Halloween Inspired Cook Here, Eat This

I think I might be one of the only people on the planet who really isn’t into Halloween. I know, I know. Even with a kid now I’m just not that jazzed on this holiday – not feeling pumpkins, don’t enjoy faux spiderwebs, really see no need to hang a skeleton from my front door. And I certainly have NO idea what I’m going to actually be on the big day (I will dress up as this is the first year my kid really gets it, but I have a feeling it’s going to be a very 11th a hour kind of thing).

All that said, that doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate some good (ahem) design inspired by the season.

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Case in point, this stunning (almost all) black kitchen. I’m obsessed with the dramatic contrast between the black upper cabinetry, the island and lowers with the deliciously veiny marble counters and backsplash. The moody lighting in simply gorgeous. Created by one of my favorite San Francisco based interior designers, Nicole Hollis, there’s a depth to this space that could teeter on foreboding and instead is just dramatic and practically perfect in every way. That round wood topped table with a blackened base is giving me life.

I certainly think this stunningly dark kitchen pairs perfectly with one of my long running favorite cocktails. If you have a Halloween party on the books, definitely consider serving up this nearly black libation. It’s ghoulish, but also delicious. A winning combo in my book – no ghosts or skeletons actually required for enjoyment.

Halloween Inspired Cook Here, Eat This on apartment 34

DRINK RECIPE: Pomegranate + Blackberry Lemondrop 

6 blackberries
1/3 cup pomegranate juice
1 oz. lemon juice
1.5 oz. vodka

First, muddle blackberries and place in shaker with juices, vodka and ice. Shake for 20 seconds, strain into glass and garnish with blackberries on a pick.

This drink makes you pucker, in a good way! It’s perfectly sweet at first with a punch of sour towards the end. We love the idea of blackberries as a garnish, making the dark berry drink even more moody and monochromatic.

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interior design by nicole hollis / original cocktail photography for apartment 34 by Aubrie Pick / original drink recipe by craft and cocktails


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Top Family-Friendly Activities in Salt Lake City

Keeping little ones entertained and stimulated on a daily basis can be a daunting task for parents. It’s hard to balance screen time with imagination and free time. And just like a hive of bees, kids are buzzing around, energized all the time.

But don’t fret! Salt Lake City offers a variety of family-friendly activities. No matter what the season, the Beehive State is full options that will entertain the entire family. Make a family bucket list and check each activity off, while making memories along the way. Here are the top 25 family-friendly activities in Salt Lake City.

Salt Lake City is full of family-friendly museums and attractions that’ll keep the kids occupied and entertained for hours. And what’s more, the kids (and parents) may learn some new facts and stats while out and about.

Whether you’re trying to escape the heat of summer or stay warm during the chillier days of summer, these activities are worth your while.

Animal Activities

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If your kids love animals, then you must check out these four animal exhibits scattered throughout the Wasatch Front.

Hogle Zoo

With more than 800 animals, Utah’s Hogle Zoo takes you on a trip around the world. From the Asian Highlands to the African Savannah, you’ll see and interact with different animals from around the globe.

Wheeler Farm

Full of playgrounds, trails and farm animals, Wheeler Farm is a great place to take the family for a fun-filled day. If you visit during the early months of spring, you’ll get to experience baby animal days and see the fluffy yellow chicks, young foals and newborn lambs.

Tracy Aviary

Like birds of a feather, your family can flock together to the Tracy Aviary located near Liberty Park. With a focus on birds specifically, your family can learn about the different species and how they impact the circle of life.

The Living Planet Aquarium

The Loveland Living Planet Aquarium is true underwater adventure and is home to more than 4,000 different species. With different exhibits meant to reflect different habitats around the world, you and the kids will enjoy learning about our vast ecosystem.


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There are multiple family-friendly activities in Salt Lake City and exploring museums is one of them. Next time you’re looking for something to do, check out one of these local museums.

Discovery Gateway

Full of hands-on exhibits, Discovery Gateway is a great place to take younger children for the day. This museum lets guests “do” instead of just “see.” All exhibits are hands-on and allow the children to explore with their five senses.

Clark Planetarium

The downtown Clark Planetarium is a science museum that’ll entertain both left and right-brained people. Whether you’re looking to watch an IMAX or learn about earthquakes and seismic activity, you’ll learn it all in a fun way.

Museum of Natural Curiosity

Located about 30 minutes outside of downtown Salt Lake, the Museum of Natural Curiosity is a great place to take kids and let them burn off some steam. Each exhibit is interactive and allows the kids to learn by engaging with it.

Natural History Museum

The Natural History Museum beautifully displays Utah’s history. One of the most notable exhibits is the dinosaur exhibit. Families can learn Utah’s prehistoric story and see dinosaur skeletons on a life-size display. This museum does a great job making learning fun.


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Settled by the Mormon Pioneers, Utah has a rich history and the valley is full of historic landmarks. No matter your background or beliefs, it’s interesting to visit each historic landmark and appreciate the story of Utah’s birth.

This Is The Place

Visiting This Is The Place park will take you back in time to the location where our city was founded. Take a horseback tour or explore the old blacksmith shop and you’ll leave with a great appreciation and understanding of Utah’s heritage.

Utah State Capitol

Each state has a unique capitol building, and Salt Lake’s won’t disappoint. The views from the capitol are stunning, and if you visit the building during the spring, you’ll be awed by the pink cherry blossoms. Learn a little bit more about Utah’s government all while taking in gorgeous city views.

Temple Square

Historic Temple Square offers stunning architectural feats and beautiful gardens. Meander through the square, learn more about Utah history and continue on to City Creek mall for lunch and a dip in the splash pads.



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Kids of all ages will enjoy these family-friendly attractions and games.


If you’re looking for your classic amusement park complete with roller coasters, Ferris wheels and swings, then Lagoon is the place for you. Open during the summer through Halloween, Lagoon is a family-friendly attraction that has rides for toddlers and adults alike. You can also enjoy the water park Lagoon-A-Beach and have fun sliding down water slides and rides.

Dave and Buster’s

Sometimes, winning tickets for arcade prizes is just what’s needed for a fun day. Dave and Buster’s, located at The Gateway in downtown Salt Lake, has food, arcade games and prizes. No matter your age, skee ball is bound to make your day more fun.

Hale Centre Theatre

Hale Centre Theatre produces family-friendly plays year-round. If you’re looking for a cultural event that’ll educate and entertain your kiddos, then this local theater will not disappoint.

Sporting events

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There’s nothing quite like hot dogs, cotton candy and popcorn at a ball game. And Salt Lake is home to a few professional sports teams. If you’re looking for a family-friendly activity, consider taking the crew to cheer on our local teams.

Utah Jazz

Attending a Jazz game is an essential bucket-list item if you live in Salt Lake. Cheer on the basketball team as they slam dunk their way to a victory.

Real Salt Lake

If you’re here for RSL, then you won’t be disappointed. The Real Salt Lake soccer team promises a night of fun for the entire family.

Utah Grizzlies

Like hockey? Then you definitely don’t want to miss the Utah Grizzlies in a hockey match.

Salt Lake Bees

Nothing quite says summer like an evening at a baseball game. Take the family out to a ball game, ride the train around the sandlot and watch the Bees score a home run this summer season.

Outdoor activities

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Sometimes, you just need to get outside, enjoy the fresh air and explore nature. Salt Lake is surrounded by national parks, world-renowned ski resorts and hiking trails, and lush green parks and walkways.

Whether you’re feeding the ducks or hiking along trails, there’s always something to do outside in Salt Lake. Here are the best parks and outdoor activities to enjoy with the entire family.

Sugarhouse Park

Walk the three-mile loop, pack a picnic, play on the playground or feed the ducks at this local park.

Liberty Park

Liberty Park offers a variety of activities for the whole family. From tennis courts and carnival rides to walking trails and sprawling, grassy areas, it’s fun to spend the entire day outside at this local park.


If you’re looking for great hiking trails that are easy for the family with stunning views, look no further than Big Cottonwood Canyon, Little Cottonwood Canyon or Millcreek Canyon. All within 30 minutes from downtown Salt Lake, you’ll be able to escape the busy city and enjoy the beautiful mountain scenery.

Have some fun in the SLC

All of these activities can be fun for kids of any age. With so many family-friendly activities in Salt Lake City, it’s hard to prioritize your list and decide which ones to do first. Slowly make your way down the list and you’ll explore the entire city and know it like the back of your hand.



Home Tour: An Exercise in Noir Chic in New York City

While my love of all black interiors certainly is not Halloween related, I’m happy to take another excuse to celebrate all things noir. The dramatic loft in New York featured today showcases sultry black highlights everywhere you turn and I’m loving it. I feel pretty confident you’re going to love it too, but take a scroll and let me know what you think!

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This loft is a study in how to incorporate unique, unusual and eye-catching pieces to define your style. While the bones of this apartment offer that urban, downtown feel, the mix of masculine and feminine, industrial and vintage, high design and found objects helps the loft defy cliched design troupes. But one of it’s defining elements is the various uses of black. What would have been a simple, white box (albeit really lovely hardwood floors) has been transformed through ingenious uses of the hue. Everything from dramatic black accent walls, to black pieces of furniture, dramatic black accessories and even black sprinkler pipes give the space depth and dimension.

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It helps that the owners of this picture perfect space are the founders of NES Creative, a marketing studio known for representing design stars including Apparatus, Workstead and Egg Collective. They regularly use their space both for creative salons and as a living showroom for their clients newest work. Must be nice. I’d like to casually display a few Workstead sconces in my house.

While not all of us have access to hand-painted chairs by Alex White, there are some easy design ideas incorporated into this apartment that you can replicate – no matter what your budget might be.

Home Tour: An Exercise in Noir Chic in New York City on apartment 34

I love how this space layers different tones of black. From wool carpets and leather sofas to steel side tables and vintage portraits, this home features a myriad of yummy textures. This keeps the use of black from feeling monotone or overwhelming.

It’s also an interesting idea to paint two walls black and then leave two walls as well as the ceiling white. Two black walls connecting at the space’s far corner draws you in as you enter the loft, while the white wall beautifully bounces the natural light from the loft’s two large windows.

While there are certainly design treasures costing thousands of dollars in this home, the white sofa is also from CB2. Never forget you can mix high and low as long as you pick pieces with timeless style and classic lines.

Home Tour: An Exercise in Noir Chic in New York City on apartment 34

While I’m going to continue to save for my dream Workstead sconce, there are plenty of really compelling black pieces out there that are crazy affordable. I’ve taken the liberty to pick a few of my favorites that you can shop below. Don’t worry, these will still look incredibly cool long after Halloween season is over.

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8 Favorite Halloween Traditions of the Past and Present

Here’s a treat for you: a look back at frightful Halloween trends and customs through the years.

No matter how many great political or “Stranger Things” costumes we’ll see this year, being an adult at Halloween can be a bit of a bummer. Between obligatory “clever” costumes and the egregious lack of candy at most adult-themed Halloween parties, there’s not a lot of giddiness left in the holiday for the grownups.

In honor of the bygone days of candy-trading and itchy wigs, we rounded up a few of the fun, quirky, nostalgic spooky traditions of yore — some of which are alive and well today.

Maybe we can’t trick or treat anymore, but we can delight in remembering the highlights of our childhood Halloweens.


Ah, door-to-door sweets retrieval from strangers. It’s the day every kid looks forward to all year, but how on earth did this tradition come about?

Frankenstein and friend, circa 1974-1978. © Larry Racioppo Art and Picture Collection, The New York Public Library .

Turns out trick-or-treating actually has a couple of sources. One is the early Celt tradition of dressing up like demons at the end of the year — the idea being, if you ran into one, he’d think you were part of his posse.

The other is a later practice from the Middle Ages known as “souling,” in which poorer members of the community would go to wealthier homes on All Souls Day and offer prayers for their dearly departed in return for “soul cakes.”

Over the centuries, soul cakes gave way to Snickers and prayers gave way to tricks, but the practice of going house-to-house remains.

The classic witch costume

Before TV and movies made vampires and werewolves and witches ridiculously attractive, there was the classic witch, made famous in “The Wizard of Oz” and beloved as everyone’s last minute go-to costume.

Hallowe’en postcard, circa 1910. Published by Raphael Tuck & Sons. Art and Picture Collection, The New York Public Library.

All you needed was a broom, which your parents were no doubt super happy to surrender for a night, and maybe a pointy hat — which, as it turns out, wasn’t actually associated with witches until the 18th century. Bonus points for green facepaint and nose warts.

Front lawn graveyard

Let’s be honest. We’ve all been secretly terrified by this. Maybe you passed the yard while out on a jog, maybe you were a kid trick or treating, but at some point, those bones sticking out of a well-manicured lawn took you by surprise.


Yearning to re-create this childhood favorite in your own yard? If you can’t get your hands on plastic gravestones, there’s always the classic “dead body in the front yard” thing. Just make sure everyone knows it’s fake, unless you want the cops to show up. Seriously.

The Monster Mash

Okay, so maybe it’s not “cool” to dance to, and you still regret that time you chose it at karaoke, but you gotta hear this song at least once in October, right?


Inspired by ’60s dance records and the simultaneous horror movie craze, Bobby “Boris” Pickett’s “Monster Mash” actually topped the charts when it was released in 1962 — and again in 1973. How about a 2015 revival? Put it on repeat at your Halloween bash and see if it catches on.

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Speaking of Halloween music: Once motion activation got going, you couldn’t trust any doorway.

Things have gotten a little more sophisticated since, but step under any awning on Halloween night in the ’90s and there was a solid chance you were going to hear this “eerie” tune.

The ‘Scream’ mask

Ah, “Scream.” It brought Neve Campbell back to the silver screen, knocked off Drew Barrymore in the first scene (spoiler alert?), and gave teenage dudes everywhere the perfect Halloween costume to terrify and annoy their friends from 1996 to this very day.

The Addams Family

Whether you watched the show in the ’60s or the movies in the ’90s (ideally both), the Addams are the iconic “all together ooky” Halloween family you know and love — and fear. (Unless, of course, you were a fan of “The Munsters,” instead.)

Bonus points to the mysterious and spooky gang for offering a huge variety of fun Halloween costumes, most of which are relatively easy to pull off —except for, say, Cousin It. Nobody wants that much hair in their Halloween candy.


Believe it or not, the reason we all have to struggle with these kits every October is because of an Irish folk legend about “Stingy Jack.”


This Jack dude apparently tricked the Devil — twice! — and wasn’t allowed to go to Heaven or Hell upon his death. Instead, he was doomed to roam the earth forever with a coal lantern which, for some reason, he put into a turnip. Fast forward a few centuries and “Jack of the Lantern” becomes jack-o’-lantern, pumpkins take over for turnips, and Stingy Jack, for all we know, is still wandering around, turnip in hand.

What Halloween decorations, costumes, and traditions are you looking forward to this year?

Originally published October 28, 2017.


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