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!):

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Watch Now on Netflix: Veronica (2017)

Veronica just hit Netflix streaming and I had heard mostly positive buzz about this supernatural horror film, so I couldn't wait to watch it! It is directed and co-written by Paco Plaza, who is most know for his [REC] movies (he co-directed the first and second of these films with Jaume Balagueró before directing the third film solo) as well as directing the excellent The Christmas Tale segment in the Films to Keep You Awake series. I really enjoyed the [REC] films and The Christmas Tale, so I was interested to see how he would handle a more supernatural-style film.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Midsummer Scream to Release Pre-Sale Tickets This Week, Including a New Gold Bat Pass

If you're like me, you are already looking forward to Midsummer Scream returning to Long Beach Convention Center July 28th and 29th, 2018! I've had a blast at this horror and Halloween convention the past two years (check out my past coverage HERE, HERE, and HERE), and it keeps getting better and better!

This year, Midsummer Scream is expanding their popular Hall of Shadows to include more haunted attractions, adding more creepy vendors to their showfloor, and of course will have a variety of panels and presentations throughout the weekend!

This week, Midsummer Scream has announced they are releasing pre-sale tickets, with steep discounts for the first 200 tickets sold! They have also announced an exclusive Gold Bat Pass that offers earlier entry to the event along with other perks. Below you'll find more info on ticket prices as well as info on the new Gold Bat Pass.

Friday, February 23, 2018

250 Days 'til Halloween!

It's that time of year again, when there are only 250 days 'til Halloween!!

I haven't really started planning for Halloween 2018 yet - I have an idea of all the events I want to go to this year and some fun traditions I do every year, but other than that I haven't planned anything definitive yet.

How about you?? Do you already have set plans for 2018's Halloween season? Are you having a party or looking forward to any other events this upcoming autumn?

Eeeeek, all I know is that I am STOKED Halloween keeps getting closer!

Until next time, stay spooky!

7 Spooky SoCal Events That Will Cure Your Halloween Blues

Who else is going through Halloween withdrawals? I know I am, though there are only 250 days left until Halloween! The good news is that there are a ton of Halloween and horror-related events in Southern California to attend this spring and summer that will tide us over until Halloween.

I've listed seven upcoming events below, ordered chronologically, so you can easily mark your calendars with these haunting Halloween events! Cure your Halloween blues and attend these seven spooky events:

Monday, February 12, 2018

Watch Now on Netflix: The Ritual (2018)

I read Adam Nevill's The Ritual last year, and it made me eagerly look forward to the film adaptation (which was one of my most-anticipated films of 2018), which just hit Netflix Friday, February 9th. The book's first half was terrifying, and I couldn't wait to see such nightmarish visions come to life on the screen as imagined by director David Bruckner (who gave us strong segments in V/H/S and The Signal).

Friday, February 9, 2018

13 Gothic Gifts for Your Spooky Valentine

To me, Valentine's Day is all about pampering, and I don't mean just your loved one. Whether you have a spooky Valentine or not, whether you like Valentine's Day or not, you should take the time to treat yourself! And I've rounded up some gorgeously gothic products that are perfect for dark hearts, Halloween lovers, and horror fans, check out all 13 below!

Thursday, February 1, 2018

14 Halloween Valentines To Celebrate Spooky Love

It's February, boils and ghouls! What happened to January?! I can't believe how fast this year is already moving, and in just two weeks Valentine's Day will be here! In the past, I haven't thought much of Saint Valentine's Day, but as the years go on, I find myself enjoying this holiday more and more. I don't do much to actually celebrate it, but the colors and messages of love this year are just giving me heart eyes!

I've been browsing Etsy for Valentine's Day cards, an activity I love to do every year (check out past year's cards HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE!), and found so many horror-inspired and Halloween-themed Valentine's Day cards for that special spook! There are so many wonderful ones on Etsy that I knew I had to share them with you!

Below you will find 14 Halloween Valentines To Celebrate Spooky Love:

Friday, January 19, 2018

Most Anticipated Horror Movies of 2018

As you can tell from my top 10 horror films of 2017, this past year was excellent for the genre. I'm confident that 2018 will continue the trend of quality horror films, as there is so much to look forward to! Like past years, I've put together a list of my most anticipated horror movies (that I know about so far), plus others that I'm not so sure about but sincerely hope that they exceed my expectations. Some I've transferred over from last year's list, so I'm definitely hoping those get released this year.

I've tried to arrange the films below chronologically by release date, but keep in mind the release dates listed may change and many others do not have solid release dates yet (and may in fact get pushed back to 2019). I've ordered my list in three sections: one for films with scheduled release dates, another section for horror films premiering at the Sundance Film Festival (since I'm unsure if they will get wider release this year, though I'm hoping they do!), and a final section for horror films that should be released in 2018 but as of this article have no solid release date.

Finally, just a reminder that this is a personal list and in no way comprehensive of all horror films coming in 2018. I'm sure there will be films I am looking forward to which will disappoint me, as well as films I haven't listed below that will surprise me and make my best of 2018 list later this year. If you have other horror films you are looking forward to that aren't mentioned below, leave a comment and let me know what they are!

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Enchant Your Sweet with the Fatally Yours Chocolate Box this Valentine's Day 2018

The gore-geous and much sought-after Fatally Yours Gourmet Chocolate Box is available now from Vegan Treats for Valentine's Day 2018! This decadent collection of chocolate skulls, coffins, bones, and other scrumptious tidbits is perfect for your favorite ghoul or boil (or yourself!).

If you or your Valentine don't like spookier things but still want a gourmet chocolate box, Vegan Treats also offers a beautiful, more traditional My Vegan Valentine chocolate box bedecked in pink and full of adorable chocolate critters. Details on both of these amazing vegan chocolate boxes can be found below!

Monday, January 8, 2018

Top 10 Horror Movies of 2017

Entering 2018, I'm still catching up on horror movies that were released in 2017, which is why I'm a little late in posting my favorite horror films from last year. I've seen a lot of horror this past year (though I still haven't watched all the films I wanted to!) and us horror fans were lucky to get a lot of quality horror films released via various platforms, whether it was in theaters, via Netflix or Amazon or other streaming services. Overall, I was pleased with what I saw this year, though I feel only a few films really wowed me, though there were about 20 films I really enjoyed.

I've really struggled putting together this list, as I have 20+ horror favorites from 2017. There was just sooooo much good this year, and I'm still not really satisfied with the order I've ranked the films below. So please, don't pay too much attention to the order the films are placed in below, but appreciate all the top 10 and honorable mentions I've mentioned below. I've also included a section on a few films that personally disappointed me.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Watch Now on Netflix: Haunters - The Art of the Scare (2017)

I know we are all missing Halloween, so I was delighted to find Haunters - The Art of the Scare, which is a documentary about Halloween haunts and haunt owners, streaming on Netflix! It comes at a time when I really needed a Halloween pick-me-up, and this documentary provided exactly that.

Synopsis: Haunters is a heart-warming and heart-stopping documentary about people who sacrifice everything to create the most popular and polarizing haunted houses for Halloween - from boo-scare mazes to a controversial new subculture of extreme terror experiences.
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