Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood 2017
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
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
OMG Target Halloween 2017 is on shelves and it is boo-tiful!
Check out what they had just stocked on shelves below:
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 PSL from Peet's! Don't mind my lipstick stain on the cup, I couldn't
wait to try it!
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
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
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
Spirit Halloween! Love the big werewolf prop they have this year and their
spooky cute walk-through!
Monday, August 28, 2017
Halloween 2017 at Dollar Tree
Take a peek at what my Dollar Tree had in stock below:
Friday, August 25, 2017
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
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
My face when I see Halloween stuff in stores, LOL! How adorable is this
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!
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:
Monday, August 21, 2017
Halloween tees at Target!
However, I did find a few Halloweenie t-shirts and clothing items in the women's and girl's sections of Target! Many are repeats of last year (or maybe leftover stock they are trying to get rid of?), but there are a few NEW creepy-cute items. I was really digging the little kids' clothes - I wish those designs came in adult sizes!
Check out what Halloween tees and more Target had in stock:
Thursday, August 10, 2017
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
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
The ScareLA pumpkin patch!
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
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!
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
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
Midsummer Scream 2017
Tuesday, August 1, 2017
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
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
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):
Netflix recently released the TV series The Worst Witch, based off the series of books (said to be the inspiration behind the Harry Potter series) by Jill Murphy first published in 1974 and most well-known for the 1986 made-for-TV film starring a young Fairuza Balk and featuring an unforgettable Halloween musical number by Tim Curry. There are various other film and TV adaptations, but I've only seen the 1986 version, which has a sweet, quirky, and cheesy charm.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Sur La Table has started sprinkling their site with orange and black! It doesn't look like their full collection is up yet, but they do have a few things. They tend to carry mostly cutesy kitchen Halloween items that usually aren't my jam, but some of their things are so sweet that they put a smile on my face no matter how much I fight it!
Here are a few of their Halloween 2017 products that I'm digging:
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Midsummer Scream is just a few days away and I can't wait for the second year of this Halloween convention (read my coverage of last year's event)! This Halloween convention features thrills and chills via mini haunted attractions, spine-tingling performances, special FX makeup demos, classes and workshops where you can build your own Halloween props, special celebrity guests, spooky vendors galore, a Saturday night costume party on the Queen Mary, and tons of presentations about the season's upcoming haunt attractions from premiere amusement parks like Universal Studios Hollywood's Halloween Horror Nights, Queen Mary's Dark Harbor, Knott's Scary Farm, and many more!
I've been looking through their schedule of events, and there are just so many exhibitors, panels, performances, haunts, screenings, celebrities, classes, and even adoptable pets to see over the course of two days on Saturday, July 29th and Sunday, July 30th. I don't know how I'm going to do it all, but I started jotting down all the presentations and performances I can't wait to check out. I thought I'd share my most anticipated Midsummer Scream presentations with you below:
There isn't much of a Halloween section up on Pottery Barn's site yet, but it seems like they are slowly starting to add pieces. Right now, they have a few new items up as well as some from previous years. I've been keeping an eye on any new items that pop up, and I think they are getting closer and closer to revealing their new Halloween 2017 collection. For now, I wanted to share Pottery Barn's Halloweenie products that have caught my eye so far:
Monday, July 24, 2017
It also looks like they have several dupes of what Target is offering for Halloween this year, including an animated crystal ball and haunted TV.
Here are some of the neat things they should have in their stores soon:
Sunday, July 23, 2017
I don't know about you ghouls and boils, but I am freaking out that there are only 100 days to Halloween!! It just seems to be going far too fast, and in a way I hate countdowns because they just re-emphasize how little time is left to celebrate the glorious Halloween season!
Let's face it, for Halloween fiends like us, Halloween is so much more than just one day a year, and while I celebrate it everyday, there is just something special about the actual Halloween season when you are surrounded by lovely autumn decor and everyone has the spooky spirit!
Friday, July 21, 2017
This fantasy thriller was a film I had very much been looking forward to seeing since I saw the trailer. Its portrait of rural Americana in the 1980s tinged with a fantasy atmosphere appealed to me partly due to the fact that I grew up on a rural ranch and seemed I would identify with the young lead. It also looked beautiful and the fantasy elements made me even more intrigued.
I have been stalking Cost Plus World Market's site for quite some time waiting for them to start posting Halloween stuff, and I'm happy to say they finally have! They already have a good selection of Halloween and Dia de los Muertos items up on their site, and I can't wait to see their entire 2017 collection! Nothing is available for purchase yet, but keep checking back for when their autumn items go on sale online and expect them in-store around September.
Check out some of my faves from what is currently listed online now:
Thursday, July 20, 2017
These are the Williams Sonoma Halloween items that are my favorites so far:
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
I am so behind on my Netflix recommendations, please accept my apologies! Netflix doesn't seem to be releasing many new horror movies lately, but there are still some gems to be found. I recently revisited the horror anthology film XX, which was added to Netflix streaming not too long ago. This horror anthology is unique in that each segment is directed by a woman and each story is told from a female point of view. I had seen it previously but remember being underwhelmed. However, I decided to give it another shot and actually liked it a lot better the second time around!
Target's Halloween 2017 Nocturne Collection
UPDATE: The collection is now in stores! Check out what they have in-store HERE and HERE!
Target is notorious for torturing Halloween fans and dragging out their roll-out of Halloween goodies to stores every year...I'm sure this year will be no different but it will be worth the wait!! Just check out these amazing Halloween items that they will be carrying this year (some are already available for pre-order on their site!):
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
While Pottery Barn's site doesn't have any Halloween items up on their site yet, their Pottery Barn Kids site does have a few new items and they are just too cute not to share! Even if you don't have kids (like me), there are some products I wouldn't mind owning, including some adorable officially licensed Peanuts items!
Check out my faves so far below:
Monday, July 17, 2017
I recently signed up for my first ever Imperfect Produce box after deciding I wanted to try a produce subscription box to save money and trips to the grocery store. I researched several services offering subscription or CSA boxes in my area, and decided upon Imperfect Produce because they are fighting food waste and supporting a more sustainable industry by offering "ugly" food at a discounted price. This "ugly" food is simply produce that would usually be discarded due to having too much of it or due to imperfections. Rather than just tossing it, Imperfect rescues it from farms and offers it to the public at discounted prices. This way less food is wasted, and people can get nutritious, delicious produce directly from farms in a subscription box for less! How could I not get behind that?
Imperfect Produce offers several sizes and varieties of boxes. You can get organic boxes, veggie-only or fruit-only boxes, or a mix of both, and a variety of sizes is offered for each category of subscription box. You can adjust your box preferences at any time, and with every box you have the option to customize the box and decide the frequency you want to receive it (weekly, bi-weekly, monthly). For my very first box I ordered the small organic box to be delivered weekly, which runs approximately $14 to $19. I was lucky enough to receive a referral discount code from a friend, so I saved money on my first box (if you want to save money, too, here is my referral link which will score you $10 off your first order!).
Saturday, July 15, 2017
I popped in to Michaels yesterday to see if they had any of their Halloween items out yet (I swooned hard over their collection last year at this time!) - unfortunately, nothing much is out yet, but they DID have a bunch of general autumn decor and a few Halloween arrangements.
Even though the bulk of their Halloween treats weren't out on shelves, I still loved seeing all those lovely autumn shades of orange, yellows, and reds. Knowing that autumn is right around the corner soothes my soul and I always get so giddy seeing autumn decor show up in stores.
Of course I will keep checking for Halloween decor at Michaels, but in the meantime check out the pretty autumn decor they have on shelves now:
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
I've never been to a Kirkland's, but I got excited when I saw that they had started posting some Halloween products online! I was surprised to find that there were some store locations in SoCal (though none near me), and after perusing their new arrivals section bursting with autumn decor, I just may need to take a trip out to one of their store locations once they start stocking Halloween items, because some of their stuff is cute and at decent prices!
While we're waiting for their items to hit stores, I did find a few on their online store I liked, even if they are more on the cutesy side. You can check out what I'm digging from them below:
Monday, July 10, 2017
Sneak peek at Vixen's vintage style skirts and dresses inspired by Ben Cooper's
Halloween costumes - Image from Vixen by Micheline Pitt's Facebook page!
Micheline Pitt's clothing label, Vixen, has partnered with Ben Cooper to create unique novelty prints based on the iconic Ben Cooper Halloween costumes from the 1950's to the 1970's. The prints will be featured on vintage-inspired swing dresses and skirts, sweetheart dresses, pencil skirts, and more! They are available for pre-order on Vixen's online store now, and depending on the style will be in-stock by late July or late August!
Check out the adorable Halloweenie prints below from Vixen's online store:
Sunday, July 9, 2017
I finally mustered up the courage to watch the Netflix original film Okja - I heard it could be a very emotional film, so this past Friday night I curled up on the couch with some popcorn, my cat Havoc, and plenty of tissues. Now, I normally stick to recommending horror movies to watch, but since this film was so powerful (and contains some horrific elements) I think everyone should watch it. More on my thoughts on it below.
Saturday, July 8, 2017
Grandin Road has posted a sneak peek of some of their Halloween 2017 items! They have always had some boo-tiful designs and products, but to be honest they run a little too pricey for me. Plus, the company does not have the best reputation in the haunt and Halloween community as they have reportely used independent Halloween artists' designs as "inspiration" for their own creations without giving proper credit (I wrote a little about that HERE and HERE). It's just something to keep in mind, especially since their items tend to be on the expensive side.
Despite the issues I have with them, they do have some neat things. Here are some eerie items from their 2017 preview that caught my eye:
Friday, July 7, 2017
We are now in the agonizing throes of summer. It always seems that as soon as July 1st hits the temperatures and humidity spike up and I'm left feeling hot and gross for months. I'm already longing for cooler days and nights! While temps won't cool down for many months (even our autumns here in SoCal are hot and searing), I stay cool with a collection of summer tunes. Even when I'm wearing all black on a scorching day (I will never not wear black), these songs make the torturous summer slightly more bearable.
Thursday, July 6, 2017
Sneak peeks of Halloween 2017 are starting to pop up online, and one of the first places I've spotted new treats is on the Pier 1 Imports' website. I've been eyeballing their site for a while now, and it seems like they are adding new things every day!
Some items are available to order now online, but most won't be hitting actual stores until July 31st. Here are some of my favorite Halloween items I've spotted so far on Pier 1's site:
Monday, July 3, 2017
Hope you are doing something spooky for Independence Day, but if not there is still time to plan something for tomorrow! As for me, I'm keeping it creepy by carving some melon-o-lanterns, watching some scary summer movies, and grilling up some vegan noms like the Beyond Burger. If you are still looking for ways to spookify your patriotic celebrations, I have some fun recommendations for you below!