2016 Halloween theme game updates

This post has been a long time coming, mostly because game developers have been slow to get their Halloween themes out. Now that the are out, I’ve taken the time to play these games and see what, if anything, is new this year.

 

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Hayday:

 
One of my favorite games, they also have a very nice Halloween theme, with spooky music, ghosts in the fishing area, lot of fun decorations and the promise of a special event with a special Halloween prize.

 If you’ve been putting off getting into Hayday, or if you’ve played it and have taken a break from it, this is a great time to start playing again.

 

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Temple Run 2:

 
Another of my favorite games, this year they have added a Halloween update that changes everything.

 All the characters have had a Halloween upgrade that has turned them into monsters! Plus there is a special character for Halloween, the wolfman!

 The map has changed as well, now there are moving ghosts, tombstones and lots of other Halloween themed additions to the map, one warning however, it can be distracting at first.

 TempleRun has also recently added a globe event with prizes,  this month they are Halloween themed prizes.

 

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Jetpack Joyride:

 

Yes, even Jetpack Joyride got into the Halloween spirit this year, with a Halloween themed background, flying jacks-o-lanterns special prizes and two interesting things after a quick revive: a new costume and a ride on a bone dragon.

The special prizes are only during the event, so there are only about 11 days left, give or take a few hours.

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 These are the games I think are worth playing just because of the Halloween update,  I tried a few others and they weren’t good enough to merit mentioning.

 I hope you give these games a try and enjoy the Halloween season.

Thanks for reading!

Famous quotes as seen by a vampire, a werewolf and a witch 

I have the wonderful opportunity to present to you, my loyal readers, the thoughts of a vampire, a werewolf and a witch on famous quotes.

This opportunity is only available at this time of year, as all kinds of monsters are available for interviews… The only scary beings  available the rest of the year are lawyers and politicians.

I hope you enjoy this post!

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Fair is foul, and foul is fair.   – Macbeth 

Vampire: Where are the Cubs?

Werewolf : I don’t much care for baseball.

Witch: I thought the World Series was supposed to be over by now.

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I am in blood
Stepp’d in so far, that, should I wade no more,
Returning were as tedious as go o’er. – Macbeth

Vampire: I love blood, tis like wine  for me!

Werewolf: I much prefer dry ground, no wading for me.

Witch: Ah, that would be Shakespeare, my favorite of his in fact.

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Curse ruthless time! Curse our mortality. How cruelly short is the allotted span for all we must cram into it! – Winston Churchill

Vampire: That is one curse I don’t have, perhaps the only one…

Werewolf: I’m willing to cram a lot into life, but no silver!

Witch: I’ve got a cure for that, let’s see, where is my eye of newt?

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Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground. -Theodore Roosevelt

Vampire: What if I’m a bat?

Werewolf: Sound advice, unless the moon is full.

Witch:  If I do, I won’t be able to fly, what use is my broom then?

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Speak softly and carry a big stick: you’ll go far. – Theodore Roosevelt

Vampire: good advice, at least for a baseball player.

Werewolf: (No retort given.)

Witch: does my broom count?

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‘Tis now the very witching time of night,
When churchyards yawn and hell itself breathes out
Contagion to this world. ~William Shakespeare

Vampire: Sounds like home.

Werewolf: I think I woke up there this morning.

Witch:  it’s also time for my favorite cooking show: From grave to table.

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 I had hoped to have time to get more retorts from the vampire, werewolf and witch, but they had some haunting a to get to.

 I hope you enjoyed this post, hopefully I’ll be able to bring you more retorts to quotes soon.

Thanks for reading!

Last week of October: trick or treat?

It’s the last week of October and the weather is still relatively nice, save for those parts of the world being impacted by hurricanes. But yet we find ourselves asking, is this a trick or a treat?

 Perhaps because Halloween is nearly here we decide to look past the nice weather and figure out reasons to claim that the weather is actually bad, or perhaps it’s because as humans, we can’t be satisfied with anything.

 Or perhaps it’s the fault of politicians, just blame it on a politician you dislike. Anything can be blamed on politicians, that’s why I had a glaring error in my post last night, or at least that’s what I’m claiming, not that any politician has ever seen or heard of my blog.

 On to other subjects, with Halloween drawing near, we have two main things to talk about tonight: Candy and Comic books.

 This is likely the only week of the year I do not suggest that you devour chocolate chip cookies. Instead I suggest that you eat your fill of candy corn and melocreme pumpkins, the season for these two candies is a short on and you’ll have to wait nearly a fully year before they appear again.

 Don’t forget, as these candies are called corn and pumpkins, half of the politicians in the world will agree that they are fruits and vegetables, so eat up!

 A note of seriousness for a moment: with Halloween comes trick or treaters, which means shouting and doorbell ringing, make sure your cats are safe during all this, there is no point risking a tragedy.

 Now on to comic books!

 This  is a great time of year for comic books, I sometimes wonder if comic books weren’t invented just for Halloween. Spooky things have always been in comic books: there have been numerous ghost centric titlesover the years. There have been adaptations of Frankenstein as well. Ghost stories, mysterious happenings, demons and witches have all had series devoted to them over the years.

However Vampires could be the most popular creature ever written about in comic books, from many incarnations of Dracula, to Morbius; the living vampire, plus many, many more vampires that have there own title or feature prominently in one series or another.

 Yes, this is likely one of the best weeks in the year for comic book reading and candy eating, so get out there and proudly show the world that you enjoy candy and comic books!

 Thanks for reading and have a great week!

Spooky October thoughts

As Halloween is drawn jog near, I thought I’d share a few spooky thoughts with you instead of normal random thoughts and maybe a joke or two.

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 Halloween is a time for candy, taking advantage of this are candy companies who release ‘fun size’ candy bars.

 Once and for all, there is nothing fun about these tiny candy bars. These candy bars are nothing but a waste of time, you need at least two of them to enjoy ‘fun size’ candy bars.

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 The origins of Halloween are not what we celebrate today, it now is nothing more than a day for candy to be given away.

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What do you call an army of ghosts?

A host of ghosts.

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 Vampires are popular mostly because of our odd fascination with blood. Our obsession with blood is second only to our fascination with violence in general.

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 It’s amazing to realize that there have been special Halloween  radio and tv shows for decades, it’s just as amazing that so many have survived the test of time. While I’m not sure, I expect to see the classic tv channels having a whole day or afternoon devoted to these special episodes.

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How did the vampire movie star become a star baseball player?

Because he was a big hit.

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 I hope you’ve enjoyed these thoughts, they might not have been too spooky, but I did my best.

Thanks for reading.

Halloween games for 2015

I’ve been waiting to write this post about games to play to get into the Halloween spirit until more games released updates.

 I hope this post gives you a few ideas for relaxation over the next two weeks:
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Hayday 

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 Hayday, the farming game, released the Halloween update a few days ago.

 The costumes on the Chickens, Cows, Goats, Pigs and Sheep are great once again.

 The ghost in the fishing area gives you gifts if you tap it, the worst thing is it can be hard to spot.

 Growing jack-o-lanterns instead of pumpkins is a great idea, it is also fun to watch them be harvested and flipping over.

There are a number of other fun things to spot in the game, I heartily recommend playing it.
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Angry Gran Run

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Angry Gran Run has a Halloween theme again, there is still about a week to play and find enough skulls to unlock the skeleton costume.

 The street background is great once again, there are many different Halloween props here and there.  From pumpkins to ghosts, it’s well worth playing and playing often to catch all of the things. I’m not positive, but I think there is even a jack-o-lantern from a turnip in there.
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Rail Rush

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 While not a special update, this game also has a special world for Halloween. Called horror land, you get to ride your ore cart around ghosts, over evil looking roots and many more spooky obstacles. It’s well worth playing at least once.

 While I don’t play this game everyday, I am trying to play it more often. One thing I found is that it is easier to play on a phone than on a tablet, however that is just personal preference.

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Unfortunately those are the only three games that really put out a Halloween theme. I had hoped that Temple Run would do something, however it seems like Halloween isn’t a popular holiday to release a special theme for.

Thanks for reading!

Random thoughts and news for Friday, October 2nd

I have an assortment of random thoughts and bits of news for you tonight, I hope you find it interesting!

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 Do you play games on your phone or tablet? Of course you do! Now go and download Jetpack Joyride! This game has a month long event going that transforms it to one of the greatest movie franchises ever, Back To The Future! Yes, complete with hover boards and a time traveling DeLorian! 

Are you still reading this? Great Scott!  What are you waiting for, download it, it’s not a heavy decision!

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Even thought it’s now October, not many games have released Halloween themed editions of their games yet, which is kind of odd, but I’m sure within a week or so there will be many updates.

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 Speaking of updates, it seems like every company is releasing new gadgets, that means new features to learn and new bugs to deal with, not all of the bugs will be distinguishable from features and vise versa.

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 It’s October, or as many people think of it, Halloween month. All this month I’m reviewing suitable books and stories on my book review site, the first one will be going up this weekend.

Take a look: https://colinscritiques.wordpress.com

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Looking for a great spooky movie to watch this month? I suggest any and all of the Universal pictures from the 1930s and 1940s. While not bloody like modern movies, they have a certain something that modern movies just can’t match.

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 That’s about all I have to share with you tonight. I hope you found these things interesting.

Thanks for reading!

Halloween is nearly over

Halloween is nearly over, by the time you read this it might be over where you are.
There is little to fear from ghosts, goblins, vampires, witches, werewolves or zombies now… at least until next year.
Halloween is basically little more than a candy holiday. Kid love it because they get to dress up and go door to door receiving free candy. The rest of us enjoy the day after, when all the good special candy is marked down in the stores, like candy corn and mellow creme pumpkins.
Enjoy the candy, enjoy the cats crossing your paths, fear not the vampires and werewolves, the zombies will wait until next Halloween.

I hope everyone has had a safe and fun Halloween. I’ll leave you with a joke:

A guy answers his door, there’s a bunch of trick or treaters. As he hands out the candy, he asked “how’s tricks?”

Tips to thwart a vampire

Tonight I’m going to show you several ways to thwart the attack of a vampire. These tips are all but fool proof. If used together, I can promise you that any vampire will have a tough time bitting your neck.

A neck like a steel trap

The first key to defending oneself from an attack by a vampire is to realize that they have many weaknesses. The main weakness of vampires is the fact that they bite necks to draw blood. While that might not sound like much of a weakness, just how do you think a vampire would feel if his or her victim had a ring of steel around their neck?
Which is the first key, a steel collar. A snug fitting steel collar will most likely deter any vampre, if they try to bite the neck of anyone wearing such a collar, they will soon find themselves in need of new teeth.
While you might be tempted to try something a little less hard, such as a thick winter scarf, realize that such things can be removed or possibly bitten through.
If you refuse to have a steel (or other metal) collar around yur neck, there are a few other tips.

Marinated or basted

An excellent alternative to a steel collar is to remember one of a vampires other weaknessed, garlic.
Garlic is said to repel vampires, so eating a lot of garlic is a good start. Even better is to rub your neck with butter or oil infused with garlic. Not only will this deter any vampire, it’ll also give help dry skin.
As anyone knows who has read Dracula or watched any of the movies, garlic flowers will help keep you safe, however they can be removed all to easily, so I recommend skipping the flowers and going with a direct application of butter or oil, however simply rubbing your neck and throat with a clove of garlic will still help.
When used in conjunction with a steel collar, no vampire should even consider you prey.

What about a baked potato?

One more weakness of vampires is that they die when a stake is driven through their heart. While not a sure fire way to tell if someone is a vampire, it’s still helpful to know.
If you have to go out at night, alway carry a number of stakes with you. Any kind of stake will work, even possibly a steak.
A steak will always work if you happen to come across a vampire and a werewolf, simply toss the steak at the vampire and the werewolf should attack the vampire, giving you plenty of time to escape.

A bright idea

The last deadly weakness of vampires is sunlight. It’s well known that no vampire can survive the sun’s rays.
Which brings to mind this question: If the sun has the power to destroy a vampire, what about the advanced lightbulbs we have today? It’s worth a try, just carry around a powerful flashlight with a full spectrum light bulb and you’ll have one last weapon to fight a vampire with.

One more thing…

One word of warning, vampires have the power to hypnotize their victims. It’s believed that it is done by the victim looks into the vampire’s eyes. The trick is not to look a vampire in his or her eye. Pirates may have an advantage in this regard, at least those with eye patches.

Thanks for reading and I hope these tips will help keep you safe from vampires this halloween
Please feel free to share your own tips in the comments..

Jokes for Wednesday, October 29th- Halloween time!

t’s Wednesday night again, not only that but Halloween is nearly upon us! With that in mind, I’ve come up with some the the strangest, most confusing and hopefully funny halloween themed jokes you’ll ever hear.

Pumpkin guts

Jack L. Antrn was a very respectable CEO of the Squash canner co until one morning while he was inspecting the plant he managed to stumble over a guardrail and land in the waste bin. He was unhurt, but he issued only one comment:”Pumpkin guts.”

How do you stop a charging werewolf?
Toss a bucket of pumpkin guts in its path.

A witch happened upon a vampire and a werewolf who were having a heated debate. When she asked what they were arguing about, the vampire and werewolf replied “Pumpkin guts!”

Once there was a young jack o lantern who was unable to compete at sports, after weeks of careful consideration his doctor reach a conclusion, he had no pumpkin guts.

Witches way

The werewolf family always made sure to invite a witch along when they took a long trip, whenever they got lost they could just ask “Witch way?”.

Shortly before dawn one day, a vampire was hurriedly flying back to his coffin in bat form when he ran into a witch, literally. The witch lost her broom in the crash, the vampire was disorientated. The vampire, in desperation, grabbed the witch and asked “Witch way up?”

Vampire humor

Did you hear that Dracula hired a werewolf to run a steamroller over his patch of turnips?
He had to, he couldn’t squeeze blood from a turnip himself.

Why did vampires enjoy the company of gangsters in the 1930s?
They loved a good blood bath.

What did the vampire hunter do when he had a run of good luck playing poker?
He raised the stake.

Why do vampires avoid butcher shops?
They don’t like the steaks.

Ghost hosts

When a family of ghosts moved into a new house they threw a party. It wasn’t much of a party, it lacked spirit.

A ghost wanted to change how people saw him, so he went to a party, but no matter how hard he tried, he just wasn’t the life of the party.

Bob the ghost had befriended a medium who was forced to quit doing seances do to lack a lack of people interested in contacting ghosts. In an attempt to cheer up the medium, Bob threw a party for her. Despite inviting other ghosts, witches, vampires and even a zombie, nothing could raise the medium’s spirits.

I hope you’ve enjoyed these jokes.
Please feel free to comment or share a halloween joke of your own.
Thanks for reading!

Tips for defending against a werewolf

Last week I offered a few tip for the zombie apocalypse. Tonight I’m going to explain how you can easily defend yourself against a werewolf. I hope you enjoy.

As anyone who has watched the Wolfman from 1941, you’ll be aware that anyone can be turned into a werewolf by being bitten by another, standard werewolf knowledge, but the key part comes next “when the wolfbane blooms and the moon is bright’. The key to defeating werewolves forever is to eliminate all wolfbane so it never blooms again, however that is something that shouldn’t be attempted for ethical reasons.
Everyone knows that silver is the only thing that can kill a werewolf, regular bullets and weapons can’t hurt them. So you should surround yourself with silver.
If you learn to toss a silver coin, all you need is a suit and you can look like a 1930s gangster, thus giving you a thin line of defense against a werewolf.
Few people will be able to battle a werewolf with anything silver, so a much better idea is to take Theodore Roosevelt’s advice and carry a large stick, in addition you should carry a large steak. When you encounter any number of werewolves you’ll be ready. Toss the stick as far away as you can, with luck the werewolf or wolves you’re facing will chase it, if not, toss the large steak and take off running while the werewolves fight over it. You have a slight chance to get away.
Now most people know about killing a werewolf with a silver bullet. However from what I’ve been able to find out, most werewolves prefer brandy and vodka over beer.
In conclusion, your best bet to be safe from werewolves is to build yourself a room out of silver and seal yourself inside whenever the moon is full.

Thanks for reading, I hope you’ve enjoyed this pot. Next I’ll tackle vampires on Thursday.
Have any tips to protect yourself from werewolves? Please comment.