Monday, November 13, 2017

Spooky Halloween Leftovers

Whew, it's hard to believe Halloween season is over and that November is already half over! This Halloween season was a little rough on me (not to mention being hit with some bad post-Halloween blues), so I'm taking a break to reset and focus on goals for next year. I need some time to focus on the smaller things, spend time with myself and family, and get inspired for next year.

In the meantime, I thought I'd share some of my Halloween leftovers with you all, which are basically just a random bunch of pictures from the Halloween season I haven't yet shared here. Looking back at what I did this season is a big help in getting me excited about next Halloween season, believe it or not! And hopefully they will help me (and maybe you) beat the Halloween blues.

Check out some Halloween 2017 leftovers below:

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Happy Halloween and 2017 Bucket List Completion

Happy Halloween! The big day is finally here, and while I'm stuck at work, I can't wait to get home to pass out treats to kiddies while watching Halloween movies. I'll be honest, this Halloween season has been really hard for me. While I did end up doing a lot of fun stuff, I felt this year was a bit lackluster for me and definitely went by too fast. I also suffered from Halloween burnout early on and between work and the anxiety of dealing with family in the California wildfires (they are all fine now), I wasn't very full of Halloween spirit this year. I'm hoping next year is better.

On the plus side, I did do a lot of great stuff on my bucket list this year! Check out what items I was able to cross off my bucket list this Halloween season:

Monday, October 30, 2017

Book Review: Drawn to the Dark - Explorations in Scare Tourism Around the World (Plus Giveaway!)

How would you like to travel the world checking out festivals, celebrations, and haunted attractions Imagine the wonder and excitement you would have visiting traditional Dia de los Muertos cemetery celebrations, attending demon festivals in Japan, getting menaced by Krampus in Austria, exploring locations that inspired Castle Dracula, traveling up a mountain to celebrate Walpurgisnacht in Germany, and checking out different haunted attractions around the world! That sounds so incredible, and that is exactly what author Chris Kullstroem did for a whole year.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

The Enchantment Box - Hocus Pocus Edition

The Hocus Pocus edition of The Enchantment Box

The Enchantment Box is a new monthly subscription service that sends you a magical themed box full of goodies like cruelty-free makeup, vegan snacks, delightful decor, gorgeous jewelry, fun paper crafts, beautiful bath and beauty products, and other charming treats! Plus, all boxes are completely cruelty-free and vegan, yay! They contacted me recently to see if I would be interested in reviewing their October 2017 box, whose theme was Hocus Pocus. I really had to contain myself (because OF COURSE I WAS INTERESTED), as I was so excited about this box since Hocus Pocus is one of the best movies ever and one of my personal favorite Halloween movies!

I checked out some of their past boxes, whose themes included Marie Antoinette, Mystical Mermaid, and Secret Garden, which made me even more thrilled when I saw the fantastical fripperies that were tucked away in those boxes. I knew then that I was head-over-heels in LOVE and couldn't wait to check out their October 2017 box. See my step-by-step unboxing below!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Make a Vegan Jack-o-Lantern Burger for Halloween

Enjoy a vegan Halloween burger this October (and beyond)!

If you're like me, you like to add Halloween magic to everything, and that includes food! I mean, I don't have the time to get too fancy, but a few fearsome flourishes can add Halloween spirit to any meal. As you can see from my pic above, sometimes the simplest trick makes for a festive treat! Turning a vegan cheeseburger into a Halloween cheeseburger is really easy, but I'll walk you through how to do it below.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Join the Monster Kitty Society

Join the Monster Kitty Society

Monsters plus cats? That sounds like a purr-fectly spooky combo and it is a reality thanks to Monster Kitty Society, a woman-owned company that designs and makes adorably eerie jewelry that is both cute and creepy! Monster Kitty Society features a variety of Monster Kitty characters that come with their very own cards describing their traits and fun facts about them. From these different characters you can choose necklaces, stickers, keychains, enamel pins, bags, t-shirts, and so much more!

Here is a little more about them via their website: "Monster Kitty Society is home for dark souls who love cats. The monster cats only like people who get them, and they're pretty picky. We have an aesthetic. It has to be dark and it has to be cute. We prefer to cuddle up in the dark with our cats. If you're not about that life then you better scram! Our hoard is ever-growing. Are you ready to join?"

I received some of their items for review, which you can see more of below:

Friday, October 20, 2017

The Horror Art of Brady Stoehr

The Horror Art of Brady Stoehr

Brady Stoehr is an illustrator creating horror-inspired art in the woods of Missouri. His renditions of classic horror monsters as well as illustrations of famous horror authors immediately drew my interest when he first reached out to me and kindly offered to send me some of his pieces for review. He has posters, prints, stickers, bookmarks, and more available in his Etsy shop. I was lucky enough to receive one of his art prints, stickers, and bookmarks to check out.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Sanrio Pumpkin Patch at Tanaka Farms

Hanging out at the pumpkin patch with my spooky Sanrio friends!

At the beginning of October, I did one of my favorite things - visit my local pumpkin patch! I have been going to Tanaka Farms for years and enjoying their pumpkin patch is one of my Halloween traditions. This year, they teamed up with Sanrio to bring some Hello Kitty cuteness to their patch! I usually go opening weekend, but this Sanrio collaboration proved to be so popular that we decided to go in the middle of the week instead and it was much less crowded.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Grave Harvest Halloween Convention 2017

Grave Harvest 2017

Last year's Grave Harvest was so much fun (check out my recap!), I couldn't wait for this year's event, which took place this past Saturday at The Hotel Fullerton. Grave Harvest is Orange County's very own Halloween convention hosted by Abracadaver Productions, and features oodles of Halloween vendors, plus classes and presentations throughout the day. Check out my coverage of this year's event below!

Monday, October 16, 2017

Watch Now on Netflix: The Babysitter (2017)

The Babysitter hit Netflix on Friday, October 13th and I couldn't wait watch it! This horror comedy stars a young cast including Samara Weaver, Bella Thorne, and Judah Lewis and is about a young kid who finds out something disturbing about his babysitter - that's basically all I knew going in when I gave it a look over the weekend and was pleasantly surprised by how much fun I had watching it! It has a fun '80s slasher vibe while still managing to feel fresh. Plus, it's not afraid to poke a little fun at the horror genre. Check out more of my thoughts on it below.

Use Switch Witch to Help Kids Ditch Unhealthy Tricks for Treats This Halloween

Every kid should be able to go trick or treating, even if they aren't able to eat the candy they collect due to allergies or wanting to eat healthier. Now with this adorable Switch Witch, they can! The Switch Witch offers a new tradition that encourages kids to swap out Halloween candy for other fun things.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

13 Halloween Outfits to Wear to the Pumpkin Patch

Looking for something adorably eerie to wear to the pumpkin patch, your local haunted house attraction, out Halloween shopping, or even just around the house this October? There are so many boo-tiful clothes to adorn yourself with this spooky season, and I wanted to share with you my favorites.

If you know me, you know I'm a pretty basic ghoul - I usually only wear plain black clothes (usually consisting of black pants and black top) and don't have much variety in my closet. Call it minimalist goth or just plain laziness, but I'm pretty set in my simple style. However, the fearsome fashions below kinda make me want to branch out a little and get gussied up for October!

Most of the styles below gravitate toward vintage looks, but I've tried to throw in a little bit for every ghoul, including dresses, skirts, leggings, sweatshirts, and more. Hopefully you'll find something you like, I know I did though some of the items below are outside my all black everything aesthetic.

Check out these perfectly creepy-cute clothes that you can wear to your next eerie October outing:

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Watch Now on Netflix: Boys in the Trees

This coming-of-age drama from Australia gives us a glimpse of how Halloween is celebrated down under, and it is gorgeous. It is also set in the '90s, so we get some nostalgic tunes from Presidents of the United States, Marilyn Manson, Bush, and more. The Halloween imagery has a distinct vintage feel, especially with the costumes some creepy kids wear in the opening scenes as well as the Halloween decorations used throughout the film. It features some truly eerie scenes and blends fantasy with elements of horror, coming-of-age tale, and drama to create a beautiful but heartbreaking film. Read more about Boys in Trees below!

Halloween 2017 at Cost Plus World Market

I'm still catching up on posts about Halloween shopping I've done at stores in the last few months, eeek! One of the stores I visited that I haven't posted about is Cost Plus World Market, which is one of my favorite stops during the Halloween season. I usually don't buy a lot of their decor, but they usually have some Halloween snacks and beverages that are also vegan and I'm always on the hunt for those! I visited Cost Plus towards the end of September, and they had lots of goodies out. I loved their big section of Halloween sodas, Halloween pretzels, and vintage-inspired decor. Take a peek at what Cost Plus World Market has in stores this Halloween 2017:

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

The 17th Door: Locked Up Haunted Experience

The 17th Door: Locked Up

Today we have a guest post from Justin Rekt, who attended The 17th Door: Locked Up Haunted Experience in Fullerton, California. This haunted attraction is an intense, extreme haunt featuring 17 horrific rooms groups of approximately eight people have to survive. Each year has a different theme, this year they have moved from Irvine to a location in Fullerton with a hellish prison theme. Read about Justin's experience below!

Fatally Yours Chocolate Box Returns for Halloween

Guess what just dropped from Vegan Treats?! Their ghoulishly gorgeous Fatally Yours Gourmet Chocolate Box! This all-vegan chocolate box comes in a to-die-for Ouija-inspired heart-shaped box embossed with "Fatally Yours" in pumpkin orange and filled with a variety of premium, handmade, and delectable treats. Spoil yourself or someone you love this Halloween with this killer concoction - full details of what is included in this boo-tiful box below:

Monday, October 9, 2017

Join The Great Pumpkin Project this October

Looking for something simple to do to invoke the magic of Halloween? I highly recommend participating in The Great Pumpkin Project, which seeks to spread Halloween cheer and fear with a simple premise - place a jack-o-lantern in a spooky spot where it will conjure the Halloween spirit in whoever passes by it. Check out more from The Great Pumpkin Project's mission statement below:

Halloween 2017 at 99 Cents Only Stores

Halloween 2017 shopping at the 99 Cents Only Stores!

Halloween month is in full swing, and there is so many great Halloween items out there this year! To be honest, there is so much awesomeness this year that I am way behind on posts. I will try to be catching up over the next few days to finish up showing you all the gruesome goodies I've seen in the stores I've visited, starting with the 99 Cents Only Stores!

I visited the 99 Cents Only Stores back in September and found they had some really neat stuff. Most of their items were only $0.99, but they had a few "premium" items that were more expensive (but still I good deal). I wanted to share what I found during my visit there in August (oops, I didn't realize it was that long ago). You can see some of the items that 99 Cents Only Stores have for Halloween 2017 below:

Friday, October 6, 2017

New Halloween Attraction HORROR REWIND Opens in Los Angeles Friday the 13th

Looking for something to do in Los Angeles on Friday the 13th? A brand new Halloween attraction is opening for a limited three night engagement October 13th called HORROR REWIND! Horror films from the Fox Home Entertainment archive will be recreated for horror fans to experience for this limited-time attraction in Downtown Los Angeles. Horror fans will be plunged into the mind of an obsessed horror fan, who has recreated his favorite films, including The Fly, The Hills Have Eyes, 28 Days Later, and Carrie. HORROR REWIND is free, but you need to RSVP to secure your space and free tickets for this eerie event.

For more info, check out the press release below:

Watch Now on Netflix: Raw

Stop everything you're doing and go watch Raw on Netflix now! It is one of my favorite films I've seen this year, and I am so excited that it is finally on Netflix so it can reach a wider audience. This French-Belgian film was brave, bold, and had plenty of cringe-worthy moments throughout.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Halloween 2017 at Party City

Look at all these adorable Halloween signs at Party City!

Party City keeps upping their game every year for Halloween and it is definitely worth a stop for Halloween decor and party supplies! They have a surprisingly large selection of everything from outdoor and indoor decor, lighting, party supplies, costumes, and even candy, plus so much more! I few weeks ago I visited one of their stores to pick up a few things for a collaboration I did with them (more on that at the bottom of this post). I had a blast wandering through the aisle looking at their big selection, check out what they had when I visited below:

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Grave Harvest Halloween Convention Haunts Orange County This Saturday

I had a blast at last year's Grave Harvest Halloween convention at The Hotel Fullerton in Fullerton, California (read my recap HERE!), so I am looking forward to its return this Saturday, October 7th! Get your tickets now, as you need to purchase them in advance and none will be sold at the door. Tickets are only $10, and parking is free - you can purchase tickets HERE! Read more about this Orange County Halloween convention below!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Trader Joe's 2017 Seasonal Pumpkin Items

I look forward to Trader Joe's seasonal pumpkin food items every autumn, and they rarely disappoint! They have a great selection of pumpkin and autumn food, many of which are vegan. I start stalking their stores for pumpkin items in mid-September, and when I finally find all their seasonal stuff out, I go a little nuts buying all my faves!

My local Trader Joe's finally put out most of their autumn food items, and while there aren't many new items, I was stoked to be able to stock up on my old favorites. Check out all the vegan pumpkin foods and other fun autumn items I found at Trader Joe's this year below:

Monday, October 2, 2017

31 Days of Halloween Movies

Join me for 31 Days of Halloween Movies! I'll be watching a movie that is 
Halloween-themed or evokes a Halloween and/or autumn feel this October.

You know what a pet peeve of mine is? When people put together Halloween movie lists which just end up being lists of a bunch of horror movies that have nothing to do with Halloween! I watch horror movies all year round, so these "Halloween" movie lists make no sense to me and annoy me.

When I make a Halloween movie list, I only include movies that actually have Halloween in them! I want films that give me those Halloween feels, that feature autumn foliage, trick-or-treating, costumes, jack-o-lanterns, and all the other Halloween things! Doesn't that make much more sense than just a random list of horror movies?

Since I keep seeing so many horror movie lists for October, I decided that I would share my own list of Halloween-themed movies I plan on watching this October. I plan on watching at least one a day the whole month of October (I already watched my first pick yesterday). I have selected movies set during Halloween or that evoke a Halloween feel. Many of the films I chose are horror movies, but there are also kid-friendly ones, a few comedies, and even a TV show (that basically plays like a movie) to keep things interesting and fun.

If you want to surround yourself with autumn atmosphere, join me in watching these movies that are either set in or around Halloween or evoke an autumn atmosphere. Check out my 31 Halloween movie selections below!

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Autumn 2017 Bucket List

Happy October 1st and happy first day of the 31 Days of Halloween!

If you've been a follower of mine for past Halloween seasons, you know that October 1st kicks off the 31 Days of Halloween event, hosted by Countdown to Halloween, where a collective of spooky blogs (like me) share Halloween-related content all October long! I've been participating since 2010 (!!!) and it is one of my favorite Halloween events that I look forward to every year. I not only love sharing my Halloween experiences with you, but I also adore reading other blogs. I highly recommend you take a look at the list of other participating blogs on Countdown to Halloween to fill your October with maximum spookiness!

Per tradition, I'll be sharing my autumn bucket list today, the first day of October. I love kicking off the month with my wish list of activities and preparing for everything I want to do. There is always so much going on in October, but I hope to have a low-key celebration where time slows down a little so I can enjoy the spirit of the season. I've already done a lot just in September, but I'm going to include those items here as well so I can keep a track of all that I've done when I revisit this list at the end of October. Here are those items as well as others I want to do this Halloween season:

Friday, September 29, 2017

Opening Night at The Queen Mary's Dark Harbor 2017

The Queen Mary's Dark Harbor

Last night I attended opening night of The Queen Mary's Dark Harbor 2017 (full disclosure: I was invited to attend the media preview before general admission). I had never been to Dark Harbor before, so I was excited to check it out! I had heard many good things about Dark Harbor and I was really intrigued by the numerous mazes they had aboard the ship, along with the other carnival-style areas and other mazes throughout the grounds by The Queen Mary. The Queen Mary is legendary already and full of ghost stories, and I can't think of a more perfect venue for a haunt! I couldn't wait to go aboard and visit all the spirits. I'll walk you through my night below!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

The Queen Mary's Dark Harbor Welcomes Guests Aboard Starting Tonight

The Queen Mary's Dark Harbor is opening tonight, Thursday, September 28th, and it promises seven terrifying mazes plus additional scare zones and attractions that you don't want to miss! It will be my first time experiencing Dark Harbor, and I'm so excited that I'm actually getting a little nervous, haha! I'll be providing full coverage of the event here in the next few days, but also follow me on Instagram as I'll be posting stories throughout the night there.

To find out what is in store this year, check out the press release below:

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Haven America Wooden Halloween Wall Decor

Haven America has a boo-tiful collection of Halloween wall decor and accent pieces that I have been drooling over lately, ranging from jolly jack-o-lanterns, fiendish Frankenstein's monsters, witches hats, black cats, bats, and more! They sent me one of their wooden wall signs to me for review, check out what I thought of what they sent me below!

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Ben Cooper Halloween Costumes and Slashback Video Exhibits at Mystic Museum

 Ben Cooper Halloween costumes display at The Mystic Museum

Bearded Lady's Mystic Museum is a must-see haunt located in Burbank, California that regularly hosts themed art shows and exhibits as well as selling a variety of spooky goodies! They also own Bearded Lady Vintage, which just moved in to the adjoining space (they used to be a few blocks down from The Mystic Museum). I love how they are both conveniently located next to each other now!

The exhibits currently on display the months of September and October are a Ben Cooper exhibit, dedicated to the retro costumes of past years as well as artists' representations of the famous Ben Cooper masks, and then there is Slashback Video, paying homage to horror sections of VHS rental stores of the past. Besides rows and rows of VHS horror, Slashback Video also featured artists' renditions of horror movie cover art, done on VHS boxes!

Monday, September 25, 2017

Are You Brave Enough to Spend Halloween Night in The London Dungeon?

Brave Travelers Invited to Enter Sweepstakes for Chance to Win a Trip to 
Experience the Ultimate Halloween Sleepover in London’s Scariest Attraction!

Would you want to spend the night at an infamous scare attraction in London on Halloween night with three of your bravest friends? If you dare, you can enter TripAdvisor's contest to win an overnight stay at The London Dungeon, one of London's scariest attractions! Read the press release below for more info and how to enter this creepy contest:

Daiya Pumpkin Spice Cheezecake

Daiya Pumpkin Spice Cheezecake! 

This past March at the Natural Foods Expo I had a chance to try Daiya's Pumpkin Spice Cheezecake, and I've been dreaming about it ever since (it was one of my top 10 picks from Expo!). Fall is finally here, and I was so ecstatic to finally find the seasonal cheezecake at Sprouts Farmers Market (along with a lot of other seasonal pumpkin food items - see more in my roundup)! Check out what I thought of it below!

Friday, September 22, 2017

Organic and Vegan Halloween Candy at Target

Target's Organicals (lol) - Organic Halloween Candy

Last year Target had so many rad organic and vegan Halloween candy options, so I was looking forward what they had on shelves this year. So far, the selection is kinda limited, but I'm hoping they add more as the season progresses. At my local Target (Tustin, California location if you're interested) I've only seen the YumEarth and Black Earth Organic brands at Target that are both organic and vegan. Check out the different varieties they have below:

Go Little Tokyo Presents Haunted Little Tokyo This October

Spirit of the Witch cocktail by Wolf and Crane

Another haunting Halloween event is hitting Los Angeles this October! 2017 will see the first-ever Haunted Little Tokyo event in Downtown Los Angeles. The vibrant neighborhood of Little Tokyo turns into a spirited celebration of Halloween the entire month of October, featuring movie screenings, festive games, spooky walking tours, drink and restaurant specials, pumpkin patches, and much more! Check out the press release below:

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Whole Foods' Vegan Halloween Candy and Pumpkin Items

Also spotted my first pumpkins at Whole Foods!

While shopping for Beyond Burgers at Whole Foods the other day, I was excited to see that they had started stocking their end caps with Halloween candy and pumpkin food items! After scrutinizing all the labels, I was so stoked to find that many items were vegan! You can check out my autumn food finds below...

Plant Fest at Tanaka Farms This Weekend

This weekend Saturday, September 23rd and Sunday, September 24th, Tanaka Farms in Irvine, California will host its first ever Plant Fest featuring vegan food trucks, cooking demonstrations, speakers, cruelty-free vendors, fresh fruit and veggies, live music, and farm tours. Tanaka Farms has partnered with SoCal VegFest to host this event as a fundraiser for the Animal Protection and Rescue League (APRL) - a 501c(3) organization. More below!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Opening Night at Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood 2017

Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood 2017

I attended the opening night of Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood this past Friday, September 15th. I have been looking forward to Halloween Horror Nights since last year (check out my coverage from 2016) and was even more excited for it after being treated to a sneak peek from creative director John Murdy and art director Chris Williams back in July at Midsummer Scream. This year, Universal had mazes based on The Shining, Insidious, Saw, American Horror Story: Roanoke, Ash vs. Evil Dead, Titans of Terror maze featuring Freddy, Leatherface, and Jason and Terror Tram experience hosted by Chucky, and The Blumhouse Experience maze based on The Purge, Sinister, and the upcoming Happy Death Day. The scare zones this year were Hell-o-Ween by the entrance, Toxic Tunnel on the way to the back lot, and Urban Inferno in the back lot. I was most excited for The Shining and the Titans of Terror maze! I'll walk you through my night below.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Sprouts Farmers Market's 2017 Seasonal Pumpkin Items

Remember when I tried the new Daiya Pumpkin Spice Cheezecake way back in March at the Natural Foods Expo? Ever since then I have been dreaming about getting my claws on this yummy treat this pumpkin season. My dreams have finally turned into reality as Sprouts Farmers Market has this delectable vegan cheesecake, as well as many other pumpkin items to get excited about!

When I visited yesterday they had just started stocking their endcaps with pumpkin goodies, so I expect a lot more to pop up in the next couple of weeks. I found a lot of items that were vegan while I was scoping out their offerings, check them out below!

Friday, September 8, 2017

Halloween 2017 at Target

OMG Target Halloween 2017 is on shelves and it is boo-tiful!

I saw IT last night (which I did enjoy, though I wished it had been scarier), and afterwards I had a feeling I should go check Target for Halloween goodies. I've already delighted in their Dollar Spot selections (check those out HERE!), but I was eagerly anticipating their full inventory of Halloween items (I shared my most anticipated items from their website a few months back HERE!) It was getting late and I should have gone home to bed, but I still decided to stop by Target before heading home, and OMG I am so glad I did because they had JUST put out their Halloween things and the aisles were immaculate! I took my time browsing and savoring the emptiness of the Halloween aisles - Target has some incredible Halloween stuff this year!

Check out what they had just stocked on shelves below:

Halloween 2017 at Daiso Japan

Daiso Japan has the cutest, most kawaii Halloween stuff this time of year! They just put items out last week, so the other day I visited my local store to see if they had anything out, and was greeted by grinning jack-o-lanterns, pastel pumpkins, light-up purple bats, and tons of other great Halloween decor!

Most items at Daiso are only $1.50, and anything above that is clearly marked with its price. I love Daiso because their decor is so unique and just so adorable! They have lots of great Halloween decorations and tableware for amazing prices. Take a peek at what they have in stock by checking out the photos I took at my local store below:

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Vegan Pumpkin Spice Latte at Peet's Coffee

Vegan PSL from Peet's! Don't mind my lipstick stain on the cup, I couldn't
wait to try it!

I don't believe I've had a pumpkin spice latte from a coffee shop since going vegan nearly 10 years ago! I love pumpkin spice everything, so when September rolled around and everyone was posting PSL selfies, I usually made my own or relied on store-bought items like Califia Farms' Pumpkin Spice Latte Cold Brew Coffee (read my review). However, this year I was delighted to hear that Peet's Coffee has a non-dairy pumpkin spice latte, so even vegans can enjoy this delicious treat! 

Now, you're probably wondering if another big coffee chain's PSL is vegan, since that is the one that gets the most attention this time of year. Sadly, the Starbucks' pumpkin spice latte is NOT vegan, nor can it be made vegan even when requesting non-dairy milk. The PSL sauce itself contains condensed milk (ick), so until it is removed from the formula, the Starbucks PSL will not be vegan. I hope they take a clue from Peet's soon and start offering a vegan PSL. Keep reading below for how to order the drink at Peet's so that it is vegan!

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Halloween 2017 at Roger's Gardens: Magic and Mayhem

Halloween 2017 at Roger's Gardens

Roger's Gardens is a garden store in the Corona del Mar/Newport Beach area that transforms one of its buildings into whimsical Halloween-themed displays every year. They always open their Halloween displays on Labor Day weekend, and it's a tradition for me to check them out this time every year as it marks my kick off to all things autumn and Halloween (even though I celebrate Halloween every day in my heart)! It is always a treat to see the theme Roger's Gardens has chosen for the year come to life, and shop for some Halloween trinkets while I'm there.

Friday, September 1, 2017

The IT Experience: Neibolt House in Hollywood

I have been dying to check out the Neibolt House in Hollywood, which is a free haunted house running for a limited time to promote the new Warner Bros' film IT. At the impressively spooky house, the character of Georgie guides visitors in groups of seven (same as the number of members in the "Loser's Club") who are 18 and over through the rooms of the decrepit and creepy house featured in Stephen King's book as well as in the new film coming out September 8th, 2017. The immersive experience features film-inspired scenes, authentic set props, scare actors, animatronic props, and state-of-the-art lighting, audio, and video.

Unfortunately, I won't be able to check it out before it closes on September 10th, but the good news is that I (and you!) can live vicariously through my good friend and haunt ghoul Miss Kerry (aka Miss Skerry - make sure you follow her on Instagram for more spooky adventures!), who recently got the chance to check out The IT Experience: Neibolt House and was gracious enough to share her visit with us!

Warning - SPOILER ALERT: The review below includes maze spoilers, so if you want to check out the house for yourself you may want to do that first before reading this review. You've been warned!

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Halloween 2017 at Spirit Halloween

Spirit Halloween! Love the big werewolf prop they have this year and their
spooky cute walk-through!

Is there anything better than seeing Halloween stores like Spirit Halloween pop up?! They are one of the harbingers of Halloween and I always look forward to their banners adorning otherwise vacant buildings. Last week I headed out to the closest Spirit Halloween store that was open and basically had the whole store to myself! They were still setting up most of their displays and didn't have everything out yet, but I was still so excited for the chance to get in and check out all their Halloween props, decor and costumes!

Monday, August 28, 2017

Halloween 2017 at Dollar Tree

Halloween 2017 at Dollar Tree

I went on a big Halloween hunt this past weekend, and one of the stores I visited was Dollar Tree. Dollar Tree usually has some pretty great Halloween stuff for a dollar (sometimes less!). I especially love their greeting card section that has a wide variety of designs, from funny to cutesy to nostalgic. This year they also have some fun light-up ghosts and witches, plus tons of other great decor.

Take a peek at what my Dollar Tree had in stock below:

Friday, August 25, 2017

Halloween 2017 at Marshalls

Marshalls usually has most of the same items HomeGoods or T.J. Maxx have (or have had), so I generally don't bother going there too many times to look for Halloween stuff. Plus my local one is small and usually doesn't have much Halloween stuff. However, I was pleasantly surprised at what I found at Marshalls when I went last weekend. They still didn't have very much out and most of what they did have I saw at HomeGoods/T.J. Maxx, but I did nab my two fave finds of the season so far!

Check out what they had haunting the shelves at my store:

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Halloween 2017 at JoAnn Fabrics

Halloween 2017 at JoAnn Fabrics 

I went to JoAnn Fabrics last month, but didn't find a whole lot. I went back last weekend and still didn't find a whole lot, but a lot of stuff was on sale for 40% off, so you can't beat that! Their Halloween aisles were kinda empty, and that had me wondering if they had more stock coming or if this was gonna be it this year.

Either way, there wasn't much that stood out to me in their Halloween collection, besides their socks! I am a Halloween kitchen towel hoarder, but I'm probably worse with Halloween socks. They are just irresistible, even though I don't wear socks on a regular basis (unless it is winter) and I already have a big drawer full just bursting with orange and black and purple and green socks. None of that matters, once I see Halloween socks all reason leaves me and I have to buy at least a few every season.

Anyways, I ended up with some socks and a few other small items. Check out what else other Halloween items I saw at JoAnn's below:

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Halloween 2017 at Target's Dollar Spot

My face when I see Halloween stuff in stores, LOL! How adorable is this 
little dude?!

UPDATE: Target now has their entire Halloween collection out in stores! Check out the goods HERE!

I went to Target over the weekend and only found some Halloween tees (check them out HERE!), but no luck in their Dollar Spot section for Halloween stuff. However, I went again yesterday and they had put so many Halloween items out in their dollar section, I basically jumped for joy! Ok, it was more internal squealing, but either way I was STOKED!

Last year's Dollar Spot had a more gothic feel with its black filigree mirrors and glass artwork (see some pieces of that HERE), but this year is a lot more colorful and playful, and seems to be geared more towards kids than goths (or inner goths). While the more colorful Halloweenie things aren't really my style, the designs are still super adorable and I like what they have so far this year.

Take a peek at some of the goodies you can find at Target's Dollar Spot for Halloween (most items run from $1 to $3):

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Halloween 2017 at HomeGoods

Halloween 2017 at HomeGoods!

I've been looking forward to the Halloween roll out at T.J. Maxx/HomeGoods so much, as it is one of my favorite stores to snag Halloween goodies! I am elated to report that I checked out my local T.J. Maxx/HomeGoods store this past weekend and found their autumn and Halloween items starting to be stocked! 

I have found some real treasures from them in past years, and I expect this year to be no different. I often find Halloween tableware, candles, artwork, and decor that I use year-round at HomeGoods, which is why I get so excited when August rolls around because I know HomeGoods will start carrying Halloween goodies! I've been stalking my local store the past few weekends, and just this past weekend finally found orange and black hitting the shelves. See what I found below:
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