Monday, July 3, 2017

How to Have a Spooky 4th of July

Hope you are doing something spooky for Independence Day, but if not there is still time to plan something for tomorrow! As for me, I'm keeping it creepy by carving some melon-o-lanterns, watching some scary summer movies, and grilling up some vegan noms like the Beyond Burger. If you are still looking for ways to spookify your patriotic celebrations, I have some fun recommendations for you below!


It's my 4th of July tradition to carve watermelons into jack-o-lanterns (like Gravity Falls' "Summerween" episode!), and I hope you will make it your new tradition, too! These melon-o-lanterns make it easy to inject some Halloween spirit into your Independence Day - just carve a watermelon as you normally would a pumpkin (I even use pumpkin carving tools, but a knife works fine, too), scoop out all the yummy watermelon (and save to make something refreshing, like my watermelon lemonade aqua fresca), drain the watermelons (again, save the juice for aqua fresca!), and then carve your melon-o-lantern's face! For inspiration, check out this year's melon-o-lanterns above, along with ones from past summers below:

If you are looking for more ways to haunt your July 4th holiday, why not avoid the heat and crowds by staying inside to watch some summer horror movies? I have 10 recommendations for you HERE! What are your favorite summer horror movies?

If you'd rather read than watch movies, I have recommendations for terrifying tomes to pass away a leisurely day whether you'll be hanging beachside, poolside, or on the couch. I have nefarious non-fiction recommendations HERE and HERE, but if you want to get a jump on autumn I recommend reading my Halloween faves - listed HERE and HERE.

Danzig with Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen in 
Portlandia's "Weirdo Beach"

Don't forget music! I'll probably be listening to Danzig's "Dirty Black Summer" and Type O Negative's "Summer Breeze" on repeat (check out my "Summer Goth" mix on Spotify!) and throwing in some vintage Halloween music for a little taste of fall (my neighbors must think I'm something else!). What will you be listening to?

Remember to keep it spooky all summer long - find out how to beat the heat with my Goth Essentials for Surviving Summer and 20 Summer Goth Essentials to Survive the Sun!

How are you making Independence Day spooky this year?

1 comment:

  1. I'm celebrating by buying all of the Goth brands!


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