Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Fall Fun: Favorite Halloween Movies

Halloween is my favorite holiday. I love everything about it: scary witches, ghoulish ghosts, dressing up in costumes, and gorging on tons of candy! As the day gets closer and closer, I like to get in the Halloween spirit by watching some festive movies. Despite my love for horror movies, you will not find a single scary movie on my Must Watch Halloween list! This selection is for both the brave and faint at heart. Pop some popcorn, throw in some candy corn and pour yourself a glass of bubbly (champagne pairs well with candy corn). Then pick a movie from my must watch Halloween movie lineup.  

1. Hocus Pocus
Back in junior high I thought Max (the male lead) was hot stuff, now I think his Dad is the good looking one. Sign of getting older? Either way, if you have never seen it, add it to your list. Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler, and Kathy Najimy are amazing as the Sanderson Sisters, and you will be singing "I Put A Spell On You" for at least a week. So catchy!

Quick Synopsis: This Disney classic is about three witches who are reincarnated in present day (well, the 90s) Salem on Halloween night. It is up to three kids and a talking cat to keep the witches from killing all the children in Salem. 

  2. Double Double Toil and Trouble
Yes, there is a Mary Kate & Ashley movie on my list. No, I am not ashamed. This movie is da bomb! 

Quick Synopsis: A family is about to lose their house due to mounting debt. The family's two (twin) little girls decide not to let that happen. They find out their Aunt Agatha (who is an evil witch) is at fault for all the family's problems. The twins take matters into their own hands to save their family. (I mean how could you not want to watch this movie after that summary.)

3. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
I know some of you might be thinking why is this on here? But, that Halloween feast in HP1 is too incredible not to have it on the must watch list. HP is great all year long.

Quick Synopsis: (If you need this, I fear you have been living under a rock) A young boy discovers that he is a wizard and embarks on a year of adventure and discovery at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.  

4. The Worst Witch
Another story about a young witch and her self growth while away at school. I feel like this movie is the diamond in the rough. Few people have heard about it, but you will be so happy you watched it! The lead actress is the girl from The Craft (another great movie) but way before that movie was filmed.

Quick Synopsis: Mildred Hubble is a young girl attending an all girls witch academy. She can't do anything right and is constantly picked on until Mildred is able to save the school from the headmistress's evil twin sister, Agatha. (Apparently, Agatha is a popular name for evil witches.)

5. It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
I love all the Charlie Brown holiday specials. But, I always feel so bad for Charlie Brown especially in this one when he gets a rock at every house during trick-or-treat. Poor guy! Even though I own all the CB classics on DVD, I like to watch them when they come on TV. It makes it feel even more like the holidays. 

Quick Synopsis: All the gang goes trick-or-treating while Linus waits for the Great Pumpkin. 

6. Teen Witch
My sister and I watched this movie all the time when growing up. We would sing the songs (it is pretty much a musical) and wish we could dress as cool Louise (mind you it takes place in the 80s). It isn't about Halloween, but she is a witch so it works for my list. Plus it has good underlying message for girls to love who they are. 

Quick Synopsis: Louise is in high school and not popular. Then she learns that her ancestors were witches and she has inherited their powers. She begins to use them to gain popularity but later questions if it is truly what she wants.

7. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Growing up, I checked this movie out every time I went to our local video store. I loved it! I would practice slaying vampires with my hairbrush. Guess I was always meant to be on Team Jacob.

Quick Synopsis: A high school cheerleader finds out she is destined to battle vampires. 

8. The Witches
I watched this movie while I made this list and graphic. Like Worst Witch and HP, it takes across the pond in England. Love me some British movies :) You will recognize a lot of people including Mr. Carson from Downton Abbey.

Quick Synopsis: A young boy and his grandmother vacation at a hotel that happens to be hosting a witches convention. The witches are plotting to rid the world of children and the young boy must stop them before it is too late!

9. The Adventures of Ichabod
I remember watching this every year on the Disney channel. It is a short, classic that is probably the spookiest movie on this list. The disk comes with another cartoon on it as well, but I only think of the Ichabod as the relevant one. 

Quick Synopsis: The animated version of the "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow". 

And there you have it! My list of must see Halloween movies. I am currently working my way through the list and enjoying every magical moment.

Witch Which is your favorite?

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Weekend Recap: 1st CrossFit Competition

A few weeks ago I singed up for a CrossFit Competition geared towards novice and intermediate athletes. It finally took place this weekend, and I loved it! I am going to do a detailed post on the whole event, but I can tell that I there will be more competitions in my future!

On Friday night Josh and I hopped on the metro for an early dinner. Although, I miss the walk-ability of my old neighborhood, we are lucky to live so close to a metro stop. We are a few stops from Old Town, Alexandria which has the same charm as my old stomping grounds. After dinner I got in bed nice and early. I wanted to be well rested for the competition the next morning. 

Carb Loading

Gotta Brag: I have the sweetest husband in the world. Not only did he get my workout bag packed with all my CrossFit gear, but he also bought me a new water bottle and hand grips. It made getting ready on Saturday morning quick and easy, and I had everything I needed! Thank you hubby :)

All week I worried about the competition because I tweaked my back the week before. Luckily, it held up just fine, and I am pleased with how I performed. Full details on Thursday :)

I got home late that afternoon, and the Aggie game was in full swing. We had all our friends over for deer sausage and beer. The sausage was incredible, the Aggies were horrible. Even Walter needed a drink after their dismal performance. 
Bad picture but too funny not to share!

Following the game, the boys (including Walter) got into a rowdy game of dominoes while Emily and I watched chick flicks downstairs. I forgot how much I love "How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days". 
My foot photobombed this picture and my toes look creepy. I promise it is an optical allusion. 

We stayed up WAY too late so the next morning we were lazy, lazy, lazy. We slept in, made a big breakfast, and lounged on the couch. I was (and still am) so sore from the day before and laying on the couch was about all I could do. 

Late in the afternoon I started organizing my closet. I got rid of things I no longer wear and packed away my summer items. Purging my closet has a cleansing effect. I feel less suffocated by stuff. I am also able to get a better idea of what is in my closet and then have a better action plan for future shopping trips. 

The weekend ended with church, Chinese takeout, and a movie. Another great weekend in the books (minus that Aggie game ugh). 

Do you know what Halloween classic this is?

How was your weekend?

Friday, October 17, 2014

5 Things Friday

Recently went shopping for my favorite holiday...this year's costume is sticking with a certain theme that took precedence in 2014 :) 

Last night Josh and I stayed up way too late to finish Breaking Bad. Going to bed at 1:00 AM on the weekend is out of character for me so on a "school night" it was even crazier. Yet, the series was stressing us out so much that we just needed to finish it for our own sanity. Despite our late bed time, I couldn't fall asleep. I couldn't stop thinking about how the show ended. Ughhhh! It is still on my mind. Have you watched the series? It is beyond intense. Word of advice: have some wine on hand. As for our weekend agenda, I have a CrossFit competition (my first) and we are watching the Aggie game. What are you up to? Hope it is a great one :)

Walter Attack
I mentioned the app Waterlogue a while back, and I still love it. As a person that cannot draw or paint, it makes me feel artistic. 
Remember how I mentioned that I was awkward during my outfit photo shoot? This picture didn't make the cut for the published post, and I think you can see why. Makes for a good laugh though :) Thank you Joshua for donating your photography skills. 
Current favorite evening activity: drinking wine and working on my blog. Got some fun posts in the works!