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Halloween and goodies go together like a witch and her broomstick, so for your Halloween snack menu, we turned to the expert on all things witch-related: author and illustrator Gregoire Solotareff.

His book Dictionary of Witches is filled with everything there is to know about these creepy crones and even has a handful of frightful foods that witches love. To make these recipes more palatable to all the non-witches out there, we’ve taken Solotareff's disgusting delicacies and given them a devilishly delicious Halloween party twist.

Whether you’re throwing your own party or need to bring a dish to a friend’s spooky shindig, these wonderfully witchy dishes are sure to please the crowds of ghosts, ghouls, and goblins that will be crowding around the snack table.

 

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It’s a common scene in countless scary movies: the camera pans along a tree-lined street, past Victorian gingerbread houses, as wind chimes and children’s voices mingle in an uneasy cadence, and then we see it — the haunted house.

It’s an old house, built sometime during the 19th or early 20th centuries. At least two stories high, it has turrets or an arched veranda or ivy climbing its ageing stone walls. It is beautiful in the way historic homes always are, and yet something sinister seems to lurk within its walls...

Old Toronto Houses by Tom Cruikshank with photography by John de Visser is filled with examples of houses that could fill in for a haunted house in any horror film. In its pages are the oldest homes in Toronto as well as the most architecturally interesting houses still standing.

There aren’t any ghostly tales included in Cruickshank’s history of the city’s historic homes, so we’ve done some supernatural research ourselves to get you in a Halloween mood. Haunted or not, these amazing houses have incredible stories to tell about the city Firefly Books calls home.

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The scariest month of the year has arrived, and witches, jack-o-lanterns, and giant black cats are popping up on every front lawn and porch just in time for Halloween.

You could be like everyone else and carve a pumpkin or two (we have some great pumpkin recipes if you do), or you could do something a bit different and make your own decorations.

Kids will love making these spooky — and slightly silly — Halloween decorations. Prepare to give the neighbourhood a fright!

 

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“I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet. The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.”

– Jack London

 

Jack London was very much a man of his time. He was born in 1876 in San Francisco, and in his 40 years of life he fully embraced and embodied the spirit of adventure and freedom for which his young country was known.

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What is the defining sign of autumn’s arrival?

Is it the days growing shorter and the evenings becoming crisp and cool with omens of frost? Is it the leaves changing from lush green to striking shades of gold, amber, burnt orange, and red?

Is it the warm layers of wool sweaters and scarves that suddenly appear around our shoulders in mid-October? Or is it, as recent years can attest, the appearance of pumpkin spice everything on café and restaurant menus?

Whether you love it or would be happy to leave it, pumpkin spice is everywhere, from the infamous latte to the infinite variations of pumpkin and squash soup to the classic Thanksgiving dessert.

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