First I should mention that... sometime in the past week or so, my dad got me a lava lamp, at a yard sale or something. It has orange liquid in it. I haven't tried it out yet, and probably won't until Halloween, or at least closer to it than this. I suppose it's not technically a Halloween thing, but that was the first thing I thought of when I saw it. And then my sister said something about it to the same effect. But the real reason I started this year's journal today is because I just watched the first episode of the second season of American Horror Story, on Amazon. I had watched the first season on DVD in 2016, and I had no idea at the time if or when I'd watch any more seasons. But I recently discovered that the series is available on Prime Video, which I now subscribe to. And a couple of days ago, the eighth season of AHS began airing (but I don't get FX). So I thought I'd start watching season 2 when the new season started. Well... circumstances kind of delayed my start until now, but at least it's the same week. And I expect I shall finish the season before Halloween gets here. Anyway, the first episode was a good start to what promises to be a creepy season of the show. (But I suppose every season of AHS is creepy.)
Well, it's my birthday. I went in town and bought some things, two of which are Halloween-related. One was a four-sided bowl, such as you might serve candy in. Two sides have drawings of cute jack-o-lanterns, one side has a drawing of cute black cats, and one side has a drawing of cute bats. (Maybe sometime I'll get some pics of it. Or not.) Anyway, it's cute. Also I bought a DVD of the movie Goosebumps. There were actually several DVDs I could have chosen from (or really, I could have bought all of them, but I'm cheap, even when I have enough money, which isn't often), but what made me choose this one is it's a Jack Black movie, and today is the opening of his new movie, "The House with a Clock in Its Walls," so I thought since I can't see that, I might as well get this instead. Anyway, I guess that's all I have to say for now.
It's just after midnight. I finished watching the DVD I bought today (I mean yesterday). I'll write a review tomorrow if I can. (I mean today. After sleeping.) But I'm not ready for sleep yet. So doing more internet. And I watched the 2016 Halloween episode of Grumpy Princess Show.
I started reading Selected Stories and Poems by Edgar Allan Poe.
Someone shared a link on facebook the other day to an article with some two-sentence horror stories. I only got part way through it the day it was shared (one or two or more days ago, I forget, but pretty recently), and I got around to finishing it today, as well as adding it to my Halloween links page (under "reading").
Last year, I watched some short films on Fun Size Horror. Tonight I watched a film on that site, and then discovered that earlier this year they'd put out an anthology film called "Dark, Deadly & Dreadful" (I think it's their third film) on Amazon, so I started watching that, but it got to be too late and I wanted to go to sleep, so I'll watch more of that later. For now I'm not even sure if the first film I watched on the website will be part of the anthology film or not.
Watched a few more shorts in the new Fun Size Horror anthology. And I thought about breaking my page for FSH into separate pages for each anthology film, but decided if I'm going to do that, I'd rather do it another time. Like when I'm more fully awake.
Late last night (or technically early this morning), I got around to separating FSH into different pages. And tonight, I watched a DVD of Ragnarok. I guess that technically qualifies as horror. Sort of. Later, technically on the 7th, I watched the last couple of shorts in Dark, Deadly & Dreadful. (Incidentally, the short that I watched on the website was not part of this anthology. And there are probably some more shorts on the site that I should watch, which also aren't part of any anthology film... yet.)
Okay, this is more of a general autumn thing than Halloween, but today I tied a few cornstalks around our mailbox. It's kind of sad, actually. We had a garden this year. Some of the things I planted didn't grow at all, and some grew, but not enough to produce any food. Some things did grow enough. But one of the things that never quite produced anything was the corn. One of the stalks looked like it might grow a couple ears, but they never got big enough before the cold killed all the crops. Well, I always figured I might at least get to use the stalks for a decoration. There weren't many, and most of them weren't very tall, and they were all kind of flopping over at the joints. But I did the best I could.
Later, I watched the rest of the short films in the "originals" section of Fun Size Horror, and added mini-reviews of them on the unanthologized page of my review for the website. (The one film I had watched back on Oct. 2 was "It's Just a Story." There were two or three other shorts I must have seen before, like last year, but most of the things I watched tonight were new to me.
Watched Resident Evil: Apocalypse.
Watched When a Stranger Calls (1979).
Watched the first episode of season 2 of Lore.