Friday, October 9, 2020

Scary is in the Eye of the Beholder: Secret Subject Swap

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Welcome a Secret Subject Swap. This month 6 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts. Read through mine and at the bottom you’ll find links to all of today’s other Secret Subject participants.


My subject is: What is the scariest costume you can think of?

It was submitted by: Sarah of The Crazy Mama Llama.   
Ironic how words come back to haunt (pun sort of intended) you. When Sarah sent this prompt in, I laughed and told her it was an easy one, I had a one word (well, name) answer. 

Then this prompt ended up being mine and, it turns out, it's not easy, far from it. Because, as they say, one name does not a whole blog post make. Or as I say, anyway.
Truth is, this Halloween has me so torn. I love seeing the kids, their fun and funny and scary costumes, I smile all night (no, that smile isn't just from the candy I sneak from our goodie bowl). I really don't want to turn off our outdoor light and keep our door shut, yet I really feel like I should. In a state that never locked down and a city that had no mask mandate until September (then did nothing to ensure compliance), schools that opened normally in August (and now have multiple covid cases associated with them), it's still not safe. I'm still not sure what I'm going to do.
What I'll do right now though, is answer Sarah's question, but I'll expand on it a little. It may turn out that I'll only be seeing costumes in my mind this year, so I'm listing some costumes, both real and imagined. Since costumes aren't only scary, some of the best being sweet or inspirational or or funny just plain innovative, I'll start with some costumes I'd like to see (or wish I were wearing to a party) that aren't scary:

10) Ina Garten. Bearing gifts, of course.

Ginger, Pear and Pumpkin Cake has a hint of ginger and is studded with chunks of fresh pear. | Recipe developed by | #recipe #cake

Ginger, Pear and Pumpkin Cake
Ginger, Pear and Pumpkin Cake has a hint of ginger and is studded with chunks of fresh pear. | Recipe developed by | #recipe #cake
9) Bobby Flay, no need to bring me anything.

8) A time machine, set to infinity and beyond, or at the very least, set to 2021.
A transporter, "beam me up, Scotty" (and start up the impulse drive, warp 9).

7) Barack Obama's birth certificate.

6) Mrs. Peacock with a knife in the kitchen.

5) Bill DisBarr.

4) Jimmy Hoffa (with a goal post) OR Don Lewis (sans tiger).

3) The Prize Patrol.

2) The "baby Huey" orange diapered trump balloon. 

1) Ruth Bader Ginsberg, עליה השלום (A"H), someone we should all strive to resemble more.
And now, to (finally) answer Sarah's question, whether I end up seeing them or not, here is a list of what I'd imagine the scariest costumes would be. In descending order. But be forewarned, scary is in the eye of the beholder:

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10) "The Real Housewives." Of pretty much anywhere.
9) Dr. Phil.
8) Billy the Puppet. Although I did once make him into a pretty cool looking cake.

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7) Mark Zuckerberg.
6) President Ivanka.
5) Bare chested Putin on a horse.
4) Pennywise.
3) A coronavirus molecule.
2) Moscow Mitch.
1) trump. Without a mask (either kind).

The scariest thing of all, always, but this Halloween and in the next few months to come, is the threat of the loss of that which we hold most dear: equal rights, democracy, humanity, integrity, compassion. Our only weapon is a free and fair election and I'm afraid, very afraid, that may no longer be possible.
"Fight for the things you care about." 
"Real change, enduring change, happens one step at a time."
~~ RBG ~~

 Here are links to all the sites now featuring Secret Subject Swap posts. Sit back, grab a cup, and check them all out. See you there:

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Ginger, Pear and Pumpkin Cake

Printable Recipe

2 ripe Bartlett pears
1 box yellow cake mix
1 can (15 oz) pumpkin puree
3 eggs
1/2 cup ginger ale, flat
1/4 cup canola oil
1 tsp cinnamon
3/4 tsp ground ginger

1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1 TBSP ginger ale, flat

*Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a bundt pan.

*Core, remove the skin, and chop the pears, set aside.
*Beat cake mix, pumpkin puree, eggs, 1/2 cup ginger ale, oil, cinnamon and 1/2 tsp ginger for 2 minutes. Mix in the chopped pears.
*Spread evenly into the prepared pan.
*Bake for about 45 minutes or until the center of the top springs back to the touch.
*Cool for 10 minutes. Remove from pan and cool completely.
*Mix the powdered sugar, remaining ginger and remaining ginger ale. Drizzle over the cooled cake.



  1. The Post I made with my picture stating my choice for President. If I did not love some of my family, there would be no treats. I’m really glad they are not close. Scary!

    1. I'm really at the point of not holding back how furious I am with members of my family, and that's saying a lot considering how deeply I believe that we all have the right to do whatever we feel is the correct path.

    2. Some I cannot because who they are connected to. Circumstances will not let me cause a tear right now and family is family. Regardless how they feel about me, I will hang on.

  2. Great post, Karen! And I like your costume choices, good and bad.
    I was always frightened of things that could 'get' me. (IE. Cyclops. wicked magicians. Gorillas. Chickens.)
    But nothing scares me more than the world-destroying, mind-numbing bumbler in the oval office. Please no. And no candy for you...

  3. For once (perfect timing) I was getting ready to shop at a local farm stand - and, except for the pears (which are being harvested locally now) I had all the ingredients. So, I bought some pears at the farmstand and I'm going to make this cake either today or tomorrow (except for the topping, because I'm strange). Alas, our early voting isn't until October 21, and our county is considered a New York hotspot-I just wish I could drop off our absentee ballots now because we know who we want to vote for. Alana

    1. We actually have multiple drop boxes, two of them close to where we live. We can drop off ours any time and not have to come into contact with anyone. I wish everyone had our system.

  4. Those are scary. How i hope for change in this country and around the world. While you and i might not totally agree on everything, i believe if we sat down and spoke we would find we have more in common than you know.

  5. Yes it is and I do not go for scary movies or shows just not me

  6. Costumes in your mind might be nice lol. Here’s wishin’

  7. I saw the perfect answer the other day. They took a long tube and used it as a candy shoot. Keeps the kiddies back and you can still enjoy the holiday even though I don't think you'll see very many trick or treaters this year. We're taking our babies camping unless I'm having my surgery that weekend.

    1. I saw that too, even mentioned it to Hubs.
      As much as I hate the idea of you having that surgery, I hope you have it as soon as possible so you can stop living in so much pain.

  8. It makes me sad to think that we won't be trick or treating. The kids really want to, but I just don't feel like it will be safe. Especially living in Florida.

    1. I actually was just reading some recommendations for Halloween fun for people who feel like you and I do. One suggestion was a scavenger hunt, which is really as much fun to plan as to watch them play. Maybe you could do something like that to make up for it with them.

  9. Before reading your post, I thought about a scary "costume", and immediately I thought "cheetos with yellow hay on top"...
    I wonder what people will do this Halloween. Do they even go trick or treating? We invited our friends over as every year, but I'm not sure if we will just stay home or go out to knock on people's door. Most Swiss people are not fond of the "begging for treats" anyway.

    1. Cheeto with yellow hay on top, I like it. Kids around here will probably trick or treat, we're a covid denying (even though our hospitals are now 80% full), on site school is in session state.

  10. One of my favorite podcasts is called Behind the Bastards which delves into the most evil people in all of history. Mark Zuckerberg has been featured for twice that lasted for a total of 5 episodes. almost 10 hours worth of info...and I don't know. you might move him to number 1 after hearing all that because he only gets worse from here. I think the scariest for me is slapping on a pair of 2020 glasses from new year's eve and making a dress out of all the headlines we've had to endure this year. please don't let it get worse.

    1. Yes, please don't let it get worse. I can't even imagine.


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