Learn to make these delightfully spooky stone spiders as a Halloween craft.
Halloween is about family, friends and neighbors, a bit of good candy, and lots of good memories. It's definitely one of my favorites.

Halloween posts began haunting the Bloggernacle near the first of October. Here are some of the best to get you excited for family fun, Halloween style!

Now I’m not one for spooky stories that so often accompany this season, but I couldn’t pass up this wonderful Halloween-themed story “that starts with entrails and ends up with lots of dead people (but) is still uplifting.” Here is a snippet (but really, go read it!): “I found a kind of hypnotic peace tracing my family lines back and across through time, trying to pronounce their names, reading every speck of information about them. I felt like all of us, my family back and back and back in time, (were) cheering (my husband) Chris on, to wherever God wanted him to get to, and rooting for me as well through this trying time.” Awesomely done.

And now for a contrast, one blogger describes his special fondness for Halloween in this thought-provoking essay on “Halloween and the Extended Christmas Season.” He explains, “For me, Isaiah 13 is to Halloween what Luke 2 is to Christmas: the scripture that captures the spirit of the holiday.” And the part of Halloween that “speaks to me, is the Halloween that celebrates inevitability, the littleness of human power and the vastness of our universe; of emptiness and death…and of its accompanying peace and tranquility,” so well illustrated by that above scripture. Cool. Click in to read the entire piece.

And yet this blogger calls “Boo Humbug” on Halloween. She outlines why the costumes, candy, decorations, and even terror and violence are all reasons “I don’t like Halloween.” And with 42 comments and counting, other bloggers are weighing in, some agreeing, others not, and still others, like this commenter who used to hate Halloween, but now likes it, because “for me, Halloween is about family, friends and neighbors, a bit of good candy, and lots of good memories. It’s definitely one of my favorites. I suppose that now that my oldest children are nearly teenagers that a lot of that might change, but I hope we can keep Halloween as a great holiday.” Click in to weigh in.

And it wouldn’t be Halloween without some yummy treats and tricks. I found this recipe for “Jack-o'-lantern Rice Krispie Treats,” with look absolutely delightful (and easy to make). Or if you’re looking for some more savory fare, here is a whole “Great Pumpkin Week” of recipes that lead up to Halloween. Find “Pumpkin Patch Knot Rolls,” “Pumpkin Dip” and even “Pumpkin Face Stew.” Mmm! And for a trick, make this “Simple Halloween Craft: Spooky Stone Spiders.” Or if those are too spooky, she scroll down for her kid variation: “Silly Stone Spiders.” Love it!

Now let me startle you with other powerful posts from this last week in the Bloggernacle:

Power pick: Which members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints made the “Forbes 400” annual list? Kent Larsen takes a look. While verifying that his wife and children are LDS Church members, Steven Udvar-Hzy is likely the top Mormon on the list, Larsen explains. And “others on the list have moved around also since this past May. Richard Peery has jumped from #5 among Mormons to #3, while the Marriott brothers have dropped and switched positions.” Click in for his full fascinating analysis.

Techie tip: Have you heard about the new “LDS Music Mobile App”? It is the awesome new mobile phone app that “lets you browse and search "Hymns" and "The Children’s Songbook," read the words and sheet music, listen to accompaniments…access the words, music and audio with your mobile device and not just on the web at” How awesome is that? Plus there are plans to expand the app to include “music from Seminary video soundtracks and Young Women camp songs, incorporating new features like playlists and audio controls, and making the application available in several languages, starting with Spanish, French and Portuguese.” I also found this “Mobile Apps Infographic,” which is a handy way to view all six official LDS Church mobile apps. Print it out for your meetinghouse bulletin board today!

Emily Warburton Jensen loves searching through the LDS blog world for developments and testimonies that best capture the ever-evolving LDS online experience. Email: