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Riley’s Farm Sleepy Hollow Event

You know, being such a natureweenie as well as a Halloweenie, it’s weird that I’ve never visited Riley’s Farm (Oak Glen, CA) until now.

I think the distance (about 1.5 hours) and the cost to get in were holding me back.

What was I waiting for? What an amazing place! The farm itself is gorgeous, and of course, we were going to…

Now, be advised: you don’t eat until about 7PM, though you do get limitless bowls of either corn chowder or pumpkin soup (yum!) beforehand, as well as coffee, decaf, water, lemonade or tea. There is an ongoing hayride beforehand…not huge scares, we only had three “jump-outs” and it’s in daylight, but you get a pretty little view of a few orchards and of the mountains with the sun just beginning to make its descent.

The play is in three parts, interrupted first by dinner, then by a little intermission to clear the way for a pumpkin pie eating contest, a pumpkin carving contest, a pumpkin seed-spitting contest and a little barnyard dance.

The play was a bit wordy and lower on the action, but I thought the actor who portrayed Ichabod Crane absolutely nailed his part.

Before and in between activities there is a band playing, with a fiddle and a banjo – you really get a “barnyard dance” feel.

The barn/restaurant (with a store in front) was very adorable and cozy.

Tickets sell out fast and there are only a couple of weekends left, I think, so check out the site. You can purchase tickets there if they’re still available.

My kids hung in there through the whole thing and never once asked “When do we go home?” LOVED it! Here are a few pics – I didn’t take pics during the play as there were a lot of heads in my way.


Yup, that’s us. Actually, that’s us pretty much our family at any given time. The Goofball Factor is pretty much permanently set on “high.”

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Marigold fields; behind them are a pumpkin patch and beyond, rolling hills.

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Hanging corn outside of the store.

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Hayrides are a scream…obviously.

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Baltus Von Tassel was sort of a dick once the play began, snapping at the children outside to be quiet. You know what, Baltus? You’re paid to deal with us.

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The store. The restaurant area is the back 2/3 of the building.

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Musicians playing before the event.

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“Where Has My Weenie Gone?” And: Turn of the Screw

Halloween: get some. Photo: Brit on flickr.com

I know I haven’t been posting much these past couple of weeks. Surely this is leading my readers (both of them!) to wonder, “Where’s my Weenie?”

Fear not (or be full of fear, which is way more fun): Weenie is alive, well and upright. She merely took a vacation or two (or three — don’t be jealous) with her little Weenies and the Weenie Man.

She returned to 100+ degree weather (sorry to my Canuck friends, I don’t know what that translates to in Celsius), which didn’t feel, well, very Halloween-ie.

I just love a cheap quickie. Don’t worry: I’ll let you know how it was for me.

Nevertheless, fall is now only five weeks away, and you’ve never seen a Weenie jump around with so much excitement! I’m sitting on my hands not to start decorating and creeping up the place already. I swore to the hubs I’d wait at least until September…which quite frankly is killing me. I have never been the patient type.

I’m getting revved up by catching every horror movie I can — oh hell, who am I kidding? I do that all year. But the other night I caught The Innocents, based on The Turn of the Screw by Henry James, and I decided I’d read the novella. It’s my first time, though I am not a James virgin per se. (Oh James! You devil you.)

I’ll review the book after I’ve finished it. This should be a quickie. I don’t normally go for novellas, but I was intrigued. So until then, my Weenies…stay cool and keep being scary!

Book Review: The Blood Countess

Book: The Blood Countess
Author: Andrei Codrescu
Simon & Schuster 1995

Please note that the following is not a professional, commissioned review. It is the opinion of the author of this blog.

It’s a true story–partially. Blood Countess weaves the exploits of real-life historical figure Countess Elizabeth Bathory of Hungary with those of her imaginary descendant, Drake Bathory-Kereshtur. The finished work is amazingly lyrical, considering the horrific content.

Elizabeth is a very kinky girl, the kind you won’t bring home to mother, but especially won’t bring home to your younger sister. That’s because the Countess is rumored to have killed more than 600 virgins during the late 16th century. She then bathed in their blood as a charm against her flagging youth. It didn’t work; the Countess is also rumored (and, four hundred years later, pretty much guaranteed) to have died. Before she did, she left a trail of sexual conquests, some fabulous and others fatal.

Be warned: if you’re not into iron maidens and sex that goes “ow,” this book is not for you. If you are–or if you’re into some really, and I mean really, superb, lyrical writing–it is. Give this book a shot. Whether you’re a history buff, fascinated with the sociopathic mind or just plain curious, Blood Countess is guaranteed to stir your emotions and run chills along every available body part. A must-read for the horror buff and modern-day vampire.

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