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October 29, 2011
Bernice Volkens , Reinbeck Courier

Ghosts, goblins, witches and monsters will all be out in a few days for their special party. What a fun time for the kids and we older ones too when we can find an excuse to give treats to children. And don't the kids, little and big alike, have fun dressing up as their favorite character when they go out trick or treating? Fortunately most of the fun is in treating instead of tricking. It used to be a night many people dreaded. I can remember my mother telling some of the wild things that happened on their farm in Illinois, when she was a girl. Wagons on the barn, odd things on the windmill to name a few. Although, Halloween is now celebrated as a night of fun and masquerade, it will always have a reputation of a night of pranks and mischief.

Halloween, October 31, has been celebrated as a day of spooks and mischief since ancient times. Halloween, or "all hallow eve." began as a Celtic holiday, a time to celebrate the harvest. In ancient times it was believed that ghosts would come to visit the houses of their families on the night before "All Saints Day." When Christianity became wide spread, it was thought only the bad and evil spirits were lurking around. That is why even today there is something spooky and scary about Halloween. Now Halloween is celebrated as a night of fun and dressing up in costumes. More adults and more adults figure that children shouldn't have all the fun and grown-ups should be able to dress up and have adult Halloween parties and why not?

Towns have discouraged any kind of mischief and in every way to promote a safe Halloween. Many cities and towns have started their own celebrations to keep any troublemakers off the street. Town celebrations provide children with a safe place to get treats and play games. Halloween can be such a fun time that it will continue to be a safe and happy celebration.

Halloween parties call for something special. Jack-O-Lantern Cupcakes are very easy. This recipe calls for fondant and this can be bought at Walmart or Hy-Vee or any place that handles cake decorating supplies. If you have never used fondant is a fun medium. If you watch Cake Boss, The Food Channel or Cup-Cake Wars-fondant is used quite a bit.


1 dozen cupcakes any

flavor you prefer

1 can dark chocolate


1 box prepared orange





Rolling pin

2 inch round cutter or one that is the same diameter as the tops of the cup cakes small cutters or pastry tips.


Frost all of the cupcakes with a smooth even layer of the chocolate frosting. Wipe off the spatula frequently, and dip it in warm water if necessary, to get the frosting as smooth as possible.

Roll out the orange fondant to 1/4 thickness. Using a round biscuit cutter, cut out 12 rounds from the fondant. Using small cutters, cut a jack-o-lantern face of your own design in each round. Lay the rounds on top of the cupcakes. Arrange on a platter and serve.

"Have a safe and fun Halloween."



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