1960s Style Halloween Food and Fun

Planning to eat Halloween candy until it’s gone and you have to turn off the porch light?  Why not make some vintage recipes?  How about popcorn balls?  My favorite is caramel apples!  I’ve learned as an adult to slice my caramel apple and eat the wedges so I don’t end up with a slimy, sticky face from the apple juices and warm candy.  No judgment for traditionalists gnawing right down to the stick.

Here are some vintage recipes for the occasion:

For entertainment, try a creature feature.  The Universal classic monster movies: Dracula (1931), Frankenstein (1931), The Mummy (1932), The Invisible Man (1933), The Bride of Frankenstein (1935), The Wolf Man (1941), Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954), and I Was a Teenage Werewolf (1957) would have been available to viewers in the 1960s.  Host your own matinee double feature.  If you’ve never seen the original version of The Blob, do yourself a favor and check it out.

This year, I’m planning a zombie marathon starting with the 1968 Night of the Living Dead!  I found the original Dawn of the Dead and Day of the Dead available for streaming, so I’ll be creeping it real all evening.  Everything starts with It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966) right after dinner.  I’ll be dressed as Aunt Alicia.

Throwing a party?  Why not make your own entertainment?  Helps and Hints for Hallowe’en, thanks to the good folks at Gutenberg has eight plays ready for you and your friends!  Games for Hallow-e’en is full of decoration and game suggestions.

Whatever you do, remember to eat, drink, and be scary!



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