Week 3- Activity 8

word-cloud-1Fall is here! That means you should get ready for Halloween, Thanksgiving, pumpkins and anything else fall related! Get ready for the Jack-O-Lanterns illuminating your front porch, and make sure you have your Trick-Or-Treat costume ready. Spooky skeletons, spiders, and bats are about, don’t forget to be hanging up the decorations all about your house. The fall clothes are in, beanies, flannels, boots and scarves. The trees are changing too, the once lime green leaves are now shades of pumpkin orange and lemon yellow, with even a few apple red colors. Months of October and November are my absolute favorite, the crisp air is so refreshing. It’s time for autumn!

 

Top Ten Halloween Candies

candyzHalloween is an exciting time of the year.  Children like to dress up as characters or other things and go trick-or-treating.  Some adults like to stay at home and hand out candy.  Both of those may be fun, but most people think that the best part of Halloween is the candy.  Kids love getting candy for their costumes every year.  The question is, do you know what America’s favorite candies are?  This blog will tell you all about what the best candies are, based on sale facts from the USA Today website, as of 2015.

1.) Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
USA Today says these are the most popular candies for American children as of 2015.  People like these candies so much that they sell almost $510 million of Reese’s.  Reese’s come in mini, the regular size and around Halloween, a pumpkin shaped version.  A big reason people like these candies because they come in individual packaging, so they are easy to give out.  These treats are a delicious treat for anyone, except if you are allergic to peanut butter.

2.) M&M’s
These bite-sized chocolates rake in about $500 million a year.  This is the second highest selling regular candy, they are ranked eighth in snack-sized brands.  People like M&M’s to put in things like cookies and others, but others love them just to snack on.  M&M’s come in minis, peanut, pretzel, peanut butter, regular and the company has recently announced a new caramel variety.  Peanut M&M’s are the top selling M&M’s out of them all.

3.) Snickers
Snickers were the third most popular candy sold last year at Halloween.  This popular candy has the equally popular catchphrase, “You’re not you when you’re hungry.”  Last year, $457 million worth of snickers were sold.  Some people like this candy because of its many layers, which include caramel, nougat, peanuts and chocolate.  Snickers are another delicious candy, if you don’t have peanut allergies.

4.) Hershey’s
Number four on the most popular candies list is Hershey’s milk chocolate bars.  Hershey’s are a popular brand of chocolate that has been around since 1900.  These candies are passed out on Halloween quite a bit, raking in $325 million in 2015.  Did you know that chocolate can actually be good for you?  Well, it can, and that is probably a good reason to buy Hershey’s.  The sales for Hershey bars increased by 12% in 2015 at Halloween.  Hershey’s come in regular, almond, cookies and creme and dark chocolate.

5.) Kit-Kat
Kit-Kats were the fifth most sold Halloween candy of 2015.  They sold about $307 million worth of Kit-Kats last year.  Kit-Kats also launched a co-promotion with Google for Android called simply “KitKat.”  Kit-Kats are packaged in pairs, and in bigger packs four.

6.) Twix 4 to Go
The Mars company sold about $116 million in Twix last year.  More specifically, the Twix 4 To Go, which come in packages of four.  Twix are made of cookies and caramel and then covered in chocolate.  Twix were introduced to Americans in 1993 by the Mars Company.  This is also the most expensive top selling candy with chocolate as well as 60 cents more than a regular Twix.  

7.) 3 Musketeers
The number seven candy on this list is one of my personal favorites.  3 Musketeers made more than $100 million in 2015.  These candies were introduced by the Mars company in 1932.  The 3 Musketeers’ sales decreased by about 10%, but an explanation for that could be their lack of advertising.  3 Musketeers are fluffy chocolate nougat covered in more chocolate and come in packs of two and one.

8.) Hershey’s Cookies and Creme
Hershey’s Cookies and Creme bars made around $100 million in 2015.  These bars are a variant of the more popular bar, Hershey’s Milk Chocolate.  Hershey’s Cookies and Creme are made with white chocolate and cookie pieces.  Although not as many people like these chocolate bars, they helped to boost over all Hershey bar sales by 9%.

9.) Milky Way
Number nine on the best candies countdown is Milky Way bars.  Milky Way’s made more than $93 million last year.  They were introduced in 1923 by the Mars Company.  Milky Ways are made with nougat, caramel and chocolate.  They come in regular, caramel and dark chocolate.

10.) Almond Joy
The final candy on this list is Almond Joy.  $82 million dollars worth of Almond Joy’s were sold in 2015.  The began being sold in 1946 by the Hershey company.  These yummy candies are made by pressing together coconut and putting almonds on top, then covering them all in chocolate.  They are similar to their other candy, Mounds, that lack the crunchy almonds on top.

This has been the top ten best candies for Halloween, credit to USA Today for the facts and number.  Thanks for reading!

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“Charlie Charlie Are You There?”

On a Halloween night Trace and Isaac stare at the two balanced pencils, they ask “Charlie Charlie are you there?” No answer. They ask again, still no answer. Then they light a candle, they ask again. The light of the candle starts blinking and swaying, as the the pencil points to yes, they here a door creak open.

After 10 minutes of hiding in fright, Trace says, “let’s go check it out”. Then Isaac says as he’s shaking, “let’s try asking another question to see if it was a fluke.” So they sneaked back to the balanced pencils, it is still pointing to yes. They ask, “Charlie Charlie was your response a fluke?” The pencil moves straight to no and they hear creaky footsteps upstairs! Trace asks,” Charlie Charlie are you in the house?’’ Then all at once the lights  and the candle went out! Isaac and Trace were too stunned to move, they just sat there in complete fear.

Isaac uses his phone as a flash light. They both see the pencil has shifted to yes. Trace says, “ we have to get out of here!” But as they run to the door, they see a small shadow . So they run to the back door, the shadow is there too! Trace says, “Maybe we should ask him if we can leave.”

So they crept back to the balanced pencils, they ask, “Charlie Charlie can we leave?” Then the phone rings. Trace answers the phone and he hears a soft whisper . Isaac see’s Trace’s eyes widen up. Trace gets off the phone and says, “Charlie said he is right behind us and that we can’t leave.” Neither Trace nor Isaac dared to look behind them.

“Trace, what do we do?’’ Isaac asked. “Do not look back, I repeated  DO NOT LOOK BACK!” said Trace. Trace looked over at Isaac and saw tears streaming down his cheeks. Isaac says as he’s crying, “Charlie Charlie are you going to hurt us?” There was no answer. He asked again, but there still wasn’t an answer. Isaac looked over at Trace and saw Trace just sitting there looking straight ahead not moving.

Isaac asks,” Charlie Charlie are you inside of Trace?” And Trace reaches over and cliches the pencil and moves it to yes. Isaac was now calling the police, as he dialled the number into the phone, a strong force wiped it right out of his hand. He looks over at Trace, but he is no longer on the couch, he was slowly walking towards him.

Isaac picked up the phone and ran,  he barely dialled 911 this time before the phone flew out of his hand. He screamed violently so the police would hear, he knew they would track the phone somehow. Finally, Isaac thought of the idea to hurt the demon.   

Isaac ran to his room. He grabbed a baseball bat and Trace was only a couple steps behind him. Then he turned and swinged, he made perfect contact with Trace’s head. It did not affect the demon one bit. Trace grabbed Isaac viciously, ripping his shirt. Isaac tried to run but the force was to strong. As he fell to the ground he heard police pulling into the driveway.

Isaac heard the front door fly open. As he screamed for help, the vicious demon bit a chunk out of Isaac’s arm. Blood squirted from his arm, and he screamed. The police came in and pulled Trace off of Isaac. They took the boys into custody.

They both were taking in to get interviewed. Isaac claimed that his friend had been possessed, the police told him that Trace would be taken to mental assilem. Trace simply banged his head on a wall the whole interview. Isaac didn’t care what the police said, he called his local priest to come to the police station to do an exorcism.

The priest showed up, and took a look at Trace and instantly told the police he would be doing an exorcism. They said no, but this did not stop the priest. The police agreed to give him 3 minutes to prove himself. He went in the room with Trace. The priest showed him jesus’s cross. Going absolutely insane, the demon was cursing, screaming, and yelling. Believing the priest, the police strapped the vicious demon down and started the exorcism.

The priest threw holy water on the demon’s face and started reading from the bible. Trace was now going nuts, crying out swear words and screeching. He was now calling for  the spirits above. Trace’s eyes rolled to the back of his head, Isaac was watching in fright as his friend was going insane.

The demon began to smile, his head twisted all the way around. Things were not going well for the priest, Isaac came up with an idea. He thought of the Charlie Charlie pencil game, what had started it all.  So maybe it would end it.

Isaac pulled the priest a side, he told him how it all started and how the possession happened in the beginning . There plan was to play the game, ask him questions, and hopefully make the demon so uncomfortable it will leave.

They set the pencils up and started playing, Isaac asked, “charlie charlie are you there?” Trace grabbed the pencil and moved it to yes. Then Isaac asked, “Charlie Charlie are you evil?” The demon left the pencil pointing to yes. After that Isaac asked,” Charlie Charlie do you love the lord?” And of course he moved it to no. Isaac called the priest into the room.

The priest started praying for God to help Trace overcome the demon. Trace looked at the corner of a room, he started screaming, yelling and cursing again. At that instant Isaac knew there was an angel was in the room. So to aggravate the demon he asked,”Charlie Charlie is there an spirit in the room?” Trace moved the pencil to yes. Isaac asked, “Charlie is it an angel?” Instead of the pencil moving, Isaac heard Trace’s soft voice say yes. He knew it was over, he ran to Trace and gave him a hug.


                                                                     The End Trace and Isaac

Murder Mystery Mansion

My alarm clock says “7:32” as I look over at it.  It’s way too early to get up, but I get up anyway because I’m so excited.  I pull on my skinny jeans and my old , knobby, gray sweater and head downstairs to execute my morning routine.”Fweee!” goes the kettle as my tea is starting to boil. Off the burner I take it and pour some orange spice tea into my favorite ‘Snoopy’ mug.  I plop down onto the arm chair and turn on the T.V. and click through the channels until I come to the news. “Happy Halloween everyone! Hope you have a spook-tacular day!”says the news guy wearing vampire teeth and a black cape. “OK, back business.  A convict from the Hamilton Insane asylum escaped and is moving westward in the Hampton county….”

The stairs creak as I walk upstairs to get my things ready for tonight. A long, silk, purple gown is what I’ll wear.  I’ll layer with my mom’s white mink stole and long white gloves and my hair in an up-do. All the detective heroines in the books look like that.  In my small, fancy, bag I stuffed cotton swabs to test if ketchup or blood, along with special paper that turns blue when it’s real blood, a classic magnifying glass, a pen and paper, a handkerchief, and harsh flash light for questioning. I’m all set. By then everyone has gotten up in the house, so I go ask my family at the breakfast table if anyone wants to play ‘Clue’ until I have to go…..

I am so ready for the Murder Mystery Mansion field trip.  

“OOHHH MAN!!! It’s 7:45!!!! Only 15 minutes until we are at the place!!!!” I excitedly scream to my parents as they drive me to ‘The Hamptons Mansion’, where our whole English class is going for a field trip on our section about Agatha Christie.  Fancy lion statues at the big iron gate flash by my face as we enter the serial and elegant Hampton Mansion.  My friends Tina and Julie wave excitedly when my car pulls up.  They both look gorgeous! Tina in a rich pink gown with a subtle poof at the waist, she layered with a  ghostly white shawl and a silver necklace. Julie looked  very, Julie-ish. She wore a short, red, silk, Japanese style cross over dress with black Converse, because she doesn’t own any fancy shoes.  But, she looked fantastic anyway.

A young man in a spiffy, grey suit , with a name tag reading: ‘Adam, staff’ walked up to our group and said, “If you could come inside, the rest of your class is in the house.”  We tingled our fingers to say goodbye to our parents and followed Adam inside the Hampton Mansion.

As we walked in a ‘butler greeted us and took our coats.  Our whole English class was there, with the exception of Roy because he just can’t handle scary.  Mr. Burrow finished speaking with the  main leader of the festivity and got our attention so he could say, “Hello everyone! Please meet up with your group and your tour guide so we may start!” Tina, Julie, and I went to our tour guide, Ryan.  “Follow me and we will meet our other guests.”  Bright light hits my face as we walk into a room that appears to be the dining room.  Five people who look like a rainbow of aristocracy,  Each wearing a different color.  Scott the main leader each one of them, “These are the other guests to the Hampton’s Halloween party, Miss Roselia Rouge,”  Clad in a red dress.  “Prof. Lemaen.” Wearing a black suit with a yellow vest.  He continued,”Miss Flora Greenwood,” Garbed in a green pencil skirt and a green cardigan.  “Lord Hampton and his wife Lady Violet.”  “Jeez I prepared myself better than I thought.” I murmured to my friends.  “There will be a two hour break before dinner, please look around and admire our lavish house.

 Ryan lead us to the library for our break, with Miss Greenwood following us.  Julie, Tina and I all rushed to sit down on the ornately woven chaise lounge and do our best fainting women impression.  Tina was first to  it, only to be pricked in the posterior by a small dagger’. We all exclaimed shrilly “A clue!” When we looked closer at it we noticed to letter ‘R’s’ carved on it ornately.  “I wonder whose it is?” Ryan said with a hint in his voice.  “Probably Miss. Rouge’s.” Julie said. “AH HA! Our first suspect!” I screeched.  “Genna, you dope! No one’s done anything yet.” Tina said, bringing me back to the real world.  “Oh, yeah I forgot you’re supposed to text the other groups when you’ve found something.  Tina whipped out her smancy- fancy touch-screen phone.  “I got dis.”  She said cooly.  While Tina was texting the other four groups we searched around for more clues but nothing was to be found.  We came back to Tina and asked what the other groups said, “Well group two found a green handkerchief with the initials ‘F.G’ embroidered on it  although it was very blood stained in the study ,” right then Miss. Flora mysteriously left the room.  “Group three found a blue slipper in the conservatory, group four found a bottle of poison in the ballroom , and group five found nothing.”

The hall with the bathroom is where Ryan lead us next.  each of us used the bathroom it was when julie looked in the mirror that she noticed a piece of paper stuck in the medicine cabinet. She pulled it out and called us over to look at it.  It read: “I will do it with poison like you said. Did you leave it in the  ballroom like you said? ~G.R.” “This totally has something to do with the bottle of poison in the ballroom.” Tina observed.  She texted the other groups and gave us the update.  “Group two found a corresponding note that acknowledged ours and said that that the knife would be in the library.  The other groups found nothing.”  ryan cut in, “Time for dinner, let’s head down to the dining hall.” We followed him and halfway down the large staircase we heard frantic footsteps running in one of the rooms next to the stairs.  Ryan didn’t seem to notice.  

The butler seated us at the large table with extensive table settings. “What the stuff! How many forks do you need?” Julie murmured to us.  we both tried to hide giggles.  The servants brought us split pea soup  and savory dinner rolls.  Lord Hampton raised his glass for a toast, “To many more wonderful Halloweens and thank you for being such wonderful friends!”  We raised our glasses and took a dainty sip from them.  Then Lord Hampton fell face down in his bowl of soup everyone gasped and his wife screamed.  Prof. Lemaen dabbed his finger on the edge of his glass then sniffed his finger, “Poison, that’s’ wot killed ‘em.”  The three of us looked knowingly at each other then scanned the faces of everyone else.  “Whoever this murderer is , well they have a good poker face.” I said. Lady Violet shakily whispered, I suggest we all go somewhere else to calm down.” everyone left the table silently.  “We’ll catch up I lost an earing somewhere.” I lied He shrugged and left the room. We rushed over to Lord Hampton to check his pulse.  Tina’s face went white with horror, “He has no pulse.” She said tensely.  “So he’s actually dead?” julie asked. “Yes.”  We went to the billiard room where we were supposed to meet Ryan.  “Oops I left my bag in the dining room.” Tina remembered.  “We can get it later.”  Julie said. As We sat down Tina’s phone tweeted, signaling that she got a text.  She took out her phone and read aloud.  “Team two we found Prof. Lemaen face down with a knife in his back, dead in the living room.” We all shuddered.  Then dashed off to look for any evidence of the murderer in the living room.

We arrived and immediately I took out my blood testing paper and touched it to the bloody spot.  “This definitely real blood.” I reluctantly said.  “Who could be doing this?” Eric, from the other group said to me.  “ I have a hunch but I need a bit more evidence.  “Where is Miss Rouge?” I asked. “She is supposed to be in her room.” One of the guides said.  “Let me see that knife.”  No one went to get it so Julie does and rolls her eyes at the the supposed ‘tough’ guys.  I wipe it off on my handkerchief and look closer at it with my magnifying glass.  It has the identical ‘R.R’ carved on it.  The same knife that Tina put in her bag the bag she left in the dining room.  I call Lady Violet, and ask, “Do you have any security cameras in the dining room?” “Uh Huh.” she says with a whimper.The recordings will be in the kitchen.

The kitchen is the place we go next.  We find the recordings and upload them to Tina’s phone.  We all watch carefully, in the video after Julie, Tina and I left twenty minutes later Miss Rouge and Miss Flora Greenwood come in and rummage through Tina’s bag.  Pulling out the knife they high five and walk out.

The group goes back to the living room, the scene of the crime.  We all moodily mose around pondering why. Julie leans on a bookcase and clumsily falls backward as it opens.  Inside we find a ripped up straight jacket and the dead body of Lord Hampton.  “This is a real murder, not a fake one we’re supposed to solve.” Tina whimpered. “Exactly! Someone is using the fake clues from the fake mystery to commit a real murder.” I said forgetting how gruesome this actually was.  Julie sat down on the large sofa and screamed.  Two long grungy hands gripped her neck trying to strangle her. But Eric from the other group jumped up and wrestled with the unknown murderer.  The unknown’s fingernails dug into his neck and eventually tired him out and put him to the ground.  The unknown was surely the convict his shirt had ‘The Hamilton Insane Asylum.’ We all realized  what was happening in front of us. We scrambled for our lives outside and ran into the night with a insane person on our heels.

Family Bonding

When I was younger, I always used to race through the halls of my decrepit house.  My footsteps would echo through the space of the ancient pathway, thump, thump, thump.  Footsteps would turn into flying.  Right now, pretending to be a superhero soaring through a run-down ‘city’ seemed silly.  But I wasn’t doing that, I was running for my life.  I could hear my own heartbeat in my ear, pulsing and pulsing.  Halloween was my least favorite time of the year, and this is exactly why!  Tap, tap, tap, tap my mom was growing slower, so I dared to take a quick glance back.  Regret flooded every bone inside of me.  Seeing her like this brought an aggressive sadness through my head like a tsunami.  Suddenly, I fainted on the cold wood floor.

Every year on Halloween night, my entire family goes berserk.  It’s a mystery to why it happens and why I’m the only one who doesn’t go completely crazy.  By crazy, I mean crazy.  Once I found my dad in the dining room with his eyes rolled back in his head while he lay on the floor, motionless.  Another time, my brother and sister were in the living room watching static on the television.  However, the worst comes from my mom.  You can count on that she will run through the house screaming every Halloween night.  She might even break a few plates.  Tonight was the worst though, she was constantly chasing me!  Every once in awhile she would gurgle out my name in a pathetic tone.  I was starting to wake up from my black out.

Tiny beams of light filled my eyes.  Sleeping was a beautiful thing, so I tried to just curl back up and rest some more.  Realization was the only thing I could think about.  Not the good kind, you know when a character in a movie realizes the love of their life had always loved them back, the kind where your world gets dark and you have to face reality.  Which in this case for me was to open my eyes.  So I did, as hard as it was, I had to face my insane family.  Staring me right in the face was my mom, dad, brother and sister.  They just stood there, not blinking, moving, breathing, they were just statues in that moment.  Moments like that go by quickly I can tell you.  Calmly, my sister went over to me and crouched down.  Automatically, my feet scooted me backwards.  In that moment, time went by like the slowest thing you can imagine.  It was almost like I floated right through the rail.  Back first, I fell down my old staircase.  Pitifully, my arms flailed in attempt to catch myself.  Soaring through the air like the superhero I used to be, I tumbled backwards and landed with an awful crunch.  One thing I was for sure about in all of the commotion, my sister said one thing to me. “You’re special, sis.”  After she groaned that, I was sure about why I was sane on Halloween night.

November 1st, the day everything was clear.  Beep… Beep… Beep…  Soreness was all I could feel in my back.  A nurse in pale blue scrubs came into my room “Are you feeling any better, Sara?” she smiled. “Yes, thanks,” I sighed.  Unthinkably, my mother then trudged into the room “Sara, I am so sorry, please, I can explain-” I glared at her “Why did you do this? Why am I different?” I cried. Awkwardly, the nurse scurried away.  I continued speaking, slowly raising my voice, “I want to be like you!  Why can’t I be alive too?”  Well, that was it.  Reason #1 why I didn’t turn into a monster like the rest of my family: I already was one.

To Grandmother’s House We Go…

To Grandmother’s House We Go

Cara felt the cold wind pierce her skin as she climbed the porch stairs to her cruel grandmother’s house.  She always hated coming here because of everything that happened in the house.  The bags she was carrying made her arms feel like they were filled with lead.  Her foot hit the last step and it creaked from the unexpected weight.  As she reached the porch, she dropped the bags with a sigh of relief.  Cara heard the large, wooden door creak open as she slowly saw her grandmother’s ugly face come into view.

“Well, well. Look who it is.  Get inside child and set those bags down before you catch a cold in this wind.  Well, hurry up!” she snapped.

Cara pulled her jacket closer to her chilled body, suddenly noticing the cold wind pick up it’s speed.  She picked up the heavy bags and slowly followed her already grumpy companion inside.  Something hairy brushed up against her leg and Cara immediately recognized it as Alumit, her grandmother’s black cat.  Her grandma had told her that the name Alumit means secret.

They finally reached the kitchen and Cara set the bags full of candy on the counter.  It was Halloween night and this was her family’s tradition.  Cara would go to her grandmother’s house on Halloween night, she would trick-or-treat for an hour and then help her grandma pass out candy for an hour.   And then she would stay in that creepy old house for five days.  Five Days!  The young girl shivered at the thought.  She was so excited for Halloween, mostly because her friend Tosha was coming over to trick-or-treat and stay the night, as tradition.  Cara’s grandma thanked her for her effort.

“May I go upstairs now?” Cara asked the old woman.

“Yes, go. I may need you later though. What time is Tisha-”

“Tosha.”

“Whatever. What time is Tosha coming?” The woman corrected herself.

“I think she said 3:30.”

“I want you back down here by 3:20, showered, teeth brushed and hair combed.  No tight clothes and nothing too revealing. No jewelry and no spunky clothing. You are to dress like the young women you are, you can wear the clothes I laid out for you or some of the extra clothes in the closet. Do not open that trunk on the end of the bed! By now you know the rules. The only time you change out of those clothes is when you dress up in your silly costume and when you go to bed. Do you understand?”

“Yes grandmother, I understand your rules and will not break them or disobey you.”

“Good, now go, you’re wasting my time.”

Cara ran up the stairs and shut and locked the door.  She quickly got a shower and dressed herself with some clothes in the closet.  Cara only brought one bag because there was no point in bringing her own clothes. In her bag Cara had her phone, her kindle, some chargers, a toothbrush and toothpaste, her nighttime retainer and the book she was currently reading.  After a few minutes of listening to music and playing games on her phone, she heard her grandma yell at her, signaling it was 3:20. She carefully hid her electronics, not knowing how her grandmother would feel about them, and walked down the steps.  After waiting for a few minutes, there was a knock on the door.  Cara quickly got up and opened it before she hugged her best friend.  

After a few hours the two girls went trick-or-treating.  They finally made it to a big hill with a single house on top.  

“Hey, I think we forgot one” Tosha said as she started walking to the open gate at the bottom of the steep hill.

“No, that’s okay Tosha, let’s just go back” Cara said, looking at the scary house in fear.

“What are you scared?”

“N-no”

“Bawk! Bawk, Bawk!” Tosha squealed and laughed at her own stupidity.

“Fine, you wanna go so bad, we’ll go”

“Yay!”

The two girls hiked up the treacherous hill and stopped at the top to catch their breath.  After about a minute or so the girls knocked on the door.  A man that looked like he was in his thirties opened the door.

“Trick-or-treat” the nearly breathless girls said in unision.

“Oh, um, sorry no candy. Oh! I just made some caramel apples. Why don’t you come and give the caramel some time to dry.

“Okay”

Cara and Tosha’s bodies were later found in the basement of the house on the hill. Remember, always be safe on Halloween and never trust something or someone suspicious…

The Demon of Halloween

I was walking home when I heard a noise in the bushes, I thought it was a cat so I continued walking.  Five minutes later I heard the same exact noise.  Still having to walk another mile I called my friend, Bill to see if he could give me a ride to his house.  He picked me up a few minutes later, he was just leaving his friends Halloween party.  Bill lives outside of town about 20 minutes away.   It was a long quiet ride, we didn’t talk about much.  But I didn’t tell him what I heard.  Once we were there we went inside and watched T.V.  The movie was a scary Halloween movie, the same sound that came from the bushes was in the movie.  

The movie gave me chills. There was a demon that had a red, cut up and bloody face.  We watched the rest of the movie, I will be scared all night.  While we went to sleep I kept hearing scary noises coming from outside.  Eventually I looked outside to try to see what it was, I didn’t see anything.  Then suddenly the monster I saw in the movie jumped up to the window scaring me.  So I woke Bill up to tell him, he was scared too.  His reaction was to have someone watch just in case.

Bill took the first watch.  I slept first, it was hard to sleep knowing what could be out there.  A few hours later when Bill woke me up he said he said he saw it again.  So next I watched for a couple of hours. Suddenly, Bill was dragged away by a monster with a blood red face. He woke up and was confused but when he was the monster he started screaming, then I started chasing him.  Once I caught up I grabbed his foot but the monster was too strong. He was gone, I would never see him again.                            

Halloween History

Halloween is a spooky and exhilarating time of year in Ohio. This time of year kids and adults get to carve pumpkins, go trick or treating, tell scary tales, watch blood-curdling movies and enjoy the fall weather. Trick or treating is an exciting and creative time for kids, adults and even pets! Families will decorate their homes in cobwebs, ghosts, vampires, witches, skeletons and more sinister decorations.

All Hallows’ Eve, also known as Halloween, was first celebrated by the Irish Celts. Celts believed that October 31st was the last day of summer. The Celts celebrated this change of season during a festival called Samhain. Soon after, in 43 A.D., the Romans conquered the Celts and took over their Halloween tradition. Subsequently, the Christian Church made All Soul’s Day on November 1, which celebrates the dead. The night before, October 31st, then became known as All Hallows Eve. This was because it was considered the Holy Evening before the official religious holiday that was created to honor all of the people who had died during the year.

Creative juices are always flowing in children and adult’s minds when Halloween comes around. Costumes every year are always so ingenious. They can go from chilling, horrifying costumes to valiant, crazy costumes. Kids also often dress up as favorite characters from a movie, television show or book. Even some families dress together in a theme, such as The Seven Dwarfs, Bacon and Eggs or even a group of superheros!  Every year Halloween gives adults and kids a chance to be someone else. The chance to go trick or treating or attend a Halloween bash gives people an opportunity to dress up, be in a different life and just express themselves. On October 31st kids and adults get to go out and enjoy the eerie holiday known as Halloween.

Information From

http://www.history.com/topics/halloween/history-of-halloween

http://www.halloweenhistory.org/

http://www.americancatholic.org/Messenger/Oct2001/Family.asp

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Halloween Recipe: Cake Pop Ghosts

Halloween Ghost Cake Pops:

A Halloween Recipe

Ingredients;

  • a cake, any size and any flavor ( Preferably pumpkin spice because it’s halloween, of course)
  • one can of frosting ( any flavor)
  • meltable, white chocolate candy coating (for decoration)
  • lollipop sticks
  • either food-safe markers or chocolate chips (for decoration)

Preparation;

  1. In a large bowl crumble your cake and gradually add the frosting
  2. Mix well. Once mixed, roll the mixture into oval-shaped balls or ghost-like shapes
  3. Put “ghosts” on baking sheet with parchment paper and freeze for 1 hour, or until firm
  4. Remove “ghosts” from the freezer. Melt white chocolate candy. Dip the end of the lollipop stick into the chocolate and insert stick into the ghost.
  5. Dip ghost completely in the chocolate. Tap the stick on the side of the bowl to remove excess coating. You can either hold the cake pop until it dries, put it back on the baking sheet, or put it in a styrofoam block.
  6. To decorate use food safe markers to draw eyes and a mouth. You can also melt chocolate chips and use a toothpick to make the face. You can also melt chocolate chips and put in piping bags, or plastic baggies and pipe the faces.

Hopefully you enjoyed the recipe and I hope you tried it at home. Happy Halloween!

Important Dates in History: Halloween

Halloween:  We’ve heard of it, and usually celebrated it. But do you know where this tradition of dressing up and carving pumpkins? Well, most of you will say no. So, I am here to talk about Halloween’s origins. Here we go.

Some say Halloween has pagan origins. “The Celtic Festival of Samhain (Sow-in)”, which we think is directed to Halloween, and it marked the end of August and the harvest season. The Samhain people held feasts to commemorate the departed souls of our world. Along with the deceased, it was believed that “supernatural beings” came into our realm. But not all of them were good…

Because of that, people started to wear costumes (Not a costume that you get from Party City), and carve turnips in an attempt to scare away evil spirits. Other Customs of Samhain show that people went to other houses for fuel, water, and food for the festival. This tradition came here through Scottish and Irish immigration in the 19th Century. Then, this is where the Pumpkin replaced the Turnip, and the scarecrow and corn husks were added to the tradition.

Since Halloween is linked to paranormal things and the dead, and when people started to get involved in Halloween, the costumes were mostly themed with the dead or ghosts. But these days, costumes have expanded to famous people, and pop culture characters, and more. Instead of asking for offering for the festival, most kids are looking for sweets ( I happen to do so). Playing pranks, telling ghost stories, watching horror films, and going to parties are some of the things we celebrate Halloween with.

That’s how Halloween started, and what we do to celebrate it with. Make sure to check back for more posts on McDowell Media.

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