Slightly Spooky Supper

After church and a quick change of clothes, the College Boy, Little, and Middle set about to carve their pumpkins.  This year marked the end of an era as it was the first year that we did not all troop out to a local church’s pumpkin patch; instead I found a deal at The Fresh Market earlier in the month, three pumpkins for $10.  And so, the pumpkins have been waiting their fate on the front porch. IMG_2606Our first little trick-or-treater was our neighbor from across the street.  Isn’t she a cutie?  I think we were her first stop, and she was well-rehearsed in her “Trick or Treat” and, more important, in her “thank you!”IMG_2617IMG_2626 Son1 opted for the Palmetto State symbol for his pumpkin, while Little went for a puppy dog.IMG_2627  Middle, the traditionalist child, went for the classic Jack O’Lantern.IMG_2614All those pumpkin seeds became a tasty appetizer after they were toasted with garlic, olive oil, coarse salt, and a little paprika. IMG_2619We served a cheddar chive cream cheese spread with crackers and cut vegetables for another starter.  Our main courses, if you could call them that, were meant for fun and for hungry teenagers.IMG_2620Here are the cheese slices to top my invention of Sloppy Jacks.  I make a slow cooker version of Sloppy Joes, but top them with a cheese Jack O’Lantern for a little Halloween fun.  IMG_2628We also served Mummy Dogs, which were a huge hit, along with Cape Cod chips and mixed bean salad with lime dressing.  I’m quite happy with the Melamine Jack O’Lantern plates I found at Target—they were the perfect fun touch.IMG_2602      For dessert, I made Ina Garten’s pumpkin cupcakes with maple cream cheese icing and Heath bar topping.   They were wonderful!IMG_2616And for guests to take home, we made Miss Pynn's Caramel Corn.IMG_2624Middle, who did not trick or treat, did win the costume contest at the party he attended.  Little, who did take a turn around the neighborhood, was very happy with her haul!
Th-th-th-that’s all, folks!


  1. What adorable pictures, your little neighbour is just the cutest, and everything looks so delicious! It looks like you had a splendid time last night, as did we. I little colder than I would have preferred but everyone enjoyed themselves nonetheless!

  2. Your children are lovely and your neighbor with her hair, adorable...

  3. Your pumpkins are fantastic and those cupcakes look scrumptious. What a cutie pie your neighbor is...and how clever are your cheese slices?? Looks like you all had a wonderful time!


  4. Wondeful evening for all of you! Love the mummy dogs and cupcakes... And so relieved that Big didn't carve out a tiger paw on his pumpkin! Hee hee!

  5. Leave it to me to love the Jack-O-Lantern cheese clever!!! Really I love it all...the caramel corn gift bags are lovely. Happy Autumn to you:)


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