Friday, October 31, 2008


My fellow witches, ghouls and other creatures of the is finally time. Our holiday is upon us at last. The weather here is perfect for All Hallow's Eve--dark, damp and dreary. I hope everyone has a scare-ific time tonight! Above all, be sure to scare the living hell out of those unsuspecting victims who dare to venture into your yard. *evil grin*

Carpe noctem (Seize the night),

The Pumpkin Queen

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

The Great Pumpkin

For those of us who love Halloween, I think there's truth to this.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Less than a week to go...

..'til Halloween, that is. It is almost here, my friends. Can you believe it?? I can't believe I won't be doing anything this year. Blasphemy! LOL It shouldn't be too terrible, though. I'm looking forward to watching 'Ghost Hunters'. Josh Gates, from 'Destination Truth', will be hosting the show, and several other SciFi people will be joining the TAPS team during their live investigation. It should be interesting.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Halloween plans

So, it looks like I am probably not going to be going out on Halloween this year. Normally, the thought of staying home on my favorite night of the year would seriously depress me, but luckily this year, I have a good reason for spending it at home. In fact, a part of me actually *wants* to be home so that I can watch one of my favorite shows, 'Ghost Hunters'. I'm not usually a big fan of reality shows, but seeing as how this one deals with the paranormal, I'm pretty hooked. On Halloween night, the TAPS team will be doing a ghost hunt live at the "Black Hole" in Fort Delaware-- a location that's reportedly very active in terms of paranormal activity. I missed last year's live investigation on Halloween, so I'm really looking forward to seeing this one. Viewers can communicate with the team all during the investigation, and alert them to anything out of the ordinary that the team might not notice. It should be very interesting. I've become quite a fan of this show. I really like that they go into an investigation while trying to be as objective as possible. Instead of trying to prove that a location is haunted, they first try to rule out all other possible reasons for the strange goings-on. This seems to separate the team from other ghost hunters, who go into investigations with the assumption that a place is haunted without having good evidence to support it. It should make for a fun way to spend Halloween.


Monday, October 13, 2008

The Pumpkin Dance

I love how surreal this one is.


Pumpkin Patch Cake

I want this recipe!!!

Autumn Beauty, con't.

Another one I had to include.

Autumn Beauty, con't.

I couldn't resist adding this one. How beautiful it is. Even the sky is just brilliant. I would love to wake up to a view like this greeting me every morning. I had to put it on my desktop. I just had to.

Autumn Beauty

I love the look of vast fields covered with golden pumpkins.

Stoneykins Pumpkin Carving Patterns

Another great site with tons of fantastic carving patterns. I love this one with the cat.


Scarecrow Skulls

Made out of papier mache...very cool.

Stolloween Papier Mache props

I never would have thought you could make such wonderful props with something like papier mache, but obviously, I was wrong. These are great!


Haunted Home contest

Okay, for all of you ultra talented home haunters out there, you might just want to check out this site and enter your haunt in this contest! It's called the 'Home is Where the Haunt Is' contest, and if you win, they will pay your mortgage for a year (up to $25,000). Check it out!

"Scary Sleep-over"

I found this link to a funny Halloween game called 'Scary Sleep Over'. You try to scare the person out of the house by morning using the spooky effects. I'm ashamed to admit I couldn't do it!!! *sob* It's a fun game to play if you're bored.

Pumpkin Festival

I love Fall festivals. One of my favorites was the Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival. I don't live in that region anymore, but when I did, I always enjoyed going to this event. They have all sorts of entertainment, and the streets are blocked off from traffic, and lined with vendors selling all sorts of stuff from art, jewelry, food, clothing, etc. There is also a haunted house, and of course, a great pumpkin weigh off. The pumpkins are incredible!

Friday, October 10, 2008

More Halloween yummies!

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Maple-Ginger Frosting

I recently made some Halloween sugar cookies, pumpkin soup, and some delicious pumpkin pudding. Next on my list are pumpkin cupcakes. We bought a Halloween Sprinkle Set at Michael's. It's a set of all sorts of decorative toppings for cookies, cupcakes, etc. In doing a search for different recipes, I found this one with a maple-ginger frosting. Maple-ginger just sounds too good to pass up, so I've decided to try it. I'm planning on making them this weekend, and I can't wait! I just love Fall. Pumpkin is everywhere. It is one of my favorite flavors, and I love to make pumpkin desserts. It gives me the perfect excuse to go crazy making all sorts of pumpkin treats. (Not that I need an excuse, anyway!) ;)

For the recipe, go here:

Thursday, October 9, 2008

The Vineyard House

One of the most popular themes for a Halloween attraction is the haunted house. After all, what would Halloween be without a haunted house or two?? Theatrical haunted house attractions are plentiful around Halloween time, but what about a real haunted house? Such is the case with the house pictured above (the second picture was taken around 1900). Known as the Vineyard House, it's located in the historic town of Coloma, Ca-- home of the famous California Gold Rush. I have always thought it was pretty cool to live near such a historic place, but what I especially loved about it was the Vineyard House. From the time I was quite young, my parents and neighbor kids told stories about the house being haunted, and of course I loved hearing them. The stories fascinated me, and I loved it when my parents would take us to Coloma to have dinner at the house (when it was open as a restaurant and bar), and also to the James Marshall monuments by the river. The history of the house is a very long and tragic one. It is a known fact that Robert and Louisa Chalmers, the original husband and wife, died there, as did numerous others when the basement of the house was later used as a jail. The story goes that Robert came down with syphilus and began to lose his mind and his eyesight. He supposedly claimed that Louisa was trying to poison him, and at some point after things had gotten out of control, she had him chained in the basement, where he eventually died of starvation. Robert is one of the people who is believed to haunt the house, as is his wife, Louisa. After his death, she became desperate for money, and finally allowed the lower part of the house to be used as a jail. According to accounts, there were at least several executions that took place right outside the house as well. One of the owners many years later found very old, wooden coffins underneath the stairs leading to the front door while the house was being renovated.

Over the years, different owners have come and gone and tried to make a go of the place as a restaurant and inn, and many of them had unsettling experiences. The basement, where Robert Chalmers died chained to a wall, was used as the bar, and many strange incidents took place in there. One bartender, while cleaning up late at night, claimed that while he was wiping down one end of the bar, a glass at the far other end slid all the way down the bar towards him all by itself, and stopped right in front of him. Other stories were told by guests who stayed in the upstairs bedrooms. One story was told by a couple who were awakened late at night by the sound of people talking loudly as they walked up the stairs. The husband opened up the door to tell the noisemakers to quiet down, and when he did, he saw three men dressed in Victorian clothing fade before his eyes. Another story was another couple who experienced something that scared them so badly that they packed their things and left in the middle of the night. Unfortunately, they did not share what happened to scare them like that, so I cannot say what it was. If only they had told someone!

Another cool thing about the place is that there is a very old graveyard directly across from the Vineyard House. The Chalmers' family are among the people buried there. There is supposedly the ghost of a lady dressed in black period clothes who has been seen in the cemetery. She is known as the Lady in Black. I always wished I would see or hear something paranormal whenever I was there, but I never did. The house has been a private residence for many years now, but I have heard talk of it being re-opened as a restaurant and bar. I keep hoping there's truth to this rumor. It has such a fascinating history, and there are so many stories told by its owners, its customers, and guests that the place is famous for its hauntings. I once read that it was featured on 'That's Incredible' and also 'Ripley's Believe It Or Not'. I wish I had those episodes. I'd have loved to have seen them. I will always think of how cool it is that I grew up not too far from a real haunted house!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Jack-o-lantern house

This is truly unbelievable. I wish I could go to West Virginia just to see this. If you visit the site below, there is a video of it, along with the lights all blinking in tune with music. Amazing!

Kenova Pumpkin House:

Man-eating spider

I thought this was one hell of a yard display! I must admit that I'm arachnophobic, but I can still appreciate a great yard haunt--and a most unusual one, at that-- when I see one. I love the lighting in this display, too. Fantastic.


Devil's Minions

I came across this cool site with burning pumpkins. A very cool effect, indeed. I just noticed that the flame on the middle pumpkin looks like an evil face on the right side. It's like a profile view of a skull face, as if the pumpkin is spewing forth a demon from hell. Wow!!


Halloween smiles

I want my front window to look like this. I love to see happy, glowing pumpkins. They just look like they're shouting, "Happy Halloween!" Magical.

Krewe of Boo Halloween Parade in New Orleans

One of many scenes from New Orleans' Halloween parade with the Vampire Lestat and Armand! I so wish I could be back in New Orleans again for Halloween...especially to see my favorite vampires!

I love New Orleans. The City that Never Sleeps and America's Most Haunted City are just a couple of its famous nicknames. One visit there, and you can clearly see why. It is a beautiful, dark, magical, mystical, almost surreal place for those of us who love cities cloaked in darkness and mystery. It is a haven for vampires, witches and ghosts, or anyone who has a flair for the dark and dramatic. It is one of the best places to be for Halloween. Take my word for it.

Krewe of Boo:

Extreme Pumpkins II

I just saw this in an email sent to me from Border's. "Take back Halloween and freak out a few more neighbors." I love it. LOL I might just have to get this.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Crawling Vampire

I came across this awesome prop awhile ago and have always wanted it.

Source: The Horror Dome

Hanging Vampire prop

Another wonderful life-size prop from The Horror Dome. I have a thing for vampires. I would love to have this thing hanging from the corner of my room. It reminds me of the one from Bram Stoker's Dracula.

Cauldron Witch

I want this. I want this NOW. Life-size, animatronic witch stirring her wicked brew. Awesome.

Courtesy of The Horror Dome:

If you like gothic art....

...then you should dig the art of Joseph Vargo. Some very cool stuff.

Monolith Graphics:

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Home Haunt

A great haunted yard display!


Haunted house III

I especially love this one. I love what appear to be trick-or-treaters dressed as ghosts running towards (or away from) the house.

Haunted house II

Another place I would gladly reside in.

Evil Scarecrow

One of my favorite symbols of Halloween--the evil scarecrow. I absolutely love this one in particular. Aside from how creepy its face looks, there's something especially creepy about it being dressed in a tux. Don't know why, but to me, it makes it all the more creepier.

Pumpkin Man

Creepy. 'Nuff said.


Halloween Treats

Perfect little goodies for Halloween!

Animated Halloween

Well, it's *supposed* to be animated. It actually has a witch that flies across the moon, but for some reason, it isn't working. Ah, well. Still a cool image.

Halloween Wedding Cake

Now this is seriously too cool. I love Jack and Sally on the top. I wonder if the bride and groom were dressed like them. hehe

Scarecrow on Halloween

Another one I really like. He looks like he's watching the firecrackers.

Haunted house I

This picture is simply magical! I want to live there. Oh, the Halloween parties I would throw!!

Monster Cake!

I couldn't believe this one! It's a zombie cake! Yep, that's right! It's a real cake. How cool is that for a Halloween party?!


I love how the witch's face glows in the candlelight. Wonderful image.

Witch in Flight

I've always loved the image of a witch flying against a harvest moon on a dark Halloween night. I'd give anything to see it for real.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

An October Saturday

Today was a nice way to spend an early October Saturday. It rained a little on and off all day, and the cool, damp weather is so crisp and refreshing. It feels great. I've had the back door, and several bedroom windows, open all day. I look out at the back deck and notice how many dead leaves already cover it. When I walked down to the barn to feed the horse and get the newspaper early this morning, it was so over cast and misty that it seemed like winter. I looked down the windy street towards the houses on the hills in the distance, and I thought of how soon the holidays would be here, and how those hills would be glowing with Christmas lights. It's such a beautiful sight. It always seems strange to me when the holidays finally come around again. It's hard to believe that a whole year has already gone by. Aside from all the chores and errands that I did today, I also made some Halloween cookies. I got some ghost, cat, and pumpkin cookie cutters a month or so ago, and I finally got around to using them. I got some orange frosting and black icing and made little jack-o-lantern cookies. It was a pretty nice day to enjoy the wonderful October weather, and relax and do some fun, Halloween-related activities. I think tonight I will start carving my other foam pumpkin. One of my favorite Halloween movies is coming on soon, and what better way to get into the Halloween spirit than carving a pumpkin while watching a Halloween movie?? There is almost nothing better than that. :)

Thursday, October 2, 2008

October, at last

So it is October now. The waiting is over. Our favorite season is finally here, and our favorite holiday is only in a matter of days. It's strange how I wait anxiously all year long for this time of year , thinking and dreaming about Halloween, and all the exciting things I'm going to do to celebrate it. Then, when it finally comes around, I feel like it got here so suddenly that I don't have enough time to do everything I wanted to do to prepare for it. That always bums me out. I love almost nothing more than to celebrate this time of year. Things have not been great lately, though, and I am finding that a lot of things that I had looked forward to are sadly not going to happen. I am hoping that this, my most favorite month out of the year, will bring me out of the awful funk I've been in for several months now.

I love Halloween images. I search the 'Net all throughout the year searching for them. One of my favorites are the ones of glowing jack-o-lanterns. I found some cool images this morning that I thought were worthy of adding to this blog, as a way of welcoming in October. (See below.)