Sundays in the South: October is My Favorite Month

It's been a while since I've had a chance to just "sit" so that's what I'm enjoying at the moment! :)  There's not much that I love more than the month of October!  Pumpkin Spice smells, slightly cooler temps, boots, college football, and Halloween...what's not to love? 

I must admit I've not been loving these past two weeks of college football as much.  It seems my Gamecocks can't win without me :)  - thankfully, they'll be back home next weekend!  But, this weekend was fun anyway.  We had our annual Halloween Bash and although many of my friends couldn't make it this year, it was still a FUN time with the ones who came.  My husband and I totally love Halloween and I have already said that my next house MUST have a costume room....yes, I've accumulated too much for a closet.  This year we were zombies (for our party'll have to wait for Halloween for my next costume reveal).

Zombie Officer and Prisoner....Zombies never smile
MAC does my Halloween makeup every year and it doesn't matter if it's 80's glam or zombie death, they do a FANTASTIC job!  I wish you could see my lashes (top and bottom lashes were added for an amazing effect!)

So, if you've followed my blog for a while, I'm sure I've mentioned that I DO NOT cook.   By cooking, I mean cooking, baking, boiling water, entering the kitchen....yeah, you get the idea.  I actually did cook ONCE when my husband and I first got married and he kindly asked me not to do that again.  Well, I was more than happy to oblige!  Luckily, he is a wonderful cook...even though we mostly eat out.  Anyway, since I love this holiday so much, I'm always inspired ONCE a year to attempt some Pinterest recipes...only Halloween could inspire me to do this!  Now, by recipes, I mean very simplistic projects that even my 2nd graders could accomplish, I'm sure.  However, last year, I learned that I can't even melt chocolate *sigh* and ended up with a trashcan full of perfectly fine Oreos in my frustration. 

That didn't deter me though.  This year, I decided to try again!  I think this year was much more successful...and by successful I mean that it was somewhat no means should my creations be compared to the original pins!

Raspberry Jello Worms
Gross, right?!  You can read about how to create these jello worms using STRAWS at the original post here.  They were actually simple to make and I think I will definitely make them for my students this year - either when we use "worms" during our measurement unit, or I'll read "How to Eat Fried Worms."  Wouldn't that be fun? :)

Dirty Witch Fingers
These didn't turn out nearly as realistic looking as the pin and during the making of these I swore, "Never Again" would I enter the kitchen, but the hubs said they tasted good so maybe there's hope yet!  Of course I used Pillsbury cookie dough that was ready-to-go...I'm pretty sure I hate cooking because of the mess.  I don't like to be dirty and I had to wash my hands in between rolling each finger because I couldn't take the gritty dough all over me!   :(  Here's the much better, original post, but in my defense, it seems she is a teacher/professional baker! It's just not fair for one person to have that much talent! ;)

Halloween Apothecary Jars
Now, this project was much more my speed!  I can definitely shop for candy and pretty jars! :)
I loved the creative names for all of the candy!
Zombie Teeth (candy corn), Bat Guano (raisinettes) and Decomposing Eels (chocolate twizzlers)
Ghost Droppings (white cheddar popcorn)
Dragon Eyes (malted milk balls)
Night Crawlers (gummy worms)
Warty Toad Eyes (spearmint gumdrops)
Ancient Crow Bones (yogurt covered pretzels)
Deadly Edibles (cherry sours)

You can find most of the labels that I used at the original post here

Skeleton Party Favors
This was probably my favorite food item!  So simple, cute, and no cooking required! :)  I'll definitely make more of these to hand out along with candy to my "past students" who trick-or-treat at my house.
I bought the brownies (base) from Strossners, a local bakery, and then slid about six white fudge Flipz and a large marshmallow onto a baker's stick to insert into the base!  I drew the skeleton face with "edible markers" that I finally found in the cake department of Wal-Mart.  SUPER EASY!  You can read more about these at the original post here.

That's my weekend in a nutshell.  I feel like my life is now back into it's routine (only takes a couple of months, right?) so I'm planning on getting back into my blogging routines this week, too!  Look for "Teaching Tip Tuesday" and "Flashback Friday" to reappear this week, along with "Budding Blogger Showcase."

Speaking of budding bloggers I've showcased all of my original requests, so if you are a blogger who has fewer than 300 followers and would like to be showcased in this series, just send me an email to let me know!  I'd love to have you participate! :)

This is my student teacher's last week of teaching.  I have BIG PLANS of things I need to accomplish this week, but I'm also very eager to dive back in with my kiddos next week!  It makes for incredibly L-O-N-G school days when you're not teaching! ;) 


  1. Love your marshmallow pretzel skeletons, and great zombie makeup!!

    Lovely Little Learners

  2. I think all of your attempts turned out pretty darn well!! {although I agree, teacher by day, baker by night...unfair!!}

    Love your costume, and can't wait to see what you are for Halloween!

    Thanks for sharing all the pictures and sources!

    Across the Hall in 2nd Grade

  3. oh my! I think I just found what my snazzy snack for October will be! I love those skeletons!!

  4. How FUN!! Great ideas!! {PS: I don't cook either!}
    A Cupcake for the Teacher

  5. Your Halloween party looked like lots of fun! I'm sorry your Gamecocks aren't doing well lately but I hope they don't win next week either. My Vols really need a win!

    Swimming into Second

  6. That would be a GREAT snazzy snack, Rachel! Too bad I have a student who can't celebrate Halloween this year. *Boo-hoo*

  7. All your Halloween snacks look awesome!! :)

    If it makes you feel better, I still don't feel like I'm in a good routine this school year! I'm not sure exactly why not, maybe getting a brand new Reading series after school started...?

    Hoping those Gamecocks don't win next week because they are playing my belved Vols!! :)

  8. Oh my goodness!!! What a fun party you hosted! Did anyone ever tell you that you should consider going into the decorating/baking/party planning business?? I would never believe that you are not a baker!!!
    :) Thank you for sharing! I want to host my own party now!
    Melissa :)


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