Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Oktober Blogfest & Halloween Hop!

Bish is hosting a spooky Oktober blogfest today, and this weekend is the Halloween Hop at the blog of Jeremy Bates! I thought I'd combine these two fests in one post!

That's my sister and me in the top left picture. I'm a bunny; she's the clown. Aren't we sweet?

Here are a few fun fast Halloween favorites of mine.

Best Songs for Halloween: Thriller by MJ! Dragula by Rob Zombie! Psycho by Puddle of Mudd! Nightmare and Scream by Avenged Sevenfold! Vampires Will Never Hurt You by MCR!

(Yes, I have a Scary Song mix on my iPod.)

Best Halloween Joke: What do adult ghosts like to drink? BOOze.

Best Halloween candy: I love so many kinds of candy, but my fave are Reese's peanut butter cups.

Best Halloween costume: as a child - butterfly, as an adult- Wonder Woman

Best Vampire Show: True Blood of course!

Tell me your favorites in the comments!

And for the Oktober Blogfest:

My family loves Halloween. Each Halloween we have more family over, and we go trick-or-treating with the kids. One Halloween morning, I ran to the grocery store to get things for our upcoming family party. My husband was incapacitated with a terrible flu so he was banished to the basement. I needed help so I called my dad to watch my three children (ages newborn, 2, and 5 at the time) while I did a quick trip to the store.

When I returned, my daughter was lying on the floor and holding her face. Apparently, right before I opened the door, my oldest son was having a pillow fight with my 2 yr old daughter, and she got hurt and fell to the floor. She was dazed, her eyes were open, and she was crying a little. After I inspected her, she became extremely dazed and absolutely not herself. She is one spunky child, and she was staring into space and not responding to me. I raced her to the emergency room, crying and praying the whole way. I pulled over at one point because she was falling asleep or passing out (even at 2 she rarely took naps) in her carseat, and I was fearful for her. My dad ran to the neighbor to watch my other two so he could follow in his car.

The ER took her after awhile and diagnosed her with a scratched cornea. I do believe she had a concussion, but they didn't diagnose her with that. We came home, let her rest, dressed her in her adorable bunny costume, and then put her in a wagon for trick or treating. This wasn't the scariest health incident regarding my daughter as she's had worse medical diagnoses, but thankfully she is now a healthy (and still quite spunky) nine year old.

The funny thing about this story is my daughter (now in fourth grade) just wrote an essay about her best Halloween. She wrote about the one when she was a bunny and 2 years old. She totally missed the part of her being in the ER that day. Totally forgotten. I'm just glad she remembered the best part of the day!

This is my favorite Halloween picture of my children from that day.

I am featuring a few horror movie actors at the Book Recs of the Rock and Famous tomorrow and Halloween Monday! Find out tomorrow what a major movie star who started in a horror film is reading and on Monday I have one of the most recognizable horror movie characters ever! Please stop by and see what they are reading!


Jen Daiker said...

I am so easily amused because my favorite part was the awesome BOOze joke! I'm still giggling! Thanks for making my Wednesday worth while!

Natalie Aguirre said...

Love the picture of you and your sister. So cute. And the joke is funny.

That's amazing your daughter remembers anything about being 2. Thanks for sharing the story. Glad she was okay.

Bish Denham said...

Thanks for playing Kelly! Great pictures! How terrifying for you. Who needs pretend when reality can be so...real.

Kelly Polark said...

Jen- Ha! I giggle about that one, too!!
Natalie- My daughter loves to watch family videos over and over. I'm thinking she remembers what she saw from what we taped on that day.
Bish - Thanks for hosting this fun blogfest!!

Stina Lindenblatt said...

OMG! That would have been scary, especially when you thought she had passed out on the way to the hospital.

At least her memories of the day were more plesant than yours, Kelly. :D

Marisa Hopkins said...

YOU LOOK THE SAME!! Oh man, so cute.

And eeek, how scary!!!

Cynthia Chapman Willis said...

There are definitely different ways of being scared. I'll take being startled by a zombie over having my heart in my throat over rushing a little one to the ER any day. Yikes! Glad all worked out well. And the pictures are too cute!

nutschell said...

Hello! dropping by from Bish Denham's blog hop.
That is one scary Halloween! I'm so glad your daughter was all right and was able to go trick or treating after ward.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That's great!
is an awesome song. And Beanut Butter Cups are my favorite as well.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

And forgot to add your story is scary and not one I'd like to experience.

Christina Lee said...

LOVE all your pics and EEK--scary! I could so put myself in your place and see myself racing around crying!! Glad it all worked out!

Kim Kasch said...

U R 2 cute and your lil sis 2.

I'm be "hopping" around the www this weekend to check all this fun stuff out - thanks for sharing the links.

Sherrie Petersen said...

I love that she only remembers the good parts :)

Yat-Yee said...

Good for her! It's a gift to remember the best things of any event and allow the rest to float away.

Adorable pics. Yours and your kids'.

Lola Sharp said...

My goodness, Kelly, there are SO many things to love in this post!

Great song selection. :) I think I have MCR on every kind of playlist I have...even the dance/pop playlists.

I love Reece's PB cups best, too. Yummm.

You and your, they're always silly and I always love them. :D

And, dude, you are a PERFECT Wonder Woman. Your coloring was meant for it.

The kids are adorable in their costumes.


Anita said...

Thank you for sharing so many fun family goodies with us! I love any candy with chocolate and nuts. And I can't wait to share your joke at the dinner table!

Lydia Kang said...

I love Reese's too but I hardly get to eat them bc my little one has a peanut allergy. :(

Will go check out your Rock blog!

Kari Marie said...

Stopping by from Bish's blogfest. First of all, LOVE all your favorites. I love how your daughter only remembers the good parts of her day. I wish I could do that sometimes!

Matthew MacNish said...

That first joke is great, because it has to be read, as opposed to told.

MG Higgins said...

Wow, what a horrific experience for you! You must have been so scared. This was really well written. I hung on every word.

Yay Reeses!

cleemckenzie said...

Loved your bunny costume! And that story about your daughter's ER visit was especially interesting since none of the terror of that night stayed with her . . . only the sweet memory of her being a bunny. Kids are amazing, aren't they?

Angela Felsted said...

I really like the glasses. My daughter scratched her older brother's cornea. I was amazed at how well the body heals itself.

Christina Farley said...

Great jokes!

And that must have been so scary! I'm glad your daughter was ok!

Chrissy Peebles said...

Hello! (((((hugs)))))

It’s so awesome to visit your lovely blog today on this Halloween blog hop. I think this is an awesome opportunity to meet other authors! I’m joining your blog and I hope you’ll join mine, too, so we can learn more about one another.
My favorite monster movie is Night of the Living Dead and I’m dressing up as a mime. Mime is one of the most ancient forms of theatre, appearing around the time of the Greek tragedies. I hope to perfect the art and technique of portraying a mood, idea, or narration by gestures and bodily movements. The only problem is…that I have a big mouth! LOL. It’s so nice to meet you!


P.S. I’d love to connect with you online!
My blog link is Facebook link is:!/chrissy.peebles1
My twitter link is:!/ChrissyPeebles1

LTM said...

wow. I think I'd agree with you that it seemed like more than a scratched cornea. Glad she's OK! And look at your little pumpkin. Too cute!!! Happy Halloween, Kel! I'm totally stealing the adult ghost joke. :D

E. Arroyo said...

Cute picture. Glad everything turned out okay. Just stopping by through the Halloween hop.

Free Book Reviews said...

Halloween Hop

I want to thank Jeremy Bates for the chance to participate in this blog hop.

My Favorite monster movie - Hellraiser
My Costume - Dragon (well the wings of a dragon and the rest is my sexy self)
And I am now following this Blog (yay)

I have read quite a few of the posts on this blog and I do believe I shall
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lynnhubbard said...

Halloween Hop!
Hi! The scariest book I've ever read was "IT". It reached deep into my subconsciousness and scared the heck out of me! For Halloween I'll be dragging out my Elmo snuggy for my couch potato costume.


Cortney said...

I love that you have a Halloween playlist! How fun. And that picture is definitely cute.

Shelley Workinger said...

Happy Halloween Hop! How ironic that your daughter's best Halloween memory is probably your worst ;)
Glad to *meet* you and thanks for the scary playlist idea - I'm off to make one!

TTORIA said...

Glad everything turned out ok!

Dropping by for the Halloween hop :-)

My favourite scary movie or book...erm well i'm not really a fan of anything scary as well to be honest lol! A total wimp!
This year i won't be dressing up until next month when i go and visit my sister in Scotland. Not a clue what i'm going to wear

New follower here :-)


Penelope Crowe said...

Hello hoppers!!

So glad to visit your blog! This year I will be a swachbuckling pirate and my favorite book is either Let the Right One In or The Witching Hour. I am visiting this blog from the Coffin Hop! I am #63 over there, and my blog is Hop over--you can win a NOOK! Happy Halloween! :)

Penelope Crowe

Lindsay N. Currie said...

I love this post. LOVE IT. FYI, I want a pic of you as Snooki LOL. That's hilarious. I postd a picture this morning of my zombie family from the party this weekend - you'll get a hoot out of it!

Draven Ames said...

Great post. Glad your daughter turned out fine and has no memory of it.

Jeremy Bates said...

great photos! i wish i had more like that when i was a kid! lol
thanks for participating in the hop, kelly! and hope to see u around
my favorite horror movie is the shining............. (and book too!)

Creepy Query Girl said...

Ugh, kids in the ER does make for the scariest halloween! Hope you guys have a great one tonight!

C.R. Evers said...

great pictures! You're so awesome. :0)

Tara Tyler said...

that is SCARY!
but so nice that its all ok and pain forgotten now!

HaPpY HaLLoWeeN!

salarsenッ said...

Love your jokes! And you are a True Blood lover too??? I started watching Season 4 and just finished catching up with Season 1. Now I need 2 &3. lol

Have a fabulous Halloween!

Anonymous said...

I love Thriller, also Monster Mash. My favorite Halloween candy is candy corn.

I'm glad your daughter has no memory of that incident.

I'm haunting you after seeing your comment on Theresa's blog. Booooo.

Amberr Meadows said...

Very scary!

I’m here visiting from Jeremy Bates' blog hop, and I love your blog!

My favorite scary book is IT (scared the crap out of me as a kid), movie that horrified me most was Rob Zombie’s remake of Halloween, and I did not dress up this year, because I suck. One of my favorite costumes in the past was "Dead Baby Roller Blades."

Happy Halloween!

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

LOL...I knew you were the bunny before I read the post. Your smile gave you away.

True Blood....sigh

Kelly Polark said...

Thank you to new friends for stopping by and thank you to my regulars for coming by with such wonderful comments!
Sorry I wasn't able to comment individually this post!!
I appreciate your kind words and time spent to stop and say hi!

Elana Johnson said...

Um, you are so cute! Your smile is just as infectious.

Carolina Valdez Miller said...

Isn't it funny how kids' memories work? The ER wasn't nearly as important as the awesome bunny costume. I'm glad she's a healthy sweetie now! Your kids are precious!

Jennifer Shirk said... looked so cute as a bunny!!!
But I could totally picture you as Wonder Woman!

Favorite candy? Twix by far.

Best costume? In high school I dressed as Ronald Reagan, my friend dressed as VP George Bush and my other friend came as a shiek. We got out picture togeter like we holding a mid-east peace summit. LOL!!

Lydia Kang said...

You're right, that is the scariest halloween ever. So glad she ended up okay after that.