Thursday, October 30, 2014

The Best Disney Halloween Movies

Folks, it's time to bust out the popcorn! Find a comfy seat, and a pal or two to watch some of these classic Disney Halloween films from your childhood.

1) Hocus Pocus 1993
Most people know this one. It's about three witches who get resurrected by a kid named Max. Who doesn't love some cheesy 90s humor?



2) Under Wraps 1997

A mummy, appropriately named Harold, comes back to life when three kids discover him in a creepy house. They end up becoming friends even though Harold can't so much as utter anything more than "ugh". They find out that he needs to be brought back to his coffin by midnight on Halloween, or he will be gone forever!

From Wikipedia

3) Halloweentown 1998

Most have seen this movie as well. It's basically the standard when it comes to Disney Halloween movies. Marnie finds out that she is a witch from her kooky grandma, even though her mom has been trying to hide it because she wants her to just have a normal life. Marnie and her brother and sister follow her grandma on Halloween to a mysterious bus stop that takes them to Halloweentown, where ghouls, ghosts, and everything creepy are it's inhabitants. Fortunately, there are some nice ones out there! The caveat comes when the Mayor, Kalabar, is actually an evil warlock that tries to turn the town to stone. It's up to Marnie and her family to try and stop him! A must see.

From Wikipedia

4) Phantom of the Megaplex 2000

This one is about a kid named Pete Riley who loves his job at the movie theater. On a big movie premier night, he's feeling stressed. The owner of the megaplex is supposed to show up, and his manager is putting tons of pressure on him. He has to keep an eye on his younger brother and sister at the theater while his mom is out on a date. Things start going wrong, and it seems there's a strange masked man causing tons of problems, and even ruining movie reels while they are being played! The masked man is revealed at the end in a strange plot twist you've just got to see to believe.

From Wikipedia

5) Mom's Got a Date with a Vampire 2000

For the year 2000, this movie was ahead of it's time. Vampires interacting with normal people? Say whaat? This movie is about a single mom with three kids that meets a strange and mysterious man whom she ends up going on a date with. However, the youngest kid Taylor thinks that the man is actually a vampire. Long story short, the mom becomes entranced by the man and it's up to the kids, along with the help of a Van Helsing type of dude to help save her! Check it out!

From Wikipedia

Honorable mentions: The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Tower of Terror, The Poof Point.

So, that's it! Check to see if any of these movies are available through Hulu, Netflix, or something similar. Otherwise, your best bet is to find a DVD online [or vhs tape!?]. Or maybe even try a video rental store like Family Video, because that's still a thing you know.

Friday, October 24, 2014

The Perfect October Snack

Halloween is just around the corner folks, and what better way to get in the spirit than with a sweet treat that's easy to make and will please just about anyone! What could this delicious delicacy possibly be? Black widow spider bites of course! Image from momontimeout.com

So, here's what you gotta do. Go to the store and pick up some Halloween Oreos (which, we all know taste way better than the regular kind). Also, grab some black licorice while you're at it. Personally, I'd substitute the licorice for pretzel sticks.

Next step is to simply and gracefully remove the top of the cookie. Then, insert the "legs" into the cream filling. Replace the top of the cookie by gingerly pressing it down.

Finally, take some red sparkle gel, and blot it on the top. And there you have the best tasting, easiest to make, and coolest looking October snack.
  Spider Bites
  Bonus: Dip the Oreos in peanut butter. You won't regret it.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Simple and Clever DIY Halloween Costumes!

Have you guys ever seen some sweet Halloween costumes, and wonder where on earth you find something that awesome? Chances are, it wasn't store bought... it was made by someone! Here are some cool do-it-yourself costume ideas to give you that extra edge on your Halloween this year!

1) This is an easy one! Who doesn't love the classic Where's Waldo books?
From inhabitat.com

All it takes is a red and white striped sweater, nerdy glasses, pom beanie, and one of those ancient film cameras, and you'll be so hard to find amongst all the other characters of the night!

2) Silent Film Star

From popsugar.com

This is for those lovers of vintage! Go with some black attire (dress, suit), as well as black lipstick and eye shadow. The black eye shadow will be used as blush. White face powder can be used as well. I would also highly suggest a classic bowler, or fedora for the males! And why not throw in a mustache and cane to complete the Charlie Chaplin look?

3) Mario and/or Luigi! From brit.co

You don't even have to be a gamer to get into this costume! Just find some old overalls, a train conductor hat, then add felt! You can also find some white gloves and a fake mustache to top off the super fresh Italian plumber character look.

With these three simple ideas, you make your own custom costume, and even save a little money while you're at it! Have a great Halloween!

Friday, October 3, 2014

Take A Break With Our Netflix Recommendations

Source IMDB
It’s the weekend; you’ve had a long week and deserve a break. If you’re looking for some great shows  to watch in your free time, we got you covered. Below are some of our personal favorites that you should check out if you haven’t already!

Arrested Development: 

Originally airing in the early/mid 2000’s, this show was a gem hidden in the same time slots as American Idol and other popular shows. As a result it was ultimately canceled. However, the show was picked up for a 4th season by Netflix just recently, and has delivered another great season with more hopefully to come in the future.

This show is witty and hilarious. The writing and cast is top notch and the on going jokes are fantastic.  I highly recommended this show if you haven’t started watching already. And remember, there's always money in the banana stand.

Parks and Recreation: 

Originally intended to be a spin off of The Office (another great show on Netflix), Parks and Rec turned into something amazing. Ditching the idea of The Office spin off before production, the show turned into what it is today.

The show has a great cast with the main star being Amy Poehler. If you haven’t heard anything about this show or haven’t seen memes of Ron Swanson, then you are probably more productive than most people.

I would recommend this show to anyone looking for a funny show with some depth and a number of episodes to get lost in.

Sherlock: 

Source BBC
The name Sherlock Holmes is one that everyone is familiar with. The character, originally created by Sir Arthur Conan, has had many different adaptions over the years. The show Sherlock though is, in my opinion, the best adaption.

Airing on BBC and available on Netflix, Sherlock stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, both outstanding actors. Cumberbatch’s character is unbelievably entertaining and he and Martin make an amazing duo.

Set in modern day London, the super observant and brilliant Sherlock solves some of the most interesting crimes the city has to offer. I would recommend this to those who love a good detective drama with a hint of humor. Plus, who doesn’t like telling their friends they watch a British show?

Documentaries: 


Netflix can be educational as well as entertaining. The service offers some fantastic documentaries that cover a variety of subjects and issues. Some that you should definitely check out are: Blackfish, The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, and Hoop Dreams. These are all fantastic documentaries with a strong message.

Check out their selection and find something that you are interested in. I have yet to be disappointed!


Netflix is a great way to take a break from your busy day and get lost in a good show or movie. Find something you enjoy, but be careful not to waste an entire day saying “just one more episode”. Unless you want to, because it happens and there’s nothing wrong with that.