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Halloween Shenanigans

Oh no! The best holiday of the year has come to an end. Alas, it was a fangtastic day!

It also happens to be my husband and I’s wedding anniversary. So we went out to lunch and then last minute candy shopping for trick or treaters. I’ve actually never handed out candy before. I’m usually running around everywhere doing all the things besides handing out candy. It was a lot of fun. We give out giant handfuls of candy. We want all the kids to love Halloween as much as we do and there was nothing better than seeing the looks on their faces when we piled them up with the good stuff. We received a lot of “WOWs” and “OMGs” and every single kid said “Thank you” and “Happy Halloween” enthusiastically. It’s our goal to become a known Halloween destination every year.

Here’s a couple pics of yours truly waiting for the kids to arrive:

 

We finished the night with watching Hocus Pocus since it had been years since I last watched it and it’s now the 20th anniversary.

How was your Halloween?? I must scurry off to get ready for work now but I would love to hear about it!

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Fourth Week of October

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Oh no! The last full week of October has come and gone and we only have a sweet few days left until the best holiday of the year. (Thanks Michigan for making sure the weather for the entire month was absolutely awful.) Mr. Cupcakes & Machetes and I attended a last minute Halloween party with last minute costumes. The Halloween store was picked clean and we ended up as a wolf (me) and a plague doctor (him). It was fun and we decided that we’re going to throw a Halloween party next year. (We usually throw one every year but haven’t the last couple.) I also realized that our Halloween decorations were sadly lacking and that is going to start being fixed as soon as Halloween is over and I hit all the clearance I can!

Reading – 

I had a week full of Poe. I don’t re-read anything very often but since I hadn’t read these stories since I was a teenager, it was a perfect time for a refresher.

The Murders in the Rue Morgue – Short Story Review

The Tell-Tale Heart – Short Story Review

The Black Cat – Short Story Review

Today, I’m going to be starting Parasite by Mira Grant. It works both for horror for the end of the month and rolls into Sci-Fi November. Plus, it’s the book club selection for next month. Killin’ all the birds with all the stones.

Watching – 

We’ve continued watching The Haunting of Hill House, I’m still not very impressed but I’m sure we’ll follow it to the end anyway.

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2.5 stars. Nice concept, but not very moving otherwise.

Have you attended any Halloween parties this year? If so, what did you dress up as??

 

Third Week of October

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Ugh, where does the time go? How can it already be so close to the end of the best month of the year??

Despite being absolutely burned out from work, I did manage to accomplish a few things. The dream is always to accomplish more but alas, this little body needs some fucking rest. I need life to slow down for a hot minute so I can catch up.

Reading – 

I finished my book club selection for the month, Boy Erased: A Memoir of Identity, Family and Faith – Book Review and then I snuck in another horror classic, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde – Book Review.

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I baked a thing! – Easy Pumpkin Pancakes

Watched – 

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No horror movies this week but we did decide to give Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House a try. We are two episodes in and while it’s okay, there isn’t much drawing us back to it.

If you want something incredibly good, dark and disturbing, I’ll suggest trying my new favorite show:

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One of the few times I will say that the show is better than the book.

What Halloween shenanigans have you spooky folks been up to?? Are you ready for Halloween??

First Week of October

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Good morning my spooky followers! How goes your first week of October?

I’m going to be doing weekly general updates for the month. October is too much fun and full of spooky goodness to wait for an accumulation of things to chat about.

My dad is coming to town to help finish up work on the walk in closet we started 5 months ago. Building a whole room from scratch just before summer was not the wisest of plans, especially since it’s in the upstairs. We won’t be making that mistake twice. But this means I’ll be quiet for a tiny bit here.

Dracula is proving to be the one classic I’m actually going to enjoy.

Little Debbies makes a pumpkin spice Swiss roll and it’s the only Swiss roll worth a damn in this world.

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Mr. Cupcakes & Machetes and I have watched four horror movies in the past week. (Monday was our 12 year dating anniversary and we watched 3 in one night.)

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1 star – SO bad it’s good but I still can’t rate it any higher.
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5 stars. One of our favorites. Must watch every year.
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2 stars. Intentionally hilarious but still bad.
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3 stars. I want to love it but too many plot holes.

I think that’s a pretty successful start to my favorite month. Do any of you have any special plans for next week?

 

 

It’s Mother F**king Fall!

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Ok, I kept my cool long enough. Usually, the first of September I’m celebrating and starting my usual season tradition of reading only horror and paranormal books. But this year I’ve made it until it was actually Autumn!

You’re probably over there thinking, “What’s so big about that?” Well for your information, when it comes to Autumn/Halloween, I ZERO self control. So I’m celebrating my minimal restraint. Don’t take that from me.

I’ve already bought my MONSTER pack cereal. Now, I don’t generally freak about cereal but it’s fucking BOOBERRY and FRANKENBERRY. (I mean, Count Chocula is there too but he’s inferior. Sorry Count.) I had Chider the other day. What’s that you ask? Apple cider + chai = LOVE. It’s a thing, find it, embrace it.

My pumpkin cravings have begun but as of yet, have not been satisfied.

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This year, besides horror and paranormal novels, I’m adding grimdark fantasy. Bring on the darkness baby!

(Currently betareading a novel for a GR friend, but also having an extremely hard time deciding what book to read first.)

Hopefully, I’m going to get into some baking madness as well. It’s not Autumn unless I’ve made something with apples AND pumpkins.

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Raven – Book Review

Legends Saga #2

2 out of 5 stars

DNF at 63%

This installment just lost it’s pizzazz for me. Which is unfortunate because I love Edgar Allen Poe and having a character cursed by the dark poet seemed like it would be a lot of fun. It also included one of my least favorite tropes; the love triangle.

It was a difficult decision to abandon this one since it wasn’t bad by any means, but it lost it’s flair and without that flair, well…there just wasn’t much there. I probably could have pushed through to the end since it’s a short book but when you’re not feeling it, what’s the point? I thought it through like this, “Do I really care what happens to any of the characters at the end?” The answer is no, except maybe for Rip but still not enough so to continue.

Book Clubs Are For Winners

Ignited Moth and I have been in a book club going on 5 years strong. Each month one person hosts the event and presents 4-5 books that are voted on. We read the winner and meet once a month either out at a restaurant or at the host’s house with a potluck lunch/dinner. It definitely has expanded the types of books I read and let’s just face it, it’s oodles of fun. Book club girls know how to hang.

For the month of October, I was the host. The winning book was A Season With The Witch which I recently posted a review of. Most of the girls of book club are vegan so lunch was butternut squash soup, pumpkin spice muffins and peanut butter pumpkin dip with apples. Scrumptious.

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Lunch was followed by a tour of the cemetery behind our house with a history talk presented by myself about both the town and legends of the witches buried here.

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Rumor has it that the skeleton hand along the top has a different number of fingers every time you count.

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After book club, the day entailed Ignited Moth and I having a bestie’s day and slumber party. Shopping, book store browsing, carving jack-o-lanterns and watching Stranger Things 2.

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Are you involved in a book club? How does your book club operate? 

A Season with the Witch – Book Review

A Season with the Witch: The Magic and Mayhem of Halloween in Salem, Massachusetts.

3.5 out of 5 stars

The allure of Salem, Massachusetts is a large one if you’re someone who revels in Halloween and/or history. We all know the basic outlines of the Witch Trials but this book just proved to myself that I don’t know enough. Now, this isn’t the book to pick up if you’re looking to learn about the Witch Trials like myself, but it is the one to pick up if you’ve been wondering just how weird Salem gets around Halloween.

It was interesting to find out that Salem only really began putting an emphasis on Halloween a few decades ago. It sounds like a divided town. One where half the residents want to be known for arts and culture and the other half is proud of all the Halloween fun. One half thinks they are disgracing the legacy of the victims of the witch trials, while the other half thinks that they are honoring them.

The first half of the book is an examination of the city’s entire history, the second half gets more into the weird stuff. While I enjoy history, I didn’t exactly enjoy the manner in which the author recited the lore. I cannot pin point the exact reason that it bothered me but, I’ll go with mildly boring. The second half was more entertaining, hearing from real life residents.

LOTS of typos.

Overall, a decent travel book to inspire people to check out a legendary American city and have some spooky fun.

Cupcakes & Chaos

Ever since we bought our house in June, we’ve had nothing but vehicle problems. Both broke down the week that we signed the papers, then the week we were moving in I hit a deer. In August, we switched out one of the vehicles for another used vehicle. We had to replace the alternator pretty much immediately, then it lasted about another month before it sprouted a massive gas leak. The leak is going to cost more to fix than the vehicle is worth. So my lack of interaction on here in the last week is due to all that stress. (Although it seems that a lot of blogs have been a little quiet lately as well.)

Ultimately, we said fuck it all and traded in one car and signed a lease on a brand spanking new car. A lot of people think that leases are pointless since you’re throwing money at a car you don’t own. I used to think the same thing. However, for $70 more than what I was paying on TWO vehicles a month, we have a car we shouldn’t have to worry about for the next 3 years. The relief has been unbelievable. A massive weight off my shoulders.

Now it’s time to sit back and thoroughly enjoy the Halloween season. I’m hosting book club at my house for this month and have some pretty big plans. Next month, a little traveling around the state now that I have that ability again.

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ALL THE PUMPKIN – PART 2

More pumpkin stuff! (I’ve actually been pretty lazy about trying things and I’ve definitely been lazy about baking things…)

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Pumpkin Spice Cheerios – Better than regular Cheerios but just a hint of pumpkin spice. Pretty good fall cereal. (Let’s face it though, BooBerry will always be #1.)

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Biggby’s Chumpkin Coffee – Oh dear pumpkin fiends, this is chai with pumpkin. Chumpkin. Doesn’t matter if it’s hot or cold, it’s goooooood.

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Thomas Pumpkin Spice English Muffins – Last year, I mentioned this company’s awesome pumpkin spice bagels (which is always worth a repeat) but their english muffins with pumpkin spice are awesome too.