Halloween has always been my favorite holiday. I love everything about it : the costumes, the scary movies and especially the treats! But tonight, as I wait for little ghouls and goblins to come to my door, I’m (as usual) regretting not doing more. I didn’t even take out all of my indoor decorations and I didn’t even watch one scary movie this past month (although I consider the season premiere of The Walking Dead last weekend terrifying enough! Right???)
In order to compensate, I may have gone a little overboard with baking treats this past weekend. I dove into my two last cans of pumpkin puree from my stockpile. I kept buying a can everytime we got the groceries for the past few weeks since it was on sale until my husband made me stop. But I used it all! Anna Olsen’s pumpkin spice cake cookies with cream cheese frosting and pumpkin chocolate chip muffins, a recipe borrowed from my favorite blog, Sally’s Baking Addiction, were on the menu. Sally uses this recipe to make a bread, but it also works well as muffins.
On Sunday, I had the urge to make a special treat for the kiddos coming to my door tonight. Unfortunately, we live in a world where you can’t offer homemade treats to everyone, but I always make some for my friends’ children. I had one little mermaid coming over Sunday afternoon so I had to think fast and I came up with something really cute. I made crispy rice treats and added Halloween non-pareils (aka sprinkles) on the top, threw it into the freezer for fifteen minutes and cut them up in squares. I melted some covering chocolate ( I chose orange) and drizzled it all over the squares adding two eyes to each : crispy rice treats monster buddies! How cute are they?
Then, during our lunch on Sunday, we watched an episode of Pioneer Woman in which she made cupcakes and the next thing I knew, I was making cupcakes too. I hadn’t made any in awhile so it was nice to make some as a surprise for my husband’s co-workers. I missed making cupcakes! And there are none left, so I’ll take that as a good sign!
Thankfully, many staff and students were dressed up today and some of our colleagues hosted a murder mystery event during breaks and the lunch hour for the teachers so the Halloween spirit was alive and well for most of the day. Plus, I love seeing all the cute costumes that come to our door. Unfortunately, there are less and less every year,but we still get quite a few. And I always give more candy to the kids who make a valiant effort to be cute or say that my cat is cute because she is. Especially when she’s Batman.
Now, I always tell myself that next year will be epic. Maybe if I write it down here, people will hold me to it? I guess you’ll have to wait and see! Until then, HAPPY HALLOWEEN!