Mischief Night, Create A Great Funeral Day, Candy Corn Day

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October 30, 2013

Posted Updated: October 30, 2014


★~ Today’s Quote:  “Now let it work. Mischief, thou art afoot. Take thou what course thou wilt.”  ― William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar

★~ Mischief Night:

Halloween prank

The eve before Halloween is a time to run amok and perform some harmless pranks. A little mischief can be good for the soul — as long as it doesn’t hurt a soul. Switching neighbors’ door mats, Vaseline on a door handle, putting a fake apology sign on a friend’s car . . .stuffing your kids school mail box with candy.

★~ Create a Great Funeral Day:


It’s tough to juggle grief and planning a funeral. Options range from the traditional burial under the old oak tree to having your ashes made into ammunition. Maybe you want to be scattered at sea or from a mountain top. If you have thoughts about how you would like to spend your afterlife, don’t pussyfoot around — write down your wishes and share  them. It’s your final hooray before you toddle off into the great beyond; why not do it your way while making it easier for those you leave behind. I think I might want to be stuffed.

★~Candy Corn Day:

Did you know that candy corn has been around for more than 100 years and has never changed its look, taste, or design? George Renninger of the Wunderle Candy Company created candy corn in the 1880s. It was made to mimic a kernel of corn and became instantly popular because of its innovative design. It was one of the first candies to feature three different colors! Today, candy corn is a favorite American treat to enjoy during the Halloween season.  Grab a handful to celebrate Candy Corn Day!

★~ Today in History:


♥~ 1925 – 1925 – If you put everything into it except the kitchen sink, you’d have the TV transmitter that beamed TV to London for the first time. To build the transmitter, John Baird used a tea chest, a biscuit box, darning needles, piano wire, motorcycle lamp lenses, old electric motors, cardboard scanning discs and glue, string and sealing wax.

♥~ 1938 –  Orson Welles, known to radio audiences as The Shadow, presented his famous dramatization of H.G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds on CBS’s Mercury Theater at 8 p.m. The show was set up as a music program interrupted by news bulletins saying that Martians had landed near Princeton, New Jersey. Though a disclaimer was broadcast several times throughout the hourlong program, most people did not pay attention to the explanation telling them that the story was fictional and a radio fabrication. Even the newspaper program guides printed the warning. But thousands paid no attention.

♥~ 1964 –  Roy Orbison went gold with his hit single, Oh, Pretty Woman.

♥~ 1976 – The group, Chicago, started its second (and final) week at number one on the pop singles charts with, If You Leave Me Now.

♥~ 1986 –  Discover Magazine reported that almost43 million tons of dust settles on the United States each year.

♥~1991 –  A search began in the Atlantic for the missing fishing boat Andrea Gail, which had left a port in Massachusetts a few days earlier.  The boat and its six-person crew were never found, apparently lost during a severe storm.  The story of the shipwreck inspired the 2000 movie “The Perfect Storm.”

♥~ 1993 – Meat Loaf’s was the #1 album in the U.S. One of the album’s singles, I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That, hit #1 in twenty-five countries)

♥~ 1995 – David Bowie, Tom Donahue, Gladys Knight and The Pips, Jefferson Airplane, Little Willie John, Pink Floyd, The Shirelles, The Velvet Underground, and Pete Seeger were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

♥~ 2013 – Hurricane Sandy, was causing death and destruction along the Atlantic Coast.

★~Born Today:


♥~ 1939 –  Grace Slick (Wing) singer: group: Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship, Starship: Somebody to Love, White Rabbit, Rejoice, Miracles, Count on Me, Runaway, We Built This City, Sara

♥~ 1945 – Henry Winkler actor: Happy Days, An American Christmas Carol, The Lords of Flatbush; TV coproducer: MacGyver; director: Cop and a Half, Memories of Me, A Smokey Mountain Christmas

♥~ 1957 – Kevin Pollak actor: The Usual Suspects, The Whole Nine Yards, The Whole Ten Yards, Blizzard, Juwanna Mann, The Santa Clause 2, Dr. Dolittle 2, 3000 Miles to Graceland, End of Days, From the Earth to the Moon

★~ Good to Know: Halloween 101 – Part 2 (Part 1


♥~ Pumpkins Lore: Making vegetable lanterns can be traced back to the British Isles, where carving turnips, beets and potatoes had been a Fall tradition for many centuries. According to an Irish myth, a man named Stingy Jack once had a drink with the devil and, when he didn’t want to pay for it, convinced the Devil to turn into a coin. However, Stingy Jack lived up to his name and pocketed the coin next to a cross, keeping the devil locked in a monetary state until he struck a deal with Jack to leave him alone and not claim his soul for Hell upon his death. When Jack did die, Heaven rejected him and ““ true to his word ““ so did the Devil.

As punishment for his trickery, the Devil sent Jack out to wander the earth forever with a single coal in a hollowed-out turnip to light his way. To Irish children he was Jack of the Lantern or, as the Irish are wont to do when confronted with an “of the,” Jack O’Lantern.

♥~ The Great Pumpkin: These days,  Illinois produces most of the United States’ pumpkins,  556 million pounds of pumpkins in 2012, while California, Ohio, and Pennsylvania each produced at least a hundred million pounds, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Together the nation’s major pumpkin-producing states harvested almost 48,000 acres of pumpkins in 2012, worth about $149 million.

In October 2012, the world’s heaviest pumpkin was crowned at the Topsfield Fair in Massachusetts. Ron Wallace of Greene, Rhode Island, presented the judges with a 2,009-pound (911-kilogram) behemoth, which now holds the Guinness World Record.

♥~Candy Corn:    Nobody knows who invented candy corn, but we do know it began to appear in the 1880s, and we know the first company to make it commercially was the Wunderle Candy Company of Philadelphia. Soon after, the Goelitz Confectionery Company began production of candy corn in Cincinnati in 1898. The process at first was daunting: a candy blend was mixed up, heated and then poured by hand into molds. Each mold needed three separate pours to achieve the tri-color glory that is candy corn. Today the process is mechanized and the tri-color composition isn’t nearly as impressive as it was to the people of the 19th century, but the Goelitz Confectionery Company has never changed the recipe and continue to make the candy to this day. And speaking of the Goelitz Confectionery Company, they went on to invent another fairly popular candy a few decades later, although they had to change the company name to do so. Today they are known as Jelly Belly.

♥~ Trick or Treat: There are some 41 million potential trick-or-treaters (children aged 5 to 14) in the United States, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. In 2009 the average American consumed 24.3 pounds (11 kilograms) of candy, much of it during the Halloween season, according to census data.

♥~ Economy: Halloween is a $7 billion enterprise, making up 8 percent of all U.S. sweets sales.  We spend more than $2 billion on costumes nationwide.

♥~ Urban Legends:  Some Halloween spook stories just won’t die—even if there’s little substance behind the scare.For example, satanic cults—far more common in fiction than in fact—have been said to sacrifice black cats on Halloween.But experts say that there is little evidence for such fears, and that the few isolated incidents involving abused black cats were the work of disturbed—often adolescent—loners. Candy tainted by poisons, needles, or razor blades is another Halloween hobgoblin. But sociologist Joel Best said in 2010 that dangerous-candy rumors might be manifestations of fears and anxieties about the future. In a world where so many threats—terrorism, crashing stock markets—seem uncontrollable, it may be comforting for parents to focus on preventable calamities, such as a child biting into a spiked apple, said Best, of the University of Delaware.Best conducted a study of alleged tainted Halloween candy incidents.” I have been unable to find a substantiated report of a child being killed or seriously injured by a contaminated treat picked up in the course of trick-or-treating,” he wrote.

♥~ Costumes:  About 44 percent of Americans will be dressing up this Halloween. The most popular adult costumes are witches and vampires. The most popular children costumes are  Princesses and super hero’s .

♥~ Pets: Speaking of costumes twenty-two million people also plan to dress their furry best friends as pumpkins, devils, hot dogs, witches, superheroes, and in either cat or dog costumes—presumably for the opposite species. The total bill for these pampered pet costumes comes to $330 million.


This morn, I was up bright and early applying foundation, eyebrow pencil, lip liner, and power to my son’s  face. The last 3 years (for school) he has dressed up like an under class man.  This year, he chose a girl in the 11th grade to twin; she’s from Denmark and is very pale, with lots of blond curly hair. Her girlfriend “loaned” him one of her sweaters, and he added a pair of grey jeans, and a knit magenta scarf (she always wears a magenta scarf and grey jeans).  In past years, teachers have mistaken him for the kid he twined, this year I’m not sure that will happen, but I have to admit he looks pretty darn good. Pictures tomorrow.

Hi Ho back to the estate sale set up I go….. Today we tackle the garage…..Tomorrow is opening day!  We will be READY. Yes!

Have a wonderful Wednesday,

Odd Loves Company!

12 thoughts on “Mischief Night, Create A Great Funeral Day, Candy Corn Day

  1. Morno,
    We have a big bowl of candy corn at the office. Everyone says it is too sweet, but I have to fill the bowl every morning.
    People spend 330 million dollars on pet costumes. Unbelievable believable. My parents used to worry about poisoned apples. Thinking back why would anyone hand out apples, anyway. That is suspect. Candy is the only correct Halloween Treat.
    Looking forward to seeing Cole as the Danish gal.

    • The old too sweet story! I’ve heard that one before. Why would anyone hand out apples? Your right, that is very odd! I’ll post pictures tomorrow.

  2. I like all the Halloween facts. I think candy corn can last 100+ years on the shelf. I will munch on a few autumn mix candies especially the chocolate ones. Not my favorite though.
    Jeez…..how big is this estate sale? Will any of it end up living in your house???
    Rainy day today & expected tomorrow, too. We still need it.
    Good day!

    • It’s a very big estate sale. I will take pictures tomorrow. And there is only two of us working on it and absolutely nothing had been pulled out, sorted or priced when I arrived on Monday—which is another story. I am so impressed with how my almost 80 year old friend has hung in with me. . . but at the end of the day we were both punch happy.
      Rain! Let it fall in your neighborhood and not on our estate sale—most of it is inside but not all!

  3. Forty-three million TONS of dust settles on the U.S. each year?? Golly, no wonder I have allergies!

    I happen to like candy corn. So does Dallas. That’s not to say I wouldn’t rather have chocolate!

    Can’t wait to see Cole’s picture — what a clever idea!

    You’re still working on that sale? Gee, I hope the proceeds are worth the time and effort involved (though I suspect you’ve been having a LOT of fun, too!)

    Loved hearing the history behind Jack O’Lantern. Sounds just like an Irish tale!

    • Yes! I thought the very same thing. Dallas likes candy corn? I wonder if Rascal would try some.
      Pictures tomorrow or Friday. It is fun.
      Three 10 hour days and we still have stuff to price tomorrow when the sale starts. Yes, it will be worth it, but my advise to one and all is purge and pitch with regularity.

  4. I just got off the phone with Cole. His “costume” was a big success. Everyone knew right away who he was. What a nut he is!
    Katybeth is the Grand Dame of Estate sales. However, I hope this is her last one for a long time, I’m sure she’s hoping the same thing.
    Happy Halloween everyone. TTFN

    • And for the Halloween party tonight he was a Lumberjack! He is such a nut.
      DM, I stole more chain than I can swim with…please bring snorkel if you don’t hear from me on Monday.

  5. I can’t wait to see pictures of Cole –hopefully he posed with his “twin” for one!!!
    Love candy corn but nary a kernel in my house this year. Maybe I will pick some up post Halloween. Handing out M & M’s, Reese’s cups and maybe Junior Mints if I don’t eat them all before tomorrow night. No dressing up for me—quiet night with the kitties and the trick or treaters so no need.
    Been thinking about that awesome estate sale—I know you are making memories with your friend.

    • I need to get the picture of Cole and his twin. I forgot to ask him. I need to buy candy; I bought tons for Antoinette’s brunch with the intent the left-over would be used for Halloween. HA. HA. So I decided to save myself and wait to buy for the trick or treaters. Sale all day tomorrow, parent conference at 6pm (which I may skip out of) and home to Halloween. Who plans my life.
      Watch the door with the Kitties (sorry, I can’t help myself!)

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