Monday, October 29, 2012

Pumpkin Spoils

As promised, I have the goodies I made from my pumpkin. Below are the Cajun pumpkin seeds. They're really easy to prepare:
  1. Wash the pumpkin seeds in a colander, and dry them with napkins. 
  2. Prepare a baking sheet, and spray it with cooking spray (I used butter flavored).
  3. Spread out the pumpkin seeds.
  4. Cover with salt and Cajun Seasoning. Add to taste. (featured below).
  5. Put them in the oven on 325 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes (making sure to stir them around once or twice)

These are the pre-seasoned seeds. 

I am very pleased with how the pumpkin seeds turned out. Cajun spices never fail.

Next, I started on the pumpkin pie.  *This is enough for two pies.

  1. Put on a large pot of water to boil. After it started boiling, Pour the pumpkin meat in and cover with a lid.
  2. After you let it boil for twenty minutes or so, drain in a colander. 
  3. Put the meat back in the pot, and start mashing (or you can put it in a blender).
  4. Add about two cups of brown sugar (or more or less) and about 1/2 a cup of butter.
  5. Season it to taste using powdered cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and ground ginger. I also added vanilla and a little lemon juice.
  6. Stir in three eggs, and pour in your evaporated milk.
  7. Pour in to thawed out pie crusts.
  8. Put it in the oven on 425 degrees Fahrenheit for 50 minutes (or until a toothpick comes out clean).

Although they do taste good, I'm not completely satisfied with the pies. I think it's because the pumpkins I used are not the pie-making kind, so they're slightly grainy. Next time, I'll probably throw the pumpkin meat in the blender. I might add sweetened condensed milk instead of evaporated milk, and maybe some cream cheese. Cooking's a science, and it is all about trial and error.

Halloween's very soon everyone, so I hope you're ready. Holiday foods like these (and watching Hocus Pocus) have been long time traditions of mine. Also, There's never been a year that I haven't dressed in a costume, so be prepared for the Goblin King this time.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Twins of Evil tour 2012


After a hell of a car ride (getting caught by every red light, and being led to a dead end by the GPS), we finally arrived at the amphitheater. Justean and I hauled ourselves down to the entrance with all the other black clad people. We started to hear someone screaming on a megaphone. It turned out, it was a religious picketer warning others of Marilyn Manson's music (whilst forgetting to mention Rob Zombie). You know a concert's going to be good when people outside are screaming about Hell. 

We got up to the front gates, and a very elitist acting person in crow make-up -facepalm- was rubbing it in that he had front row seats, and we only had lawn tickets. Let me just say, one cannot act elite while wearing crow make-up. We got through the gates, and the venue completely closed off the lawn. I was wondering where we were going to sit. It turned out, The headliners didn't even sell enough tickets to fill up the seats. Everyone with lawn tickets got to sit in seats, and there were even extra spots left. It was a little sad to see that this little amount of people showed up considering who was playing. I've been told that "Rock is Dead." After that night, I could believe it. 

Marilyn Manson played first, and I was expecting something big. Although his stage show was pretty elaborate, it just didn't seem like his heart was it it. He got on stage, and Justean said, "He got fat and old!" I didn't really think he was fat, but he definitely slowed down.  Overall, he was good, but lacking spark. 
Here's a crappy video I filmed of The Beautiful People.

While waiting for Rob Zombie to come on, Justean and I decided to goof off with my voodoo doll bag, Sid. That's my voice in the background impersonating Dr. Rockso from Metalocalypse.

The set for Zombie's Show started to rise. He had a lot of robotic and classic Horror monster-themed items in his stage show. He actually stepped out of a giant robot at the beginning. Throughout the show, he had a giant robot and a Giant Jack-O-Lantern dancing around on stage. His set must have cost loads of money. In the background, he had huge projection screens that played scenes from The Munsters, Dracula, and a some kind of scary anime porn. The show was definitely worth the money. The whole band had a lot of heart in Atlanta. 
Part of the set for Rob Zombie
Here's a video from his Chicago show that shows the giant dancing robot.

There was so much audience involvement during Zombie's performance. The band had the audience chant "rock" and "motherfucker" over and over. Rob yelled for us to stand in our seats. Someone in the audience even gave Rob a Jack-O-Lantern shirt, which he wore for the rest of the show. You can tell the band really loves their fans, and they're passionate about their music.
Ah Yeahhh

The show was like one huge Halloween party, and it gave me even more Halloween spirit (if that was even possible). For anyone who isn't sure about going, I definitely recommend it.

Keep it creepy, Y'all.

Carved Pumpkins

One of my favorite Halloween activities is carving pumpkins. The most fun part about it, in my opinion, is digging out the stringy pumpkin goop! It took forever to cut off the top, but I finally scraped out the a lot of guts and meat, which I will use to make roasted Cajun pumpkin seeds and pumpkin pie pretty soon. 

Pumpkin Guts!
 I decided to be festive in my Jack-O-Lantern shirt while I labored away. I decided on carving a bird into my pumpkin. My mother wanted to do a happy Buddha.
In mah Pumpkin shirt. I'm looking like a mess here...just got over a bad cold.

Happy Buddha
 I sat on my floor attempting to carve a raven on my pumpkin, but it didn't turn out as well as I planned. The pumpkin started to crack every time I put the knife in. The leg popped off, and so did a portion of the tail and beak. I almost gave up, but I stuck some toothpicks in there to hold it up instead.
My rachet-ass busted up raven
Regardless of my minor pumpkin failure, I had fun anyway. Once I get some free time, I'll be making some delicious treats from my spoils.

Keep it weird, Y'all, and Happy Halloween.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Post-Halloween: What's Next?

Every time Halloween comes around, there are so many things I look forward too. The month of October is never long enough, and Halloween always tends to end too soon in my opinion. Fortunately, Halloween isn't the only holiday catering to those with darker hearts. Day of The Dead, The Eve of Saint George's Day, Guy Fawkes Night, and Walpurgisnacht are some other interesting holidays to celebrate (which I will briefly describe).

Day of the Dead is a Catholic Holiday celebrated in Mexico on the first of November. This night is all about remembering your ancestors. Families visit cemeteries, bringing food and drink along with them. Graves are often decorated with flowers. The families even dedicate an alter to the deceased loved ones. Common foods are sugar skulls and coffins, and sweet rolls called "pan de muerto," and even candied pumpkin. In some parts of Mexico, some of the children even dress up and ask for candy, like trick-or-treating.

A beautifully decorated cemetery
Skull shaped bread
The Eve of Saint George's Day:
"Do you know what day it is?" I answered that it was the fourth of May. She shook her head as she said again: "Oh, yes! I know that, I know that! but do you know what day it is?" On my saying that I did not understand, she went on: "It is the eve of St. George's Day. Do you not know that tonight, when the clock strikes midnight, all the evil things in the world will have full sway?" "
You might remember this quote if you've ever read Dracula. On the Eve of Saint George's Day, when Johnathan Harker was heading to the dreaded Borgo Pass, He was given this warning by one of the villagers.
 In Romanian folklore, it is believed that this is the night when the witches are afoot. These witches gather in groups of twelve to fight over fertile land and control over rain. They believe that the witches steal cow's milk and crops, so farmers often watch over their livestock the whole night without falling asleep. People say that you can even hear the witches' singing their eerie songs. If you fall asleep this night, it's believed you will be tired for the rest of the year.  As a tradition, people plant a tree this night. If it grows, then it is a gift from Saint George.
Saint George

Guy Fawkes Night:
Whenever I think about Guy Fawkes night, my mind always wanders to V for Vendetta. This is one of my favorite movies in which the antihero wears a Guy Fawkes mask. 

Guy Fawkes was an English Catholic. Since he was upset with the government not representing Catholics, he and a group of other men planned to assassinate King James I (by igniting massive amounts of gunpowder underneath parliament) in what's called The Gunpowder Plot. His intent was to restore Catholocism in the throne.  Needless to say, this was a failed attempt. Guy Fawkes night celebrates the plot's failure by burning figures of Guy Fawkes upon bonfires and setting off fireworks. 
Guy Fawkes burning in effigy

This Holiday is very similar to Halloween, and it is celebrated on April 30 or May 1 (Half Halloween). It's a Germanic holiday with pagan origin. Traditionally, it is believed that the veil between our world and the spirit world is thin.  Germanic Folklore tells of sorcerers and witches all meeting up on this night, traditionally on Brocken Mountain. When the pagans converted, the holiday blended with Christian tradition, and the name of the holiday became Walpurgisnacht after Saint Walpurga. The original purpose of the holiday was to welcome Spring, but that purpose changed into driving out evil spirits

Traditional activities include song and dance, drinking, and bonfires. It's also not uncommon for young people to play pranks (like minor vandalism and hiding possessions).
Make sure to savor Halloween, but don't forget about these other darker holidays to celebrate. I know, I know, everyday is Halloween. :)

October 2012 Update

Hey everyone. I thought I'd just give a quick life update. This October has been extremely busy, so school and work have taken up the majority of my time. I've had a considerable amount of people attend my ghost tours. Each weekend, I've been doing two tours per night with about thirty people on each. It's been tasking, but totally worth it for the sake of story telling (and big tips).  However, I think these evening tours in the cold where I'm forced to yell are starting to take a toll on my health. I woke up with a sore throat and runny nose this morning, and I had foot cramps the other night from all the walking. Regardless, I will not falter!

There's a couple of posts I'd like to do, so hopefully I'll get them posted soon. I've got a DIY post in the works, and I'll definitely be posting my Halloween Costume.

Last but not least, my best friend Justean and I will be attending the Rob Zombie/Marilyn Manson Twins of Evil tour on October 25th. I'm pretty excited about this. I have a feeling it will be a great show, so I'll make sure to do a post about that.

Happy October everyone, you'll hear from me again soon!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Song Tag!

[Lady Zendra of Noran] made a tag, which I will be doing. :)

The idea is to pick a song that describes you. Here are the rules:

  1. It must make you feel good to be you.
  2. You must post a video containing the song.
  3. You must post the lyrics after the video in the blog post.
  4. It can be any genre or artist. NO JUDGING. It doesn't have to be gothy.
  5. The video containing the song can be anything. It does not have to be a music video.
  6. Even if the video contains lyrics, still post them.
The first song that came to mind was Doing The Unstuck by The Cure. Although this song does not describe me as a person, this song can really cheer me up and make me feel excited to face the day. I loved when this song was in a scene from Gypsy 83 (below).
If you wanted to hear the whole song, here it is below. 

                                         "Doing The Unstuck"

it's a perfect day for letting go
for setting fire to bridges
and other dreary worlds you know
let's get happy!
it's a perfect day for making out
to wake up with a smile without a doubt
to burst grin giggle bliss skip jump and sing and shout
let's get happy!

but it's much to late you say
for doing this now
we should have done it then
well it just goes to show
how wrong you can be
and how you really should know
that it's never too late
to get up and go

it's a perfect day for kiss and swell
for rip-zipping button-popping kiss and well...
there's loads of other stuff can make you yell
let's get happy!
it's a perfect day for doing the unstuck
for dancing like you can't hear the beat
and you don't give a further thought
to things like feet
let's get happy!

but it's much too late you say
for doing this now
we should have done it then
well it just goes to show
how wrong you can be
and how you really should know
that it's never to late
to get up and go

kick out the gloom
kick out the blues
tear out the pages with all the bad news
pull down the mirrors and pull down the walls
tear up the stairs and tear up the floors
oh just burn down the house!
burn down the street!
turn everything red and the beat is complete
with the sound of your world
going up in fire
it's a perfect day to throw back your head
and kiss it all goodbye

it's a perfect day for getting old
forgetting all your worries
and everything that makes you cry
let's get happy!
it's a perfect day for dreams come true
for thinking big
and doing anything you want to do
let's get happy!

but it's much to late you say
for doing this now
we should have done it then
well it just goes to show
how wrong you can be
and how you really should know
that it's never too late
to get up and go

kick out the gloom
kick out the blues
tear out the pages with all the bad news
pull down the mirrors and pull down the walls
tear up the stairs and tear up the floors
oh just burn down the house!
burn down the street!
turn everything red and the dream is complete
with the sound of your world
going up in fire
it's a perfect day to throw back your head
and kiss it all goodbye

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Pumpkin Picking!

Today was a very long and eventful day, but it was nevertheless a very good one. That's because, my mother and I went to Burt's Pumpkin farm in the north Georgia mountains. It's kind of a tradition in my family. Every year near Halloween, we drive all the way up to the mountains to select our pumpkins. It's really nice to take in the sights.

On the way up, I took some pictures of the scenery. I just wanted to show everyone how beautiful it is there.  Burnt Mountain was the name of the mountain we were on.

Sharp Top Mountain in the distance

We arrived to Burt's Pumpkin Farm, and it was extremely crowded. I expected as much since it is close to Halloween. There were many cute children dressed up in spooky finery like little petticoats, striped leggings, witch hats, etc.

Unintentionally photo bombed


Yes, the pumpkins really are this enormous.

I definitely had my fair share of exercise today with hauling around pumpkins and pushing the wheelbarrow up steep hills. I'd do it any day, because this place is great!

On the way back, we stopped at a tractor supply company to look at some cowboy boots. I'll tell you, they had some pretty bad ass cowboy boots. Some of you might be rolling your eyes...but leather? Pointy toes? Rugged look? What's not to love! Maybe it's just the southern in me. There was pair with lace on it with a leather overlay. I tried it on, but my foot was stuck when I tried to yank off the boot. It turns out, I needed a boot jack to get it off. This was the first time I tried on cowboy boots, so I had no idea about boot jacks.

This, my friends, is a boot jack. Yes, they are necessary.
While I was there, I purchased an Outback hat that I've been eyeing for a while. It reminds me of Carl McCoy <3 (Fields of the Nephilim).

Aw yeah. This hat's the shit if I say so myself.

After I got back home, I prepared for tonight's ghost tour. Here's what I wore:

Good evening, everyone. May your holiday be sufficiently creepy.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Southern Gothicism


Southern Gothicism is a Literary Genre I hold close to my heart, since I myself live in Georgia. In this domain, the american south is darkly romantic, tragic, dramatic, and anything you'd suspect from  typical Gothic Literature. It's very similar to Gothic literature in the fact that they both incorporate grotesque characters, the supernatural, isolation, lots of irony, and social criticisms. Southern Gothic works often  criticize and reveal issues like racism and hypocrisy, which were all, and still are, prevalent here (and pretty much anywhere else, really).

Some Southern Gothic Authors:
Flannery O'Connor:
Flannery O'Connor is definitely one of my all time favorite authors. She was born in Savannah in 1925 to a Catholic family. At that time, Catholics were not common in this region. Her religion has a big influence in her writing in that she points out the religious hypocrisy of our region. She also She is a very skilled writer, and she is very witty in her writing.
[Here] is a link to one of my favorite stories from her, "Good Country People."

Carson McCullers:
Carson McCullers is also an Author from Georgia. She was born in Columbus, Georgia in 1917. She moved around a lot during her life, but her rural Georgia setting was always an influence in her work. She was a pianist, bi-sexual, and suffered from alcoholism. She work often portrays southern outcasts.
[Here] is a link to an excerpt from her novella, "Ballad of a Sad Cafe."

William Faulkner: 
William Faulkner was born in New Albany, Mississippi in 1897.  He was a diversified writer, but he was best known for his fiction. He received two Nobel prizes for literature. Many people even regard him as a genius.
[Here] are some quotes from "As I Lay Dying."

Get reading everyone! I hope you enjoy.

Monday, October 1, 2012

S'mores Cookies- Your One Way Ticket to Hell

Last night at about 1:00 in the morning, my brother and I decided to make some s'mores cookies. These things are so good, they're disgusting. You'll puke awesome if you manage to eat a whole one. So! If you're willing to risk eternity in Hell for gluttony, here's how to do it!

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2.  We made our homemade dough, but you can buy ready made dough if you'd like: Nestle Toll house recipe
  3. Spread aluminum foil onto a baking sheet.
  4. Lay out the bottom unbaked cookie. (It's going to look like a cookie sandwich)
  5. Make your S'more (graham cracker, two large marshmallows, and a segment of chocolate)
  6.  Put the S'more on top of the bottom unbaked cookie, and lay a second unbaked cookie on top of the S'more.
  7. Take some more dough, shaping it around the sides. Make sure the dough encompasses the whole S'more.
  8. Put your cookies in the oven for 20-25 minutes.
  9. Let cool and enjoy, and then go curl up in the fetal position to reflect on where your life has gone. 
Here they are before going into the oven...They're already bigger than my hand.

Here they are after. They look like a marshmallow cookie volcanoes.