Looking for a colourful Hallowe'en idea? These Day of the Dead cupcakes are pretty and cute and a little bit creepy too! Moist and chocolatey rich Black Velvet cupcakes are topped with a sumptuous Black Velvet buttercream. A dainty painted skull is accented with gold and a garland of sugar flowers and gold leaf!
The design references the sugar skulls from Mexico's Day of The Dead celebration. Although the skulls can be fiddly I relish the decorating part the most. Once I have everything ready to paint I can't wait to sit down and do it. This year I've tried to do a few more cute and spooky things rather than creepy. I go through phases though and one day I'll think I want to do an elegant but creepy Halloween and then other days I want to gross people out as much as possible. These came to me on a "pretty" day rather than a creepy one.
I've been thinking about creepy things lately for more than one reason. I've been travelling a lot lately and have met quite a few people. I met one man while overseas and he was my guide for a day. He was a great guide, showing me things and being very helpful. He wasn't inappropriate at all but he did say something that made me pause and I'm not sure if he was being weird or creepy or not.
We were talking about dogs because he saw a picture of Mochi on my phone lock screen (rest in peace my baby girl) and a little later he said to me, "I want to be your pet". I ignored him, because women are conditioned to ignore weird comments from men. I thought perhaps he had misunderstood what pet meant. But then he asked again, "Can I be your pet?". I looked at him, my brow furrowing. He hadn't been in the slightest bit odd or sleazy so I gave him the benefit of the doubt. Maybe he didn't know that that was a weird thing to say (although really who wouldn't think that it was odd even with a language barrier?). After a few hours I bade him goodbye with a wave and thought nothing more of it.
Then came the texts. They were friendly ones asking how I was. But I didn't respond because I dreaded him asking if he could be my pet again. I should have told him that I specialise in senior rescue dogs only!
So tell me Dear Reader, what would you say if someone asked to be your pet? Is it creepy or harmless? Do you ignore strange comments or do you say something to the person?