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Spooky Halloween

Hi Friends

I had another fun week. I watered the school garden.

I also ate lunch with my class at chipotle, my fav place! I had Wednesday off and went to Target.

Next week we have a halloween party. Can you guess my costume? Below I will share a ghost story.

Thank you to for the produce donation!


Thought I would share a spooky Halloween Story

Fifty-Cent Piece

A New York Ghost Story

retold by

S. E. Schlosser

There is a story told in Troy and Albany about a couple returning home from a trip to New England. They were driving home in a carriage, and were somewhere near Spiegletown when the light failed and they knew they would have to seek shelter for the night.

The husband spied a light through the trees and turned their horse into a small lane leading up a hill. A pleasant little house stood at the crest, and an old man and his wife met the couple at the door. They were in nightclothes and were obviously about to turn in, but they welcomed the travelers and offered them a room. The old woman bustled about making tea and offering freshly-baked cakes. Then the travelers were shown to their room. The husband wanted to pay the old couple for their lodgings, but the old lady shook her head and the old man refused any payment for such a small service to their fellow New Yorkers.

The travelers awoke early and tiptoed out of the house, leaving a shiny fifty-cent coin in the center of the kitchen table where the old couple could not miss it. The husband hitched up the horse and they went a few miles before they broke their fast at a little restaurant in Spiegletown.

The husband mention the nice old couple to the owner of the restaurant and the man turned pale.

"Where did you say that house was?" he asked. The husband described the location in detail.

"You must be mistaken," said the restaurant owner. "That house was destroyed three years ago by a fire that killed the Brown family."

"I don't believe it," the husband said flatly. "Mr. and Mrs. Brown were alive and well last night."

After debating for a few more minutes, the couple and the restaurant owner drove the carriage back out of town towards the old Brown place. They turned into the lane, which was overgrown with weeds, and climbed the hill to the crest. There they found a burned out shell of a house that had obviously not sheltered anyone for a long time.

"I must have missed the track," said the husband. And then his wife gave a terrified scream and fainted into his arms. As he caught her, the husband looked into the ruin and saw a burnt table with a shiny fifty-cent piece lying in the center.


Halloween: Mashed Potato Ghosts


  • 1 1/2 lbs potatoes peeled and quartered length-wise

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 2 Tbsp heavy cream

  • 2 Tbsp butter

  • 1 Tbsp reserved liquid from cooking potatoes

  • Salt and White Pepper you want to keep them white for ghosts, no black flecks

After mashing

  • 1/4 c parmesan cheese

  • 1 Large egg beaten


  • Peppercorns or black sesame seeds


  1. Put potatoes into a saucepan.

  2. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt.

  3. Add water until potatoes are covered.

  4. Bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer, covered, 15-20 minutes, or until done.

  5. Melt butter and stir in cream.

  6. Drain water from potatoes, reserving some.

  7. Put hot potatoes into a bowl.

  8. Add cream and melted butter, and 1 Tbs reserved liquid.

  9. Use potato masher to mash potatoes until well mashed.

  10. Use a spoon to continue stirring/mashing, adding more liquid until you get desired consistency.

  11. Add salt and pepper to taste.

  12. Now stir in parmesan cheese and 1 already beaten egg.

  13. Put potatoes in piping bag or ziploc with a corner cut off, and pipe your ghosts onto a lined baking sheet.

  14. Put black peppercorns in for eyes (black sesame seeds work too)

  15. Put in 375 degree oven for 15-20 minutes.

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