OctoBrew Thursday: Sleepy Hollow’s Pumpkin Chai Tea

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Hi Everyone! Welcome to the newest edition of OctoBrew Thursday. Today we are making an autumnal drink that is sweet, spicy, and smooth.

pumpkin chai

Inspired by one of my favorite Gothic short stories, and of course Tim Burton’s film adaptation of Sleepy Hollow, this simple cup of pumpkin chai tea will warm you up on those perfect foggy autumn days. It will give you the perfect boost to escape the wrath of the headless horseman that fills the pages of Washington Irving’s story and Tim Burton’s richly altered and terrifying movie.


  • Water
  • Chai tea bags
  • Your favorite pumpkin creamer or pumpkin syrup


  • Make a cup of your favorite chai tea by adding boiled water to a mug, pouring the hot water over the chai teabags, and then letting it steep for 4-5 minutes or to your desired strength. 
  • Then add and stir a few splashes of pumpkin creamer.


Happy October!

Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Spooky Settings

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TOP 5 WEDNESDAY is a weekly meme created by Lainey @ GingerReadsLainey and is currently hosted by Samantha @ Thoughts on TomesEvery Wednesday a new topic is listed on the Goodreads group, and you list your top 5 books related to the particular topic.

This week’s topic is…

Favorite Spooky Settings 


Basically any short story by Edgar Allan Poe is perfectly crafted in a dark, spooky setting. 


This is one of my favorite Edgar Allan Poe retellings (“The Fall of the House of Usher”). I think Bethany Griffin captures the most spookiest and creepiest setting in The Fall, which made me love the book even more. 


“The Adventure of the German Student” by Washington Irving is by far my favorite short story written by him. The story centers on the guillotine executions that took place during the French Revolution. It’s a creepy and fantastic read.


Shakespeare could definitely write “spooky” settings, and I think Macbeth is one of my favorite plays where he encapsulates a story of macabre, murder, screeching animals, moving forests, and ominous, chanting witches. 


Jane Eyre is my all-time favorite novel, and I mostly love it because Charlotte Brontë  writes such brilliant and spooky scenes that involve the unknown (possibly ghosts) in the red room, charring lightning strikes, and the cackling of a woman in the attic who likes to light things on fire. 

What are some of your favorite stories with spooky settings?