Midsummer Scream – Additional Photos Added

Just letting everyone know that I uploaded Midsummer Scream photos to an album on Imgur.

 

Additional Midsummer Scream 2019 Album found here:

https://imgur.com/a/az45S3x

 

Midsummer Scream 2019 Recap

Midsummer Scream in Long Beach, CA, kicked off the 2019 Halloween season with spooky flair and a fair amount of nostalgia. Now, the largest Halloween and haunt expo on the west coast, this year’s theme was the dark side of Tiki, featuring artwork from world-class artist Jeff Granito and Tiki Terror entryway designed by SoCal’s famed haunt builders, CalHaunts.

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Haiku of the Week

fresh pumpkin
halloween is coming soon
smiles return

Darkest Before the Dawn

I’ve been struggling with my writing for several days. Weeks, really. The summer blues have had a strangling hold on me this year. I had several ideas on how I wanted to approach this month’s blog post. At one point, I wrote out a long piece about suffering from summer depression. It read like a book report on Seasonal Affective Disorder, and it had nothing to do with Halloween.  As my deadline came and went, guilt followed, then, the shame of failure set in, and soon, it was hard to write anything at all, not even one of my goofy movie lists.

Group therapy 

I belong to a few Halloween groups around the web, wherever I can find like-minded creatures. Halloweenophiles always seem to find each other. It’s nice not to feel the burden of being the weirdo sometimes. It’s a sure bet, the second Halloween merch hits the stores, people post pictures and store locations. We know how to comfort each other, most importantly, we understand why it’s important to do so, no explanation needed.

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©Sam Heimer

Sensing the buzz, off I went, in search of Halloween, looking for pumpkins, skeletons, black cats, and any sliver of orange and black. My local Michael’s did not disappoint.

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Recipe of the Month – Halloween Avocado Toast

It’s the last Friday in July. It’s hot. I don’t even want to think about turning on a stove.

Some people actually dread the early weeks in Fall because they live in states where the weather is hot and humid. Being from SoCal, I understand this.  So, when I came across this Halloween Avocado Toast breakfast idea from Brit + Co., I immediately thought, a fun no-bake recipe that quadruples as a snack, breakfast, lunch or dinner?  This is genius!

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Ingredients:

  • 4 avocados
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 sheets of seaweed
  • radishes
  • black olives
  • mini dill pickles
  • grape tomatoes
  • walnuts
  • 1/2 red bell pepper
  • 4 pieces of toast

The entire recipe instructions can be found here: https://www.brit.co/get-in-the-halloween-spirit-with-our-avocado-breakfast-recipe/

Pretty sure this qualifies as crafts project too, since kids will love making little monster faces with all the cool cut veggies.

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Bonus: Brit + Co make Halloween Bento Boxes too. We might never have to cook again!

Haiku of the Week

pumpkin leaves
a new season takes shape
autumn dreams

Happy Caturday!

Rejoice, Halloweenophiles! Now, that July 4th is officially over, the unofficial start of the Halloween season is creeping closer.  Soon, we’ll start seeing Halloween merch in craft and retail stores,  haunt announcements will follow, party planning begins, and Halloween will be in full swing before we know it. Until then, enjoy some spooky kitty art by Joanna Nelson.

To view more of Joanna Nelson’s art, please go here: http://joannanelsonstudio.com/gallery/

Haiku of the Week

wide smile
still thinking of halloween
summer pumpkin

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Photo ©KidSpot

Friday Fright Nightcaps – Blackberry Bourbon Ginger Smash

Friday Fright Nightcaps is back!  I found the most  berrylicious cocktail to celebrate National Bourbon Day!  Aberdeen’s Kitchen has conjured up a magical elixir for Halloween, which doubles as a refreshing summer drink. I present: Blackberry Bourbon Ginger Smash

 

 

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Halloween Green

As we celebrate World Environment Day, here’s ten things that will help save the environment this Halloween.happiest pumpkin

Not just a Jack-o’-lantern 

Don’t let your pumpkin guts go to waste. Save the seeds and bake them for an awesome snack. Use the flesh to make puree or pumpkin juice, or even eat it raw. Check for recipes online. You can also freeze pumpkin and use it later to make sides, pies and other holiday desserts.

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