mother’s not herself today
mother’s not herself today
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:
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.
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
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.
Check out this amazing easy to make spider vase tutorial over at KS Craft Shack:
Need more ideas, check out the Halloween florals board on Pinterest:
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.
cackles on the wind
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!
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.
You can find the full recipe and baking instructions at Hungry Happenings:
A Nordic skull baking pan is needed to make this recipe, otherwise, you could just make burritos.
Congratulations to Jebus, who entered our contest via Twitter. Jebus shared his favorite Halloween memory and won the following prize pack:
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.
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.
paw prints on bamboo paper
Feel free to leave your own haiku creations in the comments below!
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:
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.
One year ago, I blogged my first post, along with my first haiku poem. I cannot believe it’s already been a year!
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started a year-around Halloween blog. At first, I was just scared to share my haiku and poetry. What if nobody likes it? What if nobody understands it? Then, I worried about whether I’d run outta poems or things to blog about. What if I don’t find other people who also enjoy celebrating Halloween all year long? Well, one year later and it’s been quite the opposite. I’m more creative and inspired than I have ever been, and the community has been accepting and supportive of Halloween Haiku since day one.
Blogging has compelled me to share my writings. I’ve become more disciplined and selfish with my writing time, allowing me more time to create longer works, works which I hope to someday soon share with the world. In addition to having original content, I’m learning what it takes to run a successful blog. This year, I’ll be concentrating on building Halloween Haiku’s presence up on social media and engaging the audience. So, with that news, today, I’m unveiling a new site page called Halloween Memories. I want to hear from you. I want to hear your favorite Halloween memories. Or, you can just leave a comment and let us know what you love best about Halloween.
I want to thank everyone for your support and coming here to celebrate Halloween and all things spooky, all year long. Sharing what makes Halloween special with each other helps the world seems less dark and scary.
Happy Friday! The good folks over at Spice Roots have blessed us with a wickedly delicious cocktail they call the Black Magic Martini, a perfect drink to toast the badass witches of Greendale, as The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina returns for Season 2.
To view the full recipe, please visit here: https://www.spiceroots.com/black-magic-martini/
Drink up, witches!
The queen of all things cute and deadly, creator and artist Queenie Black has been a staple on the LA art and goth scene for years. She started out as a gothic doll maker, painter and digital artist, then went on to cultivate her own brand of cute and deadly characters, Pocket Full of Posiez, which can be found in Hot Topic, Halloweentown Store, independent shops all over SoCal and her Etsy Shop, Posiez.
Artist: Queenie Black
Where to purchase goods: https://www.etsy.com/shop/posiez/
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