Friday Flotsam

Frrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrmy f key is still STUCK.


I need help!

You’re like, “How does this lady navigate through her own life?”

So next weekend we’re having friends (with tiny kids) over for a spooooooky October backyard movie night. No listen it’s perfect, the sun goes down at 6:55pm. The temps are cool and crisp and snuggly and not muggy and oppressive and stupid. And duh, wine.

But here’s the deal, Aaron and I CANNOT land on a kid-friendly scary movie. I was pushing hard for the original Ghostbusters but he was like, “No because remember the scene when Sigourney Weaver gets attacked in her chair by those long demon arms and then dragged out of her apartment by the Terror Dogs? That’ll screw ’em up for life.” Of course as the responsible, compassionate mom I am, I replied, “Sissy!!!!”

So that’s out.

What other kid-friendly Halloween-ISH, fall vibes-ISH, spooky-ISH movies are there? Beetlejuice is cheesy. Gremlins is Christmastime. Hocus Pocus just doesn’t do anything for me. (Sorry, SJP!) Monster House is great, but maybe too new? Of course there’s It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, which we watch so much every October that it oozes out of our pores by Halloween. (gross, bev.) We’ll obviously OPEN with that, but we need a full-length feature to go with it. And apparently I just aged 35 years when I said “full length feature.”

I want vintage. A classic, but I’m really open to anything you suggest. What am I forgetting!?

Besides The Shining.


Speaking of pore oozing, Aaron and I have started our October watch list! You know I get obnoxiously excited every year to organize a list of old and new scary movies and shows we’ll binge all October. For HalloWEIDNER. (sorry) I can tell you now, Chachi, my October reading is gonna sufferrrrrr.

(OH – I’m starting Little Women this weekend and my gosh it’s so long! I might have to proclaim now that OCTOBER, the whole month is dedicated to Little Women. Because it’s a hefty mama. We’ll see how we do.)

Back to shows, here’s what we got. And I want you to add to it because clearly you govern my life.

The Witch. (just go watch that preview and tell me you didn’t just wet your entire self.)

You’re Next. (um, no I’m not.)

Hereditary. (dude. no. yes. can’t. but will.)

Us. (hi nightmaaaaares for days.)

I also think The Vigilante looks so great. Except this morning I pronounced it Vigi-LAHNT-y and Aaron made fun of me. Rude.

Tell me what you’re watching. (I’ll sprinkle season 5 of Schitt’s Creek in there as my antidote. And The Little Mermaid.)


You wanna know something weird?

You’re like, “no.”

I remember when I was but a young lassie, I never wanted for anyone to see me with my eyes closed because I felt like they thought I was pretending to be a grownup. Isn’t that weird? I feel like it’s weird.

So like, if I were sitting in the back seat of my parents’ car, and I’d close my eyes for a second because I was tired, I never wanted my mom to peek back and see me with my eyes closed because I was afraid she’d think I was acting too grown up. When I was really a child. EYES CLOSING. Weird, right?

And oh! Crossing my legs. I remember crossing my legs like an adult does and noticing how comfortable it was. But anytime an actual adult was around I’d cross my ankles, like a child does, because I was too nervous they’d think I was trying too hard to be grown up.

And this was just last week!

Just kidding.

I’ll call my therapist.


How about, let’s not say “ruh roh” anymore, okay?


Weekend plans?

I’m watching the weather like a psycho because we’re supposed to be hosting APPLE DAY! (<–exclamation point necessary) with some friends tomorrow. What APPLE DAY! is, is that we meet at the orchard in the morning, grub on cider donuts, take a hay ride on a tractor, pick our apples (you guys remember when Will pooped his pants two years ago IN THE ORCHARD omg?), pet the baby donkey (don’t ask) and head home around lunchtime to sit on our back patio, drink beers and bake a pie. An apple pie. That’s APPLE DAY!. And it is so lovely.

But it might rain. It will rain. It’s going to totally rain. I’m fine.

Maybe it’s a baby pony. Er, a pony. Or a donkey.

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26 Responses to Friday Flotsam

  1. Nicole Gas September 27, 2019 at 8:17 am #
    What about the Christina Ricci Casper? Or Beetlejuice?
    • Karina September 29, 2019 at 12:09 pm #
      Watch Paranorman! Soo good
  2. Tiffany September 27, 2019 at 8:22 am #
    Dark Shadows remake? Haunted Mansion w/ Eddie Murphy? Halloween Town - all of them?
  3. Jess September 27, 2019 at 9:02 am #
    Your adult movie selection is a great! I haven't seen A Vigilante but it looks good. For the kids, I second Beetlejuice or maybe The Addams Family? or The Monster Squad from the 80's? I love the idea of making an apple pie the same day that you go pick them. Sounds like such a nice tradition.
    • al September 29, 2019 at 1:26 am #
      Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! This was my first scary movie and I still remember it to this day. Can't recommend it enough. Nice recommendation, Jess.
      • Amanda September 29, 2019 at 3:52 pm #
        I agree with Casper!! 90s version. I love that movie!
  4. Susan Renfer September 27, 2019 at 9:23 am #
    How about Goonies? I'm not sure how old the tiniest are that are coming over, but it has a little bit of scary. Not exactly a Halloween movie but scary old lady and a pirate ship!
  5. Tif September 27, 2019 at 10:11 am #
    Hotel Transylvania! The OG, not the sequels.
    • Sara B September 30, 2019 at 4:56 pm #
      Came here to say Hotel Transylvania too. It's not scary, but it's a great movie
  6. Nicole September 27, 2019 at 10:34 am #
    Halloween Town!!!
  7. Erica September 27, 2019 at 11:02 am #
    Coraline, Edward scissor hands, Frankenstein
    • Bev Weidner September 27, 2019 at 12:56 pm #
      OHHHH I forgot all about Scissor hands!!!
  8. Lisa September 27, 2019 at 11:32 am #
    Oh my gosh I'm laughing so hard about the eyes closed thing!!!! Have fun at the orchard -- jealous!
  9. Adriana September 27, 2019 at 11:36 am #
    The Ghost and Mr. Chicken, scooby doo and chipmunks have some halloween movies, Casper, Olsen Twins Double Double Toil and Trouble. Wallace and Grommit: Were- rabbit, Adventures of Ichabod
  10. Lisa September 27, 2019 at 11:49 am #
    My kids love Curious George’s Halloween special every year - Every. Year.
  11. Sarah September 27, 2019 at 12:28 pm #
    90's Casper for sure. I insisted on wearing a white lace dress and Docs for a month after that one. Addams Family is a classic Hotel Transylvania is really great. It might not fit your aesthetic but it's cute.
  12. Meredith September 27, 2019 at 12:43 pm #
    hocus pocus! there's alvin and the chipmunks too, but my 5 year old was scared to watch it last year
  13. Becky K. September 27, 2019 at 3:42 pm #
    It isn’t an old classic, but we love the movie Coco. I probably cried the first 10 times we watched it.
  14. Leslie September 27, 2019 at 7:04 pm #
    Frankenweenie. I just found out it is only 30 minutes, though. Bummer. We watched this every year when I was a kid.
  15. Melissa R September 29, 2019 at 12:36 pm #
    Nightmare before Christmas! Also which orchard is your favorite?
    • Anonymous October 1, 2019 at 10:59 am #
      I second Paranorman and adding Little Monsters!!
  16. Ro September 30, 2019 at 10:09 am #
    The Adams Family! They're coming out with a new animated version. But the original films are great.
  17. Amy September 30, 2019 at 11:19 am #
    I loved The Worst Witch as a kid...not sure how it would go over with modern audiences!
  18. frabjuous1 October 18, 2019 at 5:37 pm #
    I highly recommend The Glass Mermaid as Christmas reading to your lovely urchins. By Susan Clymer.
  19. frabjuous1 October 18, 2019 at 5:42 pm #
    I highly recommend The Glass Mermaid as Christmas reading to your lovely urchins. By Susan Clymer. Waitwaitwait...seems I posted to Halloween post, not current one. No matter, you'll get my recommendation be a good one
  20. Novatv November 1, 2019 at 6:16 pm #
    I highly recommend The Glass Mermaid as Christmas reading to your lovely urchins. By Susan Clymer.

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