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Why We Like to Be Scared


The science of fear explains why being frightened can be fun, at least for some people. If scary stuff makes you laugh, both your body and mind are the cause. “When we’re afraid our bodies release different chemicals that can contribute to feeling good under the right circumstances,” Margee Kerr, ...

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Here’s Why Being Scared Can Make You Faint


Before you run off to see the movie “Jigsaw” or visit a Halloween haunted house, take note: Fainting can be serious business. Maybe you scream when you see something scary. Perhaps you laugh. But have you ever fainted? If so, it wouldn’t be uncommon. Lots of people who attended the recent ...

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Halloween Dessert: Chocolate Skeleton Cookie Cupcakes

Chocolate Skeleton Cookie Cupcakes

Neon candy-covered cupcakes are the perfect resting place for this skeleton cookie family. Ingredients Vanilla Cupcakes Vanilla Buttercream Pink, yellow, or green small candies (such as Nerds) Chocolate Skeleton Cookies Directions Bake cupcakes as directed and let cool. Frost with vanilla buttercream, then coat in candies. Bake cookies and decorate ...

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Halloween Dessert: Black Cat Cookies

Black Cat Cookies

You’ll be really lucky if these black cocoa cookie cats cross your path at Halloween. Ingredients Basic Sugar Cookies Black Cocoa Cookies Royal Icing Vodka or other clear alcohol Black and silver luster dust Directions Prepare cookie doughs as directed. Use flour-coated circle cutters to cut out circles from sugar cookie dough, ...

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Halloween Dessert: Halloween Cake Pops

Halloween Cake Pops

Cake crumbs mixed with buttercream frosting and dunked them in melted chocolate is an easy Halloween treat with zero tricks. Promise! Ingredients 2 c. cake crumbs 1/2 c. buttercream or premade frosting 1 1/2 lb. white candy melts or dark chocolate, finely chopped Coconut oil (1 Tbsp per 8 oz candy melts)* Silicone cake pop ...

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Halloween Dessert: Spider Web Cake

Spider Web Cake

If you dare … try black cocoa powder for this spooky surprise-inside sweet with a crushed Oreo cookie frosting. Ingredients For cake Oil, for pans 2 3/4 c. all-purpose flour 1 c. black cocoa powder 1 c. granulated sugar 1 c. brown sugar 2 tsp. baking powder 1/2 tsp. baking soda 1/4 tsp. kosher salt 3 large eggs ...

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Halloween Dessert: I See You Halloween Snack Mix

I See You Halloween Snack Mix

We see you, puppy chow. And we raise you this spooky, eyeball-studded Halloween version that’s gluten-free, too! Ingredients 9 c. Rice Chex cereal 1/2 c. creamy almond butter 4 tbsp. unsalted butter 2 1/2 c. semisweet chocolate chips, divided 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract Kosher salt 2 c. confectioners’ sugar 1/2 c. candy eyes Directions Place cereal in ...

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