Saturday, July 13, 2013

Photo Report: Halloween Finds Around Half Moon Bay


On Monday I went to Half Moon Bay to escape the crazy heat wave. Luckily it was overcast, my favorite kind of weather. The quite little town of Half Moon Bay has shops, restaurants, and is known for their annual event, the Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival that is held in October. During my trip I spotted some rather spooky finds along with some extinct creatures. Here are photos from my spooktacular excursion, enjoy!





While walking around Half Moon Bay, I spotted this cute haunted house sign in the distance. I'm wasn't quite sure why it was there, perhaps a spooky little attraction during the Halloween season? 



After walking around the town, stopped at the Moonside Bakery and Cafe to get some lunch. They had this pumpkin deliciousness, as seen here. Had to try it for my love of all things pumpkin! It was so moist and fresh, it tasted like fall. 




The Moonside Bakery and Cafe also had these lovely themed cookies, very fitting. 




Found these cute zombie hats at a local bookstore called Ink Spell Books. They also had zombie themed games and books at their store. I remember I saw these zombie hats before on Think Geek, they are on sale now on their site!


While driving out of Half Moon Bay I spotted this bring red sign that said, "Carnivorous Plants". Sadly this place was closed on my visit, I did peek into the window and saw some interesting plants inside. I must check this out next time. Who doesn't love carnivorous plants?



On the way back, I payed a visit to Pastorino's Pumpkin Farm to see if they had any Halloween decorations to buy. To my surprise they did and they were on sale! 


Here's some pictures of the Halloween decorations they had inside their store:



Boo!


A skull with wings...I love it! 





Isn't this Halloween sign adorable? It was located outside their store.


Though I didn't buy anything at the shop, it was just fun looking at all the Halloween decor. I wonder what new decorations they will have for the upcoming Halloween season. It's closer than you think!


Now time for...Dinosaurs! 











"This concludes your tranquil journey through the world of the dinosaurs."


All the dinosaurs seen here were located at a place called Spanish Town. I always cruised by these dinos on my way to Half Moon Bay, I'm glad I finally stopped by for a whimsical experience. Seeing all these dinosaurs reminded me of the Cabazon Dinosaurs, a roadside attraction in Cabazon, California. There were shops as well, but I was too distracted by the giant metalwork dinosaurs. What can I say, I'm a dinosaur fan. 

Here's a link if your curious to know more about this jurassic like place: http://www.yelp.com/biz/spanish-town-half-moon-bay



Besides all the dinos, I did find a few neat gargoyle like statues as well a hidden pumpkin at Spanish Town:






Overall, I was surprised to find Halloween goodness in July at Half Moon Bay. Seeing all the Halloween decorations and pumpkin goodies made me forget what season I was in. I will definitely pay another visit to Half Moon Bay when it gets closer to Halloween.

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-Brittany

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Coming Soon: Midnight Syndicate "Monsters Of Legend" New Album





As a huge fan of Midnight Syndicate, I have been counting the days till the release of their brand new album, "Monsters of Legend". Midnight Syndicate's music always provides the perfect eerie atmosphere for any spooky occasion, especially around Halloween time. My favorite past albums include "The 13th Hour" and "The Dead Matter: Cemetery Gates", listening to these albums always sends chills down my spine. If you are unfamiliar with Midnight Syndicate, there's a good chance you have heard their music at your favorite haunted attraction, such as Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Florida. For first time listeners, I highly suggest checking out their YouTube channel, it has a video assortment of chilling music from their various albums.






Furthermore, Midnight Syndicate's new album "Monsters of Legend" will pay tribute to the golden age of horror based on the classic horror films from Universal Horror and Hammer Films"Listeners will hear the influence of the Universal Monster, Hammer, and Euro Horror films from the 30s through the 70s, not only in the music but in the images the songs conjure," said Gavin Goszka on Midnight Syndicate's blogThe CD is now available for pre-order along with a special edition 12'' vinyl version of the album. Only 250 copies of the vinyl version of "Monsters of Legend" will be available. You can pre-order both versions on their website: http://www.midnightsyndicate.com/buymusic.htm



Midnight Syndicate released a preview track for their new album on their YouTube Channel:







If you live in Cleveland, Ohio you can attend the "Monsters of Legend" CD release party! The party is free and will be held on Thursday, July 18, 2013 starting at 7:30 pm EDT at The Boneyard. Midnight Syndicate's Gavin Goszka & Edward Douglas will introduce their brand new CD and sign copies of "Monsters of Legend" at the event. There will also be a costume contest, giveaways, and opportunities to buy new merchandise. I wish I could attend this awesome event, I shall be there is spirit! 

Check out this link for more information on this spooktacular event: https://www.facebook.com/events/474053406017915/



"Monsters of Legend" will be available July 19th. Check out the links provided down below to learn more about Midnight Syndicate and their new album!

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Website: http://www.midnightsyndicate.com/

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/MidSyndicate

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MidSyndicate

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MidnightSyndicate






-Brittany

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Help Choose The New Monster Character To Be Featured At Halloween Horror Nights 2013



Last month, Universal gave fans the opportunity of being part of Halloween Horror Nights 2013 by hosting a unique contest to create a redesign of a Universal Classic Monster. Now the creative directors from Halloween Horror Nights have narrowed it down to five finalists and they need your help in voting for the winner. The winning monster design will be brought to life during this Halloween event at Universal Studios Hollywood. Voting link provided down below!






Vote here    






Voting will end on 7/8 at 11:59am PT.



Good luck to all the finalists! 


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-Brittany