Thursday, August 10, 2017

Halloween 2017 at Big Lots

After sharing Big Lots Halloween 2017 collection a few weeks ago, I was waiting for these eerie items to start haunting stores. I saw that others were finding spooky stuff at their Big Lots stores, so last night I decided to trek to my nearest Big Lots to see if they had any Halloweenie items out. While they didn't have everything out yet, they had a large chunk of their Halloween goodies on display. A majority of their items on display lit up, were motion-activated, made spooky sounds, or a combination of all three.

I didn't buy anything this round, but wanted to share what I did see in Big Lots. Take a look at what they had on  their shelves below:

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Halloween 2017 at Michaels

Welcome Halloween at Michaels!

I'm finally getting around to posting about my Halloween finds at Michaels! Things have been crazy busy lately between getting a promotion at work, attending back-to-back Halloween conventions (read about those here, here, and here), planning for a family visit, and everything else going on right now, so I haven't had much time to post about my Halloween finds in-stores. Hopefully I'll start to get caught up, starting with my recent visits to Michaels.

Full-size skeletons - I love them!

Michaels has always been great about getting their Halloween stuff out early, but I felt they were a little behind this year and was getting frustrated at not finding anything autumn- or Halloween-themed in stores. A few weeks ago, though, I finally found fall decor in stores and soon after came all the Halloweenie treats! They have some repeats from last year, but overall I'm digging that they continued the gothic vibe of last year, it means I can find regular home decor that I leave out all year-round! Take a peek of what they have in stores for Halloween 2017 below:

Monday, August 7, 2017

Recap: ScareLA 2017

The ScareLA pumpkin patch!

Sometimes I forget how lucky I am to live in a place where I'm able to attend multiple Halloween conventions! I spent last weekend at Midsummer Scream (check out my recaps of Saturday and Sunday!) and this past weekend I got to attend ScareLA. It was my second year at Midsummer Scream, but my first year at ScareLA and the festival's first year at the Los Angeles Convention Center (the previous four years ScareLA was held at the Pasadena Convention Center). I was really excited to have two back-to-back weekends of Halloweenie goodness!

ScareLA 2017 program

Below I'll be sharing my experience at ScareLA from start to finish, with plenty of photos in order to give you a taste of what to expect at this Halloween festival! I'll also be including some tips that I find helpful when attending conventions at the very end, as well as sharing all the goodies I picked up from vendors and artists.

Friday, August 4, 2017

ScareLA Day Declared by the City of Los Angeles

District 9 Council member Curren Price presents ScareLA founder Lora 
Ivanova (and some Decayed Brigade ghouls) with a certificate that 
declares August 4th as ScareLA Day!

Today was declared ScareLA Day by the City of Los Angeles, honoring ScareLA's continued and valued contribution to the City of Angels! Founder and creator Lora Ivanova was presented with a certificate from the city by District 9 Council member Curren D. Price Jr., and was joined on-stage my members of the Decayed Brigade performance troupe!

Watch Now on Netflix: The Devil's Candy (2015)

I was so excited to see that Netflix added The Devil's Candy to their instant streaming catalog! I had been looking forward to seeing it since early 2016 (where I had it as one of my most anticipated movies of 2016). Even though it technically had a 2015 release (probably at film festivals), it was really hard to track down, though I think it was available on Amazon at the beginning of 2017.

I really enjoyed writer/director Sean Byrne's last film The Loved Ones, so I couldn't wait to see The Devil's Candy. As soon as I saw it pop up on Netflix I dimmed the lights, lit a few candles, and snuggled up on the couch with a big bowl of popcorn to finally watch The Devil's Candy!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Recap: Midsummer Scream 2017 - Day 2

Yesterday I shared my day one at last weekend's Midsummer Scream festival and all the panels, presentations, vendors, and other Halloween and horror goodies I got to see, and today I'll be wrapping up my coverage by sharing all that I did on the second and final day of the Halloween festival. Looking back on this year, I can't believe how fast it went and how much I miss it and wish it was longer. When I went last year, I only did one day and I remember being so exhausted, but this year doing both days of the fest invigorated me and I wanted more! I am already looking forward to next year, but for now check out all the things I did and saw at Midsummer Scream 2017 below.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Recap: Midsummer Scream 2017 - Day 1

Midsummer Scream 2017

Midsummer Scream returned for its second year of celebrating Halloween this past weekend at the Long Beach Convention Center. I attended last year, and I was really looking forward to their second annual event! With last year's experience under my belt, I felt like this year was going to be bigger and better than last year. I had already planned out the major panels and presentations I wanted to see, I was familiar with the layout of the convention center, and I was brimming with excitement at all the Halloweenie and horror goodness I was going to see! It was Halloween in July, and I wanted to share with you all the fantastically fun and seriously spooky stuff I got to see all weekend, starting with day one on Saturday, July 29th.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Spirit Halloween's Hocus Pocus Collection

I am so excited that Spirit Halloween is releasing an officially licensed line of Hocus Pocus merch this Halloween season! Hocus Pocus is one of my favorite Halloween movies (and probably one of my favorite movies of all time), and it has gained quite a cult following even though it was released way back in 1993 (wow, it's 24 years old!).

Most of the line is a little too glittery and cutesy for me, but I have fallen in love with some of the items they are selling this year! Check out my must-haves from Spirit Halloween's Hocus Pocus line below:

Friday, July 28, 2017

Celebrate Halloween at Midsummer Scream this Weekend

UPDATE: Check out my recaps of the event for DAY 1 and DAY 2!

Midsummer Scream is a Halloween and horror convention and festival that will be held at the Long Beach Convention Center this weekend, July 29th and 30th! They will have spooky panels, classes, workshops, screenings, scare zones, vendors, artwork, and even a costume party aboard the Queen Mary! Are you going? I sure am and I cannot wait!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Sneak Peek: Halloween 2017 at Crate and Barrel

Eeeeeeek Crate and Barrel has finally started listing Halloween decor online and they have some boo-tiful items! I love looking at their Halloween collections every year and they usually have some swoon-worthy stuff. They have some creepy-cute Halloween items online now, but I'm hoping more will be added soon!

For now, I really like the ones below (including a few repeats from past years):
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