Showing posts with label pumpkins. Show all posts
Showing posts with label pumpkins. Show all posts

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Book Club Halloween Party

Last night, my girlfriend Chelsea had her first annual Book Club Halloween party. The club itself, (Books, Booze, and Bitches), was started several months ago, and allowed all the ladies to get together and drink wine and discuss that month's book. I'm suspicious that there may have been more enjoying of wine than book discussion though. Anyhow, she loves to entertain, so this month's meeting turned into a Halloween get together.
The hostess with the mostest
As usual, there was a variety of snack foods, all too rich and delicious.


Black cat brownies. Those are York peppermint patties on top and inside the brownies. One of those, and my sweet tooth is gone for the rest of the month. Seriously, they have a richness that borders on ridiculous.


Here we have cupcakes with sprinkles, and minature brownie cupcakes dressed up like pumpkins. Ain't she crafty?


I apologize for the blurry photo, but I think I can blame it on the evil brew that lurks within the large glass container. By this time, I had tried a couple cups of the stuff, and was falling under it's awful spell. I think making a good punch is actually an art form. You want something delicious and easy to drink, but it also needs to have an air of danger as well. It shouldn't have so much alcohol in it to burn your throat with every glass, but there should be enough to let people know, "Hey, take it easy or you'll wake up with regrets in the morning". Also, it never hurts to have a large frozen brain floating in the middle of it.





Pizza snakes! If I had my way, this would be the only form of pizza I would eat. The one on top was an italian sausage snake, while the one on the bottom was regular cheese, and they were both delicious. The only problem is that they usually go way too fast, so you have to be quick to grab a piece or two before it disappears.


Mixed candy bowl! Okay, so Chelsea didn't actually make the candy, but damn that is a cauldron full of sweet death.  We have Candy Corn M&M's, Mellowcreme Pumpkins, and Brach's Candy Corn and Caramel Apple Candy Corn. There was still a lot of this left, so I guess that mean's I'll have to man up and start scarfing it down.


Of course there were decorations, though I only took pictures of what I considered the best.



I love these scary portraits, because nothing looks off about them unless you get up real close. They just look like some old timey family photos, then you walk to the left to grab some chips and, BAM! You're staring at the decaying corpse of creepy Uncle Albert.


Nothing like a cobweb and skull centerpiece to really bring a table together.




You can't really see much in the way of decorations in these two photos, but I think the lighting made our den look extra creepy.



Unfortunately for some, this was an invitation only event. We don't let just any ghouls in here. Go find your own party fellas.


This mummy has been hung up here for the past few Halloweens, and I still can't figure out if he's supposed to be scary, or scared. I'm shooting for the latter, personally.


Here's a group shot of some of the book club members. From left to right, there's Hunter Kari and Hunting "Accident" Kara, Witchy Chelsea, and Zombie Shannon.  Don't they look like a fun group?

It was a fun night, even if it is signalling the end of the Halloween season. Four more days and we'll be looking forward to turkeys and stuffing, Christmas trees, and even more turkey. Until next time, Trick or Treat!

NOOO! All the food is gone!


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Pumpkin decorating for dummies

On my last Dollar Tree trip, I came across a couple of pumpkin decorating kits. I'm rather awful when it comes to carving a pumpkin, so I didn't hesitate to purchase two of them. I see all these amazing jack-o-lanterns online, and I think, "Hey, I can do that!",  only to realize I have no real artistic talent. Then I turn the pumpkin around, cut out the standard mouth and eyes, then spend the next few hours cleaning up the mess. These kits though, would allow me to customize my pumpkin in a matter of minutes, without making the kitchen look like the scene of the Halloween Pumpkin Massacre.

Unfortunately, I didn't get a shot of the kits in the bag, or the customizing process. When I came home from work, the kits had already been put into service on our pumpkin victims. There's not much to them really. Each kit turns your pumpkin into a Mr. Pumpkin Head. Just shove the pegs into the side, and you're done. Here are the results:


I think I would have put the scar lower down on the face, but otherwise not bad. I'm assuming this is supposed to be a take on Frankenstein's Monster, though I certainly don't remember him having large buck teeth. He looks so bored, I can almost hear him sighing. There's a sense of disappointment about this face, like he was expecting so much more than being stuck on our front stoop.


Now this guy, he's a monster and damn glad to be one. When I was checking out the pieces in the bag, I thought this was a werewolf. Now I'm not sure what to make of him. He has what looks to be a bat nose, and bat wing ears (?), but there's also a set of horns up there too. Maybe it's some sort of bat demon. That would explain the mouth full of sharp pointy teeth, and the unibrow. Real vampires keep that shit trimmed up. How else are they supposed to seduce their victims?

Of course, these guys are only temporary, and they will fall to the carving knife in a couple nights. The results probably won't compare to their current faces, but as long as I try, right?

I'm thinking I might leave the faces on, just to add to the horror of the whole process.
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