Halloween Countdown 2017: Doombuggy Maintenance Technician Costume!!

I had dearly hoped to have a Halloween party this year, but…it just wasn’t in the cards. To make up for it, our friends Kenny and his son Kent had us come over this past weekend for a Halloween-ish get-together. We worked on costume and craft projects and watched Harry Potter movies (which always seem to be on TV whenever we go to their house) and had good food and fun.

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Usually they set me up in front of the tv with a table, since I am almost always drawing. Right here we were watching Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (the best, as far as I’m concerned) and I was catching up on my Drawlloween entries.

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Kenny and Kent went all-out on the decor; note the Darth Vader pumpkin as the centerpiece, R2-D2 brownie and light saber pizza cutter. 😀
I am SERIOUSLY jealous of that tablecloth.

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Halloween Countdown 2017: A Boatload o’ Target Pics!

 

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You can “BOOP”!

Friends, I go to one of two Targets in my area EVERY day. No, I’m not driving there on a special trip; it’s simply that my daily morning errands always end right at a Target. So,I’m able to really keep up with what’s shakin’ in their Halloween department, or “Booporium”, this year.

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Dragons of Europe: Dragon on Tomb of Vlad Tepes?

Dragon on Tomb of Vlad Tepes? © 2015 Liz Vitale

Born in 1431, Vlad Tepes(aka Vlad the Impaler) was the infamous prince of Walachia who would become the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Part of a noble family who belonged to the Order of the Dragon, a group that was founded as a means of protecting Christianity in Eastern Europe from Ottoman expansion. His father was nicknamed Dracul, which means “Dragon,” so young Vlad became known as Dracula, or “son of Dragon.”

Vlad’s ultimate enemy were the Ottomans, and in 1476, Vlad Tepes disappeared in battle. No one seems to know what exactly happened to him; some sources have claimed he died in battle.Legend claims that Vlad’s decapitated body was found in the woods around Bucharest by the monks of the Snagov Monastery and took him there to be buried since both Vlad and his father had donated money to the church.

But in 2014, researchers discovered evidence that suggests the count was taken prisoner, ransomed to his daughter–then safe in Italy– and when he later died, was buried in a church in Naples. His daughter Maria was adopted into the Neapolitan court and eventually married to a nobleman. Continue reading