The fabulous Kirsten Weiss of ParaYourNormal is hosting a Hoodoo Halloween blog hop this weekend and you can join in!
Visit here to meet writers all over the country share their creepiest ghost stories and spookiest Halloween tales. We’re blogging about New Orleans history and ghost lore and Halloween!
I recently sat at a table where everyone was talking about the first movie that ever scared the crap out of them. And the answers were abundant.
There was Child’s Play, the Chucky movie, which scared one woman’s mother so much she turned all the dolls in her home to face backward.
*That would actually scare me MORE.
Psycho, the original Hitchcock version, made one woman terrified she’d be stabbed to death whenever she showered.
IT, that creepy clown movie/miniseries, was one we all nodded our head to. We were scared of clowns, public bathrooms, sink drains, sewer systems, you name it!
Then there’s my list. It’s a long one. Because I’m a chicken sh*t when it comes to scary movies.
When I was growing up, here are the things that scared me about…
E.T. – Yah, not even a scary movie, but his fingers looked like sausages and they creeped me out and I was convinced he lived in our basement so I would only go down there if someone else was down there.
P.S. This movie is also frightening in Spanish. We watched it in my high school Spanish class and I had bad dreams with E.T. yelling “E.T. telefono a mi casa!!!” in them. It’s just scarier for some reason.
Scream (1, 2, & 3) – While this series is not very scary now, it was in middle school. And creepers wearing masks was all the rage. Not cool, bro. Not cool at all.
Sixth Sense – What a mind f*ck this movie was. Creepiest scene? I think it’s when the little boy is sitting in his tent and all the walls start shaking and he’s looking up, then when he looks forward again – there’s a dead girl in front of him, and she pukes!
The Ring – This movie came out when I was in high school. It’s about a dead girl who kills people by crawling out of their television sets and their bodies are found all mutilated and twisted. Now, I had a TV in my bedroom at this time. So I behaved in a normal fashion and slept with it on for a week straight because I was more terrified of waking up in the middle of the night and hearing the click of the dial on my TV and see the dead girl coming after me.
P.P.S. My TV was SO OLD. It actually did have dials. Two of them. And I could only get two channels to come in, so I watched a lot of Antiques Roadshow and Ricki Lake talk shows.
Joy Ride – What? No! The fact that Paul Walker is coming to save me does not make this better? Don’t feckin mess with late night truck drivers, ok?!
Halloween – Who would agree to ever babysit again after this???
The Exorcist – Um, that scene where the girl crab walks all crazy down the stairs. Niiiiiiiiiiiiiightmares!
Village of the Damned – Well hello angelic looking blonde child, please don’t kill me.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre – NO! No I will not go out to your grandpa’s cabin in the country! Just NO!
I Am Legend – Circles of heaving zombies lurking in the dark? Nope. I’ma karate chop all the doors down in my house first.
The Exorcism of Emily Rose – Well that’s just great. I’m now terrified whenever I wake up in the vicinity of 3:33 am.
Paranormal Activity – Hell, even the previews for this were horrifying! I believe too much in ghosts and this movie made me think every house I ever lived in was haunted.
Evil Dead – Waaaay too much self inflicted torture in this one for me. If anyone needs me I’ll be curled up in a fetal position, clutching my teddy bear for the next several hours.
I could go on, but I think the ghosts are listening.
I need to go hide under the covers now.
What’s the scariest movie you’ve ever seen?
Thank you to everyone who participated in my Halloween Costume Contest! I had sooo much fun seeing your costumes! We had everything from Bigfoot to Unicorns, 80’s Punk Rocker to Madonna and Child! You sure are a clever bunch!
Had you come Trick-or-Treating at our house last night, you’d have met this…
But, there can be only one! And this year’s Costume Contest winner is…
Be sure to check out Diana’s fabulous fantasy blog – Mermaids Don’t Do Windows!
Congratulations Diana! Thanks for Trick-or-Treating with me!
Behold your ghoulish bounty!
How did you each of you celebrate All Hallow’s Eve? What was your favorite costume you saw?
Like. Really. Love. Halloween.
It’s a good thing my honey loves Halloween too! Every year Joe and I collect more Halloween decorations.
He continues to scare the crap out of me by hiding more spiders around the house. (I don’t do spiders.)
I continue to buy Halloween movies for us to watch each night.
You never know what you might find at our house!
We also love to dress up.
Sometimes our costumes go together…
Sometimes, they don’t…
This year we coordinated! Joe’s band, TUGG, decided to dress up as The Wizard of Oz, and all the ladies agreed to play along too.
Pretty spectacular, isn’t it? I must say, we did have fun.
Maybe too much fun…
Ok, definitely too much fun! (But look what I made on Pixlr, I mean this just screams to be made into a bookmark!)
I want to see YOUR Halloween spirit!
HALLOWEEN COSTUME CONTEST
Submit your favorite Halloween costume photo here, or on Facebook, by Thursday, October 31st, Midnight.
One lucky winner will be selected in a random drawing to win the following:
- DVD copy of John Carpenter’s Halloween – in honor of this month’s Original Vs. Remake series
- A Book from my Bookshelf to Yours – multiple titles to choose from!
- A Guest Post Featured on The Happiness Project, or One on Your Blog Written by Me
- A Plethora of Halloween and Fall Goodies
*Bonus entries can be made by sharing this post! Tweet or share on Facebook for additional chances to win!
What are you waiting for?
Time for another mash up of awesomeness on The Happiness Project!
Did you catch this month’s Original Vs. Remake series? Tiffany A. White blogged about John Carpenter’s Halloween, Catie Rhodes posted on the Rob Zombie remake, and I blogged about the 20th Anniversary comeback film!
Kassandra Lamb did a post for Misterio Press on Why Being Scared Out of Our Wits is So Much Fun!
Book News and Word Play
Damian Trasler shared a post on The Future of Libraries. I’m always at the library on my days off, so I found this insider’s take extremely interesting. I learned some libraries are getting liquor licenses to boost attendance at events!
Julie Glover shared in her Wise Words Wednesday post How Shakespeare Added to Our Language. I’ll bet you’ve heard a ton of these phrases that all came from the great bard himself!
Ever question whether to use profanity or not? Madge Madigan shared her take on the issue in The Art of Naughty Words.
Leanne Shirtliffe, humor writer and children’s book author, shares Why You Should Write in Multiple Genres.
Feels Good to Laugh
Piper Bayard has been stuck in bed, but she’s finding exceptionally creative ways to keep preoccupied. Check out her fabulous list in Having Fun in Bed.
Kait Nolan shared Three Awesome Things – one of which is a funny video about a voice recognition elevator and a few guys with Scottish accents. It’s pretty awesome.
My pal Misty Laws has declared herself Best Wife Ever after buying her husband a new car for their anniversary. Read all about it!
What did I miss? What blog posts have you loved this week?
Share links in the comments below!
I’m a big fan of Catie Rhodes and Tiffany White’s Original Vs. Remake blog series! Every month they review a classic film and its modern remake. Since they both know how much I LOOOOOOOVE Halloween, they let me play along!
I may have reacted like this…
So, what am I talking about?
Halloween H20: Twenty Years Later (1998)
Assuming a fake identity, Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) is now headmistress at a private boarding school, still haunted by her nightmarish past. When her psychopathic brother, Michael, escapes the asylum, Laurie’s greatest fears become reality once more. And this time, her son’s in danger too.
Reprising her role as the “Scream Queen,” Jamie Lee Curtis comes back as the female lead, Laurie Strode. Other recognizable faces include her mother, Janet Leigh (Psycho), Josh Hartnett (Pearl Harbor, Lucky Number Slevin), LL Cool J (Deep Blue Sea, NCIS: Los Angeles), Michelle Williams (Dawson’s Creek, My Week With Marilyn), Jodi Lyn O’Keefe (Nash Bridges, She’s All That), Adam Hann-Byrd (Jumanji) and Joseph Gordon-Levitt (3rd Rock From the Sun, 50/50).
The storyline of H20 takes place as if all the sequels after Halloween II, never happened. It picks up from the second one. I gotta admit, I felt really sorry for Laurie Strode. Twenty years after her brother murdered her sister and came after her, she’s still suffering from insomnia, nightmares, living under a pseudonym, working in a gated private school, and raising her son as a single mother.
Does Laurie EVER get a happy ending???
The film is what I would describe as 80% camp-factor, meaning it’s pretty cheesy and all could’ve been well had a nurse not kept her patient files in her HOME and had Laurie Strode hired a security guard who didn’t spend all his time on the phone reading his romance novel to his girlfriend.
- Several of the original cast and team were set to come on board, but low budget and tentative timelines caused many to drop out. John Carpenter, the original director, was one of them.
- There’s a seen with Janet Leigh where she stands in front of her car from the movie Psycho. The music from Psycho also plays here.
- Sound editors added in music from several of the Scream movies as well as the original Halloween.
- In the scene where the girls are watching a movie, it’s Scream 2, however that was edited in post-production. Originally, the girls were watching So I Married an Axe Murderer – the joke being the fact that inside the Michael Myers movie, was a Mike Myers movie.
- The original’s line “Everyone is entitled to one good scare” makes a reappearance in this film.
- Michael Myers can be seen wearing two different masks. Too far into production, the director changed his mind on the mask and they had to CGI edit it in production.
- The teenagers in the beginning are watching Plan 9 From Outer Space – voted worst movie ever made so many times, it’s no longer allowed in the running. (P.S. I’ve watched it. It’s pretty bad.)
- Chris Durand, the actor who played Michael Myers, was a stunt double in Scream 2, Jurassic Park: The Lost World, and Armegeddon.
So Laurie is living out her life in fear. Her son grew up with that and is desperate to hang out with friends like a normal teenager. Against his mother’s wishes, he and his pals sneak out for a Halloween party. Meanwhile, Michael is on the loose. He’s watching Laurie at the school, at her home, and he knows where her son is too.
Run for your lives!
Halloween H20 has its moments, but it doesn’t compare to the original. Nothing beats the original Halloween!
What do you think? What’s your favorite Halloween movie? Have you seen this one? What life would you have given Laurie 20 years after that fateful Halloween night?
Fall is my favorite season of the year. It’s one of the few things that make living in the Northern states worthwhile and putting up with snow – our autumn is completely and utterly GORGEOUS!
Let’s go enjoy it!
55 Things To Do in Fall
1. Make soup.
2. Decorate for Halloween
3. Drink apple cider.
4. Write a poem about the beauty of autumn.
5. Snuggle under the covers.
6. Visit a pumpkin patch.
8. Start reading a really thick book.
9. Learn to make a great cup of tea.
10. Deal with having to wear socks again.
11. Buy fun socks.
12. Watch monster movies.
13. Wear a cozy sweater.
14. Cheer for Football Season.
15. Carve pumpkins.
16. Drink red wine.
17. Go apple picking.
19. Rake your neighbor’s yard, invite them to jump in the leaf piles with you.
20. Make and then devour pumpkin bars.
21. Light a candle or 20.
22. Take a long, relaxing bath.
23. Delight in the absurd weather changes that allow for mittens and flip flops at the same time.
24. Go hiking and enjoy the fall colors.
25. Spider web your house…at your own risk.
26. Make leaf rubbings – use them as stationary.
27. Wear slippers on your day off.
28. Enjoy a mug of hot cocoa – and as many marshmallows as your heart desires.
29. Host a Halloween party.
31. Have a campfire.
32. Put flannel sheets on your bed.
33. Watch or read The Walking Dead.
35. Drink a pumpkin spice latte.
36. Have a Sunday Funday.
37. Marathon watch horror movies on AMC’s Fear Fest.
38. Participate in the wacky holidays.
- October 11th: Take Your Teddy Bear to Work Day
- October 12th: Moment of Frustration Day
- October 14th: Be Bald and Free Day
- October 17th: Wear Something Gaudy Day
- October 21st: Count Your Buttons Day
- October 21st: National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day
- October 25th: Punk for a Day Day
- October 29th: National Frankenstein Day
- October 30th: National Candy Corn Day
- October 31st: Increase Your Psychic Powers Day
39. Watch your favorite trilogies.
40. Keep warm with a steamy romance novel.
41. Hold a pint of beer with fingerless gloves.
42. Plan your Halloween costume.
44. Plan your Thanksgiving menu.
45. Try to avoid getting a cold.
46. Name your pumpkins.
Constantine, Goliath, and Niles.
Missing: Paco and Abendego
47. Experience the bizarre horror musical that is Repo!: The Genetic Opera.
48. Buy in-season vegetables. SQUASH!!!
49. Eat apple pie.
50. Go for a hayride.
51. Have a chili cook off.
52. Visit a haunted house, graveyard, or corn maze.
53. Hand out candy for Trick or Treat.
54. Spend time with family. No social media/phones/computers allowed.
55. Get Thankful with a gratitude journal.
What are your favorite things about fall season?
I broke our box fan the other day while decorating the house for Halloween.
You see, Halloween is a big deal in our house. It’s our favorite holiday! And I was doing my share of the work, spider-webbing the house…a little too near the box fan…when the end of the web just sort of got SUCKED INTO THE FAN LIKE AN ANGRY MOTORIZED VORTEX OF INOPERABLE TERROR!
So I took the fan apart to see if it was fixable…
After some extreme force…
I saw the last bit of web to cut out!
I broke the fan, so then I fixed the fan. And our house now looks like this!
Love and Box Fans,
Hello fellow ROWers and Writers!
I’ve got some exciting ROWmodels to showcase this week!
Kicking things up Charleston-style, is the lovely and talented Julie Glover who shares with us The Roaring Twenties and #ROW80. There’s a fabulous photo of Julie and her hubby getting ready for a 20’s themed party, which is my favorite period of history. And she shared with us some awesome hit films and books of the 20’s! But the reason Julie is truly awesome, and a ROWmodel this week, is her stellar dedication to her goals and follow through! Julie has been working on her novel, blogging consistently, even did some plotting work on a new project, and has been working out zumba style! Way to go, Julie! You’re my idol!
Also on this week’s ROWmodels Hall of Fame is Jeff Clough with There’s No Such Thing as Free Time. Jeff tells it like it is when it comes to the many hats a writer has to wear nowadays to be successful. There’s the actual writing cap, but what about all the work you do researching, editing, marketing, coding, designing, etc. We’re busy people! While he wasn’t working on as much writing this week, he made some headway on his reading goals and will have some web changes to look forward to so keep your eyes peeled!
Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair…
Happy Halloween Everyone!
I hope we’re all getting to celebrate by dressing up, trick or treating, or handing out candy today! I’ll be in costume at work most of the day, but plan on watching scary movies all night tonight!
What’s your favorite scary movie?
In Honor of Halloween, Marcia Richards and I are announcing the winners of the Halloween Contest today!
Thank you to all those who submitted photos, commented, tweeted, and Facebooked the contest love! Marcia, Fabio, and I had so much fun with you all!
The Five Winners of the Kindlegraphed copies of Fabio Bueno’s new release, Wicked Sense are:
- Gene Lempp
- Rhonda Hopkins
- Natalie Hartford
- Diana Murdock
- Julie Glover (who submitted the winning photo of Halloween decorations “Ghost in the Attic”)
And the Grand Prize Winner of the Print Edition of Wicked Sense and Halloween Goody Bag is…
Congrats, Renee! Well deserved!
Thanks everyone for playing and to all the winners, enjoy Fabio’s new book! Marcia and I certainly did!
Last but not least, my ROW goals:
- Finished reading Wicked Sense and Little Bee this week. Started reading Olive Kitteridge and Football Sweetheart.
- Set up two future interviews for the blog! One that I’ll be doing and one I’m hosting!
- Participated in the WANA International class Good Fences, so I’ll be practicing my new buzzword “Boundaries” Sing it with me!
- Use my days off to blog ahead and/or (as time permits) plot and work on the WIP.
- Clean my room. The search for the missing pants continues!
Have a very happy Halloween Everyone!
Fall is my favorite time of year because it contains my three favorite holidays! Christmas, of course, is a time for gift giving and family get togethers. You may think I’m crazy, but I love wrapping presents! And Thanksgiving is very special to me as my family is related to two of the pilgrims that crossed over on the Mayflower. But Halloween is where it starts and this past weekend many of you may have held parties, attended parties, perhaps even entered a costume contest!
I’m here to remind you it’s not too late to enter Marcia Richards and my Halloween contest for The Redhots! Two redheads. Two opinions. Always keeping it interesting.
Recently, we interviewed Young Adult Paranormal writer, Fabio Bueno, about his new release, Wicked Sense. Fabio has graciously offered to giveaway not just one, but six copies of his book to six lucky winners who submit their favorite Halloween photos!
Oops, how’d my Rapunzel picture get in here?
Here’s what you need to know to enter:
1. There are three categories you can enter one time each:
- Costume – your best ever, be it scary, cute or funny
- Outdoor decorations – your scariest or most creative
- Party room decor – you can include your Halloween tablescape, your unique pumpkin carving, and your room decorations
2. Post your pictures, up to 3 only, at our Twitter hashtag: #TheRedHots or on our Facebook pages between October 19th and October 30th. The winners will be announced on Halloween!
3. For extra chances to win, you can choose to do the following:
- “Like” Marcia’s and my Facebook pages
- Tweet about the contest three times between the 19th and the 30th linking to our posts
- Subscribe to our blogs
- Grand prize will be an autographed print book by our indie author plus a Halloween Goody Bag.
- 5 bonus prizes of a Kindlegraphed ebook from the author
Happy Halloween, Everyone! And good luck! I’ll be watching for your photos!