Blogtober Day 28: That One Time I Dabbled in the Dark Arts

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Or…just purchased some pagan statues because I thought they were cool πŸ˜› I’ve always had a healthy fascination in the occult, witches, familiars, tarot – I studied a lot of this as part of my Theology curriculum & loved it. I don’t think I have any abilities, personally. I have a tarot deck that I occasionally bust out but I don’t think I’m any good at it. A psychic told me that I’m an empath which total eye roll & I think my ability to read someone else’s energy has more to do with being a teacher than any special abilities. People do exhaust me but that’s a whole other issue. Anyway, my vibe is very open to anything – maybe we’ll have a sΓ©ance later.

Late last year I decided that I wanted to add some pagan pieces to my collection of religious relics. I collect a lot of religious pieces not because I am particularly religious but because they’re just beautiful to look at. Also, they’re kinda creepy which also fits in with my vibe. I found this fascinating etsy shop Master Dubrovich that primarily sells stunning hand carved figurines. Most of which are Celtic, pagan, Norse & the like. I loved how eerily beautiful they were & ordered two that most closely resembled these that he currently has for sale.

They were just as beautifully crafted as these but I’m pretty sure they were haunted & it just serves me right for poking around pagan idols πŸ˜› Here’s what happened, I received these lovely pieces in the mail & had the perfect spot for them on a floating shelf in my hallway. I don’t know if it was just me being superstitious but I definitely felt something from the figurines – not bad but something. For pieces that didn’t have traditional faces, they had so much personality & expression. They were perfect additions to my curio collection until one morning at 3 AM’ish (the witching hour) I heard one of them drop on the floor. I was actually more worried that it had been damaged at that point rather than thinking it jumped to floor of its own accord. Now, the bottoms weren’t totally flat so I just assumed it toppled over & placed it back on the shelf. Until the next morning when I walked into the hall to see it on the floor yet again. It didn’t happen every night but often enough nights that it started to spook me & depending on what mood I was in, could keep me up at night. I mean, I wasn’t losing my mind but it was odd. At this point, I called a friend who is actually into the whole wiccan thing who came over immediately to check out my statues except she kept calling them dolls which I am sure they found very insulting. She agreed that they definitely had a feeling to them but that they were inhabited not haunted to which I say – same difference. Her recommendation was to smudge them & I would love to say that we stayed up all night driving away potentially malicious spirits but we didn’t. I just gave them to her because I’m such a good friend πŸ˜› No, I figured that I had dipped my toe too far into the waters of paganism & was more suited for my rosaries & gothic idols. She loves them & has never experienced any issues, I do get a little weirded out though when I’m her place & they’re just sitting there.

Since I relinquished these mysterious figurines, I found a crystal gargoyle that now sits on the same shelf…and constantly falls off. I’ve since chalked it up to some movement in the building that must be strong enough to rattle the wall but not make an audible noise. Like, someone on the first floor slamming a door & it travels up the walls. Is that possible?! Is the shelf haunted?! I mean, I got it from IKEA so it seems unlikely πŸ˜› I own some weird, old stuff that I’ve never felt anything from & do really think there was something special about those particular pieces. I was a little sad to part with them but definitely think they found a good home. What are your thoughts on idols or figurines like this? Do they inherently have a vibe because of the subject matter or could they be inhabited? 🧑

Blogtober Day 25: Best of Treehouse of Horror

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I saw this Britney Broski meme & it was choosing between a new television show or rewatching a comfort show. I’m a comfort show person all the way & The Simpsons are my ultimate pick. The Simpsons have been on television a loooooooong time, too long in my opinion. I stopped watching them probably 10 or so seasons ago, aside from their annual Halloween Treehouse of Horror specials. I remember waiting patiently each year to watch these as a kid and getting screwed a few times because of that pesky mountain time. Those were the days when you actually had to be physically home at the time  your favorite show aired to watch it. If you aren’t familiar with these episodes please leave there are three horror stories, that sometimes parody well-known horror films or are otherwise just creepy stories. These are the episodes that I appreciate the most. I am doing these by air date since I own the actual seasons of only Treehouse of Horror episodes so I’m unsure of where they fall in the regular seasons and I’m lazy.

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Hands down my favorite episode – it has everything from Satan to der vampyr. In the first story, Homer sells his soul to Satan (played by Ned Flanders) for a donut. Bart is terrorized by a gremlin trying to wreck the school bus in the second story and Mr. Burns plays Dracula with wig a la Bram Stoker’s Dracula for the conclusion. There isn’t a bad story in this episode which isn’t always the case.

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This one parodies I Know What You Did Last Summer with a twist that was just as ridiculous as the original movie ending. It has a weak filler story about Bart and Lisa acquiring superhuman powers but ends on a strong note with Homer failing to prepare the plant’s computers for Y2K and causing the crash of the technological world. Remember when we all thought that the world was going to end because computers couldn’t compute zeroes? Good times.

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Homer goes insane in The Shinning, then travels back in time in an attempt to fix a toaster and Springfield Elementary cafeteria starts eating misbehaving children. I think  this episode has the most comical Marge line of any episode, when Bart and Lisa try convincing her that they are going to be eaten she responds with; Kids, you’re 8 & 10 years old, I can’t keep fighting all of your battles for you. Classic parent response.

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Homer is attacked by an evil Krusty the Clown Doll, the middle episode story is a lame King Kong parody and ends with Lisa turning the residents of Springfield into zombies while trying to bring her cat back to life. I also love that this episode takes place during a Halloween party at the Simpson’s’ house and Bart is rocking the classic A Clockwork Orange costume.

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This one starts out strong with the Simpsons moving into a haunted house that just so happens to be on the site of an ancient burial ground. The second story is lame, something to do with aliens overfeeding them but not wanting to eat them…? And finishes with a parody of Poe’s The Raven narrated by James Earl Jones.

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There are so many good ones but these are classic introductions to these specials. I think the only reason I will be sad to see The Simpsons retire from television is that there won’t be anymore Treehouse of Horror episodes. Did you watch these as a kid? Let me know what your favorite episodes are 🧑

Blogtober Day 21: My Favorite Classic Monsters

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Ask me how excited I was about all of that snow this morning? Not at all. Listen, how do people forget every single year that it snows & the roads get bad so instead of driving cautiously, they just slam into one another then my 15-minute commute turns into a 45-minute commute because of stupidity. How?! I’ve had it, to anyone who cannot drive in the snow – please move, immediately. I hope that it all melts because I cannot deal with that crap on my way home. Aside from all of the morons on the road this morning, lets talk monsters – specifically my favorite, old school monsters. Not homicidal maniacs, Michael Myers wins that spot, no contest πŸ˜› We are talking classic monsters here, the tragically misunderstood abominations that haunted but certainly enriched my childhood.

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Raise your hand if you read every horror/gothic novel listed on the permissible classics reading list in AP English. Bram Stoker’s Dracula was not my first introduction to the character but certainly the most disappointing. I blame this on the litany of modern Dracula interpretations that I had been exposed to prior to reading this classic. It is a classic, I think it’s fantastic reading but it wasn’t sexy or alluring & the story of Dracula is a lot more tragic than beautiful creatures that live forever. I’m not a fan of Nosferatu which is probably the most accurate adaptation of the original Dracula if you consider how slow it is. I don’t care for the original or the remake featuring Eddie Izzard which still cracks me up. I much prefer Francis Ford Coppola’s Bram Stoker’s Dracula which took some liberties but captured the tortured, oddly alluring creature that I am drawn to. Aside from his more modern appearances, the story of Vlad the Impaler while horrific is very interesting. I love that this classic monster, cloaked in black magic has some crossover to the mortal world as it makes him seem so much more tangible. The scope of interpretations of Dracula is also what keeps me interested, he can be placed in any time period, at any age, from very sinister to more congenial & it just works. Always classic. Overall, I’m just a big fan of the vampire genre, child vampires, teen punk vampires (not Twilight), wealthy southern vampires…

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OK, by now we all know that the monster is not Frankenstein, that’s the name of the doctor – if not, now you do. The story of this unnamed monster is a tragedy but Mary Shelley’s life is also pretty tragic. Read more about that elsewhere but it isn’t shocking that this abomination was the creation of an 1800’s scholarly lady once you know more about her. Frankenstein is about a grad student, Victor Frankenstein who pieces together a monster from parts of dead bodies & reanimates it using alchemy & chemistry. Finding his creation so abhorrent, he pretty much loses his mind & flees. The monster, now having no creator sets out on his own, he is hated by everyone he encounters & commits two murders to wreak vengeance on his creator. What I found most sad about the story is that the monster is more repentant for his misdeeds than Frankenstein is. Everyone says that I am wrong on this but I think the book was about Frankenstein being the actual monster & less about the monster, hence the reason he wasn’t given a name. Apparently it is more widely accepted that Shelley did not name the monster because it was more titillating for audiences, it just seems like a really trite reason considering the events that transpire. I appreciate this monster because he turned out to be more human than the other humans he encountered, I wish that there were more adaptations & think that while everyone knows who he is, he is a bit overlooked.

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From Little Red Riding Hood to Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban, the werewolf is another creature that has survived countless reinterpretations & just tends to work. The historical references of a werewolf like creature can be found in various legends from numerous different cultures & regions. It’s another tale rooted in the mystical that human beings seemingly believe exists. Werewolf lore is so far reaching that we attribute odd behavior in humans to a full moon. Again, I just appreciate a creature that has some significant historical context that transcends generations & remains relevant even in modern, less superstitious time periods.

I’ve always been confused about the Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde creature, he doesn’t turn into a werewolf but I do think that he is close enough to be in the same species. I think that Mr. Hyde is a sociopath, not really a monster though – let me know your thoughts on that. I guess he’s an honorable mention along with the Phantom of the Opera…dun, dun, dun.

Let me know who your favorite monsters are, are you a fan of the classic monster movies? I’m in an ooky-spooky mood now & ready to binge some classics πŸ§‘πŸ–€

Blogtober Day 19: Least Favorite Candy

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I think we can all agree that there are some candies out there that just need to be retired. Even as a kid who generally enjoyed candy, I was side eyeing these abominations if I found them in my trick or treat bag. I used to consider the fact that as I aged, my tastes in candy would mature to some of these but they’re still the worst.

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Candy Corn – Again, who is eating candy corn?! Quit it & perhaps it will stop being manufactured. These little, tooth busting, cavity inducing ‘corns’ are the epitome of childhood disappointment. Not to mention, extremely unhealthy seeing as how they are sugar, powdered sugar & corn syrup. Candy corn used to be called ‘chicken feed’ making it even less appetizing if that is possible, it was invented in the 1880’s & some jackass deemed October 30 ‘National Candy Corn Day.’ Are you kidding me?! People, stop eating the candy corn.

Good & Plenty & Black Licorice – I am including this as one entry because I am pretty sure that Good & Plenty are little pieces of black licorice in a candy coating. I think that if you love black licorice, you really love it but if you don’t, then you hate it. There isn’t a middle ground with black licorice, it tastes like rancid toothpaste. I’ve never tasted rancid toothpaste but I’m pretty sure this is an accurate description.

Tootsie Rolls – All of them, the regular ones, the fruity ones, the extra long ones (who thought that was a good idea). It’s weird because I have enjoyed a Tootsie Roll Pop on occasion but that squishy nougat is not a stand alone candy. They were invented in 1907, the technique that gives them their ‘unique’ texture was patented by its creator. 113 years is a good run for a candy, let’s put it to pasture.

Raisins – This doesn’t really count as a candy but I always ended up with at least two boxes of raisins. Did you have that one older person in your trick-or-treating path that always handed these out? It’s not that I don’t like raisins, I do but when they come in those little boxes they are so dried out & usually glommed together so you get a raisin nugget. No thanks, Raisinets? All day long. Craisins, yes. Mango strips, absolutely. Literally any other dehydrated fruit is acceptable but not those tiny boxes of dry ass raisins. A fresh apple? Color me delighted to find an apple in my bag! Reminds of this time when I had just moved into my very own apartment, I made these beautiful caramel apples for the kids I was anticipating & a mother almost slapped it out of my hand when I tried to bestow it upon her child. I ended up giving them a can of Pepsi which I am sure was equally as appreciated πŸ˜› I truly did not know that it was not socially acceptable to hand out homemade treats. I pity all of the kids who never received a gooey, delicious, handmade popcorn ball.

Bit o’ Honey – Maybe I’m just not a fan of nougat texture because it’s the texture more than the taste that I find abhorrent. This is a honey flavored ‘taffy’ with bits of almond, it was invented in the 1920’s. The presentation is…weird…you can either get your pre-segmented full size or these little rectangular bricks about the size of a Tootsie Roll. Bit o’ Honey always tastes stale to me & the almonds bits add to that staleness, in my opinion.

As I am writing this, I realize that maybe adults just pretended to enjoy these candies knowing full well that kids wouldn’t want them? Being honest, when I passed out candy I would pick out a few things that I liked so that I could enjoy a piece or two. Now, I will admit that I’m a big fan of anything butterscotch which I have found out, is not a hit with the kids. Anyway, I stand by my ranking of these being the worst candies & think that there just comes a time when candy should be retired. Like those strips of paper with colorful candy dots on them? Can’t hardly find those any longer because they’re also the worst. Willy Wonka made those look way better than they actually are, I know because I asked for them as a Christmas treat once & was severely disappointed. Also though, I wonder if these candies simply speak to a simpler time when candy didn’t need to have a lot of bells & whistles in order to be indulgent. Kids were excited about licking crystalized sugar off of paper because it really would have been a treat. Anyway, what’s your least favorite candy? Thanks for stopping by πŸ§‘πŸ–€

Blogtober Day 16: Worry Dolls

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My boss: STELLA, it’s snowing!! Me: Leaps up from desk chucking coffee all over my keyboard. I don’t know if this counts as the first snow seeing as how most of it won’t stick but it’s still pretty exciting. A blanket of bright, white snow just makes the whole world look new. I think this year especially, I’m just looking forward to it being over & we are slowly getting there. Anyway, so let’s just get right to Blogmas πŸ˜› Not quite yet, today we are talking about something from my childhood that I recently stumbled upon at World Market of all the places. It shocked me for a minute seeing a little basket of worry dolls because they were such a deep memory that came flooding back, it was overwhelming but also delightful to recall my pocketful of worry dolls and how I tormented my mother with them.

What are worry dolls? They are teenie little dolls made of bits of wire, paper & colorful fabric that can fit in your pocket. They originate in Guatemala & are given to mostly children to tell their worries or troubles to. You can tell them your fears, nightmares, anxieties – then put them under your pillow & the worry dolls take it from there. I was a morose child, I had a pocketful of worry dolls but not because I recall feeling particularly worried about anything, it was just my personality. I’m just a quiet, calm, perhaps melancholy person who doesn’t enjoy the company of most people but there isn’t anything wrong with me. I also went through a phase of answering the house phone as ‘city morgue’ which really freaked my mom out but I was doing it mostly to freak her out πŸ˜€

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There was one event that sticks out in my mind after which I recall receiving my first pouch of worry dolls. We were going to visit my great grandmother, I was 8’ish & she was probably 80’ish. She lived in town so we saw her all of the time & were just stopping in after grocery shopping. Well, we walk in & she’s sitting at the kitchen table – she had one of those old houses where you could come in through the kitchen. So, she’s sitting there, I’m coming in behind my mom who said something to my grandmother & then my mom starts screaming. She’s dead, she’s dead! I had a bad feeling about today. Now, my mom had a bad feeling about most every day but I guess that day she was vindicated. I don’t recall being terribly upset about my recently passed grandmother, she was very old & I knew that. I was sad she was gone but for some reason my mom really thought that seeing a dead body had an impact on me. She made me sit outside on the porch until the police got there, then she had the police talk to me to see if I was OK. I told them I was but that wasn’t good enough – my mom sent me to the school counselor who then sent me to an actual child psychologist. That’s where I got my worry dolls, he told my parents there wasn’t anything wrong with me aside from being a bit anti-social. That’s when I started the ‘city morgue’ thing but mostly because I was annoyed with my mother for insisting that there must be something wrong with me when I was fine. Also, my grandmother had an open casket funeral which was infinitely more upsetting than seeing her just sitting at her kitchen table – talk about irony.

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Anyway, I loved my worry dolls because they were just so freaking cute & played with them like I would other dolls. They were better than other dolls because I just put them in my pocket & could take them anywhere. Apparently, this was a problem because my parents started to think that I had so many things to worry about that I had to have my dolls with me all of the time. If I caught them looking at me when I was playing with my worry dolls, I would maintain eye contact & whisper nonsense to my dolls like some kind of voodoo. Honestly, this was a bit far but it really burned me that my parents were so worried about me. Eventually, I outgrew my worry dolls & moved onto activities that were apparently less concerning to my parents. I developed an eating disorder, funny that they missed all of those red flags but was mostly a normal adolescent.

What’s the point of this story? I think that worry dolls can be an effective tool for kids coping with some type of trauma but that parents shouldn’t look for trauma because that’s pretty traumatic for a little kid. Honestly, I think I might order myself another set, they really are adorable little dolls. Maybe if any of my siblings recall the ‘Worry Doll Years’ it will give them a little scare 🧑

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The Vanishing (1988) or Spoorloos as the Dutch film I own is titled, is a psychological thriller that is just as terrifying as the goriest slasher flick. Rex & Saskia are on a trip through France when they run out of gas. They have this huge fight, there is so much build up that I almost thought that the story would be about Rex murdering Saskia. Not the case, they stop for fuel & Saskia is abducted. Rex goes on a quest to find her even making a public appeal for any information regarding her whereabouts. Eventually, a man named Raymond comes forward (the viewer has known that he is the kidnapper for some time) & reveals himself as having been the one who abducted Saskia. Rex agrees to go somewhere with Raymond so that he can find Saskia but ends up becoming the victim of a second abduction. Missing persons cases terrify & fascinate me, in this case, Rex was scared of not knowing but it makes you wonder if the knowing is just as bad. I think that this one has or is being remade but this film is fantastic.

Blogtober Day 13: Thirteen Halloween Facts

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Halloween being my favorite holiday was my favorite classroom holiday too, my kids were in for an action packed day of spooky activities. My last Halloween teaching public school, our district had banned Halloween parties & instituted ‘Harvest Festivals’ instead which sounds infinitely more ominous than a Halloween party. During my tenure as a teacher, I did loads of research into the origins of Halloween & this is a hodge podge of things I learned over the years!

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The Catholics knew how to celebrate Halloween or Hallowmas as the three-day festival used to be called. It was an event honoring the recently deceased and lasted from October 31 to November 2. I think this should be reinstated, especially given this election year – we deserve a three day party!

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Per usual, the Catholics didn’t institute a three day festival for the sake of a good time, it was more in the spirit of trying to convert the pagans. Samhain (Summer’s End) was the end of harvest festival celebrated by the Celts on November 1. The Pope’s institution of a religious festival was an attempt to bring the two religions together. It should also be noted that Dios De Los Meurtos are celebrated on November 1 & November 2, I just find it interesting how these holidays have so many different yet similar iterations.

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Trick-or-treating originated in Scotland & Ireland which again, was popularized by the Catholic church. Poor children would go from door to door ‘begging’ for treats in exchange for prayers. The costume bit still originates from Samhain, the revelers would wear costumes to confuse the spirits that could walk the mortal world during the festival. The Irish can also be credited for popularizing the celebration of Halloween in the United States, immigrants fleeing the potato famine brought their traditions with them.

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The American economy can thank those poor, starving Irish immigrants (who escaped the famine & genocide inflicted by the British) for the cash cow that Halloween has become. Second only to Christmas, Americans spend about 9-billion dollars celebrating the holiday.

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Wicce, the Old English word for witch means wise woman. Witches were not always the target of superstitious Puritans & religious maniacs, they were once respected individuals who often possessed healing talents & advanced knowledge of everything nature.

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Even the traditional black & orange colors associated with Halloween have significant meaning. Orange is symbolic of strength & also the colors associated with the fall harvest. Black has a more ominous symbolism in that it relates to death & the Samhain celebration.

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Harry Houdini died on Halloween night, 1926. Not really anything to do with Halloween but how fascinating to pass away on the night where the boundaries between the living world & underworld are a bit undefined. Same goes for being born on Halloween. children born on this day supposedly possessed the ability to talk with spirits.

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There are two ‘Halloween Capitals of the World’ in the United States – Anoka, MN & Salem, MA. Anoka claims to be the first city to hold a Halloween celebration to deter vandals & pranksters. Pretty lame when stacked up against the history of Salem, if you ask me. I’ve been to the Anoka celebration a few times, of course I am disappointed that it will be cancelled this year.

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Again, not completely to do with actual Halloween but this just cracks me up – the mask used in Halloween was a painted William Shatner mask. The movie had such a tight production budget that the crew got creative & repurposed a Captain Kirk mask. I don’t know why I find this so funny but it’s a fun bit of movie trivia.

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Halloween is still celebrated as the Wiccan New Year. Also, much of the popular symbols of Halloween including owls, black cats, bats & spiders have ties to Wiccan rituals and Samhain celebrations. While I love the modernized celebration of Halloween, I have deep respect for its origins & actually somewhat understand why it was pulled from most public schools πŸ˜› It doesn’t take much Googling to find all of this out…

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Full moons on Halloween are actually quite rare, so get your rituals in folks πŸ˜€ This year will be a Blue Moon, which is the second full moon to occur in the same month. So for real, get your cauldrons ready…you think I’m kidding…

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35-million pounds of candy corn are made each year. Who is eating candy corn? I can’t even, it’s literally the most disgusting thing. My mom used to make this cake with candy corn in it, I don’t remember it being terrible but I also don’t remember loving it.

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The far reaching impacts of World War II put an end to trick-or-treating due to sugar rationing. Too bad it didn’t put an end to candy corn altogether πŸ˜€ The popular comic strip Peanuts was the brain child of WWII veteran, Charles Schulz & can be partially credited for the revival of traditional trick-or-treating in America.

Do you go in for the darker Samhain celebration or more of the cutesy, modern Halloween? Honestly, I love aspects of both. Let me know if you have some spooky facts to share! Thanks for stopping by 🧑

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Psycho (1960) is probably one of the most well-known Hitchcock films & for good reason. Who could forget that bombshell moment when Norman Bates reveals himself as his own mother! Marion Crane fleeces her boss of $40,000 to elope with her boyfriend but falls prey to Bates when she stops off to stay the night at his motel.

Blogtober Day 10: Saturday, Saturday

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What a lame day packed full of things that I did not want to do in the slightest. It started with waking up at 5 AM because I had a nightmare that the apartment was on fire. Not just any fire, it was some kind of weird electrical fire so that the building was burning from the inside out. The walls were red hot, seemingly my front door was unaffected so I probably could have just left but dreams are stupid like that.

Then, I attended a live stream funeral – I am still undecided if it was more or less sad than an in-person funeral. It was not a COVID related death and not someone very close to me, I mostly logged on for moral support as the family was just devastated that they could not hold a regular service. In light of that, it probably was one of the saddest funerals I’ve attended but very nice given the circumstances.

I was about 300 miles over my oil change mileage, which was not actually my fault & more so just lack of availability to get it done. I had to stay in the car which I didn’t want to because I’m not great with heights & I just can’t believe that it’s safe to hoist a person up with the car. The mechanic was very nice & said there was no way that my combined weight with my very small car would outweigh even some of the mid-sized SUVs they hoist up. I wasn’t convinced & tried my hardest to sit as still as humanly possible. Then I had to clean my car out & get gas but I always love it when my car is shiny & clean so I didn’t mind that so much. I wasn’t terribly excited to touch the vacuum hose but I’ll survive.

I then had to pick up groceries which wasn’t too bad but there wasn’t any tofu to be had. I also had a Target pick up, I know, I vowed to stay out of Target but I needed some new towels which turned into new rugs which turned into just a couple of new candles & a shower curtain. Just the essentials πŸ˜› I’m going grey for winter & will return to my blush pink motif in the spring.

By that time I was starving so I came home to make some lunch/dinner & get to cleaning. I found this Mr. Clean product that is similar to Pine-Sol but smells much better. I cleaned all my floors, kitchen cabinets, some walls that looked dingy. The whole apartment smells like fresh lemons. Then I deep cleaned both baths & did way too much laundry. It was a beautiful, fall day today & I was able to hang some sheets over my railing. Yesterday, it smelled like absolute dog shit outside because of the farmers putting manure on their harvested fields for next year. I mean, I get it but man did it stink. Happy to report that the air was crisp & fresh today.

That’s about it, what does this have to do with Halloween? Mostly nothing aside from the fact that adulthood is mostly terrifyingly boring πŸ˜›

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The Shining (1980) While I absolutely still find the book to be much scarier than the film adaptation, I have an appreciation for this film outside of this. Jack takes a job as a winter caretaker for a secluded hotel that is closed for the season. As the spirits & beings that inhabit the hotel make themselves known, Jack absolutely loses his fucking mind & tries to murder his family.

Blogtober Day 9: Real Life (Mostly Irrational) Fears

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If you’re having a fantastic day or feeling particularly optimistic then maybe skip this one πŸ˜› If you’re interested in a little death talk, then by all means, keep reading but know that this is mostly meant to be lighthearted & poking a little fun at myself. There are things that cause me anxiety on the day to day, like sitting in a drive thru & then wondering if my car is going to break down & we’ll all be trapped in the drive thru. I’m also anxious about putting things out into the universe, manifesting them so to speak then have them happen. So, me sitting in the drive thru thinking about my car breaking down is like double anxiety for me & I’m only doing it to myself. There’s nothing wrong with my car but why don’t more drive thrus have an escape lane?! Anyway, let’s talk real fear.

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A little back story here, I have the uncanny ability to fall asleep anywhere, anytime. I dated a marine a long time ago who was very impressed with this – he said that it’s an important ability to have in the armed forces because you might need to take a nap in unfavorable places & going too long without sleep can be detrimental. Who knew that sleeping was considered a survival tactic? This was also very useful in college because I could pull an all nighter, quick nap in between classes & I was set. I watched this documentary about Fatal Familial Insomnia awhile ago & it’s a very rare, genetic disorder that prevents you from being able to sleep, eventually you will die. I mean, eventually everyone dies but you will die from lack of sleep. Of course, I don’t have it but since I’ve never had any issues with sleeping, if I even have one night of not being able to sleep I immediately convince myself that I’m never sleeping again. Then I lay in bed, staring at the ceiling reminiscing about all those naps I took for granted.

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I’m not a particularly religious person, I go to mass out of mostly habit but I don’t necessarily believe in an afterlife, more on this later. I didn’t even know that I feared Hell until I was 15’ish years old & was literally blown away when I saw the Hell scene in Constantine. It took my breath away, if that is what Hell looks like – I want nothing to do with it. I mean, I don’t want anything to do with any version of Hell but particularly this one. Not to get dramatic here but when the Minneapolis riots (the first round) were happening, it looked like this Hell. Burnt cars, the post apocalyptic cityscapes and honestly it doesn’t look that much better presently. There’s just something about seeing real, tangible objects from everyday life in this fiery, desolate place – it makes it much less imaginary.

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I’m not joking, bitch. I am not so nihilistic that I believe that we are truly living in a matrix & are just something created for the entertainment of another more intelligent being. Aliens, I’m talking aliens here. However, there have been things that have happened in my life that make me pause & wonder. For example, I was rolling up to the park the other night when I noticed that there were 10-12 SUVs parked in a line, all different kinds but close enough to the same model that they looked the same. Most of them were black, one grey & one beige. I don’t know why it bothered me so much, is anyone else that neurotic? It was like they were just put there, when I was leaving the park 2’ish hours later – they were still there. This probably sounds nuts… πŸ˜› Having a ‘glitch’ scares me because I imagine one could walk into that glitch & then you’re going to be trapped in an infinitely white universe – what’s that movie I’m thinking of? There’s just nothing but white, also terrifying. Anyway…

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I am of two minds about death & reincarnation, I am saddened by the thought of one day never existing but I am genuinely afraid of coming back numerous times to live different lifetimes in any form. When my mom died, a friend got me a card saying something like, she flies with butterflies now – a very nice sentiment but also…what? Do I want my dead relatives coming back as butterflies? Also, fuck coming back as a human being in another lifetime. What if I come back in a time where I had to live through the Black Plague or some other much less civilized time where your village could be raided by Vikings? I can’t live like that. Also, I would absolutely be put on trial for being a witch. Maybe part of my problem is that I think of time as being all concurrent, like ancient Egypt is happening right now but it’s present time there. But anyway, I picture death being like the story in Harry Potter about the three brothers where the last brother finally meets Death and welcomes him like an old friend. Life is exhausting, the thought of coming back over and over and over and over…you get the idea…

So – those are the things that keep me up at night πŸ˜€ Let me know what’s been on your mind, any particularly odd phobias or just the day to day stuff πŸ˜›

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I know, I know – how original & not quite a horror movie but I’m going to the movies to see it tonight! Like, the theatre & I’m so excited. If I get COVID I’m going to be so pissed, I haven’t been out for many non-essential outings so I’m treating myself. Hocus Pocus (1993) When a virgin lights the Black Flame candle, a trio of witches are brought back from the grave to wreak havoc on modern day Salem.

Blogtober Day 2: A Halloween Memory

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I have always been a Halloween fiend, even as a kid it was my favorite holiday. As an adult, I can appreciate different aspects of most holidays (except Thanksgiving) but my love for Halloween has only grown. Growing up in a rural area made Halloween even more magical; we would meet up with friends in town, parents felt safe enough to let us out trick or treating on our own & since we all had to drive so far to get together it almost always ended with a sleep over. We still got to have Halloween parties at school where we could come in costume & have a parade in the gymnasium and we could still pass out homemade treats. I think that growing up in the late 90’s just made it better too – does anyone remember all of the awesome Halloween commercials that retailers would air? Or the television specials that I always seemed to miss because I couldn’t quite figure out the mountain time conversion πŸ˜› Now, my mother being very religious & believing that all literature aside from the Bible was witchcraft didn’t love Halloween & our costume choices were severely limited. I had a rotation: cat, clown, Ariel (with a turtle neck underneath) and Raggedy Ann which was my mom’s favorite and my least favorite – she really capitalized on being able to use my red hair as part of the costume.

Of all the fantastic Halloweens that I had as child, the most vivid memory that I can recall is the year that I got the stomach flu. I was a cat that year, not just any cat – a calico one, mostly because I had to use these ugly brown leggings for my costume so I associated them with calico cats. We were also dirt poor so costumes were whatever we could make from what we already owned & how creative we could get with face paint. I was pretty pleased with my calico cat costume, even with the shit brown leggings – my oldest sister was great with face makeup & it really came together. I sailed through the Halloween party, I recall bringing cheese & crackers because my mother was also anti-candy. I was feeling great, I had my sleepover stuff in my cubby hole, my trick or treating pillowcase ready to go & could not wait for the festivities to commence. So, we’re all sitting out on the curb waiting for someone’s parents to come & get us when it hit me, I felt hot & sweaty, a little dizzy then I puked right into my pillowcase that was supposed to be filled with candy & other assorted treats from the evening’s plunder. This was pre-cell phones so when my friend’s mother arrived, I was stretched out in the back of the mini van & carted to their home where we called my parents to come pick me up. It was mortifying, I cried (and puked) all the way home. I was put to bed, when I woke up – the best day of the year was well and truly over. Of all the Halloween memories, I don’t know why this one had such an impact – maybe it’s because that was the most violent bout of stomach flu I’ve ever had πŸ˜› In fact, I am not sure that I have had the stomach flu or regular flu since & that is just fine with me.

What’s your most memorable Halloween – hopefully better than mine 🧑

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Tonight’s recommendation is Sleepy Hollow (1999) a Tim Burton creation with some of my all time favorites actors. Ichabod Crane is sent to Sleepy Hollow to investigate a series of gruesome decapitations attributed to a supernatural headless horseman. This is probably my favorite Johnny Depp character, I just love his quirky depiction of someone I grew up imagining as dopey & homely. The costumes are a delight & it’s just an overall fun twist on an old classic. This is probably one of the very few modern horror movies that I love each time that I watch it.

It’s a Fall Tag!

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It’s fall-la-la-la-la-la-la-la…I will see myself out πŸ˜› Seriously though, I think it’s here – the inaugural apple crisp came out of the oven this morning & I think the heat might have to be turned on tonight. I’m feeling cozy & thought it would be fun to do tag! Does anyone still do tags, I feel as though I ask that each time I do a tag…

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Apple cider with a shot of coconut milk and caramel drizzle. Caribou has a really tasty apple cider but if you get it with almond milk it just isn’t quite the same – still good though. They also offer it all year round so if you are feeling fall’ish in July, you can indulge in this treat.

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I particularly love the smell of fall, it’s crisp & clean unlike spring/summer that often smell like manure. Also, I don’t have any fall allergies which is really nice since this means I can enjoy the scent of fall with full ability to breath through both nostrils. I also prefer fall fashion to any other season, sweaters, boots, tights & you can wear these just for fun (not because you’re freezing).

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Anything with oranges, cloves, vanilla – I saw this recipe to make your home smell like Williams Sonoma & love simmering that on the stove when I am cleaning. I don’t purchase a lot of candles any more but if I do, the Woodwick Bonfire Nights is one that I will splurge on.

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Probably apple, the texture of pumpkin pie weirds me out but I do like the flavor. Thinking about it now seems odd since I really like sweet potato pie & the texture is similar but just different enough. Does any of this make sense? Do food textures bother anyone else?

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I’m not worrying too much about makeup these days but a recent discovery that I have been loving & wearing almost every time I wear makeup are the Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks – they are so good for a quick, polished eye look.

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I don’t think they are traditions as much as they are just things that I enjoy doing during fall. I like going to the Farmers Market, visiting an orchard or two, getting the flannel sheets out…things like that. Overall, I am just not a traditions person – I think it’s a nice idea but I don’t have any that come to mind.

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Absolutely Halloween! I know that people really love Thanksgiving, I know some Thanksgiving enthusiasts but I don’t get it. I like the extra days off from work but that’s about it. And the potatoes, I look forward to all of the potato recipes that accompany Thanksgiving feasts.

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The first year I moved to Minnesota, it rained all fall – at least it seemed that way & I was really down about it. I graduated from a very old university with very old dorms that were drafty & damp – I hated it but I spent a lot of time in the library & those are my best memories of college. To this day, I like to sit inside with lamps on & read books or bake.

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Chili, homemade bread, waffles – all foods that I associate with fall. Pumpkin chili is something that I have recently started making & it’s so good. What’s your go-to chili recipe? Ohhh, cornbread too – I love cornbread.

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What are anyone’s plans for Halloween?! We were already told by building management that trick-or-treating is not allowed so I won’t be making treat bags as usual. I think this will truly be the end of trick-or-treating all around. Haunted houses won’t be open…I don’t know what my plans are – probably sitting at home watching old Halloween specials.

That’s it – I hope that you enjoyed this tag, let me know what you are up to this fall. Are you planning anything for Halloween or sitting it out this year? Happy fall πŸ–€