Halloween Weekend Adventures & Grilled Pizza

Hey friends! It’s back to work after a fun Halloween weekend. On Friday night, we went to Markoff’s Haunted Forest with a bunch of friends. It’s in the middle of nowhere in Maryland and super creepy. This is the only photo I got because we were all too busy screaming. ;) There was a part of the trail that had all these lit up jack-o-lanterns… it was so cool looking!

markoffs haunted forest

On Saturday, Matt and I did some stuff around the house and then decided to take advantage of the nice day and headed out for a bike ride.

biking the w&od trail from arlington

We’re fair weather biking fans so we figure we won’t get many more opportunities to get in a ride this year! We biked the 10 miles out to the Vienna Whole Foods (on the trail), had a snack, then biked back. It was a little chilly on the way back but felt nice to get out and about – so many pretty changing leaves! I heart fall.

Sidenote – how cool are these Halloween-themed running/fitness socks (affiliate link) that Brooks sent me last week?

brooks holiday socks

The socks are part of the new Pacesetter Collection – they feature crew (pictured) and ankle/tab socks available in premium designs. They are lightweight and feature all the usual technical properties, like moisture wicking, a mesh top to keep feet cool/comfy, nylon reinforcement in the heel and toe, and a flat toe seam. Fashion meets function… I like it! Brooks will be releasing limited-edition holiday-themed socks on a monthly basis, so keep an eye out to see what they come up with. :)

Anyway! Saturday night, we passed out candy and then headed to a friend’s place for a Halloween party. For the past few years Matt and I have done scary costumes – ghouls/dead things – so this year we decided to go punk/rocker. I forgot to get a full body photo of us, but I was wearing fishnets and black high heel boots with ripped jean shorts. I also had black lipstick and tons of eye makeup – it’s hard to tell in this photo. Fun times!

punk rocker halloween costume

As for yesterday, we had a mostly lazy day! For lunch, we walked over to Sweetgreen. We were craving some veggies after having a few adult beverages the night before. :) That’s a green tea on the side, not a beer. Lol!

ballston sweetgreen

I hit up an evening super sweaty CorePower yoga class (hi to the blog reader I met there and at Whole Foods beforehand!) and then we had a fun dinner at home: homemade pizza!

how to grill pizza

We bought the dough from Whole Foods and decided to try grilling the pizza. First step: roll out the dough and coat it in a little garlic olive oil (<— this stuff is the best and we just ran out… time to buy another round! (affiliate link)). Then, we put the oiled side face down on the grill. That cedar plank is in there to impart a little smoky flavor.


We grilled it for a few minutes and then put our toppings on the grilled side. This was key because it meant both sides of the pizza dough got crispy/cooked. In the past we’ve had problems with homemade pizza not being crispy enough!

how to grill pizza

Mushrooms, red pepper, onions, garlic, pepperoni, sauce, cheese! Plus some cracked pepper.

grilled pizza

Back on the grill it went, again directly on the grates.

grilled pizza

A few minutes later and we were ready to eat!

how to grill pizza

A pizza peel/paddle is key here. :)

how to grill pizza

Topped with some fresh basil. Yum! This was so delicious. We’re totally never baking pizza again – grilled pizza all the way. It came out perfectly!


Have a great day, my friends!

Have you ever made grilled pizza before? Any extra tips?


  1. 1

    Ohhhhh that pizza looks SO good!!!!

  2. 2

    Grilled pizza at home is the BEST! It’s our Friday night go-to dinner, especially in the summer!

  3. 3

    That pizza looks seriously delicious!

  4. 4

    I agree pizza is way better on the grill, that looks yummy. Fresh basil on pizza makes it a thousand times better.

  5. 5

    Love those socks!! I had a half this weekend on Halloween so it would’ve been cool to wear them… I’ll have to keep a lookout for the holidays ones for other races!

  6. 7

    Your pizza looks incredible!!! Wish my outdoor grill was more accessible, bit of a nightmare to get up and running!

  7. 8

    Hi Anne,
    Marksoff’s Haunted Forest is so fun! We went the previous weekend and although there was a bit of a wait, it was well worth-it. Also gave us a chance to eat some funnel cake–it was good. Thanks for the grilled pizza idea–can’t wait to give that a try.

  8. 9
    Roadrunner says

    Love the costume! You look better than Joan Jett! And grilled pizza, awesome!

  9. 10

    Born and raised in Italy…I might lose citizenship if I grill pizza :)

  10. 12

    grilling makes EVERYTHING better. though i do see the Italian’s point above me ;) pizza in Italy is a whole other ball game, they’re able to make it THAT GOOD without grilling haha

  11. 14

    Looks delish! I do the same thing on my indoor grill pan during the winter- only I grill it on both sides and then finish it in the oven on it’s highest setting for about 5-6 minutes after putting the toppings on. Comes out perfect every time.

  12. 15

    It was so nice to see you around the neighborhood this weekend! Thanks for the shout out! :) -Marlee

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