Trick-or-Treat Trivia


Many people know that Halloween is the holiday that comes in first-place for holiday chocolate candy purchases, and it’s the most profitable holiday behind Christmas.

But here’s some lesser known facts:

The next full moon on Halloween will be in the year 2020.
I imagine werewolf costumes will be quite popular. (At least I hope that’s a costume!)full-moonwerewolf

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the farthest distance to launch a pumpkin is 5,545.3 feet, launched by Ralph Eschborn.

Also, according to Guinness, the heaviest pumpkin weighs in at 2,323 lbs.

The day before Halloween, October 30th, is National Candy Corn Day. I guess October 31st is National All the Candy You Can Get Day.

And speaking of candy, did you know the candy lobby pushed to get daylight savings time changed to the week after Halloween so there would be more daylight for kids to collect more candy? $$$$

That’s nothing to snicker at…

…as far as passing out candy goes, here are my own rules to live by:

Kids in cute costumes ALWAYS get extra candy

Six-foot tall boys wearing their sports jersey with jeans as a costume (true story) get an Abba Zabba with a side eye

I don’t give extra candy to creepy costumes, that will just encourage them to keep being creepy

One year, I did give candy to a man and woman who were clearly in their 20’s, but hey they earned it. They showed up on my doorstep in western clothes and did a country song and dance. So I figured they earned it


Now before you go judging me as cheap or uptight, check these REAL Halloween laws:

It’s against the law in Alabama to dress up as a Priest or other religious clergy members, with fines up to $500 and up to a year in jail.


Communities in Illinois, Missouri, South Carolina, Maryland, Virginia and Mississippi have banned trick or treating for anyone over the age of 12

In Walnut, California it is illegal to wear a mask without getting permission from the sheriff

In Dublin, Georgia, no person over 16 may appear on the public streets wearing a mask, sunglasses or hood. The face has to be fully visible and recognizable


I thought the internet was stringing me along with this one:
• Hollywood California passed a law making it illegal to use silly string on Halloween with fines up to $1,000.

So you see, my rules are nothing!

Whatever the rules, and however you choose to celebrate please be safe, and of course, have FUN!



Pump It Up!


Living in Southern California where it’s consistently 78-90 degrees at the end of summer, there’s really only one way to know that fall has arrived.


Trader Joe’s




Yep, it’s time to get pumped up over pumpkin! And to be honest, I have mixed feelings about it. Some of it and I enjoy, while some of it…


…I mean, are pumpkin kale chips really necessary?

And check out this list from the Trader Joe’s Fearless Flyer where I checked off everything having to do with pumpkin. Right down to the body butter and dog biscuits.



What? No pumpkin wine or beer?

Oh, here they are!


Of all the ways to eat pumpkin, my favorite is my home made pumpkin pie, which is really all about the spices. I add cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, allspice and ginger. Guess you could call it my Thanksgiving five spice pie.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have some groceries to put away.