I’ve been so busy lately I haven’t had time to post. The past few days have been so nice, in the 70’s. I love that fall is in the air, cooling weather, pumpkins and Halloween stuff starting to come out in the stores, pumpkin coffee, and everything else pumpkin! Halloween is just around the corner and I couldn’t be more excited. Also being able to go hiking and walking outdoors in the cool air. 🙂
I do believe there is going to be a Halloween costume theme this year. My boyfriends friend/roommate is pretty sure he’s going as Jack the Ripper, I will be one of his dead victims and my boyfriend might go as the detective. I just need to find an inexpensive dress that I can mutilate and bloody up. I have a whole month & 1/2 to come up with something.
Busch Gardens had their beginning night of Howl-O-Scream last Friday the 13th, which my boyfriend and I went to. We had fun even though it wasn’t scary at all. I was even more disappointed than last year, but some of the decorations were cool. There just wasn’t much interaction with the dressed up employees trying to scare people. Kings Dominions Halloween stuff is so much better than Busch Gardens. It doesn’t scare me either, but their decorations and interaction out weighs BG.
We also watched the third season of The Walking Dead. It was awesome! The Governor really got under my skin from the start of the season. I didn’t trust him at all. I SO wanted him to die instead of Merle. Yes, Merle got on my nerves, but I would rather deal with him over the Governor. Sorry if anyone who watches the show hasn’t seen the third season! I don’t want to ruin it for anyone! Anyway, Daryl has always been my favorite characters of the show, however when Michonne made her appearance I added her to the list fast. If I had to go through a zombie apocalypse I’d want both on my side!
I watched the trailer for season 4 and I can’t wait for it to come out next year so I can watch it. I think that’s one of the things that sucks about not having cable. Although I do like being able to watch them when I want and without commercials!
Who is your favorite Walking Dead Character?
My best friends daughter has been telling her for over a month now she wants to be the Bride of Frankenstein for Halloween. How she came up with this idea on her own her mom isn’t sure, but its a damn good idea and unique for a child! A 5 year old who loves Halloween as much as her mother and I. I hope when and if I have a child they love it just as much. I wouldn’t mind being bride of frankenstein one year myself, but I have something else in mind this year.
last night I got the idea in my head to make her a Bride a Frankenstein doll out of felt. I know what you’re thinking, “she says ALL the time dolls freak her out and here she is making one?!”. Well it’s a little different for some reason. I don’t ask me why, but it is. Anyway, I started working on the bride last night and almost have her head finished. I’ll post a picture of her once completed. So far she looks pretty cute.
Forget the Trick or Treat, just give me the treats! Anyone throwing a halloween party this year? Whether it is for adults only, kid friendly or just for the kids, here are some cool ideas I found while haunting the internet this morning. Some of them have links to the recipes while others are just the picture, but you can pretty much get an idea how to do them.
These cool little Pecan-Caramel Spiders are from the Food Network.
These spiders have been rated 4 stars. After skimming through the reviews it looks like some people had some difficulty making them. All in all, they look quite tasty, but be warned they do contain nuts for those with nut allergies! This means they are out for me, but I’m sure there could be ways to create them without nuts just put those creative caps on. 🙂
Witchy hats made from cookies & kisses. Very cute for a childs halloween party or better yet, why not a Harry Potter birthday party?
Speaking of Harry Potter, what child or some adults wouldn’t love a spread like this?!
OK, I’m not one of those people that could be paid to eat a bug or worm live let alone made from gelatin, but these are pretty cool for a party idea! I thought them worthy of posting though!Here’s the recipe for these worms along with some other cute treat ideas from Atlanta with Kids, 5 Freakishly Fun Halloween Treats and Snacks for Kids.
Ghoul, zombie or maybe frankenstein fingers? These are kind of creepy and look easy to make with just a few ingredients.Unfortunantly I, myself couldn’t get the blog to load without being blocked for security reasons(at work…sigh) 😉 However please check out Deep in the Heart of Tejas: Halloween Treats if interested in making them.
Anyone for Brrrrraaain?
I’ve seen ice molds for brains during halloween to put in punch. I’m sure the mold can easily be used to make a brain from something else depending on what the mold is made from.. I’ve often thought about getting one then never do. It’s on my list for this year though.
Well, when not in the mood for brains how about intestines? DIY Intestines Dinner Recipe and Tutorial from canarygirl here. Since you use already prepared puff pastry this is pretty easy to make.
If any of these belong to you and would like them removed please let me know. I have given credit to each if attached to someones site/blog. I take no credit or ownership of any of these recipes or pictures. If I decide to post any of my own at some point during the countdown, I will specify. 🙂
I’m pretty impressed by some of these halloween face painting and makeup ideas. I deifnitely want to try out some of them some time. I don’t take any credit for the pictures below. I just appreciate the talent and wanted to share. If any of these belong to you and you wish them removed, please let me know. 🙂
I put a spell on you..and now..you’re mine. I’m back from the weekend, can’t say that I’m rested as I lack sleep from insomnia. Here I am though! I thought today I would list a few Witchy movies that I love. They are not scary of course, but then again I haven’t found a movie yet that scares me…
This list differs from the others since some of them are child friendly. That being said brings me to the first on the list, Harry Potter. I’m a big Harry Potter fan, I love the books and the movies. I adored being able to watch all the kids grow up through the series of movies.
Hocus Pocus, another favorite. The sanderson sisters just tickle me.
The Good Witch
The Witches, I watched this growing up.
The following aren’t child friendly, however on my list. 🙂
There are so many movies that involve witches its hard to name them all.
In the spirit of carrying on my daily countdown to Halloween. I decided to post some cool werewolf movies today. I think what makes it for me is when they look more realistic and not “fake”. If they look too fake all is lost for me. Here are a few in no particular order.
I realize I have posted the Underworld movies twice now, but it seems fitting since there are both werewolves (Lyans) & vampires. Also they happen to be some of my favorite movies. Having Kate Beckinsale as the lead character also is a plus in my book. 🙂
- Underworld: Evolution
- Underworld: Rise of the Lycans
- Underworld: Awakening
A few other movies in my list…
I’m at a toss up on whether I would be a vampire or werewolf if there was a choice..I’m such a wolf girl I might have to say werewolf. Which would you be?
I know I have written several times about dolls as I don’t like them. They creep me out beyond belief. I found a pretty cool site called Aliens-UFOs.com that has a thread called Dolls where people have shared their experiences with dolls. Here is just a sample of whats on the site.
A Scary Sleepover
Last year I had a sleepover with my friends and I had an American girl doll. Her name is Julie. She really creeps me out. Ali, Hannah, and Jasmine had come over by then. That night the doll moved when we where on the bed talking. We got freaked out. The doll eyes started to blink at us. By then we were crying because it was freaky. I got off the bed and opened the closet and I grabbed the doll. The doll turned its head and stared at me and I threw it in there. Last night the doll was on my bed. And when I went home from my moms Tae Kwon Do thing. When I went upstairs the doll was not at the foot of the bed it was at the front where the pillows are. I was freaked out! ~ Elizabeth, Copyright 2010
The doll, which is allegedly cursed, has become a fixture of ghost tours in the Key West area since it was inducted into the Fort East Martello Museum.
History: Eugene was given the doll in 1906 by a Bahamian servant who was skilled in black magic and voodoo and was displeased with the family. Soon afterward, it became clear that there was something eerie about the doll. Eugene’s parents said they often heard him talking to the doll and that the doll appeared to be talking back. Although at first they assumed that Eugene was simply answering himself in a changed voice, they later believed that the doll was actually speaking.
Neighbors claimed to see the doll moving from window to window when the family was out. The Otto family swore that sometimes the doll would emit a terrifying giggle and that they caught glimpses of it running from room to room. In the night Eugene would scream, and when his parents ran to the room, they would find furniture knocked over and Eugene in bed, looking incredibly scared, telling them that “Robert did it!”. In addition, guests swore that they saw Robert’s expression change before their eyes.
When Eugene died in 1974, the doll was left in the attic until the house was bought again. The new family included a ten-year old girl, who became Robert’s new owner. It was not long before the girl began screaming out in the night, claiming that Robert moved about the room and even attempted to attack her on multiple occasions. More than thirty years later, she still tells interviewers that the doll was alive and wanted to kill her.
The doll is annually rotated to the Old Post Office and Customhouse in October, with the museum staff claiming that strange activity in the museum increases during such times.
A new other notes:
For individuals who visit Robert in the Fort East Martello Museum and wish to take a picture of him, according to legend, the person must ask the doll politely. If he does not agree (by tipping his head to one side), and the individual takes a picture anyway, the doll will curse the person and their family.
The doll served as an inspiration for the Chucky doll in the Child’s Play film franchise.
– (source) Wikipedia, Robert the Doll
Annabelle was the focus of a case that famed paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren took part in during the early 1970’s and is highlighted in the book The Demonologist. It has been stated that this is one of the most unusual cases of a possessed object on record.
This is Annabelle’s story:
In 1970 a mother, doting on her only daughter, purchased a Raggedy Ann doll from an antique store. The cute red headed little doll was a present for her daughter Donna. Donna was, at that time, currently residing with her roommate Angie in a small apartment and preparing to graduate from college. Thinking nothing more of the doll than a sign of gratitude and affection from her mother she placed the doll on her bed in her room and basically forgot about it.
As time passed both Angie and Donna noticed an air of strangeness about the doll. Apparently, the doll would move, relatively unnoticeable movements at first, like a change in position, but as time passed the movement became more noticeable. The doll was even once found standing upright, leaning against a chair with its legs crossed. After awhile the doll was said to have actually changed rooms! It would be left in the living room before Donna left for work and upon returning it would be found on her bed, in her room. A moving doll? Very strange indeed.
This Doll Does More Than Just Move
About a month later Donna began to find what she thought were penciled messages. The creepy messages looked to be written in the hand writing of a “small child”, scribbled and almost illegible. Although, it could be seen that the messages clearly stated “Help Us” or “Help Lou”. Not sure of the messages meanings Donna was uncertain of exactly who the “us” was. Apparently, Donna had never kept parchment paper in the house either. So where did the paper upon which the messages were written come from? Could it have been conjured by the doll itself? Could a doll possibly be writing messages? If so how?
Who’s Annabelle Really?
Donna came home one night to find the doll had moved once again. Only this time Donna felt as though something was off. A menacing presence seemed to emulate from the doll and she had the deepest urge to inspect it for some reason. What she found would haunt her forever.
The doll had blood on it. Blood or what seemed to be blood, a liquid like red substance had appeared on both the back of its hands and its chest. Now completely scared and desperate for help, Donna decided it was time to seek an expert. Something was going on and she wanted answers.
Determined to get down to the bottom of things, Donna decided to contact a medium. The medium agreed and a seance was held. Apparantly, there was in fact a spirit taking up residence in the doll and her name was Annabelle Higgins. From what the medium could determine Annabelle Higgins was a young girl of only seven years old when her lifeless body was found in the field upon which the apartment complex now stands. The details of her death never came to light. The so called spirit basically took up residence with the doll and it wanted to stay. Seeing no harm in it and feeling sorry for what the spirit had experienced in life Donna agreed. The true nature of this entity had yet to be revealed…….
Lou, a friend of Donnas’ was less than thrilled with the doll. On numerous occasions Lou warned Angie the doll felt threatening and sinister. Something was off and Lou knew it. Lou’s dislike of the doll was well known. He would have more than one terrifying experience with Annabelle. Here is the story of Lou’s experience as related by the Warrens themselves:
“Lou awoke one night from a deep sleep and in panic. Once again he had a reoccuring bad dream. Only this time somehow, something seemed different. It was as though he was awake but couldn’t move. He looked around the room but couldn’t discern anything out of the ordinary and then it happened. Looking down toward his feet he saw the doll, Annabelle. It began to slowly glide up his leg, moved over his chest and then stopped. Within seconds the doll was strangling him. Paralyzed and gasping for breath Lou, at the point of asphyxiation, blacked out. Lou awoke the next morning, certain it wasn’t a dream, Lou was determined to rid himself of that doll and the spirit that possessed it. Lou, however, would have one more terrifying experience with Annabelle. Preparing for a road trip the next day Lou and Angie were reading over maps alone in her apartment. The apartment seemed eerily quiet. Suddenly, rustling sounds coming from Donnas room aroused fear that someone had possibly broken into the apartment. Lou determined to figure out who or what it was quietly made his way to the bedroom door. He waited for the noises to stop before entering and turning on the light. The room was empty except for Annabelle whom was tossed on the floor in the corner.
Lou scoured the room for forced entry but nothing was out of place. But as he got close to the doll he got the distinct impression that somebody was behind him. Spinning around he was quick to realize that nobody else was there. Then in flash he found himself grabbing for his chest, doubled over, cut and bleeding. His shirt was stained with blood and upon opening his shirt there on his chest was what looked to be 7 distinct claw marks, three vertically and four horizontally, all were hot like burns. These scratches healed almost immediately, half gone the next day, fully gone by day two. (“Annabelle, The Curse Of The Devil Doll.”warrens.net,Web. 2010)
Had the entity finally revealed it’s true purpose/nature? Usually, claw marks in a paranormal situation relates to a demonic entity. Demonic entities usually lead to cases of possession. The doll may be just a temporary anchor to the physical world. Possession of a human body may be its true intent. A human possession would make it almost impossible for the demon to be extricated from our world, making the interaction between the spiritual world and the physical world much easier to manipulate.
Paranormal Investigation: The Warrens
Due to the nature of Lou’s experiences the doll was no longer believed to be a docile spirit but inhuman and demonic in nature. Donna decided to contact a priest. Bringing in the big guns seemed like the best way to go. Afterall they were fighting a paranormal war of sorts and had nothing to loose by doing so. Father Hegan was the priest they contacted. With his help their case was referred to the famous paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren.
“Ed and Lorraine Warren immediately took interest in the case and contacted Donna concerning the doll. The Warrens, after speaking with Donna, Angie, and Lou came to the immediate conclusion that the doll itself was not in fact possessed but manipulated by an inhuman presence. Spirits do not Possess inanimate objects like houses or toys, they posses people. An inhuman spirit can attach itself to a place or object and this is what occurred in the Annabelle case. This spirit manipulated the doll and created the illusion of it being alive in order to get recognition. Truly, the spirit was not looking to stay attached to the doll, it was looking to posses a human host.
The spirit or in this case an inhuman demonic spirit, was essentially in the infestation stage of the phenomenon. It first began moving the doll around the apartment by means of teleportation to arouse the occupants curiosity in hopes that they would give it recognition.Then predictably the mistake of bringing a medium into the apartment to communicate with it. The inhuman spirit now able to communicate through the medium, preyed on the girls emotional vulnerabilities by pretending to be a rather harmless, lost young girl with which during the seance, was allowed permission from Donna to haunt the apartment. Insofar as demonic is a negative spirit, it then set about causing patently negative phenomena to occur; it aroused fear through the weird movements of that doll, it brought about the materialization of disturbing handwritten notes, the symbolic drops of blood on the doll, and ultimately it even attacked Lou leaving behind the symbolic mark of the beast. The next stage of the infestation phenomenon would have been complete human possession. Had these experiences lasted another 2 or 3 more weeks the spirit would have completely possessed, if not harmed or killed one or all of the occupants in the house.” (“Annabelle, The Curse Of The Devil Doll.”warrens.net,Web. 2010)
An actual exorcism was placed on the doll before they left hoping it would rid Annabelle of the infectious demon. Least to say, upon the conclusion of the investigation Ed and Loraine decided the best course of action to prevent the spirit from doing further harm was to relieve Donna of its presence and take the doll home with them. They weren’t completely sure if the doll had been exorcised of the entity…..
By the way I’d like to add its cool to read up on Annabelle after seeing The Conjuring over the weekend. It sheds a little more light on the doll. Stay tuned for tomorrows Halloween Count Down post. 🙂
Good Morning, as promised here I am, bright and early to bring you some things that are hauntingly beautiful to me for my daily halloween countdown post. It saddens me that places are left to decay like this instead of receiving the love they deserve. I would kill to have some of these places. I know not to whether they are haunted or not, I merely find them beautiful. Some of them are known for their haunts and have appeared in shows for this reason for investigation. 🙂
I don’t claim ownership or credit for any pictures within this post, they were found online. If you own any of the pictures and wish them removed, please let me know. I’ll be happy to do so.
Julia Buccola Petta in 1927, exhumed after 6 years in the grave. Her mother had dreams where her daughter asked to be dug up… and it took years to get the Archdioscese to agree to it. The photo is of her nearly pristine body, post-exhumation.
Ruins of Holyrood Abbey, Scotland
Yes, you heard right.. my Halloween Count Down begins. Yes, I know it’s a bit early for it, but it helps me get through the summer heat which I loath. Plus, it’s my favorite holiday. Holiday? Why does it has to be a holiday? I could live in a house of horror/halloween decor year round and be completely content. I have so many prop ideas I plan to create, but these projects are on hold until my house sells and we’re settled in a new place. However long that takes. 😦
Halloween is on Thursday, October 31, 2013 (in 99 days)!
In an attempt at making myself blog more, I decided to post something daily in honor of my Halloween count down. 🙂
Speaking of Halloween that brings me to horror. If anyone is a fan and lover of horror like I am, you probably saw The Conjuring as we did over the weekend. I have been looking forward to it since seeing the previews some time ago.
A short description for those that don’t know about this movie. The Conjuring is based on a true story, the film tells the horrifying tale of how world renowned paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren were called upon to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in a secluded farmhouse. Forced to confront a powerful demonic entity, the Warrens find themselves caught in the most terrifying case of their lives.
In my opinion the movie was a little slow the first, maybe 5-10 minutes when two roomates are being interviewed about a “possessed” doll. Dolls! Something that has always freaked me out. I don’t like them and never will. Of course you already knew this if you follow my blog and have seen previous posts about them. However, the rest of the movie makes up for it once the Perron family is introduced. I love old houses and this farm house, even with all its old charm does have a creepy feel to it.
What is it about a house or place that when the lights are turned out, adds a completely different feeling to it? It leaves a sort of mystery with its shadows and noises in the night. All this with sound effects add to the thrill and suspense, not to mention what may jump out or appear around a corner. I just can’t get enough of it. It has been awhile since a horror movie has caught my attention when paranormal has been involved as they are usually hit or miss. This one though, I thoroughly enjoyed.
It will be one I add to my growing dvd collection. I think this one could definitely be considered a classic, at least in my opinion.
Just because Halloween is over doesn’t mean I wait until the following year for anything spooky, horrific, or ghostly. That to me is something I can’t live without. I live for horror movies, ghost hunting, books, and anything else I can get my hands on re-guarding the unknown or horror. Again that is the morbid and strange side to me…if there is another side.
What is it that makes the hair on the back of your neck stand? What are you’re fears? Have you ever wondered what it is about old places, dark hallways and stairs that are so creepy? The anticipation of what lies in the dark or around the corner. That spine chilling feeling when looking into a mirror and seeing something other than your own reflection starring back. I find it all rather fascinating. I haven’t found anything yet that scares me. Yeah, I have a phobia of dolls and clowns, but its not a fear to me. They just freak me out. They don’t cause me to run or scream. I’ve never been a screamer. I keep waiting for something to get me. I go to so many movies, haunted places, amusement parks during Halloween trying to find at least one thing and nothing. It’s rather disappointing when all you want is to have something scare you. I know, it sounds silly WANTING to be scared of something when so many people don’t like it. For me though its a thrill, almost like a challenge or something. Call me bat shit crazy, it wouldn’t bother me.
In the spirit of Halloween I thought I’d share a childhood favorite of mine. I don’t know if anyone remembers the “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” Books? They were a series of 3 books that were published in the 80’s and 90’s. The scary stories of the titles are pieces of folklore and urban legends collected and adapted by Alvin Schwartz.
I had 2 of the 3 books, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark and More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. I believe I still have them packed away somewhere.
I don’t know which I liked more, the stories or the illustrations which seemed almost too creepy for a child. I liked them, but then again I’ve always been a little strange. 😉
Some illustrations are below.
Pumpkin carving Friday night. Looks so serious doesn’t he? Hehehe! After looking through the patterns we bought I decided to go with the tombstone and zombie arm. He wanted to make something up as he didn’t really like any of the patterns.
I was pretty upset when I started gutting my pumpkin and realized it was rotten inside! I never would have known from the look of the outside, oh well. I went ahead and carved it anyway. It turned out cute but didn’t last long, because of the rotten section. It’s been on my porch along with Josh’s. I happened to check on them Sunday morning and the arm had caved in. I don’t really think those last long anyway.
We had an audience when carving. My two dogs were very attentive. When there’s food involved they’re always around! There’s one more pumpkin to carve, but it was so late we both decided to call it quits. Perhaps Halloween night 🙂