Thursday, 31 October 2013

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Month Of Scares - Miniature Haunted House

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haunted house

Today I thought I would share this cute little haunted house DIY kit that I recently picked up from Poundland. The building bricks (by Fright Nite) are like a miniature version of lego and come with very basic picture instructions showing how to contruct the house. Due to the tiny pictures it did take me longer than I had expected to put this little house together but it was definitely a fun way to spend an hour of my time and I was pleased with how it turned out! Now I just need to find somewhere for it to live...
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Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Month Of Scares - Parasite (Release Day Review)

*Review copy c/o Netgalley

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Mira Grant (2013) | Find it on Amazon

Parasite follows Sal, the first person to have been saved by SymboGen’s genetically engineered tapeworm, an all-in-one implant product designed to prevent illness and handle all human medical needs. Before the accident Sal was known as Sally Mitchell, and now that girl is gone. Sal has no memory of who she was in the past and that’s the way she likes it. Her family however, take a different view, missing the daughter and sister they loved dearly.

When a strange and mysterious ‘sleepwalking’ disease starts to spread amongst some of those that have a SymboGen implant Sal’s life is turned upside down as she, accompanied by doctor boyfriend Nathan, goes on a journey of discovery with secrets around every corner.

One of the elements of this book that I found both a strength and a downfall was the amount of information there was to take in regarding SymboGen and the technology. At the end of each chapter there were various extracts from interviews with the founders of the company and other articles, which although interesting reads did at times feel as if they were slowing down the pace of the action. Having said that the story of SymboGen is a complex one and the majority of the information was necessary in telling the story fully.

Although I failed to finish Mira Grant’s other novel Feed (the first book in the Newsflesh Trilogy) I enjoyed the writing style of Parasite and thanks to the cliffhanger ending am planning on continuing with the series when further books are released. The extremely interesting concept was what drew me in to this one and I’m really glad I came across it.

3.5/5 Halloween Pumpkins

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Monday, 28 October 2013

Month Of Scares - 8 Last Minute Halloween Recipe Ideas

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For today's post I wanted to share some of the amazing Halloween inspired recipe ideas I've found online but didn't quite have the time to try out. All of the ideas below would be great if you're hosting a Halloween party this year and want to whip up some last minute treats!

1. Candy Corn Cake Wedges (via Allyou)
This one is all about the decoration - bake any sort of cake you like then cut into wedges and decorate with white, yellow and orange icing to look like giant pieces of candy corn.

2. Bewitching Perfectly Poisonous Parfaits (via Frog Prince Paperie)
Layer up vanilla pudding, orange sprinkles and crushed Oreos for this delicious looking treat. To make them even spookier add on a miniature paper witch hat to each spoon before serving.

3. Edible Fake Blood (via Clockwork Lemon)
Very visually effective but also super easy to make this edible fake blood looks great drizzled over a cake will be sure to scare your guests as well as satisfy their sweet tooth's.

4. Monster Munch (via A Pumpkin & A Princess)
This sweet treat made of popcorn and various candy is easy to make and is sure to impress your guests. Make up some cute orange and black cinema-style popcorn boxes to serve at your horror movie marathon.

5. Spooky Fruit (via The Fairy Cook)
For a more healthy Halloween treat why not try these cute Spooky Fruit cups. Basically you treat the orange like you would a pumpkin by cutting off the top, scooping out the insides and using it as a bowl for other fruits. Add on a scary face using a black Sharpie and it looks just like a mini pumpkin!

6. Krispy Pops (via Hot Mama In The City)
Back at the beginning of the month I shared a Martha Stewart Halloween recipe using rice crispies but here's another really simple idea of how to use them.

7. Candy Corn Marshmallow People (via Knead To Cook)
A batch of these adorable little white marshmallow and chocolate treats can be whipped up in no time and will look great at any Halloween party!

8. Candy Corn Popcorn Cones (via Brit + Co)
Another candy corn themed DIY, these popcorn and ice cream cone treats not only look amazing but sound delicious too. Definitely one to try out!

Don't forget - you can always impress your guests with your own version of candy glass, or perhaps make a batch of spooky cupcakes!

Which recipe idea is your favourite? 
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Sunday, 27 October 2013

Month Of Scares - DIY Paper Spiderwebs

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Today I have a last minute DIY Halloween decoration idea for you. These spiderwebs are based on the simple technique used to create pretty paper snowflakes at Christmas time, and best of all you hardly need any supplies to make your own. Dig out some black and orange paper, scissors, a pencil and something to draw around and have a go at this 5 minute DIY!

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1. Find something circular to draw around (I used a candle) and cut a circle from your coloured paper

2. Fold the circle in half, half again, and half again

3. Take a pencil and draw on your spiderweb design (as shown above) then cut out every other section

4. Unfold to reveal your paper spiderweb!

5. If you want to you can also add on some spider sequins which can be found in supermarkets, pound stores and Wilkinsons.

If you're looking for more DIY Halloween decoration ideas you may like the Spooky Ghosts I created last October.

Happy DIY-ing!
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Saturday, 26 October 2013

Month Of Scares - The Films That Didn't Make The Cut

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Images via Amazon

Of the many Netflix offerings that were on my potential review list for Month Of Scares there were a handful that I didn't even make it to the end of, plus a few others that I honestly just didn't know what to say about. Perhaps I'll revisit them in the future but for now, as far as this October blogging series goes I'm not able to review them in full. So, instead of letting the time go to waste I thought I would compile them into a list of the films I wouldn't necessarily recommend if you're planning on relaxing at home for a Netflix movie marathon this Halloween.

Paintball (2009) | dir. Daniel Benmayor | Cert. 18
A group of strangers who have volunteered for a extreme paintball experience are blindfolded and taken to a secret location. At first it seems like they're going to get what they expected; a weekend paintball adventure, however they are soon attacked by invisible snipers who aren't just shooting paint.
I made it to: 35 minutes ...the concept sounded interesting however the lack of both suspense and likable characters left me uninterested.

Deadly Pledge / The Haunting Of Sorority Row (2007) | dir. Bert Kish | Cert. PG
When freshman Sam decides to join a famous sorority she is exposed to a whole host of initiation tasks including a rather sinister one which she later discovers is responsible for the mysterious disappearance of another student.
I made it to: the end! ...but felt it all was all a bit silly.

Soul Survivors (2001) | dir. Stephen Carpenter | Cert. 12
After surviving the car crash that killed her boyfriend, Cassie finds herself stuck between the world of the living and the world of the dead and starts having mysterious visions.
I made it to: 51 minutes ...but was bored within the first 10.

Daddy, I'm A Zombie (2011) | dir. Joan Espinach & Ricardo Ramón | Cert. PG
After a bad night out at the local fair gothic teen Dixie stands in a graveyard and mutters the words 'I wish I was dead' only to wake up find that she is now a zombie. This animated film follows Dixie on her journey to come back to life.
I made it to: 38 minutes ...and sadly, was bored and switched to a comedy.
 
Antiviral (2012) | dir. Brandon Cronenberg | Cert. 15
Syd works at a clinic that sells viruses, harvested from celebrities, to their adoring fans as a way for people to feel connected to their idols. When he becomes infected with a fatal virus that has killed a popular celebrity, Syd must find out what really happened to her in order to save himself.
I made it to: the end ...on my second attempt. Similarly to Paintball the concept seemed different, creepy and intriguing but once again I was disappointed.

Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013) | dir. Tommy Wirkola | Cert. 15
The famous fairytale's young siblings are captured by an evil witch but manage to outsmart her and escape. Years later the duo are hired by the mayor of a small village as professional witch hunters.
I made it to: 44 minutes ...and decided it wasn't for me.

Have you seen any of these films? 
Let me know if I should give any of them another chance!

P.S - We're celebrating our first birthday over at Blogger's Bookshelf today! Head on over to join in the celebrations and enter our book giveaway.
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Friday, 25 October 2013

Month Of Scares - 7 Halloween DIYs To Try

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There are so many amazing Halloween DIYs out there to choose from so today I thought I would share some of those that, although I didn't have time for this year, have bookmarked to try in the future.

1. Monster Pouch (via A Creative Cookie)
These cute little felt pouches would be great not just for Halloween but also as phone or tablet cases all year round. This project does require a little stitching however you could always use a glue gun if sewing isn't your thing.

2. Book Page Pumpkin Patch (via Saved By Love Creations)
Last year I made paper Christmas tree decorations using book pages and loved the look you can achieve with printed paper. These little pumpkins are made using similar supplies and would be perfect for a Halloween party. The raffia and bead embellishments are a great touch as well.

3. Paranormal Portraits (via Country Living)
These spooky framed portraits are an idea for those wanting a more ambitious Halloween project as they require LED lights and a little more preparation time. However, the finished product would definitely look amazing at a party, plus you could always save the lights to reuse at Christmas!

4. Flannel Halloween Face Pillows (via eighteen25)
These cushion covers featuring a ghost, pumpkin, cat and monster are adorable and could be easily customised with your own design ideas. Again, this one requires some basic sewing skills but don't let that put you off having a go - if you don't want to sew the whole thing, buy ready made covers and just add on the faces.

5. Spooky Halloween Glasses (via Now That's Pretty)
If you're always saving up glass jars but don't know what projects to use them for then this is the one for you. Grab yourself some black vinyl stickers and create some spooky glasses for your party guests to drink out of. The post also suggests adding food colouring to milk to achieve the appropriate colours.

6. Simple Halloween Bunting (via Simple As That)
Another way to use up old book pages or newspaper is to make yourself a string of Halloween bunting with a more sophisticated look. These have a classic bat design embellished with buttons but of course you could opt for any other Halloween-appropriate shape too.

7. Halloween Embroidery Hoop Art: Spider Web (via Do Small Things With Love)
This simple but unique decoration made using black lace, white thread, an embroidery hoop and a toy spider is perfect for Halloween.

Which idea is your favourite?
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Thursday, 24 October 2013

Month Of Scares - Foreverland Is Dead

*Review copy of Foreverland Is Dead c/o Netgalley

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Images via goodreads.com

Tony Bertauski (2011 & 2013) | Find them on Amazon

When a group of six young girls wake up in a strange place, unable to remember neither who they are nor how they got there the mystery of Foreverland Is Dead begins. Five of the girls have had their heads shaved and are living in a rundown cabin, but Miranda is different. She still has her beautiful blonde locks and the privilege of being able enter the brick house where food and clothes are stored. When the girls discover the body of an old woman out in the trees they will have to work together to figure out where they are and why.

After receiving a copy of Tony Bertauski's Foreverland Is Dead (via Netgalley) I discovered that there was another book in the series - The Annihilation Of Foreverland. Even though some reviews stated it wasn't necessary to have read the first book to be able to understand the setup of the second I decided it would be best to read both. Unfortunately I really didn't enjoy The Annihilation Of Foreverland, finding the concept intriguing but both the story and characters difficult to invest in. Despite my disappointment with the first book I revisited Forverland Is Dead for a second attempt with a fresh perspective. After going back I have to say that although the two books take place within the same world and ideas I personally don’t think it is necessary to read the first book in order to understand the second.

For the most part I didn’t feel anymore of a connection to Foreverland Is Dead's characters and couldn’t find much of a distinction between some of their personalities, meaning that I kept getting them mixed up. Having said that the setup and plot of this second instalment definitely captured my attention much more than the first and I felt things did pick up around the halfway point, leaving me keen to discover how the mysterious story would end.

Clever concept aside, I wish that I could say that I loved this series but sadly I just felt like there was something missing overall. Despite my disappointment Foreverland Is Dead has received some amazing reviews so, if you enjoy books such as The Maze Runner series this one might appeal to you.

2/5 Halloween pumpkins
2 pumpkins
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Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Month Of Scares - Halloween Paper Chains

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A few weeks ago my mum, knowing how much I like Halloween things, presented me with this pack of DIY Halloween paper chains from small business The Little Paper Chain Company. I thought they were a really great idea and would be perfect to share with you as part of my Halloween themed posts!

The pack includes 100 chains with four different designs - witches, skeletons, pumpkins and bats - plus either plain orange or black. There's also no nasty lick and stick here as they have easy to use double sided tape strips attached meaning you can create a chain in minutes.

As well as seasonal designs The Little Paper Chain Company also offer a bespoke service where you can request a custom design for a special occassion.

You can find these Halloween paper chains and more online at www.thelittlepaperchaincompany.co.uk 

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Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Month Of Scares - Clue

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Dir. Jonathan Lynn (1985), Cert PG | Find it on Amazon

Based on the popular murder mystery board game, Clue (or Cluedo as well call it in the UK) this film tells the story of a group of strangers invited to a curious dinner party by an unknown host.
Each of the guests was sent an invitation including a pseudonym to protect their identities however the group quickly discover that they share something in common; the same man is blackmailing them all. When they are presented with weapons and the lights go out a murder is committed and the mystery begins. As the bodies start to pile up the guests must figure out which one of them is the killer.

Joining our familiar characters from the game - Miss Scarlet, Colonel Mustard, Mr. Green, Mrs. Peacock, Mrs. White & Professor Plum – are butler Wadsworth, maid Yvette and Mr. Boddy, Dr. Black’s US counterpart. There are a whole host of recognisable faces in this cast and their portrayals of this weird and wonderful bunch are spot on.

Clue is unique in that it does not only have one ending, but instead there are three. When the film was originally released, the cinemas each played a different version of the film some showing ending A, others B and the rest C. The DVD allows you to either watch the film with an ending chosen at random or to watch the full version with all three possibilities. I opted to watch all three and have to say really enjoyed them all.

Over the years this fun, fast-paced comedy has developed a cult following and it’s easy to see why. If comedy with a murder mystery twist is what you’re after this Halloween look no further than Clue.

4/5 Halloween Pumpkins

4 pumpkins
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Monday, 21 October 2013

Month Of Scares - Halloween Accessories

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After sharing two DIY accessory ideas in yesterday's post, I thought today would be a good time to share a little inspiration for those who don't fancy a Candy Corn project. So, here are a few high street and designer pieces to buy, or perhaps if you're feeling creative, use as DIY inspiration...

Velvet Alice Band £5.99 - H&M
Bat Necklace £9.99 - Timi
Bat Ring £650 - Maria Nilsdotter
Spiked Skull Link Chain Bracelet £171.91 - Joomi Lim
Skull Stud Earrings £42 - Boticca
Caged Cobweb Drop Earrings  £625 - Bottega Veneta
Black Ear Beanie £4.99 - New Look
Tassel Earrings £12.99 - H&M

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Sunday, 20 October 2013

Month Of Scares - DIY Candy Corn Inspired Jewellery

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Continuing on with my Month Of Scares challenge to come up with DIY ideas that use up supplies I already have lying around, today I've created two different jewellery pieces based on popular Halloween treat Candy Corn. The bright colours and striped design of the sweets are perfect for creating some bold Halloween accessories at home. Here's what I came up with...

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Candy Corn Bottle Necklace
Although there are lots of designs using mini bottles that would work well for Halloween (vials of blood, potions, etc) I wanted to try something a little bit different for the first part of today's DIY. After coming up with the idea to fill the bottle with coloured beads but quickly discovering I didn't have any yellow ones I improvised and used tissue paper to get the same effect.

Supplies - orange, yellow and white tissue paper (or beads), a mini glass bottle, an eyepin, a jump ring, chain, pliers

1. Rip up small pieces of tissue paper, starting with yellow, roll them into balls and pop them into the bottle

2. Once you have filled the bottle approx. one third of the way up switch to orange, then at two thirds full add the white

3. To make the bottle into a pendant use pliers to grip onto a eyepin and carefully push it into the cork

4. Use a jump ring to attach the bottle onto your chain and your necklace is finished!


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Candy Corn Earrings
Not only are these earrings are super cute and super easy to make, this project idea can also be adapted to suit anytime of year as you can paint on whatever design you like!

Supplies -  blank circle charms, pliers, earring wires, nail polishes (orange, yellow and white), clear varnish/glaze

1. Using nail polish paint the striped design onto your charms, apply a second coat if necessary

2. Once the polish has dried completely its best to add a layer of glaze to protect the design - this will also give a 3D/domed look to the charms.
If you don't want to spend out on glaze, a coat of clear polish will also give your design some protection

3. Using pliers attach the charms onto earring hooks and you're done!

Happy DIY-ing!  
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Saturday, 19 October 2013

Month Of Scares - Our Favourite Villains

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Graphics & BB post by Ria

It's group post time over at Blogger's Bookshelf today and inspired by Halloween we're talking Favourite Villains in fiction.

Head on over to Blogger's Bookshelf to see who made our list!
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Friday, 18 October 2013

Month Of Scares - Movie Night Ideas For Under £5

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For today's post I've raided my DVD cupboard in search of film suggestions that are both Halloween appropriate and affordable. So, here are my top Halloween movie night picks for £5 and under...

Zombieland (2009) dir. Ruben Fleischer
America is full of zombies and friends are hard to find. Whilst trying to travel home to find his family Coloumbus (Jesse Eisenberg) meets Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson), Wichita (Emma Stone) and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin) and they form their own family, killing zombies along the way.

Addams Family Values (1993) dir. Barry Sonnenfeld
Wednesday (Christina Ricci) and Pugsley (Jimmy Workman) head off to summer camp, whilst back home Uncle Fester (Christopher Lloyd) has fallen for the new nanny who may or may not be a gold digger.

Final Destination 5 (2011) dir. Steven Quale
In this instalment of the franchise the group survive a suspension-bridge collapse thanks to Sam (Nicholas D'Agosto) but of course are soon hunted down by Death and picked off one by one.

Shaun Of The Dead (2004) dir. Edgar Wright
On the same day that Shaun (Simon Pegg) decides to get his life back together a zombie apocalypse breaks out. Armed with a cricket bat Shaun must gather up his family and friends and lead them to safety.

Scream 4 (2011) dir. Wes Craven
A combination of the original cast from 1996 and some new faces, in this chapter we meet Sidney's (Neve Campbell) teenage cousin Jill (Emma Roberts) and Ghostface returns to Woodsboro for revenge.

The Crazies (2010) dir. Breck Eisner
When the water supply of a small town is contaminated the infected residents turn violent. Can David (Timothy Olyphant) the town's Sherrif and his doctor wife (Radha Mitchell) make it out alive?

Seven/Se7en (1995) dir. David Fincher
Veteran detective (Morgan Freeman) must work alongside newbie (Brad Pitt) to hunt down a serial killer who is using the seven deadly sins as inspiration for his crimes.

What will you be watching this Halloween?
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Thursday, 17 October 2013

Month Of Scares - An Aurora Grimeon Story: Will O' The Wisp

*Review copy and image c/o Netgalley

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Written by Tom Hammock, illustrated by Megan Hutchinson (2013) | Find it on Amazon

This 200 page spooky graphic novel centres around a young girl forced to move to a strange town full of graves. When a mysterious blue light, or Will O’ The Wisp, out in the swamp attacks several of the town’s residents Aurora must find a way to uncover the town’s secrets and save her Grandfather.

Our main character is pre-teen Aurora who, after the untimely loss of her parents (to mushroom poisoning) is sent to live with her only remaining family member; a mysterious grandfather she’s never met. Aurora is a curious and brave young girl, willing to go to extreme lengths to help others. Her Grandfather, Silver, turns out to be a rather fascinating character himself. Amongst other intriguing things he casts skeletons for medical schools and lives in a creepy gothic style mansion with Missy, his loyal (and adorable!) pet raccoon. Amongst the eerie setting there are a whole host of other interesting yet strange characters to be found in this graphic novel, most notably Mama Nonnie the local Hoodoo woman.

Due to the graphic novel format, with it’s beautifully drawn illustrations, at times the story did lack the depth that I have come to expect from reading novels. Thankfully though this didn’t detract from how much I enjoyed the read, nor did it stop me from eagerly wanting to find out what would happen next.

Apparently Will O’ The Wisp is only the first in a planned series of Aurora Grimeon stories from production designer Tom Hammock and illustrator Megan Hutchinson. After enjoying this first installment, I for one am definitely interested in reading future adventures starring Aurora and co.

3.5/5 Halloween Pumpkins

3 half pumpkins

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Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Month Of Scares - Halloween Style Inspiration

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Zoe Karssen Bat T-Shirt £60, Net-A-Porter
Toms Skulls Flats £42, Schuh
Monster Sweat £32, Topshop
Vivienne Westwood Skeleton Bracelet £105, Selfridges
Tee & Cake Zombie Scene Tee £25, Topshop
Pumpkin Beanie £12, ASOS
Insect Earring (Spider) £70, Boticca
Black Ghost Knitted Jumper £22.99, New Look
Crushed Velvet Shorts £32, Topshop

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Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Month Of Scares - Stoker

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Dir. Chan-Wook Park (2013), Cert. 18 | Find it on Amazon

India Stoker (Mia Wasikowska) doesn’t have the best life. She has no friends, is teased at school and has a rocky relationship with her mother (Nicole Kidman). When her beloved father (Dermot Mulroney) is killed in a car accident on her 18th birthday, and a mysterious Uncle (Matthew Goode) she never knew existed comes to live with her and her mother, the life of this troubled teenager changes forever. Soon India learns that Uncle Charlie is hiding a sinister side which unfolds throughout the film.

Although more of a psychological thriller than a horror, the film has a particularly eerie feel thanks to the distinguished style of Asian director Chan-Wook Park. Stoker is the first English language film from this popular director who brings an extra creepiness to this already dark story. The script was written by Prison Break star Wentworth Miller and is a promising debut screenplay although at times is a little overshadowed by the distinctive direction and beautiful cinematography.

This unique and dark tale of family secrets with convincing performances all round, particularly from Wasikowska, is definitely one to pick up if you want to opt for stylish thriller rather than teen slasher this Halloween.

4/5 Halloween Pumpkins
4 pumpkins
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Monday, 14 October 2013

Month Of Scares - Witch Hunt

*Review copy c/o Netgalley
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Author - Tabitha Morrow, Published in 2013 | Find it on Amazon

Witch Hunt begins with a both intriguing and terrifying prologue, describing an accused witch being burnt. The townspeople of New Salem have no idea she’s inside the fire and no one can hear her scream.

The book tells the story of Ruth, a young girl who discovers not only that her two best friends are witches, but that she is one too. Living in New Salem where witchcraft is strictly forbidden they are forced to hide their true identities and meet in secret. Of course, Ruth and her friends aren’t the only ones hiding the truth in New Salem - cue lots of twists, turns and betrayals along the way.

This short story with its’ interesting genre crossover and (sadly very predictable) twists, left little time for character development, however the writing style of this debut author was easy to follow.

Witch Hunt turned out to be a much more enjoyable and interesting read than I had initially expected as I liked the concept and felt that the idea had a lot of potential. Although I would have preferred there to be a little more distinction between the character’s personalities plus more unique twists Witch Hunt was definitely an interesting read.

3/5 Halloween Pumpkins

3 pumpkins

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Sunday, 13 October 2013

Month Of Scares - DIY Halloween Candy Bark/Brittle

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This week's DIY is not only great to serve at a Halloween party or movie night, its also the perfect way to use up leftover sweets from trick or treating if you have any younger family members.

The basic hard candy recipe is the same one I used for the Dexter Blood Slides last month only this time I waited until it turned a golden colour, orangey for Halloween if you will, before pouring onto the mat. I went for an Autumn theme and whilst the candy was still hot I sprinkled on chopped roasted hazelnuts and mini marshmallows. I followed up with a drizzle of melted dark chocolate spread once the candy had set and popped it in the fridge. When you're ready to serve remove the candy from the fridge and snap into bite-sized chunks!

This simple idea is really easy to customise - add in your favourite sweets, nuts, liquid flavourings, chocolates, biscuits or anything else you like for a crunchy and sweet treat this Autumn.

What flavour combination would you choose?
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Saturday, 12 October 2013

Month Of Scares - Black Milk Halloween Collection

Last month I wrote about the new Harry Potter inspired collection over at Black Milk and when I heard about their latest Halloween themed collection 'All Killer No Filler' I knew it would be the perfect subject for a Month Of Scares post.

The collection which takes inspiration from all things Halloween features blood splatters, skeletons, haunted houses, bats, shredding detail and lots of velvet. My top picks from the collection would have to be the Corpse Bride Leggings, Haunted House 2.0 Leggings and the Freak Stew Skater Skirt.

Which piece is your favourite?



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Images via Black Milk's Pinterest page

Shop the collection
Corpse Bride Leggings £48.94
Blood Splatter Skater Dress £48.94
The Shredder Dress £51.82
Mechanical Mermaid White Leggings £43.19
Haunted House 2.0 Leggings £43.19
Freak Stew Skater Skirt £28.79
The Worm GFT £34.55
Skull Net Leggings £34.55
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Friday, 11 October 2013

Month Of Scares - The Possession

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Dir. Ole Bornedal (2012), Cert 15 | Find it on Amazon

The Possession tells the story of a newly separated family where the father (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) has recently moved out into a new house. One day when his two daughters come to visit they stop off at a garage sale where the youngest, Em (Natasha Calis), purchases a mysterious wooden box. She quickly becomes obsessed with the strange box which turns out to be possessed by an ancient evil spirit. When the spirit takes over her body she soon starts leaving a trail of casualties and her father learns that she has been possessed. Now Em’s parents must work together to save her, but can Stephanie (Kyra Sedgwick) be convinced of what has happened to her daughter?

The film of course has your typical suspenseful music and a handful of scenes designed to make you jump however I thought the directing style, particularly the interesting camera angles at the beginning of the film were good, drawing attention to the smaller details. The performances were also stronger than I would usually expect from the genre, notably from Morgan & Calis who were both quite convincing in their roles.

A fairly predictable and unoriginal story, The Possession did have it's good moments but overall I felt it was just an average watch.

2.5/5 Halloween pumpkins!

2 half pumpkins

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Thursday, 10 October 2013

Month Of Scares - Halloween Nail Polish Picks

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Barry M Sequin Black £4 | Orly Monster Mash £17.95 | Topshop Costume Ball £6 | H&M Silver/Winter Sky £2.99 | Orly Right Amount Of Evil £17.95 | Rimmel Space Dust Total Eclipse £3.99 | Orly R.I.P. £17.95 | Barry M Halloween Orange £2.99 | Deborah Lippmann Laughinto The Bank £19.95 | Essie Thight High £13.95 | Wet n Wild Tonight's Gonna Be A Good Night £8.95 | Deborah Lippmann Million Dollar Mermaid £21.95

If you fancy creating some Halloween nail art take a look at last year's post for some inspiration!
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Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Month Of Scares - Halloween With Sabrina

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Today I wanted to feature one of my all-time favourite shows, Sabrina The Teenage Witch! Whenever I've mentioned this series in the past I've always received comments from fellow fans who also grew up watching it - I can't tell you how many times I've directed people towards the DVD boxset!

Anyway, since I'm taking inspiration from all things Halloween this month I thought it was a great excuse to talk Sabrina. In total over the 7 seasons there were 6 Halloween episodes, here's how I'd rank them...

6. The Halloween Scene (Season 5)
Sabrina throws a secret party at her aunts’ house whilst they attend the opening of a new galaxy which turns out to be a dump! In an attempt to make the party more memorable she hires Frankenstein’s monster to come along but he decides to bring all of his friends and the party soon gets out of hand. Things take a turn for the worst when more monsters show up and start trashing the house and Sabrina accidentally loses Frank.

5. Murder On The Halloween Express (Season 6)
Surrounded by people with an unenthusiastic attitude towards her favourite holiday Sabrina decides to drag her college friends along to a Halloween murder mystery evening. When Sabrina discovers that she’s accidentally taken a group of mortals on the Other Realm Express train and turned them all into characters, she has to solve the mystery and save them from being trapped on the train forever! As always her aunts and Salem are on hand to help her out of trouble as she plays detective.

4. Episode LXXXI: The Phantom Menace (Season 4)
In an attempt to be treated more like a grown up Sabrina gets herself a job at the local coffee house claiming she’s now ‘too old’ for celebrating Halloween. Of course being a witch she can’t run away from Halloween, and when she pours some strong coffee down the drain outside she accidentally awakens a group of zombies. Luckily all they want to do is celebrate in style but end up trashing the coffee house in the process. Meanwhile Hilda and Zelda invite macabre author Edgar Allen Poe to dinner hoping to be truly scared this Halloween only to be disappointed by his new material.

3. Good Will Haunting (Season 3)
After years of finding excuses not to go Hilda and Zelda head off to the Other Realm for Aunt Bula’s Halloween party whilst Sabrina stays home to spend the evening watching scary movies with her mortal friends. As she isn’t attending the party Aunt Bula sends her a gift in the form of an evil talking molly dolly who is out to cause chaos, locking Sabrina and co. inside the house and taking every opportunity to scare them. Back in the Other Realm Sabrina's aunts find themselves in an insane asylum…or is it just the theme of the party?

2. A Halloween Story (Season 1)
Although Sabrina wants to go to Harvey’s big Halloween party her aunts insist that she spend the evening with family in the Other Realm so Sabrina creates a clone of herself to send to Harvey’s. In the Other Realm she meets her bratty cousin Amanda for the first time and briefly gets trapped in a jar. Luckily it isn’t all bad as her aunts gift her with a ‘re-animation’ which she can use to spend half an hour with any deceased person of her choice - Sabrina picks her mortal grandmother. Back at Harvey’s party Sabrina’s clone has gotten herself into a mess by letting head cheerleader Libby convince her to streak at the party.

1. A River Of Candy Corn Runs Through It (Season 2)
Popular girl Libby is having a 'no freaks allowed' Halloween party so Valerie convinces Sabrina to host her own party. Unfortunately that same day Sabrina’s aunts accidentally order talking furniture from the Other Realm and an infestation of termites causes problems. At the party the talking sofa and chairs, Other Realm carol singers, Salem giving a speech and a river of Candy Corn make Sabrina’s guests think that she throws the coolest parties ever. The episode ends with a guest performance from 10,000 Maniacs.

Which Sabrina Halloween special was your favourite? 
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Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Month Of Scares - The Hole

the hole book review

Book: Guy Burt, Published in 1993 (original title After The Hole) | Find it on Amazon
Film: Dir. Nick Hamm (2001),  Cert. 15 | Find it on Amazon

In this psychological thriller a group of six teens, led by prankster Martyn, hatch a plan to hide away in an abandoned cellar to avoid attending a school trip. The idea is simple, the teens head down to the cellar and in three days time Martyn will come back and let them out. So, when three days have passed and there is no sign of Martyn the story becomes one of survival. What has happened to Martyn and will the group make it out alive?

Our narrator is Liz, who intertwines the events inside the hole with snippets of ‘interviews’ with Lisa, an ex-girlfriend of Martyn’s whom she is talking to whilst turning her experience of the hole into a novel. Aside from Martyn and Liz the other characters in this short novel aren’t really explored in much depth. Personally I didn’t feel like this was an issue in telling the story however through the film adaptation we get a better feel for the other members of the group. Although still focused on and narrated by Liz the film also shows a different perspective on the other characters, whether a reliable one or not, by giving them more defined roles.

Despite the low page count I found the book took longer to read than I would have expected due to the slightly confusing and disconnected format. Although it may seem unnecessary at first do persevere, the further you delve into the book the more you will realise that this format and pacing is crucial to concealing the ending of the story. The final chapters of the book are the most engaging, when everything starts to fall into place.

Overall the concept of Martyn’s character and the tone of Liz’s viewpoint make The Hole a unique, sinister and clever debut novel worth picking up. I would also recommend watching the film adaptation, a memorable story in it’s own right.

3.5/5 Halloween pumpkins

3 half pumpkins

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Monday, 7 October 2013

Month Of Scares - Wednesday Addams Style Inspiration

wednesday addams style inspiration


Organza Check Skirt £110 - Oxygen Boutique
Contrast Collar Dress £46 - Topshop
2 Row Stud Collar £14.95 - Rut & Circle
Grey Collared Structured Top £16 - Dorothy Perkins
Lace-up Leather Ankle Boots £660 - Balenciaga
Nail Polish in Victoria £11 - Nails Inc


A style icon like no other, Wednesday Addams can be found rocking the monochrome look on a daily basis. Contrasting collars, chunky boots, deep red nails and braids complete this grown up, 2013 version of Wednesday's signature wardrobe. Oh, and don't forget to wear your best frown!

What do you think of Wednesday's signature look?
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Sunday, 6 October 2013

Month Of Scares - DIY Gothic Lace Earrings

DIY LACE EARRINGS

For my Halloween DIY posts this year I wanted to get a bit thrifty and share projects that were not only easy to do but would also use up some of the craft supplies that I already have, rather than spending out lots of money on more.

As you may know I've recently been making a lot of ribbon bracelets for Sawyer & Scout and these were actually the inspiration for today's tutorial! These Gothic inspired earrings are made using some of the same supplies and techniques as the bracelets, here's how to make your own version...

You will need:

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1. Cut two strips of lace - approx. 7"- and seal the ends with a little clear nail polish or glue to make sure they don't fray

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2. Fold the strip of lace in half and use pliers to attach a ribbon crimp - if you want to you can also pop a small amount of glue inside the crimp

3. Add on an earring hook using your pliers and that's all there is to it!

Repeat the steps for your second earring and you're done. Happy DIY-ing!  
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