Saturday, October 25, 2014

Los Angeles Haunted Hayride

Welp, looks like the fall weather has arrived in L.A.

It's almost cold enough to wear a light sweater at night. :-p

Believe me, the perfect weather is one of the things I love most about this city, but I wouldn't mind some spooky clouds or something in October. Come on, Mother Nature! Where's your Halloween spirit?

I am slack-a-lacking in blog posts! Here's a quick picture recap of the Los Angeles Haunted Hayride I went to last weekend:

Loved all the spooky food names

Creepy skinless bride

They cram you in a cage before you get on the hayride.

The cage!

Let the hayride begin!

Unfortunately, they don't allow photography during the actual ride so you will just have to see it for yourself! For those of you who are mega scaredy cats like me, it really wasn't that bad. It's scary because you're never sure when someone is gonna pop out and startle you, but it's not like I had nightmares about it. 

More tips:

  • Buy tickets online.
  • Get the All Attractions pass because after the hayride is over you'll be like, "Now what?" Might as well go through the maze and other scare zones.
  • If you do the maze, stand as far away as possible from that screen they have in the beginning just before you enter. Trust me on this.
  • Get there EARLY. We got there 30 minutes before the hayride started, which gave us plenty of time to park and what not. The wait time in line was minimal. If you get there later you'll be waiting in long lines.
  • Bring cash. Everything they sell is cash only.
  • Go in a group. It's more fun!

I gotta go prep for the KCRW Masquerade Ball tonight. Eek! First time I'll be wearing my full costume! I'm kinda nervous for some reason. Hope it goes well. I'll try and keep up with my blog posting this week because there is lots of Halloweening going on.

Oh also, if you use the Waze app, check out their Ichabod Crane voice option. Very Halloween-y! (Settings > Sound > Navigation Guidance)

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Candy Corn Cordials

Some of you may remember my Halloween cocktail disaster of 2013:

I found a new Halloween cocktail this year from the Food Network Kitchen. Candy Corn Cordials. Looks adorable, right?

Photo by Levi Brown/Food Network Kitchen

Here's the recipe:

I made some slight modifications. I couldn't find orange liqueur at the store so I used orange juice. And I'm too lazy to separate an egg so I just bought egg whites in a carton.

My ingredients

The recipe says to infuse the vodka and candy corn for at least three hours, so I left it in there for a good 10 hours. The result?

The vodka becomes very orange. It surprisingly didn't change the taste of the vodka all that much. There was just a hint of sweetness. The candy corn starts to disintegrate, which is why straining it is helpful.


Here was my first try:

Not as frothy as the picture from the recipe. But there was some froth in the shaker so I took a spoon and placed the frothy part into the martini glass. I also thought it would look cool just to have the yellow parts of the candy corn for garnish, but it ended up looking like real kernels of corn. So I tossed some full candy corn into the next one.


Not bad, eh? Looks damn near like the original. A Pinterest win! Here's a side by side comparison:

I was honestly prepared for this to taste really gross, but it was pretty good! Tasted like a creamsicle, but not too sweet. The only bad part is the frothiness on top is obviously from the egg whites, so you kinda get a whiff of egg when you take a sip. If I do this again I'm just gonna use whipped cream or something instead.

All in all, I was very pleased with myself! A Halloween cocktail success!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Rise of the Jack O'Lanterns Recap

I went to Rise of the Jack O'Lanterns on Sunday and it was the perfect way to kick off the Halloween season. I suggest you buy tickets now because they seem to be selling out pretty fast.

Over 5,000 hand-carved pumpkins are on display at Descanso Gardens and they are insanely impressive. It takes about 45 minutes to an hour to walk the path, depending on how long you want to linger at each themed display.

My advice? Just enjoy the moment because your pictures will probably look like crap. It's hard to take pictures in the dark. Even if they turn out it just doesn't do it justice. Savor the pumpkins in all their jack o'lantern glory!

Here are the few pics I took:

My friends at the beer garden

These are made out of pumpkins, people!!!

Let's pose with this pumpkin and barrel of hay!

The gift shop

WARNING: There's a gift shop and it's adorable. Like ridiculously adorable. It's FILLED with Halloween decor and goodies and I almost spent a million dollars, but I refrained and only bought this Halloween pasta:

How cute is this? It's pasta in the shape of pumpkins! I bought some vodka sauce to go with it because it's orange. Yummm!

I am also slowly but surely making my way through the Countdown to Halloween blog list. I'm only at "H" but I have a goal to check out every blog on this list. Love my fellow Halloween bloggers!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Halloween Costume Teaser Pics

I announced my Halloween costume back in July, but want to do a quick recap for the other Countdown to Halloween bloggers. I'm REALLY excited about my costume, but the only drawback is it's tough to explain. If you're not familiar with Mystery Science Theater 3000 you're gonna be like, "What the hell are you talking about?" If you are familiar with MST3K, you're still gonna be a little confused when I try describing it, but I promise you will love it when you see it! I'm not ready to show off the whole costume yet, but I will give you some teaser costume prepping pics...

Image stolen from the internets

My costume is the MST3K silhouette. I've seen versions of this online and I'm adding my own personal twist. My friend Carolina made the Gizmonic Institute jumpsuit that Joel wears. I've got one more fitting with her, and I gotta add the Gizmonic patch, but it's basically done!

Altering the first draft (no that's not the fabric we're using)

Carolina hard at work while Humboldt supervises

The patch I ordered from Etsy. The internet has everything!

The silhouette proved to be difficult, as I feared. I made a version out of cardboard that looked like crap. The actual outline looked pretty damn good, but the cardboard was not holding up. It was all wrinkly and Crow's head was falling off. No bueno. No way would it survive a Halloween party. Plus it just looked sad. I would need to use some other type of material. Then I had a vision and sent this email off to my dad in late August...

From there we had a flurry of emails back and forth planning out my vision, which involved wood and jig saws (not a hand saw) and hinges and two different types of paint and straps and nuts and bolts and craziness! Again, I'm not ready to reveal the final product, but here are a few teaser pics.

The workshop aka Mom and Dad's garage. Can you spot my little furry helper?

You know your costume is complicated when it involves your dad and a jig saw.

We are super stoked for the finished product! And I look like the Unabomber.

Special thanks to candy corn for being delicious

Squeeealll! I'm getting so excited. I'll reveal the final product later in the month. I can't freakin' wait! God, I wish I spent as much time and energy planning my life as I do my Halloween costume.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

This House Is Amazing

If I ever own a house, I hope I can be half as cool as these people:

That's not even a real house. It's just a facade outside of a real house. Take a closer look.

You can see the top of their one-story house through the front entrance. Amazing, right? I was hanging out with a friend over Labor Day weekend and she said I must see this cool haunted house in her Glendale neighborhood. I didn't realize it was gonna be this awesome! Apparently this couple builds a Halloween display every year, and from what I can tell, it just gets better every time. Check out their Hollywood Haunter website for more awesome pics.

For real, I want to be best friends with these people. Their yard displays are insane.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Countdown to Halloween 2014

Happy October 1st! The Halloween season is upon us! Welcome, fellow Cryptkeepers! It's that time of year when us Halloween lovers spend the month of October blogging about Halloween. Okay, so most of us are probably doing that all year long, but October is when it's official. Check out Countdown to Halloween to see the complete list of amazing Halloween bloggers!

Just to give you a recap on the past few months, I've mostly been yammering on about Ghostbusters, Scare L.A., other goings-on around Los Angeles and, of course, costume planning. You guys, my Halloween costume is almost complete. I can't even believe it. I've never had a costume finished this early. I have been insanely organized this Halloween season. More costume pics and posts to come!

I'll keep this post short and sweet, and leave you with my Halloween season to-do list. Yes, I made a list this year, some of which I've already accomplished. Apologies for the shitty MS Paint job.

Image courtesy of Kittisak at

I can't wait to read all of your blogs this month! Halloween, yeah!!!!!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Labor Day Weekend Halloweening

Well, Ghostbusters was a bust. All my friends bailed/couldn't make it/didn't want to go. Lame. I ended up going to the theater by myself like a true GB fan.

All by myseeeellllffff!

It kinda felt like this...

I'm hoping my dedication will score me some points with the Great Pumpkin. Also, you know what I noticed about Ghostbusters? There are so many daytime hauntings. Seriously, about 75% of that movie takes place during the day. Who knew ghosts loved the daytime so much?

I happened to be house sitting in Burbank that weekend, so of course I had to stop by...

Halloween Town!

I freakin' love this place, and it's been way too long since I stopped by. If you ever want some Halloween inspiration, swing by Halloween Town. No, it's not like those pop-up Halloween stores that show up in October. It's open year round and it's amazing. It feels like you're inside a haunted mansion. Go now!

Bought me some pumpkin stickers and I'm clearly excited about it.

After dragging my friend Kelly to Halloween Town, she took me to see this awesome haunted house in her neighborhood. I was not prepared for the amount of awesomeness these people put into decorating their house. I'm not allowed to post pics till after Sept 15th due to some contest they are in, but trust me, it's rad.

I have a billion more things to write about--costume updates, Halloween to do lists, presents in the mail! But I'm fading and will have to write more later. Nighty night.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Scare L.A. and Other Goings-On

Scare L.A. was three weeks ago and I'm just now getting around to writing about it. Whoops! I'm procrastinating writing posts for my procrastination blog. That can't be good.

Scare L.A. was great, as expected. A way bigger crowd than last year. I cheaped out and bought the basic one-day cheapo pass. I still had a good time, but I definitely plan on buying the fancy pass next year so I can take classes and what not. I still left feeling PUMPED for Halloween.

The following panels were pretty rad:

When Hinges Creek: Celebrating 45 Years of the Haunted Mansion. This had a lot of old tales and behind-the-scenes stuff about Disneyland's Haunted Mansion as told by the folks who originally designed the ride system. Halloweeny history!

Making Monsters. The hair and makeup folks from all the big parks in SoCal took the stage to talk about the logistics of creating hordes of monsters for their Halloween nights, including Knott's Scary Farm, Queen Mary's Dark Harbor, Six Flag's Magic Mountain Fright Fest and Universal Studios' Halloween Horror Nights. I am truly impressed with the effort and creativity that goes into this, especially for the groups that have tiny budgets.

Exploring the Ruins of Los Angeles. This was by far my favorite panel of the day. A team of urban explorers from Atlas Obscura talked about all kinds of off-the-beaten-path locations in L.A. You must check out the Los Angeles branch to see what other adventures they have planned. I was rapidly jotting notes of all the cool places they were talking about, but it will be easier if you just check out their site. I'm lazy.

And of course, we had plenty of photo ops:


My Halloween friends

My Halloween parents

More Halloweening around with friends and fam

Making Monsters panel

It was also the weekend of the Super Moon!

Other Halloween Goings-On

RISE of the Jack o' Lanterns - I just bought a Living Social deal for this and I'm really excited. Over 5,000 jack o' lanterns on display on a scenic trail at Descanso Gardens. Sounds like one of those Christmas Tree Lane neighborhoods but better! Various dates available in October. Check it out! They have a version in New York, too.

Ghostbusters 30th Anniversary - Ghostbusters is being re-released this weekend on the big screen for its 30th anniversary, and for the life of me I cannot figure out how this is not sold out!!!! I bought tickets weeks ago when I found out. How are people not stoked out of their minds to see Ghostbusters in the theater again???? GHOSTBUSTERS ON THE BIG SCREEN. My tickets are for tonight and needless to say, I am excited.

Courtesy of the Ghostbusters Facebook page

"We came, we saw, we kicked its ass!" -- Peter Venkman