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AUTUMN LIVING: Getting prepped for a spooktacular Halloween

Children trick or treating on Halloween
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Halloween is almost upon us and folks across the East Coast are gearing up to celebrate in a big way. From pet costumes to haunted houses, scary tales and even a candy breathing dragon, here's how we're stepping up our game for Halloween 2020. 

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Jill, SaltWire Audience Team

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Pickles on the side

Quick pickled vegetables add a pop of colour and vibrant flavours to a charcuterie board. - Mark DeWolf
Quick pickled vegetables add a pop of colour and vibrant flavours to a charcuterie board. - Mark DeWolf

So, you joined the great gardening craze of 2020 and now you want to preserve as much of your haul as possible. Well, here are some great preserving tips and recipes for Indian-inspired pickled cauliflower, quick pickled carrots, red onion, radishes and even a recipe for Oktoberfest mustard. With all these amazing pickled vegetables you have the makings of a magnificent charcuterie board!

Side note: apparently our gardening craze is leading to a mason jar shortage, so don't hesitate if you're hoping to find some this year.

For the love of cookies

Brown butter pumpkin cookies - Renee Kohlman
Brown butter pumpkin cookies - Renee Kohlman

Put some autumn flavour in your cookie jar with these brown butter pumpkin cookies. Cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom and cloves mix beautifully with the pumpkin flavour, creating an aroma in your house you’ll wish you could bottle and sell. They taste as good as they smell! Try them out and let me know what you think!

Festive fur babies

Moobie, dressed as Anne of Green Gables for Halloween. “The occasion was a fundraiser for the PEI Humane Society during my first year of veterinary school. But when I was young, my mother dressed me up as 'Anne,' so I just got a kick out of it,” said owner Leah Ellis. - SaltWire Network
Moobie, dressed as Anne of Green Gables for Halloween. “The occasion was a fundraiser for the PEI Humane Society during my first year of veterinary school. But when I was young, my mother dressed me up as 'Anne,' so I just got a kick out of it,” said owner Leah Ellis. - SaltWire Network

Pet costumes aren't new, but these pet owners aren't messing around. From handmade costumes to gifts of costumes from families and friends, these pups are rockin' the styles and are ready for Halloween 2020.

Haunting decor

As owners of Junkerneckers, a small junk removal business in Winsloe, P.E.I., Christine and Jonathan Townsend repurpose items from their business to turn them into Halloween decorations.  - SaltWire Network
As owners of Junkerneckers, a small junk removal business in Winsloe, P.E.I., Christine and Jonathan Townsend repurpose items from their business to turn them into Halloween decorations. - SaltWire Network

East Coasters are going full-blown, decking their houses out to give kids thrills and chills this Halloween. These Halloween fanatics say you don't have to spend a fortune to create your very own haunted house, you just need to get creative. Check out their scary scenes and get tips on how to turn your house into a fright fest this year.

Unexpected treat delivery

Michelle Thornhill, seen with her daughter Alice, has been constructing a four-meter dragon named Todd, in the workroom of their home in Dartmouth on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. The dragon was Alice's idea that she got from a book she read. It will be placed above the family's front porch and will dispense candy on Halloween. - TIM  KROCHAK
Michelle Thornhill, seen with her daughter Alice, has been constructing a four-meter dragon named Todd, in the workroom of their home in Dartmouth on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. The dragon was Alice's idea that she got from a book she read. It will be placed above the family's front porch and will dispense candy on Halloween. - TIM KROCHAK

Now here's one way to hand out contactless treats this year. Kids in Dartmouth, N.S., are in for a real treat when they visit Michelle and Eric Thornhill's house, where a candy breathing dragon will be dropping treats into kids’ bags on Halloween. Click here to find out how this idea came to be and how it works. It's seriously creative and worth the read.

Local reads

Listening for the Dead Bells by Marian Bruce.
Listening for the Dead Bells by Marian Bruce.

To stick with my Halloween theme, my local read recommendation this week is Listening for the Dead Bells, written by P.E.I. author, Marian Bruce, and published last September. Mysterious lights, howling dogs, ringing sounds in the ear – these omens of death are part of a treasury of supernatural beliefs handed down through centuries and across the Atlantic Ocean.

Part memoir, part oral history, Listening for the Dead Bells reflects on stories about bad fairies, witch control, bòcans, second sight, divination, healing incantations, attitudes toward death and other links between P.E.I. and the Highlands and islands of Scotland.


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