Halloween Haiku Challenge 2021 Winner

Congratulations to DeAnna Hammersley who submitted the winning haiku in the Halloween Haiku Challenge 2021!

Halloween Haiku Challenge 2021 Winning Haiku

DeAnna won the Halloween Icons Prize Pack, which includes an unsigned copy of Elvira’s new book, Halloween face masks, Halloween dish towels, a pair of candy corn socks, Halloween notepad, and Stay Spooky card.

Here are the results of winning runner-up haiku. Each will receive some Halloween stickers and small buttons.

2nd Place: Gary Blackwell aka Gaxthewonderpigeon


Silent as the grave
Moon beam loud, shrieking banshee
Death makes room for you

3rd Place(tie): Barbecue 17

Octobers Last Night
Awaiting the Great Pumpkin
November’s chill comes

3rd Place(tie): Ava Harrison

The spirits rise up
Humans run away and scream
The bedlam begins

I will directly contact winners to get mailing details. Please do not post personal information here or on social media.


Thank you so very much to everyone who participated in Halloween Haiku Challenge 2021. Choosing a winner is always such a hard decision, since there were some fabulous haiku. I’m amazed and inspired by everyone.

Wishing you all happy holidays!

Poe Sundays

Happy Halloween Sunday! On this last day in October, we pay tribute to Master of Macabre, Edgar Allan Poe.

You can read the entire poem here: https://poestories.com/read/raven

Fun Fact: After being first turned down by a publisher friend, Poe sold the Raven poem to The American Review for $9. Subsequent publishings followed and even made Poe famous, but the man received little financial success.

My Favorite Vintage Halloween Ads

**This was the planned post for Throwback Thursday, but real life problems kept me away from computer. Sincerest apologies.**

Let’s visit the amazing yesteryears of Vintage Halloween advertising.

Jell-O Vintage ad circa 1920s

Jell-O has been around for a long time and was big into promoting its brand during the holidays. This is one of my favorites because it includes this awesome Hallowe’en poem.

Colgate ad circa 1920s

Another favorite from Colgate because of the Hallowe’en poem. Note the use of the old spelling of Hallowe’en, which dropped the apostrophe over the years.

Edison Phonograph ad circa 1920s

“No amusement of modern times equals it.” If makers only knew how successful their product would be. Phonographs were instrumental in helping Halloween become one of the biggest holidays in American history,, if for no more reason than their popularity at parties.

These ads reflect the dark orange and black style, which was popular back in the 1930-1940s.

Curtiss Candy Company owned Baby Ruth and Butterfinger among many others, when it was bought out by Standard in 1964, who later merged with Nabisco in 1981. Nabisco then sold off Curtiss brands to Nestlé in the 1990.

Brach’s has been making candy since 1904. They’re most famous for Candy Corn, but once upon a time, Brach’s was the go-to candy store for Halloween goodies. Their ads were simply amazingly drool-worthy, appealing to both adults and kids. Look at all that candy!

Speaking of adults, with Halloween parties all the rage well into the 1950s, beer makers made some nifty ads for Halloween.

During the 1950s, some ads featured lots of graphics and were quite wordy. What some may consider serious advertising fails today, make for some awesome vintage Halloween ads.

Crayola ad circa 1950s
Scotch Tape ad circa 1950s
7-Minit Fluffy Frosting ad circa 1950s

7-Minit was owned by 6 O’Clock Foods, Inc. and that’s about the only history we know about either.

More random vintage Halloween candy ads circa 1940s-1960s

It’s always been fashionable to make punch bowls outta pumpkins!

Sunkist Fruit Punch Halloween ads circa 1960s

Back in the day, people could trust drinking and eating right there on the front porch.

Kool Aid Halloween ad circa 1964

Okay, I’ll admit, I only love this ad because of the Headless Horseman. Is this too scary for advertising? Some might think so. People don’t like reminders of violence and disembodied heads is about as gruesome as it gets. Absolutely my favorite! BWAHAHAHAHA….

M&Ms Pumpkin Patch Mix candy ad circa 2007

Happy Halloween!

Friday Fright Nightcaps – Frankenstein’s Martini

It’s Frankenstein Friday! Last day in October is always dedicated to the mad scientist and his big badass monster. Today, we toast Mary Shelley’s brilliant gothic horror with a variation of a sour-apple vodka martini, called Frankenstein’s Martini.

Frankenstein’s Martini by HalloweenKristy

INGREDIENTS:

2 oz sour apple mix
2 oz vodka
1 oz pineapple juice
Splash of real lime juice

Mix all items well in a cocktail shaker and pour over ice, or not. I like my cocktails chilled like the dead.

Frankenstein’s Martini ingredients by HalloweenKristy

I wish I knew a potion to instantly fill my empty bottles. I drank the last of my sour apple mix experimenting on this recipe!

Frankenstein’s Martini by HalloweenKristy

OCTOBER-OVER

🎃Carve a pumpkin
🎃Read a ghost story
🎃Watch a spooky movie
Make some Halloween art
🎃Create a Halloween playlist
🎃Put a Halloween decoration on the front porch
🎃Visit a Cemetery or graveyard
🎃Pick out a Halloween costume
🎃Make a Halloween themed cocktail
🎃Bake a spooky treat
🎃Make candied apples
🎃Drink some apple cider
🎃Write a spooky haiku
🎃Take a walk at night to look at your neighbor’s Halloween yard decorations and lights

Poe Sundays

On Sundays, we celebrate the Master of Macabre, Edgar Allan Poe

Fun Fact: Readers of the day were so horrified by the story’s violence, they complained to the editor of the Messenger, the first magazine to publish Berenice. Poe himself later removed 4 paragraphs of text, thus, many early publishings are missing the detailed heinous act of Poe’s story.

Poe was angry at being forced to self-censor his own work, believing a story should be judged solely by how many copies it sold.


You can read Berenice in its entirety here:
https://poestories.com/read/berenice

Sinister Saturday: Mummy Pizza Heads

We’re back with another great kid-friendly recipe for working parents on Halloween night.
The only sad thing about Halloween is how fast the day goes by. You’re working, cleaning, doing errands, running around getting the costumes together, trick-or-treating starts at sundown, but wait, the kids are hungry… Now, you could let them eat candy for dinner, that’s what a proper witch would do…or you could be a somewhat responsible parent and actually make a meal, behold the ancient power of Mummy Pizza Heads!


INGREDIENTS:

Pillsbury Grand Flaky Layer Biscuits
1 Mozzarella slice
1 tbsp of Pizza sauce
Choose your own pizza toppings

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Start by following the baking instructions of Bake Pillsbury Grand Flaky Layer Biscuits but only bake on cookie sheet or pizza pan for half the time (about 8 mins)
  2. Remove from oven and add mozzarella cheese slice, pepperoni slices (or desired pizza toppings), and1 spoonful of pizza sauce on the top of the biscuits
  3. Put pan back in the oven and cook for the remainder of time or until biscuits are golden brown
  4. Garnish with olives for eyes and face
Mummy Pizza Heads with pepperoni

Throw in a nice garden salad and call it a night. This recipe is super easy, super fast, and super fun for kids to make and to eat. If your kids are older, you can call them Bloody Mummy Pizza Heads and yes, the ingredients are premade cuz that’s how we roll around here. If you’re not cool with that, go ahead, knock yourself out and make something from scratch, be sure to send us the recipe. For the rest of us, we got more time for trick-or-treating!

Happy Halloween!