Category: Halloween

Freaky Fridays: Some Last Minute Costume Ideas

Since I was out late last night seeing the North Carolina Theater’s production of Evita (good, although I didn’t love the Eva, which is a problem) this is really going to be short and sweet.  I mean, Halloween is on MONDAY guys, and all the Halloween parties are probably this weekend, shouldn’t you, like, have your costumes ready by now?

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I mean, I guess you could always go as Evita, am I right?

(Speaking of musicals, did y’all see Wednesday’s South Park?  It was incredible, Trey Parker and Matt Stone co-wrote it with their Book of Mormon co-writer, Robert Lopez.   It was about musicals and Tim Tebow but mostly musicals and also blow jobs and you can and should watch it right here.  You and three of your friends could also be South Park characters for Halloween).

Okay but if you are really looking for something last minute and easy but unique, check out this list io9 created this list of 20 zero-effort, high-concept Halloween costumes that are guaranteed to alienate your friends.  My favorite is the monolith from 2001, and also the disguised Mystique.  Clever girl.

This is also unrelated to Halloween and it is also like, three weeks ago, but I just heard Beyonce’s song “Countdown” on the radio and I remembered how incredible I thought the song and the music video were.  So I give this to you, my dear friends:

Actually this video has lots of great ideas!  You can do the classic Audrey Hepburn like Beyonce does.  You can wear one of those crazy colored body suits with that awesome hat.  You could totally go as Beyonce’s mysterious baby bump that no one has actually seen since the VMAs or whatever it was.  So many options guys!

Also, if this song is not played at your Halloween party it will be a not fun party.  I plan on sneaking this number in several times, because it is incredible.

What will you all be wearing to your parties this weekend?  I’ll be revising my Blind Mag, but that’s just because between all the cooking and prepping and starting a new job there just isn’t time to prep a new costume…and also I paid quite a bit for my Blind Mag look so I might as well wear it as much as I can!  I’m definitely excited to hear what y’all are wearing though.  I hope you have a super fun weekend!

Thrilling Thursdays: The Nightmare Before Christmas

Well, we weren’t going to get through the month of October without mentioning Tim Burton.  That’d just be silly.

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The Nightmare Before Christmas is such a great movie y’all, but I don’t need to tell you that.  I’m sure you’ve seen it dozens of times.  This may very well be Tim Burton’s masterpiece.  The claymation is just astonishing, the music is lovely, Danny Elfman‘s finest really, and the story so touching.  I mean, it is essentially about a skeleton having an existential crisis, how crazy is that?

Who hasn’t had an existential crisis?!  I have one every other day.

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Wicked Wacky Wednesdays: Making Halloween Last for as Long as Possible!

Halloween only comes once a year, so I try to cram as many Halloween-related activities into the weeks surrounding the holiday as possible. Luckily the weekend before Halloween (I guess, in reality, the weekend before the weekend before Halloween) was filled with spooky activities.

On Friday night the Scrap Exchange, which is still doing awesomely in its new space at Golden Belt, opened the exhibit An Offering: La Ofrenda.  The exhibit is a series of Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) altars created by Durham artistic community members.  The exhibit, which runs until November 12th, is meant to be collaborative, people can bring photos and mementos of loved ones to add to the altars throughout the show.  Some of the altars are quite beautiful and moving.

Saturday we threw on our best stage blood and joined the undead at the Raleigh Zombie Walk.  While it was not the best-organized event of all time, it was pretty fun.  Approximately 200 zombies clustered around the acorn at Moore Square and at 7:00 we started lurching around downtown Raleigh.  I’m not sure what route we took (I don’t know downtown Raleigh all that well) but I know we went by the Capitol Building where we saw some Occupiers (who looked a little worse than we did, eek!) and we also shambled past Beasley’s Chicken and Honey on Martin Street.

Jon and I in our zombie gear.

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Terribly Tasty Tuesdays: A Halloween Menu

So I’m trying to figure out my Halloween menu for my party this weekend.  This is what I have in mind thus far:

For my main, I’m planning on making this baked pasta dish from Martha Stewart.  So fun and fall and festive!

Also from Martha (duh) are these great savory pumpkin puffs.  They look easy to customize, so I might make some sweet ones as well.

Jon’s planning on making little meatballs (recipe not yet determined) and if I don’t serve mini pigs in blankets my party guests will revolt.

We have black and orange tortilla chips (we found them at Target!) and will have salsa and guacamole of course.  Jon makes some killer deviled eggs, I’m going to see if he can customize them Martha style.

I’m still trying to figure out my dessert.  Maybe the bootiful cakeSome cupcakes?  I made this graveyard pudding cake last Halloween, it is one of my mother’s standards:

So um, my mom’s version definitely looks better (I decorate cakes with all the talent of a blind five-year old), but mine tasted just fine.  If anyone has any dessert ideas please let me know!  We’re less than one week until the happy day!

Morbid Martha Stewart Mondays: Spooky Sweets!

I know, I know, this blog has become such an alliterative horror show.  Mrs. Janoff would be disgusted, but it is Halloween and it is my blog and I can resort to alliterative cliches if I want to!

Also,  guys, guess what?  I’m starting a new job today!  Hopefully it goes well and hopefully as you are reading this I am enjoying a happy and fun first day.  Fingers crossed!

So I haven’t done a dessert-centric food post yet and I plan on laying out my Halloween party menu tomorrow.  Therefore, today’s post is going to be all about desserts from Martha!

This is the prettiest cake, it really is.  I think it’d be great as a red velvet (bloody insides!) with cream cheese icing.

This isn’t something I’d actually make–too complicated–but this Haunted House cake is also beautiful!

For something a little lighter but still just as festive, check out these little orange sorbets inside oranges carved to look like jack-o-lanterns.

If you are into candy making you should give these white chocolate ghosts a try.  Martha has a lot of different candy making options on her site.  I’m personally fine with my Reeses and Snickers, but if anyone tries any of Martha’s candymaking recipes you should totally let me know!

Also: Cupcakes cupcakes cupcakes.  Here are some of my favorites.

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