A Grimm Halloween

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My husband and I were once invited to a Halloween Party.
Always ready to spend a Friday night with red-hot plans, we mustered up a few costumes and stopped on by.
Upon entering there was a mist of smoke weaving its way into our nostrils.
Just inside the front threshold lay a bungled mess of cobwebs, through which we crawled.
Our hostess greeted us with a verry Transylvanian accent.
All was going well. Mightily, mightily well.

Until…
I saw the food table.

Upon it lay Severed Hot-Dog Fingers and Kitty Litter Cake.
Eyeball Stew, Pickled Brain Meatballs and a punchbowl of soda suffering from the Bloody Flux.
Standing there, leaning on the supportive arm of my handsomely costumed hubby, I decided:
I’m too much a foodie to accept a gross-out Halloween.

Which is why, when it came time to host a celebration on your behalf,
I simply couldn’t proffer a plate of utterly indigestible digital images.
Instead, I hoped to elevate Halloween from the typical frights and horrors and unpleasantries we’ve come to expect this time of year.
What better way to do it, I thunk to meself, than with a
Grimm All Hallows Festival?

As in…The Grimm Brothers Cinderella.
The original version of the story is tremendously full of frights, you know.

There’s a dead mother. A solemn grave. Dirt and filth and wee amount of blood. And, birds. There are all sorts of birds. Even the kind that peck out the eyes of two certain stepsisters. Isn’t that hideously halloweenie?

But, there’s also enchantment. A hazelnut twig planted upon Cinderella’s mothers grave which, after being watered with the tears of a heartbroken child, grows into a tree. A white pigeon attends this tree always, throwing down gold and silver, and all manner of wishes to the humble kitchen maid.

It is upon that note with which I invite you to join me. For, a very Grimm Halloween…


A rich man’s wife became sick, and when she felt that her end was drawing near, she called her only daughter to her bedside and said, “Dear child, remain pious and good, and then our dear God will always protect you, and I will look down on you from heaven and be near you.” With this she closed her eyes and died.

Caramel Apple Soda Sippers
Simple to make, and sweet to sip, these quick non-alcoholic mixers bring to mind all the flavors of the season in golden style.
1/2 cup caramel ice cream topping
2 packets apple cider mix
2 liters ginger-ale
Half & Half, if desired

In a large water bottle or ziploc container, add caramel, apple cider mix and 2 cups of ginger-ale. Seal tightly. Shake vigorously until cider mix is dissolved. Pour a small amount into the bottom of several large glasses. Add ice. Fill remainder of glass with ginger-ale. Top with a small amount of half-and-half, carefully poured (if you desire the flavour of an Italian Creme Soda). Sip and Enjoy.

“Why should that stupid goose sit in the parlor with us?” the step-sisters said. “If she wants to eat bread, then she will have to earn it. Out with this kitchen maid!”

Pumpkin, Prosciutto & Basil Tea Sandwiches

The only sort of finger sandwiches allowed at my fall festival are these lil’ dainties. Packed with the subtle flavor of honeyed pumpkin and the salty hello of prosciutto, this here is a combination that can’t be beat.
4 oz. mascarpone or cream cheese
1/4 cup pumpkin puree
1 T. honey
8-10 slices prosciutto
12-15 leaves fresh basil
1 loaf sourdough bread

In a small bowl, combine mascarpone, pumpkin, and honey. Whip together.
Spread pumpkin mixture on slices of sourdough bread. Top with prosciutto and basil. Slice crusts off of sandwiches, then cut into thin, vertical strips. Serve immediately.

After showering gifts of jewels and fine clothing upon the step-sisters, Cinderella’s father gave her a hazel twig. Cinderella thanked him, went to her mother’s grave, and planted the branch on it, and she wept so much that her tears fell upon it and watered it. It grew and became a beautiful tree.

Ladyfinger Sandwiches made with Nutella Spread
Oh! How the children devoured these. And, so easy to make. Just spread and serve.

The stepmother said, “It’s no use. You are not coming with us, for you have no clothes, and you don’t know how to dance. We would be ashamed of you….” Cinderella went to her mother’s grave beneath the hazel tree, and cried out: Shake and quiver, little tree, Throw gold and silver down to me. Then the bird threw a gold and silver dress down to her, and slippers embroidered with silk and silver.
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Golden Gnocchi with Caramelized Carrots & Onions
in a Clarified Butter Sauce
This delightful recipe is so beautiful, no one will believe how simple it is, either. Fellow festival mom, Becki kept sneaking bites off of her children’s party plates. You’ll want to, too. I promise. This recipe is really worth a whip up.
1 stick butter + 1 Tbsp.
1 package of gnocchi
(I used mini gnocchi, available at WalMart)
1/2 c. sweet yellow onion, sliced
1/2 c. shredded carrots
1 Tbsp. brown sugar
1/4 tsp. ginger
1/4 tsp. dill
Salt to taste
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Boil gnocchi according to package directions. Place in a large bowl, set aside. Over medium heat, begin cooking stick of butter in a medium saucepan. Stir often to keep from burning. Cook until butter begins to bubble and foam. Skim off foam with a spoon, discard. Pour the clear yellow butter over gnocchi, being cautious to not pour the bottom dregs of butter in, as well. In medium saucepan, heat remaining butter and add onions, carrots, brown sugar, ginger and dill. Cook until onions are well softened. Toss into pasta. Salt to taste. Serve warm or cold.
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*Her stepsisters and her stepmother did not recognize her. They thought she must be a foreign princess, for she looked so beautiful in the golden dress. They never once thought it was Cinderella, for they thought that she was sitting at home in the dirt, looking for lentils in the ashes.

*Fancy festival decor doesn’t have to be hard to make, hard to come by, or hard on the budget. Here’s a few of the tricks we used to make our feast frightfully fantastique:

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Tables & Tuffets

Frame a full or queen sized sheet in a large picture frame, to create a simple, sophisticated and portable table for eating upon. We set ours upon giant blue rubbermaid buckets, but you’d never know because the ends of the sheet flow over to hide the supporting props underneath. Set thy heinies upon pillows for quick, comfy seating.
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The Pleasantest of Party Favors
The wedding area of your local dollar store will likely hold Grimm decor, aplenty.

For our party, a mere five dollars purchased:
$1-”Glass” slippers which sat upon sugar cookies.

$2-White doves which decorated cupcakes.
$3-Golden Rings for the Lentils & Ashes Game
$4 & $5-White boxes and buckets, perfect for toting home party favors
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The next day when the festival began anew, and her parents and her stepsisters had gone again, Cinderella went to the hazel tree and said:
Shake and quiver, little tree, Throw gold and silver down to me.
Then the bird threw down an even more magnificent dress than on the preceding day.

Wish-Granting Wands
The dollar store also (already!) offered a plentiful Christmas supply, from which were crafted these simple centerpieces. Feathered white birds glued upon golden-glittered wooden dowels. Placed in a glass vase, filled with a bouquet of brown twigs and a bottom-full of golden-wrapped candy, they were absurdly adorable and ever so welcoming.

The children were told these wishing birds would make all their dreams come true. After which, McKay and Andrew (the preteens in our group) most cheekily spat forth a slew of their deepest desires. None of which were immediately granted by their wishing birds. “See! They don’t work,” the big boys called out to the teensy toddlers. Alas, if only they knew I’d already used my bird to wish for their nearly teenagers hearts to be humbled through poverty and extremely hard work. Yestereve, Andrew swept our floors and washed dishes in our home, hoping to earn a mere sixpence of allowance. See, boys?! Wishes do come true.


The stepmother said, “You may go if you are able to pick two bowls of lentils out of the ashes for me in one hour,” thinking to herself, “She will never be able to do that.”
The girl went through the back door into the garden, and called out, “You tame pigeons, you turtledoves, and all you birds beneath the sky, come and help me to gather:
The good ones go into the pot, The bad ones go into your crop.”
Pigeons & turtledoves came in through the kitchen window, nodded their heads, and began to pick, pick, pick, pick.

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Lentils & Ashes: The Game
For our Grimm Halloween, we decided to play a single game, though the story offers inspiration for a good many others. We could have blindfolded the guests like the blinded wicked step-sisters and led them through donut-eating on a string. We could have invited guests young and old to partner up and find the pair of shoes that matched their companions feet. Instead, we celebrated simply with Lentils and Ashes. Everyone adored this miniature version of digging for candy in a Haystack.
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In a large bowl or pot, place several bags of dry lentils. Stir in a multitude of small treasures: golden rings, small candies, and other teensy party favors will work deliciously. To play, invite guests to take a handful and sift the lentils back into the pot. Any prizes retrieved can go into their own favor bag. The catch? They must give back one prize for each lentil placed in their favor bag…so be cautious, else all thy winnings shall be lost!
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The prince insisted on it, and they had to call Cinderella. She first washed her hands and face clean, and then went and bowed down before the prince, who gave her the golden shoe. She sat down on a stool, pulled her foot out of the heavy wooden shoe, and put it into the slipper, and it fitted her perfectly.

When she stood up the prince looked into her face, and he recognized the beautiful girl who had danced with him. He cried out, “She is my true bride.”

Whatever would a Grimm Celebration without the appropriate dud for donning?
Most thankfully, that glorious shoppe of all-things-frilly,
Pettiskirt Style,
has decided that one of you simply must not make it ’til midnight without a party dress of your own. CLICK HERE to choose your favorite pettiskirt, priced $69 or less. Pop back by, leave me a comment with your pick, and one lucky winner will be granted their pettiskirt wish.

And now…Whooo’s Next?
To discover other Trick-Or-TrEAT hosts have cooked up for your viewing pleasure, click on one of the haunted homes below. And, Happy Haunting!

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234 Responses to “A Grimm Halloween”

  1. 201

    Momma Amber on October 28, 2009 at 3:24 pm Reply

    My oldest is going to be Cinderella for Halloween so I would have to go with the Cinderella Light Blue with White Ruffle. I love reading your blog.

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    Kari on October 28, 2009 at 3:30 pm Reply

    The Trick-or-eat thing is so much fun! Your food looks so yummy!

    thanks for hosting the giveaway – my fave is the black with raspberry! how fun and sassy!

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    Cyndi on October 28, 2009 at 4:55 pm Reply

    I do so love your "menu" and decorations on a budget! So creative! If I were to win I would love a black Organdy Petticoat 60 Yds. What fun I could have with that. It would be perfect under a black skirt I own for dancing :)

  4. 204

    Raven on October 28, 2009 at 5:20 pm Reply

    Those are so precious! Love the raspberry mango. :)

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    Mary on October 28, 2009 at 8:08 pm Reply

    I love Halloween! I love petticoats! My choice would be the raspberry 60 yd. Organdy Petticoat. It's perfect! When it's not out dancing, it will be on the dress form in my quilting studio so I can see it every day!

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    Melinda on October 28, 2009 at 9:10 pm Reply

    Oh my gosh I love all these skirts. I have been looking for one FOREVER but they are too expensive for me. I have 2 girls that would just die! Toddler-Strawberries & Cream. That is adorable! Keep up the cute blog. I love all the new changes!

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    Melinda on October 28, 2009 at 9:18 pm Reply

    Oh NO…..I have fallen in love with the Red…Go OOTAH as my girls would say. I am SO sorry for blogging twice. I didn't mean too. I just couldn't get away from that website! I bookmarked it!

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    Philippa on October 28, 2009 at 9:24 pm Reply

    Oh my – how can you make anyone choose? The raspberry mango pettiskirt looks and sounds delicious!

    You have a beautiful blog, I hopped here today after searching for Halloween goodies.

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    KaraLyn on October 28, 2009 at 9:51 pm Reply

    I agree with you that Halloween should be cute, and not disgusting. Your Halloween ideas are adorable. I want to make them all.

    I came up with another incarnation of your popcorn balls. I have had such fun with them. Thanks for all your wonderful ideas.
    karalyndrake.blogspot.com

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    Jess on October 28, 2009 at 10:39 pm Reply

    I'm lovin' the Raspberry and light pink ruffled skirt. Talk about a photo shoot inspiration!!!

    PS~ Loved the table settings in this post!

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    mamarazzi08 on October 29, 2009 at 8:25 am Reply

    I'm new to your blog and love it. Thanks for taking the time to share all this wonderful and yummy information.

    Oh…and thank you for the chance to win a pettiskirt too. My daughter is 18 months old and I would love to win her the red and white one for Christmas. Thanks again!

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    TAGYN on October 29, 2009 at 10:51 am Reply

    Came over from Dinner With Julie, love the game!
    Enjoyed reading your take on a Halloween party- very clever!
    My 5 year old daughter would love the raspberry and pink skirt, it is just adorable!

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    Editor: indigokat on October 29, 2009 at 12:21 pm Reply

    I'm loving this Trick or Eat to keep me clicking around for wonderful Halloween ideas while I'm home with a nasty cold, laying on the couch listening to my son protest his nap. ; )

    In the meantime my daughter would adore the Raspberry Mango petticoat (size M)

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    Anonymous on October 29, 2009 at 3:46 pm Reply

    OMGosh I am out of breath. My girls would flip for one of these.
    I contacted emailed the people here, at Pettiskirtstyle.com and they answered me in an hour. I am impressed with that….I love the Ivory Cream with Light Pink –Second in the Winter Whites -Cream and White Ruffle Pettiskirt it is like a Country White, so darling.
    Size Medium, Size Small, Size … oh.. just one right?

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    Anonymous on October 29, 2009 at 8:27 pm Reply

    Love love love your photos and blog and ideas. Really special stuff. I have been ehre twice now, and am spending soo much time with all your WOW. For a pettiskirt or petticoat, I would love the Shopaholic. And I love the Crinolines for 50's style dresses. Hmm.. I think Apple Green Crinoline Size Small

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    Jamica on October 29, 2009 at 8:56 pm Reply

    How can you make a HALLOWEEN post beautiful?!?! You can do ANYTHING! You are incredible. Really. And the Trick or Eat idea is fabulous! I love it! I hope it brings all the success that you so rightly deserve!

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    KaraLyn on October 29, 2009 at 10:59 pm Reply

    Had a sad trip to Walmart during my lunch hour today. They did not have mini pie tins, mini Gnocchi, Nutella or ladyfingers. Perhaps the Walmarts in Colorado have more class than the ones in San Diego. Boo Hoo!

  18. 218

    Becky on October 29, 2009 at 11:03 pm Reply

    Love your blog! I would love to have a skirt for my 2 year old. The light pink and peaches and cream are my favorite. I love your Jan Karon posts…Love her books!!

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    Michelle on October 30, 2009 at 8:20 am Reply

    How fun. I always love your ideas (have made many of your recipes, and they are always a hit here).

    My favorite skirt for my little 6 year old girl would be the toddler Raspberry Mango. It is adorable!

    Happy Halloween to you and your family.

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    Melanie Jenkins on October 30, 2009 at 11:20 am Reply

    Fun skirts. I think my daughter would love all of them. I like the tiffany blue with black ruffel–size teen and adult.

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    lillysmum on October 30, 2009 at 11:35 am Reply

    My little daughter says the black with light pink ruffles is her choice!
    I love your blog and your lovely recipes and your clever housewife-ness. And I love the new title and focus.

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    Karen P on October 30, 2009 at 11:49 am Reply

    Love the plain black one (actually it is not plain at all;) for my teen daughter.

    Karen

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    james and bess on October 30, 2009 at 2:24 pm Reply

    i definitely love the lavender & blue mermaid – so sweet! great giveaway! -bess

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    kiwibird on October 30, 2009 at 2:47 pm Reply

    Oh my goodness – perfect Halloween parties are clearly your thing – I'm thinking that it would also be easily adapted for a 6th birthday. Thanks so much for sharing.

    As for the pettiskirts – how beautiful – though I'm not sure if you would be able to ship to New Zealand – but if you can and I am very lucky, then the mint chocolate chip one or the brown with pink ruffles are both absolutely gorgeous.

    kirsty at e3 dot net dot nz

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    petit-chou on October 30, 2009 at 10:54 pm Reply

    I was just looking at these petticoats the other day because I found a link through Offbeat Bride! I came to your blog today through Not Martha and the Halloween Treat ring. Great post! And if I were to buy one of these petticoats (which I just may), I'd want the raspberry/light pink. Would that there were more greens/teals! They're all just so lovely.

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    Anonymous on October 31, 2009 at 9:06 am Reply

    Your blog is the BOMB … I love your blog . I am in heaven.
    Oh, and the skirts…. O too found this company pettiskirtstyle at OffBeat Bride ! Well, I would like the Ivory Cream Pettiskirt for my flower girls in my wedding. I have 6 bridesmaids / flower girls. If I got one free it would really help me :} with my budget. My colors for my wedding are Dusty Rose and Ivory Cream.

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    The Bunker Family on October 31, 2009 at 5:32 pm Reply

    his whole Cinderella/Halloweem Theme! And I would love a pettiskirt for my 3 year old in a small raspberry with light pink ruffles. So adorable!

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    Pattykat on October 31, 2009 at 10:39 pm Reply

    That ivory cream pink pettiskirt would be nifty for my 9 year old daughter!

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    Bob on November 1, 2009 at 10:50 am Reply

    I don't know if you're still running the contest, but I'd love to possibly win the black pettiskirt. :)

    Also, the Grimm Halloween party is a fantabulous idea! I always love a good real-life fairy tale.

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    Sabrina @ Twiggles and Trunks on November 1, 2009 at 11:05 am Reply

    great party!

    my oldest picked out the 'mermaid' skirt, size small. she loves anything 'mermaid'y

    sabrina
    twigglesandtrunks@yahoo DOT com

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    mmhanks on November 1, 2009 at 3:36 pm Reply

    brooke! i am loving this fabulous blog! i made the orange marmilade cupcakes for my mother-in-law last weekend for a special treat for her birthday. what a delight!

    the petticoats are adorable and my little naomi (who we actaully call "punky brewster" because she is not afraid to mix it up :}) would look adorable in a raspberry parfait.

    thanks for all your love and enthusiasm!

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    Amber on November 2, 2009 at 3:03 pm Reply

    A truly generous giveaway! I love the plain ol' Pettiskirt – Black for my girls or the Winter White Pettiskirt.

    Thank you. Thank you.

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