Not all Halloween Classics need to make you reach for the night lights. In the vein of Casper, Hocus Pocus, and Halloweentown (1 – 3 of course. Who do you take me for?), The Curious Creations of Christine McConnell bring some light-hearted fun and quirky cryptids over for coffee and cake. Do you enjoy episodes of The Great British Bake Off, the muppets, and macabre humor? Well this is the show for you.
Christine McConnell, runs a sort of foster home for the strange and unusual. Not only can she bake a replica of her home out of chocolate cake, keep a murderous reanimated raccoon in check, but also sew a new evening gown all before her date arrives for a home-cooked dinner. Her date with perhaps a serial killer, but those kinds of silly things aren’t deal breakers for this accomplished woman.
Now her creations are works of art and are not for beginners. Each episode Christine creates gorgeously detailed and professional made baked items. These are not projects that the novice baker can just whip up in a half an hour in the kitchen. Personally, I can see myself taking some of the tips and tricks she demonstrates in her episodes and perhaps applying them to more basic projects (MUCH MORE BASIC). I don’t know about the rest of y’all, but my kitchen just isn’t equipped with a dremel tool.
Yet, the fact that most of the audience won’t have the skill to recreate the wolf paw donuts or the coffee pot shaped coffee cake doesn’t make the show any less enjoyable. As an audience member you’re watching an artist work and craft wondrous masterpieces. The interaction with her strange house guests played by Hensen company puppets is just as enjoyable. They’re puppets don’t let that fool you as they hatch plans to murder their nosy neighbor or any other expected house guests.
My only complaint is that there are so few episodes and I can only hope that Netflix blesses us with a second season in the near future. While this makes great seasonal watching… I don’t need it to be Halloween to want to check in on Rose, Edgar and that weighted saw they built in the basement.
So, if you haven’t already, do yourself a favor and checked this show out. It’s cute, it’s funny and it’s just the right mix of Addam’s family meets British Bake Off.