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13 Spooky Halloween Recipes Everyone Will Enjoy

13 Spooky Halloween Recipes Everyone Will Enjoy

Halloween is one holiday both kids and adults can agree is totally awesome. A day that celebrates thrills, chills and candy, no Halloween celebration is complete without some creepy delicacies. To give your Halloween gathering a new spin, these 13 utterly delightful Halloween recipes will surely leave you satisfied.

Fruit/Apple Teeth Treats

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    These fruity Apple Teeth should be among anyone’s favorite Halloween recipes. Quick to put together, these bite-size fangs make wonderful – and healthy! – appetizers or snacks. 

    Spooky Witches Fingers

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      Another excellent snack or appetizer, this Halloween recipe is creepy and delicious. An easy recipe for kids to help with too, these spooky biscuit sticks are the perfect complement to any Halloween-themed event. 

      Skeleton Brain Dip

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        The perfect Halloween snack or starter if little ones want to help you get ready, this simple vegetable dip is a healthy companion to balance out your more sugary creepy meals. This fun take on vegetables and dip is a simple way to add more to any Halloween occasion.

        Mummy Spinach Dip

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          Another great recipe, but one that takes a bit more time to prepare, is this bread mummy spinach dip. A deliciously spooky twist on a classic appetizer, this bread bowl spinach dip is particularly great for large Halloween gatherings.

          Mummy Hot Dogs

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            Whether you’re making a light meal or just want a quick and easy Halloween lunch, this Halloween chili and mummy wrapped hotdogs are the perfect snack. Another simple recipe so the children can have fun too, if you make it in tandem with the next recipe on the list, the two recipes complement each other and are easy to make.

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            Mummy Face Pizza

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              These single-serve pizzas made to look like mummies are another excellent option if you’re looking for a substantial snack or light meal. Because each person gets their own, it’s also a recipe where kids can contribute and have fun.

              Pumpkin Waffles with Apple Cider Syrup

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                If you’d like a sweeter option for your spooky night or simply want to go all the way all day, these pumpkin waffles with apple cider syrup will start any Halloween with a bang. The rich taste of pumpkin goes surprisingly well in this classic breakfast food, and the homemade syrup is the perfect complement.

                Bats and Bones Pizza

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                  This sweet dessert pizza is a delightful option for your sweeter Halloween foods. Another good one for kids to help decorate, this pizza is rich and delicious.

                  Bloody Broken Glass Cupcakes

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                    For those looking for a more decorative option, these bloody broken glass cupcakes are an inspiring recipe. The sugar glass looks impeccable atop the convincing icing blood. This recipe requires a little bit more skill, but is worth the effort.

                    Mummy Cookie Balls

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                      Another excellent seasonal dessert are these mummy cookie balls. The batter is much like cookie dough, so it is quick to make, plus kids can decorate their own. 

                      Gooey Brain Cupcakes

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                        If you’re looking for a good dessert for large groups or school functions, this delightful Halloween twist on cupcakes is perfect for sharing. The icing is not only delicious, but makes an effective brain – sure to thrill kids and adults alike

                        Green Grog

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                          Okay, this one’s not for the kids! This delicious and creepy recipe is an excellent twist on the traditional witches’ brew. This recipe is a must for any Halloween gathering.

                          FrankenMallows

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                            The last Halloween dessert to make our list, FrankenMallows are quick and easy to make yet incredibly impressive looking. Another excellent recipe for kids to decorate their own, these quick treats make a big splash at any Halloween occasion.

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                            Science Says Guitar Players’ Brains Are Different From Others’

                            Science Says Guitar Players’ Brains Are Different From Others’

                            There’s nothing quite like picking up a guitar and strumming out some chords. Listening to someone playing the guitar can be mesmerising, it can evoke emotion and a good guitar riff can bring out the best of a song. Many guitar players find a soothing, meditative quality to playing, along with the essence of creating music or busting out an acoustic version of their favourite song. But how does playing the guitar affect the brain?

                            More and more scientific studies have been looking into how people who play the guitar have different brain functions compared to those who don’t. What they found was quite astonishing and backed up what many guitarists may instinctively know deep down.

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                            Guitar Players’ Brains Can Synchronise

                            You didn’t read that wrong! Yes, a 2012 study[1] was conducted in Berlin that looked at the brains of guitar players. The researchers took 12 pairs of players and got them to play the same piece of music while having their brains scanned.

                            During the experiment, they found something extraordinary happening to each pair of participants – their brains were synchronising with each other. So what does this mean? Well, the neural networks found in the areas of the brain associated with social cognition and music production were most activated when the participants were playing their instruments. In other words, their ability to connect with each other while playing music was exceptionally strong.

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                            Guitar Players Have a Higher Intuition

                            Intuition is described as “the ability to understand something instinctively, without the need for conscious reasoning” and this is exactly what’s happening when two people are playing the guitar together.

                            The ability to synchronise their brains with each other, stems from this developed intuitive talent indicating that guitar players have a definite spiritual dexterity to them. Not only do their brains synchronise with another player, but they can also even anticipate what is to come before and after a set of chords without consciously knowing. This explains witnessing a certain ‘chemistry’ between players in a band and why many bands include brothers who may have an even stronger connection.

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                            This phenomenon is actually thought to be down to the way guitarists learn how to play – while many musicians learn through reading sheet music, guitar players learn more from listening to others play and feeling their way through the chords. This also shows guitarists have exceptional improvisational skills[2] and quick thinking.

                            Guitar Players Use More of Their Creative, Unconscious Brain

                            The same study carried out a different experiment, this time while solo guitarists were shredding. They found that experienced guitar players were found to deactivate the conscious part of their brain extremely easily meaning they were able to activate the unconscious, creative and less practical way of thinking more efficiently.

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                            This particular area of the brain – the right temporoparietal junction – typically deactivates with ‘long term goal orientation’ in order to stop distractions to get goals accomplished. This was in contrast to the non-guitarists who were unable to shut off the conscious part of their brain which meant they were consciously thinking more about what they were playing.

                            This isn’t to say that this unconscious way of playing can’t be learnt. Since the brain’s plasticity allows new connections to be made depending on repeated practice, the guitar player’s brain can be developed over time but it’s something about playing the guitar in particular that allows this magic to happen.

                            Conclusion

                            While we all know musicians have very quick and creative brains, it seems guitar players have that extra special something. Call it heightened intuition or even a spiritual element – either way, it’s proven that guitarists are an exceptional breed unto themselves!

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