This is Halloween



This is Halloween, this is Halloween. Halloween! Halloween! Halloween! Halloween!

Don't mind me, just getting in the spirit with some Tim Burton in the background because it's Halloween Week! In honor of the greatest time of year, I have brought you a very special and extra long Halloween post. So grab your kettle corn + PSL and get ready to indulge in Feather + Steele's very first Halloween post!


This post is for all of you who are wanting to delve into your spooky nature and spend this Halloween week doing everything and anything Halloween!

I'm making sure to cover all of the Halloween bases: food, dranks, crafts, costumes, and celebrations. Keep on reading to find out more!

This year, I was so late on planning out my costume and therefore my costume became "whatever was currently in my closet." I know that everyone and their mother is going as Wednesday Addams this year, but not everyone has the time to be super creative and be Hocus Pocus for Halloween. So, don't judge me!

If you're interested in what my version of the costume is, check out the photos below!




I'm definitely one of those people who thinks of their fur-baby as their child. So, you know Torchy (my cat) has a costume. Since it's his very first Halloween, he's going as an adorable pumpkin
{You may judge me for this one}

Disclaimer: my cat hates costumes just as much as he hates pictures ... needless to say there were many treats and only two good pictures.



If you are stuck on what to do for Halloween, try something different and go to an event or festival for Dia de los Muertos! Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is actually on November 2nd but some festivals may actually celebrate this day earlier. Day of the Dead is a time for celebration and also a memorial of loved ones and family who have passed away. 

In San Antonio, there is a festival downtown called Muertos Fest. I wanted to go to this last year but made it to the venue to late, so this year I was determined to arrive early and take in all that is Muertos Fest.

















One of the best parts of this festival was all of the performances that I got to see.

Some of the performers that I was able to watch were:


Zombie Bazaar

Zombie Bazaar

Zombie Bazaar


Girl in a Coma

Los de este Noche

Sugar Skulls

Sugar Skulls

If you get the chance, definitely check out a Day of the Dead celebration near you!

This year has been so busy that I didn't have the most time and energy to decorate for the holiday, but I always have time for some DIY decor.

I scrounged Pinterest for the perfect Halloween craft and found a fabulous post by Kathy Woodard (aka The Budget Decorator) that combined my undying love of candles and Halloween!


All you need is:


Glue
Tea Candles
Candle Holders
Lace

1. Measure out the amount of lace you want around your candle holder {I planned on only making 3 candles and a yard of lace was enough for at least 4 candles.}

2. Apply your craft glue to the outer side of the candle holder. I would recommend turning the candle holder upside down.


3. Adhere the lace to the candle holder.


TA-DA you now have chic + spoopy candles!


I wanted to get more into the Halloween spirit so I researched some scary-good cocktails to concoct. 

Some of my favorites were posted by none other than Refinery 29.

One that especially caught my eye was the mulled wine recipe. I changed it up a little bit and renamed it: Poison Apple Cider.


Ingredients:


1 Bottle of Red Wine
2 Oranges
1 Apple
.25 C. Whole Cloves
1 Tbsp. Ground Cloves
.5 Tsp. Cinnamon
3 C. Apple Cider

1. Slice off a thin piece of an orange to create a small moon shape/garnish for your drink. Stick the whole cloves periodically into the skin of your orange slice. {Side Note: did anyone else put whole cloves in your oranges when you were younger as an old-school diy air freshener? No? Just me? Okay, cool...} Then, cut the rest of your oranges and apple into slices.


2. Pour your apple cider into a medium-large sized pot. Throw in your ground cloves, cinnamon and fruit into the pot. Cook for 10 minutes over medium-low heat. Afterwards, let your potion steep for at least 1 hour.


3. Add the entire bottle of wine to the pot and let it simmer over low heat for 10 minutes. Remove your orange and apple slices and keep your poison apple cider warm on the stove. Serve in the goblet of your choosing and enjoy responsibly.


To quench my remaining Halloween cravings, I decided to venture into Halloween-themed snacks!

My favorite recipe was by Gina Homolka (author of the blog Skinny Taste). Her boo-nana popsicles were the perfect combination of cuteness and deliciousness!


Ingredients:


Bananas
White Chocolate
Popsicle Sticks
Chocolate Chips

When I was younger I always thought that brown spots on bananas meant that they were too rotten to eat. Later, I learned that bananas with a few spots meant that they actually taste sweeter. If you're planning on making these the same day as your ingredients' purchases, I would suggest finding bananas that are very ripe and don't shy away from a few brown spots.

1. Cut the bananas in half lengthwise then in half again to make 4 quarters and stick popsicles into the bananas and chill until they become hard.


2. Melt your white chocolate and dip the bananas one at a time into the chocolate. Place the bananas on a cookie sheet and quickly add the chocolate chips for eyes.


3. Return your bananas to the freezer until frozen and ready to eat. 
Enjoy your frozen treats!



I hope your Halloween is ghoultastic!

Let me know what some of your Halloween plans are and some ways you like to keep your October 31st interesting!

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