Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Strawberry Jam Tours at Tanaka Farms


Tanaka Farms is one of my favorite places in Orange County - not only is their pumpkin patch the best (they actually grow their own pumpkins), but they also host the fantastic Plant Fest every season featuring a fun assortment of vegan food and vendors (see past visits to their pumpkin patch and Plant Fests HERE!). Not only that, but they have pick-your-own veggies and fruits and farm tours as well. For the next two Thursdays and Fridays, they will be hosting Farm to Table Strawberry Jam Tours!

Tanaka Farms has some ripe, juicy, and delicious late-season strawberries waiting to be picked! This tour will include a wagon ride out to the strawberry fields, where you can enjoy the sunshine and pick berries. After choosing the sweetest strawberries, you'll head back to the farm where you will learn how to the berries into a delicious strawberry freezer jam! At the end of your strawberry jam-making adventures, you'll get to take home a jar of jam along with a basket of luscious, sun-kissed strawberries.

The tours will be held this Thursday, July 19th and Friday, July 20th, as well as next Thursday, July 26th and Friday, July 27th. All tours start at 10:30 AM and are $18 per person.

To RSVP for the event and buy tickets, visit the Facebook event page!

Sneak Peek: Halloween 2018 at Cracker Barrel


Cracker Barrel restaurants are typically located in the Midwest and the South, but Southern California recently opened their very own, though it is still pretty far for me to visit (and I doubt they have vegan options). Besides being a restaurant, they also start carrying some creepy-cute Halloween items around this time of year. Even if you don't have a Cracker Barrel nearby, the good news is that most of their Halloween items can be ordered online!

I've been browsing their online store lately, and I am thinking about ordering a few of the items below:

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Midsummer Scream Reveals Full-Scale Details of World's Largest Halloween and Horror Convention


I am so excited that Midsummer Scream is just a week and a half away! The "World’s Largest Halloween and Horror Convention" is projected to thrill more than 20,000 ghoulish guests at Long Beach Convention Center July 28th and 29th, 2018 with what promises to be their biggest year ever! Check out the thrills and chills they have planned this year in the official press release below:

Sneak Peek: Halloween 2018 at Grandin Road


Grandin Road has unveiled their Halloween Haven collection for 2018. I love browsing their Halloween items, though I've never purchased anything from them. This year, aquatic horror has made a splash on Grandin Road's site, along with some gorgeously gothic decor that is to die for!

You can see some of my favorites from their 2018 Halloween collection below:

Monday, July 16, 2018

Autumn 2018 at Michaels


I visited my local Michaels this past Friday to see if they had started stocking any Halloween goodies. While they hadn't started setting up their Halloween section, I did find plenty of beautiful fall foliage and autumn decor out on shelves. It may not be Halloween stuff, but it sure made me happy to see so much autumn amazingness! 

I wanted to share my photos with you so you too can revel in the bright orange, yellow, and red autumn colors! Get a dose of fall below:

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Sneak Peek: Halloween 2018 at Target


Eeeeeek, it has finally arrived! Target has released some of its Halloween 2018 collection online! I have been stalking their website for weeks waiting for their new Halloween items to drop, and I am so glad they are finally here so we can get a peek at Target's 2018 Halloween items! Some items are even available for pre-order and expected to ship on or after August 21st.

This year, neon looks big and there are lots of bright purple and blue neon colors featured. There are some gorgeously gothic pieces as well, along with more traditional Halloween icons like ghosts, bats, witches and orange and black.

As usual, Target has some fantastic Halloween items that I definitely want to get my hands on...check out some of my faves so far below:

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Sneak Peek: Halloween 2018 at Kirklands


Halloween items are popping up all over and I've been busy keeping my eyes out for treats to share with you boils and ghouls. Recently, I found some really great pieces at Kirkland's online store! I don't have any Kirkland's stores near me, so I am glad I have the option of ordering their items online, especially since their 2018 Halloween collection is to die for! 

Check out some of my faves I found online so far below:

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Sneak Peek: Halloween 2018 at Sur La Table


Sur La Table always has fun Halloween tableware and kitchen accessories, and I am so excited for their 2018 Halloween collection. Lucky for us, they have started posting Halloween items on their site so we can get a sneak peek at what is to come! I am sure they will be posting more soon, but for now these are the items I am loving:

Friday, July 6, 2018

Sneak Peek: Halloween 2018 at Pottery Barn Kids


Eeeeeek I am getting so excited seeing all the Halloween items slowly creeping into stores online! I have been keeping my peepers peeled for any spooky treats online, and just saw that Pottery Barn Kids has a few goodies online already. I'm sure there will be more added in the weeks to come, but the items I did see made my jack-o-lantern heart glow with glee!

I love all the ghost decor I am seeing glimpses of so far (it looks like a phantasmically fun trend this year!) since I adore all ghosties. Pottery Barn Kids is also bringing back their adorable officially licensed Peanuts Halloween items, and so far they have posted some terrific tableware featuring Charlie Brown's pup Snoopy.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

13 Vegan Cookbooks for the Strange and Unusual


Spooky friends who are interested in vegan food often ask me about my favorite vegan cookbooks. I'm happy to say that there are several vegan cookbooks made for darklings and weirdos! This post is about vegan cookbooks with a darker aesthetic, ones that draw inspiration from rebel culture like punk rock, goth, and metal, along with horror movies and, of course, good food! While some of the selections below might not scream "spooky", I've chosen them based on their aesthetic as well as the background of the authors, several of which grew up in the punk, metal, goth, and/or alternative scenes. Others are novelty books, while still others I just really like and think others will enjoy as well.

Here are my picks for Vegan Cookbooks for the Strange and Unusual:

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Warner Bros. Joins Midsummer Scream 2018 Lineup with Horror Made Here Panel


More exciting news from Midsummer Scream as we are just a month away (eeeeek!!) from the Halloween and horror convention (if you want to know what to expect from the event, check out my past visits HEREHERE, and HERE!)! Today it was revealed that Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood event Horror Made Here: A Festival of Frights will have a major panel presentation revealing more details of its rapidly-expanding haunt. I'm hoping with the upcoming release of The Nun they will have a maze based on her character, as well as other characters from The Conjuring universe. And how fun would it be to walk through an IT maze?! To find out more, check out the official press release below:

Monday, June 25, 2018

Sneak Peek: Halloween 2018 at Pier 1 Imports


Halloween is starting to pop-up in stores and online, and I couldn't be happier! In my opinion, it is never too early for some Halloween happiness. As usual, I'll be sharing my favorite Halloween finds right here. This time, I'll be sharing some sneak peeks at the online Halloween 2018 collection from Pier 1, which they have started to post on their site. Pier 1 usually has several solid Halloween decorations that go on my wish list, let's take a peek to see what caught my eye so far this year:

Friday, June 22, 2018

Halloween Bootique in Costa Mesa, CA


We are certainly lucky here in Southern California to have an abundance of year-round Halloween stores, from Halloween Club in La Mirada to Halloweentown in Burbank to Traditions in Canoga Park, plus many more! One of those is Halloween Bootique in Costa Mesa, California, located right here in Orange County. For some reason I had never checked it out, despite driving by and seeing the signs for a looong time. This changed this past weekend when I needed a little Halloween pick-me-up, and decided to pop-in while I was in the area. Check out photos from Halloween Bootique below:

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Halloween Hike to Pumpkin Rock in Norco, CA


Pumpkin Rock is a hidden gem in the Inland Empire region of Southern California that only takes a short hike to get to, but rewards you with the sheer joy of being in the presence of a huge jack-o-lantern as well as stunning views of Riverside and Norco. Not many people seem to know about it, so I wanted to share how to find this gourd-geous monument to Halloween spirit so you can visit as well!

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Check-In to the Notorious Cecil Hotel in LA - Guest Post on Spooky Little Halloween

The Cecil Hotel in DTLA
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Last year I shared the 5 Spookiest Haunts in Orange County on Spooky Little Halloween's blog as part of her Travel Tuesday summer series. This series is really neat since it features many different Halloween bloggers sharing haunted locations from all over and it is just in time for summer vacations! I participated again this year, and my contribution to Spooky Little Halloween's Travel Tuesday features another dreadful destination right in the heart of downtown Los Angeles.

This time, I'm inviting you to check into the old Cecil Hotel (which is undergoing renovations and has been re-branded to Stay-on-Main to distance itself from its violent reputation). This historic landmark has a dark history filled with grisly murders, tragic deaths, and macabre mysteries, and is said to be one of the most haunted locations in LA. It has hosted serial killers (yes, plural), been the location of one of LA's most disturbing deaths in recent memory, and the dark halls have even inspired a season of American Horror Story. Check out an excerpt from my article on the Cecil below, then head to Spooky Little Halloween to read the rest of the article:

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Midsummer Scream Reveals Bigger, Scarier Hall of Shadows

Entrance to the Hall of Shadows at Midsummer Scream 2017

Midsummer Scream is a little over a month away and I am getting so excited! For those that don't know what Midsummer Scream is, it is a Halloween and horror convention held in Long Beach, California the last weekend in July. It kicks off Halloween season here in Southern California and is an event I always look forward to (you can see my past visits to the event HERE, HERE, and HERE!).

Today, Midsummer Scream revealed more information on their Hall of Shadows, their haunt space that features haunt attractions and monsters to thrill guests! This year, the Hall of Shadows will be expanding and promises to be bigger and scarier than ever before! For more info, check out the official press release below:

Monday, June 18, 2018

Vegan Vampire Merch for Spooky Vegans


There are a ton of vegan companies that sell stickers and t-shirts, but how many spooky vegan companies can you think of? Probably not many, which is why I was delighted to discover Vegan Vampire Inc., a company that makes vegan merch for the strange and unusual! Their entire line of vegan apparel and accessories is for those that enjoy the dark side and it draws inspiration from goth, punk, and metal music, horror films, monsters, and all things creepy and kooky!

Friday, June 15, 2018

Oddities Flea Market Coming To LA This September


I have always swooned over pictures and videos of the Oddities Flea Market, a macabre marketplace held several times a year in Brooklyn, New York that features strange and unusual offerings for dark hearts from some amazing artists and vendors. I am ecstatic to share that the Oddities Flea Market is coming to Los Angeles this upcoming autumn!

The Oddities Flea Market will be coming to the Globe Theater on Saturday, September 29th, 2018 where three floors will be filled with purveyors of oddities from medical history ephemera to anatomical curiosities/specimens to taxidermy to home decor to jewelry to dark art and so much more! Find out more below...

Halloween 2018 Decor: At Home Stores


Ok, so there are no At Home stores anywhere near me (and none in all of California - I think the closest one might be in Nevada), so I am dying over reports that they have started stocking their shelves with Halloween 2018 merch! I have been oogling my spooky fiend's Instagram pages and their Halloween hunting trips to At Home stores. They've hit the Halloween jackpot and I've been swooning over some of the eerie items they are discovering at At Home.

I checked At Home's website, and while you can't buy their products online, you can still gaze longingly at some of their Halloween items. I've posted At Home's Halloween decor from their website that caught my eye below:

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor Returns September 27th - Tickets Available Now


The Queen Mary's Dark Harbor is one of my favorite haunts here in SoCal! My first time there was just last year, but even after just one visit I couldn't wait to return! And now I only have a few more months to wait, as it will return to the infamously haunted ship (I got to explore the ship's most haunted rooms - check them out here!) on September 27th, 2018.

Read on for the official press release, which includes info on how to purchase tickets now and when all the scares will be announced:

Happy Father's Slay: 15 Scariest Horror Movie Dads


Father's Day is this Sunday, and what better way to celebrate than to take a look at some of the most terrifying fathers from horror films! I did this last month for the scariest moms from horror movies for Mother's Day and now it is time to take a look at the worst dads in horror! Please note that there may be spoilers below that give away key plot points, so consider yourself warned...

Check out my list of the 15 Scariest Horror Movie Dads below:

Monday, June 11, 2018

Spooky Summer: Goth Lemonade To Quench The Darkest Thirsts


Goth lemonade, made with activated charcoal, is an eerily easy way to spook up your summer, whether you make a refreshing glass for yourself or an entire pitcher to serve at your next goth pool party (see other goth essentials for summer HERE). It is the perfect drink to make on hot, lazy summer days and has the added bonus of matching your clothes...and soul! No to mention it is an eerily impressive beverage that photographs wonderfully! Besides serving this in summer, it would also work just as well for Halloween. Check out the quick and easy recipe below.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

The Spooky Vegan Shop Now Open On Amazon


Do you ever wonder what kind of things I shop for on Amazon? Do you like discovering new products that I personally recommend? Looking for that spooky something to get yourself or that special someone? Are you interested in what cruelty-free and vegan products I use daily? Wanna check out my favorite vegan snacks? Have you ever wished to get your hands on the black nail polish I use or get a peek at what movies and books I'm into?

Well, fiends, lucky for you I've curated a spooky shop on Amazon full of product recommendations so you can find all of these eerie items collected for you in one place! I thought this would be a fun way to show off some of my favorite things and show you what items I use regularly (for example, what hair dye or face wash I use, which I get asked about a lot!). Also, when you purchase items via my Amazon shop you are helping me earn referral fees, which go toward keeping this blog running, especially since I do not use ads, only Amazon affiliate links.

So take a look at my spooky shop, filled with treats like Halloween decor, horror movies, books, accessories, cruelty-free and vegan beauty/makeup/skin care products, and even some of my favorite vegan snacks and food!! You just might find some must-haves or new favorites! I'll be updating the spooky shop regularly with new and old favorites, so check back often!

Visit The Spooky Vegan Shop on Amazon!

Stay spooky!

Monday, June 4, 2018

Spooky Summer: 20 Swimsuits for Darklings


I cannot believe it is already June! I don't know where the first half of the year went, but the days are getting hotter and soon we will be in the wicked throes of temperatures that soar above 80 degrees (my preferred temperature is around 65 degrees at the max). While I generally like to remain indoors during the summer, there is something about this year that actually has me looking forward to long, languid days spent lounging near a pool, beach, or other body of water - in a killer swimsuit perfect for darklings, of course.

Lucky for you, I've scoured my favorite online haunts and scoped out their swimsuit collections for spooky swimsuits, from Halloween-inspired prints to vintage-styled black swimsuits. I've found 20 swimsuits in various cuts, styles, and prints that are just perfect for those of us that have gothic inclinations. The bathing suits I chose all have a certain dark flair and I am certain you will find something to adore for summer below:

Friday, June 1, 2018

Spooky Summer: Eerie Items For A Goth Pool Party


Summer is basically here and though I'm not usually a fan of this season, I'm trying to make the best of it this year. That means putting a goth spin on traditional summer activities, like pool parties or beach visits, because you can maintain and show off your darkling style even in the dreadful heat. I have been preparing for the hot weather and sunny days by browsing for goth summer products, from swimsuits to pool floats to beach towels to flip flops to party accessories...and want to share my fiendish finds with you, so you can make your next pool party (or backyard barbecue, or beach outing, or lake retreat, etc.) spooky!

Below you'll find eerie items you need to have a killer goth summer party:

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Kick Off Summer With Plant Fest at Tanaka Farms


Plant Fest returns to Tanaka Farms in Irvine, California this weekend for two days of vegan food and fun! Parking and admission are both free, and the event will be held Saturday, June 2nd and Sunday, June 3rd, 2018 from 10AM to 3PM. It is the perfect way to kick off summer, with vegan vendors, food trucks, cooking demonstrations, special speakers, all on a working farm!

Over 20 vendors will be there selling both vegan food and cruelty-free merchandise. Check out the list of food trucks, vendors, and schedule of events below:

Attend A Worldwide Memorial Service For Animals On National Animal Rights Day


This Sunday, June 3rd, 2018 marks the 8th National Animal Rights Day, an annual day observed across the world on the first Sunday in June to memorialize the billions of animals killed each year. The worldwide event is held in multiple cities, including Los Angeles, and its purpose is to give a voice to all the animals and raise awareness for their rights. This event is powerful, emotional, heartfelt, and inspiring and I highly recommend attending if you can! More info on the event, including the one in LA, is below.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Traditions Holiday Store's Halloween Displays


Traditions is a year-round holiday store located in Canoga Park, California, just north of Los Angeles. They have a fantastic Halloween section featuring vintage-inspired decorations as well as folk art, lighted decor, ornaments, and more! I've known about this store for years now, but had never visited until this past weekend when I made the 1.5 hour drive from Orange County. The store is the middle of an industrial part of town in a large building that houses their showroom as well as a large warehouse (they have an online store - yes, you can order their Halloween goodies from their website!). On the weekend parking was easy (they have a lot in the back or there is street parking) and the store was pretty empty.

About half of the store is devoted to Halloween, the other half is mostly Christmas, with smaller displays for Thanksgiving, Easter, and Independence Day. You should have seen the huge grin on my face when I saw the Halloween section, it was awe-inspiring! Traditions carries mostly vintage replicas or vintage-inspired Halloween items, with many mass-produced Bethany Lowe products. I loved browsing around and just being immersed in the Halloween spirit! Their displays are boo-tiful! You can check out photos of the Halloween decorations in the store below:

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

TRICK 'R TREAT Maze To Haunt Universal Studios' Halloween Horror Nights This Fall


Eeeeeeek this is the BEST news I've heard in a while...Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood is FINALLY getting a Trick 'r Treat maze!! I am sooooooo excited for this one, boils and ghouls, since Trick 'r Treat is one of my favorite films ever. and no one does Halloween haunts quite like Universal (check out my coverage of  2017, 2016, and 2014)! I was so jealous last year when Halloween Horror Nights Orlando had a Trick 'r Treat scare zone that looked simply to-die-for! I am so stoked both parks are getting a whole maze in 2018!

Check out the official press release below:

Friday, May 11, 2018

Elvira Halloween Party Decor Collection by Beistle

Image from Party with Beistle

Elvira, the Mistress of the Dark and Queen of Halloween, has partnered with Beistle, legendary proprietors of Halloween and party decor, to unveil a wicked new line of Elvira-themed Halloween party supplies! Seriously, boils and ghouls, this new Elvira party decor is to die for! They've got spooky streamers, fearsome and fun photo signs, creepy centerpieces, and much more macabre items! Think of it - now you can have an Elvira-themed birthday, party, or other celebration with some boo-tiful decor courtesy of Beistle!

Check out the Elvira Beistle products below:

Happy Mother's Slay: 15 Scariest Horror Movie Moms


It's almost Mother's Day (consider this your reminder to call your mother this weekend), when we celebrate everything about our moms! I'm surprised I've never done this before, but I wanted to share some of the scariest moms featured in horror movies. Note: Before you go any farther, please note that there will be spoilers below - if you haven't seen the films mentioned, please don't read the descriptions as they will give key plot points away! Consider yourself warned...

Check out my list of the 20 Scariest Horror Movie Moms below:

Thursday, May 10, 2018

11 Things I Can't Wait to Eat at Vegan Street Fair: San Diego Nights


Who else can't wait for Vegan Street Fair: San Diego Nights this Saturday?! Vegan Street Fair is an event near and dear to my heart - their annual Los Angeles event has always been a blast (check out my coverage from this year and past years: 2018. 2017, 2016, 2015). I've never attended one of their nighttime events, but I am so stoked to be checking out my very first one this Saturday, May 12th from 5PM to midnight at Anthem Vegan in San Diego!

Vegan Street Fair: San Diego Nights is a more intimate affair than the daytime festival and it's like having a block party with the best people and food! VeganFatKid has curated the 10 vendors that will be there and they look awesome! The vendor menus were recently unleashed and I've been daydreaming about all the vegan things I'm going to eat this Saturday night and making a plan of what I want to eat (since I won't be able to eat everything, even though I want to!!). I'm so excited that I want to share my list of things I can't wait to eat at Vegan Street Fair with you!

Check out the 11 dishes and drinks I'm most excited to eat at Vegan Street Fair: San Diego Nights:

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Vegan Street Fair San Diego Nights this Saturday


This Saturday, May 12th Vegan Street Fair is taking over San Diego for a one night only engagement to bring you a curated selection of vegan eats along with a 21 and over beer garden, live entertainment, games, and much more vegan fun!

This event will be held this Saturday, May 12th, 2018 from 5PM to 12AM at Anthem Vegan located at 2611 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92104. Tickets tiers include General Admission, Fast Pass, and All-Inclusive Passports - check Vegan Street Fair for available tickets and more information.

Vendors have been hand-picked by VeganFatKid, and all vendors will offer at least one $4 or less items for purchase, as well as full-size eats for purchase. The exciting vendor line-up includes:

Monday, May 7, 2018

Goth Guide to Summer: 31 Goth Essentials to Survive the Sun


Temperatures are heating up, the days are getting longer, and we are going to be in the middle of summer before you know it! In my opinion, the only good thing about summer is that Halloween season will immediately follow, so I just have to get through it.

If you are a darkling like me who wears black year-round and hates the heat, you are probably looking for ways to keep cool while still staying spooky. Lucky for you, I've been on the hunt for goth essentials like fearsome fashions, eerie accessories, and so much more that will make summer a little more bearable for us spooky kids. I've found 31 macabre must-haves for surviving summer the spooky way, check them out below:

Monday, April 30, 2018

31 Witch Songs To Listen To On Walpurgisnacht


Happy Walpurgisnacht and Halfway to Halloween! I've already shared 20 Witch Films to Watch for Walpurgisnacht, as well as 20 More Witch Films and ways to celebrate Halfway to Halloween, but I also created a playlist that features 31 songs about witches, witchcraft, or just have a witchy vibe. I've been listening to this mix non-stop and wanted to share it with you so you have a soundtrack for Walpurgisnight, or Night of the Witches! It's filled with witchhouse, goth, metal, and more - just don't expect to find any witch "classics" on my playlist!

Listen to the Spotify playlist "Night of the Witches" below:

Midsummer Scream Reveals Haunt Attractions for Expanded Hall of Shadows

2017's Hall of Shadows

Midsummer Scream just revealed their haunt attractions for their bigger than ever Hall of Shadows, including more than 15 haunts as well as a scare zone by Six Flags Magic Mountain's Fright Fest! I adore the Hall of Shadows (if you want to see what it looked like in past years, you can check out my previous coverage HERE, HERE, and HERE!), and I cannot wait for July to get here so I can get spooked at 2018's Hall of Shadows!

Pssssst, today is the last day to get Midsummer Scream general admission tickets 40% off! Make sure to snag them now because you don't want to miss Midsummer Scream this July!

Check out the official press release for the expanded Hall of Shadows below:

Happy Halfway to Halloween: 13 Ways to Celebrate


Happy Halfway to Halloween! Today marks six months from last Halloween and only six more months until October 31st, 2018! I like celebrating Half-o-Ween on April 30th, since the date coincides with Walpurgisnacht, or Witches' Night (find out more about that and more ways to celebrate HERE!). It's the perfect date for a second Halloween and to celebrate all things spooky!

I like to think of Half-o-Ween as a mini Halloween and celebrate accordingly. You don't have to do anything big (though you could!) but even small things can help invoke the spirit of Halloween! Dim the lights, light some candles or burn some incense, turn on your favorite scary movie, pop on some spooky tunes, crack open a creepy book, and just enjoy a little bit of Halloween goodness before we head into summer. Beside those things you can do, I have 13 more to share with you to celebrate halfway to Halloween - check them out below!

Sunday, April 29, 2018

20 More Witch Films to Watch for Walpurgisnacht


Tomorrow is Halfway to Halloween and Walpurgisnacht or Witches' Night! I can't believe it is already the end of April with only six months to go until Halloween, eeeeek! This month I have been in crunch mode at work, so I'm sorry to say I haven't had much time or energy to devote to anything else. However, I couldn't let Halfway to Halloween or Walpurgis Night pass without sharing something bewitching!

Since I haven't had much time to plan for an elaborate celebration, I figured the best way to celebrate Witches' Night and Halfway to Halloween is to watch a good ol' witch flick! Last year I posted about 20 of my favorite movies that featured witches and witchcraft, so why not 20 more? There have been some new witch films that have really blown me away, and some classics I didn't mention last year, so this is a perfect time of year to recommend these witchy flicks. Though the majority are horror films, there are a few family-friendly films, comedies, and even a romance or two. I wanted to recommend films for witches of all kinds!

Monday, April 23, 2018

The Cauldron Spirits and Brews in Buena Park, CA


After checking out Spook Show a few weekends ago, I realized I was close to The Cauldron Spirits and Brews, a new witch-themed restaurant and bar that opened up in Buena Park right across from Knott's Berry Farm. I couldn't turn down grabbing a few drinks in a spooky bar and I was stoked at the opportunity to finally check it out!

The bar and restaurant is described on their website as: "...a dark fairy tale witch-themed sanctuary for the ultimate sensory experience with unpretentious sophistication through a variety of fresh quality cocktails, local craft brews and familiar yet unexpected tastes presented with impeccable service in a comfortable, social atmosphere." 

Take a peek inside of this bewitching bar below:

Sunday, April 22, 2018

How to Make Earth Day Every Day


Happy Earth Day! Though this is the one day a year where we acknowledge our commitment to making the earth a better place and preserving its beauty, wouldn't it be great if you could make Earth Day every day? Well, there is one simple lifestyle shift you can make that will help the Earth more than anything else you can do, and that is going vegan or adopting a more plant-based lifestyle. Now, before you click away from this article, I want you to seriously consider the positive impact you could make by going vegan - for example, did you know that going vegan has been shown to cut your carbon footprint in half?! And did you know that even if you combined all the greenhouse gas emissions from cars, trains, planes, etc. in the entire world that animal agriculture still produces more pollution (per this study)?! Or that on average a vegan person saves roughly 1,100 gallons of water every day? The water needed to produce a just a quarter pound of beef is 660 gallons of water and 600 gallons of water to produce a single gallon of cow’s milk. 

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Only 200 Days to Halloween!


Today marks only 200 days to Halloween!! Not much longer now, right?!

I haven't started planning much for this year's Halloween, besides starting to think about things I want to do when September and October come around. On my list are the usual suspects like the pumpkin patch at Tanaka Farms, Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios, Delusion (if it happens this year), Disneyland, Knott's Scary Farm, The Queen Mary's Dark Harbor, etc. I also want to get to some attractions I've never been to, like the Los Angeles Haunted Hayride.

Have you started planning for Halloween 2018?

Stay spooky!

Friday, April 13, 2018

Take a Peek Inside The Queen Mary's MOST HAUNTED Rooms


Happy Friday the 13th! I have a spooky treat for you today to celebrate!

The Queen Mary recognized as one of the most haunted locations in the world, and with its history it's not hard to see why. From a luxury cruise liner to being utilized as a troop transport ship during World War II, where she was known as "The Grey Ghost", the grand vessel has seen her share of both glamour and tragedy. Today, remnants of this past can be felt along the passages of the ship, whether in grand salons, staterooms, or in the massive boiler rooms in the belly of the vessel.

I have always been intrigued with The Queen Mary and the reported hauntings that seem so commonplace aboard the ship. I have visited the ship several times and have attended events there, but I have not specifically gone there for their ghost tours, though I have always wanted to. Well, last night in honor of Friday the 13th I had my chance as I was invited to attend a media sneak peek at The Queen Mary for the unveiling of their most haunted stateroom, B340, to the public. This stateroom had to be closed 30 years ago after excessive paranormal activity upset numerous guests. The stateroom has been closed for 30 years, but it is now open for guests to book...if they dare!

Along with being invited to step inside stateroom B340, I also got a taste of The Queen Mary's Haunted Encounters and Paranormal Investigation tours. The Haunted Encounters Tour takes you to hot spots on the ship where activity has been experienced and tells you the stories behind the ghosts. In the Paranormal Investigations tour, you actually got to go down into the bowels of the ship to conduct a paranormal investigation of your own! I'll walk you through everything I got to eerily explore below: 

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

The Sixth Annual Spook Show Halloween Festival


The sixth annual Spook Show was held at the Halloween Club this past Saturday, and it was an absolute blast! If you haven't heard of Spook Show, it is a Halloween celebration in spring, hosted by the Halloween Club, which is a Halloween store open year-round with various locations in Southern California. I look forward to this event every year, because it's a pumpkin-spice flavored taste of Halloween in the springtime. This was my fourth time attending this event (you can check out my visits from past years HERE, HERE and HERE!), and every year it keeps getting bigger and better! Check out more about this year's event, including tons of pics, below:

Friday, March 30, 2018

Check-in to The Queen Mary’s MOST HAUNTED Cabin on Friday, April 13th - If You Dare!


I was just watching a Buzzfeed Unsolved video (see it here) where they investigate The Queen Mary and the infamous room B340 (at the time, the infamously haunted room had not seen a guest since the 1980s and was empty of furniture), and today The Queen Mary announced they are re-opening their most haunted cabin to the public! Would you dare to stay in this spooky stateroom? If so, read on to find out more from the official press release below:

The Shining Exhibit at The Mystic Museum


The Bearded Lady's Mystic Museum in Burbank, California is hosting a Shining-inspired exhibit now through May 2018, featuring over 50 pieces of art inspired by the horror novel and films as well as set re-creations of The Overlook Hotel. I finally made it over to the exhibit after attending Vegan Street Fair (read my recap), and I couldn't wait to immerse myself in the world of The Shining!

Tickets for the exhibit are $10 and the exhibit is located in the back rooms of The Mystic Museum. I've been to several exhibits at The Mystic Museum (most recently the Ben Cooper / Slashback Video exhibit last fall - check that out HERE!), and they are always fantastic events that are lovingly curated. They take so much care in transforming their space to reflect the theme of the exhibits, and the art inspired by the themes is always incredible.

The Shining exhibit was no different, and it really blew me away with its detail and how the Museum was transformed into The Overlook Hotel. There were plenty of set-ups for fun photo ops and rad art to enjoy. Photography is encouraged at the Mystic Museum, so I took plenty of pictures so I could share my visit with you. Check out The Shining exhibit and art show below:

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Recap: Vegan Street Fair 2018


This past Sunday I attended Vegan Street Fair 2018, which was bigger than ever! Vegan Street Fair started in 2015 (read my past coverage HERE, HERE, and HERE!), and it has grown every year since then. It truly has become one of my favorite vegan events! This year sooooo many people turned up to this festival, which is free (though you can buy fast pass tickets so you get front-of-line). It is estimated that 10,000 more people showed up this year from last year's huge number of attendees! It is so amazing that more and more people are turning out for vegan events and eating all the vegan food.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Spook Show 6 Scares Up Halloween Fun This April


In just a little over a week away, Halloween Club's Spook Show returns for its sixth year in La Mirada, California on Saturday, April 7th, 2018! I love this event, and it fills my Halloween heart with so my joy and promises so much fiendish fun! There will be Halloween and horror vendors galore, a huge sale at the Halloween Club, live music and performances, costumes, and tons of other treats! You can check out my coverage from past years HERE, HERE, and HERE to get you in the spooky spirit.

Come celebrate Halloween in spring with me at Spook Show! More details below!

Friday, March 23, 2018

10 Must-Try Vendors at LA's Vegan Street Fair 2018


I am so looking forward to Vegan Street Fair this upcoming Sunday, March 25th, 2018 in North Hollywood! I have been stalking the Vegan Street Fair Instagram since they started posting the vendors for the event a few months ago, and haven't stopped drooling over their photos!

There are going to be so many delicious food vendors to enjoy this year, even more than in past years (if you are curious about past years or want a sneak peek at what you can look forward to, you can check out my past coverage for 2017, 2016, and 2015).

I decided to put together a list of the top 10 vendors I was most excited about, though this list was extremely difficult to narrow down. I'm thinking of this list as sort of a jumping off point for me of where to start when I arrive at Vegan Street Fair (I like planning ahead!). Note: as of this post the menus for each vendor have not been released yet, so the photos below from Instagram are just samples of what you can expect from these 10 vendors!

Check out what vendors I'm most excited to try at Vegan Street Fair 2018:

Monday, March 19, 2018

Eat All the Vegan Things at Vegan Street Fair on Sunday


It's that time of year again, when the flowers are blooming, the days are getting warmer and longer, and vegan events are starting to spring up everywhere in Southern California! One of my absolute favorite events, Vegan Street Fair, is back for its fourth annual vegan food extravaganza next Sunday, March 25th, and it is something you don't want to miss! Read more about it below:

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Tickets Unleashed for Midsummer Scream 2018


Tickets are now available for purchase for Midsummer Scream, the world's largest Halloween and horror fan convention! Midsummer Scream is returning to the Long Beach Convention Center July 28th and 29th for a weekend-long celebration of all things Halloween, and I seriously cannot wait! They have outdone themselves each year (check out my past coverage of the event HERE, HERE, and HERE!), and this third year promises to be the best yet! I mean, just looking as this little sneak preview of what (and who) you can expect to see this year should get you excited (and there are many more announcements of special guests, panels, presentations, etc. to come!):
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