What Lies Beneath

What Lies Beneath

Another favorite! We got to watch this with my family this year. My brother’s girlfriend had never seen it before. Always fun to watch this one with a first timer! Especially since the end has such a good twist.

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The first time I saw this movie, I went with my best friend Julie. It was a late night showtime and it was a theatre that had just recently been built so the area around it had been mostly empty fields at the time. When we got into my car and started leaving the dark parking lot, I looked in my rearview mirror and found a big truck pulling a boat behind it heading in our direction. Needless to say, we both screamed our heads off and drove away as fast as my piece of crap ’83 Honda Cvic would take us. 🙂 Fun memories of being silly girls! haha

The Haunted Mansion

Day 11 movie – I’m getting behind in posting again!

 The Haunted Mansion

One of my favorite rides at Disneyland – couldn’t pass this movie up this year. It’s just a silly family friendly movie that is essentially about the importance of family. Fun movie!

DIY Burlap Ghosts – from Mishaps and Messes

So I have this big, black, wooden tree that I have set up on my front porch and I was having the hardest time trying to think of what I could do to “decorate” it. That is until my good friend Liz GLynn at Mishaps and Messes gave me a great idea! DIY Burlap Ghosts! Her webpage has pictures and gives instructions on how to do it.

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I didn’t have the exact materials that she used but I had something pretty close so I made do with what I had on hand.

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I love how it turned out! So fun and so easy. 🙂 Thanks Liz!

Corpse Bride

Corpse Bride

Another cooky Tim Burton favorite. Victor Van Dort (voice of Johnny Depp… who also happens to be a favorite) is engaged to Victoria Everglot, whom he has just met. Nerves and a series of circumstances however, find him married to the Corpse Bride. Great film! Very weird. You’ll love it. 🙂

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Fun fact : Tim Burton and Johnny Depp have teamed up for 8 movies over the past 22 years.

The Nightmare Before Christmas – Day 9 Movie

AKA The Best Movie Ever Made. 🙂 Saved my favorite for my birthday!

Nightmare Before Christmas

For anyone who has not braved it… this movie really is worth watching. The music, the stop motion, the characters and the story are all so unique… and creepy. Yes, it’s a little dark. It’s Tim Burton! And perfect for Halloween. 🙂

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So there are a ton of fun trivia facts for this movie. One I thought you might like was the fact that the movie is actually based on a poem that Tim Burton wrote in the 1980’s when he worked as a Disney animator.

You can listen to the original poem, narrated by Christopher Lee, here. 

Another fun fact: Disney at one point wanted to make a sequel to Nightmare but Tim Burton talked them out of it. “I was always very protective of [Nightmare] not to do sequels or things of that kind,” Burton explained. “You know, ‘Jack visits Thanksgiving world’ or other kinds of things just because I felt the movie had a purity to it and the people that like it.” – from IMDB

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It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown- Day 8 movie

Great Pumpkin

“Just look, sincerity as far as the eye can see.”

Love this one! Nice and short for a busy night too. Dawson even liked the music. 🙂

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Fun fact: “Actress Kathy Steinberg had almost finished recording all her lines of dialog as Sally when the producers received a phone call from Steinberg’s mother informing them that one of Kathy’s teeth was loose. Fearing that a sudden lisp would ruin the continuity dialogue, the producers rushed the young actress into the studio to finish recording her lines. Just as Steinberg was speaking her last line, the tooth came flying out of her mouth.” – from IMDB

Spooked anyone lately?

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Who doesn’t like a good old fashioned spook, right? Ok, so this isn’t one of those. This kind of spooking involves leaving yummy treats on doorsteps, ringing doorbells, and then running like hell so they don’t catch you doing it.

To be honest, I can’t remember exactly what the circumstances were that started this tradition in my immediate family growing up. I’m pretty sure that we got the idea from my Aunt Steph but I have no idea where she got it from. I probably should have asked her before posting this… hmmm. Anyway, however it started, it was something I very much enjoyed doing with my family around Halloween because it was something the whole family could be a part of. I loved making the goodies, loved giving them away, and what kid doesn’t love ding-dong-door-ditching?

Here’s how it works for those that would like to start Spooking their neighbors this month. It all starts with the Ghost.

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It’s a poem that you copy/print and leave with some goodies on two or more neighbors doorsteps to “Spook” them. It gives them instructions to post the Ghost in the front window or on the front door so that everyone knows that they have been spooked already… and then to make some goodies and do the same for another couple of neighbors and so on. The idea is to keep passing it on until hopefully the whole neighborhood has been Spooked!

Dan and I Spooked a few of our neighbors last night. I made some Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies, wrapped them up, and I did the ding-dong-door-ditching while Dan drove the getaway car. We basically drove around and picked four houses totally at random. It was so fun!

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Remember the funnest (ok maybe just one of the funnest) things about this kind of activity is the anonymity. Just let them keep wondering who it was that went out of their way to make them feel loved. 🙂 If you are the first family to start it in your neighborhood, do NOT put a ghost in your window. Wait and see how long it takes for someone to come back and Spook you!

Here is the Ghost PDF again for download. Happy Spooking!!!

Pumpkin Fettuccini Alfredo

Once again, delicious! I am loving all of these yummy recipes I am finding this year! I got this one originally from The Messy Baker Blog and made a few adjustments based on what I had at home. For one… I added sausage. It just sounded good. The recipe below is what I ended up cooking but you are more than welcome to follow the original recipe in the link above. Her picture sure looks prettier than mine but it just tasted soooo good anyway. 🙂

Pumpkin Fettuccini Alfredo

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Ingredients:

1 lb italian sausage

1 red pepper, chopped

1 medium onion, chopped

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 (15oz) can pumpkin

1/2 c. heavy cream

1 1/2c. chicken broth

paprika

chili powder

cumin

salt and pepper

Rice wine vinegar (just a dash)

fresh grated parmesan or white cheddar cheese

fettuccini noodles

Directions:

Brown the sausage in a deep frying pan or sauce pan. Add onion and red pepper and cook until tender. Add garlic, pumpkin, chicken broth and heavy cream and bring to a slow boil. Add seasonings and rice wine vinegar to taste and let sauce simmer while you prepare the noodles (according to package instructions). Serve with fresh grated cheese to top it. Enjoy!

The Woman in Black

Never Forgive…. Never Forgive…. Never Forgive….

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This is one unhappy ghost story. Daniel Radcliffe plays a lawyer come to help settle an estate for a woman who recently passed away. He gets caught up in town superstition and runs into a rather unfriendly ghost along the way.

I read the book a couple of years ago and while it doesn’t stick to the story completely, I thought it was well done. Not my favorite scary movie… not sure why. But I do love Daniel Radcliffe and I thought he did a great job.

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Fun Fact: The boy that plays his son in the movie is Daniel Radcliffe’s actual godson. He made the casting choice in an effort to make a better connection with the father-son role he had to play in the movie. Also, the creepy toys they used in the movie were real antiques from that time period on loan from a collector. Seriously? Kids played with those things???

The Private Eyes

Last night’s movie was The Private Eyes. Don Knotts and Tim Conway play a couple of idiot detectives sent to investigate the murder of a millionaire and his wife. It’s funny and full of complete nonsense. I loved it. 🙂

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Fun fact : The movie was filmed at a mansion in NC. During filming, a rare book from the library was stolen and initially blamed on Tim Conway. Th real thief was identified later and was discovered to have stolen over 60 rare books. The first book noticed to have been missing had been shown to Tim Conway shortly before it was stolen and that was why he had been suspect originally.

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