Thursday, October 31, 2013

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

:Lucinda's Popcorn Recipe

Check out Lucinda the Gardner Village Witch's Popcorn Recipe!

This is her recipe for all your leftover Halloween candy!

It's 100% Witchalicious!!

Lucinda’s Trashy Chunky Popcorn


      1 package microwave popcorn (Light butter)
·         8 ounces white chocolate (almond bark or white chocolate chips)
·         Left over Halloween candy cut into bite size pieces


Step 1: Pop popcorn and put in large bowl with assorted Halloween candy chunks.  
Step 2: Melt chocolate.
Melting Instructions:
Oven:  Set oven temperature on lowest setting (100-150).  Put chocolate in an oven-safe bowl and place in oven for about 20 minutes to melt.  Stir.
Microwave:  Use medium setting and heat for 1 minute.  Stir and repeat until melted.  Don’t wait for chocolate to lose its form because it won’t until stirred.  Be careful because chocolate will burn. 
Step 3: Pour melted chocolate over popcorn and chunks. Mix well.  Then spread out on wax paper to cool.

Super easy right?

Leave a comment and let us know what you think.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Many Bloggers are Talking about Gardner Village!!!

Guest blogger Michelle Powell wrote about one of our fun events this season on the blog Enjoy Utah. Take a look!

Eric Dowdle Portrays “WitchFest” at Gardner Village

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World-reknown folk artist Eric Dowdle is popular for his beloved paintings-turned-puzzles, and has been a well-known name in many homes around the world.
For his latest painting-turned-puzzle, Dowdle has chosen a historical Utah site and event to portray. “WitchFest” is a scene that many of you are familiar with if you have visited Gardner Village during Witches Night Out or any other day in October. I had the pleasure of meeting Eric Dowdle at Gardner Village during his puzzle signing and the Bloggers’ Night Out last Thursday, October 3rd. He is just as charming in person as his puzzles, and shared with us stories of his travels around the world and where painting has got him to where he is today. He enjoys doing what he loves and traveling the world to share that love with others.
We stayed up all night the other night determined to finish the 500-piece WitchFest puzzle. My 7-year old and 9-year old were also intrigued by this puzzle and helped match the pieces to complete the picture.
You can purchase WitchFest by Eric 

Dowdle at Gardner Village. You can also check the Gardner Village website for complete WitchFest schedule. I heard that there are still tickets to Witchapalooza, the comedy dinner show that has become a beloved tradition for many Utah “witches”.
If you want to experience a scene like that of the puzzle WitchFest, make sure you come to Witches Night Out, Oct 11-12 (this weekend) and Oct 25-26. (Make sure to come and say hi to me…..I will be the witch spinning the tunes in the top of the tower at the main stage!) Complete details about all of the festivities of WitchFest for this year can be found on the Gardner Village website.

View Michelle's Blog Post here!

Check out these other blogs that are talking about Gardner Village. 

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Halloween is Right Around the Corner!!

Here are some fun Halloween facts and jokes to get us in the Halloween spirit. 


  1. Halloween candy sales average about $2 billion annually in the United States.
  2. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups rank as the most popular Halloween candy, followed by Life Savers, Baby Ruth, Tootsie Rolls and Milky Way. M&Ms and Hershey bars are also very popular.
  3. Halloween is the 2nd most commercially successful holiday, with Christmas being the first.
  4. Pumpkins also come in white, blue and green.
  5. Orange and black are Halloween colors because orange is associated with the fall harvest and black is associated with darkness and death.
  6. The first Jack O’Lanterns were actually made from turnips
  7. The word “witch” comes from the Old English wicce, meaning “wise woman.” In fact,wiccan were highly respected people at one time. According to popular belief, witches held one of their two main meetings, or sabbats, on Halloween night
  8. Fifty percent of kids prefer to receive chocolate candy for Halloween, compared with 24% who prefer non-chocolate candy and 10% who preferred gum.
  9. Ireland is typically believed to be the birthplace of Halloween
  10. Halloween has variously been called All Hallows’ Eve, Witches Night, Lamswool, Snap-Apple Night, Samhaim, and Summer’s End.


  1. What room does a ghost not need? Answer: A living room
  2. What do birds say on Halloween? Answer: Twick O Tweet
  3. What does a witch use to keep her hair up? Answer: Scarespray
  4. Who did Frankenstein take to the dance? Answer: His "ghoul" friend
  5. What do ghosts eat for super? Answer: Spooketi
  6. What kind of dessert does a ghost like? Answer: I Scream!
  7. What is the most important subject a witch needs to learn in school? Answer: Spelling
  8. What is a ghost's favorite pie? Answer: Booberry Pie
  9. Who won the skeleton beauty context? Answer: No body
  10. Which ghost is the best dancer? Answer: The Boogie Man

Get in the Halloween spirit and enjoy the festivities at Gardner Village!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Enter to WIN Two Breakfast With a Witch Tickets!

Breakfast With A Witch is completely sold out, but we saved 2 tickets to GIVEAWAY to one lucky person. 

Leave us a comment below to enter to WIN!

Breakfast With A Witch is such a fun event for your little witches and warlocks. Check back next year on August 1, 2014, when tickets go on sale again. 

We have many other witchy events going on here at Gardner Village. 

Enjoy our fabulous and fun witch displays!

Find all your favorite witches while on our Witch Scavenger Hunt! Forms can be printed online at

Wear your most elaborate  witch costume and come to Witches Night Out. It will be held October 11th, 12th, 25th and 26th from 6 to 10 PM. 

Get up close and personal with your favorite farm animals. Bring your kids and enjoy the petting zoo and pony rides. Cost is just $5 for kids. It is located in the lot west of Archilbald's Restaurant. Open Monday thru Saturday, 10 AM to 8 PM, weather permitting. 

Tickets are still on sale for Witchapalooza Music Dinner Theater's FINAL YEAR of " The Taming of the Brew." Click here to purchase tickets. 

For more information on events at Gardner Village, visit

Enter to WIN Two tickets to Breakfast With A Witch! 

Leave a comment, along with your first and last name, and tell us your excitement for the October events at Gardner Village. 

Our favorite answer will win two tickets.

Comment by Thursday, October 10th at noon and we'll post the name of the winner that night on Facebook.

If you win, please email us at by Monday, October 14th to claim it. We will then provide you with details on how to pick up the tickets. 

If the tickets are left unclaimed by Monday October 14th, we will choose another person. 

Thursday, October 3, 2013

World-Renowned Folk Artist, Eric Dowdle, Visits Gardner Village

Eric Dowdle is coming to Gardner Village tonight, October 3rd!

Don't miss out on a chance to meet world-renowned folk artist, Eric Dowdle, at Gardner Village tonight from 6 to 8 PM. 

He'll be unveiling his latest Halloween painting, "Gardner Village WitchFest." The painting was created to highlight our bewitching tradition. 

The event will be located in the east room of The Gathering Place. The Gathering Place is located at the north end of the property. Drop in and purchase a signed print or puzzle and meet Eric Dowdle!

If you can't make it to the signing, WitchFest puzzles and prints will be sold at Country Furniture & Gifts while supplies last.