Halloween Countdown: Helping You Put Your Plans in Action

It’s hard to believe Halloween is less than a month away. Early October is when neighborhoods start to get into the holiday spirit, turning front yards into spooky graveyards and front porches into haunted Halloween tributes. If you haven’t yet, it’s time to start the timer on your Halloween countdown. From conjuring up your perfect costume to decorating your home for fright night, LTD has you covered with these fun tips and tricks.

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Halloween
In an age where greeting cards and retailers seem to be the experts on holidays, it’s natural to wonder how or why the celebrated days of the year even started in the first place, not to mention why certain traditions are passed down year-after-year. Check out these five things you may not have known about Halloween.

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Halloween Makeup Advice to Bring Your Costume to Life
Makeup makes it possible to add unique details to your Halloween costume that will help give you an edge over store-bought solutions. And knowing how to use makeup for your kid’s costume will help them stand out while trick-or-treating. Assemble a makeup kit and learn some tricks with these Halloween makeup tips.

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Halloween Pet Safety Tips
Ghosts, goblins and ghouls are preparing for their favorite night of the year. Halloween is here! Costumes, candy and pumpkins occupy our minds as the holiday approaches. While we have a special safety plan in place for the kids, we also need a plan for our pets. Here are some Halloween pet safety tips to think about.

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5 Must-Haves for Creating a Hair-Raising Halloween Room
Nothing gets the creative juices flowing like trying to find new and unique ways to transform a warm and welcoming home into an eerie abode. If you want to add some serious scare into your Halloween decor, take a quick look at these key elements that will help ensure an authentic, blood-curdling ambiance.

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Halloween Trick-or-Treating Alternatives
Candy and costume-wearing is what Halloween is all about! But trick-or-treating isn’t always a reasonable activity: the weather isn’t always perfect, kids might not be the right age, and safety can be a concern. There are ways to celebrate Halloween without going door-to-door. Here are five alternatives to trick-or-treating.

Halloween Home Decorating, Fictional Facts & Football Fun

Halloween is almost here! There’s so much to get done on our to-do lists, but there’s also a lot of fun to look forward to. Check out some of these Halloween home decorating tips to help you spruce up your home with the entire holiday season in mind, learn about the origins of a couple of the most famous fictional Halloween characters and prepare for a fun, frightening night of NFL football with these interesting articles from LTD.

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How to Transition Your Home from Halloween to Harvest to Holiday
Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas are so close together. Anyone can get exhausted trying to plan out new decorations month after month. However, there are ways to make the transition easier so you can focus on other important holiday preparations. Switching from Halloween to Harvest to Christmas doesn’t have to be difficult. Check out these time-saving transition tips before your start shopping for seasonal decorations.

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Villa Diodati: The Origins of Frankenstein, Vampires & Gothic Horror
It’s been exactly 200 years since Lord Byron, John William Polidori, Percy Shelley and Mary Shelley spent a fateful summer near Lake Geneva in Switzerland, crafting ghost and horror stories as a way to get through a stretch of rainy days. Two centuries have passed since a simple writing challenge between friends changed the world of horror fiction forever. Learn about the origins of Frankenstein, the modern Vampire and more.

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Haunting Losses: The History of NFL Games on Halloween
This year Halloween falls on a Monday, meaning many Halloween parties will be featuring the game of the week. Halloween is a treat for those who don’t mind enduring a few tricks from kids they’re ignoring on 4th quarter third-and-tens. There’s been more than a handful of NFL games played on Halloween night. We’ve assembled the most haunting losses from Halloween match-ups in this historical fright night-NFL recap.

Halloween Decorations: Create Your Haunted House

It’s time to start getting ready for Halloween! Time for creepy costumes, ghoulish party gear and frightening kids from around the neighborhood. The decorations keep getting better year after year, making the friendly competition for most haunting house on the block even more difficult to win. Get the right stuff to make trick-or-treaters tremble and the Halloween decorations to create an unforgettable haunted house for your party.

Terrify Trick-or-Treaters

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Life-Size Climbing Zombies will make trick-or-treaters think twice about tiptoeing to your doorbell. Its freaky frame has metal hooks on the hand and foot for hanging. It can bend into different positions to fit your needs.

With sound and touch-activated sayings, creepy noises and flashing red eyes, a 71″ Hanging Talking Witch is the surprise factor your front porch needs to make it the spookiest on the block. Arms pose in any position.

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The Interactive Skeleton in Hammock stretches your Halloween decor onto the lawn. The sound-activated design comes to life when trick-or-treaters pass with bone-chilling snoring and lifelike breathing movement.

Make your house the creepiest on the block when you hang the 7-Ft. Hanging Creature on your porch. The larger-than-life decoration is easy to install on the eaves of your house or in the branches of a large tree.

Haunted House Must-Haves

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The Creepy Hand Wall Hanger is guaranteed to send shivers down the spines of your party guests. Its life-sized hands feature dark fingernails and veins that make it look like it’s coming straight from the graveyard.

Terrify party guests or the trick-or-treaters daring to venture onto your porch with the Barking Skeleton Dog. Sound and touch-activated, it unleashes a terrifying bark and its eyes light up when people get too close.

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Haunting Halloween Decor is perfect for creating a spooky atmosphere. The Pumpkin Figure has posable legs. Lighted Haunted House adds a scary accent and the Halloween Wreath provides the finishing touch.

Finally, celebrate the funnier side of Halloween with the Sound & Motion Crashing Witch. Sound-activated, she screams and her legs start kicking as she says a number of phrases to liven and lighten up the party.

Halloween History, Horror Stories and Holiday Tips

Some of the best Halloween deals are starting to pop up early, making it easier and cheaper to stock up on all your spooky decorations. Get inspired with LTD’s Halloween history, horror stories and holiday tips.

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Haunting Halloween History to Inspire Home Decorating
Halloween has deep roots in many Western cultures. During this period in history, there was an emphasis on festivals to commemorate the end of the harvest. These pagan rituals were where Halloween was born. As you decorate your home, consider the history behind common Halloween symbols with these fun facts.

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DIY Bathroom Horror Stories and How to Avoid Them
Anyone who’s undertaken a home remodeling project knows how messy, costly and frustrating the process can be. Sometimes you don’t know what costly surprises you’ll find. Before you fix up your bathroom, heed these possible horror stories so you know what to look for and how to avoid issues down the line.

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Decorating Tips to Bridge the Gap Between Halloween & Thanksgiving
The holidays are the best time of year to decorate your home, but Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas are so close together that even the most experienced home decorators can get burned out. However, it can be easy to bridge the gap between holidays. Keep these decorating tips in mind as you brainstorm ideas.

Halloween: Curious Facts About Candy Corn

candy-cornOur first big holiday of the season is here! Halloween brings with it so many traditions — carving pumpkins, dressing up as ghosts and goblins, and — every kid’s favorite part — candy! While most of the candy we enjoy is made up of chocolate, candy corn is the one candy that’s solely associated with Halloween. It’s an interesting way for sugar to take shape with a unique texture you don’t find in other candy. So we did a little research on these little nuggets of sugar to give you these curious facts about candy corn.

Farm Fowl Food Candy corn was first produced in the late 1800s, but it wasn’t always known as “candy corn.” The original name it was marketed with was “Chicken Feed.” On the farm, chicken feed sometimes contains corn kernels, so it wasn’t far off the mark where naming is concerned, but it might not be the most appetizing of titles for the general population. But farmers were into it and the original packaging included a rooster in the logo to help it sell. 

Pastry Particulars Aside from the shape and sugar, what draws people to candy corn is the texture. It’s not quite hard but it’s not quite soft and it has a creamy quality to it. We owe all that to fondant — it’s sugar and water heated together until the mixture is moldable. Fondant is used by pastry chefs to make elaborate cakes that look like sculptures — things you can’t do with regular buttercream frosting.

candy-cornSecret Ingredient Like the name suggests, candy corn is typically made from corn syrup. However, Brach’s Candy is the biggest producer of candy corn and it’s not corn syrup that makes it sweet and chewy, rather, it’s honey.

Meat Eaters Only Vegans steer clear of our favorite corn confection from Brach’s because of the honey which is not a vegan food. But vegans and vegetarians won’t find another candy corn brand to bend to their dietary restrictions because it contains marshmallow. Marshmallow is made with gelatin which is, basically, boiled down animal cartilage. Don’t get too grossed out — it’s in a lot of processed foods we eat every day, but it’s on the list of things vegans and vegetarians consider off-limits.

Bug Luster Most candy corn has a sheen to it — and that sheen allegedly comes from shellac. Shellac is what you think it is, it’s a resin mixed with alcohol to make wood finish and finger polish shimmer. What you might not know is that it’s secreted from a bug found in India and Thailand. It’s actually used in a lot of glazes we eat and things use every day. But if you’re vegan, this is another reason you can’t eat Halloween’s most popular candy.candy-corn

Mixing It Up If you’re a candy corn enthusiast, you’ve had it in just about every shape and color like pumpkins and hay for Halloween or bunnies and chicks for Easter. But it Canada, you might find candy corn in colors and flavors you wouldn’t expect! Imagine candy corn in purple with the flavor of a blackberry cobbler. Yep, that’s how they do candy corn in Canada.

At LTD Commodities, we’re excited about all the treats ahead of us! From bags of candy corn for Halloween to holiday cookies between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, we can’t wait for all the holiday excitement!

Fall Quotes to Help You Appreciate the Season

Fall-QuotesWe are well into fall — in two weeks we’ll be draped in all things scary for Halloween and in six weeks, we’ll be clearing the table for a Thanksgiving turkey. But we don’t want to wish away fall for the fun things ahead! We want to enjoy as much as we can while it’s here. In honor of the season, here are a few fall quotes to help you appreciate this time of year.

“Corn wind in the fall, come off the black lands, come off the whisper of the silk hangers, the lap of the flat spear leaves.” Carl Sandburg

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” L.M. Montgomery

Autumn is the hardest season. The leaves are all falling, and they’re falling like they’re falling in love with the ground.” Andrea Gibson

“Autumn…the year’s last, loveliest smile.” William Cullen Bryant

“The stripped and shapely maple grieves the ghosts of her departed leaves. The ground is hard, as hard as stone. The year is old, the birds are flown.” John Updike

Fall-Quotes“Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree.” Emily Brontë

“Then summer fades and passes and October comes. We’ll smell smoke then, and feel an unexpected sharpness, a thrill of nervousness, swift elation, a sense of sadness and departure.” Thomas Wolfe

“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” F. Scott Fitzgerald

“I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house. So I have spent almost all the daylight hours in the open air.” Nathaniel Hawthorne

“When everything that ticked has stopped, and space stares, all around, or grisly frosts, first autumn morns, repeal the beating ground.” Emily Dickinson

“From the view of the last smiles of the year upon the tawny leaves and withered hedges, and from repeating to herself some few of the thousand poetical descriptions extant of autumn–that season of peculiar and inexhaustible influence on the mind of taste and tenderness–that season which has drawn from every poet worthy of being read some attempt at description, or some lines of feeling.” Jane Austen

“Autumn is as joyful and sweet as an untimely end.” Rémy de Gourmont

“Bittersweet October. The mellow, messy, leaf-kicking, perfect pause between the opposing miseries of summer and winter.” Carol Bishop Hipps

“No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace, as I have seen in one autumnal face.” John Donne

Fall-Quotes“There ought to be gardens for all months in the year, in which, severally, things of beauty may be then in season.” Sir Francis Bacon

“At no other time (than autumn) does the earth let itself be inhaled in one smell, the ripe earth; in a smell that is in no way inferior to the smell of the sea, bitter where it borders on taste, and more honeysweet where you feel it touching the first sounds. Containing depth within itself, darkness, something of the grave almost.” Rainer Maria Rilke

Halloween: Most Popular Costumes Predicted

halloweenWith Halloween just a few weeks away, people are starting to panic about coming up with the most clever, spectacular, weird, and scary costumes (read: no hobos, witches or ghosts!). Last year, according to Yahoo! the most searched costumes fall under the category of warrior: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, pirates, superheroes, Star Wars. But this year might be a little different. Maybe. According to Pinterest’s list of most popular costumes, this is what you can expect to see out trick-or-treating this year.

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Let the Force Be with You Not surprisingly, with the release of the new Star Wars movie in December, people are trying to come up with ideas to pay respect to the film franchise on Halloween. You may see a few more Princess Leias, Lukes and Yodas, but there’s a chance someone comes up with a costume for the new characters to be introduced in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Livin’ in the ‘90s Noodle-headed Justin Timberlake, Puffy & J. Lo (in THE green Versace dress, of course), Jordan Catalano — they’re all people you might run into on October 31. Yes, it’s exactly what you think it means: people are looking for ways to re-live the 1990s on Halloween. That decade was packed with pop culture icons — let’s hope for something impossibly original. Six from Blossom, perhaps? Or how about Paulie Shore from Biodome? Maybe Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer? There are so many possibilities.

The Power of Inclusion You can’t really go wrong with group costumes. Pac Man by himself is fun; Pac Man and all of his ghosts is a party! There’s so much room for creativity with group costumes — Orange is the New Black, The Incredibles, a herd of My Little Ponies, The Seven Dwarves. You and your group can come up with something clever without putting too much thought into it,  but if you want to put thought into it, a good pun is always a hit.

superman-pajamasThe Power of Heroes If you had a superpower, what would you want it to be? In real life, it’s a hypothetical question, but on Halloween, you can have any power you want — as long as you dress the part of a superhero. Bat Girl, Superman, Thor — they all can give you the illusion that you have a superpower for one night. If you want to be super-clever, add a twist. For example, if you have two boys who both want to be Batman, let them both be Batman –only two different versions of Batman.  

Despicable Costumes There are dozens of characters in Despicable Me, but it seems being a Minion is the only choice for a costume. That’s good, because it’s a super easy costume to throw together at the last minute (if you’re a procrastinator). All you need is a pair of overalls (or jeans and suspenders), a yellow shirt and goggles. If you want to put effort into it, you can always make a paper mache head and paint it yellow.  

disney-princessLady Sovereign Who doesn’t want to be a princess? Disney certainly makes it tempting to fantasize about talking to animals, having the ability to create ice and snow or being able to swim with fish near the bottom of the sea. Though we all can’t be princesses, we can pretend for just one night by wearing big, flowing dresses and crowns.

Pick the right Halloween costume and let LTD do the rest! We’re just getting started on all of the holidays ahead — whether you need ideas for spooky snacks and dark decor to make your Halloween party haunting, or you want to get a jump on your Christmas shopping, shop LTD Commodities for fine products at discount prices.

Halloween: The Scariest Cemeteries in the Country

cemeteryHalloween is probably the biggest day of the year for fear of all sorts, especially if you’re near a cemetery. There are hundreds of superstitions surrounding graveyards and all things sinister inside. But some cemeteries are eerier than others, so we did a little bit of research to find the most chilling graveyards. Here are some of the scariest cemeteries in the country to get your fright night started!

Pennsylvania The Gettysburg Cemetery is near the south-central border of Pennsylvania in the town of Gettysburg. It was built to give a final resting place to the thousands of soldiers who died at the Battle of Gettysburg. People have reported seeing ghosts of men on horseback and lights flashing on and off in the fog. On top of soldiers, there is also (allegedly) a ghost who likes to help people with their photography. He’s known as the Helpful Hippy of Devil’s Den.

New York Mount Hope Cemetery in Rochester, New York has been around since 1838, but it is believed the land was haunted long before it became a cemetery. People have reported that the ghost of a woman and a child stand on the top of a hill to watch passersby. Others report the ghost of an old man that wanders the road just outside the cemetery. Fun fact: there are more people buried in the cemetery than live in the city of Rochester.   

Ohio Built in 1843, Dayton, Ohio’s Woodland Cemetery is one of the nation’s oldest garden cemeteries. It was originally in a very rural area where families buried loved ones who died young from diseases that have since been eradicated. However, one of the young inhabitants didn’t die from disease at all; he froze to death when he fell in a nearby canal. His trusty dog tried to save him, but couldn’t. Now the pair allegedly roam the grounds after dark. Others report talking to a teenage girl who sits on a tombstone.


Florida 
In Orlando, Florida, the Greenwood Cemetery is the center of paranormal activity. It’s been around since the late 1800s and is the resting place for a number of the city’s mayors. It’s also where many children are buried because of its proximity to the Sunland Hospital. People report hearing music boxes and feeling the tug of a child on their sleeves. Ghosts of Confederate soldiers are said to be roaming the grounds at night as well.cemetery

Texas Belle Plain, Texas is a ghost town in the center of Texas. It was founded in 1875, but was abandoned by 1907 because railroad construction was re-routed away from the town. The cemetery is the only functioning piece of the town that’s left. People are still laid to rest there, but it was one of the first burials that gets the most attention. Legend has it that the father of a girl killed her boyfriend because he disapproved of their relationship. The girl later hanged herself at the boy’s gravesite. People say now you can hear her screams late at night.  

Halloween wouldn’t be Halloween without a good scare! At LTD Commodities, we have all sorts eerie ideas and dark decor to festoon your home with fright! Let LTD help you make this the most haunting Halloween yet!

Halloween: Scary Movies that Are Not So Scary

Darkness is falling on us a little earlier these days with a familiar chill that gives you goosebumps — but the creepy-crawly feeling it gives you has nothing to do with the change in seasons. It means that Halloween is here! It’s the time of year people want to get scared and there are few frightening things to do that keep you within the safety of your own home — just in case you get too scared — but watching a scary movie is pretty safe as far as terrifying Halloween activities go. But just so you get the best of both worlds, we put together a list of scary movies to get you excited for Halloween that aren’t too scary.


The Addams Family The Addams Family has a way of being creepy and weird without being too frightening. Though having a disembodied hand as a servant may make your skin crawl, The Addams Family has a strong affection for all things terrifying, making their creepy quirks hilarious rather than grim and ghastly.


Hocus Pocus The Divine Miss M, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy play witches who rise from the dead — so how scary can it possibly be? Not very, but black cats and the dark arts keep it in line with Halloween and humor keeps the plot moving. There are a few gruesome ideas tossed around, but it’s all so over-the-top that it’s not going to give you nightmares.


Tower of Terror Steve Guttenberg and a young Kirsten Dunst try to unlock the mystery of a haunted Hollywood hotel. Five ghosts are trapped between two worlds — with a few tricks and well-timed treats, the spirits can be freed, but not without the help of the Guttenberg-Dunst team. It’s a little scary with a lot of supernatural themes, but it’s up to you how much a movie based on a theme park ride can terrify you.


Sleepy Hollow The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is scary enough, but with Johnny Depp as the star and Tim Burton as the director, prepare for something sinister. It won’t keep you up at night, but as Depp playing Ichabod Crane, it keeps you on the edge of your seat with gruesome tales as Crane unravels the mystery of the Headless Horseman.


Beetlejuice Trapped in their farmhouse as ghosts, a dead New England couple, too sweet to scare a fly, try terrorizing the family moving into their bucolic home so they don’t become permanent residents. When their efforts are dismissed, they call on Beetlejuice to get the job done. Like Hocus Pocus, it’s gross and shocking, but humor keeps it from getting out-of-control ghoulish.


Young Frankenstein Young Frankenstein isn’t really scary at all. With Mel Brooks as the director with help writing it from the star, Gene Wilder, it’s a comedy packaged in a scary box. It’s a twist on Mary Shelley’s creature that has survived more than two centuries in books and films. Young Frankenstein is mostly weird, sometimes perplexing but always hilarious. Particularly with Peter Boyle as The Monster.

Frightening or fun, LTD Commodities has ideas and products to help you make the most of your Halloween! From sinister snack ideas to dark decor to make your house haunting, shop LTD for inspiration to make your Halloween horrifying!

Items We Adore: LTD’s Product Picks for the Week for the Changing Seasons

Labor Day has passed and the next big holiday is Halloween — a lot happens between those two days and most of the change revolves around the seasons. We welcome the cool weather, but not without being completely prepared. Here are this week’s Items We Adore: LTD’s Product Picks for the Changing Seasons.

plush-micro-velvet-bed-blanketsCuddle Up The silky soft Plush Micro-Velvet Bed Blanket is a cozy solution to chilly nights. The luxurious blanket is perfect for cuddling up or for adding extra warmth to your bed. Its luxe sheen gives your bed an elegant look. The twin size can also double as an oversized throw.

foam-bath-runnerSoft Touch Step onto luxurious softness after your shower or bath when you place this Plush Foam Bath Runner in front of your tub. It absorbs water quickly, keeping your feet and floor dry. The soft foam insert cushions your feet while you get ready for the day. The nonskid backing prevents the runner from slipping.

scented-flameless-candlesA Warm Glow This Set of 3 Scented Flameless Candles gives you holiday style at an unbeatable price. The graduated-size candles add a warm white glow to a room’s ambiance as well as a seasonal fragrance. Made of real wax, these candles will make your whole year merry and bright. Great for homes with kids or pets.


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Relax in the soft warmth of a Men’s Set of 3 Plaid Flannel Pants. For lounging around the house or to make bedtime a little warmer, this value-priced set includes 3 different plaid patterns, all with the cozy style you’ll wear all winter. Each pair features a drawstring elastic waistband and 2 side pockets.

licensed-throwsSnug as a Bug Add personality to a child’s room with a Licensed Character Plush Fleece Throw. With a colorful image of a favorite character, it’s sure to delight your little one. Super-soft and vibrant throw is just the right size for snuggling or sleeping.