American Horror Story: Coven

It's time to get excited! The new season of American Horror Story (Coven) starts October 9 on FX. Big new names (Kathy Bates and Angela Bassett) and returning favorites (Dennis O'Hare, Evan Peters, Taissa Farmiga and, of course, Jessica Lange) look to make quite a formidable cast. 

From the AHS site:
American Horror Story: Coven tells the secret history of witches and witchcraft in America. Over three hundred years have passed since the turbulent days of Salem and those who managed to escape are now facing extinction. Mysterious attacks have been escalating against their kind and young girls are being sent away to a special school in New Orleans to learn how to protect themselves. Wrapped up in the turmoil is new arrival, Zoe, who is harboring a terrifying secret of her own. Alarmed by the recent aggression, Fiona, the long-absent Supreme, sweeps back into town, determined to protect the Coven and hell-bent on decimating anyone who gets in her way.

And by the looks of the just-released intro, the new season will be bigger and badder than ever before...

Countdown To Halloween, 2013

31 posts in 31 days. Quite a commitment to the greatest holiday of the year! October is coming, and it's time to get serious. Highbury Cemetery will again be participating in the Countdown To Halloween, the annual blogfest celebrating the countdown to the best night of the year!

The new CTH badges are ready and this year's theme is one to tickle any sweet tooth's tastebuds - Monster Cereals!!! I'm ALWAYS a Frankenstein man, but my sweet tooth wins out this time, because we're going with chocolate!

The Count is in the house! The new menu badge to the right has been updated and it's time to start gathering new post ideas. Starting October 1, we'll again have Halloween prop how-to's, Cemetery Sundays, where I tour local cemeteries and post a wealth of photo inspiration for your haunt, and of course everyones favorite, Freebie Fridays, where I scour my record collection and post up something sweet to keep the party going all month long. If you want to get the party started early, why not grab some goodies from the Highbury's Halloween Punkcast series now?

Plus, we're celebrating 10 years of Highbury Cemetery as a yard haunt, so we'll probably have a few extra goodies for everyone as well.

See you on the 1st!


Hoppin' Frog Frog's Hollow Double Pumpkin Ale

Next up to face the Drunken Jackos rating scale is Hoppin' Frog's Frog's Hollow Double Pumpkin Ale. This one may have a bias right off the start because it is brewed literally down the street from Highbury Cemetery. I honestly hadn't tried many of their beers before, but if they are as good as this pumpkin ale, I'll be frequenting their tasting room in the very near future!

This one surprised me on first pour, as I wasn't expecting such a light coppery colored beer. You can also see in the picture that there was no real head with it. I was half-expecting a bad, flat bottle, but that wasn't the case at all.

Right off the bat I got a nice, spicy cinnamon/nutmeg aroma. The beer was very smooth without the usual up-front sweet pumpkin flavor that you get with most other pumpkin ales. This one had a really great spicy and nutty flavor with a hint of clove. I would almost describe this beer as having a flavorful, earthy taste.

Hoppin' Frog's Frog's Hollow Double Pumpkin Ale was a nice change of pace from the rest of the pumpkin ales that I have tried. The flavors seemed to be more spicy, earthy and complex and made for an enjoyable beer that will be back in my fridge soon! This is a highly recommended purchase and receives a 3.5 out of 5 on the Drunken Jackos Rating Scale.

Lorain County Zombie Walk, 2013

I had a chance to get out to Amherst, Ohio yesterday and attend the 2013 Lorain County Zombie Walk. I got the updated zombie costume ready and with my mom and aunt in tow, set out to spook the city!

This year, we showed up early and got a chance to snap a bunch of photos. Tons of zombies, survivors, soldiers, hearses, makeup artists, bands and vendors gathered to create a successful canned food walk to benefit Lorain County's Second Harvest Food Bank. A big, big thanks to L.C.Z.O.R.T. for setting up this annual event!

Got the chance to try out the new contact lenses!

There were lots of zombies...

 well as a hearse/vw bus/car show.

The Umbrella Corporation showed up in full force. These guys did not mess around...

At the end of the walk, I was handed a slip of paper. I had done it! I had been selected as a contestent (sic) for the Best Zombie Costume...

I lined up with 5 other zombies to be judged on makeup, props and character...

...only to lose both Best Zombie Costume AND People's Choice Awards to the Steak & Shake zombie family and their secret weapon...

The cutest damn zombie baby who was munching on human fingers!

And even though I was bested by a pint-sized flesh eater, I still had a great day lumbering around for a really great cause. I can't wait to come back next year where I'll employ a secret weapon of my own - MY BABY!!!!!!!