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Monday, October 03, 2011

Of Ghouls and Pimps

This weekend we took advantage of the beautiful weather and decided to do do a re-run of the sirloin beef wrapped in a dishtowel in the fire pit with Robert and Dawn.

It was just as gorgeous as the first time and if you have access to a fire pit I highly recommend it. Beef has never tasted so flavourful… ever. If you want to try it out, check out this post: (If any of you tried it over the summer I’m curious to see how you found the experience.) To celebrate the end of summer (especially with such an unexpected treat with the weather) we opened a bottle of Tattinger and toasted great friendships and sunshine. Naturally, we wrapped up the evening with a dip in the hot tub.

Although the weather is deferring any thought of winter boots and fall accessories, I have been thinking a lot about this upcoming Halloween. A few years ago when I was in Nova Scotia, I’d bought some decorations from Pumpkin Village as I’d intended to have a party that never came to fruition. I brought the subject of a party up on Saturday night, wondering if Robert and Dawn would be keen. I of course would want people to dress in costume, after all, what’s the point of a Halloween Party if no one dresses up? That’s where all the fun is… well besides the cocktails. All three were delighted when I said that the people in Canada dress in a variety of costume, not just horror/zombie themed, which makes the choice of costume much easier. At this, Cameron, who is 14, decided that this party was a must as it will be his opportunity to dress as a pimp; Huggy Bear to be exact. You’d have to know this kid for yourself to realise how out of character this is. Yet isn’t that what Halloween is all about; an opportunity to be someone else for an evening. So although we haven’t decided 100% if we will proceed, it’s looking very likely. Think of all the ghouls dancing around the fire pit eh?

I’m already seeking out punch recipes and thinking of costumes that Andy and I could wear.

A few years back we attended a Halloween Party and as I was getting ready, Alex asked if I intended on winning best costume. It hadn’t really entered my mind, but win I did.

Here is a picture of me and my pal Sharon dressed for the occasion:

If any of you have any great Halloween punch recipes I’d love it if you could share them (alcoholic of course – other than two teens, this will be an adult themed party).


jen said...

I would make hot mulled apple cider, add some spiced rum!!

OF course I'm nuts about Halloween, so I couldn't imagine doing it in England because I don't think people are as into it over there. I spent a pretty lame one in Denmark once. No one even dressed up.

Jody said...

Jen, thanks for the tip, definitely an idea if I can figure out how to make apple cider... I should have came straight to you as I know you ARE crazy for Halloween :) It's gotten more popular since I first moved over, but nothing like the craze you get at home... and nothing irks me more than kids knocking at my door asking for treats without a costume on... what's that all about? Geez.

jen said...

Oh I forgot to mention that if you make a cold punch, fill a rubber glove up with water and freeze it. Then you'll have a creepy ice cube hand!

To make the apple cider you can just use apple juice (that's what I used in Nunavut), put it in a crock pot with cinnamon sticks and cloves in a cheese cloth and cook for a few hours. Oh and add the spiced rum too! ;)

How can you go trick or treating without a costume? Getting dressed up is the second best part to getting free candy!

Fern Wimpley said...

I want to dress as Leonardo the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle this year! Wish I was there to wear my costume!! xoxo