Halloween and Wine Mix

You gotta love search engines! All ya gotta do is type in ‘Halloween’ and ‘wine’ and look what you get.

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Considering how may bottles of wine we go through in a month, I think I’ll make these this weekend.
There are a few more in 5 Spooktacular Wine Bottle Crafts in Woman’s Day magazine worth checking out.
Ghostly candle holders is a great way to scare people away from MY wine.

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These are fun from PersonalizationMall.com.
The Poison label would also work for me.
Another great way to stop people from drinking MY wine.

Time Magazine republished the article 7 Wines to Pair With Your Favorite Halloween Candy from Food & Wine.
What I want to know is why some candy pairs better with more expensive wines?
Seriously, I’d expect Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups to pair best with Boones Farms Strawberry Hill wine for under $4.

Sour Patch Kids and 2012 Hogue Late Harvest Riesling, Washington State ($9)
Laffy Taffy and 2013 Quady Electra Moscato, California ($11)
Butterfinger and Pellegrino Sweet Marsala, Italy ($13)
Nerds and Dr. L Sparkling Riesling, Germany ($13)
Mr. Goodbar and Sandeman Tawny Port, Portugal ($15)
Nestle Crunch and 2012 Dashe Late Harvest Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley ($24)
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and Emilio Lustau Solera Sherry, Spain ($37)

maek-your-own-glitter-pumpkin-cooler-this-is-such-a-cute-touch-for-a-halloween-partyBack to the DIY projects, this is pretty cool, posted by one of my favorite winemakers, La Crema.
Unless you’re Blaze and then you’ll probably prefer the one below.

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Book Review: The Bumpy Little Pumpkin by Margery Cuyler

thebumpypumpkinToday’s review is The Bumpy Little Pumpkin by Margery Cuyler and illustrated by Will Hillenbrand. This is a book more for the little one, and here’s what it’s about:

All summer, Little Nell has tended the garden with BIG Mama, BIG Sarah, and BIG Lizzie, and finally the pumpkins are ready for Halloween. Her sisters choose smooth, round pumpkins to carve, but Little Nell likes a bumpy little one best. Sarah and Lizzie jeer, “It’s bumpy and little and ugly!” But Little Nell perseveres. With help from her animal friends, she scoops and carves it into a wonderful jack-o’-lantern! This sweet tale shows that jack-o’-lanterns, like people, come in all shapes and sizes, and that BIG ideas and a BIG heart resound in even the smallest of us.

This is a beautifully illustrated book, and I especially loved all the pictures of the pumpkin patch. The story is also enjoyable. There are no scary creatures or selfish candy hoarders in this one. Little Nell is a special little girl with some special friends that help her to carve a very different looking pumpkin. The message here is you can find beauty in everything as long as you give it a chance to blossom.

My Rating: 4 out of 5 Bumpy Pumpkins

Book Review: Harriet’s Halloween Candy by Nancy Carlson

Today’s review is Harriet’s Halloween Candy by Nancy Carlson and here’s what it’s about:

While sharing might be okay the rest of the year, on Halloween Harriet’s determined not to share her treats with her little brother, Walt. She is running out of places to hide her stash, and there’s only one thing she can do … Harriet’s hilarious–and tummy aching–solution will delight both her old fans and those new to Nancy Carlson’s Neighborhood in this comical tale of a hard lesson learned.

Harriet is like I was when I was a kid, very selfish with her candy. I also ate too much too quickly, as does Harriet. How about you? Do you sneak your candy and eat so much that you don’t leave any room for dinner? What’s great about this book is we can all see a little our ourselves in Harriet.

My Rating: 3 out of 5 Scary Pumpkins

Book Review: Boo! by Robert Munsch

Today’s review is BOO! by Robert Munsch, a fun book I fell in love with in the first few pages. Here’s what it’s about:

Best- selling team Robert Munsch and Michael Martchenko create another funny adventure about a boy named Lance, who finds an inventive way of getting more candy on Halloween.

Lance loves dressing up for Halloween. This year, instead of wearing a store-bought mask, he paints his face very, very scary. When Lance goes trick-or-treating, his scary face spooks his neighbors so much that they fall over–leaving him all their candy! Lance uses his horrid face to steal more candy than he can carry. But in the end, he he has so much candy that he decides to share with his neighbors.

I laughed right away when I read this one, and by the end I wanted to buy the book. Lance is a fun and silly character who just can’t get enough candy, but don’t we all wish we could get an endless bag of candy on Halloween. I loved that he created the MOST scary face of all, and his last scare is the best.

Lastly, I’d like to mention that Michael Martchenko did an excellent job on the illustrations.

READ THIS BOOK! I rate it 5 out of 5 Scary Pumpkins

Book Review: Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds

Since today is the 2nd of the month and I’ve only posted one other review for the Halloween reviews, I’m re-posting this one. Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds is one of my favorite scary books for kids and worthy of an annual reminder. Here’s what it’s about:

The Twilight Zone comes to the carrot patch in this clever picture book parable about a rabbit who fears his favorite treats are out to get him. Jasper Rabbit loves carrots—especially Crackenhopper Field carrots.

He eats them on the way to school. He eats them going to Little League. He eats them walking home. Until the day the carrots start following him…or are they?

Celebrated artist Peter Brown’s stylish illustrations pair perfectly with Aaron Reynold’s text in this hilarious eBook with audio that shows it’s all fun and games…until you get too greedy.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS BOOK! I have it on my eReader and I can’t wait to share it with my future grandchildren. Take a look at the cover. The book is filled with wonderful personality in the illustrations thanks to Peter Brown.

Halloween night is a great time to read scary stories. When you get home this year from trick-or-treating, Creepy Carrots is a fun book to have Mom or Dad read while you snack on Nerds or Hershey bars.

My Review: 5 out of 5 Scary Pumpkins

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