13 Nights of Halloween 2018: Day 4

One thing I also love about Halloween is sitting by a fire, with a blanket, my pups and a really good book but for this time of year it has to be a bit on the spooky side. So here are my favorite Disney Halloween Books!

Tales of the Haunted Mansion:

  • There are three books, Fearsome Foursome, Midnight at Madame Leotas, and Gim Grinning Ghosts.
  • It was published July 19, 2016 by The Disney Book Group. It’s really good and I suggest reading to it or they do have audio books available and I have both versions but I like to put on the audio version while Im doing homework because I feel like I am doing homework in the Haunted Mansion.

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Hocus Pocus and the All New Sequel:

  • Written by A.W Jantha is another spook read of I hope everyones favorite witches. The story does start out b telling the original story of Hocus Pocus and makes its way to the new story. I absolutely love it and have re read it three times since it first cam out July 10, 2018.

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The Halloween Tree:

  • Written by Ray Bradbury and Gris Grimly originally published in 1972 tell the story of the meaning of Halloween. I absolutely LOVE this book and one of the reasons why I chose this book as a Disney book is because In Frontierland they have an Oak tree they started decorating with lights and jack o’ lanterns in 2007 for the books 35th anniversary called the Halloween Tree. Ray Bradbury was also a huge fan of Disney and even wrote screenplays for Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983) and The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit (1999). So the books is technically part of the Disney family.

Have you gotten a chance to read any of these books? Let me know your favorite spooky book.

-Dezi

13 nights of Halloween 2018: Day 3

If you are ever in the area of San Francisco The Walt Disney Family Museum is definitely hosting some fun activities for the Halloween season:

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Story time for Kids: Saturday, October 20th, 2018 11am

  • The Nightmare Before Christmas A Petrifying Pop Up with Matthew Reinhart.
  • Read aloud by pop up book creater Matthew Reinhart.Followed by a Q & A and a book signing of the new pop up book which will be on sale in the Museums store.

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The Nightmare Before Christmas: Oct. Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sun and Sat Oct. 20, 2018 4pm

  • In celebration of the films 25th anniversary Matthew and his new pop up book with be at the Museum for a special screening of the film.

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The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr.Toad: Oct. Mon, Wed, Thur, Fri, Sun @1pm and Sat. @4pm

  • Watch the adventure of Ichabod and Mr. Toad at the museum.
  • No screening Sat. Oct. 20, 2018!

I am going to try to and make it to one of these events, because they are a lot of fun.

-Dezi

13 Nights of Halloween: Day 2

Mickey’s Halloween Party Review!

Wow! Let me just tell you, I’ve been to Mickey’s Halloween Party before BUT this night was AMAZING and dare I say even more magical than the others.

When I first got there, there was a lot of people, but it was ok because I had a plan to take things slowly and of course that is what I did. Some of the treat trails were completely packed while others had no one. Yes, you read correctly NO ONE WAS IN LINE!! So those ones I just kept going around and around and around until I got dizzy or until people showed up.

My all-time favorite treat trail I discovered towards the end of the night right before the fireworks because I wanted to make sure that I saw those and the second parade, of course, watching the Headless Horseman because come on he is so awesome. Any-who, back to my treat trail was at the entrance of the park in the Hall of President. This one consisted of 7 candy stops and two of those candy stops were coffins!

Now, if you were looking for some great convo and HANDFULS of candy then this was the trail for you. This one never had anyone, occasionally one or two people and the BEST cast members working because they were talkative, playful and just all around amazing!

-Dezi

13 Nights of Halloween 2018: Day 1

In honor of 25 Years of Hocus Pocus I thought it would be fun to share some filming locations for the movie!

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4 Ocean Ave. Salem Ma 01970

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Allison’s House (Ropes Mansion)

318 Essex St. Salem, Ma 01970

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Old Town Hall

161 Essex St. Salem, Ma 01970

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Pioneer Village/Salem Village

310 W Ave. Salem, Ma 01970

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John Bailey High School (Phillips Elementary School)

Phillips School Salem Ma, 01970

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Salem Common

N Washington Square, Salem Ma, 01970

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Old Burial Hill

Orne St. Marblehead Ma, 01970

*This is the day time cemetery.

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Count Orloks Nightmare Gallery

217 Essex St. Salem Ma, 01970

*This is not a filming location for the movie but there is a Winnifred Sanderson. Its a museum and haunted house throughout the summer and October.

Honestly I suggest checking them out if you are a fan of the movie because they are all right there in walking distance of each other.

Over in LA we have some other recognizable houses from the movie!

Devils House

6536 Friends Ave. Whittier Ca.

Trick or Treat House

6546 Friends Ave. Whittier Ca.

East Whittier middle school

14421 Whittier blvd. Whittier Ca.

Park and Fountain

Southern portion of Warner Brothers Ranch (Near the main entrance).

*This is where the kids celebrated after they thought they killed the Sanderson Sisters.

Griswald Residence on Blondie St. (Warner Brothers Ranch)

*Its the house behind Max and Dani’s. It is also in the scene when Sarah drives the city bus.

Halloween Party Scene (The MacAuthors Elk Hall)

607 S. Park View St. LA Ca.

Again if you are a fan of the movie these are definitely places you would want to check out because you will feel like you are in the movie!

-Dezi

DOGtober 2018: Day 13

Today is the final day for DOGtober and then we will be moving on to 13 Nights of Disney! So lets get started.

First off we will be making Pumpkin and Peanut butter Bone Appetite!

What you need:’

  • 1c coconut flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • 3/4 c pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 c peanut butter
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

What to do:

  1. Preheat oven to 350º and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl mix pumpkin, eggs, honey, peanut butter and cinnamon.
  3. Add coconut flour and mix until well combined.
  4. Lay some flour on your table and roll out the dough about 1/2 inch thick.
  5. Cute your bones shapes out and place them on your line cookie sheet.
  6. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Let cool and serve.

These are a snack for what the pups and I are going to next and that is watch a spooky movie! This is one of my favorite down times to do with the pups. So we put on Frankenweenie, grab a blanket, popcorn and of course the pups bone appetite treats and watch the movie snuggles in our blanket. What are some of your favorite halloween activities you like to do with your fur babies?

-Dezi

 

DOGtober 2018: Day 12

My littles love pumpkin especially when we make some peanut butter pumpkin pupcakes!

What you need:

  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • 1 egg
  • 1 can pumpkin puree
  • 1 tbsp. peanut butter
  • 1/2 c  flour
  • 1/8 c rolled oats
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 5 tbsp. water
  • 1 pinch cinnamon

What to do:

  1. Preheat oven to 350º and line with mini cupcake tin with paper cases.
  2. Put egg, honey and pumpkin into a bowl and stir until combined.
  3. Once combined add in PB and mix until smooth.
  4. Add in your oats and baking powder and stir until a dough like consistency and knead in the water.
  5. Let mixture sit for about 15 minutes.
  6. Mix a few times and spoon into paper cases.
  7. Bake for 12-15 minutes until golden brown or a toothpick comes out clean.

If you are like me and the pups and live in a cold area then you will understand why I give my pups the pupcakes when they are warm, so they can have a warm belly. I also like to top the pupcakes sometimes with a little extra PB.

-Dezi

DOGtober 2018: Day 11

Its time for a puppy picnic! I mean what better way to eat food then in a nice park, with nice food, and a couple of cute, cuddly and precious little puppers! One of mine, my moms and my littles favorite tradition during the fall season is going to Crissy Fields after a nice long walk and set up a picnic. We find a nice area, set our blanket, the pups water bowl and we start our little feast! Another reason why I love this place in particular is not only do they have amazing photo opportunities but the view (when its not foggy) its to die for.

-Dezi

DOGtober 2018: Day 10

Peanut Butter Apple Cookies!

What you’ll need:

  • 3c flour
  • 2c oats
  • 1c peanut butter
  • 1c applesauce
  • 1 Teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 c coconut oil (optional)

What to do:

  1. Preheat oven to 350º then line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl combine all your ingredients and mix well.
  3. Flour your table and roll out the dough  to about 1/4 inch thick and cut it into shapes placing them on your lined sheets.
  4. Bake for about 25 minutes or until they are lightly browned.
  5. Wait until they cool and serve!

-Dezi

DOGtober 2018: Day 9

Saturday October 27, 2018 marks the 28th anniversary of the Pet Parade at Potrero Hill in San Francisco Ca. The Parade started at Farley’s coffee 1315 18th Street at 1pm. There is a costume contest that will immediately follow the parade. There will also be trophies for the winners and pet treats for everyone who takes part of the activities. This is one of our favorite parades because we walk right past my cousins house and my BC (baby cousin) who gets a kick every time the pups and I walk by because she loves my littles just as much as I do. So if you are ever in the San Francisco area during this time I highly suggest you check out this puppy parade! Its a lot of fun to be a part of and a lot of fun to speculate!

-Dezi

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