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New Music for Your 2019 Halloween Playlist

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As the darkest day of the year draws nearer I'm listening to Halloween music round the clock. While I love the classics, it's always great to find some new terror tunes to add to the playlist. Here's a few recommendations and links to my personal Apple Music playlists. Lovecraft "This is Halloween, Volume 1" Dance music gets a wicked overlay in this fun, bouncy full-length album chock full of fun beats for your Halloween party. Standouts include Awooo, Take it to the Graveyard, First Blood, Skeleton Sam, and Voodoo . The mood shifts halfway through with a much more creepy vibe so everyone can likely find something lo love. It's also oddly available as an instrumentals only version. Sharon Needles "Spoopy" America's favorite horror drag superstar is back with a 6-song EP of classic Halloween covers. Dripping with nostalgia and an vintage sound, this collection will be a crowd-pleaser. Sharon's voice has never sounded better than it

Target Disappoints Fans Looking for Ghoulish Garden

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Every year Target seems to screw over Halloween fans one way or another. They are the last retailer to put spooky goods on shelves and when stuff is finally available, it's rarely well-stocked. The shelves this year were Exceptionally (note the bold, capital "E") sparse, with many items displayed on their site as "not available online" turning out to be not available in stores either. For example, the Ghoulish Garden was advertised well in advance by Target and they even listed release dates on items. Fans across the internet chatted about these wicked plants and waited patiently for the items – to never show up in stores. When I contacted customer service a couple weeks after launch, they said the entire line was sold out. The management at the store I usually go to was very apologetic, indicated many irate customers and that corporate remained rather mum on the whole affair. So, it was poor planning and buying decisions. I took one look at those plants

Mexican Chocolate "Pan de Muertos" Pudding

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I've been looking for Mexican-inspired treats to make for a Dia de los Muertos party. Since Pan de Muertos (bread of the dead) is staple in Mexico this time of year, I thought a bread pudding might work. I tweaked this recipe into a dark, chocolatey, spicy treat that goes great with whipped cream or dulce de leche ice cream. I plan to make a batch and then spoon it into skull cups. Mexican Chocolate Pan de Muertos Pudding 1 cup milk 1 cup half-and-half 3 ounces Guittard semisweet chocolate bar 1 tbsp Guittard Cocoa Rogue powder 1/2 tsp. King Arthur Viennese cinnamon 1/4 tsp. ancho chili powder Pinch of salt 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 1 (16oz) loaf Thomas cinnamon-raisin bread 2 large eggs, room-temp 1⁄2 cup granulated sugar 1 tsp Nielsen-Massey vanilla extract Whipped cream, for serving 1. Preheat oven to 350°. Lightly butter an 11-by-7-inch baking dish; set aside. 2. In a medium saucepan, combine milks, chocolate, cocoa powder, cinnamon, chili powder,

Podcast of the Month: Scarred for Life

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I'm so excited for the SCARRED FOR LIFE podcast and its fascinating concept – revisit older films that traumatized you and see how they hold up. It launched this week and available on podcast services everywhere. Hosts Mary Beth and Terry sound relatable and down to Earth – the kind of friends you'd want to hang out with for a movie night. Mary Beth is an exceptionally seasoned writer with more bylines than gawd and a fantastic site Much Ado About Cinema , and Terry has built a large following as Gayly Dreadful on Twitter and his eponymous website . I'll always show up to support queer and women's voices in horror! The first episode tackles the icky Arachnophobia and Terry's lifelong struggle with eight legged freaks, and Mary Beth takes on Poltergeist 's gravity defying horror. The hosts really reveal a personal tidbits about how these films affected them and why. It is this personal approach that really sets the podcast apart as being something very

Apple Cider Sangria

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Sangria is a Spanish cocktail made with red wine, fruit and some type of cordial. It's usually associated with summer, but Sangria translates as "bloody" making it perfect for Halloween! This is a variation on that classic drink that can be made well ahead of time in large batches – ideal cocktail for Halloween get-togethers! Apple Cider Sangria 2 apples (Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, Envy or Jazz) 1 orange 1 lemon 2 cups fresh-pressed Barsotti apple cider 1/2 cup Jack Daniels Apple Whisky 1 bottle Sauvignon Blanc white wine 1/3 cup sugar 2 cinnamon sticks 1 (12.7 oz) bottle Bundaberg ginger beer 1. Wash fruit well and core apples. Dice apples into small pieces and place in a large pitcher. Cut orange and lemon into thin slices removing seeds. Add to pitcher. 2. Add apple cider, apple whisky, wine, sugar into pitcher. Stir well crushing fruit with spoon. Add cinnamon sticks, stir again, cover and set in refrigerator overnight. 3. Add in ginger beer right

Winchester Mystery House Goes Fully Unhinged

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Times have changed. When I moved to San Jose in 2005, I lived down the street from the Winchester Mystery House. I was instantly captivated by its Victorian charm and the rumored haunting. For many of those early docent-led tours nothing about the ghostly matters was ever acknowledged, even when asked directly. Then 14 years later, ghost busting shows are a staple on pay cable TV, and run-down mansions and hospitals with heinous histories everywhere are selling tickets for tours. The Winchester House finally got on board with several variations of candlelit tours, then a fantastic haunted maze created around the perimeter on the house! That has all changed with their latest and greatest attraction, Winchester Mystery House Unhinged ! Created by ThemeDream Productions , these wicked masterminds have created a haunted maze using the interior house's existing maze-like structure, added a few spooks, performance pieces, and some great special effects. The haunted docents tell us