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Artist: Thomas Vallentin

https://www.artstation.com/daexs

Friday Fright Nightcaps

It’s the return of Friday Fright Nightcaps!

Today, in honor of National Pizza Party Day, which no one is celebrating due to the pandemic, my sources tell me that the daiquiri is the perfect companion for heavy pizzas, such as pepperoni, or sausage, or pepperoni and sausage…something about all that cheese and red sauce pairing well with the rum and tart.
So, fire up that old stone oven because I found a fangalicious recipe for a Halloween Daiquiri from the good folks over at Vinepair that won’t wait til Fall.

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Halloween Daiquiri by Vine Pair

Ingredients:

  • 5 ounces of rum
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 6-8 mandarins, juiced
  • 1 teaspoon of agave nectar
  • ½ cup of ice

Garnish:  sliced mandarin

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Halloween Daiquiri by Vine Pair

To view the full recipe, please visit here:
https://vinepair.com/wine-blog/halloween-daiquiri-recipe/

So, whether you’re logging into Door Dash during the pandemic or learning how to use your oven for the first time since you rented the place, it’s pizza time!

 

Happy National Limerick Day!

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Please don’t let me catch Covid-19.

I don’t want to miss Halloween,

but if I do,

bury me inside of a shoe,

instead of under a tree.

Spooky Spring Photo Challenge

Celebrating May Day with a 25-day photo challenge. Head on over to Instagram and post your favorite photos representing Spooky Spring. Join in any day!

Don’t forget to tag your pics using #spookyspringphotochallenge

HH Spooky Spring Photo Challenge Redux

 

Wicked Art Wednesdays – Nikury

Today, we celebrate pastel Halloween with illustrator and artist Nikury, who hails from Finland.  Nikury enjoys drawing nature, animals, and witchy stuff. Her kitten magick line features cutesy kitten familiar merch, perfect for witches and anyone looking for cute or unconventional Halloween products.

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Artist: Nikury / Nina Gronlund
Where to Purchase Goods: Online Store
Etsy store: https://www.etsy.com/shop/Nikury
Redbubble: https://www.redbubble.com/people/nikury/shop

Website: https://nikury.com
Social Media: https://www.instagram.com/nikury_art/

Happy 2nd Anniversary to Halloween Haiku!

The honest truth is, I almost skipped celebrations this year. It’s hard to find something to smile about with the all world turmoil, pandemic fears, and sadness over the loss of lives taken by Covid-19, but what else is perseverance for, if not to stand up to fear and death by finding the things that make us happy and living our best lives?

People keep saying ‘I cant wait for Fall’  but no one knows what the rest the year, much less October,  has in store for us. So, let’s channel our energy into making our realities good, right now.

If nothing else, it’s a helpful distraction.🎃

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SCHEDULED FESTIVITIES THIS WEEK:

MONDAY

Halloween Haiku Contest
Contest ends at 12 Midnight Pacific on Thursday, April 30th.

Prize: $50 Gift Card to Dark Delicacies Store in Burbank, CA.

(Please note: there might be delivery delays due to Covid-19 pandemic lockdown. I’ll do my best to get the prize to the winner in a timely fashion.) Please click here for contest rules/disclaimer stuff.

Two Ways to Win:

1) Via WordPress:

  • Create a login or sign into WordPress
  • Follow Halloween-haiku.com
  • Post your own original Halloween haiku in the comment section of this post

2) Via Instagram:

  • Follow us on Instagram: Halloweenkristy9
  • Like the photo announcing Halloween Haiku Contest
  • Add your own original Halloween haiku in the comment section of said photo
  • Tag at least 3 friends who love Halloween or Haiku, using the following
    #HalloweenHaikuContest2

That’s it!

The winning haiku based on originality, spookiness, and best invokes the spirit of Halloween.

Winner will be announced sometime after 12noon PT on Friday, May 1st

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TUESDAY

Halloween Haiku Zoom Watch Party
This will be my first time holding a Zoom party. It should either be fun or a total disaster, entertaining either way!

Grab your favorite cocktail, snacks, and come hang on Zoom to celebrate two years of Halloween Haiku, while we watch Night of the Living Dead, dir. By George A. Romero, 1968.

I’m going to try and share my screen with the movie playing. You’re free to stream the movie on your own, via whatever platform you choose and just follow along in the chat. Night of the Living Dead is public domain and can be found here, or on other streaming services.

Link to Zoom room will be posted on Tuesday, April 28th. Please check back here or on Instagram.

The movie starts at 7pm PT/9pm CT/10pm ET

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WEDNESDAY

Pastel Halloween

Celebrate Wicked Art Wednesday by posting your favorite pastel Halloween images, in honor of springtime.  You might not think pastel and Halloween fit together, but it does, I swear!

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THURSDAY

Happy Walpurgisnacht!

Calling all witches! Come celebrate the halfway point to Halloween on Instagram and Twitter.

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FRIDAY

Spooky Spring Photo Challenge

25 days of gothic spring, pastel pumpkins, and flower-covered tombstones.  Post on Instagram or Twitter, using #Spookyspringphotochallenge
Photo challenge clues will be posted the night be posted night before.

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Thank you from the bottom of my heart for joining my blog and sharing in the joy and love for Halloween.🎃🎃🎃

 

 

 

Recipe of the Month – April

Dead. I’m mostly dead inside, besides a few Frankensteinian moments, brought on either by self-preservation or energy drinks, I’m not sure yet. Point is, the Covid-19 pandemic has made blogging kinda tough lately.  When I realized I missed the deadline to post Recipe of the Month on its scheduled day, I knew I needed to post pronto, with a fitting tribute.  So, where do you put dead things? In a graveyard, of course!  Just so happens, I really love the idea of being buried inside Half Baked Harvest‘s Deathly Chocolate Graveyard Cakes.  Everyone is dying for a good chocolate recipe these days. and this is the one.
Now, if you excuse me, I need to go rewrite my will, again.

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Deathly Chocolate Graveyard Cakes by halfbakedharvest

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 box chocolate cake mix
  • 1/2 cup Kahlua OR caramel sauce OR sweetened condensed milk*
  • 2 oz boxes instant chocolate mousse mix 3 to 4 each
  • 2 cups whipped cream
  • 6 full-size Snickers bars crushed

DECORATIONS

  • 6 in Pirouette Rolled Wafers or pretzel rods, broken in half
  • 1/2 cup caramel bits
  • 6 ounces dark chocolate melted
  • 1 pan of your favorite brownies|baked + cooled
  • 4 ounces white chocolate melted
  • 20 Oreo cookies creme filling removed
  • 6 Halloween Oreo Cookies top cookie removed
  • 6 Hershey’s Kisses

For the full recipe and baking instructions, please visit here: https://www.halfbakedharvest.com/deathly-chocolate-graveyard-cakes-witches-beware/

 

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Photo by halfbakedharvest

Happy Quarantine-o-ween!

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feeling ill
alone with my ghosts
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Recipe of the Month – March

This month’s recipe is dedicated to the people practicing physical-distancing during the great Coronavirus crisis of 2020. Panic buying due to the government’s request for multi-week self-quarantine has rendered the store shelves nearly empty, with eggs being one of the hardest items to find.  So, when I came across the recipe over at  Mommy’s Home Cooking for Easy Eggless Halloween Cookies I knew I had to share it.

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Photo by MommysHomeCooking

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cup (210g) all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt1 teaspoon pumpkin spice (optional)
  • 9 tablespoons (125g) unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup (88g) brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

 

Glaze:

  • 1 cup (140g) confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • pinch salt
  • Food Coloring

 

For the full recipe and baking instructions, please visit here: https://mommyshomecooking.com/easy-eggless-halloween-cookies/

Halloween themed cookie cutters can be found just about anywhere. You could always try Cookiecutters.com

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Photo by MommysHomeCooking

Halloween-y Things to Do During a Pandemic Quarantine

Hello, I hope everyone is staying safe, staying healthy and staying home. Even Halloween fans must do their part to help to flatten the curve of Coronavirus, in hopes to minimize deaths and buy our overtaxed health workers a little time to get the crisis under control. Since the situation is so fluid, volatile and a vaccine is over a year away, who knows how this will play out, but citizens have a chance to save the day by staying indoors and doing absolutely nothing. It’s not going to get easier than that.

That said, I bet there’s a whole lot of people out there feeling anxious and stressed by the Covid-19 crisis though, so I came up with a list of things that Halloween fans can do during the quarantine to keep ourselves busy.

Write a Short Story

“Double, double, toil and trouble,
Fire burn and cauldron bubble”

Don’t let anxiety and depression take over your brain! Get those feelings out on paper. Writing under duress sometimes produces the most creativity. Look at Shakespeare, that dude turned out Macbeth, King Lear, Antony and Cleopatra, and dozens of sonnets during the black plague. Yep, it’s true. The Bard of Avon was surrounded by the horrors of sickness and death every day for most of his life, and yet, he spent his time writing about love. I mean, isn’t that what life’s all about? Death and love?

Witches brew by Ka7 on DeviantArt
Witches Brew by Ka7 on DeviantArt

Binge-watch 14 seasons of Supernatural 

“The road so far”

Coronavirus has interrupted the production schedule of the CW’s Supernatural, television’s longest-running paranormal show. Maybe 2020 is upset as we are that this is the series finale. It’ll be hard to say goodbye to the Sam and Dean, and their angelic sidekick Castiel, which is why we should binge-watch all 14 seasons now, to mentally prepare for the end! It’s a 15-year story that demands closure. Does anyone even remember why the Winchester brothers are hunting demons in the first place?

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Create a Spooky Terrarium

“Life springs from death”

Creating a spooky terrarium is a lot like putting together a Halloween diorama. You get to work with miniatures to create a haunted scene, but somewhere in your terrarium, globe, or glass container is a real living plant. The upside is going green for Halloween is always a good idea. The other upside is if you forget to care for your living plant and it dies, well, a dead plant will fit right in with your theme. Win-win!

Work on your Halloween Smash book

“Something wicked this way comes”

Halloween junk journals are still all the rage. All you need is a journal or notebook, and some Halloween ephemera, postcards, printables, or stickers. There’s no right or wrong way to do it, just follow your heart. Make ’em big. Make ’em small. Get artsy or just manage your collection of pumpkin stickers. Since we never enough time to do all the things we want to do with our smash books, quarantine life is like a gift from Father Time.

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Create a Witchy Halloween Playlist

“But the talk got shackled by the howls and the cackles
From the bowels of the Black bayou”

Creating your own Halloween playlist is one of those suggestions that always end up on lists like these, but I’m challenging everyone to get specific. When you’re done creating a witchy playlist, with only songs about witches, make a zombie one, then, werewolves, vampires, okay, apocalyptic tunes to dance to, you get the picture. With any luck, the rabbit hole you fall into should last the entire pandemic.

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You’ll notice I left off reading scary books and watching spooky movies, not because they’re not great ideas to keep our minds entertained and occupied during these surreal and unsettling times, but because those are things you should be doing every day anyway.

Let’s practice good physical-distancing, so we’re all here when Halloween 2020 rolls around this October!🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃