Halloween Stuff...and then some

Healthy Halloween Candies:
How to make Halloween treats healthier, using actual Halloween treats (source: U.S. News & World Report):
   --Peanut M&Ms: The peanuts in Peanut M&Ms provide 30 essential nutrients and are a good source of protein, fiber and B-vitamins. And unlike other peanut-goodness treats, Peanut M&Ms tend to have less added sugar.

   --Hershey's Kisses With Almonds: Only 25 calories per Kiss, which means kids (and the parents who love them) can have 4 or 5 pieces and still eat fewer calories than a regular candy bar. The almonds also provide positive nutrients, like protein and vitamin E.

   --Kind Fruit & Nut Bars: Yes, technically they are energy bars. But they also have a lot of protein, fiber and unsaturated fats, and 50 percent less added sugar when compared to other energy bars.

   --Non-Candy "Tricks": Yale University study has found that kids get just as excited about getting a toy as they do about candy. So you don't have to feel guilty about giving away things like pencils, stickers, rings and bracelets and temporary tattoos, glow-sticks, bouncy balls or arts and craft supplies.

   --Jelly Belly Jelly Beans: Yes, they are 100 percent pure sugar. But the upside: only four calories per bean.

   --Hard or Chewy Candies: Think lollipops, Jolly Ranchers Tootsie Rolls and Twizzlers. Treats that take a long time to eat help slow down consumption, leading to eating.

   --Peppermint Patties: They are surprisingly low in fat, which keeps the calories down. And they're made with dark chocolate, which has many health benefits, including naturally less sugar than milk chocolate.


PlayBuzz asks “Which Halloween Candy is Healthier?”
   --Milky Way or York Peppermint PattieAns: The Peppermint Pattie has less saturated fat and less sugar, and none of the hydrogenated oils in the Milky Way.
   --Kit Kat or TwixAns: The Kit Kat has less sugar and less saturated fat.
   --Reese’s Pieces or CupsAns: Go with the cups for less saturated fat and avoid the hydrogenated fat and artificial colors in the pieces.
   --Charms Blow Pop or SmartiesAns: Smarties have less sugar.
   --Mounds or Almond JoyAns: Both VERY similar but Mounds have the edge because they don’t contain hydrogenated oils that are in Almond Joy.
   --Gobstoppers or RaisinetsAns: It’s not a salad, but it IS real fruit --Raisinets contain less sugar while being free of artificial colors and hydrogenated oils.
   --Mike & Ikes or TwizzlersAns: Twizzlers have less sugar. 

Empowering Halloween costumes for girls, teens and women, from AMightyGirl.com
Women can be many things… The whole "sexy" fill-in-the-blank costume routine gets SO boring...
   Historical and Historic Period Figures
   --Amelia Earhart
   --Annie Oakley
   --One of the Rockford Peaches (from "A League of theirOwn")
   --Rosie the Riveter
   --Mary Poppins
   --Greek Goddess
   --Queen of the Nile

   --Nature explorer
   --Police officer
   --Military member

   From TV & the Movies:
   --Rey from “Star Wars”
   --Moana from the Disney movie
   --Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series
   --Doc McStuffins from the Disney Channel series
   --A Ghostbuster

   --Wonder Woman (of course)
   --Harley Quinn
   --Miss Marvel
   --Black Widow 

Five things you didn't know about "It's The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown"

   1. Lucy's signature trick made it's animated debut. Yep, sneaking the football from Charlie Brown just as he's about to kick it was only seen in comic strips before the 1966 classic.

   2. It's really about Santa! Turns out CHARLES SCHULZ wrote the story to reflect on the disappointment that eventually happens when you believe in St. Nick.

   3. A loose tooth almost ruined everything. Six-year-old KATHY STEINBERG voiced the character of Sally Brown and producers noticed she was ready to lose a tooth! A lisp could wreck all of her work, so they raced her into the studio to finish the project and the little bugger popped out the next day.

   4. Charlie finally got his candy. Fans were horrified to see Charlie Brown wind up with a bag full of rocks, so Charles Schulz' office was inundated with sweets after the show aired.

   5. Even astronauts love it! The Apollo 10 crew was quite impressed with Snoopy's alter ego, the Flying Ace, so they named their command module "Charlie Brown" and their lunar module "Snoopy."