The Halloween Tree

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Just a few more days and we're celebrating our favorite holiday! Which is why I'm dedicating this post to one of my favorite stories about Halloween turned into an awesome animated movie.

You guessed it right, it's The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury. The TV movie won a Daytime Emmy, which is a big deal. It aired in 1993, but the story was published in 1972. A part of me wants them to remake the movie so that the animation is updated, but the other part of me doesn't want anyone touching my childhood. The Halloween Tree and The Last Unicorn. These two animations were a huge part of my formative years.

The Halloween Tree is where my love for Halloween began. I was instantly fascinated with the different traditions and how other countries celebrate this day.

Since I'm a huge audiobook fan, I have a treat for all of you. I found a full reading of the Ray Bradbury book on YouTube. It's three hours long, I know, but if you find yourself needing something to play in the background while you do housework or just chilling, give it a go. It's really good.

If you haven't watched the animated movie yet, here are a couple of previews that I hope will convince you to find a copy and settle down with a bowl of popcorn.

Here's the intro to the movie:

And below is the preview:

Confession: I totally had a crush on Pip when I was a kid.

What's your earliest memory of The Halloween Tree? What do you love most about this story? Let me know in the comments section.

After publishing this post, I'm totally watching the movie. It's time.

Check back in tomorrow for another spooktacular post.

For now, this is Kate, signing out!


DIY Halloween Makeup Ideas

Hello, hello!

We're getting down to the wire. Halloween is almost upon us. And you know what this means? Our favorite holiday is here!!!

If you're not sure what your costume is yet, are you sure you really love Halloween?

Joking aside, help is in this post.

Once again I've gathered for your viewing pleasure three videos that I hope will give you last minute ideas for your costume.

I've always been fascinated with makeup. Maybe because I'm not very good at it. A dab of BB Cream, some face powder, mascara, blush, and lipgloss and I'm good to go. But, after watching these videos--well, the first two, anyway--I think I can attempt at least one of these tips. The third one I added because it's so cool. Please, someone, try it and get back to me.

Okay, let's start with a video from LoeyLane. I can stare at her all day, she's gorgeous. And I'm totally trying the cat makeup since I might go as a black cat instead of a demon this year. We'll see. I've been back and forth on my decision.

The last makeup tip is also amazing. Gosh, so many choices and only one face to apply them to. If any of you tries one of her suggestions, please let me know. I'd love to see pics. Make sure to subscribe to her channel after reading this post. Lots of vids that you need to watch on there.

The next video doesn't have any dialogue in it. It's more a demonstration in quick time. But I think SmartistaBeauty has great tips for those last minute makeup ideas for Halloween. Watch and learn.

Which one will you try? There's a lot to choose from in this video. And doesn't she look like a cross between Rihanna and Zendaya? Swoon! Subscribe to her channel now.

The last video I threw in here because it's amazing. If I only knew where to buy liquid latex . . . oh, let's face it. If I tried recreating this, I would look . . . well, I think it would still work since it's Halloween. That's what's so great about this holiday!

I think BeautifulYouTV did a great job with the video. If you like what she did make sure to subscribe to her channel because she has a few more videos that can help with Halloween special effects that you might want to try.

Learn something from the videos? Let me know in the comments section. I'm so excited. I think this will be the best Halloween yet. Then again, I say that every year and every year I'm right.

Make sure to come back tomorrow for another October-inspired post. It's a spooky one!

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Halloween Documentaries

My love for Halloween is fueled by the origins of this beautiful day. This love started with The Halloween Tree. The story follows four children who learn more about how Halloween started while attempting to save the life of their friend. Because of this, every year, I look for new documentaries that give an in-depth look into this holiday.

For this post, I've gathered three of the best documentaries that I've watched over the years. Thank you, YouTube. There are so many documentaries on there, it's crazy.

The first one is called The Haunted History of Halloween. It explores the 3000-year history of the holiday. Can you imagine? It's been around for that long, just in a different form.

The second documentary is called The Real Story of Halloween. Many of these docs are from the History Channel. The film starts off talking about where Halloween is today and then it flashes back to how it all began.

The last one is the History of Halloween. This one looks at the rituals that involve the Halloween celebration we know today and where they came from like: Why do we go trick-or-treating? Why do we dress in costumes? Why do we carve pumpkins? And why do we spend this one night of the year focusing on death?

Which of the documentaries do you like best? Do you know of a documentary that discusses Halloween that I did not feature here? Let me know in the comments section because I'd love to watch it.

I hope you enjoyed this post. Please stop by again tomorrow for a new one.

For now, this is Kate, signing out!


Ancient Aliens

I can't believe I reached October 23rd without posting about Ancient Aliens! If you're into the paranormal, most likely you're into aliens as well. The universe is way too big for us to believe that we're alone. Plus, there's too much evidence to ignore the fact that aliens exist.

Ancient Aliens is another accidental find for me. It was the beginning of the year and I was searching for Nostradamus documentaries (which I will create a post about at the end of the year). If you're not familiar, Nostradamus is famous for his predictions. A lot of it has to do with doomsday. I'm totally fascinated by the end of the world, again another post for the future.

Anyway, I digress. I found Ancient Aliens right after I found the latest Nostradamus documentary. They were already in their third season. One episode and I was hooked. I mean, it's made by the History Channel so the production value is high. The next day I searched for the earlier seasons and I never looked back. Now they are in their 11th season, but the show has been around for about nine or so years. Sometimes they divide one season into two for some reason.

For this post, I'm featuring episode 11 of their 11th season. The main reason? Eleven is my life number. And why the hell not? This episode tackles the possibility that the moon is actually a space station like the Death Star. How cool is that?

Watch the video and let me know what you think in the comments section:

You have to watch this show. It's addicting. Even if you don't believe in aliens, it's fascinating to see the evidence that they present. I love the newer seasons the most because they have mind-blowing revelations. I'm crossing my fingers that they continue this series. I love it way too much!

Come back tomorrow for a new post. I'll tackle a Halloween-related topic.

Remember, the truth is out there.

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No Second Chances

I know NO HOLDING BACK just came out, but book three is already on the way! NO SECOND CHANCES will hit shelves May 16, 2017. Add it to your TBR today. Click here. Check out that gorgeous cover:

Natasha was DEVASTATED when Jackson, her first love, disappeared without a word only to pop up months later as a famous DJ. But now she's over it―over him!―and ready to move on with her life! Isn't she?

Jackson thought he was leaving Dodge Cove behind forever when he set off to LA to start his career as a DJ. But the one thing he had never been able to leave behind was the memory of his first love, Natasha, and now that he's proven his success, he's coming home to win her back...

Get ready to stop time, defy gravity and bring down the stars in this final book in Kate Evangelista's Dodge Cove Trilogy!

Ghosts Caught On Tape

Today's post is a cool one. If you've been following my earlier posts, you're already familiar with the Top5s YouTube channel that I recommended you subscribe to because it's your one stop shop for mysteries, conspiracies, UFOs, and ghosts. I love his videos, which is why, in the spirit of Halloween and all things creepy, I'm featuring four of his ghosts caught on tape videos.

The first one is called 5 Most Chilling & Scariest Pieces of Paranormal Evidence Ever Documented:

It was published on April 16, 2016.

The second video is the 5 Scariest Pieces of Paranormal Footage Ever Recorded.

Published on October 2, 2015.

The third video is probably my favorite and it's called 5 Creepiest Ghost Sightings Caught On Tape.

This one was published on January 18, 2015.

The last video is part two of the 5 Creepy Ghost Sightings Caught On Tape.

It was published on April 25, 2015.

I dare you to watch these videos at night with the lights out. Whether you believe in ghosts or not the footage is fascinating. The ones caught by CCTV cameras are the best. 

Want more Top5s? Make sure to subscribe to his YouTube channel and visit his website for lots more Top5s articles that delve into the paranormal and the bizarre. For October he's doing especially creeptacular videos. I'm already hooked. Make sure not to miss out!

After you finish watching his videos, make sure to check back here tomorrow for a new post. I can see the finish line.

For now, this is Kate, signing out.

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