Halloween 2018 – Norden Edition

Halloween is, well not my favorite holiday. There’s something about the gloominess of Halloween that just isn’t my cup of tea. Scary, gory, darkness – no thanks. However, my son loves Halloween so I have always tried to make it a point to make it a big deal in our house despite my own (unpopular) opinion. Unfortunately, this year I failed a little bit and didn’t want to deal with the hassle of decorating the inside of the house so only the front yard got done this time.


We spent a Sunday afternoon watching Beetle Juice and carving pumpkins.

I was participating in a zombie pumpkin carving contest at work so we found some stencils on this website.

The zombie pumpkin was done by my husband and it looked kinda crazy in the light but turned out pretty awesome when it was dark. I did the Jack & Sally pumpkin.

This was the first time we tried out using a drill to clean out the pumpkins –

I was responsible for bringing in some sides for a work potluck (and in case you’ve missed my other blogs – I am FAR from a chef) 😉 I decided I would make Italian Pasta Salad with homemade dressing. I have to admit, I was pretty proud of how it turned out, and even more excited when the dish was almost COMPLETELY gone when I went to get the bowl out of the fridge to bring home. 🙂

Ingredients I used were:h
  • Rotini pasta
  • Fresh mozzarella cheese pearls 
  • Chopped Salami
  • Sliced black olives
  • Diced red onion 
  • Cherry tomatoes 
  • Fresh parsley leaves (chopped)
  • Grated Parmesan cheese
  • Sliced peppercinis
For the dressing:
  • Olive oil
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Dried parsley flakes
  • Dried minced onion
  • Fresh lemon juice
  • Dried basil
  • Dried oregano leaves
  • Garlic salt
  • Sugar
  • Black pepper


I also attempted to make a veggie tray to look like a pumpkin. Unfortunately, the tray I had on hand wasn’t as large as I would have liked but it still turned okay.

I also had every intention of making mummy jalapeno poppers and deviled eggs to look like pumpkins.. but eventually caved and realized I simply didn’t have the time. I ended up buying baked beans and potato salad from the grocery store deli the night before the potluck, haha. Maybe next year 😉

Over the last few years it has become a tradition for us to put the projector outside and put a movie on the garage. This year we did Coco and one of the little trick or treaters came dressed as Coco – so cute! He was simply in awe! It’s fun to see how excited kids get about the movie and jumping around in front of the garage screen pretending to be in the movie.

Cameron dressed as a “teenage werewolf” and invited his friend Taryn over to trick or treat with us. 🙂

Last December, our friend Jenni moved into the neighborhood so this was her first Halloween here. We tried to warn her about just how many trick or treaters we get but it didn’t take long before she ran out of candy and walked over to help us. 🙂

One of our family traditions that has developed over the last couple years is to have stuffed bell peppers for dinner on Halloween! My husband cuts them to look like jack-o-lanterns and they are so good! 🙂

We always pass out candy (duh!), but we also started passing out glow sticks (we stole the idea from my cousin Tina!). However, we always run out early and we have a ton of little ones in our neighborhood so this year I decided to add mini play-dough, make your own pumpkin stickers, and glow in the dark fingers/teeth to the mix. They were a HIT!


I hope everyone had a happy and safe Halloween and I can’t wait to see what Halloween 2019 brings!

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