Thursday, October 1, 2015

First Impressions of Halloween Haunt 2015 at California's Great America



Last Friday night, I kicked off haunt season at California's Great America Halloween Haunt. It's Halloween Haunt's 8th annual year and they have many new haunted attractions included in their 2015 lineup. Among the new attractions are a brand new maze, inSANITARIUM and three new scare zones to experience, Lockdown, Evacuate! and Killer Klown Town. In addition to the new haunted attractions there is also a new show called, SideShow. I didn't get a chance to experience all that Halloween Haunt has to offer on my first visit so here are some first impressions and thoughts on their first night.

Also returning this year is the Skeleton Key room experience. The mazes with these Skeleton Key rooms are CornStalkers, Madame Marie's Massacre Manor, RoadKill Road House, Toy Factory and inSANITARIUM. What actually lurks inside these rooms is a mystery, there's only one way to find out. The Skeleton Key also comes with Fright Lane, which lets you bypass the regular line, only good for one use at each maze though. I decided to wait on the Skeleton Key on the first night since there was barely a wait at each maze.



I started off the night with their brand new maze, inSANITARIUM. I was sad to see that classic CarnEvil maze was replaced this year. I loved that maze, it's been there since their opening in 2008. I already miss hearing that CarnEvil theme playing throughout the area. But I feel inSANITARIUM could be a nice replacement in time. I did experience some great well placed scares and the scare actors really did set a creepy tone in the maze. I need to experience this maze again to get a better overall feel.


The next maze on the list was the Wax Museum Chamber of Horrors maze. I noticed something rather odd when I approached this maze, it was missing it's entrance sign (see photo below). Not sure why the sign wasn't out, hopefully it will be out later. The Wax Museum Chamber of Horrors was just as good as last year and continues to be among my favorite mazes at haunt.

(Photo of the Wax Museum Chamber of Horror from Halloween Haunt 2014)

After taking a trip through the Wax Museum, the Dia de los Muertos maze was next. It was as vibrant as always and still is one of the most beautiful mazes there.


Toy Factory was great as usual, still my all time favorite maze at Halloween Haunt. Madame Marie's Massacre Manor was just as good. I was sad to see the Madame Marie's Voodoo Chophouse is no longer there too, it served delicious food and had a great front of the lane pass for any one maze. I loved that it also provided early ride time on the Goldstriker roller coaster. Never did get my soul back from Madame Marie, I hope she took good care of it.



The only haunted attractions I missed seeing last Friday was the Zombie High maze and the Mirror Mirror attraction, the lines for both attractions had a very long waits. I planned to come back later that night to see them but ran out of time.


Sad to say but one of the biggest disappointments I had with this year's Halloween Haunt was the lack of scare actors lurking in the haunted attractions. It didn't really hit me until the middle of the night when I walked through the CornStalkers maze, I noticed more then halfway through that there was literary no scare actors hiding in the shadows. I was basically walking though a deserted corn maze with theatrical lighting. I'll admit it was nice night stroll walking through the tall cornstalks and fog, but it definitely needs more scarecrows and creatures to spread terror in the maze.

I didn't think it could get any sadder from there. Another maze that was severally lacking scare actors was RoadKill Road House. It was practical empty, I encountered three scare actors at most. And for some reason it was darker then usual inside the maze, could barley make out any of the props.


Moving on to scare zones, Lockdown was my least favorite. It wasn't as thrilling as the scare zone before it, The Gauntlet but it had the most active scare actors of the night. The whole area was surrounded in screams and fog.

 
(Tried to get a photo of the Killer Klown Town scare zone sign but got photobombed by a creepy clown.)

Killer Klown Town was nicely set up in Planet Snoopy, it was great to see that there are still some clowns roaming around Halloween Haunt. I noticed the new show, Sideshow is placed in this area. I think it will go along great with this scare zone.


Evacuate! was the most elaborate and unique scare zone there. The area is surrounded by abandoned cars and zombie like creatures, looked like a scene of out the television show, The Walking Dead.


Didn't catch many shows on my first visit, the only shows I watched was Blades of Horror and only part of NyteWalkers (missed the first half). I'm so happy they brought back Blades of Horror, I absolutely love this show. It combines horror and figure skating, how cool is that? I will definitively check out Academy of Villains, the all new SideShow, and see the full NyteWalkers show on my next visit.

Outside of the Blades of Horror show was a cemetery that payed homage to past haunted attractions and scare zones. Like Club Blood, Dead Man's Cove, Werewolf Canyon, CarnEvil, etc. I'm not hundred percent sure if it has always been there but it was a really nice touch.  





Even though my first visit felt like a mixed bag, I still had fun at Halloween Haunt. My favorites mazes did not disappoint and it was good to see Blades of Horror again. It was only the first night and I know Halloween Haunt is still hiring for monsters. I hope California's Great America is able to get more monsters to fill their mazes. Nothing is more sad at a haunt then an empty maze.


Halloween Haunt is still hiring! Click this link for more information: https://twitter.com/CAGreatAmerica/status/648652789841657856https://twitter.com/CAGreatAmerica/status/648652789841657856

For more information on Halloween Haunt at California's Great America, check out their website: https://www.cagreatamerica.com/haunt



-Brittany 

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Fortune Cookie Soap Zombie Survival Kit Box Review





I have been a fan of Fortune Cookie Soap ever since they came out with their Nightmare Before Christmas themed collection from December 2013. I fell in love with their adorable packaging and delightful scents. If you have never heard of Fortune Cookie Soap before, they are an bath and body company with numerous unique products to choose from, a subscription box service, and fun tie ins. Like Harry Potter, The Wizard of Oz, Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland, etc.

This year, Fortune Cookie Soap released a limited edition box just for the Halloween season called Zombie Survival Kit. This box was not part of their traditional Fortune Cookie Soap box subscription, but rather an extra add on. There are usually four boxes included in the subscription. One for each season, fall, winter, spring, and summer. Eight sample size products are included in this box to help you survive the zombie apocalypse. This particular soap box is sadly not available anymore, but have no fear! All the products you see below will be on sale (in full sizes) on their website this Friday, September 25th at 6pm CST.


Now on to the review!




The Zombie Survival Kit arrived at my door last week covered in bloody hand-prints and caution tape, looks like some unlucky zombie victims were trying to get their hands on this box. Each kit comes with a guide of all the products included in the box, I have provided all the product descriptions below for you to enjoy. 



Safe Zone - Fortune Cookie Soap
Description: Nowhere is safe anymore, fences can only keep them out for so long. Remember when life was "normal"? No zombies to worry about. No running for your life. Ahhh the good ol' days when you could wake up to a stack of mouth watering hotcakes, topped with berries and cream. Yeah me too.

Fortune Cookie Soap's signature item! Smells just like the description, yum! The little fortune that I got with my soap says "Everybody loves a hero".



Blood Transfusion - Body Wash 
Description: With the horrors of death and decay all around, keep yourself clean and infection free with your own personal supply of blood transfusion body wash - if that's even possible. Rocky candy and bloated berries, with a smear of sticky bubble gum.

I honestly haven't used this product yet because I don't want to ruin the great packaging, it's too cute to open! But I get a strong scent of berries oozing from the bag.



 Wound Repair - Salve
Description: Yeeeah...good luck with that. Lace-like films of cool, white ice, drizzled with melted chocolate. To Use: Apply to wounds (or crackled, dry knuckles and elbows as needed)

Mint chocolaty goodness, it smells good enough to eat! This is going to be in my bag at all times. Very convenient for the upcoming winter season.



Zombie Repellent - Room Spray 
Description: It may not work - but it's worth a try! Rotten apple flesh & mulled fruits decomposing on spicy cinnamon sticks, dusted with brown sugar, muted with black vanilla bean and warm oak.

This room spray smells just like autumn, it's fall in a bottle! All that's missing is the smell of pumpkin. Never knew zombies were afraid of autumn scents, very good to know. Definitely will be using this room spray throughout the season.




Weapon of Choice - OCD Hand Sanitizer
Description: Now's your chance to battle both germs and zombies at the same time. A splash of white wine distilled with rotting peaches, and decayed citrus. 

I absolutely love the peach scent! Got to say I am loving these zombie themed descriptions from Fortune Cookie Soap



Airborn - Steam Me Up Scotty!  
Description: We're all infected - there's no escaping it. Rich, dark coffee swirled with thick caramel and melted chocolate.

Anything that smells like chocolate is always a win for me. I haven't tried their shower steamer products before so I'm excited to test this product out.


Rule #47 - Whipped Cream
Description: Rule #47 - Always Stay Moisturized. Grotesque green apple flesh, oozing with blackened caramel.

Rule #47 is just as important as Rule #2, always remember to double tap! This smells just like caramel apples and I love it! Definitely one of my favorite products in the box.



Liquid Courage - Perfume Oil
Description: Desperate times call for desperate measures...bottoms up! Puffy clouds of cotton candy dripping with sticky raspberries, pineapples, and wild watermelon, all wrapped in the soft embrace of night blooming flowers.

This is another product I have yet to open because of it's adorable packaging, I don't want to ruin the red drippy wax seal on top. But I instantly smell the scents of watermelon and pineapples coming from the bottle. This reminds me of the perfume I got in their Alice in Wonderland themed box called Eat Me. Both smelled like delicious fruity candy that I wanted to eat.


Overall, everything literally smells frightfully good. There wasn't one scent that I didn't like. My favorite products in the box would have to be Rule #47, Weapon of Choice, and Liquid Courage. I am in love with all the packaging on these products. You can tell a lot of love went into these items by the detailed labels and the themed descriptions, I am always a sucker for cute packaging. Thanks to Fortune Cookie Soap, I'm officially all set for the Zombie Apocalypse.


Quick reminder:

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If you would like to know more about Fortune Cookie Soap and their subscription box service be sure to check out their website: http://www.fortunecookiesoap.com/

Also be sure to "like" them on Facebook to stay updated on all their upcoming collections: https://www.facebook.com/fortunecookiesoap/


Will you be purchasing anything from Fortune Cookie Soap's Zombie Survival Collection on Friday?



-Brittany

Friday, September 11, 2015

Halloween 2015 Finds at Michaels




Halloween is approaching fast, it will be here before you know it! Many stores have already started putting out their spooky decorations out on display. I always admired Michaels as being the first store at putting out their Halloween items out first, it always get me in the Halloween spirit early. As always, Michaels has plenty of Halloween decorations, home decor, crafts, faux pumpkins, their annual Lemax Spooky Town collection, and much more.


Take a look at some of my favorite Halloween finds from Michaels!



Skulls, skeletons, and more!


Skeletons just hanging around waiting for Halloween.



Love these pillows, the skull one came home with me.



These themed jars are fun!


These pumpkins halves are quite interesting. These would look great with a carved design and hung up on a wall with light placed inside.



These floral decorations feel like they belong in a Tim Burton film. 


 These Halloween themed wreaths that Michaels put together are very festive!


I always love looking at the Lemax Spooky Town collection, I don't own any due to lack of space but maybe one day I will cave in.


Just by looking at this piece makes me excited to visit pumpkin patches soon. 



~Cave Sweet Cave~


Who wants to go to the Creepy Clown Academy?


~Dia de los Muertos~


I absolutely love these themed mason jars, especially the vampire blood one. I purchased the vampire blood jar, I'm tempted to get the others.


Haunted portraits, chains, eyeballs, caution tape, masks, and more to haunt your home.


This witch mask is new! Last year Michael's came out with a skeleton version of this mask which you can see creepin up behind.



Here's a better photo of the skeleton mask.



Cute little spooks!


Skeleton frogs! Bought one of these last year, they go great with my other skeleton animals props.


Brainnnnnnssssss...


These skull candles have some great detail.



 Aren't these trick or treat pumpkins cute?


You can never have enough Halloween signs, right? 


It's coming...


Halloween candy!


Minions...minions everywhere.


Mmmm blood lollipops.


I haven't seen these zombie hand gummy lollipops before, are they new?


My haul from Michaels so far, a white skull pillow, a vampire blood mason jar, changing haunted portrait stickers, and Halloween scrapbooking cutouts. I had my eye on a few other Halloween items that I may go back for in the coming weeks, like those themed mason jars.  


Update!!! It appears Michaels already has most of their Halloween decor on sale. Seems a bit early for their Halloween items to be on sale but I'm not complaining! 





If you didn't know already, Michaels is always providing weekly coupons that you can use at their store and online. They also have an app too! Be on the lookout for these coupons so you can save on their Halloween offerings! 

Here's a link:  www.michaels.com/coupons


What do you think of the Halloween offerings from Michaels this year? Have you started Halloween shopping yet?




-Brittany