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Keep the Magic of Halloween Going

Published November 7, 2021 by Maryanne
Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta

Living in New Jersey, USA, we are so blessed to have four seasons. I appreciate all of them, but autumn is the most beautiful of all. Leaves turn to shades of orange, yellow, and red — and the weather is perfect. It’s in the 50s or 60s. You can wear a heavy sweater or a light jacket. You don’t have to bundle up yet with scarves and gloves. Fashionably speaking, it’s the best!

Halloween was last weekend and it was a perfect autumn day. This season seems to go by so quickly, then we’re in for a long, snuggly winter. So, why do people RUSH the holidays. Halloween ended, and there are Christmas decorations everywhere already.

Not one to rush, I like to continue celebrating Halloween right up until Thanksgiving. I love driving around and seeing the homes of Halloween enthusiasts who leave their decorations up. It’s so festive to see, especially since we turned the clocks back and it gets dark so early.

So, for those of you who appreciate the creepy, kooky, mysterious and spooky, this post is for you!

Do you love Halloween? Talk to me in the comments! 🙂

Photo of Maryanne and husband, Dennis by Jayne DiGregorio

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta can be reached at: maryannechristiano@gmail.com.

She is the author of the following books:

“Be (Extra)Ordinary: 10 Ways to Become Your Own Hero” is available on Amazon. To get your paperback or Kindle version, visit:Be (Extra)Ordinary

“I Don’t Want to Be Like You” is available on Amazon. To get your paperback, Kindle or audio copy, go here: I Don’t Want To Be Like You

Her fiction book “Love Cats” second printing is now available, under the pen name Krystianna Mercury, from Pink Flamingo. You can purchase it here: Love Cats

The Art Parlor Features Work of Darlene Foster

Published October 25, 2021 by Maryanne
Maryanne in front of Darlene Foster’s art

At the Art Parlor (Historic Frenchtown, NJ) last night. Gallery opening for my beautiful friend, Darlene Foster. That’s her incredible work behind me! Zoom in, or visit her website: darlenefoster.com — Go to the gallery, you will be amazed! ❤

Darlene Foster and Maryanne

Dennis Mistretta, Maryanne, and musician Tom DiPaolo

Bob’s Spirit Board

Published October 26, 2019 by Maryanne

DSCF4338Bob’s Spirit Board

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(Left to right: Noelle Daidone, Bob’s Board fan Jack Campisi of Final Guys and Monster Men podcasts, and Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta)

With Kristy McNichol

(Left to right: Kristy McNichol endorsing Bob’s Board, Noelle Daidone, and Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta)

What was the hottest ticket at this year’s Chiller Theatre Expo? (http://chillertheatre.com/main.htm) Bob’s Spirit Board! 

Bob’s Spirit Board is a “spirit board” that works like a Ouija Board. Bob was a serial killer a very long time ago. He was never caught.

After a near-fatal brain injury in head-on traffic collision Bob found redemption. He built his spirit board in his garage as a portal to speak to his victims and ask for their forgiveness.

Many of these victims, having been summoned from the darkness to the living world haunted Bob for the rest of his life, plunging him into madness.

REWARD! 

The board is littered with codes and clues that Bob may have been trying to get caught or have his crimes discovered. There is  a $50,000 reward to anyone who can decipher this series of codes, cyphers, and arcane images.  Allied Board Purveyors LLC recently required the rights to distribute the legendary Bob’s Spirit Board. In an effort to better understand the board and it’s potential impact upon society, they are offering this reward. There is no purchase necessary, but you must be over 18 to collect the reward.

Thousands of board given away at Chiller Theatre Expo 

At the Chiller Theatre Expo, 1000 spirit boards were given away to the first 1000 attendees. Bob’s Spirit Board can now be purchased online for $29.99, plus shipping and handling.

$200 Cash for Creepy Amateur Footage! 

Have you had a strange paranormal experience using Bob’s Board spirit board at a seance or party? If you did — and can prove it by providing video footage — the distributors of Bob’s Board wants to use it for their website. If they post it, they will send you a check for $200! Email them at: alliedboardpurveyors@gmail.com

For more information on Bob’s Board, visit: https://bobsboard.com/

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta can be reached at: maryannechristiano@gmail.com.

She is available for blogging, ghost writing, writing. She is also available for book signings and motivational speaking engagements. She is the author of the following books :

“Be (Extra)Ordinary: 10 Ways to Become Your Own Hero” is available on Amazon. To get your paperback or Kindle version, visit: https://www.amazon.com/Be-Extra-Ordinary-Ways-Become/dp/1733546227

“I Don’t Want to Be Like You” is available on Amazon. To get your paperback, Kindle or audio copy, go here: https://www.amazon.com/Dont-Want-Be-Like-You/dp/1726273261

“The Gypsy Smiled” is available on Amazon. To get your paperback or Kindle version, go here: https://www.amazon.com/Gypsy-Smiled-Maryanne-Christiano-Mistretta-ebook/dp/B074VC7MT9

 

 

Halloween Season in Ringoes and Lambertville, NJ

Published October 22, 2017 by Maryanne

DSCF0559Loving the baby goats in Ringoes

Today was my first full day back in New Jersey since the trip to Atlanta. While I didn’t miss the Jersey attitude, I certainly missed the autumn colors. It was great to spend a Sunday on the road with my husband, going to farms for produce and taking in the super beautiful day.

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This house in Lambertville has these incredible decorations — all handmade. They are very Burton-esque. We first discovered them a few years ago; and were happy to see that they are not only there again, but the display expanded from the front lawn to around the alleyway!

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DSCF0591My husband, Dennis Lords — Mr. Halloween himself! 

Some Enchanted Evening

Published November 1, 2016 by Maryanne

halloween-bass-5Dennis Lords ESP Custom Halloween Japanese Hell double neck Guitar

It’s been one helluva trying year, having to put my beautiful 19-year-old cat, Derick, down earlier this year; then my father-in-law passing just a few weeks ago. But my husband and I pulled through to enjoy the best night of the year — Halloween! And take some great shots to remember this one! ENJOY!

nicholas-and-halloweenOur new Love Cat, Nicholas Gray

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Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta is the author of “Love Cats” available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle editions: https://www.amazon.com/Love-Cats-Maryanne-Christiano-Mistretta/dp/1681020513

My Favorite Colour is Autumn

Published November 2, 2015 by Maryanne

SAM_9136My husband’s PT Cruiser from restaurant window

Energized, alive, and ecstatic!

Here in New Jersey, we are enjoying the best autumn we’ve had in ages. The weather has been absolutely the best it’s been in a long time. Days are warm, yet crisp, ranging between 50 and 70 degrees. And, yesterday, the day after Halloween, so many houses and venues still had decorations up, so my husband and I basked in the Halloween joy of the season!

SAM_9142Waiting for my food at Beana’s

Still celebrating the Halloween weekend and approaching Cinco De Mayo, it seemed like a perfect time to grab a Mexican meal. We pigged out at Beana’s in Rahway (http://www.beanasmexicanrestaurant.com/). I had shrimp fajitas with a side of guacamole. Sitting across from me is my handsome husband, who doesn’t like having his pictures on the internet, but take my word for it, he’s super! ❤

SAM_9130Caldwell Chiropractic

We LOVE this clever chiropractic advertisement! But luckily since I started using Young Living Oils over a year ago, I haven’t the need to see a chiropractor or an acupuncturist! At 52 I have the back of a 20-something! If I sleep wrong, I just mix a bit of Pan Away with some coconut oil and I am good to go! That can be YOU! Email me and I’ll hook you up: maryannechristiano@gmail.com

SAM_9134Pumpkins!

Whether they’re real or fake, pumpkins are just the cutest part of the season. Last night my husband and I went to a “Pumpkin Sail” (yes, a pumpkin sail, not sale!) Children carve pumpkins then send them down the lake on a platform with a votive candle inside. It was so pretty watching them float along the river, heading down to the little falls.

And, finally, in Halloween spirit, we visited the house of The Watcher in Westfield, New Jersey.

If you Google, “The Watcher, Westfield, New Jersey” you’ll come up with a crazy story about a phantom watcher who writes anonymous notes to residents. The most recent residents were terrified and are suing the people who sold them the home because they weren’t told about what’s been happening at this house for ages.

My husband was brave enough to go up to the doorstep. I stayed behind. From where I stood it looked like the mailbox was full of mail. The vibe was creepy. Not a soul to be seen and an empty driveway. However, the homes around The Watcher house were full of life, lights on, Halloween decorations and cars in the driveways.

When my husband reached the doorway, the floor of the porch creaked!

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta is the author of “Love Cats” available on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1681020513

 

Charles Addams House

Published November 1, 2015 by Maryanne

SAM_9076411 Elm Street, Westfield, New Jersey

On Halloween my neighboring towns of Westfield and Cranford really go all out with decorations, so my husband and I love to walk around the towns with our kitty, Derick (who is now 19!) This year we dressed Derick up as Count Cat-ula; he wore a long black cape. He just loves the attention from both adults and children. He even gets candy (and his “Mommy” gets to eat it!)

It wouldn’t be Halloween unless we stopped at the Addams Family house, where Charles Addams drew his inspiration from the cartoon: 411 Elm St.

And on 522 Elm St. was the modest two-family home that Addams grew up in.

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After trick or treating with Derick, my husband and I dropped the kitty back at home and headed out again to take in more of the Halloween vibe in downtown Cranford and got a drink at the Cranford Hotel.

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Now my favorite holiday is done, until next year. But we’ll keep our decorations up until almost Thanksgiving! Nothing is cooler than the Halloween stuff, so I’ll soak up the black cats, pumpkins and ghosts as much as I can!

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta is the author of “Love Cats” (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1681020513)

And My Cat Had a Happy Halloween!

Published November 1, 2014 by Maryanne

SAM_6304Me and my love cat, Derick

My husband and I took our little one, Derick, out to see some Halloween houses. He was getting quite a bit of attention! There’s a lot of cat lovers out there!

We dressed him in the Wells Fargo “Snowflake” horse blanket and told everyone he was a bank teller!

wells fargo horseSnowflake from Wells Fargo

Halloween Double Feature Starring Kids, For Kids

Published October 11, 2013 by Maryanne

WestfieldPhoto by Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta

Last week I had the opportunity to preview Westfield’s Hedgehog and Feather’s Halloween production of “Creature Double Feature II: The Mummy – The Wolfman.”

Here is the article I wrote: http://www.thealternativepress.com/articles/westfields-hedgehog-and-feather-to-present-hallo

It was so cool getting a sneak preview of the kids in action and always a pleasure to work with director Ty Jacobs and producer Sara Hedgepeth, as this was my second article this year for Hedgehog and Feather theatre.

Carrie on!

Published April 17, 2013 by Maryanne

CarrieSissy Spacek, the original “Carrie” (1976)

In 1974, at age 11, I was told to hide my book by a fellow student because I could get in trouble for having it in school. The controversial book was “Carrie” by Stephen King, a horror novel about a shy, awkward high school student abused by both her Christian fundamentalist mother and school bullies. (Ironically, the girl who was nice enough to tell me to hide the book turned out to be an insecure bully herself).

When the movie came out in 1976, I loved it! I must have watched it several times since then, of course cheering on Carrie who got her revenge via telekinetic powers. Go Carrie!

In 1999 “Carrie 2: The Rage” was released. It was the sequel to “Carrie” with some guest appearances from original cast members. It was made modern with a sex scandal. Emily Bergl plays the main character Rachel and does a great job, as does the rest of the cast. It had some “read between the lines” messages that you could pick up on, which I always love.

Carrie 2Emily Bergl, “Carrie 2: The Rage” (1999)

Last night I saw “Carrie” was on On Demand and decided to watch it with my husband, mistakenly assuming it was “The Rage” but it was yet another “Carrie” — from 2002! It was spectacular. Angela Bettis played “Carrie” and she was phenomenal. I will definitely watch for her in other things. This plot stayed true to the original but was a bit more graphic. I loved how they gave Carrie a little more spunk too, where even in her innocence she wasn’t afraid to mouth off to the bullies. It was great how she told the Sue Snell character, “Everyone thinks they’re better than me. It’s okay, they can. But they’re not right.” And that strut on Bettis killed me! She was a riot, possibly putting her in first place as my favorite Carrie. How did I miss this one all these years?

Emily - CarrieAngela Bettis “Carrie (2002)”

Now, Googling today, I find there will be yet another “Carrie” starring Chloë Grace Moretz; and Julianne Moore playing Carrie’s mom (I can’t picture Julianne Moore for this role, she is just too sexy, but she’s a great actress so I’m sure it will work). I know Chloe’s work from the new “Dark Shadows.” She’s a good actress but from the trailer I’m thinking maybe she’s not weird enough. But the fact that she is pretty makes sense because bullies usually pick on girls they are jealous of. And modern day technology of cell phone photos in the locker room makes the bullying even more intense.

carrie 2013Chloë Grace Moretz, “Carrie (2013)”

The role for the 2013 Carrie  was originally offered to Lindsay Lohan, who I adore and feel would make a great Carrie too, but unless she goes on a raw food diet and stops drinking, she may look too old to play a high school girl.

Too bad “Carrie” wasn’t remade in the 1980s as well. Winona Ryder would make the ultimate “Carrie.” (And I can just see Johnny Depp as Tommy Ross — sigh!)

So, this new “Carrie” is due out later this year — October, perfect for the Halloween season. And it looks scary!

I am so psyched!

Carrie on!

Carrie 2013 movie trailer