Quirky Item of the Week: ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ Cuckoo Clock

(Image Credit: Bradford Exchange)

(Image Credit: Bradford Exchange)

When I first saw The Nightmare Before Christmas as a kid, it terrified me. Thankfully, I’ve gotten over that fear, and now, the movie is one of my favorites. I’m sure all you fellow The Nightmare Before Christmas fans have heard about the new memorabilia at Hot Topic, but Bradford Exchange has something unique you should add to your collection: a The Nightmare Before Christmas cuckoo clock.

This clock has everything you could possibly want to celebrate your favorite movie. Figures of Jack and Sally stand on the front of the almost two foot tall clock, designed to look like the Town Hall clock in The Nightmare Before Christmas with Jack’s Tower sticking up too. Even more exciting, This is Halloween will play every hour while Zero pops out, which is definitely something I’d love seeing and hearing all the time. And did I mention it lights up?

Clearly, The Nightmare Before Christmas cuckoo clock from Bradford Exchange has everything a fan of the movie could possibly want. Buy it for yourself or for a friend, but whichever you do, buy it quick! Bradford Exchange is only doing a limited run of the clocks, and you don’t want to miss your window.

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5 Best Halloween Episodes of TV Shows

PARKS AND RECREATION (Image Credit: NBCUniversal Media)

PARKS AND RECREATION (Image Credit: NBCUniversal Media)

When I get my own TV show, I’m writing a Halloween episode every year, not only because I live and breathe Halloween but because, surprisingly, not a lot of shows do a Halloween episode. Then sometimes when shows do have Halloween episodes, the spooky holiday ends up being only a background element in the story. Continue reading

10 Things to do Instead of Going Out on Halloween

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(Image Credit: Chandlervid85)

Halloween is, by far, one of the coolest holidays ever. It’s got some of the best parties, celebrations and festivities – see costumes, haunted houses and trick or treating – and frankly, no matter how old you get there is just something about Halloween that makes you get happy. But for some of us, going out on Halloween is more of a hassle and staying in is far more exciting, and that’s okay! You don’t have to go out on Halloween to make it the best, and we’ve got 10 ideas that will make staying in seem a little bit sweeter: Continue reading

Best and Worst Trick or Treat Candies for the Perfect Candy Haul

(Image Credit: Samantha Grandy)

(Image Credit: Samantha Grandy)

Halloween is by far my favorite holiday. What’s not to like? The whole spooky atmosphere, celebrating all things paranormal, dressing up and of course, most importantly, the treats. Sadly, nearly everyone – except me – considers me too old for trick or treating, so I don’t get as many treats as I used to. But believe me, I still know what I’m taking about when it comes to trick or treat candy. Continue reading

5 Historically Haunted Places in the US To Add To Your Bucket List

Eastern State Penitentiary (Image Credit: Adam Jones)

Eastern State Penitentiary (Image Credit: Adam Jones)

Are you one for creepy scenes and disturbing background stories? Then these places may just be the perfect additions to your bucket list. From abandoned theme parks to a house of murder, these places are rich with history and plenty of ghost stories to go along with them. Here are just a few historically haunted locations you may need to pack your bags for immediately. Continue reading

Your First Time: Carving a Pumpkin

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(Image Credit: Alliance)

The first jack-o’-lanterns were supposedly carved in Ireland, except instead of using pumpkins, the carvers used turnips (weird, I know). The spooky lanterns were meant to represent the strange phenomenon of flickering lights over peat bogs, known as will-o’-the wisp. The pumpkin lanterns were meant to represent the faces of spirits and goblins. Nowadays, the tradition of carving pumpkins is widespread and, in America especially, has friendlier symbolism: come trick or treat here; we’ve got candy! Continue reading

Halloween Costumes for Slackers Like Me

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(Image Credit: Zinkevych)

Here we are, in October, and I’m thinking, “How did I get here?” As I have this seasonal existential crisis, I search through my closet for warmer clothes and catch a glimpse of the singular costume I own—a sexy pirate costume– which I have tucked away in the back of my closet. I’m one of those girls that jerry-rigs my Halloween costume together with pieces I own or can quickly pick up the day before, because let’s face it, you know I am not planning that far in advance. “Oh, Halloween is tomorrow? I guess I can go pick up a yard of fur fabric and call myself a cave woman.” But in all seriousness, let’s take a deeper look into how we can go from Last Minute Lillies to the Belles of the Ball this Halloween. Continue reading

THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT (Image Credit: Lionsgate)

5 Scary Movies We’d Love to See in Theaters Again!

THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT (Image Credit: Lionsgate)

THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT (Image Credit: Lionsgate)

It’s hard to believe it’s already been a full decade since Saw first worked its way into our twisted little hearts in all of its blood-filled, gory glory. Lionsgate will celebrate the film’s 10th anniversary with a theatrical re-release on Friday, October 31, with some theaters choosing to start the screening the night of the 30th, making for the perfect treat this Halloween season. Saw, the brain child of Leigh Whannell and James Wan, has come a long way from its struggling roots to the eight-movie franchise it is today. Rejected by multiple producers in Australia, where the film’s creators hail from, the original screenplay for the cult movie was finally picked up by producers from Evolution Entertainment after seeing a low-budget short film created by Whannell and Wan based on the same idea. The film was shot over only 18 days and the rest is history, the Jigsaw Killer having earned a spot in movie villain infamy. The re-release will run for one week only, so make sure to snag your tickets now in order to relive every grisly second in a theater near you. In the mean time, check out five other classic horror movies we’d like to see make a return to the big screen! Continue reading

DIY Funky Ombre Pumpkins by Funkytime

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Another week, another amazing pumpkin DIY! When I saw these gorgeous pumpkins on Funkytime, I just had to ask if we could share them here with you. I am all about creative pumpkin decoration ideas and these are some of the prettiest non-carved pumpkins I have come across so far!  I adore the ombre pumpkin and think it would make a beautiful thanksgiving centerpiece. I also think the triangle design pumpkin is the kind of whimsical detail that is great for a children’s Halloween Party with more flair and less scare.

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DIY Monster Tote Bag by My Poppet

DIY Monster Tote Bag (Image Credit: My Poppet)

DIY Monster Tote Bag (Image Credit: My Poppet)

Can you ever really have enough tote bags? I hope not because if you can, I probably do, but that doesn’t stop me from wanting more. Buying all those tote bags can get expensive though, so it’s good to see a cheap, easy way to get a cute tote. And the Monster Tote Bag from My Poppet is just that. Continue reading

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Your First Time… Throwing a Halloween Party

Halloween (Image Credit: Mike Spasoff)

Halloween (Image Credit: Mike Spasoff)

My Halloween-o-meter kicks into full gear right about the end of September when all the stores are putting out the costumes and candy. And it just makes me want to celebrate. Once you get too old for trick or treating, it may seem like Halloween loses a lot of its verve, but trust me, it doesn’t.

Halloween just so happens to be the perfect holiday to throw a party! It doesn’t have the familial obligations that come with Christmas and Thanksgiving, it’s important enough to celebrate and it isn’t a depressing holiday like Valentine’s Day can be.

But throwing parties can also be stressful. I know, I’ve thrown several Halloween parties, and they weren’t all me watching scary movies and eating candy by myself in my dorm room. Below, you’ll find tips on throwing your first Halloween party and making it one to remember. Continue reading

THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS (Image Credit: Tim Burton Productions)

5 Awesome Halloween Themed Movies

THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS (Image Credit: Tim Burton Productions)

THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS (Image Credit: Tim Burton Productions)

The moment I turn the page in my calendar over to October, my Halloween obsession ignites. After all, such an awesome holiday deserves a month of celebration, not just a day! In order to get myself in the Halloween mood (which admittedly doesn’t take much), I like to pop in some movies that set the tone for the season without crossing over into horror film territory. If you need something to help you get in the spooky spirit, look no further than this list.

The Nightmare Before Christmas

It will be rather difficult to not just make this a list of movies from the mind of Tim Burton, also known as The King of Gothic Films (I just made that title up, but I think we can all agree that he deserves it, right?) The Nightmare Before Christmas is about as Halloween-y as movies come, with its singing skeleton, mad scientist and ghostly dog. Jack Skellington may want to make Christmas the new Halloween in his town, but the opening tune “This Is Halloween” still trumps every holiday jingle.

Christina Ricci in CASPER (Image Credit: Universal Pictures)

Christina Ricci in CASPER (Image Credit: Universal Pictures)

The Crow

If you’re looking for something darker than a stop-motion musical, perhaps try a film about a man who rises from the dead on the eve of Halloween to avenge his and his fiancée’s murder. It doesn’t get much darker than that, folks. The Crow is a cult classic with very good reason, though, and will most definitely get viewers set for a particularly gloomy Halloween.

Casper

I make no apologies for the children’s Halloween movies on this list, for I am a wimp when it comes to the horror genre. It’s Casper, though! He’s a friendly ghost! Who can resist a friendly ghost to help get them fired up for Halloween? What the film lacks in scariness it makes up for in its ability to remind viewers of a more innocent time, when all we wanted was to go trick-or-treating, not scream our way through a haunted house.

Sleepy Hollow

I tried to avoid listing another Tim Burton film, I really did. But Sleepy Hollow, a tale set against a dark autumn backdrop, is just too good to ignore. When you watch the quirky Ichabod Crane (Johnny Depp) uncover the mystery of the Headless Horseman, you’ll be pumped to start pumpkin carving before the credits roll.

NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (Image Credit: George A. Romero)

NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (Image Credit: George A. Romer

Night of the Living Dead

While zombie movies can be terrifically terrifying, most aren’t necessarily Halloween-themed. Night of the Living Dead makes it onto this list, however, for the eerie atmosphere that the black and white film creates. Technically speaking this may not be a Halloween film, but it’s perfect for a dark, stormy October night.

October will be gone before we know it, so enjoy this season of spooks while it lasts! Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go plan a movie marathon…

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Lacey Chabert as Gretchen Wieners, Rachel McAdams as Regina George and Amanda Seyfried as Karen Smith in MEAN GIRLS (Image Credit: Paramount Pictures)

A (tongue-in-cheek) guide to picking a Halloween Costume!

Lacey Chabert as Gretchen Wieners, Rachel McAdams as Regina George and Amanda Seyfried as Karen Smith in MEAN GIRLS (Image Credit: Paramount Pictures)

Lacey Chabert as Gretchen Wieners, Rachel McAdams as Regina George and Amanda Seyfried as Karen Smith in MEAN GIRLS (Image Credit: Paramount Pictures)

This is the season; the season where the leaves turn to lovely shades of orange, red and brown; where the slight change in weather sends a chill down your spine; and where you have the intangible sense that things get just a little bit more…creepy. This is the Halloween season.

By now your social calendar is probably filled with great intentions to attend all kinds of fabulous Halloween parties. But the stressful part is deciding on a costume! How will you top last year’s costume? Should you go with something on trend, or stick with something more classic? What if you are caught wearing the same costume as someone else? What if they look better in it?! Well fret no more because I have compiled for you an original guide to picking the perfect Halloween costume! Continue reading

Fall Fun (Image Credit: Maridav)

5 Ways to Have Fun This Fall!

Fall Fun (Image Credit: Maridav)

Fall Fun (Image Credit: Maridav)

Sweaters, football, Pumpkin Spice Lattes, Halloween, crunchy leaves and chilly days – what’s not to love about fall? Even though it is a beautiful time of year, summer lovers may find themselves stumped when it comes to planning activities as the brisk air and early darkness ushers its way in. No worries, though. There is fun aplenty to be had this fall!

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