Get ready to put up the Halloween decorations!

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Only five weeks until Halloween!

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Okay. I completely forgot to write a NEW post, to tell you that I updated the old one on Friday … I’ve added more than a dozen new ideas (with instructions) to the collection of (mostly) easy, cheap, and great-looking options for DIY decoration projects.

Click here for:  Halloween Decor ~ easy, inexpensive haunts for the house and yard (plus some wow-projects.)

PS: Come play with us at 2014: The Paranormalist’s 1st Annual Halloween Photo Scavenger Hunt 

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Start planning your Halloween activities with a printable calendar.

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Today, September 19th, is just 6 Fridays before Halloween.

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The last time I checked in with you guys, I was running away for the weekend. I had a marvelous time exploring the city of Mankato, MN.

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We toured a mansion that our guide insisted did NOT have a reputation for being haunted … despite multiple deaths which occurred in the home. In truth, I was able to find only one reference to a Hubbard House haunting on the interwebs. (From Haunted Mankato: “At night you can hear a horse and carriage come up to the front steps, hear a man and a women get out and hear the stairs creek as they walk up them, and silence.“) I certainly didn’t feel anything but the weight of history while I was on the property, so I guess I’ll believe the guide.

We also visited a graveyard, a massacre memorial … hmmm. It’s starting to sound like I should do a post about the trip.

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In other news, my daughter, Pooka, just added a new necklace set –  which I think is gorgeous – to her Etsy shop, Pooka Creations. ‘Just thought I’d share her nifty presentation of it. The set costs $23 plus shipping.

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Now a new weekend is beginning, my Ogre has come home from work, and it’s time for the two of us to go have a drink and start planning our next six weeks. Just in time, I’ve updated this week’s Halloween Countdown post.

  • I’ve created a new, appropriately-dated, printable, planning calendar. (Preview above.)
  • I’ve double-checked all the links.
  • I’ve found a couple of new-this-year resources for Halloween events.
  • (Including a 48 hour horror film-making challenge.)
  • I’ve updated the dates of Minnesota events, and added a few new ones.

Click here for: Finding Halloween events & celebrating autumn: haunted houses, apple orchards, ghost tours and more.

PS: Come play with us at 2014: The Paranormalist’s 1st Annual Halloween Photo Scavenger Hunt – I’ll be uploading some pictures this weekend!

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Halloween Countdown: creepy reads for the Halloween season

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Today, September 12th, is just 7 Fridays before Halloween.

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My son, who has been working at the coffee shop (his first job) for three weeks now, tells me that people have started to order pumpkin flavored everything. No matter where I go shopping, Halloween merchandise displays are going up. The weather here in Minnesota has turned cold, windy and damp. (That’s supposed to be temporary … please, oh, please let it be temporary.)

Halloween is undeniably on its way.

I don’t know about you guys, but it’s been a rough start to the season for me. I’ve been sick for over a week. (I am getting better, I think, and it was nothing serious.) When I haven’t been working at the hotel or sleeping, I’ve been dealing with a variety of scheduling challenges. What I have NOT been doing is enjoying the season.

That has to change.

To that end, I’ll be taking my own advice this weekend. Ogre and I are taking off tomorrow morning, armed with:

and, by God, we’re going to check off some boxes.

The one thing I HAVE been doing to fulfill my need for seasonal inspirations and creepiness is reading. I’ve got so many books going right now that I’m in danger of getting the plots confused. (Not really.) In honor of the season, I’m listening to the Audible edition of Stephen King’s IT when I’m folding laundry at work. (Yep. All 44 hours and 57 minutes of it.) Next to my bed, I’ve got another favorite King going: Bag of Bones. In odd minutes, on my phone, I’m reading Jonathan Janz (who is featured in this week’s countdown post) and – for a little non-fiction – Winslow Eliot’s Writing Through the Year (The Four Seasons).

That’s the best segue I can come up with tonight.

To continue with the Halloween countdown, check out the freshly updated post:

Creepy reads for the Halloween season: good horror authors, old & new.

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To see  my overall plans for the 2014 season, and to catch up with the countdown so far,

please visit The Halloween Countdown Homepage, which is also freshly updated.

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