Top 5 Horror, Thriller, and/or Halloween Films

Disclaimer: These are MY FAVORITES, so while I value your opinion, I don’t value it if you tell me I’m wrong. Just keeping it real.

Okay, so back in middle school, we were obsessed with films that were terrifying at the time. Specifically, I recall practically peeing my pants watching ALL OF THE POLTERGEIST MOVIES in my friend Laura’s basement, and jumping out of my skin watching ALL OF THE SCREAM MOVIES at Mandy’s house. WHY did we do this? I don’t know. These days, I am not at all into movies that scare you simply by making you jump for two hours.

That said, for varying reasons, here are my top five favorite horror, thriller, and/or Halloween films of all time.

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1. Hocus Pocus. You know you were born in the mid-eighties if this movie is a must for Halloween. The song. The one-liners. The innuendos we never noticed when we were ten. Oh, and if you watch NCIS, you may recognize McGee.

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2. The Orphanage. Saw this at The Belcourt with Whitney. Obsessed over it. Made all my other friends see it. It may be in Spanish (with subtitles), but you are totally going to freak out. It just gets in your head. Promise.

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3. Silence of the LambsReally no words here. Just classic and creepy and Anthony Hopkins will forever be a genius.

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4. The ShiningReally this only made the list because before I ever saw the movie, I read the book. And let me tell you, my 8th-grade-self WAS PETRIFIED. The movie seemed kind of lame after the terror I had created in my imagination. So watch the movie, yes. But really…READ THE BOOK!

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5. Seven. Just…Seven. If you haven’t seen it, well, you’re welcome.

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Honorable Mention (because it’s a total spoof but I love it) goes to Shaun of the DeadNot usually my type of humor, but honestly, I just love these two guys. Check it out if you want some laughs with a little bit of jumping mixed in.

So tonight, if you’re not dressing up / going out, you’re not alone. Rent one of these lovely little films instead and make some Halloween Puppy Chow!

And because I have a deep need to post photos of the puppy (yes, I’m obsessed with my dog), Happy Halloween from my little pumpkin!!

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Halloween Puppy Chow

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Okay, first things first: Do you call it puppy chow or muddy buddies?? I had never even heard of muddy buddies until last week…

Now that we have THAT out of the way, please, enjoy…

This recipe that I stole from over here at A Southern Fairy Tale is a great twist on classic puppy chow. Instead of peanut butter, it uses nutella (genius). But I must admit, I used a jar of nutella, and then a huge glob of peanut butter too. Everything else though, I followed the recipe.

For candy add ins, I actually found s’mores candy corns and they were AWESOME. I also threw in some regular candy corn, an “autumn mix” which included pumpkins and such, and then a bag of Candy Corn M&Ms.

I was pretty confident upon purchasing them that “Candy Corn M&Ms” were simply m&ms in candy corn colors. This was a false assumption. They actually have like, a  candy corn filling. And with all the other candy corns in the mix, it was just a bit too much. A bag of regular ol’ m&ms would have been perfect here. Alas, it looks pretty!

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Chocolate Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

I’ve never made whoopie pies before, and this was a successful and fun first attempt.  I’ve always been intimidated by them, but it turns out that they aren’t too difficult at all!  This recipe is frome Spache the Spatula, and now I’m sharing it with you!

Chocolate Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

Ingredients

cookies:

3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups unsweetened cocoa powder (I used Dutch-processed)
1 tbsp baking soda
1 tsp sea salt
2 tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup vegetable shortening
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup packed dark-brown sugar
2 lage eggs
2 cups whole milk
2 tsp pure vanilla extract

filling:

8 oz cream cheese, at room temperature (I used Neufchatel which has 1/3 less fat)
2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
3/4 cup canned pure pumpkin
grated cinnamon, to taste
freshly grated nutmeg, to taste
pumpkin pie spice, to taste

Directions

cookies:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line baking sheets with silicone baking mats or parchment paper; set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix together the butter, shortening, and sugars for about 3 minutes until creamy and smooth. Add in the eggs and vanilla and mix for around 2 more minutes.
  4. Alternately add in the flour mixture and milk on low speed, beginning and ending with the flour.
  5. Scoop dough 2-inches apart onto prepared baking sheet in about a tablespoon-sized mound (I used a small cookie scoop.). Bake for 12 minutes or until the cookies spring back when lightly touched.
  6. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5-10minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

filling:

  1. In a medium bowl, beat together the cream cheese, butter and confectioners’ sugar until smooth.
  2. Add in the pumpkin and spices and mic until smooth, scraping down the bowl as necessary.

Spoon a tablespoon or two of filling between two sandwiches, and you’ve got a whoopie pie!  I also considered rolling the edges in some halloween sprinkles, but it didn’t happen.  Enjoy!

#96: Haunted House

I’ve accomplished another item off the list: Go to a haunted house {#96}.  When I was young, I loved scary movies, haunted houses, anything.  But for whatever reason, I’ve grown out of it a bit.  Though I love watching Criminal Minds as much as the next girl, truly scary movies and haunted houses give me the skeevies.  But I vowed to suck it up, so I did.  And I went with many equally nervous friends.

So here we are, ready to enter “Monster Mountain.”

Now obviously, we didn’t take pictures during the adventure.  But let me assure you, it was thoroughly terrifying.  Mostly, it was a path through the woods that took us in and out of creepy little buildings and pathways.  Just take my word for it — it was plenty scary.

But we survived!  And another item gets crossed off.

Halloween time!

What are you going to be for Halloween?  You may recall the video I posted awhile back, depicting the character Logainne Schwartzandgrubenierre from the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee…Well, that’s what I am going to be!

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I have to admit that as an undergrad, I really didn’t do Halloween.  Between the characters I played in shows and the costumes we came up with for themed parties, Halloween didn’t seem all that special.  But now that I’m not involved with those things, it’s fun to dress up again!

I just wanted to share with you what might have been my favorite theme party ensemble from undergrad.  Thanks to Carli’s dress, Whitney’s shoes, and Julia’s wings, I pulled together a might believable Tinkerbell.  What was the theme of the party you might ask?  “What I Want To Be When I Grow Up.”  Yep, I was Tinkerbell.  You know you love it.

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