creepy snacks

At my high school in Hong Kong, we did this yearly trip overseas to another southeast Asian country. Unfortunately, I was stuck with the creepy gym teacher for a week in the Philippines.

We stopped at a lake midway through a 4-hour bus trip, and all chilled at its edges and ate snacks. Cue creepy gym teacher.

He went right up to the water’s edge, shot his hand in, and pulled out a fish.

A fish.

He didn’t say a word, just pretended to eat it and then threw it in some bushes behind him.

Somehow that wasn’t even the most surreal thing to happen on that trip.

Dear 2017 me,

You will get better. Your life will change. Have patience. Things that are built quicker are destroyed just as soon.
This year you must take care of yourself and be careful to not give too much of yourself away. But don’t walk through life guarded, that’s never been your way.
Take the year a quarter at a time. Don’t plan for the whole year, you don’t know what life will be like 6 months from now.
Don’t focus too much on the planning because without execution, a plan is just a piece of paper.
You’re 20 now and that’s huge but don’t stress over trying to be ‘mature’ and adult like because you already are. Chasing bubbles doesn’t make you a kid, it makes you a person who knows how to chase happiness.
Get out of your house more. You need the fresh air, you need the sun. By now you’ve learnt, you don’t need to shy away from sunlight to love the night. You will always be a creature of the night with just a little bit of vampire obsession to make you creepy.
Snack. Don’t binge.
Study. You may not exactly be where you want to be right now but if you study hard enough you soon will.
You had learnt at a very young age that there’s no excellence without labour. You strive for excellence and hence you must labour.
Don’t write too many letters to people because the first letter is lovely, the second is cute, the third is ? If they aren’t the right person.
Have faith. Sometimes that’s the only thing you have left but it does wonders.
‘NOW’ is your 2017 key word.
Don’t wait to do things you really want to because if you wait long enough, you don’t want to do anything.

There are nice people and there are shitty people. Just because you’ve come across a bunch of shitty people all at once doesn’t mean nice people don’t exist. They do. And you will find them. But remember, all people are current assets. You’re the only fixed one. Invest more in yourself. There’s so much more I want to tell you but from now I want to do less of talking and more of doing. I know you will understand, at least I hope you do.
 Love,
 2016 me

Dear 2017 me,

You will get better. Your life will change. Have patience. Things that are built quicker are destroyed just as soon.
This year you must take care of yourself and be careful to not give too much of yourself away. But don’t walk through life guarded, that’s never been your way.
Take the year a quarter at a time. Don’t plan for the whole year, you don’t know what life will be like 6 months from now.
Don’t focus too much on the planning because without execution, a plan is just a piece of paper.
You’re 20 now and that’s huge but don’t stress over trying to be ‘mature’ and adult like because you already are. Chasing bubbles doesn’t make you a kid, it makes you a person who knows how to chase happiness.
Get out of your house more. You need the fresh air, you need the sun. By now you’ve learnt, you don’t need to shy away from sunlight to love the night. You will always be a creature of the night with just a little bit of vampire obsession to make you creepy.
Snack. Don’t binge.
Study.
You may not exactly be where you want to be right now but if you study hard enough you soon will.
You had learnt at a very young age that there’s no excellence without labour. You strive for excellence and hence you must labour.
Don’t write too many letters to people because the first letter is lovely, the second is cute, the third is ? If they aren’t the right person.
Have faith. Sometimes that’s the only thing you have left but it does wonders.
‘NOW’ is your 2017 key word.
Don’t wait to do things you really want to because if you wait long enough, you don’t want to do anything.
There are nice people and there are sh*tty people. Just because you’ve come across a bunch of sh*tty people all at once doesn’t mean nice people don’t exist. They do. And you will find them.
But remember, all people are current assets. You’re the only fixed one. Invest more in yourself.
There’s so much more I want to tell you but from now I want to do less of talking and more of doing. I know you will understand, at least I hope you do.
Love,
2016 me

—  creatingnikki 
🍂 October Bucket List 2015 🍂

• carve/decorate pumpkins! 🎃
• visit a cemetery during dusk
• go to rocky horror picture show live musical 💋
• have a pumpkin spice latte or tea ☕️
• go to Canada’s Wonderland Halloween Haunt
• decorate house inside and out with Halloween decorations
• decorate bedroom at dorm
• go to multiple haunted houses 👻
• go to a haunted hayride
• do a haunted corn maze 🌽
• go to Bingeman’s Scream Park
• go to a pumpkin patch
• go apple picking 🍎
• make apple pie
• make pumpkin pie
• go to pumpkinfest!
• go to local county fair
• paint nails with Halloween/spooky nail art 💅🏻
• do paranormal investigation with Haunted Hamilton
• make caramel apples
• throw Halloween party
• watch movies on “October movie list”
• buy autumn/Halloween bath products & candles
• do 30 day October challenge on instagram (created by me, @humanary.stew)
• go trick or treating (not all night, few houses!) 🍭
• do ghost tour at Fort George, Niagara.
• do creepy sfx makeup / body painting
• buy/make costume & dress up for Halloween
• make creepy cute snacks and treats (cookies, cakes, ect) 🍪
• read Edgar Allan Poe poems and stories
• go on a nature walk/explore woods (collect items)
• have a bonfire and make s’mores
• get Halloween/horror tattoo 💉
• see new horror movies in theatres (The Green Inferno, Crimson Peek, Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension and Goosebumps)
• do lots of divination & offerings (tarot, runes, tea leaf, scry) 🔮
• do spells
• create moon water for the month of October 🌕
• have a dead dinner (dumb supper)
• go to Samhain class at White Flame
• make more items for my Etsy shop
• do the screaming tunnels legend
• watch season premier of American Horror Story: Hotel
• set up and decorate Halloween tree 🎄
• set up altar for Mabon
• set up altar for Samhain

Caramel Apples

Halloween was tomorrow and Mark and Jack were having a party in their apartment. It seemed like a good idea at the time but hosting a party was a lot of work. They were both in the kitchen making creepy-themed  snacks. Mark was working on some pretzels that looked like broomsticks, while Jack was trying to make caramel apples.

“Fookin hell…” Jack swore under his breath. Mark turned his attention to his boyfriend, who was elbow-deep in a bowl of caramel and getting more on himself than the apples. Mark couldn’t help but laugh as Jack continued to struggle. He eased up behind his lover, wrapping his arms around Jack’s slim waist and placing a kiss on the back of his neck. 

“What’s wrong Jackababy?” Mark said softly.

“This fookin caramel is what’s wrong, it’s everywhere but where I want it t’ be.”

Jack wiped his face on his arm only to get caramel on his cheek. Mark laughed again, and then leaned in to kiss it off. He rested his head on Jack’s shoulder and moved his hands to guide Jack’s.

“Look, do it like this.” Mark moved Jack’s hand to grab an apple and dip it into the bowl. He carefully turned Jack’s hand to catch all the drips. Meanwhile Jack could only stare at his lover. “See? It’s not that hard.” Mark sat the apple down and noticed Jack looking at him. “What? Is it on my face too?” 

Jack swiped his finger through the bowl and ran it across Mark’s face. “Yeh got a little right there.” 

“Oh so that’s how it’s gonna be.” Mark reached for the bowl as Jack tried to make an escape, but Mark’s big arms held him in his place while he wiped the sugary mess on Jack’s nose. At this point they were both out of breath from laughing and they stopped and admired each other for a moment. Jack kissed the sweet substance off of Mark’s chin and Mark did the same to Jack’s nose. Then Jack pulled Mark’s face down and gently closed the space between their lips.

“What was that for?” Mark brushed the neon hair off Jack’s forehead.

“Just cause.”

On the first day of Christmas, Carmilla gave to me:

12 angry mobbers

11 bajillion Christmas lights

10 creepy gingerbread

9 different snack cakes

8 loving glances

7 minutes of pure joy

6 empty booths

5 mentions of murder

4 ugly sweaters

3 “my dad”’s from Laura

2 cheek kisses

and a growling Carmilla Karnstein