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I've always loved Halloween!  

As a kid, I was all about traipsing through my neighborhood in some ridiculous get-up for the sole purpose of filling a pillowcase with as much candy as I could carry. From that night forward (usually until around Christmas!), I worked to come up with creative ways to sneak as much of that candy as I could get away with under the ever-watchful eyes of my mother.

As a teenager, it was less about the candy (although that WAS still a big deal) and more about getting the air scared right out of me. My friends and I loved to venture into the city and hit as many haunted houses as we could. Many's an October night that I would come home with trampled toes (from other scaredy-cats running over them!) and a hoarse voice (from being a screaming-meemie myself!).  Since I kept a later curfew than most trick-or-treaters, by the time I got home I had free rein over the candy my mom had not handed out that evening.

Fast-forward to my own days as a parent of a Halloween-hectic child, and my experiences were just as sweet! I was the brave grown-up that hauled a carload of kids around the neighborhood in search of their own tricks and treats. By the end of the night, my ears were ringing from all the shrieks and my nerves were typically shot from trying to keep an accurate account of all the kids in my charge—especially since they were all wearing masks! My reward for such a task was to get the first pick of their candy.

Surely you've detected the running theme here...

Today, this Halloween, I anticipate a much tamer series of events. We don't have any kids at home, and we don't live in a neighborhood where we could expect trick-or-treaters. And, even though I'm still a big fan of Halloween, I'm kind of glad the pace of it all has come to an end for me. Besides, almost 40 years of candy consumption has taken its toll.

Instead of seeking out fright night fun, Scott and I will instead curl up in front of the television and enjoy any number of movies from our DVD library. We've decided on a theme for this Halloween (our first to be so far removed from it all), and in light of the fun stories I've been recounting, we've decided that our first Halloween-at-home theme is CANDY, but with a twist!

So, for your own viewing (and non-tooth decay promoting) pleasure, I thought I'd share our twisted candy selections with you.

Feel free to help yourself! We brought enough for everybody!

Chocolat What do you get when you mix a generous hunk of Johnny Depp (as if that wasn't delicious enough), a scrumptious French setting and a town rife for scandal? Chocolat, but of course! Vianne Rocher (Juliette Binoche) and her young daughter move to a small French village and open a chocolate shop, drawing droves of villagers in search of treats, and more. And Ms. Rocher just might get a treat of her own, when a group of drifters crosses her path.

Candyman If you're looking for a spooky night, Candyman is sure to delight! Virginia Madsen stars as a college student seeking to debunk urban myths. As a skeptic, she doesn't consider that she just might be tempting fate.  "You don't have to believe," they warn her. "Just beware."  Rated R for violence and gore.  

Willie Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (not to be confused with the creepy Johnny Depp version. Sorry Johnny, but it's true!) The grandfather of all candy movies, Willie Wonka shines as a doer of goodies AND deeds. In the starring role, Gene Wilder leads a mostly-greedy group of golden ticket holders on a tantalizing tour through his chocolate factory. But it's not all fun and games, as most of the spoiled brats soon discover.  Great visuals, sure to satisfy any sweet tooth! Rated G (I think!)

Forrest Gump "Life is like a box of chocolates" is what Forrest would have us believe (and I tend to think he's right!). Life's an adventure for Forrest (Tom Hanks) and his mama (played to the hilt by Sally Field). Join Forrest on a sweet ride through high school and college, into Vietnam and our nation's capital and home to Greenbow, Alabama where he runs head-first into his own semi-sweet destiny. Rated PG-13 for drug content, sensuality and violence

Hard Candy This one is definitely NOT for the kiddies! The term "Hard Candy" is typically used by online predators in reference to their young prey. In one of her first feature roles, Ellen Page (Juno) plays Hayley Stark, an adolescent girl who chats up photographer Jeff Kolver (Patrick Wilson) online and then arranges to meet him in person.  He believes their encounter will be a treat, but the not-so-innocent Hayley has a trick or two up her sleeve. See, she's maybe not a kid after all, and she certainly isn't fooled by his sugary-sweet ways.  Rated R for LOTS of things.

Happy Halloween!



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      JOEY Robertson wrote Oct 31, 2008
    • I am waiting for SOMEONE to show up..  I even cleaned the front door for the little ones.  It’s 7:05pm and it looks like I may get a Butterfinger!



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      (華娃娃) ChinaDoll wrote Oct 31, 2008
    • Thanks for sharing... I always like Tom Hanks and all his movies, yes, especially Forrest Gump.  A few days ago, I used Life is like a chocolates, you don’t know what you get.”  and I added until you open that.
      Later I revised the phrase to Fortune Cookie.
      Thank you once again and welcome.  Happy H.



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      Feathermaye wrote Nov 1, 2008
    • I’m glad y‘all enjoyed the recommendations!! If you choose to watch anything from the list, be sure to come back and let us know if you enjoyed it!

      I’ll be giving a “Friday 5” from now on, and will throw some other movie related stuff in here from time to time.



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      Chrissyandcoco wrote Nov 1, 2008
    • Thank you Heather for helping me find your movie review.  Can we ask you questions about movies that you might have seen before we get them from Netflix or other subscription? As I mentioned...I’ve picked some duds lately!



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      Feathermaye wrote Nov 1, 2008
    • You bet! I’m already planning a “How to get the most out of Netflix” blog, since my husband and are are 4-at-a-time members. Plus I’ll be fishing for themes that I can put a ‘feathermaye twist’ too, lol.

      Thanks for commenting, Gayle! Keep your eyes on the big screen! ;)



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      Cindylouwho1966 wrote Nov 1, 2008
    • I never saw the Johnny Depp remake of Wonka. Some things you just don’t mess with!!

      And Candyman reminded me why I never did the “Midnight Mary” chant at slumber parties!!



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      Feathermaye wrote Nov 1, 2008
    • Oh Lu, me too!! Except for us, it was “Bloody Mary“.

      I actually don’t watch a lot of horror movies, simply because they‘re really bad. I have to say though that at one point (trying to avoid any spoilers!) Candyman scared me so bad I almost cried. LOL!

      To this day I refuse to look in a mirror in the dark!



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      Chrissyandcoco wrote Nov 1, 2008
    • I am such a chicken...I hate to be scared....It gives me bad nightmares and messes with my creativity. LOL "Jaws", "Halloween" and the old "Chain Saw Massacre" movies did me in.  I hate to go swimming in the ocean now thanks to Jaws.   I’ll only be asking about good, funny, roll in the floor movies and sappy stuff for me!!! And a tear jerker every now and then!



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      Chrissyandcoco wrote Nov 1, 2008
    • Oh and I love action movies. The guy in the movie “Choas”  and I think the other one is called “Adrenaline“(?) is such a cutie in a weird kind of way.  I usually like big men. LOL He looks short and bald...What the heck!



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      Marie Hempsey wrote Nov 4, 2008
    • My husband and I were all alone Halloween night as all of our kids were at parties...gosh how did i get so old so fast??? LOl Anyway..we watched some OOOLLLDDD Vincent Price and Bela Lugosi movies...very cool evening! Your blog is awesome FeatherMaye...I used to love the haunted houses too. Now i hate getting scared...i can; teven watch the Exorcist anymore.. sucks getting old and getting quirky!



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