Costumes Based on Mentally Insane Characters are No Longer Welcome in Britain

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/09/27/why-were-mental-patient-and-psycho-ward-costumes-pulled-from-walmart-owned-stores/

Oh boy… Great Britain is trying to be more politically correct about Halloween costumes, and now two popular All Hallow’s Eve staples (the escaped convict and the clever wielding maniac) are considered offensive to people with mental illness. 

 

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Zombie Pillow

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From Geek Alerts

At last, an undead zombie pillow pet. It’s a pillow, it’s a pet. It’s a Boy Zombie Pillow Pet. Use it as a pillow when you need one and a pet when you need something soft to hug.

Who knew that the Zombie Apocalypse would be so cute? This 15 inch x 17 inch all polyester pillow pet is all you need in a soft zombie friend. Just secure the Velcro strip for a cuddly plush zombie doll, or use it as a pillow. It is perfect for Halloween and is machine washable.

http://www.geekalerts.com/boy-zombie-pillow-pet/

Naked Haunted House Forced to Cover Up

I wasn’t going to talk about this since I try to keep the topics on the site toned down, and plus I thought it was a stupid publicity stunt with little to actually do with Halloween. However, this does warrant a mention.

The organizers of a Pennsylvania haunted house that was going to challenge visitors to go through the attraction naked have been ordered to drop the nudity portion of their event after local officials and residents complained.

The owner has agreed to limit those who enter the house to no less than underwear, but he says that next year he would like to offer the all-nude challenge again if officials will allow it.

I am still not sure how many takers he would get for this since it is counter intuitive to both thrill seeking in both ways. Those who perform nude stunts do so in order to grab attention and be exhibitionists. The thrill is from knowing they are being seen. It is not from going through a house in the dark of the night.

More information on this story can be found here http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/09/26/pa-halloween-attraction-drops-plans-for-nude-guests-in-haunted-house-requires/

Chocolate Caramel Apples with Sprinkles

Here is a nice, Autumn seasoned recipe from MyRecipes.com 

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Ingredients

5 apples (we prefer Granny Smith and Fuji varieties, 6 to 8 oz. each)
butter
14 ounces (about 50 pieces) unwrapped soft caramels (such as Kraft)
10 ounces semisweet or bittersweet chocolate
1 cup sprinkles (your choice of color)

Preparation 

  1. Rinse and dry 5 apples (we prefer Granny Smith and Fuji varieties, 6 to 8 oz. each). Insert a craft or popsicle stick halfway into the stem end of each apple. Line a baking sheet with plain parchment paper or wax paper that has been generously coated with butter.
  2. In a bowl set over a pan of simmering water, combine 14 ounces (about 50 pieces) unwrapped soft caramels (such as Kraft) and 2 tablespoons water. Stir frequently until melted and smooth.
  3. Holding the stick, dip each apple one at a time into the caramel about three-quarters of the way. Swirl to coat evenly.
  4. Hold stem side up and use a knife to scrape excess caramel off the bottom of apple back into bowl. Place apples on the parchment paper or buttered waxed paper and refrigerate until caramel is firm, about 5 minutes.
  5. Return pan of water to a boil; remove from heat. Place 10 ounces semisweet or bittersweet chocolate in another bowl and set over pan. Stir frequently until chocolate is melted and smooth.
  6. Dip the bottom half of each apple in chocolate, turning to coat evenly. Hold stem side up and use a knife to scrape excess chocolate off bottom of apple and back into bowl. Place each coated apple on the parchment paper or buttered waxed paper and refrigerate until chocolate is slightly set, about 10 minutes.
  7. Place about 1 cup sprinkles (your choice of color) on a plate. Roll bottom third of each apple in sprinkles to coat. Refrigerate until chocolate is firm, about 15 minutes.