Blogtober Travels: Berkshire Botanical Garden’s Annual Harvest Festival

Berkshire Botanical Garden’s 87th annual Harvest Festival rules the October long-weekend here in the Berkshires. A massive, two-day, multi-parking lot event, it’s a shindig that dates back to BBG’s founding and includes a little something for everyone.

We went to the party on Saturday, starting off with Tom Ricardi’s program on birds of prey and moving on to snacks, a pony ride, pumpkin painting, the haunted house, and some shopping (mums and moss balls) for good measure.

The snaps:

Blogtober Viewing Round-up, Part One

Choose or Die

A solid tech-horror with a voice-only cameo by Robert Englund, vacillating between present day and the 1980s in storyline, software, and scenery.

Girl on the Third Floor

Really-very-poorly-named film with a main character who’s hard to like. Still, it’s a haunted house movie.

Dahmer (series)

That new Ryan Murphy show everyone is talking about is a good one for true-crime aficionada, and yes, the true-crime-is-not-horror argument has reached me. I argue this particular take is horror…if not a (largely) historically accurate one. It’s shot like a horror, written like a horror, and let’s face it — there are more body parts in the true Dahmer story than in the first two fictional installments of Friday the 13th. Counterpoint made.


Yes, I’m absolutely including this monstrosity on the Blogtober Viewing list, and not just because I would’ve ultimately preferred having been kidnapped by a hockey-masked murderer than having it burned into my memory bank. This piece of crap actually does include several horror elements, such as distorted psychedelic faces, horrifying medical sequences, and even a night-vision scene. None of that’s to say I want anyone else to watch it, though.

Final Destination, 1 – 5

In preparation for the upcoming sixth installment, this year’s Freaky Franchise Viewing was Final Destination 1- 5. I’d already seen 1 (airplane crash), 2 (logging truck highway melee), and 3 (rollercoaster derailment), so I rewatched those, then got up to speed with The Final Destination — not called, for whatever reason, Final Destination 4, which is maddening (car racetrack disaster) — and Final Destination 5 (bridge collapse).

Old People

Another foray from the horrorphiles of Germany, Old People is of the haunted village ilk, and includes some creepy music cues, complicated family dynamics, and inventive uses of a brass bed knob.

And Among the Annual Rewatches:

Young Frankenstein – Rollll, rollll… roll in ze hay…

Beetlejuice – JaxKid starting to get into it. Dig.

Jaws – unsung for its comedic moments.

Final Destination 5 image created for: Kreative people Movie MadnessI liked the effects representing the dream of the boy on the bridge.In my country we call this movie “Premonição 5”*Make It Interesting ~ Challenge 3 (Waterfall)Source image with thanks to Enortexture by Pareeericatexture by Carlos Arana

The Season of Rx

One of the beauteous things about eating fresh and healthy — in theory, anyway — is a preponderance of vibrant colors. That said, let’s see what kind of spread we can concoct using mostly heart-friendly recipes, and only All Hallow’s Hues:

Agent Orange

A Paleo-eater I am not, but I’m willing to try anything. These turmeric gummy pumpkins might be a good gateway drug. They’re made with pumpkin puree, coconut milk, gelatin, and a good dose of spices poured into gourd-shaped molds, and they’re adorable.

The runner-up: This banana ketchup originated in the Philippines and is reported to have been Googled 12,000 times a month last year as it gained more global popularity.

Spotted at: Unbound Wellness and HeatOnMinded

Soylent Green

There’s a lotta good green out there, but this matcha popcorn recipe looks as ghoulish as is does delish — though not without its hidden expenses. Matcha can run upward of $35 a bag, and the recipe-recommended Ghee (clarified butter) appears to go for about $1 an ounce these days. But matcha is also believed to have anticarcinogenic properties, among other benefits, perhaps justifying a little extra expense on a chilly October night ripe for noshing.

Spotted at: Oh How Civilized

Purple People Eaters

With just one severed-head of red cabbage, an entire table of purple plates can be made — including color-changing cocktails, a very unicorny looking soup, a goblinesque cabbage salad, or (my personal favorite) Nightmare Before Mashed Potatoes. Plus, according to the tried and true Farmer’s Almanac, cabbage lowers cholesterol, boosts the immune system, and is believed to help heal ulcers.

Spotted at: Tastemade;  Low Carb, So Simple; Food Corner, and

Red Rum

So many crudité dips are green and chill, it’s nice (?) to see a warm red contender. A red-wine Bagna Cauda (Italian for hot bath), doubles as a meat dressing and features not one, but two varieties of anchovy in its recipe. It’s a great choice for anyone who’s dairy-free, and contains high levels of fat-soluble vitamins A, E, and K.

Spotted at: Food and Wine

Turmeric Photo by Marta Branco on
Matcha Photo by Polina Tankilevitch on Red Soup Photo by Darina Belonogova on