As you can probably tell from our Goosebumps-ified homepage and yesterday’s FIVE list of scary books,we here at THE STACKS are all about Halloween right now. I’ve brought my annual batch of pumpkin chocolate chip bread into the office, and we’ve been discussing costume options for a little while. One of my bright ideas: dressing as Cho Chang by wearing a Ravenclaw robe and somehow securing Harry and Cedric action figures to the shoulders — get it? She can’t decide between them! Well, I thought it was clever anyway . . .
You can see that I still need to put a little more effort into planning my costume. That’s because most of the time, when I think about Halloween, I start daydreamining about candy! When I was a kid, I was a total hoarder: I’d pick out my favorites and set them aside for later, eating my way through the less desireables first. (Raisins went directly into the trash.) What kind of a sweets eater are you? And don’t even pretend like you haven’t been looking forward to the satisfying weight of a full bag at the end of the night!
In celebration of our impending sugar highs, I’ve gathered up descriptions of candy from some of my favorite books. Can you match the quotes with their sources? I’ll reveal the answers after Halloween!
1. “When they say every flavor, they mean every flavor — you know, you get all the ordinary ones like chocolate and peppermint and marmlade, but then you can get spinach and liver and tripe. [Name withheld for trivia purposes] reckons he had a booger-flavored one once.”
2. At the end of Harper Avenue they stopped and both ate an M&M, agreeing that the color blue had a rare and mysterious taste.
3. [Name withheld for trivia purposes] thrust his hand into his sock again, and pulled out a nickel’s
worth of horehound candy. He bit off the end of one stick. The outside
melted like maple sugar, but the inside was hard and could be sucked
4. I ate my Littmus Lozenge slow. It tasted good. It tasted like root beer
and strawberry and something else I didn’t have a name for, something
that made me feel kind of sad.
5. [Name withheld for trivia purposes] grabbed it and quickly tore off the wrapper and took an enormous bite. Then he took another . . . and another . . . and oh, the joy of being able to cram large pieces of something sweet and solid into one’s mouth! The sheer blissful joy of being able to fill one’s mouth with rich solid food!
Because of Winn-Dixie
by Kate DiCamillo
by Laura Ingalls Wilder
by Blue Balliett
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
by Roald Dahl
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
by J. K. Rowling
— Karen, STACKS Staffer