Monday, October 5, 2015

A sad, sorry, spooky Jack-0-lantern and Halloween Treats

A 1950's family get's ready for Halloween.

"Look Out, Shep, that IS a sad sorry scary Jack-O-lantern"

"And the winner? A Lady Scarecrow"

These recipes from a 1959 cookbook are Halloweentastic. I love the thought of gingersnaps but maybe cut out like jack-0-lanterns, you know, the "sad, sorry, spooky" type. And traditional caramle apples could be improved with adding sea-salt and maybe even broken pits of pretzels to roll them in.

I always think of Popcorn balls when I envison vintage halloween. Why not make a vintage presentation but with a more Gourmet Ball?

Pecan Cashew Popcorn Balls

1 c Sugar
1 c Brown sugar; firm pack
1 c Light corn syrup
2/3 c Water
1 lb Butter
2 c Pecan halves; toasted
2 c Cashews; lightly toasted
8 c Popped popcorn

Combine the granulated sugar, brown sugar, corn syrup and water in a
heavy pan fitted with a candy thermometer and place over high heat.
Bring mixture to a boil and add the butter, stirring until it has
melted. Continue cooking until the mixture reached 350~, 20-30
minutes. In a LARGE, lightly oiled bowl, toss the nuts and popcorn
together. Carefully pour the hot syrup over the popcorn- nut mixture.
Carefully, but quickly, toss the mixture with a long-handled wooden
spoon to coat the popcorn and nuts completely with syrup. As soon as
the mixture is cool enough to handle, quickly shape into 3" balls and
place the balls onto a nonstick or lightly oiled baking sheet to
coool. Store, tightly wrapped, in a cool place. Wrap popcorn balls
individually in squares of amber cellophane, tied up with gold or
orange and black ribbon (these are meant for Halloween). Or pile the
balls together into a basket with red apples and wrap the basket up
in cellophane with orange and black ribbon. Or place the balls in a
brown paper bag and tie with a ribbon.

How about some Peanut Butter and White chocolate Haystacks?

Peanut Butter White Chocolate Popcorn Haystacks Recipe


1 bagpopped JOLLY TIME® Healthy Pop® 94% Fat Free Butter Microwave Pop Corn
1/2 cupchow mein noodles
1/8 cupwhite chocolate or almond bark
12 ouncesbutterscotch or peanut butter chips


Pop popcorn according to package directions.  Open bag carefully and pour into large bowl; discard unpopped kernels.  Add chow mein noodles to bowl. In a small microwave-safe bowl, melt baking chips, peanut butter and white chocolate, uncovered, on HIGH (100% power) for 2 minutes; stir well.  Pour over popcorn mixture; stir until evenly coated. Drop mixture by large rounded tablespoonfuls onto wax paper-lined cookie sheets.  Refrigerate until firm, 1 to 1-1/2 hours.  Store in tightly covered container.


  1. Gosh, I love those old dorky films. That was some fur collar Mother had on her coat!

    I enjoyed Shep as we had two German Shepherds when I was little. Good dogs. Shep was quite the leaper.

  2. I love the innocence of it. And I thought the same when Mother returned with that collar! The original costume with the paperbag was also so innocent. And it also shows that today we want to say that in the 50's you were bullied for being a sissy or you had to be a boyish but the fact that his costume was a "Lady Scarecrow" I just loved that.

    1. I, too, was surprised by the lady scarecrow. The time it was mentioned, I thought they said lazy scarecrow.

    2. I was unsure at first so I watched it a few times but it makes sense. Mother gets her makeup box and makes a point to paint up sonny's face with lipstick and rouge. I like finding out things from the 50's that we are told today are 'how they were' are often just today's projection onto them.

  3. How I love these small vintage films showing us a glimpse of the real fifties. And I love how you back then made the costumes yourself and used your imagination and fantasy. Today, everything is bought in the toy shop and made of nylon. This was a very charming post reminding me of your early 1955 posts. Have a lovely day. :)


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