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Top Halloween Candy You Probably Enjoy The Most

This Is Halloween!

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No, really. And what a joyously creepy time of year it is. Whether you completely despise anything spooky related or find yourself binging on old Boris Karloff movies, sipping on some Witch’s brew while decked out in some dreary digs, I’m confident that you enjoy yourself a nice piece of candy. Or 10. Here’s our list of the top Halloween candy you probably enjoy the most:

Almond Joy

Almond Joy

For the candy consumers that are nuts, but just quite aren’t feeling a Mounds.

Flavored Tootsie Rolls

Flavored Tootsie Rolls

Because these are substantially sweeter to suck on than regular Tootsie Rolls. And you know it.

Twizzlers

Twizzlers

Not my personal favorite, but a staple in the candy world. Can alternatively be used as a rope or straw.

Hershey’s

Hershey's Chocolate Bars

…do I really need to explain this one?

KitKat

KitKat

It’s like a sandwich. Made with sugary wafers. Coated in chocolate. So not really a sandwich at all.

Butterfinger

Butterfinger

Aside from the fact that Bart Simpson spent most of his fourth-wall advertising career promoting this wonderful treat, it’s a glorious amount of peanut butter tucked neatly in a blanket of chocolate. What’s not to love?

Snickers

Snickers

“Hey, let’s just cram everything we can think of into a chocolate bar!”

But really, it’s so satisfying.

Twix

Twix

One bite of that caramel cookie crunch, and even your Doctor will be recommending one a day.

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

Reese's Peanut Butter Cups

It is difficult to put my love for a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup into words, but then again, it’s hard to speak with a mouthful of one of the greatest candies out there. The combination of chocolate and peanut butter is beautifully balanced. From mini to giant, you can enjoy a Reese’s any way you choose. But the right way is in mass quantities.

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Happy Halloween!

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Scary Sales And Tricks To Treat Your Customers

Halloween; You either love it or hate it. There’s something about the spooktacular celebration that either entices people to run in the streets and scream for sugary sweets, or encourages them to keep their doors locked and their lights dimmed. Whatever the case may be, Halloween seems to have drastically risen in popularity in recent years. Other holidays are certainly bigger and more respected, but Halloween unleashes an unparalleled amount of creativity that you can use to your advantage when promoting a sale or new product. And it isn’t just for little kids; It manages to hit a combination of millennials and older individuals, which is the prime demographic of the foodservice industry. So even if you’re not the biggest fan of witches and broomsticks, it’s certainly an opportunity to maximize on your marketing tactics. Here are a few promotional ideas that you can try out:

Dressed Up Deals

We all know that dressing up for Halloween is the best part. So why not take advantage of that? Run a promotion that if a customer and/or their child shows up to your restaurant decked out in a unique costume, that they will receive 10% off their meal. Or perhaps a free side dish or drink. Whatever the deal may be, it’s a great way to increase traffic and keep customers satisfied.

Creative Contests

Social media is a vital tool in growing and sustaining your business. Your platform should reflect your company’s values and identity with a humane approach. People love to interact with a down-to-Earth business. Have customers compete in a costume competition where they must tag your business in the photo(s), and give out coupons to the top costumes. This will not only boost your brand and entertain your customers, but will also provide free exposure. And that’s priceless.

Simply Scary Sales

A good idea is also to run a simple promotion without a customer or their child dressing up for the occasion. For example, IHOP is currently running a promo where kids 12 and under can receive a free Scary Face Pancake on Halloween day. The pancake comes with whipped cream, strawberries, mini Oreo cookies, and candy corn so that children can create their own scary faces. They also encourage people as an added bonus to share pictures of their creation on social media for the chance to win prizes. It’s a win-win!

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So spooky, yet so cute.


So even if Halloween is not your cup of Pumpkin Spice coffee, your customers will grow fond of your dedication and your spooky sales!

6 Haunted Restaurants You'll Be Dying to Get Into

Hotel Del Coronado – San Diego, California

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An image in a black gown has been reported all around the hotel and surrounding grounds.

Perhaps the most famously haunted location on our list is this iconic hotel and restaurant. Built in 1888 and designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1977, “The Del”, as it’s called, is home to one particularly lonesome goes named Kate.

Kate Morgan, aged 24, checked into The Del under the false name of “Lottie A Bernard” on Thanksgiving Day, 1882. According to employees at the hotel, “Lottie” had mentioned she was waiting for a gentleman to join her. Five days later, she was found dead on an exterior hotel staircase with (debated) self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. With no identification on her, she could not be identified at the time she was found, and soon the local newspapers began referring to her as the “beautiful stranger”. It was not until later in December that her true identity was discovered when her trunk had been opened to revealed that “Lottie” was actually Kate, who had been missing from the Los Angeles area since November 23rd that same year. Passengers on the train she took to arrive at The Del later commented that she had been seen arguing with a male companion, assumed to be her husband Tom, who then deserted her en route. Speculation still surrounds the details of her death, but it is suspected she either took her own life out of despair that Tom never rejoined her, or that Tom did show up and took Kate’s life himself.

Since her death, sightings have been reported in her original third-floor hotel room and in the hotel’s bar where objects have moved on their own. Kate’s spirit is said to play tricks on guests, and Kate herself has been spotted peering out the window towards the sea, waiting for the gentleman to join her.

Muriel’s – New Orleans, Louisianna

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Muriel’s Seance Lounge, where the ghost of Pierre Jourdan can still be felt.

On March 21, 1788, the Great New Orleans Fire ripped through the city’s French Quarter, burning down over 800 of the nearly 1,100 structures in the city. In the decade following, Pierre Antoine Lepardi Jourdan set about rebuilding and restoring his dream home at the site of what is now Muriel’s.

Jourdan dearly adored his beautiful home, but he was a man not without his vices. In 1814 he wagered his mansion in a poker game and lost. Overcome with shock and grief at the loss of his treasured residence, Jourdan committed suicide in the second floor slave quarters right before he would have had to vacate the premises and hand over his beloved treasure. Perhaps this is why some say Jourdan never left…

Employees and staff at the Muriel claim Jourdan is still with them today in spirit form. He can be seen as a sparkling glimmer of light that wanders the lounge and has been known to move objects without the aid of earthly hands. Paranormal investigators to Muriel’s have recorded distinct knocks on the wall when no one was near, disembodied voices, as well as strange shadows moving about.

McMenamins (Multiple Properties) – Portland, Oregon

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A spooky image of what appears to be a spirit was captured on the McMenamins’ property

McMenamins is a collection of historical properties in Portland, Oregon which include numerous restaurants, saloons, and a theater. Not one, but many of the properties owned by McMenamins are so haunted that they even started their own ghost log. In March of 2016, they began the monthly Paranormal Pub series at the Mission Theater.

The White Eagle, also owned by McMenamins, has long been included on lists of Portland’s most haunted spots, while Edgefield even made it onto a national list of “Top Ten Most Haunted Hotels.” Patron’s of the McMenamins’ Kennedy School Courtyard Restaurant have reported seeing the ghost of a young boy, soaking wet, in the women’s restroom.

Guests to the McMenamins’ other properties have reported gusts of a cool breeze, strange unexplained fragrances and, as one reasonably frightened hotel guest mentioned, having their behind touched while they were in the shower!

The Brass Rail – Hoboken, New Jersey

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The staircase of The Brass Rail is the sight of many of the ghostly encounters.

“Happily ever after” was not in the cards for the unlucky newlywed couple who is said to haunt this historic restaurant in downtown Hoboken.

In 1904, so the legend goes, a bride standing atop the grand staircase tripped on her wedding dress and fell down the steps, breaking her neck and dying instantly. Later that evening her husband–drunk distraught by the death of his wife–hung himself in a room near the top of the stairs.

Guests and staff at the restaurant have spotted full-bodied apparitions of both the bride and groom floating down hallways and wandering up and down the stairs. New Jersey Ghost Hunters Society took a recent picture which revealed a white and whispy mist of smoke floating above the stairs when no one had been smoking nearby. Others have noted footsteps and seen the image of a woman in white in an alley behind the restaurant.

Il Buco’s Wine Cellar – New York, New York

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Is Edgar Allen Poe still a lush in the afterlife? Staff and guest seem to think so.

It may be a famous wine cellar now, but 200 years ago this spot was a tavern frequented by none other than Edgar Allen Poe. It is said he lived in an apartment on the second floor of the building and drank at the pub below on the first floor.

Il Buco’s owner, Donna Lennard, attests that she herself witnessed a vision of a struggle between a man and a woman at the basement steps. The apparitions moved into the wine cellar and a crying baby was then heard. Lennard hired a team of ghost hunters who felt a very strange energy in the wine cellar. After they had left, Lennar reported that a weird presence lingered just a picture frame came crashing to the ground next to her. She ran out of the cellar frightened and did not return for several months.

The waitstaff has frequently reported that they  will open a brand new bottle of wine to find it already half-empty despite being completely sealed. This is thought to be the ghost of Poe  still having a drink, even in the afterlife!

Gadsby’s Tavern – Alexandria VA

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The Female Stranger died at the age of 23, and mystery still surrounds her identity.


Built in 1785, the Gadsby’s Tavern building is home to several different businesses now including the current incarnation of the tavern which sits in what was the original tavern’s dining room.

In 1816, a mysterious young couple arrived at Gadsby’s Tavern (known then as The City Hotel). They appeared to be well-off, but the woman looked very ill and they were quickly taken to Room 8 so that she could rest. Worried sick about his companion, the man called for medical staff to attend to her but strangely, would not give their names. The woman suffered for three long weeks before finally succumbing to her illness on October 14th, 1816. However, right before she died, the man gathered the staff of the tavern and made them swear an oath that they should never reveal the identity of the couple, should they ever find it out.

The man requested an elaborate headstone tablet be made for his (presumed) wife, beginning with the inscription, “To the memory of a Female Stranger…” followed by a beautifully melancholy love poem to her. Soon after he skipped town without paying a penny towards her funeral costs. With his identity safely guarded, the debts would go forever unpaid.

Guest claim to have seen the Female Stranger still lingering in Room 8. Servers claim to have come face to face with her in the dining room and disembodied moaning can be heard late at night. Others have sighted her walking the halls or standing near a window holding a candle.


Know of any good haunted spots? Leave us a message in the comments!

Easy DIY Halloween Costumes for Foodies

While store bought costumes such as superheroes, movie icons, and rock stars may be the most popular, there’s something to be said for a good ol’ DIY. Your friends are used to your Instagrammed brunch dishes and Snapchatted dessert plates. So why not show the world your love of food through this Halloween?  Not only are these costumes easy to make and adorable, you can also be sure there’s a good chance no one else at the party will be wearing the same thing.

 

Pretty Pineapple

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This one is almost too easy! Kelly of Studio DIY shows her readers how to make this perfect last minute costume with just some green poster board, a paper towel tube, and a headband! Throw on a yellow dress and you’re done!

Beautiful Bubble Tea (Boba) 

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If you love boba (bubble tea) as much as we do, you’ll love this perfect excuse to carry it around all night. Sam of AwwSam shows readers how easy it is to glue on some pom-poms to a dress you already have, create the straw headpiece, and you’re set!

Silly Salt and Pepper Shakers

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We can’t get over how cute these little guys are! Siblings, twins, or best friends can pull off this adorable shaker set costumer with hardly any effort at all. Pick up this ensemble from TheWishingElephant or make your own with a onesie and a sharpie. Plus, adults can create their own version too with a simple t-shirt and gray chef’s hat! Bon appetit!

Perfect Pizza

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You’d be hard pressed to find someone who doesn’t love pizza, and with this costume you can show the world just how big of a fan you are too! Using either large water frisbees, hula hoops wrapped in cloth, or wreath bases,  you too can make a costume so cute you’ll want to take a bite out of it!

Cheerful Chipotle Meal

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This costume might not come with a side of guac’, but you’ll be the crowd favorite in this taco-bowl-to-go get-up! Plus, if you show your costume to Chipotle employees, you might just even get a free meal like Shelby of PrettyInThePines did!


Show up your favorite foodie costumes in the comments below!