2016 Halloween Playlist!

Bittersweet SusieHi Friends.

I almost forgot to post this years playlist. I didn’t TOTALLY forget, that is a bit of a stretch. I remembered but I just was not into it. I firmly believe that we should have certain big holidays every other year – that way it is like – Yay Halloween I missed your guts SO much – instead of – OH CRAP HALLOWEEN IS NEXT MONDAY!?!?!

I am usually super pumped for Halloween – I do a bunch of posts and take photos of my spooky adventures. I just didn’t this year. I am sorry. I DID decorate the house a little and the roommies humored me with that. “Festive!” “Cute!” “Oh you decorate for EVERY HOLIDAY?” Thanks gang – I appreciate the understanding and support.

I managed go to two of the major theme parks Haunt events – Universal Studios & Knott’s Berry Farms. I had NEVER been to the Universal one before and had not been to Knott’s since *cough* 1998 *cough*.

I was TERRIFIED of these types of things – but this year I was fine. I am either way more brave or so old and bitter I no longer care to be scared. Either way – they are both fun! I felt like I was everyone’s MOM at Universal. So, there was that. And the lines were ridic. What the crap is the purge and why is it EVERYWHERE. If I had to pick one to return to it would HANDS DOWN be Knotts. I love that little park. And the Ghost Town all filled with fog and decorations is pretty much the closest thing you will get to living in a spooky Halloween special of our childhood AND it has Elvira – plus it is half the price – is there even a contest here? We know who the clear winner is.

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I am also most likely NOT going to dress up for Halloween this year. I was never even temped with that idea. Adult Halloween is sometimes just NOT my jam. I do like carving pumpkins! And the smell of a FULL bucket of Halloween candy. It is the best.

As a peace-offering for being the worst blogger ever for the five friends and family members who read this (Hi mom! LOVE YOU) I have two treats for you today!

The 2016 Playlist! AND some crafty fun freebies! Wooooo! Party!

It is time to get crafty because I made you a “Tomb Sweet Tomb” Cross Stitch – AND of you run out of time (like I do every damn year) you can also just download a free printable fakeout – See fellow procrastinators – I GOT YOUR BACK!

Download Tomb Sweet Tomb Freebies HERE!

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And the most important tradition here at Bittersweet Susie – The 2016 Halloween Playlist!

2016 Halloween Playlist



Don’t forget to check out the posts of HALLOWEEN’S PAST – in case you missed them or you are old like me and FORGOT!

2015 Halloween Playlist 

2014 Halloween Playlist 

Vincent Price Cook-a-long

Swingin’ at the Séance



• What was your favorite Halloween Candy as a kid?

• What was your LEAST favorite?

• Are you dressing up this year??


Vincent Price COOKALONG

Why hello my dears. Halloween is OVER! I was such a spoiled sport about it this year. Usually it is my FAVORITE. I think I have now decided no pants SUMMERS are my favorite, and anything coconut flavored. Spoiled sport or NOT the Halloween fun just doesn’t fucking stop here at the Bittersweet Susie Headquarters. No it does NOT.

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Jenny – over at Silver Screen Suppers & Vincentennial Cookblog decided to included a few of us blogger frands on this wonderful Halloween adventure of testing out some of Mr. Price’s INFAMOUS RECIPES. (duh duh duh – lightning crash and scary crash effects now) She assigned us each a recipe and we has a due date to get this little project done. Let me repeat that last bit SHE ASSIGNED US THE RECIPE. The woman gave me CAROLINA DEVILED CLAMS. %$&#*#(*Q@)_)#. Ewwwwww. What the crap IS that anyways?

When I test these vintage recipes I need someone else to try them for me. One so I can photograph then and TWO because I like to maybe slightly torture my loved ones but this shit is going to end badly and all these people are never speak to me again I KNOW IT.


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Start with the BUTTER – ‘cuz DUHHHHHHH

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Vincent Price HALLOWEEN Cookalong | Bittersweet Susie

Vincent Price HALLOWEEN Cookalong | Bittersweet Susie

Oh MAH GAHHHWWDDDDD – So it said 2 dozen medium clams. Kids – I live in the valley, not too near any oceans (405 traffic is BAD MAN) where the crap am I going to get CLAMS. Canned it is!

I just scooped some of this out. I closed my eyes.

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Those crumbs are Ritz Crackers – Nothing but the best!

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The recipe says Tabasco – they spelled Crystal wrong.

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My dear friend Molly had her annual Pumpkin Party! And my Bad Ass Knit Club was there. They were all champs and agreed to take one for the team for the love of Retro Recipes, Vincent Price, Halloween, and the USA.

There were also some Knit club parents in attendance – I have put their reactions on their photos:

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Vincent Price HALLOWEEN Cookalong | Bittersweet Susie

Vincent Price HALLOWEEN Cookalong | Bittersweet Susie
(click to jump to the Flickr page – it’s worth the big file) Katie says: It’s not for me – No offense.

On to the Parents – who honestly, are way cooler than us anyways:

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(and look at this outfit – VINTAGE, Leather, I am stealing it – MEOOOWWW)

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Loved – Took the rest home (first retro recipe attempt I DIDN’T THROW AWAY)

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So this was definitely a GENERATIONAL thing. The parents were like yea this tastes fine. There were a couple that really enjoyed it. While us “kids” (and yes we are in our 30s and we are STILL GOING TO SIT AT THE DAMN KIDS TABLE) were a bit more fearful of the very exotic casserole like dish.

Crackers INDEED.

And to be very fair – the food at this pumpkin party was OVER THE TOP and DIVINE. Homemade Pumpkin Ravioli with Brown butter, A pumpkin cocktail that would fuck Dumbledore up, Caramel Apples, and homemade pupusas. The poor canned clams didn’t stand a chance.

And maybe if you are nice Molly will invite you next year. But probably not.

I cannot wait to see what my fellow adventures in Vintage cuisine have come up with. DO NOT MISS macabre culinary adventures:

Make sure you check in with Jenny – She is the Keymaster (or the Gate keeper – which one was Sigourney Weaver?) Over at:

Silver Screen Suppers & Vincentennial Cookblog

Jenny of Silver Screen Suppers – Oxtail Creole

Michael of Michael MacMahon – Chicken in Vermouth
Saucy Cherie – Liver Risotto
A couple of extras…
Cathy of Battenburg Belle also made the Pumpkin Pie
Ruth of Mid Century Menu also made version 2 of Vincent’s Bloody Mary and his Pumpkin Pie

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The Vincent Price PUMPKIN PIE was also Made  – but this post was going to be 8 miles long if I included it – so you will have to come back tomorrow, but would that be so bad?

You know you like me. Stop resisting.


• Will you make this dish?

• Who had the best reaction?

• What is your favorite Vincent Price ANYTHING?