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Dear Readers, we hope you will enjo y Top-Mag's latest Halloween edition! horror-ific Whether it's booging with your gh a spooktakular pa oulish friends at rty, whipping up so me revolting recipe feast, waiting to s for a midnight sink your teeth in to the latest terr just feel like laug or-ific reads or hing your head of f to some hallowee has every last bit n jokes, this issue of Halloween cove red. Have a happy. halloween!! ..I mean horrible

The Vampire Bat These amazing creatures are (as you will learn) one of the strangest bats that ever lived. Unlike other bats, the Vampire bat, can walk, run and jump! There are three species of vampire bat one feeds on cows, pigs, horses and birds, the other two feed only on birds.These bats are so silent that they can feed on an animal for more than thirty minutes without being detected. One of the species is about 9 cms long with the wing span of as much as 18 cms. Vampire bats are the only bats that have a special 'thumb' at the back of their legs for taking off and gripping onto cows. They also have heat sensors on their nose to detect a good spot to feed. Vampire bats have such good eyesight that they can see their prey from 130 meters away! If you're scared one of these little vamps might give you a bite, then stay out of sight, on Halloween night! by Caoilte Brennan

, in case you didnt know, is The definition of a Vampire er that terrorizes humans. sically a blood-sucking monst ba

ctically e in the 18th century but pra They only really got their nam or them ('Vrykolokas' in Greece every nation had a name for se ore this time. Legends of the 'strigoi' in Romania) long bef re made stern europe where they we creatures were frequent in we Thon wn books as 'The Vampyre' by famous through such well kno y 'Dracula' by Bram Stoker. Polidoris and the one and onl la' roduce you to the true 'Dracu eaking of which, I'd like to int Sp er after lunatic prince who seized pow also known as Vlad Dracul, a n (by turned his kingdom upside dow his father's death, Vlad, and rything in nd people and destroying eve murdering around ten thousa , the impaler' and, as legend has path). He was nicknamed 'Vlad his s run midst of his screaming victim it he enjoyed his dinner in the lk about spike fixed to the ground (ta through by a pointed wooden a dinner and a show)!! , we all have our own tastes. But ll, I can't judge him after all We put would too) would definitely be personally, I (and I'm sure you of my supper! Brennan

By Creevan

To kill a Werewolf you mu st have a weapon made of silver on the other hand, if you wa nt to become one (for so me weird reason) you either have to be born one or be bit ten by one. Over time, directors ha ve made dozens of movie s about werewolves such as 'Wolf man' or The most famous Werew olf of all is Peter Stubb, a deranged maniac murdering people gruesomely around 1582 . People say that he had a 'magic gir dle' and clothed himself in wolf skin. He was eventually put to death and was named th e 'Werewolf of Bedburg' (for the re cord, Bedburg is a small town in Germany).

The 'Werewolf' legend dates back to the 16th ce ntury, even before Vampires!! The wo rld werewolf is derived from the old English wer which mean s man and wulf (the old spelling of wolf).

Werewolves are enchan ted human beings that, every full moon, transform int o ferocious wolves.

By Creeven Brennan

Shepherds living near Sibiu in Transylvania make a trip to a mountain close by to the town called Mount Jina. They make Balmos which is traditional Transylvanian food and then tell tales of legends such as one that tells of Romanians sheltered from invaders on the top of Mount Jina and that they were guided there by fairies and outlaws. The shepherds hold many competitions once on top of Mount Jina like a sheep-milking contest, a wool clipping contest and making of the best cheese. It is an annual celebration and is loved by many shepherds in Transylvania. By Ryan Curley
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Skuldugge ry Pleasan t is a grea and gripp t ing story o f a y o un g te e n a g e g irl called Stephanie Edgerly w hos uncle w a s m ur d mysteriou e re d sly. Steph anie meet s tr a n g e m sa a n wh o c o vers hims up to disg elf uise the f a c t th a t h actually a e is living ske leton. He skeleton d is a etective c alled Skuldugge ry Pleasan t a nd h e a Stephanie nd a re o n a q ue s t t o s e w h o m ur d e e r e d S te p hanies un If you lik cle. e a grippin g thriller this un-pu th e n t - d o wn - a b le series f o r y o u. T is he series g o e s up t o seven dif fe r e n t Sk ulduggery novels.

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Chocolate Cup s:These delicious treats are a bit tri cky to make but they re delicious ! This will serve 10 people .

10 balloons About 5 bars of chocolate String A pin Chopped up fruit Sweets

1. First blow up a ll the balloons a little bit. Tie the ends.

Then, melt the ch ocolate and dip the balloons in ch ocolate until each is half cove red. Then tie the top of each ba lloon to a piece of string. 2. Hang them fro m somewhere hig h up to dry. Whe n they re comple tely dry,using the pin, pop the ba lloon and pull it out of the choc olate. 3. You should ha ve a per fect cup shape, ma de of chocolate ! Fill each one with sweets and fruit and give them to people when they re leaving yo ur party.

1. First, roll out the t 2mm short-crust to abou e pastr y thick. Then cut th

s. into long, thin strip e strips 2. Wrap th ages around your saus l gap and leave a smal mies where your mum . face is going to be 3. Stick 2 black each peppercorns into and face for the eyes es in the cook the sausag oven.

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Why didnt the skeleton go swimming? Because he had no body to go with. What do devils drink? Demonade

enough for your Cut a hole, big s eet. Put streak head, in the sh es in random plac of fake blood en put it over all over it. Th a youre instantly your head and spooky ghost!

sheet A plain white Fake blood Scissors

P ut y o ur c a p e a r o un d y o u. Paint y o ur f a c e w hite with da rk circles unde r y o ur e y e s . T h en , p ut o n y o ur hat, get on y o ur broomstick a nd fly away to do some serious scaring! By Anna Barnw ell

A witches hat A long, blac k cape A sweeping b r us h o r a broomstick if y o u h a ve o n e White and black face pa int

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W IC K E D W I TCH

What did a ghost say to his friend? Get a life dude

What did the cannibal say when he saw someone asleep? Aah! Breakfast in bed

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