I’m still finding Halloween items at some of my favorite stores. It’s not all grade-A material, but if you’re looking to satisfy your Halloween fix – you know, just to tide you over – then let me suggest checking out the following stores:
I’m not sure if your Kohl’s is the same as mine, but my local store has a whole section of clearance merchandise tucked away in a random home decor and bedding aisle. If you’re up for some spelunking, you should be able to find something to your liking. Maybe a placemat or two.
Barnes & Noble
Being the sales guru I am, I know that Barnes & Noble stores do a seasonal clearance at least twice a year, usually at the very beginning of the year after the holidays are over and then again somewhere in the middle. I went to scope out the sitch a few days ago and was quite pleasantly surprised to find a few fun goodies.
They also had this cool book that let you create your own zombie out of their flip pages:
Check out this cool one I made:
Those two stores are the best I’ve found for having old items still hanging around, but you should also check out clearance sections anywhere including Michael’s, Tuesday Morning, and many more.
Of course, if none of that does it for you, just make your own post-season Halloween crafts and feel good knowing that Halloween is only a short 284 days away…
For all the horror movie fans out there like myself, 2017 is going to be a fun year. We’ve got a lot of new ideas to enjoy and some old favorites to revisit. Here’s the list:
|Movie Title||IMDb Link||Release Date|
|Underworld: Blood Wars||IMDb||January 6|
|The Bye Bye Man||IMDb||January 13|
|Resident Evil: The Final Chapter||IMDb||January 27|
|Patient Zero||IMDb||February 17|
|Get Out||IMDb||February 24|
|The Belko Experiment||IMDb||March 17|
|The Void||IMDb||April 7|
|Phoenix Forgotten||IMDb||April 21|
|Alien: Covenant||IMDb||May 19|
|It Comes at Night||IMDb||June 9|
|The Mummy||IMDb||June 9|
|47 Meters Down||IMDb||June 23|
|Amityville: The Awakening||IMDb||June 30|
|Wish Upon||IMDb||June 30|
|The Dark Tower||IMDb||July 28|
|Annabelle 2||IMDb||August 11|
|Friend Request||IMDb||September 22|
|Insidious: Chapter 4||IMDb||October 20|
|God Particle||IMDb||October 27|
|Saw: Legacy||IMDb||October 27|
|He's Out There||IMDb||December 1|
|Keep Watching||IMDb||TBD 2017|
Sequels, remakes, and reboots are everywhere you look, but I’m not complaining. Jason Voorhees gets to drop in for a visit in October along with Jigsaw, and the new It movie really has my interest. What movies are you looking forward to most in 2017?
UPDATE MARCH 18, 2017: The list has been updated after consulting IMDb to see what I’ve missed. You might notice that the newest Friday the 13th movie has been removed. I’m sorry to say that it’s been cancelled due to the poor performance of Rings. I know, I know. I’m sad, too, but we still have many horror movies to keep us busy this year.
Well, I hope everyone has had a great couple of months. I took a bit of a longer break than planned, but it’s time to get back to bidness.
I’ll be posting at least once a week, more if I am able to fit it in. Make sure you follow my blog and facebook page for updates, and check back here soon for a list of upcoming horror movies for the year. There’s going to be a lot of them, so you better count for an increase in your entertainment budget for the year. See you soon!
I hope everyone had a fantastic, super-awesome, terrifying (in a good way), fun, eventful Halloween. I dressed up as a clown, and – guess what? – no one shot me! I was also the recipient of several compliments about my yard, so I was very pleased.
Now, it’s time to count down to next year’s Halloween celebration. I’ll be posting about movies, scary stories, creepy events, etc… throughout the year, but I’m taking the month of November off for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writers Month). Wish me luck!
Check back in December for new posts! Until then, check out my past posts for fun lists, DIY projects, and more. As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment or contact me through the contact page.
Halloween is just days away, and I hope you all have everything ready for the big night. I’m currently on vacation in the Big Easy, so – don’t be jealous – I might be on a ghost tour as you’re reading this. I’ve had to get things ready a little early this year because of my vacay, and since I made a checklist to ensure I wouldn’t leave anything out, I thought I’d share with everyone.
Candy – Go big if you can. This is some kids’ favorite night of the year, and a full-size candy bar makes it that much…sweeter (I couldn’t resist).
Teal Pumpkin – Some children have deadly allergies, so they can’t partake in the usual sweet treats this time of year. Thanks to the Teal Pumpkin Project, you’ve got a way to help them out. Set out a teal pumpkin and provide non-food treats so that everyone can participate.
Costume – Have all parts of your costume ready. You definitely don’t want to venture out to a Halloween store on the day. It’s a freakin’ madhouse.
Jack O’ Lantern – You definitely don’t want to forget your carved pumpkin because you don’t want the spirits messing with you.
Decorations – For god’s sakes, put out something creepy. It’s not hard. Spiderwebs are so easy. Foam tombstones are super-cheap. I just don’t see enough Halloween decorations nowadays, and it just makes me sad.
Food – If you’re having a party, check out Pinterest for some great ideas for creepy appetizers and deadly desserts. Or if you want to go easy, make sure you order pizza way ahead of time. Halloween is one of the busiest nights for pizza places. Don’t call too late.
Shopping List – I don’t know about you, but the day after Halloween is my biggest shopping day of the year.
I hope everyone is ready for the big night!
Looking for an easy dessert for your Halloween party? Look no further than the cupcake. They’re easy to make, and with some Halloween-themed cupcake holders and a little bit of icing and candy, you can make a creepy and disgusting (looking) treat.
Check out this ghost cupcake I made with just a little bit of chocolate and vanilla icings. All you need to do is freehand a blob. I happened to have some Halloween sprinkles on hand, so the eyes and mouth were crazy simple.
This is also the time of year you can find some gross-looking candy, so put it to good use. I was looking for some gummy body parts, but I happened upon some eye gum balls that I opted to use instead.
I made two different types with the eyes. I used some food coloring to make a nasty green icing and layered that atop a dark chocolate cupcake. Add some sprinkles and the gumball, and you’ve got a cauldron:
I also just really felt like making some edible blood, so these vanilla cupcakes turned out really nice:
The Walking Dead spoiler alert!!! I made these in honor of fallen hero Glen’s death. Poor guy. I don’t know about you, but that hit me hard.
I hope you have fun with your Halloween treats!
Last week, my husband stumbled upon a movie cash code that I thought was lost forever, and when I redeemed it online, I learned that it expired at the end of the month. That didn’t give me much time, and since it’s so close to Halloween, I couldn’t NOT go to a horror movie. That would have been stupid.
My choices were limited as Boo! A Madea Halloween and Ouija: Origin of Evil are the only horror movies in theaters right now (side note: What the hell is up with that?). I gravitate toward scarier, of course, so Ouija it was.
I have to say that the movie very much exceeded my expectations. I enjoyed the first one to an extent because I will pretty much like any horror movie I watch, but it wasn’t the greatest. Just your average teen ghost/supernatural thriller. It had a few scares, but overall it wasn’t anything to freak out about. This one was a different story. It had a creepy plot and didn’t rely solely on jump scares to frighten the audience.
Warning: Here Be Spoilers
I’m not going to go into too much detail here. The actresses and actors involved did a wonderful job, but the standout performance of the movie was Lulu Wilson, who starred as Doris. If you remember the first movie, that is the ghost’s name from the original. Doris, like many creepy kids in horror movies, started off cute and just went downhill really quickly after messing with a – dun dun DUN! – Ouija board. If you weren’t already aware, that was a mistake.
I guess I just didn’t file the original in my brain for very long because I didn’t get until almost the end that these characters were actually connected to the original movie. I felt pretty stupid, but it also made me enjoy the movie a lot more since I had one of those “Oooohhhh” moments as the movie was reaching its height,
I am completely fine with horror movies that don’t have a very happy ending, so the ending of this movie was – I felt – very appropriate and enjoyable. My mom disagrees, but I think it takes something away from the creepiness of a film to have everything work out just right. Since I finally realized near the end that these were the same characters, I figured out where it was heading, and I thought they did a great job of playing it out.
I also want to point out the nod to The Exorcist when the priest, played by Henry Thomas, stops outside the Zander home with his bag of religious goodies. I love shit like that.
My recommendation is that you go watch this one in theaters to celebrate the holiday. I’m a fan, and it even made me want to watch the first movie again.
It’s almost time to break out the costumes, candy, and party food, people! It’s also time to make sure you have the right tunes to set the mood for your Halloween party. I’ve put together a list of songs that remind me of my favorite holiday – from movie themes to monster titles to straight Halloween songs. I hope this helps you set the mood.
(Don’t Fear) The Reaper – Blue Oyster Cult
(Ghost) Riders in the Sky – Johnny Cash
Abracadabra – Steve Miller Band or Sugar Ray
Addams Family Groove – Mc Hammer
Bad Moon Rising – Credence Clearwater Revival
Bad Things – Jace Everett
Beetle Juice theme – Danny Elfman
Black Magic Woman – Fleetwood Mac
Burn the Witch – Queens of the Stone Age
Creep – Radiohead
Dead Man’s Party – Oingo Boingo
The Devil Went Down to Georgia – Charlie Daniels Band
Dragula – Rob Zombie
Enter Sandman – Metallica
Feed My Frankenstein – Alice Cooper
Ghostbusters – Ray Parker Jr.
Halloween (Michael Myers ) theme – John Carpenter
Halloween – The Misfits
Halloweenhead – Ryan Adams
Highway to Hell – AC/DC
Hotel California – Eagles
Howlin’ for You – The Black Keys
Hush, Hush, Hush Here Comes the Bogeyman – Henry Hall
I Put a Spell on You – Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
I’m Your Boogie Man – KC and the Sunshine Band
Jeepers Creepers – Louis Armstrong
Living Dead Girl – Rob Zombie
Love Potion NO. 9 – The Searchers
Monster – Kanye West (ft. Jay-Z and Nicki Minaj)
Monster Mash – Bobby ‘Boris’ Pickett & the Crypt-Kickers
Paint It Black – Rolling Stones
People Are Strange – The Doors
Pet Sematary – Ramones
Psycho Killer – Talking Heads
Red Right Hand – Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Runnin’ with the Devil – Van Halen
Season of the Witch – Donovan
She Blinded Me wits Science – Thomas Dolby
Sleepy Hollow theme – Danny Elfman
Somebody’s Watching Me – Rockwell
Superstition – Stevie Wonder
Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) – Marilyn Manson or Eurythmics
Tales from the Crypt theme – Danny Elfman
This Is Halloween – Danny Elfman (Nightmare Before Christmas)
Thriller – Michael Jackson
Time Warp – Little Nell (Rocky Horror Picture Show)
Trick or Treat – Otis Redding
Tubular Bells Part 1 – Mike Oldfield (The Exorcist)
Walk Like a Zombie – Horrorpops
Werewolves of London – Warren Zevon
When the Man Comes Around – Johnny Cash
Who Do You Voodoo, Bitch – Sam B (Dead Island soundtrack)
Witchcraft – Frank Sinatra
Witchy Woman – Eagles
Zombie – The Cranberries
It’s no secret that I love Dollar Tree, and one of the reasons I love it so, so much for my Halloween shopping is that you can make so many of their items look more expensive with only a little bit of work.
Of all the Halloween items they carry, their skulls are my favorite. I always pick up a few each year. This year, just to help you out, I bought a few more than usual to play around with. But with them being just a dollar, it was totally worth it.
5 Ways to Use a Dollar Tree Skull
1. Use metallic spray paint to make your skulls look at home in any chic Halloween setup.
2. Who doesn’t love a sugar skull? Spray paint a skull white and go to town with multicolored sharpies, paint pens, stickers, and jewels. It’ll look great at any Day of the Dead celebration.
3. Transform a skull into a mini jack-o-lantern by carving it with a craft knife. Insert a flameless tea light and – voila! – glowing skull! You can even spray paint it orange for a faux skull pumpkin or other colors to match your decor.
4. Make your skull look gross and creepy – and much more like a high-end prop – by using the corpsing technique I outlined here.
5. Grab a few items you probably already have on hand and make this cool hanging ghost. Read the tutorial here.
SO. MUCH. FUN. I hope you try out a few of these projects because you’ll be missing out if you don’t. Let me know how your projects work out in the comments. Happy Haunting!