Top of the Morning October 30



Gosh! did you see that just happen?  October came in (seems like only a week ago) and is now one day away from being *poof* gone until next year.

We’ve had plenty of rain – always needed and welcomed + fall has totally fallen today.  It’s super chilly!  I’ve got a feeling we’ll be seeing trees turn their leaves into some pretty colors in the very near future.

Totally fun collection of Halloween interestings for this last Monday in October and day-before-Halloween.

Like —
Boogeyman lore in different countries.  I found it a super interesting read!

The Apprehension Machine.  CRAZY-COOL!  Gotta see to believe. Fascinating In-the-Know read.  From here on out, doubt I’ll ever watch a movie and hear the sounds of doors, windows, footsteps, heart beat, panic brain thinking etc … without thinking – SNAP – I know how that noise was made!

Behind the Screams of horror film Halloween is – I would wager – the most recognized scary show song known by the masses.  ((Fun FACT – the original Halloween movie was shot in 20 days on a budget of $300,000.  According to, the film went on to gross $47 million.  Of cour$e, that number continues to grow with streaming + video sales …))

FAN-tastic recipe finds (!)  I’m going to make the pumpkin cornbread and pair it with the potato soup.  What a perfect sounding match!  And the Gourmet Cracker recipe is a gold star find for sure.  Artichoke Egg bites have my name written all over them.  I am crazy over anything artichoke!  Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip cookies — any questions (?)  Ha!

The Howl-oween Haute Dog Pet parade is a BLAST to watch and a total ear-to-ear smile seeing so much creativity and happiness at a HUGE event.  I first came across this website years ago.  Totally spaced it out for a long time and today – it totally popped back to mind.  Excited to introduce you to the event.

The Thriller in the Village Halloween Parade is also a terrific watch and gives “Dancing in the Streets” a terrific-ly themed twist.

Katiedid Ladngrock’s, “The Goon Squad” is a blast from the past from her archives.

As always, Daymaker Reader friends, we are grateful for your time, sharing and caring!

Here we go!
Click away and enjoy:


Growing up is scary.  There are so many urban legends to learn, so many creatures to fear.  The Bogeyman.  Medusa.  Ghosts.  Vampires.  Brooding vampires.

There seem to be monsters everywhere.  Monsters under the bed.  “Monsters, Inc.”  As if learning about all of these fearsome foes weren’t enough, your peers play into the fright.

For my little brother, the scariest scare of all came when he learned of Bloody Mary; you must turn off the lights, stand in front of the mirror and say her name as you spin three times.  On the third  time, the spirit will leap of the mirror and murder you — or at least  that’s how the urban legend was told to me.  And that’s how I told it to my little brother when he was a mere kindergartener.  To play into the fun (torture?) of spreading the word of the ghost, I made my little brother hold my hand and go through the act of spinning and saying her name.  Bloody Mary never  jumped out of the mirror.  I knew she wouldn’t.  I was in 5th grade, after all.  But I needed to sell the idea, so every time I turned on the lights, I pointed out a new cut or scar on my body — ones I had earned playing on the jungle gym — and claimed they were wounds at the hands of the ghost.  For years after this day in the bathroom, my little brother was terrified of the dark.  And mirrors.

Kids are jerks and having been one of those jerk kids myself, I knew it was only a matter of time until someone told my son of the evil that lurks beneath his bed or in the dark.  Every kid has that first monster that makes him question his own safety  in the world.  For my brother it was Bloody Mary.  For some kids, it is werewolves or witches.  For other kids, it’s ghosts and goblins.  For my 3-eyear-old  son, it was Little Bunny Foo Foo.

Yes, Little Bunny Foo Foo, that rascally rabbit most known for scooping up field mice and bopping them on the head.

In the story, Little Bunny Foo Foo is turned into a goon after refusing to listen and continuing to knock rodents in the noggin.  After being read the bunny book for the first time in pre-school class, my son fell into a frenzied crying fit, terrified that he would be turned into a goon.  Kids aren’t the only ones who can be jerks.  Apparently, feeding into the fear, the teacher told my son that if he didn’t listen to her, he, too, would be goon-ified.  Having the track record he does in the listening department, my kid was rightfully terrified.

For the next few nights, he talked incessantly and obsessively about not wanting to be turned int a goon.  The mention of Little Bunny Foo Foo had him running for cover.  No matter how many times I assured him that no such goon-ification could befall him, my son was certain that a magic wand would be his undoing.  So in a moment of desperation, I told him that if his teacher or anyone else were to turn him into anything other than my sweet boy, I would grab my magic wand and turn him right back.

To which my son said, “You have a magic wand?”

I did not but I have Amazon Prime.  Two day shipping and a wand could be mine.

My son was not thrilled with the idea of waiting.  He was tired of not sleeping for the past few nights, as was I.  There would have to be another way to procure a magic wand.

I called a friend who studies all things mystical and magic.

“The wand chooses you,” she said.

“What does that mean?”

“It means find a stick and hot-glue some rhinestones on it.”


My son and I took a walk down a street we’d never ventured on before and found a downed tree.  He broke off a branch, covered it in glitter and clutched it as he slept soundly that night.

The world can be a scary place, but now that my son has a wand to combat the goon-makers and Little Bunny Foo Foo, his world is a little safer.

~ Katiedid Langrock
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6 replies
  1. Carol says:

    Who knew there were so many ghost towns across the country! Worth planning a trip (trips) around.

    And the Apprehension Machine. Somehow I envisioned all those spooky movie sounds originating in an elaborate sound room, wildly choreographed. Not to underestimate the Apprehension Machine, but it seems amazingly “simple” to be so amazingly effective. I’ll be feeling smugly “in the know” next time I watch/listen to spooky sounds.

    Homemade potato soup…that recipe is calling me loudly. As is the Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe. Yum!!!

    I should mention that I tried the roasted brussels sprouts and carrots recipe from Friday’s issue. It comes together quickly and is super delicious as-is, with no tweaking. Thank you!

    • Cheryl Clarson says:

      Hi Carol – I agree, a whole lotta ghost towns out there. goosebump stuff!

      I, too, envisioned the spooky sounds were born in an elaborate sound studio.

      Perhaps some are – as in low budget –
      (( having been around a movie set a time or two and visiting with the sound guy over a cup of coffee in the Craft Service trailer.))

      However, total fan and hat tip to the creativity that went into the Apprehension Machine and the 2 super talented (aka top of their game) men who collaborated on this amazing cool device.

      Love it that we’re “in the know” regarding the machine behind the sounds.

      Awesome hearing your personal feedback on brussels sprouts and carrots recipe! I’m in – totally making it for me this upcoming weekend.

      Thank you, Carol, for giving your valuable time reading + sharing + commenting. GRATEFUL

  2. Marty says:

    Todays, “JUST BECAUSE I CANNOT SEE IT, DOESN’T MEAN I CAN’T BELIEVE IT” reminded me immediately when I was in too big a hurry, I ran up the ladder steps in our home to our attic and grabbed a small TV to take to my Mom in rehab. As I was stepping backwards down the steps, I lost my balance and began falling backwards with the TV in my arms. And then it happened. A very firm hand pushed gently against my back and straightened me out so that I could back down the steps safely. It was an absolute miracle. If I had fallen likely a variety of bones would have been broken. If I didn’t believe in God until that day, it left no question in my mind the invisible God was in my presence in a very visible way.

    • Cheryl Clarson says:

      YIKES, Marty! That’s a great memory/story. I’ve had a couple experiences over the years that are similar as well.

      Thanks so much for reading us + commenting + sharing. VALUABLE

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