More than 1,000 Strangers Throw an Early Halloween Party for Boy with Terminal CancerHalloween nights are usually cold and full of frights, but this one sure feels warm and full of love.Alexandros Hurdakis, a 5-year-old boy from Ontario, Canada, who was diagnosed with terminal cancer, got a nice surprise from more than 1,000 strangers who showed up to an early Halloween party.When Alexandros' parents learned that their son's cancer was terminal earlier in September, they decided to make this year's Halloween extra special for him. However, travel was not recommended by his doctor so traveling out of the city for Halloween was out.According to TODAY, a family friend thought that if Alexandros couldn't travel to a Halloween destination, then Halloween would have to come to him. The friend posted to a community's Facebook page looking for help in getting Halloween decorations.  But the community did one better: instead of getting just decorations, over 1,000 people - many in costumes - decided to come to an early Halloween party for Alexandros! Images: Nick Parry#halloweenparty
The Tales Behind 13 Famous Haunted CastlesAs the nights get longer and Halloween draws near, you'll want some spooky stories ready to tell. The best ones are those that end with "and every bit of it is true- you can look it up!" Well, we don't know how true the hauntings are, but there have been plenty of shenanigans perpetrated in ancient castles that could have plausibly left spirits with unfinished business behind there. And the reports of those hauntings are documented. For example, the castle pictured above is Leap Castle in Coolderry, Ireland. The 13th-century castle was inhabited by the O’Carrol family for hundreds of years.Legend has it that there was a fatal power struggle among the O’Carrols in the 16th century. In a bid for power after their patriarch died, one member of the family killed his brother, a priest. Visitors today have reported seeing a priest wandering the “Bloody Chapel.” But it gets worse. In the 1990s, renovators found a “secret dungeon” in the chapel filled with dozens of skeletons. People claim the dungeon had a trap door through which the O’Carrol’s prisoners would fall onto wooden spikes and die a painful death out of earshot from chapel visitors.And every bit of it is true- you can look it up! Read about Leap Castle and twelve other haunted castles around the world at Mental Floss. There, now you have 13 spooky stories ready to tell your kids or your Halloween guests. (Image credit: Mike Searle)#haunted #castle
The Stranger Things House is Amazing, But Its Future is in Flux​Dave and Aubrey Appel's house in Plainfield, Illinois, is shaping up to be a real treat this Halloween! The couple have spent the last two months turning their house and yard into a Stranger Things set. You don't have to follow the show to appreciate the work that went into these constructions.
The Most Popular Halloween Candy for Each StateHalloween was pretty much a bust in 2020, and barely began to recover in 2021. But this year, the National Retail Federation expects people to spend about $3.1 billion on Halloween candy! Candystore.com crunched the numbers from Halloween candy sales over the past 15 years and determined that America's favorite Halloween candy in 2022 is (again) Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. That's quite believable. Those are followed by Skittles, M&Ms, Starburst, Hot Tamales, Sour Patch Kids, Hershey's Kisses, Snickers, Tootsie Pops, and candy corn. Strangely, candy corn also made the list of the worst Halloween candies.​But America is a big country, and tastes vary from state to state. The map above shows the top favorite Halloween candy for each state, which is interactive at the Candystore.com website. A chart at the same link gives the top three kinds of candy each state prefers. For my state, Kentucky, Reese's Cups are at the top, followed by Hot Tamales and Swedish Fish. I can almost guarantee that the people who buy the candy will eat the Reese's Cups themselves, and hand out Hot Tamales and Swedish Fish to trick or treaters. See if the favorites of your state reflects your tastes. -via Mental Floss#candy
A Fine Selection of Kid-Friendly Spooky FilmsThe new film Hocus Pocus 2 is now streaming on Disney+. The availability of new movies enjoyed in the comfort of your home means family movie night is special, so if your going to get the family together to watch Hocus Pocus 2, you may as well introduce your kids to the wonders of Halloween-themed movies. Make it double feature! The original 1993 Hocus Pocus is a natural for that. However, kids want to watch movies they like over and over, an option that wasn't available to their grandparents. If you've resigned yourself to watching Hocus Pocus 2 several nights in a row, you might want a list of other fine kid-friendly movies to steer them to when you've reached your limit. Or to just break up the monotony. For kids into the Halloween spirit, The Nightmare Before Christmas comes to mind. But there's a whole world of spooky, but not too spooky films you'll want to include in your October film nights when children are around. Some are not specifically Halloween-oriented, but provide an introduction to thrills and chills that your kids will love. Read about 16 spooky movies for kids that you can stream, buy on home video, or watch on-demand at Cracked.#film #childrensmovie #spookymovie
Make Your Own Enchanted Potion Bottles at HomeFor their latest project, the Wicked Makers show us how to make an enchanted potion bottle. I have to admit that that sucked me in in the first few seconds because these bottles are cool. Making a weird-looking mixture that stays just separate enough to see it swirl is pretty neat no matter what time of year it is. However, you'll want to restrict this prop to homes with no young children who might be tempted to drink it. But then they show us how to animate these bottles, as if some unseen magic were to swirl them around! They mean "unseen magic" quite literally because this trick is based on magnets. This bottle trick is perfect for either a mad scientist's lab or a witch's supply cabinet. It's also kinda funny that the book they picked up at a thrift store to destroy is Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer.#DIY #potion #bottle #WickedMakers