Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Hedgepigs and Howlets

Slogging through the week with a lingering cough.  Just can't wait to get through the Halloween library event tomorrow night so I can go home and visit with family...somehow I got a few last-minute volunteers, so it looks like I will have enough for the event.

And if all else fails, there will be cookies and cupcakes and one volunteer said she would bring Halloween marshmallow peeps on a stick, which sounds like a pretty good time to me.  And I'm mixing up a "Witches' Brew" and reciting a passage from Shakespeare's Macbeth about the three witches that chant "Boil, Boil, Toil, and Trouble..."  The ingredients for the witches brew consist of a bunch of random things I thought up like mini marshmallows, frozen berries, sour gummy worms, and canned pineapple.  It will probably taste weird, but it will have lots of sugar so the kids will like it.

At least I'm not using eye of newt and toe of frog, wool of bat and tongue of dog...or adder's fork and blindworm's sting, lizard's leg and howlet's wing.    This edition of Macbeth explains that a howlet is a small owl.  I love owls and a howlet sounds cute; I would not want to make a punch out of a howlet's wing.  The passage also includes a hedgepig, which is Shakespeare's way of saying hedgehog.

As always, I'll let you know how it goes. Happy Halloween hedgepigs and howlets.


  1. Howlet! I love owls too, and the idea of a howlet kind of makes me want to squeal with unbridled enthusiasm (which would be quite inappropriate considering I'm in a coffeeshop...). Oh Shakespeare.


  2. Haha, I know, I got all excited when I read about hedgepigs and howlets...but I was in the library. Hedgepig reminds me of Hedwig, Harry Potter's owl. They definitely sound like they belong at Hogwarts!