It’s interesting how candy corn has become such a Halloween staple considering, A – It’s available year-round, B – many people hate it, and C – candy corn doesn’t come individually wrapped, making it a poor choice to hand out to trick-or-treaters.
Nevertheless, millions of pounds of the sugary treat are sold every year, about three-quarters of which are around Halloween.
I didn’t realize it when I chose this topic for today’s post, but today happens to be National Candy Corn Day.
Continue reading Food history: candy corn
If you’re looking for something different to spice up your Halloween decorations, try giving these unusual pumpkins a try.
Continue reading Snapshot: white pumpkins
Thanks, Food Network Canada for this one.
I altered the cooking times based on what I read in this month’s Food Network Magazine.
Yes, the US and Canadian Food Networks evidently disagree on pumpkin seed toasting times.
- 1 to 1 1/2 cups pumpkin seeds
- cooking oil
- coarse salt
- 1 tbsp butter, melted
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
Continue reading Garlic Parmesan toasted pumpkin seeds
In the history of candied apples we’ll of course also have to check out caramel apples.
Continue reading Food history: candied apples
Yesterday, the fiance and I went to the Keene Pumpkin Festival in Keene, New Hampshire for the second year in a row. Every year they attempt to break the world record for the number of jack-o-lanterns lit at one time.
What I really like about this event is that everyone brings a jack-o-lantern and helps to light them; there is a real feeling of camaraderie and participation.
This year, for the first time since 2003, they beat the world record, coming in at 30,581 pumpkins lit at one time. It is awesome to say I was there and I participated.
Although I cannot find an article on the record breaking number yet, the Wikipedia page has already been updated.
In any case, I thought I’d share some of my favorite jack-o-lanterns here.
This is my fiance’s. I’m not showing mine because he really puts me to shame every year.
Continue reading Keene Pumpkin Festival 2013
This is a story I wrote in October 2012 for a short story (500 words) contest for EveryWritersResource.com (you can also see it here).
Out of hundreds of entries, my story received second place.
Continue reading Halloween Dinner (a very short story)
This is a short ghost story that I entered and won in a ghost story contest in October of 2008. It was published in GhostsAndStories.com’s online magazine, Phantasm. It’s a horror story, but it’s what I like to call, “bubblegum horror.”
Continue reading Friday (a short and semi-cute ghost story)