Monday, October 31, 2016

On the Homefront: Harvest Halloween Table

Dalmatian pirate One-Eyed Jack returns to celebrate another
Halloween, bringing his own pumpkin to the harvest celebration!

The Halloween harvest is here! 
Let all gentle wildlife come near,
Costumed in their best
As per our request,
To partake of the bounty this year!

Last year my Halloween table was black and white and bewitchingly spooky.  This year I decided to go in a different direction with an autumn-hued, harvest-themed table.  My inspiration was the Harvest Garden Critters Salad Plate Set I purchased from Pier 1 recently.  All of the critters are wearing cute nature-based disguises, as if in costume for Halloween.  Pumpkin orange, sage green, and a bit of harvest gold, all hues found in the plates, dominate the color palette for this table.


Spice Stripe Tablecloth in Rust (Sam Hedeya Linens Homewear from HomeGoods years ago); sage green round woven placemat; pumpkin orange dinner plate (from Walmart years ago); Pier 1 Harvest Garden Critters Salad/Dessert Plate; pumpkin orange soup bowl (from Walmart years ago); pumpkin orange napkin; autumn colors glass beads napkin ring (from Pier 1 a few years ago); The Pioneer Woman Green Cowgirl Lace Flatware (from Walmart this year); Arc International Luminarc Storage Jar Glass.

The other three plate designs (I adore hedgehogs, so the one above hiding his spiny back under a blanket of fall leaves is my favorite, but they are all cute):





A harvest gold leaf-shaped platter from HomeGoods last year will
serve up the grilled cheese sandwiches.  The pumpkin-shaped bowls
on either side will be filled with Halloween candies (Pumpkin Spice
Lindt Lindor Truffles).

A large pumpkin soup tureen in the center of the table will be the
perfect vessel for the minestrone soup.

The wheat sheaf used on my previous table, this time surrounded
by colorful gourds and flanked by pumpkin orange candles.

Notice a contemplative Maddie in the background, waiting for my
husband to come downstairs!

Since Halloween falls on a Monday this year, a quick and easy menu is a necessity.  Use store-bought apple cider, or if you are really ambitious make your own slow cooker Maple Apple Cider (if it were cooler here I would give it a try, but we are having summer-like weather again and it is just too warm for hot apple cider!).  My version of minestrone soup is a great way to get a generous serving of vegetables without having to wait all day for the soup to cook.  Don't be intimidated by the long ingredient list, as most of the ingredients require little or no prep time.  Grilled cheese sandwiches are so easy that they don't really need a recipe here.  One clever trick I did just discover this year is to substitute mayonnaise for butter as the bread spread for pan-frying.  The end result tastes no different, and you won't risk tearing your bread with butter that is not soft enough.  The dessert recipe combines fall pumpkin with Halloween chocolate flavors, which is a wickedly winning combination for me!

Harvest Halloween Menu:

Apple Cider (hot or cold)
Minestrone Soup*
Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars**



3 T. olive oil
1 onion, diced
2 stalks celery, diced
2 carrots, peeled and diced
2 zucchinis, quartered lengthwise and sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 C. vegetable broth (I used unsalted)
3 C. water
1 can (15 oz.) red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 can (15 oz.) white beans (any variety), drained and rinsed
1 can (15 0z.) chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 can (14 oz.) diced tomatoes
1 T. Italian seasoning
2 tsp. salt (or to taste)
1/4 tsp. pepper (or to taste)
1 bag (8 oz.) microwaveable green beans, cooked and sliced into thirds
1 bag (16 oz.) microwaveable diced butternut squash, cooked
1 bag (5 oz.) baby greens (kale, spinach, or a blend)
1/2 C. orzo or other small pasta
Parmesan cheese rinds (optional)

Heat the oil in a large soup pot over medium heat.  SautΓ© the onion, celery, carrots, and zucchini for about 5 minutes, until the onion begins to soften.  Stir in the garlic and sautΓ© one minute longer.

Add all but the last four remaining ingredients (green beans, squash, greens, and pasta) to the pot.  Bring the soup to a boil and allow to simmer for 20 minutes.

Stir in the remaining ingredients, including leftover Parmesan cheese rinds if you have them, and cook for another 20 minutes, until the pasta is cooked and the rinds have softened.  Remove any undissolved cheese rind and taste for seasoning, adding more salt and/or pepper if needed.  Serves 8-10.

Note: My soups always turn out more like a stew, but this minestrone can be thinned down with a bit more water if desired.



2 C. flour
2 tsp. cinnamon (or 1 T. pumpkin pie spice)
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1 C. (2 sticks) butter, softened
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
1 C. pumpkin purΓ©e
1 C. brown sugar
1 1/2 C. chocolate chips

Whisk together the first four ingredients in a medium-sized bowl.  In a large bowl, beat together the butter and sugar.  Mix in the egg, vanilla, and pumpkin.  Stir in the flour mixture just until combined (do not overmix). Fold in the chocolate chips.

Spread the batter into a greased 9x13-inch baking pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes (a toothpick inserted in the center will have just a few moist crumbs attached).  Remove from the oven and cool completely before cutting.  Makes 24 bars.


Dalmatian Witchie-Poo happily makes her annual appearance
at our Halloween party, bringing a tiny pumpkin of her own!

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Happy Halloween feasting and festivities to one and all!
                

Mysterious Mondays: William F. Harvey's "Across the Moors"

From bol.com.

Happy Halloween!  My last scary short story for the month is "Across the Moors" by William F. Harvey, an English writer known for his ghost stories.  This particular tale emphasizes two common phobias, fear of the dark and fear of being alone.  A young governess is sent out late in the day on a walk across the moors to fetch a doctor for an ailing child.  Unfortunately the doctor is away, so she must return to the house in the dark by herself.  Along the way she is joined by a clergyman, but he is not all that he seems.  Perhaps being alone is not such a bad circumstance after all!

You can read "Across the Moors" here.  Unfortunately, an audio version is not available on YouTube (although it would be a great choice for audio), but the tale is very short and easy to read.  In fact, this  short story would be perfect to read aloud on Halloween night, even for children, as it is spooky but not terrifying.  Just be prepared to turn the lights on quickly once you finish reading!

William Fryer Harvey (1885-1937)
(from Tales of Mystery and Imagination)

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Weekend Wardrobe: Halloween Fun Weekend Travel Wardrobe

From Cargo.

The travel wardrobe for this week is simply some Halloween fun, since I doubt that very many women base their clothing choices on a color palette of orange, black, and white (or a theme of ghosts, spiders, and bats!).  Actually, if you already own black and white pieces as your basic neutrals, you may want to consider adding one or two items in a preferred orange hue.  Halloween associations aside, these three colors really do work well together.

I have always thought that it would be fascinating to attend a Halloween weekend classic film festival featuring really good and not too gory horror movies from the early to mid-twentieth century (and even if they are not all good movies, at least the films from this period had very few really violent scenes).  Today's wardrobe would be perfect for attending such an event.  It suits the mood I am envisioning, which is mostly fun and does not take things too seriously -- no doom and gloom weekend for me (enough with the zombie apocalypse scenarios already!).

Here is the outfit for traveling to such a festival:

Clockwise from top left: Land's End Women's Supima Turtleneck in Jet Black; Catalog Favorites Embroidered Halloween Cardigan; Novica Handcrafted Andean Silver and Obsidian Spider Bracelet; Kate Spade New York Cobble Hill Mini Minka Crossbody Bag in Orange; Cole Haan Pinch Campus Penny Loafers in Flame; J. Crew Pixie Pant in Black.

Should you be uncomfortable wearing such a "Halloweenish" cardigan while traveling, wear the black one shown below as part of the packed wardrobe, and save the one above for use once you arrive at your destination.

And now for the rest of the apparel to pack:

Clockwise from top left: Bloomingdale's Minnie Rose Cashmere Fringe Shawl in Black; Avalaya Multistrand Orange/Metallic Silver Glass Bead Long Necklace; Land's End Women's Long Sleeve V-Neck Cardigan in Black; Jet Halloween Ghosts & Ghouls All Over Women's T-Shirt; Land's End Relaxed Supima V-Neck Long Sleeve T-Shirt in Dark Ginger Spice; Land's End Women's Elbow Sleeve Rib Mock Sweater in Dark Ginger Spice; Trotters Paulina Pumps in Black Lace Embossed Leather; Land's End Women's 3/4 Sleeve Merino Sweater Dress in Black; BCBGMAXAZRIA Studded Hedgehog Wristlet in Black; Center: Rockland 19" Spinner Carry On in Orange.

If you prefer a more fun and casual look, substitute this simple and inexpensive Halloween dress for the black one above:

DressMePlus Halloween Ghost and Pumpkin Print Long Sleeve Dress.

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I hope you have a wickedly wonderful weekend, whether a horror film festival is on your agenda or not.  Now excuse me while I go watch Bela Lugosi famously chew the scenery as Bram Stoker's iconic vampire in the classic movie "Dracula" (1931).  He really did manage to sink his teeth into his most famous role, don't you think?

         

Friday, October 28, 2016

Foodie Fridays: Pierogi Pizza


My husband and I were in Pittsburgh for Labor Day weekend to attend my family's annual reunion, which was extra special this year as it coincided with my aunt's 90th birthday.  We stayed at a hotel near by brother and sister-in-law, and after checking in I decided to look for restaurants in the area as a late dinner destination.  The room had a menu from a local pizza parlor, and I noticed with considerable surprise and amusement that one of the offerings was a pierogi pizza!

For those unfamiliar with eastern European cuisine, a pierogi is a type of dumpling usually filled with some sort of mashed potato filling.  Ground meat, cheese, onions, mushrooms, and cabbage or sauerkraut are also sometimes found in the filling.  Pittsburgh has a large Polish population, and pierogis are most often associated with Poland.  There is also a large Italian population in the city, so I suppose it is not surprising that the two cuisines would eventually be combined.

Even though we decided against a peirogi pizza for dinner, I could not stop thinking about this oddly enticing entrΓ©e, so I decided look for a recipe online and make my own version at home.  The How Sweet It Is blogger is from Pittsburgh, and sure enough she had a simple and straightforward recipe for Pierogi Pizza.  I modified her recipe to make it even simpler, and added mushrooms just because I had them (I also happen to love mushrooms on pizza).  I used a ready-made pizza crust and prepackaged refrigerated mashed potatoes, but of course you can make your own.  Be aware that this dish is a total carb fest, so do not indulge on a regular basis, but if you are craving carbohydrate comfort food then give this pizza a try (and be sure to serve it with green vegetables and a protein, since both are conspicuously absent in this dish)!

Pierogi Pizza

2-4 T. olive oil
2 onions, thinly sliced
8 oz. sliced mushrooms (white or cremini)
1 ready-made pizza crust (I used Boboli 100% Whole Wheat)
2-3 C. mashed potatoes (I used Pineland Farms Naturally Potatoes)
2 C. shredded cheese (I used half sharp cheddar and half mozzarella)

Heat 1-2 T. olive oil in a large sautΓ© pan over medium-high heat.  Add the onions and sautΓ© until softened, or lower the heat and continue cooking to caramelize them (see detailed instructions here).  Set the onions aside in a bowl to cool.  Add the remaining oil to the pan over medium-high heat.  Stir in the mushrooms and cook until softened.  Allow to cool.

Bake the pizza crust on a baking sheet at 450 degrees for 8-10 minutes.  Remove from the oven and reduce the oven temperature to 375 degrees.  Top the baked crust with the potatoes. Scatter the onions and mushrooms evenly over the top of the potatoes.  Sprinkle with the shredded cheese.  Return to the oven and bake for about 25 more minutes.  Remove the pizza from the oven and allow to cool slightly before slicing.  Serves 6.

         

Thursday, October 27, 2016

This 'n That Thursdays: The 13 Most Common Phobias

(from Bay Therapy)

The travel destinations described in my posts over the past two weeks got me thinking about what scares people most, in particular their phobias, which are defined as extreme or irrational fears.  I found a list of the 100 most common phobias (that's a whole lot of fear!), and I thought I would mention the top 13 here in honor of Halloween.  As I like to tell my mildly zuigerphobic dog Ruby whenever I pull out the vacuum cleaner,

"Be prepared to be scared!"

1) Arachnophobia, or fear of spiders

Goliath Bird Eating Tarantula (from Tarantula Guide).

2) Ophidiophobia, or fear of snakes

Rattlesnake ready to strike (from Horizon Times).

3) Acrophobia, or fear of heights

Man falling from a tall building (from Thrillvania Haunted House Park).

4) Agoraphobia, or fear of public places

Fearful woman in a crowd (from Psychology Today).

5) Cynophobia, or fear of dogs

Chihuahua threat (from Chihuahua Wardrobe).

6) Astraphobia, or fear of thunder/lightning

Menacing thunderstorm (from HomeAdvisor).

7) Claustrophobia, or fear of enclosed spaces

Man trapped in a tight space (from Hawaii Hypnosis Center).

8) Mysophobia, or fear of germs

The world of microorganisms (from TET Success Key).

9) Aerophobia, or fear of flying

Woman afraid of flying (from National Geographic).

10) Trypophobia, or fear of holes

Lotus pod seed holes (from UnDepress).

I suffer from a slight case of this one.  The lotus pod does not bother me, but I found some images on the web that were so creepy they haunted me for days (I absolutely could not even post the links here!).

11) Carcinophobia, or fear of cancer

A cancer treatment center (from Cancer Survivorship Training).

12) Thanatophobia, or fear of death

Graveyard gloom (from Photography Blogger).

13) Glossophobia, or fear of public speaking

Public speaking is terrifying!
(from SpeechClub)

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There are so many more phobias to check out for those who are interested, but one more that I had to add just for this time of the year is #90 on the list:

14) Samhainophobia, or fear of Halloween!

Creepy Halloween jack o' lantern (From HQWalls4U).

I hope you have a happy and phobia-free Halloween!
             

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Wish List Wednesdays: Ghost Orchids from Calyx Flowers


If you are looking for a Halloween gift to send to someone special, consider the Ghost Orchids bouquet from Calyx Flowers.  The orange mokara orchids ($69.95) are lovely and last a long time, and for an additional $10 you can add a holiday-appropriate ghost vase to hold them.  What at "boo"-tiful way to wish someone a Happy Halloween!
             

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Terrifying Tuesdays: Horror at Sea Triple Feature

Image at left from Shane Marais; center image from Blumhouse; image at right from Film-Cine.

For my horror at sea theme this week, I have selected three (instead of the usual two!) movies that cover very different sorts of terrors.  "Deep Rising" (1998) is a creature feature, where the passengers on a luxury cruise ship are threatened by a particularly nasty denizen of the deep.  In "Below" (2002), a ghostly presence with a grudge haunts the crew of a World War II submarine.  The third film, "Virus" (1999), is a science fiction-based tale of menacing alien life forms aboard a seemingly abandoned research vessel discovered by a salvage ship crew.  No matter how you feel about oceans, these movies will have you thinking twice before venturing out to sea!

From SciFi-Movies.

Bonus Classic: One of the better B-movies from the mid-twentieth century, "It Came from Beneath the Sea" (1955) warns of the consequences of nuclear testing, a common theme for these sorts of films from this era.  I especially like the fact that one of the scientists is a smart, no-nonsense woman (at least as envisioned by the film industry at the time!).  An added bonus is the special effects by Ray Harryhausen, generally acknowledged to be the master in this field.

Gore Guide (0=none to 5=extreme): 5 for "Deep Rising", 4-5 for the other two movies, 0 for the bonus classic
             

Monday, October 24, 2016

Mysterious Mondays: F. Marion Crawford's "The Upper Berth"

From University Book Store.

The Halloween theme for this week is horror at sea, and the short story I have chosen is "The Upper Berth", one of the best-known chilling tales by F. Marion Crawford.  Crawford was a rather prolific American author who is known for his supernatural and fantasy works.  In this story, a seasoned sailor describes a terrifying experience on the ship Kamtschatka, where he shares cabin 105 with a very undesirable roommate who inhabits the upper berth.  Once you learn the details, you can easily understand why he will never sail on that particular ship again!

You can read "The Upper Berth" here, or listen to the audio version on YouTube (not the best narrator, and the story is rather long, but definitely worth hearing):

             

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Weekend Wardrobe: Leaf Peeping Road Trip Travel Wardrobe

Blue Ridge Parkway (from Travel + Leisure).

This is the time of year to jump in the car and start off on a weekend leaf peeping road trip!  For us, this would mean heading up to the mountains (in our case, the Appalachians in north Georgia) on a Friday evening and finding a nice inn or bed and breakfast for the night.  The next day we would drive the back roads to take in the glorious displays of color, perhaps stopping for some short hikes and picture-taking along the way.  Dinner at a nice restaurant and another overnight stay in a quaint little bed and breakfast would be ideal, with a leisurely return drive home on the last day.

From left to right: L.L. Bean Original Perfect Fit Pants in Deepest Brown; Acorn Favorite Cotton Sweater in Turquoise; Coldwater Creek Pinwale Stretch Corduroy Pants in Brown.

I decided to base today's leaf peeping road trip wardrobe on three apparel items I purchased recently.  Two pairs of dark brown pants and my favorite sweater in a pale turquoise determined the color scheme, with a bit of white added in as a second neutral.  Let's start with the travel outfit for the first day:

Clockwise from top left: L.L. Bean Interlock Turtleneck in White; Acorn Favorite Cotton Sweater in Turquoise; The Scarf Shop Abstract Chiffon Scarf in Light Turquoise, Yellow, and Brown; Fossil Dawson Mini Crassbody Bag in Espresso; Hush Puppies Mazin Cayto Ankle Boots in Dark Brown Nubuck; L.L. Bean Original Perfect Fit Pants in Deepest Brown.

And here is the rest of the wardrobe to pack for the trip:

Clockwise from top left: L.L. Bean Women's Pima Cotton Turtleneck in Mint Blue; Native American Jewelry Turquoise Authentic Sterling Silver Navajo Bead Necklace; Coldwater Creek Vintage Floral Print Easy Care Shirt in Teal; L.L. Bean Women's Elbow-Sleeve Scoopneck Pima Cotton Tee in White; Coldwater Creek Pinwale Stretch Corduroy Pants in Brown; Sears I Love Comfort Women's Larson Casual Leather Loafers in Brown; H&M Mohair-Blend Cardigan in Dark Brown Melange; Coldwater Creek Opaque Tights in Chocolate; Serengeti Casual Pinwale Corduroy Jumper in Brown; Center top: eBags Vera Bradley Preppy Poly Travel Duffel Bag in Mint; Center bottom: Orvis Garment-Washed Modern Fit Long-Sleeved Crewneck in Espresso.

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That cozy mohair cardigan is really tempting me, although our climate is not usually cold enough to justify the purchase of such a warm garment.  Of course, it would come in handy if we decided to plan more trips farther north for even more fall foliage views.  Happy leaf peeping, everyone!
             

Friday, October 21, 2016

Foodie Fridays: Sweet Potato Chickpea Salad with Pesto


Sweet Potato Chickpea Salad with Pesto from the Two Peas & Their Pod blog is a hearty salad recipe, perfect for the weather we are having at the moment with cool mornings but warm days.  It is more of a side dish, but could be served as a light meal atop salad greens.  Of course I made a few changes to the recipe, notably using more onion and roasting both the onion and the chickpeas with the sweet potatoes.  I found my dish to be a bit dry, so I added more pesto plus about a tablespoon of olive oil to the mixture.  It would be easy to customize the recipe even more by adding additional vegetables (bell peppers, for example) and/or substituting a different type of cheese.  If you are looking for a new way to serve sweet potatoes, this dish could be just the ticket!

Sweet Potato Chickpea Salad with Pesto

2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
1 large red onion, cut into chunks
1 can (15 oz.) chickpeas, rinsed and drained
2 T. olive oil
1/2 C. pesto, at room temperature
1/4 C. julienned basil
1/3 C. crumbled feta cheese

Place the sweet potato and onion pieces on a large baking sheet and drizzle with the olive oil.  Season with salt and pepper to taste and toss to coat.  Roast at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.  Toss the vegetables with the chickpeas and continue roasting for about 20 minute longer, until the sweet potatoes are cooked through (do not let the chickpeas overcook).  Remove from the oven and allow to cool.

In a large bowl, gently combine the sweet potato mixture with the remaining ingredients (do not break up the sweet potatoes).  Add a little olive oil if the mixture seems too dry.  Taste for seasoning and add more salt and pepper if needed.  Serve at room temperature (I served it over salad greens lightly dressed with a vinaigrette).  Serves 4.
             

Thursday, October 20, 2016

This 'n That Thursdays: Five Creepiest Travel Destinations, Continued

From Smithsonian.com.

When it comes to creepy travel destinations, you may find that the best way to visit is virtually, from the comfort and safety of your own home.  If that is the case, then settle in to your favorite chair and prepare to be transported!  I am presenting various viewing options for each of the five frightening locations I described last week.  Some are fictional, some are documentaries, and there is even one online game, but all are guaranteed to send a shiver up your spine.  Let's get started!

1) Island of the Dolls, Mexico


This short documentary on YouTube tells the story of Mexico's Island of the Dolls.  The legend of the drowned girl and the island caretaker who hung the dolls in her honor is described in detail, complete with unsettling images of some of the dolls.  Even more dolls have been added by island visitors since the death of the caretaker, ensuring that the unsettling atmosphere begun by the terrifying legend will continue.  The somewhat choppy and emotionless voice of the narrator on this video adds even more creepiness to an already disturbing tale.

As an added bonus, go to this link to an online game based on the Island of the Dolls.  The eerie images alone will give you the willies!

Escape from Island of the Dolls

2) Chapel of Bones, Portugal


A short slideshow of images from the Chapel of Bones in Portugal includes the sign above the chapel door which reminds visitors that "We bones that are here, for yours await".  If you find ossuaries fascinating, watch the following video describing seven structures in Europe constructed of human remains.  A cross country tour of European human bone structures would make an interesting and creepy travel tour for Halloween!


3) Suicide Forest, Japan


The documentary video above is in Japanese with English subtitles, but it is extremely effective in getting across the somber and chilling atmosphere of Japan's Aokigahara, or Suicide Forest (the unsettling music really helps).  Even though the creepy reputation of this forest is relatively recent, it has become world-renowned as a spooky destination.  There have even been a couple of movies made about fictional ghosts in Aokigahara.  One is a TV movie from the SyFy Channel called "Grave Halloween" (2013), and there is a video trailer on YouTube:


The more recent movie, called "The Forest" (2016) was shown on the HBO movie channels last week, but does not appear to be available for the rest of this month.  Check out a trailer for this movie below:


4) Paris Catacombs, France


The video above is a segment from the SyFy Channel's "Scariest Places on Earth" television documentary series (some of you may recognize Linda Blair, who introduces the story, and the voice of Zelda Rubinstein, the narrator of the tale).  The focus is on a lost video camera found in the Catacombs of Paris containing footage recorded by a solitary man who illegally entered the catacombs.  For some reason he panicked and began running deeper into the tunnels.  At one point the man drops his camera and abandons it, continuing to run away.  No one knows if he ever made it out of the catacombs, but his story is reminiscent of the one about Philibert Aspairt, who entered the underground passages in the late 18th century and got lost.  His body was found eleven years later, and a tomb, the only one in the catacombs, was erected in his memory:

From Wikipedia.

Not surprisingly, there have been a couple of horror movies made that are set in the Catacombs of Paris.  "Catacombs" (2007) is a slasher movie with a different sort of twist, and you can watch the trailer below (this moviet is currently viewable on YouTube but will most likely be removed):


More recently, the movie "As Above, So Below" (2014), a supernatural horror movie set in the Catacombs, was released.  You can view the trailer below (and again, the full movie is currently on YouTube, albeit with hilariously high-pitched sound when I watched, but it will undoubtedly be removed soon):


5) Snake Island, Brazil


Even viewing the short ABC news report above may be more than some people can take of Snake Island off the coast of Brazil, home to the deadly, venomous golden lancehead snake.  The dense population of these pit vipers led the Brazilian government to declare this island off limits to all but those few, mostly scientists, who receive special permission.  If you would like more in-depth information about the island, watch a half-hour documentary on YouTube here.  While I could not find any fictional movies set on Brazil's Snake Island, horror movies with a venomous snake theme abound.  There is even a trailer on YouTube for a movie called "Snake Island" (2002), although this particular island is in Africa (you can watch the trailer here, but I decided not to post it because it is not family-friendly).  And of course you could always watch "Snakes on a Plane" (2006) to get your fill of deadly snakes!  See the trailer below (and watch the full movie on YouTube, although once again I predict it will be removed soon):


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I hope you have enjoyed this virtual global trip to five terrifying travel destinations.   Now wouldn't you just love to plan an actual vacation to these same locations?  Okay, maybe not, but at least you can have your fill of Halloween fun with these links!

From Funny Pictures 1.