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11 Spooky Skull Products for Halloween

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Halloween is coming up, and that means it's time to get spooky. Stock up on these skull-themed products to celebrate the holiday.

1. SUGAR SPOON; $5

This spoon, which has eye and nose holes, creates the image of a skull when you scoop up sugar. Created by SUCK UK, the utensil was designed specifically to warn that eating too much sugar is a bad idea.

Find it: Amazon

2. SHOT GLASS; $7

For super spooky imbibing, consider purchasing this handblown shot glass; it contains an ominous looking skull that holds 2.5 ounces of booze.

Find it: Amazon

3. PHONE CHARGER; $15

These skulls might be dead, but your phone doesn't have to be. Plug it in using this charger, which is adorned with eight skulls that light up when plugged in. The cord works with most Apple products, and thanks to its 46-inch length, you'll have a lot of freedom to move your phone around while it's charging.

Find it: ThinkGeek

4. ICE MOLDS; $10

Whether you're making a bubbling cauldron filled with Halloween punch or just a creepy cocktail for yourself, you're going to need ice—why not make it the creepy kind? These study silicone ice molds produce two 3D skull shapes and are safe to put in your microwave, dishwasher, and freezer.

Find it: Amazon

5. BOTTLE OPENER; $55

The next time you have to open a bottle, use this opener. It has two skulls: One to hold on to and one to chomp off bottle caps. It's hand cast out of bronze and sure to be a conversation starter.

Find it: Cool Material

6. TEA INFUSER; $10

This skull-and-crossbones infuser simultaneously steeps your tea leaves and warns others to stay away from your mug.

Find it: Amazon

7. NEON LIGHT; $129

Spruce up your desk with a cool neon light shaped like a skull. The handmade light is 15 inches tall and comes with a 6-foot cord.

Find it: Urban Outfitters

8. CHOCOLATE; $91

Nothing is spookier—or more delicious—than life-sized, anatomically correct skulls made out of chocolate. These treats come in three varieties of Belgian chocolate—milk, dark, or chili—and are dusted in cocoa. Each is created using a mold cast from a real skull, and each has different characteristics, like cracks or missing teeth.

Find it: Etsy

9. BATH BOMB; $5

If you were intrigued by the black bath bomb, you might also like this equally creepy bath bomb shaped like a skull. It has a wood-spicy smell, which was created with natural oils, and it's sulfate free.

Find it: Etsy

10. STRING LIGHTS; $18

When decorating for your Halloween party this year, make sure to pick up this string of skull lights in addition to fake spider webs. The 7.5-foot-long cord takes two AA batteries, so you don't need to worry about an outlet.

Find it: Urban Outfitters

11. EGG MOLD; $9

Even breakfast can be spooky! Serve up two fried eggs in the shape of a skull—the yolks become the eyes and the white becomes the bone. For bonus points, arrange some strips of bacon to form crossbones.

Find it: Amazon

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Here's What to Do With Leftover Halloween Candy
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Americans indulged their sweet tooth in a major way this Halloween, spending an estimated $2.7 billion on candy intended for front porch distribution. Rather than confronting a weepy child with an empty bowl because they bought too little, shoppers tend to buy in bulk. Come November, that can mean pounds of sugar-packed temptation still sitting in the house.

The good news: You can remove the risk to your waistline and do some good at the same time. A number of charitable organizations take leftover candy and send it to troops stationed overseas. Operation Gratitude has set up a number of drop-off centers around the country—you can search by zip code—to accept your extra treats. Once collected, they’ll send them to both troops and first responders. Last year, the group collected nearly 534,000 pounds of goodies.

Often, drop-off locations will be located in dental offices as a way of reminding everyone of the perils of tooth decay from excess sugar consumption. Some dentists even offer buy-back programs, paying $1 for each pound returned.

If donating to a national program is proving difficult, you can always deliver the extra candy to local food pantries or homeless shelters.

[h/t weartv.com]  

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The FDA Has a Warning for People Who Love Black Licorice
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Every Halloween, children and adults alike gorge on candy. One estimate puts the number of junk calories consumed at up to 7000 per kid, the equivalent of 13 Big Macs. While all of that sugar is most certainly not healthy, Consumerist reports that there’s actually a more immediate danger to your well-being: black licorice.

Most versions of the candy, which gains some popularity around the spooky season, contains glycyrrhizin, a sweetening compound found in the licorice root. While tasty, glycyrrhizin can affect potassium levels in the body, causing them to fall to dangerously low levels. High blood pressure, swelling, and even heart issues can develop as a result.

It’s not just bingeing that can cause issues. According to the Food and Drug Administration, adults over 40 who eat more than two ounces of black licorice a day for two weeks could suffer heart problems like arrhythmia. If you have a history of heart disease, you’re even more susceptible to complications.

The FDA recommends using a little common sense when consuming black licorice, eating it in moderate amounts and stopping if you notice any adverse symptoms. If you do experience potassium level drops, it’s usually reversible once you put the bag down. Treats that are licorice-flavored are typically artificial and won’t have the same effect as the actual plant root—but for your waistline’s sake, try to avoid gorging on anything.

[h/t Consumerist]

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