A Few More Halloweeny Things


Tomorrow is Halloween!  I can't believe it.  It's already here.  The end of October.  How much can I throw at you at once?

The book in the picture above?  This one: 
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman,
illustrated by Dave McKean.
HarperCollins, 2008.

I loved this book.  I'm a bit behind in getting around to it, I know, but wow.  A boy raised by ghosts in a very, very old English graveyard?  Obviously my cup of tea.

Or coffee, as the case may be.  I'm getting as much mileage out of my It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown mug as I possibly can.  You can sorta see it there in my dark little picture.  I took the picture with my camcorder.  Both my camera and my phone were out of juice.  I have no patience.

Except for carving pumpkins!  I finally got our big pumpkins yesterday.  They are carved and on the porch, filled with tea lights.  Pictures tomorrow, when I have my camera going again.  I roasted the seeds after the girls went to bed.  My own recipe?  Rinse, dry, and toss the seeds with a bit of olive oil and melted butter. Spread on cookie sheet.  Sprinkle with sea salt and, in this case, garlic powder.  Roast at 350 for 10 minutes.  Stir.  Roast another 6 to 8 minutes.  Yum.

I've covered most of the picture books the girls and I have read this year.  We've also read some old favorites.  Our Roku has had a workout, as I hunt for new things to watch.  Here are a few things the girls and I loved this year.


The top row can all be streamed on Netflix right now.  "Scared Shrekless" is part of DreamWorks Spooky Stories.  We had it saved on the DVR for a very long time in our cable days.  Big Sis is my fellow Ghostbusters fan.  She would also be happy to tell that we own this DVD, but I'm lazy.  If it's streaming, I will watch it that way.  Little Sis is a longtime fan of The Nightmare Before Christmas.  Speaking of Little Sis and Tim Burton, she is also my  Beetlejuice girl.  We found it on Amazon Prime Instant.  My oldest has become interested in old episodes of The Twilight Zone, which we prefer to watch on Amazon, as more seasons are available.  One of my very favorite old movies, the romantic comedy I Married a Witch, is still streaming via the Criterion Collection on Hulu Plus.  Finally, even the old DVD player gets its workout.  We finally bought The Birds, which the girls love to watch, especially when the birds start to gather in huge flocks in the trees as they prepare to migrate.  We have owned Coraline for a while now, but Little Sis has to psych herself up to watch it.  She loves it, but she knows she will have nightmares!  ABC will be airing It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown on Halloween night this year.  We know we will not be home for it, but we own it as part of a Peanuts boxed set, so it's okay!  It will be watched!  Oh, and we watched this movie and the first of these movies, too.

Also watched by me (leave me alone, I've been sick):  The Addams Family movies on Amazon, Carnival of Souls (made in Lawrence, KS!), Stephen King's It, Poltergeist (for the millionth time), and Freaks (for the thousandth time).

I updated my Halloween playlist on Spotify.  It's a great mix of the usual suspects ("Thriller," "Monster Mash"), weird oldies, classical favorites, and even some kid songs we used to sing in school.  I'll leave you with a few of my favorites.

One more day!  I love Halloween.







  
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  1. Happy Halloweeeeen!!! Well, almost! ;) We watch much of these same movies. Audrey loved Coraline so much when she was smaller that we had a 'coraline' birthday party one year,lol. We made the party game 'pin the button eyes on Coraline.' it was fun!~!
    hope you and your girls have a wonderful Halloween with lots of treats!~!

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    1. Oh, that would be so awesome! I love the "pin the button eyes" idea! Little Sis loves Coraline, but she really is afraid of it, too. I know she'll try to come in and sleep with us for a week. Although right now, it doesn't matter. She spends the month of October doing the same thing. She loves to be scared, until bedtime.

      I hope you and yours have a wonderful Halloween, too! xoxo

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  2. I'm totally out of the Halloween loop this year!!! (I guess heart surgery for your baby is as good an excuse as any- he's doing so great btw) I hope you are feeling better. Sick is no fun, even if you get to enjoy all your favorite spooky shows. I love your Halloween enthusiasm!

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    1. Oh, Robyn, I think a baby having heart surgery is much, much more important than blogs and Halloween and all that stuff! I'm so glad he's going well. Your IG pictures are beautiful. What a smile he has! A bad cough/cold is nothing, too. I just have to get through a whole afternoon of class parties, then trick-or-treating tomorrow. ;)

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  3. Beetlejuice is a great movie!!! Can you believe I have never seen that Charlie Brown episode yet? I have to watch it really! Saw your carved pumpkin on IG. Very nice and love the tealight effect! Happy Halloween to you and your family!

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    1. Aw, The Great Pumpkin is such a classic! It will be on TV tomorrow night. I love Beetlejuice. The Day-O part... my favorite. Thanks for the pumpkin compliment! I hope to get some better pictures tonight. My camera has been charging all day! Happy Halloween to you and yours!

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  4. seriously seriously, you are the Halloween Queen! hands down! love that your girls love The Birds, ha ha! I've been wanting to get my mitts on that Gaiman book for awhile, I gotta just go get it! Library here I come! What else can I exclaim about??! Watched Carnival of Souls for the first time last yr....FREAKY weird movie!!!!

    feel better lovey. boo to the sickies!

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    1. I love Carnival of Souls. So strange. Herk Harvey, the director, one made one full-length feature film, but he made tons of industrial and educational films. They're a blast! :) You must read The Graveyard Book. I loved it. I did. Can you tell by my in-depth review up there? Tee hee. I figure, it won the Newbery and it's been out a few years. No need to elaborate. I'm on too much medicine to be very coherent anyway.

      We love THE BIRDS!!! I grew up hearing from my dad and family how scary they thought it was, but eh, times have changed. It's pretty mild now.

      Working on feeling better! If the rain will stop, I might muscle through it! Big Sis's teacher and I were chatting outside after school. She just returned after a day off with walking pneumonia. We were discussing the class party tomorrow, both of us coughing into our elbows the whole time. We were a pair!

      Happy Halloween! xoxo

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  5. I WANT the Graveyard book! And I love Coraline and the Nightmare before Christmas! So amazing that the girls love the birds- aren't they the coolest kids? Hope you 're feeling better already :)

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    1. The Graveyard Book is so good! I love Neil Gaiman. I like Coraline, too, but I liked this one better. The Birds is so cool. I love Hitchcock movies, and although people are killed, it isn't graphic, so the kids can be a little scared, without it being too much. If the rain will just stop, I might be able to stop coughing! It rained all night and this morning - buckets and buckets - and it's made the cough worse again. Sigh. Tonight is dry, though! Heading out to trick-or-treat soon! xoxo

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