Saturday, August 4, 2018

Halloween 2018 at HomeGoods

When I went Halloween hunting earlier this week, I did not expect to find anything at my local HomeGoods store, but I was pleasantly shocked to find an aisle full of Halloween items already out! I went back yesterday, and they had put a bit more on shelves (though it was still contained to just one aisle). I'm sure by this time next week they will have even more Halloween products on shelves, and I'm so excited, especially after what I saw they already had! By the looks of it, it is going to be a good Halloween year at HomeGoods/TJ Maxx. There were a few old items from previous years, but for the most part many of the items seemed to be new designs. You can take a look at what I found at HomeGoods this week below:

Friday, August 3, 2018

Halloween 2018 at Big Lots

I stopped into Big Lots earlier this week to take a peek to see if their Halloween items had hit shelves yet. I wasn't expecting to find anything, but as I rounded the corner I was delighted to see a wall full of skeletons, gothic decor, animated props, and more! This year, they've brought back some of their popular animated home decor items, like the haunted TV and radio (with a few new tweaks). They also have some neat new skeletons and some wicked gothic decor. 

They are expecting more Halloween stuff, but I'm so happy they are already putting some out! See what I found at Big Lots below:

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Midsummer Scream Spooky Prize Pack Giveaway!

CONTEST CLOSED - check The Spooky Vegan Instagram for winner announcement soon! More giveaways to come, stay tuned and make sure you are following me on my Instagram!

Midsummer Scream was spooktacular this year (read all about my eerie adventures there HERE and HERE!), and I've put together a spooky giveaway (specifically for those that couldn't attend) so we can re-live it all over again! I've partnered with some incredible vendors to create an amazing prize pack from Midsummer Scream! I mean, look at all this spooky stuff (including Midsummer Scream exclusives!) you could win:

Halloween 2018 at Michaels

It has finally arrived, Michaels has released their Halloween 2018 collection! I visited mine earlier this week and was thrilled to see orange and black bedecking the aisles, pumpkin faces peeking out from shelves, and gorgeously gothic decor on every nook and cranny.

This year, Michaels has rolled out so many new items (with more on the way). One collection prominently features orange, black, and witches. It corresponds boo-tifully to Hocus Pocus' 25th anniversary! Another collection is heavy on the gothic feel and perfect for picking up spooky home decor that you can enjoy year-round.

You can check out everything I found at my recent visit below (and check out their autumn collection here):

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Full Lineup Announced for Warner Bros. Horror Made Here: A Festival of Frights

This past weekend at Midsummer Scream (check out my coverage HERE and HERE), guests got a glimpse of Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood and their upcoming Halloween event Horror Made Here: A Festival of Frights. The full lineup has been revealed for the event, which takes place on the Warner Bros. backlot and gives guests a peek at many of their their horror properties, including IT, The Conjuring, and many more! Horror Made Here is a special ticketed event, held October 5th-6th, October 12th-14th, October 18th-21st and October 25th-28th, from 7 PM to 1 AM. The event ticket includes access to the festival, the night tour and all mazes - more details on these below. Tickets are on-sale now and you don't want to miss this festival of frights!

Check out the official press release below, which contains details of new mazes and attractions:

Recap: Midsummer Scream 2018 - Day 2

Midsummer Scream was this past weekend and it was so much fun! I've already shared what day one was like (read all about it HERE!), and now I'll be sharing my Sunday at the event with you. Just like Saturday, day two was a whirlwind of activities! I got to hang out with amazing people, score some amazing Halloween and horror products, go through more mini haunts, attend Hocus Pocus' 25th anniversary panel as well as getting the scoop on Universal's Halloween Horror Nights. Sunday was just as crazy (if not crazier) than Saturday, with Halloween fans descending on the Long Beach Convention Center in droves. Like Saturday, Sunday completely sold out!! If you weren't able to make it, I have a huge giveaway coming up that will make it feel just like you were able to attend! Make sure you are following me on Instagram to enter!

And now, take a look at day two at Midsummer Scream:

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Recap: Midsummer Scream 2018 - Day 1

The event I look forward to with glee every year, Midsummer Scream, was this past weekend. It returned for its third year at the Long Beach Convention Center and was expected to be bigger and better than ever (spoiler alert: it was)! There were approximately 20,000 attendees expected for each day, but I think it was closer to 25,000 Halloween lovers that actually showed up each day, with both days selling out! It was packed with excited Halloween and horror fans, and there was so much to do!

This year, Midsummer Scream featured a bigger show floor filled with incredible vendors, makeup artists, special FX artists, celebrity autograph signings, and more. I must have walked that show floor more than 10 times throughout the weekend, and every time I found something new! Then there was the expanded Hall of Shadows, featuring an entryway inspired by Frankenstein's castle, a new vendor section, performance stage, and of course the mini mazes! The bottom floor also held areas for the classrooms and photo ops. All of the major panels took place on the second floor (above the lobby) in the Grand Ballroom. The second floor also held the Black Cat Lounge, the second stage where other presentations took place, a screening room, and more.

I attended both days (check out my recap of Day 2!) and had a blast at both. I did so much that I decided to split my coverage into two posts, one for Saturday and another for Sunday. Saturday was spent mostly wandering the show floor, checking out the Hall of Shadows, and meeting up with other Halloween bloggers like Spooky Little Halloween and All Hallows Geek!

Check out some highlights of my Saturday at Midsummer Scream below:

Monday, July 23, 2018

Only 100 Days Until Halloween!

Eeeeek, there are now only 100 days until Halloween! I can barely believe how fast time is flying by this year, I feel like this autumn is going to creep up on me and take me completely by surprise! Still, I am soooooo ready for Halloween season! I made a few graphics to celebrate that there are only 100 days until Halloween - feel free to use them on your social media accounts if you like, and don't forget to tag me so I can see your posts!

Saturday, July 21, 2018

13 Tips and Tricks To Survive Midsummer Scream

Midsummer Scream is just a week away (eeeeeeek!!) and I am so excited! In case you didn't know, Midsummer Scream is a Halloween festival and convention held at the Long Beach Convention Center. It celebrates all things spooky, kicks off the Halloween season (yes, it's here!), and has been a blast every year I've attended (see my coverage of last year's event HERE and HERE and 2016's inaugural event HERE). It has been so neat to see it grow over these last few years, so I am really stoked to see what they have in store for us this year.

Since so many people are attending this year (I get to see so many spooky friends, yay!), I have been asked for tips and tricks on attending the convention, what people should expect, what they should bring, and so on. I figured I would put together a little guide for those who are attending for the first time as well as for those convention veterans needing a bit more help navigating the event.

With so many amazing panels, classes, vendors, entertainment, and more, it is easy to get overwhelmed, but I'm here to make sure that doesn't happen! With just a little bit of pre-planning, you can maximize your time at Midsummer Scream and make sure you see everything you want to (and more!). I'm a person who love to pre-plan everything, but I know there are others out there that don't, so I wanted to make sure to cover even the most basic of tips for the convention.

Check out my 13 Tips and Tricks to Survive Midsummer Scream below:

Friday, July 20, 2018

Sourpuss Coffin Shelf and Salt + Pepper Shaker Giveaway

CONTEST CLOSED! Congrats to the winner, which was announced on the original giveaway post on Instagram! More big giveaways to come!!

Hi boils and ghouls! If you follow me on Instagram, you know I am collaborating with Sourpuss Clothing for an amazing giveaway to kick off their official release date of Halloween goodies on August 1st! You can enter to win a coffin shelf in the color of your choosing (red, purple, or green) as well as two salt and pepper shaker sets! Details on how to enter below...
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