Goodbye, Ghoul-friends, Till Next Year

good night ghost

Halloween is over.

I had a GREAT day; hope yours was fantastic, too. No Charlie Brown/Great Pumpkin tonight – two episodes of “American Horror Story: Coven” instead (delicious, BTW!) My Sweetie and I did also enjoy “Nightmare Before Christmas” and now it is time for bed.

Boo – I hate for this day to be over. ‘Night!


Feels Like Christmas Eve

I know – Martin and I are TOTAL Halloween dorks. Halloween is Martin’s second favorite holiday (Christmas is first – barely!) and I like it, too. So tonight, on a night that oddly parallels Christmas Eve, we “got ready for Halloween” tomorrow. We’re excited!!!

We carved our pumpkins:


We agreed that we would try and maybe catch some kids out trick or treating tomorrow night in our neighborhood:


After dinner – and maybe trick-or-treat-er-watching, we will come home and watch, “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown:”


We’ll probably eat some junky food – candy, really:


Followed by a viewing of Tim Burton’s “Nightmare Before Christmas” (probably Martin’s FAVORITE movie of all time) – it is tradition:

Nightmare before Christmas

And then we will go to bed…


So, yeah, that is our Halloween night line-up, and the anticipation tonight feels a lot like Christmas Eve. It is nice to have “traditions” with your loved ones – especially your “special” loved one.

I hope everyone has a Happy Halloween tomorrow – we’ll check in after the movie!!! BOO!

Two ghosts

The “Sounds of Halloween”

In a moment of weakness today, I selected the “Sounds of Halloween” channel on the music service we listen to at the studio. Imagine my surprise (not!) when the first song I heard was the 1962 smash “Monster Mash” by Bobby “Boris” Pickett & The Crypt Kickers.

I. HATE. THAT. SONG. And I mean, HATE. H-A-T-E.

Monster Mashclick image above to be tortured by “Monster Mash”

Listen, I totally get it – there are, for every holiday, specific “seasonal” songs that never get listened to except, perhaps, for that specific holiday. New Year’s Eve? “Old Lang Syne.” Christmas? “Here We Come A Wassailing.” Thanksgiving? “Over The River And Through The Woods (To Grandmother’s House We Go).” And Halloween?

“Monster Mash.” Or “Thriller.” Or “Ghostbusters.” In fact, you can see/hear Billboard Magazine’s Top 10 Halloween Songs by clicking here.

I don’t know – I mean, I love Halloween. LOVE IT! But really? As far as seasonal music goes? Halloween music sucks. Sorry, famous-celebrated-artists-associated-with-Halloween-songs, but your music is pretty terrible even ON Halloween. Terrible.

Except maybe “Thriller.” I gotta’ say, Prince of Pop MJ, all these years later, your song still is pretty amazing. Plus – how many wedding receptions have been host to “The Thriller Dance Sequence?” Now THAT is something to celebrate!

Thrillerclick image above to watch the full, original “Thriller” video – enjoy!

Suspension of Disbelief

Tonight my Beloved and I rented “After Earth,” the Will Smith/Jaden Smith futuristic tale detailing our deep space colonization after we – humans – destroy the earth.

Special effects? Adequate. Acting? Wooden. Plot line? Snoozefest.

Martin and I see a LOT of movies. A LOT. I have seen the same story told 100 times, in 100 different scenarios and in 100 better ways. Sorry, Will…After EarthSo, all those criticisms aside, this movie made the same fatal mistake that so many “set-in-the-future” films make – a totally unbelievable mismatch of technologies. Let me explain.

SPOILER ALERT! I will be sharing details of the plot, so if you “don’t wanna’ know,” stop reading.

So, in After Earth, Will Smith and his real-life son crash land on future earth – the world we humans all but destroyed, forcing our colonization on a distant planet. Interesting premise, again, done 100 time before, and better. The thing that drives me crazy with this movie, as with so many sci-fi/futuristic films, is the seemingly disjointed evolution of technologies. Let me explain…

In After Earth – a film that boasts genetically-altered creatures that hunt humans using pheromones, a weapon that can “shape-shift” into (I think) 22 different weapons, a space ship that can jump into hyper-space, a hand-held emergency beacon that, held aloft, launches up and beyond the earth’s atmosphere to send a rescue beacon across the galaxy – well, you get the idea. Humans are smart. They have amazing technology and advanced science. And yet, what happens during the course of the movie? Will Smith’s character almost dies from a broken leg bone and some internal bleeding.

I mean, c’mon – in the same movie that features a supremely-effective anti-toxin shot that is delivered directly into the heart via some sort of really cool needles, we have one of the main characters dying from complications from a broken leg? And – to make it even more ridiculous – Will Smith’s character attempts self-surgery to bypass a vein using a standard-issue horror film scalpel and some clear plastic tubing that looks like it belongs on a fish tank air pump. It was sad…Space Ships

Don’t you think that a race that has achieved deep space travel would have something better in their “medicine kit” than gauze bandages, iodine and wooden splints? When I see mismatches in movies like this, it makes me sad – and it is an insult to intelligent movie-goers. It’s the same as when we humans travel light years across space and then fight giant alien monsters with 22 caliber pistols – like guns with bullets! Really? Hollywood – you MUST do better.spud gun

Listen, I get that “suspension of disbelief” is a necessary act to immerse oneself in a movie. But when you have someone transporting from planet to planet, halfway across the universe in like six seconds, than pulling out a handgun to fight bad guys? No way. I cannot “suspend” my disbelief that far. That request requires advanced technology…

Yes It’s Halloween, Yes It’s Halloween…

As I get older, I realize that some things from my childhood are still the best…

Last night was SPOOKTACULAR, an annual Halloween party hosted by our dear friends, Mike and Chris. It was a GREAT time – and reminded me that the things we loved as children are often the things we love as adults. Like “dressing up:”

Mike and ChrisOur party “hosts,” Rose (Mike) and Blanche (Chris) – Sophia and Dorothy were there, too.

Hanging out with dear friends: Parma Houswife, Dr. Walker and Cruella DeVilleReal Housewife of Parma (Scott), Dr. “Walker” (Martin) and Cruella DeVille (Todd)

P and JGrand Water Buffaloes Barney (Paul) and Fred (Jeffrey)

Here are Rose (Josh) and Sophia (Mike)…

Rose and SophiaAnd friends are friends no matter what – meaning dead or alive, LOL!

Fonzie and Ward CleaverFonzie (Joe) and walker Ward Cleaver (Tim)

We had a BLAST and the party really only offered two things: friends (both existing and new!) and fun (games, food, libations and laughter). It. Was. Awesome.

We watched “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” played “Pin The Mustache on Tom Selleck” (don’t ask) and had a great Scavenger Hunt. The food was delicious, the crowd diverse/super fun and, all-in-all, it was just a great, great evening…

Martin and I made a lot of new friends and just had a lot of fun. I guess it reminded me that sometimes all we really need to have a great time are great friends and a willingness to be ourselves – and be silly. Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays and last night’s party just helped it secure that title. Happy Halloween Week! 

Tim 3:18

No. The title of this blog post is not referencing a Biblical quote; it is, instead, documenting the time I started writing this post – my post for SATURDAY, technically a bit after midnight but, since I have yet to fall asleep, in my mind it is still Saturday.

Tonight was the annual Halloween “Spooktacular” party, hosted by our friends, The Brookholts (Mike and Chris). It was SO MUCH FUN! I promise I will post pics tomorrow but – for now? Please enjoy this Halloween image. Thanks, gents!

And now it is 3:34 AM. Jeesh, I’m going to bed!

Grinning Halloween lantern vector illustration.

Decisions, decisions…

As usual, I have been a big procrastinator. Here we are, less than 24 hours away from the annual Halloween “SPOOKTACULAR” Event, and we have no firm costumes.

The plan for my Beloved and I to go as The Lone Ranger and Tonto (the Johnny Depp Tonto, BTW) fell through when we could not locate a bird for Martin’s head –

Johnny-Depp-TontoThen, we had planned on going as a pair of “walkers” from The Walking Dead but, while researching walker images, we realized we maybe didn’t have the mad make-up skills really required to pull off a “walker” successfully –

walkerThe thing is, last year we went as “Día de los Muertos Lovers” (Day of the Dead lovers – we weren’t married this time last year!) and – not to sound arrogant, we looked pretty dang awesome. Here we are – me, left, and my Beloved, right – Iphone 009So this year, I feel we have a “legacy” to continue. Sadly, the honest truth is, we are running out of time, and resources. Sigh. I MUST plan better NEXT year. Oh well, as handsome as my husband is, if nothing else, he can go as Gomez Addams –

Addams Familyand I will be his Uncle Fester. I mean, I already have the coat, LOL. It’s ALMOST Halloween. HOORAY!!!