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Ten Terrific or Terrifying Treats for Halloween

All year long, we try to make food that is appetizing and pleasing to the eye. Then for Halloween, we reverse that and serve food that is ugly, scary, or otherwise appropriate for the holiday. While most of these treats are more cute than scary, they are all exceedingly fitting for a Halloween meal or party.

1. Tentacle Pot Pie

Meagan Reardon of Not Martha disguised pot pies as slithering monsters! Use your favorite pie recipe and dishes that can be baked, and her step-by-step crust instructions. Could this technique be used for fruit pies? I think it would be worth a try!

2. Apple Monsters

These cute Apple Monsters are all mouth! The teeth are almond slivers, and the eyes are miniature marshmallows with icing pupils.

3. Marshmallow Ghosts

Marshmallow Ghosts are simply marshmallows of different sizes and quantities skewered and dipped in a white chocolate coating. The faces are made of nuts, and the decorations were made with skewers dipped in food coloring. You don't have to make them up ahead of time, because making them would be a great activity for your party!

4. Frankenstein Finger Cookies

Gross but delicious. Frankenstein Finger Cookies are made with green dough decorated with almond fingernails and coconut hair. The bloody dip is red gel cake icing.

5. Eerie Edible Eyeballs

Britta Peterson's eyeball recipe was linked here years ago, but she has since updated and simplified it. The main ingredients are marshmallow cream and cream cheese, flavored with pineapple juice, and held together with gelatin. If you can get your guests to try the first one, they won't last long!

6. Mummy Meatloaf

Is the Mummy Meatloaf adorable or frightening? Not that it matters, as long as the kids will eat it! A meatloaf recipe is offered, but you can use your own. Wide flat noodles make the mummy wrap; if you can't find the proper size, trimmed lasagna noodles will work. The eyes are olives!

7. Pumpkin Juice

Harry Potter and his friends enjoy drinking pumpkin juice, and you can buy it bottled. But how much more fun is it to make your own? It's not necessarily a Halloween recipe, but tastes like autumn (apple and pumpkin pie, that is) and goes well with any fall or winter holiday.

8. Skull Truffles

The Skull Truffle project at Make involves making your own skull molds out of silicone. It's a wonderful guide for those who want to do that, but the relevant effect is a walnut half covered in pink candy melt to look like an exposed brain. You can buy skull molds, or if you are in a hurry, you can skip to step 15, the part about making little brains out of walnuts.

9. Frankenstein Marshmallow Pops

Sweet treats on a stick are great for keeping dirty fingers off the food and the food off the kids! Meaghan Mountford of The Decorated Cookie shows you step-by-step how to make your own frightening Frankenstein Marshmallow Pops for a ghoulishly glorious Halloween treat! Any recipe that calls for "candy eyes" is alright by me. Can you get those at the corner market? Also try her Zombie Marshmallow Pops and other Halloween confections.

10. Blood Slide Candy

You rarely see candy cigarettes for sale anymore because someone got the idea that it's not a good idea to give children candy that resembles something they should never, ever ingest. Therefore, I think it would be best to reserve these biohazard candies for adults only. Andrea Newberry was inspired by the TV show Dexter to adapt a lollipop recipe into edible medical slides containing blood samples! Yes, these are homemade, and she has complete instructions for making them.

Bonus: Fake Blood

What you use fake blood for is up to you. That said, most of the recipes at Halloween Web are basically edible. I wouldn't try using the dishwashing liquid recipe in projects that involve someone's mouth, but the rest are alright. Before using any of these on a dinner table, you might want to try a taste test.

See also: 9 Spooky Halloween Party Treats, Creepy Halloween Party Food, and Gruesome Halloween Party Food.

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The Real Bay of Pigs: Big Major Cay in the Bahamas
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When most people visit the Bahamas, they’re thinking about a vacation filled with sun, sand, and swimming—not swine. But you can get all four of those things if you visit Big Major Cay.

Big Major Cay, also now known as “Pig Island” for obvious reasons, is part of the Exuma Cays in the Bahamas. Exuma includes private islands owned by Johnny Depp, Tyler Perry, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, and David Copperfield. Despite all of the local star power, the real attraction seems to be the family of feral pigs that has established Big Major Cay as their own. It’s hard to say how many are there—some reports say it’s a family of eight, while others say the numbers are up to 40. However big the band of roaming pigs is, none of them are shy: Their chief means of survival seems to be to swim right up to boats and beg for food, which the charmed tourists are happy to provide (although there are guidelines about the best way of feeding the pigs).

No one knows exactly how the pigs got there, but there are plenty of theories. Among them: 1) A nearby resort purposely released them more than a decade ago, hoping to attract tourists. 2) Sailors dropped them off on the island, intending to dine on pork once they were able to dock for a longer of period of time. For one reason or another, the sailors never returned. 3) They’re descendants of domesticated pigs from a nearby island. When residents complained about the original domesticated pigs, their owners solved the problem by dropping them off at Big Major Cay, which was uninhabited. 4) The pigs survived a shipwreck. The ship’s passengers did not.

The purposeful tourist trap theory is probably the least likely—VICE reports that the James Bond movie Thunderball was shot on a neighboring island in the 1960s, and the swimming swine were there then.

Though multiple articles reference how “adorable” the pigs are, don’t be fooled. One captain warns, “They’ll eat anything and everything—including fingers.”

Here they are in action in a video from National Geographic:

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The House From The Money Pit Is For Sale

Looking for star-studded new digs? For a cool $5.9 million, Top10RealEstateDeals.com reports, you can own the Long Island country home featured in the 1986 comedy The Money Pit—no renovations required.

For the uninitiated, the film features Tom Hanks and Shelley Long as hapless first-time homeowners who purchase a rundown mansion for cheap. The savings they score end up being paltry compared to the debt they incur while trying to fix up the house.

The Money Pit featured exterior shots of "Northway," an eight-bedroom estate located in the village of Lattingtown in Nassau County, New York. Luckily for potential buyers, its insides are far nicer than the fictional ones portrayed in the movie, thanks in part to extensive renovations performed by the property’s current owners.

Amenities include a giant master suite with a French-style dressing room, eight fireplaces, a "wine wall," and a heated outdoor saltwater pool. Check out some photos below, or view the entire listing here.

The real-life Long Island home featured in “The Money Pit”
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The real-life Long Island home featured in “The Money Pit”
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The real-life Long Island home featured in “The Money Pit”
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The real-life Long Island home featured in “The Money Pit”
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The real-life Long Island home featured in “The Money Pit”
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The real-life Long Island home featured in 1986's “The Money Pit”
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The real-life Long Island home featured in 1986's “The Money Pit”
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