Chestnut Hill History Teacher Wears Noose to Halloween Parade, Sparks Outrage

Springside Chestnut Hill Academy history teacher Jay Pearcy in worst Colonel Mustard costume ever.

Springside Chestnut Hill Academy history teacher Jay Pearcy probably should have opted for the candlestick.

Springside Chestnut Hill Academy is a prestigious pre-K through 12th grade school on Willow Grove Avenue in Philadelphia, the kind of place that will set you back over $130,000 for four years of high school. It has earned a reputation as a progressive, diverse learning environment, but one faculty member has stirred outrage with a Halloween costume that some would say goes against those ideals. Read more »

That Kennett Square ‘Needles in Candy’ Story Wasn’t Real

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Authorities in Chester County announced today that reports of needles found in Halloween candy in the borough were “unfounded.”

In a statement, Chester County Detectives said both children who made the reports have recanted their stories after an “intensive investigation.” On Facebook, the Kennett Square Police Department department originally said the pair would face charges in juvenile court of filing a false police report; a later release from authorities said the pair had been released to their respective parents and no formal charges would filed. Read more »

This Is How Many Calories Are in Philly’s Top-Selling Halloween Candies

Its official: Halloween is less than 24 hours away and Philly’s got a sweet tooth, with a preference for chocolate. Recent research by Peapod proves it: They found the top-selling Halloween candies in Philly are Hershey’s Kit Kat bars followed by Milky Way bars, Brach’s Candy Corn, plain ol’ Hershey’s Milk Chocolate bars and Snickers.

But before you get all candy-crazy we have to remind you (we are a health blog after all) to take note of the nutrition facts of any sweets you eat this Halloween season, especially snack-size candy. Just because they’re a bit smaller doesn’t mean you can get away with eating way more of them. (We’ve all learned that the hard way at some point, right?) In fact, two of the options on the list will run you up a whopping 80 calories per tiny bar. So below, the calorie counts and nutrition info for Philly’s most popular Halloween candies. Take note, then, come Sunday, buy your discounted Halloween candy accordingly.  Read more »

ICYMI: All Halloween Everything

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This year, celebrate in style. | Shutterstock.

The weirdest holiday of all is upon us, and we’ve got all the answers to your Halloween questions. Can’t decide where to celebrate and show off that killer costume? Don’t even have a costume? Wondering what to do with the kids? Too scared to let them trick-or-treat? We’ve got you covered.

See how.

Are We Witnessing the Death of Trick-or-Treating?

Photo illustration | Alyse Moyer. Photos | Shutterstock.com

Photo illustration | Alyse Moyer. Photos | Shutterstock.com

Halloween is Saturday night, which means my inbox is chock-full of holiday-related emails. There’s the one from U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer, who apparently loves him some caps lock; his press release leads off with the following bit of autumn cheer in 24-point type:

SCHUMER REVEALS: HALLOWEEN MAKEUP ON STORE SHELVES COULD POSE SERIOUS DANGER TO CHILDREN; HALLOWEEN PRODUCTS FROM CHINA OFTEN CONTAIN HAZARDOUS CHEMICALS LIKE NICKEL & LEAD THAT ARE LEFT OFF OF INGREDIENTS BUT CAN MAKE KIDS VERY SICK; SENATOR URGES PARENTS TO BE WARY, NOT USE HALLOWEEN MAKEUP MADE IN CHINA; PUSHES FDA TO INVESTIGATE DANGEROUS INGREDIENTS OFTEN HIDDEN TO CONSUMERS.

Whew! I mean, God forbid that on one day out of the year, Jayden and Mason and Veronica rub a bit of rouge on their chubby little cheeks; as Schumer says (in lower-case, at least), according to the CDC, “no safe blood lead level in children has been identified.” My baby’s going to die from unregulated Chinese face paint! Hey, Chuck? Don’t you have anything better to do than scare kids and their parents about — oh, wait, I get it. Excellent troll! Best Halloween prank ever! Read more »

The Dead Milkmen Bring Their Annual Halloween Scare Party to the Troc

Photo by Jessica Kourkounis

Photo by Jessica Kourkounis

Gone are the days when Philly’s satirical punk rock band The Dead Milkmen tour around in a kooky converted ambulance. It’s 30-plus years down the road since the band’s inception in the early 1980s. “Now our touring involves buses and planes,” says drummer Dean “Clean” Sabatino. He clarifies that it was, in fact, a medical transport van that the guys bought secondhand and never bothered to remove the sign. “We passed it on to another band, so it still lives on.”

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27 Ways to Celebrate Halloween in Philly

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Halloween is creeping toward us, which means it’s high time you have your weekend plans on lockdown. To help you out, we’ve rounded up 27 Halloween events happening from Thursday through Sunday in Philly. We broke up our picks in different categories (costume parties, seances, kid-friendly, etc … ), so you should find a nice variety here to suit any kind of spooky celebration.

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The 10 Do’s and Don’ts of Running or Working Out in a Costume

Runner Andi Sawin, pictured here as the sneaker, and her friend, Carolyn Stellatella, the bubble gum and also creator of both costumes in full.

Runner Andi Sawin, pictured here as the sneaker, and her friend, Carolyn Stellatella, the bubble gum and also creator of both costumes in full.

With Halloween coming up this weekend and a slew of spooky workouts to keep you occupied — not to mention, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon, which just so happens to be taking place this Saturday — we figure more than a few of you are planning to get sweaty in a costume sometime in the next few days. So we reached out to the experts — i.e. fitness instructors who teach Halloween-themed classes and runners who’ve been known to suit up in crazy costumes for races — to find out what you should take into consideration when planning a workout-friendly costume.

Behold: The 10 Do’s and Don’t of Running or Working Out in a Costume. Your sweat glands will thank us later.  Read more »

We Have a Halloween Pet Costume Problem

Right on cue, I woke up yesterday wondering if I might have a problem. Yes, the signs have been there day in and day out, week after week, month to month. But every year, it’s Halloween that really makes me look around my living room — at the cardboard and spray paint and hot glue guns and industrial-size tub of glitter — and think, “Hm.”

I devoted Sunday to drawing up plans for Murphy’s Halloween costume, and I’ll spend every night this week putting the finishing touches on his top-secret get-up. I’ve set aside one evening for tailoring, one for mobility troubleshooting, and another for rebuilding the portions that Murphy will inevitably maul during his many fit sessions.

Murphy, you see, is a dog. Murphy, unlike myself, has very little interest in what he’s being for Halloween this year or who wins the office costume contest. Read more »

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