Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween!

 I hope everyone is having a great Halloween. I wanted to share with you a fun popcorn box that my sister bought at the Magic Kingdom during our recent trip to Disney World. This year, they offered a Jack Skellington coffin full of popcorn for $12.99. We love the Nightmare Before Christmas, so my sister had to have one of these coffins. The coffin is 9" tall with Jack in silent repose on the top. 

 The sides say Jack Skellington RIP and the handle is connected at each end.There are tiny skulls in each corner and an image of Jack's head toward the top. There are also Nightmare Before Christmas style swirls around each side.

The top is hinged on one side, which was good, because they over-filled the box with popcorn and it wouldn't close. Inside, there's a vampire teddy bear from the movie, reaching out from the bottom. When we purchased the box, the cast member selling the popcorn thought it was a vampire Mickey.

The most interesting part of the coffin, is the information embossed into the outside of the bottom. The coffin was created for the Haunted Mansion Holiday at Disneyland and was supposed to be sold exclusively at that park. I don't know how it ended up at Disney World, but I'm not complaining.

Monday, October 29, 2012

New Steins at Sleepy Hollow

The Headless Horseman & a hidden Mickey

Sleepy Hollow has a new souvenir stein on the menu. They are similar to the new Beauty and the Beast steins that can be found at Gaston's Tavern in the New Fantasyland Expansion opening December 6, 2012. However, instead of Lefou and Gaston on the sides, this stein features the Headless Horseman on one side and a terrified Ichabod Crane riding his equally terrified horse on the other. The images are from one of my favorite scenes in the movie, so I instantly knew I had to have this stein.

Ichabod Crane & a hidden Mickey

Now, just so you know, these steins are plastic with sticker images on each side. But, they are a lot of fun and fairly inexpensive (for Disney), so they are definitely worth considering. My family loves the Headless Horseman and Sleepy Hollow, so we each got one. They are $7.99 and come filled with any fountain drink at Sleepy Hollow. And don't forget to ask for your soda without ice; the drinks are plenty cold enough without it, and you get a lot more bang for your buck.

And while you're there, don't forget to try the Nutella and fresh fruit waffle. I finally got a chance to try it, and it's amazing! The new waffle sandwiches are a fantastic addition to what was already one of my favorite snack stops.

Friday, October 26, 2012

The Good Witch's Charm

© Hallmark
I love the Good Witch series of movies. They are magical, wonderful, family stories about finding the best way to solve your problems. Well, now there's a fifth movie premiering this Saturday, October 27, 2012 on Hallmark channel.

Picking up where The Good Witch's Family left off, Cassie is struggling to juggle her new job as Mayor with the demands of motherhood. She and her husband, Sheriff Jake are feeling overwhelmed by work and their new baby girl, and are looking forward to a much needed vacation. Unfortunately, things are never that simple for the Good Witch.

© Hallmark
A sudden crime wave strikes Middleton, and a video of Cassie magically disappearing is posted to the internet. On the home front, Cassie's foster mother shows up unexpectedly and her stepdaughter Lori is accused of the robberies. Things are looking bleak for Cassie, but with the support of her family and friends, I'm sure Cassie will be able to save the day once again with her own personal style of magic.

Prior to the premiere, Hallmark has planned an all day Good Witch marathon. This will give you a chance to catch up on any you may have missed. The series includes The Good Witch, The Good Witch's Garden, The Good Witch's Gift, The Good Witch's Family, and the new movie, The Good Witch's Charm. A sixth movie called The Good Witch's Destiny is currently being filmed and is set to debut in October 2013. If you'd like to see additional photos or read the official synopsis, please go to Hallmark's The Good Witch's Charm.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

New Halloween Treats at Disney World

So, I just got back from Disney World (at 3:30 this morning... yuck!), and they had tons of fun new Halloween treats, both in the parks and at Downtown Disney. Of course, I love them all, but I wanted to share a few of my favorite new looks.

Rice Krispie Treats at Goofy's Candy Kitchen, Downtown Disney
Hitchhiking Ghost Phineas Sucker
Hatbox Ghost Sucker
Hitchhiking Ghost Ezra Sucker
Ghost Cupcakes at Big Top Treats, Magic Kingdom
Mickey Pumpkin Cupcakes at Starring Rolls, Hollywood Studios

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Universal Classic Monsters

I love all things Halloween. I love the decorations, the costumes, and especially, the movies. Today, Universal released a doozy. For the first time, you can get their classic monster movies on Blu-ray. Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection has 8 discs featuring 8 classic films, over 12 hours of bonus features, and a collectible book with fun facts and photos. The following movies are included in this collection: Frankenstein, the Bride of Frankenstein, Dracula (including the Spanish version), the Mummy, the Invisible Man, the Wolfman, the Creature from the Black Lagoon, and the Phantom of the Opera. I love these old horror films and the quality is supposed to be a vast improvement from the previous DVD release. Unfortunately, the price is a little out of my budget. The collection retails for $160. Hopefully it will go on sale sometime in the next few months, but until then, I can dream.

Monday, October 1, 2012

ABC Commissary dining review

I'm over at Tips from the Disney Diva today talking about one of the "coolest" places at Disney's Hollywood Studios: ABC Commissary.