Halloween Fun in the Time of Covid

Stella, my owl pumpkin

Fated to be a darling delight
Sweet owl shares a wisdom so bright

that she is blissfully unaware of her insight
Colorful fiesta greeting throughout the night
Not at all bothered by her short height!

Thanks, Mr.A for this Halloween Blogtober tag! Halloween is over, but this serves as a pleasant distraction from the election.

(,,◕ ⋏ ◕,,) RULES (˼●̙̂ ̟ ̟̎ ̟ ̘●̂˻)

  • Thank the blogger who tagged you and link their post
  • Put the rules after an introduction, then answer the 13 questions
  • Tag 13 more bloggers to participate in the game
  • Use these same Halloween questions, or create new ones of your own

What’s your favorite thing about October or Halloween?
I love October Poetry Writing Month! I always learn new poetry styles and love experimenting with techniques. Didn’t get a chance to fit that in this year, but maybe some other time. I love pumpkin spiced lattes, decorations, costumes, and beautiful fall weather!

How much do you spend on Halloween?
Typically $20 USD for a pumpkin, treats, and materials to make a costume.

What do you think the average person spends on Halloween goodies & does it match what you spend?
In my neighborhood, they go all out spending anywhere from $500-$1000 for decorations, candy, party supplies, and costumes. So no, it doesn’t match what I spend at all! 😉 My neighbors love to organize as a group and create a spooky vibe for the trick-or-treaters. There’s always something new every year. Covid really changed things, but there were drive-thru options.

Does social media influence how much you decorate for Halloween, causing you to spend more?
Interesting question! There’s so much power in suggestion! I personally don’t spend more, but it does give me ideas to improvise.

Do you buy or create your Halloween costumes and what was your favorite costume so far?
Both, depending on the season! I loved dressing up as a ghostly Little Bo Peep and a Renaissance lady!

Share a trick you have played on someone at Halloween.
I’ve never played a trick on someone, but I had plenty play a trick on me. There was a time a boy gripped my ankle from a hole he dug in his parents front yard as I was passing by! Another time, a neighbor told me that I should head over to a particular house because the owners give big candy bars. I arrived at the residence only to be scared by a guy dressed up as Jason handling a chainsaw!

Do you have a favorite Halloween treat?
Butterfinger chocolate bar!

What is something you can do with a pumpkin once Halloween is over?
Stick it in the compost bin! Roast the seeds and season it with soy sauce! Grow another pumpkin from the seeds.

Do you consider pumpkin a fruit or a vegetable?
Fruit because a pumpkin has seeds! Vegetable because it grows on a vine! Vruit-Fegetable! 😉

What is the scariest food you’ve ever eaten?
Balut, a fertilized duck egg delicacy. You can learn more about it here. When I was a kid, I didn’t give it too much thought, and it always tasted delicious! Nowadays, I just can’t do it anymore. I just can’t. It feels wrong.

Do you have a favorite Halloween drink?
So, there’s this drink that I have dubbed the “Eyeball drink” based on how it looks! In reality, those “eyes” are actually basil seeds. It’s an incredibly, yummy sweet drink with gelatin pieces.

People usually spend money on Halloween, but have you ever made money related to this holiday?
Well, there was a time when one of my neighbors ran out of candy, so he pulled out his wallet and gave us cash instead! And…another time where my cousin really enjoyed the party I hosted, and she slipped a $50 bill in my purse.

Have you ever read Frankenstein by Mary Shelley or another frightening book?
I read Frankenstein as freshman student in college as part of the summer reading club. I also read a couple of vampire books to get me in the frightening mood. 🙂

I tag:

Happy belated Halloween!

12 Comments Add yours

  1. Paula Light says:

    Thanks for the tag. Butterfinger bars are great! 😋

    Liked by 1 person

    1. theresaly520 says:

      Aren’t they? I think next year’s Great Blogging Bake-Off, I’ll try to make a cheesecake or some other dessert with Butterfinger! 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Sadje says:

    Thanks for the tag Sa.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. theresaly520 says:

      You’re welcome, Sadje. It’s a bit late, but something to think about! 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Sadje says:

        It is not late but I don’t celebrate Halloween and am not aware of many of its traditions.

        Liked by 1 person

        1. theresaly520 says:

          Oh, I see! No worries. I apologize if it’s offensive. There’s a variety of aspects to its traditions. Some are family-friendly like trick or treating and pumpkin carving. Others are religious observations such as lighting a candle for those martyrs and saints who have passed away. Some traditions are also dark and spooky.

          Liked by 1 person

          1. Sadje says:

            No not offensive at all. Just that I won’t be able to do justice to it. It’s something I’ve watched but never participated in. Thanks for the tag.


  3. Mr. A says:

    Uy! Balut! Very Filipino! 😅

    Liked by 1 person

    1. theresaly520 says:

      🙂 Yeah, just realized it was a Filipino dish! They sell those eggs in many of the oriental markets here in the states.


  4. Seoul Sister says:

    I love the pumpkin very creative to use the seeds.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. theresaly520 says:

      😊🧡 Thanks, Judy! She was fun to carve this year!


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