Perfect Pumpkin Seeds

Attention! Attention! It is OFFICIALLY 47 days until Halloween! That means that within the coming month the leaves will be falling, the air will be chilling and apples and pumpkins will be getting picked for juicy pies and scary jack-o-lanterns.

Now, to be a member of the fright catalog family a love of all things Halloween is a must! We try to incorporate an element of the spooky, ghoulish and terrifying into every aspect of our lives, including our diets!

And what is the ultimate Halloween treat? PUMPKIN SEEDS OF COURSE

Here are a few of our favorite Pumpkin seeds recipes. They are fun, easy to follow and best of all CHEAP!

1.  Sweet and Spicy Seeds!

1 egg white
1/4 cup natural cane sugar
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 cup fresh pumpkin seeds

To begin, preheat the oven to 375.
Then mix the cane sugar, egg white, cayenne pepper
and sea salt a mixing bowl.
Add seeds and toss so that they are coated
thoroughly.
Put in the oven on a baking tray for 12 min
or until golden brown.

THE BEST PART OF THIS RECIPE IS THAT THE DIRECTIONS ARE THE APPLY TO THE NEXT TWO SNACKS AS WELL! for the following two just repeat the steps above, exchanging the ingredients.

2. Curried Pumpkin Seeds
1 egg white
2 teaspoon curry powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup fresh pumpkin seeds

3. Original Pumpkin Seeds
1 cup of fresh pumpkin seeds
1 stick unsalted butter
1/2 teaspoon of salt

We hope these goodies get you into the holiday mood, and remember if you are looking to carve pumpkins and make some delicious pumpkin seed treats, check out some of our great pumpkin products! Like these scary pumpkin teeth!

 And remember:
Happy Haunting!

 

 

Zombie Free, Residential

Friday Friday Friday! In just two days, Retribution, the fifth installment of the EPIC Resident Evil series hits US theaters!

Which got us to thinking about the upcoming apocalypse scheduled for December of this year. What if our demise is something like the T-virus? What would be a good way to survive a zombie infestation?

Surly movies offer a great deal of education on the subject.
For example, there is always the example of going to a military compound set by those brilliant characters in 28 Days Later. Then again, who wants to hang out with a bunch of stiff army types when they can just go to their favorite bar? The thirstier people out there might take a note out of Shawn of the Dead instead. But this begs the question- where is the best place to whether a zombie invasion?

Our top five places are:

1. An uninhabited island- preferably not of the desert variety, but instead one where it would be possible to grow and harvest crops.

2. A tree top cabin- This solution could work in any climate. An approach like this offers protection from the skies- you will be able to see your attackers before they see you! Plus, depending on the volume of zombies in your immediate area, a tree fort will allow for occasional scavenging, hunting and water collecting.

3. A boat- Clearly, the most logical vessel to choose if you decided to take to the ocean would be a wind powered boat. Although cruising under power can be a lot more convenient and faster, you wouldn’t want to risk infection while you’re pumping diesel at the marina. Add in some fishing poles and a sea water purifier and sailing should be smooth.

4. An Oil Rig- The good thing about an oil rig that a boat doesn’t offer is the opportunity to stay put in one place. However when food runs low or if a mutation allows the undead to take to the water- mobility wins out.

5. An Empty Prison- Think about it- for all the security there is to keep people in, there is also an equal amount of protection to keep people (or zombies) out. Turn the prison yard into a little garden and you’ll be all set.

Then again Bill Murray might have just had the best idea, if you can’t beat em, join em! That’s what his character did in Zombieland!

If you decided to take the Murray approach, check out some of the awesome Zombie costumes and masks we have a fright catalog! Like this Zombie Costume

Halloween and Space Exploration

Three weeks ago today, NASA’s Curiosity rover landed on the Red Planet. There was joy; there were tears. There were handshakes and high-fives all over the globe. And, here at FrightCatalog, there was Halloween. What would Halloween look like on Mars?, we wondered. Dusty? Cold? Extraterrestrial?

Then, we settled on this adjective: it would be extraordinary. Imagine Mars witches free-floating on broomsticks, or bubbling cauldron props nestled inside craters. Think about freeze-dried, pumpkin-shaped candy. On Mars, would “scary” exist, or would it be absorbed by the atmosphere?

This website, NASA’s Solar System Exploration, features numerous videos of the historic landing, as well as images of Curiosity on Mars.

This Halloween, if you’re looking for a costume that is in line with current events, consider an astronaut costume from FrightCatalog.com. We have a great selection of costumes and accessories that will help you dream big – and, possibly, shoot for the moon (or Mars.)

Finally, we should keep in mind that Halloween and space exploration are not all that different. Both the holiday and the act of exploration are occasions to celebrate what is “beyond” us. Whether it’s the tale of Stingy Jack, which inspired the festive carvings of jack-o’-lanterns, or the landing the Curiosity rover, one of whose missions is to answer the question of whether life ever existed on Mars, both Halloween and space exploration are part of traditions that attempt to answer age-old questions.

Don’t Be Afraid of the

 

We know, we know: It’s still August, and you’re busy soaking up the last beach rays until next year. Halloween might not be at the forefront of your mind, but it is in ours  and it’s less than ninety days away!

In preparation for the holiday, we want to discuss a topic most people shy away from: phobias. People don’t usually like talking about what makes them sweat  or itch, or vomit, or generally feel lousy — and we understand that. Here, in this blog post, our goal is to expose the most common phobias, as well as let you in on a few phobias of our own. Some of our phobias include a fear of vampires, instigated by a late-night viewing of 30 Days of Night on FX.

First, though, is a list of common phobias experienced by people living in the United States. This list was originally written by Jeanna Bryner, LiveScience Managing Editor, on March 28, 2011.

10. The Dentist

9. Dogs

8. Flying

7. Thunder and Lightning

6. The Dark

5. Heights

4. Other People

3. Scary Spaces

2. Creepy Crawlies (Bugs!)

1. Snakes

If you want to encourage your fears – or face them – we have “Dr. Killer Driller” (dentist) costumes, snake and bug props, and plenty of mood-setters to transform an ordinary space into something frightful. All are available at www.frightcatalog.com.

Now, for the (potentially) self-deprecating part of this post: our phobias. Although not compiled in list form (who can truly rate their phobias using a numerical system?), they are as follows: running out of skim milk before breakfast; ordering the wrong kind of coffee at Dunkin Donuts; the abolishment of National Cat Day (October 29, super-close to Halloween!); and, finally, getting stuck in rush hour traffic during a thunderstorm. One of us FrightCatalogers is also fearful of numbers 10, 8, 7, 5, occasionally 4, 3, 2, and 1 from Bryner’s list.

So, what does this mean? It means, first of all, that adopting a dog is, perhaps, not a terrible idea. Secondly, it means that Halloween a night which used to be known for its pranks and mischief might not be so scary. Halloween is about FUN, candy, haunted houses, hayrides, and corn mazes. It’s about loving the thrill of the scare and daring yourself to, however hesitantly, ask yourself this: What truly frightens you?

To Have and to Hold (Or Horrify): 10 Reasons to Tie the Knot During the Halloween Season

Top 10 Reasons to Have a Halloween-Themed Wedding

 

1. It is perfectly acceptable to dress like Tim Burton’s Jack and Sally in front of your parents.

2. Instead of dancing to Dion/Carey/Houston/Boyz II Men power ballads during your first dance, jam to The Rocky Horror Picture Show’s Time Warp. Watch your guests shriek with delight as they join in on the chorus’s signature line: Let’s do. The time warp. Again!

3. Pumpkin carving contests. Think about all the pumpkin seeds you’ll collect, which you can turn into frightfully delicious snacks to take on your Halloween honeymoon!

4. Guests are encouraged to wear costumes instead of formal attire. Pro: Guests are free to choose how spooky or risqu they will be. Con: See Pro. To save yourself (and your friends and family) from a potentially embarrassing situation, send out some Costume Rules with your wedding invitations.

5. It is a well-known fact that couples who have fun together are happier in both the short-term and the long-term. What holiday is more fun than Halloween?

6. You can use candy corn as tabletop confetti. You can eat candy corn.

7. Unless you live in an extremely hot climate, you can expect lower temperatures and fewer bugs! in October. Your veil will not act as a makeshift mosquito net.

8. The increased availability of pumpkin liquor, pumpkin beer (if you haven’t already, check out Southern Tier Brewing Company’s Pumpking Ale), and hard cider.

9. Silent Hill: Revelation 3D is scheduled for release on October 26, 2012. See it on your honeymoon or at your bachelor/ette party. Extra points will be given if you don a Heather Mason-style haircut.

10. FrightCatalog.com has many party supplies in stock for your Halloween wedding, including: glittery haunted house centerpieces, pumpkin-and-bat shaped confetti, inflatable cauldron coolers, Fangtastic invitations, skull pathway lights, and skeleton-and-spider detailed wreaths.

Frightfully forever yours,

FrightCatalog.com

 

Halloween and the Olympics

The 2012 London Olympics is currently one of the hottest discussion topics. From Kenneth Branagh quoting Shakespeare at the Opening Ceremonies to an appearance by perhaps Britain’s most famous author of the 21st century (Harry Potter’s mastermind, J.K. Rowling!), the Games fill people’s minds with thoughts of Olympic glory.

Here at FrightCatalog, Halloween is our priority. Like the Olympic athletes who eat, drink, sleep, and breathe their sports thirty-six different sports in all are competing in London we live Halloween. So, in honor of the Olympics, we thought we’d compile a list of our Olympics-inspired costumes in honor of this summer’s most talked about event. These costumes are available on our website, www.frightcatalog.com

1. Olympic Goddess Adult Costume

2. Toga Male Adult Costume

3. Roman Goddess Plus Size Costume

4. Roman Warrior Plus Size Adult Costume

5. Gladiator Adult Costume

(The first documented Olympics is dated at 776 BC and was held in Olympia, in the western region of the Peloponnese.)

6. Old Tyme Baseball Player Adult Costume

7. Everlast Boxing Adult Costume

8. A League of Their Own Rockford Peaches Adult Costume

(Boxing and baseball are two of the more popular Olympic sports.)

9. Cheeseburger Adult Costume

10. Coca Cola Bottle Tunic Adult Costume

(The nearly universal burger-and-Coke combo is expected to be a top food item for Olympic spectators.)

As for FrightCatalog.com, we are too busy gearing up for Halloween to focus on anything other than Halloween. We would, however, appreciate a juicy burger and soft drink, preferably something similar to this:

The Red Room – an Internet Horror Video, with a Twist!

We’ve all heard of urban legends and weird things on the Internet; however, most of us dismiss
them as just that, legends. The Red Room, a Japanese interactive horror flash video, takes advantage of our skepticism in a unique, and scary, way.

In the flash video, two friends talk about a rumor of an Internet pop-up that asks, Do you like-
What makes this pop-up different than all the other pop-ups on the internet is that if you close this one, you will die. One of them is skeptical of the legend starts to search for it himself; however, after failing to turn up any information about it, he gives up and goes back to surfing the net as usual. A short time later a message pops up on his screen asking Do you like–? It starts to automatically
reload and the voice becomes mangled until the boy realizes the question has changed to, So you like
red? The boy keeps trying to close the pop-up until the message changes again to, Do you like the
red room? Then, a website with a list of people who have died after seeing the message loads on his computer screen, with his name at the bottom.

The best part of this video is that after it has finished playing, the pop-up appears on your screen. It doesn’t take long for you to figure out what is going on, but for that brief moment it just might make you catch your breath.

The Aokigahara Forest: Suicide Capital of the World

The Aokigahara forest, also known as the Sea of Trees, is a 14 square mile forest that rests at the base of Mt. Fuji. It is known for being extremely quiet due to the density of the trees and absence of wildlife, and has an historic association with demons in Japanese mythology. It is also a popular place for suicides. There have been so many suicides in the forest, that there are signs up both in Japanese and English urging people to get help.

In 1998 74 people killed themselves in the forest; in 2002, 78. By 2003, the rate had climbed and exceeded the 100 mark. In 2004, 108 people killed themselves in the Sea of Trees and in 2010, 247 people at least attempted suicide, but only 54 completed the act. It is said that suicides increase in Japan toward the end of the fiscal year, which is in the month of March.

 

In recent years, the local government has quit publicizing the numbers of suicides in order to downplay the forest’s association with suicide. Every year since 1970 there has been an annual body search consisting of police, volunteers, and journalists.

The exact reason this forest is so popular for suicides remains a creepy mystery.

Small Iowa Town holds Bloody Mystery

At first glance Villisca, Iowa seems like any other middle class Midwestern town. But Villisca has a macabre history that many townsfolk would just as soon forget. If you go to Villisca and you know where to look, you will find an old white house nestled along a residential street. This house is different than other houses in that it was the site of a horrific murder that remains unsolved to this very day.

On the night of June 10th, 1912 this white house would turn to blood red. On this night, the Murder House as it is known today, witnessed the Villisca Axe Murders, in which the entire family of Josiah Moore and two other guests, a total of eight people, were savagely murdered.

Here are the facts:

-Eight people were murdered with an axe that was left at the crime scene.

-All of the victims appeared to have been sleeping at the time of the attacks.

-All of the victims faces were covered with bedclothes after they were killed.

-The ceiling of the parents bedroom and the childrens room showed gouge marks believed to be caused by the upswing of an axe.

-A pan of bloody water was discovered on the kitchen table along with a plate of uneaten food.

-A slab of bacon was on the floor in the downstairs bedroom lying near the axe and a second slab of bacon was found in the icebox.

In the immediate aftermath of the slayings there were a few suspects, including a priest, however, no one was ever convicted of the crime. Today, you can go to the small town and take a tour of the house, which was featured on a recent episode of Ghost Adventures. Some locals believe that the ghost of one or more of the victims of this murder still haunt the house. A documentary was made about the incident; titled, Villisca: Living With a Mystery, the film provides some of the most thorough information on the case. There was even a book written by Roy Marshall called, Villisca, which also details the events. As the 100 year anniversary has already come and gone, it seems unlikely that this mystery will ever be solved.

It’s Never too Early to Start Planning for Halloween!

For those of us who live in the world of Halloween 365 days a year, the summer season is the hardest. Fall is on the horizon and that means Halloween! But it’s not quite here, yet. You can bring the creeps to the summer heat by planning your Halloween haunts and parties now, before it’s too late!

Here’s how to get the party started in five easy steps:

 

  • Pick a theme Zombies and vampires are popular Halloween themes this year. No matter what you choose, make sure you go all out!
  • Find inspiration Search the web for costumes, d©cor, and Halloween props. Pinterest is a great site to find ideas and inspiration. You can create your own pin board to organize all your ideas online. And don’t forget to follow FrightCatalog.com when you’re there.
  • Buy or build props This is where all your ideas come to life. Props and decorations are an essential part of every home haunt. To add drama, don’t forget lighting, fog, music, and other scene setters.
  • Make the guest list Who do you want at the party? Are you hosting a haunted house for the neighborhood? Will it be a quiet party for a close group of friends or a monster bash that lasts through the night? Get a guest list down on paper and decide on invitations. The possibilities are endless!
  • Decorate & bake When October 1st rolls around, it is officially time to start decorating. We recommend starting on the inside of the house and working your way out as it gets closer to Halloween. Have as much of the food ready the night before as possible, you can always freeze and reheat!

So how soon is too soon to start your Halloween plans? There’s no such thing as too soon!