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Halloween is Spooky Around Here!

Halloween is Spooky Around Here!

When I was out shopping yesterday, I realized that Halloween is fast approaching. In fact, one store is already lit up with all their Christmas offerings. Yuck!

But, candy and Halloween – that is my absolute favorite day of the year. I have an 18-year tradition of appearing on a top Maine radio station – WMME (92 Moose Radio) on the morning of October 31st from 6:30 a.m. until 9:00 a.m. It is then and there that I announce a “secret” password for candy at my house that evening. Everyone who shows up and can recite the password gets three or more king sized candy bars. Last year, Mars announced reducing the size of it’s bars to 250 calories or less. I guess they lost my Halloween business!

I usually have about 2,500 candy bars on-hand, with around 15 varieties, along with a haunted house for everyone’s entertainment. The good news is that WMME can be listened to online, so everyone can hear the hysterics of being with Jon James and Renee Nelson. As we get closer, I will remind you and provide the address where you can tune in.

True Halloweeners start prepping the first week of October. So, what do you do for your Halloween? If you have pictures, share them with us on Twitter or Facebook!

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