Happy National Vampire Day!

Yes, today is the day we celebrate those blood-sucking, garlic-hatting, undead, fiends. There are many good vampire stories and books, but Mark of the Vampire (1935) is not one of them. Of course, Bela Lugosi is wonderful in the few scenes in which he appears. But the movie plot is not wonderful and Lionel Barrymore... Continue Reading →

Happy Halloween!

Best, wishes! for an enchanting Halloween night and a spellbinding Samhain. After you pack away your costumes and blow out your Jack o'lanterns, please join me at Cool Yule to celebrate the fun and wonder the winter holidays have to offer. Happy Halloween! Love,  Mary

Happy Chocolate Day!

It's almost Halloween and I have a question for you: have you polished off the candy you bought to hand out to trick or treaters yet? Be honest! 🙂 Hey, no judgment here! Just asking...since it is Chocolate Day, and all. In a 2019 poll, chocolate candies were rated as the top favorite Halloween treats.... Continue Reading →

Happy Pumpkin Day, Charlie Brown

Happy Pumpkin Day! In celebration of the day, may I suggest you take a trip down memory lane and watch It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown ? I watch this classic every October. Best enjoyed with a slice of pumpkin pie! Candy manufacturers must be eternally grateful that this animated movie was made in 1966, because... Continue Reading →

Create a “Drip Art” Pumpkin

Since today is National Art Day, I thought it would be cool to create a drip-art pumpkin. I have never seen one, but the Crayola instructions make it look easy. You can even buy paint just for pumpkins in Halloween colors from Crayola, but any acrylic craft paint should work. You'll need a pumpkin, paint,... Continue Reading →

Spooky Word of the Week: Sepulchral

It's almost Halloween! Today's word is sepulchral. It is an adjective that is derived from the word sepulchre -- a word that means tomb. It comes from the Latin word for grave (sepulchrum). Sepulchral means something that is gloomy (dark and quiet in a spooky way) or something that is associated with a grave or... Continue Reading →

Happy Birthday, Bela Lugosi!

Happy Birthday, Bela Lugosi! He is one of my favorite actors and Dracula (1931) is one of my all-time favorite movies.  Dracula was a tremednous success for Universal Pictures and helped launch the film studio's horror movie enterprise. The vampire was a complete change from the usual romantic characters I was playing, but it was... Continue Reading →

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