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2017 Halloween Candy Count


How much candy will I use in 2017?

2014 I gave out 92 full sized candies

2015 I gave out 121 full sized candies

2016 I gave out 124 full sized candies

I have found children today don’t enjoy the candy and treats I used to enjoy. I used to give out M&M’s, Reeses’s Cups, Peppermint Patties, Snickers Bars and more healthy Cracker Jack Popcorn treats…I’ve found todays kids mostly just prefer plain Hershey Bars or Sugary Pixi Stix.

This year I’m offering

Pixy Stix (big favorite for Halloween last year kids cried when I ran out)

Hershey Bars

A few Seaweeds and one can of sardines (just for fun)

I have enough treats for 161 kids!

This year I had close to 130 Halloween Trick or Treaters. (I gave out 130 treats I know a few took two). I was surprised that I saw many more Baby Trick or Treaters than ever before. Got a lot of older kids too. I don’t recall seeing any home made outfits this year. I saw many Army Guys and many of the girls were little Princesses. Maybe the most interesting Trick or Treater was a little boy dressed as a jar of Peanut Butter or the little boy as a big sumo wrestler?

In 2017 I gave out-

66 Pixi Stixs (Giant Straws of flavored sugar)

61 Hershey Bars

3 Packs of Seaweed


Sadly this is the first Halloween without my Halloween Best Friend.

He used to enjoy giving out the candy with me every year but since moving to Arizona I stopped dressing him up because it’s too hot to dress up a dog here.

We have other Furbabys and they are special too but different….

“I don’t do Halloween and I FORKING HATE KIDS! I can scare everyone the Fork away! “Grrrrrrrrrrrrrr!”

“Halloween ….?” “WTFork is Halloween?” “I’m only one year old and I don’t Forking know what Halloween is?” “And WTFork is this thing on my head?”  “I am small but I have a deep loud BAY that I do and I sound like a very large dog…..I just very excited and make lot of noise when people pass by.” “I hear I have potential to celebrate Halloween……maybe next year?”

“I was Forking perfect!” “Maybe I attended Halloween in Spirit!”

That was 2017 Halloween with a 130 count on Candy.

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The 2017 Reign of #PumpkinSpiceEverything & Halloween HORROR – Food


It’s that time of year when the world goes Forking berserk and many things go pumpkin or pumpkin spiced. Since it’s Halloween time I tossed them into the bunch as well. I never know what I’ll come across. This is what I found this year.

Here are Werther’s Original Caramels with a touch of Pumpkin Spice for your chewing pleasure.

This is Pumpkin Spice wafers filled with real pumpkin in a creamy filling.

Butternut Squash Zucchette Pasta (this one is Forking Cute and DIFFERENT!) and Honey Roasted Pumpkin Ravioli.

Limited Edition Pumpkin Spice Cherrios!

I guess if we can have Pumpkin Spice Flavored Cheerios then why the Fork not Pumpkin Spice Frosted Mini Wheats…..

Well if Pumpkin Spice Cheerios or Mini Wheats don’t do it for you then maybe Pumpkin Spice Quaker Oats is more to your liking.

Some sort of Captain Morgan Jack-O-Blast and Pumpkin Vodka………..(hic!)

They Forked with Bally’s and made that Forking Pumpkin Spiced too!

Limited Edition Pumpkin Pie Pop-tarts.

Pumpkin Spice Cookie Butter Spread…? and Pumpkin Spice Cookie Butter Dippers and a Normal Jar of Pumpkin Butter that doesn’t forking taste like butter but they call it butter…?

Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Brownie and Gift Cast Iron Skillet Gift Pack with bonus Pumpkin Spice Caramels.

Pumpkin Flax Flapjack and Waffle Mix.

Pumpkin Spice Caramel Corn and Pumpkin Spiced Pumpkin Seeds.

Pumpkin Pie Toaster Pastries.

Pumpkin Cheesecake Cookies…..These sound yummy…don’t know?

More pumpkin pancakes and waffle mix.

Forking Pumpkin Rolls! Whoo Hoo!

Pumpkin Spice Mug Cake…with NO ARTIFICAL flavor…

Here is Artificially Flavored Pumpkin Spice Whipped Cream!

Pumpkin Spice Vinaigrette…..so your salad too can taste that way!

Pumpkin Spice Almonds….I think that one is strange.

Pumpkin Latte Lollipops.

Pumpkin Pie Snack Sized Kit Kats…UmmmmmI would have purchased them but they were Forking placed passed the check out…..Thanks Fry’s for saving me a bunch of calories!

Pumpkin Spice Biscotti.

Pumpkin Spice Swirled Bread?….It would be tasty as French toast…..maybe good with chicken breast……but terrible as most sandwiches. I can’t imagine it with tunafish.

Pumpkin Spice Cookie Mix. Incase you don’t have pumpkin spice to add for your fresh baked cookies.

Here are Pumpkin Tortilla Chips and Ghosts and Bats Crispy Potato Snacks

Candy Corn White Fudge Marshmallow Peeps..?

White Chocolate Pumpkin Pie M&M’s.

Candy Corn M&M’s.

Cookies and Screeem M&M’s…..(They are suppose to taste like regular Oreo’s)

Here are two Halloween Treats. One is Franken Berry Fruit Roll Ups. The Other is some sort of Count Chocula Bar.

YOU KNOW that there is going to be some sort of Oreo and here is Pumpkin Spice Oreo.

Whoops here we go again….Halloween Oreos! What flavor is Halloween? Old Ghost? Cadavers? Spider Juice?

That was the 2017 Reign of #PumpkinSpiceEverything and Halloween Horror.

Be safe and Happy Halloween!

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Happy HOWWWWLoween!


Enchanted Pumpkin Garden in Carefree Arizona 2017


The third annual Enchanted Pumpkin Garden is taking place in beautiful Carefree AZ October 20th – 29th. This is a FREE no cost family friendly and even dog friendly event. Pumpkin Artist Ray Villafane is the genius behind the whimsical creations. If his name rings a bell that might be because you caught him on Food Network’s Halloween Wars where competitors compete in teams that transform food and pumpkins into amazing Halloween Themed Creations. Here is some of what I saw this year.



That was some of the pumpkins from the 3rd annual Enchanted Pumpkin Garden.

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#PumpkinSpiceEVERYTHING and Halloween has gone to the Dogs! 2017


This time of year food manufactures go berserk with Halloween, fall, pumpkin and  pumpkin spice  flavored foods. Not even Dog Foods are free of the #PumpkinSpiceEVERYTHING going on. We must inflict Halloween Flavors and Pumpkin Spice to our furry best friends.

Here are Creepy Crunchers. They look like some sort of nutty treat for dogs.

Dogs will get in the “Howl-lo-wean” spirit with doggy Apple Cider Donuts.

Boo Bars Mummy Morsels….WTFork are these suppose to be……crumbled bits of corpse that are mummified? …..might be tasty to dogs?

Turkey & Pumpkin Ghost doggy treats. Booooooo ……..Gobble gobble……Boo!

Doggy Ghost Grub Treats….

Pumpkin Chilling Chews…….

Here’s Happy Halloween Dog Treats.

Up on top in the middle are Skinny Mint Halloween Treats for Dogs.

Scary Berry Greenies for Dogs…I’d be scared to give my dog something called scary berry…?

Greenies also makes Pumpkin Spice Flavor for Dogs!

Trader Joe’s Pumpkin flavored Dog Treats!

Trick or Treat Well Bites with Pumpkin!

Pumpkin Spice Creepy Dog Bone Cookies…..?

Pumpkin Spice Chilly Chews..?


Somehow they managed to flavor Rawhide FORKING Pumpkin Spice Flavored!

That was #PumpkinSpiceEverything and Halloween…or is it Howlerween has gone to the Dogs!

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2016 Halloween Candy Usage



I love Halloween. I love the colors, the fun decorations and candy. It’s fun to see what people come up with for their costumes. I really like the home made creations like when a kid wears a box that they make look like a tv. This year I saw some very good pirates, a few cheerleaders, some goblins and one really odd looking smily face….I just love it!   I don’t know if Halloween Candy melts..here when kids go Trick or Treating…….maybe the candy does melt…..?…….wow that would suck! This year they predicted the weather to be around 92 degrees F for Halloween. I don’t think it got that hot because it felt more like the mid 80s……but we did have a recording breaking  HOT  October and had most of the days at 90 degrees or above.

Halloween 2014 I gave out 92 Full Size Candies

Halloween 2015 I gave out 121 Full Size Candies

Would I give out less candy for Halloween 2016 since it runs on a Monday school night this year instead of a weekend????????


I am very stocked up on candy and I threw in a few packs of seaweed to see if anyone would take seaweed over the candy just for fun.


Well The Monday Night didn’t seem to affect the number of children out on Halloween. 2016 I gave out 124 pieces of full size candy. I do note a few little monsters did grab two pieces.

This year I gave out 50 Pixy Stix (children were screaming when I ran out)

25 Hershey Bars

9 Candy Necklaces

7 Snickers

7 Plain M&M’s

5 Peanut M&M’s

4 Skittles

4 Twix

4 Milky Way

3 Three Musketeers

3 Starburst

3 Packs of Seaweed (The few children that took seaweed screamed with joy)

It seems that Pixy Stix (large sticks that hold flavored sugar) is a favorite candy by far for the majority of American Children.

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P.S. Since moving to Arizona I no longer dress Dogs for Halloween. It’s too hot in Phoenix AZ to dress a dog up for Halloween.




Enchanted Pumpkin Garden Carefree Arizona It’s a Free Event….GO!



October 17th – 31th 2016 is the 2nd annual Enchanted Pumpkin Garden in Carefree Arizona. This is a free no cost event.

Pumpkin Artist Ray Villafane is the genius behind these whimsical pumpkins that take over the beautiful Carefree Desert Gardens. If the name Ray Villafane sounds familiar it’s probably because you’ve watched him on Food Network’s TV Show called Halloween Wars where he transformed Pumpkins into amazing lifelike creations.

Besides strolling threw the gardens-


the Enchanted Pumpkin Garden’s Events have grown to include a craft beer garden, a few food trucks ( I saw four and one was ice-cream) –


Hayrides, a pumpkin pie eating contest and face painting.

For more information please visit www.CarefreePumpkinGarden.com or just Forking Visit the Gardens…BECAUSE it’s FREE

! There are a few shops and a few cafes in walking distance that you can do afterwards. beautiful Cave Creek is only a couple streets away and you can easily spend some time there too. Lot’s of tourist shops and bars with cowboys and want-to-be cowboys Cave Creek is a very southwest kind of town and is lots of fun for visitors and for people that truly enjoy the south west.

Here are a few pictures of what I saw this year.












This week should even be better because the artist will be carving all the pumpkins can. The pumpkins only last for up to FOUR days in our Arizona Weather. They actually mist the pumpkins with water to get them to last a mere four days.

Here are a few photos from 2015 Enchanted Pumpkin Garden






Carefree’s Enchanted Pumpkin Garden…Just Forking Go…It’s Free!

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2015 Halloween Candy Usage



Halloween 2014 I used 92 pieces of full size candy. Over the past few years I forking found that most children don’t like the candy I like. I forking like candy like Reese’s peanut butter cups, M&M’s and Jr. Mints. A couple years back I used to offer those candies but the little monsters didn’t take them and took mostly Pixi Sticks that I mixed in.

So just like last year I offered Large Size Pixi Sticks, Hershey Bars, A box of Mixed Chocolate Bars and some candy necklaces.

I had my busiest Halloween Ever and used 121 full size pieces of candy.

2015 Halloween Candy Usage was…….

45 Large Pixi Sticks

36 Hershey Bars

7 Snickers

6 Twix

4 Peanut M&M’s

5 Plain M&M’s

4 Milky Way Bars

14 Candy Necklaces

Next Year just for fun!  I might offer packages of Seaweed and cans of Sardines along with forking Pixi Sticks and Hershey Bars for Halloween.

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The Forking Truth