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    * Have A Spooktacular Halloween 2009 With Us Here! *

    Um Safia
    Wed Sep 30, 2009 6:46 am
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    The Story of Halloween

    Halloween is one of the oldest holidays with origins going back thousands of years. The holiday we know as Halloween has had many influences from many cultures over the centuries. From the Roman's Pomona Day, to the Celtic festival of Samhain, to the Christian holidays of All Saints and All Souls Days.

    Hundreds of years ago in what is now Great Britain and Northern France, lived the Celts who worshipped nature and had many gods, with the sun god as their favorite.

    The Celts celebrated their New Year on November 1st. It was celebrated every year with a festival and marked the end of the "season of the sun" and the beginning of "the season of darkness and cold."

    On October 31st after the crops were all harvested and stored for the long winter the cooking fires in the homes would be extinguished. The Druids, the Celtic priests would light new fires and offer sacrifices of crops and animals. As they danced around the the fires, the season of the sun passed and the season of darkness would begin.

    When the morning arrived the Druids would give an ember from their fires to each family who would then take them home to start new cooking fires. These fires would keep the homes warm and free from evil spirits.

    The November 1st festival was called Samhain (pronounced "sow-en"). The festival would last for 3 days. Many people would parade in costumes made from the skins and heads of their animals. This festival would become the first Halloween.

    During the 1st century the Romans invaded Britain, bringing with them many of their festivals and customs. One of these was the festival know as Pomona Day, named for their goddess of fruits and gardens. It was also celebrated around the 1st of November. After hundreds of years of Roman rule the customs of the Celtic's Samhain festival and the Roman Pomona Day mixed becoming 1 major fall holiday.

    The next influence came with the spread of the new Christian religion throughout Europe and Britain. In the year 835 AD the Roman Catholic Church made November 1st a church holiday to honor all the saints ~ All Saint's Day, or Hallowmas, or All Hallows. Years later the Church would make November 2nd a holy day. It was called All Souls Day and was to honor the dead. It was celebrated with big bonfires, parades, and people dressing up as saints, angels and devils.

    But the spread of Christianity did not make people forget their early customs. On the eve of All Hallows, Oct. 31, people continued to celebrate the festivals of Samhain and Pomona Day. Over the years the customs from all these holidays mixed. October 31st became known as All Hallow Even, eventually All Hallow's Eve, Hallowe'en, and then - Halloween.

    The Halloween we celebrate today includes all of these influences, Pomona Day's apples, nuts, and harvest, the Festival of Samhain's black cats, magic, evil spirits and death, and the ghosts, skeletons and skulls from All Saint's Day and All Soul's Day.

    Fun Halloween Recipes:


    Itsy Bitsy Spooky Spiders

    Bat Poop - for Halloween

    Halloween Party Treat (Candy Corn and Peanut Mix)

    Severed Fingers Halloween Cookies

    Peanutty Halloween Cookie Pizza

    Coconut Ghosts

    Halloween Eyeball Cookies

    Spooktacular Halloween Graveyard Cake

    Bernice's Halloween Spiders

    Halloween Lollipop Ghosts for Kids

    Really Cool Creepy Halloween Hand!

    Pretzel Magic Wands - Halloween / Birthday Fun

    Chocolate Halloween Mice

    Halloween Bones

    Halloween Brownie Pizza

    Cocoa Halloween Cats

    Twinkling Star Treats™

    Sue's Super Easy Halloween Candy Corn Fudge

    Creepy Crawly Mud Cups

    Halloween Spiderweb Apples

    Freaky Mummies in a Flash - Halloween Treats!

    Halloween Worms

    Halloween Tombstone Treats

    Chocolate Spiders

    Halloween Party Mix

    Dark Creepy Gory Chocolate Cake

    Spooky Spider Cupcakes/Muffins for a Howling Halloween!

    Twit Twooo, Hooting Halloween Owls - Halloween Cupcakes/Muffins

    See how French Tart made those fab cupcakes, in here step by step tutorial here : FT's Spooky Spider & Hooting Owl Cupcakes 101


    Spooky Shepherd's Pie

    Spooky Eyeball Tacos (Johnny #5 Tacos)

    Cheese Ball - Great for Halloween

    Spooky Eyeballs

    Barbecued Bat Wings

    Traditional English Halloween Supper - Mash O' Nine Sorts

    Halloween Rats Baked in Blood

    Halloween Sandwich Treats

    Monster Toes (For Halloween)

    Halloween Cheddar Fondue (for the adults)

    Halloween Bonfire Potatoes

    Halloween Swamp Dip

    Pizza Mummies

    Halloween Brain Dip

    Halloween Mummy Dogs or is That Mommy Babies???

    Halloween Jack-O-Lantern Pasta Dinner


    Boo Beverage

    Halloween Black Brew (alchoholic)

    Ecto Lime Cooler (Halloween Cocktail) (alchoholic)

    Halloween Sparkle Punch

    Pumpkin Banana Froth - Halloween

    Monster Slush!

    Ghostly Green Brew

    Ghoulish Punch

    Mulled Apple Cider

    Slushy Halloween Punch

    Black Bat Punch

    Dragon's Blood Punch and Hand Ice Mold

    Sunshine Punch (AKA Halloween Swamp Soda!)

    Boo Punch

    All the recipes shown above ~ plus many, many more ~ can be found in our Halloween Cookbook

    There are also over 60 other Halloween Cookbooks here on Zaar! To view them click here

    Quick & Easy Cupcake Fun! (Courtesy of Molly53)

    Use your favorite cake recipe to make cupcakes:


    Chocolate frosting
    Oreos, finely ground
    Black licorice laces
    Black decorating icing or gel
    Red jelly beans
    Spread the frosting on the cupcake, then dip the top into the ground Oreos. Cut 8 (4-inch-long) strands of black licorice lace. Bend the strands into curves, then poke 4 into each side of the cupcake top to form the legs. Pipe a circular mound of black icing between the first 2 legs to form the face. Cut a jelly bean crosswise and place on the icing to form the eyes.


    Green frosting
    Black and white decorating icings or gels
    Spread the frosting on the cupcake. With the black icing, pipe the eyes and hair — don't forget the widow's peak and sideburns — in quick spurts to create a spiky effect. Draw the mouth, then switch to white icing to make two fangs.


    White frosting
    Marshmallows, jumbo and miniature
    Black decorating icing
    Spread the frosting on the cupcake. Cut 1 jumbo and 1 miniature marshmallow in half. Use 1 jumbo half and 1 miniature half to form the eyes. Make the mouth with 3 more whole miniature marshmallows. With the black icing, pipe different-size dots for the eyes and nose and a skull outline around the marshmallows.


    Chocolate frosting
    Oreos, finely ground
    Black decorating icing
    Pepperidge Farm Bordeaux cookie
    Spread the frosting on the cupcake, then dip the frosted cupcake top into the ground Oreos. With the black icing, pipe "RIP" on the cookie. Gently press the cookie into the cupcake top until it stays put.

    Sandalio bakes his own shortbread cookies, bending a cookie cutter to form a tombstonelike shape. To save time, substitute store-bought cookies.


    Pink frosting
    Using a pastry bag, squiggle thick lines of frosting onto one half of the cupcake. Repeat with the other half.


    Orange frosting
    Black decorating icing
    Spread the orange frosting on the cupcake. With black icing, pipe a dot in the center of the cupcake top, then pipe 2 circles — one inside the other — around the dot. Starting at the center with a toothpick, trace the tip through the frosting to the perimeter of the cupcake. Repeat 5 more times around the cupcake to form a spider web.


    Chocolate frosting
    Oreos, finely ground
    Ghost Meringue cookies (recipe follows)
    Black decorating icing
    Spread the frosting on the cupcake, then dip the top into the ground Oreos. Smear the bottom of 1 or 2 ghosts, then set onto the cupcake. With the black icing, pipe 2 dots per ghost for the eyeballs.


    Recipe adapted from Baking Illustrated by the editors of Cook's Illustrated magazine (America's Test Kitchen, $35) and Plinio Sandalio, former pastry chef at the Cookie Jar Bakery. Don't attempt meringues on a very humid day.

    Whites of 4 large eggs, at room temperature
    ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar
    1 cup sugar
    ¾ teaspoon vanilla extract
    Adjust the oven racks to the upper- and lower-middle positions, and heat the oven to 200 degrees. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper.

    With an electric mixer, beat the egg whites at medium-low speed until they are opaque and frothy, about 30 seconds.

    Add the cream of tartar, increase the speed to medium-high, and, watching carefully, beat the egg whites until they are white, thick, voluminous and the consistency of shaving cream, about 90 seconds.

    Slowly sprinkle in half of the sugar, and continue to beat until incorporated, about 60 seconds.

    Add the vanilla. Reduce the speed to the lowest possible setting, sprinkle in the remaining sugar and mix just until incorporated.

    Carefully transfer the mixture into a pastry bag, and pipe the ghosts an inch apart from each other.

    To make the ghost, gently squeeze the bag 3 times, each time releasing a little less than before. The ghosts should look like melting, pointy-headed snowmen, with the base being the largest part.

    Bake for 1½ hours or until the cookies have smooth, dry, firm exteriors.

    Turn the oven off, and allow the cookies to cool in the oven for several hours.

    Once cool, they can be stored in an airtight container

    Great Websites:

    101 Halloween Ideas

    Halloween Online

    Pumpkin Carving 101

    Halloween Activities & Crafts (Halloween)

    Fun Craft Ideas:

    Martha Stewart's ''Batty Bags''

    Martha Stewart's ''Treat Balls''

    Martha Stewart's ''Bat Pinata''

    Pumpkin Bags (treat bags or decorations!)

    Trick or Treat T-shirt

    Spoon Witch

    Mummy Treat Cups

    Halloween Party Games

    Feed The Monster!!!

    What You'll Need:
    •Colorful socks
    •Dry beans
    •Ribbon or string
    •Drawing paper and markers

    Make five bean bags out of colored socks filled with dry beans. Tie each sock closed with a piece of ribbon. Draw a large monster head on a piece of cardboard and cut a hole where the mouth should be.

    Let the children take turns trying to feed the monster by tossing the bean bags through the mouth hole. Award one point for each successful toss. The guests will probably want to have a second turn, and maybe even a third if time allows.

    Spider Web!!!

    What You’ll Need:
    •One roll of colored yarn per player (each player should have a different color)
    •One prize per player
    •Construction paper or notebook paper
    •A marker or pen

    Create name tags for each player by cutting out a piece of paper and writing their name on it. Hide a prize for each child in a different part of the party area. Tie the end of a different colored ball of yarn to each prize. One by one, run the balls of yarn over, under, and around the objects in the room. Make sure they are all intertwined, creating a web effect. When the strands are about 10 to 20 feet long, cut them and tie a name tag to the end of each string.

    When it’s time to play, lead each child to their name tag, and have them untangle their strands to find their prizes. This is a great activity for teamwork, as players will discover they need to help each other to get all their strands untangled!

    Haunted Musical Walk!!!

    What You’ll Need:
    •One Halloween-themed object per player, such as a witch’s hat, a broom, a plastic cauldron, mini pumpkins, etc.
    •Spooky music on CD
    •A CD player that can be easily paused and re-started

    Place the Halloween-themed items in a circle on the floor in the play area. Start the music, and have your guests walk around in a circle, stepping next to the objects. At random intervals, stop the music and have everyone freeze by the item next to them. From a jar or hat, draw the name of one of the Halloween objects. The person standing next to that object is “out”. Pull that player and object out of the game. Repeat the process until there is one child and object left.

    Monster Dash!!!

    How to Play:
    Choose one child to be the monster. If you wish, provide a monster mask for him/her to wear. The other players should stand about 25 feet away. When the monster says “Dash”, the players should creep up on the monster while his/her back is turned. The monster should quickly say “Stop” and turn around. The players must freeze where they are as soon as they hear the word “Stop”. If the monster sees anyone still moving, that person is out. The monster should continue saying “Dash” and “Stop”. The winner is the one who passes the monster first. This person gets to be the monster in the next round of the game.

    Witch Hunt!!!

    What You’ll Need:
    •3 - 5 white hats per player (two hats need to be a different color from the rest)

    Hide all the witch hats in different nooks and crannies throughout the party area. Send the children out to find as many hats as they can within an allotted time, letting them know that there are two special hats that will result in special bonus prizes. The kids who collect the most hats get a prize. The kids who find the different colored hats get a special prize.

    Fabulous Homemade Halloween Costumes:



    Black Cat


    Autumn Fairy

    For the above costumes & many more, please visit:

    If you or your children are dressing up for Halloween, make sure your outfits' are safe:

    Fire-Proofing for Halloween Costumes

    And if all the monsters prove to be a little too much for your little ones...why not try Monster Spray to help send them off to sleep!

    Last edited by Um Safia on Mon Nov 02, 2009 8:04 am, edited 2 times in total
    Wed Oct 14, 2009 1:18 pm Groupie
    try Yummy Mummy Cheese Spread (Mummy Shape) Halloween. Here's a great picture--and it's easy to do for your Halloween buffet
    Um Safia
    Wed Oct 14, 2009 3:31 pm
    Forum Host

    Very cool! I have added it to the Halloween Cookbook, thanks!
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