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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Halloween Blogfest: Kate Hill


Countdown to Halloween

Planning starts weeks ahead. It’s a search for recipes that include seasonal fruits and vegetables as well as some gross and funny dishes to fit the holiday mood. Pumpkin pie, apple crisp and cookies are yearly treats that are always delicious and fun to make.

Decorations are next. Unwrapping old decorations is comforting and pleasurable. Then there’s the new ones that were purchased last year during the post-holiday sales. Ghost and pumpkin candles, jars labeled as magical potions, spider webs and window decorations are taken out of their packaging and transform a normal house into an enchanted one. Let’s not forget the traditional Halloween village that gets assembled on the coffee table. Every year at least one new piece is added. Most are purchased from the Halloween section of the local craft store, while others are made by family members, such as the clay sea monster that guards the paper lake in the center of the village.

Once the decorations are up and the food is planned, work starts on the costumes. It’s surprising the costumes that can be created from articles in the closet. Cut out leaves of red, orange and gold fabric sewn onto a basic black shirt and gloves make a perfect garment for an autumn wizard. An elegant enchantress might wear dangly jewelry, a flowing dress and a feathered mask.

Halloween approaches. The night before almost all the food is prepared. Halloween morning is a great time for carving pumpkins. That evening, when trick-or-treaters arrive, smiling jack-o-lanterns are waiting to greet them.

It’s finally here. Delicious food. Funny, scary or sexy costumes. Cool decorations. Family and friends.

That’s what Halloween is about.

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About the Author: Kate Hill is a vegetarian New Englander who loves writing romantic fantasies. When she's not working on her books, Kate enjoys reading, working out, and researching vampires and Viking history. You can visit her online at and Also visit Kate’s Halloween page at


Stephanie Suesan Smith, Ph.D. said...

My girlfriend's favorite holiday is Halloween and she has Halloween shirts for every day in October. Sounds like you and she have a lot in common about that day.

Anonymous said...

I always liked fall cooking best (but not the Halloween recipes that look like gruesome severed body parts, ick)!


Mountain Laurel said...

My daughter's favorite holiday is also Halloween. She decorates and plans and cooks and goes all out, but I cannot blame her...I am a bit of a Halloween fanatic myself! Thanks for sharing!

SheriV said...

Halloween and Fall are my favorite. I blame my love of pumpkin pie.

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Debby said...

My kids are grown and so we do not as much into Halloween as we used to. This is the second year,there may not be a Halloween with the storms.
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Jean MP said...

What with the storm that went through our part yesterday, Halloween has been somewhat tamped down this year.
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CharliDenae said...

Halloween is my favorite! I love all the holidays but there's just something so awesome about Halloween. The weather, the smell of burning leaves, the scary stories, the spooky decorations... not to mention all the goodies!! I hope you had a fun one!

Renegadewolf said...

I love Halloween. It's always so much fun to see all the little kids dressed up :). I love to dress up to pass out candy, we always do candy and lightsticks so the kids love us.

Renegadewolf said...

I love Halloween and seeing all the little kids dressed up for trick or treating. :)

Kate Hill said...

Hello! I'm sorry to be late checking in, but I lost Internet access for a few days this week due to the storm.

Stephanie, your friend does sound a lot like me. LOL! I have silver spider jewelry I love to wear all year round.

LOL, vitajex! My mother won't try most of my nasty recipes, but the regular autumn ones she likes as well. :-)

Mountain Laurel, it Sounds like you and your daughter enjoy Halloween too!

SheriV, pumpkin pie is delicious!

Debby, you're right about storms falling on Halloween lately.

Jean, the same thing happened to me. Lots of planning and we've ended up postponing our family party.

I agree completely, Charli! There's nothing quite like Halloween.

I love seeing the costumes, too, Renegadewolf. Where I live now, it's heavily wooded so unfortunately we don't get as many trick or treaters as we used to.