Spooked anyone lately?

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Who doesn’t like a good old fashioned spook, right? Ok, so this isn’t one of those. This kind of spooking involves leaving yummy treats on doorsteps, ringing doorbells, and then running like hell so they don’t catch you doing it.

To be honest, I can’t remember exactly what the circumstances were that started this tradition in my immediate family growing up. I’m pretty sure that we got the idea from my Aunt Steph but I have no idea where she got it from. I probably should have asked her before posting this… hmmm. Anyway, however it started, it was something I very much enjoyed doing with my family around Halloween because it was something the whole family could be a part of. I loved making the goodies, loved giving them away, and what kid doesn’t love ding-dong-door-ditching?

Here’s how it works for those that would like to start Spooking their neighbors this month. It all starts with the Ghost.

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It’s a poem that you copy/print and leave with some goodies on two or more neighbors doorsteps to “Spook” them. It gives them instructions to post the Ghost in the front window or on the front door so that everyone knows that they have been spooked already… and then to make some goodies and do the same for another couple of neighbors and so on. The idea is to keep passing it on until hopefully the whole neighborhood has been Spooked!

Dan and I Spooked a few of our neighbors last night. I made some Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies, wrapped them up, and I did the ding-dong-door-ditching while Dan drove the getaway car. We basically drove around and picked four houses totally at random. It was so fun!

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Remember the funnest (ok maybe just one of the funnest) things about this kind of activity is the anonymity. Just let them keep wondering who it was that went out of their way to make them feel loved. 🙂 If you are the first family to start it in your neighborhood, do NOT put a ghost in your window. Wait and see how long it takes for someone to come back and Spook you!

Here is the Ghost PDF again for download. Happy Spooking!!!

Pumpkin Pancakes with Buttermilk Syrup

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A breakfast worthy of the 1st Day of Halloween 🙂

Pumpkin Pancakes

2 1/3 c. Bisquick*

2 tsp. sugar

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp. ginger

2/3 c. pumpkin puree

1/4 c. oil

2 eggs

milk (add to desired consistency)

Mix bisquick, sugar and spices in a medium size mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, mix together pumpkin puree, oil and eggs. Combine with bisquick mixture and then add enough milk to get your desired consistency. I like my pancakes on the thinner side so I add more milk than maybe some people might.

* For those that don’t buy bisquick, you can substitute/make your own by following these instructions: Make your own Bisquick

Buttermilk Syrup

1/2 c. butter (1 stick)

1 c. sugar

1/2 c. buttermilk*

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. vanilla

To make syrup melt butter and sugar in small sauce pan. In a separate bowl/cup combine buttermilk and baking soda letting it get nice and foamy. Add buttermilk mixture to melted butter mixture and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes constantly stirring so it doesn’t burn. Remove from heat, add vanilla and it’s ready to serve!

*For those like me who don’t use buttermilk all that often, you can make your own by combining 1/2 c. regular milk and 1/2 T. vinegar. Let it sit for 5-10 minutes and voila!

31 Days of Halloween!

This crazy tradition started a couple of years ago when I went to stay with my Grandparents in California for a couple of months. Grandpa was sick so I went to help out. Grandma and I, finding we had some time on our hands and needing a good distraction, came up with the idea to celebrate all 31 days of Halloween. Grandma is the Craft Queen, I am a Movie Queen (can’t say I’m “The” Movie Queen… that title belongs to my Aunt Steph) and between the two of us, lets just say that we had desserts covered too. So we made a few crafts, made even more pumpkin treats and watched a Halloween movie every night for that month of October. Now I have to do it every year. 🙂

So here is a list of the movies I decided to watch this year (not in any particular order) in case anyone wants to join at any point and needs some suggestions. I will also be posting every day with different recipes and fun things that we are doing/attempting this October. If you have any great ideas or fun things to add, please share! Happy First Day of Halloween!

1. The Ghost and Mr. Chicken (1966)

2. The Burbs (1989)

3. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

4. Bud Abbott and Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)

5. Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)

6. The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949)

7. The Changeling (1980)

8. The Private Eyes (1980)

9. Gremlins (1984)

10. Clue (1985)

11. Dracula Untold (2014)

12. Wait Until Dark (1967)

13. Frankenweenie (2012)

14. Corpse Bride (2005)

15. The Witches (1990)

16. Hocus Pocus (1993)

17. Ghostbusters (1984)

18. It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966)

19. The Birds (1963)

20. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)

21. What Lies Beneath (2000)

22. The Watcher in the Woods (1980)

23. The Sixth Sense (1999)

24. The Woman in Black (2012)

25. Lady in White (1988)

26. Dial M for Murder (1954)

27. The Haunted Mansion (2003)

28. The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

29. Sleepy Hollow (1999)

30. The Others (2001)

31. House on Haunted Hill (1959)