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

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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.

bitches brew and coffin

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.

Halloween Shopping Trip

Hello Ghouls and Ghosties

Every year I’m on the hunt for who has the best Halloween stuff in stores. Keep in mind I live in a super small lake town without a lot of big name stores so I had to do a bit of traveling.  To start off our family shopping trip we went to Walmart.

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There was a total of two isles of Halloween stuff here. One full of costumes, and one with decorations. First disappointment off the bat was the only toddler Halloween costumes they had for boys was batman. So we striked out costume wise there. Then the decoration Isle wasn’t bad. It had lots of blow up decorations. Most Notable was the Clown Archway. Then there was some Halloween make up kits, a few skeletons and some Halloween Bake-wear. (In case you all didn’t know I’m a baker in my spare time) So although we didn’t get any costumes or decor here we did score some smaller goodies.

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Next we ventured to Home Depot. This was my first time ever there and probably my favorite store for props and decor.

Home Depot

Outside the door Home Depot had a few goodies to draw us in. Let’s start with a mechanical little werewolf that howls when you get near. His eyes lit up and his mouth moved. It made my son stop in his tracks and demand to be held. Of course there were other goodies out there. A witch, some skeleton Dino’s and a lot of Pumpkins! Once inside the door greater offered my son popcorn which was a nice touch. It was super fresh and yummy. It also helped calm my son down a bit from the scary prop he had just seen. Now we ventured over to the Halloween section, and let me tell you it ROCKED! There were animatronics everywhere. My son was no longer afraid but completely awe-struck. He immediately was drawn to this prop with two witches stirring a cauldron. They cackle and talk to you when you go near it. There were plenty of smaller items also. One item we loved in particular was a lantern that lights up and flickers. It would go great in our Haunted Farm theme for next year. The best animatronic hands down was the Giant Werewolf. It stands on its haunches and throws his head back and howls. I plan on getting him at the end of the season when everything is on sale. We didn’t buy anything from here, however it was definitely one of my favorite stores this season.

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(I have many more pics and videos from Home Depot but I unfortunately cannot get them to load)

Next was Menards

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Now normally Menards is our favorite Halloween destination but we both feel this year it fell short. We started a yearly tradition of getting a Halloween yard gnome from Menards and this year there was only a few selections. None that we fell in love with. (Not their fault were picky lol ) There was only about 1.5 Isles of stuff this year and normally there are about 4. Plus, they already had their entire Christmas village setup before October had begun.. They had a lot of Halloween candy set out and some decent deals price wise. Decoration wise there were only a few things. Mainly hanging skeletons and a Jack and Sally which was rather cute. Then of course they always have their Halloween village set up with a few new things. (I would love to start doing this one year) We did not buy anything from Menards this year but will always go back next year to see whats new.

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Next, we went to Target in hopes of finding a good costume for our son. We get his costume from Target every year.

Target

Target took forever to put out there decor. There wasn’t a whole lots of bigger decorations this year but I did like the purple theme. Many skeletons and quiet a few blow up decorations. We did indeed find our sons costume! He is going to be Catboy from PJ Masks. Of course me being me, I was trying to get him to be something cute. Alas, he is 3 now and knows what he wants. Catboy it is. The costume is super cute on him by the way. We did not buy anything from here this year except for his costume and trick or treat pale. Which is Gecko from PJ masks.

( I will share pics of the costume in a later post when I reveal all our costumes)

After Target we were ready to head home. My husband knew I was disappointed in our finds so surprised me by driving us over an hour away to the nearest Spirit Halloween Store.

Spirit Halloween

From the second we pulled into the parking lot I was excited. My son watches lots of kids on YouTube and their Halloween adventures and many have been to Spirit stores, so I was kind of psyched to see one in person. When we told our son that’s where we were he was so excited he started giggling. Once inside the door your greeted by their Spirit Acres Haunted Farm scene. I was in Halloween Heaven. Literally so many things I wanted to buy for our Haunt next year. My son spent a good 30 minutes at the beginning of the store watching every single animatronic go off. He had the biggest smile on his face and kept saying “Mommy watch this!” At the back of the store is a mini Haunted House. The porch was covered with more animatronics. We spent another good minute looking at every single one of them. Then it was time to go into the house. I had no idea what to expect and didn’t know if it was okay to take our son in. It was and he loved it! It wasn’t really scary at all but for a 3-year-old I could see where it would be. Lots of flashing lights, a scream goes off and the wall says ‘No One Get’s Out Alive.’ He loved it and over the course of our stay in the store he went through it a good dozen times. There were plenty of good decorations for all price ranges. This is the first time in 8 years I’ve convinced my husband to dress up with me for Halloween, and he agreed as long as he got to pick our costumes. Let me just say, he did a great job.

There were plenty of other Halloween stores I wish we could have gone to but with living out in the middle of nowhere its sometimes hard. We had a pretty good trip out Halloween shopping and if you’re in the market for some new stuff I definitely recommend Home Depot. Please tell us in the comments below some of your favorite Halloween destinations for decorations and general spooky home decor. I’ll give you a shout out in the next post!

Until Next Time Spooky friends

Ghoulishly Yours,
Helena

 

 

Halloween Playlist

Hello Ghouls and Ghosties,

Today we are going over some of the best songs to get you into the Halloween spirit. Many are obvious, while some not so much. I have also added some children’s Halloween songs to this list, so sit back and enjoy.

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  • Monster Mash
  • This is Halloween by Marilyn Manson
  • Thriller by Michael Jackson
  • Miss Murder by AFI
  • Basement Ghost by Armor for Sleep
  • Time Warp from The Rocky Horror Picture Show
  • The Halloween Theme Song from John Carpenters Halloween
  • Don’t Fear The Reaper by Blue Oyster Cult
  • I Put A Spell On You by Bette Midler (Hocus Pocus)
  • Bring me to Life by Evanescence
  • Very Superstitious by Stevie Wonder
  • Cannibal by Kesha
  • The Adams Family Theme Song 
  • We Sleep Forever by Aiden
  • Buried Myself Alive by The Used
  • The Bird and The Worm by The Used
  • The Horror of Our Love by Ludo
  • Sally’s Song from The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Disturbia by Rihanna
  • The Purple People Eater
  • This is Halloween from The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Heads will Roll by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  • Crazy Train by Ozzy Osborune
  • Voodoo by Godsmack
  • Ghostbusters Theme Song
  • Somebody’s Watching Me by Rockwell
  • Once Upon A Dream by Lana Del Ray
  • Corpse Bride Theme Song
  • Freddy’s Theme Song A Nightmare on Elm Street
  • Jaws Theme Song
  • Kidnap the Sandy Claws by Korn
  • Nightmare Revisited by Fall Out Boy

 

I hope the Halloween Tunes help to put you in a festive mood. Happy Thursday Ghouls

Until Next Time Ghouls,

Ghoulishly Yours,
Helena

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