Friday, October 11, 2013

My Halloween Playlist

I freakin' love my Spotify Halloween playlist. I hope this gets you into the Halloween spirit if you're not already there. I usually only play the first three songs if I'm hosting some sort of Halloween pre-party and want to set a spooky mood. All the rest are songs I listen to at work almost every day in October (and sometimes September). Enjoy!

NOTE: There's a hidden scroll bar on the left. Took me a second to find it.

What's on your Halloween playlist? I'm always looking for new songs to add.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Twerk It Up

Wow. Spirit Halloween is on it! I can't believe they already have a "Twerk Suit" and "Twerkin Teddy" costume.

Image from Spirit Halloween

Spoiler alert: It's out of stock.

Image from Spirit Halloween

I'm truly jealous of the people who get to name these costumes. That has to be so much fun. I can only imagine what those pitch meetings look like.

"Beef Twerky is a great name, but we're really leaning toward Twerk Suit. What do you think, boss?"

Speaking of Spirit Halloween, if you follow them on Twitter you can usually find some good discounts. Holla!

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Apple Picking and Spooky Pumpkin Patches

Today some friends and I drove up to Oak Glen for a delightful day of picking apples. We spent most of our time at Riley's Apple Farm, and I must say it was the perfect fall activity (even if it did feel like summer). We picked apples in the sunshine, giggled, bought fresh apple cider--all the things one would expect to do at an apple orchard in October.

Los Rios Rancho

Apple delights

However, this blog is about Halloween spooky awesomeness, so let's get to it. They had a fantastic eerie pumpkin patch!

Complete with a scarecrow and scary corn fields.

Turns out that's the back of the scarecrow. Here's the front:

I tried to explore the corn fields, but got sucked in by some dark, terrible magic.

When it spit me back out, I felt different.

Only the owl knows...

Happy Halloweening!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Sammy-Approved Pumpkin Dog Treats

Free plug for Trader Joe's Pumpkin Flavored Dog Treats. I'm a sucker for Halloween-themed dog stuff. Luckily, Sammy is a big fan of these treats as well, despite his blank expression in this photo.

But be warned, they'll make your dog's poop look like canned pumpkin.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Let the Halloween Miracles Begin!

Welcome, fellow Cryptkeepers! A big thanks to the folks at Countdown to Halloween for hosting another awesome Halloween blog fest. Every year they put together a list of bloggers who have committed to writing about Halloween during the month of October. Of course, most of use have been writing about Halloween all year (check out some of my September and August posts). Click here for this year's list of participants. I can't wait to read through all of these blogs! I also want to give props for the selection of Cryptkeeper badges this year. They're pretty damn cool. I chose Boo Berry, but the Franken Berry badge was a close second.

I've been blogging about Halloween since July, so I don't have too many updates for today, other than to say I'm in a bit of a Halloween costume panic! I'm going as Vicki (or V.I.C.I) from Small Wonder and I've only just started on the robot parts this week. Eeek! Thankfully, my friend Carolina is a costume-making miracle worker and has already started on the dress. I have a fitting with her tonight. Seriously, how did I get to be so lucky?

Speaking of miracles, I've decided that the Halloween season comes with it's own mini miracles (usually related to costumes for me). Last year I dressed up as Zuul from Ghostbusters, and not only did I run into a bunch of Ghostbusters at a party, but I met someone dressed as the Keymaster, too! All night long I proclaimed, "It's a Halloween miracle! It's a Halloween miracle!" A Halloween miracle indeed.

Flash forward to this summer when I decided on my Small Wonder costume. I did some Googling to see if anyone else had a good version of the costume, and stumbled across this gem:

Hands down the best Vicki costume I found. This gal set the bar really high. I tried to find out as much info as I could on how she put it together, but a lot of it was guesswork. Until one day, I discovered a comment on my Halloween Pinterest board...from the girl who made this costume!!! I was super stoked. She saw that I had pinned this picture, and she left a note about it. Next thing you know, we became email pen pals. Jaimie has been super helpful in explaining her costuming tips and tricks, which helps relieves a lot of my costume stress. It's like having a Halloween costume support line to call. Plus it's just fun to make new Halloween friends.

Let the Halloween miracles begin!