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The Candy Witch: Saving our children’s teeth one bucket of candy at a time

Many parents are concerned annually with the threat of tooth decay, extra pounds and hyper-activity from too much Halloween candy.  This year, combat that threat with the help of the Candy Witch….

Many moons ago I was delighted to learn about the Candy Witch. I was about 10 or 11years old and only had a year or so of trick or treating left.  I had gotten braces that year and I couldn’t eat many of the sweets that I loved so much. Undaunted, I was determined to go trick-or-treating with my friends and get a ton of candy.

When I got home from the neighborhood candy prowl, I sat with my mom to inspect my goodies-o-plenty.  There was quite a haul.  We first separated the treats I could eat from those I couldn’t. I was really bummed out when I saw that 75% of my treats were not going to be enjoyed by me.  That is when my mother mentioned a mostly forgotten Halloween lore, The Candy Witch.

Good little goblins and ghosts who enjoy an evening of treat gathering can leave their Halloween candy on their outside doorstep on Halloween Night.  On her broom high in the overnight sky, the Candy Witch flies, looking for tasty sugar treats that tots have left for her. In exchange for those delicious goodies the Candy Witch will leave a surprise of her own!  Like the Easter Bunny and Santa, the Candy Witch is an elusive and quick spirit, missed with a blink.

The Candy Witch is a good witch. You are not required to offer all your sugary loot.  But the more generous you are, the more generous she will be.  Many children have found stuffed animals, art supplies and even a Halloween stocking or two left behind in lieu of their Halloween candy.

** Parents and children should sit down and discuss the Candy Witch before leaving her treats. If you plan on participating in any activity, you should always acquire your parents’ permission.

Sharon Tate : Helter Skelter

Sharon Marie Tate Jan 24, 1943 – Aug 9, 1969

The talented and beautiful Sharon Tate has been forever typecast into one role: murder victim. She was brutally killed on a hot night in August 1969 by members of the Manson Family, a gang of hippies living as low life thieves and panderers.



Sharon’s career started to take off in early 1963 when she was cast in the role of Janet in the Beverly Hillbillies (1963-65). Sharon met Roman Polanski (director of Rosemary’s Baby) while on location for Eye Of The Devil in 1965. She fell in love with him during the filming of The Fearless Vampire Killers (1967). Once filming wrapped, they got a home in Santa Monica and shortly thereafter she began filming Valley of the Dolls as Jennifer North, her most well-known role. The wedding soon followed with a ceremony in London in January 1968. She was 24 and he was 35.

In February 1969, the two leased a lovely ranch style home off Benedict Canyon Rd. at 10050 Cielo Drive. The home was owned by Terry Melcher, who had recently shared the home with his then girlfriend Candice Bergen. Melcher, whose mother you may recall… Doris Day, was very influential in shaping the 1960s California surf rock music culture. He produced The Byrds’ number one smash hits, “Mr. Tambourine Man” and “Turn! Turn! Turn!”, both in 1965 and later went on to produce the Doris Day Show.

It is seldom publisized but well known that the leader of the Manson Family, Charles “Charlie” Manson, chose the Polanski house because it was known to Charlie to be the home of Terry Melcher. Melcher had a strong association with the popular musicians The Beach Boys. Beach Boy Dennis Wilson had met Manson after picking up two girls from the “family” hitchhiking. Shortly thereafter, Manson and the “family” moved into Wilson’s home. Wilson was impressed enough with Charlie’s song writing skills that he introduced Manson to Terry Melcher. They would meet with Melcher at his Cielo Drive home. The Beach Boys would later go on to record two of Manson’s songs. Manson thought he was going to have a music career and Melcher was going to help him. When Melcher refused, Manson sought revenge.

Revenge was executed just after midnight on August 9, 1969 when four members of the Manson Family, cut the phone lines, climbed a hillside and forced their way in to the Cielo Drive home, murdering Sharon Tate, coffee heiress Abigail Folger, internationally known hairdresser to the stars Jay Sebring, writer Wojciech “Wojtek” Frykowski, and teen Steven Parent who was a guest of the grounds caretaker. The Polanskis were expecting a son and the near 9 month old fetus passed away at this time as well.

Manson and his gang had made at least one visit to the home after Melcher had moved and had been turned away on the basis that Terry no longer lived there. Manson wanted the crime committed anyway as a means to send a message to Melcher.

It was a gruesome scene with Sharon and Jay inside, Sharon’s houseguests Abigail and Voytek on the lawn and Steven in his car. The murderous crew viciously stabbed their victums, shot at least one of them and wrote the word “PIG” in Sharon’s blood on the front door. Roman Polanski was in Europe when the tragic events happened. Other Manson Family revenge murders were also committed in the days preceeding and following this horrible crime.

Another theory was that one of the Manson clan had been burned for $1,000 worth of the drug MDA, the very same drug rumored to be distrubted by Frykowski. Consequently, a small amount of drugs were found in Frykowski’s posessions the night of the murder but what type of drugs is not known by the author.

The parties involved in the killing were later caught, charged and convicted on multiple counts of murder and the rest will go down in history as one of the most brutal murders and sensational trials on California’s record.

Front Door of 10050 Cielo Drive – the old Helter Skelter murder house The last known resident of the infamous Cielo Drive home was Trent Reznor of the band Nine In Nails (NIN). Reznor rented the home (learning after that it was the Helter Skelter house) and created a studio to record several projects including NIN’s The Downward Spiral, Broken EP and Marilyn Manson’s Portrait of an American Family. The studio was named Le Pig Studios after the murderous scrawl left on the front door. Upon a chance meeting with Sharon tate’s sister, Trent’s perspective changed and soon thereafter moved from the home in December 1993. Constant curious tourist traffic angered nearby residents, and shrines of dead roses and lit candles convinced the current owners to demolish the residence. This was done in 1994 and a new Mediterranean-style mansion named Villa Bella was built in it’s place. The address has also been changed to 10066 Cielo Drive.

Before the house was torn down, Reznor came back and removed the front door as a momento, which he installed at his state-of-the-art studio in New Orleans, housed in a building that had once been a funeral home.

Learn how Sharon was warned of her death by Paul Bern’s ghost at Jean Harlow’s old house, CLICK HERE

The Hollywood Book of Death by James Robert Parish, The Hollywood Book Of Scandals by James Robert Parish, The Ultimate Hollywood Tour Book by William A. Gordon, and California Babylon by Kristan Lawson and Anneli Rufus and IMDB, Wikipedia, and HouseFront


Hosting a Halloween Party with a Blast

Halloween is one of the fun holidays of the year. For children, Halloween is a time for them to dress up in their favorite costume and roam around their community with a basketful of candies trick-or-treating. Also, this holiday is all about parties for the adults and hosting a Halloween party is very easy. You just have to create a cheerful and fun environment.

When planning for a Halloween party, you don’t need to worry about what theme who should choose. Also, it will give you more time to focus on other essential parts of the event like the music, menu, invitations, and the decorations. It will also provide your guests with a guideline when it comes to their costume. Some prepare games that will make the event more fun and exciting for your guests. You can play casino games like those in FoxyBingo’s website. FoxyBingo is an online bingo gaming website which offers a variety of online casino games that can be played during parties like this.

Another essential part of party planning is the invitations. This is a good way to set the mood of the party. It is not necessary for you to hire someone to make your invites. You can make your own by following different patterns that can be seen on the Internet.

Food is also a part of the party-planning scheme. Many suggest that it will be easier to prepare finger foods in this kind of event. Finger food is easy to prepare and it will allow you more time to decorate the party venue and preparing your costume for the party that you’ll be hosting.

As I said earlier, a party would not be fun without games. There are several games that you can prepare aside from the aforementioned casino games such as poker and bingo. Many Halloween parties include drinking games. Before the party starts, the host will be calling out words that aren’t allowed to be used in conversation, during the game. Once these words are said by one of your guests, you must ask them to drink a shot of the prepared cocktail or spirit.

With all of these guidelines, you can host the best Halloween party ever imagined by your guests. Just be prepared for the after-party mess that will be left behind.



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hpump – Jack-O-Lantern Template

Want to carve a pumpkin every Halloween that looks EXACTLY like the one used in the opening credits of the original HALLOWEEN? Click the image to visit the download page and print a template provided by HALLOWEEN fan Garrett McSweeney in Long Island, NY.

Affix the template to your pumpkin using tape, trace the image by piercing the template along the black lines with a sharp pencil, remove the paper from the pumpkin and carve out the image with pumpkin carving tools (which can be found at any department store for a few dollars).


Jack-O-Lantern Origins

Once carved from turnips, this well known symbol of Halloween can come in quite handy…


jack-o-lantern700,000 immigrants came to America in the 1800s during the Irish Potato Famine, bringing with them the traditions of Halloween and the use of Jack-O-Lanterns.

Traditionally, the lantern was carved from a turnip, potato, or beet and lit with a burning lump of coal or a candle. These lanterns represented the souls of the departed loved ones and were placed in windows or set on porches to welcome the deceased. They also served as protection against malevolent sprits or goblins freed from the dead. Turnips and gourds were not as readily available in the Americas so the pumpkin was used and found to be quite an adequate replacement. The pumpkin jack-o-lantern has been an essential part of Halloween celebrations since the Victorian days and today is a universal symbol of Halloween.

There are many lores and legends surrounding the origin of the Jack-O-Lantern. The most popular tale is that of a ne’er-do-well Irishman name Jack. Well known for his drunken meanness, Jack got so intoxicated on a Halloween that his soul began to leave his body. The Devil saw an opportunity to claim a victim and promptly came to earth. Jack was desperate to avoid his fate so he begged the Devil to allow him one last drink. The Devil consented but stated that Jack would have to pay for his drink because the Devil carried no money. Jack claimed to only have a sixpence left and asked that the Devil assume the shape of a sixpence to pay for the drink. Then, tab paid, the Devil could change back to himself. The Devil considered the request reasonable and changed himself into a sixpence. Jack immediately grabbed the coin and put it in his wallet, which had a cross-shaped catch. The Devil was unable to get out and began ranting and cursing. They then made a deal that the Devil would be released if he agreed to let Jack alone for one year. The Devil agreed and Jack set forth to reform is behavior over the next year. It wasn’t long before Jack slipped back into his mean, drunken ways and the next All Hallows Eve the Devil appeared to Jack and demanded his soul. Once again, Jack was desperate to save himself and did so by tricking the Devil. He suggested to the Devil that he may want one of the delicious apples hanging in a tree nearby. He offered to allow the Devil to climb on his shoulders to reach the apples. Once the Devil was in the tree, Jack pulled out a pocket knife and carved a cross in the tree trunk. The Devil could not get out of the tree. Furious and desperate, the Devil offered Jack ten years of peace in exchange for freeing him. Jack insisted that The Devil never bother him again and he would be freed. The Devil resentfully agreed. Jack then returned to his old ways but before the next Halloween, his body gave out and he passed. He was turned away at the gates of Heaven because of the meanness in his life. The Devil refused him at the gates of hell, stating that he would never bother him again and told him to return from whence he came. To help Jack see on his journey, the Devil threw him a burning lump of coal from hell. Jack put the ember inside of a turnip and it has been Jack’s light on his eternal wanderings ever since. To protect oneself from Jack on All Hallows Eve, jack-o-lanterns were placed on porches and in windows, in hopes that Jack would take the light if needed instead of bothering anyone.