Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Celebrate "31 Days of Halloween" with Nancy Nightmare and the Wizard

Nancy Nightmare and the Wizard is a musical act influenced by Halloween, horror movies, and all things spooky! They recently contacted me to check out their music, and I pretty much instantly fell in love with their spooky songs and eerie aesthetic! Today I wanted to share the song that got me hooked on them, "31 Days of Halloween (A Halloween Carol)". Listen to what will surely become your next Halloween anthem that will be on repeat the rest of the month:

Scare Valley Farms Halloween Haunt and Haunted Hayride

I had the pleasure of being invited to attend Scare Valley Farms, a Halloween haunt and haunted hayride at Bear Valley Farms in the mountains of Big Bear, California. While I only live two hours from Big Bear I had never been up there before, so I was thrilled to finally make the trek to Big Bear and visit Scare Valley Farms this Halloween season! Check out my review of this Halloween haunt and haunted hayride and photos of the event below:

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Sprouts Farmers Market 2018 Pumpkin Products

The autumn foods are popping up all over right now (check out my pumpkin finds from Trader Joe's), and I found some pumpkin products at my local Sprouts Farmers Market grocery store a few weeks ago I'm just getting around to sharing with you (better late than never, right?!).

Disclaimer: I can't get enough pumpkin, and admit I'm a sucker for anything with "pumpkin" in the ingredients as long as it is free of animal ingredients. If someone slaps a pumpkin sticker on a label, I'm drawn to it faster than a trick or treater to a candy bowl! During this time of year, my eyes are immediately drawn to anything orange in the store and I scour shelves and end caps for any hidden autumn products.

When shopping at Sprouts Farmers Market (a grocery store chain here in SoCal) a few weeks ago, I was pleased to see that they had started putting out their pumpkin products! Not everything was out yet (I am waiting on that Daiya Pumpkin Cheezecake!!), but I did want to share what I did find with you since I know you love autumn foods as much as I do! Check out the pumpkin products and other autumn items Sprout's Farmers Market has on shelves now (note: all items shown are vegan; prices may vary by region):

Monday, October 15, 2018

Pumpkin Spice S'mores Cookies Recipe

This is one of my favorite cookie recipes to make this time of year! I came up with it last year after adding Dandies' Pumpkin Marshmallows to my pumpkin spice chocolate chip cookie recipe, which gave these a delicious flavor evocative of marshmallows roasted over a bonfire on a crisp fall night.

The cookies themselves are fluffy and cake-like, delectably sweet with a light hint of spice. The marshmallows give them an ooey-gooey consistency that makes them a perfect autumn treat. Whenever I've served them, they are always a huge hit with vegans and non-vegans alike! Today I'm happy to share the recipe with you below:

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Tee No Evil Halloween Treat T-Shirt Giveaway

CONTEST CLOSED: Winner announced on the original post on my Instagram!

I've been fan of Tee No Evil and their horror and Halloween designs ever since I scored their limited edition tee at the very first Midsummer Scream! They have absolutely stunning and original horror and Halloween tees, made of durable, thick, soft, high-quality cotton. Wearing one of their unique designs guarantees you'll stand out from the rest, for many seasons to come, and now you can enter to to win two of their incredible t-shirts!

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Make Your Own Pumpkin Spice Coffee Scrub

My sister gave me a recipe for a DIY coffee scrub several years ago, and I love making it to this day! I use it in the shower and not only does it make my skin silky-smooth, but the coffee perks me up and I swear it firms up my behind! With pumpkin season upon us and pumpkin spice coffee so readily available, I had a lightbulb moment and thought to make a pumpkin spice coffee scrub based on my sister's recipe. All I did was replace regular ground coffee with pumpkin spice ground coffee and it came out incredible!

I love everything pumpkin spice, so I usually end up buying pumpkin spice coffee this time of year, despite the fact that I'm not a big fan of flavored coffee (the cute packaging always gets me!). With this recipe, I can use up the pumpkin spice coffee I buy and continue using it all year to make this recipe.

I love how this Pumpkin Spice Coffee Scrub smells and how it moisturizes and exfoliates my skin. Plus, this is such a quick and easy recipe, and you probably already have the ingredients on hand. Check out how to make your own Pumpkin Spice Coffee Scrub below:

Pageant of the MONSTERS Returns to Laguna Beach

Like I reported a few months ago, this year will see the return of the Pageant of the Monsters to Laguna Beach! The event is only held every five years, and features a terrifying twist on the traditional Pageant of the Masters. It will feature spooky scenes, macabre music, and many more tricks and treats for attendees! They have announced their full schedule full of tricks and treats, check it out via the official press release below:

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Tanaka Farms Pumpkin Patch 2018

One of my Halloween traditions is to visit my local pumpkin patch at Tanaka Farms in Irvine, California. I love attending events at Tanaka Farms, which is a real working farm and so fun to visit. Their pumpkin patch is a real one, where pumpkins are actually grown and you can wander down the rows of pumpkins, visit a corn maze, and even pick your own fruits and veggies on the farm! They also have wagon rides and games. The pumpkin patch is absolutely gourd-geous - they have everything from itty bitty pumpkins to huge giants.

Like last year (check out my visit from last year), Tanaka Farms has officially licensed Hello Kitty and other Sanrio characters to host their pumpkin patch. Photo ops abound with character cut-outs and it is certainly fun to see the cutesy Sanrio characters throughout the farm. There are also hay bales, scarecrows, a sunflower maze, their famous pile of pumpkins, and so many other amazing treats in store at Tanaka Farms.

Check out my photos from this year's visit below:

Monday, October 8, 2018

31 Spooky Songs to Listen to this Halloween

Making a Halloween music mix is one of my favorite things to do during the spooky season! Fun fact: I have two go-to Halloween mixes from 2007 and 2010 (on CD!) that I keep in my car at all times and pretty much listen to non-stop. Over the years, I've also added more Halloween-inspired songs to my list of macabre music to listen to whenever I need to get into the spooky spirit. These songs range in style from industrial to goth to synthwave to punk to metal to alternative and beyond - there is a little something for everyone whose musical tastes tend to stray to the dark side.

This year, I decided to combine all my favorite Halloween tunes as well as some new ones into a mix of 31 songs I love to listen to for Halloween! Check out my 2018 Halloween mix on Spotify below (and be sure to check out my Spotify profile for my other music mixes, including a vintage Halloween playlist!):

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Fatally Yours Halloween 2018 Chocolate Box Available Now for Pre-Order

The deliciously decadent, gorgeously gothic Fatally Yours vegan chocolate box is back for Halloween and Vegan Treats has unveiled all the spooky, scrumptious details of the 2018 Halloween edition of their boo-tiful box, which is available for pre-order now. Visit Vegan Treats' online store to pre-order these creepy chocolates (they sell out so fast it's scary, so don't delay - order today), and check out the full description below for their Limited Halloween Edition of the Fatally Yours chocolate box (they also have an ultimate edition that has a few more treats in it) from Vegan Treats:

Friday, October 5, 2018

Warner Bros. Horror Made Here 2018

Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood is getting into the Halloween haunt scene with their Horror Made Here event, now in its third year on the Warner Bros.' backlot. I was excited to check it out for the first time this year and was invited to attend their media preview night to give you a sneak peek what to expect (if you follow me on Instagram, you've already seen some behind-the-scenes fun)! This year, the mazes featured include ones based on IT, The Conjuring universe, Friday the 13th, Nightmare on Elm Street, Escape from Arkham, and The Exorcist. I was very intrigued to see how Warner Bros. would treat their horror properties and see if it was an event I could come back to year after year for thrills and chills!

Don't Miss These Spooky Series + Macabre Movies Streaming October 2018

I am seriously stoked for a number of horror movies and series that are coming to different streaming platforms this October, and there are so many to choose from! You need a subscription for the streaming services below to watch these films or series, and I'm covering only the major ones - Netflix, Hulu, Shudder, and Amazon Prime. See what I'm most excited to check out from these streaming services this month below!

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood Unveils Haunted Attractions for Horror Made Here

Photo credit: Charley Gallay

I just attended a media preview of Warner Bros. Horror Made Here event last night (full coverage HERE and on my Instagram!) and I had a blast! I wanted to provide some more information for this event so you can snag your tickets early and add it to your "to-boo" list this Halloween. Check out the official press release below for more info on the event and make sure to snag your tickets soon!

The Queen Mary's Dark Harbor 2018

Last week was the opening of 2018's Dark Harbor at The Queen Mary. Ever since I had a blast last year I was looking forward to attending again this year! This year promised to be the best yet, with revamped mazes and what they said would be the darkest and most immersive Dark Harbor yet. I attended their media night and received complimentary front-of-line VIP access to do all the mazes and enjoy the ambiance of their spooktacular midway from their VIP cabanas.

Eat Pastry Vegan Cookie Dough Giveaway

CONTEST CLOSED! See the winner on the original post on Instagram!

Trick or treat, give me something good to eat, like this delectable cookie dough by Eat Pastry! Eat Pastry makes my favorite vegan cookie dough, and it is always a treat. And lucky for you, I've partnered with Eat Pastry to give away a tub of their vegan cookie dough so you too can enjoy this scary-good cookie dough!

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Creepy Crunch Halloween Cookies

Photo by Kendy aka MissMuffCake

Today, I have special guest Kendy aka MissMuffCake sharing her recipe for Creepy Crunch Halloween Oreo Cookies! I have been an admirer of Kendy for quite some time now. I've been reading her website for years and love her vegan recipes, beauty posts, and more. She also writes several zines, is a champion for mental awareness, has killer style, and has written for Super Cute Kawaii and VegNews. I am thrilled to have her on the blog today to share the recipe for these delectable Halloween cookies. Check out her recipe for them below:

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Jack-o-Punkin Halloween Puppets by FoamFoolery

How cool is this custom-carved and handmade Halloween puppet by FoamFoolery? I have never seen anything quite like it and it is so unique! This spooktacular Jack-o-Punkin puppet was sent to me by Seth Chappell, the creator and puppeteer behind FoamFoolery, a company that specializes in making custom puppets. Seth makes custom puppets for clients and is behind many puppets inspired by metal musicians. His puppets were featured in an Author and Punisher video and he also creates his own metal videos with his puppet band Throwing Goats, with some pretty big guest stars from metal providing music for the videos (check out FoamFoolery on YouTube)!

Monday, October 1, 2018

Halloween 2018 Bucket List

Happy October! Our favorite time is here, the spooky time when windows and doors are decorated with jack-o-lanterns, skeletons, ghosts, black cats, bats, witches, and monsters of all shapes and sizes. When fun-size candy beckons to us from the aisles of grocery stores. When horror movies and spooky stories abound. When Halloween decor is displayed in every store you walk into. When the nights are longer and cooler. When the leaves start to turn orange, yellow, and red, and the crisp air smells of mulled apples and spiced pumpkin. When the veil becomes ever thinner, and it makes it feel like anything is possible. This is our time, Halloween-time!

And not only that, but today is the first day of October and that kicks off the annual Countdown to Halloween, a blogging event I've been participating in since 2010 that celebrates 31 days of Halloween! During October, a creepy collective of spooky bloggers (find us all HERE) share Halloween-related content all October long. I'll be sharing all sorts of Halloween treats with you, from dreadful decor to eerie events to to-die-for recipes and DIYs to macabre movie lists and morbid music and so much more!

To kick off the 31 days of Halloween, my tradition is to share my Halloween bucket list for the year. I am really spoiled here in SoCal with so many incredible events and fearsome festivities during the Halloween season that I couldn't do them all if I wanted to! However, I do like jotting down my haunting hopes and spooky dreams for the month of October - this is like my wish list of all the stuff I want to do to really revel in the season! I am trying to take it easy this year, and enjoy small pleasures, like watching Halloween movies, eating pumpkin treats, making it out to a few haunts, and spreading the Halloween fear here as well as on my Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook! You can check out my list below...

Friday, September 28, 2018

Trader Joe's 2018 Seasonal Pumpkin Products

The time has arrived, for pumpkin everything and I couldn't be more excited! I am a pumpkin fiend and will inhale anything pumpkin-flavored (as long as it is vegan, of course). From early September onward, I start stalking stores waiting for pumpkin products to start sprouting from shelves.

A few weeks ago, I popped into Trader Joe's and was delighted to discover a cornucopia of pumpkin food and other autumn items lining the shelves! This isn't everything they are releasing this year, but I did want to give you a peek at what I found so far, check out all the pumpkin-y goodness (as well as a few other autumn items) below!

Thursday, September 27, 2018

The Curious Confectionery's Pumpkin Spice Popcorn Balls

Popcorn balls are a timeless treat that we don't see enough of nowadays! They always remind me of autumn and Halloween, so I was extremely excited when The Curious Confectionery released their limited-edition Pumpkin Spice flavor this year. I was lucky enough to receive this flavor for review, and I couldn't be more pumped! First, a little more about the delightful duo who run The Curious Confectionery...

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Nights of the Jack Lights Up Halloween

There is nothing quite like a jack-o-lantern burning bright on Halloween...especially if it is hundreds of lit jack-o-lanterns expertly carved! This year just north of Los Angeles you'll be able to enjoy the spooky spectacle of Nights of the Jack, where you can wander on a trail and enjoy thousands of jack-o-lanterns, from huge dinosaurs built from pumpkins to pumpkins carved to depict your favorite horror characters!

Nights of the Jack will be held on the grounds of King Gillette Ranch in Calabasas, California and will feature a half mile trail studded with hand-carved and illuminated jack-o-lanterns. Bask in that orange glow that is quintessentially Halloween this season at Nights of the Jack!

More details below...

Monday, September 24, 2018

The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor Rises from the Depths for its Darkest Season Yet

The Queen Mary's Dark Harbor returns this Thursday, September 27th with some new spooky surprises as well as some old favorites! Dark Harbor is always a fun time (I mean, just look how amazing last year was!!) and I can't wait to see what they have in store for us this year. Check out the official press release below to learn about all the exciting things to look forward to starting this week...

Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood 2018

Universal Studios' Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood is one of my favorite events of the Halloween season! I was really looking forward to this year since we finally got a Trick 'r Treat maze as well as mazes based on Poltergeist, Stranger Things, Halloween 4, Universal Monsters, and more. Below, I will walk you through my night and this year's mazes at Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood, as well as sharing a few photos of the event.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Big Bear's Scare Valley Farms Haunt + Hayride

I have been longing for some rural autumn feels this Halloween season, and I think I found just the place for my next ghoulish getaway! Bear Valley Farms in Big Bear City, California is hosting a Halloween haunt called Scare Valley Farms and it sounds absolutely incredible! I would love to spend a weekend in Big Bear and check out Scare Valley Farms' Halloween haunt, which is open now through November 2nd and features 30 acres of fearsome fun including terrifying haunts, hayrides, and live executions (eeeek, don't lose your head!). Check out the press release below and visit this eerie event up in the macabre mountains of Southern California!

Halloween 2018 at Lush

Halloween has returned to Lush with lots of fearsome, fizzy, and frothy bath bombs, shower gels, soaps, and more to keep your suds spooky this Halloween season! There are a few old favorites that have returned, along with some eerily exciting new products, including a neon-green ectoplasm shower gel, glow-in-the-dark ghost soap, Lord of Misrule bath bomb, pumpkin bubble bar, and more! Lush's products are always cruelty-free, and I'm happy to say their entire Halloween collection is vegan!

Thursday, September 13, 2018

The Spooky Vegan's Halloween Pyrex + Mini Neon Lights Giveaway!

CONTEST CLOSED! Winner will be announced on the original Instagram post about the contest.

To celebrate this most magical time of the year, Halloween, I'm doing a giveaway on Instagram of some items on everyone's wish list. I have managed to find the Halloween Pyrex (the haunted house and classic Halloween designs) as well as the three mini neon lights (ghost, bat, pumpkin) from Target and want to spread the Halloween cheer by giving them away to a lucky winner! I will also be including a few more Halloween treats to boost the winner's spooky spirit! Check out how to enter below...

Halloween 2018 at Daiso Japan

Daiso Japan is a store that carries many inexpensive household item and has been called the Japanese dollar store. I love visiting Daiso and their treasure trove of awesome items I didn't know I needed! They have all kinds of things, from stationary to kitchenware to household items and seasonal items. Of course, I especially love visiting them in mid- to late-September, when they start putting out their adorable Halloween items. Their inventory usually contains kawaii-inspired decor, costumes, and other Halloween accessories. My weaknesses at Daiso include their Halloween washi tape and their Halloween banners.

I love browsing their Halloween treats, check out what they have this year below:

Monday, September 10, 2018

Beistle's Halloween 2018 Vintage Decorations + Retro Halloween Playlist

The Beistle Company is one of the oldest manufacturers of holiday and party decorations in the United States, founded in 1900. Even if you aren't familiar with the name, once you see their Halloween decorations you will recognize them. They are known for being the innovators of holiday decorations, making high-quality decor and party supplies that regular people could buy easily and affordably. Their original vintage decorations are highly sought after today by collectors and fans. Luckily, the Beistle Company makes reproductions of their vintage Halloween decor, so you can purchase and enjoy them without having to break the bank.

I was fortunate to receive some of Beistle's vintage Halloween reproductions to share with you. I have been a big fan of their vintage reproductions for some time now, and was excited to have the opportunity to check out some of their delightful decor. Their decor is really versatile and they offer so many different kinds that you will have no problem finding what is right for you! They offer cut-outs that can be placed on walls and windows, stand-up decor that can be placed on tabletops, hanging decor, banners, plates and napkins, favor boxes, jointed decor (like skeletons and pumpkins), and so much more! I also like the idea of framing some of my favorites so I an display them year-round. If you are looking to add a vintage Halloween vibe to your decor, Beistle is exactly what you want.

In addition to sharing how I decorated with Beistle's classic Halloween decorations, I also put together a retro playlist, filled with vintage Halloween songs that will put you in the spooky spirit! Check this all out below:

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Halloween 2018 at Cost Plus World Market

Cost Plus World Market is one of my favorite places to shop for Halloween goodies! They always have some great vintage-inspired decor and in the past they've carried some fantastic Universal Monsters pieces. I was excited to check out what they had in-store this Halloween season, and arrived at their store just as they were starting to put out their Halloween items. I was a bit bummed that they no longer have Universal Monsters stuff (I believe that licensing was acquired by Target), but this year they do have some Nightmare Before Christmas merchandise as well as some neat vintage-inspired pieces. I also love shopping at World Market to score some vegan Halloween food - their Halloween pasta is vegan and doesn't contain any eggs or animal-derived color. 

Check out my finds at Cost Plus World Market below:

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

First Look Inside "Stranger Things" Maze at Universal's Halloween Horror Nights

Byers' living room

Today Universal Studios' has unveiled the first look inside the brand new Stranger Things mazes that will be opening at Halloween Horror Nights in Hollywood, Orlando, and Singapore this Halloween season! I'm excited to see how Universal's Halloween Horror Nights has re-created the familiar sets and environments from the hit Netflix series. From the images below, they look great, with so much attention to detail! See below for the official press release, plus photos and video for a sneak peek of the Stranger Things maze!

Monday, September 3, 2018

Halloween 2018 at Roger's Gardens: A Hogwarts-Themed Boutique

One of my Halloween traditions is going to Roger's Gardens to check out their Halloween displays that are unveiled every Labor Day weekend. This year, they have a Harry Potter-inspired boutique decorated to look like Hogwarts, similar to last year's displays. Despite repeating the same theme as last year, I was excited to check out this year's displays.

When I attended opening day, I glad to see that the displays were different than last year's, though still Hogwarts-themed. It was a magical experience getting to be immersed in incredible rooms filled with potions, spellbooks, owls, and fantastic beasts. You can see photos from this year's Roger's Gardens Halloween boutique below:

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Halloween 2018 Tees and Sweatshirts at Target

I just shared some tees and pajamas Target was starting to stock in-stores last week (see the post HERE), but I went back to Target a few days ago and found even more Halloween t-shirts in the women's section as well as a few sweatshirts. There are some pretty creepy-cute ones (ummm, the one that combines tacos and Halloween is brilliant!). You can see all the new clothing items I spotted below:

Saturday, September 1, 2018

The Spooky Vegan's Halloween 2018 Card Swap

UPDATE: All spots have been filled! I may do a round two of sign ups again, and, if I do, I will post about it here as well as my Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook page, so make sure you are following there too if you missed out this round. 

I love the tradition of sending Halloween cards and try to do it every year. There is just something so special about opening up your mailbox and receiving a ghoulish greeting card. I love spreading the spooky spirit, so keep reading below on how to participate in my Halloween card swap! Note: This is only open to US residents and all cards must be mailed by the first week of October. I'll also be randomly selecting a few special ghoulies to receive small treat bags!

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Halloween 2018 at Pier 1

I strolled into Pier 1 about a week and a half ago to finally seek out their Halloween goodies. While Pier 1 isn't exactly my style and usually features too much cutesy Halloween decor covered in glitter, there were still a few things I saw on their website that I wanted to check out in person.

As soon as I entered the store I made a beeline for the orange and black section. They had all kinds of autumn tableware, foliage, room sprays, and more, but I was most excited for the actual Halloween items. I'll be sharing what I found at Pier 1 below:

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Halloween 2018 Tees and Pajamas at Target

Last night I went to Target to check out their dollar section again (wow, it was completely decimated and picked clean of Halloween items!), and while that was a bust I did see some of the brand new Halloween t-shirts and pajamas they had out in the women's and pajama sections.

It looked like most of it had just been put out (UPDATE: they put out MORE new designs - check them out HERE!!), as there were only a few items of each design, but there were some adorable tees, cozy sweatshirts, long-sleeved shirts, and even pajama sets! Once Target has more sizes out, I can't wait to get my claws on some of these! Check out what I saw below:

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Halloween 2018 at 99 Cents Only Stores

My 99 Cents Only store finally started putting out their Halloween goodies! They are the perfect place to go if you are looking to save some money on Halloween decor. While their items tend to not be very high-quality, there are usually a few pieces I like picking up there, like stickers and a few decor items.

Besides having items that are only 99 cents, they also have a few other items that are priced between $3 - $10. These are higher-quality products like light-up artwork and lanterns that are a pretty good value for what you get.

This year, I only picked up some ribbon, window clings, and a drying mat at 99 Cents Only, but you can check out what else they had below:

Monday, August 27, 2018

Halloween 2018 at Target's Dollar Spot

I have been checking Target almost religiously to see if they have Halloween stuff in their Dollar Spot (aka Bullseye's Playground), and I got lucky this past weekend and found some goodies! Not everything was out yet, and they just had a sprinkling of items, but it was still incredibly exciting to see orange and black at Target! 

I wanted to share what I spotted so far, check out my Target Dollar Spot finds below:

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Descend Into Darkness This Weekend at ScareLA

This weekend ScareLA returns with a brand new creative direction for their Halloween-in-summer convention as it reveals the first-ever fully dark immersive convention and pop-up theme park in Downtown Los Angeles, inviting attendees to "Descend Into Darkness."

The event will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center Saturday, August 25th and Sunday, August 26th, and will feature a wide array of horror and Halloween vendors, haunts, rides, experiences, and more, promising an immersive and interactive Halloween experience as soon as you cross the threshold onto the show floor.

For more information on the event, read the official press release below:

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Food Review: The Curious Confectionery Popcorn Balls

The Curious Confectionery creates handcrafted artisan popcorn balls to tickle your tastebuds and satisfy your sweet tooth. All of their creations are crafted without animal products and made with incredible ingredients. The company was started by its founder when she realized there was no tasty treat that was both sweet, crunchy and salty. That's when she realized that old-fashioned popcorn balls were what she craved! She started making these for her friends, who urged her to start selling them. Thus, The Curious Confectionery was born!

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Pageant of the Monsters Returns to Laguna Beach

The Pageant of the Monsters returns to Laguna Beach this October to spook up some Halloween fun! This event only comes around every five years, and is returning in 2018 to Laguna Beach's Festival of the Arts with a terrifying twist on the traditional Pageant of the Masters, featuring living eerie art, macabre music, and many more tricks and treats for attendees! Check out the official press release below:

Monday, August 20, 2018

A to Z Candles 2018 Halloween Collection

'Tis the season for stocking up on Halloween candles and I love finding new companies that offer vegan and cruelty-free candles, like A to Z Candles. This woman-owned and operated company uses high-quality soy wax (from non-GMO soy grown in the USA) and premium fragrances to make all their candles. They just released their new 2018 Halloween collection and all the scents are to-die-for! They kindly sent me their five new Halloween candles for review and I'm so stoked to be able to share my thoughts on them below.

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Halloween 2018 at HomeGoods

When I went Halloween hunting earlier this week, I did not expect to find anything at my local HomeGoods store, but I was pleasantly shocked to find an aisle full of Halloween items already out! I went back yesterday, and they had put a bit more on shelves (though it was still contained to just one aisle). I'm sure by this time next week they will have even more Halloween products on shelves, and I'm so excited, especially after what I saw they already had! By the looks of it, it is going to be a good Halloween year at HomeGoods/TJ Maxx. There were a few old items from previous years, but for the most part many of the items seemed to be new designs. You can take a look at what I found at HomeGoods this week below:

Friday, August 3, 2018

Halloween 2018 at Big Lots

I stopped into Big Lots earlier this week to take a peek to see if their Halloween items had hit shelves yet. I wasn't expecting to find anything, but as I rounded the corner I was delighted to see a wall full of skeletons, gothic decor, animated props, and more! This year, they've brought back some of their popular animated home decor items, like the haunted TV and radio (with a few new tweaks). They also have some neat new skeletons and some wicked gothic decor. 

They are expecting more Halloween stuff, but I'm so happy they are already putting some out! See what I found at Big Lots below:

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Midsummer Scream Spooky Prize Pack Giveaway!

CONTEST CLOSED - check The Spooky Vegan Instagram for winner announcement soon! More giveaways to come, stay tuned and make sure you are following me on my Instagram!

Midsummer Scream was spooktacular this year (read all about my eerie adventures there HERE and HERE!), and I've put together a spooky giveaway (specifically for those that couldn't attend) so we can re-live it all over again! I've partnered with some incredible vendors to create an amazing prize pack from Midsummer Scream! I mean, look at all this spooky stuff (including Midsummer Scream exclusives!) you could win:

Halloween 2018 at Michaels

It has finally arrived, Michaels has released their Halloween 2018 collection! I visited mine earlier this week and was thrilled to see orange and black bedecking the aisles, pumpkin faces peeking out from shelves, and gorgeously gothic decor on every nook and cranny.

This year, Michaels has rolled out so many new items (with more on the way). One collection prominently features orange, black, and witches. It corresponds boo-tifully to Hocus Pocus' 25th anniversary! Another collection is heavy on the gothic feel and perfect for picking up spooky home decor that you can enjoy year-round.

You can check out everything I found at my recent visit below (and check out their autumn collection here):

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Full Lineup Announced for Warner Bros. Horror Made Here: A Festival of Frights

This past weekend at Midsummer Scream (check out my coverage HERE and HERE), guests got a glimpse of Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood and their upcoming Halloween event Horror Made Here: A Festival of Frights. The full lineup has been revealed for the event, which takes place on the Warner Bros. backlot and gives guests a peek at many of their their horror properties, including IT, The Conjuring, and many more! Horror Made Here is a special ticketed event, held October 5th-6th, October 12th-14th, October 18th-21st and October 25th-28th, from 7 PM to 1 AM. The event ticket includes access to the festival, the night tour and all mazes - more details on these below. Tickets are on-sale now and you don't want to miss this festival of frights!

Check out the official press release below, which contains details of new mazes and attractions:

Recap: Midsummer Scream 2018 - Day 2

Midsummer Scream was this past weekend and it was so much fun! I've already shared what day one was like (read all about it HERE!), and now I'll be sharing my Sunday at the event with you. Just like Saturday, day two was a whirlwind of activities! I got to hang out with amazing people, score some amazing Halloween and horror products, go through more mini haunts, attend Hocus Pocus' 25th anniversary panel as well as getting the scoop on Universal's Halloween Horror Nights. Sunday was just as crazy (if not crazier) than Saturday, with Halloween fans descending on the Long Beach Convention Center in droves. Like Saturday, Sunday completely sold out!! If you weren't able to make it, I have a huge giveaway coming up that will make it feel just like you were able to attend! Make sure you are following me on Instagram to enter!

And now, take a look at day two at Midsummer Scream:

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Recap: Midsummer Scream 2018 - Day 1

The event I look forward to with glee every year, Midsummer Scream, was this past weekend. It returned for its third year at the Long Beach Convention Center and was expected to be bigger and better than ever (spoiler alert: it was)! There were approximately 20,000 attendees expected for each day, but I think it was closer to 25,000 Halloween lovers that actually showed up each day, with both days selling out! It was packed with excited Halloween and horror fans, and there was so much to do!

This year, Midsummer Scream featured a bigger show floor filled with incredible vendors, makeup artists, special FX artists, celebrity autograph signings, and more. I must have walked that show floor more than 10 times throughout the weekend, and every time I found something new! Then there was the expanded Hall of Shadows, featuring an entryway inspired by Frankenstein's castle, a new vendor section, performance stage, and of course the mini mazes! The bottom floor also held areas for the classrooms and photo ops. All of the major panels took place on the second floor (above the lobby) in the Grand Ballroom. The second floor also held the Black Cat Lounge, the second stage where other presentations took place, a screening room, and more.

I attended both days (check out my recap of Day 2!) and had a blast at both. I did so much that I decided to split my coverage into two posts, one for Saturday and another for Sunday. Saturday was spent mostly wandering the show floor, checking out the Hall of Shadows, and meeting up with other Halloween bloggers like Spooky Little Halloween and All Hallows Geek!

Check out some highlights of my Saturday at Midsummer Scream below:

Monday, July 23, 2018

Only 100 Days Until Halloween!

Eeeeek, there are now only 100 days until Halloween! I can barely believe how fast time is flying by this year, I feel like this autumn is going to creep up on me and take me completely by surprise! Still, I am soooooo ready for Halloween season! I made a few graphics to celebrate that there are only 100 days until Halloween - feel free to use them on your social media accounts if you like, and don't forget to tag me so I can see your posts!

Saturday, July 21, 2018

13 Tips and Tricks To Survive Midsummer Scream

Midsummer Scream is just a week away (eeeeeeek!!) and I am so excited! In case you didn't know, Midsummer Scream is a Halloween festival and convention held at the Long Beach Convention Center. It celebrates all things spooky, kicks off the Halloween season (yes, it's here!), and has been a blast every year I've attended (see my coverage of last year's event HERE and HERE and 2016's inaugural event HERE). It has been so neat to see it grow over these last few years, so I am really stoked to see what they have in store for us this year.

Since so many people are attending this year (I get to see so many spooky friends, yay!), I have been asked for tips and tricks on attending the convention, what people should expect, what they should bring, and so on. I figured I would put together a little guide for those who are attending for the first time as well as for those convention veterans needing a bit more help navigating the event.

With so many amazing panels, classes, vendors, entertainment, and more, it is easy to get overwhelmed, but I'm here to make sure that doesn't happen! With just a little bit of pre-planning, you can maximize your time at Midsummer Scream and make sure you see everything you want to (and more!). I'm a person who love to pre-plan everything, but I know there are others out there that don't, so I wanted to make sure to cover even the most basic of tips for the convention.

Check out my 13 Tips and Tricks to Survive Midsummer Scream below:
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