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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.

Find it: Amazon

2. TISSUES; $13

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

Find it: Amazon

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.

Find it: Amazon

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!

Find it: Amazon

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.

Find it: Amazon

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.

Find it: Amazon

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.

Find it: Amazon

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.

Find it: Amazon

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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10 Facts About Hocus Pocus
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In a 2014 Reddit AMA, Bette Midler said she'd be interested in doing a Hocus Pocus sequel. "You have to go to send in your cards to the Walt Disney company," she said. "The ball's in their court." While you get those cards ready, here are some facts about the original, which arrived in theaters 25 years ago today.

1. THE STORY ORIGINATED AS A BEDTIME STORY.

The story for Hocus Pocus came about after writer David Kirschner invented a bedtime story for his kids. He later wrote the story up and submitted it to Muppet Magazine (why does this not still exist?), where it gained recognition.

2. THE WRITERS USED PROPS TO PITCH IT TO STUDIO EXECUTIVES.

Bette Midler in 'Hocus Pocus' (1993)
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To pitch the story to Disney, the writers had execs enter a dark room with broomsticks and a vacuum cleaner hanging from the ceiling. They also scattered 15 pounds of candy corn throughout the room in an effort to invoke Halloween nostalgia. It obviously worked!

3. IT WAS NOT AN IMMEDIATE HIT.

Though it’s a cult classic now, Hocus Pocus didn’t do that well when it first came out in 1993, perhaps because it was released in July instead of September or October. Though it didn’t have a terrible opening—$8,125,471, putting it in fourth place at the box office that weekend—it fell to $2,017,688 a few weeks later, and bad reviews from the critics didn’t help matters.

Entertainment Weekly was particularly put off by the movie, calling it a “piece of corny slapstick trash” and saying that “It’s acceptable scary-silly kid fodder that adults will find only mildly insulting. Unless they’re Bette Midler fans. In which case it’s depressing as hell.”

4. BETTE MIDLER LOVES IT.

Bette Midler, by the way, has said that Hocus Pocus is her favorite film out of all of the films she’s ever done. (At least as of 2008.) Thora Birch agreed, recently saying, “The most fun I ever had on a film was Hocus Pocus.”

5. KATHY NAJIMY LOVES IT, TOO.

Midler isn't the only star of the film who isn't immune to its allure: Kathy Najimy has said she watches the movie with her family every year on August 15.

6. IT COULD HAVE STARRED LEONARDO DICAPRIO.

The role of Max was originally offered to Leonardo DiCaprio. He turned it down to do What’s Eating Gilbert Grape.

7. SARAH JESSICA PARKER IS RELATED TO A WOMAN FAMOUSLY ACCUSED OF BEING A WITCH.

Had Sarah Jessica Parker known then what she knows now, she might have approached the role of Sarah Sanderson a little differently. When the actress went on the show Who Do You Think You Are to trace her family history, Parker discovered that one of her ancestors was Esther Elwell, one of the women accused of being a witch during the Salem Witch Trials. After a young girl said she saw Esther’s “spectre” strangling neighbor Mary Fitch, Elwell was arrested, but escaped going to trial.

8. THORA BIRCH REVISITED THE NEIGHBORHOOD IN AMERICAN BEAUTY.

While the kids are prematurely celebrating victory against the Sanderson sisters after locking them in the kiln, they’re shown talking in front of a house as they walk to a park. The house was later used as the house Thora Birch’s character lived in for American Beauty.

9. THE KIDS WEREN'T HUGE FANS OF THE CATS.

The kids all hated working with the cats. Many different cats were used to represent Binx, and each one served a different purpose—one was good at cuddling with the kids, one would jump on command, etc. Every time a new cat was used, the children would have to coerce the kitty to trust them by using treats and a clicker. They got sick of it.

10. MUCH OF THE ORIGINAL CAST REUNITED FOR A 20TH REUNION.

Most of the cast participated in a 20th anniversary event for D23 (the Disney fan club) members. Sarah Jessica Parker and Bette Midler were not in attendance, but pretty much everyone else was, including Kathy Najimy (Mary Sanderson), Vinessa Shaw (Allison), Omri Katz (Max), Thora Birch (Dani), and Doug Jones (Billy Butcherson). You can watch some of that reunion above.

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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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