We were hot 21-year-olds. My boyfriend and I were in college. No curfew. We could go to night clubs.
We oozed hotness.
It was Halloween night. A party at a club. We were SO there.
The doors opened at 7:30 p.m. So, yeah, we were there on time.
Apparently, the cool peeps arrive at 10:00 p.m. or later. Even on a Tuesday.
Have you ever been to a club early? The DJ hadn’t yet arrived. When crowds of people don’t fill the dance floor, you notice the dinginess. And how echo-y it is.
At least we were set costume-wise.
My boyfriend was Frankenstein. He was tall. His face and neck and arms were painted green. Hair died black and gelled just so. A fake bolt went through his neck. His too-short blazer purchased at Goodwill was perfectly Frankenstein.
I was the Wicked Witch of the West from The Wizard of Oz. Black dress and hat. My face and neck and arms were painted green. Fake warts on my nose. Pointy hat. The accent? I had it down, my little pretty.
We were Team Green.
A couple of drinks. Chit chat.
A couple of hours later, the slutty nurses started to arrive. Along with the Playboy bunnies. And French maids in boustiers. Pirates wearing patches and little else.
We were clearly overdressed.
Too green, I guess.
New to the club scene.
Oh and it took like three showers to scrub the green out of our skin.
Posted by peskypippi | Posted in Celebrations, Fall, Family, Halloween, Holidays | Posted on 24-10-2012
Every year, I watch your Halloween specials where you create bats from black spray-painted clothespins, googly eyeballs from painted foam balls, spirited papier-mâché pumpkins, and stenciled votive candles. Your creations are magical.
Last Fall, we watched in awe at your creations. And the creative juices started to flow. We trekked to Michaels to load up on supplies.
- Wooden clothespins
- Foam balls
- Tissue paper
- Votive candle holders
- Pipe cleaners
- Craft glue
And a bunch of other crap that totaled $75.
We got home excited. Excited to create the wonders that you created, with such ease.
- Spray painting outside in the wind is a bitch.
- Where exactly do you PUT wet foam balls after you’ve painted them, so they can dry?
- Doing papier-mâché in a wet climate means that your pumpkins will get yeast infections.
I opened up our Halloween bins from the attic and discovered last year’s unfinished craft projects. Three dozen black clothespins with no bat bodies, a pack of two dozen votive candles with no stencils, and half-painted eyeballs.
This collection of craft failures was a reminder that:
I suck at crafting.
There will be no pinning of my Martha-esque creations on Pinterest this year. Sigh.
But I staple-gunned eyeball lights across the front of the house. Stuck ghosts in the flower pots. Hung store-bought skeletons from the trees. Draped fake spider webs across the doorway. And displayed our 93 lbs. of pumpkins from the pumpkin patch.
My crafting abilities may suck, but my Halloween spirit?
It’s a good thing.
Posted by peskypippi | Posted in Childrearing, Family, Food, Halloween, Ideas, Kitchen, Mothering, Recipes | Posted on 05-11-2011
Wondering what to do with all of that extra Halloween candy? What? You ate it all? If you did, this recipe is not for you.
But if your kids’ Halloween candy loot is still plentiful, rummage through and grab about 20 “fun size” Snickers, 3 Musketeers, and Milky Ways. Chop them up into little pieces and set aside. (By the way, why do they call them fun size anyway? You eat them in two bites and then bam, the party is over.)
Now you’re ready to rock Pippi’s Positively Pleasant Halloween Candy Cookie Recipe. (Say that three times. Now, say it three times with a mouthful of Snickers. Not so easy, is it?)
- 1 cup softened butter
- ½ cup white sugar
- 1 ½ cup brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 ½ teaspoons vanilla
- 2 ½ cups flour
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- about 16-20 miniature candy bars chopped up
Note: You can certainly use more candy bars if you like to nibble when food-prepping. J
What to do:
- Preheat oven to 350°
- In a mixing bowl, cream together butter, sugars, vanilla, eggs
- In another bowl, mix together dry ingredients
- Combine the wet and dry ingredients
- Mix in the chopped-up candy
- Plop spoonfuls onto parchment-lined baking sheet
- Bake for about 8-9 minutes. Take out before you think they look done and allow to cool. Otherwise, you will burn the crap out of your tongue and that is never a good thing.
Oh, and don’t go on Facebook or Twitter while you are baking, as you will likely burn a tray or two. Like I did. Just now.
Calorie count? Well, consider this. You are combining candy + cookies. Sometimes it’s just best not to know.
Posted by peskypippi | Posted in Halloween, Traditions | Posted on 31-10-2011
Halloween rocks. It’s a wonderful holiday for kids and families. Here are three reasons why I love Halloween:
1. It’s a chance for kids to be creative. Costumes, masks, make-up, capes, hats, swords. It’s a chance to be a little different. Or be Justin Bieber. Whatever the creation, it’s a chance for kids to use their imaginations and maybe push the envelope.
2. It connects kids and families to their community. In our modern day world where we are losing connections and trust, trick-or-treating on Halloween night helps to build back a little faith in our connections, one Snickers at a time.
3. It helps kids embrace their fears. Sure, Halloween exposes the dark side. But death is part of life. And a little scary–bats, tombstones, spiders, witches, ghouls, skeletons, zombies, goblins–is a little fun. By the way, what the heck is a goblin anyways?
Posted by peskypippi | Posted in Halloween, Traditions | Posted on 31-10-2011
Tags: Celtic, dark side, day of the dead, death, dia de los muertos, Halloween, harvest, tradition
I’m tired of all the Halloween nay-sayers. They are turning their backs on traditions that began in the Middle Ages. That’s 2,000 years ago! Historians tell us that Halloween goes back to an ancient Celtic festival celebrating the end of the harvest season on October 31. For them, this marked a transition time. Light and darkness. Life and death. Historians believe that the deceased would come back to life and cause havoc. Masks and costumes were worn to appease the evil spirits and scare off ghosts.
The tradition of “trick-or-treating” possibly originated, again, when the Celtic people left food on their doorsteps for the spirits who came around, to prevent them from entering their homes. Others believe that the British handed out “soul cakes” on All Souls’ Day, a holiday observed on November 2 to commemorate the deceased.
In Mexico, El Dia de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead) is celebrated whereby the spirits of the dead visit their families. Instead of fearing the dead, the Mexican culture embraces death, and the dead, by celebrating with joy.
Today, kids across the U.S.–and many other parts of the world–partake in some of the rituals that began in the Middle Ages, albeit a bit differently. Our modern Halloween still celebrates the harvest (pumpkins) and abundance of harvest (candy) and the dark side, or death (scary costumes and decorations).
So many people complain that we have no traditions left in our culture, so why rip on a 2,000-year-old holiday?
Posted by peskypippi | Posted in Children's Books, Halloween, Inner Beauty, Pumpkin | Posted on 30-10-2011
Tags: autumn, dave horowitz, fall, family activity, Halloween, pumpkin, squash, Thanksgiving, theuglypumpkin
Is there anything more cheery than a pumpkin? The color screams HELLO FALL. With their shapes, bumps, and quirkiness, pumpkins exude character. And I just love ‘em. So finding the perfect pumpkin for me is finding one that might not quite fit in. I seek out the pumpkins with personality. Not the fat, rounded, “perfect” pumpkins that Martha always picks. Last year, I went for one with the lumps and bumps. (Which, I admit, was a pain in the ass to carve.) This year, I went for the squash-like pumpkin, with its misshapen figure.
Kinda like the pumpkin, er (spoiler alert) squash in the book The Ugly Pumpkin. Have you read it? It’s a great book that teaches us that looks may be deceiving. You know, don’t judge a pumpkin by its skin? The pumpkin in the book was ridiculed for not belonging. It was simply trying to find its place in the world. Turned out the pumpkin was not a pumpkin; it was a squash and fit in perfectly at the Thanksgiving table.
Maybe now you’ll seek out the ugly pumpkin (or squash) and give it a proper home for the season.
Posted by peskypippi | Posted in Celebrations, Family, Halloween, Pumpkin, Traditions, Uncategorized | Posted on 29-10-2011
Tags: autumn, fall, family tradition, pumpkin, pumpkin patch
So, we’re all busy and short on time. But my family loves our annual, seasonal family tradition of visiting a pumpkin patch. To me, it’s important to keep our family traditions intact. No matter how busy we are. Priorities, you know? Some families may plan a full-day pumpkin hunt adventure. Not us. We live close to a darling, little farm that has stayed alive in the middle of sburbia for generations. We have been going there for years. It’s the perfect place for pumpkins, pictures, a tractor ride, hay bales for jumping off of, just-picked apples, apple cider, and a maze (a pretty lame maze). But one of the beauties is that you can do it all in about an hour. The kids love it. And Moms get picture-perfect smiles with a perfectly orange backdrop. These photos are a Fall highlight for the Nanas.
Hey, we are all busy families. But traditions and partaking in fun seasonal activities are important. Who says you can’t go to the kids’ soccer games in the morning , squeeze in a quick but enjoyable pumpkin adventure, and get on with your day?