Friday, October 31, 2014

5 Fandom Friday: October 31st, 2014


And it's time for another:

This week's topic: the candies I always hoped for when trick-or-treating!

This one, unlike last week's topic, is EASY to decide a Top 5!

1.  Kit-Kats
The best candy bar ever invented.  My boyfriend loves them too, so they don't last very long around here!

2. Fun Size Candy Bars
I couldn't pick just one, so maybe this topic isn't as easy as I thought!  I like the Fun Size bars because its built-in portion control.  I LOVE Butterfingers, Baby Ruths, Snickers, and Three Musketeers... but I hate Milky Way bars...

3. Reese's Cups
I had to hide these when I was a kid, otherwise my mom would steal them from my trick-or-treat bag!

4. Skittles
I love fruity candy and it seems like there is a distinct lack of it at Halloween.  But give me Skittles or Starbursts, and I am the happiest trick-or-treater on the block! I like to eat Skittles two at a time by color.  Or just stuff them all in my mouth at once and try to chew on the big glob of sugary, fruity goodness.

5. Tootsie Pops  (a-one... a-two-hoo! a-three *chomp* Three.)
Tootsie Roll Pops are a divine gift from heaven.  It's fruity, it's chocolatey, it's hard, it's chewy.  It is perfection.  I would arrange elaborate trade agreements to ensure I got 90% of the Tootsie Roll Pops brought back by my contingent of trick-or-treaters (usually just me, my sister, and a couple of cousins).  Two Milky Ways for one Tootsie Roll Pop?  No problem with that!  Unfortunately in later years they would try to use my love of the Tootsie Pops against me, but I was usually more clever (and manipulative) than them.  Don't mess with me and my Pops.

And the one candy that has no business in my trick-or-treat bag?

Candy corn.  It's like eating wax.  Keep it away from me!  (if you like it, I don't judge, you're welcome to it!!  Maybe you would like to have mine for... a Tootsie Roll Pop?)

I haven't gone trick-or-treating in probably 15 years...  The last time I went I took my little sister - while I hadn't planned on going that year, her friends all backed out at the last minute and I offered because mom wouldn't let her go alone.  That last time was one of the most fun, just us two running around the neighborhood.  She was Josie, from Josie and the Pussycats, and I was Indiana Jones, because I already had the costume.

Now I hand out the candy (or don't, since my puppy is still learning not to completely lose control when the bell rings).  Which means I just buy what I like and eat my fill!  Yay!

This year I'm giving out Tootsie Pops!  I have enough for 100 trick-or-treaters, plus a bag for myself.

What are your favorite candies?  Did you ever get King Size candy bars?  What are your favorite trick-or-treating memories?

To learn more about 5 Fandom Fridays, check out The Nerdy Girlie's blog or Super Space Chick's blog!

Happy Halloween!

Blessed Samhain to you all!

Halloween Cat by Jeremiah Morelli

Halloween is my favorite holiday (pretty sure I've said that a few times on this blog...)
I like the history and mythology of it, I like the modern traditions of dressing up and trick-or-treating and watching scary movies, and I love that our modern traditions are based on long-established celebrations of Samhain, the death of the sun/summer, and the final harvest.

I'm an archaeologist, so of course I'm interested in why we carve jack-o-lanterns and why we think ghosts can walk the earth on this night.  I especially like looking at the holidays we celebrate now and trying to find their analogy in other cultures, or seeing where their roots developed - such as Christianity taking over formerly pagan holidays.  And I like the pagan roots of holidays, seated in nature, more than anything found in modern religions.  The death and rebirth of the sun, Yule being halfway through the darkness, the associations with the solstices and equinoxes and moon phases.

As a little kid, I was always checking out books of ghost stories or books on Halloween during my library time at school.  This soon turned into a love of scary movies, once I was old enough to convince my mom to rent them.  And wearing costumes is something I love all year, so socially sanctioned dressing up at Halloween was one of the best parts of the holiday!  (Because once you reach a certain age, wearing a super hero cape or princess dress to the grocery store gets you weird looks.)

In college I never got to do the Halloween thing at the bars with my friends -  I was underage until my senior year.  But during grad school there have been parties, and zombie themed bar crawls, and other fun activities!  And now that I am nearer to NYC, I want to visit Sleepy Hollow for their annual Halloween celebrations.  Maybe next year...

My favorite thing to do, though, is to stay in on Halloween night.  I light a bunch of candles, make some tasty food, get some red wine or good seasonal beer, and I watch scary movies.  Some years I participate in trick-or-treat, now that we have a house (I didn't when I lived in an apartment).  I like trying to feel the magic of the night.


Tonight I will be making the pork tenderloin recipe from the Outlander Kitchen blog, with mashed potatoes and asparagus.  I have Great Lakes' Nosferatu, our homemade imperial pale ale, Woodchuck hard cider, and a bottle of red wine that I will warm with spices.  There are pumpkin tarts for afters.  My jack-o-lanterns are in the windows and ready to keep the evil spirits away.  And I have a DVR full of scary movies to watch!

Happy Halloween!!!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Loot Crate Review: Fear Theme, October 2014

My second Loot Crate came as a total surprise - it arrived four days early and I never received a tracking email!  There it was, waiting on my front porch on October 16th.

If you're not familiar with Loot Crate, it's a subscription mystery box service that is oriented towards geek and gamer interests. More info can be found here!

October's theme was "Fear." All month the Loot Crate social media accounts were teasing the contents of this month's box... A special exclusive item from Capcom... A t-shirt... A "Walking Dead" exclusive comic... A SuperEmoFriends print. 

Now that I think about it, they teased almost the entire box...

This month's box included:
  1. The Walking Dead comic, issue #132 with exclusive variant cover
  2. SuperEmoFriends print titled "Oh Brother!" featuring Daryl Dixon and Zombie Merle from AMC's The Walking Dead
  3. How to Survive a Shaknado and Other Unnatural Disasters, a Sharknado inspired survival guide to animal-based natural disasters
  4. A t-shirt with a design by Super7, depicting a skull made out of cats - "Death By Kitten"
  5. A pen/replica of the Sledgesaw Hammer weapon from Capcom's Dead Rising 3
  6. Zombie bite and other horror themed temporary tattoos
  7. A single piece of Toxic Waste candy (I guess it's like a Warhead?)
  8. Standard Loot Crate button and magazine

Okay... I'll be pretty honest, there was not much about this box that I liked. 

"The Good"
I liked the Walking Dead comic, because I read those, though I read the compendiums so I'm not as far along as issue #132 yet. And I liked the SuperEmoFriends print by JSalvador, because I love Daryl Dixon and think it's really cute. It will go well with my Daryl Dixon action figure.  I kept these two items for myself, because The Boyfriend doesn't read the comics and I called "Claim!" on all Daryl items.

"The Bad"
The Sharknado book is just... Not my cup of tea? I have the Zombie Survival Guide and the Complete Worst Case Scenario Survival Handbook, so I do like the humor-based survival guide genre, but this one felt like they were really stretching for a movie tie-in. Maybe if I liked Syfy B movies more...

"The Ugly"
I hate the t-shirt.  I'm not a cat person by any stretch of the imagination.  Neither is The Boyfriend.  The Loot Crate theme was Fear... What's scary about kitties?  Why are the cats making up a skull?  Is this supposed to be edgy?  I've seen very similar designs by harebrained on TeeFury before and didn't like them then, so pulling this shirt out of the Crate was a big disappointment.

Death By Kitten, by Super7, $30 online

and "The Kind-Of Good, But I Don't Like It Enough To Keep It"
While I think the duct-taped hybrid weapon pen from Dead Rising 3 is kinda cool, I'm not really a fan.  I didn't realize it was a pen until I saw someone tweet about it, and to be honest, I actually liked it less once I learned that.  The entire thing feels kind of fragile, and I'm scared that it will crack when I remove the pen cap (the saw part of the weapon).

It's a weapon...
It's a pen!

Like I said, other than the book, I kind of knew what was coming before it arrived. What I didn't know was that I wouldn't care for most of the crate.  But based on what I've read, this was a divisive crate - people either loved it or hated it - so it's not the best crate to judge the subscription service on.

This was only my second subscription crate and my third crate in total.  I think I like toys, comics, posters/art, and things like key chains best from the boxes I've received.  And the Deadpool socks.  Those were awesome.  I'm not a fan of the t-shirts I've received, though I already own so many geeky tees already, and I don't care for the items that feel like filler - knick knacks they just threw in to make it seem like we got more than we did, like the Firefly money.  Now that I'm figuring out what I want from each crate, I am happier to continue receiving it.  

If you think Loot Crate is something you would like to try, check it out!  I definitely recommend it if you enjoy getting packages in the mail and have a wide variety of interests or fandoms.  It's especially fun to share with a friend, like I do with The Boyfriend.

Next month - my Loot Crate November 2014: Battle review!  Supposedly there will be a MegaMan exclusive - The Boyfriend is looking forward to that!

Crafts! A Harvest Pumpkin for $4

Here's how I turned a dollar store pumpkin into a rustic harvest centerpiece!

I was browsing the Dollar Tree looking for Halloween decorations when I came across a small carvable pumpkin.  It was bright orange and very very fake looking.  But it had a lot of potential.

I was buying items to decorate my fireplace mantel, and wasn't sure how much I needed to fill the space or what all I wanted on it.  There wasn't enough room on the mantel when I was done decorating it, so I decided to turn this little pumpkin into a centerpiece.

I thought the pumpkin would make a great base for a decoupage project.  I picked up some white glue and tissue paper when I was at the Dollar Tree, too.  There were some fake autumn leaves left from decorating my mantel, too, so I set those aside to use on this project.  Altogether, the supplies (pumpkin, tissue paper, glue, leaves) cost $4-$5 dollars - but since I used the materials in other projects or had plenty left over (like the tissue paper and glue) the actual cost of the finished pumpkin is much cheaper than that.

The dollar store pumpkin is quite small (you can see it sitting on an old magazine) but I think that makes it more versatile - I'm not limited to setting it on my dining room table, since it can fit on my coffee table or mantel.  I actually plan to move it to the mantel once I pack away my Halloween decorations, since this craft works for Thanksgiving too.  This craft could easily be made using a larger fake pumpkin.  Mod-Podge would also work for this project.

Supply List:
Fake Pumpkin
White glue or Mod-Podge
Tissue paper
Brown paint
Autumn silk leaves

I began by watering down my white glue.  I actually did this using some really strong tea, thinking it would impart an antique-y brown color to the glue, but that didn't really work...

I used the thin glue-water mixture to decoupage torn pieces of tissue paper onto the pumpkin.

It took a while to dry, but I put the glue on kind of thick...

Once it had dried, I was able to see how the tea didn't work at all... in fact, now the pumpkin looked like a peeled orange!

I thinned some brown acrylic paint and brushed it all over the pumpkin, wiping off the excess.  This dulled the white tissue/glue and bright orange color.  When the first coat had dried, I went over the spots that still looked very bright with the brown paint, and wiped it off while it was still wet.  Some of the thicker areas of tissue still looked a little gray, but I like the texture it gave the pumpkin, since some real pumpkins get those gray scars on them... if you know what I'm talking about...

#NoFilter - this is what it looks like at night in artificial light

Once the brown was dry and I was happy with the color and variation, I glued the autumn leaves to the bottom of the pumpkin with my hot glue gun.

Daylight through the windows makes it look lighter.
I really like how it looks different depending on the light.

And that's it!  Very easy, very affordable!

Monday, October 27, 2014

My Halloween Playlist

I LOVE Halloween!

When I was a kid, my mom and I would get really into decorating the house.  Then, during trick-or-treat, we would blast music out the window - sometimes it was fun Halloween music, but as I got older we started playing Midnight Syndicate more frequently, to create a spooky vibe.

My siblings and I also had a cassette of a man narrating as he spent a night in two haunted places, a haunted house and a graveyard.  Being little kids, we convinced ourselves that it was a real recording, and we loved listening to it, imagining that one day we would get to explore haunted places too, or pretending we were accompanying the narrator as he guided us through the haunted places.  (We had very active imaginations.)  For years we tried to find another copy, but it's out of print.  People have posted it on YouTube, though.  Listening to it again, I can't believe we used to listen to this in our dark basement - it's really creepy!

I also took tap dancing lessons as a kid, and as soon as October hit my dance teacher would break out the Halloween music.  Without it, it just doesn't feel like October.  The sounds of Halloween are as important as the pumpkins on the porch or the movies on TV for me.

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.
All of these can be bought on iTunes (I think... I only checked for the ones I thought might not be there, like the Nightmare Before Christmas songs...)

Fun fact: "Do They Know It's Hallowe'en?" was a charity song for UNICEF.

Happy listening, and Happy Halloween!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Five Fandom Friday Movie List Results

I saw this tweet earlier today:

And being the anthropologist/nerd that I am, I made a quick spreadsheet.

My data came from the blogs linked on SuperSpaceChick's post, plus one messaged to me on Twitter.  Including SuperSpaceChick and TheNerdyGirlie, there were 17 blogs linked.  While it took longer to type up this post than it did to rank the movies, I chose not to hunt through the #Fandom5 tag on Twitter to find blogs.

There were 79 individual items mentioned - these included 64 movies, 11 TV shows, 3 table top games, and a book.  I included the Top 5 entries as well as any honorable mentions included in each post.  For movies in a series, some blogs grouped them together (eg. The Addams Family and Addams Family Values, 28 Days Later and 28 Weeks Later) so I combined all mentions of the individual movies.

The most frequent entries were:
Nightmare Before Christmas                           9 total mentions, 8 in Top 5
Hocus Pocus                                                    8 total mentions, 7 in Top 5
Casper                                                              5 total mentions, all in Top 5
It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!          4 total mentions, all in Top 5
The Addams Family/Values                            4 total mentions, 3 in Top 5

In the middle we had:
Shaun of the Dead                                          3 total mentions, all in Top 5
The Craft                                                        3 total mentions, 2 in Top 5
Coraline                                                          3 total mentions, 1 in Top 5
Halloweentown                                              2 total mentions, all in Top 5
Castle - Vampire Weekend episode               2 total mentions, all in Top 5
Zombieland                                                     2 total mentions, all in Top 5
28 Days/Weeks Later                                     2 total mentions, all in Top 5
Trick'r'Treat                                                    2 total mentions, all in Top 5
House of 1000 Corpses                                  2 total mentions, all in Top 5
Friday the 13th                                               2 total mentions, 1 in Top 5
Sleepy Hollow                                                2 total mentions, none in Top 5

Entries with only one mention in anyone's Top 5 were:
Community, Halloween episode
Glee, Rocky Horror Picture episode
Psych, Halloween episode
Are You Afraid of the Dark?
The Exorcism of Emily Rose
The Silence of the Lambs
The Ring
Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Fear Itself episode
The League, Ghost Monkey episode
Roseanne, Boo! episode
Frasier, Halloween episode
Manos the Hands of Fate
Jim Henson Hour's Monster Maker
Supernatural, Monster Movie episode
Doctor Who, Blink episode
Monster Squad
Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein
Arsenic and Old Lace
The Worst Witch  (included in Tim Curry Trifecta)
Clue (included in Tim Curry Trifecta)
Rocky Horror Picture Show (included in Tim Curry Trifecta)
The Exorcist
Night of the Living Dead
The Omen
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Edward Scissorhands
The Conjuring
Wait Until Dark
The Strangers
You're Next
Evil Dead (remake)
The Stuff
Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland
Something Wicked This Way Comes
The Thing
Saw (entire series)

And the Honorable Mentions that didn't make it into anyone's Top 5 list:
The Crow
Monster House
Pet Sematary
Tim Burton's Dark Shadows
Sleepy Hollow
The Woman in Black
Tucker and Dale vs. Evil
Nightmare on Elm Street
The Haunted Palace
Cry Wolf
Rosemary's Baby
Phantom of the Opera
Paranormal Activity (all)
The Witches
Donnie Darko

The games and book listed were:
Zombie Fluxx
Card of the Dead
Dead of Winter
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

It was a lot of fun doing this, since it made me go and read every linked blog post, many of which I didn't see yesterday!  There were some great movies listed, and several that I had never seen before.  I also love the variety - kid-friendly movies, gore, demonic possession, etc.

Ok, I guess I've procrastinated enough.  Time to do laundry!

(edited at 4:54pm ET 10/25/14)

Friday, October 24, 2014

5 Fandom Friday: October 24th, 2014

This week's 5 Fandom Friday theme is: My must-see list of Halloween movies!

Watching scary movies is one of my favorite things to do at Halloween, and I usually spend the whole month of October watching as many as I can.  Since we got cable, I have easy access to all the marathons, but previously I would rent movies or borrow from the library in an effort to see all my faves.

While I like most scary movies (not slasher porn) there are a few that I must see every year, otherwise it just doesn't feel like Halloween.  You might notice that a couple of these stories take place on Halloween, too, which makes them perfect to watch on the day.  My must-watch films include:

1. Halloween (1978)
It has to be the original, with Jamie Lee Curtis and Donald Pleasance.  "Halloween" is the story of a girl who is being hunted by a masked killer while she babysits on Halloween.  It has the perfect combination of scare, suspense, and gimmick, and is the granddaddy of all those awful 80s slasher flicks.  It's just not Halloween if I don't get to watch this classic.

Pro-tip for the inevitable "Halloween" movie marathon on TV - skip Halloween III. Seriously. It has nothing to do with the story of Michael Myers and has the most annoying earworm played throughout the movie (a jingle for a commercial selling evil masks that are going to, I don't know, kill the kids or something? But it WILL get stuck in your head and you WILL hate it.)  Go do the dishes or take a walk or something while it's on, because it suuuuuuuucks.

2. The Exorcist (1973)
Another classic, this movie is based on the novel by William Peter Blatty, and was billed as the scariest movie of all time.  It's about a little girl who becomes possessed, and her mother and a priest working to save her from the evil force that has possessed her.  I love this one because of the casting, the story, and the hollow feeling I'm left with at the end when they show the cost of the exorcism and the power of the evil force.  So good.

3. Hocus Pocus (1993)
This one is not very scary, because it is a kid's movie, but it is just perfect for Halloween.  There are witches, a talking black cat, a zombie, and musical numbers.  Basically, the story is some kids accidentally raise the witches from the dead and must save their town.

This one is so much fun to watch, and will always be a favorite of mine. I remember being about 9 years old when I first saw it and wishing witches and events like the movie were real.

4. Night of the Living Dead (1968)
The original zombie film, this is a classic by George A. Romero and is the first time zombies are featured as mindless eating machines.  Prior to this, zombie movies were about mind control and a witch using drugs to turn people into "undead" slaves, like in the Caribbean tradition of zombies.

Night of the Living Dead also has some fantastic social commentary (you might not understand this until you reach the end of the movie), and spawned the zombie genre, which I LOVE.

5. The Omen (1976)
The American ambassador to London begins to suspect his child is the anti-christ after a series of mysterious deaths.  The remake is pretty good too, but the classic is so much better (Gregory Peck!)

(If you want a lighter take on the same concept, read "Good Omens" by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. It's one of my most favorite books.)

Honorable mentions (because I really like scary movies):
Tucker and Dale vs. Evil - a teen slasher film flipped on its head, kinda gory but very funny
The Craft - witches are perfect for Halloween
Sleepy Hollow - I love the aesthetic of this movie, and it's based on a classic American story
Nightmare On Elm Street - a slasher classic
The Haunted Palace - Vincent Price, need I say more?
Nightmare Before Christmas - family friendly and the songs are so catchy
Cry Wolf - better than your average teen horror flick, the twist is unexpected
Orphan - I watched this one with my mom and we were definitely scared by the end
Friday the 13th - another classic slasher film
Rosemary's Baby - demon babies, cults conspiracies, all that good stuff

Did I miss any?  :-)

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

My Next Cosplay

SDCC 2015 Badge Preregistration is supposed to happen sometime in November.  Since we attended in 2014, we are eligible to participate in this early badge sale, and we were sure to enter our badge numbers so we would be ready!

Though SDCC 2015 is eight months away, thinking about the Preregistration Badge Sale has SDCC on my mind.  And that means I've been thinking about cosplay!

I was going to try to make a Sabriel cosplay, but after figuring out how much it would cost, I don't think I can afford it right now.  The scale armor, the bells, it all just adds up fast.  I also thought to finish my Loki cosplay - I've already made the pepakura helmet - but cost is the same reason I haven't finished that one yet.  I think I'm going to stick to cheaper cosplays at the moment.  And ask for JoAnn's gift cards for Christmas  :-P

I have decided my next cosplay project will be Bespin Leia.  If I watch the sales, I can buy the materials cheap - the biggest cost will be time, with all that embroidery.


In addition to Bespin Leia, I want to make a couple more cosplays.  I'm playing with the idea of Darlene Dixon - a Rule 63 version of Daryl Dixon from the Walking Dead, Agent Peggy Carter from Captain America, and Bitch Pudding from Robot Chicken (WARNING: Language).


Overall, these cosplays would be very easy to execute, relative to Loki's leather suit or some kind of armor (oooh Lady Sif, how I want to cosplay you... One day, when I can afford Worbla.)

If we utterly fail to get SDCC 2015 badges...?  Well, I'm still making the costumes.  I'll just be bummed I can't wear my new Leia costume to the Star Wars VII panel in Hall H!

Friday, October 17, 2014

5 Fandom Friday: October 17th, 2014

Welcome back!  It's time for another 5 Fandom Friday!

Theme: Characters I'd love to dress up as for Halloween!

Halloween is serious business. It is my favorite holiday and always has been.  I love dressing up in costume, I love candy, I love scary movies, and I especially love the tradition and mythology behind the celebration of Halloween and how the holiday has grown within the last century or so.

Now that I'm too old to trick-or-treat, I like to sit at home, drink Ichabod pumpkin ale or Great Lakes' Nosferatu, light a bunch of candles, and watch scary movies.

My friends usually throw a party, too, complete with costumes, beer-pong or flip cup, and a keg.

But since cosplaying at SDCC last year, I think I prefer complex costumes for instances where they can be appreciated, and simple costumes for events where they might get destroyed or spilled on... like at Halloween parties.

Also, with Halloween you're dealing with a crowd that isn't made up of geeks (who will recognize more obscure characters because they like that show/movie/comic too).  If you wear a popular or easily recognized character, it gets rid of the need to explain your costume to everyone you run into.

I already made a post of every character I would love to cosplay as... but who do I want to dress up as for Halloween?  

1. Han Solo in Carbonite
Or not in carbonite... whichever.  But how fun would that be - make a frame, paper maché the carbonite or carve out of foam, leave holes for your hands to stick through so you can grab things if needed, a hole for your head, paint your face gray... I seriously might do this if I go to a party this year...

2. King Arthur and Patsy
This one's a couples' costume, but I've always wanted to go dressed as King Arthur and his faithful servant Patsy from Monty Python and the Holy Grail.  We almost did this for SDCC, but the Boyfriend is not keen on costumes and I can never get him to dress up, let alone go to a Halloween party.

3. Hogwarts Student
Ravenclaw, of course!  I would wear my school uniform and robes to a party in a heartbeat!  It's recognizable, can be made/fixed using primarily thrifted items (so spills aren't a huge issue), and it's comfortable!  And what is more Halloween than dressing up as a witch?

4. Clippy from Microsoft Word
I think this would be hilarious.  Make a giant paper clip out of cardboard and aluminum foil, or fabric, or something, affix it to myself, then spend the party offering to help people.  "I see you're trying to make a drink, would you like some help with that?"  Haha, yeah, I'm kind of lame...

5. Sarah from the Labyrinth
If cost, time, talent, and worrying about if the costume will get ruined are taken out of the equation... I want Sarah's white ballgown from the Labyrinth.  I wants it, Precious.  This one is also on my list of cosplays.  I would wear it to a ball themed party and it would be just like the scene from the movie and everything would be mystical and gothic and lovely.

Funny story: my cousin and I both dressed up as California Raisins for Halloween '93.  Sorry, I don't have a pic.  My parents refuse to learn how to use their scanner.

What is your dream Halloween costume?  What costume was your favorite? Do you prefer funny or scary?

Friday, October 10, 2014

5 Fandom Friday: October 10th, 2014

Time for 5 Fandom Friday!  Check out The Nerdy Girlie's post to learn more!

This week's topic: Geeky clothing items I need in my closet immediately!

I already own quite a collection of geeky t-shirts (thanks, Teefury!)  I own so many that I had a hard time picking out what I wanted to wear to Comic Con and ended up loaning some of my larger ones to the Boyfriend.  Other than my t-shirts and some jewelry I ordered off of Etsy, I don't have much geeky/fandom inspired clothing... but once I got looking at my Pinterest account, it became hard to choose what I want most!

5 geeky clothing items I want include:

1. Star Wars Vans
Okay, it is well established that I love Star Wars, so when the collection for Vans was released this summer I almost bought a pair.  Specifically, the ones that look like the A New Hope movie poster.  But alas, I am without an income and couldn't justify buying them at the time... I was saving my money for Comic Con, after all!  I have been lusting after them ever since and just need to bite the bullet and order them.

2. S.H.I.E.L.D. Hoodie
I want a black zippered hoodie with SHIELD patches on the shoulders.  If I can find a hoodie I like, I will probably order some patches off eBay and make one for myself.  Understated fandom pride!  Kind of like the BSG Viper pilot coat I already made for myself.

3. Han Solo Dress
I love the Han Solo costume dress by Her Universe.  I almost bought one at Comic Con but I chickened out.  Being plus size, I tend not to buy if I can't try it on, and I didn't see a fitting room at the booth and the material seemed too thin to chance it... and now I'm not seeing it on the website anymore and I hate myself a little bit for not buying it when I could... shoot.

4. Horde Pendant Necklace
I play World of Warcraft and 90% of my characters are Horde (Lok'tar Ogar!)  What better way to show my allegiance than with a pretty necklace?  I like this one which used to be available on Amazon, and this one by Etsy seller Peaceofshine.

5. Wonder Woman Swimsuit
I don't wear bikinis, but if I did I would wear this one!  By Etsy seller BeBops.

Honorable mentions go to: Wonder Woman footie pajamas, the Ministry of Silly Walks wristwatch, and the Ewok costume hoodie by Her Universe (which is also apparently no longer available... dangit!)

Friday, October 3, 2014

5 Fandom Fridays: October 3rd, 2014

Today is the first "5 Fandom Friday!"

If you don't know what 5 Fandom Fridays are, check out The Nerdy Girlie's post.

This week's prompt is: Gateway fandoms that made me who I am today.

Hmmm... this is a tough one.  I like a lot of stuff and get unapologetically excited about so many things that it's hard to narrow down which ones came first and contributed significantly to my identity.  I've always been a nerd, though I tried to hide it, but in writing this entry I am realizing that I learned a few life lessons through these fandoms, lessons about friends and being my own person.  And that's pretty cool.

Warning: I can be quite verbose.  Hence the cut.