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

31 Nights Of Halloween!

It’s that time of year again where all the Halloween spooktacular festivities begin! For 31 days of October is going we’re going to go on some fun and exciting trips!!! The first 5 days will be all about The Winchester Mystery House, the next 13 days will be all about those fur babies DOGtober we will make sweet pup treats, and do some fall activities! Last but certainly not least the last 13 nights of Halloween will be filled with spooky foods, movies, shows, songs and DIY’s inspired by Disney! So I hope you are along for the ride because things are about to get spooky!

-Dezi

13 Nights of Halloween: Haunted Mansion

It wouldn’t be Halloween without some spooky facts about The Haunted Mansion, so here we go!

  1. The Haunted Mansion is the only attraction located in four different lands in four different Disney parks: New Orleans Square at Disneyland, Liberty Square at Walt Disney World, Fantasyland at Tokyo Disneyland and Frontierland at Disneyland Paris.
  2. Disney legend Claude Coats briefly developed a water version of the Haunted Mansion which guests would float through the ruins of an old plantation house, partially submerged in a Louisiana Bayou.
  3. Imagineers produced the audio-animatronics figures, props and set pieces for both Disneyland and Walt Disney World versions of the Haunted Mansion at the same time, knowing that the Florida attraction would open less than two years after its Anaheim predecessor.
  4. The Ghost Host was originally supposed to take the form of a crow, which was tossed out but you can still find the crow throughout the ride (Disneyland). Paul Frees, the voice of the Ghost Host also provided the voices for Ludwig von Drake, Boris Dadonov, the Pillsbury Doughboy and many of the POTC including the infamous auctioneer.
  5. The infamous mansion wallpaper was created by Imagineer Marc Davis. It was a collaboration between “Museum of the Weird” creator Rolly Crump and Claude Coats.

What is your favorite part about the Haunted Mansion? mine would have to be Haunted Mansion Holiday, it’s my favorite time to ride this amazing and spooky attraction!

-Dezi

13 Nights of Halloween: Disneyland Haul

This trip was well needed. Although it was a quick trip, it felt so long, magical and perfect! The only thing I wanted to do was spend all of my money and ride Haunted Mansion Holiday which I did. So here is everything I bought! I was so excited to get the glow cubes and nearly had a heart attack from the poison apple glow cube because EVERYONE  said it they ran out thankfully the Mint Julep bar and the Red Rose Tavern had some and I was able to collect it!

Aside from the clothes above, I also bought a t-shirt from Mickey’s Halloween Party 2017 and a hat that says ‘Ghost Host’ on the front, and I adore them so much I had them both on and forgot to take a picture of them…What are some things you like collecting when you visit the parks? Let me know in the comments below!

-Dezi

 

13 Nights of Halloween: Disneyland?!

It’s time to hang up my adulting jacket and trade it in for my AP, which has been sitting nicely in my wallet collecting cobwebs.  If you haven’t guessed it, I booked a last minute trip to the one and only happiest place on earth Disneyland! All this school and homework is slowly nipping away at me, so why not pull out the old AP and take a spontaneous trip to Disneyland…it’s reasonable! So here are my top 5 things I can’t wait to get my hands on or do when I get there!

1.Glow Things

I am obsessed with glowy stuff, so I can’t wait to get a cars jack-o-lantern, the headless horseman straw clip, and the poison apple!

2.Buckets, Pins, and Steins! Oh MY! 

Oogie Boogie is one of my favorite characters from The Nightmare Before Christmas so I am going to try and get his popcorn bucket. I also would love to pick up some Halloween party pin of the headless horseman and some Nightmare before Christmas surprise packs. I would also love to bring home the poison apple stein because I have been wanting it for years!

3.Shirts

I want to get my hands on some Halloween park merch, so some t-shirts. Also even though it’s not Christmas I really want one of the Christmas shirts they just released because I fell in love.

4.Food

You cant go to Disneyland without a long list of holiday foods to try and even though I am not feeling the best, Disney food is magical! I would like to get the Mummy Maccarone, CARacchnoid pot pie, dreamsicle beignets, slow burnin’ mac and cheese, and green apple spell lemonade boba.

5.Rides

Holiday overlay rides for me are a must, so I’m looking forward to Haunted Mansion Holiday, Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy, and of course GOTG: Monsters After Dark!

What is your favorite Holiday thing to do at the parks? Let me know in the comments below!

-Dezi

 

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