Thursday, February 9, 2017

ScareLA Is Moving to the Los Angeles Convention Center


There's only 264 days until Halloween! You know what that means? It's time to start planning for the most spook-tacular time of the year (if you haven't already started), and what's a better way to plan for Halloween (and also celebrate it early) than by attending ScareLA this summer. 
ScareLA has just revealed some exciting news for their 5th anniversary year, including a new location and this year's theme. After spending two years at Pasadena Convention Center, ScareLA will be moving to their new home at the Los Angeles Convention Center for their event on August 5th and 6th, 2017. I'm very curious and thrilled to see what new Halloween goodness this bigger location will bring. 
To check out the full announcement, creep on down below. 

PRESS RELEASE:


Celebrating Its 5th Year Anniversary, ScareLA Announces Expansion Plans
and a New Venue


Among the Fastest Growing Fan Conventions in the U.S., the Los Angeles Summer Halloween Show’s Rapid Growth Propels a Move to the City’s Largest Event Venue; The Los Angeles Convention Center to Become the Home of the Hit Con as ScareLA Expands to 200,000 sq.ft. this August 5-6, 2017

LOS ANGELES, CA - February 8, 2017 -- Following a record-setting attendance in 2016, ScareLA, the Los Angeles Halloween convention, announced today its plans to expand to a new venue in downtown Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Convention Center, is set to become the show’s new home; West Hall will open doors to hundreds of Halloween vendors and thousands of fans under the theme “Monsters Come Together” on August 5-6, 2017.

Since debuting in 2013, ScareLA has captivated audiences by kicking off Halloween early. The show’s unique premise is combining a favorite U.S. tradition, Halloween, with the peak season for fun and travel, the summer. Set in the entertainment capital of the world, the convention is a mecca for horror fans of all ages. Attracting a record 12,000 attendees in 2016, ScareLA has become one of the fastest-growing independent conventions in the U.S. today.
"2017 marks a milestone for ScareLA and our fifth year anniversary," said Lora Ivanova, ScareLA Executive Producer and Founder. “To celebrate this occasion, we are brewing up an incredible mix of entertainment, and preparing for what is sure to be our biggest and best year yet. We are thrilled to welcome fans to our new home at the Los Angeles Convention Center, our city’s premier event venue. We believe our community deserves the very best and we are proud to take our place among the best shows in the country. "
In 2016 more than 171 million Americans celebrated Halloween. Total spending in the U.S. reached a whopping $8.4 billion, an all-time high in the history of NRF’s annual survey conducted by Prosper Insights. The survey found that 7 in 10 consumers hand out candy on Halloween, and nearly half decorate their home or dress in costume. 

ScareLA’s 2017 theme, “Monsters Come Together,” celebrates diversity, unity and tolerance. Created to bring people together in a celebration of the scary and unusual, the convention aims to build and strengthen community ties across diverse groups, backgrounds and interests, all united around the love for Halloween and creative expression.
ScareLA’s trademark combination of original immersive entertainment, on-site haunted house attractions, and diverse scare-themed programming have set a new standard for convention experiences nationwide. The show has solidified itself as the premier destination for a fast-growing audience which loves, lives and works in the scare entertainment industry. It spotlights the rich Southern California scare community, from its iconic seasonal theme park events, to haunted attractions, theater, film, escape rooms, interactive experiences, the who’s who of horror and more.

For more information, visit www.scarela.com.


Friday, October 28, 2016

Halloween 2016 Finds at HomeGoods Part 2



Almost forgot to post the rest of my Halloween finds from HomeGoods from this year. This month is going by incredibly fast, it's hard to keep up. I can't believe October is almost over! Where did the month go?

Anyways, I noticed I made a lot more return visits to HomeGoods this year then I have in the past. They had a lot of neat pieces for Halloween 2016, from larger than life decorations to unique kitchenware that you don't see anywhere else. I didn't buy too much from HomeGoods this year though, I tried to keep my Halloween shopping down to a minimum due to lack of space. Even though I don't have the room right now, that doesn't keep me away from looking at their Halloween goodness!


Here's the rest of my Halloween HomeGoods finds, enjoy! Check out Part 1 here.




He's out looking for a top to chop...



Double, double, toil and trouble;
Fire burn and cauldron bubble



Any relation to the The Three Broomsticks inn & pub?



Gotta have Halloween shaped pasta! That reminds me, I haven't been able to find Kraft's Trick or Cheesy Halloween dinner. Has anyone been able to find it this year?



What's your favorite scary movie?



This cauldron could hold a lot of candy! 



These bat bowls are adorable.



Don't fear the reaper!



Something is lurking in this mailbox...



This coffin was huge!



This gargoyle statue creepin' in the back of the Halloween decor is pretty neat.



Headless Horseman, is that you?



These Halloween themed slot machines are really unique, saw about three different variations on return visits.







Always love the vintage inspired Halloween art prints from HomeGoods.



Here comes the bride! The Bride of Frankenstein! 



A cauldron made especially for Halloween treats.



What did you think of the Halloween offerings from HomeGoods this year? 

Check out my Halloween HomeGoods finds from last year! -> Part 1 & Part 2



Find a HomeGoods store near you: http://www.homegoods.com/tjx/locator.aspx







-Brittany 

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Hi-C Ecto Cooler Recipes Just in Time for Halloween


Halloween is approaching fast, it's less than a week away! If running behind and are in need of some last minute Halloween party recipes, have no fear Hi-C Ecto Cooler has got you covered. Covered in slime that is, from cocktails to a cake that looks like it's been slimed by Slimer. All you need to do is get into your stash of Ecto Coolers and head over to official Hi-C Ecto Cooler Recipes page. Link down below!



I know what I'm making this weekend!


You can check out all the delightfully ghoulish Hi-C Ecto Cooler recipes at http://recipes.ecto.cool/





-Brittany 

Monday, October 24, 2016

Ghostbusters Menu Offerings from WayBack Burgers




I'll admit I've never heard of Wayback Burgers until this month when I discovered their burger joint on social media. I came across their advertisement celebrating the release of Ghostbusters (2016) on Blu-ray and DVD with menu items inspired by the film. I knew right away that I had to try these Ghostbusters themed offerings, I have a weakness for movie inspired food promotions. When I looked up where their locations were, I feared that I wouldn't be able to experience these ghostly food items for myself. To my surprise, the nearest location was only about a half hour drive. So I grabbed my proton pack and headed over.




I knew right away I was in the right place when a familiar looking spook greeted me in the window. 




I tried out each of their supernatural menu offerings while I was there. Before ordering I didn't fully realize how much food I was getting myself into, I probably shouldn't of ordered the fries. But no regrets here! I definitely ordered enough Ghostbusters grub to bust some ghosts and then some.



It looks like a class 5 full roaming vapor has slimed all over my shake. Just kidding! This is how the shake looks. The Stay Puft Slime Milkshake is a combination of smooth vanilla ice cream with flavors of toasty marshmallows, gooey key lime sauce and mini marshmallows on top. Though my shake didn't come with the mini marshmallows on top but it was all good, it didn't take away from the deliciousness of this shake.

This was the crown jewel of their Ghostbusters themed offerings - it was so good! It was worth the trip out there and future trips back.




The second ghostly offering I tried was the Ghostbustin' Burger. This burger has two beef patties with pepper jack cheese and spicy ghost pepper sauce oozing throughout the burger. I'm usually not a fan of spicy food, I typically stay away from it but I ain't afraid of no burgers! To my surprise it wasn't too spicy and was really good. Better quality then the usual fast food burgers. Even though it wasn't too spicy, I definitely needed that Stay Puft Slime Milkshake with this burger.

It didn't hit me until later that I noticed something was missing from my Ghostbustin' Burger, the little Ghostbusters themed pick as seen on the promotions. I awkwardly asked one of the employees if they had any of these burger picks left and was sad to hear they were all gone. About five minutes later,  the same employee I asked said she found one out in the back. So thank you mysterious employee you made my day.



How cool is this Ghostbusters themed pick?




The last eerie food encounter I tried was the Mac & Cheese Bites with Ghost Pepper sauce. These fried nuggets are filled with cheesy goodness. The sauce that was on the Ghostbustin' Burger was the same sauce that came with these cheesy nuggets. Wait a min... I think I'm missing some Mac & Cheese Bites. I think Slimer took some while I wasn't looking.

I almost forgot to take a picture of these delicious bites, I didn't realize how addicting they were going to be. I can't remember if I have had deep fried macaroni and cheese before. If I haven't, I found a new food to love. Never knew I needed these in my life.

I'm glad I found out about these frightfully fun menu items before they were gone for good, even if it was late in the month. These limited menu items won't be haunting for long, they're available from September 6 until October 31st. If you have a WayBack Burgers location near you, I definitely recommend checking it out especially for that Stay Puft Marshmallow Milkshake, it would make a great Halloween treat!



For more information about WayBack Burgers, check out their website: http://waybackburgers.com/

Find a Wayback Burgers Location near you: http://waybackburgers.com/locations/






-Brittany

Friday, September 23, 2016

Halloween 2016 Finds at HomeGoods Part 1






Hello boils and ghouls! It's been awhile since I've posted anything spooky. This year has been quite a tedious and dispiriting one for me, but it's time to get back into the swing of things! I already feel like Halloween is sneaking up on me, it's really horrific how behind I am. 

To get back on track, I popped into HomeGoods this week to see what Halloween goodness was lurking in their stores. I found an endless array of delightfully ghoulish kitchen items, frightfully fun decor, and much more! I didn't buy too much this trip, but I did buy a really neat skull serving plate which you can see down below. 


Here are my Halloween finds that I discovered at my local HomeGoods, enjoy!




 This eerie drink dispenser is being guarded by two shiny skulls.



 A fancy spooky scary skeleton. 





I remember seeing these 3 tier serving platters from last year, still think they are perfect for Halloween parties. 




This Frank N. Stein Co. plate is pretty neat.




A worried skeleton plate, I think he just realized how many days are left until Halloween. I know how you feel skeleton...




This silver polished skull serving plate came home with me. 




 These mini jack o' lantern towels are too cute. Perfect for adding a Halloween touch to your bathroom.




A very chill skeleton bowl. 




A unique Ouija board inspired dessert platter. 




This cookie jar has a very Tim Burton feel to it, don't cha think?




These coffin-like serving trays come in three different sizes. 




The bat designs on this drink dispenser are giving me some Disneyland Haunted Mansion vibes.




6 heads are better then one? 




I am in love with this sign!!! If only I had room...



This spooky cat cookie kit is purr-ty cute. These cookies would go great next to the gingerdead men cookies




Tiny spook lights.




This was one of my more unique finds at HomeGoods, it's a skeleton hearse carriage made out of some type of metal.  





Here's the front of the skeleton hearse carriage.




I like the three-dimensional skulls on this ice bucket. 




A plate featuring a victorian spooky scary skeleton with a spooky scary skeleton dog.




This intricate Dia De Los Muertos carved pumpkin almost looks real!




I always admire that HomeGoods has very detailed bust statue decorations for Halloween each year. 




Yes, yes and yes!




I feel like if I stare at this mirror too long something gruesome will appear. 




I think this spooky ghoul is more ready for Halloween then I am...




I put a spell on you and now you're mine....




These busts are absolutely bootiful! 




Can it be Halloween right meow?



What do you think of the Halloween offerings from HomeGoods this year? Check out my Halloween HomeGoods finds from last year! -> Part 1 & Part 2


Find a HomeGoods store near you: http://www.homegoods.com/tjx/locator.aspx




-Brittany