“Oh there’s an empty place in my bones, that calls out for something unknown,”

Actually, familiarity is the most comforting to me right now. While November/December is a time I try to not spend so much on myself, I decided that I needed to get my geek on and go to another comic convention. This one wasn’t a big one in the city, though; it was Mighty Con, which was less than a half hour away  from me. Cheap admission, and I already had a few Cosplays ready to go, it was a no brainer. Can you guess who I was?!

Alright, I’ll tell you! I was Ahsoka Tano, one of my beloved Star Wars heroes/favorite characters. I already had everything I needed for this costume from a convention I went to last March. In fact, that’s how I justified that investment at the time: “Oh, I’ll wear this a bunch of times to other conventions,”. That is also how I want to justify my dream purchase of a latex headpiece of Ahsoka’s lovely Torgruta lekku and montrals on Etsy, but I won’t let myself buy it just yet; the good ones are all over $100. But like, I could honestly dress up as Ahsoka a few times a year for the rest of my life, having discovered the joy of Cosplay at these lovely nerd conventions. So eventually, I do plan on getting one of those expensive headpieces…or two; her lekku is longer in her Rebels look, which I would also love to do someday but that costume is a bit more difficult to find. I would actually have to make that myself, most likely…or commission someone far more talented than I.

Another thing I love about dressing up as Ahsoka is connecting with other Clone Wars and Rebels fans and having young girls be excited to see me. At this convention, my best friend dressed as Princess Anna of Arendelle, so we were a double-whammy of awesome. I had a few children, both young boys and girls, and adults like my outfit, but my favorite was this little girl who was in awe of us together and her parents told us (she, like myself as a wee lass her age, was quite shy) that we were her two favorite characters. We bumped into them a few times after our initial encounter; the second time, they asked to take a picture. The little girl- who had her own little Batgirl cosplay going on- kept smiling at us, and the parents felt bad for “bugging” us but we honestly loved it, it was just so sweet.

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In between impressing the children, I wandered off while Princess Anna was kicking ass during a Smash Brothers tournament looking at Star Wars toys. I always look at Star Wars toys in case they have something of Ahsoka. Here I am, looking at some stupid Boba Fett action figure when the seller approaches me and asks “Did you see the Ahsoka figure?”. It was literally right in front of me and I missed it somehow when I actually looking for it. I gasped. I said something about how I was tempted because I never see that action figure anywhere (at least at a reasonable price, which this one was), and he conceded its’ rarity. He then told me he would give it to me for $25 instead of $30 because I seemed to be a fan. How magical is that?! I’m dressed up as Ahsoka and I finally find the Elite Series action figure for a good price!!

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Due to my intense love of Toy Story, she did not stay in that box for long. Also, I don’t know what that blue glare on her chest near her lekku is about; there’s no blue spot on her now. Now she is roaming free, protecting my dresser with her lightsabers:

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I have justified this purchase because it was a magical moment and I collect everything Ahsoka. There, that’s my excuse. Now, I still want that Wal Mart exclusive Elite (I know the ad says “black” but it’s wrong) Series figure of her in her Clone Wars days:

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Like, just in case anyone who loves me is reading…I would really love to have that Ahsoka figure ;-).

But guys…now that I have one Elite Series action figure, can I stop? Can I only have 2?! I suddenly want Jyn Erso and Rey as well…perhaps also Cassian Andor and Luke Skywalker, if one exists with him in his all-black Return of the Jedi outfit (obviously his sexiest outfit). Do I need them? No, but…I just really like them. I know most adult collectors typically keep them in the box, but I like being able to touch them and make them move. After all, they are action figures, aren’t they?! Also, I can hand them down to my children one day, if I ever have them. And they better play with them. But with care! But like, with liberty; I can’t be like the dad in The Lego Movie. 

But really…I can’t buy anything for myself anymore. I’m cutting myself off! I already let myself indulge in a lot of retail therapy in result of this past presidential election (yes, my heart is still broken). In fact, one of those impulsive purchases that seeped from my melancholy was this beautiful Nightmare Before Christmas print and Tsum Tsum set by Spooksieboo (which is also where I got my bloody FN-2187 print that is on my wall). First, look at how she packaged them to me; it’s like a I got a little Halloween treat! And who else do you know sells their art with adorable little Tsum Tsums to match?! This artist is awesome and adorable.

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The two prints are now officially the first Christmas decorations I have up, while I’m still working on where to put the perfect little Santa Jack Tsum Tsum. I love Santa Jack.

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My favorite is the Sally with the Christmas tree!

I’m sorry to disappoint you, but…this bundle is totally gone. But, check out her other artwork, it’s all super cute, mostly zombies and Dia De Los Muertos style! And a lot of Nightmare Before Christmas stuff!!

 

 

“This is Halloween…in this town we call home, everyone hail to the pumpkin song,”

“LA LA LA LALA LA LA LA LALA LA…..WEEEEE!!!!”

Yes, I adore the Nightmare Before Christmas. And the soundtrack is a delightful time during Halloween, Christmas, and actually, all year-round if you just love this movie and delightful movie scores like I do. But, since we are in the Halloween season, we’ll just focus on that for today.

Are you throwing a Halloween party soon? Are you in need of some festive pumpkin songs? Well you are in luck, because I’m not only going to share the playlist I made for myself and my family to listen to on Halloween three years ago, but also additional songs I have thought of since I made that original CD.

And no, the order doesn’t matter; I always shuffle my playlists anyway.

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  • Ghostbusters by Ray Parker Jr.
  • Scooby Doo, Where are You by….okay, I don’t actually know…on my iPod it just says it’s from my Cartoon Network CD and that’s it…
  • I Want Candy by Bow Wow Wow (you could also go with the original version but I like this one)
  • Fire by the Crazy World of Arthur Brown (one of my favorite songs ever…both super 60’s and slightly scary)
  • Season of the Witch by Donovan
  • Hungry like the Wolf by Duran Duran
  • Iron Man by Black Sabbath
  • Love Potion Number Nine by the Searchers (this song includes a gyspy making potions; trust me, it’s relevant)
  • Paint it Black by the Rolling Stones (another one of my favorite songs ever)
  • This is Halloween by Danny Elfman from Nightmare Before Christmas (if you want extra creepy vibes, go with Marilyn Manson’s version. Or both, like I do!)
  • N.I.B. by Black Sabbath (I was jamming so hardcore to this in my car today)
  • Five to One by the Doors (one of my favorites of theirs that I find both sexy and eerie; Jim Morrison is all like “I love my girl, she lookin’ good”, and then there’s this almost tribal kinda chant that I enjoy)
  • Devil Inside by INXS
  • Kryptonite by 3 Doors Down (because what kind of Halloween party is it if there isn’t someone dressed as a superhero?)
  • Voodoo Child by Jimi Hendrix
  • Weird Science by Oingo Boingo (it is the song from modern day 80’s fairytale version of Frankenstein, after all) (fun fact: this is ALSO Danny Elfman 🙂 )
  • Sympathy for the Devil by the Rolling Stones
  • Devils by Say Hi (the only good thing to come out of the disaster that was Scream 4)
  • Bullet with Butterfly Wings by the Smashing Pumpkins (“the world is a vampire…” Also, PUMPKINS)
  • Creatures of the Night by Kiss (quite the underrated 80’s tune)
  • Howlin’ For You by the Black Keys
  • People are Strange by the Doors
  • Fire by Jimi Hendrix (although Jimi is clearly talking about sexuality (which could also work at a Halloween party 😉 ) , also think “fiery pits of Hell”)
  • Thriller by Micheal Jackson (I love this song so much. From Vincent Price, to the lyrics “girl I could feel you more than any ghoul could ever dare try”, to the dance…it’s perfect.)
  • House of the Rising Sun by the Animals (badass 60’s tune that can be creepy in the right setting)
  • Billion Dollar Babies by Alice Cooper
  • Ballad of Dwight Fry by Alice Cooper (perhaps these ones and the ones by Black Sabbath you can take out if there’s tiny children at this party; they might find them a bit too freaky.)
  • Welcome to my Nightmare by Alice Cooper
  • Poison by Alice Cooper
  • Feed My Frankenstein by Alice Cooper (I know, so much Alice Cooper, but the guy’s concerts themselves are horror shows. It would just be wrong not to include a good amount of Alice Cooper. He’s the King of shock rock, of scary rock and roll)
  • Hells Bells by AC/DC (if this isn’t the coolest intro you’ve ever heard, I don’t know if we can be friends)
  • Boris the Spider by the Who (I just love the weird, deep, almost scary voice John Entwhistle does here.)
  • Bark at the Moon by Ozzy Osbourne (optional; not one of my favorites, but of course it’s Halloweeny)
  • Raise the Dead by the Hollywood Vampires (my beloved Alice Cooper strikes again; I’ve talked about this fantastic band before)
  • My Dead Drunk Friends by the Hollywood Vampires (probably my favorite of theirs; “standing all alone here, in a tavern full of ghosts,”)
  • White Rabbit by Jefferson Airplane (You know, make that person that’s dressed up as an Alice in Wonderland character feel special. Also, I find this song to be both trippy and intense)
  • In the Evening by Led Zeppelin (this one isn’t super creepy (except perhaps the beginning) or anything, but simply it’s just too cool not to have playing at a party)
  • Pet Cemetery by the Ramones (admittedly not one of my favorites of theirs but it’s pretty decent, and will make people think of the movie and then they’ll be a bit scared)
  • Blood and Roses by the Smithereens
  • Miss Murder by AFI (ahh, brings back such fond memories of the music video with the black bunnies)
  • Helter Skelter by the Beatles (you know I am obsessed with and adore the Beatles, but this song just freaks me out. It’s so rough and aggressive. Plus, there is that sad, forced connection made by the delusional and murderous Charles Manson)
  • Blue Jay Way by the Beatles (sure, this is mostly just trippy, but ever since a dear friend of mine described a nightmare that contained this song, I can’t listen to it as just a psychedelic song. There’s some weird thing about it…like, something is following you and then chasing you)
  • Moving in Stereo by the Cars (sure, a lot of you probably think of this as a sexy song because of Fast Times at Rigdemont High, but I don’t simply because the lyrics say otherwise. It’s kinda suicidal and creepy, really.)
  • Hurdy Gurdy Man by Donovan (I don’t necessarily find this song creepy, but I think its’ general, but beautiful weirdness just make it fun to listen to)
  • A Girl Like You by Edwyn Collins (not really creepy, but just awesome and mysterious, and also the lyrics “you’ve made me acknowledge the Devil in me, I hope to God I’m talking metaphorically”)
  • Evil Woman by Electric Light Orchestra
  • Monster Mash by Bobby Pickett (bet you thought I was going to forget this Halloween classic! You were wrong, I love this song!)

Okay, so that’s mostly it…

BUT WAIT! THERE’S MORE!!

Guys, as I’ve talked about the greatness of Scooby Doo before, and I obviously included the very first/original TV show’s theme song as part of the playlist, I have more Scooby songs for you if you have an open mind and heart…OR, if you’ve seen the glorious Scooby Doo on Zombie Island, please remember these surprisingly rocking soundtrack tunes:

First up: The Ghost Is Here

Saving the best for last:

 

Also, less loved in my heart as Terror Time but still pretty awesome is Hex Girls from Scooby Doo and the Witch’s Ghost:

 

I hope you enjoy my playlist as well as my additional suggestions, and if you have any awesome Halloweeny songs I missed, tell me, I’d love to know!