I was just leaving my place the other day to do some shopping and driving up the highway noticed two jack-o-lanterns decorating some porch steps. They caught my eye for a number of reasons, that I am on the lookout generally this time of year for folks to begin setting out pumpkins on porches as they bring them home from lot, farms, markets, etc. and because these particular ones had already shrunken inwards. I determined that they were in service from the night previous (otherwise I am certain to have noticed them before) and thought it an odd thing considering its quite early to be putting these winter squash under the knife. It left me wondering just why they’d been sacrificed so soon. Early celebration of Autumnal glee? Birthday party? General exuberance? Dry run? I suppose I will never know – just another Halloweenesque mystery that will remain unsolved. I do however appreciate the effort. It is just a simple thing, really, whether in abundance from your favorite pumpkin ranch stand or picked up as an afterthought as you roam a supermarket, the bright orange beckons and betides. A definite herald of the Season. Whether sitting alone atop a mantelpiece or countertop or in mass upon the porch steps. Minuscule or jumbo, tall, fat, round, smooth, pebbled, even white, gray or cinderella, this annual tribute to the Eve is welcome in its forms and prized in its function. Though diminutive in comparison to grand displays of Haunters everywhere, it remains the definitive measure of Halloween involvement, maybe even more than the porch light. The superlative harbinger of mischief, mayhem and madcap.
So the Park is open an additional hour, the 13th hour, for this Friday the 13th event. All in all an excellent sampling of Disney flavored Halloween, decor, music, costumes, food, etc. I’m posting this a bit early so it’s still the 13th. That magical 13th hour to be experienced offline…thanks to those of you who checked in for the first 13 posts.
Ok, so Villains were out for picture taking opportunities and the music was pretty good standard Halloween fare (Thriller, for instance), the park is packed and it’s perfect weather. Bandwidth is weak due to overuse so pics will post tomorrow.
Here they are! This nice lady was answering the question, if I was a zombie, what would I look like? I think she pulls it off…
Ok so the Ghiradhelli store in California Adventure highlighted their Pumpkin Spice Caramel Square. Delicious! Couples their smooth and creamy milk chocolate with a very distinctly flavored pumpkin spice caramel. You can smell the spiciness before it melts in your mouth.
Expecting huge crowds (ala the Leap Year One More Day event last year) I was surprised to find the crowds bearable and the lines standard for a Friday night. The Friday the 13th event heralds the Halloween season for 2013 and so far so evil.
Disney’s dastardly villains are ready to unleash some Limited Time Magic at Disney Parks on September 13 — Friday the 13th..
Both Disneyland Park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort will stay open until the 13th Hour (1 a.m.). To celebrate the momentous evening, notorious Disney villains like Maleficent, Capt. Hook, Hades will host a wicked dance party, plus lots more spooky fun.
The hub of the villains’ festivities will be staged “dead” center of Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Hades’ Hangout – the hottest club north of the Underworld.
The “Lord of the dead,” Hades, will host spine-tingling fun while his henchmen, dancers, interactive DJ and hot house band keep the nighttime activities on fire. Hades’ 13 devilish Disney brutes will be waiting in Villain Encounters surrounding Hades’ Hangout for greetings and autographs with guests.
To celebrate the imminent arrival of the midnight witching hour “Villainy in the Sky” will set the sky ablaze with spectacular fireworks, and keep the party going until the 13th hour.
It’s all happening for a limited time only from 8 p.m. – 1 a.m. on Friday, September 13, 2013 as part of Limited Time Magic at Disney Parks. Limited Time Magic features 52 weeks of magical experiences — big and small — ranging from park-wide events to special culinary treats to special moments of surprise and delight.
On this spooktacular evening, villains will take over Disneyland as well. Town Square is transformed for the party where guests may see villains like Captain Hook, the Queen of Hearts, Judge Frollo and Lady Tremaine. Cobwebs and vines, Halloween-themed projections, lighting effects and an eerie fog set the tone for the evening. Witches and warlocks will get the dance party started, spinning a mix of upbeat Halloween tunes and Disney-friendly Top 40 hits.
Later in the evening, the twisted celebration spills over to New Orleans Square Train Station with lurking Disney villains ready for the Unleash the Villains Dance Party featuring a lit-up dance floor and raised platforms, spooky décor and lighting effects. A mischievous station master DJ conducts this party — announcing the arrival of a different ghoulish Disney villain at the 13th minute after every hour. Villains will be on the prowl after dusk for photo ops and character greetings, plus a few special surprises.
For more information guests can visit www.limitedtimemagic.com.
Did I mention its my birthday?
Welcome to Into the Cauldron: A Halloween Miscellany of Malevolent Mirth. Forgive the florid title – my taste runs to the “err on the side of excess” sensibility. I also thought that birthing this on Friday the 13th, 2013 a fitting debut date. Not the least that it’s my birthday too! This is the first of 13 posts for this blogs debut. Welcome.
This blog will go live on Friday, September 13th upon the the thirteenth minute. Check back for the first thirteen posts and welcome!