Sunday, October 31, 2021

Halloween 2021

Maleficent and Diaval were out in full 
glory last night for trick or treating.  

Here in Utah when Halloween falls on 
Sunday we trick or treat on Saturday 
night.  We were blessed with a warm day 
and perfect weather.  

The catalyst for this year's theme was 
this Maleficent throne that I got 
last year from Throne Kingdom. 

I decided since Maleficent had her 
wings stripped from her that her 
detached wings should hang on the 
chair above her head. 

We decided against hosting 
trick or treaters with Covid last year, 
so Maleficent's throne finally came out.  
It was featured in my entry last year 
and some of the grandkids posed 
on it.  It stands 92 inches tall and 
is quite magnificent.  We ordered a second 
one to put in our theater room if we ever 
get started building our new home.  

The costume was ordered off Amazon 
last year also.  I didn't wear it to the two 
Halloween dinners we hosted as it is huge 
and heavy and the headpiece is heavy also, 
so I used an old one that was lighter weight.  
Since I was just sitting on my throne, the 
dress was perfect for the evening.  

Everyone wanted to know how we got the 
green glow.  That was achieved by two 
green light bulbs I purchased off Amazon.  
We shot two fog machines at the doors and 
the green reflected off the fog.  

I was surprised how many people didn't 
know who Diaval was - her sidekick crow 
that she turned into a human when she 
needed his help and then turned back 
into a crow, a horse and a bear when 
she needed.  
If you want to see a movie of 
Maleficent's outfit check out 
my IG post at

We had 600 kids (and parents)
come to the door - 
whew - that's a lot of candy!

Saturday, October 30, 2021

Freeze Dried Caramel Apple Pops

Introducing our new freeze dried 
treat - Caramel Apple Suckers.  

We saw these for sale at a craft boutique 
this fall and decided they were one fun 

We ended up making tons of them 
and gave them away in these cute, 
inexpensive buckets.  Some of the kids 
were even stealing from other's buckets 
and putting more in theirs.  

I looked for instructions online 
and didn't find any, so I just decided 
to give them a try.  

I unwrapped and laid them out on 
parchment lined pans for the freeze dryer. 
I have a Harvest Right freeze dryer.  

I didn't know if they would have 
a problem sticking together, so 
I alternated their direction and 
spaced them apart, but as you can 
see, they pretty much took up 
the space they had. 

I set the freeze dryer for a standard time 
and that was perfect.  

They are a caramel flavored melt in your mouth 
crunch with a tangy green apple melt in 
your mouth surprise.  They were a big hit 
and so much fun.  

We have loved our Harvest Right 
freeze dryer so much.  It seems to 
be constantly running.  

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Wednesday, October 20, 2021

A Hint About Halloween Night

Here is a hint about what is going to 
be happening here on Halloween Night. 

We actually got this chair for last year's 
Halloween, but with Covid, we decided 
to be gone for Halloween.  That is only 
the second time we have missed having 
fun for Halloween in 42 years of marriage.  

The other time the kids had Fall Break 
and we went away for it.  

This chair is 92 inches tall and I 
found it on Throne Kingdom.  

Ms. Maleficent will be sitting in it 
this year, with her sidekick Diavol.

We will be visited by about 
400 kids!  

Monday, October 18, 2021

My Haunted Village

Halloween is all around the house, 
and this year I decided to create 
a Haunted Village on the piano 
in the front entry, like I do the 
Christmas Village each year.

It all started because I made a new 
Haunted House and didn't know 
where to put another one!

I made and posted about this 
Haunted House last year. 

This is a house I had purchased from 
JoAnn Fabrics a few years back and 
I had dolled it up with a few pumpkins,
brooms, a banner and some pipe cleaners. 

This was a house we with our 
Craft Group a few years back.  
The craft leader that night had purchased 
houses from Hobby Lobby and then 
glittered them up and we all 
brought things to accessorize 
our houses.

The last house was also brought 
from JoAnn Fabrics and accessorized. 

Let me go back and show you some 
of the fun details to my new house. 

To tell the truth, it was this four poster 
witch's bed that captured my eye 
first at Michael's.  It has a fun purple 
bedspread and a hat on the bed and it is 
draped with black netting.  

The fairy witch is the owner of this house.  
Also notice the fun vanity mirror in the 
back corner.  These were all pieces from 

The upstairs bath is a footed tub 
and a fun pedestal sink from Michaels.  
I cut some fur fabric for a bath rug 
and added a little folded terry towel.  
The silver mirror was purchased 
from Amazon.

I keep wanting to say this or that is 
my favorite thing, but this black 
cake has to be one of the top ones.  
it is atop a spider webbed table 
with sparkling bats on the chairs. 

But then again, this tufted sofa can't be 
beat!  No wonder I grabbed everything 
I saw!  

The outside porch is decorated with 
two haunted trees, a cauldron, 
some melting candles and 
some white pumpkins.  These are 
all from Michael's too.  

In order to have space for a porch, I 
found a slatted sign that was a gray 
wash and glued the house to it. 

If you have lost your way, these little 
spooks will help you!  

The house itself was a kit Michael's 
had for $24, that just glued together. 

The bad part of all of this is that 
everything was here and gone in 
August.  I went to a second store to 
pick up another couch and everything 
was gone the next day.  

Here are details from the inside 
of the house I made and posted 
last year.  

The furnishings came from Hobby Lobby, 
Michael's and Etsy.  

I made quite a few bottle brush trees 
for Halloween a few years ago and 
they are all over the village and even 
inside the houses. 

As you can see, Beaulah and I have been 
having a lot of fun for Halloween, 
flying here there and everywhere.  
We are so glad we flew on over to 
Michael's before all of these fun 
things were gone.

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Thursday, October 14, 2021

Disneys Haunted Mansion Tablescape

Welcome to Disney's Haunted Mansion, 
where Grim Grinning Ghosts came out to 
socialize for two parties this week.

The inspiration for our ghostly event came 
from this picture which we have had for 
quite a few years now.  We purchased it at 
Disney World a few years ago, 
signed by Larry Dotson, 2008. 

I happened to have this hearse 
that I got at Home Goods a few years 
ago, which looks so much like the one 
in the print.  

Then I got on Amazon and found table 
runners with the pattern of the 
Haunted Mansion, and the tables all 
came together. 

Hubby and I were Maleficent and Diavol 
for both parties.  This one was for a smaller 
party of ten, for friends.  

This one was for the family and we 
seated 26. 

I got new purple chargers from Amazon 
and used my white plates and gold 
flatware.  For the smaller group I was 
able to use these twig ones.  For the
larger group I used my everyday gold 
flatware, as I have more of those. 

A neighbor had gifted me 40 of these 
huge purple water goblets, as she knows 
I love tablescaping and purple.  Her 
MIL had these and had never used them. 

They were perfect for the large crowd 
and I didn't even mind using them on 
the kid's table as we had a few to spare. 

Of course, Madam Leota had to be 
present for the Haunted Mansion. 

And large candelabras are required 
at the Haunted Mansion.

I also purchased the Haunted Mansion 
music on Itunes and we had that playing 
as background music.  It features the 
entire soundtrack from the Disney ride. 

For the family party we asked everyone 
to make a Disneyland dish, so from left 
to right we have Bengal BBQ's spicy 
beef skewers, Carnation Cafe's potato soup, 
and Ronto Wraps from Star Wars.

A Disney inspired Halloween Macaron 
topped with Green Apple Pop Rocks 
and raspberry sauce and filled with 
black (cherry flavored) ice cream - wow!

We also had a huge assortment of 
wonderful Haunted Mickey cookies. 

For the friend party we did fondues. 
We had pizza fondue and cheese fondue 
for the main dish and chocolate 
and caramel fondues for dessert. 

So pack your bags and come along on 
our Haunted Mansion ride, 

but beware of hitchhiking ghosts!

Thanks for joining our scary ride and,  
"Hurry back, hurry back!"

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