We always celebrated Halloween as far back as I can remember. I think my very first costume was as Raggedy Ann and my sister Pia was a genie. I remember one year being jealous because I wanted so badly to be a witch and Pia was a witch. She had that lovely white haunting makeup on and I was a flowerpot… Don’t get me wrong, I looked pretty good as my mother did everything to perfection but I wanted to be dressed in black, ghoulish, scary and celebrating the witches on All Hallows’ Eve.
Guess what I dressed Olympia as every year when she would let me… A witch.
I do go a bit overboard on decorating the house for Halloween. Cobwebs and small spiders are everywhere, and I have an old lady that I bought in New York ten years ago who’s been with me since then and comes out and stands by the door.
We carve pumpkins and start about three days before our tricker treaters come out. I love making apple pie and for supper I’ll make spaghetti with meatballs that look like eyeballs… hot-dogs where we cut out the tips so they look like fingers… I just try to be creative!
What you need
2/3 cups (200g) all purpose/plain flour
1 stick (110g) butter
2-3 tbsp cold water
A pinch of salt
1 1/2 lb. (680g or about 8) cooking apples, peeled, cored and quartered – I got mine from my orchard
1 level teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 stick (28g) butter
2 tbsp lemon juice
1/2 cup (100g) sugar
4 - 6 tbsp cold water
Milk to glaze