It was on this day in 1988 that my mother realised she didn’t have a Halloween costume for me. I was 12 years old and she thought I’d feel too old to go trick-or-treating, forgetting I was a late bloomer and very much a kid at-heart. So, after she picked me up from school, we went to Bruce’s Variety. Packed from floor to ceiling with every craft and school supply you could imagine, it was heaven for anyone with an ounce of creativity. We walked in and knew it would be crowded (it always was during Halloween week), but knew we would bypass the store-bought costumes and look for ideas in the fabric section. We settled on green netting, a fake bird’s nest, some brown feathers, an oval piece of foam and a length of elastic. The next day in the carpool line waiting to pick me up, my mother worked her magic. When I got in the car, the costume was done. She handed it to be in a white shopping bag with a Bush/Quayle ’88 poster glued to each side. What was I? The Republication ticket for the upcoming election… A bush with a quail on top.
No last-minute Halloween costumes for me this year, my son LB will be a dragon and I will be a mermaid, though with the chill in the air I think I’ll end up dressing as a knitter when I take him out tomorrow. No trick-or-treating where we live, but still nice to put a smile on people’s faces when they see the little man… er, I mean fire-breathing monster.
Now, how about something to bake? What about the perennial favourite, Monster Cookies!?
2 teaspoons vanilla
4 tablespoons baking soda
1 pound plain M & M’s
3 ounces of semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate chips
3 ounces of butterscotch chips
1 pound of brown sugar
1/2 pound of butter
2 cups of white granulated sugar
9 cups (21 ounces) of quick outmeal
1 1/2 pounds (3 cups) of smooth peanut butter
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Or have your very own fire-breathing dragon do it for you.
2. Mix together and form cookie dough balls. Place on lightly greased baking sheet. Cook for 8-10 minutes. The yield is 6 dozen (depending upon if you make each cookie itself of “monstrous” proportions!)
And while we’re on the subject of monsters, here is LB last Halloween when we couldn’t decide if he should be a lion or a penguin.