Monday, October 5, 2015

Hallowe'en Tag and The Insomniac's  IT (Alternative Title: IT'S ALIVE!)

You know how when you've stayed away too long, the thought of returning is rather frightening?

Like when you've gone to the loo at a party and start imagining everyone's thinking you've been in there an awfully long time, even when you haven't been. And then you start imagining they're probably all wondering what exactly you're doing in there, even when you aren't doing anything - or, at least, nothing out of the ordinary. But by this time you've pretty much worked yourself into a lather and are practically forced into staying locked inside that washroom until the last guest has gone home. Even if it is the only one in the house and people are frantically banging on the door begging you to come out. 

Been pretty much that same scenario here lately - minus the part about the loo though. And nobody's been begging anybody to come out. After Horror Con there were a few random ideas tossed around for potential blog posts, but as summer slipped into autumn the ideas became fewer and fewer until eventually the insomniac  managed to get herself so worked up about how long it had been since she last wrote anything, she questioned whether she'd ever blog again and gave serious thought to giving the whole thing up.

So although she had no intention of participating when Goth Gardener tagged her, nor even when Mourning Glory Designs tagged her, it seems this Hallowe'en Tag just might be the proverbial fire needing to be lit under someone's heinie that will hopefully get her back into her regular blogging routine of one post per month (rough estimate). The alternative scenario being to stay locked in the loo 'til the last guest has left ...

The challenge is to answer the following thirteen questions, then tag five more bloggers - which is the one part of the tag the insomniac  won't do, as she couldn't possibly be expected to remember who's already been tagged and who hasn't. Please feel free to copy these questions to your blog and tag yourself if you'd like to participate, okay?

1. Favorite Halloween song?
2. Witch or Vampire?
3. Favorite thing about Halloween?
4. Halloween party or scary movie marathon?
5. Skeletons or Zombies?
6. Favorite Halloween candy?
7. Favorite Halloween movie?
8. Favorite Halloween costume?
9. Favorite Halloween store?
10. Jack-o-lanterns, yes or no?
11. Bats or Black Cats?
12. Is Halloween your favorite holiday?
13. Pumpkin spice latte or hot chocolate?

Okay. Here goes nothing.

1. Favorite Halloween song?
Anything off Midnight Syndicate's “The 13th Hour”, especially Fallen Grandeur.


2. Witch or Vampire?
Most definitely Vampyre ... especially Gary Oldman in Bram Stoker's Dracula. Mmmmmm. Gary Oldman.

This.

Not this.

3. Favorite thing about Halloween?
It used to be decorating the Gothic Mansion for the offspring and the many (six) children who would come trick-or-treating on Hallowe'en night. But since it doesn't appear as though we'll get many of the latter now we've moved out here to the Middle of Nowhere, the former has lost some of its appeal. Which feels kinda sad.

4. Halloween party or scary movie marathon?
Well, since you now know the insomniac  has a tendency to end up in the loo at most (all) parties and since she hasn't been able to watch anything but very old horror movies for years (the new ones are far too scary for someone with an overactive imagination who is now living in the Middle of Nowhere), the correct answer would probably be to hit the sack around 8:00 p.m. with a good book. Or a tablet.

5. Skeletons or Zombies?
Unequivocally, skeletons. One has NEVER been a fan of zombies even before they became popular, especially since one is quite sure there is a family of the living dead inhabiting the dilapidated building on the property next door. Out Here. In the Middle of Nowhere. Where we enjoy Extremely Limited Cell Phone Reception.

This was two years ago. It looks much worse now.

Unless you're a zombie, in which case
it looks pretty darn hospitable.

6. Favorite Halloween candy?
Those old-fashioned Hallowe'en molasses kisses - the kind that most kids threw out back in the day, and for which the insomniac  would gladly exchange all her chocolate bars for in return.

7. Favorite Halloween movie?
The original Dracula with Bela. Or the one with you-know-who. Mmmmmm. You-know-who.



Sorry, where were we?

8. Favorite Halloween costume?
The insomniac's  or somebody else's? Nothing memorable in her own personal costuming repertoire sadly, being the sort of person who always waits until the last possible second before starting her Masterpiece of Costumery.

9. Favorite Halloween store?
Home Sense, Pottery Barn and Williams Sonoma. One has finally come to the long overdue realization that the cheesy fare offered at most Hallowe'en stores is the same stuff generally tossed into the Goodwill Donation Bag at the end of the season; if it's not nice enough to leave up all year round, then one doesn't (or, perhaps more accurately, shouldn't) spend any money on it.

10. Jack-o-lanterns, yes or no?
Pumpkins, yes. Cutesy jack-o-lanterns, nope. If they're very scary looking, it's okay.

11. Bats or Black Cats?
Bats. But only by a narrow margin, and only because one is awfully allergic to cats.

12. Is Halloween your favorite holiday?
Beyond a shadow of a doubt. It's a pretty safe bet someone who chooses to open a year-round online Hallowe'en store is probably fairly enamored with the holiday.

13. Pumpkin spice latte or hot chocolate?
Hot chocolate, preferably spiked. Although she fully expects to be stoned for this statement, she really doesn't care for Starbucks and all their flavoured coffees. Blech.

Until next time, and which hopefully won't be another three and a half months from now, the insomniac  wishes you nights of blissful sleep filled with pleasant dreams. Goodnight, my pretties.

IA

54 comments:

  1. Finally, I've been waiting forever to get into that loo!! Hahaha. I know exactly what you mean. I'm glad you came back though. I enjoyed reading your answers - pretty much a Hallowe'en classicist. I am probably in that category as well. But I've fallen off celebrating most holiday. I think Christmas is almost as scary as Hallowe'en. I went into the fabric store, Dressew, you know it?, and it was jammed with packaged costumes. Booo! (not as in cool ghost sound, as in unhappy audience) But at least the shoppers seemed very excited.
    Good to see you! Next time I'll slip you some Twizzlers under the door. You like them?

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    1. It was probably you banging on the door thirty or so years ago when the insomniac  was locked in the bathroom after an unfortunate encounter with a bottle that had some sort of worm in the bottom, wasn't it Melanie? Hahahaha! I'm glad I'm back too. At least I think I'm back. Might be too early to say. ;)

      Christmas is scary - the only part we do any more is the stuffing ourselves full of food part - no presents or any of that other stressful nonsense. But the food - well, some things are just sacred!

      YES, I KNOW DRESSEW! I have a routine when I go to Vancouver - Salmagundi, Button Button and then Dressew. The last time I was there it was Hallowe'en and I was going to Salmagundi's 40th anniversary party, so I was actually looking for costume stuff. And yes, it was very cheesy. HOWEVER, I did go down into the basement and found 6 metres of very thick 100% cotton jersey that I did get pretty excited about. Try stuffing that into the overhead luggage, I tell ya!

      It's good to see you, too! And if it's sweet and terribly bad for you, then I like it. ;)

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  2. So, the order for the mini-fridge has been cancelled then? I shall rip up the magazine subscriptions I was filling out for you too. As a fellow blogger, and also article contributor for another venue, some months I just want to paste a page out of an obscure book on the screen and call it done. The public frowns upon such practices though. Something about jail time.

    Bravo for coming back. I love to hear from you.

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    1. Now wait a minute ... before you start shredding things, what magazines exactly? ;)

      It's not that I'm finding it hard to come up with new ideas, it's just that most of them seem to be completely inappropriate! lol I have no idea how you can run a blog AND contribute to a different one as well - you have my utmost admiration and respect. :)

      Awwwww thanks, Debbi!

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  3. This was a particularly entertaining (AND funny) post to read! Specially the part about Oldman (another fan here, of course...)
    Now seriously, I always find nice to learn about my favourite people around the net by reading little posts like this, where you can see a bit more of their personal taste and preferences. I enjoyed the part in which you explained you find modern horror movies to scary, partly because I do sympathize with that and the only reason I keep going with my masochistic relationship with them is, unlike you, I don´t live in an isolated area... Nevertheless, lately they focus on making ordinary urban spaces (including narrow studio flats at antiseptic apartment blocks) to look more horrifying than classic gothic mansions, so that doesn´t help a lot to easily to scare people like me neither...

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    1. The Gentle One looks a little like Oldman, doesn't he? Much better looking though. :)

      I actually enjoy reading other people's contributions as well, for the exact same reasons as you. Hey, you should tag yourself, Violette! I really can't do the new horror movies - most of them are far too violent and gory for me. I enjoy being scared, but not being terrified. Big difference. ;)

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  4. It is great to have you back! I, of all people, know how it is to 'fear the return' after a looong time. Modern horror movies scaring the living... stuff out of you? I've been there. Hades tends to get plenty of 'Do I watch a paranormal film without you...? Nope.' texts from me ;)

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    1. Hello, Persephone! It's so nice to hear from you! I'm very behind on my blog reading (not just the writing) but I think I saw you've gotten engaged? I will catch up tonight and hear all your news!

      I want to watch the movies - I really do. But about five minutes in, I usually have to exit the room. I'm pretty excited about Crimson Peak though. I think I might actually go to the theatre and give that one a try. :)

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  5. Enough with the Starbucks cult. Hot chocolate, please, the way it was meant to be, with REAL milk.
    Halloween and everything related seem very exotic to me.
    We don’t celebrate it in Greece, so I'm not familiar with the holiday at first hand. I am a tad attracted to dark themes in general, though - now, THAT was an understatement:-D

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    1. I think I am having browser issues. I hope Variations On Light doesn't mind me replying to her comment in order for me to comment. I just wanted to say welcome back and I love Gary Oldman as the young Dracula too. I swooned over the photos.

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    2. I know, Variations on Light - I've never really understood the Starbucks thing, mostly because I'm too damn cheap to spend that much on a cup of bad (IMO) coffee! And yes, I'm drinking a homemade hot chocolate as I type these answers because I've been thinking about it all day! One cup milk, one tablespoon cocoa, one tablespoon sugar. What could be easier or better?

      You can celebrate Hallowe'en at home in Greece by watching a scary movie or reading a scary book by candelight! I'll think of you Hallowe'en night as I'm doing the same ... just to be clear, I'll be reading the scary book and NOT watching the scary movie. Understatement is right! LOL

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    3. Sylvie, you have browser issues and I have issues with my new phone ... in that I think I'm capable of actually doing things on it and then end up posting on other peoples FB timelines. Wow. So lame.

      Thank you - I hope I'm back! I just have to sit down and start typing something every couple of weeks instead of letting it go so long. You know, I'm not sure what it is about Oldman in that movie, but man oh man. Swoon is an understatement. :)

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  6. OMG you like those Halloween molasses kisses? You're the only person I've ever known to say that. I salute you.

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    1. Really? I'm the only one? Huh. I thought EVERYBODY liked them! ;)

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  7. Thank you for introducing me to Midnight Syndicate. Amazing! I have to get that album/CD. Maybe Apple has it for download.
    I loved your answers and even though you don't care for zombies, they love your brains.
    I love what you said about decorations, "if it's not nice enough to have out year around (because who puts their decorations away, anyway?) then you shouldn't buy it". Words to live by. I am currently purging the aforementioned big box store crap and hoping to unload it at a yard sale in a week or so. And for the record, I have never had a pumpkin spiced latte or other seasonal brew from Starbucks. I usually only drink tea. Iced tea from home.
    Glad you're back. Don't be a stranger... too late.

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    1. I think I might have another Midnight Syndicate CD but don't ask me what it's called, Glo. I only listen to music when I'm driving, and since the CD holder is in the back seat, obviously I only listen to the CD's that are laying loose on the front seat - over and over and over. ;)

      I thought of you when I said I didn't like zombies. No offense, right?

      Whenever I decorate for Hallowe'en or Christmas, I hate having to take it down because everything looks so bare afterwards - so then it has to become part of the permanent decor. I hope you make a whack of money at your yard sale so you'll have more money to buy more things! Better things though. Things you'll want to leave out all year long.

      Haha - too late. Haha. :)

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  8. I love it when my virtual friends spill their guts!!!!!
    Don't you dare stop blogging, I just found you! xDebi

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    1. Haha, me too, Debi! I'm going to try to be a better blogger ... like I've never said THAT before! LOL

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  9. Geez, I've been waiting outside this loo forever! I thought you'd never come back out. :) I love the old horror movies much than the newer ones also. The problem with the newer ones for me isn't that they are too scary but I just find the writing pretty awful. The older ones just had better stories and better actors!

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    1. LOL You too, Mary? It was touch and go there for a while as to whether I'd ever emerge or not. ;)

      You're right - the writing on the new ones is pretty bad, isn't it? And way too much gore for me, although I understand you're sitting there shouting, “Right in the eye!” Haha!

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  10. I enjoy cheap decorations... I think that stems from my childhood and not ever having a typical store bought costume, or store bought decorations. Everything was made up from something else. For example, I was once a witch that my mother put together from garbage bags and a plastic witch hat they found at a thrift store. Decorations were cut and painted from cereal boxes and Christmas were reused-- re-bulbed with just orange ones.

    I'm now in a vastly better situation where I can afford the good stuff, and although my childhood lacked in these little luxuries, I can't say it was so terrible that those cheapy little things made to last a night manage to fill me with blissful albeit wistful nostalgia, heh.

    Gary Oldman has a very distinctive air about him... I'd be lying if I said I've never thought about him in that manner. Hah!

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    1. I never got a store bought costume when I was a kid either, Madame MM. Everything was homemade! I remember my Dad teaching me how to burn the end of a cork to rub on my face to emulate a beard for my hobo costume. Even back then, I was pretty good at sewing patches. Good times. :)

      And Hallowe'en wasn't the big decorating deal as it is now - people handed out candy (and even apples) at the door and you were lucky to see a carved jack-o-lantern on the steps as far as decorating went! But I'm much older than you - that was the fifties and sixties. :)

      I see I'm not the only one who feels that way about Oldman. :)

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  11. I can not agree with you enough about Gary Oldman; one of my all time favourite swoons! And as for the zombies; I've never been much of a fan myself either. Vampires all the way.

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    1. He really is swoon worthy isn't he, Naomi? And yet, I don't find myself feeling quite that same way about him in anything else he's been in. I really like him as an actor, but he definitely hit it out of the park with that particular role. ;)

      Zombies are icky.

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  12. Goodness! My thumb got tired scrolling down beyond the comments ;) You're very loved in and out of the potty... I like to think I just set that room on fire! (Going along with your metaphor of course).

    Great responses!

    And that building nextdoor... It's totally filled with zombies!

    As for Starbucks, I consider it the McDonalds of coffee... It's fast, often convenient for a commuter, and one knows exactly what one is getting. Sometimes consistent trumps taste in my world.

    Happy Halloween!

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    1. Your thumb got tired ... you're funny! As for being loved IN the potty - probably best for me not to go there, right? LOL

      I know it is - totally! And one night I fully expect to be awakened by a horrendous crash when the house falls in on itself, and then I'm gonna have a bunch of bloody zombies at my front door looking for a new place to live. I just know it. ;)

      I'm not slamming people who like Starbucks, you understand. I just have never really enjoyed any of their coffees and the sweet ones almost make me sick to my stomach. And I can stand A LOT of sweet .. it's my Super Power. Thanks again for the tag, and a Happy Hallowe'en to you, too! And I think you did set that room on fire (metaphorically). I went downstairs today and pulled out a few decorations. Not the entire box mind, but a few. :)

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  13. I'm glad you joined the tag, it was interesting to read you answers! And the song was also very very nice. :)

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    1. Thank you, Lesthi! I'm glad you found them interesting. It's hard to get back into the swing of writing when you've put it off for so long. I'm happy you liked the song! :)

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  14. Wahoo! A post! Does this mean we'll get another post before Halloween..maybe..?

    Yes, Gary Oldman was all hotness as Dracula. I had a whole couple of years where I wanted to be Winona Ryder so bad! I mean, Johnny! (back then, not now, jeez)

    I messed up your wristwarmer :( so it will be a little longer before I get them to you. Hope that's ok!

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    1. Yes! Yes, you will! Two very exciting things happened today so you'll get at least another two posts before Hallowe'en.

      I need to go downstairs and see if I have a copy of that movie. And then I need to get the DVD player hooked up so I can watch it. Amazingly enough, I haven't seen it listed on the TV schedule yet and it just wouldn't be a proper Hallowe'en without Gary. ;) And are you absolutely sure you still don't want to be Winona? Really, really sure? Hmmmmm?

      Don't worry about the wristwarmers! I've got seven or eight or maybe even nine months of winter still coming to wear them! LOL

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  15. Glad to see you posting! I understand your dilemma as I'm pretty much in the same boat. I haven't posted anything since August. I seem to have run out of ideas. And to think there was a time when I tried to post once a week! Eventually, I'll come up with something. Hopefully, it will be before Halloween. Oh, I'm with you on the skeletons, hot chocolate and vampires!

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    1. Thanks, Nightwind! I've still been reading blogs (when I should be reading books, I might add!) and noticed you were probably feeling the same as me. It's okay to be out of ideas though - all creative people need breaks now and then to rekindle and then come back better than before, right? I remember in the beginning I used to post once a week too, and I almost think that was easier because then you were in the habit. I hope you do find something to write about for Hallowe'en - I miss reading your posts! In my case, it's vampires first, then hot chocolate - skeletons last. ;)

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  16. 1. Favorite Halloween song?
    Black No. 1 (Little Miss Scare All) by Type O Negative

    2. Witch or Vampire?
    Vampire.... Oh, how I love to adorn myself in black Victorian clothing! Lace.... Top hat.... Gloves.... Velvet.... A Long Black Cape

    3. Favorite thing about Halloween?
    It is the feeling.... the thinning of the veil.... the shift of seasons..... the fear factor!

    4. Halloween party or scary movie marathon?
    Scary movie marathon. It used to be a party, before I became an old curmudgeon

    5. Skeletons or Zombies?
    Zombies, but only if they are realistic. There's nothing worse than a poorly made up Zombie, don'tcha know?

    6. Favorite Halloween candy?
    Caramel apples.

    7. Favorite Halloween movie?
    I am making a new tradition this year, and plan to watch American Horror Story on Netflix.

    8. Favorite Halloween costume?
    I was a gypsy one year, when I was in my early 20's (that was about 2 years ago... cough....cough... hiccup)

    9. Favorite Halloween store?
    Any good will, thrift or consignment store... better chances of finding something completely unique!

    10. Jack-o-lanterns, yes or no?
    Yes!

    11. Bats or Black Cats?
    Black cats - was there another option? >^. .^<

    12. Is Halloween your favorite holiday?
    Indeed, and of course!

    13. Pumpkin spice latte or hot chocolate?
    Hot apple cider with cinnamon and orange slices!

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    1. Thanks for participating, Lady Denyse! Excellent answers, and it's really nice to learn more about you. I think that's what I like most about these tags. :)

      Are you only 22? Wow, you're so young and definitely not a curmudgeon, and I'm so jealous because I'm not so young and definitely am! I agree - thrift stores are the best places for a unique costume. I've got American Horror Story ready to PVR tonight - I'm pretty excited, although I didn't care for last season and quit watching about halfway through. This one looks good though. Now I'm craving hot apple cider ... orange slices is a great idea! :)

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  17. Zombies freak me out too. And I love the Dracula with you-know-who...mmmm. Fun post!

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    1. Nice! A fellow zombie detest-er! I wouldn't care to go so far as to say I “hate” them, you know ... **glances around nervously**

      Thanks, Nicole! Glad you enjoyed it. :)

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  18. I've missed you and your witty way of writing! ^_^ It was so nice to read your answers.

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    1. Awww, aren't you sweet, Jade! Thank you for saying so! <3

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  19. Its about time you posted something. The only way I know your still in the Land of the Living is when you leave a comment on my lame excuse for a blog. This "tag someone/answer loads of questions/pass it on" stuff used to be rampant. Haven't seen it for some time now until this week - got tagged myself (and excused myself), then this post. But at least this is interesting. Yes m'am, molasses candy! A company called Crosby's in Atlantic Canada used to make THE best molasses candy. It wasn't Halloween in the Maritimes if you didn't get a bag of it and some candy corn! You cannot be serious about preferring skeletons to zombies. I'm going to guess you aren't a fan of George Romero then. I used to love vampires until Hollywood ruined it. When would any self-respecting vampire have the slightest interest in a moody teenager, except as dinner, honestly. Vampires are not figures of romance. Well, except maybe the one Frank Langella played .....dayum! Anyway, glad to see your resurrected. Say howdy for me to the zombies next door.

    Ali

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    1. I know, Ali. I'm embarrassed how long it's been! Awwww, that's harsh - your blog's not lame! I love reading it and seeing all the wonderful things you get to see over there in England, because I'll probably never be able to afford to travel again unless we win the lotto or something. ;)

      Hah, another molasses candy lover! I knew I wasn't the only one. I've got Crosby's molasses in my cupboard - probably the same people who used to make the candy, right?

      I'm sorry - I really don't like zombies and no, not a fan of Romero's movies but I'm sure he's a very nice man! Is? Was? I'm not sure. And I only like the old vampires - none of those new sparkly vampires, thank you very much. I'll give the Living Dead family next door your best regards, for sure! :D

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  20. It's great to have you back, and with a post that had me chuckling out loud.

    I don't know what molasses candy is, but now I need to find some.

    *sigh* Dracula with Bela Lugosi and you-know-who are the best! :D


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    1. Awww, thanks Yvonne. :)

      We also call them Hallowe'en kisses. They're in an orange and black wrapper, and I just discovered they still make them (despite me being the only person alive who seems to like them) as I just bought myself a bag!

      They are. They really are. :D

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    2. I love those too. They are so yummy. I find them at the dollar store now but try to avoid them because, well, I will eat the whole bag in 4 hours.

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    3. I found them at the drugstore the other day, lady M ... only a very few left today. But I alternated with candy corn so I wouldn't get bored! And this is why we never buy our Hallowe'en candy to give out until the day before Hallowe'en. ;)

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  21. Oh yes... Bram Stoker's Dracula with Gary OIdman... mmmmh... Gary Oldman!!!

    It's a great tag... I think... I'll copy the questions... for my next post...

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    1. Yay - another Oldman fan! We should start a fangirl club, Madame Kismet. LOL

      Oh yes, please do the tag! I'd love to read your answers. :)

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  22. I answered to the same questionnaire today. I love vampires, but I'm no fan of Coppola's Dracula, mainly because I LOVE the original novel.

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    1. I'll go read your answers to the tag then, Guillaume! I love the original novel too, but I'm completely willing to forgive the 'flaws' in Coppola's version for the sake of being able to watch Oldman for two hours and eight minutes. ;)

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  23. Nice to hear from the spooky woods! I guess I better get decorating!

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    1. No. Way. Seriously ... you haven't started decorating yet, lightning x? Just kidding ... me either. This week for sure. :)

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  24. Marvelous answers and choice of your favourite Halloween movie. I adore just about every Dracula film out there, too - yes, even including Interview with a Vampire. I grew up with Anne Rice and that will always be my favourite of her works, in book or movie form.

    Have a fang-tastic countdown to the big night!!!
    ♥ Jessica

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    1. Thank you! I noticed by your answers to the tag, we share a number of similarities in the things we most enjoy about Hallowe'en! I liked Interview with a Vampire myself - anything with great costumes is a hit in my books. :)

      You as well, Jessica! <3

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  25. I've been pretty scarce in Blogland too lately, so I can totally relate! Australia is mercifully getting more into the Halloween spirit with each passing year, but we don't do the whole pumpkin spice thing at all. I don't imagine it will ever catch on because it's rather seasonally inappropriate in the southern hemisphere. Personally, flavoured coffees don't appeal to me either, so while I'm curious when I hear everyone talking about the pumpkin spice lattes... I suspect I'd find them kinda "blech", as well. ;D

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    1. Sometimes a break is necessary, Emma ... real life is far more important! I'm glad to hear that you're getting a bit more Hallowe'en spirit in Australia. Hopefully that includes more merchandise to purchase! The only time I enjoy a flavoured coffee is if it's flavoured with alcohol - Bailey's or Kahlua or something equally delightful. I find the flavoured coffees from all the major chains (and I'm not just pointing the finger at Starbucks here) taste very “synthetic” or something. Blech. :)

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