Many people enjoy Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas with New Year's
not too far behind.
Savoring each day of autumn until winter's white
and the beauty of glistening snow and delicate flakes envelope your
world, or cooler breezes and waning daylight (whichever part of
the northern hemisphere you call home), missing even one inspiring
moment would be a waste - never to be reclaimed.
Here are a few "touches" for your autumn adventure
and the beginning of a bright, promising Holiday Season in which
young and old can cross thresholds, borderlines, and become one
Cinnamon or spice scented
candles are especially fragrant during this time of year. Or better
yet, pumpkin pie spice simmering on the stove or wafting gently
from pies baking in the oven.
Cinnamon sticks, vanilla, and pungent spices
add highlight to the upcoming events. Pick, choose, and experiment
until you get the scent
that will greet family and friends and excite those cool weather
Quick Autumn Treats
Don't have time to bake a pumpkin pie?
This is a great substitute. No baking required.
1/2 cup of canned pumpkin
3/4 cup milk or vanilla yogurt
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp. nutmeg
2 tsp. brown sugar
4 ice cubes
In a blender or food processor, puree all ingredients until smooth
and creamy. Garnish with whipped topping.
- Have adults coming over while their children are trick-or-treating
or just stopping by to share some mulled wine or spiced apple
- Adult trick or treat bags should be handed out to all your "older"
visitors. Mystery books, bookmarks, coffee mugs, individual serving-size
packages of gourmet coffee or tea, refrigerator magnets and mixes
for apple cider or chili (in individual bags, tied with yarn)
are thoughtful and well-received treats. A piece of candy is nice,
- On Halloween night, create a pathway to your door with fake
tombstones from bygone eras. Large cereal boxes covered with white
butcher paper and inscribed with epitaphs are fun and inexpensive.
Comical sayings are best for all ages concerned and "scary"
sayings should be avoided if little ones may venture through.
- Pull out a Halloween costume and find out that it doesn't fit
anyone any more? Don't just toss them away. Fill the costume with
newspaper or plastic bags and have these "extra" guests
sitting on porch, swings, around outdoor tables, etc.
Have fun with the remaining fall weather and the wonderful beginning
of the Holiday Season - ENJOY!
M. Kaptur October 2002
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