Tomorrow's Breakfast


I finally broke down and appeased my inner 7-year-old. I'm going to eat the entire box tomorrow so that I can cut out the cool Count Chocula mask on the back!


  


Countdown to Halloween, 2014


31 posts in 31 days? We did it last year, and this year we are going to do it again! It's time for the annual Countdown to Halloween! This year, the posts will be flying at you fast and furiously ranging from props how-tos all the way to haunt soundtracks that can give your yard or home haunt that extra creepy edge. We're also going to bring back our weekly installments of Cemetery Sundays as well as our fan favorite Freebie Fridays!

I have a few more posts to roll out in September, but the madness starts right here on October 1. Join us for the party, won't you?


Lorain County Zombie Walk, 2014


This past weekend, I made it out to Amherst, Ohio for the 2014 edition of the Lorain County Zombie Walk. A little rain in the morning didn't stop us from supporting the canned food drive benefiting the Lorain County Second Harvest Food Bank. The clouds eventually parted and the sun came out, making it quite a nice afternoon for a shamble through town with some fellow brain eaters.

I got to try out my newest version of the zombie, complete with longer hair and food coloring for the tongue. Originally I had black, but I forgot it at home, so I had to pick up some red for the walk. Still effective.




The zombies and survivors gathered at the town square before heading out for a stroll...



What does a Michigan fan expect here in the Buckeye State!? Ha!! A great makeup got him into the "Best Zombie" contest.






It was so cool to see all of the young kids decked out in their zombie gear, totally enjoying themselves!

 

Wait a minute. I recognize these two. Even without their secret weapon, they were last year's Steak & Shake zombies who won "Best Costume" and "People's Choice" awards last year!! Another great, bloody makeup this year.














After the walk, it was time to judge the "Best Zombie" and "Best Survivor" costumes. And for the second year in a row, I got picked to go up on stage for judging, along with four other great zombies. Sweet!





And for the second year in a row, I lost out. This year, the winner was a fine young gentleman with about 50 gallons of blood and a face full of centipedes and other gross bugs on him. Congrats, sir! You totally killed it!!!


A big thanks to my mom and aunt for tagging along and snapping most of the above pictures. Next year, you're both going in full makeup.

And a HUGE thank you must go out to the LCZORT crew for putting on another successful event for a really great cause. A lot of money was raised and a ton of food was gathered, showing that even the undead can get together to support the community. The countdown is on for 2015 and I can't wait. I'll have to up my game because third time is the charm...



  

Halloweekends 18 at Cedar Point


The countdown is on to the start of Halloweekends, the Halloween and haunt-themed weekends at Cedar Point amusement park in Sandusky, Ohio. This year will be a very special occasion, as it will be featuring Midnight Syndicate's Live Legacy of Shadows stage performance!




My New Guilty Pleasure


I'm going to go ahead and turn in my Street Cred Card for this one. Wow, this is embarrassing, but I now have a new guilty pleasure. And I LOVE it.

Start with some nice double-bass thrash metal and then somehow mix in some bubblegum J-Pop. Wait, what?

I present my new guilty pleasure that has been on constant rotation since I heard it this morning. Ladies and gentlemen, the song that I CAN NOT get out of my head, I give you BABYMETAL:




Southern Tier - Warlock Imperial Pumpkin Stout


The pumpkin beers are reaching the local shelves, so it's time to stock up the Cemetery fridge and roll out the infamous "Drunken Jackos" rating system for 2014!

First up is Southern Tier's Warlock Imperial Pumpkin Stout.




This beer is no joke. It poured a thick, rich black with a nice brown head. And at 8.6% ABV, it gave just enough kick. This beer started with a really nice aroma of spicy pumpkin and nutmeg. It was almost reminiscent of their Pumking Ale. The real difference was in the taste. This beer had a rich, dry roasted malt flavor with a dash of coffee. There was a slight hint of pumpkin, but the standard stout malt was definitely the predominant flavor.

I really liked this beer and it only took one glass to get me feeling all toasty inside. I'm definitely going to pick up another bottle or two and save them for the colder days of fall. This one would be perfect for a chilly fall evening by a fire, and because of that, Southern Tier Warlock Imperial Pumpkin Stout gets 3.5 out of 5 Drunken Jackos!