Posts Tagged ‘Halloween’

The folks at Big Chill have come up with some great tips for creating a scary kitchen this Halloween! Here are their hauntingly hip ideas!


Got a bug for all things ghoulish? Or maybe you just know that Halloween is not your typical holiday? Halloween is a time to show off your creepy side; the side of you normally reserved for haunting cemeteries, flying on broomsticks, or mixing mysterious potions. While most of us have already outgrown trick-or-treating, there is still plenty of ghoulish celebration to be found in Halloween parties, dinner parties, or simple ghostly gatherings. And what better place to come together than the kitchen?

Your kitchen is your cozy and beloved space year-round, responsible for cooking up all kinds of trouble on a daily basis. However, this is the time of year to really cook up some bewitching magic and illusion.

With a refrigerator full of surprises and a pantry full of delicious candy, there is no better time to invite loved ones into your kitchen for a bowl of zombie brains.

Let your creep side out! Here are 10 Decorations for a Frightening Halloween Kitchen.


1.) Halloween Hutch

Give kitchen hutches and dish cabinets a spooky makeover with the addition of Halloween decorations and accessories. Introduce jack-o-lantern themed plates, skull shaped sugar dishes, or simply add spider webs where there were none before. There is no way to incorrectly decorate your Halloween hutch, as long as you stick with the general theme – The creepier, the better.


2.) Spooky Kitchen Tables

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Your Halloween kitchen or dining room table display is where it all comes together. When it comes to October 31st, there is no spooky theme off limits, and there really is no strict format when it comes to ghoulish and ghastly tabletop decorations. Stick with classic black and orange colors, or stay inspired with a Tim Burton or Bride of Frankenstein theme. And don’t forget to reserve a place for Mr. Plastic Skeleton, your most important guest at dinner and source of all after-hours gossip.


3.) Spider Magnets

Glue plastic spiders or bugs to magnets to decorate your refrigerator, stove, or dishwasher with some Halloween-themed creepy crawlers.


4.) Ceiling Hats

Hang witches hats from the ceiling to remind everyone that you brew magic in the kitchen daily. Simply use tacks and clear fishing line to create the illusion that the hats are floating in mid-air.


5.) Creepy Cauldrons

Handcraft a creepy, well-utilized witches cauldron with a little bit of creativity and magic. No witches kitchen is complete without a cauldron, and can be used to serve your guests by filling it with cold sodas or punch. Try these instructions for the perfect handmade cauldron.


6.) Skeletons at Work

Freak out guests, friends, and family by propping up a skeleton in your kitchen and positioning them to perform household duties. Skeletons can do dishes, cook on the stove, or even sweep up that spilled bucket of eye balls you’ve been meaning to clean up. Now put those bones to work!


7.) Monster Knives

This one is a simple and creative way to spook up your kitchen display of knives. Simply draw or use these simple printouts to create your favorite monster, then sending him to the grave by way of your home knife collection.


8.) Ghostly Decor

Paint wine bottles to look like monsters, or spray paint mason jars to look like delicious sugary candy corn. There are endless ways to get creative and turn your kitchen into a haunted cookery your ghoulish guests will never forget.


9.) Fancy Pumpkins


Paint pumpkins in matte or metallic colors to create an eye-catching effect on traditionally orange gourds. Or, cover and glue pumpkins in lace or rhinestones to bring out your fanciest, bling-iest Halloween ghosts. Place fancy pumpkins on top of your refrigerator, in kitchen hutches, or anywhere that needs a fall-themed accessory. Small pumpkins also make perfect autumn additions to kitchen table centerpieces.


10.) Eerie Dry Ice

Nothing sends a chill up the spine like the effect of mysterious fog flowing freely from your kitchen sink. For those who aren’t afraid of a little science experiment, dry ice can be a great way to create a fog-like effect for that extra spooky Halloween touch. Look for instructions and ideas here, but be sure to read up on dry ice safety if this is your first time working with the solid form of carbon dioxide.


Information provided by Big Chill.

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Since Halloween is this week, I thought I’d share some pins I liked from Pinterest.

Bearing in mind Halloween is my least favorite holiday and I hate to be scared, these are fun for any age…

halloween lawn dresseshand iceFill a clean glove with water, freeze. When ready to use, remove glove and put hand in punch bowl.

halloween gloveSpeaking of hands and gloves, this is a really cute party favor or treat bag.

cobweb pretzelAnd cute little pretzel spider webs.

halloween pretzel broomsOr pretzel brooms made with cheese.

halloween ghost poopAnd these cute little party favors. How clever and fun!

However you decide to celebrate the, be careful and be safe!

She Who Needs to Stock up on Candy (for the Trick-or-Treaters, of course)

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pumpkinsA few years ago I came across this  recipe for Pumpkin Cake that is so good.  It comes together quickly and tastes like you went to a lot of work. If you are entertaining this weekend, this delicious cake will be a guaranteed crowd-pleaser, especially for those who love pumpkin!

Pumpkin Cake

1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack Pumpkin

3 eggs

1/3 cup sugar

1/3 cup vegetable oil

1 package yellow cake mix

1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

1 can (16 ounces) vanilla frosting

1 package (3 ounces) cream cheese, softened

In a large mixing bowl, combine pumpkin, eggs, sugar and oil; mix well. Add cake mix and pumpkin pie spice. Beat for two minutes. Pour into a greased casserole baking pan, or two round cake pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. In a mixing bowl, combine the frosting and cream cheese. Spread over cake.  Topped with toasted pecans. Store covered in the refrigerator.

Enjoy and Happy Haunting!

Do you have any fun Halloween recipes to share?

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