Halloween This Year | Footnotes and Finds

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Halloween This Year

halloween spider cookies

halloween spider peanut butter cookies

halloween cookies

mummy cupcakes

spider web cupcakes

halloween cupcakes

Halloween has always been one of my favourite times of the year. As a child it provided an escape from the everyday life. It provided a sense of adventure. I would put so much time and energy into my costume, like one year it was for a home made alien costume and another year it was for a spice girls costume.  My sisters and I would go block after block and our candy bags would get heavier and heavier.

The best part was when we would get home and would dump our candies on the ground, initiating the trading! Halloween wasn't just about us kids, it was one of my grandmother's favourite times of the year.  She would start collecting the candy a good month before. Halloween day would arrive, there still would be light out and she would be just as giddy as us kids.  She would put on her jacket and set a chair by the door. She would sit, along with her big bin of candy,  and wouldn't move the entire evening until the last trick or treaters.  No one else was allowed to give out the candy. It was strictly her thing.

This halloween, as I stood at my front door,  I took a moment as a nostalgic feeling came over me after having handed out candy to these cute little girls dressed up as minions. There were tons of children walking up and down the block, there were fireworks in the sky and a certain smell in the air that is only there on halloween night.  In that moment I got a nice and warm fuzzy feeling inside.

My grandfather and grandmother's passing has been really difficult, especially having lived with them my entire life. After their loss I am left with a sort of sadness, a longing for their presence but somehow, in that moment, I felt a really nice feeling inside and not the sadness I feel when i'm missing them.  Maybe me taking over the handing out of the candy duty is my way of connecting with my grandmother or maybe it was just a nice warm memory of my grandmother.

We spent halloween handing out candy, playing games (such as mafia with a group of friends over), snacking on these lovely cupcakes and cookies baked by my youngest sister and cousin*, consuming far too much candy (of course!) and ended the night with a scary movie and pizza.  All in all it was such a lovely night and after a long time I felt a sense of true enjoyment!

cupcakes recipe - brain, spider web & mummy decorations are own
peanut butter cookies w/ spiders recipe - in addition to this recipe - here are our steps - Shape dough into 1 1/4” balls, then roll in granulated sugar. Slightly flatten cookies. After baking place a hershey's kiss or mini reese’s cup in the middle of the cookie + decorations (edible eyeballs)

*follow the hashtag #bakedbynoorandjess instagram for more baking by my sister and cousin



  1. These look so yummy! Absolutely pinterest-perfect!


  2. These look amazing - Halloween is definitely the best time of year to indulge in some treats (not tricks!) I'm sorry about your loss...it's never easy but hang in there!

  3. All of it looks so good! I love Halloween baking -Hanna Lei

  4. Such tasty and creative treats - love the ideas and they look relish



  5. Those cupcakes and spider cookies are so cute! Sounds like you had a great Halloween

  6. Cookies looks amazing!! Yummy!!!!!
    Love from www.trangscorner.com {a lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and food blog}

  7. These look so yummy and spooky ♥♥


  8. How adorable..I need to pin this for next Halloween..thanks

  9. Those goodies look amazing. Thanks for sharing your memories of your grandparents I'm sure they were happily watching you hand out candy this year!

  10. om my.. these are so adorable and I bet tasty as well! xo

  11. These treats look delicious! I also tried making mummy cupcakes too, but yours turned out much better. Have a nice day :)

    PS: I'm hosting a giveaway on my blog, be sure to check it out!

  12. Nice! I always knew I'd eat cookies even if they had spiders on them.

  13. The cookies are more amazing than anything else I've ever found!


  14. These are so so so cute! I wish I had sen them in time for Halloween- oh well, there is always next year right?

    Hayli from HayliDeJong.com


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