Autumn in October: Young Frankenstein, a Not-So-Scary Halloween, and Pumpkin Cake…

October 20, 2016

Autumn in October:
Young Frankenstein, a Not-So-Scary Halloween,
and Pumpkin Cake…

img_3216My daughter and I enjoy Disney’s non-frightening approach to Halloween with
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party!

Autumn in October


The beauteous colors of the season are all around.  As trees turn autumn’s vivid jewel tones, and temperatures begin to cool, fall pulls us in, wrapping its cozy arms around us.

img_3476img_3485I spotted these colorful scenes on my neighbor walk this week.

Version 2I still love making wax paper leaf crafts each fall.

Young Frankenstein and Other Not-Too-Scary Halloween Shows

I have a few movies and shows that are on my “must watch” list each year in October.
(I love my DVDs!) Among my favorites is 
Young Frankenstein (1974).Having seen this now classic film (while in high school), when it was first released, it still makes me giggle.  So when I heard that there would be a one-time showing this October 5th in select theaters, I was in! Introduced by Mel Brooks, this large screen showing did not disappoint!  

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Young Frankenstein was shown in select theaters on October 5th.

img_3335Young Frankenstein trivia entertained the audience prior to the movie.

img_3349Young Frankenstein is a true comedy classic.
Seeing it on the big screen again was a real treat.

img_3518A few other of my “must watch” Halloween programs are shown above.
To see a my complete Halloween Watch List click, here.

A Not-So-Scary Halloween, like Disney

Mickey Mouse is just not scary.:o) I have had the pleasure of seeing, first hand, how Disney celebrates Halloween with their Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.  I was impressed at how Disney embraced the fun of the holiday, while keeping the fear factor at bay.

img_5957Disney’s Halloween decorations are happy and often mouse-shaped.

img_3206Among the fun activities is the colorful and light-filled Boo to You Halloween Parade.

Even the Disney hotel “ghosts” are friendly.

img_3472This year I purchased online ( this cute light up
Mickey Mouse Trick or Treat Bucket, allowing me to have a little bit of
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at home.

Treats not Tricks

Brownie Pumpkins!

Part of the fun of Halloween is the availability of holiday-themed treats in the stores.
Aren’t these pumpkin-shaped brownies by Little Debbie cute?  They taste yummy, too!

Little Debbie’s Pumpkin Brownies are a fun Halloween treat.

Annette’s Pumpkin Cake

This time of year there is a cornucopia of pumpkin-flavored options available to purchase. To be honest, I am usually not a big pumpkin fan, or I should say not a big fan of all the various pumpkin spices. ( I do make Thanksgiving pumpkin pie from scratch, though, with a real pumpkin.  Look for my recipe next month.) Over the years I have tweaked the following pumpkin cake recipe to my liking, and autumn begs me to bake it each year.  This dense, moist, but not overly spiced, not overly sweet cake is perfect with a large cup of hot tea. 


Gather up the items needed for this yummy pumpkin cake.
October 2019


My pumpkin cake just put in the oven to bake.
October 2019

img_3495Pumpkin Cake fresh out of the oven.
October 2016


Annette’s Pumpkin Cake



PAM to grease pan

4 eggs

2 cups sugar
1+1/4 cup wesson vegetable oil

1 -15 oz. can of pumpkin

2 cups flour

2 teaspoon baking soda

 scant 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Dash of salt

Whipped Cream, or Cool Whip

Preheat oven at 350 degrees.

Grease (I use PAM), 13 x 9 pan. (I use glass.)

In mixer, beat eggs well.
Add sugar, and then oil. Mix.
Add pumpkin.
Add dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt)
Beat all together, just until mixed.

Pour into greased 13 x 9 pan.

Bake on center rack in preheated 350 degrees oven for 30-40 minutes,
or until toothpick comes out clean when stuck into middle of cake.

Serve warm, or cool, with Whipped Cream, or Cool Whip.


This Pumpkin Cake recipe takes one 15-ounce can of pumpkin.

For my previous post with my hot cider recipe, click here.
For my previous post with my caramel corn recipe, click here

Free FALL Printable

I love free printables for my “printable frame” in our entry hallway.
I change out the printable in my frame frequently; a simple way to change the look.
Recently, I was inspired by a Pinterest post for crafting a wooden sign,
and created this printable for you to use.
Click on the blue link below the FALL sign to copy and print.
I would love to hear how you use my printable in your home decor!

Check out my Pinterest boards, here.

img_3522I change out my “printable frame” often in my hall entryway.

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Thanks for reading!


Note-Due to a technical error (more accurately, mine), most of the photos from past blog posts were accidently deleted awhile back. I have been slowly working to replace them, and most are now back in place. If you wish to grab a cup of tea/coffee and take a few minutes to view my past blogs and photos,click here, or go to

In an effort to establish a more reliable blog posting schedule, I plan (or at least, plan to try) to post every other Thursday. Think of Thursday as I’m Annette days. :o)
Look for my next post on November 3.

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photo – Version 2Happy Autumn!

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13 Responses to Autumn in October: Young Frankenstein, a Not-So-Scary Halloween, and Pumpkin Cake…

  1. Marjorie Mattson says:

    Good Blog!! Happy Non scarey Halloween


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