Tuesday, September 20, 2016

5 Fancy Budget Halloween Costumes

It goes without saying that one can shop at Salvie and Goodwill among other thrift store delights to get Halloween bargains, but let's explore some of the cheapest, most creative, and fanciest budget Halloween costume ideas.



1.  Mrs. Swan - If you've got a short blunt cut and dark hair, you're all set, but if not, consider a cheap wig at any big box or Halloween costume haunt or even on eBay, which hosts a fine selection of authentic hair wigs for sale for under $20 and sometimes for even less.  I wonder if any of them come from cadavers?  You'll never know!  In addition, those fancy Mumu vests that Mrs. Swan wears...Goodwill just got in a whole bunch of them and they're typically between $3-$6.


2.  Carrie & Mrs. White - Carrie and her mom are cheap and easy Halloween costume ideas.  All you need to be Carrie is a tiara and a pink chemise gown or nightgown.  You can get a brand new tiara for as low as $5 and I'm talking one that's not plastic, but one that's made out of metal.  A long, straight strawberry blonde wig is a plug, too.


Mrs. White also requires only a long, white fluffy nightgown and some blood in addition to a horrible curly red ginger wig.  And remember, we can all see your dirty pillows!  Making fake blood on the cheap is easy, which involves red food coloring and no more.  Well, except water...



3.  Poison Ivy - This one is not too difficult to keep under $15 or $20 if you shop at Salvy, Savers, or Goodwill and perhaps the dollar store and maybe even pick up a few inexpensive items at Spirit Halloween or Party City or even Target or Walmart.

Poison Ivy requires tights, a green dress or leotard, but a dress is probably way easier to find and much cheaper.  Goodwill, Savers, and Salvy tend to have tons of dresses left over from summer and prom towards the end of the year.  It's a good idea to check out what you can get.  Poison Ivy also has a cape, but even a large infinity scarf can be used as a half wrap around the shoulders and the idea will come across nicely.  Tights are pretty much a necessity along with some type of ivy crown or wrap.  Simple craft flowers are less than a dollar typically.  Poison Ivy tights can specifically be found at Hot Topic if you want the real thing!

Opera gloves are super easy to find at Halloween for under $5.  Even a corset can be found at thrift shops for under $10 if you look really thoroughly, but a dress or a tutu might be the easiest route.  A masquerade mask can be substituted for those who aren't super crafty with make-up, but if you are crafty and don't mind using spirit gum or eyelash glue, to affix ivy leaves to your eyebrows, you're golden, because all you need to use are pieces of your ivy garland that can be acquired for under $1, especially at thrift shops.  A red wig, of course, is super easy to find!




4.  Rosemary Woodhouse - Rosemary is soooooo easy to pull off!  You only need a blonde, cropped wig, a blue ruffled housecoat (robe), or nightgown, a knife, and if you're feeling fancy, a black cloth with either a baby doll or just a baby mask hanging out to replicate your Antichrist spawn, Adrian, who has his father's eyes!  A nice touch is a round ball filigree necklace, which is intended to hold incense.  You can find them on Amazon in either genuine precious metals or in costume jewelry selections to hold your tannis root.




5.  Nosferatu - Nosferatu is the scariest vampire other than the 30 Days of Night vamps, so it's a good idea to be him if you really want to be scary for Halloween.  You need spooky hands, a long overcoat, and some vamp fangs.  You also need to be bald.  If you wanna do the ears, you can get some elf ears, but I don't believe it's necessary and neither are the contact lenses.  You could always do red eyeliner to make your eyes appear scary.  I do it most years.  Red lipliner is about a buck at any drugstore or the dollar store.  Plum works, too, a deep reddish plum.  The overcoat, hands, and bald head makes the costume, so yeah, easy peasy!


You're welcome!

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Free Autumn (Fall) Horror Movies


In New England, we call it fall!!!  Why don't all of us call it fall?  We rarely ever use the word Autumn unless we are referring to a person or are trying to be poetic, as in "Autumn leaves".   So, I've entitled this post, "Free Autumn (Fall) Horror Movies", so that everyone can find it on the inter-webs!

Happy Birthday to Lucas Marlone in late October, myself in late November, and Happy Birthday to my friend across the water, M, and I have another friend who is my birthday twin.  I'm not sure who's the evil one, though.  It's probably me!


In addition, October 31 is the anniversary of my first menstrual period.  Aren't you guys all delighted to know that I became menstruating and essentially became a woman at the age of 11 on Halloween.  It didn't mess with my program, though.  I snagged a pad from my friend, who was 3 years older and had already had her "little friend" for a while now.  Thanks Cherie, LOL!


I'll be posting The Legend of Sleepy Hollow as a Halloween film, because I was watching it in 5th grade with Mackie and my other classmates.  I just remember Mackie, because she was the first one I told prior to telling Cherie.  I went to the bathroom and low and behold, I was a big girl now!  So, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Halloween remind me of my menarche.  I don't know where "L" was that day or my very best friend Sara.  Wait, Sara was in the other 5th grade class that year.  Maybe "L" was, too.


This was the first year I got to bring my little brother, Joe, trick or treating, who just passed last December, which has been weighing on my mind today, yuck.  I hate those days.  He was a little vampire that year.  We were vampires quite a few years.  We used to love to strut around in vampire teeth.

In fact, my Dad told us that someday he'd let us in on the "Family Secret".  That, of course, was followed by resistance from my Dad, who'd tell us, "You'll find out soon enough.".  Apparently, when you turn twelve in my family, you become a vampire like the rest of them.  I'm still waiting, Dad!!!


Tis the season for my birthday, and the birthdays of a few of my cohorts.  My most notable cohorts, who's names begin with the letter "C" and "J"...there birthdays have already past, in the summer and spring, respectively.  And, many of my other friends have birthdays near Christmas and New Year's, so not happy birthday to you guys yet!

Number one has nothing to do with fall, but it's Clive Barker, and I just discovered a movie was made out of this and haven't even watched it myself, so this is for you, people who bother to read my blog, so thanks!  It's still spooky and deals with a haunted house!  Furthermore, even though it has nothing to do with menstrual-flow, it's Clive Barker's Book of Blood biznatch!


1.  Clive Barker's Book of Blood (2008) -  The assistance of  2 supernatural experts are requested to investigate odd events at a family's dwelling. A young medium, who can speak with the spirit world joins them. Subsequent to spending the night in the unsettling domicile, the team of investigators discovers foreign writing on the home's walls. Simon, the medium, wakes to mysterious scars that cover his body. The nightmare begins when they discover that this home is a portal between this life and the great beyond.


2.    Murder Party (2007) - An unexpected invitation to a Halloween party delivers a man into a death trap among random participant, who intend to murder him for the sake of art.  This included some horror comedy, so it's not as grim as it seems!


3.  Satan's Little Helper (2004) - This flick is so cute!  You guys all know what it's about, a crazy murderer, who may or not be Satan, who befriends a little boy on Halloween to help him carry out grizzly deeds unbeknownst to the little guy, who kinda looks like a Baby McLovin'.


4.  The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (1999) - Do I need to explain this classic Washington Irving tale?  It was, of course, adapted into quite a few films and even a TV show, which is based on the tale.  This is the 1999 version.  I can't remember which version we watch at school, but it was really old, and very school appropriate, since it was the 80's and I was in the 5th grade.

The one I've posted isn't the Tim Burton version, which is pretty different from the other versions, where Ichabod Crane is a teacher, and usually not an "outsider".

The original tale, "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow", was a short story that was contained in his anthology of of 34 essays and short stories, "The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent.", which he wrote while he resided in England.  The story was initially published in 1820.  Ever since, it's been a Halloween favorite.


5.  The Fall of the House of Usher (1928) - The House of Usher is a spooky, lonely mansion with a swamp surrounding it.  The Usher Family, who owns the house believes their bloodline is cursed, as they have all been driven crazy by this curse.  He discourages his sister's fiancee from marrying the girl to prevent him and any of his descendants created from this union from falling victim to the curse.  The plot thickens, of course.

So, this spooky Edgar Allan Poe adaptation classic has to fit into the list somewhere, since it's the ultimate fall haunted house flick.  This film happened before the 1960 Roger Corman classic, starring Vincent Price, of the same title and subject matter.  In essence, the 1960 version is a remake of this early 20's horror genre classic.

Ok, so prior to the Autumn (Fall) Season, let's thank Frightpix, Popcornflix, B&W Movies, and those who have been oppressed and brutally slaughtered.  Hail thee!  There, we've already given thanks!

Monday, August 29, 2016

Free & Inexpensive New England Fall Sites & Events!

Connecticut



Spirits Alive Cemetery Lantern Tours

Hillside Cemetery
44 Wallingford Road 
Cheshire, CT

Friday, Saturday & Sunday - October 14, 15 & 16, 2016 - 5 - 8:30 pm

Travel along a guided path illuminated by 600 tea lights as you listen to spooky tales.  Snake along the cemetery's tombstones as true tales of the deceased throughout Cheshire's history are recounted by actors.  These stories include a mysterious ship, a murder, a mine disaster, and a riot among other delightfully creepy stories.

This tour is sponsored by the Cheshire Historical Society and is a titillating way to learn about Cheshire's history.

Tickets for this guided lantern tour are just $12.  
 
More details are available by calling (203) 272-2574 or by visiting the event's Facebook page by clicking here!


The Cushing Brain Collection



Yale University
Whitney Medical Library
  333 Cedar St.
New Haven, CT


Hours

Sunday: 9:30 am – 8 pm 
Monday - Friday: 8 am - 8 pm
Saturday: 10 am - 7 pm

This fantastic collection for public exhibition is located in the Yale University's Whitney Medical Library. This collection was compiled by Dr. Harvey Cushing during 1902-1932.

Visitors without an active Yale Proximity ID Card, may register as visitors at the Medical Library’s Circulation Desk. Library staff will provide a Cushing Center Proxy Card to allow guests to check out the collection.

The Cushing Center is situated in the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library. From the library entrance,
continue down the hallway to the Information Room.  Use the stairway to your right and continue down two flights. The entrance will be to your right.

Tours

Each week, Yale provides three guided tours at the facility.

Hours

Thursday: 2 pm
Friday: 11 am & 2 pm

If you prefer to schedule a tour at an alternative time, e-mail Yale terry.dagradi@yale.edu.

Be sure to put Cushing Center Tour in the subject line to get a faster answer.

Maine

The Strand Cinema
19 Court Street 
Skowhegan, ME
(207) 474-3451

Hours

Monday -Sunday: 12:15 pm - 7:30 pm

Prices

Adults (13-59): $6
Kids  (4-12): $4
Seniors (60+): $4
Kids Under 3: FREE
Mondays & Matinees: $4

The Strand Theater initially opened on November 18, 1929.  The Strand Theater, which is now known as The Strand Cinema was restored in 2005 and expanded.  The venue currently holds 3 theaters that feature new movies in addition to a lobby, vintage ticket booth, and a concession stand.  

The Strand Cinema is listed among the top 50 most haunted American sites.  Apparently, a female tenant, who resided in an apartment over the theater died, while at home, and she now occupies and haunts the historic theater.  

She is rumored to appear as an apparition that shows itself and quickly dissipates.  Unexplained sounds are also purported to emanate throughout the theater.  Reports also include unexplained moving objects and even unpleasant spirit possession by a very unhappy entity.  

Massachusetts


Witch Stories by Candlelight at the John Cabot House

John Cabot House
117 Cabot St. 
Beverly, MA


September 16, 2016 - 6-8 pm

Listen to the odd tales regarding strange historical characters while exploring a candlelight guided tour one of the oldest houses in Beverly. The Hale House, which was erected in 1694 has sinister connections to the Salem Witchcraft Hysteria.

This event is FREE and people of all ages are welcome. However, registration is required and limited to 12 people per tour. To make reservations, simply call (978) 922-1186, ext. 0. Further details can be obtained by clicking here!

New Hampshire



Monson Ghost Town

Federal Hill Road
Hollis/Mildford Town Line, NH

Settled in 1730, Monson was quickly abandoned by 1770. The colonial settlement extended for 17,000 acres. This ghost town is protected by NH Forests, as it was the first European settlement in New Hampshire and among a few in New England to hold any true archaeological value. It's now a large state park, where one can currently see the foundations of long-abandoned homes. The town's ruins have been virtually undisturbed for more than two centuries. Apparently, this is a good spot to see animals in nature, too!

The entrance to the "Hollis Parcel-age" is located on Adams Road in Milford. There isn't a sign to get to the Monson Ghost Town, but it's on the Hollis-Milford line. The closest GPS coordinate is the latter 400's of Federal Hill Road.

Dover Asylum Fire Monument (Dover, NH)


Behind Riverside Retirement Home
Strafford County Complex
County Farm Road
Dover, NH

Behind the Riverside Retirement Home in the Strafford County Complex, where the prison and animals shelter are located, there is a pillar monument that can be easily missed that recounts the tale of a fire that burned the Dover Asylum to ashes in 1893. The first killed 41 of the 44 patients that were being treated there at the time of the fire. Word is 'round the campfire that this site is haunted.


Rhode Island


Books Bound in Human Skin

John Hay Library 
Brown University 
20 Prospect Street 
Providence, RI

The John Hay Library at Brown University has three anthropodermic (binding books in human skin) examples. Two of the three books are 19th-century stories, entitled, "The Dance of Death". The other book is a 16th-century book of anatomy book. How appropriate!

Special Collection Hours

Monday - Thursday: 10 am - 6 pm
Friday: 10 am – 5 pm

Vermont

Ax Wound Film Festival (AWFF)
139 Main Street 
Brattleboro, VT

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Women in Horror Month will be hosting their second annual Ax Wound Film Festival on November 5, 2016.  This is a day long event! For more details, click here!








Monday, August 22, 2016

Free Museum Ticket - Salem Witch Museum Included!

Smithsonian is giving away free museum tickets for National Museum Day, which is Saturday, September 24, 2016.  The Salem Witch Museum is included if you select Massachusetts as a state, so if you live around the area or if you will be visiting the area, there you go!



You're welcome!

Here are some states' weird museums you can visit for free on National Museum Day with  your free ticket!



Arizona - Superstition Mountain Lost Dutchman Museum 
Louisiana - New Orleans Historic VooDoo Museum
Massachusetts - The Salem Witch Museum 
Missouri - The Glore Psychiatric Museum 
South Dakota - 1881 Courthouse Musuem
Texas - Texas Prison Museum 
Virginia - The Edgar Allan Poe Museum & The Old City Cemetery Museums/Arboretum
West Virginia - Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex


Sunday, August 21, 2016

AHS - Season 6 - September 14, 2016!!!



Season 6 - Mystery?  Oooooh, that's evil, the most evil of all!



However, this trailer hints at all seasons being connected in some way, which has happened in smaller installments in recent seasons.  I guess we'll see!



OMG!  Wicker Man!!!!  I hope so!!!  How cool would that be?  I hadn't thought of that!!!  There are more teasers!  Click here to get access to all of them!


This will get you thinking.  All seasons are connected?  How?  

Now, Why Don't Ya Peel Off Ya Face - Face Peeling Videos!



TCA chemical peels are quite effective with reversing wrinkles, UVA/B damage, lightening the skin, and evening out skin tone.  Peels come in a variety of strengthens, but the TCA peel freaked me out when I saw what I looked like after.  Doing this type of peel requires about a week of downtime unless you are super self-conscious, because your skin, depending on the person will peel for up to 10 days and even possibly beyond depending on the strength of the peel and how deep it peeled on you as an individual.



Peels also help penetrate the skin so that other products work better, such as Retin-A and moisturizers.  If you've got a bunch of dead skin on top of your healthy skin, a hyper-exfoliation is a great option to kick-start your skin back into optimal health.  


I'm a peel enthusiast.  This woman recently had a TCA peel, which is a chemical acid peel that literally burns of layers of your skin.  Sexy, now peel off your face!!!

I've done one of these things a few times and you literally look like the living dead a couple of days later and your skin is dry, SOOOOO DRY!

Who needs skin?  Now peel off your face without further adieu!



Seriously, like the doctor says, don't peel it off yourself! I did and I have a nice pink scar on my left cheek. It was driving me nuts. It was itchy and a huge scab. If you're a picker, peels are tough and a TCA peel is a VERY VERY BAD IDEA!

I still do lactic acid peels from time to time to clear out my pores and slough off dead skin. It helps to purchase an after peel PH balance solution to calm down the peel so you don't overdo it if you start to feel a super burn and to purchase a moisturizer that will help with discomfort while you heal from your peel.

I'm not gonna lie, it does help you keep your resting bitch face fresh and young. It's akin to bathing in blood like Countess Bathory or Delphine LaLaurie. It's like the modern masochistic version. Now peel off ya face!


The things we ladies will do to be beautiful, sigh.  Men, you should definitely appreciate our efforts more!  However, there are men who do these peels, too, and now you will appreciate their strife for beauty!  There are a few guys out there who want to be pretty just as much as we do!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Watch Free Fraternity & Sorority Horror Films!

It's time to go back to school very shortly, so in honor of school and institutionalized higher learning, check out these free online fraternity and sorority-themed horror films.


Left in Darkness (2006) - Celia (Monica Keena) is roofied and sexually assaulted on her 21st birthday at a college frat party, which results in her death by accidental overdose.  She awakes for all intents and purposes, dead.  Trapped between life and death and unable to find her way to her final destination, forces both light and dark try to lead Celia to either damnation or salvation.

Besides, I have a bit of a girlcrush on Monica Keena since I saw my favorite rendition of Snow White in her role as Lilyanna (Snow White) in Snow White: A Tale of Terror circa 1997.  She may even be my favorite 90's and early 00's scream queen!

It's free.  Hulu has made it a little annoying to sign in, but you just have to go to the main screen to watch stuff for free!  

You can watch it for free on Hulu without subscribing.



Night of the Creeps (1986) - Two fraternity pledges are charged with the initiation task of stealing a frozen body from their campus when they unwittingly set forth an epidemic of students becoming infected with slug-like alien creatures that begin to inhabit their bodies and cause them to infect others.

Reanimator Academy (1992) - This campy b-horror comedy features Edgar Allan Lovecraft (how clever), an outcast in the Delta Epsilon Delta Fraternity, because he is a mega-nerd. Edgar creates a reanimating serum to return a severed head from the dead back to life, which is fine until it attracted the unwelcome attention of a local gangster, who threatens to kill the brilliant Edgar if he doesn't bring the gangster's dead gal back to life.  Either way you slice it, it doesn't turn out well for Edgar or for anyone else.  


Sisters of Death (1976) -  Starring Claudia Jennings, the 1970 Play Playmate of the Year, Sisters of Death is the story of a pledge to a college sorority, who dies during her initiation in a deadly game of Russian Roulette.  The initiates who survived the ritual are invited to a house in the desert seven years after the pledge's death and begin to meet their demise one by one.


Above is a fantastic, appropriately censored pic of Claudia.  Remember when you could have a normal looking body and not look like you hadn't eaten in months to be sexy and be considered Playboy material?  Also, they are real and not over-sized silicone bags.  I have no problem with big boobs.  I own a pair, but if you're hot, why is it necessary to overdo it and cut up your beautiful body so men will take more pleasure at looking at your bags of fun?  I never understood that.

Sorority House Massacre (1986) - An orphan, who is rushing a sorority discovers that the sorority's house is the site of where her birth family was killed.

Sorority House Massacre 2: Nighty Nightmare (1990) -  Five sorority sisters purchase a new sorority house at a bargain price due to the grisly murders that took place within the house five years prior to the purchase. The ladies spend the night in the house prior to having the electricity or phones turned on.

 One sorority sister tells the sisters all about the murders that took place five years prior in their new sorority house. Of course a storm rolls in and a creepy neighbor shows up, Orville Ketchum, and knows the story of the murders well. He provides the girls with keys to the house's creepy cellar and the girls decide to explore. They find the murderer's tools in addition to a conveniently placed Ouija board.  The plot thickens.

The House on Sorority Row (1983)The House on Sorority Row is a horror film that follows the adventures of a group of college girls that attempt to play a brutal prank on their house mother. When the situation goes awry, the girls decide to act normally until after a big party. Unfortunately, the party guests begin to suffer tragic fates, and the girls begin to look for an explanation. Can the source of the murderous tension be located before the entire group is dispatched? The race is one to find the killer.

Watch it free via Yidio here!