Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Halloween 2019: At Home Stores


Southern California finally got its very first At Home store (in Lake Forest, located in Orange County) which means we can finally stop drooling over pics from the rest of the country and we can finally get our claws on their Halloween items! I shared some items from their website a few weeks, ago, but our local SoCal store has already started putting out Halloween items in June and has seen Halloween lovers descend on the store to snap up Halloween goodies as well as snapping Instagram pics! I've been stalking the store for a few weeks now, waiting for them to start putting out the Halloween goods. I struck out the first few times, but finally got lucky last Friday! They were still busy unpacking lots of boxes, but they already three aisles of Halloween and autumn stuff out. I can't believe Halloween products are already hitting shelves, but seeing all that orange and black really put a huge grin on my face!

Want to see what they had out? Take a look below:

Monday, June 10, 2019

Sneak Peek: Halloween 2019 At Home Stores


As you may have seen across social media, At Home stores have started rolling out their Halloween merch in-stores! Yes, it is only June, but this a major Code Orange! We actually had the very first At Home store in California open here in Orange County, just about 20 minutes away from where I live. I went and checked it out this weekend to see if they had any Halloween stuff out, but unfortunately they had nothing and told me they don't expect any Halloween stuff stocked until late June.

Until then, I thought I would share a sneak peek of the Halloween items that are currently on their site that will be available for purchase in stores soon (unless you are lucky and your At Home already has these items stocked). It looks like the theme this year is skewing towards Game of Thrones-themed decor - lots of dragons, crowns, etc.

Friday, May 31, 2019

10 Things I'm Loving This May


I'll be honest, this month has been a struggle for me. I got sick at the beginning of the month for two weeks and also found out we have to move at the end of our lease. In order to fund this unexpected move, I've been selling a large chunk of my Halloween collection. The whole month feels like one long battle against being sick and then another battle of purging belongings. I don't share this because I want pity, but just to show that life can throw us some curveballs sometimes and I just wanted to share why I've been so absent from here and social media. I know it will all work out in the end and I'm excited for a change of scenery, but it sure has been stressful.

Still, this month hasn't been all bad - I feel like even more than usual I need to focus on the positive and savor the little things I sometimes take for granted. As per my monthly tradition, I'm sharing 10 things I'm loving this month below, which encourages me to reflect on things I'm grateful for this month as well as sharing some cool things with you!

Check out 10 Things I'm Loving This May below:

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Spooky Summer Goth Essentials to Survive the Sun


With Memorial Day behind us, I can't believe summer is almost here! I'm already in shock of how long the days are stretching and I am already dreading the warmer temperatures. Summer is the last season before the glorious return of fall, and all we need to do is survive summer to get to the best season, autumn! And of course, summer can be fun if take the time to stock up on some necessities that make it so much more pleasant for us darklings...


I have to say that summer is usually a struggle for me (and many other fellow fiends who wear black year-round), so in preparation I've rounded up some spooky summer goth essentials to help me and my fellow spookies survive the summer. Below I'm sharing clothes, accessories, pool floats, parasols, swimsuits, makeup, sandals, and more with a spooky twist to make summertime more bearable.

Friday, May 3, 2019

Midsummer Scream to Showcase California’s Spookiest + Strangest Themed Bars


LONG BEACH, CA - If you’re a fan of spirits - the kind that come crafted in a glass - you’re in for a serious treat! Midsummer Scream, the world’s largest Halloween and horror fan convention, will host a panel presentation featuring the most sinister bars and breweries on the West Coast!

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Drklght Clothing "Disney Goth" Pop-Up Shop


Drklght Clothing makes rad Disney Goth clothing (along with wrestling, horror, goth, LGBTQ, straight edge, workout, and more clothing) and this Saturday they are hosting a pop-up shop in Anaheim, California, home of Disneyland, right before Bat's Day!

They will be selling t-shirts, spirit jerseys, candles, pins, and more and are offering a free "Death Certificate" to the first 25 customers. This pop-up will be held at The Doll Hut at 107 S. Adams Street in Anaheim, California from noon to 4 PM this Saturday, May 4th, 2019.

I have the Disney Goth tee and I love it so much!! It is perfect to wear to the parks and turn some heads, and especially fun to wear on Bat's Day, which is this Sunday, May 5th and is a gathering of spooky fiends who love Disneyland!

If you can't make this pop up, you can buy Drklght Clothing on their website, www.drklght.com!

Stay spooky!

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Have a Haunting Half-o-Ween and a Witchy Walpurgisnacht!


Today, April 30th, marks halfway to Halloween and Walpurgisnacht (aka Witches' Night aka Hexennacht). Walpurgisnacht is known as the "other Halloween", where the veil between the worlds separating known and unknown is thinnest, allowing all manner of spirits, witches, otherworldly creatures, demons, devils, and so forth to push through into our world.

Ancient tales of witches, devils, and spirits gathering high in the mountains on this night seems to have its roots in Germany. Brocken Peak in Germany's Harz Mountains has two rock formations called Devil's Pulpit (Teufelskanzel) and the Witches' Altar (Hexenaltar), where these legends originate from. Nearby the Brocken Peak is the Hexentanzplatz, which literally means Witches' Dance Floor, where many pre-Christian rituals were performed, including the rites of old Saxon cults honoring the forest and mountain gods and goddesses.

Monday, April 29, 2019

Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man Maze Coming to Halloween Horror Nights 2019


Universal Studios announced another maze for their Halloween Horror Nights events in Hollywood and Orlando, bringing back their iconic Universal Monsters! Hollywood will see a showdown in the new "Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man" maze, while Orlando will see all of the classic monsters come to life.

I am really excited to hear that Halloween Horror Nights is doing these two Universal Monsters-themed mazes! I am stoked that I'll get to experience Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man at Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood! Check out more details on these two mazes from the official press release below:

Celebrate Half-o-Ween With These Halloween Movies Streaming Now

Halloween Movies and Where to Watch Them for Half-o-ween

Can you believe it is almost halfway to Halloween?! April 30th/May 1st marks the halfway point to October 31st, and every year I like to acknowledge this milestone with a little mini Halloween celebration. In past years, I've recommended ways to celebrate Halfway to Halloween, how to bring Halloween into your home, shared the history of Walpurgisnacht (aka Witches' Night, which occurs on the same date), and many more spooky spring-time shenanigans!

This year, I'm craving some Halloween films and TV shows to help spark that spooky spirit, so I thought I would share all the Halloween films currently streaming on Shudder, Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime (if you are looking for more suggestions for Halloween movies, check out my Ultimate List of Halloween-themed Movies). These movies are set on or around Halloween, but I've also included TV shows that have memorable Halloween episodes as well as a few other titles that give me a spooky vibe even though they may not be set on Halloween (like Goosebumps or The Curious Creations of Christine McConnell).

Note: Listing is for US-region only. Also, I have not seen all of these, so I cannot speak to the quality (and I can't even guarantee the quality of the ones I HAVE seen, haha). However, I have noted all the ones I do recommend with an asterisk (*).

Here are Halloween Movies and Where to Watch Them for Halfoween:

Friday, April 26, 2019

Witchy TV Shows to Stream for Walpurgisnacht


In past years, I've shared witch films to get you in the spirit of Witches' Night (check out those recommendations HERE and HERE), but this year I decided to turn my focus to the small screen. With the success of the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina series as well as all things witchy gaining in popularity, I'm sure we all could use some bewitching shows to watch (or re-watch) in honor of Walpurgisnacht on April 30th (if you want to familiarize yourself with this celebratory witch holiday, read this post).

Below, I've rounded up witch-themed or witch-adjacent shows that you can stream on platforms like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and Shudder (I've also added links to Amazon if you want to own the shows on Blu-ray or DVD), check them out:
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