Our Pirates of the Caribbean Halloween

Our Pirates of the Caribbean Halloween


Yo, Ho, Ho!


Captain Jack Sparrow, Pirate

Captain Monk Sparrow, Pirate

…and a bottle of rum!

Brodie Dressed as a Pirate


Gordon Carved our Pirates 5, Pumpkin based on this movie…

Pirates of the Caribbean, Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017)


The Star Chart

Gordon based his pumpkin on the star chart from the movie.

(To see how he carved the pumpkin see down below near the bottom of this post.)


I, Julie, love this movie because of the character, Carina Smyth.  She’s smart, intelligent, lovely, brave, strong, and she is out to solve a mystery.  Carina Smyth is played by Kaya Scodelario.

When the movie came out on Bluray I bought it and watched it for the first time with my nephew Joseph.  He loved it!  Even naming it as one of his top 5 favorite movies.  🙂

I love anything to do with diary’s.  Especially old ones. 

Handwritten in penmanship that is so beautiful in script as well as word.

Carina and her Inherited Diary


Our Pirates of the Caribbean Halloween

We based this Halloween on our love of Pirates, Disney, and the Pirates of the Caribbean movie franchise.

Our Pirate Ship Set Sail Cocktail

Our Pirate Pork Shanks, Pirate Potatoes, and our Tack (Bread)

(Recipes Down Below Deck)


Pirates of the Caribbean, On Stranger Tides (2011)

I refer to this one as the mermaid pirates movie.

And here is our Mermaid Eggy Toast (for breakfast)

(Simple recipe:  One slice of bread, some butter/margarine in a pan, mermaid cookie cutter to cut out the center of the bread, add one egg to the center of the bread.  You can whisk the egg first.  Cook on medium heat until the egg is done.  Flip to cook the other side.)

Astrid Berges-Frisbey, as Syrena the Mermaid

This POTC installment, Pirates 4, starred Penelope Cruz as Angelica, the daughter of Blackbeard.

Here they are in pursuit of the Fountain of Youth.


Speaking of Mermaids……

If you would like to take a look at our Mermaid Betta Fish………

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We Do Love Our Pirates!


Julie and Gordon on our way to Disney’s Magic Kingdom for Halloween Fun

Me, Julie, at Disney’s Magic Kingdom,

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween

Cinderella’s Castle in the Background

Gordon and Julie



The Magic Kingdom park opens up at 4:00 p.m. for the Halloween night visitors, and closes at midnight.

So, with that, it is time for us to grab some dinner before we get started.

Gordon Outside The Harbour House Restaurant

The Harbour House Restaurant

What better to go with our Pirate/Nautical theme?  🙂

Besides, who doesn’t love Fish and Chips?


Ship’s Wheel

We do love the atmosphere here!



We literally had the entire second floor to ourselves and loved every minute of it!

Also, it rained the entire time we ate, then it cleared up just as we were leaving the restaurant.  Perfect timing!

Fish and Chips, Coleslaw, and tons of Ketchup!

(Oh, and a family did come upstairs and sat right beside us.  The entire floor is empty, and they sat right beside us!  Who does that?)

Oh, and the woman did compliment me on my bone dress so all is well.  🙂


We do love all things nautical.

Doubloons, Cartegraphs with Intrinsic Value (Treasure Maps)

FYI:  There are many wrecked ships off both coasts of Florida with treasures that have never been uncovered.  🙂  Makes you want to go diving, doesn’t it?



Pirates of the Caribbean

The Curse of the Black Pearl

The very first movie in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise starring Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Geoffrey Rush, and an excellent cast of characters, first debuted in 2003.  The movie was based on Disney’s Magic Kingdom ride, Pirates of the Caribbean.  (One of our favorite rides.)  🙂

Pirates of the Caribbean, Disney’s Magic Kingdom

This movie is the first pirate movie to ever be successful in about 50 years prior to it’s debut.  Even the actors portraying the character’s doubted it’s success until they saw the movie in it’s entirety at the movie premier and were impressed.  I believe that Keira Knightly even remarked to Orlando Bloom while they were watching it that it was actually pretty good.  🙂

The Pirates Auctioning off Women

Although this part of the ride was supposed to be removed, it is still a part of the pirate history.

We happen to be huge fans of the Pirate Movie Franchise.  My favorites, Julie, is the 1st. one, 5th. one, and the 2nd. one.  In that order.  The rest are fine, just not my favorites.

But we love the ride, always have.


Beautiful Flora and Fauna outside the ride.


The atmosphere of the ride is perfect!  All the Spanish touches here and there.

The pirate lore, the scattered rum bottles and barrels, whoever created the scenery knew what they were emulating.

Gordon and I entering the ride.

The most perfect place to wear my Bone Dress.  🙂

(p.s.  I got tons of compliments on my dress.  People would just yell out to me as I would walk by, “I LOVE your dress!”)  You know….fans.  🙂

Castillo del Morro


Walking down into the ride.

An Old Crow’s Nest


A Row of Swords


Muskets, Trunks, Barrels……


You know there had to be a canon.

A Lovely Spanish Fountain

Rum Bottles


Entering the Pirate Ride

The ride is a boat with many rows of seats that will sit about 4 adults per row.


While on the Ride……

The ride is also very dark and hard to take photos. 

But I did mange to take a few good ones.

I do love the ship!




What we loved about the Pirates of the Caribbean movie, Curse of the Black Pearl, was the fact that they took portions of the ride and included them into the movie.

This has always been a favorite scene with tourists.  The imprisoned pirates trying to coax the dog into giving them the key that he has in his mouth, so they can escape.

Captain Jack Sparrow with his Booty


When you exit the ride you emerge into the Pirates Gift Shop.

Gordon Apparently Interested in Something


We did emerge from the gift shop financially unscathed.  🙂


Skull and Crossbones at Night


Swiss Family Robinson Tree House


Most people don’t seem to care much for The Swiss Family Robinson Tree House at Disney’s Magic Kingdom.

Perhaps because the movie is before their time.  I grew up reading about, and watching the movie.  I loved it!  I thought, what an adventure!  This family forced to survive on this island and living in a tree house.  How magnificent! 

Disney’s Swiss Family Robinson

The movie was made in 1960, a year before I was born. 

It starred John Mills, Dorothy McGuire, James MacArthur, Janet Munro and several others.

It’s because of this movie that I love the Tree House.

So, why am I featuring this tree house in our Pirate Halloween? 

Well, there are pirates in the Swiss Family Robinson movie.


Gordon Climbing the Steps

I think it’s the thought of living in a tree house that makes it so exciting and appealing.




I suppose this is the Music Room.

I loved in the movie where the Robinson mom, Dorothy McGuire, played the organ and everyone danced.

In spite of their circumstances, there needs to be music, dancing and celebrating.

(I swiped this photo from online.)



Top of The Swiss Family Robinson Tree House

View From Where We Are

Jungle Lookout

Another Nice View


Headed Downward

Climbing Down the Tree House

That would be me on the bridge from The Swiss Family Robinson Tree House.



I believe this area is the Kitchen.


Swiss Family Robinson Kitchen Area

I’m wondering if I didn’t have this in mind, when Gordon and I designed this……..

Our Pirates Christmas


Gordon Carving our Pirate Ship Pumpkin


Not shown, you first need to take off the top portion on your pumpkin around the stem. Make sure you create a “notch”, that will ensure that the top will seal nicely.  Clean out the seeds keeping them for later eating. I then scrape the inside to a thinner thickness, so the light will shine through it easier.

This was a very THICK Pumpkin!


All of this Pumpkin will make an excellent soup, or pie for that matter.

The seeds are excellent roasted with some spices on them.



All this pumpkin came out of this pumpkin.

The Insides Were Used to Make Pumpkin Soup

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Gordon Carving our Pumpkin

I pick out a design that I want to do using a black and white picture and place the picture on the side of the pumpkin I think it will go best.  (You can get photos off the internet but you need to make them into black and white.  It will be easier that way.

Not shown, I then use painters’ tape to adhere the paper to the pumpkin folding it as I go removing any wrinkles in the paper.  Wrapping it around the pumpkin, so to speak


I then poke holes around the design making sure I get those corner points, so I know where to stop. When completed, I keep the picture nearby, so I have a reference when needed.

(Gordon is poking holes all around the photo.  Kind of like a graph.  You are making dots that will then be connected.  But you can make the dots as close together as possible.)

Here Gordon is using a strong light so he can see the carving better. You can place a flashlight inside the pumpkin to help illuminate your design.  Use small sharp knives to make the intricate angled cuts to remove the pumpkin skin.


Snack of Chips and Salsa Verde

You have to keep your energy up, so great snacks are a must, Thank Julie!

Remove more of the inside of the pumpkin to get a brighter look when the light shines through. Here you can also see the stars well. Just make the cut all the way through to have them shine like this.

It takes time to do this, so be patient and have fun with it!


Click Here For:  How to Carve a Pumpkin

This is an excellent place to start in learning how to carve a pumpkin. 

Start out simple, then you can get more complicated as you go.


When we thought out our Pirate Meal, what we wanted to eat, what we wanted to cook, we of course thought back to what kind of foods would pirates actually eat?  Most likely very plain food.  A piece of meat, probably some potatoes, and tack (bread.)

We knew that our cocktail would be a bit fancy, but we wanted everything else to be a bit plain.  Or rather LOOK at bit plain.



Our Pirate Ship Set Sail Cocktail!

Love the Ship’s Garnish

Also some Pirates Rum Shots


Dan Aykroyd’s Signed Vodka

I, Gordon, met Dan Aykroyd some years ago when he came to my place of employment selling/promoting his skull vodka. I waited in line for a long time, but it was well worth the wait. He was very personable, genuine, and signed my bottle and box that it came in. (I don’t think we should mention exactly where as I don’t want people readily knowing where I work.) I also bought a bottle for my son-in-law of which he signed for me as well.



2 shots Bacardi Dragonberry Rum

2 shots Bacardi Pineapple Rum

2 shots Malibu Rum

4 shots R. L. Seale’s Rum – really interesting bottle with a fingerprint burned into it.

2 Cups Tropical Mango Juice – 100% Juice with no sugar added

2 Cups Crushed Ice

R. L. Seale’s Rum – Beautiful Bottle

Making our Cocktail with some of Gordon’s Carved Wood Hannah Pirates

Gordon Creating our Pirate Cocktail

Pour 2 shots of Dragonberry Bacardi into the blender.

Now pour 2 shots of the Pineapple Bacardi into the blender.

Pour 2 shots of the Malibu Rum into the blender.

Then pour 4 shots of the R. L. Seale’s Rum into the blender.

Lastly pour 2 cups of the Tropical Mango Juice into the blender and mix all the ingredients well.

Pirates Guarding the Blender

Slice the Red Pear in half



1 Red Pear – sliced into quarters and remove the core and seeds

1 Orange – sliced large enough to use the skin as sails, removing the fruit

1 Lemon – sliced large enough to use the skin as sails, removing the fruit

8 Wooden skewers – 2 for each garnish

Remove the core and seeds as shown.

Slice the orange in half, then in half again as shown.

Remove the orange from the peel.

Do the same with the lemon.

Place your two wooden skewers into the Red Pear slice as shown.

Place the orange peel on the skewer where the thicker part of the pear is or back of the ship forming a sail.

Do the same with the lemon, but place it on the front skewer as shown creating the front sail.


Our Pirate Dinner

Red Cabbage with Apple was a nice addition to the Pork Shanks.


Pirate Pork Shanks

Pork Shanks


4 smoked pork shanks

Aluminum Foil – 1 large sheet

Roasted Garlic Powder

Onion Powder

Grill Mates Montreal Steak Seasoning


Pepper to taste… NO SALT


Remove the pork shanks from the package…

Place the Pork Shanks onto some aluminum foil, on a baking sheet.

Sprinkle about ½ Tbsp of Roasted Garlic powder onto the shanks.

Now, do the same with the Onion Powder about ½ Tbsp.

Now, add your Steak Seasoning using again about ½ Tbsp.

Then add ½ Tbsp of your Paprika.

Here you can see that the pork shanks are well-seasoned.

Give them a few good grinds of fresh pepper.

Lastly add about 2 to 3 Tbsp’s of water… this will help to disperse the seasonings throughout the meat and add to moistening the pork.

Close the foil tightly creating a seal, so as not to allow the steam to escape.

Place the sealed pouch into a preheated 375’F oven for 20 to 25 min. or until the shanks are heated through and some of the fat has rendered off.

When ready to serve, remove the pouch from the oven keeping aware of the steam inside the pouch while you open it.


Pirates Potatoes

Red, Gold, and Blue Potatoes

In deciding what would go well with our Pirate Pork Shanks we decided on these potatoes. 

They are very easy to make, tasty too.  You just want to line a baking sheet with a long strip of foil.  Long enough to drape over them as they bake.  Making a sealed pouch.

First wash the potatoes to remove any dirt, then use a knife and poke a few holes in each potato.  Throw in a few garlic cloves, as many as you like.  Some pats of butter/margarine.  Sprinkle with some salt and freshly ground black pepper.  You can also add a few spices if you like.  Here we added some dill.  Also add a little bit of water just to keep things moist.  Not much, just sprinkle about a tablespoon or two all around.


Now, seal the foil over top of the potatoes and bake in a 350F oven for about 25 minutes or so.  When you can insert a fork into the potatoes then you know they are done.  Also you want to garlic cloves to be nice and soft.

Enjoy with your Pirate’s Pork Shanks


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Jose’s Tank

Jose Gaspars tank_small Joses sunken ship_small

Jose Gaspar’s Sunken Pirate Ship and Booty

(We are probably the only people that place “fish tank accessories” on the outside of the bowl.)

We have a “fin friendly” tank with lots of sand, instead of rocks, and little hiding places that won’t scratch off and damage his fins.   Jose does like to dive into his cave sometimes, and he even will sleep on the bottom on the sand.  This environment will help his fins to grow back and be beautiful again.

our jose gaspar_small

Jose Gaspar’s Pirate Battle Scars


RIP Monk

We miss you today, always, and forever.


We hope you have enjoyed our Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean Halloween.

Tis time to weigh anchors and hoist the mizzen!  Batten down the hatches!  Tis time to sail into the beyond….

Sail Ho!

Seadog Gordon, and his Wench Julie