2016 Halloween Costume Couture


My Halloween couture trade inside connection Rhonda Cowan, co-owner of Etoile costume and gift shop on Venture Boulevard in Tarzana CA reveals the hot trends for 2016. Rhonda and her sister Sandy outfit high-end Valley Girls and Guys and the studios. Look for their lineup at parties and trick-or-treat parades near you. From Rhonda,

“Trends…Deadpool, Harley Quinn, Joker, Harry Potter is still popular. Pirates are always popular, the 20’s never goes out of style along with Gatsby now.   


Super Heroes always for kids!  Especially Captain America, Thor and the villain Loki.

Top Halloween 2016 costume trends!:

Because of their recent passing, Prince and David Bowie costumes are in demand for adults…Michael Jackson is a perennial.  Star Wars is surging again.   Ghost Busters for preteens and teens.”

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There you have it ghouls and guys, and for more Halloween fun be sure to download your copy of

A Harvest and Halloween Handbook from Amazon or BN.com.



And for great DIY costume ideas and instructions visit my Pinterest costume board: https://www.pinterest.com/pammcmurtry/costumes/

Thanks to the Deseret News for publishing 
2 of my favorite recipes:

September is National Honey Month.


45 days and counting…

I'm excited about fall this year for some reason! Summer has always been my favorite but the past couple of years fall has taken the candle for my favorite!:

I am so ready to start decorating for Halloween. My youngest son, living at home while he attends college, has informed me that if I start decorating for Halloween too early he’s moving out.

 Gosh I’m going to miss that kid. 

So it will be a few days before the harvest and Halloween make their appearance at McMurtry Manor; but not wanting to leave you hanging, here are a few of favorite blasts from the past. 

Halloween home from A Harvest and Halloween Handbook:

 Autumn decor featuring the portrait of g.g.grandfather Perus Sprague Tracy and Die Heilige Schrifte, my husband’s antique German Bible. 

Happy Sukkot!

A sukkah for a Feast of the Tabernacles celebration.

LOVE houndstooth plaid!:

Houndstooth check and a black cat for you cat and dog lovers.

Here's a spot for a Halloween party.:

A polka dot party in our Kid Cave. 

Oh the lights at Halloween:

Cool but not creepy Halloween decor. 

Pumpkin pie cake recipe:

Pumpkin Pie Cake… mmm I can smell it now. 

Fairy house: site for a Halloween party treasure hunt:

A Halloween dollhouse to hide treats in for the treasure hunt. 

Halloween activity: Candy jar guessing game

Fun and games and more to come from 
A Harvest and Halloween Handbook

Get your Halloween inspiration when you download 
A Harvest and Halloween ebook today

Oooh, I just created a breakfast that I hope you’ll try – 
its nutritious and delicious! 

Wheat Field, Macro, Wheat, Natural

French Toast Cracked Wheat Cereal

       With a hand-cranked grain mill set on extra-coarse, grind                  whole kernels of wheat. Measure out 
3/4 C cracked wheat
       Place in a large saucepan, add
2 C water 
1/4 tsp sea salt
       Bring to boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium          and simmer for 20 – 25 minutes. Add 
1 C chopped pecans or walnuts 
1 C blueberries, fresh or frozen 
        Spoon into 3 – 4 bowls and sprinkle with 
brown sugar, maple syrup or honey (optional)
       Add milk and you have a protein-rich hearty breakfast that tastes and smells divine.