10 Days of Halloween

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I LOVE Halloween. I really do. I love the witchiness, the sparkly decorations, pumpkin everything, the super slutty costumes (if you live in LA)… I used to celebrate my birthday on Halloween as a kid (my actual birthday is December 28. If your birthday is between December 15 and January 15 then you get it). I decided to celebrate Halloween with my kids this year (as opposed to without my kids… those were the good ole days of dressing slutty and going to work the next day in the same costume, but I digress…). What I mean is this year, my kids and I celebrated the impending day by doing something “Halloweeny” each day for 10 days leading up to Halloween. I am sharing with you the crafts we created, the food we prepared and activities that we did to build up to this fantastic holiday. Since I was so busy doing the things, I didn’t get to post before today so you can use it as a guide for next year if you choose as I assume by now you are already over Halloween and getting out your Christmas decorations.

Spiced Butternut Squash Bread

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On the first day of Halloween, my CSA box gave to me…. ONE GIANT SQUASH! I have prepared butternut squash every which way to get my kids to eat it. They just aren’t into it, but I got them this time! I only had to add a shit ton of butter and sugar, but hey! they ate the damn squash!

Ingredients:

2 1/2 cups brown sugar

2/3 cup coconut shortening

2 cups pureed butternut squash

4 eggs

2/3 cup water

3 cups flour

2 teaspoons baking soda

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon All Spice

Directions:

(Bake the squash in the oven at 350 for an hour to get it soft and ready to puree)

Grease 2 9x5 loaf pans

Beat sugar and shortening together in a bowl until fluffy

Stir butternut squash, eggs, and water into sugar mixture.

Mix flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, spices in another bowl

Stir into sugar mixture until batter is just blended

Pour batter into prepared loaf pans

Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 1 hour

Cool in the pans for 15 minutes before removing to cool completely on a wire rack


Underwood Family Farms

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On the second day of Halloween, my Mommy Poppins Blog suggested to me A TRIP TO UNDERWOOD FAMILY FARMS. It’s an LA local draw and a more than just a pumpkin patch. It’s a full-on festival complete with tractor rides, corn mazes, animal shows, crafts, food, screaming kids, worn out parents and live music.

Apple Stamp Craft

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On the third day of Halloween, my children made for me SPARKLY PUMPKINS!! This one is pretty basic, but super easy and fun!

What you need:

cardstock paper

orange and green paint

halved apples

Halloween stickers

Glitter!!!

How to do it:

Pour orange paint onto a paper plate. Place halved apple cut side down on the paint. Lift and steam on the paper. Sprinkle glitter (and then a little more) onto the paint and sift off. paint on the green stem. Add sticker and glitter glue where desired.

Full Moon Circle

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On the fourth day of Halloween, my Healer gave to me A FULL MOON GATHERING! This one is just for the ladies and does not include children, although mine did make a brief appearance and howled at the moon before we sacrificed them. Haha! Kidding… My goddess friend and healer, Erin Yari (see link above) led us through a Full Moon ceremony. She set up a sacred space for us on my rooftop under the stars and moon. As we sat in a circle, we meditated and then shared our personal fears, regrets, goals, drank some wine because when moms gather… We pulled cards and clutched crystals. We could hear the waves crashing down below and I swear they were in sync with each piercing truth and revelation that was revealed. After sharing, we practiced eye-gazing. I was resistant to this at first because I am inherently a socially awkward human who has trouble making eye contact even for brief moments, however, it ended up being a very beautiful and uplifting experience. Lastly, we wrote down a few personal traits and adjectives that we feel are no longer serving us at this time in our lives and we burned those motherf*ckers! There was a lot of shit in those papers because the smoke was thick and poignant. This intention-setting and releasing ritual is powerful and bonding. It is also witchy and magical. Highly recommend! And it can happen every month, not just in October.

Bloody Sugar Cookies

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On the fifth day of Halloween, my goblins gave to me BLOODY COOKIES!! I actually made these for the Full Moon Party but for the sake of continuity…

Ingredients:

2 3/4 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups white sugar

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375

In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Set aside.

In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in egg and vanilla. Gradually blend in the dry ingredients

Roll rounded teaspoonfuls of dough into balls, and place onto ungreased cookie sheets.

Bake 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden

Let stand on cookie sheet two minutes before removing to cool on wire racks

Frosting Ingredients:

3 ounces cream cheese, softened

2 tablespoons butter, softened

2 1/2 cups powdered sugar

red food coloring

Frosting Directions:

Beat cream cheese, butter until creamy. Beat in confectioner's sugar until blended and smooth

Refrigerate for 1 hour

Spread about 1 1/2 teaspoons on each cooled cookie

Drop 3-4 individual drops of red food coloring on each cookie (the more splatter, the better)

Haunted Hay Ride

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On the sixth day of Halloween, my crazy mommy took me on the HAUNTED HAY RIDE. It’s not for the faint of heart. In truth, my kids are too young for it. The kid alternative is the Ghost Train which I think is a little creepy also. But if you love spooky shit and things jumping out at you then this is your jam. Both are at Griffith Park.

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

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On the seventh day of Halloween, the 60s gave to me THE BEST HALLOWEEN MOVIE EVER! It speaks for itself, but if you don’t watch this in October every year with your kids, then you are living under a rock and depriving your children of soul and heart. Gotta love that crazy psycho, Lucy!

Unicorn Pumpkin

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On the eighth day of Halloween, my Pinterest gave to me a UNICORN PUMPKIN! I mean, why go basic, when you can add glitter???

What you need:

Save yourself a lots of time and just buy this kit. You’ll thank me later and who has time to DIY everything for 10 days straight??

Pumpkin Pancakes

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On the ninth day of Halloween, my weekly workouts gave to me PUMPKIN PANCAKES! Nope, there are not a lot of carb-free options I’m presenting you here, but you work hard and deserve to trick or TREAT YO-SELF! Also, feel free to add alternative milks, oil and flour if you’re one of those. (Shhhh, I might be one of those…)

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups milk

1 cup pumpkin puree

1 egg

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

2 cups all-purpose flour

3 tablespoons brown sugar

Directions:

If you have never made pancakes before, then you are not or never have been a parent/college student/hungover so why are you here?

Costumes!!!

On the tenth day of Halloween, I am giving you my top FAVORITE COSTUME PICS of Halloween past. You’re welcome:

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My husband is a good sport.


















Annalisa Barrett