Saturday, October 24, 2015


It’s that time of year again, when all the ghosts, ghouls, and monsters come out to play.

Some come out to Trick or Treat; others come out to take your sweets.

Some come out to have a fun day; others come out to steal you away.

Some come out to change their appearance; others come out to run interference.


Halloween is the time of year to get silly, to get scared, or to scare, and to get creative. When I was a child running from house to house on Halloween night (back in the Dark Ages) I never even had a costume to wear. I would just grab my pillow case and go, and when I got home afterward, I would count how many apples I had… Ewwww, apples, I know, I know. 

As the years went by, people got a little more caring and started to make Halloween more fun for the kids. Houses got scarier, Jack ‘o Lanterns were carved with artistry, and people bought an assortment of candy to give out. Of course, by that time I was too old for Halloween, so I’d end up sneaking a candy or two after my siblings would go to sleep. (Shhhh, don’t tell.)

When my son got old enough to go Trick or Treating, he wasn’t really into candy, so we would just go for a walk around the block to see how the neighborhood was decorated. Sure, he would stop at a few houses, but he was never really into it.  He never went every year and now, at 15, he’d rather stay home and watch a scary movie. It’s what we’d all rather do. I still decorate my house with a few scary pieces of d├ęcor, and we still carve a pumpkin, but the thing I enjoy most is making (and eating) this:

Here’s what you need:

Your fudge recipe, or if you don’t have one, just use the recipe found on a can of Fry’s brand cocoa. Follow the instructions on the can. This will be your base, or your subsoil.

I usually make the fudge in the afternoon, so that it is thoroughly cooled for decorating later that evening.

While that’s cooling, make a trip to the store for the rest of the ingredients.

Use chocolate frosting to cover the fudge, that’s your mud. Then sprinkle it with Oreo cookie crumbs, that’s your dirt.

Use blobs of Cool Whip for the ghosts and give him Chocolate Chip eyes.

Use Crispy Crunch bars to make headstones, and use a couple of Mr. Big bars, cut in slices, for the pathway going through the cemetery.

Icing can be used to write on the headstones and candy pumpkins can be bought at any grocery store in the bulk food isle.  

Good luck, folks, and, most importantly, have fun.