I’m outing myself as a Halloween-lover. And I’m here to share a step-by-step guide on how to have a Happy Halloween even if you’re not 12 years old.
You must follow every step of this guide or the Sanderson sisters are likely to awaken. You don’t get that reference? Study up and maybe I’ll catch you next October.
1. All the smells. Get the house smellin ’ up real nice with your favorite green herbs. I chose sage and rosemary to display in an old pitcher on our dining room table.
2. Keep traditions bubblin’. Fill a large pot or galvanized tub with water and dry ice. Plop in a few apples. Shazam! A bubbling cauldron with the nostalgia of bobbing-for-apples ready to go.
3. Set the table. Experiment and enjoy favorite fall flavors : acorn squash, roasted colorful carrots & figs figs figs.
4. Wear black. Pour wine. Invite friends over to enjoy dining out doors in the crisp air. I will also accept plaid for your attire.
5. Buy a warty pumpkin. Doesn’t even need carved. Nuff said.
6. Magic potion time. Cinnamon sticks + steaming apple cider + Rum or Bourbon in your favorite mug. Spiked cider keeps the party alive after your fall feast and warms you up.
7. Prefer dessert over an after dinner drink? How about dipping an apple into melted salted caramel? Spooky stick for a handle is optional.
8. Time for movie madness. Catch these currently streaming on Netflix: The Nightmare before Christmas, A Corpse Bride, The Addams Family or Sleepy Hollow. These create the perfect background while you bake, cook, visit with friends or hand out candy.
9. Not into decorating your whole house? Have a roommate who’d prefer you didn’t as well? Consider a small vignette of festive fun. Gives you chance to play wit h all of your tchotchkes. Yes, I did some Googling in order to spell tchotchke.
10. And lastly, for my fellow adventure lovers, just get outdoors and watch the seasons change. Any leg of the Blue Ridge Parkway is sure to have you seeing the golden colors of fall. Roll down the windows and just drive.
By Chelsea Lane – lover of outdoor fun, local goodness and, of course, autumn Halloween.
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