Thursday, December 22, 2016

The Witch's Christmas

The Witch's Christmas (1986 version)

I came across this adorable children's Christmas book recently called The Witch's Christmas by Norman Bridwell, the well-loved author of the Clifford the Big Red Dog series of children's books. The Witch's Christmas is about a witch that not only puts a fun Halloween spin on Christmas, but also saves Santa when he runs into some trouble on Christmas Eve.

The Witch's Christmas originally came out in 1970 and looks like it was re-illustrated and re-released in 1986. Both versions were illustrated by Bridwell, with the later version getting some color. I've included pages from both versions below.

Both versions look frightfully fun and our witch shares a lot of the Creepmas spirit, like making it rain black snow, creating a holiday wreath from bats, singing Creepmas carols with some monster friends, and decorating a Creepmas tree with skulls, bats, and spiders! Merry Hexmas indeed!

Check out some of the pages from both versions of The Witch's Christmas below:

Friday, December 16, 2016

Watch Now on Netflix: I Am Not A Serial Killer (2016)

I Am Not A Serial Killer is a film based on a 2009 book by Dan Wells of the same name. The book is the first installment of the John Wayne Cleaver trilogy by Wells. I haven't read the book, but have watched the film, now available streaming on Netflix, and I can't recommend it enough! 

The synopsis: A teen whom everyone thinks will grow up to be a serial killer must connect with his dark tendencies as he tries to solve a series of grisly murders in his small Minnesota town. 

Thursday, December 15, 2016

The New Beyond Burger from Beyond Meat

I have been intrigued with the new Beyond Burger (the vegan burger that the media has dubbed "the burger that bleeds" due to its juiciness and use of beet juice as food coloring) ever since I first heard about it earlier this year. It is an all-vegan burger that is very close in appearance, texture and taste to the "real" thing. To be honest, the concept freaked me out a little and I wondered if I would be able to handle such a "meaty" vegan burger! This vegan burger REALLY blends into the meat section of the grocery store, and without its packaging in a side by side comparison I bet most people wouldn't be able to tell the difference between the Beyond Burger and a beef burger.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

15 Vegan Holiday Finds at Trader Joe's

Trader Joe's holiday products are now available and I recently took a spin through my local store to see what items were vegan. Unlike their bounty of autumn vegan items (covered HERE), it seems like their winter vegan offerings are a little lacking. However, I was still able to find a bunch of delicious vegan options for the holidays. Some of these are new, others are old favorites, but all of them are only available for a limited time this holiday season, so grab them while you can!

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Have Yourself a Scary Little Christmas With These Short Videos

Happy thirteenth day of Creepmas! It's been fun sharing how to spookify your holiday season this year, but today marks the final day of the 13 Days of Creepmas. For my final post I wanted to share some Christmas horror movie montages and short films to spread the holiday fear! Some of my faves are included in the video montages below, plus I included some short films to get you in the spooky spirit!

Monday, December 12, 2016

Top 10 Christmas Horror Movies

I made a list of my top 20 holiday horror movies a few years ago (HERE and HERE), but since there have been new Christmas horror movies in the past few years, that list was in need of a serious update!

There are so many Christmas horror movies that there are plenty to choose from and keep you occupied for all 13 days of Creepmas, plus all 12 days of Christmas! Still, holidays are a busy time for most folks, so I've narrowed my picks from 20 down to 10, including some more recent holiday horror films that have been released the past few years.

Here are my new top 10 holiday horror movies:

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Gothic Christmas Music Playlist

By this time every year, I'm usually sick of Christmas music, especially since I can't stomach most of it to begin with! Yet, I still have a yearning to listen to festive holiday music when decorating or baking, so I decided to make my own Christmas music playlist of songs of the season I can actually enjoy. Many of these are atmospheric gothic renditions, with a few alternative, punk, and orchestral tracks thrown in.

You can listen to my Spotify Gothic Creepmas playlist below:

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Haunting Holiday Cards

Regular ol' holly jolly holiday cards aren't really my style, and while I appreciate family and friends who send these I always wish to receive cards that are a little more my style, a little creepy, a little macabre. So I've searched the internet for these types of haunting holiday cards and found some delightfully dark ones, which I'm sharing below:

Friday, December 9, 2016

Gift Wrap for Goths and Other Darklings

If you're looking for holiday wrap that expresses your unique style (or the style of the recipient of your gift), look no further than the designs I found below, featuring whimsically weird wrapping paper for fans of the gothic aesthetic, Halloween, or horror!

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Eerie Ornaments to Deck Your Haunted Halls

If you're anything like me, you like to express yourself through the decor in your house. As soon as you walk into my house you can see I like to stay spooky no matter what time of year. Yup, it feels like a weird wonderland or Halloweentown year-round! So why wouldn't I decorate my Creepmas tree in the same style?

My Christmas tree is usually decorated in Halloween colors and ornaments, but there are lots of other weird, wacky, or creepy decorations out there for those of us that like to carry our eerie attitudes into most (if not all) holidays! Below you'll find some creepy Christmas ornaments that will allow you to haunt your halls in sinister style!

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Goth Gift Guide: Nefarious Non-Fiction for Curious Creeps

My idea of the perfect gift? BOOKS! I'd be happy buried beneath books, and while I really, really try to limit my collection these days due to space issues, I am finding it hard to resist adding the non-fiction books below to my personal Christmas wish list! There are books featuring hidden wonders from around the world, photographic collections of macabre items, recollections of 31 days of October spent in Salem, Victorian ways of death, haunted histories, personal art collections, and even a horror-inspired coloring book. These are all fairly new items, released just this year, and any of these are sure to make my fellow creeps happy!

Check out the nefarious non-fiction books I've selected for fellow spooklings below:

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

7 Ways to Decorate For and Celebrate Creepmas

If you are anything like me, you want to prolong the spooky spirit of Halloween for as long as possible (perhaps even year-round!). During this holiday season, it is actually quite easy to do this by turning Christmas into Creepmas! That's right, the traditional time of holly-jolly cheer can be turned into yuletide fear by following a few simple tips from yours ghouly! You can still have your twinkling lights, your ornaments and tree, gingerbread cookies, etc., but with some extra tweaks you can bring back the Halloween frights! Think of the "Making Christmas" song from The Nightmare Before Christmas, where they add their own Halloweentown flair to traditional Christmas activities - if we think like that, we can have ourselves a scary little Christmas indeed!

I've posted seven ways to decorate for and celebrate Creepmas below, complete with photos of my own decorations this year to give you some ideas:

Monday, December 5, 2016

Watch Now on Netflix: A Christmas Horror Story (2015)

Just in time for Krampusnacht and the holidays you can catch the horror anthology film A Christmas Horror Story streaming on Netflix! I had my doubts about this movie, because, let's face it, horror anthologies can be hit-or-miss, and a holiday horror anthology just sounds like a cash in. However, when I saw it last year I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it! I watched it again tonight and it was even better the second time around.

Where to See the Christmas Devil on Krampusnacht

Merry Krampusnacht!
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Tonight is a very special night, as the evening of December 5th marks Krampusnacht (or Krampus Night), when Krampus the Christmas Devil roams the earth in search of wicked children to punish. Krampusnacht occurs the night before the Feast of Saint Nicholas (December 6th), and tonight Krampus will punish naughty children by shoving them in his sack, beating them with birch switches, and leaving them coal. I hope you've been good this year and that Krampus doesn't come for you! However, if you've been good and still want to see Krampus tonight, I've got some suggestions below.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Creepmas Sweaters for Naughty Boils and Ghouls

During every Creepmas season for the past several years I've shared ugly Christmas sweaters that were inspired by horror movies or celebrated the darker aspects of the season. Looking back on these posts (check 'em out here, here, and here!), it seems that every year our options for Creepmas sweaters get better and badder! This year is no different, with so many rad Christmas sweaters to choose from!

As in previous posts, I've only included sweaters that are not made with any animal products like wool (the wool industry is really cruel and gentle sheep are often barbarically treated for their wool - don't buy wool! Here is more info on the cruel wool industry if you'd like to learn more.).

Here are some of the awesome holiday sweaters that are available for us naughty kids this time of year:

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Goth Gift Guide for the Eternally Odd and Eerie

I know how hard it is to find unique gifts for your favorite darkling or even yourself, so I've compiled some suggestions for you below to make this gift-giving season easier. These are all items I would love to receive, so this gift guide doubles as a wish list for myself as well!

I have suggestions for creepy clothes, eerie artwork, dark decor, scintillating scents and candles, and so much more! Of course, all fabrics/perfumes/candles/etc. are cruelty-free and vegan. In addition, the most of the items below are from small businesses (and even a non-profit), so your money is going to a good place and allowing like-minded gothlings to thrive!

Take a peek below at my Goth Gift Guide for the Eternally Odd and Eerie:

Friday, December 2, 2016

10 Creepy Calendars for 2017

Shopping for next year's calendars is one of my favorite things this time of year! I love staying organized, and despite most of my scheduling happening on my phone nowadays, I still love having calendars in my house. It's like functional artwork!

Of course, my taste in calendars tend to run towards the darker and creepier rather than puppies and pastels. I've already amassed a wish list of calendars for 2017, full of eerie architecture, creepy-cute creatures, sinister skulls, horror movies, and much more! Check out 10 of the favorites I've found below! Links will take you to Amazon so you can add them to your own wish list:

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Welcome to the 13 Days of Creepmas

December 1st is already here, and that means that it is time to kick off the 13 Days of Creepmas! During Creepmas a group of bloggers celebrate the winter holiday season in our own spooky way, putting a dark spin on the horror-days! You can read more about the event and find the complete list of blogs participating HERE!

As for me, I'll be creepifying the Christmas season by sharing gothic gift guides, sinister sweaters, haunting holiday cards, eerie ornaments, and much more!

To kick things off, I thought I would share some of my favorite posts from past Creepmasses:
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