Monday, December 18, 2017

17 Vegan Holiday Finds at Trader Joe's

Trader Joe's has a variety of vegan holiday goodies that make it easy to get into the festive spirit. Many old favorites have returned (Candy Cane Joe Joe's! Chocolate Peppermint Almond Drink!), and a few new vegan goodies have popped up on shelves.

While I get much more excited for their bounty of autumn vegan items I still love seeing so many winter holiday treats that vegans can enjoy, bring to holiday get-togethers, and share with friends and family!

Below you'll find the vegan holiday food that I saw on shelves at Trader Joe's - remember that most of these are seasonal products that are available for only a limited time, so grab them while you can!

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Happy 13th Day of Creepmas - Spooky Link Roundup

Happy 13th day of Creepmas! I hope you have enjoyed all the posts I've shared since December 1st, it has been a blast injecting some spooky spirit into the horror-days! For the final day, I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite posts from other blogs that got into the creepy Christmas.

Here are my fave posts from fellow bloggers:

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

13 Creepy Calendars for 2018

While organizing my time and events usually occurs in a digital format more often than not nowadays, I still LOVE physical calendars and usually like to have several around my house and work spaces. Shopping for next year's calendars is one of my favorite things to do, and I love picking out the spookiest and kookiest calendars for myself!

This year I picked out some calendars that are for those of us that appreciate a darker aesthetic, including haunted ruins, black cats, skulls, night skies, vintage macabre images, retro horror movies, Halloween, and favorite dark artists. My only problem this year will be choosing just two calendars for myself!

Check out 13 creepy calendars below (links go directly to Amazon) and let me know which ones are your favorites!

Monday, December 11, 2017

Macabre Non-Fiction Books for Darklings

I simply adore catching up on reading over the holidays - my family knows I love books, so I usually get a pretty good book haul for Christmas. Then for the next few weeks I usually spend my spare time on the couch curled up with one of the books I received. It's bliss!

This year, there are many new non-fiction releases that I have my eye on and that I've added to my Christmas wish list. The ones I've chosen below explore death culture and customs around the world, gorgeous cemeteries to visit before you die, grisly methods of Victorian surgery and medicine, historical charlatanism involving "cure-alls", and the popularity and downfall of spirit photography.

These nefarious non-fiction books are perfect for yourself or for that special someone who is into macabre history and death-positivity. Check out my non-fiction recommendations below for darklings!

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Wishing You A Very Gorey Christmas

I am sure you are familiar with the weird, whimsical Victorian- and Edwardian-inspired artwork of Edward Gorey. His illustrations were often mischievously macabre, poking a bit of fun at death and often populated by strange creatures, along with Victorian or Edwardian characters. His illustrations are both simple and complex, often hiding intricate detail in an otherwise common setting like a home or outdoors. Obviously, I love his work and seeing it makes me happy.

Gorey illustrated many Christmas and winter scenes during his long and eclectic life, many of them appearing in magazines, others used in books, greeting cards, and so on. These bring me so much joy this time of year and I wanted to share a few with you on this lazy Sunday; check them out below:

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Goth Gifts for the Strange and Unusual

Many darklings (myself included), struggle when telling our families and friends what kind of gifts we would like to receive during the holidays. Now, I know we should be grateful for whatever we receive (even if it is your millionth copy of The Nightmare Before Christmas), but wouldn't it be great if we could nudge our friends and family in the correct creepy direction?

I created this gift guide for goths the past couple years to not only share some fiendish finds I wouldn't mind having for myself but to also to make it easier on those that are shopping for strangelings. This year, I've listed items that are mostly from small independent shops and artists with a few products from larger companies. You will find something for everyone, including art, t-shirts, totes, banners, perfume, wallets, pillows, games, accessories,  hoodies, and more! As always, all items listed below are vegan and cruelty-free to the best of my knowledge.

Check out my Goth Gift Guide for the Strange and Unusual below:

Friday, December 8, 2017

Eerie Ornaments For Your Creepmas Tree

I love decorating my Halloween Christmas tree every year with eerie ornaments! I have just a small artificial tree that I decorate with mini Halloween ornaments I've had for years (you can check out photos of it from last year HERE and a few years back HERE!), but in the future I hope to get a full-size Christmas tree (artificial and in black, of course!) that I can decorate with Halloween and horror-inspired ornaments and lights. There are just too many amazing ornaments I would love to have that I currently don't have room for on my tiny (but adorable) tree.

Check out some of the eerie ornaments I'm coveting this year:

Thursday, December 7, 2017

10 Haunting Holiday Cards

Most holiday cards aren't really my style, and while I love sending and receiving greeting cards, I do wish I got more creepy Christmas cards rather than the same ol' holly-jolly kinds of cards. Luckily, there are many other people that would rather have haunting holiday cards as well, and I've find lots of spooky stationary from some rad artists on Etsy.

So send some holiday fear this year with the following haunting holiday cards:

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Gothic Gift Wrap for Halloween Lovers

There is nothing better than wrapping up your gifts in stunning wrapping paper to dress up that one-of-a-kind present for a special someone! And if that special someone happens to love the darker side of life, all things Halloween, and have a gothic aesthetic I have the perfect wrapping paper for them! You don't need to use the same red and green wrapping paper dotted with Santas or smiling snowmen/penguins/etc. this year, show your favorite people you really care by wrapping up their gifts in gorgeous prints featuring vintage spiders, bats, owls, pumpkins, the Grim Reaper, skulls and snowflakes, or even Krampus!

I mean, who wouldn't love to receive gifts wrapping in any of the amazing gothic gift wrap below:

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

10 Krampus Gifts for Creeps

Happy Krampusnacht! December 5th traditionally is celebrated in certain regions as Krampusnacht or Krampus Night ( you can read more on the history and traditions of Krampusnacht here and here!). On this night it is said that Krampus visits naughty boys and girls, whipping them and putting them into a sack to cart them off to Hell as a punishment. In countries like Austria, they have Krampus laufs, kinda like parades, where people dressed as Krampus and their demonic helpers stalk the crowd and punish those that they deem naughty. There are also events across the US that now also celebrate this holiday, including several events here in SoCal (check out last year's post on where to find these HERE!).

If you really like all things Krampus, and maybe can't make it to one of these events, the following Krampus items below might be able to fill the void! If you happen to be looking for a gift for a fellow Krampus lover (or yourself), consider picking up one (or more) of these deliciously dark Krampus-inspired products:

Monday, December 4, 2017

This Christmas Song Perfectly Captures My Spooky Mood This Time of Year

I found the spookiest, kookiest Christmas song that perfectly captures how I feel this time of year! "All I Want For Christmas Is Halloween" by the Happy Fangs (I even love the band name) expresses every Halloween fiend's fondest wish - that instead of Christmas we get another Halloween. The video itself features adorable lil' death minions and a Halloween makeover of Christmas decorations.

Just watch "All I Want for Christmas is Halloween" by Happy Fangs:

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Wear These Ugly Christmas Sweaters to Scare Your Family this Creepmas

Ugly Christmas sweaters don't have to be tacky disasters adorned with tinsel and snowflakes - now you can find ones that are tacky masterpieces adorned with skulls, monsters, bats, skeletons, and Krampus!

Of course, there have been some rad Creepmas sweaters the past few years (check 'em out here, here, here, and here!), but it seems that every year there are even more eerie options for us spooky fiends. This year, I found some gorgeously gothic sweaters that are perfect for scaring the holly-jollies out of your neighbors, little old ladies, and your family when you sit down for holiday get-togethers.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Ghoulish Gift Guide for Halloween Lovers

Are you looking for the perfect holiday gift for a fellow Halloween lover or a little something to add to your own Creepmas wish list? I've spent the last few weeks keeping an eye out for spooktacular Halloween-related items that would make perfect presents for those that like to keep it creepy! I've rounded up everything from macabre club memberships to eerie artwork to creepy kitchen items to terrifying t-shirts to boo-tiful bags to spooky jewelry to horrific housewares and much more, making it easy for your to choose an unforgettable holiday gift for that spooky someone.

Check out my Ghoulish Gift Guide for Halloween Lovers below:

Friday, December 1, 2017

Welcome to the 13 Days of Creepmas

Merry Creepmas! December 1st kicks off the 13 Days of Creepmas, which is a takeover of the holiday season by a group of like-minded bloggers where we infuse some much-needed spooky spirit into the holly jolly season! We share how we celebrate the 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!

I'm excited to participate in Creepmas again this year (I've been doing it since 2011!) and I'll be putting my own dark spin on the holidays by sharing gothic gift guides, sinister sweaters, haunting holiday cards, eerie ornaments, and much more!

I wanted to start spreading ghoultide greetings by revisiting some of my favorite Creepmas posts from the last few years:

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Spooky Halloween Home Tour: Living Room

I'm a little late with this, but I promised to share some peeks of my spooky home all decorated for Halloween with you! If you follow me on Instagram, you've already seen some of my tomb sweet tomb. It's small, but cozy and decorated for Halloween year-round, though it does get a little extra decorated for the Halloween season. Though I've taken down some of the Halloween decorations shown below, the orange and black aesthetic continues all year long and anyone who walks in the door pretty much knows I adore Halloween!

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...
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