House of Wax

I’ve shared the super-easy recipe for recycled crayons here before, but this week we decided to give it a Halloween spin, attempting spooky color combinations like black and orange or purple and red.

Of course, we had to assign names to the new cray-ations: from top left, I give you Jack-o-lantern, Dracula’s Blood, Dead-end Road, Midnight Blue, Mermaid Sea, Candy Corn, Fire in the Sky, Ghostly Greys, and Swamp Thing. 😉

Tip: Because these are so fat, they’re great for gravestone rubbings. There are also often surprise color combos inside once you give these a crack — so get whackin’!

Blogtober Fashion-spotting

Do you remember those fashion-on-the-street features in the back pages of mags like Cosmopolitan and Marie Clare? The ones in which “good fashion” was represented by smiling, seemingly surprised women and “bad fashion” was lightly disguised with skinny black bars over the eyes of the beholden?

Inspired by those throwbacks but also hoping to put a more positive spin on things, I’ve been spying some blogtober fashion on the sly in my autumnal travels, no censor bars needed:

The side-braid and the Carmen San Diego hat combo are my favorite part of this pumpkinfest ensemble.
Sterling silver motif jewelry
Coordinated pinks and plaids at the goat pens… I also love the length on the dress.
Disney cuteness at the farmstand: this is actually the Disney x Loungefly mini-backpack, Alice in Wonderland edition.
More plaid, but with rock-a-billy flavor at Cruise Night.

Photo Hunt: Find the Horror Scene

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“Your mum and I were hiding in a house. A wee cottage. There was an old couple that owned it. And they were there, too. Three other people. And we were, uh… just trying to stay alive, I suppose. We were doing okay for a while. And then we were attacked. They came in through the kitchen window. They were really fast, you know? Chased us. Chased your mum. And we were trapped. Trapped in the bedroom. I… I seen them… biting. I couldn’t do anything. I tried to go back. She was already gone. She was already gone.” ~ 28 Weeks Later, 2007

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“My asshole brother bought her back in September ’57. That’s when you got your new model year, in September. Brand-new, she was. She had the smell of a brand-new car. That’s just about the finest smell in the world.” ~ Christine, 1983

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“In October of 1994, three student filmmakers disappeared in the woods near Burkittsville, Maryland while shooting a documentary. A year later their footage was found.” ~ The Blair Witch Project, 1999

Blogtober ’21 Theme: Do. All. The Things.

Part one.

Life list bullet item crossed off: corn maze. No, I’d never been through a corn maze before this month.
We made it.
Haunted hay ride at Whitney’s Farm in Cheshire
Rock-a-billy Frankenstein!
The Giant Pumpkin
Juli in the Giant Pumpkin
Life list bullet item crossed off: my first trike ride! Thanks to my friend Gino and his other-half Kim for setting up this amazing lunchtime treat!
‘Murrica! Photos taken at the Hudson River Skywalk
Blogtober shopping and trend-spotting – Jack Skelington patterns are alive and well
I think white pumpkins are trending
Bougie lunches in Hudson, N.Y. – Croque Madame at Le Gamin
Haunted Cruise Night at the Pittsfield Municipal Airport!

October Food Trends 2021: Platelet Punches

My annual Weird Food post is my favorite of the entire year. I start researching, writing, and linking to all of the health, harvest, and Halloween food trends I can find in September, and wait as long as I can to unveil my favorite fangorious findings.

As I started this year’s post, however, I realized quickly that the inter webs had a lot to offer about each chosen morsel. So, for the first time in Blogtoberfest history, each “October Food” of 2021 will have its own dedicated post. Read on and spoil.

Red Rum

The first trend I saw bubbling up in my virtual travels this year was the blood-bag cocktail, and that opened the vein (sorry) to an entire array of blood-borne beverages.

First, let’s address the aforementioned drink receptacle. Blood-bag beverage containers are actually food-grade party fare, and widely available online (complete with funnel). I like this set from WaWaFun because it offers zombie-blood, alien-blood, and poison bags, thus opening up the cocktail-color options.

If the desired scene is decidedly sanguine though, there are plenty of crimson concoctions to be had — both cocktails and mocktails.

Beyond the Bloody Mary, there’s also a Red Russian — one of the most popular suggestions I found for blood-bag contents; Halloween Punch made with raspberry lemonade drink mix and rum; vodka- and Schnapps-based Dracula’s Blood; non-alcoholic Dragon’s Blood, and for the classiclists, the Reign In Blood, crafted with an actual shot of porcus sanguis.

For those less-than-enthused about drinking out of plastic reproductions of medical supplies, there are plenty of other presentation ideas to be found: milk bottles disturbingly filled to the rim, sugared shot glasses, or punch bowls with floating hands, to name just a few.

Conversely, for the crowd that might find a blood-bag beveragino too tame, there are also syringe shooters, bleeding-heart martinis made with pickled beets, and a Brain Hemorrhage made with curdling Baileys — which reminds me of something that happened once at a party in college, and I don’t know that I can recommend.

Leave your favorite red or rancid cocktail ideas in the comments, and stay tuned for the next course.