Halloween Fun Fact #4

HALLOWEEN FUN FACT #4 CUTE DOGS IN HALLOWEEN COSTUMES

When I was searching my favorite stock photo site, I spotted this little gem and just had to have it… just because it is so darn cute.  But then, I discovered an interesting little fact on History.com.

History.com reports the practice of buying a Halloween costume for our pets on the rise.  Well, all I can say is my cats would never stand for that.  Maybe it’s a dog thing?  Any way, History.com reports that the percentage of pet owners who dress up their little fur-babies has risen from 16% in 2017 to 20% in 2018.  I don’t know what happened in 2019 or what the expectations are for 2020.  Sorry, but I sure do think those little doggies in my stock photo are cute as heck!

Source:  https://www.history.com/topics/halloween/history-of-halloween

Yep, I’d say it’s official now, Halloween has really gone to the dogs!  Sorry, I just couldn’t resist. 

Halloween Fun Fact #3

When I saw this group of adorable Halloween Monsters, of course I thought of Monster Mash by Bobby “Boris” Pickett & the Crypt-Kickers!

Who hasn’t heard the famous novelty song Monster Mash?  No one that I know.  I have to tell the truth here, for me it just isn’t Halloween until I “jam” to Monster Mash.  Luckily, my 16 year old son humors me and “jams” along with me.

HALLOWEEN FUN FACT #3 cartoon monsters

If you have never heard the song, or just want to hear it again, you can hear Monster Mash on YouTube.  Fans of Dick Clark and American Bandstand will enjoy this October 13, 1964 performance by Bobby “Boris” Pickett. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNuVifA7DSU

Well, I decided to do a bit of research into this much loved song, and found a wealth of information on https://www.songfacts.com/facts/bobby-boris-pickett-the-crypt-kickers/monster-mash

Apparently, two pals, a nightclub owner (Pickett) and a piano player (Lenny Capizzi) wrote “Monster Mash” in about two hours!  Cool, right?  Pickett did a mean Boris Karloff (of the Frankenstein movie fame) impersonation, and they wanted to tell the story of a monster starting a new dance craze… and the Monster Mash was born!

If you have listened to the song, you know there are some pretty cool sound effects… well, here’s what they did to achieve those cool effects, according to songfacts.com:

  • The bubbling sounds, perhaps a cauldron or bubbling test tubes, were made by blowing air into a glass of water using a straw.
  • The coffin lid opening squeak was achieved using a claw hammer to pull an old nail out of a block of wood.
  • The sounds of chains rattling?  Well, of course, they simply dropped chains on the plywood covered floor in the recording studio.

If you can’t get enough of Bobby “Boris” Pickett, then you should check out the album!  The Original Monster Mash and included songs like “Blood Bank Blues,” “Graveyard Shift,” “Transylvania Twist,” “Me And My Mummy” and “Irresistible Igor.”

Another Halloween Themed Book Tease! No Tricks – Only Treats!

FTM - Halloween teaser looking for a naughty treat.

Raven’s Keep, a spin off from my Tulsa Immortals series, focuses on triad romance at my universe’s Premier Supernatural BDSM club!  If you love kinky paranormal tales, this will soon be your favorite book series ❥¸.•*´¨

★* °🖤 FREEING THEIR MISTRESS 🖤°*★ 

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A Dark & Daring Fantasy of one woman’s Sexual Journey to Self-Discovery & Deliverance. 

Sadie is human woman with a low-down, double dealing ex-husband and a special needs son.  She knows she can earn the cash she desperately needs working at Raven’s Keep – Tulsa’s exclusive paranormal BDSM club, but can she protect her own supernatural secrets at the same time?

Once on the job, she is quickly dubbed Mistress Vanilla by the club’s patrons as she finds a new home at Raven’s Keep.  Will the Masters of the Keep, a Sadistic Vampire and a Voyeuristic Spell Weaver, be able to help Sadie tread the path to true freedom in a sexy pair of Come-F*ck-Me Heels or will her stubborn pride deprive them all of their happily ever after?

Halloween Fun Facts #2

HALLOWEEN FUN FACT #2 Jack o Lanterns

When we think Halloween, we often think

Jack-O’-Lanterns,

am I right? 

Well here are a few fun facts about the

amazing Jack-O’-Lantern

and his cousin, the unadorned pumpkin. 

Did you know? Speed carving Jack-o’-Lanterns is thing!

Eeeeek!  That sounds terrifying to me, but Good Housekeeping reports that Stephen Clark holds the record for the fastest pumpkin carving at 16.47 seconds.  WOW!  And get this, the Jack-o’-Lantern’s face had to include everything one would expect to see on a face, eyes, nose, mouth and even ears! 

Source:  https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/holidays/halloween-ideas/a35150/halloween-facts/

Did you know? Did you know there is a world record for the most Jack-o’-lanterns? 

Well, I didn’t.  Apparently that honor goes to the Keene Pumpkin Festival in New Hampshire.  In 2013 they had 30,581 pumpkins on display!  This was the 9th record breaking showing for the Keene Pumpkin Festival, according to Wikipedia.  

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Hampshire_Pumpkin_Festival

Did you know? Illinois is the BIGGEST pumpkin producing state in the USA! 

According to the USDA, the Land of Lincoln produced 420 million pounds in 2019!  That’s a lot of Jack-o’-Lanterns and pies, my friends!  WOW!  Apparently, we should expect a bumper crop again this year. 

Source:  https://www.ers.usda.gov/newsroom/trending-topics/pumpkins-background-statistics/

Finally…. Did you know that carving Jack-o’-Lanterns has been around for a long time? 

According to History.com, the practice was inspired by an old Irish myth about a man called “Stingy Jack” and his tricky encounters with the devil.  When all was said and done, legend tells us that Heaven nor Hell would accept ol’ Stingy Jack, and he was forced to roam the dark of night with nothing but a burning lump of coal.  Jack, being the crafty sort, carved out a turnip to hold his only source of light and began wandering the world at night.  “The Irish began to refer to this ghostly figure as “Jack of the Lantern,” and then, simply “Jack O’Lantern.” -History.com

source:  https://www.history.com/news/history-of-the-jack-o-lantern-irish-origins

Halloween Fun Fact #1

HALLOWEEN FUN FACT #1 candy corn and rooster

Did you know… Candy corn was originally called “chicken feed.”

This time tested Halloween treat was sold in packages with a rooster on the label by the Goelitz Confectionery Company.  It seems they wanted to appeal to our country’s “down on the farm” roots.  According to the article I read by Good Housekeeping, the recipe has changed very little since the late 1800’s.  Personally, that makes me happy because I love candy corn!

Source: https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/holidays/halloween-ideas/a35150/halloween-facts/