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:
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