Wednesday 8 November 2023

31 Days of Halloween: Day 31

It's the big day! Wow! I can't believe it's been a whole month... because it feels more like years. Can anyone actually remember when I started celebrating Halloween? I know I said I was going to do it properly this year, but I think I may have gone above and beyond. Anyway... here's what we got up to on the actual day itself.

Pumpkin and Ginger Tea Bread

The perfect Halloween breakfast.

Samhain Tea

Samhain Tea break! Chai with ginger, cinnamon, orange and clove (with pumpkin sprinkles) from Raven Mystic!

Ghost Pumpkin Frappuccino

Work meeting in Starbucks. So... Ghost Pumpkin Frappuccino it is then. Lot going on in this one. Lot going on.

Halloween Dinner

Halloween Dinner at my mother-in-law's... Potato Pie followed by Pumpkin Pie. So much pie! And ghosts!

31 Halloween Films: Death Line

We brought one of the films on our list round to my mother-in-law's to watch tonight. MIND THE DOORS!

Tuesday 7 November 2023

31 Days of Halloween: Day 30

Thought I'd take advantage of a sort-of day off to do some Halloween cooking to use up leftover veg before our next delivery. I think I went a bit overboard. There were no clean spoons left in my house. No spoons at all. But there was some nice seasonal food.

Pumpkin and Pepper Soup

I called this Pumpkin and Pepper Soup, because there were four different types of pepper in it! Red pepper, green pepper, a little bit of chilli and quite a bit of black pepper. Plus pumpkin, of course.

Apple and Pear Crumble Cake

I don't want to sound too arrogant, but I think this might be the greatest cake anyone has ever made.

Halloween Notebook

New notebook!

31 Days of Halloween: Day 29

A slightly quieter day today, but still chock-full of Halloween goodness!

Samhain Forest Bathing

Just perfect Samhain forest bathing session this afternoon with Natalie Rossiter Wellbeing, finding beauty in decay, sycamore for protection and messages in the trees, then soul cakes, mulled apple juice and reflection by the fire.

Autumn Charm

One of the things we did on today's Samhain forest bathing was to make up our own plant folklore. The idea of let-go leaves and holly to prevent the holding of grudges seemed particularly apt, so I collected some up and made myself a little autumn charm.

Halloween Cupcakes

Halloween cupcakes!

31 Halloween Films: Resident Evil

Back to our film list this afternoon, and the random number generator has decreed that we are watching Resident Evil this evening!

Halloween Dinner

We had our traditional Halloween Dinner tonight... Pumpkin and Sausage Casserole!

Halloween Gifts

And after dinner, we exchanged our traditional Halloween gifts... the final two whiskies for our seasonal tasting sets that we'll have in December.

31 Halloween Films: Dracula: Prince of Darkness

There is a small chance we won't make it through all of our list by the end of October, but for tonight, we have Dracula: Prince of Darkness.

Sunday 5 November 2023

31 Days of Halloween: Day 28

Very big day today, with several outfit changes. So much Halloween. So much.

Bailey’s Wood Halloween Litter-Pick

It was the Friends of Bailey's Wood Halloween Fancy Dress Litter-Pick in the woods today. So I went dressed as... Bailey's Wood.

Hannah’s Bookshelf Halloween Special

This afternoon, it was the Hannah's Bookshelf Halloween Special on North Manchester FM, when I played the shortlisted stories for this year's 3 Minute Scares competition (and revealed the winner, of course). As is tradition, I was in fancy dress for the show, and I decided to go monochrome this time.

British Library Weird Fiction Subscription

I've signed up for a monthly British Library Tales of the Weird subscription, and the first one arrived this weekend. It's The House on the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson! (Can't promise my hair will match the cover for every month though!)

Halloween Dinner

Halloween dinner with my parents tonight... autumnal stew and dumplings, followed by apple cake.

31 Halloween Film: Urban Legend


Saturday 4 November 2023

31 Days of Halloween: Day 27

I had a day off today (partly to catch up with my sleep after all the events this week!). Plenty of time for Halloween stuff in the evening though!

Library After Hours

We had an amazing evening at Chetham's Library tonight for a Library After Hours tour. Love this place!

Fancy Dress Cluedo

Fancy Dress Cluedo is back for the third year! Woohoo! And the third year of me having to Google how to tie a cravat!

31 Days of Halloween: Day 26

Today was a long day. And even though there was only one Halloween event, it was a big one (and one I've been looking forward to/nervous about) since we came up with the idea at the end of the summer.

A Nightmare on Nelson Street

Tonight was A Nightmare on Nelson Street, our Halloween event at the Pankhurst Centre. I led visitors on a spooky walk up Nelson Street, sharing weird history stories (including bodysnatching, a medical museum, and a surprising story about the past life of 62 Nelson Street), then we came back to the Pankhurst Centre for hot cocoa and Tales of the Spookiest Suffragettes!

Wednesday 1 November 2023

31 Days of Halloween: Day 25

Today was a very big day, with three separate (and very different) events on the cards. We also did some festive stuff at home afterwards, as we moved into the final week of celebrating.

Crumpsall Park Halloween Story Walk

I led another Halloween Story Walk this morning, this time for Friends of Crumpsall Park. This was such a fun event to do - loved working with the kids to come up with a spooky story about the park. The Crumpsall kids did come to a different conclusion than the Blackley kids on Monday though... they decided I must be the werewolf! One of the kids drew a picture of me as a witch, being transformed into a werewolf by a tornado and it's my absolute favourite thing.

Castlerea Halloween Film Afternoon

We had our annual Halloween Film Afternoon at Castlerea Care Home this afternoon. This year we watched Frankenstein Created Woman, with spooky movie snacks of course. I also did my traditional dramatic reading of 'The Raven' for the housemates (with audience participation)!

Green Quarter Weird History Walk

I led a Halloween weird history walk for GRUB MCR tonight, taking walkers from Angel Meadow to Red Bank and telling tales of bodysnatching, swimming baths, ragged schools and railways along the way.

Samhain Candle

We lit our Samhain candle from Chalice Creations tonight. Rose, sandalwood and orange to scent the season.

Pumpkin Lantern

Rob carved our pumpkin lantern tonight! And what a fine lantern he is too!

Little Gem Squash

Another lovely recipe for our Groobarbs Autumn Squash Box... South African Style Baked Little Gem Squash!

31 Halloween Films: Saw

Tonight's film from our Halloween list was the one we were sort of thinking would come up last Saturday! But it was so good to watch Saw again after seeing Saw X!