Welcome to the 13 Days of Halloween
When my youngest son was in first grade, he wanted to have a Halloween party. YASSSSSSSS!! And my cold, black heart beat a little faster that day in anticipation of the preparations. He decided on a pirate-themed Halloween party and of course, since I don’t do anything half-ass (especially when it comes to Halloween), I decided to turn the entire garage into a haunted pirate ship. But when it came time for him to decide on a guest list, he was having trouble making up his mind. He didn’t want any of his classmates to feel left out, and so, I agreed that he could invite his entire classroom. I wrote out an invitation that read like an invitation to sail the black sea (in fluent pirate lingo, of course) and then let him hand-write all the invitations, copying the one I had written. Then, I painted a black sheet with a huge Jolly Roger and hung it on one wall. There were plenty of skeletons and buried treasure along, and even a plank the all the guests had to walk when entering the “haunted ship.” I dressed as the pirate cap’n of the haunted pirate ship, greeting all the guests with a proper “Aarg!” while passing out complimentary eye patches and glow sticks. So, in honor of my son and his epic first grade Halloween party — let’s get started.
In this post
- song of the day
- ghost ships
- what’s on the menu
Song of the day
Not bad for a pirate ditty, right? Yeah, these dudes gotta bunch of pirate-themed tunes. Check ’em out!
Top 4 Coolest Fucking Ghost Ships of All Time
- The Flying Dutchman On its way towards the East Indies, Van der Decken, the captain, tried to steer his ship through the adverse weather condition of the Cape of Good Hope but failed miserably even after vowing to drift until the doomsday. Legend says that since then they have been cursed to sail the oceans for eternity. So, it would seem Van der Decken is making good on his vow and hanging out until doomsday — or something.
- The S.S Ourang Medan The S.S. Ourang Medan, a Dutch vessel, was passing through the Strait of Malacca when it befell a mysterious tragedy. Two nearby ships reported receiving a horrifying distress call from a someone claiming to be crew member, saying that everyone on board was dead, including the captain. Then there was an unintelligible frenzy of Morse code, and thn the crewmember saying, “I die.” When rescuers boarded the vessel, they found the crew was indeed dead, their bodies strewn across the decks with “teeth bared, with their upturned faces to the sun, staring, as if in fear.” Even the ship’s dog was dead, frozen in this ghastly state, mid-growl at an assailant or unknown horror. Yikes!
- The Caleuche According to Chilean legend, the Caleuche is a large ghost ship sailing the seas around Chiloé (a small island off the coast of Chile) at night and carries the spirits of those who have drowned at sea. The Caleuche is said to be a being who is conscious and sentient. WHAAAAAT?!?! The ship as strikingly beautiful, always full of lights, and with the sounds of a party on board, but then quickly disappears again, leaving no evidence of its presence. The ghost ship is also known to be able to navigate under water, just like another well known ghost ship, the Flying Dutchman. Cool, right??
- The Mary Celeste
So, what theory do you think is the most plausible? Have a completely different theory of your own? Share in the comments below.
One of my favorite scenes from this movie. Honestly, any of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies are a good show, but my favorite is the first one, The Curse of the Black Pearl. And Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow — yes, please!
What’s on the Menu
So, I realize this isn’t some spooky ooky menu, and I don’t care. It’s a right proper seafaring meal. Fit for any pirate at the helm of a haunted pirate ship, sailing the 7 seas . . . of HELL!
Original recipe found here.
8 red potatoes
8 link (raw dimensions: 4″ long x 7/8″ dia), cooked andouille sausages, sliced
4 onions, quartered
2 ears fresh corn, cut into halves
½ cup seafood seasoning (such as Old Bay®), or to taste
4 crabs whole Dungeness crabs
Step 1) Bring a large pot of water to a boil; add potatoes, sausages, onions, corn, and seafood seasoning. Cook mixture at a boil until the potatoes are cooked through, about 30 minutes.
Step 2) Gently drop crabs into the boiling mixture; cook until the crabmeat is cooked through, at least 10 minutes. Drain water.
Original recipe found here.
1 cup yellow cornmeal
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 large egg, room temperature, lightly beaten
3/4 cup 2% milk
1 small onion, finely chopped
Oil for deep-fat frying
1. In a large bowl, combine the cornmeal, flour, baking powder and salt. Whisk the egg, milk and onion; add to dry ingredients just until combined.
2. In a cast-iron Dutch oven or an electric skillet, heat oil to 365°. Drop batter by tablespoonfuls into oil. Fry until golden brown, 2 to 2-1/2 minutes. Drain on paper towels. Serve warm.
Johnnie Depp-O! Shot
- Johnnie Walker Black Label
- Open bottle of Johnnie Walker
- Pour into shot glass (allll the waaay)
- Drink it
Now, I realize I have made this post about Johnny Depp — and, well, you’re welcome!
Until next time . . .
Feature image: Zombie pirate makeup by @carahcott