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CANDY CORN MACAROONS WITH PUMPKIN SPICE FILLING!!

This recipe comes from www.barbarabakes.com .   I truely unique take on candy corn.  These days, macaroons are all the rage too, give them a try.



I got a little carried away at the store today. I had this idea to make candy corn macarons for this month’s MacTweets and I went to the store to buy candy corn to dress up the pictures. When I got there, they had ordinary candy corn of course, but this year Bach’s also had Caramel Candy Corn, and Chocolate Caramel Candy Corn, and Caramel Apple Candy Corn. All of which I decided I should take home and try.
But I didn’t stop there – no of course not. There were also candy cane flavored Dots and candy corn Kisses and I thought I should sampled those as well. (Let’s not talk about the two cute packages of Halloween Lindor Truffles that I bought and have hidden in my closet.)




The reason for my apparent current obsession with candy corn is that I hate them. I think they have a horrible, waxy flavor. My husband and my kids seem to like them, but…

THE ANATOMY OF FEAR INFOGRAPHIC!

Boo! Did I scare you? Probably not, but it’s the thought that counts. Today is Halloween or All Hallows Eve for those of you who prefer ye olde English. As you all know it is a day when kids and adults alike get dressed up and indulge in “treats,” for kids it’s candy for us, well it’s something that makes you feel worse than candy the following morning. Unfortunately Halloween day is on Monday, and though it will not deter everyone from partying tonight, many celebrated this weekend. Personally I went to a couple of friend’s parties and checked out 6th street in downtown Austin. This being my first Halloween to be of drinking age, I had to check out what all the hubub is about. Though it was a cool site to see, the crowd is just too big to have any real fun, besides waiting forever in line to get into the bars.
   Many of us without children will probably be treating today like any other day, except maybe more likely to watch a horror movie or something of the sort. A holiday large…

TOP TEN MOST HAUNTED CITIES IN THE UNITED STATES!!

Visit even the smallest of towns in the U.S. and you’re likely to hear some local ghost stories and discover a few haunted houses. But some American cities have gained the reputation for being particularly ghost-ridden thanks to their rich and often bizarre historical backgrounds. The following are ten of the most haunted cities to steer away from—or toward, if you dare—this Halloween.


10. San Francisco, California     San Francisco’s rich cultural makeup, large immigrant population, and a history of natural disasters like earthquakes have helped it develop a reputation as a Mecca of all things haunted. Chinatown alone is home to countless ghost tours and creepy folklore, but the city also boasts a wealth of haunted hotels, mansions, and army bases. Of these, one of the most famous is the Queen Anne Hotel, which served as a school for girls in the 1890s and is said to be haunted by the ghost of its former headmistress, Mary Lake. There are also a number of stories concerning Mary …

A MOST BEWITCHING NIGHT-THE HISTORY OF HALLOWEEN!

Known variously as Samhain, Summer’s End, All Hallow’s Eve, Witches Night, Lamswool, and Snap-Apple night, Halloween is among the world’s oldest holidays. Rooted in ancient pagan and Christian festivals that celebrated the inextricable link between seasonal and life cycles, Halloween has transcended its cultural roots and is currently celebrated in various forms all over the modern world. Halloween as it exists today is an exciting array of dichotomies as it delights both children and adults, prompts private religious observance as well as public exhibitionism, and blends personal imagination with mass marketing. A day full of magic and mystery, Halloween has not only survived, but it has thrived during epic cultural, religious, economic, and industrial changes throughout its long history.









Roots in Ancient Celtic Festivals

    The essential elements of Halloween, such as costuming, trick-or-treating, lighting bonfires, telling ghost stories, and attending community parties can be …

HALLOWEEN COSTUMES THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS, A LITTLE HISTORY ON EARLY COSTUMES!

Masked Halloween Mystery






   Decked out for Halloween, a masked woman on roller skates—most likely a random addition to her costume—poses in 1910.
   Masquerade parties in the United States were much more common a hundred years ago, when people dressed up not just for Halloween but also for several other holidays, including Valentine's Day and New Year's Eve, according to Lesley Bannatyne, author of the forthcoming book Halloween Nation: Behind the Scenes of America's Fright Night.
   Private social clubs often threw Halloween parties for their members, as it was the first major holiday after most people had returned from their summer homes.
   That said, it's "not like Halloween [in the early 1900s] was an East Coast phenomenon or a high-society phenomenon"—people of all classes donned costumes across the country, even in small Western mining towns, she said.
   The "early 20th century also was the beginning of a real democratic movement, a push toward a…

TEN COOL HALLOWEEN CAKES!!

Let’s take a look at a few of the freakiest, loveliest cakes we’ve spied around the web.
10. Black Spider Wedding Cake



(Pag asa)
9. Zombie Fingers Cake



(Dessert by Candy — includes full recipe)
8. Jack-o-Lantern Cake



(Williams-Sonoma, where you can actually buy a $99 pan specifically for making this cake)
7. Vampire Bat Cake



(My Own Sweet Thyme — includes step-by-step instructions.)
6. Bloody Eyeballs Cake



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DIY MINI OWL TREAT BOXES!!

This diy comes from www.domestifluff.com.  If you have children, this would make great treat or candy bag for that special Halloween party or to give to special friends!.






This craft is part of the 13 Days of Halloween project. Download number templates for the project, as well as the bug template for Day 3, in the tips and supplies post. Links to all of the crafts from this project can be found in the main 13 Days of Halloween post. This is it, Day 13! This little owl may look menacing, but he’ll be holding Halloween treats for you when you get to the big day. Happy Halloween! Quick Tip: If you’re pressed for time and want to speed up the process, you can cut 2″ wide x 3/4″ tall pieces of black cardstock and use decorative edging scissors (Fiskars Clouds and Scallop work very well for this) to make the feather ruffles, instead of cutting out the feather ruffle templates.








Supplies Needed mini owl treat box template (277Kb PDF) black and orange cardstock a stylus, ruler, and small cutti…

DIY NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS JACK IN THE SCARY BOX TOY!

Nightmare Before Christmas Jack in the Box Scary Toy Tutorial
Supplies Needed:




1-Dollar Tree craft pumpkin
1- USPS Priority Mail Box 7"x7"x6" (free @ USPS)
           1- Semi-rigid Aluminum Flexible Hose
           1- Pink Foam Insulation Square 7"x7"x2" cut
           12" PVC Pipe Segment
          Air Dry Clay
          Acrylic Paints
          Sand (or Something to weight the bottom of the box)
          Exacto Blade

Approx. Cost: $5 or less
(Depending on what you already have at home)

Time Invested: 3 hours