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19 Perfectly Black Products to Get You in the Halloween Spirit

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It's almost Halloween, so that means surrounding yourself with all things spooky. Embrace your inner goth with these sleek black items.

1. DECK OF CARDS; $15

These monochromatic cards are perfect for a spooky game of Blackjack. The designs are printed on the matte cards in a glossy ink. They're a little difficult to decipher, but are still very cool looking.

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2. TISSUES; $13

If most of your wardrobe is black, keep the theme going with these 2-ply tissues; each box contains 50.

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3. TOOTHBRUSH; $12

When trying to keep those fangs pearly-white, consider brushing with this black toothbrush, which has soft, charcoal-infused bristles.

Find it: Amazon

4. CAT SKELETON CANDLE; $34

Show your love for black cats with these candles; when lit, they melt to reveal a spooky skeleton.

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5. TOILET PAPER; $26

If white toilet paper clashes with your bathroom's aesthetic, pick up these dark-hued rolls.

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6. POST-ITS; $12

Leave yourself some spooky reminders with black sticky notes—just make sure you pick up a metallic marker or gel pen so that you can see what you've written!

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7. SOAP; $12

This black soap has a whole array of different oils—from coconut to olive to almond—along with bamboo charcoal, licorice extract, aloe vera, and witch hazel.

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8. BAT STICKERS; $2

Cover a wall in a cloud of bats to give your home a creepy ambiance.

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9. MAKEUP STAMP; $12

These stamps create heart- and star-shaped temporary tattoos. The tats are water-resistant, but they come off with regular makeup remover when you're ready to switch it up.

Find it: Urban Outfitters

10. SHAMPOO; $43

This simple glass bottle of shampoo almost looks like an oily elixir. The charcoal absorbs dirt and excess oil to give hair a clean and light feeling.

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11. CAT BOOKENDS; $64

This elegant pair of metal bookends makes it look like a ghostly cat is walking right through your book collection.

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12. SKULL DESK TIDY; $44

Why keep a normal skull on your desk when you can have one that alleviates clutter? This starkly black skull doubles as a bowl where you can keep all your extra knick-knacks (and potion ingredients).

Find it: Amazon

13. BAT LIGHTS; $18

These itty bitty bat lights are perfect for wrapping around bedposts, banisters, or anything else you want to spook-ify.

Find it: Urban Outfitters

14. CLOCK; $149

You'll never miss the witching hour after you hang this minimalist, battery-operated clock.

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15. CAT FLATS; $60

Yet another way to show your black cat love! These adorable ballet flats have cut out ears and the hint of a feline face.

Find it: ModCloth

16. PUZZLE; $36

Puzzles featuring tropical landscapes or baby animals might be fine for some people, but if you're looking for something a little more difficult, you can attempt to put together this black and white gradient design.

Find it: Amazon

17. BAT MUG; $13

Breakfast can be a little more Halloween-y with the help of a bat-themed mug. The black cup features two wings from either side that will go great with your vampire style.

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18. BATH BOMB; $6

Who hasn't wanted to bathe in mysteriously black water? A quick dip will get you back to perfect witchy form.

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19. BAT BOOTIES; $70

These intense boots, which have removable black wings, are perfect for Halloween. Remove the wing and you can wear them on other days of the year, too.

Find it: ThinkGeek

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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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