Halloween Week: Party Playlist

For the third day of Halloween Week, iPoll community members submitted their favorite Halloween party songs. This playlist will set the mood for any gathering of specters and ghouls, and it will bring life to any group of the walking dead. Check it out and let us know if we missed any must-have songs in the comments below!

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Written by lsozio

October 29th, 2014 at 4:37 pm

Treats Galore: A Brief History of Candy

Halloween checklist: Carved pumpkin. Check. Orange lights for the porch. Check. Ghost to hang on the front door. Check. Candy. Most definitely check. As holidays go, Halloween runs a close second to Christmas in terms of spending. Not only will we drop around four billion dollars on costumes and decorations, but also we’ll spend upwards of two billion dollars on candy alone. That translates into around 90 million pounds of chocolate and 25% of the annual revenue for candy companies. All of this got me thinking: Just where did candy come from? A little digging and I’ve got the answers to share with your trick or treaters.

Candy Drawer

Best use of a drawer ever. Image Source: Flickr user Russell Bernice

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Written by Rick B.

October 29th, 2014 at 10:06 am

Halloween Week: Worst Halloween Scares

Everyone loves a good fright! For the second day of Halloween Week, we asked our iPoll community to tell us about the time they were the most scared on Halloween. This time of year, the options for a truly hair-raising, heart-pumping, scream-inducing scare are endless—terrifying haunted houses, spooky corn mazes, monster-filled amusement parks or just a night “safe” at home on the sofa, watching scary movies on Netflix. iPoll users from both the US and UK shared their scares with us.

 

Check iPoll’s US and UK results pages all week long for more Halloween quiz results.

Written by lsozio

October 28th, 2014 at 9:27 pm

Boo-Fest: Exploring the Most Haunted Spots in Europe

For the sake of this Halloween discussion, let’s consider that America is only 238 years old (give or take a few decades). This means we’ve really only had 238 years to produce any haunted houses. We’re not talking about the professional theme park haunted houses, but the real deal ghost ground zero locales. Sure, we have our fair share of abandoned lunatic asylums, prisons, and homes built on Native American burial grounds, but nothing compares to the spookfests that have been going down in Europe for over a thousand years. Yes, if you really want to get scared by some old world ghoulies, then you need to hop across the pond and check out these haunted destinations:

Cemetary

Places not to be on Halloween. Can you say, "Boo?" Image Source: Flickr user Duncan

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Written by Rick B.

October 28th, 2014 at 12:32 pm

Halloween Week: Top Ten Horror Villians

You asked, we listened. We received over 120 requests this month for holiday quizzes, so each day this week, we’ll be featuring the results of one of our Halloween-themed quizzes. See what the iPoll community thinks about everything from characters in horror movies to candy choices.

Today’s results focus on horror villains. Check out the infographic below to see which baddies scare our users the most!

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Monday Mobile Mission No Trick, Earning Cash With iPoll Is A Treat

Time to get real. When we buy Halloween candy, we pick out the treats we really like. The secret hope is that no one shows up at your door on October 31st. Then you can proudly proclaim, “Well, I can’t let this candy go to waste.” Yes, I’ve been guilty of mini Reese’s Cups overload in the first week of November. Will I succumb to the temptation again this year? Nope. Who am I kidding? Yes, probably. I’ve already got two bags of the chocolate gold chilling in the fridge. I actually picked up my treats over the weekend and was treated to more iPoll Mobile Missions then I’ve ever had on a single day. iPoll was on fire!

 

Candy

Can you pick just one candy as your favorite? Image Source: Flickr user: Luke Jones

 

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Written by Rick B.

October 27th, 2014 at 4:58 pm

Best Spots for Romantic Weekend Getaways

One true test of a budding relationship comes with the first weekend trip. How you travel together could very well predict how you will live together and ultimately spend the rest of your life together. That’s a lot of pressure for a wine tasting or apple picking weekend. As one-half of a married couple, you don’t have that kind of pressure anymore. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t take a romantic getaway. In fact, we insist that you do! If you can pull a trip together and surprise your spouse, then you’re definitely going to earn a gold star. To get you started, here are some of the best romantic getaway destinations in the U.S.

Riverfront In Savannah

You're going to have to slow your roll in Savannah. Image Source: Flickr user: J Iannone

 

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Written by Rick B.

October 24th, 2014 at 4:44 pm

How to Keep the Spark In Your Marriage

What do Frankenstein and your marriage have in common? (No mother-in-law jokes, please!). They both need a spark to stay alive. Frank got his from a bolt of lightning. As for your union, there are much safer ways to rekindle the passion and keep your heart’s light glowing. A marriage is the epitome of a working relationship. If you take it for granted, it will often wither away. Don’t let that happen to the person you declared was your true love. Want to put that spark back in your marriage? Here’s how:

 

Romantic Night

When was the last time you shared a sunset? Image Source: Flickr user: Emmanuel D.Photography

 

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Written by Rick B.

October 23rd, 2014 at 4:31 pm

Fun Ways to Renew Your Wedding Vows

A wedding is a wonderful celebration of love shared by family and friends. It is also self-inflicted anxiety and stress of the highest order. There are many brides who have been planning their weddings since their first princess birthday party. Plenty of grooms have their opinions of the best way to get hitched. The hope is that those two plans can come together in a glorious celebration. Most weddings go off without any major problems, but there’s always something that didn’t go right. As part of a long lasting couple, renewing your wedding vows is a great shot at a “do over.” It’s also a wonderful way to profess your love in front of a whole new bunch of friends and family members. When you’re ready to say “I Do” again, you might consider these suggestions.

Vow Renewal

If you said, "I do" once and meant it, say it again and often! Image Source: flickr user: Paris On Ponce

 

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Written by Rick B.

October 22nd, 2014 at 11:21 pm

Priceless Relationship Advice from Long-Lasting Couples

Anytime someone turns 100 years old, it’s cause for celebration. There will be a cake with a forest fire of candles, lots of photos and lots of memories to share. At some point, the centenarian will be asked, “What’s your advice for living so long?” That same question is posed to couples who have been together for the long haul. Advice from experience is truly priceless.

Owna and Snookie, 69 Years Together

The Global Glue Project has been collecting stories from couples at all points in their relationship to find out what it takes to stick together. The reigning champs for longevity are Owna and Snookie (no, not that Snookie). Owna’s secret to their longevity, “We never fought. It was a matter of me giving into him or him giving into me.”

Wedding Cake Topper

Remember your wedding day every day! Image Source: Flickr user: Rennett Stowe

 

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Written by Rick B.

October 21st, 2014 at 11:13 pm