When asked the age-old question “trick or treat?” we definitely stand with team treat. Check out three easy recipes to help you get in the spooky spirit, from “poison” candy apples to a crowd-pleasing dessert dip. Bone appetit!
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Halloween Dessert Recipes
Poison Candy Apples
Channel your inner Snow White with this sweet recipe.
- 12 small Granny Smith apples
- 12 dowels or wooden candy apple sticks (available at craft stores)
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1/2 cup light corn syrup
- 1 tsp. black gel paste food coloring
- Note: you’ll also need a candy thermometer
- Wash and dry the apples thoroughly. Place them on a baking sheet and insert the dowels. Using a second baking sheet, line with buttered parchment paper and set aside.
- Place a candy thermometer in a saucepan. Add sugar, 3/4 cup water, and corn syrup, and place over medium heat. Whisk sugar until it’s dissolved.
- Let the temperature rise without stirring until the mixture reaches 310 degrees. Remove pan from heat, and carefully remove the thermometer.
- Add the food coloring and swirl to mix the color completely.
- Swirl each apple through the candy, allowing any excess to drip off. Place on buttered baking sheet.
- Repeat with remaining apples.
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Owl Sugar Cookies
Simple and sweet! You can make basic sugar cookies using this recipe, or go the easy route and purchase a pre-made slice-and-bake option.
- One package slice-and-bake sugar cookie dough (such as Pillsbury or Nestle)
- Small package of sliced almonds
- 1/4 cup chocolate chips
- 2 tbsp. shelled sunflower seeds
- 1/4 cup whole almonds
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees (or whatever temperature is stated on the back of your packaged dough)
- Set all but one cookie round onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Use the remaining unbaked cookie to make small balls that will become each owl’s eyes. Lightly press two balls onto the top of each cookie, then place a whole almond on its side in between the two eyes for the beak. Add a chocolate chip on top of each dough ball to create the pupil. Use six sunflower seeds (three on each side) to make the owl’s feet. Finally, overlap three sliced almonds on each side to create wings.
- Bake for about 20 minutes until the edge of the cookies are lightly golden. Let cool for 5 minutes on the sheet, then transfer onto a wire rack to continue cooling.
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Perfect for a crowd of hungry ghosts and goblins.
For the dip —
- Shallow, wide dish
- 1 package room temperature cream cheese (8 ounces)
- 1/4 cup room temperature unsalted butter
- 5 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 2 cups plus 2 tablespoons sifted powdered sugar
- Crushed Oreo cookies (enough to cover the top of the dish)
For decorating —
- Milano cookies
- Black decorating icing
- Candy corn pumpkins
- Gummy worms
For serving —
- Graham crackers
- Apple slices
- Beat together the cream cheese and butter until smooth. Add the cocoa powder, brown sugar, vanilla extract, salt, and milk. Beat on low speed until incorporated, then increase to high speed until smooth, about 3 minutes.
- Transfer to desired serving dish and smooth with a spatula.
- Spread the crushed Oreos over the top of the dip to form “dirt.” Use decorating icing to write tombstone messages on the Milano cookies, then stand them upright to create the tombstones. Scatter with candy corn pumpkins and gummy worms to decorate.
- Serve with graham crackers, pretzels, and sliced apples.
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Jefferson Parish harvests a hefty crop of fun things to do this fall. Take a look at all there is to do this October and November!
Shady trees, a paved walkway, and water features are all part of Lafreniere Park in Metairie. (Photo courtesy ExperienceJefferson.com)
Fun Fall Activities
Lafreniere Live! Fall Concert Series — This park is one of our favorites in the area, and on Thursday, Oct. 13 from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m., it’s also your spot for live music. Check out The Strays at this free concert taking place at Al Copeland Meadow Concert Stage inside the park. Vendors are on site for food and drinks!
Oktoberfest — Three straight weekends of German food, music, and beer with contests every single day (including Dachshund races!). It’s a whole lot of fun in Kenner’s charming Rivertown. Head there from 4 p.m. until 11 p.m. on Fridays and from 1 p.m. until 11 p.m. on Saturdays throughout October. Admission is $8, but kids ages 12 and under are free.
Junie B. Jones: The Musical — Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts takes on the beloved children’s book character Junie B. in this family-friendly play running Oct. 7-16. Tickets are $15.
Park-A-Boo — Lafreniere Park is at it again with fun programming Oct. 21-23 with their Park-A-Boo event. Costumes are encouraged at this safe Halloween event featuring trick or treating, activities, a boo house, and more for families with kids ages 13 and younger. Food booths will serve up kid-friendly favorites like pizza, hot dogs, and soft drinks. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for kids, and free for children under 2.
Bucktown Seafood Festival — Head to 1600 Lake Avenue for music and food all weekend during the 19th annual Bucktown Seafood Festival. Deanie’s seafood provides the grub, and you’ll hear music from bands like Contraflow and Category 6. There will also be rides and games for all ages plus a crafts fair, raffle prizes, and more.
Hocus Pocus at Muss Bertolino Park — The City of Kenner screens the Disney favorite on Oct. 29 at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free, and costumes are encouraged! There are also games and photo opportunities starting at 5:30 p.m. prior to the screening.
Funny Girl — Jefferson Performing Arts Society in Metairie presents this classic musical theater performance Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. from Nov. 4-13. Tickets are available from $30.
1776 The Musical — Harness your patriotism just in time for elections at this Rivertown Theaters event running Nov. 4-20. Tickets from $36.
Oyster Festival — On Nov. 11-13, check out Oyster Fest at 3978 West Esplanade Ave. in Metairie. This local community fair features live music, crafts, games, kids’ activities, and a whole lot of oysters! Admission is free.
Pecan Festival — With Thanksgiving in mind, the Pecan Festival is overflowing with pecan dishes (including pie!). Admission is free and includes live music, games, and plenty of family fun.
Kenner Christmas Village — Ring in the holidays at this annual event lighting up Main Street USA in the Rivertown historic district starting on Nov. 27. Admission is free to this festive holiday village, studded in Christmas lights and animated scenery from 5:30 until 8:30 p.m. throughout the holiday season.
Fall fashion is always a favorite – this is the time of year when we can pull out our sweaters and boots (or perhaps buy some new ones!). But what about your apartment? Keeping a tight budget in mind – so you can splurge on that new sweater – we’ve collected a few great fall decorating tips from our 1st Lake Properties designer for fall decorating. Follow along to learn how to spruce up your place for the season. The results are easy on the wallet full and of aesthetic impact!
This fall vignette from Craftberry Bush features a variety of textures that bring the outdoors in.
Affordable Fall Decorating Ideas
Use cozy colors
One of the easiest ways to update your apartment for fall is to keep an autumn color palette in mind. Our designer suggests incorporating yellows, golds, browns, grays, and oranges as accent colors using items like vases, dishtowels, tablecloths, and plates. Thrifty options to find seasonal accent pieces include stores like TJ Maxx and Amazon. Or, you can literally thrift! Goodwill is great for bargain hunting: try this Goodwill locator to find a thrift store nearest your apartment.
Swap out your curtains
Bring in the same colors mentioned above, or create a more earthy and textured look by using clips and a painters cloth. You can purchase painters cloths at a store like Lowe’s for less than $15 a piece. Use curtain clips (order them on Amazon!) to hang them.
As the temperature cools down, you can add warmth through color palette and texture. Items like pillows and blankets are a great way to create varied textures and add a cozy feel to your space. Pumpkins and gourds are another great way to add texture and create a natural, autumnal affect. Our designer suggests throwing some white pumpkins into the mix to create a cohesive look. Who doesn’t love a good pumpkin farm? Here’s a link with pumpkin farms around the area.
Add a seasonal scent
Candle warmers can be found for $15 or less at Target or Bed Bath and Beyond (Goodwill, too!). Purchase a scent like pumpkin spice, cinnamon, or maple so your apartment smells just as cozy as it feels.
Rethink your foliage
Floral arrangements always look beautiful inside apartments, but you can up the ante during the fall by incorporating rich colors and other types of vegetation: sunflowers, gourds, and grains of wheat (fake or real!) create an autumn harvest aesthetic.
Bargain hunting tips
We’ve already mentioned some of our favorite affordable stores like Goodwill, Target, and Bed Bath and Beyond. Michael’s and Hobby Lobby are two other bargain-friendly stores located close to many of our apartments. Plus, you can use Hobby Lobby’s weekly 40% discount coupon. Happy fall!
Join us for Eats at the Creeks!
You’re invited to Eats at the Creeks from 4-7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016. Located in The Creeks of River Ridge at 2001 Oak Creek Rd., local food trucks will offer some of the city’s best grub: Fete au Fete Streatery, Petite Rouge Coffee Truck, Crepes a la Cart, and Kona Ice will all join in on the local flavor!
Come on over and join us in supporting local businesses, while adding a dash of fun to the midweek work grind! Entrance to this event is free and open to the public — just remember to bring some spare change for Kona Ice since it’s cash-only.
For more information about the event, call Cypress Creek Apartments at (504) 733-6858 or visit our Facebook event page and follow us on social media. We can’t wait to see you there!
Our October Eats at the Creeks will feature a mini pumpkin patch and a fall festival environment.
Eats at the Creeks: Oct. 5 Event Details
This special edition of Eats at the Creeks will have all the makings of a fall festival. Food trucks with tables and chairs will be on-site, plus two competitions with prizes! First up is a coloring contest sponsored by Cox, and a selection of mini games sponsored by State Farm will also feature prizes. Check out the mini pumpkin patch, and don’t forget to bring your camera: it’s a great photo opp for the little ones. An arts market on site lets you browse items like jewelry and soaps all made by 1st Lake residents. Most importantly, we’re offering a great raffle to win tickets to Audubon Zoo, Boo at the Zoo, restaurant gift cards, and more: to enter, simply bring two non-perishable goods so that we can donate them to Second Harvest Food Bank. (You’ll receive one raffle ticket for every two items you bring in.)