ENTERTAINING (!) HALLOWEEN FINDS TO WOW YOU + 5 RECIPES TO PUT ON YOUR RADAR.
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.
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 imdb.com, 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:
- Here’s what the Boogeyman looks like in different countries
- Apprehension Engine is totally a behind-the-scenes read and listen of how many of the sound effects are created in creepy-peepy movies! Genius creation!
- The most famous hair-raising Ghost Town in Every State complete with a little back story about how and why!
- How John Carpenter Created the Halloween Theme – Behind the Screams – another super cool, fascinating read/watch!
- RECIPE (!) PUMPKIN CORNBREAD – hello Autumn by the slice!
- RECIPE (!) EASY Creamy Potato Soup – Raising my hand! I’m a giant potato soup fan but not just any potato soup. A good recipe for potato soup is not necessarily easy to come by. This one? YES!
- RECIPE (!) HOMEMADE GOURMET CRACKERS – on a holiday board with cheeses + sliced deli meats + olives + pickles + other additional characters you like to add to the board mix! OR a gift in a cool decorated bag hostess gift
- RECIPE (!) Artichoke Egg Bites – HELLO grab-and-roll-out the door breakfast in your hand!
- RECIPE (!) Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies – OMG! not all chocolate chip cookies are created equal and this recipe proves that!
- Haute Dog Howl’Oween Parade So.Much.Fun!!!
- Thriller – The Village Halloween Parade – More Fun!!!
THE GOON SQUAD
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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