Fortnight of Fright: Not As Creepy Halloween Recommendations by Lauren


Today we have my dear friend Lauren helping you all out with some not so creepy Halloween recommendations!! Though Halloween is indeed my favorite since I love being scared (and the Halloween decor is the type that I keep up all year round) I still know that a lot of you don’t love the whole horror vibe! So I am going to let Lauren take it away and help you guys out with some things to read, watch, and eat!!

I have to say, I think it’s kind of funny that I ended up here on Alyssa’s blog, with my post full of non-creepy Halloween things. Alyssa is probably the first person I think of when I think of scary things, skulls, and anything else along those lines (that I tend to avoid). Regardless, I’m happy to be here on her blog because Alyssa is one of my favorite people even though she’s like the Lucille Bluth-iest.

SO today, I’m here to share some Halloween fun from a person who usually doesn’t get into the scary, horror-filled books or movies of the season. I love fall more than most people (my birthday and football and pumpkin things!), but just… not the scary stuff. My mom is the complete opposite so it’s kind of weird that I turned out this way. Regardless, here are my picks for how to enjoy the Halloween vibes of October without getting scared.


I’m not opposed to being scared every once in a while, but horror or mystery books are usually not the first ones I reach for. Fall is a great time for getting a little creeped out by what you’re reading… but I usually prefer not to be looking over my shoulder thinking there’s a ghost. (Reading in the dark apartment while my boyfriend is asleep makes me too nervous sometimes.) I’ve curated a list of books that are FAIRLY creepy or have a cool mystery/thriller vibe to them, but probably won’t cause you to be afraid of the dark. I also included a TBR of some of the books I hope to read this season. In addition to all of the Halloween-y books, I included some movies and recipes to get you in the spirit!

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Fortnight of Fright: Guest Post by April from The Steadfast Reader


Hello all! I am so excited to have April from The Steadfast Reader on Books Take You Places because she is sharing a yummy recipe with us today! You all know how much I love my autumn related TREATS! I know you’re all probably wondering what you can do with those goopy pumpkin seeds after carving your beautiful jack o’ lanterns this year, well LOOK NO FURTHER. Behold! A delicious sounding treat from April!

Sugar and Spice Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

Sugar and Spice Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

What better use of your seeds liberated from your newly carved jack o’ lantern than toasting them? This is a recipe that takes toasted pumpkin seeds to a whole new level. Enjoy! 
1 cup raw pumpkin seeds, rinsed and
6 tablespoons white sugar, divided
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F (120 degrees C). Spread pumpkin seeds in a single layer on a baking sheet. Toast for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally, until dry and toasted. Larger seeds may take longer.
2. In a large bowl, stir together 2 tablespoons of white sugar, salt, and pumpkin pie spice. Set aside. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the pumpkin seeds and sprinkle the remaining sugar over them. Stir with a wooden spoon until the sugar melts, about 45 seconds. Pour seeds into the bowl with the spiced sugar and stir until coated. Allow to cool before serving. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

How amazing do these sound? I will be trying them for sure. Thank you so much for joining us April! This years Fortnight of Fright is coming to an end, I will have one more review for you tomorrow, and then you’re all on your own! As always, head on over to see what B has in store and happy haunting, all!

Fortnight of Fright: Halloween Treats

Welcome to A Fortnight of Fright over here on Books Take You Places! Fortnight of Fright is an event hosted over two weeks, by myself and Brittany from The Book Addicts Guide, we will be featuring some fabulous posts on all things Halloween!

Today I am going to share a delicious Autumn related treat. We made these last weekend and they were surprisingly quick, easy and delicious. 

After taking a peek around here, make sure you head over to Brittany’s blog to read about another delicious snack!

Baked apples topped with vanilla ice cream and caramel!

First, core the apples and hollow them out, leaving enough room to plop some ice cream in there.

Add cinnamon and sugar – as much as you like – to the inside and top edge of the apple.

Bake at 350 degrees for 25-35 minutes, or until nice and soft – but not too soft!

Add vanilla ice cream and any other delicious toppings, I used caramel on mine.