7 Things to watch on Netflix to get you Excited for Halloween

It’s almost October, and my Halloween excitement is growing. I’ve started pumping myself up with movies and TV shows that either scare me or get me thinking about Halloween. Now that it’s practically October 1, I feel as though I can totally start going Halloweenie on you and not just Brian (who may be distressed that Halloween threw up all over our front room).

my Halloween skull collection
Do you like my Halloween skull collection?

Last weekend, one of my best friends was in town and we watched The Adams Family on Netflix to get some ideas flowing for Halloween decor, creepy snacks and an overall ambiance of spooky goodness (with a big heaping side of laughter). Other than pointing out my need for an organ and a tall creepy guy named Lurch to wield it and the distinct possibility that I could be Cousin It for Halloween, we didn’t really gather any useful information…but we did laugh like it was 1994. I forgot how funny it was!

In this vein, I thought it would be fun to share with you my top Halloween movies streaming on Netflix to watch next month to keep you in the Halloween mood all season long!

7 Things to watch on Netflix to get you excited for HalloweenA Nightmare on Elm Street

The original Wes Craven Nightmare, Freddie Krueger haunted my dreams from a young age when I used to watch horror movies with my best friend at her grandparents’ house. We’d order a Little Caesars pepperoni pizza and curl up on a couch, waiting for Freddy to get us…Did I mention her grandpa’s Freddy Krueger costume?

Pet Cemetery

What’s a Halloween movie list without a little Stephen King to rev you up? This creepy flick about animals that come back to life still terrifies me…but not as much as it scared the crap out of a girl I used to babysit. I babysat her and her toddler cousin, who happened to look just like Gage…And so  I may have been just twisted enough to teach him to tell her, “I played with Chrissy and I played with mommy. And now I want to play with you.” She was terrified (probably because I let her watch Pet Cemetery in the first place).

The Nightmare Before Christmas

You guys know how I feel about this movie. I made a Sally Halloween costume, I’ve painted my nails to match Sally Skellington’s dress…it’s kind of an obsession. We watch this two to three times a year – Halloween, Christmas, and somewhere in the middle when we’re missing the Halloween Christmas joy.

The Walking Dead

If you’ve never seen The Walking Dead, my recommendation is to watch the first season DEFINITELY, and possibly the second season…and then just pretend the rest of the show never happened. It’s better that way. I promise.

Teeth

If you want to watch something truly horrifyingly bad, might I suggest Teeth. This movie is about a vagina with teeth. That’s all I really need to say. If that’s not enough to pique your interest, you’re probably better off.

Saw

Remember when I wrote an apology to Cary Elwes? I still love him, even in this twisted movie. After watching this in college, I left my friend’s apartment and turned every light on and opened every closet door. Just in case.

Scream

I figured it would be best to honor Wes Craven by bringing it back around to him. Less scary, and more aware of its own genre, this movie is ripe with clever lines and fun plot twists. In high school,  this was a super quotable flick that we watched over and over.

If none of these flicks tickle your interest, you can always watch one of my favorite bad horror movies Playing on Netflix like Big Ass Spider or The Leprechaun.

What gets you excited for Halloween? Do you have any go-to movies or TV shows to get you in the mood?

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Netflix Stream Team

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The Nightmare Before Christmas Sally Skellington Nails

Greetings and salutations, Blog Friends! It’s Geek Week here at Quirky Chrissy, which means Brian and I (and our friend, Don) will be off to see the Wizard tomorrow in geeked-out Indianapolis for GenCon. In honor of such a joyous occasion, I thought I’d share with you a little cosplay-light fun. You see, as much as I adore Halloween and costume creation, I’m not a big fan of dressing up in full costume for cons. I like to wander free, and even though I’m probably going to make an ass of myself and still be recognized as a bonafide hot mess, I’d prefer to do so as under the radar as possible. Although, obnoxious tie-dye yoga pants aren’t completely out of the question…and fun nerdy shirts and dresses are on my packing list for sure, I just don’t do full-on costumes.

I thought it would be fun to create patchwork nails that matched Sally Skellington's ragdoll dress in The Nightmare Before Christmas

Sally Skellington Patchwork Nails

So I decided to play with my nails. I like to multitask when I paint my nails, so I usually binge watch a television show or choose a movie to enjoy as I work my way through the nail routine. Brian says I’m not really watching the TV at all, but my ADD loves focusing on the detail of nails with the background of entertainment. I watched The Nightmare Before Christmas on Netflix to get myself in the mood (and the fact that Saturday was Christmas in July only made it that much sweeter of an idea), and thought that my Sally Skellington Costume needed a refresh in the form of nail art. So I pulled out my Julep collection and carefully chose the colors that I would use to create patchwork nails.

Julep Nail Polish for Sally Skellington Nails

Julep colors: Dawn, Carla, Veronica, Brielle, Joanne, Nic, and Amy

I started with my base coat – and I used the Julep Oxygen Bonding Base Coat to hold the polish longer. Then, I applied the first layer of each nail.  I decided I was going to follow the movie version of Sally’s dress, though my costume is based on the cartoon drawing of Sally (so you’ll note the difference with the large polka dot, I used Carla instead of Amy for the base coat). Feel free to play around with the colors, because there are dozens that would fit the patchwork dress. I was hoping the Nic would be a deeper black than it is (it’s a blood-red black), but it worked out pretty well for what I wanted. The rest of the colors were almost exactly what I wanted.

After I let the base color dry, I began applying the designs. I used my Julep striping brush (which works okayish) and Nic to paint lines and patterns. I wasn’t terribly brilliant at the swirls, but I was also using my non-dominant hand to paint them, so give me a little leeway with that. I didn’t completely think the hands through.

I kept the left Amy and Dawn pinky and ring finger bare to match Sally’s sleeve and upper quadrant respectively. I painted the swirls on the Veronica middle finger, vertical stripes on the Dawn pointer finger, and diagonal stripes on the Carla thumb.


Sassy Sally Costume
On the right hand, I kept the Nic thumb bare for the abdomen section of Sally’s dress. I painted the Brielle pointer finger with a crisscross design and a messy slash design over the Dawn middle finger to match the tiny patch on Sally’s dress. I painted thick stripes over the Joanne ring finger and messy dots on the Veronica pinky nail.

After the designs were dry, I added the large polka dots to the Carla diagonal striped thumb using the Julep dotting tool. I let them all dry completely and applied the Oxygen Performance Top Coat. (Pro-tip: Continue to reapply top coat daily for longest lasting nails.)

To match my Sally Skellington costume, I decided to paint my nails with a variety of colors and tools, creating a neat patchwork nail look.After I finished with my nails, I kicked back and watched the end of the movie, as Sally (the most logical character in the whole movie) helps Jack save the day. Because she’s awesome.

The Nightmare Before Christmas on NetflixI love playing around with funky nail art, and thank God for my Maven subscription to Julep. Every month, I get 2-3 new polish colors, lipstick shades and other beauty products for a fraction of the cost. If you’re looking to create your own sweet nail designs with some of the most unique nail colors, you may want to consider becoming a maven too. You can even try them out for free (with the low shipping cost of $2.99). If you’re anything like me, you’ll fall in love and never look back. I also regularly purchase a monthly mystery box, have early access to a secret store full of killer deals, AND get free shipping/20% off regular priced items on every purchase.

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Netflix Stream Team

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Sorry. No Candy Here. Halloween Grinchy McGrinchersons are Over Powered by the Lack of Trick-or-Treaters

What. The. Fuck. Happened to Halloween? For the last nine years, I’ve taken my godson, nieces, nephews and their pals out on the hunt for candy. Each year it seems to get more and more sparse, both in the people handing out candy and the tiny humans racing from door to door to door for candy. Our trick-or-treating adventure has been in the same location for the last nine years. Friday will have been our last year spending Halloween at my aunt’s house. The torch has been passed to yours truly, as all my Clark Griswold dreams come true in a single year. House with the love of my life. Hosting My Family Halloween. Hosting Brian’s Family Christmas (and adding my family – OMG it’s going to be amazing). Side notes aside…Brian stayed at home to do some recon on our own trick-or-treaters, while I made my way to my aunt’s house for the fourth family holiday.

Brian was responsible for purchasing candy and 5 or 6 bags of freakin’ candy later, he informed me that we had maybe 6 or 7 groups trick or treat at our house. Well, my friends…after I take over, kids are going to be lining up down the block next year. I hope. It may take a couple years for word to get out…but they’ll come in droves. Oh yes. This Griswold means business.

One of the things I noticed this year, was the number of signs proudly displayed on homes stating NO CANDY! With a huge townhome complex of hundreds, if not thousands of homes, you would expect that the kids wouldn’t have to go far to fill their buckets and let us get home to be free from the FREEZING, SNOWY Chicagoland Halloween weather…instead it was one in six houses that had candy. And that’s being generous.

Sorry No Candy

No Candy. Sorry Bye-bye. Wow.

No Candy

Back-to-back signage.

 

Now, I remember this when I was a kid, sparingly. OKAY FINE. My grandma went out and bought one of those “Candy Here!” signs…and then wrote a big giant permanent marker, “NO” on top of it. But it was less common, I think.

Then there were the please take one buckets. Some empty and some full. You can tell the type of candy can make a difference…

Please Take One - Empty Bucket

This bowl obviously had the good stuff.

Please Take Two

This house said please take two. And the kids we were with did.

And there were, of course, some people handing out some candy and having oodles of fun with it. This lady was really happy when the kids knocked on her door and was SUPER sweet. She even let me snap a pic of her treat bowl!

 

Cool Halloween treat container

How cool is THAT bowl?

But what was truly sad was the lack of kids out trick-or-treating. It makes me really sad. I’m sure a lot of it has to do with the number of families that no longer celebrate Halloween and trick-or-treating. Or the families with kids who have allergies (and my heart totally goes out to y’all). Or people who go to Halloween parties. Or it was just too fucking cold. And so on and so forth. But it makes me sad. We came across maybe 6 or 7 other groups of kids. Total. Brian said we had about 6 or 7 groups stop at our house for candy. Which leaves us with A LOT of Brian’s favorite candy.

Luckily, my godson is pretty much the world’s greatest child on the planet, and every time he say an Almond Joy in a treat box, he picked it and ran it back to his Auntie Chrissy. This kid is more than precious. He’s pretty much the best godson ever.  And the kids seemed to have a good time getting treats.

Did you go trick or treating this year? Did you find that there were fewer trick or treaters? Fewer candy houses?

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Halloween Survival Kit Courtesy of Loot Crate

Happy Halloween bloggy friends!

 

I wanted to share this month’s Loot Crate box with you, so you could see how much fun I was having with it! As you remember from last month’s Galactic Loot Crate review, the October crate theme was fear. I knew that there would be some Walking Dead goodies and a sweet horror-related tee. I was pretty pumped to find this black kitten skull tee shirt on the top of the box. The first thing I saw was the kittens, and it took me a few minutes to catch the skull design. When I showed Brian, the first thing he saw was the skull. And I had to point out the kittens. He was kind of jealous (well…maybe a little {FINE. Not jealous at all]). Since I received a men’s XL, I told him he could borrow it some time. I think I may wear it tomorrow night to my first heavy metal concert. What do you think?

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The rest of the box included some other sweet things that I could use for surviving a Halloween full of zombies, ghosts, and other terrifying creatures. A SuperEmoFriends print of Daryl and Merle Dixon from the Walking Dead, bite mark temporary tattoos (which may also make an appearance at the metal concert), a Walking Dead comic with special Loot Crate exclusive cover art, a book with tips for surviving every type of potential disaster (including a sharknado), and a Dead Rising 3 sledgesaw pen hammer among a few smaller items like candy, a button and a digital code for a game. I really liked the shirt (obviously) and the comic. And the tattoos. And even the print (Daryl is still my favorite character, even though I stopped watching the show, and stick to the comic now). I think the weapon is surprisingly fun (not a Dead Rising girl),  and if you check out Loot Crate’s Twitter feed, you’ll see several hilarious retweets of the hammer pen and a variety of beloved action figures.

The only thing that may make it into someone’s Christmas presents this year would be the Sharknado survival book, as it’s funny, but not something I would really read or keep on a shelf.

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Next month’s Loot Crate theme is Battle, which makes me hope and wish and dream for a Hunger Games reference (release is in a few weeks, y’all!)

Which piece in the Loot Crate box would you like best? What do you think is going to be in next month’s box? Would you dig a monthly surprise box full of nerdy toys and stuff?

I was not compensated for this review, though I was provided with a complimentary Loot Crate shipment in order to facilitate this review with my honest opinion, which you always receive. I only review products that are of interest and enjoyment to me, and hopefully may benefit you. 

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I Think I Know Those Clowns…Not the Rodeo Clowns Though…

Last night, Brian and I joined a couple of our friends for an evening of Haunted Housing. Our friend who organized the trip usually prefers the regular passes as opposed to the VIP passes because the wait in line is usually a lot of fun and adds to the ambiance of the house. You know, gearing up the fear and shit.

So we get to the location of the haunted house, where we shelled out 28 bucks a pop for the tickets. Only to be told that we’d also be paying $5 for parking. We went to this house last year and didn’t have to pay for parking, so this was a strange and unpleasant new development.

I saw a crowd on the side of the venue, and wondered if that was a VIP entrance. As we drew closer, I realized they were all smoking, and they looked like they were in costume. Cowboy hats, plaid shirts, tight jeans…Must be a hillbilly room or something. As I got even closer, I noticed that some of them were dressed normally and there was a “smoking section” sign. They must just be regular employees, not actors. I looked inside the oprn door behind them and realized that they were not related to the haunted house at all. There was a concert of some sort going on with bright lights and loud mariachi music.

Mariachi band by the haunted houseWell that explained the $5 parking fee. Jerks.

So, we got in the first line at the haunted house (the first of FIVE different lines). This line was outside, and we were there before the house opened. I noticed a girl wearing a short skirt and rubber boots prepping for something with electricity. Just before we walked into the venue, she jumped on top of a beat up car, and started running some electric thing on a metal grindy thing near her lady bits while dancing like she was in a cage at the club. I wondered whether I was heading into a haunted house or a brothel.

We walked into the brightly lit first lobby, and stood in another line. The mariachi band was going hard core just a few feet away and the concert lights made it look like it was still daylight. I looked over, away from the band and saw a pair of uniquely costumed muderous clowns. I grinned at Brian and said, “I think I know those clowns.”

His response? “That’s a weird thing to say.”

When we moved upstairs to the next lobby (this time the actual “haunted house lobby”), one of the clowns was staring me down. I eyed him for a second and asked, “Do I know you?”

Yep, I definitely recognized him.

Yep, I definitely recognized him.

He nodded and I walked closer to him, when he gave me his hand all gentlemanly. We chatted for a moment (he really is my friend!) and then I had to go catch up with my people.

We got in the third line of the night about 15 minutes after the haunted house was supposed to be open. But the bright lights and loud VERY UNSCARY music coming from the open room beside and below us was really killing the mood. It wasn’t just a mariachi band; it was a full-on fucking rodeo.

The foggy image is because of the fog machines.

The foggy image is because of the fog machines.

There’s a bull back there. A motherfucking bull.

They haunted house refused to open until these people finished playing. These people just refused to finish. An hour and twenty minutes after the house was scheduled to open, they finally started letting people in. The mood was not set with scary music or dark lobbies. It was set with a fucking tuba and the running of the bulls. Or a bullfight. Or something. Come to think of it, I bet hooha electricity girl out front would have had one hell of a time trying to ride the bull…

Luckily, our friends are pretty fun, and the clowns kept stopping by.

Scary clown with a knife

The house itself was meh. The first part was a pair of too-long dark mazes. The second part was a neon 3-D porn cartoon. The last part was the kind of haunted house that you picture – murderous creepers, a shrine to John Wayne Gacy, people eating people…screamers, psychos…

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Overall, not terrible, but the venue is going to get a nasty letter from me. Because they made Brian mad with this mariachi bullshit. And nobody messes with my boyfriend.

Have you been to a haunted house this year? What’s your favorite part of a haunted house?

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7 Easy DIY Halloween Costume Ideas for Women and Couples

Halloween is definitely the holiday of all holidays around here.  My family and friends totally jump into Halloween head first. It’s the fourth family holiday. It’s the ONLY holiday my aunt flies in from out of state to celebrate with us. It’s kind of a big deal around here.

I figured you may be looking for some Halloween costume ideas – I know I still am…so I thought I would help you out and share some of the best costumes my people have put together in years past. You’ve already seen my bouquet toss winner Halloween costume…and my Sally costume…but I’m not the only one with the ideas. Several of my friends have given me permission to share their photos and costume ideas with you, so you can see what excellent company I keep over here in the real world.

Fast(ish), Easy DIY Halloween Costumes

My pal, Brookie Banosnapper showed up at my RIDICULOUSLY EARLY (First week of October early) Halloween party last year in this ensemble. Best. Idea. Ever.

Grumpy Cat Halloween Costume

One of my friends from college, Shelli was unrecognizable by many of her friends when she showed up in this costume! I was a big NCIS fan a few years back (which was when Sheli threw down this costume. I wish I could have seen it in person, but she lives a few (hundred) miles away from me.

DIY ABBY NCIS Costume

Deb, one of my favorite English teachers, rocked it in her garden ho costume. Her English/theater background worked well with this punny costume.

DIY Garden Ho Costume

Valerie showed up to one of our Halloween parties in this creative garb a few years back, before everyone was doing it. She already had dark hair and a good chunk of the wardrobe requirements, so this costume was a breeze for her. No one noticed that she had black chucks on (shhhh).

Flo Progressive Halloween Costume DIY

Dynamic Duos: Couples/Pairs Halloween Costumes

Ron and his best friend decided they would be the ultimate best friends for Halloween. Not that I’m a fan of these two dumb dudes, but I hear they’re pretty popular with the ladies.

Lloyd & Harry Dumb and Dumber Costumes

Our friends Ava and Mike are super awesome, and they came to our Halloween party at the apartment last year as Hawkeye and Hawkeye, which I thought was a totally fantastic couples’ costume. Right?

Hawkeye and Hawkeye
And then there was the costume set that Brian and I opted for last year. Captain Mal and Kaylee from Firefly. It wasn’t my favorite (partially because I ordered the coveralls from eBay and they did not fit the way I wanted them to…)

Captain MaL & Kaylee (3)Friends, what should Brian and I do for Halloween this year? It appears we’re going to be moving right around Halloween, so we’re strapped for time. Any suggestions? What are you going to be for Halloween?

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DIY Halloween Costume: The Bouquet Toss Winner

Happy October, Blog Friends! It is now officially acceptable for me to get excited about Halloween and BOY OH BOY am I excited for Halloween.  Of course, we won’t be throwing a Halloween party this year. And we don’t (yet) have a house to decorate for one of my favorite holidays, but big things are happening this month. Big things.

I figured I’d kick the season off this year with a little Halloween costume love.

A few years ago, whilst I was dating the bartender, I came up with the most brilliant Halloween costume, if I do say so myself. Mom and I were sitting in her room, brainstorming ideas. My mom is a BRILLIANT costume creator, so it only seemed right to run ideas back and forth with her. I was broke, out of work, and in college, so I knew I wanted to keep it cheap. I figured I had a couple of bridesmaid dresses hanging around my closet to use, so we started thinking about ideas…

The next thing I knew, I was plotting the ultimate bouquet toss winner Halloween costume. I started with the dress, which I ripped to absolute shreds. Then I bought fake nails, which I glued into the shredded dress. I saved a few of the nails, which I left to put in my hair.

On the Saturday before Halloween that year, my mom and I got to work for all the parties I was headed to. We started with my hair, spending an hour creating one of those bridesmaid-esque updos. As soon as it was finished, I pulled and tugged and messed it up. It was important work. I then stuck fake nails into the knotted mess and even a few flower petals.

I put on the dress, so Mom and I knew what skin space we were working with. We started with bruising, using a plethora of eyeshadows to create blue-gray-green bruising all over my body, including one black eye. We moved on to scratches (with all those broken nails, scratches were a must). This was accomplished with real scratches (light ones) that Mom traced with dark red lip liner to maintain them all day long.

Bouquet toss

I needed to add a smidge of fake blood, so I put one earring in, and blood coming down the other ear. I also figured a bloody nose would look pretty convincing. I finished the look with a single high heel, crutches and an ankle brace because I’m hardcore.

My then-boyfriend picked me up for our Halloween festivities in a hoodie and camo pants with a mask in his backpack. A mask that he may have put on twice throughout the entire day.

We started at a Halloween wine-tasting event at my local liquor store, where I was competing in a costume contest to win a wine refrigerator. I walked around the place, petitioning my cause and making sure that EVERYONE voted for me. If ever I had to explain what I was, I had a whole speech prepared.

“I caught the bouquet. You should see the other girls. I mean, it’s not what catching the bouquet MEANS…it’s about taking out the competition.”

I went home with a wine refrigerator that day.

Last year, at work, I thought I would revive my favorite Halloween costume of all time. I took it to a more gruesome level, and was pretty pleased with the results.

If you're looking for a creative, unique Halloween costume with an old bridesmaid dress, consider the bouquet toss winner.

I may have looked more like a zombie than a live person, but I couldn’t stop adding gore. I especially liked the knee cut. I won a contest there, too…but never received my prize…grumble grumble grumble.

Of course, the best part about this was taking the train home in costume. I looked fucking spectacular, and it wasn’t Halloween proper, so no one else on the commute was dressed up. It was kind of magical.

If you're looking for a creative, unique Halloween costume with an old bridesmaid dress, consider the bouquet toss winner.

I still don’t know what Brian and I are going to be for Halloween this year, but it’s sure to be a scream.

Blog friends, what’s the most creative costume you’ve ever come up with? Would you rip a dress to shreds to have fun with Halloween? Are you down with the gory costumes? What are you going to be for Halloween this year?

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I Did My Civic Duty and I Ate All of Your Candy

Dear DuPage County,

Thank you SO much for inviting me to participate in the judicial system this past Halloween. You’re right. I DID feel like I was a part of something important. I know that just because the two cases that could have potentially become jury trials didn’t actually require the juror pool doesn’t mean that my day was wasted. I mean…

Red Riding Hood at Jury Duty

Hanging out at Jury Duty…

I got to wear a cape. To the courthouse.

That’s important shit right there.

Yes. I know, you were surprised to see me there with my sweet red hooded cape, especially with all that rain and nastiness that ensued, but I was there. Bright and early. And I thank you for not mentioning my sweet disguise. It was really appreciated that you didn’t note that I made an effort to really bring the holiday spirit to the courthouse. Thanks for that.

I’m also aware that your X-ray machine broke my laptop temporarily so that I could avoid work, losing an entire day unable to get the shit I need to get done, done…and enjoy the benefits of the jury lounge, mainly the giant bowl of Halloween candy, which I made sure to empty before the day was out (even if I had to grab some for the road when you released us), and of course the endless loop of HGTV, which I clearly could NOT get enough of. I really appreciate that one.

(<rant>By the way, if you watch HGTV with any regularity…PLEASE for the love of cheese explain to me how. Those people are the most obnoxious people I’ve ever seen. “I don’t like the paint on that half a million dollar house, so no…I don’t think I’ll buy it.” Screw you and your $500,000 house budget. Go spend $50, buy a can of paint and change it. </rant>)

I also want to thank you, because I found myself wishing (out of sheer boredom) that I was put on a trial. Or at least picked to be a potential juror, where I could entertain them with my hooded cloak. Or get in trouble. One of those.

Stripey socks at jury duty

Also thanks for allowing me to make myself at home. My stripey socks looked awesome with the cape.

So, DuPage county, if after a year (because you’ll unfortunately be keeping my name out of the jury box for 1 whole year), you feel that I should be so lucky as to need to do my civic duty again…I’ve decided.

You can’t change my mind.

The cape is coming with me. Halloween or not. Henceforth, jury duty will be known as Halloween II. And I shall always wear a cape.

Get excited. I’ll be waiting.

Sincerely,

Me.

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Tasty Tuesday: Gruesome Halloween Snacks

This year, I had a lot of fun with our inaugural (note how I DIDN’T say first annual) Halloween kickoff party. If you remember, I did some bad ass disgusting bathroom decor for my guests to appreciate…but I also made some sweet (and not so sweet) snacks. And you know how I looooove snacks.

Of course, we’re not the only Halloweenies in our group of friends, and our old roommates had quite the food display, as well. With their permission, I’ve included some of the gruesome Halloween treats they created. Without further ado…

When Halloween rolls around, I like to be the hostess with the mostest and show off my creative mad-scientist skills in the cauldron and make seriously creepy party food.

Cow Guts: Beef Chili

Make your own homemade chili or buy it prepackaged. Toss it in a crock pot and you’ve got an EASY and tasty treat for your guests. This was actually a huge hit!

Chicken Guts: Buffalo Chicken Dip

Mix shredded chicken (I buy a couple of rotisserie chickens from Sam’s Club because they taste better than canned chicken), Frank’s Red Hot, cream cheese, blue cheese crumbles, and ranch dressing for a really delicious treat on crackers.

Gruesome Halloween Snacks

Delicious and gruesome Halloween snack packs. You’ll note that I labeled everything so my guests could see how twisted I am. I didn’t take a picture of the two large crock pots, which are cow guts and chicken guts (beef chili and buffalo chicken dip, respectively).

Mold: Cheese

Duh. Mold is cheese. Cheese is mold. And Cheese is DELICIOUS.

Mold, Brains and more

Mold: What’s a Chrissy party without cheese?

Worms in Dirt: Brownies with Gummy Worms

A kid-friendly favorite. I had to have one. This one isn’t so gruesome as it is delicious.

Worms in Dirt

Worms in dirt anyone? Garbarge brownies with triple chocolate, caramel, butterscotch chips, white chips and dark chips. And nuts. And worms.

Brains: Jello Mold

I just used raspberry Jello in a brain-shaped Jello mold, and then added a bunch of random crap around it to add to the creepy/nasty factor. It was actually quite delicious.

Brains

Brains: A simple JELL-O mold with raspberry JELL-O, whipped cream, chocolate and strawberry sauce and sprinkles. Because everyone likes sprinkles.

Dead Man’s Toes: BBQ weenies

I used Lil Smokies and a sweet Michigan cherry BBQ sauce, because it has little baby cherries which added more creepy texture. These were easy to cook in my medium-size slow cooker.

Dead mans toes

Dead Man’s Toes: BBQ weenies. In Michigan cherry BBQ sauce. Because that’s how I roll.

Leatherface: Ham and Prosciutto

Use a Styrofoam head to add meat and olives to create a creepy looking Leatherface. Our old roommates wrapped the foam head in plastic first for easy cleanup and reusability.

Leatherface

Leatherface: Our old roommates’ creation. Ham and prosciutto with olives wrapped around a head mold. Surprisingly, I’m the only one who ate some of this guy. This girl doesn’t turn down prosciutto.

Bloody Shots: Cherry Vodka

Not much else for explanation here. Inject your mouth with vampire blood (cherry vodka). You just need to buy the plastic shot syringes. I think I’m going to try these at our next party but with something better than cherry vodka…maybe like…whiskey or something.

Shots of blood

Shots of blood: Another of the old roommates’ collection. I didn’t try this, with my aversion to fake cherry…but they used UV cherry vodka in these really cool 1.5 oz FAKE syringes.

Witches Brew: Lime Punch

This is a fan favorite. It tastes like happiness, but looks wicked. I’ve also made it in a witch’s cauldron and used a plastic glove and blue food coloring to make a blue hand of ice.

Witches Brew

Witch’s Brew: 2Liter of Diet 7up, 1/5 (that’s the entire contents of a normal size bottle) Captain Morgan Lime Bite, 1 can frozen limeade concentrate, and 1 carton of lime sherbet. You’re welcome. Also great for St. Patrick’s Day. Or any party. Because this shit is delicious.

Bashed Skull: Cream Cheese and Pepper & Onion Relish

I just used a simple, inexpensive mask that I got at Michael’s. I painted it with cream cheese and covered it with pepper and onion relish (I like the one from Harry and David the best). Serve in a glass pie plate with crackers and garnish with plastic scorpions. I also use slate labels to let my guests know what they’re eating…sort of.

Bashed Skull

Bashed Skull. I don’t know why, but no one wanted to eat this one.

What scary treats do you make for Halloween? Would you eat any of these delicacies if you showed up at my party?

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Steampunk Sunday: Steampunkins Anyone?

This post is part of a sponsored post series about the steampunk lifestyle. This campaign is sponsored by Steampunk Goggles. All opinions are totally my own. 

Note: Only two pumpkin carving tools, two pumpkins and one finger were harmed in the making of this post. There may have been a thumb accident pertaining to the seeds of said pumpkins. That is all.

With lots of promises to bloggers, companies and myself this month, I thought it would be a good idea to put it all into one giant megapost. You know…like one post to rule them all. (Please for the love of all things, tell me you got that reference.)

So I promised April over at First Time Mom and Dad some sweet pumpkin carving (thanks to the free carving materials I won from her giveaway!) And I’m still working with the wonderful team over at Steampunk Goggles to promote their FANTASTIC line of goggles, which you can read about in my Steampunk Halloween post from last week. And I promised them an AWESOME video of, well, steampunk awesome.

Obviously, combining the two with the clever nickname dubbed by Katie of Words for Worms (Steampunkins) was the way to go.

I went out and bought two pumpkins after work one night. I placed them in the car and one of them smashed my finger, so obviously I yelled out, “Ow!” And obviously Brian paid no attention. Because I say “ow” more often than, well, anything…

So, as we were carrying the pumpkins upstairs, I told Brian, “You can carry that one. Because that’s the one that bit me.”

“It bit you. And it doesn’t even have teeth yet. What do you think it’s going to do when you give it teeth?”

“Well, maybe I just won’t GIVE it teeth. How do you like that, evil pumpkin?”

And then Brian laughed. Because he ALWAYS laughs at my funny commentary…and not at me. Obviously.

So here’s what I did to that nasty pumpkin:

You’ll see that I screwed Jack’s mouth shut with wiring. And then I wrapped him in chains. And made him a complete cyborg. Because he was a baaaaaad steampunkin. Then I made Jackie. And she hates Jack. Not only because his name is a lot like hers, but also because he bit me. She’s TOTALLY on my side. She got a pretty lace hat, a metal flower in her hair, and real eyes. And a real mouth. And actually, I shaped that real mouth to look like she was exasperated with Jack. Because he’s TOTALLY exasperating.

Steampunkin 2

Evil Jack

Steampunkin

Sweet Jackie

What types of pumpkins are you carving this season, Blog Friends? I’ve got 3 days of Halloween posts ahead, so get excited!

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