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.
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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