Monday, October 28, 2013

The Pied Piper of Leftover Candy: The Halloween/Day of the Dead Blog Hop

You've all heard of the Pied Piper of Hamelin, a 13th century exterminator who rid the town of its rats by playing his pipe and leading them into the river.  (No.  This isn't him.)

When the mayor stiffed the Pied Piper for the job, the Pied Piper also relieved the town of all its children.

This is the Pied Piper of leftover Halloween candy.

Due to the lack of prehensile thumbs (and the fact that he is tone deaf), he doesn't play a pipe to lead the leftover candy away.  He uses his charms and some signals he picked up when he learned to ride a bicycle.

After all the "good" candy in the Halloween sack has been gobbled down, there always remain some less tempting treats.

Many of those are still consumed in the post Halloween days, and might be thought of as training for Thanksgiving gluttony.

But inevitably, there are pieces that are never eaten.  The bag is stuffed in some cupboard, perhaps behind the half-finished bottle of Peppermint Schnapps, where it gathers dust and ants and other creatures for which a Pied Piper might be useful.

The Pied Piper of Leftover Candy arrives by night and gives a secret signal to the once-licked lollipops and hardened bubble gum.

Then the leftover candy rises up and follows him.  

He works through the night, much like Santa Claus, collecting the uneaten, the unwanted, the untasty, the simply forgotten.

And where do you think he takes them?

Nope.  Not Candyland.  That's a game, not a destination.

He takes them to a long-ago faraway abandoned old candy factory...

 ...where they enter rehab and discuss abandonment issues with other leftover candy.

The reminisce about the old sugar cane plantation where they were born.

The Pied Piper of Leftover Candy doesn't just appear after Halloween.  He has been known to lead other leftover candy to to sanctuary and a place to renew sugar content.

The rest of the year he likes to put his feet up...

...or just relax.

The Pied Piper of Leftover Candy can be a Halloween ornament or a seasonal pendant.  Or you might just need a Pied Piper after the holiday.  He was made with lampwork glass beads created by Gus of Florida Lampwork, wire wrapped with sterling silver, and set off with Czech seed beads, cat's eye beads,  and a Swarovski crystal.

He will be available at the EHAG Emporium on October 31st, at 9 PM EST.

He is part of the Suburban Girl Halloween/Day of the Dead Jewelry Blog Hop.

He can lead you to the other exciting entries in the blog hop.  Follow him:

Kathleen Breeding

Dianne Miller

Lisa Liddy

Toltec Jewels

Laura Medeiros

Veralynne Malone

Jenny Davies-Reazor

Stephanie LaRosa

Nicole Valentine Rimmer

Sarajo Wentling

You are here: Eleanor Burian-Mohr

Dawn M. Gallop


  1. Bwahahahaha - GREAT post! LOVE it!

  2. The BEST blog post in the hop - you had me giggling madly! Love your little man, he's wonderful!!!!

  3. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE .. your piper is awesome and I loved reading your post.

    1. Thank you, Tanya. Give him a call when you hit the leftover candy stage.

  4. He's adorable and this was one of the cutest blog posts! Thanks for participating!

    1. Thanks for hosting such a fun hop, Diana. I really enjoyed seing the diversity of pieces. Cool creating all around.

  5. LMAO!!! I loved reading this post - so funny!!! hehe And he is SO cute.

    1. Thanks, Karen. Keep his number for when the old candy starts to pile up. ;-)

  6. LOL!!!! He is toooo cute!! What a great post thanks for sharing! Happy Halloween!

  7. Great post( I just hate people that can write too!) Candy Corn man is sooooo cute. Love the two-holed beads used for the rib cage.

    1. I can't tell you how thrilled I was to find those beads. They work WAY better than buttons.

  8. Adorable post and story!! you made my day!

  9. What a fun post! Love the candy corn head.

    1. Gus whimsey at its finest. His beads always make me smile.

  10. LOL - Love your story and your little candy corn man. You are creative in more ways than one! Cheers!
    Lori in Atlanta

  11. Cute and funny story and pendant!

  12. What a delightful post and creation! I'm smiling. Good job!

  13. Made me laugh!

    But seriously. - no leftovers for this little guy at my house. ;)

  14. I love your Candyman, he is just adorable!