Derek’s Digs: Halloween Haze, Part II

Hey, everybody! The time has come for our next installment of Halloween Haze! Since the last post, I have just spiraled on all things Halloween. As I sit here in my trench coat and sip my iced pumpkin coffee from Dunkin Donuts, I bring to you…

This pewter skull swizzle stick from Martha Rotten . They are located in Baltimore, Maryland (as well as an array of other places). I was first introduced to them at this year’s Baltimore Comic-Con. They were located in Artist Alley and what caught my eye was all the skull wear they had. They had a bone bracelet that, if it was a little bit smaller, I would have bought. I looked around and found this. Now, I will say this is not something I use everyday, but when I get the chance to sit down in the morning and have a cup of coffee, this comes in handy to stir in my pumpkin creamer. It sells for $10 and in my opinion it is a grim-treat-yo-self.If you can’t make it to any one of their shops or vendor setups, they have an Etsy store too!

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If I’m not casting a spell or doing my usual stuff, then I’m not really a candle person. However, Yankee Candle sent me an E-mail in August spouting off something about their Halloween collection. It unfortunately got lost in the ever growing monolith that is my E-mail inbox. Cleaning out my inbox the other day, I discovered that this is something I should look at and I probably should just stop by Yankee while I was shopping for some new pants (see the connection? no?). Any way, I came across this and not only is it a cauldron with a bat, but the smell is called Witch’s Brew ($16.99). See Yankee’s Halloween stuff here.

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And here we are. See how everything comes full circle? This is the Dunkin Donuts iced pumpkin coffee with their pumpkin pie donut. If you missed it, Check out Strahlend-Leiche’s post on the donut As I have said before, nothing is fall without the pumpkin from Dunkin (ooohhh, I like that).

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And finally, if you are following me on Instagram then you would see this little guy make an appearance (below). His name is Sam and he is from the movie Trick r’ Treat. I rented this on my Kindle Fire during one of my horror nights. I loved this movie. It is set on Halloween and follows four different stories and they intertwine. I don’t want to give anything away, but it is brilliantly done. Produced by Michael Dougherty and Bryan Singer, this is the quintessential Halloween movie (besides watching Hocus Pocus, Nightmare Before Christmas, and that movie with the guy in the William Shatner mask). Plus it has Sam (short for Samhain)! The cute (and deadly) spirit of Halloween.

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That concludes part II of my Halloween Haze.

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I have noticed that Baron Samedi figures are everywhere in many different stores for the upcoming Halloween season. I’ve never seen such an influx of Baron statues and it’s surreal.
Although I’m pretty appalled that these manufacturers have lifted the iconography and stripped it of meaning, it’s great to be able to find/rescue new altarpieces and offerings like this, which I’m sure is not what they had in mind.

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I have noticed that Baron Samedi figures are everywhere in many different stores for the upcoming Halloween season. I’ve never seen such an influx of Baron statues and it’s surreal.

Although I’m pretty appalled that these manufacturers have lifted the iconography and stripped it of meaning, it’s great to be able to find/rescue new altarpieces and offerings like this, which I’m sure is not what they had in mind.

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Pumpkin review the seventh! The pumpkin pie donut.

I wasn’t expecting much but this was a really good donut. He donut itself isn’t pumpkin flavored, it’s just a good ol’ dunkin donut with icing and graham cracker on top. The inside was stuffed full of pumpkin pie flavored filling and it really did taste like pumpkin pie! Sweet, pumpkin-ey, and full of pumpkin pie spices, the only difference between this filling and pumpkin pie filling is that it is creamier and softer, perfect for donut filling. Definitely worth getting again!

Smell me!

Just FYI: I have had two pumpkin spice coffees today and I am pretty jacked. So, if this blog post doesn’t make any sense, excuse moi!

Before I begin, let us just take a moment of silence for the fact that pumpkin spice everything is back! 
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Any way, I got a real treat at work today when my order from Fabled Fragrances came. Remember I talked a little bit about the Grim Reaper scent (in my Halloween Haze post)? Well, their store has me hooked. Not only do all the scents have wickedly cool names (like Witching Hour and Zombie), but they smell just like their namesake. So, today, I received my full bottle (10ml) of All Hallows Eve and my sample (2 ml) of Voodoo. 
I have to say that their descriptions of the scents are spot on! I mean, All Hallows Eve is described as
All Hallows Eve is yummy and mysterious, just like Halloween. This fragrance features the warm scent of sweet pumpkin pie with brown sugar, transitions to spicier notes of cinnamon and peppercorn, and finally dies down to a sensual black musk and dark woods combination.”
 
And in my quest for all things pumpkin, I sure did order the full sized bottle. And! it did not disappoint. My boss was in the office when it came and said that I smelled like a pie. Now, I’m sure you’re thinking that a guy should not smell like a pumpkin pie. I beg to differ and you can’t reason with me otherwise and I highly recommend smelling like pumpkin anything (especially in the fall!). 
Now, the Voodoo scent is described as:
"Traveling through the Bayou at midnight, a light glows off in the distance. Upon approach, you see a fire, and a young, mystic woman standing near it. She chants in a language unknown to you, and suddenly the air becomes heavy with magic and ancient ancestors. The ritual has begun. Complex, morphing from sweet fruit to rich, earthy forest and ever so mysterious."
 While, I haven’t tried wearing this yet, I can tell you this woodsy smell mixed with rich fruit is something that is so complex that someone won’t be able to put their finger on what you’re wearing, but they will tell you it smells good. So, if you’re not into smelling like the post Thanksgiving dinner meal, then you might want to try hanging out on the bayou.
A great thing about this purchase was that I caught their sale and got All Hallows Eve for $18.70 and my sample of Voodoo for $4.25!
Pricing is as follows:
Sample (2ml) -$5.00
5 ml bottle- $12.00
and full roll on bottle (10ml)- $22.00
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