Halloween X-tras

Halloween X-tras

Happy Halloween

I am a big fan of all things Halloween, and we do have many Halloween posts for you to look at, but sometimes I’ve got a small Halloween project, or idea, or photo of this and that, and I never have anywhere to put it.  So, now they will all have a home here.

My most favorite holiday is Halloween because it is the only holiday we have that is just plain FUN!

Welcome, I do hope you won’t get SCARED off as I fill this post with all things Halloween Extra.


I’ll be your host.  My name is Ghoulie.

Right this way……

My Ghostly Purse

The Maddest of Hatters, and the Ghostly Bride

(Do you recognize the ghosts from Disney’s Magic Kingdom, The Haunted Mansion?)


How about a Halloween Christmas Tree? 

Or a Christmas Halloween Tree?

I like it!!  🙂


The Witches

Sitting on some Cookbooks

My friend Trish who died a few years ago sent me these witches before she died.  Whenever I see them I think of her.  Of course, I think of her all the time anyway.

I think it funny that when I originally met her she didn’t care at all for Halloween.  But my love of Halloween changed her mind and she started to get into the holiday.  When she was last here she was buying up some Halloween decorations to take back to New Zealand.  She knew how much I loved the holiday and last sent me these lovely witchy women.  🙂


Vivien, Lola and a Friend, Halloween in Ireland

Our nieces on Halloween.  Just wanted to share.  🙂


Halloween CLUE’S



The Walking Dead

Who doesn’t love scary CLUE’S?


Making a Halloween Hair Clip

When I made reservations for Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights, I knew that I wanted to wear something a bit Halloweeny in my hair so I set about looking online trying to find the right hair accessory.  I couldn’t find anything that I liked that was for sale.  I saw examples of things I liked but they weren’t for sale. 

Earlier in the month I had purchased these spider ornaments from Tuesday Morning and I kept looking at them wishing they were hair clips because it was exactly what I wanted.  So, I looked through my bathroom drawers for old hair clips, found one!  Then got out my hot glue gun and got to work creating my own.  Viola!


Wooden Molds

Gordon brought home these beautiful molds from overseas.  The patterns instantly make me think of Halloween although I’m sure they could be used any time of year.  I am looking forward to working with them.


Casserole To Go!

Although I am not going to give out a recipe here.  (Although it is on one of my Mexican food blog posts.)  I just wanted to showcase that I love bringing food over to my family and friends when I go for a visit especially this time of year.  And of course, I always leave the leftovers to them to enjoy the following day.  🙂


Pumpkin for Breakfast, Lunch, Snack, and Dinner

I decided that I was going to have a “Pumpkin” kind of a day.  I wanted to start out with a great cup of Pumpkin Latte and some Pumpkin Egg Nog with a few mini-Naan breads with a nice amount of Pumpkin Spice Hummus.



Tandoori Bread with Pumpkin Hummus, Mozzarella Cheese, Butternut Squash Spirals sauteed in Olive Oil, Zucchini Squash Spirals sauteed in Olive Oil, Colorful Bell Peppers, Green Olives and a drizzling of a Basil Pesto Sauce.

Keep reading for the recipe……



Pumpkin Salsa with Blue Corn Chips

(I simply bought a jar of Pumpkin Salsa, and opened a bag of chips.  Easy!)


Ingredients for creating your own Pumpkin Spice lunch:

Tandoori Flatbreads

Pumpkin Spiced Hummus

Mozzarella Cheese

Butternut Squash Spirals

Zucchini Squash Spirals

Colorful Bell Peppers

Green Olives

Basil Pesto Sauce

(This is just a guide.  You can do whatever you like with yours.)

I made this as easy on myself as possible by buying already prepared foods.

I just added a bit of olive oil to a pan and sauteed the Butternut Squash for about 8 minutes until tender. 

I just followed the package instructions.

I then sauteed the Zucchini Squash for about the same amount of time. 

Cooking until tender.

In the meantime…..

Turn your oven on 350F.  Then place your flatbread onto the oven rack and bake topside first for about 5 minutes.  Then, flip them over and bake the bottom for about 3 minutes.

When ready you can spread whatever hummus you want on the flatbread.

Colorful Bell Peppers

Here I’m using some of my leftover bell peppers along with a bag of ready chopped.  I figured that I would be carving a few eyes, noses, mouths, ears, etc.  But when I dumped the bag out there so many shapes that I could use as facial features that I didn’t need to carve any myself.


Once I made my face I sprinkled some Mozzarella Cheese on top and then put it in the oven for a few minutes. 

Just to melt the cheese.

Add the warmed Butternut Squash and Zucchini Spirals, and your delicious lunch is done!

You don’t have to make a face if you don’t want to.  This one was delicious.  I just drizzled a bit of Basil Pesto sauce and it is ready.  What a beautiful, tasty, festive, fun, colorful LUNCH.  🙂



Tuscany Pumpkin Sauce over Autumn Colored Pasta

Sprinkled with some Parmesan Cheese and add a Mozzarella topped bread with a dollop of the last of your Pumpkin Hummus.


Now, how hard was that?

Happy Halloween!


Taking it back to the Groovy 70’s when Hot Dogs were the dinner of most families and there seemed to be this rage to find different ways to make them.  This is a dinner that we would have occasionally that my mother would make.

Cheese and Bacon Wrapped Halloweenie’s

I’m using Turkey Franks here.

Preheat Your Oven to 350F

Sharp Cheddar Cheese cut into Slices

I have a step missing here.  I placed the hot dogs in a small baking dish with a little bit of olive oil and baked them for about 5 minutes.  Then I removed them from the oven, placed them on a foil lined baking sheet, using a knife I placed a slit lengthwise without cutting through the hot dog, inserted some cheese, wrapped them in bacon and secured them with toothpicks.

Now bake in the oven for about 20 minutes. 

You just want the bacon to crisp up.

Remove the toothpicks and eat however you like.  With or without any buns.

Happy Halloweenie!

p.s.  Don’t forget the Kraft Macaroni and Cheese.  This is the 70’s after all.  🙂


Plastic Pumpkins that Fell Apart

We’ve had these plastic pumpkins for many years now but it wasn’t until recently that one day they just split apart.  Apparently at the seam.  I suppose we could have glued them back together but I immediately saw potential when they split apart.  They can hold a large amount of Halloween candy to be placed at the door to pass out to little trick-or-treater’s.  I can even place the “lid” back on and the candy is concealed from view.  I also used one side as a bread basket for one of our Halloween meals.  I actually like that they did split apart and now I can use them in other ways. 


Jiffy Pop Popcorn and SCREAM

The last meal of babysitter’s on Halloween night.  🙂

This was such nostalgia for me.  My old VHS T.V. sitting on the kitchen counter just like in the 90’s.

Making Jiffy Pop on the stove top just like we did back in the 70’s. 

Brought back such good memories.  I put in the VHS tape of SCREAM and it was perfect!


The first time I saw SCREAM was when I was visiting my family back in Rome, Georgia in the late 90’s and my brother Ben insisted that I watch it.  I was TERRIFIED!!!  I couldn’t sleep that night because of that movie!  But now it seems so tame compared to what’s out there now.  But I do love this movie!


The Big Bang Theory Halloween 2018


I can’t stop laughing over this one!  I told Gordon that one Halloween soon, that he and I should go as Sheldon and Amy being Howard and Bernadette.  🙂  I hate that this is their last season, as in the last Big Bang Theory.  The writing never got old and stale.  The characters were always interesting.  But I do understand why Jim Parson’s would finally want to move on.  He has had to maintain that same pale and thin look for over a decade.  However, Sheldon and Amy will always be my favorite t.v. couple.  I love ’em!


Halloween Colors

I bought these beautiful pears that had this lovely “gold leaf” look to them.  I knew that they needed a lovely bowl to place them in so I pulled out this one.  My New Zealand, Kiwi friend Trish sent me this bowl years ago.  It was hand-painted by a New Zealand artist.  Perfect for my pears.  Sometimes “Halloween” isn’t about a theme, Some time’s it’s about a color.” 



The Gift of Buffy the Vampire Slayer

(and a Stake)

Maybe it’s time to introduce Buffy to a newer generation.  It was an excellent show with a fantastic cast and great writing.

Excellent Gift!

Just make sure the recipient knows the stake is just a prop.  🙂


Vampire Themed Movies

I love giving the gifts of themed movies for Halloween just as much as the recipients enjoyed receiving them.


Metal Jack-o-Lantern


Fun Skull Soap Dispenser


Beautiful Decorated Skeletons

These beauties were in a jewelry shop at Universal Studios Island of Adventure.


I thought they were lovely!



I purchased the black and green backpack purses from L.L. Bean many years ago and I would always take whichever one to the parks when we would do Disney.  I started putting the pins that I would purchase on them because I love collecting pins.  (I was putting pins on my tote bags and pocketbooks over 30 years ago.  They weren’t Disney in nature, but they were pins.)

Now, whenever we do Disney or Universal I always grab one of my bags and off I go!


Halloween Gift Ideas to Mail

Imagine receiving a Halloween box in the mail and opening it up to find this!!??

Here are some Halloween Goodies that I would mail out to my nieces in Ireland when they were younger.


The Gift Table

This is the FUN part!

I would start shopping for Halloween goodies the year before while looking on the sale items table of “after Halloween” goodies.

Hey, there was always some really good stuff!

I also loved it when the Halloween candy and gifts were set out in my favorite stores so that I could start buying it up.

These goodies are for my niece Vivien.

(I especially love the hanger!)

Books, candy, costume, accessories…..

I think she will LOVE it!


For that Little Witch in your Life

This was for Lola

She was even a witch a few years in a row for Halloween in Ireland

I always loved to send a combination of books, toys, cards, and candy.


For Kate

The start of a Witchy Halloween Wardrobe

(Hat, Gloves, Spiders)

I do love wrapping everything in gauze and adding some spiders, eyeballs, and body parts.  🙂

Not to mention that there is lots of candy and books and goodies in there as well.




The Gift of Nightmare Before Christmas

The Book, The Movie, The Doll


Halloween Breakfast Cereals

The Halloween cereals that were around when I was a little girl are still around every Halloween.

Count Chocula, Franken Berry, Boo Berry….  🙂

I always would throw in a box or two for the girls to enjoy.


Open the box and what do you see?  Bloody hands!

Vampira Dress, Vampire Make-up’s and Accesseries


Stuffed Monsters


Happy Halloween,