I picked up the October issue of Martha Stewart Living on one of the warmest September days I can remember. Wearing shorts and a t-shirt, I lunged for it on the newsstand. I NEEDED a dose of fall. The magazine dispensed it perfectly. It is not your average Martha Stewart October cover and that, as she would say, is a "Good Thing." I like Halloween, but occasionally it's nice to give the autumn season itself a bit of love - ghosts and goblins aside. The cover, with its multitude of shapely and colourful pumpkins and gourds, tucked somewhere gray at Martha's farm, is the perfect mix of joy and restraint: a photo by Ngoc Minh Ngo.
True Halloween devotees will be a tad disappointed with the scarcity of ghoulish content, but do keep in mind that we're in the midst of a pandemic and that trick-or-treating will look extremely different this year - if it happens at all. My assumption is that the editors are being cautiously moderate when it comes to presenting a host of ways to celebrate a holiday that essentially involves going door-to-door to strangers' homes. Still, the Good Things section of the magazine is entirely devoted to Halloween fun - and fun should certainly still be had, albeit with a small circle of friends and family.
As the cooler weather finally settles in, I know I'll reach for this issue more and more to gain inspiration. I'm sure you will too!
OCTOBER ISSUE HIGHLIGHTS:
Favourite Good Thing: Googly Peepers, on page 19.
Favourite Recipe: Beef Suqaar on page 58.
Favourite Find: ANK Ceramics, page 28
Favourite Feature: "Extra Terrestrial" by Peter Guglielmetti, Naomi Demanana and Ngoc Minh Ngo