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Halloween is quickly approaching. No dressing up this year as I just cannot think of anything that would go right with my wheels. Originally, I figured that I would go as a pirate as I could paint a peg leg onto my cast. The problem would be the rest of the ensemble. I am stuck wearing sweat pants, because the couple of times I did get jeans over my cast, they got stuck. So I figure I should stick to athletic wear this winter instead of a more piratey ensemble.

Speaking of that, I'm pissed. This is my favorite time of year. The weather is nice and cool meaning that it is time to put away the capris and shorts and dust off the boots, jeans, and sweaters. And it is jacket weather. I love jackets. Riding the bus with so many students every day, there is a constant parade of young women wearing good boots and nice jackets. And then there is me, in my cut off pants and sweatshirt. I am so jealous. I'd shrug it off and say I'll get around to that once my cast is off, but that won't be until spring. I'm gonna miss jacket and boot season!

So this year to celebrate the season, all I have is movies and skulls. I went shopping for markers and paint and spent some of last weekend painting some $0.99 plastic skulls. I also plan to decorate my cast, but I'm nervous about messing it up. I'm also going to make sugar skulls and I hope to even decorate an altar this year, complete with offerings. The projects are going slowly though because I still get tired from all activity that involves scooting about on my rollie cart or even worse, hopping.

But watching movies doesn't take too much out of me. I've seen 20 movies in 22 days for the Halloween Horror Movie Challenge now.

Young Frankenstein (1974)

Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: I am a scientist, not a philosopher! You have more chance of reanimating this scalpel than you have of mending a broken nervous system!

Medical Student: But what about your grandfather's work, sir?

Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: My grandfather's work was doodoo! I am not interested in death! The only thing that concerns me is the preservation of life!

Great movie. Excellent entertainment while painting skulls, or really anytime.

The Corpse Bride (2005) This was on and I was still painting skulls and figured it would be entertaining. It must not have been, because I kept forgetting to pay attention missing large portions of the movie. I'm not sure I can actually count this one, because I watched so little of it. Painting veves onto colorful skulls was just more fun apparently.

Carnival of Souls (1962)

I really connected with the main character, Mary (Candace Hilligoss). At the beginning of the movie, Mary emerges from a terrible car accident, where she is the only survivor. She finds herself drawn to an old, abandoned carnival and she often sees a strange man that seems to be following her.

Mary seemed like a kindred spirit. She stated a couple of times, "I don't belong in the world. Something separates me from other people." This is an outlook that I share, although in Mary's case, it probably says more about what changes are happening in her after the accident. I wouldn't describe Carnival of Souls as a particularly scary horror film, but instead thought provoking. Interesting movie.

Spider Baby or, the Maddest Story Every Told (1968)

I caught a big fat bug right in my spider web and now the spider gets to give the bug a big sting. Sting! Sting! Sting! Sting! Sting!

Spider Baby is about a family of freaks. Actually, if we can trust Bruno (Lon Chaney), the family suffers from a rare malady that causes them to regress to a very basic state, like infancy, as they age. The family is cared for by their driver, Bruno, who keeps the kids in line as the rest of the family stay, unseen, in the basement. The children, Elizabeth (Beverly Washburn), Virginia (Jill Banner), and Ralph (Sid Haig) own this movie. Virginia is always loudly proclaiming how much she hates, Ralph creeps about, and Elizabeth is always looking to catch a bug in her web. Spider Baby is a comic horror movie, but one that takes the horror a bit more seriously than other films of this genre. Elizabeth, Virginia and Ralph made this movie a blast to watch.


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