What to serve at your Halloween costume party

Word Count: 573 Summary: There are traditional Halloween foods and food items: pumpkin seeds and pumpkin pie, candy corn, assorted chocolate and candy bars, and more. Keywords: Halloween Costumes, Halloween Article Body: There are traditional Halloween foods and food items: pumpkin seeds and pumpkin pie, candy corn, assorted chocolate and candy bars, and more. But this Halloween, you want to whip up something different for your family and friends. Whether it is for a Halloween costume party or for your kids Halloween costume adventures (trick-or-treating, school parties), here are some wickedly tasty Halloween recipes! Amazing Appetizers, Monstrous Munchies Last year, my friend held a Halloween costume party. For her Halloween costume, she decided to be a Black Widow spider, the …

Walking Under a Ladder Superstition

Some superstitions are easier to explain to rational people than others. Some could never be rationalized even by the most superstitious among us. The “walking under a ladder” superstition falls into the second category. But the fact is that many people will go to great lengths to avoid walking under a ladder. How the “walking under a ladder” superstition got started is a little fuzzy. Some say that the belief that bad luck would be caused by walking under a ladder began when someone (no one knows exactly who) noticed that a leaning ladder resembled the gallows and determined that walking under a ladder would bring about your own execution. Another explanation about the origins of the walking under a …

Wacky Spiders – A Fun Halloween Craft For Kids

Word Count: 385 Summary: This is one of my favorite Halloween crafts for kids. It is quick and simple, can be done with a crowd if necessary, and is an excellent way to practice cutting and fine motor skills with younger children. Older kids can let their imaginations take over and create some really wacky spiders! You will need: Black paper Scissors Glue or sticky-tape Googly eyes (optional) or scraps of paper and pens Instructions: Cut a rectangle of paper approximately 3 inch… Keywords: halloween crafts for kids, halloween crafts, halloween craft for children, spider craft, halloween Article Body: This is one of my favorite Halloween crafts for kids. It is quick and simple, can be done with a crowd …

Unlucky Number 13 Superstition

Lots of people think that the number 13 is somehow unlucky. There are those, however, who develop a fear of the number 13 that goes far beyond simple superstition. There is even a name for this fear (phobia). It is called paraskevidekatriaphobia, or friggatriskaidekaphobia. (I’m NOT kidding.) Specifically, these phobias relate to a fear of Friday the 13th but do encompass other fears related to the number 13. These phobias are more common than you might expect. Some trace the notion that the number 13 is unlucky back to the Last Supper. Judas Iscariot (who betrayed Jesus) was the 13th person to sit down at the table of the Last Supper. No matter what the origin of the superstition that …

Trick or Treating

In the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Canada, it is customary for children to go trick or treating on the evening of October 31. They dress up in costumes, wigs, makeup, or masks and go from door to door (usually in groups of four or five). They knock on the door or ring the doorbell and cry “Trick or Treat”! The homeowner opens the door and drops a treat (usually candy or cookies) into the bag that each child is carrying. The “trick” part of the trick or treat cry is actually a threat to do harm to the homeowner or his property if a treat isn’t forthcoming. Small children, of course, have no intention of hurting the …

Treats for Your Halloween Tricksters

Word Count: 508 Summary: If you are planning a Halloween party of any type, there is a good chance that food will be involved. However, with Halloween being a night of creeps and spooks, you might want to get a little more creative than the typical chips and dip. Here are some ideas for how to incorporate the themes of the season and the holiday into your kitchen. Keywords: Halloween Costumes Article Body: If you are planning a Halloween party of any type, there is a good chance that food will be involved. However, with Halloween being a night of creeps and spooks, you might want to get a little more creative than the typical chips and dip. Here are …

The Ghosts of Mammoth Cave

There are at least three ghosts that haunt Mammoth Cave itself, maybe more (according to believers), and many more that haunt the national park. Mammoth Cave is in Kentucky and is the longest cave system in the entire world. According to legend, Stephen Bishop was a slave who refused freedom because he didn’t want to leave Mammoth Cave. Bishop discovered many unknown passages in Mammoth Cave and he drew maps, that are still in use today. It’s said that Bishop didn’t want to leave Mammoth Cave in life, and he still refuses to leave it in death. He walks the passages of the cave looking for those who are lost and guides them to safety. Another ghost that haunts Mammoth …

The Dog Meadow Lights

There are those who call the Dog Meadow Lights a natural phenomenon that just simply has not yet been scientifically explained. “There’s nothing mystic about the Dog Meadow lights”, they claim. Some have even come up with theories like “the weight of glacial ice in that area has created conditions favorable to future earthquakes, that the earth’s crust, compressed eons ago by massive ice sheets, is now trying to expand to its original contour and, in the process, causing luminous gases to escape through faults in the crust.” Huh? Many people over the years have tried to investigate the Dog Meadow Lights, but so far there is no logical explanation. According to local legend, the lights are made by the …

Spirit Guides

Spirit guides are described by those who believe as benevolent spirits whose purpose it is to guide humans through difficult times. Spirit guides have been described in American Indian culture, Chinese culture, Egyptian culture, and others. In all of the various descriptions, spirit guides are described as “good” rather than “evil.” Some say that spirit guides are the souls of those who have advanced to the point that they must no longer reincarnate and live as a human on earth. They say that spirit guides can be in the form of departed loved ones, ancient ancestors, animals, or even beings from other galaxies in the universe. A great many well-known psychics have described their spirit guides in terms of ethnicity; …

Specialty Halloween Pies Perfect for a Halloween Costume Party

Word Count: 506 Summary: It is always a wonderful experience when you walk into a home where someone has just baked a pumpkin pie—all those intoxicating smells of nutmeg, cinnamon, pumpkin, and crisp piecrust. Keywords: Halloween Costumes Article Body: It is always a wonderful experience when you walk into a home where someone has just baked a pumpkin pie—all those intoxicating smells of nutmeg, cinnamon, pumpkin, and crisp piecrust. This piece is dedicated to all you pie-lovers out there, as well as all you non-bakers. I’ve put together some recommendations for where you can get delicious pumpkin pies. These pies are perfect for family get-togethers, Halloween costume parties, or as gifts to your friends and loved ones. In no particular …