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The Best of Halloween

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

Hello, Darlings.  I have been most busy at home with costumes and decorations for the big Halloween holiday on Saturday.  So, not much cooking – there’s nowhere to eat with everything all over the dining room table.

But I wanted to bring you something cool to get you started for your own Halloween celebration. You’ve bought the candy, yes?  Good candy? Not candy corn and Werther’s Originals, right?  We’ve got Tootsie Rolls, Baby Ruth, Snickers, 3 Musketeers, Milky Way, Milk Duds, Hershey Bars, 100 Grand Bar and Crunch bars.  So I think we’re set.  Weren’t you disappointed by the houses that gave out lame candy? Why bother? No Dum Dums, either. You might as well turn out your lights and go get a beer.

I’m sure you got the good stuff.  How about decorations?  Here’s some photos from our house to yours:

She crash landed on our middle column – but missed the first one?

Something super spooky for the older kids

My adorable mice and spider pumpkin
idea courtesy of Martha Stewart

Ohh, spooky and sparkly!

Side of the porch

Front door fun

Those are my decorations, but out there in blogland there are some truly astounding ideas.  Here are a few that I really loved.

First, from Matt Bites , are these stupendous candy apples to go with a holiday cocktail. Could you die over these wine glasses?

Professionally spooky!
Photo by Matt Armendariz

Go check out his unbelievably cool site for all the info.

This next site made me clap my hands with joy.  She is the Un-Martha at Not Martha .  This dinner idea was just too much. I am so making this next year.

Creepy, cheesy meatloaf!!

This site is my new blog crush. You have to see how she did this. Don’t you just love it?

And from Not Martha to Martha.  Remember those Monster Fingers I made?  Here is what they are supposed to look like.  I might be more Not Martha than Not Martha.

Click here for all the ghoulish details from Martha

What about your costume?  Mine is ready to go and Eric’s is almost finished!  A couple of places that should be able to overnight you the goods if you waited too long: is a fantastic source. They have a ton of costumes left (I checked for you) and are able to overnight them so you can be awesome on Saturday.

Spirit is a cool place with pop up stores just for the season.  When I visited the store earlier this week they were very patient and helpful and had just a ton of insanely wild stuff.

Here in Atlanta we are dressing up to give out candy to the kids from 5 – 8 pm, then off we go to a couple of really spectacular parties before heading back to our neighborhood party til the wee hours.

You know I will reveal our costumes on Sunday morning.

Happy Haunting, my dearies!!

xoxo, Patti

Special Note:  I will be cooking with Lisa at Cabbagetown Market tomorrow. I will be making the special – Dilled Chicken Salad. Come see us!