Halloween 2021 Movie List

Posted on 4 November 2021 | No responses

Here it is folks! The 2021 Halloween Movie List. You’ll notice that this one is quite a bit longer than last year’s plus I had a few themes: Cloverfield Trilogy, Scream franchise, The Living Dead Trilogy, a few Lovecraftian horror films, etc. Overall, there were quite a few new (to me) films that I am really glad I disovered and some other ones (like the Scream franchise) which are utter crap. I made sure that none of the films from last year are on this list, as well.

Next year I won’t probably try to watch so many. It was a little tiring and I’m “Halloween/Thriller/Horror” movie burned out now!

  • 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)
  • The Addams Family (1991)
  • Addams Family Values (1993)
  • An American Werewolf in London (1981)
  • The Blob (1958)
  • Cabin in the Woods (2011)
  • Cloverfield (2008)
  • Cloverfield Paradox (2018)
  • Color Out of Space (2020)
  • The Creeping Flesh (1973)
  • Creepshow (1982)
  • Critters (1986)
  • Dagon (2001)
  • Dark City (1998)
  • Dawn of the Dead (1978)
  • Day of the Dead (1985)*
  • Dead Snow (2009)
  • DeepStar Six (1989)
  • Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors (1965)
  • The Dunwich Horror (1970)
  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
  • Event Horizon (1997)
  • Flatliners (1990)
  • The Fly (1958)
  • The Fly (1986)
  • Hotel Transylvania (2012)
  • Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015)
  • Hotel Transylvania 3 (2018)
  • House (1985)
  • House of Usher (1960)
  • In the Mouth of Madness (1994)
  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
  • Lady in White (1988)*
  • The Lair of the White Worm (1988)
  • The Mist (2007)
  • The Monster Squad (1987)*
  • Necronomicon (1993)
  • Night of the Living Dead (1968)
  • Pandorum (2009)
  • Phantasm (1979)
  • Pit and the Pendulum (1961)
  • Poltergeist (1982)
  • Prince of Darkness (1987)
  • The Raven (1963)
  • Re-Animator (1985)
  • Scream (1996)
  • Scream 2 (1997)
  • Scream 3 (2000)
  • Scream 4 (2011)
  • Slugs (1988)
  • Tales from the Darkside: The Movie (1990)
  • Teen Wolf (1985)
  • The Thing (1982)
  • Trilogy of Terror (1975)
  • Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983)
  • Vampire Hunter D (1985)
  • Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust (2000)
  • The Vault of Horror (1973)
  • The Void (2016)
  • Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005)
  • The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf (2021)
  • The Witches (1990)

* Movies actually watched on Halloween

Halloween 2020 Movie List

Posted on 26 October 2020 | No responses

Because of COVID-19 and working from home, I’ve had a lot of time to fill October with Halloween monster and horror movies! Many of these I’ve seen before so I can just put them on in the background while working whereas others I like to watch with my girls (especially the older Universal Monster Movies!). I also introduced them to the Simpsons Treehouse of Horror episodes which we’ve been churning through thanks to Disney+.

I’m not sure what we’ll be watching on Halloween itself (Halloweentown? Hocus Pocus?)

Since it’s not Halloween quite yet, I’m sure I’ll add a few more to this list over the next week!

Final Update (Nov 1): list is final for 2020! Overall, I think this was a good set of movies but there’s still plenty for next year.

  • Dracula (1931)
  • The Mummy (1932)
  • Invisible Man (1933)
  • The Devil-Doll (1936)
  • The Wolfman (1941)
  • Mighty Joe Young (1949)
  • The Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)
  • The House on Haunted Hill (1959)*
  • The Birds (1963)
  • The Haunting (1963)
  • Jaws (1975)
  • Halloween (1978)
  • Alien (1979)
  • The Fog (1980)
  • Cujo (1983)
  • Videodrome (1983)*
  • Aliens (1986)
  • Hellraiser (1987)*
  • The Witches (1990)
  • The Addams Family (1991)
  • Aliens 3 (1992)
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992)
  • Dracula (1992)
  • Frankenstein (1994)
  • The Frighteners (1996)
  • Alien: Resurrection (1997)
  • Vampires (1998)
  • The Haunting (1999)
  • The Mummy (1999)
  • Sleepy Hollow (1999)
  • Blood the Last Vampire (2000)*
  • Ghosts of Mars (2001)
  • The Revenant (2009)
  • The Wolfman (2010)
  • Prometheus (2012)
  • What We Do in the Shadows (2014)*
  • Pride & Prejudice & Zombies (2016)
  • Alien: Covenant (2017)
  • Annhilation (2018)

* Movies actually watched on Halloween

Homeschool Resources During COVID-19 Pandemic

Posted on 17 March 2020 | No responses

This is a work-in-progress of resources that may be helpful for parents trying to keep their kids occupied and up-to-date with their education when they’re out of school due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is not a resource for information about the pandemic itself! I’ve pulled these links from various sources and will continue to post to this as I get more information and links to share.

I cannot guarantee that these links and resources will be valid once the pandemic has lifted. All of these links open new browser windows.

General Resources
Google: Distance Learning Resources
Into the Book
Dreaming Zebra – free home art kit
Online Courses and Learning
Khan Academy – online classes
Scholastic Learn at Home
National Geographic Kids
Age of Learning, use code SCHOOL7771 for all links below
ABCmouse.com – Early Learning Academy
Reading IQ – preschool through 6th grade
Adventure Academy – 3rd through 8th grade
Coding, CS, Development
Code.org – Online coding lessons for beginners
Minecraft: Education Edition
Amazon Future Engineer
Museums, Zoos, and Virtual Tours
Pacific Science Center – live streaming science shows, hands-on STEM activities
Virtual field trips – Google Doc listing sites with virtual field trips
The Museum of Online Museums
Educational Games
Switch Zoo
Starfall – reading resources K-3
Highlights Kids

Update 07.20.2020:

Online Camps
Time: Camp TFK
Varsity Tutors: Virtual Summer Camps
Pacific Science Center: Curiosity at Home
edmodo: Camp Mo
Science Buddies: Summer of STEM
Class is Back in Session with Professor Spikes
Seneca Park Zoo: Zoo Projects at Home
Mama Teaches: 25+ Free Digital Escape Rooms
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum: K-12 Learning Resources


Posted on 24 January 2019 | 1 response

Some times a random memory comes to you when you least expect it:

There was one night Savanna and I were coming home on the bus – I know Louisa was there, not sure if it was Emily or Judy with her – and the people started throwing vegetables at this one man. I mean like full on Monty Python with flying lettuce and cabbage. Turns out the guy was a former Stasi-informer and all these people were attacking him. It got to the point where the bus driver pulled over and told the man to get out – for his own safety. That’s when the wolves circled in for the kill and the spitting began.

As he got off he was hollering, “YOU DON”T KNOW WHAT IT WAS LIKE!!”

Air-Dried Ham

Posted on 8 March 2018 | 2 responses

It’s been a very long time since I posted anything so, after reading this post on Jenna.net I thought I’d try making air-dried ham myself. For a first attempt, I think the results came out pretty well. I didn’t measure out the spices exactly so what I include here are approximations. This recipe and technique results in something more akin to prosciutto than a dry-cured country-style ham.

Air-Dried Ham
2 lb pork loin
2 cups white sugar
1 cup salt
1/4 cup garlic powder
1/4 cup onion powder
2 tbsp black pepper
1 tbsp Hungarian paprika
1 tbsp smoked paprika
1/2 tbsp ground cayenne pepper
1 pair of stockings (for hanging meat in to dry)

After trimming most of the excess fat (I left some on), put the pork into a plastic container and cover/coat with white sugar. Let sit in fridge for 2 days, turning occasionally.

Remove meat from fridge, dump out sugar/water slurry, rinse well, and pat dry. Here’s what it looks like afterwards:

Return meat to (clean) plastic container and cover/coat with salt. Again, let sit in fridge for 2 days, turning occasionally.

Remove meat from fridge, dump out salt/water slurry, rinse well, and pat dry.

In large bowl, combine garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, paprika, and cayenne pepper. Rub liberally onto pork.

Cut leg from pair of stockings (you only need about 1/2 to 1/3 of the actual leg) then carefully place meat inside making sure it sits all the way at the bottom (and won’t slide or move). Tie loop/knot at top and then hang somewhere that it won’t get wet (or succumb to predation from hungry cats or dogs!)

Dry meat for 7 days. Here’s what it looks like hanging by the kitchen window — it’s shrunk quite a bit by this point!

Remove from stocking, slice, and enjoy! I kept the end after slicing off a couple pieces and wrapped well in plastic wrap before refrigerating.

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