Monday, October 31, 2016

Tabletop Tuesday! There's a zombie horde outside...


Happy Halloween and welcome back to another Tabletop Tuesday Monday! In the spirit of the holiday, I am hitting publish a day early.

Formerly a weekly post about tabletop gaming, Tabletop Tuesday has been resurrected as a biweekly series. Older posts can be found under the Tabletop Tuesday tag, also linked at the top of the page.

All month long we've been showcasing a variety of zombie-themed games through a series of weekly posts. Last week's game was The Walking Dead, a board game based on the popular comic and TV series that requires strategy and luck as players explore the board to collect resources and fight zombies.

The final game in our zombie series is Last Night On Earth by Flying Frog Productions. Right off, I'll say this game is not for the faint of heart. Not just because there are zombies... but because this game can easily eat up an entire afternoon.

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Saturday, October 29, 2016

Spooky Songs for Halloween: My Halloween Playlist




Halloween music has always been a big part of the holiday for me - whether it was blasting spooky compositions out the window during trick-or-treat, dancing to the Monster Mash in tap class, or singing along to the Nightmare Before Christmas. From eerie instrumentals to fun pop songs, Halloween music is a great way to get into the spirit of the holiday.

Over the years I have created a Halloween playlist that I listen to almost exclusively during October. Some are obviously Halloween songs, some just have a creepy or spooky vibe to them, some just have a title or lyrics that are vaguely Halloweeny enough for me to include them.

If you have any suggestions, please leave them in the comments!

This is Halloween  -  The Nightmare Before Christmas soundtrack
I'm Your Boogieman  -  White Zombie
The Monster Mash  -  Bobby "Boris" Pickett
I Put a Spell On You  -  Screamin' Jay Hawkins
Witchy Woman  -  The Eagles    (Cher's version is definitely worth a watch)
Boris the Spider  -  The Who
Feed My Frankenstein  -  Alice Cooper
Werewolves of London  -  Warren Zevon
Dead Man's Party  -  Oingo Boingo
Welcome to My Nightmare  -  Alice Cooper
Do They Know It's Hallowe'en?  -  North American Hallowe'en Prevention Initiative
Ghost Town  -  The Specials
Hell  -  Squirrel Nut Zippers
Hocus Pocus  -  Focus
Thriller  -  Michael Jackson
Twilight Zone  -  Golden Earring
Oogie Boogie's Song  -  The Nightmare Before Christmas soundtrack
This is Halloween  -  Marilyn Manson
Fire On High  -  Electric Light Orchestra
Ghostbusters  -  Ray Parker, Jr.
Night On Bald Mountain - Modest Mussorgsky, composer

A YouTube playlist for all the videos linked can be found here and is embedded above.

Happy listening, and Happy Halloween!


This post is an update of a previous post originally published in 2014.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Happy Halloweekend!

It's the weekend before Halloween, and as far as I'm concerned the holiday has already started!

Halloween is my favorite holiday - I like to eat seasonal foods and light candles. I place a jack-o-lantern in my window to scare away the bad spirits. And I always watch scary movies, read ghost stories, and listen to my Halloween playlist!

Last year I shared a list of spooky stories, and I wanted to do something similar for this Halloween. If you're in need of a spooky movie or books to get in the Halloween spirit, I have some suggestions!


What We Do in the Shadows,
directed by Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi

This movie is hilarious. It's done in a mockumentary style and documents the un-lives of vampire roommates in New Zealand as they hold flat meetings (just do the dishes, Deacon!), learn 21st century technology, and other #justvampirethings.




The Penguin Book of the Undead
edited by Scott G. Bruce

A 2016 publication by Penguin Classics, this book compiles legends and histories of the undead in Europe from the ancient world to the modern age. The beginning of each chapter provides a few paragraphs of context, identifying that passage's author and explaining the supernatural lore of the time period or region in which it was recorded.

This book is great for people who like their spooky stories grounded in history or want to explore how stories of the undead changed over time.


Coffin Hill
by Caitlin Kittredge

Strange things have been happening in the small town of Coffin Hill, Massachusetts. Murders. Missing children. When Eve Coffin, the descendent of the local witch Emma Coffin, returns to town these events remind her of a fateful Halloween night and the haunted woods that surrounds her family estate. She is drawn into the investigation, and her family history means she is the only one who can find out the real cause of these strange and deadly events.

Coffin Hill is a comic series written by Caitlin Kittredge and illustrated by Inaki Miranda. It was published by Vertigo between 2013 and 2015, and there are three trade paperback volumes in the series. I first learned about Coffin Hill when it was recommended to me by an employee at a small comic shop in Ohio, and so far I have read the first two volumes. I will probably read the third on Halloween this year.

This series is spooky and sometimes violent, full of secrets and hidden motives. I really enjoyed the first two volumes, they definitely scratched my itch for danger and witchiness.


Crimson Peak,
directed by Guillermo del Toro

This movie was released last year and quickly became one of my favorites. It is a gothic horror film, combining romance and suspense to tell the story of Edith Cushing, a young American woman who is wooed by an English baronet named Thomas Sharpe. They are quickly wed and move to his family home in the north of England, where Edith is drawn into the dark mysteries that haunt the manor.

This movie is also visually beautiful; the use of color and texture in the sets and costumes, the creation of motifs, every detail helps set the scene and build the characters. I only wish the movie was longer, giving Edith more time to explore the secrets of Allerdale Hall and the Sharpe siblings.



Those are a few of the stories I've been enjoying this month. Do you have any new spooky favorites to share?

Thanks for reading and have a HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Tabletop Tuesday! The dead are walking...


Hello and welcome back to another Tabletop Tuesday!

Formerly a weekly post about tabletop gaming, Tabletop Tuesday has been resurrected. Older posts can be found under the Tabletop Tuesday tag, also linked at the top of the page.

Though this series is now a biweekly post, from now through Halloween we'll be showcasing a variety of zombie-themed games through a series of weekly posts! Last week's game was Munchkin Zombies, an adventure-themed card game where the players are the zombies.

Today's game is The Walking Dead by Skybound and Z-Man Games.  As a fan of both the Walking Dead comics and TV show, I was curious to see how the series would translate to a board game.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Tabletop Tuesday! A dungeon full of zombies!


Hello and welcome back to another Tabletop Tuesday!

Formerly a weekly post about tabletop gaming, Tabletop Tuesday has been resurrected as a biweekly series. New posts are published every other week. Older posts can be found under the Tabletop Tuesday tag, also linked at the top of the page.

If you didn't read last week's post, we're changing things up a bit - from now through Halloween, we'll be sharing weekly posts showcasing a variety of zombie-themed games! Last week's game was Zombie Fluxx, a card game where the rules change as you play.

Today's game is Munchkin Zombies, by Steve Jackson Games. Like Fluxx, this game is a variation of a popular card game with a brain eating twist.

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Tabletop Tuesday: Zombie Fluxx


Hello and welcome back to another Tabletop Tuesday!

Formerly a weekly post about tabletop gaming, Tabletop Tuesday has been resurrected as a biweekly series. New posts are published every other week. Older posts can be found under the Tabletop Tuesday tag, also linked at the top of the page.

To get into a spooky, Halloween mood, we're changing things up a bit - now through Halloween, we'll be sharing weekly posts showcasing a variety of zombie-themed games!

This week's game is Zombie Fluxx by Looney Labs. Fluxx is a card game where the rules can change with every card played. The game is won when a player reaches a goal by collecting certain cards, but as the rules change, so do the goals!

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