Fang-Tastic Recipes!…Apple Bobbing and Black Widow Shots!


Halloween…Have you all got your porches decorated or are you still in the planning stages? I know it is big business in the US but not sure when y’all have everything out and on show… Do you like my effort at speaking like y’all do???

How do you greet Trick or Treaters? Do you have ghosts and/or scarecrows and what treats do you hand out?

It may be the case where you live that trick or treating will be banned this year so it will be down to mums, dads, and grandparents to enjoy Halloween at home…with a little imagination you can soon turn your home into a spooky witches house…

Fill some apothecary jars with bright coloured candy. It makes an eye-catching display and your guests can help themselves.

Making a spooky banner is easy to create and inexpensive,  a banner for any occasion. Print the letters on card stock. Make the ruffled border with a sheet of decorative paper cut into strips, accordion-folded, then glued to the back of each letter. Punch a hole in the ruffles and thread a piece of ribbon or twine through for hanging.

Fill old glass jars with plastic rats, toy bugs and doll heads then add a little-coloured water. Use manila tags to name your specimen – shrunken heads, poisonous tarantulas, baby rats, and the like – and wrap the jar with twine and the tag.


To make your Halloween night or evening party really scary, embellish inexpensive paper lanterns with spiders, bugs, and creepy-crawlies made from card.


It is quite easy to make effective decorations from pumpkins or paper lanterns or jars.

But did you know?

The Jack ‘O’ lantern comes from an old Irish tale about a man named Stingy Jack. According to folklore, Stingy Jack was out getting drunk with the Devil when Jack convinced his drinking partner to turn himself into a coin to pay for the drinks without spending money. Jack then put the Devil, shaped like a coin, into his pocket, which also contained a silver cross that kept the Devil from transforming back. Jack promised to free the Devil as long as the Devil wouldn’t bother him for a year, and if he died, the Devil could never claim his soul. Jack tricked the Devil again later, getting him to pick a piece of fruit out of a tree and then carving a cross into the bark when the Devil was in the branches. This trick bought Jack another 10 years of devil-free living.

When Jack finally died, God decided he wasn’t fit for heaven, but the Devil had promised never to claim his soul for hell. So Jack was sent off to roam the Earth with only a burning coal for light. He put the coal into a turnip as a lantern, and Stingy Jack became “Jack of the Lantern” or “Jack O’ Lantern.” Based on this myth, the Irish carved scary faces into turnips, beets, and potatoes to scare away Stingy Jack or any other spirits of the night.

Halloween Games :

Toilet Paper Mummies.

This will keep the kids amused for a while so buy some cheap loo rolls and let them wrap each other up like mummies.

Eat the doughnut(donut)

Tie doughnuts on strings and keep the wet wipes handy and watch the little darlings try to eat the doughnut…

Apple Bobbing.


A big bowl or bucket of water and some Apples always fun to watch.

Halloween themed food.

Don’t the kids just love all this spooky Halloween finger food? What is your family’s favourite food for Halloween…Let me have your recipes with a picture and I will feature them in a Fang-Tastic Recipes post…

Today all you need is sausages and pastry strips…This is an easy one and even the kids could do it…Just wrap the sausages as pictured by winding the pastry round and if you are really good and make your own sausages or know a good butcher even better… You could even add some ketchup or mustard to the sausage before rolling the pastry around…Some little white sweets or rice paper eyes and just cook and hey presto all done…The kids love them.


For the hardworking adults a Halloween Cocktail… The Black Widow Shot…

Cranberry juice and black Vodka…Yes Please!

Now if you are lucky to live in Beverly Hills they have their very own spooky very quaint house which on Halloween they play music and have mist coming up around the house…head over to John Riebers Blog to see the pictures and learn a little about this quirky house…The Spadena House

It just looks the part spooky and could well house the ghosts of a few witches and goblins so please head over to Johns and read all about the history and there are lots more pictures of this quaint house…Enjoy!

That’s all for this week…see you next Tuesday for some more Halloween recipes and tales…xx

About Carol Taylor:

Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.

Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients that I cook with have to improve our health and wellbeing.

Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!

Thank you for reading I hope you all have a great week xxx



25 thoughts on “Fang-Tastic Recipes!…Apple Bobbing and Black Widow Shots!

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  2. Angelilie

    I really like your beautiful blog. A pleasure to come stroll on your pages. A great discovery and a very interesting blog. I will come back to visit you. Do not hesitate to visit my universe. See you soon. 🙂

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  3. johnrieber

    First of all, the hot dog wraps are adorable, and the drink looks great…and thanks so much for including me in your story as well, it really is a unique house, like having the Hobbits living just down the street! Happy Halloween!

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  4. Jim Borden

    thanks for sharing the history of Jack o Lantern, I had never heard that. I don’t think there will be as much trick or treating this year, at least where we live. But I have noticed a lot more houses have gone all out with their decorations this year…

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      1. leggypeggy

        Both and much more. Canberra is the national capital. We have a multicultural and well-educated population. We understood the risks and behaved accordingly. Of course, it could all go belly-up in no time.

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