October 29, 2015

book boo

Halloween is days away, and with that in mind I figured it was about time to share five of my favorite book-influenced Halloween memories. (Or at least the ones I managed to capture with photographs, because what's the point if there isn't photographic evidence, am I right?) So here we go, in no particular order...

1. Painting a Harry Potter pumpkin
I grew up painting pumpkins with my family and rediscovered the pastime my senior year of high school. That next fall I went a little crazy. I painted a vampire, Frankenstein's monster, and a mummy. I also painted my first book-inspired pumpkin: Harry Potter.

I have so much love for that book series, which carried over into my next memory...

2. Making Cauldron Cakes inspired by the Harry Potter series
I set out to make this dish for my Reading in the Kitchen series. While doing the research, I discovered that most recipes imagined this as a chocolate cupcake, which I guess I get. But when I read the books, I imagined it being a little spicier. And cuter.

You can read the full adventure here.

3. Painting a Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Pumpkin
Yeah, this pumpkin is just awesome. And I can't wait to see the movie.

4. Me as Amy Poehler's author photo for Yes, Please
There are few things I love more in this world than witty, empowering, and inspiring women, and Amy Poehler defines all three of those characteristics. So when I learned she would finally be publishing a book, I was obviously delighted. And then I saw her author photo on the back book jacket a few weeks before Halloween last year. I instantly knew what my costume would be for that year's parties.

Question: Who wore it better?
Answer: Trick question. Everyone wins when they look this in command.

While most people had no clue what I was talking about when I explained my costume (and shame on them for that) I had an amazing time wearing this costume. As a perk, that scarf and blue jacket have become solid parts of my wardrobe. And I've even put that captain's hat to good use as a prop to wear when I'm heavily involved in a writing project. It makes me feel totally empowered and in charge when I wear it, so yeah, it's great for helping me write.

5. Painting The Hunger Games and Fifty Shades Darker Pumpkins
Two blockbusters, two awesome pumpkins.

Happy Halloween!

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