Sunday, October 30, 2011

Happy Halloween!


Peter Gibbons: So I was sitting in my cubicle today, and I realized, ever since I started working, every single day of my life has been worse than the day before it. So that means that every single day that you see me, that's on the worst day of my life.
Office Space
Didn't have too much time to plan a Halloween costume, between all the traveling of late. So instead, we fell back on one of our favorite movies for inspiration - the forever hilarious Office Space. My boyfriend donned a white collared dress shirt, suspenders, glasses, mug and folder of TPS reports to become "Bill Lumbergh," the sleazy boss, while I created a green and white striped polo shirt (green fabric paint is cheap!), found a waitress apron, suspenders and 15 pieces of flair to represent the role of Joanna, the Chotchkie's waitress/love interest. Don't want to spend much on a costume? Office Space is a great, crowd pleasing option. We wore them last night to some parties and will likely dust them off and wear them again tomorrow night.

Speaking of Halloween, if you're anything like me, you've been fighting the temptation of all those cheap bags of candy at the grocery store the past few weeks. Between the parties and baskets filled with high-calorie treats, this spooky holiday is less than kind to the waistline. So how do you prevent packing on the pounds while still participating in all the festivities? According to this article from the Calorie Control Council website, foods and beverages containing low-calorie sweeteners provide a simple way to enjoy your favorite treats without the additional calories. For example, choosing sugar-free chocolate will save 50 calories a day. Over the course of a year, that daily calorie savings could result in a five-pound weight loss. Drinking a diet soda can shave off 150 calories a day - or 15 pounds - by year's end.

Here are a few more tips to surviving Halloween without gaining weight, courtesy of CCC:

* If you are throwing a party, serve reduced-fat popcorn or fat-free pretzel twists or sticks. Toss in some chocolate candies, as an added treat, but watch portion sizes.
* Instead of caramel apples, try serving whole or sliced apples with fat-free caramel sauce.
* Cut out bread (try a reduced-fat or light version) with a Halloween cookie cutter. Serve with smoked turkey, reduced-fat cheese, tomato, lettuce and other sandwich "fixings."
* Use sugar substitutes and applesauce to replace oil and sugar when baking treats for Halloween.
* Choose candy that is sugar-free, reduced-fat or is made with a sugar substitute like sucralose.

And here is some Halloween trivia for all you ghosts and ghouls out there. Have a fabulous one!
  • Orange and black are Halloween colors because orange is associated with the Fall harvest and black is associated with darkness and death. 
  • Jack o’ Lanterns originated in Ireland where people placed candles in hollowed-out turnips to keep away spirits and ghosts on the Samhain holiday.
  • Halloween was brought to North America by immigrants from Europe who would celebrate the harvest around a bonfire, share ghost stories, sing, dance and tell fortunes.
  • Tootsie Rolls were the first wrapped penny candy in America.
  • The ancient Celts thought that spirits and ghosts roamed the countryside on Halloween night. They began wearing masks and costumes to avoid being recognized as human.
  • Halloween candy sales average about 2 billion dollars annually in the United States.
  • Halloween is the 2nd most commercially successful holiday, with Christmas being the first.
  • Bobbing for apples is thought to have originated from the roman harvest festival that honors Pamona, the goddess of fruit trees.
  • Black cats were once believed to be witch's familiars who protected their powers.

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