Tuesday, December 1, 2015

First Thoughts On Krampus

I remember when I was a kid and I watched Silent Night, Deadly Night and I loved it. Maybe because it show's a dark side to something so good and special. Not to ruin the holiday or try to make it evil. I love Christmas in all it's sweet gushiness but just as in life, for every yin is a yang..for every light there is a dark. Sometime's you need to see the dark to realize how good the light is.
So since Silent Night, Deadly Night I haven't seen any good horror movies centered around Christmas. I am super excited to see Krampus! Like a lot of scary movies, it is a cautionary tale. If you have those family members that fight, are cruel to each other, and are ungrateful you will enjoy watching this play out lol. In all seriousness, it definitely looks like some spooky good fun.

Krampus is written and directed by Michael Dougherty who most known for one of my favorites, Trick R' Treat. It's about a dysfunctional family that get's together for Christmas and `as the fights break out, the youngest son loses his belief in the magic and goodness of the holiday. This just happens to bring forth an ancient evil who is intent on punishing the non-believing family. Now they must try to band together to save themselves from the demon and all the Christmas icons he has turned into monstrous creatures to bring down the family. 

There is also real folklore behind this as well. Krampus come's from German roots. He is supposedly St. Nick's counterpart. While St. Nick rewarded kids for being good, Krampus would swat them and take them down to his lair. He would come out on December  6th or Krampusnacht (Krampus Night) and punish the bad kids. It is also Nikolaustag which is St. Nicholas Day where kids would look out their front door to see if the shoe or a boot they left out contained a present (for good kids) or a rod (for bad kids). I don't know about you but I think that might be extra motivation for kids to be good lol. I know I would!

I am gonna try to go see Krampus soon.

So does your family have any spooky Christmas tales?
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Saturday, November 28, 2015

Sad Post-Goodbye Rocco

I haven't been posting because things have been rough around here. My younger sister got a dog that has basically been a service dog 15 years ago and 2 weeks ago she had to be put to sleep because she was in heart failure and she had fluid in her lungs. It broke my sister's heart. She found an adorable puppy that she paid $280 for and the women told her he had his first shots. She is staying with me right now and she brought him back to the house, he was perfect! A few day's ago he started being very lethargic and wouldn't eat or drink. She took him to the vet and they said he has Parvo.  We started trying to nurse him through it right away. Wednesday his little body just couldn't take it any more and he passed away. It has been heartbreaking. He was only 10 weeks old! The women knew he had Parvo when she sold him to my sister, how shitty is that?! We are heartbroken beyond belief and I am furious with that women. It is a horrible virus and even more horrible way for them to die. Please, Please as soon as they are old enough, vaccinate your furbabies! 

Needless to say I have been drowning my sorrows in horror movies and shows. Mostly Zombie stuff.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Travel Idea's For Horror & Paranormal Lover's

I LOVE horror movies and spooky places (obviously lol) and I LOVE travel so it come's without saying that when you mix the two, it is pretty dang awesome! Of course there are other places I want to travel to that aren't horror related but in all honesty I think there are spooky landmarks all over the world!We know the obvious one's like going to The Stanley Hotel but there are interesting spots everywhere! We have so many different cultures that all come with their own myths and legends. So when you travel maybe make a little pit stop to learn about something creepy in another state or country!
I have put together a list of places that I think would be cool to see, I am sure there are many more and would love to hear from you about the places you know of! 
  1. St. Augustine Lighthouse in St. Augustine, Florida 
  2. Go to the Great Horror Campout
  3. Go to Zombie Survival Camp
  4. Shoot Zombies at Zombie WarZ here in Arizona
  5. Stay at Myrtle Plantation in New Orleans, Louisiana 
  6. Tour Winchester Mystery House
  7. Portugal's City Of Bones
  8. Capuchin Catacombs, Sicily
  9. Sedlec Ossuary, Czech Republic
  10. Stay at The Stanley Hotel in Colorado
  11. Island of Dolls, Mexico
  12. The Catacombs in Paris, France
  13. Visit Aokigahara Forest, Japan
  14. Pennhurst Asylum, Pennsylvania 
  15. Bates Motel & Haunted Hayride
  16. Waverly Hills Sanatorum, Kentucky
  17. Tower of London
  18. Edinburgh Castle, Scotland
  19. Leap Castle, Ireland
  20. Hoia Bociu Forest, Romania
  21. Poveglia Island, Italy
  22. Halloween Horror Nights, Florida
  23. Knott's Scary Farm, California
  24. Fright Dome Circus Circus, Nevada
  25. Bran Castle Romania
  26. Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum Weston, West Virginia 
  27. The Villisca Axe Murder House Villisca, Iowa 
  28. The Round Schoolhouse Ruins Japan 
  29. Royal Hotel in Okinawa, Japan 
  30. Teacher’s Camp, Leonard Wood Road, Baguio City, Philippines 
  31. Diplomat Hotel Baguio City, Philippines 
  32. No. 14 Laperal (The White House) Baguio City, Philippines 
  33. Kipapa Gulch in Mililani Town Oahu, Hawaii 
  34. Saint Louis Cemetary (Marie Laveau's Grave) New Orleans, Louisiana 
  35. Jerome Grand Hotel in Jerome, Arizona 
  36. Birdcage Theater Tombstone, Arizona 
  37. Superstition Mountains Gold Canyon, Arizona 
  38. The Lizzie Borden House Fall River, Massachusetts 
  39. Chillingham Castle in England 
  40. Dragsholm Castle in Denmark 
  41. Moosham Castle (Witches Castle) in Unternburg, Austria 
  42. Belcourt Castle in Newport, Rhode Island 
  43. Visit Marie Laveau's House Of Voodoo
  44. Bobby Mackey's in Wilder, Kentucky
  45. Shanghai Tunnel's in Portland, Oregon
  46. Area 51 and The Little A'Le'Inn
  47. Ancient Ram Inn Gloucestershire, England
  48. Banff Springs Hotel Alberta, Canada
  49. Queen Mary Hotel in Long Beach, California
  50. Angkor Wat in Cambodia
  51. Last but not least, as in my Halloween Lover's Bucket List, a Haunt Attraction Road Trip!
This is what I have come across so far. Some are entertainment and some are real location's where things have happened. If you go to the real locations, make sure to show respect for the place you visit.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Finished Halloween Decorations

I didn't get to do nearly as much as I was planning but I did a few thing's. Most of my decorating was indoor's and not as organized as I would like but it is way better than my outdoor decorations. It is rather pitiful but considering most of the houses on my street had NOTHING for could have been worse. I will be writing about that in another post.

I only did the three window silhouettes and I did a cut out for the garage, carved the pumpkin, hung some lights on the doorway and a sign and put together a monster to hang in the tree. That was the extent of my outdoor stuff...ugh, just sad.

I did a lot of makeup! My daughter, my sister, and her fiance plus mine.

We did get some trick r' treater's but not much.

We ended the night by having nacho's and watching the new Poltergeist. That was fun! It wasn't the original but it was good. I liked the special effects. It did add some extra spookiness to it. I know there are die hard Original only fans but you just have to appreciate for what it is.

So here are the pictures I took of Our Halloween :-)

And This is Us :-)

Hope everyone enjoyed their Halloween! We have bigger and better plans for next year! Going to have to start working on it through out the year starting like January.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Happy Day Of The Dead!

Or Feliz Dia De Los Muertos! We Are honoring the many relatives we have lost. We actually lost 8 family members on my mom's side and 5 on my dad's side. Then there was 4 on my ex's side so it has been pretty constant. The hardest was my mom. She was sick for a long time and we had a hard relationship for a long time but at the same time she was a devoted mom who tried so hard that it drove her to the thing's she didn't want to be. She was a beautiful kind hearted woman that had a hard life. I got a better relationship with her when I was older and was her caregiver for years. 
I love how The Day Of The Dead celebrates the life of the people and you honor that life. We are blessed to have a very multicultural family. We have everything from Irish and Filipino to my daughter who also has Creole. The great thing about that is we can explore the many different traditions and beliefs of the various cultures. 

We got to go to the Dia De Los Muertos Festival in Mesa and it was nice even though it wasn't on the actual day. Today my daughter and I are going to make Skull Cookies. Next year we are building an alter. 

Here are the pictures from the festival.

Pan de Muerto 
(Bread of the Dead)
•             1/4 cup milk
•             1/4 cup (half a stick) margarine or butter, cut into 8 pieces
•             1/4 cup sugar
•             1/2 teaspoon salt
•             1 package active dry yeast
•             1/4 cup very warm water
•             2 eggs
•             3 cups all-purpose flour, unsifted
•             1/2 teaspoon anise seed
•             1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
•             2 teaspoons sugar
Instructions: Bring milk to boil and remove from heat. Stir in margarine or butter, 1/4 cup sugar and salt.
In large bowl, mix yeast with warm water until dissolved and let stand 5 minutes. Add the milk mixture.
Separate the yolk and white of one egg. Add the yolk to the yeast mixture, but save the white for later. Now add flour to the yeast and egg. Blend well until dough ball is formed.
Flour a pastry board or work surface very well and place the dough in center. Knead until smooth. Return to large bowl and cover with dish towel. Let rise in warm place for 90 minutes. Meanwhile, grease a baking sheet and preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Knead dough again on floured surface. Now divide the dough into fourths and set one fourth aside. Roll the remaining 3 pieces into "ropes."
On greased baking sheet, pinch 3 rope ends together and braid. Finish by pinching ends together on opposite side. Divide the remaining dough in half and form 2 "bones." Cross and lay them atop braided loaf.
Cover bread with dish towel and let rise for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, in a bowl, mix anise seed, cinnamon and 2 teaspoons sugar together. In another bowl, beat egg white lightly.
When 30 minutes are up, brush top of bread with egg white and sprinkle with sugar mixture, except on cross bones. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes.

Makes 8 to 10 servings.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Japan And Halloween

I eventually would love to travel to different states and countries to see how they celebrate Halloween. I love travel and I love learning about different places and cultures, and of course, I LOVE Halloween so it makes perfect sense that I would want to see how they mesh in different locations.

I recently can across a video of Halloween In Japan and that inspired this post.

Now, if you have read some of my blog I'm sure I must have mentioned that I also love Asian Horror movies! I love that a lot of their horror stores come from their particular history and mythology. Plus they are just really good at being creepy ;-)

Since Halloween is not as common in Japan it would be very interesting to see how they have adopted some of the traditions. I found out from another video that they still don't Trick R' Treat though unless you are a little kid and that is only at a parade.

I definitely want to go there during Halloween!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Halloween Movie List

So every Halloween there are certain movies we fit in's tradition. I have a master list of movies that are good for watching during Halloween and we pick through them depending on time and schedules. 

We watch everything from Horror to more Disney Halloween. Some of the old kids specials are the best! Although I wish there were more Horror movies about Halloween. I will categorize these by Family Horror and then good old Horror. 

Family Horror

o    Twitches 1 &2
o    Hocus Pocus
o    Mom's Got A Date With A Vampire
o    Under Wraps
o    Haunting Hour
o    HalloweenTown Series
o    Alvin And The Chipmunks Meet The Werewolf
o    Alvin And The Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein
o    Monster Mash
o    Toonsylvania
o    Wallace & Gromit The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit
o    The Corpse Bride
o    The Nightmare Before Christmas
o    The Witches
o    Coraline
o    The Haunted Mansion
o    Something Wicked This Way Comes
o    Igor
o    Ghostbusters 1&2
o    The Adams Family 1 & 2
o    Casper
o    Casper & Wendy
o    Double, Double, Boil And Trouble
o    Little Monsters
o    Monster Squad
o    Ernest Scared Stupid
o    Gremlins
o    Transylvania 6-5000
o    The Adventures Of Ichabod & Mr. Toad
o    The Haunted Pumpkin Of Sleepy Hollow
o    Harry Potter Series
o    The Watcher In The Woods
o    When Good Ghouls Go Bad
o    Mostly Ghostly
o    The Phantom Of The Megaplex
o    The Scream Team
o    Twitches  1 & 2
o    Paranorman
o    Monster House
o    Frankenweenie
o    R.L. Stine’s Monsterville: Cabinet Of Souls
o    The Little Vampire
o    It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
o    The Worst Witch
o    Munster's Go Home
o    Scooby Doo & The Goblin King
o    Scooby Doo & The Witches Ghost
o    Scooby Doo & The Loch Ness Monster
o    Scooby Doo Zombie Island
o    Scooby Doo Movies 1 & 2 (non-animated)
o    Scary Godmother's Halloween Spooktacular
o    Scary Godmother's The Revenge Of Jimmy
o    Nicktoon's Halloween Tail's Of Fright
o    The Simpsons Halloween
o    Archie’s Weird Mysteries
o    And of course any of the other Goosebumps movies


o    Halloween Series
o    Friday The 13th Series
o    Nightmare On Elm Street
o    Hellraiser Series
o    Puppet Master Series
o    Scream Series
o    Resident Evil Series
o    Underworld Series
o    Trick R’ Treat
o    Cabin In The Woods
o    Exorcist Series
o    Evil Dead (old & new)
o    The Shining
o    Insidious Series
o    Sinister
o    Poltergeist Series
o    Paranormal Activity Series
o    The Conjuring
o    Annabell
o    The Thing
o    The Ring Series
o    The Grudge Series
o    Grave Halloween
o    Tales From The Hood
o    Snoop Dog’s Hood Of Horror
o    Stay Alive
o    The Purge Series
o    You’re Next
o    Suspiria
o    Audition (Asian Horror)
o    Shaun Of The Dead
o    Night Of The Living Dead
o    Return Of The Living Dead Series
o    An American Werewolf In London
o    Psycho Series
o    Final Destination Series
o    Wrong Turn Series
o    The Mist
o    A Tale Of Two Sisters (Asian Horror)
o    The Hitcher
o    Jeepers Creepers Series
o     Shutter
o    The Others
o    Jacobs Ladder
o    Flatliners
o    Dead Alive
o    Pulse
o    Silent Hill Series
o    From Dusk Till Dawn
o    The Crazies
o    The Women In Black
o    Sleepy Hollow
o    In The Mouth Of Madness
o    Fright Night (new & old)
o    30 Days Of Night
o    Thirteen Ghost
o    Zombie Land
o    Club Dread
o    The Covenant
o    Constantine
o    The Frighteners
o    Soul Survivors
o    Forsaken
o    The Fog
o    What Lies Beneath
o    The Rite
o    Jennifer’s Body
o    The Lost Boy’s Series
o    Gingersnaps Series
o    House On Haunted Hill
o    Rose Red
o    The Diary Of Ellen Rimbauer
o    Shutter Island
o    Dracula
o    Dawn Of The Dead
o    From Dusk Till Dawn
o    The Hills Have Eye’s
o    Idle Hands
o    Doll’s
o    The Roost
o    Texas Chainsaw Massacre
o    Devil’s Due
o    Smiley
o    The Last Exorcism
o    Detention Of The Dead
o    Ouija
o    Warm Bodies
o    Hell Baby
o    Insidious
o    Silent Hill Series
o    The Rite
o    Thirteen Ghost
o    The Forsaken
o    Soul Survivors
o    House Of The Dead
o    Legion
o    Blade Series
o    Mirrors Series
o    The Stand
o    Serpent And The Rainbow
o    Prince Of Darkness
o    One Missed Call (Asian Horror)
o    The Eye (Asian Horror)
o    Dark Water (Asian Horror)
o    Carved (Asian Horror)
o    A Tale Of Two Sisters (Asian Horror)
o    Noroi: The Curse (Asian Horror)
o    Ju-On (Asian Horror)
o    Ringu (Asian Horror)
o    Dumplings (Asian Horror)
o    Audition (Asian Horror)
o    Donnie Darko
o    Goulies
o    Psycho
o    The Shining
o    The Strangers
o    IT
o    Pumpkinhead
o    The Amittyville Horror
o    30 Days Of Night
o    Oculus
o    My Bloody Valentine
o    Mine
o    Creepshow
o    Tales From The Darkside
o    The Lost Boys
o    Shocker
o    The Funhouse
o    Night Of The Creeps
o    Prom Night
o    Misery
o    The Thaw
o    The Thing
o    Cat’s Eye
o    Critters
o    The Haunting
o    The Haunting In Connecticut 1&2
o    Crazies
o    Wishmaster 1&2
o    The Others
o    The Woman In Black
o    Candyman Series
o    Cabin Fever
o    Demon Knight
o    Night Of The Demons
o    House Of Wax
o    Devil
o    The Fourth Kind
o    Drag Me To Hell
o    Ghost Ship
o    Skeleton Key
o    Midnight Meat Train
o    The Innkeepers
o    Ghost Story
o    The Happening
o    Bad Dreams
o    What Lies Beneath
o    Chucky
o    Dead Silence
o    Pet Semetary
o    Phantoms
o    Ghoul
o    Babbadook
o    Christine
o    Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark
o    Boogyman
o    Queen Of The Damned
o    Brainscan
o    I Know What You Did Last Summer Series
o    You’re Next
o    White Noise
o    The Ward
o    The Shrine
o    Beneath The Darkness
o    The Pact
o    John Dies At The End (Not so much real horror but good action horror)
o    Re-Animator
o    The Haunting At Silver Falls
o    Day Watch
o    Night Watch
o    Greystone Park
o    They
o    Vanishing On 7th Street
o    Grave Encounters 1&2
o    Odd Thomas (Not scary but a cool Dean Koonts story)
o    Sadako (Asian Horror)
o    Ring Of Curse (Asian Horror)
o    Burke & Hare (Dark but not scary)
o    I Sell The Dead (Dark but not scary)
o    Pontypool
o    Alien Abduction
o    Abandoned Mine
o    Darkness Falls
o    Rigor Mortis (Asian Horror)
o    Shrooms
o    Antisocial
o    Mine Games
o    VHS
o    Visible Secret (Asian Horror)
o    Mercy
o    Baby Blues (Asian Horror)
o    Don’t Blink
o    At The Devil’s Door
o    Knights Of Badassdom
o    Come Back To Me
o    The Damned
o    Horns
o    A Good Marriage
o    Stonehearst Asylum
o    Secrets In The Walls
o    Venom
o    Open Windows
o    The Houses October Built
o    Killer Legends
o    Alter
o    The Canal
o    Jinn
o    After
o    Grabbers
o    All Cheerleaders Die
o    Buck Wild
o    Black Sheep
o    23:59 (Asian Horror)
o    Burying The Ex
o    The Hole
o    Dark Skies
o    The Lazerus Effect
o    The Pyramid
o    Final Destination Series
o    The Unborn
o    Husk
o    Fertile Ground
o    The Graves
o    Crazy Eights
o    Dark Ride
o    The Hamiltons
o    Wicked Little Things
o    Penny Dreadful
o    Unrest
o    The Gravedancers
o    Reincarnation
o    The Abandoned
o    The Final
o    The Ninth Gate
o    The Gate

There are soooo many more but I wanted to actually post this before Halloween lol. I will continue to add to this.
Comment your favorites below :-) 
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