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If anyone has sugar-free pumpkin recipes, I'd like them, too!

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Pumpkin Nutrition

The bright orange color of pumpkin is a dead giveaway that pumpkin is loaded with an important antioxidant, beta-carotene. Beta-carotene is one of the plant carotenoids converted to vitamin A in the body. In the conversion to vitamin A, beta carotene performs many important functions in overall health.

Current research indicates that a diet rich in foods containing beta-carotene may reduce the risk of developing certain types of cancer and offers protect against heart disease. Beta-carotene offers protection against other diseases as well as some degenerative aspects of aging.

Pumpkin Nutrition Facts
(1 cup cooked, boiled, drained, without salt)

Calories 49
Protein 2 grams
Carbohydrate 12 grams
Dietary Fiber 3 grams
Calcium 37 mg
Iron 1.4 mg
Magnesium 22 mg
Potassium 564 mg

SO, Pumpkin is good for you and good for your diet. Anyone have any tasty pumpkin recipes? The only one I have is that calorie loaded one for pumpkin pie on the Libby's can !

But pumpkin is a squash, isn't it? And squash is good for dieters and health conscious folks. Anyone ever made pumpkin soup or casseroles?

I read all the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency books which take place in Botswana, Africa. Pumpkin seems to be part of the daily diet there. She's always cooking pumpkin. I'm making it my October mission to find healthy, tasty recipes for pumpkin. Join me?

Karen

PS - A lot of pumpkin recipes I find call for quite a bit of sugar. Does anyone have any experience in cooking sugar-free by using an artificial sweetner? I know nothing about which ones taste best or can be used in baking or not. Help!



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You are so right! Welcome Back, achy bones & all! emoticon

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206 sounds good. I think I've had an ache in every one of them, lol.

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Have a great time with your sisters! Here's a little Halloween Quiz for everyone to solve!

How many bones make up a human skeleton?

a)88

b)206

c)350

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I am having lunch with my sisters tomorrow for the Month of October. One of my sisters birthday is in October. She wants us to wear Orange and Black. I bought some Orange nail polish and Orange hair spray to wear along with my black clothing.

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Orange and black are Halloween colors because orange is associated with the Fall harvest and black is associated with darkness and death.
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Haunted houses aren't for the squeamish but there's a fascination with them that's undeniable. Perhaps that's why local groups manage to get the extra funding every year to set one up. Great alternatives include haunted mazes, haunted barns, and haunted garages. Feeling jumpy yet?

Click on some frightening fun! Do a Sparkpeople Web Search for Halloween Haunted Houses (you get one sparkpoint)and you control all the action with your computer mouse!



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I love it. Thanks for the idea.

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Linda, cute idea! (I love these ideas!!!)

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Ghost Pops for trick or treaters!

Buy some Tootsie Roll Pops or Dum-Dums. Wrap each in a white tissue and tie with a piece of orange ribbon or yarn. Use a black magic marker to add eyes and you have ghostly suckers


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Interesting...Live and learn.

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Trick or Treating



The custom of trick or treating evolved in Ireland, centuries ago. In preparation for All Hollow's Eve, the the poor would call upon the rich folks and request money, gifts and food. The food was gathered for a huge feast and celebration.


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Jean that was so funny. Children are so innocent when they are small. Thanks for sharing.

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Kren , thanks for all the Halloween insight, so many things I had never heard of , I made notes to share with my Grandkids.
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OMG, Jeanne that is one of the funniest things I've heard in a while. emoticon



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Jack o’ Lanterns originated in Ireland where people placed candles in hollowed-out turnips to keep away spirits and ghosts on the Samhain holiday.


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When my son was small, I took him trick or treating for the first time. He really got in to it until we went to a home that gave out McDonald's ice cream coupons. He looked at the paper and then looked at the man and said, "What's the matter, don't you like kids?" We all lost it. He wanted candy, NOT paper!

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Linda I gave out pencil's one year also, and the kids told me they wanted candy too. A few of them wouldn't even take the pencils.

Interesting about the pumpkins.

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Interesting...thanks, Karen.

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Just a little Pumpkin Trivia:

Pumpkins also come in white, blue and green. Great for unique monster carvings!

Pumpkins originated in Central America. When Europeans arrived in the New World, they found pumpkins plentiful and used in cooking by Native Americans. They took seeds back to Europe where they quickly became popular.

Growing big pumpkins is a big time hobby. Top prize money for the biggest giant pumpkin is as much as $25,000 dollars at fall festivals.

A pumpkin is a berry in the cucurbitaceae family, which also includes melons, cucumbers, squash and gourds. All these plants are native to the Americas.


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We usually buy the minature candy bars, Snickers, Babe Ruth, Butterfinger, etc. and hand them out. I tried pencils and stickers one year and the neighborhood kids said they wanted candy!

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I have only "done" Halloween once in 20 years. Frank and I usually leave home, go out for dinner and come back around 9:00 p.m. The year I did do Halloween, which was about 3 years ago, a lot of the people who came were older teens, not dressed for the occassion. I asked one boy where was his costume and his reply was, "I'm a pimp not need to dress up".
But I have to admit I did get a group that was dressed to the hilt and I took pictures of them.
Oh I forgot the question, LOL. I gave out bite size snickers and milky ways..



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I usually give the little Dum Dum suckers.

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Thursday, October 8, 2009

Today's Halloween is really about CANDY!

Tootsie Rolls were the first wrapped penny candy in America and are still a popular Halloween treat.

Halloween candy sales average about two billion dollars per year!!!

Chocolate bars top the list as the most popular treat with Snickers being number ONE.

We love Reese’’s Peanut Butter Cups - so says ExtremeChocolate.com’’s survey of our "favorite Halloween candy.
"The clear winner is Reese’’s Peanut Butter Cups with 20.8 percent of the vote;
Second is Candy Corn at 15.8 percent and
Third is Snickers with 15.3 percent of the vote. One thousand people voted, and results were posted on September 13, 2006. (If you find a more recent survey, please let us know!)

According to ExtremeChocolate.com: ““Chocolate is much better than hard candy for you and your child’’s teeth. Chocolate contains tannins, which slow down the formation of plaque on the teeth....Further, chocolate usually stays in the mouth a shorter time than hard candy, which is another dental benefit.

The lengths we go to to justify chocolate!

Most of us buy candy we don't like for Halloween. That's the best trick I know not to over-indulge. Any others?

It's too bad we no longer feel confident about giving away homemade treats. Some neighbors in my childhood were famous for their cookies and cupcakes and we headed to their house first!


I give away anything with coconut. No danger of me eating that. OR I give away Tootsie Roll Pops. I can keep a bag of those for a year and only have one now and then.

What's your best give-away?

Karen


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Very seasonal education!

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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

More Halloween tradition:
Samhain is another word used for Halloween. It is a word of Celtic origin and is pronounced sow-en.
Samhain marks the end of summer and beginning of winter in the Celtic tradition. The Celts only marked two seasons, summer and winter. Samhain means 'summer's end'. This day is used to communicate with and remember those who have passed on, as this is the time when the veil between the spirit world and the mundane world is at it's thinnest. Samhain is celebrated October 31st, and is the holiday from which Halloween derived.
Samhain was celebrated as New Year's Eve. Modern day Pagans still celebrate Samhain. This is the time when they reflect over what has happened in the past year, and look forward to the growth they will have in the coming year. Those resolutions you make every December 31st to lose ten pounds next year come from these origins.

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I'm not very educated on any Halloween History, so this is very interesting to me, Thank you so much Karen for enlightening me.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

"Witches" are another Halloween icon. Even William Shakespeare wrote about them. . . "Double, double, toil and trouble. . ."

Legends tell of witches gathering twice a year when the seasons changed, on April 30 - the eve of May Day, and the other was on the eve of October 31 - All Hallow's Eve, which is when they are really remembered.

The only witch in my life is Witch Hazel, lol, which I put on my face now and then.

Of course, they can't be all bad, they seem to be cat-lovers, lol. Black cats have long been associated with witches, acting as their familiars.

Know any other "witch" lore?

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I finally felt good enough about some weight loss to get a new profile photo. I've been using a "princess rose" so now you see the REAL me! No, it is NOT a halloween mask!!

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Monday, October 5, 2009

BATS! Remember, they are also one of God’s little creations! And a critter associated with Halloween.

In fact, they are Nature’s own bug zappers. These pint-size creatures also spend their time pollinating and feeding on crop-damaging bugs. In one summer, a colony of 150 big brown bats can consume 33 million root worms, which damage crops.

The species is somewhat elusive, still, to scientists, who still can’t say how many bats there are. They remain one of the least studied mammals.

VAMPIRE BATS really do exist, but they are not from Transylvania. They live in Central and South America and feed on the blood of cattle, horses and birds.
They are the one species of bat, out of almost 950, that drink blood. And the blood it prefers is NOT human blood, but blood of cattle and birds.

The North American common brown bat has the longest life-span of any mammal it's size -- about 32 years!

Austin, Texas is about an hour from me. Under the Congress Street bridge, there is a huge colony of bats that a tourist attraction. Bat Conservation International (BCI), is located in Austin.
The group, which is supported by more than 14,000 members in 70 countries, exists to dispel myths about bats and focus its efforts on bat initiatives related to conservation, education, and research. Bats are on the endangered species list, due to diminishing habitat and misconceptions that result in the destruction of bats and their roosts around the world.

We lived in a rural area all the time my kids were growing up. We had a tall “yard light” on a pole in front of our house on a wooded hillside. Each night when the light came on, the bats came and played a merry-go-round of chase with all the bugs that were drawn there.

Have you had any personal experiences with bats?

Karen

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Sunday, October 4, 2009

What year did the Halloween novelty song "Monster Mash" reach number one on the Billboard charts?

This great song written by Bobby "Boris" Pickett and Lenny Capizzi reached number one on the Billboard Charts for two weeks in 1962, and then returned to the charts in 1970 and 1973.

Do YOU remember doing the Monster Mash? Any other Halloween oriented music you remember?

Some girls performed a talent act at my school, using the Monster Mash record. They had great lighting, green, blue, red, to give a spooky dark basement lab effect, with a “mad scientist” complete with gray Einstein wig, pouring smoky liquid into the beaker and filling the stage with misty fog. I can still see it clearly, lol, and hear “I was working in my lab, late one night” and then the chorus “It was the Mash. The Monster Mash”, lol.

Why is MUSIC such a good tool for memory? I have record albums from the 60's and after not hearing them for 20 years, I played a couple of them. Not only do I remember the words to all the songs, I know WHICH song is coming next without looking at the label.

Schools should have a music director who puts lessons from every subject to music. All those dates, rules and formulas would be forever in our brains!

NEIGHBORHOOD FUN HOUSE - Did anyone in your neighborhood ever turn their garage into a Halloween fun house? The family across the street from me - TEN children - did that every year. What I remember most is being led blindfolded through the garage and having to “experience” various things. Someone stuck my hand into pot full of MONSTER BRAINS, lol. Which turned out to be cold macaroni soaked in corn oil. Slimy! Of course I screamed.

"Homemade" tricks and treats were so much better than the slick, purchsed high tech ones of today, don't you think? AND it was fun for us as kids to THINK of all the things we could create and do.

We also never bought costumes, but dreamed up and put together our own, or maybe grandma or someone sewed something.

What did you do when you were young to join in Halloween that no one went to the store and bought for you?

Karen



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Judi! That's a great idea. I hope you have a really big container, lol.

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Thanks for the lesson. It is so interesting to read your post. Keep the education coming. Have a great weekend.

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Saturday, October 3, 2009

Other names for Halloween are: Samhain, The Feast of the Dead, and All Hallows Eve.

All Hallows Eve (October 31st), is the evening before All Saints Day which is celebrated on November 1. All Souls Day is November 2.

Halloween had its beginnings in an ancient, pre-Christian Celtic festival of the dead.

Is Halloween celebrated in other countries the same as it is here? Cathy has already told us about the Isle of Mann. Anyone know about any other countries?

Mexico has El Dia De Los Muertos, The day of the Dead. It's thousands of years old. Much like the day of the hollowed eve to the Celtic, it has it roots in the belief of the dead continuing to live on another plain.

In the seventh century, Pope Boniface IV designated November 1 All Saints' Day, a time to honor saints and martyrs. It was a common practice of the Church to replace Pagan festivals with Church sanctioned holidays.

The celebration was also called All-hallows and the night before it, the night of Samhain, began to be called All-hallows Eve and, eventually, Halloween.

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I'm enjoying all the personal and family traditions and fun you've had in the past!

In my youth I saw many houses and yards wrapped in toilet paper, lol. It was a lot of work for someone to clean up, yes?
Never encountered any meanness but did hear rumors.

Something else about the apple ducking Cathy wrote about: The Romans had a holliday near the end of October The Romans had a day dedicated to Pomona, Roman goddess of fruit and trees. The symbol of Pomona is the apple and the incorporation of this celebration into Samhain probably explains the tradition of "bobbing" for apples that is practiced today on Halloween.

I agree with you that sharing common celebrations with common traditions is like a glue that holds us all together. The internet certainly helps with that more and more. There are no boundaries here, between countries or people.



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When I was a kid (50's) the night before Halloween was mischief night when we soaped windows and wrapped trees in toilet paper at the houses of people we didn't like.

But in 1960 someone burned down the last wooden covered bridge over the Brandywine River and the night fell into disrepute. My father and I had been walking along the river that day with my Brownie Hawkeye camera and I think I took the last picture ever taken of that bridge.

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When I was young, we used to go out 2 nights.Oct 30 was beggers night, then the 31st was Halloween. With 7 of us kids , we used to get 14 ahopping bags full of candy, It lasted way past Christmas!
Did anyone else go out on beggers night?


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In the last 2 towns I lived in, their were no Trick or Treaters. The neighborhood schools had a parade and party. No one even turns on their lights. My grandchildren are 3 & 5. I will go over to their home to see them, pass out their goodies-which aren't candy, they give out pencils, and play dough, while they take their kids trick or treating. And, by the way, when I was a kid, we MADE our costumes and had a trick if people asked. I don't think kids even know "Trick or Treat" They just stick their bag out there!
I will not eat Candy Corn or Candy Pumpkins. They call my name. I will not answer them!
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So many tradition have come forward over the years.
yes we had bobbing for apples, as we called it. Sometimes, I feel this glue, is what holds our world together.

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Karen,it is amazing to think that these traditions have lasted hundreds of years and travelled to different parts of the world.

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Cathy, that sounds so neat! Here in the states we call it "bobbing for apples". I've never done it, but I think many have.

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Out of curiosity i just put duck apple night into google.Apparently when the romans first came to Britain,they had a festival to remember their goddess Pomona,she was the goddess of fruits and trees,this festival was held in October aroundabout the same time as the pre-christian celtic festival to remember the dead,which was called Samhain or Halloween,and so the two became associated with one and other.

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My mother and my husband both come from Liverpool in England and they both remember halloween just being called duck apple night,where family and friends would gather together to play duck apples.
This was a game where you had large bowl of water or sometimes a tin bath filled with water and there were apples bobbing about in the water and you knelt down in front of the bowl with your hands behind your back,the object of the game was to try and get a bite of an apple,if you did the apple was yours.
they also had toffee apples to eat and hot chestnuts
roasting on the fire.

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Friday, October 2, 2009

Bram Stoker's novel, “Dracula”, published in 1897, was based loosely on the real-life Prince Vlad Dracula (1431-1476). He was a prince who actually did live in Transylvania in the Carpathian Mountains of Romania.

He was also called Vlad the Impaler since he had a bad habit of impaling his victims on stakes. (What a nasty guy!) The name "Dracula" is Romanian for Devil's son. Vlad Dracula's father was a knight of the Order of the Draco or dragon, so Dracula also translates as "the Son of Draco".

Dracula is an epistolary novel, written as a collection of diary entries, telegrams, and letters from the characters, as well as fictional clippings from the Whitby and London newspapers .

Before writing Dracula, Stoker spent seven years researching European folklore and stories of vampires, being most influenced by an essay titled “Transylvania Superstitions” by Emily Gerard.

I've never read "Dracula". If you have never read "Frankenstein", you will be very surprised at the book. There is much more to it than the creation of a "monster". The monster part is all that is picked up in most of the movies.

Cathy, that is very interesting about the Isle of Mann. I was wondering about variations of the day in other countries.

Also, in the trivia I gathered, is a fact about TURNUPs being carved way before pumpkins were used. So thanks for little interesting factoid!

Does your family have a Halloween tradition? Tell us about it.

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I buy candy with coconut in it. I loathe coconut and won't eat it.

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I think I will borrow your mantra: I will not eat candy. I've gotten to where I buy candy I'm not crazy about to give out at Halloween.

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I love giving. Therefore I love giving candy to the kids. We usually have about 20 goblins visit our house now. Several years back we had 80 or so. I guess my neighborhood is getting older and there aren't many kids around here anymore.

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I love to open my door to the " wee ones. For years of living in a close community, I am glad we moved. Although Bob won't answer the door, I love it. I answer when ever my door bell.

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Here on the Isle of man we don't celebrate halloween but we do have Hop-tu-naa night on October 31st which predates halloween,it was to celebrate the celtic new year,on the night of 0ctober 31st children make lanterns out of hollowed out turnips, then they go round the neighbourhood and knock on peoples doors and sing a hop-tu-naa song.if they are lucky they may get a few coins.
It is'nt quite the same as it used to be when i was a child,it has got mixed up with the american tradition of trick or treat.

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Linda,
Last year was my first Halloween in a kid-friendly neighborhood. I had SO many kids coming to my door, mostly really little ones, under 8 yrs old.

One little boy was so tiny and so cute! As soon as I opened the door he said in his lispy little boy voice, "Can I sing you a Halloween song?" I said "SURE!" He began to sing in such a cute way. It didn't matter at all that I couldn't understand a word of it, lol. He just made the day for me.

I absolutely had more fun than all the kids put together!

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How interesting and I didn't know that Frankenstein orginated in a book (or else I have forgotten). I will enjoy this series. The "thing" here now is the Vampire series like Twilight, etc. Everywhere we go there are T-shirt, purses, etc. with Edward & Belle on the front. DGD is a big fan and has her room decorated with posters.
I like to see the neighborhood kids at Halloween, they come to the door in so many different costumes and love getting their candy treats. It's a fun time for them.

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For me Halloween is something to be endured. I prefer to recognize All Saints and All Souls Days, November 1 and 2 for the sacred holidays they are.

You can't pray too much and I'll take all the encouragement I can get.

I think the costume, tricks and bonfire stuff actually derives from Guy Falkes day which is a week or so later.

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Thursday, October 1, 2009

BOO!!

What month is this? It’s Halloween month! The time when kids eyes sparkle at the thought of dressing up in wild and crazy costumes and going house to house for FREE candy!

There are so many interesting facts about the last day of October, I thought I’d post a few every day this month. Some are interesting, some are silly and some I’ve never heard of before.

I scoured the internet looking for little items about Halloween, and I want to certify, right here and now, that I don’t have a clue if these statements are true or NOT. They’re just fun and interesting.

Please, feel free to join in, comment, add your opinion, make a correction, or just LAUGH, hee hee. emoticon

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Frankenstein and Dracula are two popular Halloween characters.

Mary Shelly was only 20 yrs. old when she wrote Frankenstein. Lord Byron was her neighbor in Switzerland one wet and dreary summer, and she and her husband Percy Shelly, the poet, discussed Darwin and read horror stories all summer long. Lord Byron proposed they each write a “ghost story”. Over the next days she tried to think of something, then one night, after getting into bed, she began to have visions in her imagination of a “pale student of the unhallowed arts kneeling beside the thing he had put together”... And thus, “Frankenstein” was born.

Most quoted passage from her book:
“It was on a dreary night of November that I beheld the accomplishment of my toils. With an anxiety that almost amounted to agony, I collected the instruments of life around me, that I might infuse a spark of being into the lifeless thing that lay at my feet. It was already one in the morning; the rain pattered dismally against the panes, and my candle was nearly burnt out, when, by the glimmer of the half-extinguished light, I saw the dull yellow eye of the creature open; it breathed hard, and a convulsive motion agitated its limbs.”

Try reading that on a dark, rainy night when you're all alone. Spooky!

Tomorrow - Dracula!

What spooky books or movies do you think are good for Halloween?

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