As a devoted, if fiscally constrained, collector of oddities, when I learned about the existence of “Haunted Honey” I knew that I had to have some of it. I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to bring myself to open it and consume any of it, though. Not because of where it comes from—the inside of a tomb—but because my primary purpose for purchasing the product is its intrinsic value as a collectible, not its viability as a foodstuff. I’m sure it tastes delicious, or would taste delicious, but methinks it’s too valuable to eat—even though you can purchase your own Haunted Honey for a reasonable price, too!
(Then again, I did receive my Haunted Honey in two containers, a larger and a smaller one. I could open the smaller one and eat the honey, and keep the larger one for the bookshelf. Hmmm…winner!)
So how did this honey come to be haunted, anyway? I spoke with Craig, the owner and head beekeeper at Bee Guyz, and asked that very question. Here’s what he told me: “I’ve been doing honeybee removals for about 17 or 18 years and also taking them out of cemeteries for about 15 years. There are not many people that are willing to go inside of cemeteries and do things like that…We are a specialty service. Out of all of the years of doing grave removals we’ve always kept the honey and the wax. Neither ever goes bad so no reason to waste it. About 5 years ago I decided I wanted to try our hand at marketing it but never fully committed to the idea. This year I decided around August that I was finally going to pull the trigger in October to start off the Halloween season. The rest is history for us now!”