Wine Wednesdays: Adult Halloween Drinks

Friday we started the food aspects of Halloween, for a party, for your kids’ class event, or even just having around the house. It was all snacks, and I have entrees and desserts on the way. Today though, it’s all about the adult drinks…the ones you keep away from your kids, even making sure they stay away from that plate of jello (shots). 

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Starting off with this list of 25 Easy Halloween Punch Recipes, I started off liking it already, when I was browsing them! I’m really wanting to try the caramel apple sangria.

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For those who might be doing a Harry Potter marathon some time this month, or are re-reading the books, check out this Polyjuice Potion.

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For those Pumpkin Spice loving people, check out this sangria.

Moving on to the next article I browsed through, these are more cocktails than anything. Delish’s 13 Best Halloween Cocktails can be found here.

The first one looks cool as heck, and I so want to try. It’s called Jeckyll and Gin. Look at it. Just look at it:

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These margaritas look cool too. They’re regular margaritas, but with food coloring and black sugar to coat the rim.

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For those zombie lovers (like my boyfriend), here’s a strong one, made with Bacardi 151. Let us all die, here.

This one is more up my alley. Simple, and cotton candy flavored. I need this in my life haha. This is a cotton candy shot, and it’s a sweet treat for the season.

For those in warmer areas, or don’t mind a cold drink to match the cooler temps, try this frozen cocktail.

And for the good ol’ jello shots, here’s your recipe! It’s the edible vodka-soda, but much cooler.

What is your favorite Halloween drink? Do you usually make adult drinks and kid-friendly ones?

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True Horror Tuesdays: Abandoned Cases

This is the second part in a 5 part series for Blogtober. Did you miss out on last week’s opener? Read it here.

For this week’s post, I’m going to style this like an X-Files/Criminal Minds/anything like that type of post. I’ll share some of what I find the most interesting cases of abandonment. If you can help in any of these cases, please talk to the relevant people for that case.

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(Chase Family Mausoleum)

This is a post form 2 years ago, but oh 🐋. It comes from Urban Ghost Media, and it’s the “10 Unsolved Mysteries that you’ve probably never heard of“.

 

To go with an even older post/case, take this one from CNN in 2013. I kind of like the written style of making people aware of abductions. Sort of like the TV shows that have episodes or centered around crimes like this.

Now, let’s get into Abandoned places some, shall we? I’m doing a Haunted Places series as well, this month. Check out my first two posts, for North America (Haunted Places: North America (6 Part Series), Haunted Places: North America (6 Part Series) Part 2)

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(Kennecott, Alaska)

Let’s turn to a travel website, because why not?! My retirement dreams (or just dreams in general, in some sense…I probably won’t be able to retire in the traditional sense. See this post here about the millennial take on retirement)

Orbitz lists their 10 creepiest but coolest places, and I’m here for it, since I’ve spent time in the Midwest, most so in California. I lowkey kind of want to visit all of these places, plus other small towns around these areas. Will I? Maybe not, but who knows?!

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(City Methodist Church, Gary, IN)

I totally have a thing for churches. This post from Thrillist makes me weak, since this church from Indiana is #1 that comes up on their post. The coal mines area in Iowa is also interesting, coming from small town USA in PA, living most of my life in the state of Pennsylvania, home of steel and use of coal. Let me tell you, as much of a non-Ohio native as I am…WTF is an Akron, OH location doing on this list?!?!?! As a Pennsylvanian, I’m taking our neighbor state of Ohio as an Eastern State. Screw off people, this is my bias here. Just let me be!

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If you don’t get that reference, I’m shook, as they say. This was ICONIC as they say these days. Chris Crocker has developed as a person, but this was EVERYTHING in like 2007-2008 when Brittany Spears had her meltdown. I’m glad she recovered, and is now in a healthy relationship (I don’t follow anything, but from my friends/who I follow that do, they’re all happy for her, so I’m only assuming and hoping for the best for her)

From RoadTrippers, they did creepy abandoned places from each state. Visit that post here, for more info.

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One I’ve heard of, from this post, AND my home state of Pennsylvania, is Centralia, which is a legit ghost town. Totally want to visit though. There’s so many more too, that I kind of want to visit as well, being a NorthEastern-er.

From Atlas Obscura, they have 23 places in Canada on showcase. They did an easy picture, and location in a grid view. Super easy. Why Canada? I have no idea…they’re cold and near me, so why not?! I’d love to explore Canada, as a tourist. I’d love to explore some of the tourist-y areas, but I’d love to go more into the strange or not-so-common areas, just like I’d go with any place here in the States.

These are just some places, and some stories just from my “region” (Western World, North America…you know, that type). Assuming that you may not be from my area (or if you just want to comment about some place they missed in my articles I shared here), where are the top places you want to go to/have been to, that are abandoned or spooky enough? I want to know, and I’m sure others might as well.

Haunted Places: North America (6 Part Series) Part 2

If you didn’t catch yesterday’s starter of this series, let alone it being the first half of this, I advise you do a mini catch up.

This is the uncommon haunted places in North America. I’ll set this up like I did yesterday. Do you like this set up? Let me know!

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CANADA

Roam New Roads adds mostly new ones to their list of 6, from our list yesterday. I’m most interested in the Tranquille Sanatorium in BC. Take this quote:

In the early 1900s, the Tranquille Sanatorium is where people with tuberculosis were treated — and often where they shuffled off the mortal coil. About 1,600 patients reportedly died of the disease there. However, the historic site’s manager, Tim McLeod, says it’s not a place of “ghosts and goblins,” but rather a building whose real history makes it spooky. There are about two kilometres of underground tunnels on the site, which are mostly dark and eroded, but were opened to the public a few years ago.

Narcity lists 10 places in this post. The bed and breakfast sounds interesting to me. I also really want to visit the Anglican Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in Quebec.

What place out of these lists have you gone to, if you live/have been to Canada?

UNITED STATES

So, if you don’t already know from yesterday’s post, let alone how American I sound through my writing….I’m in the US, so this is the easiest part of this whole series for me-anything US based! And it gets me excited, since I don’t need a passport to travel, and I can use the same currency, and speak the same language (because as easy as language comes to me…cough cough writing is my love…I don’t learn/keep up my practice with other languages like I want to), anything US based makes me happy. Plus it is my country, and it is so large, it’s great to explore.

Anyway, let’s explore these abandoned places that the Insider lists! They list 35 places. I’ll share again some of my new wish list….which will take forever for me to get to, since I’m on that “Get a decent credit score/credit history for a house” grind and I’m only beginning on some of the savings goals I have set out.

I may visit half of these places, as a ghost, but oh whale (yes, punny….not a typo)

MEXICO

Personally, I’ve never been into visiting Mexico, I’ll be honest. I’m a white chick who likes it cooler. I love Mexican food though, I will say that though. Coming from a country that covers more land than Mexico, I have this dumb mentality of “Why does your country feel more haunted than mine?!?!” when it come to Mexico.

Anyway, this list of 10 Most Haunted Places from Slapped Ham is something….WHY DOES THIS LIST MAKE ME FEEL MORE CREEPED OUT ON MEXICO?!?!?! Sure Mexicans are fine people, and if I was more wanting to be in the warm area like Mexico, I’d go there. But I’m lame, and can’t do heat.

From another blog site, here’s 5 Ghost Towns in Mexico. These seem different from the other ones I’ve shared.

What are some places you have visited from my lists, either today or yesterday? Where do you want to go from my list? Where have you gone/want to go, outside of my lists? I want to know ALL OF THE THINGS of you guys.

Settle In Saturday: Adult Twists on Kids’ Stories

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This will be a journey, let me tell you! We’ll go on this together, right?!

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To break any ice, I have this to offer. It’s a post about books that look like they’d be for kids, but aren’t.

Now that we’ve cleared any awkwardness that might have been, let’s dive into some classics! Memory lane…and if you haven’t read any of these:

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Let’s start with a classic: Beauty and the Beast

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Taken from The Culture Trip, Beauty and the Beast (1991, 2017):

In the original, Belle is the daughter of a bankrupt merchant, as opposed to an eccentric inventor, the silverware in the Beast’s impressive castle neither sings nor dances and, most importantly, it is the machinations of Belle’s two wicked sisters that result in the Beast’s demise, and not the comically villainous Gaston, who is merely a Disney embellishment. Furthermore, though de Beaumont’s narrative does end happily, with Belle’s love breaking the curse placed on the Beast, many versions deny this happy ending for the ill-fated couple, instead choosing to close the story with Belle grieving over the Beast’s prone form.

To continue on some of the depth from the original, from HuffPo:

Then, the merchant receives a welcome surprise: One of his ships, thought to be lost at sea, has come safely to harbor with its full cargo. His children think their fortune will surely be restored. When he sets out for the city to deal with his freight, he takes with him requests from his sons and daughters for expensive clothes and other gifts. Only Beauty is hesitant to ask for a gift, and finally asks that he bring her a single red rose. 

Continuing, from HuffPo:

Like so many fairy tales, “Beauty and the Beasthas evolved considerably during its journey from oral tradition to the page to the screen. Moreover, there is not only one literary version ― but dozens. Today, Disney-fied fairy tales are most familiar to the masses in their animated forms; the originals, when revisited, can seem comparatively brutal and dark.

Unlike Disney’s “Cinderella” and “Snow White,” however, “Beauty and the Beast” hardly sugarcoats the violence of the original. It’s literally a romance between a captive woman and the monster she at first believes might physically attack her.

Going back to The Culture Trip source:

Furthermore, though de Beaumont’s narrative does end happily, with Belle’s love breaking the curse placed on the Beast, many versions deny this happy ending for the ill-fated couple, instead choosing to close the story with Belle grieving over the Beast’s prone form.

Reading into Belle’s story, it sounds like the flip from the story we see of Cinderella. Sure, the modern tale has Belle as an only child (so there’s that “new” flip), but Belle in the original story had siblings, and instead of being the “red-headed step child” sort of character, she’s the gifted, beautiful one.

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Now let’s go onto Red Riding Hood (2011, 2014 children’s twist, 1983 reprint):

Going back to my The Culture Trip source/inspo for this post:

 One version hints at the wolf and the grandmother being one and the same person, another hints at Red Riding Hood ‘graciously’ allowing the wolf to eat her grandmother before she kills the wolf, so as to be able to seize her grandmother’s property.

Keep in mind this:

it is difficult to work out which is the ‘earliest’ version. Though the most expurgated versions simply use the wolf as an allegory to warn against talking to strangers, several darker accounts reveal a violent and destructive layer beneath the initial veneer.

If you don’t think the “generic”/kid version is weird enough, when you think about it, consider this plot twist from Ranker.com:

Little Red Riding Hood’s full story is pretty dark. Unlike the modern version, where a naive and trusting girl who can’t tell the difference between a wolf and her grandmother escapes in the end, in most older versions, Red is eaten alive. And that’s only the beginning of the horrible things that happen in “Little Red Riding Hood.”

Also, look at this snipet:

The versions circulating in 17th-century France, when Charles Perrault first wrote down the story in his collection called Mother Goose Tales, featured a cannibalistic granddaughter and a pedophile wolf who tells Red to strip down before she climbs in his bed. No wonder the fairy tale was changed – it’s for children, after all!

The history is intense, and changes so much over time. I learned so much, just from this one article alone! I never found interest in most “kid” versions of these fairy tales, when I was a kid. Yes, I was that weirdo…it made me into the interesting adult that I am today though! I never even cared for Red Riding Hood either. But now I’m kind of intrigued! I may add some audio books or threads on her, in the future.

Look here, at some darker things, about the twist of Red Riding Hood being about coming of age:

Psychoanalyst Erich Fromm claimed that the red hood was a symbol of menstruation, turning the tale into a morality lesson for young girls who might “stray from the path,” putting their honor at risk. The wolf, in Fromm’s version, becomes a seducer of young girls.

Sin is also a possibility, as a tale from this story:

Red was a color associated with sin when Perrault first wrote the fairy tale in the 1690s. And many folklorists point out that the red color was often a symbol that a girl had come of age, linking it to menstruation. When the wolf tricks Little Red Riding Hood and eats her up, the message is clear: beware of predators who want to take advantage of young girls. And there’s a twisted part of the earliest French versions that really drives the point home.

I’m keeping this one simple, as there’s so much just in this source I found. I feel like I’d just copy and paste everything from them, and that’s not right.

Now, I’m going to dive into my FAVORITE kids story now. I don’t know why I went to this story, and I don’t know why I did it out of nowhere, when I tried out the Audiable subscription (if anyone can help me find the “get 2 credits a month” subscription, I would love you forever…I just need the link…it’s not the $15/a month one…)

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LET ME TELL YOU ALL ABOUT ALICE IN WONDERLAND. Like I said, I don’t know why I, as an adult, became recently interested/obsessed with Alice in Wonderland, but here I am.

So Alice in Wonderland (2010, 2016 twist, Alice through the Looking Glass, Alice [Which is what made me fall down the rabbit hole]) is my jam. I’m currently listening to the next book after Alice, which will be finished shortly, let’s be real.

Did you know that there’s an actual syndrome? I HAD to ask my dad about it…I’ll update with what he had to say.

Anyway, back to what we need to get to: the mature version of this story. Here’s what the BBC has to say:

With the waning of Victorian prudery and the birth of psychoanalytical theory, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderlandseemed a good deal less innocent

The book began life humbly, as entertainment for 10-year-old Alice Liddell and her sisters as they boated on the Thames with one Charles Dodgson. It proved such a hit that Alice persuaded Dodgson to transcribe it, which he duly did – using the nom de plume Lewis Carroll. Alice was the daughter of the dean of Christ Church, the Oxford college where Dodgson taught mathematics, and she wasn’t the only young girl he befriended.

With the waning of Victorian prudery and the birth of psychoanalytical theory, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland seemed a good deal less innocent. Re-examining the text, critics found plenty of gynaecological imagery, from the rabbit hole itself to the curtain that she must push aside

Continuing, the BBC article says:

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More nuanced readings have viewed Alice’s journey as being less about sex per se and more about a girl’s progress through childhood and puberty into adulthood. Our heroine feels uncomfortable in her body, which undergoes a series of extreme changes; her sense of her self becomes destabilised, leaving her uncertain of her own identity; she butts heads with authority and strives to understand seemingly arbitrary rules, the games that people around her play, and even death.

Do you think it might be about drugs and getting high? Think about this:

There is no concrete evidence that Carroll ever experimented with mind-altering drugs

Famed literary scholar William Empson got especially carried away, declaring that Alice is “a father in getting down the hole, a foetus at the bottom, and can only be born by becoming a mother and producing her own amniotic fluid”.

That’s all just from one article. I know, it’s bad to do so much from one artice, but this one provides so much thought. And yes, I’m going deeper with Alice, as I have an enjoyment favor towards her, but this is a decent article. I pulled maybe 12-15% of what the article shared.

Take a look at this piece from Diply:

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It has been documented that Dodgson didn’t view Queen Victoria favorably. The Queen of Hearts in Alice in Wonderland is obviously bombastic and somewhat evil.

Yet, the Queen found this book amusing…so what did she see, and I have to question all of it.

What are some of your childhood favorites? Do you have kids? What are their favorites? Do you know the twists or origins to your childhood favorites?

History of Halloween (2 Part Series)

So this will be part one of our series on the history of Halloween. This week/post will focus more on the non-religious side of things. Or more so on the non-Christian/Catholic side of things.

For starters, it’s a Celtic Holiday, something you wouldn’t expect. Leave it to us drunks to create a holiday, right?! Why would you let us do that?! (I’m expecting my DNA results any week/day now from ancestry.com…my grandma graciously paid for it to happen. Don’t think I became suddenly rich all of a sudden now haha. But truly I truly thank my grandparents for this experience. I’ll definitely double post when I get the updates on it!) (UPDATE: 74% European/Northern Wales and 26% Scottish/Irish…no surprise there)

According to History.com, Halloween was started to ward off ghosts at the end of summer. Then with All Saints Day becoming a thing (November 1st), it was called Hallow’s Eve on October 31st.

Why ward off ghosts though? Well, if we look back to the origins, it’s the start of the cold weather, and being in the farther north (Scotland, northern Europe, those places), not everyone made it through the winter. Between that and the fact that they thought that ghosts, or those who have passed on, would want to mess with the crops, the people would try to ward them off by sacrifice and by making large fires.

I’ll share the religious take over of this holiday in a couple weeks, so I’ll leave that part out for now.

Unfortunately most of the interesting part of the history of Halloween is the switch over to the religious end of things.

What do you do for Halloween? Do you do anything special for All Saints Day or All Souls Day?

 

True Horror Tuesdays: Series Starter

The true debate in my mind right now: How do I start this series? I have 5 days of this, which means 5 different posts. I may do a couple stories in a post, and I may just do one…you won’t know until that post comes out.

Fair warning: I have no plans for making this a PG series, and no guarantee that the story(ies) will be PG each week.

Let’s get into this week’s story, shall we?

To start, I’m taking some scary stories from the r/nosleep in regards to the deep web. So grab your popcorn, blankie, and make sure you have a night light on!

DO NOT GO TO THE DEEP WEB, I’M BEGGING YOU
THESE STORIES WILL TELL YOU WHY

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