Movie reviews/ a little catch up

Hello fellow ghouls and goblins

This year I’ve had an unfortunate accident. I fell down a flight of stairs and fractured my tailbone. I am unable to go to haunted houses and it bums me out so hard. So this year instead of haunted house reviews I’ll be doing more Halloween movie reviews.

I’ve gone to the theatre twice the past few weeks and will start today with talking about the Addams Family.

The Addams Family. It’s such a cute animated version of the story. The movie is geared more for adults and teens then little kids. Not because there’s anything graphic or anything I just have noticed that all the kids who were there to see it including my son were just kind of bored with it. All the adults however loved it and we were all laughing the whole way through. It has a pretty all star cast and it’s full of many ups and downs. I totally recommend this movie without wanting to give to much away!

I’m sorry this post is very short but check in tomorrow when i give a more detailed review of It Chapter 2.

Until next time Ghouls and Ghosties,

Ghoulishly Yours,

Helena

Spirit Halloween 2019 part 1

Hello Ghouls and Ghosties,

It’s been a minute. I’ve found myself in a bit of a depressive slump lately and I’m hoping with October being so close it’ll bring me out of it. Last weekend My husband, son and I travelled an hour and a half away to our nearest Spirit Halloween.

This years theme is a favorite of mine. The S.S Riptide and the Reapers Warf. It’s an ocean theme and it’s fantastic. The front of the store features a crashed ship, where it hosts a lot of its many props. The back is set up like a set of shops and a fallen over light house. The walk through haunted house has movie screens up that do jump scares with sharks attacking the glass.

Unfortunately the store we went to didn’t receive most of there props/animatronics this year so we were a tad disappointed. We were on the hunt for the Michael Myers prop and the new Pennywise prop and the store had neither. We had asked the employees if they would be getting more because at the time we arrived they had none of the props they were advertising for sale and they said to check back in October and they should have more shipment so fingers crossed!

We did get my sons costume there this year. He is going to be a Ghost Buster! He recently discovered how much he loves the movies, and is so excited to wear his new costume. The spirit Halloween did have a lot of Hocus Pocus items and I know a lot of my followers love Hocus Pocus so definitely check that out.

We plan on returning to Spirit Halloween in October so I’ll be posting more then with some pictures. I hope you all are having a good summer and are as excited as I am about the upcoming Halloween Season.

Until Next Time Ghouls and Ghosties,

Ghoulishly Yours,

Helena

100 Days to Halloween

Welcome Spooky followers,

 

Welcome to the beginning of my Halloween season. Today starts 100 days to Halloween. I’m celebrating today with Horror Movies, popcorn, and DeadByDaylight. I just recently started playing dead by daylight about a month ago and its a wicked fun horror game.

Dead By Daylight is an asymmetrical multiplayer (4VS1) horror game where one player takes on the roll of the killer, and the other four players play as survivors, trying to escape the killer and avoid being caught and killed.

For 100 days till Halloween they updated the Killer, Freddy and announced a new survivor from another horror game. I definitely recommend playing if you never have before!

I’m also going to be watching some horror movies based on summer, such as ‘I Know What You Did Last Summer’, ”Friday the 13th’ and ‘Sleep-away Camp’

I will now be posting weekly until September then i’ll be posting even more frequently. I’m currently in the plans of how I’m wanting to decorate for this Halloween season and What I want to be for Halloween 2019!

I’m looking forward to all the future festivities and ill be seeing you all shortly. Have A Happy Halloween Season!!

Ghoulishly Yours,
The Spooky Princess
Helena

Child’s Play Remake

Hello Ghouls and Ghosties!

It’s been awhile! I hope you’ve all been well and I’m excited to announce I’m ready to get back into the blog. So let’s get to it! Last night I decided to watch the child’s play remake, and let me tell you I love it!! (spoilers ahead)

I was very skeptical going into it, I am a huge fan of the original child’s play series and changing the whole theme of the movie made me a little concerned. So the main difference is the lack of supernatural with the doll itself.

The new Chucky is an AI whom only turns evil because he truly believes he is doing good. Chucks technological safety features are turned off by an angry employee at the plant where the Buddi Doll is created. Then chucky is gifted to Andy by his mother much like the original. Except in this movie Chucky is not trying to steal Andy’s soul but remain Andy’s only friend by killing everyone who is a threat or whom he feels if harmful or hurtful to Andy. on. Chucky is made by the company Kasdan and he is able to control all of their products to wreak havoc and kill because of their cloud-based storage. (kind of reminds me of tech now days) Even though Chucky is later dismembered and beaten by Andy and his friends, his memories live in the cloud storage. This means his consciousness can be transferred to another Kasdan product since Andy and his friends only killed the physical portion of the doll. This comes later in the movie when Andy’s mother is working the unveiling of the Buddi2 in the store she works at and Chuckys mind starts to possess all the new Buddi dolls and even the Buddi Bears!

I would definitely say that the remake is not very scary but actually a really good thriller scary movie. Mark Hamill actually makes a fantastic chucky and I totally recommend this movie to all the original fans and for people who’ve never seen the original as well! It’s a refreshing and new age horror movie that really fits into where we’re going with technology.

I plan on going to see the new Annabelle movie this week/weekend, so be on the look out on my review for it! Thanks so much for reading and I hope your all glad I’m back!

Until Next Time Ghouls and Ghosties,

Ghoulishly Yours, Helena

Upcoming Horror

Hello Ghouls and Ghosties,

Welcome all to another addition of Trick or Treat. This is going to be a big year in horror. Starting this weekend with the newest Stephen King remake.

Pet Semetary: (April 5th)

Dr. Louis Creed and his wife, Rachel, relocate from Boston to rural Maine with their two young children. The couple soon discover a mysterious burial ground hidden deep in the woods near their new home.

HellBoy: (April 12)

Based on the graphic novels by Mike Mignola, Hellboy, caught between the worlds of the supernatural and human, battles an ancient sorceress bent on revenge.

The Curse of LA Llorona: (April 19)

Ignoring the eerie warning of a troubled mother suspected of child endangerment, a social worker and her own small kids are soon drawn into a frightening supernatural realm.

Brightburn: (May 24)

What if a child from another world crash-landed on Earth, but instead of becoming a hero to mankind, he proved to be something far more sinister?

MA: (May 31)

A lonely woman befriends a group of teenagers and decides to let them party at her house. Just when the kids think their luck couldn’t get any better, things start happening that make them question the intention of their host.

Child’s Play: (June 21)

A mother gives her son a toy doll for his birthday, unaware of its more sinister nature.

Anabelle Comes Home: (June 28)

Years later Anabelle is unleashed and this time she’s after the Warrens daughter.

The New Mutants: (August 2)

Five young mutants, just discovering their abilities while held in a secret facility against their will, fight to escape their past sins and save themselves.

Midsommar: (August 9)

A young woman reluctantly joins her boyfriend on a summer trip where things quickly go awry. Made by the same person who created Hereditary.

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark: (August 9)

A group of teens face their fears in order to save their lives. Based off of the three series books . (This is the one I’m most excited for. The books were my favorite as a teen)

47Meters Down Uncaged: (August 16)

Four teen girls diving in a ruined underwater city quickly learn they’ve entered the territory of the deadliest shark species in the claustrophobic labyrinth of submerged caves.

Crawl: (August 23)

A young woman, while attempting to save her father during a category 5 hurricane, finds herself trapped in a flooding house and must fight for her life against alligators.

IT Chapter2: (September 6)

Twenty-seven years later, the Losers Club have grown up and moved away, until a devastating phone call brings them back.

ZombieLand Double Tap: (October 11)

Columbus, Tallahassee, Wichita, and Little Rock move to the American heartland as they face off against evolved zombies, fellow survivors, and the growing pains of the snarky makeshift family.

 

I am really excited for all the Horror coming out this year. If you know of any I’ve missed let me know below in the comments!

Thanks all Ghouls, Until next time,

Ghoulishly Yours,
Helena

Happy Death Day 2 You, and HellFest

Hello and welcome back ghouls and ghosties,

It’s been a while and I have been on the hunt for new and thrilling horror movies. This past week i’ve seen two newer horror films.

First i watched the newest installment in the Happy Death Day set.

Happy Death Day 2 YOU!

Tree Gelbman whom in the first installment keeps reliving her dying day over and over until she stops her killer and breaks the cycle. Now she discovers that dying over and over was surprisingly easier than the dangers that lie ahead.

The movie was very good for a sequel. It started out wicked corny and I was afraid it wouldn’t get any better. About 20 minutes in it starts getting good. The deaths are unique, the story is amazing and sad. This is more of a comedy than a horror film, but it was definitely worth the watch.

HellFest

A masked serial killer turns a horror-themed amusement park into his own personal playground, terrorizing a group of friends while the rest of the patrons believe that it is all part of the show.

Now this one I’ve been wanting to watch for a while, It came out back in September. The story is good, and it wasn’t one of those slasher films where i’m rooting for the stupid teens to die. I found myself wanting them to make it. Plus, the deaths are wicked. The gore factor is real,and a crazy ending.

The idea of going to a horror themed amusement park sounds like a really good time to me.

Sorry for the short post, but I was really wanting to get some quick reviews in for two great Halloween/Horror films.

I recommend them both!

 

Until Next Time,
Ghoulishly Yours,
Helena

 

Eli Roth’s History of Horror

Hello and welcome back,

I want to start with saying I am not a documentary person. They bore me and just generally not my cup of tea. Although, I just recently binge watched Eli Roth’s History of Horror documentary series.

It was fantastic. I ask every horror movie fan to check it out. The show goes through the history of different types of horror movies. Such as Slasher films, creatures, demons, and vampires.. of coarse there are more topics but that’s just a few. The show has interviews with all kinds of people. Directors from different horror movies throughout time, actors and actresses from horror movies, horror novelists, and movie fanatics.

I learned a lot watching this series and I found myself super interested in different movies I myself have never seen. It opens your eyes to different horror genres and what makes them so special. From black and white silent films to more recent horror films like IT. The directors don’t give to much away but tell you just enough about the movies to draw you in.

The show is amazing and I cannot give better reviews on it. Eli Roth is an amazing director, writer, creator, and just master of all things horror. If horror even slightly interests you I recommend checking it out! (Also it has interviews with Stephen King! So there’s that)

If you have tv on demand, that’s where I watched it, if not I know it’s available on AMC’s website.

There are 8 or 9 episodes and they are about 50 minutes long each. Please give it a chance and let me know what you think!

Until Next Time Ghouls and Ghosties,

Ghoulishly Yours, Helena

Christmas Horror Movies

Welcome back Holly Jolly Ghouls,

I am one of those people who watch Horror year round. Christmas time is no different. My husband and I actually love Christmas Horror movies. I thought it could be fun to share with you all some of our favorites.

KRAMPUS (2015)

A young boy whose family always argues at Christmas, makes a sinister Christmas wish for them to all go away. Krampus arrives with a horrible blizzard trapping the family and essentially tortures the family and picks them off one by one.

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BLACK CHRISTMAS (2006)

An escaped maniac returns to his childhood home on Christmas Eve, which is now a sorority house, and begins to murder the sorority sisters one by one. This one is a bit corny and a bit gross but a favorite we watch each year.

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P2 (2007)

A businesswoman is pursued by a psychopath after being locked in a parking garage on Christmas Eve.

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JACK FROST (1997)

After an accident that left murderer Jack Frost dead in genetic material the vengeful killer returns as a murderous snowman to exact his revenge on the man who sent him to be executed. This one is very corny and kind of reminds me of chucky.

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Well that’s my short list of Christmas Horror movies, if you guys and gals can think of any more please let me know in the comments! I would love to check them out.

Until next time Ghouls and Ghosties,
Ghoulishly Yours,
Helena

It’s My Birthday!

Hello Spooky Followers,

It’s been awhile! Since this is my first blog, i quickly realized that writer’s block was an actual thing. After Halloween finished I had no idea what to post about. Although I have found a way around it. I am planning on having a Halloween Christmas. I thought whats a good way to incorporate my favorite holiday with Dylan’s favorite holiday. We decided on A Nightmare Before Christmas. So stay on the look out for more on that in the near future.

Now today is my birthday and I’m really hoping I got something Halloweenie. It’s a nice colder day today, and tonight I’m going to go see the new Fantastic Beasts and Where to find them: The Crimes of Grindelwald. I am so excited to go out. I have seen every Harry Potter movie in theaters and always for my birthday! I have always thought it was cool that the movies come out right around my birthday.  I am a huge Harry Potter fan. Slytherin here.

I’m actually a part of a huge online Harry Potter group, called The Vanishing Cabinet. In the group it is set up like an actual Hogwarts experience. We have classes, shops, games, and even Quidditch! I am Slytherin HOH and I Love it! Needless to say I am so excited for tonight to see the newest movie!

I hope everyone has a nice Thanksgiving tomorrow, and I’ll try to make a few more posts in the next few days and get my blog active again. If you have anything you would like me to review or talk about in future posts either send the page a message or leave a comment below!

Until Next Time Ghouls and Ghosties,
Ghoulishly Yours,
Helena

Disneys Original Halloween Movies

Welcome back Ghouls and Ghosties,

Recently I decided to play all the original Disney Halloween movies for my son. I wasn’t really sure how it would go since the ones I chose were not really cartoons. We started with HalloweenTown.

HalloweenTown

13-year-old Marnie Cromwell discovers she is a witch. Marnie and her brother Dylan travel to another world and attempt to help their witch Grandmother to save the residents of Halloweentown.

As a child this was my favorite Halloween movie. My grandmother and I would watch it every Halloween. I remember when the second one came out she let me stay up late and watch it with her. My son loved the music and all the magic in the movie. He got bored with all the talking but he adored the magic!

Don’t Look Under the Bed

A teen named Francis enlists the help of an imaginary friend named Larry Houdini to deal with a prank-playing bogeyman, who’s framing her for his dastardly deeds.

As a child this movie freaked me out. It was about the boogeyman, and all those dolls whose heads turned and followed your every move wigged me out. My son loved the movie. He thought Larry was funny and wanted to make some BoogieGoo!

Under Wraps

Three very different kids from together to help a mummy find his love.

This movie was set on Halloween and I enjoyed watching it every year. The props in this movie were amazing. I hate how Halloween movies today even for kids have lots of crappy costumes and cheap looking props and decorations. Movies like Under Wraps had amazing props and costumes and made you really wish you could live in a town that celebrated Halloween like them. This movie my son kind of paid attention to and kind of didn’t. For me tho, it totally held up.

Mom’s Got A Date With A Vampire

The Hansen kids are in a jam. Adam and his best friend Duffy have gotten their hands on some tickets for the Headless Horseman concert, and his sister Chelsea has a date with her dreamy boyfriend Peter. The only problem is their both grounded. Chelsea and Adam will do whatever it takes to get their mom Lynette out of the house, even if it includes a chance meeting with a very mysterious man. Everything seems to go according to plan until their little brother Taylor realizes that this stranger might be a vampire.

This movie is just plain fun. It has Vampires, movie monsters, a cute little family and a vampire hunter. A group of kids try to set their mom up so she can be happy only to discover they set her up with a real life vampire. I have always loved this movie, and my son loved it also. He enjoyed dancing to the music at the club scene.

Tower of Terror

A disgraced reporter investigates an abandoned luxury hotel where five people mysteriously disappeared sixty years earlier.

I remember this movie freaking me out as a child. The part where the ghosts are trying to scare them away wigged me out. My son though it was funny and absolutely loved the bell hop ghost! It was so much fun rewatching this movie and my son enjoying it with me.

Phantom of the Megaplex

A young man working at a cinema on a special premiere night, finds that the films being shown are full of strange and eerie occurrences.

Fun Fact. Dylan and I both worked at a movie theatre for 8 years. My mother, my aunt, my uncle, and my grandparents have all worked at movie theaters in their lifetime. This movie is so cute. A modern take on Phantom at the Opera, but at a movie theatre with kids. As a child I always wanted to work at a theatre, and hoped something like this would happen. Unfortunately no phantoms haha My son liked it and then begged me to go watch a movie. haha

Those were all the movies we have watched so far, and it totally made me miss my childhood. I’m happy to be able to watch these movies with my son and im glad he enjoyed them aswell.

Let me know in the comments below any movies I missed or didn’t think of.

Until next time Ghouls and Ghosts,
Ghoulishly Yours,
Helena

Trick or Treating

Hello Ghouls and Ghosties,

I hope you all had a wonderful Halloween. Last night Dylan and I took our son trick or treating. It was the first year Dylan didn’t close on Halloween and got to come with. It was a blast.

We had a theme with our costumes. Our son was CatBoy from PJ Masks, Dylan was the Joker and I was Harley Quinn. Also a first, the first time in the 8 years we’ve been together that Dylan agreed to dress up with me. I let Dylan pick our costumes and he did great.

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me b sie

First we went to our small town trunk or treat. The entire down town decorates their trucks and cars and passes out candy. The town did wonderful. The people were giving handfuls of candy and they even had a small carnival. You play a game and win either candy or a small prize. Our son was really good at the bean bag toss!

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Fun Fact about my son. He loves witches and blow ups. When he seen this witch blow up he wanted to give her his balloon. He spent a good five minutes playing with the witch before he wanted to move on and start playing the games.

There was another little game where you try to throw a cardboard pizza on pizza pans and if you win you get a free ice cream. It was so cute and sweet!

Next, we went to another trunk or treat at a local church. It was very small this year and not a lot of people but it was raining. The church people were so sweet and kind.

Then Dylan and I decided we really wanted to try to find door to door trick or treating. My son has been watching YouTube videos like crazy this month and a lot of people who live in cities go door to door. He has been begging us to go door to door and we kept telling him we had no idea if there was such a thing here.

We found a smaller neighborhood that had some waking to each house. He LOVED it. We went to 6 houses and it was so much fun. He got to ring door bells and he very sweetly would say trick or treat, Happy Halloween and then Thank you. He got 14 pieces of candy from 6 houses! It was awesome. We will definitely go back next year to that little neighborhood for him.

It was a very fun night of Trick or Treating and we went to Sonic for .50 corn dogs afterwards! It was a huge hit and a wonderful Halloween. I hope all of your Halloween’s were just as magical.

Now that Halloween is over for the rest of the world, doesn’t mean its over for us. Over the next 12 months I will still be here writing about different Halloweenie and Spooky things and adventures so stay tuned.

Until Next Time Ghouls and Ghosties,
Ghoulishly Yours,
Helena

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Halloween Day

It’s finally here ghouls and ghosties. I am so excited to have finally reached my favorite day of the year.

Halloween tradition in my family has always been carving pumpkins and trick or treating.

Halloween stems from the Celtic holiday known as Samhain. Celebrated from October 31 to the end of November 1st. In Celtic Ireland about 2,000 years ago, Samhain was the division of the year between the lighter half (summer) and the darker half (winter). At Samhain the division between this world and the other world was at its thinnest, allowing spirits to pass through.

The family ancestors were honored and invited to celebrate at the family home while the evil and bad spirits were warded off. Everyone would wear masks and costumes to disguise themselves as bad spirits so that the bad spirits would leave them alone. Bonfires and feasts were also used in celebration.

Christianity started celebrating the dead with all saints day on November first followed by all souls day on November second. Christians also took upon wearing masks and costumes to ward off evil spirits.

Day of the Dead is the Mexican (Aztec) version of Halloween. Celebrated from October 31-November 2nd.  The Aztecs believed in honoring the dead ancestors by having these beautiful feasts int he graveyards with the spirits. They believed that the spirits could come celebrate with them in the mortal world.

I love learning about all the different cultures and there takes on Halloween and celebrating the dead. I am so excited my son loves Halloween as much as I do. For today we will be binge watching Halloween movies/t.v shows and then tonight it will be trick or treating.

The goal this year is to find actual houses to trick or treat at. We live in such a rural area that the houses are so spread out so there are normally just a few churches doing trunk or treats in the parking lot. I’ll post tomorrow with pictures of our costumes and telling about all our adventures.

I hope you all have a Happy Halloween

Ghoulishly Yours,
Helena

Halloween Weekend

Hello Ghouls and Ghosties,

I hope you all had a fantastic weekend! For our final weekend of October we took our son to a few Trick or Treating places in the community.

Target Paw Patrol Event

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First off Target had a Paw Patrol Trick or Treat event in the store. My son was Catboy from PJ Masks. The event was very small. You enter the store and there is a person at a small table passing out a Paw Patrol tub for the event. The lady told us that there were two tables throughout the store passing out candy and little activities. Unfortunately only one table was set up and it was right next to the toy isle.. my son was more interested in the toys then getting the one piece of candy haha. We tried to find the other table but the woman who was running it put it up an hour early. It was a cute little thing for the kids but also disappointing to go all that way in costume for one piece of candy.

HYVEE HALLOWEEN PARTY

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Next, we decided to go to the Hyvee Halloween Party. It was SO fun! The first 100 children got a free trick or treat bag to use throughout the store and we got one of the first 5! You go from station to station throughout the store. Starbucks, Chinese restaurant, butcher, baker, ect.. They each give you a piece of candy. Then there was a cotton candy person passing out cotton candy. Then there was a cooking decorating station, and a pumpkin coloring station. Both my son loved. It was a cute little trick or treating experience and my son loved it!

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The Strip, Trick-or-Treating

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There is a place near where I live called the Strip. It is a street filled with businesses and its right next to the damn. The entire street decided to pass out candy to the kids! We started at on end of the street, crossed the highway and went down the other. The treats ranged from candy, to Fudge pops from the local fudge store. There was a smaller area where there was games set up. You win the game you get a prize. Either candy or a small toy. My sons first time attempting golf and he got the ball in the first try! They also had a cookie decorating station here. This was a super fun experience and I love that our community put this together for the kids.

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To finish the weekend on Sunday we carved our pumpkins.

My son painted his first and then with a little help from his Nan, they carved a face. I made mine into a scary face and Dylan made his into Jason from the Friday the 13th movies.

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It was a great weekend and I’m looking forward to Halloween. Dressing up and going trick or treating! Stay tuned lovely ghouls.

Until Next Time Ghouls and Ghosties,
Ghoulishly Yours,
Helena

The Haunted Holler

Hello Ghouls and Ghosties,

Halloween sure is flying by this month. I hope your all enjoying yourselves. Last Friday night Dylan and I went to a small haunted house called the Haunted Holler.

This Haunted House was running its third year. The first two years was a haunted trail throughout 1/4 mile trail in the woods.

This year was a little different. It was a much smaller little trail/house and then the option to shoot zombies with paintball.

We were just going to do the Haunted Trail this year, but to be fair to the blog we thought we should do the entire experience so we could give the best review.

Lets start with the Trail.. It was definitely fun with lots of screaming actors who jump out right behind you and scream in your ear. It definitely made me jump a few times. I would recommend making the Haunt a little longer, it took less than 5 minutes to go through the entire thing.

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Next was the Paintball zombies. Now this was a fun idea. You get 100 paintballs to shoot at the targets and zombies. It was  fun to shoot some paintballs, but once again there were only two zombies to shoot at.. and they just stood there and let you shoot at them. Dylan loved this because he loves to shoot paintball, but I however wish there would have been a little bit more bang for the buck.

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Pricing:

Just The Haunted Trail: $5
Paintball and Haunted House: $15

I give them an overall 7/10. I did love it in previous years, and I do know they spent more time turning into a paintball event this year. Which I believe they are opening up their own paintball company so it makes sense. I hope next year they add a little more but I will go back and support them because it was a good little haunt.

I recommend everyone to check it out, especially if paintball is your thing!

This weekend we will be going to many different kid friendly trick or treat parties, at local businesses so make sure to check back throughout the weekend and see how that went!

Until Next Time Ghouls and Ghosties
Ghoulishly Yours,
Helena

Halloween 2018

Hello again Ghouls and Ghosties,

This edition of Trick or Treat is about the new Halloween movie.
SPOILERS AHEAD

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Dylan and I went and seen it Friday night and then again Sunday morning.  We wanted to see if there was anything we had missed.

“Halloween” opens with a pair of pod-casters going to meet Michael and Laurie for a piece they’re doing. Michael has been completely silent for four decades, never saying a word, but the pod-casters think it a good idea to bring him his mask on the day of the interview, meaning they will be nearby when Mike later escapes and beats them to death. As he makes his way back to Haddonfeld on Halloween, a dozen or so victims stand in his way, including Laurie’s granddaughter and some of her teenage friends, some cops, and a few other locals. There’s an excellently staged sequence as Michael’s killing spree starts and the camera stays mostly outside of homes, watching the icon go about his work through windows.

I feel the remake is a lot like the original. Meaning alot of small things happen almost exactly the same. This movie has a very empowering woman standpoint going on. You can’t play the victim forever is the vibe you get from Laurie.

One of the teenagers asks what is so scary about a man with a knife who only killed five  people forty years ago, When the world is a much scarier place in 2018. With the war, serial killings, people with guns, and movies like jigsaw. So the directors answer the question. They up the horror factor. The killings are much more graphic in this movie. Which was a nice taste to the new horror genres.

Laurie is a survivor of P.T.S.D and this movie kind of circles this throughout. Laurie is an ace shot with a front door covered in padlocks and a bunker beneath her home. And that trauma spreads generationally, most evident in poor Karen her adult daughter, who hates Halloween so much she wears a Christmas sweater on Halloween and who saw the worst of her mother’s survivalist self-preservation, to the point that Child Services removed her from Laurie’s care.

Laurie and Karen have a horribly rocky relationship because of how Karen was raised. That doesn’t stop Laurie’s granddaughter Allyson and Laurie having a pretty good relationship. Allyson feels bad for her grandmother and wants to help her.

This movie likes to make you know time and time again that there were no sequels, in this version Laurie and Michael were not related, there was no rhyme or reason as to why Michael went after her. In my opinion it was much scarier when you knew the two were siblings.

I wont give away the latter half of this movie, you have to see it for yourself.

I would give this movie a 8/10 score

The graphics are better.+
The acting is spot on.+
A few things that didn’t quite make sense.-
The music was spot on all the way through.+
Many, Many more killings.+

I would definitely give this movie a chance. Go into it with an open mind, and just allow yourself to watch. It has some jump scares, and some of those oh my goodness moments.

I’m glad I got to watch it twice, and will definitely be buying this movie once it comes out on dvd.

Thanks For reading Ghouls and Ghosties,
Until Next Time,
Ghoulishly Yours,
Helena

 

 

Ozark Nightmares Haunted House

Hello Ghouls and Ghosties,

Saturday night Dylan, and I traveled to Lebanon Mo to see Ozark Nightmares Haunted House. Haunted houses are one of my favorite things to do in October and there are not very many in my area. So we had to drive a ways to find a good one. We were NOT disappointed.

The Set Up
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When we first pulled up to Ozark Nightmares the first thing we noticed was the amazing Castle type Haunted House structure outside. The atmosphere was so inviting and spooky. There were loud speakers playing music and staff walking around answering questions.

Once inside the castle structure you enter the little grounds area. Where you have the option to enter the Haunted House, The Haunted Maze, or play Carnival Games.

THE HAUNTED HOUSE

The Haunted House was AMAZING. It was one of the haunted houses that had an actual theme to it. Not just cheap jump scares. From the second you get to the front of the line your met with the Warden. He’s very interactive and gets you pumped up to go inside.

Once inside there are 17 rooms to get through. It’s like a giant maze. They really utilized space! The Decorations and Props were amazing. Very well put together. You can really tell that this is their passion.
Now Dylan does not scare easily, he is one of those people who sees everything coming. Dylan actually got scared and jumped! Twice in a row. We laughed, jumped, I screamed a few times. It was an amazing experience and I give the Haunted House a 10/10.

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(I don’t want to give too much away and take away the surprises inside but I’ll tell you this. Ozark Nightmares Haunted House is one of my top 3 Haunts I’ve ever been to.)

The Haunted Maze

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The maze starts you off on a long path through an actual corn field. Its pitch black with no lights and multiple paths throughout. I was worried at first of getting lost and not finding my way out. Then came the first creature lurking..

The maze was super fun and had many Jump scares! I found myself screaming and even running away at one point. Once again Dylan actually got scared and he had a blast. My favorite part of the maze was not knowing what was a person and what was a prop until the person lunged at you!

The entire thing was amazing and super fun. I would rate the maze an 8/10

(Only reason not for having a 10 was there wasn’t very many people throughout the maze. Which did add to the scare factor because you have no idea when one is going to pop up, but I also feel there was a little bit of waiting and nothing happening.)

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The Carnival

The carnival consisted of 5 games. Each game is different, and each offers prizes for winning. We didn’t play the games but we did watch quiet a few people play. It looked very fun and the actors who were running the games were also having fun! I would give the Carnival an 8/10

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(Hard to get pictures at this point because it was so dark outside)

The Costume Shop

In the same parking lot is this amazing costume shop. Which is a fun place to check out before going into the Haunt or to see after. In the shop they have a little bit of everything. They have costumes, accessories, wigs, masks, temporary tattoos.. Then you make your way upstairs. The entire upstairs is filled with more costumes and props from the haunt from previous years. I got many good pictures in the shop.

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more props

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The prices were really good, and the quality was amazing! The costume shop gets a 10/10!

Now the prices for the entire thing if your interested.
$6 for the haunted house or haunted maze
$10 for the haunted house and haunted maze combo
$15 for the haunted house, haunted maze and 10 carnival tickets.

They also have live music nights, movie nights, and entertainment nights. They have a full concession stand. Everything was reasonably priced.

I give the overall experience a 10/10. I fully 100% recommend this Haunted attraction to everyone.

The staff was also amazing. I feel this place needs some credit for going above and beyond the normal jump scare of a haunt. It has a story throughout the house and you can tell all the staff was really enjoying themselves. I cannot wait to go back next year and see whats in store!

Thanks for reading ghouls
Until Next Time
Ghoulishly Yours,
Helena

Paranormal Fact or Fiction?

Hello Ghouls and Ghosties,

Today I’m going to talk about the genre of horror that scares me the most.. Paranormal. Now many of these movies may seem corny and even a little bit far-fetched, but I believe in spirits and demons. I’ve complied a list of some of the scariest paranormal movies I’ve ever seen. (In no particular order)

The Exorcist (1973)

When a teenage girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter.

The real fear of this movie wasn’t the movie itself but the strange things that happened to the actors and crew. Actors Jack MacGowran, and Vasiliki Maliaros both died while the film was in post-production. What makes their deaths strange is that their characters died in the film as well. Other deaths that occurred during the filming of THE EXORCIST include Linda Blair’s grandfather and Max Von Sydow’s brother, who died on Max’s first day of shooting. Also while filming, the son of Jason Miller, who played Father Damien Karras, was nearly killed when a motorcycle hit him. Also there were random set fires, lots of equipment malfunctions causing harm to the actors and just creepy things.

The Conjuring (2013)

Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren work to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in their farmhouse.

Based off a true story of the Perron Family. The family immediately noticed odd things after moving into the farm-house. Starting simple, a broom being moved, and strange noises. Carolyn (The mother) allegedly researched the history of the home and discovered that it had been in the same family for eight generations and that many of them had died under mysterious or horrible circumstances. Several of the children had drowned in a nearby creek, one was murdered, and a few of them hanged themselves in the attic. The family experienced other spirits that smelled like rotting flesh and would cause beds to rise off the floor. There are claims that the father would enter the basement and feel a “cold, stinking presence behind him.” They often stayed away from the dirt-floored cellar, but the heating equipment would often fail mysteriously, causing Roger(father) to venture down.
Over the ten years that the family lived in the house, the Warrens made multiple trips to investigate. At one point, Lorraine conducted a seance to attempt to contact the spirits that were possessing the family. During the seance, Carolyn Perron became possessed, speaking in tongues and rising from the ground in her chair.

The Amityville Horror

Newlyweds are terrorized by demonic forces after moving into a large house that was the site of a grisly mass murder a year before.

The actual family George and Kathy Lutz were in their mid thirties when moving into the Amityville house. They only lasted one month before fleeing with only 3 changes of clothes a piece. The husband George said they did not see any human forms or things floating, but there was a true evil in the house and that they left for the safety of their lives..

Sinister (2012)

Washed-up true-crime writer Ellison Oswalt finds a box of super 8 home movies that suggest the murder he is currently researching is the work of a serial killer whose work dates back to the 1960s.

This movie wasn’t based off a true story, but in the movie the father finds an old set of super 8 home films which each show different families being horribly murdered in sick ways. As he does his research he finds it’s a demon who steals children through the films.. I wont give to many spoilers away but it’s absolutely scary and worth a watch.

A Nightmare On Elm Street

The monstrous spirit of a slain janitor seeks revenge by invading the dreams of teenagers whose parents were responsible for his untimely death.

Now this one is on this list because of the paranormal nature of Freddy.. also the fact that this movie was based on a true story..

Director Wes Craven said that he got the idea for “a nightmare that could kill” from a newspaper article he read about the mysterious deaths of several South East Asian refugees. The refugees, seventeen men and one woman, hailed from a mountainous province of Laos called Hmong. They fled to the United States in 1975 when the Pathet Lao, a communist dictatorship accused of committing genocide on its own people, took control of the country. The Hmong people were especially in danger of reprisal from the Pathet Lao since many of them served as anti-communist soldiers who helped rescue downed American pilots during the Vietnam War.

The Hmong were an isolated people forced into the modern world by war. Despite fighting on the side of the Americans, very few of those who resettled in America spoke English; their native language had only recently been written down. Their religion was based in Animism, a belief that all things posses a spirit. Settling mainly in Minnesota and California, adjusting to life in a strange land was wrought with anxiety. So overwhelming was the move from Laos to America that many Hmong refugees almost immediately sought out doctors to treat outbreaks of imaginary venereal disease and parasites they believed were living under their skin.

Eventually, all eighteen refugees were found dead in their beds with the official cause of death listed as “probable cardiac arrhythmia”. However, another cause of death, one that doctors did not want to discuss, was known by the unfortunate name of “oriental nightmare death syndrome.” Now known as “Sudden Unexpected Death Syndrome”, it is a condition that seems to affect young Hmong males as well as Filipinos, where it claims 43 out of 100,000 victims per year. They seem to literally die of fright from their own belief of what happens in their dreams.

The Haunting in Connecticut

After a family is forced to relocate for their son’s health, they begin experiencing supernatural behavior in their new home, and uncover a sinister history.

“The Haunting in Connecticut” tells the story of the Snedeker family, who in 1986 rented an old house in Southington, Connecticut. Allen and Carmen Snedeker moved in with their daughter and three young sons. While exploring their new home, Carmen found strange items in the basement: tools used by morticians.

The family soon discovered — to their horror — that their home had once been a funeral parlor, and the eldest son began seeing ghosts and terrifying visions. The experiences spread to other family members and got worse: Both parents said they were raped and sodomized by demons; one day as Carmen mopped the kitchen floor, the water suddenly turned blood-red and smelled of decaying flesh; and so on.

Finally the family contacted a pair of self-styled “demonologists” and “ghost hunters,” Ed and Lorraine Warren, who arrived and proclaimed the Snedeker house to be infested with demons.

The Possession

A young girl buys an antique box at a yard sale, unaware that inside the collectible lives a malicious ancient spirit. The girl’s father teams with his ex-wife to find a way to end the curse upon their child.

While you cant find much on where the famous dibbuk box came from, it was in the mid 2000s when its haunting story first surfaced. It all started with a weird listing on eBay for an old wine box that had a starting bid of $1.00. In the box there were locks of hair, a couple of pennies, a wine-cup, a slab of granite that had been engraved, and a dried flower. 50 bids later, the wine box ended up selling for almost $300. Not bad for a strange box on eBay, that’s for sure. The seller bought it from another seller, who was the first modern-day buyer of the box.

The original buyer, Kevin Mannis, says that this box was purchased at the estate sale of a 103-year-old Holocaust survivor. The old woman was the only person in her entire family to survive. When she came to the United States, she only brought three things with her; a steamer trunk, a sewing box, and this wine cabinet. The granddaughter, who managed the estate, remember that her grandmother was terrified of the box and would insist that her family never, ever open it. When the buyer had offered the box to her she immediately refused it. Before the buyer could even get home with the box, Mannis received a nervous and frantic call from one of his employees at the furniture shop that he owned, claiming that someone was in the shop destroying the place. When Mannis finally arrived, he found his store covered in broken glass, but he never did find the mysterious stranger. That same day, his employee quit and never returned.

Mannis soon cleaned up the box and gave it to his mother for her birthday and within minutes of receiving the box, she had a stroke and lost the ability to speak for some time. Of course, Mannis doesn’t put two and two together and attempts to give the box to many of his friends and family members; all of which who did take the box gave it back to him shortly after. Some of them said that the doors wouldn’t stay closed and would open on themselves; others smelled a strange mixture of jasmine and cat urine while owning the box.

The reason is that Mannis was so afraid to destroy the box that he worried it would cause whatever evil spirit that he believed might be haunting it would stay with him forever. Traditionally, if something like this happens they say you are supposed to formally transfer ownership for the spirit to move on, except he could never find anyone who would keep it for more than a couple of days. So instead, he sold it on eBay for $140 to a college student, Losif Nietzke who also claims to have had similar bad luck.

Nietzke says that in the seven months that he had possession of the box, he and his roommates fell victim to many injuries like broken fingers, bronchitis, swollen red eyes, and insomnia. Also, their house became plagued with decaying dead mice and their electronics would die daily. The worst came over Nietzke when the healthy 20-year-old started losing his hair.

Paranormal Activity

After moving into a suburban home, a couple becomes increasingly disturbed by a nightly demonic presence.

Once again not a true story but still creeped me out. When it first came out and stated it was based on a true story I was so afraid to sleep. I remember being a teenager and asking my mom to stay up with me because I was afraid of ghosts. Seems silly now but when the first one came out I was so scared.

 

Belive what you will but I find paranormal horror to be terrifying. I feel so badly for all the people these movies were based off of. Paranormal Investigation is very interesting to me and one day I plan on doing haunted tours.

So what do you all think? Do you believe in the paranormal? Why or why not? Let me know in the comments.

Also super excited for this weekend. I’m going to see the new Halloween movie tonight, and going to multiple haunted houses this weekend. So stay tuned and look out for my reviews to come.

Stay creepy ghouls and ghosties,
Ghoulishly Yours,
Helena

 

Horror Monsters

Welcome welcome Ghouls and Ghosties,

This Halloween season I have been binge watching Horror movies. I thought it would be fun to compile my list of the scariest horror monsters.

Freddy Krueger
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A real nightmare man. Freddy is a serial killer who lives in your dreams. Many years before, he was a child rapist/murderer who was caught by a bunch of parents. The parents trapped him inside a building and caught it on fire. Ultimately killing him. Now years later he is back. Not in physical form but in children’s nightmares. The more scared they are the stronger he becomes. He has a hand with razor blades which he uses to slice and dice his victims. Freddy is in my opinion the scariest villain because you can’t really fight him. Staying awake only lasts so long before your body shuts down and makes you sleep.

Pennywise
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Pennywise the dancing clown is a malevolent being that is not from this earth. An alien if you will, but also he is much more than that. The creature takes on many forms but his favorite form is of Pennywise the Clown. Pennywise torments children and eats their souls. He feeds off their fear and can take any shape they fear the most. Pennywise makes my list because I definitely wouldn’t want him taking shape of my biggest fear..nor would I want to face him as the clown because clowns terrify me. Both versions of  Pennywise are terrifying.

Samara Morgan
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A vengeful spirit of a young mass murderer. Samara was an eight year old girl when murdered by her parents. She was thrown down a well where she lived for seven days before dying. Now years later her spirit lives inside the video she made. A dark mixture of images and video clips of violent and disturbing things. As soon as the video ends your phone rings and Samara’s voice whispers “Seven Days.” You then get a week of real life happenings of some of the disturbing images you seen in the video. Followed by Samara appearing on your T.v. You can not get the image to go away by even unplugging your t.v. She will find you no matter where you are or what you’re doing. Exactly seven days later. She climbs out of her well and climbs through your t.v before killing you. It scared the hell out of me as a child when I watched the movie.. I begged my mom to sit up with me seven days later so nothing would happen to me. ha ha

GHOSTFACE
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A fictional identity developed by multiple people throughout the years. A masked person who hunts his victims down and uses psychological manipulation. A disguise used by many a person while going on a mass killing spree. The killer likes to call and torment you all while hiding someplace nearby waiting for the exact moment to spring out and kill you. Ghost face is on my list because I believe there is something truly terrifying about a man with a knife who just snaps. Then it turns out to be someone very close to you all along.

Chucky
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A serial killer in the shape of a good guy doll. Chucky or Charles Lee Ray was a serial killer who got hunted down and shot by a cop, before dying he used witchcraft/voodoo to transfer his soul into one of the good guy dolls. The doll is given to a child named Andy and then the terror begins. Chucky starts tormenting the family and killing people off one by one. Throughout the movies he keeps following Andy from place to place forever tormenting him. Chucky makes my list because as a child nothing was scarier than the idea of one of my dolls coming to life and trying to kill me.

Jason Voorhees
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A child who drowned at summer camp many years ago. Jason was made fun of and bullied for how he looked, and instead of the camp counselors helping young Jason, they were to busy off having sex. After Jason’s death all the ones responsible for his death are killed off one by one and the camp is shut down. Now many years later the camp is reopening and a group of teens are there early to get everything set up. Once again they start to be killed off one by one. You later realize its Jason’s mother killing them. The teens save the day and kill Jasons mother. Now somehow after the original Jason actually comes back from the grave and starts to kill off Teenagers who go to the camp every summer. Jason wears a hockey mask and wields a machete. Jason is driven by his mother’s voice in his head telling him to make mommy proud and to kill. That’s exactly what Jason does. He kills and kills and kills.

Michael Myers
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A young boy of just six who murders his sister. No real rhyme or reason as to why. Now years later locked up in a mental institution he escapes to finish the job.. He wants to murder his younger sister Lori. He takes on the form of a William Shatner mask. Michael Myers kills off all of Lori’s friends one by one trying to get to her, and almost succeeds. What makes Michael so terrifying is how he just cant seem to be killed. Michael is shot 6 times in the first movie and he just gets up and walks away, continuing to kill. He is later set on fire, shot in the head, and many other things and yet continues to keep coming back for more.

There are many, many more horror villains out there who could make this list but for now here are my favorites. I am always in the mood for new horror films and ideas so if you have any recommendations please leave them in the comments below.

Until Next Time Ghouls and Ghosties,
Ghoulishly Yours,
Helena

Treats not Tricks Part2

Hello my lovely ghouls and ghosties,

Today I’m going to be sharing with you another set of my Halloween themed meals from last week.

I started off with a dinner of Bat Wings. (Teriyaki chicken with Rice, and a bit of food coloring) This was amazing. It was some chicken wings tossed in my moms homemade teryiaki sauce, a dash of food coloring on a bed of jasmine rice.

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There was only food coloring on the wings in the pictures. The rest of the meal was just a normal teryiaki chicken on rice (I was worried how the food coloring would taste)

Next on the menu was Jack o Lantern Burgers. It was hamburgers with faces carved into the cheese. A huge hit with my son. He loved them!!

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We had them with curly fries. It was so yummy.

Friday night I made my famous meatloaf. Every year in October I make a few meatloaf’s in different shapes. Last year I had a Foot-loaf and a Hand loaf. This year I Made a skull loaf, complete with Boo-Tatoes, Sprout Toss, and Vampire Sips.

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boo tatos

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It was a success. The meatloaf was finished that night, no leftovers for this house. My son loved the Boo-Tatoes. It was super easy to make and very yummy.

Sunday Night my mother came over and helped make dinner. She made her famous homemade tomato soup, and we made coffin-shaped grilled cheese to match it. Then of course some chocolate milk shakes. We decided on calling it our witches brew with coffins.

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Overall another successful week of Halloween meals, Coming next week will be: Eyeball Burgers, Spooky Shepherds Pie, and Halloween Spaghetti with Mummy Garlic bread. I also hope to make some sweets this week such as Red Velvet Halloween cakes, and some Halloween cookies.

Thanks for reading and let me know what you think down in the comments. Until next time

Ghoulishly Yours,
Helena

 

 

 

 

 

Mecca Farms Pumpkin Patch

Hello my Spooky Little Followers,

Today was the first day this season I’ve actually gotten out to do something fallish. Today the whole family went to a pumpkin patch.

This pumpkin patch was so much fun. I took quite a few pictures to show case our day.

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It was a little muddy, due to rain earlier in the day. It started where you pay. It was $7 a person and children 2 and under are free. You pay, then you wait for a hayride to drive you down into the woods and onto the farm.

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Once on the land you see this huge obstacle course for kids, and my son loved it. Him and his daddy redid the course about 5 times in the hour and a half we were there.

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After the course we made our way to the petting zoo. There were baby Goats, and turkeys, a baby calf, and an ox. They were super adorable and happy to be getting petted.

After the petting zoo we went inside the barn and played in the corn crib! (It’s like a giant sandbox filled with corn.) Then we made a trip to the snack bar. My mom got coffee, My son had a juice box and some popcorn, and I had a hot apple cider. It was all super yummy.

Then we ventured out back where there was a launcher to launch corn! If you shot it into this giant tire farther back you win a free pumpkin! (we didn’t win)

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Then my son wanted to go down the BIG slide. Its 125 feet! We were a little nervous, because he wasn’t allowed to go down with one of us.  He would have to go on his own. We let him do it. He had a blast and immediately wanted to do it again!

I then convinced my son to get his face painted for the first time ever, and that was also a success. I got a small pumpkin on my cheek and my son got a pumpkin mask.

After face painting we took a trip to the corn maze at the back of the farm.

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It was actually longer than we thought it would be and so beautiful. The colors blew me away.

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After the corn maze we made our way back to the front so little man and daddy could once again do the obstacle course, while mommy and grandma went and got more apple cider.

Over all it was a super fun trip and we will be going back next year for even more adventures. I highly recommend going.

Thanks for reading ghouls and ghosties,

Until Next Time,
Ghoulishly Yours,
Helena

Next weekend is our weekend away where we are going to some Haunted Houses. Make sure you check back and see.

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