Saturday, April 25, 2015

Ouija Wear

Halloween Party?  Hell, I'd wear this on an average Tuesday, Zozo be damned! 

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

6 Historic Witchy Documentaries

Salem Witch Trials

I love all the awesome documentaries that can be seen FOR FREE on Youtube!  I've picked six of my favorites regarding the topic of witches, but I'm sure there are plenty more...if you have a favorite, let us know! 

1. The Blitz Witch--The Unexplained:  During the Second World War, Helen Duncan was known throughout England as being a spiritualist and a psychic medium.  But, when the dead started telling her things the government would have liked to have kept secret, she was suspected to be a spy. But, instead of actually trying her for espionage, she became the last person to be jailed under the Witchcraft Act of 1735.

2.The Pendle Witch Child: Nine year old Jennet Device was a key witness in the 1612 Pendle Witch Trials.  Her testimony led to the execution of ten people, including her whole family.  But why did she do it?

3. Witchcraft--Myth and Reality: An interesting cultural look at the history of witchcraft through the ages.

4. Witches: Leonard Nimoy hosts this Ancient Mysteries documentary on witches and witchcraft.

5. Salem Witch Trials: In Search of History takes a look at the unpleasant period in Puritan New England now known as the Salem Witch Trials.  What caused such a panic? Can it happen it again?

6. Witch Hunter's Bible: This National Geographic documentary explores the creation and the impact of the Witch Hunter's Bible, also known as the Malleus Maleficarum. 

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Happy Halloween from the Melons!

What better way to say Happy Halloween than some weird little melon dudes brandishing weapons in the direction of a moon pie? I'm pretty sure this Throwback Thursday post comes from another Tuck postcard from the early 1900s...

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Friday, April 10, 2015

Breakfast, Halloween Style!

Foodie Friday posts have covered spooky Halloween dishes to serve for lunch, dinner, dessert and snacks...but what about that most important meal of the day---breakfast?

Each Halloween season, Krispy Kreme, the BEST donuts on the planet, puts out its annual Krispy Skremes!  These adorable Halloween donuts are a great way to start any spooky morning...but make sure you wash them down with a creepy coffee, too!

I'm really sorry about the suggestive nature of that last coffee ghost, lol.  Anyway, if you don't feel like spending the bucks for the Krispy Kremes, or if you simply just want to take the creativity up a notch in a really simple, yet cute way, try out this next idea.  All you need is a bag of powdered donut holes and some cheap, plastic spider rings!

Monday, April 6, 2015

Easter Monday

Wishing those of you who celebrate it a wonderful Easter Monday! In Poland, today's celebration is known as Dyngus Day...a day where boys chase girls around throwing water on them and whipping them with pussy willows, lol.  I'm going to celebrate in a much more mundane way---by posting these Halloween Easter eggs!

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Happy Easter!

It might technically be Easter...and I totally accept and embrace other holidays...but its still Halloween every day of the year here at my house and on Theresa's Halloween Wonderland!  I'm sure you've already seen the Creepy Easter Bunny posts (in fact, you can find some of those photos on my other blog, Theresa's Haunted History of the Tri-State) so I won't bother with those today.  Instead, I hope to bring you some Easter spookiness that perhaps you haven't seen before!  Isn't this totally adorable? Yes, its a bat snuggled with a plush Easter Bunny!

Saturday, April 4, 2015

A Halloween Poem

Happy Saturday! I found this beauty over on the Celebrate Halloween Facebook page.


Friday, April 3, 2015

Super Easy Halloween Cookies

We've made it to another Foodie Friday!

I don't know about you, but Betty Crocker I am not.  I absolutely hate to bake; I find it messy and time consuming, and just not at all something I enjoy.  However, I do love having Halloween parties and serving up really clever themed treats.  That's why today's post is dedicated to a few of the yummy Halloween goodies that you can make without ever having to turn on the oven!  That's right...take some store bought cookies, and decorate as little or as much as you like for a cute treat that will make people think you're channeling Martha Stewart.

These witch hats are super easy.  Buy a package of Keebler Fudge Stripe cookies (or any generic knock-off with a chocolate coated round bottom) and flip 'em upside down. Get a package of Hershey kisses and attach with icing. You can then add sprinkles, bows, or any other embellishments, or leave as is. Adorable, creative, and no baking required!

Sure everyone loves Oreos, and there's nothing wrong with picking up a bag of Halloween Oreos, pouring them into a fun bowl and calling it a day...but if you want to go an extra step, consider these spider Oreos!  Candy pieces, such as M&Ms, make great eyes, and black rope licorice gives it that final...kick.  If you can't find black rope licorice, use pretzel sticks! From Betty Crocker.

Are spooky ghost cookies more your thing?  Buy a package of Nutter Butters.  Melt a bowl of white chocolate chips or candy melts in the microwave in 30 second bursts, stirring between zaps until melted.  Dip the cookies in and let dry on waxed paper.  Use black icing or brown/chocolate candy pieces for the eyes and add a mouth if you wish.  Delish!

From Sandy Toes and Popsicles

Thursday, April 2, 2015

A Vintage Ohio Halloween

Did you enjoy Halloween in West Virginia, a vintage collection of photographs from the Mountain State?  If so, you're sure to like today's Throwback Thursday post as well.  The Ohio Memory Project has an awesome collection of searchable documents, including newspaper archives, historic photographs, and other primary sources.  Of course I had to search the photos for 'Halloween' and was pleasantly surprised at the results!  Here's a few of the photos I found!

This first one is really intriguing.  Apparently, it wasn't in poor taste in Worthington, Ohio, circa 1950 to dress up as HITLER for long as you were doing it to express a popular belief that the Nazi dictator really wasn't dead.  More information can be found HERE.

Here are some slightly more acceptable costumes.  These contestants are awaiting the judges' decision in a Halloween costume contest on October 30, 1937 at Edgemont Elms in Dayton.

This final picture was taken at a Genoa Halloween party around 1900  Although the party-goers have largely decided against wearing costumes, the jack-o-lanterns are spot on!

Just a Brief Hiatus!

After a brief hiatus, Theresa's Halloween Wonderland is back, ready with plenty of new articles, artwork, recipes, and other Halloween goodies for all of you out there.  Honestly, I don't have an excuse as to why I haven't posted anything in nearly a whole month...except that I've been bored and lazy, lol.  I apologize....but cannot guarantee it won't happen again, so please just bear with me.

This beautiful work is called Halloween Ghost, and its by artist Tom Shropshire. You can find out more about it and purchase a print HERE.