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Ten Terrific or Terrifying Treats for Halloween

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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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Google Street View Now Lets You Explore the International Space Station

Google Street View covers some amazing locations (Antarctica, the Grand Canyon, and Stonehenge, to name a few), but it’s taken until now for the tool to venture into the final frontier. As TechCrunch reports, you can now use Street View to explore the inside of the International Space Station.

The scenes, photographed by astronauts living on the ISS, include all 15 modules of the massive satellite. Viewers will be treated to true 360-degree views of the rooms and equipment onboard. Through the windows, you can see Earth from an astronaut's perspective and a SpaceX Dragon craft delivering supplies to the crew.

Because the imagery was captured in zero gravity, it’s easy to lose sense of your bearings. Get a taste of what ISS residents experience on a daily basis here.

[h/t TechCrunch]

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6 East Coast Castles to Visit for a Fairy Tale Road Trip
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Once the stuff of fairy tales and legends, a variety of former castles have been repurposed today as museums and event spaces. Enough of them dot the East Coast that you can plan a summer road trip to visit half a dozen in a week or two, starting in or near New York City. See our turrent-rich itinerary below.

STOP 1: BANNERMAN CASTLE // BEACON, NEW YORK

59 miles from New York City

The crumbling exterior of Bannerman Castle
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Bannerman Castle can be found on its very own island in the Hudson River. Although the castle has fallen into ruins, the crumbling shell adds visual interest to the stunning Hudson Highlands views, and can be visited via walking or boat tours from May to October. The man who built the castle, Scottish immigrant Frank Bannerman, accumulated a fortune shortly after the Civil War in his Brooklyn store known as Bannerman’s. He eventually built the Scottish-style castle as both a residence and a military weapons storehouse starting in 1901. The island remained in his family until 1967, when it was given to the Taconic Park Commission; two years later it was partially destroyed by a mysterious fire, which led to its ruined appearance.

STOP 2. GILLETTE CASTLE STATE PARK // EAST HADDAM, CONNECTICUT

116 miles from Beacon, New York

William Gillette was an actor best known for playing Sherlock Holmes, which may have something to do with where he got the idea to install a series of hidden mirrors in his castle, using them to watch guests coming and going. The unusual-looking stone structure was built starting in 1914 on a chain of hills known as the Seven Sisters. Gillette designed many of the castle’s interior features (which feature a secret room), and also installed a railroad on the property so he could take his guests for rides. When he died in 1937 without designating any heirs, his will forbade the possession of his home by any "blithering sap-head who has no conception of where he is or with what surrounded.” The castle is now managed by the State of Connecticut as Gillette Castle State Park.

STOP 3. BELCOURT CASTLE // NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND

74 miles from East Haddam, Connecticut

The exterior of Belcourt castle
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Prominent architect Richard Morris Hunt designed Belcourt Castle for congressman and socialite Oliver Belmont in 1891. Hunt was known for his ornate style, having designed the facade of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Breakers in Newport, Rhode Island, but Belmont had some unusual requests. He was less interested in a building that would entertain people and more in one that would allow him to spend time with his horses—the entire first floor was designed around a carriage room and stables. Despite its grand scale, there was only one bedroom. Construction cost $3.2 million in 1894, a figure of approximately $80 million today. But around the time it was finished, Belmont was hospitalized following a mugging. It took an entire year before he saw his completed mansion.

STOP 4. HAMMOND CASTLE MUSEUM // GLOUCESTER, MASSACHUSETTS

111 miles from Newport, Rhode Island

Part of the exterior of Hammond castle
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Inventor John Hays Hammond Jr. built his medieval-style castle between 1926 and 1929 as both his home and a showcase for his historical artifacts. But Hammond was not only interested in recreating visions of the past; he also helped shape the future. The castle was home to the Hammond Research Corporation, from which Hammond produced over 400 patents and came up with the ideas for over 800 inventions, including remote control via radio waves—which earned him the title "the Father of Remote Control." Visitors can take a self-guided tour of many of the castle’s rooms, including the great hall, indoor courtyard, Renaissance dining room, guest bedrooms, inventions exhibit room, library, and kitchens.

STOP 5. BOLDT CASTLE // ALEXANDRIA BAY, THOUSAND ISLANDS, NEW YORK

430 miles from Gloucester, Massachusetts

It's a long drive from Gloucester and only accessible by water, but it's worth it. The German-style castle on Heart Island was built in 1900 by millionaire hotel magnate George C. Boldt, who created the extravagant structure as a summer dream home for his wife Louise. Sadly, she passed away just months before the place was completed. The heartbroken Boldt stopped construction, leaving the property empty for over 70 years. It's now in the midst of an extensive renovation, but the ballroom, library, and several bedrooms have been recreated, and the gardens feature thousands of plants.

STOP 6. FONTHILL CASTLE // DOYLESTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA

327 miles from Alexandria Bay, New York

Part of the exterior of Fonthill castle

In the mood for more castles? Head south to Doylestown, Pennsylvania, where Fonthill Castle was the home of the early 20th century American archeologist, anthropologist, and antiquarian Henry Chapman Mercer. Mercer was a man of many interests, including paleontology, tile-making, and architecture, and his interest in the latter led him to design Fonthill Castle as a place to display his colorful tile and print collection. The inspired home is notable for its Medieval, Gothic, and Byzantine architectural styles, and with 44 rooms, there's plenty of well-decorated nooks and crannies to explore.

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