Halloween is coming. It will be here soon. I have my ceramic pumpkin that I put a candle in and set out on the thirty-first, but I unfortunately, we don’t’ get a lot of trick or treaters. Still, my husband uses that as an excuse to bring home candy.  Right now there are packs of peanut M&Ms calling my name in a kitchen drawer.



I recently read a few surprising statistics about this beloved holiday, so I thought I’d share them with you.

  • More than 35 million pounds of candy corn are sold annually. That equates to nearly 9 million pieces, enough to circle the moon 21 times! (Didn’t think that many people liked it.)
  • Fifty per cent of American homes decorate their yards for Halloween.
  • U.S. growers produce over 1.5 billion pounds of pumpkins every year. That’s twice the weight of the Empire State Building!
  • A pumpkin grown in 2010 weighed 1,850 pounds—as much s a dairy cow or half the weight of a small car.
  • There are36 million children in the U.S. between the ages of 3 and 13—the prime ages for trick or treating.
  • Reese’s is the number one Halloween candy with $509.86 million in sales. Number 2 is M & Ms.

Well, was there ever any doubt that Reese’s reigned supreme in the world of Halloween candy? That didn’t surprise me.

So, most scholars believe Halloween came out of the Celtic holiday Samhain (pronounced Sah-win), their biggest holiday. The Celts believed that at the time of Samhain, more so than any other time of the year, the ghosts of the dead were able to mingle with the living. That’s why we see little trick or treaters in ghost costumes.

But for some people ghosts aren’t only around on Halloween. Riley Smith in The Mortician’s Daughter: One Foot in the Grave has more of a year round ghost problem. Guess her ghosts haven’t listened to the scholars, so they keep showing up in her life—and not always when she’s fully dressed! That can lead to some embarrassing moments, especially when the ghost is a hot, young guy named Hayden. But Riley’s job is to help these troubled souls move on, and she knows she’ll have to help Hayden move on, too. But what if she can’t let him go?

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I’m giving away another USB with The Mortician’s Daughter on it. It’s an 8GB USB, so there is room for more information on it. So, I’ll give one USB away to one person who answers this question: What is the best Halloween costume you ever wore?

(Sorry, but this giveaway is for U.S. residents only. And if you’re reading this on Goodreads, you must leave your comment on my website blog.)


Last week’s winner of a USB with The Mortician’s Daughter: One Foot in the Grave on it is Meghann Sherman. The winner of This Heart of Mine is Mikayla Maynard. Please email me at cc@cchunterbooks.com with your postal address. Congratulations!

8 thoughts on “Halloween!

  1. I love Halloween!! Dressing up has always been a favorite of mine. I think my favorite is my Enchantress costume. I created it myself using different Halloween items I found here and there.

  2. My favorite Halloween costume would have to have been when I dressed up like a witch. Now, I looked nothing like Miranda lol. My mom had made me look so scary that is was hard not to laugh because I looked so different . I had a sparkly broom and even a pointy hat on! I love that about Halloween! You can dress however you want and have fun! So excited for The Morticians Daughter!

  3. One of my Halloween costumes one year was a pumpkin that if you push a button it would inflate on you. Thanks for the great giveaway!! 😀

  4. (not entering as I won this a couple weeks ago)
    but my fav costume that I wore was The Wicked Queen from Snow White. I was quite proud of my make-up skills for that one!

  5. My favorite Halloween costume was one I wore to a Halloween dance as a middle schooler and that was a zombie prom queen complete with a sash and crown. A cool twist to the “zombie bride”.

  6. I think my favorite costume was the year I dressed up as candy dots and made an actual skirt out of the strips of candy dot paper by stringing them on a ribbon and tying them around my waist. I had people offer me a couple dollars for a strip of candy, which was really weird. I had so much fun 🙂

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