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Here Are Your Tricks And Treats

October 29, 2009


“Come a little closer, I’m not dangerous… you can trust me, no, really… heh heh heh”

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Making your own fake blood is fun and inexpensive. All it takes are three ingredients. Here they are:

  • 1/2 cup Corn Syrup
  • 10 drops Red Food Coloring
  • 1 Tablespoon Corn Starch

All three of these may already be in your kitchen. The corn starch will make your fake blood thicker and more realistic looking. After all, real blood isn’t clear red, it is thicker and milky.
The only negative side to this fake blood is that it will attract flies. You may want to wait until Halloween night to use it.


Here is how to make some great fake blood:

  1. In a glass measuring cup (one with a pouring spout will work well) put 1 tablespoon of corn starch in the bottom.
  2. Pour in a little bit of corn syrup. Mix the corn starch and corn syrup with a fork until you get a batter consistency. Add enough corn syrup to equal 1/2 cup of mixture. Keep stirring to incorporate the corn starch thoroughly. Be sure to do it in two stages to prevent lumps.
  3. Add 1/4 cup of cold water and stir that in. Stir in red food coloring until you get the color you want. About 10 drops makes it look realistic.
  4. Cover the cup and put it in the microwave for about 2 minutes on high. Everyone’s microwave is different but you want it to just boil.
  5. Take it out, stir it a little and let it cool. Pour into a squeeze bottle so to apply it.

You have just made some great fake blood.

mummycupcakes NOM NOM: Mummy cupcakes, Crawly Cakes, Spiderweb cookies, Fried Spiders, Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cupcakes, Pumpkin Tortilla Soup and Popcorn Brain Balls. There is also collections of Halloween cupcakes here and here.

Gail’s Crispy Tarantulas
serves six

6 live or frozen tarantulas
1 tbs coarse sea salt
1 tsp Spanish style smoked paprika — hot or sweet
1 tsp brown sugar
2 cloves fresh garlic
3 cups peanut oil

Combine paprika, MSG, sugar, and salt in a large bowl (an aquarium works well if the spiders are still alive). Toss spiders in the mixture, or sprinkle it over them and let them walk around in it for awhile until they’re thoroughly coated –the spice mixture will get caught in their little hairs.

Meanwhile, heat peanut oil in large pot or wok until just below the smoking point. Add garlic (be careful not to burn it). When oil is ready toss spiders into the pot as quickly as possible and cook for 4 to 5 minutes until they are golden and the legs are crispy. To test for doneness: Legs should be crackly, interior of head the consistency of white chicken, and abdomen just slightly runny.

Serve on individual plates with a wedge of lemon. If you’d like them to taste a bit more authentic, or Cambodian style, substitute MSG for the Spanish paprika. Here’s how they look in Phenom Pen:


Brief History of Halloween
Greeting Card Association has released the following brief history of Halloween. They also say that today approximately 35 million Halloween cards are sold each year in the United States.
Halloween is an anci
ent festival that evolved from a combination of ancient religious beliefs and the harvest celebrations of the Celts and their Roman conquerors.

Many historians believe Halloween can be traced back to the ancient Celts, whose New Year began on November 1. At the end of October, they celebrated Samhain, an end-of-harvest festival that ma
rked the beginning of the “dark” or fallow half of their agrarian year.

This distinctive division between dark and light was also thought to be a time the spirits of the dead could breach the world of the living. This led people to don masks or costumes as a way to disguise themselves from these spirits. Sometimes townspeople would parade in their disguises to the outskirts of their villages to lure the spirits away from their homes.
As the Romans conquered the Celtic world, they combined their own fall harvest festival and celebration for the dead with the existing Samhain practices, and the unusual fall celebration continued to evolve.
During the eighth century, Pope Gregory III moved the All Hallows church festival to the first of November. The night before, October 31, became known as All Hallow’s E’en or "Halloween." In modern times, Halloween has always been celebrated on October 31.

In the United States, Halloween was not widely observed until the 1840s, when Irish Catholics fleeing from the potato famine brought their Halloween customs to America. Halloween decorations and cards began to appear in America around 1910, although most of them were imported from Germany. When World War I broke out, imports were curtailed and American companies began to fill the void. Today approximately 35 million Halloween cards are sold each year in the United States.

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Source: Greeting Card Association


Kids Halloween Candy Code

…I was taught how to read and mark houses with the Halloween Candy Code. For kids with an early curfew these codes were invaluable. Once we tagged a house, our peers could use our marks to reap the best full-size chocolate bars while avoiding Chex mix and dried apricots.

Most marks were left in bright chalk at the bottom of the driveway…



Code Symbol

No One Home


Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups


Money or Gift Certificates





Kit Kats






Fruit or Raisins


Werther’s Originals


Mean Dog


Candy Produced in a factory which processes Nuts or Nut Oils


Full Size Candy Bars



Fun Size Candy Bars


Will not Believe the Second Bag is for your Sick Brother


Open Porch Bowl




Parents Will Take This Away




Keep Knocking




Out of Candy, Now Giving Out Sauce Packets from Taco Bell






Be Scared Here for Extra Candy Portion


Ethnic Candy


Baked Goods


Expired or Stale Candy


Generous Portions


Power Bars




Cheek Pincher


Candy Factory Owner/Operator


Toys or Stickers


Miserly Portions


Dark Chocolate


100% Pure Angus Beef


Costume Required


Reese’s Pieces



Everybody wants Halloween to be a fun time, so let’s review a few safety precautions. Safety, especially when it comes to children, is everyone’s responsibility. According to the National Safety Council, the biggest safety concern for Halloween is the risk of injury. Here are some tips to help ensure a safe Halloween for everyone:

  • Review appropriate trick-or-treat safety precautions with your kids – including pedestrian and traffic safety rules.
  • Dress in light-colored or reflective costumes and carry a lightweight flashlight.
  • Stay on the sidewalks or curbside unless crossing the street; look both ways for vehicles.
  • The family should know the children’s trick-or-treat route and kids should stick to it.
  • Young children should trick-or-treat with an adult; older children should trick-or-treat with friends or in a group.
  • Go only to houses that are familiar and never enter homes.
  • Drivers should pay special attention to speed limits and be alert to children who may be difficult to see at night.
  • Parents should inspect all treats their children bring home before any are consumed. Any treats in loose or open wrappers should be discarded.
  • If your candy looks unusual, please refer to our Variations in Candy Guide
  • If your child has a food allergy, pay special attention to food labels. Remove from the house any candy with allergens your child needs to avoid. Talk to your child about the importance of avoiding allergens and show your school-age children where to look on food labels for allergen information. 

Source: The Official Candy Blog of the National Confectioners Association

Have a Happy Halloween!

9 Comments leave one →
  1. October 29, 2009 7:17 pm

    Jennifer, You always have such interesting post, my hubby was debating the meaning of Halloween the other day!
    I love, LOVE those mummy cupcakes! So cute!

  2. October 29, 2009 8:47 pm

    Wow! Great research. Do you know that there is no regular trick or treating here? The town people donate candy to shops (and houses?) in the village and the kids come out of the mountains to trick or treat. I might splurge and go for a very expensive beer at the Green Mountain Inn just to watch out the windows. This is the first year I knew about this custom here. Makes sense.

  3. princessrunninglips permalink
    October 29, 2009 11:18 pm

    iknew you had my hat

  4. October 31, 2009 2:01 pm

    Hi there,
    Thanks for visiting my pink post today! Your blog is fab! So glad I found you…Hey, she looks like I feel after being out doing errands in the cold rain this morning!!! Have a bewitchin’ Halloween!!!!!!!!!!

  5. suesue permalink
    October 31, 2009 3:40 pm

    Such wonderful treats and history!! Thanks for sharing. Hope you have fun tricking and not treating!!

  6. October 31, 2009 6:45 pm

    i’m sleeping with ALL the lights on! LOL. then i’m making a note to remind myself to have any and all warts removed right away, when or if they ever appear!

  7. October 31, 2009 8:22 pm

    Wooohooo….i’m scared!!
    This is marvelous!
    thanks for stopping by!

  8. October 31, 2009 11:24 pm

    Wow! What an interesting blog post! I loved reading about the history of Halloween. I always wondered what was behind it all. Sort of makes sense to me. And the recipes are fun too. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. Happy PS and Happy Halloween.

  9. November 1, 2009 6:58 am

    Eeeekkkk! No way am I going near here. Not trusting her at all! LOL

    Hello Jennifer 🙂 I like the mummy cupcakes and those codes. I ‘ll go for full size candy bars – yum! 🙂


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