Boo! Happy Halloween!

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Don’t you all love Halloween? If you don’t, then something is wrong with you! I’ll tell you why it is so much fun to dress up in costumes and marvel at others’ creative or outrageous outfits.  I have been to numerous Halloween events such as haunted houses, nightclubs, parties, pumpkin festivals and parades which bring wonderful memories for me.  There is so much to do to celebrate Halloween. It is great for couples to transform themselves for one night to revel in another character. Of course, it is just as enjoyable for families with children. A family could do so many things such as creating a haunted house or a Halloween themed party in their home. The children could get involved in planning in the haunted house or party (it’s safer than going from a door to door). Parents can also dress up in costumes to go trick or treating with their child(ren). It creates wonderful memories as a family and for the parents to watch their kids sort through the candy with excitement and disappointments on their faces.  After kids go to bed, both of you as parents can do something fun if you get my drift.

Halloween is fun for all whether you are young, mature, single or married.

When I host or I attend a Halloween party, I love to be creative when it comes to making food.  I also need to think twice about using healthy and tasteful recipes for people to enjoy.  I have three recipes: Brain Dip, Creepy Apple Teeth and Jack ‘o Lantern Oranges.

Brain Dip

Brain Dip:

It is perfect to make it because it looks spooky and tastes delicious. I display the blue corn tortillas and guacamole dip in a fun way next to the cauliflower which resembles a brain and radishes as eyes. Here is the recipe:

Ingredients:

  • Two Avocados
  • Diced Tomato
  • Chopped Onion
  • Garlic
  • One head Cauliflower
  • Thin slices of blue and red fruit roll-up
  • Sloppy peeled Radish
  • Organic Blue Corn Tortilla
  • Lemon juice

Direction:

  • Cut the avocados in half. Remove the pit and scoop the avocado out from the skin into a bowl.  Mash it with a fork and stir in diced tomatoes, chopped onions and garlic. Put it in a small glass bowl. Sprinkle with lemon juice to prevent it from browning.
  • Remove leaves from cauliflower and remove the stem. Place it in the glass bowl.  Decorate it by weaving thin strands of red and blue fruit roll between the florets to resemble arteries. Poke two radishes in as eyes on the “brain”.
  • Place the blue tortilla chips around the “brain” and the guacamole dish behind it.

Creepy Apple Teeth

Creepy Apple Teeth:

While waiting on a line, I saw a food magazine. I was reading it and saw this amazing recipe and said to myself, “I must make this one day!” And when I did make this and it was so easy to do. This recipe is perfect for a last-minute plan and it’s creepy looking but delicious. Here is the recipe:

Ingredients:

  • Apples (cored and sliced)
  • Almond butter
  • Strawberries
  • Pine Nuts
  • Freshly squeezed lemon or orange juice

Direction: 

  • Slice apple in halves and dip them into lemon or squeezed orange juice to prevent browning.
  • Spread almond butter on apple slice on one side
  • Slice the strawberry to resemble the shape of a tongue. Drape it over the apple slice.
  • Stab pine nuts into the apple to create teeth.

Jack o' lantern oranges

Jack o’ Lantern Oranges:

This is a very creative recipe using an orange to resemble a jack o’lantern. I saw these at an event that I attended and vowed to make these. It is so easy to make and perfect for kids to do. This is healthy for kids which is a bonus for the parents.

Ingredients:

  • Navel oranges
  • 1 apple, chopped
  • Halved seedless red grapes
  • 4 strawberries, chopped

Direction:

  • Choose which side of an orange you will use as the face for jack-o’-lantern’s; cut a thin slice from the bottom so that it rests flat. Cut another small slice on the top.
  • Before you spoon out pulp, cut out the face you desire to use.
  • Chop pulp and combine with apple and grapes. Spoon the fruit into Jack o’ Lanterns.

What did I pick for my Halloween costume? I had a tight budget this month so my choice was limited.  I went to Party City and I was looking for a meaningful costume that matches the theme. I browsed at all of the pictures of various costumes they had posted on the wall and I found a perfect costume for me. It only cost me $14.99 which is a steal and perfect for my small budget!

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Yes, it was Medusa.

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I decided to take an opportunity to be Medusa because in a few years ago,  a well-known Deaf man in the Deaf vlogging world, who looked down on women with strong personalities, labeled me as Medusa. He believes women should submit to men and that men should have the final word. He reminds me of how men treated women back in the day when the feminist movement started and these men labeled these women as Medusa. Even today, these men who see women who are strong and vocal about things as Medusa. Labeling me as Medusa does not hurt every part of my body emotionally and physically. It even makes me proud knowing that I can be my own person and I am a woman with a strong, outspoken and independent personality.

Medusa is a character in Greek mythology, she was a beautiful woman who was raped by Poseidon (the Greek god of the ocean). He broke into Athena’s temple (Athena is the goddess of wisdom and the daughter of Zeus) where Medusa was staying and raped her. Athena accused her having an affair with Poseidon so she punished her by turning her into a monster with snakes on her head. She was never allowed to look at another man and whoever looked into her eyes turned into stone. She ended up alone and used those eyes to turn any male into stone out of rage for the unfair punishment she got. No one wanted to go near her because of the snakes on her hair. Once beautiful, now fearful to people.

So I chose Medusa to honor of these diverse women with strong, outspoken and independent personalities and for those who have not gotten the support they deserve after they get violated by men.

Please remember it is never a woman’s fault when she gets raped. She has a right to say no because it is her body. She has a right to choose whatever she wants that she feels it fits her and to be in a safe environment.

Always stay true to yourself and to others. Stand up to do the right thing and speak up to be heard. Get out there and make a difference in your community to make it better. It is good to have a strong and independent personality – knowing that we as women are capable of emotionally, financially, spiritually, physically, and mentally care of ourselves.

Here is my short video wishing you all a Happy Halloween from the Aidan Mack Show. I wanted to make sure you have a safe Halloween. Please keep your children safe by checking their candy and going to safe neighborhoods to go trick and treating. It is so important for drivers to watch the roads for trick and treating children crossing them!

Happy Halloween!

_\m/ Aidan

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