Halloween Spirit

This weekend we had our 3rd Annual Halloween Movie Marathon. It wasn’t as crazy as last year, where we went for two weekends in a row, but we still watched movies from Saturday night all the way through to Sunday night.

I made some pb cups & peppermint patties, because you have to have some Halloween candy. Some roasted pumpkin seeds for something salty. And of course, some pumpkin spice & espresso cupcakes, well, because I’m good at it. I didn’t, on the other hand, take photos. Mainly because of our spooky Halloween lighting.

Shawn also made tofurky dogs for everyone to fuel us through the night. And lots of coffee. LOTS of coffee and popcorn.

Anyway…this is just a preface to say that my post today is neither cute nor delicious. In fact, it’s creepy. Shawn and I have spent a good deal of time at the Natural History Museum lately. We are trying to take full advantage of our membership there. Not to mention they have amazingly cool stuff.

I thought this might be the only time of year when I could get away with sharing some of the awesome photos I’ve been able to get there at the museum and at special events. Get ready for a bunch of bones, insects and dead things. So if you’re squeamish, you’ve been warned.


horns and antlers

Antlers in storage.

walrus skull

A walrus skull. Massive.

shawn and the blue whale skull

Shawn and a blue whale skull at the museum’s marine mammal warehouse. This whale was recovered after it was hit and killed by a commercial freight ship about 30 years ago.


The Natural History Museum is part of the network that collects dead animals that have been washed ashore for research.Β  They have the second largest collection of sea mammals, right after the Smithsonian.

hippo skull

Hippo skull. I’m pretty sure this is Bubbles, but now I’m not positive.





horns and taxidermy

We ended our pre-Halloween weekend by going to the museum’s haunted cave party. It was really a family thing, but it was lots of fun wandering aroundΒ  after hours in costumes. I’m totally obsessed with all the taxidermy they have. I am really just obsessed with everything in the museum.

Oh and in case you were wondering what we watched this weekend…here is the playlist…

  1. Halloween
  2. Ghostbusters
  3. Chopping Mall
  4. An American Werewolf in London
  5. A Nightmare on Elm Street
  6. Scanners
  7. Child’s Play
  8. Carrie
  9. Poltergeist
  10. Simon, King of the Witches
  11. The Prowler
  12. Crawlspace
  13. The Shining
  14. Interview with the Vampire
  15. The Exorcist
11 Responses to “Halloween Spirit”
  1. Sharon says:

    Your peppermint patties seriously rocked my world… and still no one comes close to the awesomeness that is your peanut butter cups. The man and I had your cupcakes for breakfast the next day, and he’s now obsessed with “that magic she did with espresso”.

  2. Halloween/ horror movie marathon was awesome. Thanks for making so many crazy treats πŸ™‚ Also important to point out that all the marine mammals at the Natural History Museum are recovered. Mostly from things that wash ashore.

  3. Julia says:

    Alix! This is soooo cool!!!!!!!

  4. Veronica says:

    Wow, these pictures are so wonderfully creepy! I want your candy recipes, by the way. Sounds like your marathon was spooktacular!

  5. kim g. says:

    Man, I wish we could have stayed for more of the marathon! Chopping Mall was… well, words escape me. Thanks so much for the great food and super fun time!

  6. Nick says:

    Didn’t you say you were watching Teen Wolf? I don’t remember it being very scary but one non-scary movie like Ghost Busters is probably good for variety.

  7. jennifer says:

    i love everything about this post. and thank you again for all of the delicious goodtimes πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  8. jennifer says:

    and “special selections” indeed πŸ™‚

  9. Justa says:

    If you’re intrigued by taxidermy, you should visit the (new!) Beaty Biodiversity Museum in Vancouver, BC! I haven’t been yet but it is HIGH on my to-do list!

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