

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Happy Caturday!

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Classic Tales ©Charles Wysocki

Please remember to celebrate Independent Bookstore Day by stopping by any bookshop in your local area!

 

Recipe Corner – April 2019

Cinco de Mayo is coming up soon and I found the perfect recipe that works for both this festive occasion and Halloween at the same time! Two-fer!  I present to you, Burrito Skulls!

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©Hungry Happenings

Thanks to the good people over at Hungry Happenings, your dinner can be spicier than a summer day in the Arizona desert. Muy caliente!  What makes is this recipe so fabulous is that the burrito filling is customizable to whatever you want! Don’t like onions? Don’t use them. Don’t like corn? Don’t use them. Black beans give you gas? Don’t use them.  The trick is the homemade tortilla dough, which is a lot easier than it sounds.

Ingredients:

Tortillas:

  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ cup lard or shortening
  • ¾ cup water
Burrito Filling
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 pound ground sirloin
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 6 tablespoons black beans
  • 6 tablespoons corn
  • 6 tablespoons chopped tomatoes
Egg wash:
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon water
Optional Sauces
  • sour cream, guacamole, salsa
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©Hungry Happenings

You can find the full recipe and baking instructions at Hungry Happenings:

https://hungryhappenings.com/burrito-skulls-halloween-recipe/

A Nordic skull baking pan is needed to make this recipe, otherwise, you could just make burritos.

 

Halloween-Haiku Giveaway Winner: JEBUS!

Congratulations to Jebus, who entered our contest via Twitter.  Jebus shared his favorite Halloween memory and won the following prize pack:

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Thanks to everyone who participated in our Halloween Giveaway, in honor of our first-year anniversary celebration. I loved hearing all the Halloween stories and I encourage everyone to continue sharing their favorite Halloween Memories.

 

Haiku of the Week – Celebrate Earth Day

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Betrayal ©Mario Sanchez Nevado

the earth is but dust
seasons have no memory
save mother nature

*Illustration by Mario Sanchez Nevado

Happy National Haiku Poetry Day!

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Sleeping Cat by Kawanabe Kyôsai (Meiji era, 1831–1889)
April is National Poetry Month and April 17th is National Haiku Poetry Day. Here’s a special haiku I wrote in honor of the occasion.

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paw prints on bamboo paper
budding poet

Feel free to leave your own haiku creations in the comments below!

 

Halloween Giveaway

 

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Halloween-haiku.com Giveaway 2019

We’re celebrating our first-year anniversary here at Halloween Haiku and what better way than to host our very first Halloween giveaway! I’m so thankful to everyone for being here and sharing in the love for Halloween.  You’ve all read about my love for Halloween, now, I want to hear yours!

Tell us your favorite Halloween memory, moment, or what you love best about Halloween, you will be entered into our Halloween giveaway, now through April 21st.

Everyone who enters will have a chance to win an amazing Halloween prize package, valued at over $60, which includes:

Halloween Tree book by Ray Bradbury, illustrations by Gris Grimly (regular, unsigned)
Beistle Socks at Creepy Co.
Haunting Spooks Pin
Sugar Fueled Print by Michael Banks
Sam Trick R’ Treat Card 5×7 from Diana Levin of Ghoulish Bunny Studios
Kreepsville Iron-on Patch
Nightmare Before Christmas Personalized Stationery Book

All prizes are new officially licensed merchandise, in their original sealed packaging, and purchased from authorized retailers.

 

 

There are two ways to enter:

If you already follow us here at www.halloween-haiku.com, leave a comment with your favorite Halloween memory, moment, or what you love best about Halloween, under Halloween Memories section

Or

Follow us on Twitter at @Halloweenkristy, find our contest post, RT contest post, and leave your favorite Halloween memory, moment or what you love best about Halloween with the following #Halloweenhaiku and #Halloween2019

Please do not create multiple accounts or post duplicate/repeated posts, or do anything to violate either Twitter or WordPress policies. I will only consider one entry per person per day. Spammers, bots or artificial postings will be disqualified and could get you banned from this site.

Contest Deadline: Ends on Sunday, April 21, 2019 at midnight Pacific Time. One winner will be chosen at random and announced here at http://www.Halloween-Haiku.com and on Twitter by @Halloweenkristy within 24 hours of the end of the contest. Do not post personal information in comments or in Tweets. Winner will be contacted in private to work out prize delivery.

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Haiku of the Week

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circling their next victim
blood they seek