31 Nights of Halloween: Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001)

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The highly-anticipated first glimpse into the wonderful world of Hogwarts did not disappoint and I still find it to be pure magic to this day. The acting from the kids wasn’t amazing but pretty adorable and the star-studded cast of seasoned actors definitely made up for it. This is probably my least favorite book in the saga but one of my most-watched adaptations. I love the aesthetic of this movie, from the cozy dorm scenes to the creepy Forbidden Forest, it’s the book come to life. These movies also seem timeless given the absence of technology and current events, it’s easy to get immersed in the fantasy. From the costumes to the special effects, I think this one is absolutely delightful.

I think everyone knows the story line, Harry Potter who was orphaned as a baby finds out he is a wizard and is whisked away from his miserable living situation among the muggles. He meets his best friends Ron and Hermione, arch rival Malfoy and even the wizard responsible for the death of his parents. Is it the best plot, not really but we do get to meet a ton of important characters and learn about more about Harry’s history. This one is definitely the most kid-friendly installment and it’s just a ton of fun all around. Harry Potter fanatic or not, I recommend.

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Check out what else I’m watching: 31 Nights of Halloween Watch List

Spooky Tag P. III

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And here we are, as they say, all good things must come to an end!

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I would rather be trick-or-treating but I don’t think it’s socially acceptable at my age. Also, what is the trunk-or-treating about?! There were way less street lights when I was a kid and we went house to house. Kids are getting too soft.

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The choices are your cliche roles in most horror movies; final girl, the first to die, the comic relief, the skeptic, the smart one or the killer. I would definitely be the killer, it’s always the one that you least suspect.

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Not usually but I’ve also watched many horror movies a ridiculous amount of times and some of the shock value has probably worn off.

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The choices being; the person who yells at the characters, the person with their eyes covered or the person who falls asleep. Probably yelling or falling asleep, I’m unsure of how that works 😛

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Neither, I don’t like scaring people!

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The Shining is hands down the most terrifying book ever written. I honestly do not think that the film adaptation did it justice. Some of the most unsettling events aren’t even in the movie or were poorly done in comparison.

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Probably too young. Kids will never know the art and thrill of conning their grandparents into getting you horror movies from Blockbuster. You just showed them the one that didn’t have the original movie sleeve and they were none the wiser.

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The first one that I can remember was, you guessed it, a cat.

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I am feeling a bit uninspired after the time spent on my costume last year and am seriously considering busting out the cats ears. I’ll probably come up with something else but we’ll see.

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I already have my Halloween cats! I think I’m secretly a cat…

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That does it for this tag, what are you dressing up as for Halloween? Are you a costume at work kinda person, let me know!

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31 Nights of Halloween: Creepshow (1982)

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Admittedly, I didn’t know that the 2019 Creepshow series was based on this feature length anthology, written by Stephen King (who even stars in one of the stories). I thought that the series was really good but knew I had to check out the original and this Twilight Zone meets Tales from the Crypt mash-up did not disappoint.

The flick starts out where all good horror films do, a child seeking revenge on a dirtbag parent. In this case, Billy is furious with his father for tossing his Creepshow comic and while sitting in his room is visited by the main comic book character come to life. The Creep then takes us on a journey full of 5 sordid tales. From the revenge of a murdered father risen from the grave, to an alien parasite – this one has everything. The tone is definitely comedic while still being genuinely creepy. I think that my favorite stories were Father’s Day, (a bitter old man is offed by his scheming daughter who then manages to bring him back to life by accident. He kills the entire family and enjoys a delicious and terrifying Father’s Day cake) and The Crate (a crate containing an Arctic monster is found on a college campus. After killing a few people, one of the college professors uses his wife as bait to lure the monster back into its crate and yes, she dies).

Finally, in the  closing scene we see Billy finally getting revenge on his abusive father by means of a voodoo doll. I loved it, if you like the aesthetic of 80’s horror flicks then you’ll enjoy this. All of the stories are brilliant in their own right, they aren’t too short or too long and it’s an all around fun watch. If you haven’t checked out the reboot, I definitely recommend as well!

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Check out what else I’m watching: 31 Nights of Halloween Watch List

Spooky Tag P. II

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Welcome back to spooky season on my blog! What are you doing to get into the spirit of the season? Do you have any decorations up, are you working on a costume? Let me know & let’s jump into to the second part of this Halloween themed tag!

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Absolutely, I truly believe that there are multiple dimensions that we are existing in concurrently to this one. There’s just too much that humans don’t understand about the space-time continuum to believe otherwise, I think it’s the foolhardiness of the human ego that prevents us from opening our minds to phenomenons outside of our own existence. Welcome to my TED Talk 😛 I think that the doppelganger occurrence is actually tears in the space-time continuum – debate me.

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Nothing comes to mind, I don’t think I would be a potion kind of bwitch – I just get this feeling that I would rely more heavily on incantations, curses, etc. Do you ever wonder what kind of witch you’d be? Are you watching that Salem show, I’m having a hard time getting into it – I find anything about the witch trials to be deeply saddening.

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Not usually, even though I tend to believe in things that I can’t see, I’m pretty skeptical. Someone could kick my front door in and I’d be like – are you sure?

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Yes, and it was very anti-climactic. For some reason, as a kid, I thought that the point of the game was to summon the Bloody Mary as in the Catholic queen who executed a ton of protestants. I just didn’t find it scary because I was Catholic, clearly I would be spared. I don’t think that’s what the point of the game is though…

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Eh, not necessarily. I think that pure evil does exist and demons, hell, the devil are just a way of trying to separate that evil from the human existence. Some people are just evil, it’s hard to understand but creating this fantasy won’t change that. I often say that there are many things that I would sell my soul for but I just don’t believe in the devil.

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Probably nothing, I can rationalize most anything and would talk myself out of hearing anything. That being said, I also live in a top floor apartment and might get more spooked alone in a house but I’m not sure.

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The Birds, I love how chic everyone in that movie is and at the end of the day, they are just birds. I feel that I would have a pretty good chance at surviving. Honestly, probably any Hitchcock movie, everyone just looked so dapper.

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Probably a cat, hear me out, it is a surprisingly versatile costume. It works for young and old alike, now I can wear leggings, pleather, a cute leotard and I can just dress up in some sweats and ears when I’m 80. It works on so many levels.

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Been there, done that. I find graveyards to be very peaceful unless you’re in the deep south where there are such beautiful graveyards but they feel different. Nothing against the south, many tragic events in US history have taken place there. The graveyards I’ve been to felt restless, they effected me differently. Did I mention that I like to visit graveyards, mostly for the historical value.

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Eh, hiding…? I have seen enough zombie movies to know that nothing works. I think I would just hide as far away from civilization as I could. Also, have you ever wondered how effective wild animals would be at taking out zombies? Like, maybe just acquire an army of bears as I don’t think they would be as susceptible to the zombie disease. Or would they be? Then your army of bears just turns on you…?

That wraps it up for par deux, I hope you enjoyed!

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31 Nights of Halloween: Thinner (1996)

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This movie is not great, in fact, it’s probably one of the worst movies I have ever watched. The thing is, it’s based on one of my most-appreciated Stephen King books. It is such a fantastically creepy tale of karma meted out with old-world Gypsy magic and yet the film is just fat suits and cheap wigs. The special effects are so distractedly terrible that it’s hard to believe this was released as recently as 1996. Anyway, I still watch it most every year because I’m just a glutton for punishment.

Billy Halleck is an obnoxious, corrupt sleaze-ball lawyer who makes his scratch defending the dregs of the underworld and just happens to be obese. On the way home from celebrating a murder acquittal, he runs over a local Gypsy woman named Suzanne Lempke. While Billy does go to trial, his friends in the judicial system spare him any real punishment. Enter Tadzu, Suzanne’s father who refuses to let Billy get away with murder and curses him by simply whispering thinner. And you guessed it, Billy boy starts wasting away at an alarming rate (and for some reason starts looking reptilian). At first, he chalks it up to recent lifestyle changes but as he becomes increasingly gaunt, he knows the old man’s curse took. So, he does what any jerk trying to get away with murder does, he calls in the mob. The recently acquitted crime boss, Richie ‘The Hammer’ Ginelli goes with Billy to the gypsy camp to reason with Tadzu to no avail. Finally, Tadzu whips up a pie and tells Billy that if someone eats the pie, they will die and Billy will be spared. So he takes it home and feeds it to his wife who soon dies, unfortunately, his daughter also falls casualty to the tainted pie. Billy decides to eat the pie himself until his wife’s suspected lover shows up and we can assume from the closing shot that he ate the pie and Billy is spared.

What is the moral of this story, literally no idea. The guy killed numerous people, was still mostly an asshole by the end of the movie and overall it just leaves a bad taste in your mouth – like bloody, strawberry pie 😛 It’s poorly acted, the costumes are terrible, the script is clunky and a total disparagement of the book. Somehow, it’s just become a classic in its own terrible way. Should you watch it, yeah, it’s kind of a romp.

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Check out what else I’m watching: 31 Nights of Halloween Watch List

Fall Tag & 31 Nights of Halloween Watch List

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Call me corny but I still love a good tag and figured it would be the perfect way to kick off all of the Halloween content to come. Summer apparently isn’t going out without a fight and we’re supposed to see a high of 84 today…but I’m not letting the unseasonable weather kill my vibe!

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I love warm scents as soon as the weather turns cool; vanilla, cinnamon, balsam, camp fires, coffee and yes, even leather. I’m still off the jar candles but if I had to choose any one candle that embodies fall for me, it has to be Nature’s Wick Bonfire Nights.

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I would have to say my preference is for pumpkin stuff, I don’t associate apples with fall. I love an apple crisp at any time of year but only start reaching for pumpkin when the weather turns. Also, I have to say that my drink of choice has been the Iced Pumpkin Pie latte from Caribou, they have hands down the best pumpkin flavoring!

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The fashion! I admittedly dress like a complete slob in the summer, linen pants, cotton tops, sandals – I just cannot be bothered but come fall, you’d think I’d undergone a Devil Wears Prada make over.

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I love an overcast fall day, I spend them reading, cooking, cleaning, taking a walk through the leaves. I actually enjoy being outside more in the fall and winter than I do the summer.

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Halloween, we didn’t really do the Thanksgiving thing when I was kid – the whole genocide issue…I just find Halloween to be less problematic although, I won’t pass on stuffing.

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There’s a lot of things that I do at this time of year but getting out the flannel bedding always feels very fall-esque. I changed all of the bedding this weekend and will probably pay for it later but it feels so cozy.

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Farms and graveyards. I live in an area where the rural areas are being developed into your standard, mundane, milquetoast, American neighborhoods completely lacking in authenticity and culture. It just makes me sad to see the people who built America sell their livelihoods to software developers. As the farms sit vacant and the old homesteads are gutted, they make for some sad but poignant photos. I signed up for Find a Grave this summer, people will post graves that they are looking for and people in the area can go take photos for them. It’s really interesting and there are some beautiful graveyards in the Twin Cities.

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Back to school! I tend to get a little melancholy this time of year knowing that I will probably never set foot on another campus as a student. My university does an alumni day right about this time of year though and I always go if I can, I just love that old campus.

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Turtlenecks! Call me crazy but I think turtlenecks are the most subtly seductive piece of clothing. Plus, there are so many prints and textures available now, these ain’t your grandma’s turtlenecks.

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It depends, we have days like today where everything feels damp but it doesn’t really rain. Some seasons we get nothing but rain and the leaves turn moldy and sometimes we have those perfect, crisp falls with stunning foliage. I am hoping for the latter with just a touch of rain this year but I’m game for snow on Halloween too!

What does fall mean to you, let me know if you do this tag – I’d love to read your answers. Now, for my 31 Nights of Horror Watch List. I have not prepared a list for past years, I thought it might help me stay more organized this time around. Now, if you have not read my posts from prior years, my reviews aren’t real deep and are really just a recap of the movie/show and what I enjoyed about it. If you want really in-depth, thought provoking reviews then keep looking.

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As you will see, I am doing a mash-up of classics, family friendly movies, 90’s cheese thrillers and television series marathons. I am watching a ton of my all-time favourites but thought I would throw a little variety in this year since I’ve watched those to death. I’m excited, I hope you’ll enjoy these posts! I will be posting about decor, beauty and lifestyle as well so stay tuned. What’s on deck for your horror watch list, let me know!

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Target Dollar Spot Fall Finds

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Ah, the Target Dollar Spot, it’s definitely a love/hate thing for me. It’s a collection of things one absolutely does not need at prices that definitely don’t scream quality and yet, I always find something to purchase once the fall decor hits the shelves. I was all around impressed with the selection this time, everything was picked over last year by mid-September. I picked up a few things that I knew I could use for numerous occasions.

They had a couple different styles and shades of gourds this year. I think these little pieces are well worth a buck and can be used after Halloween for fall decor.

It seems that they always have fabric pumpkins, this year they had these little sequin beauties. The wire, spider web bowl was $3 and perfect for spooky centerpiece.

Lastly, I chose two of these black cat, wooden ornaments. They were $1 each and matched the black/gold theme I had inadvertently going.

It’s funny how quick you can run through $20 on this stuff 😂 Is your Target stocked for Halloween? I feel as though retailers stock seasonal items so early nowadays that it’s all picked over too soon! Let me know what goodies you’re on the hunt for.

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