IT’S HALLOWEEN!!!!!

Good morning everybody. Today is the day. It’s finally here. HALLOWEEN! I sure hope everyone has their halloween costume ready. And don’t forget about all that wonderful, ooey, gooey, super sweet candy to hand out to all of those creepy little monsters that come knocking at your door. I know I’m ready, have been ready all month! So this is all for now so everyone go out (or stay in) and have a great, wonderful time. Just remember, get as much candy as you can and above all, BE SAFE!! HAPPY HALLOWEEN YOU ALL!!!!

Halloween Countdown…..

      4 days and counting until the big night…..Hopefully by now you have made your plans and got your costume and all of your delicious treats done. If you haven’t and you have no idea what to dress up as or make for treats, don’t worry. Just check out my earlier posts this month. They are filled to the brim with delicious recipes and cool costumes ideas. There is even a HUGE playlist of songs to choose from to rock your Halloween party. We have our costumes all planned out. My husband and I are going to be simple scarecrows. The kids are as follows: 1st kid: pirate, 2nd kid: too old to dress up, and 3rd kid:a fortune teller. In the meantime, my husband and I have made the following goal: Watch one scary movie a night every night this week and then finish Halloween night out with as many Freddy Krueger movies as we can watch while stuffing ourselves with sugary treats (after trick or treating of course!). So last night-Sunday the 26th-it was Jennifer’s Body.

Jennifer’s Body (starring Megan Fox and Amanda Seyfried) is a creepy movie about a nerdy, reserved bookworm Needy Lesnicki, and arrogant, conceited cheerleader Jennifer Check are best friends, though they share little in common. They share even less in common when Jennifer mysteriously gains an appetite for human blood after a disastrous fire at a local bar. As Needy’s male classmates are steadily killed in gruesome attacks, the young girl must uncover the truth behind her friend’s transformation and find a way to stop the bloodthirsty rampage before it reaches her own boyfriend Chip.

I like this movie just because it is not totally disgusting-like Saw-but it has a suspenseful edge to it and makes you wonder: how far would you go to stop your best friend?

I don’t know what our creepy movie for tonight will be be but I’m sure it will be full of suspense and Halloween creepiness.

 

 

Your Halloween Music….

Add these to your Halloween party list for a “killer” good time.

1. Ozzy Osbourne-Bark at the Moon
A list like this would not be complete without the awesomeness which is Ozzy Osbourne! This track is from the Bark at the Moon Album recorded in 1983. Ozzy is, of course, most famous for being the lead singer of Black Sabbath and it would be seriously wrong not to include him on this list.
2. Charlie Daniels Band-The Devil Went Down To Georgia
This song definitely rates as a classic Halloween party song perfect to get people moving about and dancing. It contains brilliant violin playing by Charlie Daniels and even the most anti-country music people should enjoy it.
3. The Alan Parsons Project-The Raven
Granted it isn’t the most horrifying song, but it is a tribute to Edgar Allan Poe and provides a nice alternative to some of the heavier music on this list. This is probably the best song to play as your party is nearing an end – when people are either too drunk to care what you play, or sober enough to appreciate the lyrics which are taken directly from the Poe poem of the same title.
4. White Zombie-I’m Your Boogie Man
It is definitely going to rank high for those of our readers planning a more hardcore party than the others. Also, for those of you who are planning to spread humbug this Halloween, you can play this at a very loud volume and you will frighten all the kids and parents who are trick or treating – save on candy costs!
5. Creedence Clearwater Revival-Bad Moon Rising
This is a great hit from the ’60s which went to number one in the UK. While it is not a particularly scary track, it is, for many people listening, likely to bring back many memories of Halloween parties of the past.
6. Vic Mizzy, Dave Kahn, and Ted Cassidy-The Addams Family Theme Song
The Addams Family was a 1964 hit series based on cartoons by Charles Addams. The theme will be familiar to most people either through the original series of the much more recently made movie. This is a great quirky hit for your party – a definite must-play.
7. Alice Cooper-Welcome To My Nightmare
This song is from the album of the same name by Alice Cooper. It is a concept album in which each track progressively details the passage of a nightmare. This is the opening track and what could be more perfect for a loud Halloween Party.
8. Marilyn Mason-This Is Halloween
Not the original soundtrack version of the song. This is the Marilyn Manson version which I like it much more and think it has a better Halloween “feel” about it. I also love the Panic at the Disco version, but there is no doubt that the Manson version is the spookiest. The song is, of course, the title track of the brilliant Tim Burton film “The Nightmare before Christmas”.
9. Carl Orff-O Fortuna
Everyone knows this song – it has been used in hundreds of horror movies. While the song sounds very eerie, the translation of the Latin original is not quite so spooky – it actually means “O Fortune, you wax and wane like the moon”. Hardly frightening stuff, but most people don’t know what it means and it will chill everyone that hears it to the bone! A definite must-have for Halloween. Oh – and it is from the cantata called Carmina Burana.
10. Mike Oldfield-Tubular Bells
Anyone who has seen the Exorcist will appreciate the eeriness of this soundtrack. It plays at the start of the film as the main actress walks home from a day filming. The scene is full of moody shots of Washington in fall with children trick or treating. It lulls you in to a false sense of security before all hell breaks loose (literally) in the form of possessed girl Regan. This song will always be my favorite Halloween theme.
11. J S Bach-Toccata and Fugue in D Minor 
Of this most famous piece of classical music, Wikipedia says: The Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565, is a piece of organ music commonly attributed to Johann Sebastian Bach, composed sometime between 1703 and 1707. It is one of the most famous works in the organ repertoire, and has been used in a variety of popular media ranging from film, to video games, to rock music, to cellphone ringtones and used for the autumn holiday Halloween. I doubt a single person here will not know it. Props to Bach for writing music so cool that even non-classical lovers still listen to it – 300 years later!
12. The Misfits-Halloween
The Misfits kick off our Halloween music countdown with a punk roar from the netherworld.

More Myths for Halloween

It amazes me how many myths there are about things that none of us really think about…

  •  In order to remove all of the negative spirits in your home, you should extinguish all flames on October 30 and then relight them on Halloween using the same source, i.e., a single candle, a single match, etc.
  • If a lit candle in your home flickers, turns blue and then suddenly self-extinguishes, it means your house contains a ghost or dead spirit. Some superstitions hold that this ethereal visitor is good, while others posit an evil intent.
  • If your child’s Halloween costume allows, or if his or her clothing underneath permits, stick some “holy bread” in a pocket as an offering so the ghosts and spirits of the dead will leave him or her alone. You can make your own holy bread by sprinkling salt on each piece in the shape of a cross.
  • Assuming a ghost proves willing to stay in one place, you should walk around this dead spirit nine times to make it go away. The reason this requires nine encirclements is lost to time, but that number holds great symbolic significance, such as a cat’s nine lives, Dante’s nine circles of hell, Tolkien’s famous nine rings of power, and the Tarot’s “nine of cups,” symbolizing personal isolation.
  • Burying animal bones in your front yard is an effective method of preventing ghosts and dead spirits from entering your home (although it might raise a few eyebrows among your neighbors).
  • The best-known of all Halloween symbols, hollowed-out pumpkins with glowing candlelit faces allegedly originate from Ireland’s “Stingy Jack” myth. Rejected by both heaven and hell after he died, his soul condemned to wander eternally, Jack placed a glowing “hell fire” coal inside a hollowed-out turnip in order to light his way. Originally, the Irish called his ghostly visage “Jack of the Lantern” until shortening it to “Jack O’Lantern.”
  • Placing a candlelit jack-o-lantern outside of your front door isn’t just a kitschy holiday decoration; it also wards off any ghosts or dead spirits with evil intent.
  • If you happen to see a spider on Halloween (a real one and not some kid at your front door wearing a Spiderman costume), it means that the spirit of a deceased loved one benevolently keeps his or her eye on you.
  • The practice of knocking on doors in hopes of receiving a handout originated from the less-fortunate in Ireland and Great Britain, who offered on Hallowmas (November 1) to say a prayer for the dead on All Souls Day (November 2) in exchange for something to eat.
  • If you hear three knocks on your front door but discover there’s nobody there after opening it, it means a loved one will soon die. (Or, you were just visited by a roguish trick-or-treater familiar with this superstition.)
  • While prowling the neighborhood in search of Halloween candy in the dark of night (or even if you’re just accompanying your children), you should run straight home without looking back if you think you hear footsteps behind you. The ghosts or spirits of the dead might be following you, and if you look back and make eye contact, you will soon join them.
  • Make certain you avoid looking at your shadow cast by the Moon’s reflected light while trick-or-treating, unless you’re interested in dying soon.
  • The black bubbling cauldrons we associate today with witches derive from an ancient Celtic belief in the “Crone” or “Earth mother,” who stirred just such a pot containing the souls of the departed as they awaited reincarnation.

Halloween Passes Us By

 

Each nose is twitching, excitement is itching
Bats in our belfry are shy
The hour of witching is rather bewitching
Halloween will soon pass us by

Dressed as a witch, in a pin and a stitch
Hoping to fly over the sky
Inspired with fun, Halloween has begun
But soon it will pass us on by

The flying broom skips out of the room
Where black birds catch up on the fly
Owls run away when sun breaks the day
Before Halloween passes us by

Scarecrows and witches with patches on britches
Wild corn grown hang on the husk
Children all happy in costumes so snappy
With parties and dress up’s till dusk

Boil and bubble a pot of fun trouble
Halloween pumpkin pie
From out of the rubble, excitement will double
Before Halloween passes on by

It’s one day closer to Halloween!

Halloween is getting closer each and every day. Between work and kids, most of us don’t have time to come up with a costume for us-if you dress up for the big holiday that is. And if you do, you might not want just an ordinary, run of the mill, usual costume. So in today’s posts, I will be adding photos of some unique costume ideas for those individuals that don’t want to wear what everyone else is wearing. Enjoy!

Eeeek! Its October!!!!

Ok, for those of you that don’t know me very well, I am a big fan of Halloween. Well, maybe big is not the word. Those close to me would more likely say that I am somewhat of a Halloween fanatic. Even at 36 years olds (37 years on the 3rd of Oct), I love to dress up in costume for this holiday. Our front and backyard become a spooky array of everything creepy and scary and our meals and snacks definitely have a gruesome quality to them. So in honor of this much beloved holiday, just about everyday I will be adding posts that relate to it. From recipes, stories, pictures, and a few creepy little poems, there will be something new. So, if your brave enough, come check out what’s lurking for you…if you dare….