Get Spooky

As you may have noticed if you stalk me in any capacity – twitter, facebook, instagram, in a van down by the river etc. – I didn’t make it to NYC. That doesn’t mean the countdown to NYC April 2013 isn’t on. #bringit

But instead of talking about Hurricane Sandy and my absolute loathing of her and everything she did to one of my favorite cities in the world – I’m sticking with talking about one of my favorite holidays instead.

Halloween.

Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays. It’s a close second after Christmas. And normally I go all out for Halloween but seeing as I was in between changing careers (more on that at a later date) and thinking I was heading off to NYC for Halloween (Sandy you suck) I was seriously lagging in the Halloween spirit this year.

Of course you couldn’t tell based on the three Halloween events.

The festive guacamole arrangements (my busy girl go-to recipe for a quick appetizer that always delivers) were a hit.

Hungover Jack’o’Lantern

to re-create this appetizer for next year:

Guacamole 

4-6 ripe avacados,

1/2 cup of salsa

a handful of diced green onions

2 tablespoons of minced garlic

a sprinkle of salt

mash avacados and stir in the remaining ingredients. Serve with chips! 

Carve a pumpkin with an open mouth and serve Guacamole spilling out of the mouth! 

Guac-Brains

to re-create this appetizer for next year:

See Guacamole Recipe Above!

Remove the stem from the cauliflower & hollow out the middle.

User toothpicks if needed to hold together.

Sprinkle fake blood or red food colouring over the cauliflower.

Serve guacamole in the hollowed out middle!

Spook on! 

This year – I had two parties & Halloween night in NYC to dress up for which was particularly awesome because the last few years, I’ve only been able to dress up the one night. My plan was always to just go as the same costume for the three nights but as the universe intervened – things got interesting.

For the first two parties – I threw it back to the old school horror days. Alfred Hitchcock style.

This was by far one of the easiest (and quickest) Halloween costumes I’ve ever put together. This year was all about finding a Halloween costume that was quick, easy and awesome. A throw back to Hitchcock’s horror masterpiece was perfect for me and all it took was a 50’s dress from Value Village ($15) a few Halloween birds from the Dollarstore ($3 each) and a tube of Fake Blood (also snagged at the Dollarstore for $1.)

The end result? Horror perfection.

Two nights. Two parties. This costume was super fun to wear both nights. Even if the bird on the head left a massive headache on night two.

When Halloween rolled around, I was more depressed about not being in NYC as originally planned than in the whole Halloween spirit but after getting some last minute inspiration from the fabulous Meg who went as the ever awesome Mia Wallace (Uma Thurman) from Pulp Fiction, well – I reminisced the year I did the same years ago.

Last minute decision and a quick dash to get a black wig and weirdest text to my Mom (who’s a nurse) ever “do you have a syringe and medical tape by any chance?” I ended up with this awesome costume. That took absolutely no time and fulfilled my quick, easy and awesome goal.

A total homage to one of the best Tarantino movies.

Ouch.

Because you have to just dance.

Gifs just make everything better.

– C

5 thoughts on “Get Spooky

  1. May I suggest in lieu of the red food coloring for fake blood (which would give no contrast in taste to the cauliflower), using shrachi? It’s would give a kick to the otherwise neutral vegetable, while providing a nice counter to the degree of Garlic I know you ladies love to put in your dips ;)

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