Our little town has no big box stores. The town council discourages the infiltration of such businesses and if you ever came to visit Perth you would understand why. A relaxed stroll down our main street gives you full insight into the mentality behind wanting to preserve the character of this small and picturesque town. Behind the historic stonework of many of our buildings beats the hearts of many local entrepreneurs who take great pride in their unique businesses and products and the fact that many of their customers prefer to shop in the downtown core rather than venture into a mall.
Since moving here five years ago, I have found that I don’t miss the big box stores (much) that saw to the demise of many such Main Street businesses such as those that are thriving here in Perth. Should I need something my town doesn’t offer, I’m only an hour away from Ottawa and 20 to 30 minutes away from two towns larger than Perth who, for economic reasons, welcomed the giant retailers. One town, Smith Falls, recently welcomed a Target store. Given that this is a US based company, I took a drive last month to check out their products and prices. Their biggest competitor here is another U.S. based giant, Wal-Mart and while I’m sure both will do very well, I’ll watch the flyers and shop for the sales. All retailers are always having sales! I did pick up a few things at Target that I either hadn’t seen elsewhere. I came home with two Halloween signs. They made me laugh as soon as I saw them and I thought they’d make a great cookie.
Turns out I wasn’t the only one thinking this.
Gail at One Tough Cookie NYC made cookies using the *Eat Locals* sign as part of her Halloween Cookie Collection. Hilarious and very well done.
I made cookies using the *Bummer* Halloween sign. As a kid, I’ve never had my treat bag fail me but I’m sure others have. Has this happened to you or to your kids? It is a bummer.
I used my KopyKake projector to trace the image of the sign with an edible marker. I took a photograph of it and then re-sized it to fit the cookies. Feel free to print the images of the Halloween signs in this post to make your own cookies. Fun for treats at this time of year and especially to take along to any Halloween parties you and your kids may be attending.
Once you’ve traced all your images, use black piping icing and a #2 tip to pipe over your traced image.
Using black flood icing, fill in your image when the piped outline has dried. With black piping icing make the *fallen candy*
Next step is to use black piping icing to write *Bummer* on each cookie.
Add a black border around your cookies to finish off the “signage.”
Hoping your Halloween is not a Bummer!
So if you can’t find these cute Halloween signs in your area, check Target or copy and print the pictures of the signs shown earlier in this post. On the back of the *Eat Locals* sign is this picture. Cute too but not as funny.