Happy Caturday!

Happy February! Feel the love!

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Best Friends ©Tina Menzel

Artist: Tina Menzel
Website: https://tiinamenzel.bigcartel.com/
Where to purchase goods: https://tiinamenzel.bigcartel.com/products

Social Media: https://www.instagram.com/therese_nothing

Happy Caturday! January 2020

Happy first Caturday of 2020!

I’m so excited to share the artwork of artist and jewelry designer, Natalie L. Ewert, who hails from Southern California. Natalie’s art features animals, fantasy, steampunk, and macabre themes. She also takes commissions.

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Halloween Black Cat ©Natalie L. Ewert

Artist: Natalie L. Ewert
Company: The Creatornat
Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/CreatorNat/app/151858328287166/ or
https://www.instagram.com/natlewert/

Shop:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/natamon aka”The Dishy Thicket”

https://www.icanvas.com/canvas-art-prints/artist/natalie-ewert

 

Halloween Haiku Challenge

Happy Halloween!

Share an original and scary Halloween or horror-related haiku from October 31st through November 2nd, using the hashtag #Halloweenhaikuchallenge for a chance to win an awesome $25 gift card from Dark Delicacies in Burbank, CA.

Here are the details:

Contest Locations

There are three ways to share your haiku:

  • Post your haiku on Twitter, using the hashtag #HalloweenHaikuChallenge and tag me @Halloweenkristy to ensure that I see your post
  • Post your haiku on Instagram, using the hashtag #HalloweenHaikuChallenge and tag me @Halloweenkristy9 to ensure that I see your post
  • Halloween Haiku Message Boards. Look for the board that says Halloween Haiku Challenge to post your original or scary halloween haiku.

Judging Criteria

1) Originality. (you must be the sole author of the haiku you post, no exceptions)

2) Scares. The scarier the better! It is Halloween after all.

3) Style. All haiku, senryu, zappai are eligible and fall within the usual standard 17 syllables (5-7-5). Sorry, Tanka or any other style of poetry is not acceptable for purposes of this contest. We’re not hating, just a matter of space and time.

4) Participants may post up to three haiku for consideration.

The Prize

The winner, chosen by November 4th, will be gifted a $25 gift card only to Dark Delicacies in Burbank, CA, an amazing specialty bookstore, dedicated to all things horror related, and recently named one of the top ten bookstores in Los Angeles by Travel.com website.

Disclaimer

All works are copyright of their respective owners. By participating in this contest, you agree that Halloween Kristy can use your haiku to further promote this contest and www.halloween-haiku.com on social media (Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, etc.) Unauthorized use, modification, reproduction or distribution of copyright poems entered into 2019 Halloween Haiku Challenge without express written permission from the copyright owner is strictly prohibited.

Halloween Kristy reserves the right to remove and discredit any haiku and/or images posted here or on social media containing plagiarized or copyrighted material, pornography, vulgarity, racist, sexist or bigoted views.

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Poe Sundays

Conqueror Worm*
by Edgar Allan Poe
(1843)

Lo! ’tis a gala night

Within the lonesome latter years!
An angel throng, bewinged, bedight
In veils, and drowned in tears,
Sit in a theatre, to see
A play of hopes and fears,
While the orchestra breathes fitfully
The music of the spheres.

Mimes, in the form of God on high,
Mutter and mumble low,
And hither and thither fly-
Mere puppets they, who come and go
At bidding of vast formless things
That shift the scenery to and fro,
Flapping from out their Condor wings
Invisible Woe!

That motley drama- oh, be sure
It shall not be forgot!
With its Phantom chased for evermore,
By a crowd that seize it not,
Through a circle that ever returneth in
To the self-same spot,
And much of Madness, and more of Sin,
And Horror the soul of the plot.

But see, amid the mimic rout
A crawling shape intrude!
A blood-red thing that writhes from out
The scenic solitude!
It writhes!- it writhes!- with mortal pangs
The mimes become its food,
And seraphs sob at vermin fangs
In human gore imbued.

Out- out are the lights- out all!
And, over each quivering form,
The curtain, a funeral pall,
Comes down with the rush of a storm,
While the angels, all pallid and wan,
Uprising, unveiling, affirm
That the play is the tragedy, ‘Man,’
And its hero the Conqueror Worm.

 

*Reading along with horror icon Vincent Price is quite haunting.

Sinister Saturdays – Halloween Inspired Toxic Mac n Cheese

Welcome food sinners, to the church of decadent delights! For the next four Saturdays, we’re going to sway your taste buds to the dark side of the kitchen. Have no fear, these recipes won’t kill you right away, I don’t think…maybe don’t eat them every day, just, once a year.

Our recipe for today is Halloween Inspired Toxic Mac n Cheese from Jacqueline over at The Seaside Baker via sofabfood. There are a couple of different toxic mac-n-cheese recipes out there, I chose this one for its kid-friendly simple bliss. It is Halloween after all, we need quick and easy dinners so we can get right to the festivities!

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Ingredients

  • 1 lb uncooked shell pasta
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 5 drops neon green food dye
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 1/2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 3 cup milk
  • 2 1/2 cup cheddar cheese

For complete cooking instructions, please go here:
https://sofabfood.com/halloween-inspired-toxic-mac-n-cheese/

If only all our toxic waste looked so good. If you’re going green for Halloween, remember, homemade pasta is healthier for you and the environment.

Amen!

 

Halloween Haiku Photo Challenge

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Haiku of the Week

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excitement brews in the air
spooky season

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Happy Caturday

The Halloween season is basically here, depending on who ask, and I love it!

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Cat in Halloween Cupcake Hat ©Carol Cavalaris

Artist: Carol Cavalaris

For more of Carol’s spooktacular art and much more, please visit her website: https://carol-cavalaris.pixels.com/

Horror’s Worst Vacations Ever

Happy September! School is back in session, summer is winding down, and that recent holiday in the sun is now a distant memory. Everyone knows vacations can sometimes be more stressful than relaxing. Between the airlines losing luggage and hotel rooms not looking anything like the brochure, to pricey tourist traps or flat out being robbed, the reality of exotic trips not living up to their expectations is a top reason why people just stay home. Let’s be honest, a lot of the disappointment could’ve been solved with better research and a Lonely Planet travel guide.

No matter how awful your trip was, just be glad you weren’t a character in an Eli Roth movie.

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Camp Crystal Lake, Friday the 13th (1980) dir. by Sean S. Cunningham

Years after a child’s accidental drowning, a group of young camp counselors prepare for the summer camp’s reopening, only to be stalked and murdered by an unseen force.

This one almost didn’t make the list because for all its posturing and preparation for summer visitors, Camp Crystal Lake never actually opened to the public. That’s right, no vacations were had, which is a good thing because after all those brutal murders, they never would have survived the Yelp reviews. The locals called it ‘Camp Blood’ for short. I mean, can you imagine the BBB rating on this place? “One star for the blood-stained bunk beds!” Never before has the mere uttering of a vacation destination sparked so much fear, because no one steps foot in a forest these days without hearing Jason’s theme ‘ki-ki-ki-ma-ma-ma‘ in their head.

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Recipe of the Month – Jack-o-Lantern Pumpkin Hand Pies

Pumpkins, pumpkins, pumpkins…you may have noticed pumpkins and Halloween merchandise slowly filling up the aisles of our favorite stores. Soon, my friends, soon!

While Fall doesn’t officially start until September 23, that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the plentiful, wondrous bounty of autumn today.  The folks over at Acorns & Custard feel us, and I found a delicious Jack-o-Lantern Pumpkin Hand Pie recipe, to go along with our pumpkin spice lattes. Bring on the gourds!

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Photo ©Acorns&Custard

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