Raymi Sharp, Reporter
27th October, 2022
With Halloween just around the corner the Pepperbox has taken it upon themselves to accrue a list of things to do around Humboldt to get you in the spooky spirit.
We took the time to talk with the community, staff, and students at Arcata High and have come up with the top five must do before October comes to an end.
First up on our list is to go out and get yourself a nice warm fall festive drink.
A local coffee shop, Cafe Mokka serves, “the best spice teas around,” junior Kaiya Grubb said.
Her go to order this season is a Bengal Spice Latte with a shot of vanilla syrup.
Just make sure to bring cash because they are a cash only business.
Another feature that makes Cafe Mokka one of Arcata’s bests is their unique backyard.
At a glance it might look like a peaceful Japanese tea garden, but if you venture a little further you will see that there are outdoor, in-ground hot tubs!
With a call-in reservation that you can make one day in advance from Sunday to Thursday from 11am to 11pm, and Friday-Saturday from 11am to midnight, you can grab a latte and enjoy relaxation in the tubs.
Next on our list is the Clendenen Apple Farm located in Fortuna. The small cider works farm has been operating since 1909.
While you can’t pick your apples straight from the tree, the farm offers a wide variety of fresh apples such as Minkler, Smith’s Cider, and Starks.
All perfect for making caramel apples and apple pies!Clendenen is also famous for their fresh home-made apple cider, as their website stated, “Come visit us for a glass of the best cider you’ll ever taste!” so make sure you grab a cup when you go.
If you haven’t already, you need to go pick out the perfect pumpkin at Huddie’s Harvest in Arcata.
They have the best variety of large and small pumpkins for carving and decorating.
At Huddie’s Harvest you can, “spend the day picking pumpkins, finding your way through the corn maze, or supporting local at the farmstand.” as their website stated.
Another great pumpkin patch to visit is the Organic Matters Ranch in Freshwater.
While smaller, but still equally as impressive as Huddie’s Harvest, this spot might be more “picture perfect” for you.
They also offer a little store with their personally grown vegetables, fruits, and flowers, along with a bunch of treats and trinkets from local businesses.
The fourth spot on our list is the Arcata Kinetic Lab Haunted House.
I can’t think of anything better than a good haunted house on a cold dark night to get you in the Halloween spirits.
They are open October 27, 28, 29, and Halloween, from 7PM to midnight.
Tickets will be $15 sold at the door and they are cash only.
Make sure you come prepared for a good scare.
Our last recommendation for this fall is to spend some time with your family and friends and do some festive baking.
Here’s a recipe, ingredients and directions for making mini Cinnamon Roll Apple Pies.
Make sure to try these places and things out to experience this season to the fullest!
Cinnamon Roll Apple Pie (makes about 10)
Baking and Spices
1 Tbsp brown sugar
1 Tbsp granulated sugar
¼ tsp cinnamon
Bread and Baked Goods
Tubes cinnamon rolls refrigerated (recommended Annie’s or Pillsbury)
1 ½ Tbsp flour
2 Tbsp butter
1 tsp granulated sugar
¼ tsp cinnamon
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
Take a cupcake pan and spray inside with non-stick oil.
Flatten your cinnamon rolls and press them into the inside of the cupcake molds
Shave the skin off the outsides of the apples, then cut them into small pieces and mix into the 1 Tbsp brown sugar, 1 Tbsp granulated sugar, and ¼ tsp cinnamon. Set aside.
In another bowl, combine your 1 ½ Tbsp flour, 2 Tbsp butter, 1 tsp sugar, and ¼ tsp cinnamon. Mix together until it is a crumbly substance. Make sure there are no big clumps of butter (best mixed with WASHED hands).
Spoon your apple mixture into each cinnamon roll and add your crumble layer to the top.
Bake for 10-15 minutes or until the top is golden brown and crispy.
Use the icing that came with the cinnamon rolls to top off your little apple pies and enjoy!