get ready for howl-o-ween with oscar!

well gang, it’s time to get ready for halloween. october is all about spooky decor, themed snacks and a lot of pumpkin. despite the uncertainty of what halloween will be like this year, we do know what it can look like. we can decorate with witches, monsters, skeletons and pumpkins. i have pulled out my halloween decor, we have a fun mummy-themed appetizer and a spooky fruity cocktail. so let’s get ready for howl-o-ween with oscar!


bright and cozy outfit of the day

long cardigan | similar sweater | skinny jeans | similar loafers

hot pink and yellow is such a fun color combination. so bright and punchy! golden yellow is perfect for fall. this long knit cardigan is from Anthropologie. Anthropologie doesn’t disappoint with its fall collection this year. so many sweaters, in gorgeous rich colors and patterns. 

as i have talked about before, long over lean is the way to wear a long chunky cardigan like this. so i have dark rinse skinny jeans. these jeans are the Ab-solution skinny jeans by Wit & Wisdom at Nordstrom. they fit like a dream! they are also offered in plus and petite sizes. 


a yellow shoe is such a fun way to add a bright pop of color to an outfit. whether you’re matching a top, like i am here, or if you just need a little pizazz, a bright color shoe is sure to bring a smile. 

 the halloween table

to set the stage for the mummy poppers, i have a decorative sugar skull, creepy gold witches shoes, witch hat taper candles and trick or treat bags. all of these items are from halloweens past, but i have rounded up a few alternative decor ideas below.


jalapeño mummy poppers

these little mummy poppers are really cute! i used pimentos for the eyes, but you can use olive slices, or slices of red chiles. they are simple to make, but they are bit labor intensive when it comes to wrapping them with the crescent roll strips. the result is worth the effort!

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jalapeño mummy poppers

Course Appetizer


  • 10 jalapeno peppers, cut in half lengthwise with the seeds removed
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 8 oz jack cheese, shredded
  • 1 scallion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 package crescent rolls
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • pimentos for eyes


  1. preheat oven to 400 degrees. mix the cream cheese, jack cheese, onion and salt until blended well.

  2. roll out the crescent dough, but do not separate them into triangles. keep them as rectangles and close up the perforations by pinching the dough together, or by pressing it with your finger.

  3. using a pizza cutter, slice each dough rectangle into about 10 thin strips.

  4. fill each jalapeño with the cheese mixture.

  5. wrap each filled pepper with strips of dough, leaving and open space near the top for the eyes.

  6. bake for 8-10 minutes, until golden. place eyes on mummies as they cool.

the black widow smash

this cocktail recipe is from Half Baked Harvest, with a slight modification. i used two tablespoons of cassis liqueur instead of the honey called for in the recipe. it had the sweetness the honey would have provided and enhanced the berry flavor. it also amped up the dark color of the drink. 

cocktail glasses | cocktail shaker 

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the black widow smash

Course cocktail
Author Half Baked Harvest


  • 8 fresh blackberries plus more for garnish
  • 1/2 tsp fresh rosemary, plus sprigs for garnish
  • juice of half a lemon
  • 1-2 tbsp honey
  • 2 oz tequila or mezcal
  • 2 dashes orange bitters
  • sparkling water for topping


  1. In a cocktail shaker or glass jar, add blackberries, rosemary, lemon juice and honey. Muddle all of the ingredients together, squishing everything to release the juices. Add the tequila and orange bitters. 

  2. Add ice to your glass and strain the drink over the ice. Top the glass with a little more ice, pour the sparkling water over, and gently stir to combine. Garnish with fresh rosemary and blackberries.


get ready for howl-o-ween with oscar


how will you celebrate halloween this year? do you plan to decorate or dress up in a costume? let me know in the comments below, i’d love to hear what your plans are. 

that’s a wrap on a very special, spooky halloween edition of fridays with oscar.  this week started with a cause near and dear to my heart: Talbots and the Art of the Scarf, which raises money for Susan G Komen. in case you missed it, check it out here.

stay tuned to the blog for fresh ideas on fall fashion, decor and recipes. oscar, ollie and i wish all of you a wonderful weekend!



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  1. Elizabeth Brown wrote:

    You look darling! I love the yellow turtleneck with that fabulous cardigan. As always, Friday is my favorite day because I love your recipes. Wish you lived near me so we could be BFF!

    Posted 10.9.20
  2. Rory wrote:

    Hi Beth and Oscar, Beth I love your look today nice and colorful. Oscar you are always lookin great. The poppers are really cute!

    Posted 10.9.20
  3. Suzanne Steese wrote:

    I haven’t seen your beautiful kitty lately. Is everything okay with him?

    Love, Love the cardigan!!

    Posted 10.9.20
  4. Deanna wrote:

    Your outfit is to die for, especially the cardigan! I’m pinning the recipe for those mummy poppers. Enjoy the fall weekend!

    Posted 10.9.20
  5. Mrs Julie Mycock wrote:

    5 stars
    Hi Beth, how lovely and colourful you look today. Your recipes look great, definitely going to try the cocktail 🍸
    Have a great weekend xx

    Posted 10.9.20
  6. Carolyn wrote:

    That sweater! Just what we need to brighten our mood. I find I’m leaning more and more to brighter colors during this weird time. I always enjoy Oscar’s day. We had your one pan chicken dinner last night. It has become a favorite.
    You always inspire with your clothing choices and your recipes!

    Posted 10.9.20
  7. Lorraine wrote:

    Love the bright colors. Isn’t fall great. The sweater is just gorgeous. 💞

    Posted 10.9.20
  8. Eve wrote:

    Do dogs see color because I’ll bet you knocked Oscars eyes out with this wonderful, colorful look. I know you did mine. I couldn’t stop smiling. I love it! I will do the crescents. They are so cute.

    Posted 10.9.20
  9. Robin wrote:

    Love the colors in the sweater and top! They really pop!

    Posted 10.9.20
  10. Karen wrote:

    Dear Beth,
    I am so glad I found your website! I love reading your posts! You have such beautiful style and taste in everything you do. You have given me inspiration to get going and be the best I can be. I am also a big fan of Oscar!
    I look forward to your weekly blogs.
    Take care and be well.

    Posted 10.9.20
  11. Andrea wrote:

    Oh Beth, those crescent rolls are a hoot! I love all things Halloween. A time when even adults get to play dress up and eat candy!

    This year Halloween in my area may not happen, but I have decided to do up the house extra special regardless. Children and adults need to laugh more than ever. We will put treats outside at the door with a message to take 1 and fill it as needed. If nothing else families can do a Halloween walk and enjoy the decorations from a safe distance. Hopefully ma nature holds off with the snow. 👻👇

    Posted 10.9.20
  12. Beth,
    I LOVE these colors on you! You look so fabulous!

    Julie Marshall

    Posted 10.10.20

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