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Halloween Special | Practical Peculiarities

Step back in time as we uncover 100-year-old Halloween fun! Get ready for a vintage journey through the rare 1923 Dennison Bogie Book. Bogie Books were halloween suggestion books packed with Halloween party ideas, costumes, decorations, made from crepe paper. These books were published by the Dennison company and were released on and off from the mid-turn of the century to the mid 1930's. In the 1930's they changed their name from Dennison's Bogie Book to Dennison's Party Magazine.

Bogie Book 1923.

They made these books to promote their crepe paper products and Halloween die cut novelties. While they had suggestions for food spreads, they never contained any actual recipes. It is mentioned in most books, that popcorn was served for the halloween spread. That said. Here is a fun recipe for my version of POPCORN BALLS.


9 cups popcorn (1/3 cup kernels)

2 cups cereal of choice (no marshmallows)

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/3 cup water

3 tbsp light corn syrup

1 tbsp butter

2 tbsp lemon juice

2 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 tsp kosher salt

1/2 tsp baking soda

Pop popcorn kernels according to the packaged directions. Note:For best results use white kernel popcorn. It Is more tender than yellow kernel popcorn. Butter a large bowl and add the popcorn. Set aside. In a medium sauce pan, combine brown sugar, water, corn syrup, butter, lemon juice, vanilla extract, and salt. Str until combined and place it over medium heat. Cover until the mixture starts to boil. Once the mixture is boiling, remove the lid and cook the mixture until it reached 245°F. Quickly stir in the baking soda until the mixture bubbles up. Carefully dump the caramel onto the popcorn and toss the popcorn with two forks (like salad) until all the popcorn is coated. Wait 3 minutes and begin to firmly pack the popcorn into balls. Place them on a lined cookie sheet to cool for 30 minutes. Bake the balls in a 250°F oven for 30 minutes. Note: If the balls fall apart a bit, it's because they needed to set a bit longer. Quickly re-form them. Let the balls cool completely before enjoying.



You will need:

Ready made donut holes


styrofoam cone

parchment paper

festive sprinkles (optional)

Royal Icing

2 cup powdered sugar

3 tsp lemon juice

2 Tbsp milk

Black food dye

Orange food dye

Mix powdered sugar, lemon juice, and milk together until combined. You are looking for a flood consistency. Not too thin or thick. If the mixture is too thin, add a bit more powdered sugar. If the mixture is too thick, add more milk. Separate in two bowls and color with gel food dye. Make sure to keep the mixtures covered when not in use or they will dry out too quickly.

Proceed to follow the steps in the video.



Scaredy Cat Die Cut
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This cat die-cut is a signature image in Dennison's Bogie Books.

How to use:

-Print on an ink-jet printer on white heavy card-stock paper -65LBS

-Spray with a semi-gloss clear acylic spray to give it a shine and bring out the colors.

Note* This image is a tad blurry/noisy because it was slightly enhanced from an original. Spraying and printing on quality paper gives it a clean look with a vintage charm.


Though the Bogie Book suggests to make these projects with their brand of crepe paper, they are no longer in production. Hence the rarity of their decorations... These are the sites that I used to purchase the crepe paper in the video. It's pretty and inexpensive. Crepe paper is very versatile as you can see in the video. It can be glues and sewn into varies designs. Even elaborate (uncomfortable) costumes.



This motif was on one of the last pages of the Bogie Book. This usually came printed on crepe paper borders ready to decorate a room. I scanned this image from the book and turned it into a stencil with my Cricut machine. You don't need a smart cutting machine to achieve this. With a little patience and an xacto knife, you can achieve the same results. Be sure to cut it on stencil paper.



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