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Halloween 2018

LifeHannah Drake6 Comments

Two years makes an annual tradition, right?

Neither Luke and I are that crazy for Halloween, so this year and last year, we just had a quiet night at home, hiding from trick-or-treaters. Both years, we watched “Halloween” movies, ate chili, and this year sipped on a seasonal cocktail from my 25 Fall Cocktails to Try This Season list.

Last year, we had one group of trick-or-treaters come to our door early in the evening. We hadn’t bought any candy to pass out, but the mom told Luke they came to the house because of the pumpkins outside. We brought our pumpkins in, turned off the lights in the front of the house, and watched Practical Magic and Bewitched. Yesterday, I read on Instagram that in the UK putting a pumpkin outside usually marks your house as trick-or-treater friendly.

This year, we carved pumpkins, but it was really for our own enjoyment. We lit the tea lights inside of our Harry Potter themed pumpkins and put them by our back door so we could see them, but we once again wouldn’t attract any trick-or-treaters. Are we the worst?! Ha!


Halloween is definitely the best day of the year to enjoy a nice big bowl of hot chili, but we’ve got months ahead of good chili weather. There are just so many different ways to make it! Everyone seems to have a preference or their own secret ingredient. At our house, Luke is the chili master, but the main ingredients are ground turkey (sometimes ground beef), black beans, and red kidney beans. Since I’m not a food blogger or a talented food photographer, I thought I’d share some recipes from around the web from people who are far more talented than I am.

Fire and Ice Chili How Sweet Eats

Fire & Ice Chili

From How Sweet Eats

Why You Should Make It: Her secret ingredient is rich, dark chocolate ice cream! She says you can’t taste it, but it adds a depth of flavour that you simply can’t replicate with just cocoa powder.

Game Day Beer Chili How Sweet Eats

Game Day Beer Chili

From How Sweet Eats

Why You Should Make It: It’s got two different meats, a can of your favourite beer, AND maple syrup! Now that sounds like an explosion of flavour!

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Chili How Sweet Eats

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Chili

From How Sweet Eats

Why You Should Make It: It’s buffalo chicken soup! Like chicken wings in a bowl and it will definitely make your house smell like heaven.

Cornbread Topped Skillet Chili Sally's Baking Addiction

Cornbread Topped Skillet Chili

From Sally’s Baking Addiction

Why You Should Make It: Cornbread and chili belong together and we all know it. Why not combine them from the start?

Slow Cooker Taco Spice Chili Sally's Baking Addiction

Slow Cooker Taco Spice Chili

From Sally’s Baking Addiction

Why You Should Make It: Think of all the Taco Tuesdays coming up that are going to be FREEZING.

Slow Cooker Hatch Green Chile Verde Foodie Crush

Slow Cooker Hatch Green Chili Verde

From Foodie Crush

Why You Should Make It: Green chili is DELICIOUS and you can eat this over rice or as tacos.

One Pot Chili Mac and Cheese Damn Delicious

One Pot Mac & Cheese Chili

From Damn Delicious

Why You Should Make It: Everybody loves a good one pot dinner. And combining mac & cheese and chili just make sense! These other soups may be hearty, but they have nothing on this dish!

Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Chili Damn Delicious

Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Chili

From Damn Delicious

Why You Should Make It: A delicious chili loaded with seasonal vegetables is about the most fall thing you can eat.

5 Ingredient White Chicken Chili Damn Delicious

5 Ingredient White Chicken Chili

From Damn Delicious

Why You Should Make It: Mix up your usual chili dinner with some chicken and salsa verde—plus just three other ingredients!

Vegan Sweet Potato and Lentil Chili Damn Delicious

Vegan Sweet Potato & Lentil Chili

From Damn Delicious

Why You Should Make It: Skip the meat for an evening, but still enjoy a hearty bowl of chili that will definitely warm you through.