Saturday, July 22, 2017

The July Itch.

Call it inevitable, but every July I am literally yearning for October. It's that time again.

As somebody who is not a home haunter (on any large scale), and as somebody who has other favorite holidays,too, I still yearn for Halloween more than any other holiday. I yearn for October and the Fall and for everything that comes with it.

It starts the middle of July every year. When the newness of summer has worn off and the heat is at it's worst (well, almost at it's worst) and you are just screaming inside for a break. For me, I start to hum the Halloween soundtrack. It comes while I drive. It comes while I do the dishes and look out my window into my open yard. I imagine Michael standing there staring, behind the clothesline. I start to look for Candy Corn at the store. Yeah, it's gross, but it's also nostalgic. Along with Tootsie Rolls and Smarties. That combo is Halloween night to me. I start to fill my Amazon Cart with fun things for Halloween. Never pressing buy, of course. Chickening out and moving them to Save For Later.

I ask my kids what they plan to be for Halloween and we relive past Halloweens while we drive, talking about future ones,too. My daughter wants to make sure she can be several things for Halloween, while my oldest son makes sure his costume will be unique and thought-out. My youngest wants the simple, classic Ghost, Bat, or Ghoulie.

I've also started to enjoy the tastes of the season early. I usually like to wait until October, but seriously if you know me at all you will know that I'm extremely impatient. So, something that has been in our house for the past several months now has brought me much autumnal joy:

I found it at Grocery Outlet. That's a store here on the West Coast that buys overstock from other stores. I had high hopes for it and man, did it deliver! I must say it's the best Pumpkin Spice-flavored K-Cup I've tried. It barely needs sugar/cream and it's aroma is magical. The best part (because I'm cheap) is that there was a ton of it in the store and it was only a few bucks for a box of 18. I bought several boxes. They are fresh,too. This little thing is making the heat a bit more bearable and the countdown a bit more exciting. 

I even started to spot Fall decor in Hobby Lobby and at local gift shops. It's coming. Now, if you'll excuse me. I need to go steal away for a bit, put Wolfman on repeat, check out for some Halloween-themed treats, and dream of October. 

Friday, January 13, 2017

It's A Dead Man's Party

I heard this gem on the radio the other day and I was transported. I actually hear it quite frequently. But only in LA. So Oingo Boingo an LA thing? Ok, ok, go listen and then let's chat.

Ok so I know they aren't solely an LA thing, but they did originate here. I mean at least I think so? I know they created the wildly popular song, "Weird Science". The band was also the start of Danny Elfman's fame.

To me, this band and this song is SO LA and SO Halloween at the same time. I love that they play it a lot here on the radio (usually during 80's lunch break hours on popular stations). When I was a young lass, I went to school with the bassist's daughter. She was a few grades younger than me. I distinctly remember when we had to sell chocolate to raise money for our school and the prizes for the most sold varied from a trip to Disneyland all the way to a sucker from Disneyland (which, LOL!). In between the trip and the sucker were various things like t-shirts, etc. One year they were giving as a prize an autographed shirt from Oingo Boingo. I laughed at the time and thought, "Who?" Kinda kicking myself for not working harder to sell more chocolate that year.