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Halloween happens to be one of my favorite holidays. This week always excites me, getting ready to dress up in a costume and prance around as a cat, french girl or ballerina. Another huge perk of Halloween is Halloween candy!
   It seems the candy industry must love halloween as much or more than I do. Candy sales boom the week surrounding Halloween. The top five annual candy sales days are all in October! And all at the end of October, contributing to the $1.9 billion dollar annual Halloween candy sales.
   While I am a huge fan of the top selling candy, the candy corn, I can’t say I am too fond of any of the others on the top Halloween candy list. Chocolate just isn’t my thing, and therefore the hunt for my favorites while trick or treating will be more difficult, but definitely worth it! What Halloween candy do you like most?


Most of us are pretty familiar with carving pumpkins and trick-or-treating, but there are plenty of other Halloween traditions out there. Some of them are from way back when, and some are just from different parts of the world. Either way, maybe you’ll find something new to add to your All Hallows Eve traditions.

1. Stingy Jack. Stingy Jack, or “Jack the Smith,” is likely the story that gave us the tradition of carving pumpkins. The tale originates in Ireland, where Stingy Jack boozed his way through villages, begging and manipulating and being basically an all-around loser. The Devil heard of Jack’s shenanigans and decided to put an end to it, but Jack tricked him a couple of times and eventually won the Devil’s assurance that he would never take Jack to Hell. Jack eventually died, but because of his sinful earthly ways, he was denied entrance to Heaven. He tried to get into Hell instead, but of course, the Devil reminded him that this was impossible. Instead, he gave Jack an ember in…


This recipe comes from .  The kids will love these glow in the dark treats!

Ghoulishly Glowing Cupcakes
Hey Everyone!! I'm just gonna start out by saying, I am so stinking excited about this recipe! A couple of weeks ago I had a follower e-mail me about a frosting recipe that would glow in the dark. Or I should say almost glow in the dark.

Specifically she needed a cupcake recipe that could glow under a black light, but the trouble was that I couldn't find one on the internet to try, so I decided to try my hand at making one. After a couple of tries I am glad to report that I have figured it out!! Yay! And the secret ingredient that causes it to glow is...

Tonic Water!  Cool, right? The quinine in the tonic water causes it to glow under a black light for some reason. So, the challenge was to get enough if this into a frosting without making it too bitter or runny. Ugh! Turns out this was a little harder then I thought, but after trial and error I …