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October 31, 2017 · 9:48 am

7 Day of the Dead Crafts

YOU GUYS…have you seen this preview for Pixar’s new film, Coco?

DOESN’T THIS LOOK ABSOLUTELY STUNNING?

Besides the fact that I love almost everything that Pixar does, I cannot wait to see their interpretation of this Dia de los Muertos story.  The color palette alone is reason enough to check this film out, but I have a feeling the music, the plot, and the overall message about death and remembrance will help this film go down in Pixar history as one of the greats…fingers crossed, at least!

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I’ve always been fascinated with the sugar skulls and other decorations that make Dia de los Muertos one of the most ironically colorful holidays in existence…and if you want to add a little color to your Halloween décor this year, be sure to check out these 7 sugar skull-inspired Day of the Dead Crafts!

7 Day of the Dead Crafts

Felt Day of the Dead Doll

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Day of the Dead Garland

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Sugar Skull Perler Beads

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Sugar Skull Painted Rocks

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Day of the Dead Planters

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Day of the Dead Lollipop Wrappers

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DIY Painted Skull

diy painted skull

Celebrate creativity every Wednesday with a “Creativi-bee” post, where I share easy craft tutorials, project ideas, and craft collections.

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23 Fun Facts About Horror Movies

Well, we’re about 12 days from Halloween…time to line up those scary Halloween classics and indulge in some monster movie marathons!

Now, I’m not ashamed to say that I’m a total wuss when it comes to scary movies.  My Halloween movie line-up usually consists of five movies:

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Then probably Beetlejuice again…Yeah…I’m daring.

But recently I’ve had a bigger appreciation for the horror genre.  I still hate gore and blood, but I love a good psychological thriller or ghost story…

So here are a few fun facts about some classic (and not so classic) horror movies!  For more fun facts about Beetlejuice or Hocus Pocus, you can check out these posts:

Fun Facts about Beetlejuice

Fun Facts about Hocus Pocus

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23 Fun Facts About Horror Movies

In the 9 MINUTES of screen time Max Schreck has as Count Orlock in the classic, Nosferatu (1922), he only blinks one time.

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The Exorcist was the first horror film to be nominated for a Best Picture Oscar.  It actually earned 10 Oscar nominations, including one for Best Supporting Actress for Linda Blair, who was just 15 at the time.

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Popular British actor David Warner was actually the first choice to play Freddy Krueger.

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Psycho (the original) was actually the first American film to feature a toilet.  It’s also the first film in which we hear a toilet being flushed.

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Stephen King was actually not a fan of Kubrick’s The Shining, and actually didn’t like the casting of Jack Nicholson, either.  SCANDAL.

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To better entice Fay Wray into staring in King Kong (1933), he told her, “You’re going to have the tallest, darkest leading man in Hollywood.”  She was hoping for Cary Grant, which is why she said yes.

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Serial Killer Ed Gein was the inspiration behind Psycho, The Silence of the Lambs, and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.  Among the items discovered in his Wisconsin farm were four noses, nine masks made of human skin, numerous heads, lampshades and bowls made of skin, lips and a belt made of nipples.

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Paranormal Activity is the most profitable film of all time.  It cost $15,000 to make and grossed $193 million worldwide.

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In 1909, Key West painter and author Robert Eugene Otto claimed that one of his family’s servants placed a voodoo curse on his childhood toy, Robert the Doll.  He would knock over furniture and conduct conversations with Otto.  This true story was the inspiration behind the film, Child’s Play.

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The name of the demon in The Exorcist is Pazuzu.  It’s never mentioned in the film, but it’s taken from the name of the king of the demons in Assyrian and Babylonian mythology.

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Sissy Spacek was adamant that her own hand appear in Carrie’s final scene.  She was buried in the ground to film the iconic scene.

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The Blair Witch Project was filmed in only 8 days.

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The skeletons in Poltergeist are real human skeletons.

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Tony Todd had a mouth full of REAL BEES in Candyman.  The only thing preventing him from swallowing the bees was a mouth guard…and the only thing preventing them from stinging him was seriously calm nerves.

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The color red is present in almost every shot of The Shining.

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Crewmembers were so creeped out by Tim Curry’s performance in It that most people avoided him during filming.

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To make the tension between the actors authentic on The Blair Witch Project, the directors gave them less and less food each day.  This would NOT be okay with me!

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Michael Myers’ mask in Halloween is actually a William Shatner mask modified and painted.

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The writer of The Mummy (1932) was present for the opening of Tutankhamun’s tomb.

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The 20-second transformation scene in The Wolf Man (1941) took 10 hours to film.

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Pennywise’s hair in It was Tim Curry’s real hair.

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Bosco Chocolate Syrup was used as blood in Night of the Living Dead.

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The director of The Exorcist, William Friedkin, would have the prop man occasionally shoot shotgun blanks into the air to surprise the actors and get a more authentic reaction.

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Adorable Little Crocheted Pumpkins

It’s FINALLY fall in Chicago!

For a few days there, Chicago was experiencing weird 80 degree fall days and I was having NONE OF IT.  BRING ON THE SWEATER WEATHER!

To help cozy up my house for cool weather, I decided to make a couple of these adorable little crocheted pumpkins.  Aren’t they the cutest?!

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This pattern is very forgiving and you can make a whole series of pumpkins smaller and bigger than this by stopping or continuing your increase rows.

You can find this pattern at 5littlemonsters.com.  I made two of the “large” pumpkins, but there’s also a pattern for a pumpkin about half the size of these.

You can also add a little face for a fun jack-o-lantern or just leave them as is to decorate your home for Halloween and Thanksgiving!  I think I might even make some pumpkins in a series of fall colors to help cozy up the living room!

Celebrate creativity every Wednesday with a “Creativi-bee” post, where I share easy craft tutorials, project ideas, and craft collections.

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16 Book-Inspired Halloween Costume Ideas

Dress up like your favorite book characters with this collection of book-inspired Halloween costumes! From Dr. Seuss to your favorite kid-inspired costumes, these ideas can often be made with items you have in your closet already!

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16 Book-Inspired Halloween Costume Ideas

Amelia Bedelia

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Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

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Corduroy

courtery

Charlotte’s Web

fern

The Giving Tree

giving tree

Goodnight, Moon

goodnight moon

Dolores Umbridge from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

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Caps for Sale!

hats

I Spy!

ispy

James and the Giant Peach

james and the giant peach

Matilda

matilda

Max from Where the Wild Things Are
(I’ve actually done this costume before and it’s SUUUPER comfy!)

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If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

mouse a cookie

Green Eggs and Ham

sam i am

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

three bears

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

whimy kid

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20 Spooky Thrillers to Read for Halloween

The leaves have already started changing colors in Chicago…which means I’M READY FOR HALLOWEEN.

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I love me a good spine-tingling spooky thriller on a blustery fall night…and while I could easily populate this list with Stephen King novels alone, I’ve gathered a few of my favorite books perfect for reading in the weekends leading up to All Hallows Eve…

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Best accompanied with a blanket and a BIG cup of hot apple cider (having a guard dog on hand probably isn’t a bad idea, either), these spooky thrillers are sure to get under your skin and just sit there, lurking, until they crawl into your dreams at night to play…

20 Spooky Thrillers to Read for Halloween

Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn
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The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins
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Room, Emma Donoghue
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The Never List, Koethi Zan
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World War Z, Max Brooks
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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Seth Grahame-Smith
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Bird Box, Josh Malerman
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Haunted, Chuck Palahniuk
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The Haunting of Hill House, Shirley Jackson
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The Road, Cormac McCarthy
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We Have Always Lived in the Castle, Shirley Jackson
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The Boy Who Drew Monsters, Keith Donohue
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The Girl With All the Gifts, M.R. Carey
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Something Wicked This Way Comes, Ray Bradbury
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The Corn Maiden and Other Nightmares, Joyce Carol Oates
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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Ransom Riggs
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The Road Out of Hell: Sanford Clark and the True Story of the Wineville Murders, Anthony Flacco
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Booked to Die, John Dunning
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Nocturnes, John Connolly
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Into the Wild, Jon Krakauer
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