HALLOWEEN DATE NIGHT

Halloween Date Night

Some of us do not have the bug to go out to a bar on Halloween and go crazy with a bunch of drunk strangers. Don’t get me wrong, I have attended many a bar Halloween parties. This year between buying a house and being newly married I think that we have burned out all of our energy for the year. I have been researching and brainstorming some other ideas to have a Halloween date night! So here are some ideas that won’t have you going out and spending all that money on booze and a cab.

  1. FOOD

This is the most important part of any date night (in my opinion). You can do a simple takeout Chinese or delivery pizza, or you could make cooking apart of the date! I am not a chef by any means, so I cannot recommend a five-course dinner or homemade pasta. What I would suggest is to take a basic meal and spice it up a little bit. Homemade mac and cheese (instead of the box) and Kielbasa (instead of hot dogs). Stroganoff with steak instead of ground beef. Tacos with extra fixing (cilantro lime rice, corn salsa, guacamole). Alfredo lasagna instead of a normal red sauce. Bacon wrapped meatloaf with loaded mash potatoes instead of plain meatloaf.

Oozing meatballs

Oozing eyes meatball

Image and recipe from Kraftrecipes.com

Mummy meatloaf

Mummy meatloaf

Image and recipe from http://joandsue.blogspot.com/2014/10/halloween-dinner-2014.html

I think that the real fun will be dessert for most. I will honestly probably pick up a fun dessert from the grocery store. I am not a baker by any means. My chocolate chip cookies usually end up dry and too crunchy. If you do have that ability to make yummy desserts I applaud you.

Oreo dessert

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Snacks are my favorite part of Halloween. Here is a list of my go to Halloween snacks: popcorn, candy corn, gummy worms, chips and dip, and ice cream sandwiches.

halloween snack mix

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  1. MOVIE MARATHON

This is a given for any Halloween night. There are a few different kinds of marathons that could really set the Halloween mood. I am partial to the horror movies (classic slashers are what I will be watching), but I understand that scary is not for everyone. Some awesome Halloween movies that shouldn’t give you nightmares are: Nightmare Before Christmas, Hocus Pocus, Corpse Bride, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Adam’s Family, Beetle Juice and Rocky Horror Picture Show. If you are looking for scary movies refer to my horror movie post.

Nightmare on elm street

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hocus pocus

Image from Amazon.com

rocky horror

Image from Amazon.com

  1. VIDEO GAMES/GAMES

I mean this is a video game blog… I will probably be playing 7 Days to Die. This would be a good scary game for anyone. This is the best Co-op game I can think of for Halloween. If you have a group of people I recommend my favorite board game… PANDEMIC! It is a game where you play against the board game. It will keep you entertained for hours!!!! If you are feeling the spirit and want to do more you could bob for apples (or small bottle of alcohol) or you could play the slasher drinking game (every time someone gets stabbed you drink).

7 days to die

image from microsoft.com

pandemic

Image from target.com

There you have it. Three things to make the perfect stay home Halloween date night!

State Of Decay 2 Review

State of Decay 2

This is by far my favorite game at the moment. It was honestly not what I was expecting at all. I watched my husband play this game for a couple weeks before I decided to pick it up myself. It is not just a go around and kill zombies’ game. It is a survival game and I had no idea that was something that I loved.

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image from gamersheros.com

You are basically in charge of a community and you have the option to play anybody in that group. You have to make sure there is enough food to satisfy everyone. You must keep your people happy or they will leave you. You want more people because you want more characters to play when some of them are injured.

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The map feels massive and never ending. There are all kinds of home base choice to choose from, but that takes a whole other type of planning. You don’t want somewhere in the middle of town because that seems to be where all the zombies want to be. You don’t want to have your people constantly trying to protect your home.

My favorite thing about this game is the level of strategy it takes to have a thriving community. It is also nice that the fighting is not overly complicated. I do always recommend having a backup weapon because of the very likely possibility that one will break.

There are so many things to do in this game that it is hard to get bored at all. You are either searching for supplies, clearing out nearby infestation, destroying plague hearts or running from Juggernauts. The more you do, the more the morale at your community will be boosted.

The zombies will keep you on your toes because of the many different kinds there are. There are regular zombies, plague zombies, bloaters (don’t get too close), ferals and juggernauts (the worst).

Juggernaut sd2

plague heart sd2

images from windowscentral.com

The only frustrating bit is that every time it feels like you have gone a mile you have only gone an inch. The nighttime can also suck if you don’t have a decent screen. The flashlight you are equipped with is not the most amazing and it can be quite difficult to fend off a horde in the dark, but this is when a car comes in handy. Just flick your headlights on and plow them down!

This is a game that I honestly recommend to anyone. Male, female, experienced gamer and newbies. The only thing that makes me sad is the lack of CO-OP.

5 DORKY COUPLES COSTUMES

Halloween is fast approaching and the most fun thing to do is dress up. It is even better to get matchy matchy with your SO. This has been one of our favorite things to do. The awesome thing about my husband is that he has no shame!! He is pretty down to be whatever for Halloween and he rocks it. Last year he was David Bowie from The Labyrinth. If you have seen this, you know that the Goblin King has quite the tight pants. I unfortunately did not have the time to get the big dress to play his counter part. Instead.. I was The Babe… The Babe with the power. I did not get a great picture of myself, but I managed to get a great picture of him!!

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That will always be one of my favorite Halloweens. I love nerdy costumes, so I thought I would share my 5 favorite dorky Halloween costumes for those that are still looking for ideas.

  1. Howl’s Moving Castle: Sophie and Howl

This has been one I have wanted to try for a while! There is a couple different looks you could do for both of these characters

howls

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  1. Pokémon: Ash and Misty

Hello nostalgia! I have red hair and that has made me always want to rock a Misty outfit. This is a relatively easy costume to put together that everyone will recognize.

Pokemon costume

Image from hiveminer.com

  1. Kingdom Hearts: Sora and Kairi

This is a costume that will take a lot more effort than the other ones on this list and video game nerds will probably be the only ones to get it. This is one that I have always wanted to try, but it will take some planning and extra cash to make this costume come to life.

kh costume

Image from Kh13.com

  1. Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Buffy and Spike

I get giddy just thinking about this costume. I can’t say how many times I was Buffy for Halloween as a kid. My obsession for Buffy runs deep! This is also one that will not create a hole in your wallet. Just make sure to accessorize with a wooden stake.

buffy costume

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  1. The Princess Bride: Westley and Buttercup

If you are looking for a more romantic costume.. this is a winner. Not only is it nostalgic.. it is unique. I have been to a lot of Halloween parties and this is not one that I have ever seen. It is also not an overly expensive costume. They run about $50 a costume. This could totally win any costume contest!

princess bride costume

Image from halloweencostumes.com

What are you planning to be for Halloween?

5 Horror Movie Flicks to Watch this Halloween

HORROR MOVIE MADNESS!!

I am a complete horror movie junky! Every year for Halloween I put my non horror movie loving husband through a marathon. He does not hate them by any means, but he does not giddy at the idea of a scarefest like I do. He is a trooper though. If you can relate to this, I recommend making a good meal and having an abundance of snacks that will make both of you happy.

The first of October I come up with a list or a theme that I want for that year. I thought I would share some of my favorite Halloween horror flicks with everyone. I also have put a scare scale. 1 being the kitten of scary movies and 5 being a hide behind your hands while trying not to pee yourself.

The Conjuring (Scare Scale: 5)

This is by far one of the scariest. I know that not everyone will agree with me on this, but I found myself watching half of the movie hiding between my fingers. There is something about horror movies that involve spirits and demons. They get me shake in my boots every time. Whenever there are children involved it adds an extra nightmare and this movie revolves around a family with multiple children that are terrorized by an evil force. If you are a horror movie junkie like myself this is one to put on your list.

The conjuring

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Halloween (Scare Scale: 2)

I am not talking about the gory Rob Zombie version. I am talking about the original! With the scream queen herself.. Jamie Lee Curtis. This is by far probably the least scary movie on my list, but that is only because of how far we have come in making movies since 1978. This not a movie that has a lot of gore… actually there really is no gore. Every stab scene is not fully shown. You know it is happening, but you never see the knife actually hurt anyone. The acting is cheesy, but once again… 1978. This is my own personal favorite and it is a classic. If you want a nostalgic horror movie night, this should be at the TOP of your list.

Halloween

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Rose Red (Scare Scale: 3)

How could the master of horror not be on my list? The one and only Stephen King created a TV mini series that is my favorite haunted house horror movie. Now this may be a marathon of its own since it is technically a mini-series and has a run time of 255 minutes. The story line pulls you in and that helps set you up to jump at the perfect moments. This is not the scariest film, but it definitely has caused me a few nightmares here and there. It is not the easiest movie to find, but I would take a look at your local used bookstore.

Rose red

image from stephenking.wikia.com

The Conjuring 2 (Scare Scale: 5)

I honestly can’t decide if this one is scarier than the first one. Once again demons + children= terrifying. This one might be even better than the first because of the mystery that is thrown in there. The main villain in this one still haunts me. This movie is also one that can be watched more than once without losing its scary. It is one of those movies that will have you questioning what you think you know and then turning on all the lights in the house while praying that a demon nun won’t decide you are its next victim.

the conjuring 2

image from imdb.com

Joy Ride (Scare Scale: 4)

This is different than the other horror movies on this list. There are no supernatural elements to reassure yourself with. It is an everyday road rage film that goes really bad. Like piss off a psychotic trucker who then follows you around torturing and trying to kill you bad. This was one of my favorite horror movies because it feels like it could really happen. This is one of those films that will either scare you or it won’t. It scared me a lot, but the acting is a little cheesy and some might view it as far-fetched.

joy ride

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So that is just a small list of some of my favorite horror movies. There are many more that I will share in the time leading up to Halloween. I would love to hear some of your favorite scary movies.

Video Games Ruining Your Relationship?

When do video games become a problem in a relationship?

This is something that my husband and I went through for what felt like the first two years of us dating. It felt like a battle that no one would win. He would get home from work and hop on his PC while I cooked dinner. Dinner would almost be ready and rather than getting off to eat with me his response would be “Cool, I will finish up this round”. He would neglect to tell me that he was starting a new round right after he said those words. He would eventually get done and head right back to his computer. Pub G had driven a wedge between him and I. He would be tired the next day for work and I eventually felt like the overbearing mother that got him to go to bed and then wake him up every morning, so he wasn’t late to work.

I questioned if I even wanted to be with him anymore. I did not want to spend my life always begging him to pick me over a video game. I pleaded with him to hear me, but he only heard me trying to ruin his fun. I could never word it the right way where he understood. Playing so many video games was a de-stressor for him and to him, I could not understand that. It took a tole on our relationship.

Now this sounds like a story that would end in heartbreak in tears, but it didn’t. I spent some time thinking about how I was presenting it to him and wondered why my tears were not affecting him. He was not cold be any means, he just didn’t know what to do. I know that he would have picked me if I gave him an ultimatum, but I couldn’t. I love video games too. I knew that he would resent me, and I would also resent myself.

My husband is a very logical man, so I started to think of it from his point of view. I was a blubbering mess that would cry at him about video games and I seemed to be someone that hated them. This was not working for either of us.

After days of contemplating what my root problem was… I FIGURED IT OUT!! He was making video games a priority rather than having it just be a hobby. Most people do not have the luxury of doing their hobbies every day. Adult life does not end the moment you get home from work. I understood it finally.

After my revelation I resolved to talk to him over dinner and keep a level head. I explained what I discovered and how I felt in a calm and logical way and….. HE HEARD ME!! He finally understood the problem that I had and why I had it. He did not feel as if I was nagging him. He felt like a problem was put in front of him and he suddenly knew how to fix it. Our life changed a lot after that.

He began to only play video games if we had an open night and didn’t have anything planned. He also started asking if there was anything he could do before he played. We started having video game date nights a couple times a week. Now it wasn’t perfect right away. He kept learning how to balance everything and I learned to not freak out on him and just talk. Video games don’t have to ruin a relationship. It can be a fun addition to a relationship.

BRRRRR……

THE FIRST SNOW HAS FALLEN

A little insight on me… I live in Minnesota. Yes, the land of ice and snow and today we got our first snow fall. Not a lot of snow, but enough to make me hide under my down comforter while also having my hood up and a soft blanket draped on my shoulders. A steaming hot cup of hot chocolate next to me. In the spirit of the winter hell that is beginning, I thought that I would share my favorite game to play when I am hibernating.

Oblivion: Oblivion holds so much nostalgia for me. I can (and have) spend hours being a kleptomaniac and making potions until my fingers ache. Quest after quest. Mages guild after Mages guild. I enjoy this game regardless if I play it on PC or Xbox. It is nice to escape to a fantasy world that keeps me distracted from the cold reality outside my window.

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Image from playstation.com

So the big question is… What is your favorite game to play to hide from the cruel elements.

STARDEW VALLEY

Stardew Valley

As someone who fan girls over Harvest Moon at every chance, this was the perfect game for me. I was a little skeptical to begin because of the graphics (I am a sucker for some good graphics). That is one reason that I fell in love with Harvest Moon: Another Wonderful life. I played for countless hours on the GameCube when I was 15. It even encouraged me to buy a GameCube as an adult and I am forever on the hunt for Another Wonderful Life (That won’t break the bank). I have had no problem tracking down the countless other versions, but I have been chasing that obsession and love for twelve years.

Harvest moon

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Thankfully that obsessive screaming in my soul to find the right Harvest Moon has been quieted by the unexpected Stardew Valley. I can farm, fish, scavenge and mine. You start with essentially nothing and your farm is over run with weeds, grass, rocks and wood. So, you will be spending a lot of days draining your energy to clear out your home. This does not bring in any money, but the plus is that you can scavenge on those days with very little energy and still manage to make a lot of MOOLA.

Stardew valley 2

Image from 505games.com

This game is relaxing and there is always something to do with its little side quests. There is also little monster for you to battle in the mines if you need a little bit more of an adventure. I have played for hours and the many things I can build on my farm keeps me fishing for more.  If you are looking for a game that is addicting, but also relatively easy to step away and come back to.. This is it. Doing a few days at a time keeps my farm growing. They are also updating and that keeps the game fresh and exciting. It is also a blast to see the different seasons bring different items to forage.

Stardew Valley

Image from amazon.com

So overall, I highly recommend this game. I have also heard rumors that you can play with other people now. I have yet to try it, but it is an exciting idea and I plan on trying it.