Christmas Movies

I did a post for Halloween movies so it is obvious that I need to do one for Christmas time movies. I already did a post on my family traditions and how we watch Scrooge every year and how that is not my favorite Christmas movie. But what is my favorite is a classic. I am going to let you think for a second before I admit what it is. There are plenty of movies probably going through your head right now, A Christmas Story, Home Alone, Jingle All the Way, Unaccompanied Minors, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, or The Polar Express. But my favorite is not actually any of those. In your head you probably know now what it is, if not any of those. It is The Santa Clause staring Tim Allen. That is my absolute favorite Christmas movie. I love the concept of the real and make-believe and it honestly makes you believe it is real. You learn how Santa can get into houses if there is no chimney and you have his son Charlie who will always believe in Santa because his dad is Santa.

Other than the Christmas movies I listed there are many, many more. Here are just a few:

  • Fred Clause
  • Lethal Weapon
  • Die Hard
  • Trading Places
  • Just Friends
  • Jack Frost
  • Home Alone
  • Home Alone 2
  • The Polar Express
  • The Santa Clause 2

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    The Santa Clause, My favorite Christmas movie

  • The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
  • Scrooge/A Christmas Carol
  • Frosty the Snowman
  • Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
  • Elf
  • It’s a Wonderful Life
  • A Christmas Story
  • Unaccompanied Minors
  • Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  • Jingle All the Way
  • Deck the Halls

I know this is a big list, but this really is just a few of the hundreds of Christmas movies. There are so many and even some of these movies I have yet to see. What is your favorite movie during the holiday season? Or if you cannot decide your favorite, what are your top 5? Let me know below! My top five would be, I cannot even decide on my top five so here is my top 7 but not in this order except for the Santa Clause because that will always be my favorite.

  • The Santa Clause
  • Elf
  • Home Alone
  • The Polar Express
  • Unaccompanied Minors
  • Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  • Jingle All the Way

Corn Maze

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You may enter now.

Something that does not have to do with Halloween necessarily now, Corn Maze. I love to get lost in mazes. I know that is a weird thing to love. But I think it is fun, there is always going to be a way out and you will end up finding it sooner or later.

I like ones where you really have to search for your way out not ones where you turn right, then left, then left again and you have made it to the exit. Make me work for it.

I do not consider this a primary thing to do with Halloween, based on the sole fact that you can do this anytime during the fall. They usually start to open corn mazes early September and close them mid to late November, so it is not just a Halloween thing. Some corn mazes do fun nighttime flash light games in the mazes.

In Haverhill, Ma (I live in Ma) there is a corn maze that people go to during the season. Another in Ipswich, Ma that is closed for the time but reopens at the end of November for Christmas mazes.

Corn mazes can be fun for people of all ages, and usually do not cost more than 10 dollars, so for a college student like me that is an amazing bonus. Have fun with your friends in these, see you can get out first, and make a bet out of it.

Tell me about your experiences with corn mazes, I would love to hear them.

Halloween!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

I hope everyone’s Halloween is good so far, and if you are going out tonight be safe! I will not be at school as I am leaving for a leadership conference in just a few but I had to blog before I left.

My last favorite thing about Halloween has to be the movies. I am a Disney Channel child, I grew up with it and the movies on it and to this day love them. I do not have a TV in my halloweentowndorm at this time but thank god for the internet so I got to get my dose of Halloween movies in still this year, anywhere from Halloween town 1, 2, 3 and 4 to Hocus Pocus to Twitches 1and 2. Some people may not even remember like Phantom Of the Megaplex or Underwraps are all such great Disney Halloween movies. I think my favorite will always be Halloweentown. to me it is a classic that I must watch every year and if I do not there will be a problem. I also wanted to dress like a witch every year because of the main character Marnie. I also wished I was a secret witch during this time.

Personally I am not a scary movie person, I get terrified. I do get that the point of a scary movie is to scary you but I am sorry there is a fine line between what I can handle as scary and what I cannot. So for this Halloween as well as most others I stuck to my favorites on Disney channel.

I felt like I needed to make a list of all the Disney Channel Original Halloween movies to rejog your memory. Here we go:

  • Hocus Pocus
  • Tower of Terror
  • Underwraps
  • HalloweenTown
  • Don’t Look under the Bed (Always such a scary one even for Disney)
  • Phantom of the Megaplex
  • Mom’s Got a Date with a Vampire
  • HalloweenTown II: Kalabar’s Revenge
  • The Poof Point
  • The Scream Team
  • HalloweenTown High
  • Twitches
  • Return to Halloween Town (but without the original Marnie)
  • Twitches Too

Did these rejog your memory? Have you watched any this year? Tell me about them. Also what did you do this Halloween? Be safe tonight!

Halloween Dance

“‘Cause this is thriller, thriller night
And no one’s gonna save you from the beast about to strike
You know it’s thriller, thriller night
You’re fighting for your life inside a killer, thriller tonight”

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The “cast” of Toy Story brought to you by FAB

This song probably is played at every Halloween dance since it was released on November 12, 1983. Except for the dances that year because it would have been too late. My college just like every other year that I have been in school for, had a Halloween dance  the HallowGlow the other night. You were not allowed in unless you had a costume, and given being a “college student” was not allowed. I am a part of the activities board in my school and we all decided we would be the characters of Toy Story. I was Mrs. Potato head. It was a much harder costume than I thought it would have been. We were all there, Buzz, Woody, Jesse even Bull’s-Eye (he was taking the picture). Some of the costumes as you can see got pretty creative ie Slinky and Hamm and the alien.

I will be the first to say that I cannot dance for my life. I sing, I do not dance and was copingescena-toy-story-3 what a friend of mine was doing the whole night because I was that bad. When Thriller came on I did not even know that dance to dance to it. Yes, I am that person. Dances though are not supposed to be about dancing per say, they are about laughing with your friends and having fun and making fun of your terrible dancing if you are someone like me. I was happy I went and I get to re-wear my costume on Halloween! But Toy Story will always be a classic and I did not do Mrs. Potato head justice with my costume. I grew up with Toy Story and was happy to be a part of the costumes and the fun dance.

Does your school do any dances for holidays? Or if you are out of school did you go to the Halloween dances when you were there? Let me know!

“You’ve got a friend in me
You’ve got a friend in me
You got troubles and I got ’em too
There isn’t anything I wouldn’t do for you
We stick together, we can see it through
‘Cause you’ve got a friend in me
You’ve got a friend in me”

Halloween Cookies!

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The cat halloween cookies I made

When you think of Halloween you probably think of dressing up in costumes, or going to a haunted house. Well when I think of Halloween I think of those things, I do, but before them I think of baking my favorite Halloween cookies. These cookies I am speaking of are made from the company Pillsbury and they make them for most major holidays, even the not so major like Valentine’s day. The ones with pictures on them? They can either have hearts or Christmas trees or for Halloween they have black cats, pumpkins and ghosts on them. Still don’t know what I am talking about? Well I will show you.
Now you know! I made these for my friends at school. They all loved them.

But what if you did not like cookies; you are more of a cup cake person. Well, I found this site that has some pretty awesome Candy Corn cupcakes that you can make. They look delicious. So you should just Click Here to check them out. And post down there what you think about them.

These cookies are probably the easiest thing to make and I bet most people will be happy to take them off your hands. I bought mine at the grocery store by my school. Make sure you look around for them because I passed by them the first couple times I went to look for them.

You will need:

  • Pillsbury cookies (your choice of picture or get all three!)
  • A cookie sheet
  • Spatula
  • Oven (usually heated to 375*)
  • Oven Mitt
  • Enjoy!

When I am home from school I always bake something for my friends for holidays, but since I am at school and do not have the time to do the whole baking thing or patience. So, instead I do this for them. It is my own little tradition when I am away from home.

What is some of your Halloween traditions? Tell me about them below.

Check out these other pictures from my baking time!

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Making Caramel Apples!

One of my favorite childhood memories to do during the fall time is making caramel apples with my family. OH who am I kidding, it is still possibly my favorite thing to do and I am almost 20, but instead of doing it with my family I do it with my friends at college in our dorm rooms.

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Me making the caramel apples in a dorm room.

I like to make things for every holiday I am at school for and this year for Halloween I decided to make caramel apples. I did not get to go pick my own apples at an orchard this year, which may be even more of my favorite thing to do than making the caramel apples themselves. But making them was still an interesting experience because I had no oven so I had to use a microwave to heat up the caramel. The apples became soggy at some spots because they were scorched with the way too hot caramel because I did not have a thermometer to figure out the heat of the caramel. If you do not care for caramel which I know plenty of people do not, try doing candy apples. You can get those kits at a grocery store as I did everything in the list below.

To make Caramel Apples You Need:

  • Granny Smith Apples (they work the best in my opinion when making candy or caramel apples, but if you choose Macintosh will work too)
  • Caramel (You can either use the sheets of caramel which I used for some, a tub of caramel that is already soft and ready to use or you can get the caramel cubes and mix them on a stove and melt them that way.)
  • Popsicle sticks
  • A microwave or oven
  • Toppings (Sprinkles, chocolate chips, coconut, etc.)
  • Imagination(:
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My failed attempt at one of the caramel apples.

I gave these way to many of my friends and that made me happy to make people happy. Being at college you do not always get to get things like caramel apples, or get to do things like go apple picking, but I used to do these things when I was home for holidays so I figured when I got to college I would carry on the tradition within myself and give things to the people I care about.

Caramel apples are probably one of the easiest things to do and do not cost a lot. For all that I bought (which made about 25 apples) it only cost me about 15 dollars. I think even for a college student that is doable.

So during this Columbus Day weekend if you are stuck at school (like me) or home with your family, have fun and make some Caramel apples for an easy fall snack. And you can bring leftovers to your friends at school!

Have you tried making caramel apples? Would you? Tell me in the comments below and show me some pictures!