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My 2011 Halloween Events Wishlist

Every year, I make big plans to try to attend as many Halloween related events as I can. But after I factor in all the days I work, blog, and attend to normal chores and family responsibilities, it really leaves me little time to do anything else. Notice how I conveniently didn’t mention that I waste most of my free time watching stupid Jersey-Shore-esqe television or playing games on Xbox 360. Okay, I’m guilty! I can certainly spend my time a little bit better. So I’m planning the month out early and creating my Halloween Events Wishlist for 2011. I will try my darndest to get to as many of these events and throw a blog in about how they turned out. That’s if I can put down the Xbox controller, of course! Continue reading

Bizarre Behaviors: Horsemaning The New Fad

I’ll admit, this really has nothing to do with Halloween, but it is seriously one of the creepiest things I’ve seen recently. You may have heard of planking, (photographing and posting a picture of yourself laying face-down like a stiff board in unusual locations). You might also have heard of the more bizarre version of this “game” called owling (a variation of “planking” where someone squats like an owl.) But now there is another strange fad called Horsemaning. Sources claim this fad actually started in the 1920’s, hence the creepy beheaded girl picture above, but I’m sure if I asked my grandmother (if she were still alive), she would have said your crazy…no one did this except maybe a few morbidly weird kids with too much time and rich parents. In any case, “horsemaning” is making a comeback as the latest internet fad. You know what? I think this one is actually pretty cool. WHAT IF YOU MIXED THIS WITH ZOMBIE MAKEUP??? Just a thought… Continue reading

Favorite Ghost – Madame Leota

Serpents and spiders, tail of a rat. Call in the spirits, wherever they’re at!” I’d have to say, one of my favorite Disney characters is Madame Leota, the fortune telling woman whose head is projected in the crystal ball in Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion attraction. In my recent trip to Disneyland, I noticed the woman looked different than the woman I remembered as a child. Did Disney update the ride some time ago and replace the original Madame Leota with a new actor? I decided to investigate and was quite pleased with what I found. The original voice of Madame Leota was Eleanor Audley. The original actor for Madame Leota was a well respected Walt Disney Imagineer named Leota Toombs Thomas. Leota began working for WED (Walt Elias Disney) from a very young age and became a talented model builder, character artist and costumer for the company. She worked on several projects throughout her careeer including The Enchanted Tiki Room, The Hall of Presidents, The Haunted Mansion, and The Jungle Cruise. Her first husband, Harvey Toombs, was a Disney animator. She met her second husband, Hugh Thomas, while inspecting the banks of The Jungle Cruise ride in Florida. (There’s that Disney magic!). People who knew her and had a chance to work with her said that she was a gifted and extremely dedicated hard worker, and was an extremely nice and generous person. Continue reading

Halloween Photo Contest!

Halloween is one of the year’s biggest holidays for taking pictures – whether snapping shots of a that perfect, homemade costume or a tot tucked into a pumpkin suit. Today, Fujifilm and Rite Aid announced their annual Picture Perfect Halloween Photo Contest is again accepting entries. This year’s grand prize winner will receive an all expense-paid trip for four to Hersheypark in the Dark, as well as a fangtastic array of photo prizes. Continue reading