Halloween is one of my favorite days of the year because candy is everywhere! I also like the decorations. Here are a few of my Halloween finds this year, plus a recipe for what sounds like a delicious Halloween treat.
First a little bit of Halloween trivia. Did you know that more than 35 million pounds of candy corn will be produced this year? That equates to roughly 9 billion pieces of candy corn, enough to circle the moon 21 times if laid end to end!
And, 90% of parents admit to sneaking treats from their kids’ trick-or-treat bags. I was SO one of those parents! My kids would count the number of treats in their bags before going to sleep to make sure I didn’t eat any!
Now onto the fun stuff –
Fun-Kins are synthetic pumpkins that are hand made and painted to look like real pumpkins. They can be carved and lit just like regular pumpkins except that they’re already hollow and they’ll never rot!
I like the Classic #8 in black for $36.00 but they have white and regular pumpkin color and many shapes and sizes.
Mega Stomp Panic by ThinkGeek is a sound effects machine worn on the person. It has a motion sensor and when you step it plays one of 9 timed sound effects to create an audio illusion. Some of the sound effects are a rainstorm, zombie attack, gunslinger and medieval knight. What a way to enhance an ordinary costume! $34.99.
Create instant effect inside your house with Halloween-themed 16” paper lanterns $6.50.
These Spooky Spider Pumpkin Stands enhance the presentation of your pumpkins. Just draw a scary face on them and pop them into the stands. A set of two is $18.95.
Perch these feathered crows just about anywhere in or outside your house for a spooky look. They are 10 – 12” and come as a set of two. $16.00.
I can’t wait to try this recipe!
Recipe for Candy Corn Boo Bark from Rachel Ray:
6 oz. finely chopped white chocolate
6 oz. finely chopped semi-sweet chocolate
¼ tsp. EVOO (extra-virgin olive oil)
Line baking dish with parchment paper. Place ¾ of white chocolate in microwavable bowl and melt on medium power for four 1 minute intervals, stirring after each. Add remaining white chocolate and let stand 5 minutes, stir until smooth. Spoon white chocolate onto prepared baking sheet, spreading into 8 x 12 rectangle. Let stand at room temperature until set, about 30 minutes.
Repeat microwave melting process with semi sweet chocolate, stir in EVOO.
Spoon and spread on top of white chocolate. Sprinkle with candy corn and let stand until chocolate sets, at least 1 hour. Break into pieces. Makes about 1 lb.
Make sure to see ASE’s latest Halloween articles.