We'll start with this lovely scene, photographed at the home of the Yasmineh family near Minneapolis, which was used on the cover of Better Homes and Gardens in October of 2000:
A sweet little poem "Jack O'Lantern Fever" from BHG, 1939:
A cupcake recipe from 1939:
Ideas for some "Spooky Snacks", 1959:
And some "Spooky Cupcakes" (from 1961):
This is a "Jarrahdale" pumpkin, fitted with a pot of black mondo grass, curly willow branches and pumpkin peppers from last year's October issue:
One more gorgeous photo taken at the Yasmineh home:
And I'll leave you with a recipe for Golden Pumpkin Muffins from October 1968;
2 c. packaged biscuit mix
1/2 c. sugar
1&1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
3/4 c. milk
1/2 c. canned pumpkin
1 slightly beaten egg
2 tbsp. cooking oil
Thoroughly combine biscuit mix, sugar, and spice.
Combine milk, pumpkin, egg, and oil.
Stir into dry ingredients till blended.
Fill greased muffin cups 2/3 full.
Bake in hot oven (400 degrees) about 20 minutes.
Makes one dozen muffins.
I decided to try these, and I added raisins:
And a little Laughing Cow, while still warm from the oven.
They were just okay - not as spicy, nor as moist as I would have liked. I'll try a different recipe next time.
(I'm sure I probably even have a more recent one from another Better Homes And Gardens magazine!)