Monday, October 21, 2013

Lucky 13 Trick or Treat Blog Hop

Welcome to the Lucky 13 Trick or Treat Blog Hop. We love October and we LOVE Halloween! And we're giving away prizes galore in a Trick Bundle and a Treat Bundle. The Grand Prize is a Kindle Paperwhite!

There's no better place on earth to celebrate Halloween than Sleepy Hollow, where even the street signs are orange and black and the high school team is called The Horsemen.

 And what's better than October apples and Halloween candy? Candy apples!
There's no trick to this (well, maybe a small one at the end!)
None. So simple even I can do it.

8-10 apples
1 c. sugar
1 c. light corn syrup
1/2 c. water
1/2 c. red cinnamon candies

Inserts sticks in apples. Boil everything else to hard crack stage. If you have a candy thermometer, that'd be to 300-310 degrees. If not, don't fuss yourself. You'll know.  Swirl apples in candy (quickly) and place on wax paper. 

Want even simpler?
(Just take the cellophane off the candy!)
6 apples
1 package (14 oz.) individually wrapped caramels
2 tablespoons milk

Insert sticks in apples.
Butter baking sheet.
Microwave caramels and milk two minutes, stirring once.

Cool briefly.

Roll each apple in melted caramel. 
Nuts and such optional
Tell me your favorite Halloween story and I'll send one randome commenter a Sleepy Hollow t-shirt (U.S. only) or an Amazon or ARe gift card if you're outside the U.S. 
And don't forgot to hop on the Lucky 13 Blog Hop for chances to win the Grand Prize and TRICK or TREAT book bundles.

* Fool's Gold by Cassandra Dean
* Her Wicked Sin 
* Hot Winter Kiss by Joanne Kenrick
* Norse Jewel by Gina Conkle
* Once Her Man, Always Her Man by Heather Long
* Then, Again by Karen Stivali
* Reforming the Cowboy by Marisa Cleveland
* Scrap Metal by Jennah Scott
* Brazen  by Cathryn Fox
* A Date with Death by Louisa Bacio

* Fight or Flight by Natalie J. Damschroder
* Silken Edge by Lacey Paige
* Sleepy Hollow Dreams by Taryn Kincaid
* Lightning by Taryn Kincaid
* Ruby Hill
* Tales from the Coffin by Joanne Kenrick
* Last Flight of the Ark by Dawn Jackson
* Kindred of the Fallen by Isis Rushdan
* Protector of the Flame by Isis Rushdan
* Hereafter by Joya Fields
* Earth Witches Aren't Easy by Heather Long
* Marshal of Hel Dorado by Heather Long
* To Catch Her Death  by Boone Brux
* Hunter's Moon by Lisa Kessler
* Heaven and Hellsbane by Paige Cuccaro
* Don't Bite the Bridesmaid by Tiffany Allee

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Use the Rafflecopter to enter! The Lucky 13 Trick or Treat Blog Hop runs through October 26. The Grand Prize winner will be announced Octdober 30.

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tammy ramey said...

my favorite family story is when my niece was about 9 months old it was her 1st halloween so her mom dressed her as a clown. after trick or treating was over she fell asleep on the gray tiles in the kitchen and her mom took a picture. when we got it back the only thing missing was the chalk outline! she looked like a dead clown laying on concrete but she was sooo cute you just couldn't help laughing.
tammy ramey

Beautiful Disaster said...

I thought it was funny that my teenagers wanted to go trick-or-treating last year but my younger ones who are 8 and 9 thought they were too old to go ;)
Thanks for the recipes for apples. We usually buy them however that recipe is easy enough.

Heather Long said...

Oh, yum that looks good! Thanks for joining us on the hop Taryn! One of my other favorite Halloween stories is when I took my daughter trick-or-treating at Disney World. The Boo To You Parade was a blast

Taryn Kincaid said...

Hi, Tammy! I love your dead clown story! I envy babies who can fall asleep anywhere and still be adorable.

Taryn Kincaid said...

Beautiful Disaster~ that is a great story. 8 or 9 is definitely the best age for trick or treating, I think. Not too old, not too young. I grumble when I get the teenagers coming to the door who don't even bother with costumes.

Taryn Kincaid said...

Heather ~ Great hop! Thanks for having me. Halloween at Disney must have been a hoot and a treat. We spent a 4th of July there once and the parade and fireworks were great!

ellagrey said...

I loved Halloween when I was little, my dad used to come up with themed games for me, my brother and sisters. Favorite holiday ever

Taryn Kincaid said...

I agree, Ella! Favorite holiday. No question.

Terri Matlock said...

I love halloween! It is one of my favorite holidays (As well as thanksgiving/my son's bday & Christmas). For me halloween kicks off my favorite time of the year and i LOVE going trick or treating with my kids. <3

Taryn Kincaid said...

So what you're really saying, Terri, is that you like holidays? LOL! I hard to choose!

Carol L. said...

Halloween was my late Mom's birthday so every year before trick or treating my 7 kids would get to party at Grandma's house with lots of treats and then go Trick or Treating. But one year they over did it at Grandma's and when we got ready to leave there were all these little kids in costume laying around practically groaning and asking "do we have to go trick or treating' lol lol needless to say we didn't go that year. :)
Carol L
Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot)

Taryn Kincaid said...

Great story, Carol. Thanks for sharing!

Ashley Applebee said...

Ooh!! Those look so good!! I guess my favorite Halloween story is back when I was around 6 and I went to the local community party and won a remote control Godzilla! I thought that thing was the was the coolest EVER! lol
Thanks for joining the hop!
Happy Halloween!!
Ashley A

Taryn Kincaid said...

Funny! Thanks for stoppying by, Ashley.

bn100 said...

like It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

bn100candg at hotmail dot com

Nicole Kuhn said...

Last year, my then 1 yr old was little red riding hood and she kept telling every one she was red from the hood :(

Joya said...

Great post, Taryn! I wanted to reach through the screen and take a bite!! Love your blog, too...just started following. :)

Taryn Kincaid said...

Red from the Hood! Love it, Nicole!

Taryn Kincaid said...

Thanks, Joya! Me, too. (Unfortunately, not on the diet.) Found a great recipe for Maple Candied Apples, too. Not enough room to share it here, but I've got it up on Pinterest:

mariehahn13 said...

Growing up in a really small town, the entire community used to go all out for Halloween. Every house was decorated, and neighbors tried to out do one another as the "scariest house", for the right to be the "talk of the town" until the next year. But from ages 7-9, there was one house that would scare you so badly, kids used to wet themselves and run screaming! And one year - I threw my candy and ran half way down the street with my parents laughing.

It was an old Victorian era home with a wrap around porch. When you stepped up on to the porch to ring the doorbell, there was a man standing at the end of the porch. He wasn't moving at all. He was dressed in a black suit and had really pale skin, and all around him, there was smoke billowing. All of us kids would look at him while we were ringing the doorbell. While we were looking at him, the door would fly open, and a woman dressed as a witch would be standing there commenting on how she loved to cook little kids(scaring you once). She had a cauldron that was full of candy. While you were grabbing your candy, something would shatter on the opposite side of the porch, drawing your attention. While you were looking there, the man in black would slowly start walking towards you. About half way to you, he'd start to groan and smile at you. In his mouth were teeth with fangs - blood covering them. He'd raise his arms at you and the witch would start cackling, both acting like they were going to snatch you. When you'd start to run off of the porch, the leaves next to the stairs would rustle, and someone dressed as a werewolf would jump up from under them, and growl at you.

Seriously... it might sound comical now, but it was one of the most terrifying houses! I'm 30 now, and they scared children until about 5 years ago. They were pros at it. I sometimes wish more people would still get in to the theater of it all. That's part of what makes the holiday so much fun! :)

Thanks for sharing and for a great giveaway! :)

songbird1613 at yahoo dot com

Jessica Schank Snow said...

Wow, I really don't have a Halloween story. However, I do remember as a child always having a wonderful time going out trick or treating with my friends.
Thanks for the giveaway! =)
By the way, I loved how you described the caramel apples. ;)

LorettaLynn said...

Well I Love candy apples too.. yummy!
One year I was out with friends, we went up to a house.. it was so darn scary I ran for like 5 blocks.. They had people dressed up in all the roles... the fog, teeth blood, everything. I always try to get that good on Halloween, but it's just not the same..

Taryn Kincaid said...

Wow! What a fabulous Halloween, Marie! Those folks really went all out!

Taryn Kincaid said...

Enjoy the apples, Jessica!

Taryn Kincaid said...

Sounds like you've had some great Halloweens, LorettaLynn!

Janhvi said...

Hmmm a Halloween story..uh, I don't really have one! We don't celebrate Halloween on such a big scale here in India. Usually, me and my friends have a scary movie marathon :)
Thanks for the giveaway!

justjanhvi at gmail dot com

laurie said...

I agree, Ella! Favorite holiday. No question.

Jean MP said...

Favorite Halloween story, the year I remembered dressing up as a clown and going trick or treating in town, we lived way out in the country, so this was a big deal for us.
The caramel and candy recipes look really good!
skpetal at hotmail dot com

Taryn Kincaid said...

Ooooh, sounds good, Janhvi! I can't imagine what Halloween in India must be like!

Taryn Kincaid said...

I agree,Laurie.

Taryn Kincaid said...

Another clown! LOL, Jean! Enjoy the apples!

Angela Fitzgerald said...

Wow.....a great giveaway and I can't wait to make the candy apples. My kids like the candy kind but I love the caramel kind topped with nuts. I have to have green apples also. I've never really liked red apples, but they can be yellow. Thank you for the recipe.

Taryn Kincaid said...

Enjoy, Angela!

Gina Conkle said...

Hi Taryn,

Both the apple pictures look soooo good, but the caramel apple gets the extra thumbs up from me. Good luck with your books!

Katie Amanda said...

I remember being a little girl dressed up as Barbie. I went to a local costume contest and won "prettiest." The prize was only $2 or $3 dollars, but I was just so excited to have won. It was a great memory. Thanks!

desiree reilly said...

thhe candy apple look great and wish i could eat them wow i have no teeth

Natasha said...

One of my favorite Halloween memories is when I was little and I was a black cat.
Thanks for the chance to win!
natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

Taryn Kincaid said...

Thanks for stopping by, all!
Gina : I have a maple candy apple, too. It's on Pinterest!
Katie: Bet you were adorable!
Desiree: I guess you could always slice them up!
Natasha: Cute!

Tia Dalley said...

My favorite Halloween was when my Grandma made homemade costumes for my children. It was very special to me.

smiles said...

One year, my brother and I were visiting our grandma on Halloween. My parents stopped having us trick or treat a year or two before that. We decided we'd pretend to be dressed up and go get candy anyway :-P I said I was Christina Aguilera. I don't remember what my little brother said :P

Taryn Kincaid said...

Ah. Sweet. Thanks for stopping by, Tia and smiles! Don't forget to leave email addies, peeps.

jessie2247 said...

One year my town and my cousins' town (next town over) were having candy night on different nights. So that year we went out with our cousins in both towns. We thought we were soo cool cheating the system and getting double candy!

Taryn Kincaid said...

Oooh! Double the fun!

Kim Pinch said...

One year when we were allowed to go on our own we thought we were smart to empty our bags whenever we were close to home so we could get even more candy. We returned home the last to find out our Mom had given most of it away. She said it was only stuff we didn't like but we knew better. The next year we took pillow cases so we didn't have to unload. She still laughs about it now and warns her grandchild not to make the same mistake.

Daniel M said...

them candy apples look great - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

Book Attict said...

Those perfect Halloweens that fell on Saturdays--we would start trick or treating mid-morning and go until after dark!

Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
elizabeth @ bookattict . com

Taryn Kincaid said...

Kim! Oh! That is such a sad story! LOL. Something my mom might have done. (She always made us throw away the loose stuff and the unwrapped stuff!)

Taryn Kincaid said...

Daniel and Elizabeth -- Love apples,candy apples, and Halloween. Thanks for partcipating in the hop!

michedt said...

Random story: I was sleeping soundly one Halloween early morning, when my dad woke me up. He said I had to go to my grandmothers house and sleep. I carried my pumpkin over there (she lived next door), and then I found out my mother was having my sister. So she was born right before midnight on Halloween night. We call her Spook.
Michelle Tucker
michelletucker at baconnation dot net

Spav said...

I don't really have a Halloween story but I've always enjoyed dressing up and going out on Halloween.

Shadow said...

This is so fun and exciting! Happy Halloween to ya all! Thanks for the fun and goodies! :) I dont like candy apples but i love caramel ones. Yum!! My favorite Halloween memory is when my family all got together, we all dressed in goth and went trick or treating to different towns and they stayed up all night beating harry potter game. It was amazing! Its really the last time my family had fun together and celebrated a holiday.

Karen Arrowood said...

I recently enjoyed Hollow's End, from Marianne Morea.

Taryn Kincaid said...

And my winner is Tammy Raney!

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