Halloween Horror Nights 2019 at Universal Studios Orlando

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Well guys, it’s that time of the year; Horror fans can attend the Horror event of the year, Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios. I live in Florida so I attended the event in Orlando. Fans can attend HHN during the following dates: September 06 – November 02, 2019. Being a fan of Horror movies, I first attended my first HHN last year, and of course I had to attend again this year ! This blog post will be about my time at this year’s HHN (unfortunately I wasn’t able to record in the haunted houses, but I got some great pics !

Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville

When we got to Universal Studios, we had a few hours before the HHN event began, so we decided to have lunch at Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville restaurant; I had a raspberry Margarita to drink, which had the right amount of sweet & alcohol; Honestly I wasn’t hungry, because I was too excited about HHN, so I ordered a grilled chicken sandwich with fries, which was good. 

HHN’S 2019 Merch

Okay so let me just say, that this year’s merch is cool, retro, and colorful –which I love by the way. I had a hard time trying to decide what merch I wanted to buy, but you’ll see what I bought towards the end 😉 I also loved how the merch booths were all representing the haunted houses ! 

2019 Haunted Houses

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This year’s HHN had a whopping ten haunted houses, which included:

Stranger Things
Jordan Peele’s Us
Universal Monsters
Ghostbusters
Killer Klowns From Outer Space
House of 1000 Corpses
Depths of Fear
Graveyard Games
Nightingales Blood Pit
Yeti: Terror of the Yukon

Unfortunately we weren’t able to go to all ten houses, but I did meet my goal of going to five of them which included: Jordan Peele’s Us, Universal Monsters, Killer Klowns From Outer Space, Nightingales Blood Pit, and Yeti: Terror of the Yukon Details. Towards the end, I’ll rank the five houses that I attended from my most favorite to least favorite ! Also I wasn’t able to capture some of the houses via photo/video, but let’s get started !

Killer Klowns From Outer Space – This one was fun; It felt like a crazed carnival klown house; Plus the Klowns were also creepy lol 

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Universal Monsters – This one was awesome; Getting to see the Classic Monsters was cool. This house was also on my must see list, and it was definitely one of my favorites !

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Nightingales Blood Pit – This one was okay; I liked that the setting had us feeling like we were in the ancient Roman times. 

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Haunted Houses (Most Favorite to Least Favorite)

Okay so as I stated above, I wasn’t able to see all ten houses, but seeing five of the houses in addition to getting on some rides, made the night great ! So with that being said I’m going to rank the five houses that I did go to, starting with my most favorite to least favorite !

Universal Monsters – This one is my favorite; From the way the Monsters were displayed on the warehouse, to seeing those legendary monsters in the house, I loved it ! The house was so detailed, I felt alive lol ; This house was definitely fun to go through and I really enjoyed it ! 

Killer Klowns From Outer Space – This house was fun and reminded me so much of the movie; Smelling the popcorn, and seeing the cotton candy cocoons, I was like wow ! And then the klowns with their big creepy grins, they were scary enough lol; This house was awesome ! 

Jordan Peele’s Us – I really enjoyed the movie, so I was excited when they announced this as one of the houses; This one did not scare me a lot, but the house was nice; I was literally walking through the movie and I thought the set up was amazing, it was very detailed. 

Yeti: Terror of the Yukon  – Now typically when we hear about Yetis we think scary and big; I felt like this while walking through the house; There were torn up and dismembered bodies throughout the house, and the suspense of not knowing when the Yeti would come out; This house was fun, but not memorable ! 

Nightingales Blood Pit – Okay the ancient Roman setting was nice; The scares of this house was about the same as the Yeti house; It was nice to experience, however the house was fun, but not memorable ! 

Drink Break – The Twilight Gateway 

I couldn’t do HHN without getting an alcoholic beverage in a souvenir cup, so you know I had to get one, and of course I got the Universal Monsters cup ! The drink I got was The Twilight Gateway, which is a tequila-based cocktail with watermelon, pineapple juice, orange juice, and grenadine — It was good, just the right amount of sweet and alcohol lol, how all drinks should be !

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Universal Studios Orlando Attractions – The attractions that were open during HHN

Not only did we go to some haunted houses, we got on the rides that were open, which was also a plus ! The following attractions were open:

Transformers The Ride – 3D
Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit
Revenge of The Mummy
Men In Black Alien Attack
The Simpsons Ride
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Diagon Alley
Fast & Furious Supercharged

We went on all the attractions, except we weren’t able to go to Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley ! 

Transformers The Ride – 3D

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Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit

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The Simpsons Ride

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Fast & Furious Supercharged

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Our favorites were the Transformers The Ride – 3D, Revenge of The Mummy, and The Simpson Ride — These three were fun, exciting, and definitely worth riding ! The Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit was scary; Yeah you get to choose music to listen to on the ride, but I couldn’t enjoy it because I was too busy screaming lol.

2019’s HHN Souvenirs

This year’s merch is fun, retro, and colorful, so you know I had to buy some; Like last year, I bought a shirt, a shot glass, and of course my souvenir cup !

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Wrapping up 2019’s HHN

I had a great time at  this year’s Halloween Horror Nights ! The houses were fun, edgy, and well planned out; We were able to get on all the attractions, except one;  And even though I wasn’t able to go to the other five houses ( The houses I also wanted to see were Stranger Things, Ghostbusters, and House of 1000 Corpses), I had an amazing time; I definitely enjoyed this year’s HHN, and honestly liked it better than last year’s ! 

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#HHN29 – Until next year !

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That’s a wrap on 2019’s HHN; Will you guys be attending the event this year ? If so, what houses were your favorite ? What are your most anticipated houses ? As always thanks for reading !

Halloween Decoration Ideas Anyone ?

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It’s finally October you guys ! My favorite and the BEST month of the year is here lol. I love Halloween, and Fall; And let’s not forget Horror movies; I mean I watch those year round, but hey watching them during October makes it even more awesome ! 

This will just be a quick post on me decorating my room for Halloween, and letting you guys know where I got my decorations from. Let’s start ! 

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This is a poster I had from last year and it was still in good condition; So why not use it ? I mean IT (2017) is one of my favorite horror films and Pennywise is a favorite of mine.. I  bought this poster from Wal-Mart for $5.00 and it looks good on my closet door.

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Now this Beware or Caution tape you can get from Dollar Tree as well; But I got this particular tape from Walmart, only cost me $0.98; It’s simple but an effective piece of decoration; This is on my other closet door. 

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This is my small table that is by my DVD rack and window ! I couldn’t wait to decorate this little section. Yes the table is small, but it is just enough lol… I got the ‘Hello Pumpkin’ mug from Marshalls, I believe it was $4.99; The ‘scary’ sign is from Dollar General, which costs me a dollar. The small, glitter pumpkin comes in a pack of three pumpkins from Target for $3.00, and the lights on the wall are from Dollar Tree (Yep $1.00)

Non-Halloween items:

Desk light : $5.00 from Five Below

Desk plant: $4.00 from Target

Picture Frame: $1.00 from Dollar Tree // Picture inside frame, found on Google.

Small Table: $ 5.00 from Five Below 

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These decorations are placed on my nightstand. I used a Starbucks Frappuccino glass bottle for the flower vase, and put some fall themed flowers from Dollar Tree; The candle comes from Bath and Body Works, which I got on sale for $14.95; The pumpkin on top was a free gift (it’s magnetic). The purple glittery light up skull (I have a few of these at work too) are from Dollar Tree. 

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Here’s another view of my flowers; The crystals are glow in the dark and they’re from Michaels, which cost about $4.99; I thought this was a nice touch lol; I also have another dollar sign from Dollar General, that says ‘Beware’. 

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Just a cute and simple pumpkin banner hanging behind my T.V. that I got from Walmart for $0.98. 

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This cute sparkly spider web came from Dollar Tree ! 

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Lastly in my window, I got this glass flask from Michaels on sale for $4.99 (which I put those glow in the dark crystals in ); I got the small Halloween sign from Wal-Mart for $2.98 and the glitter pumpkin came from Dollar Tree.

I know that it may look like my decorations are all over the place, but I like it like that ! They’re simple, and fun ! You don’t have to spend a lot of money to put up Halloween decorations, heck you can even reuse some from last year ! You can have fun and save money decorating for Halloween, and if you need suggestions, the stores I named above are great places to look and shop ! Thanks again boils and ghouls for reading ! Until next time !

Aladdin (Movie Review)

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Release Date: May 24, 2019

Genre: Action & Adventure

Cast: Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott, Will Smith, Nasim Pedrad, Marwan Kenzari

Summary (from Rotten Tomatoes):

A street rat frees a genie from a lamp, granting all of his wishes and transforming himself into a charming prince in order to marry a beautiful princess. But soon, an evil sorcerer becomes hell-bent on securing the lamp for his own sinister purposes.

Review By Me

Disney’s 1992 Aladdin is one of my favorite animated movies, so when I heard about a live action version of Aladdin being released, I was pretty excited..Alright let’s get into the review. I want to start of by saying that I really enjoyed this movie. The three main stars of the film: Mena Massoud (Aladdin), Naomi Scott (Princess Jasmine), and Will Smith (Genie) all did a great job. Mena played Aladdin perfectly and reminded me so much of the title character from the animated film. He was charming and it was exciting to see him on the screen. Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine reminded me of Jasmine from the animated film and she is all about the girl power and not being silenced by the laws of Agrabah. And I loved Will Smith as the Genie, he put his own touch to it, and him as the Genie was funny and enjoyable. The whole cast did a great job in this movie, and bought the characters of the animated movie to life. Okay can we talk about the visuals? The visuals in this movie are amazing, they are colorful and vibrant; The CGI was also nice, the animals looked real without looking too animated. The music in Aladdin, was very nostalgic. I was singing along in my head, although I wanted to sing out loud lol. Those classic songs from the original movie, definitely brought back memories. Not only did we hear the original songs but we got to hear a new song that was sung by Naomi Scott called “Speechless”, a song about having a voice and not being silenced, which is a beautiful song. Jafar in this Aladdin was a bit toned down as opposed to the animated film, he was a bit weaker in the live version, but this did not effect the movie overall. I loved Aladdin, and its one of my favorite Disney live action films.. This movie is fun, magical, and colorful filled with humor, and charm. This film is a must see, and I think any fan of the original will enjoy it ! Thanks for reading !

Rating: 4/5

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Shazam! (Movie Review)

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Release Date: April 05, 2019

Genre: Action & Adventure

Cast: Zachary Levi, Asher Angel, Jack Dylan Grazer, Mark Strong, Djimon Hounsou

Summary (from Rotten Tomatoes):

We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson’s (Asher Angel) case, by shouting out one word–SHAZAM!–this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult Super Hero Shazam (Zachary Levi), courtesy of an ancient wizard. Still a kid at heart–inside a ripped, godlike body–Shazam revels in this adult version of himself by doing what any teen would do with superpowers: have fun with them! Can he fly? Does he have X-ray vision? Can he shoot lightning out of his hands? Can he skip his social studies test? Shazam sets out to test the limits of his abilities with the joyful recklessness of a child. But he’ll need to master these powers quickly in order to fight the deadly forces of evil controlled by Dr. Thaddeus Sivana (Strong).

Review By Me

I was not familiar with Shazam until I played 2013’s Injustice: Gods Among Us video game a few years back. Then hearing about the release of this film last year, I said I know this character from playing Injustice. Yesterday I saw Shazam! and I loved it (which I knew I would)..I’m a Marvel fan and I do enjoy watching DC movies and recently I feel the DCEU is definitely stepping their game up. I like the story behind Shazam as far as how he gains his powers and the council/the wizard on how and why he becomes the champion. And hopefully I’m not spoiling anything (I try not too lol) as you read this review. In Shazam! I really did like how much the family concept and creating a home is displayed and discussed when Billy Batson’s stays with his new foster family, they were loving and welcoming. And can we pleaseee discuss Zachary Levi, I mean he  was born for this role, besides being incredibly handsome and charismatic, he embodied this character so well; His acting as a 15 year old boy is so good; Him juggling and learning how to use his powers, makes him into this likable hero; You can tell Levi enjoyed playing this role. I’d also like to highlight the cast that played Billy’s foster family, that family/sibling dynamic, which Billy isn’t probably familiar with definitely stuck with him as you see throughout the film and the ending. This movie definitely sheds a positive light on foster families. Plus with the help from his foster brother, Freddy, who is the superhero fanatic, Shazam was able to discover his powers and more about this hero lifestyle; The villain Dr. Sivana, has an interesting backstory on how and why he became the way he is, let’s just say he wasn’t “pure of heart”. Shazam! has some great action: This, the humor, and Billy becoming Shazam is what makes this film fun. There are some surprises in this film and other great references to the other characters in the DCEU, because who doesn’t love surprises and references. This movie is a great addition to the DCEU, which I knew after seeing the first trailer that this film would do so well and be a really amazing movie; This is an unique superhero film, not like others we’ve seen in a while. Shazam! is fun, entertaining, amazing, funny, heartwarming, and pure magic. I am in love with this movie; It’s actually my favorite movie of the DCEU and I would definitely pay to go see it again; Director, David F. Sandberg did a great job on this film; I recommend this movie to any superhero fan both Marvel or DC, and I think everyone should watch this film; The future is looking bright for DC; Will you be seeing Shazam! this weekend or if you’ve seen it, let me know what you think in the comments below. 

Thanks for reading !

* Rating: 5/5 *

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With the Siblings..Dinner, Movies, Brunch and More

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Heading to Brunch with the siblings

My little bro came in to town from college last week for Spring Break, and of course hanging out and having fun was something we planned on doing. We all did not hang out most of the time my brother was here, but I tried to make plans to where we all could.. We are all close and I try to make sure we get together and have fun !

First up..Dinner at Cheddars & seeing Captain Marvel ( March 09, 2018); I was with my mom, Jordan (second oldest brother), and Jai ( my little bro) on this day.

Jordan, Jai, and me were at Cheddars for dinner before heading to the movies; This was our first time here at the Cheddars in Jacksonville, FL; The last time we ate at a Cheddars was in Valdosta, GA which was two years ago; we love this place by the way; we had dinner there whenever we were in Valdosta. The food is good, and the drinks  (meaning the margaritas, cocktails, etc.) are affordable and delicious. 

Dinner @ Cheddars

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Maui Margarita ($6.29)
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Chicken Tender Platter (Fries and Southern green beans)

Heading to see Captain Marvel

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My skin is beamin’ 

Another Broken Egg

Brunch @ Another Broken Egg with Johnisha (my older sister), Jordan, Jai, Ja’Rell (my nephew), and I (March 15, 2019); We ate, drank, and laughed, which is what we usually do when we get together; This place is definitely one of my favorite spots for brunch.

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Mango Kiwi Mimosa
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Blackberry Stuffed French Toast with Bacon & Country Potatoes (not pictured)
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Strawberry St. Germain

Snapping it up..Selfies (the only two who don’t mind taking a pic lol)

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Me and Ja’Rell (my nephew)
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Me and Jai (my little bro)

Drinks @ Applebee’s

Me and Jordan went to Applebee’s the day before St. Patrick’s Day to get some drinks..The Leprechaun Candy was really good and sweet, just the way i like them lol…and the Rainbow Punch was just strong !

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Leprechaun Candy ($6.99 all month during March)
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Rainbow Punch ($2.00 all month during March)

Siblings will take different paths and life may separate them, but they will forever be bonded by having begun their journey in the same boat.” — Unknown

Spending time with my siblings is one of my favorite things to do; Until next time !

The Juicy Crab With The Family

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I had a really good time at The Juicy Crab with my family; My cousin recently had birth and was ready to get out , she kept saying how excited she was to be out the house and I was happy for her. It was about six of us and my nephew, and we had fun. My cousin bought us three rounds of shots plus Jello shots (can you say lit lol ), we were having a good time ! We are big on family and having fun, and since we haven’t gotten together in a while, this day was much needed. Having been to The Juicy Crab three times, this time the seasoning was okay, but overall the food was pretty good, the third time around lol.. Here are some pics below !

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That’s Me !
Shot of Peach Ciroc and Jello shots (Sex On The Beach and Pineapple flavor)
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A closer look at my Sex On The Beach drink
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I got the Make Your Own Seafood Combo, I decided to get a pound of shrimp, which also included corn and potatoes for $18 
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Another round of shots !
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Our last shots before we left.

That day in The Juicy Crab was a fun time with my family, I cannot wait for our next family gathering ; If you ever visit Jacksonville, FL and you have a taste for seafood, I recommend you to stop by  The Juicy Crab ! Also feel free to comment below ; Thanks for reading !

xoxo