Hope you are doing something spooky for Independence Day, but if not there is still time to plan something for tomorrow! As for me, I'm keeping it creepy by carving some melon-o-lanterns, watching some scary summer movies, and grilling up some vegan noms like the Beyond Burger. If you are still looking for ways to spookify your patriotic celebrations, I have some fun recommendations for you below!
It's my 4th of July tradition to carve watermelons into jack-o-lanterns (like Gravity Falls' "Summerween" episode!), and I hope you will make it your new tradition, too! These melon-o-lanterns make it easy to inject some Halloween spirit into your Independence Day - just carve a watermelon as you normally would a pumpkin (I even use pumpkin carving tools, but a knife works fine, too), scoop out all the yummy watermelon (and save to make something refreshing, like my watermelon lemonade aqua fresca), drain the watermelons (again, save the juice for aqua fresca!), and then carve your melon-o-lantern's face! For inspiration, check out this year's melon-o-lanterns above, along with ones from past summers below:
Feeling blah but still managed to carve my annual melon-o-lantern and grill up some vegan grub (Field Roast burger topped w/ Follow Your Heart cheese & SmartDog both on pretzel buns, for those interested). Happy Halloween in July! #vegan #veganism #whatveganseat #summerween #halloweeniseveryday #halloweeneveryday #everydayishalloween #veganfood #vegangrilling #spookyveganeats #spookyvegan
Celebrating 4th of July by carving melon-o-lanterns cuz there are only 119 days 'til Halloween! #halloweeninjuly #halloween2015 #halloweencountdown #july4th #independenceday #everydayishalloween #watermelon #veganbbq #jackolantern #halloweeniseveryday #4thofjuly #fourthofjuly #patriotic #spooky #spookyvegan #halloweenfood
Everyday is Halloween, so I carved my watermelon into a jack-o-melon! It's spookalicious! 🎃🎃🎃 #raw #fruit #plantbased #playwithyourfood #jackolanterns #watermelon #everydayishalloween #halloween #halloweenkitchen #spookykitchen #halloweeniseveryday #veganhalloween #halloweenvegan #veganfood #whatspookyveganseat #fangs #boo #spookyvegan
If you are looking for more ways to haunt your July 4th holiday, why not avoid the heat and crowds by staying inside to watch some summer horror movies? I have 10 recommendations for you HERE! What are your favorite summer horror movies?
If you'd rather read than watch movies, I have recommendations for terrifying tomes to pass away a leisurely day whether you'll be hanging beachside, poolside, or on the couch. I have nefarious non-fiction recommendations HERE and HERE, but if you want to get a jump on autumn I recommend reading my Halloween faves - listed HERE and HERE.
Danzig with Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen in
Portlandia's "Weirdo Beach"
Remember to keep it spooky all summer long - find out how to beat the heat with my Goth Essentials for Surviving Summer and 20 Summer Goth Essentials to Survive the Sun!
How are you making Independence Day spooky this year?