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Halloween Witch Costumes and How to Look Like a Real Witch
Although being a Halloween witch is a popular costume choice for Halloween, there is a lot of difference between throwing on an off-the-peg witch costume and really taking the time to make yourself look authentic. Most Halloween witches wear black and you probably have some suitable black clothes already so you do not need to buy more.
If not, pay a visit to your local thrift store. You will be able to pick up a long black dress, or a black top and skirt, for a couple of dollars. You might like to wear orange and black, instead of just black, or even dress up in white and carry a wand if you want to be a “good” witch (this is not so much fun!)
Witch shoe covers, a crooked witch’s hat, a broomstick, and a fake warty nose are just some of the witch costume options you can go for, if you want to look authentic. You can get black and green striped stockings or add some other colors to your costume. A fake black cat is another idea.
Step-by-Step Green Witch Makeup Guide
If you want to look like a scary witch, the first thing you need to do is apply green face paint over your whole face. This includes the eyelids and lips, as well as right up to the hairline, although you can avoid getting to close to the mouth or eyes if you are painting a younger child. Sponge a darker green face paint over your forehead, nose, lips and under the eyes and blend it in with a brush. Draw long, high curved eyebrows using black face paint on a brush, and then add strokes up from the eyebrow line to make a feathered effect.
Lengthen the inner eyebrow line down on to the side of your nose. Use black face paint to outline your eyes, flicking it up and out at the edges. Draw lines from the lower edge of the eye on to your cheek and add little curves between the lines. This will look like a spider’s web. Dab orange face paint on to your lips in little vertical lines and then outline your lips using black face paint. Highlight the curved spider’s web lines using white face paint if you have some (this step is optional). Outline your nostrils with black face paint.
Add smile creases from the outer corners of your mouth to your nose. Wrinkle your forehead and fill in the lines with black face paint. Add some glitter or gloss to your lips and perhaps some shimmer powder to your forehead, cheeks, nose, and chin. You should look suitably grotesque by now!
Do Halloween Witches Exist?
There are plenty of Halloween witches roaming the neighborhood in disguise on October 31st, but what about real witches? Surely all the modern Halloween stories are based on real spooky tales. At least some people think that.
So, according to legend, what did you supposedly have to do to meet a witch on Halloween? The answer is you were supposed to put your clothes on inside-out and then walk backwards. This had to be done on Halloween night and then apparently a real Halloween witch would appear. Dare you try it this Halloween?
The Best Spooky Food Ideas for Halloween
Halloween is one of the most enjoyable holidays of all. Even though there are traditional Halloween customs, such as dressing up, trick-or-treating and scaring one another, there are various other ideas you can choose from, to ensure your Halloween is as much fun as possible. One of the best ways to give your kids the kind of Halloween they will always look back on fondly and remember is to cook up a spooky feast. This includes special beverages as well as snacks and other food.
It is worth planning your Halloween catering in advance so you buy enough ingredients. Do not forget the paper plates, themed napkins and plastic cutlery if you are having a Halloween party; this makes the cleanup afterwards so much quicker.
Why Halloween Food is So Great
Food is a big part of most holidays but at Halloween you can be really creative, combining colors and foods you might usually not use. Perhaps you fancy sticking to classic Halloween recipes like pumpkin pie or Halloween punch, or maybe you fancy trying something different like Halloween spider web cake or Halloween cupcakes. You can find all these recipes, amongst others, at www.EasyHalloweenRecipe.com
Buy gummy candies for decorating your delicious seasonal fare, and use food coloring creatively as well. The kids will love your Halloween creations and so will the older members of the family. So, as well as your Halloween party games and other Halloween activities, you might want to start thinking about your easy Halloween recipes.
The stores often sell out of Halloween-related products early, so it is best to decide now what you want to make. Check out www.EasyHalloweenRecipe.com for the very best Halloween food ideas.
How to Make Gross Halloween Desserts
Everyone loves great desserts and October 31st gives you plenty of scope when it comes to being really creative and making the kind of treats you would not make at any other time during the year. Gross Halloween desserts range from the cute, elegant, and kid-friendly to the downright disgusting.
Add a Label to Make Your Dishes Super-Gross
You can turn something innocent into something foul by adding a label. For example, serve a dish of walnut dip and nobody will bat an eyelid. Put a label saying “cockroach puree” next to it and suddenly the dish becomes fascinating. Serve strawberry pie filling with a label reading, “congealed blood” next to it and watch people’s faces as they read the labels!
More Ideas for Halloween Desserts
Stuff dates with cream cheese and walnuts for “cockroaches” or toss spaghetti with tomato sauce for “intestines.” You can use your imagination to come up with more gross Halloween desserts like these. Use your creativity to combine black bean puree with a plastic doll and call it “diaper surprise” or add a couple of drops of green food coloring to any creamy dip or sauce to make “slimy boogers” – the sky is the limit and you can probably come up with more gross Halloween desserts on your own. You can also ask the kids to think of some. Kids are usually great at things like this.
If you want to make quick and easy Halloween desserts, you can serve a bowl of pomegranate seeds (they look like picked-off pimples), some gelatin worms (you can make or buy these), or simply some grated chocolate or cocoa powder on top of white pudding, to resemble earth on top of a grave. Add some gummy worms for the full effect.
Recipe: Cream of Pumpkin Soup with Caraway and Paprika
Soup plays an important role in German cuisine and it is prominent at a lot of German lunches and dinners. Known as kurbissuppe in Germany, this soup is made with paprika, caraway and cream. Ginger and nutmeg might be more common in American pumpkin soup but the paprika and caraway really bring the pumpkin’s taste out. Cream of pumpkin soup is just as well loved in Germany during the fall as it is in the United States.
You would find it difficult to find pumpkin pie in Germany but this pumpkin cream soup Germany style is often served in guesthouses and traditional restaurants. The soup is based on chicken broth, although you can switch this for vegetable broth if you do not eat meat. The soup will be a darker color but will still taste good. If, on the other hand, you do like meaty soups, you can fry some bacon and crumble it over the finished soup for a real touch of decadence.
Also, you can omit the croutons or roasted pumpkin seeds (or both), garnishing the soup instead with a swirl of cream or some finely chopped parsley. If you like cream of pumpkin soup, you might like to try this version. In Germany pumpkin cream soup is a favorite amongst kids and grownups. It is often served inside a hollowed-out gourd or pumpkin shell, to make it more festive.
You can see from the picture the appeal of this delicious pumpkin cream soup. Germany is home to many varieties of soup but this has to be one of the very best cream of pumpkin soup recipes because the texture is perfect and the flavor is so well-balanced. If you prefer a thinner soup or you want to trim the fat content, you can swap the cream for Half & Half or even milk. The flavor would be very similar but the soup would not be quite as thick. Whether you want to make a typical Halloween recipe or simply something special for the family, this cream of pumpkin soup is a real winner.
Pumpkin Cream Soup Germany Style
- 3 pints chicken broth
- 1 lb diced fresh pumpkin
- 1 chopped onion
- 1 bay leaf
- ½ teaspoon paprika
- 2 tablespoons roasted pumpkin seeds
- 1 minced garlic clove
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- ½ cup heavy cream
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- ½ teaspoon caraway powder
- 2 slices white bread
- Salt, to taste
- Put the broth, pumpkin, onion, garlic, caraway powder, bay leaf, paprika, salt, thyme, and black pepper in a large pot.
- Bring it to a boil, and then simmer for half an hour.
- Let it cool for 20 minutes and remove the bay leaf.
- Puree the soup in a food processor or blender, in batches.
- Taste and add salt if necessary. Add the bay leaf back.
- Bring it back to a boil in the pot and simmer it for another half an hour.
- Toast the bread on both sides and cut it into cubes for the croutons.
- Stir in the heavy cream.
- Discard the bay leaf.
- Garnish with croutons and roasted pumpkin seeds.
- Serves 8
Number of servings (yield): 8
Perfect Pumpkin Soup for Any Palate
Although there are many types of pumpkin soup, most people would choose a traditional recipe for pumpkin soup as their favorite, combining fresh pumpkin with savory ingredients like potatoes and onions, or sweet ones like sugar or maple syrup, as well as cream.
Pumpkin is a versatile vegetable and you can make savory dishes or sweet ones with it. So whether you prefer savory pumpkin soups or sweet pumpkin soup recipes, there is a perfect recipe for you at www.PumpkinSoup.org. You could even make a savory soup with some sweet touches; there are all kinds of recipes to choose from.
The Warming and Hearty Answer to Hunger
Not only is pumpkin soup an ideal fall or winter dish because of its thick, rich texture and warming ability, but many pumpkin soup recipes are also hearty enough to keep you satisfied for longer. Let a bowl of homemade pumpkin soup keep your hunger at bay and warm your insides at the same time. Pumpkin soup is a lovely comfort food however you prepare it.
There are gourmet pumpkin soups which are also easy enough for home cooks to produce and some of these feature ingredients such as ginger, white wine or even pears. There are recipes for low-fat pumpkin soup, sweet potato and pumpkin soup, and even unusual recipes like tomato pumpkin soup with fried mozzarella, which you can find on the website, not to mention the delicious international ones such as Thai pumpkin soup, Italian pumpkin soup and Mexican black bean and pumpkin soup. Whether you fancy making a traditional pumpkin soup recipe or an unusual one, you will find lots of inspiring recipes at www.PumpkinSoup.org
Three Great Halloween Dessert Ideas
Kitty Litter Cake: One of the best Halloween dessert ideas is kitty litter cake. You will need to combine cookie crumbs with cake crumbs to make the kitty litter. Add some tootsie rolls for the poop and some patches of soda for the pee. Sprinkle some cookie crumbs over the tootsie rolls so it looks like the fictitious cat has made a half-hearted attempt to bury its waste. Serve the dessert in a new kitty litter tray with a new kitty litter scoop and watch your guests’ jaws hit the floor.
Severed Fingers: Severed fingers are another fantastic idea. You will need cocktail sausages and a yellow bell pepper. Make three shallow slices in each cocktail sausage for the knuckles and boil for a couple of minutes or until cooked. Cut a small flat space at the top of each one and add a “fingernail” made from yellow bell pepper. Onion would also work. You can use mayonnaise, ketchup, or BBQ sauce to attach the bell pepper to the sausage. Serve these in a pool of ketchup. You can heat the ketchup first if you want the sausages to stay warm for longer.
Used Q-Tips: A third idea is used Q-tips. Stick a mini marshmallow on each end of a thin straw. You will need to cut the straws in half or thirds to get the right length. Dip the marshmallow tips in warm caramel so it resembles earwax. Let these treats set on waxed paper before serving. These are just three of many great Halloween dessert ideas you can easily recreate in your own kitchen.
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