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#Blogoween | Top 5 Non-Horror Halloween Movies

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Prompt:

Thursday 18th: Top 5 Non-Horror Halloween Movies
Which are your 5 favourite Halloween movies that aren’t horrors?

Nightmare Before Christmas

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This has always been one of my favorite Halloween/Christmas movies. I think I “borrowed” it from my friend for nearly 3 years and watched it at least 100 times. I say borrow because I would return it ever weekend and then ask to borrow it again. But, the amount that I had it I pretty much owned it at that point. It has wonderful animation, great songs, and can be creepy without being scary. Also, look at the cover of the movie, does the Pumpkin King not look epic?

Halloweentown

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Halloweentown is a very interesting Disney movie. As you can see from the cover it comes across as lively and bubbly. There are bright colors and grandma is smiling bright as can be. While the town is just beautiful and those who like in halloween times are just as bright and fun. Bad things start to happen, this is a wonderful movie that will get you into the spirt and excited for the holiday.

Hocus Pocus

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I am pretty sure at this point Hocus Pocus is a cult classic. I mean you cannot enter into fall without hearing about the Sanderson Sisters. I really do enjoy this movie. I like that it starts with a tale from long in MA past. There is town folklore that was even created for this movie, which adds even more to the feeling of Halloween. I enjoy that there are times of humor, worry, and surprise. I also enjoy that there are more than just witches in this movie.

Tower of Terror

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While Tower of Terror is not traditionally a Halloween movie, I really like watching it this time of year. It has ghosts, creepy histories, and an abandoned hotel. There are missing individuals and a party that keeps reliving the past. It has ghost investigators, but also has some good humor and can be heartfelt as well. It is a great one to watch this time of year.

Corpse Bride

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This love story has amazing animation and a great atmosphere that is perfect for Halloween. It is dark and eerie. There are ghosts, talking corpses, and a few misunderstands. There is crime, murder, and a sad story. All of these aspects really make it something I gravitate towards this time of the year. Also, another bonus is the fact that it is set in the past. That always makes things more interesting to me.

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What non-horror Halloween movie is your favorite?

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#Blogoween | Try A Chapter October 2018

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Hello everyone so once again I am ignoring a #blogoween prompt. I am sorry about this, but I thought it would be fun to do a Try a Chapter with books that would be perfect to read during this spooky time of the year. So I went through my TBR and picked up some books that I have had for some time that had to do with horror, witches, or ghosts in some way. I hope you enjoy this Halloween themed edition!

Previous Posts: Let’s Talk | Try a Chapter April 2018Try a Chapter | August 2017, and Try a Chapter | June 2017.

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The Books

Lisey’s Story by Stephen King

Lisey's Story

  • goodreads rating: 3.66
  • pages: 513
  • genre: Horror

Outcome: I read a total of 14 pages, which is actually kinda short for a Stephen King chapter. The first chapter is really setting up the story and introducing the main character and fills us in on her recent live events. Overall, I think it was a good start to the novel and I think I will really enjoy reading it. So, I am going to be keeping this book.

Revival by Stephen King

Revival

  • goodreads rating: 3.76
  • pages: 405
  • genre: Horror

Outcome: I read about 5 pages, and I was already wanting to skip around and see what would happen. For me this is a bad sign. While I do want to see what happens, I only cared about what the guy did, not the aftermath or repercussions, which is the whole point. So because I already wanted to skip around I am going to be unhauling this book.

Gerald’s Game by Stephen King

Gerald's Game

  • goodreads rating: 3.48
  • pages: 468
  • genre: Horror/Thriller

Outcome: So I read about 30 some odd pages of this book. I will say I didn’t ever read the description of this book. When I first discovered reading King I just kinda bought a ton of his books without really reading the descriptions. So if I had I would never have bought it. So I am unhauling this book. It is NOT for me in anyway. x

The Dinner List by Rebecca Serle

The Dinner List

  • goodreads rating: 3.84
  • pages: 273
  • genre: Fiction/Magical Realism

Outcome: I read 14 pages of this book and I can see that I will pick up another book by this author from the library, but I don’t know if I would buy another book by this author. I thought her writing was beautiful, but the plot just isn’t exciting to me. I think if the desciprion sounds like something up your alley you will love this book, I am actually going to be sending it to my cousin as a present. So I am unhauling/gifting this book.

Insomnia by Stephen King

Insomnia

  • goodreads rating: 3.81
  • pages: 912
  • genre: Horror/Fiction

Outcome: I read about 15 or odd pages of this one and it was a very slow build that didn’t really pull me in a lot. So I don’t think I would really like reading anymore of this novel. So I am going to be unhauling it. I do think for those who enjoy a slow burn kinda book this would be great one for you.

The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

The Wicked Deep

  • goodreads rating: 3.85
  • pages: 308
  • genre: YA/Paranormal

Outcome: I read 13 pages of this book and I wanted to read more almost instantly. I love that there is a bit of folklore and “history” poured into the book so early on. I am also getting Sanderson sister vibes mainly because there are 3 witch sisters. I am going to be keeping this book and reading it hopefully this month since it is Halloween season, but I feel like it would be great to read in the next few months as well.

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#Blogoween | Character Inspired Costume

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Prompt:

Monday 15th: Shapeshifter
What characters would you like to dress up as at Halloween?

For me I think one of the best book characters to dress up as would be Coraline Jones from Coraline written by Neil Gaiman. The first reason I would say this is because even though this is a kids book, it is creepy and really has halloween vibes to it. I mean other mother and a black cat? The first time I saw other mother illustrated I was spooked and the black cat is just icing on the halloween cake.

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Comic and Cosplay

The second reason might be very obvious if you look at the picture above. Dressing up as Coraline is a comfortable costume. I can wear jeans and sweaters so I wont be too cold and if it is too cold I can wear a rain jacket as another layer and it wont take away from my costume, it only adds. Also, thanks to Comic and Cosplay you can see there are different outfits you can wear depending on your own personal style. I know I would prefer to wear the blue and white stared sweater and black jeans with blue booties. That is my comfort zone. While someone else would feel better in a red and white stripped shirt and jeans.

I have to admit that Comic and Cosplay did a great job with creating these board and helping others to dress up as this character. They really were able to look at the character at a few points in the story and find real world equivalents for people to wear. I might even use this as my costume this year, time will tell on what I decide to be.

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#Blogoween | Horror Movie Recommendations

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Prompt:

Saturday 13th: 31 Horror Movies in 31 Days
Throughout October I’ll be aiming to watch 31 horror movies and blogging about them. The number 2 there is because this will be a weekly feature I do where I look at the horror movies I watched that week.

So I am not watching 31 horror movies this month, but I thought it would be a fun time to share 3 of my favorite ones that I have watched and rewatched over the years. Some of these are considered classics and others not so much. But, to me they are a great example of a good horror. Some are based upon ghosts and others are more of a psychological another is both of these combined. I want to add, please pay attention to the ratings of these movies. If you are younger than the recommended age, get parent permission before watching. W

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The Shining directed by Stanley Kubrick

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This is my all time favorite scary movie, even though I think the book is much better this movie was wonderful and it has all the things I look for in a scary movie. Ghosts, old hotels, and just the right amount of  “magic”. I have rewatched this movie many times over and it really is great. It is rated R, so make sure you are old enough to watch it.

Sleepy Hallow directed by Tim Burton

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This is the first Tim Burton/Johnny Depp movie I think I ever watched. I always heard about Sleepy Hallow as a legend living in the North East, but I didn’t really know the story behind it so when I watched this I really liked it. While this is an adaptation and there is a Civil War Sleepy Hallow Legend which I like a bit better. I still really love this movie it is creepy, Depp plays a very interesting man of science in a time where there is little, and the magic and ghosts are great. Once again this movie is rated R, so once again make sure you are old enough to watch it.

The Secret Window directed by David Koepp

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If you are looking for soemthign that will just mess up your mind and really question what humans can do, this is the scary movie for you. This is another one I watched and rewatched and even have bought a few times because I wore out the dvd. It is a thriller that gets a bit over the time at times, but it really is made really well. This one is rated PG-13, so 13 and older.

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#Blogoween |Vampire Book Recommendations

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Prompt:

Friday 12th: Loving the monsters always ends badly for the human
I’ll be exploring my favourite creatures of the night – Vampires – and leaving a recommendation or two.

I am very excited to share some of the vampire books I have read and loved. I noticed as going through this list I used to read a lot more vampire books than I currently do. I cannot figure out why. I will need to fix this as soon as possible. Well, without more rambling, here are the books.

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‘Salem’s Lot by Stephen King

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So this is one of the most creepy of the vampire books I have read to date. I really love the build of this book and the atmosphere of it. There is town folklore, history and much, much more that makes it feel real.  There is something of a mystery and it really adds to the story as well.

Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris

Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse, #1)

So, I read this series when I was in high school, many moons ago. I ended up flying through all of the books that were out at the time. This is a paranormal romance series that the True Blood HBO series was based upon, I will tell you right now they are very different from one another.

Life and Death by Stephenie Meyer

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Life and Death was an enjoyable read for me. I actually really liked the fact that the characters were the opposite gender and it made rereading the story something new even though it was basically the same plot. If the rest of the series did something like this I would read it. Also, I am not ashamed for liking Twilight.  I know its faults, but I still liked them.

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, #1)

I remember vividly reading this on the beach. I loved reading this creepy and historical fiction-esk book in the totally “wrong” season. I also loved the writing style in this book, the combination of history and the paranormal was done so well and blended so nicely I would not doubt that some younger reads would think this is true. lol.

The Last American Vampire by Seth Grahame-Smith

The Last American Vampire (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, #2)

So, this is book number two that comes out after Abraham Lincoln: Vampire hunter and it was just as good as the first one. It really was wonderful to jump back into this reality and continue following some characters that I thought I would not see again. I also loved the choice of time period that was used. It was fun to read once again. I have picked up more of his books and I will continue to pick up more of his works.

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#Blogoween | Local Ghost Demand a Book!

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Prompt:

Wednesday 10th: Local Ghosties Demand a Book!
Chose a horror, supernatural, scary, or ghost story that you’ve heard and is local to your area/home town, or a personal scary experience. Tells us about this and write a blurb too!

The mother never gave up looking for her daughter even when her community slowly gave up, the weather turned worse as the seasons cycled through. As the years passed she was said to continue to walk around the water and the surrounding area of Durand-Eastman Park. She continued to do this until her passing, or did she really stop?
It is said that when you go to this area that you could see a few different things. A women in white walking up and out of the water onto the land searching and looking for those who may have taken her daughter, or the body of her young child. Some of the tales say that she is accompanied by two dogs who help in her search.
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#Blogoween | Gory Magical Sweet

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Prompt:

Monday 8th: Gory Magical Sweet
The objective is to create one or more snacks (sweet or savoury is okay) and a drink (if you want) that must be Halloween themed but created with a mix! Use common food elements and parts of our beloved mythical and magical creatures. Just to be clear: things like rainbow unicorn sparkles aren’t gory.

So one of my favorite things to eat is pizza, I know nothing quite so original nor a snack but I think you will really like my recipe. For the month of October I always add a special ingredient to my pizza, it really is a pain in the butt to get so I have to use it sparingly.

Items Needed

  • 1 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup preshredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • 1 (1-pound) pizza crust
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Thinly sliced breaded eggplant
  • 1/4 cup Blood of a unicorn

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 425°.

 

Step 2

Combine the first the three cheese in a medium bowl. Drizzle blood of a unicorn all over the crust, leaving out a 1/2-inch boarder. Spread cheese over the crust, ensuring to stay within the area where blood is. Sprinkle crushed red pepper, black pepper, oregano and garlic over cheese. Then place your breaded egg plant over pizza, best to not over lap the pieces.

Place pizza on baking sheet. Bake at 425° for 10 minutes. Remove pizza to cutting board; cut into 6 slices.

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Inspired by this recipe.

What is your favorite food to eat during the colder weather?

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#Blogoween | Creepy Crawlies

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Prompt: Friday 5th: Creepy Crawlies
What fictional monsters/creatures would you hate to encounter?

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Alright, I thought long and hard about this and I think the worst fictional creature or monster, one that I would really hate to meet and it would have to be a Dementor from Harry Potter. I mean it is a faceless creature shrouded in torn and eerie black cloak, if you can even call it that. It makes everything cold, I absolutely hate the cold. It takes all of the happiness and makes you feel like it will never come back. It is a horrid creature even if you are passing by it on the street. If you happen to get its attention it can give you a “kiss” and steal your soul. I don’t know about you, but I want nothing what so ever to do with a dementor.

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#Blogoween | Top 5 Books about Witches

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Prompt: Thursday 4th: Top 5 Books about Witches
List your five favourite books about witches.

This prompt is just wonderful! I love sharing books about witches, I don’t know what it is but I love reading about them all the time and throughout the year. I don’t know if it is because of my early love of the movies Practical Magic or Hocus Pocus, or just who I am and my beliefs. But, I just feel at home reading about witches. So I am here to share some of my favorite books that surround witches.

The Witches: Salem, 1692 by Stacy Schiff

The Witches: Salem, 1692

So, this first book I always rave about. It is an amazingly written nonfiction account of the Salem Witch Trials. While this book does not deal with “real” witches, the theme and historical beliefs of what a witch are throughout this novel. This historical book is written in a manner that it makes you feel like you are reading a novel and I think it is perfect for people who are afraid to dive into nonfiction or have difficulties getting into the books they have tried.

Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women & Witchcraft by Many Authors and Editors

Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women & Witchcraft

This is a great anthology dealing with witches stories. What I love most about this collection is the fact that each author either approached the idea of a witch from a different culture or different time period. Due to this it was a fast read that I loved. If you want more details I did write a full review here. I will add that I was given a copy by the publisher via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon

The Winter People

Now, this is not a typical witch book, but I think it deserves a place here. It is a mixture of  a thriller, paranormal, and horror. It really just depends on how you perceive it. I read this novel in one day and I really loved it. It went in a direction I did not think it was going to go at all.

Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman

Practical Magic

Now, I know I only mentioned this book a few days ago, but it is the perfect fall book. The cover has fall colors and the book followed a family of witches, specifically two sisters who descend from a long line of witches. This story is heart follows twists and turns and the growth of these two sisters that is heart warming and filled with twists and magic.

Circe by Madeline Miller

Circe

Now I cannot make a list about books involving witches and not talk about the original witch according to greek mythology, Circe. This is a wonderful story that follows the life of Circle that is mentioned in Odyssey. I loved this book because it give humanity and life to this character I previously had no idea excited. It showed you the court of the gods and what happens when you are banished for something you cannot truly help. I really loved this novel and I can easily see myself rereading it in the future.

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Blogoween | Fall Colored Covers

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Prompt: Tuesday 2nd: Favourite Halloween/Fall Coloured Covers
Gather your favourite covers with Halloween/Fall colours (Orange, Black, Yellow, Red, Brown) and share them in a post. You can also use books from your bookshelves to photograph and share on Instagram if you want

Todays prompt is something I am very excited about. I absolutely adore fall colors, plus it is a great way to jump into the month and really set the tone. So without more rambling, here are my favorite fall colored books!

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Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman

Practical Magic

Not only does this book have an amazingly fall cover, it is a great book. I highly suggest reading this witch filled book even if you have watched the movie. It is very different and I love both the book and the movie.

Irena’s Children by Tilar J. Mazzeo

Irena's Children: The Extraordinary Story of the Woman Who Saved 2,500 Children from the Warsaw Ghetto

Irena’s Children is a perfectly yellow book that tells both a heart warming and heart breaking story of a women who travels into Nazi Germany to save young Jewish children from the horrible fate that seems to be inevitable. This is one of the best stories I have read of this kind. I vividly remember refusing to move from where I was to finish it even with others asking me to.

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

Anna Karenina

Anna Karenina not only looks liked a fall book, but it is great to read during the fall because the nights are getting longer and colder. I feel like this classic is best read during a cold evening with a blanket and a nice up of tea. This book is a timeless classic that tells a story of not only Anna, but those who meet and are related to her. I was very surprised to see that it held up so well so many years after publication.

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

The Alchemist

This red, orange and yellow book is a short and wonderful read. It is thought provoking and tells a wonderful and mysterious story. For me this book led to a lot of self reflection and throughly enjoyed it.

Gwendy’s Button Box by Stephen King and Richard T. Chizmar

Gwendy's Button Box

This is a wonderful horror novel that is actually very short. I think it is a great one to pick up this month that will put you into a Halloween moon. I loved the concept of this book I really enjoyed these two writing together.

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