“And above all,
watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you,
because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places.
Those who don't believe in magic will never find it.”
― Roald Dahl

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Haunted Humpday is here!!!!

Welcome to the
second annual

It seemed to take it's time getting here!!
My least favorite season is summer..
There's too many bugs 
 too many days of 100+ weather. 
Well, now we are having shorter days
and the shadows are lengthening ever so slightly!
The sunset the other day was pretty spectacular..
it reminded of candy floss and how much I like the scent..
& the scent of candy floss
reminds me of Halloween!
(see it's all connected haha)

To set the mood, I started decorating our mantle,
Love those little canvases ...they light up with flickering bulbs. 
I'm not even close to being done though, I'm going to add
giant candy corn to the wall:)

this is with the lights off..

My niece bought all of us some silly skelly glasses. 
Which we wore while

carving one of our little pumpkins from the garden..
well, Helena drew it and I carved it.

This is one of my favorite poems, 
it's a bit silly, but isn't everyone afraid 
of him?

The Bogeyman
by Jack Prelutsky

In the desolate depths of a perilous place
the bogeyman lurks, with a snarl on his face.
Never dare, never dare to approach his dark lair
for he's waiting . . . just waiting . . . to get you.

He skulks in the shadows, relentless and wild
in his search for a tender, delectable child.
With his steely sharp claws and his slavering jaws
oh he's waiting . . . just waiting . . . to get you.

Many have entered his dreary domain
but not even one has been heard from again.
They no doubt made a feast for the butchering beast
and he's waiting . . . just waiting . . . to get you.

In that sulfurous, sunless and sinister place
he'll crumple your bones in his bogey embrace.
Never never go near if you hold your life dear,
for oh! . . . what he'll do . . . when he gets you!

speaking of the boogeyman..
Stephen King has written a terrifying story about him
in this amazing book.
His version of him is something greenish black and slimey
that travels by sewer and enters by closet..
It's an old story, but if you have not read it, 
give it a go, just make sure the lights are on
and the closet door is firmly latched.

What is it about the abandoned old
 house on the corner?
I've read posts on facebook 
asking people if they would spend the night
in this house or that house..
I'm not sure what I'd do, to be honest
Sometimes it's hard enough to just pass by!
Anything could be lurking behind the windows
  under the stairs.
(and in the closet, eek!)

 I know I've talked about the house on the corner
where a certain lady was eaten up by her very hungry
cats...do you remember that story?
Whenever it's windy at night and I happen to hear
yowling cats, I think of her.

In honor of Spooky houses and Haunted Humpday,
We made some super simple
haunted house crafts..you can create some
with your littles if you have 10 minutes or so:)
Just paint a thick piece of paper with your choice of
paints..cut out a silhouette of a house on dark scrapbook paper,
make sure you cut out windows!
add bright paper to the windows or just leave as is.
glue to the painted paper and you're done! 

Along with Halloween comes my other favorite..
Dia De Los Muertos!
Love the bright happy feel to this colorful holiday.
I created a few little canvases for my very neglected etsy shop.
Here's one:)

Okay, I've mentioned that I was diagnosed type 2 diabetes right?
My downfall has always been chocolate...
I have reversed it with diet and weight loss..
I don't waver ever..have not had real sweets since January.
Yesterday I was in Walgreen's and I spotted this
amongst the Halloween candy!
Boy was I excited!!!
The best thing to do with
 chocolate and marshmallow is 
make s'mores of course!
Just get a graham cracker, break it in half
set your 'candy' on top of it and microwave 
it for ten seconds.

if you haven't had real sugar in eight months
let me tell you
this is incredible!
There's regular chocolate covered marshmallow pumpkins
that behave just beautifully in the microwave too.
(for all you non-diabetic ghoulies)

we've created something and we've eaten 
wasn't that fun?
but it's getting dark now....
& is it me or is it getting chillier?
Let's get over to the fire and huddle close...
I hear things just beyond the circle of light,
creepy, stealthy sounds...

This happened many years ago...
A friend of my mother had a daughter that was...
disrespectful, sneaky, and just plain horrible!
She was in the habit of going out and coming home
at all hours.
She just did not care.
One evening she got into a terrible argument with her mom,
She wanted to use her mother's car to go out
because hers didn't want to start. 
Then in the midst of all the yelling and accusations
they heard a loud flapping sound coming from the porch..
then a thump...
then at their front window,
 they saw something..
The mother (Linda) said it was very tall,
but bent over with a large hump on it's back.
It looked as though it had on a dark coat.
It had longish scraggly hair
a pale, pale face,
eyes that looked feverishly bright
and it was foaming at the mouth.
Her daughter (Sara) whispered
"what is that?!"  
Linda whispered back
"Es el Diablo"
(it's the devil)
He passed slowly in front the window
watching Sara intently,
then he was gone.
Just as quickly as he appeared..
Sara eventually got married 
moved to Colorado
and had two children
but whenever she stopped by to visit she would recount
the story of the night she was paid a visit
by old scratch..or as she called it,
'her own personal boogeyman'
She usually ended her story with  
"Don't argue with your mom!"

Here's the fun part!
leave me a comment
on this post.
I'll randomly choose a winner next week..
If you are chosen you get this:
  A weird photo of a scary looking man
some stencils
a wooden frame
and your very own Frankenstein monster!


  1. It's lovely to start of the Halloween Wednesdays, it makes it seems like the season is underway at last. Glad you found some sugar free sweets to enjoy and great spooky story. Here is the link to my first post.


  2. Happy 1st Haunted Hump day! Such wonderful haunted goodness! You're mantel looks fabulous and inspiring and everything else is perfectly spooky. I love the silly glasses and the el diablo story gave me chills. Thank you for hosting this again Marfi. I look forward to it every year. I have a little surprise this year. Come and see!

  3. Happy, happy Haunted Humpday Marfi! I'm celebrating with you! Halloween hugs and kisses my friend.

  4. I love your decorations! And I am so jealous that you guys are already able to carve out pumpkins. We haven't seen a single one over here, not even in the stores.

    I have to ask; I'm right to think this is a party stretching over a couple of weeks/Wednesdays, right? Cause I have other things planned :)

    This is my Humpday post:

  5. I glommed onto your pre-Halloween hop. Thanks for hosting!

  6. Gosh! LOVED this post. Yes, it's never too early to get ready for Halloween and, although this summer hasn't been too hot, I'm ready for cool nights and pumpkin spice!

  7. Thanks for getting the ball rolling with Haunted Hump-day! I'm ready for Fall, Halloween and Dia De Los Muertos! Bring it on!

  8. Oh I just loved everything about your post, I'm even more excited for fall and all the celebrations that come with it! Have an awesome Haunted Humpday ;)

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  10. You're into the Halloween spirits already! :)
    I'll wait until Sept, but I need to get moving on some crafty projects. Thanks for the inspiration!

  11. Let's try this again!
    Thank you all for participating, It's going to be an especially spooky season!

  12. Oh how I enjoy your spooky stories and fun posts. Glad it is that time of year again even though the temperatures don't agree.

  13. I might have to start searching for those AWESOME glasses. The Little Princess would go nuts over them. I haven't done any decorating. Heck, I haven't done much cleaning lately--I've been sick. But I refuse to miss the fun, so here is my Toothy Terrors' First Night Out!

  14. Oh wow, this is lovely!
    Thank you for hosting, I decided to join too and a friend said I should leave a link to my blog here.

  15. I love, love, love your posts and Halloween!

  16. HELLO!!!!!!!! Now this is fun! At the end of August! You know, I'm actually looking forward to this time when candles and fireplaces, cool air and hot food hug us and keep us hoping and imagining for yet another spring and summer. HOW FUN IS THIS! And my dear, thank you for coming to visit my post. It really means a lot to us when people take the time to write. BIG HUGS !

  17. It's never too early to start thinking about Halloween. I can't wait for the local Halloween store to open here. Last year, it took until October for it to finally open.
    This looks to be a fun thing to do. I might join in too

  18. Soo excited... I love Haunted Humpdays! I can hardly believe tomorrow is September and Fall is almost here. Thanks for the kick off for the Halloween festivities. Loved your story and the pic of el Diablo was creepy!

  19. Oh, I am so excited that I have found your blog -- I will be sure to visit often! I LOVE LOVE LOVE your post -- and your mantel looks amazing. So. Very. Spooky.

    So we can all join the fun and post something related to Halloween each Wednesday until Halloween? What fun! :)

    Lots of greetings from Munich,

  20. I am ready to decorate! I did a tablescape already that was Halloween but didn't dare post it yet!! Boo to you!!!


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