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Here’s my spooky Halloween movies list for 2016 — one for each night of October.
In the “how to watch” column, here’s the meaning of the codes: N=Netflix, ND=Netflix DVD only, AV=Amazon Video, AVP=Amazon Video + Prime, ATV=Apple TV, B=Blu-ray, D=DVD
|Day||Movie Title||Year||Comments||How to Watch|
|1||Pirates of the Caribbean, The Curse of the Black Pearl||2003||A great ghost story inspired by Disney’s classic theme park ride.||N, AV, ATV, B, D|
|2||PBS Masterpiece Classic: Great Expectations, Episodes 1 thru 3||2012||While not a ghost story and there’s nothing supernatural in the film, the creepy, specter-like Miss Havisham and her rotting, haunted-looking house will definitely set the proper spooky mood. The scary criminal Magwitch is an added fright.||ND, ATV, B, D|
|3||The Rocky Horror Picture Show||1975||Tim Curry in his element as Dr. Frank-N-Furter.||ND, AV, ATV, B, D|
|4||Clue||1985||Tim Curry as the butler.||AV, ATV, B, D|
|5||Murder by Death||1976||Truman Capote entertains.||ND, AV, ATV, D|
|6||House on Haunted Hill||1959||Vincent Price stars in this thriller featuring a famous Frank Lloyd Wright house — with a vat of acid in the basement. Don’t bother with the lame 1999 remake.||AVP, ATV, D|
|7||Beetlejuice||1998||Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis Winona Ryder and Michael Keaton in a classic Tim Burton production.||ND, AV, ATV, B|
|8||Halloweentown||2004||Very light Disney channel fare but entertaining nonetheless. Debbie Reynolds.||ND, AV, ATV, D|
|9||Casper||1995||Bill Pullman being threatened by ghosts instead of aliens.||AV, ATV, B, D|
|10||Hotel Transylvania||2012||More light animated fare, but completely watchable.||AV, ATV, B, D|
|11||Elvira: Mistress of the Dark||1988||Camp fun with a macabre theme.||ND, AV, ATV, D|
|12||Young Frankenstein||1974||A Mel Brooks classic in beautiful black and white with an incredibly talented cast.||ND, B, D|
|13||House of Dark Shadows||1970||For those who are fans of the original Dark Shadows TV series.||ND, AV, ATV, B, D|
|14||Night of Dark Shadows||1971||More 70’s creepy camp with the Collins family from producer Dan Curtis, but no Barnabas.||ND, AV, ATV, B, D|
|15||Dark Shadows||2012||Fun remake by Tim Burton with a great 70’s soundtrack.||AV, ATV, B, D|
|16||Sleepy Hollow||1999||Another Tim Burton production full of classic creepiness.||N, AV, ATV, B, D|
|17||Corpse Bride||2005||While we’re on Tim Burton, might as well watch this one. Lots of famous voices: Joanna Lumley, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Emily Watson, Tracey Ullman, Christopher Lee, Jane Horrocks.||N, AV, ATV, B, D|
|18||Ghostbusters||1984||The classic.||ND, AV, ATV, B, D|
|19||Ghostbusters II||1989||The classic, revisited.||ND, AV, ATV, B, D|
|20||It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown||1966||Another autumn classic.||ND, AV, ATV B, D|
|21||The Witches||1990||Anjelica Huston as the grand high witch. Who knew witches had square toes?||ND, AV, ATV, D|
|22||The Addams Family||1991||Anjelica Huston as Morticia.||N, AV, ATV, B, D|
|23||Addams Family Values||1993||Even more Anjelica Huston.||ND, AV, ATV, D|
|24||Halloweentown II: Kalabar's Revenge||2001||Because you already watched the first one on October 8.||ND, AV, ATV, D|
|25||Pufnstuf, The Movie||1970||Attend the annual witch convention at Witchiepoo’s castle. Groovy Mama Cass, and Martha Raye as Boss Witch.||ND, AV, ATV, D|
|26||Mad Monster Party||1967||Classic Rankin Bass stop motion animation. So bad, so tacky, so good. Voices by Boris Karloff and Phyllis Diller.||AV, ATV, B, D|
|27||The Nightmare Before Christmas||1993||Back to Tim Burton again.||ND, AV, ATV, B, D|
|28||Bram Stoker’s Dracula||1992||Winona Ryder and Keanu Reeves.||ND, AV, ATV, B, D|
|29||[The Fall of the] House of Usher||1960||A Roger Corman/Vincent Price classic based on the tale by Edgar Allen Poe.||AV, D|
|30||The Pit and the Pendulum||1961||Another Roger Corman/Vincent Price classic, also based on the writing of Edgar Allen Poe.||AV, B, D|
|31||Hocus Pocus||1993||My ultimate Halloween movie.||ND, AV, ATV, B, D|
Ahhhh, autumn. The time of year when the weather turns cool and crisp (unless you’re in the deep south) and we all get mad for pumpkin spice lattes. This is just a friendly reminder to everyone about the calories contained in that special treat. In many cases, one pumpkin spice latte could be a meal replacement, calorically speaking.
Calorie count information source: Starbucks.
|Drink Size||Milk Type||Whipped Cream?||Calorie Count|
In Sorrento and along the Amalfi Coast of Italy, there are two delicious liqueurs made with local lemons and fennel: Limoncello and Finocchietto. These potent liqueurs are typically served in small amounts after a meal, but they can also be added to Spumante or Prosecco — or even mixed with other liquors to make cocktails. I have even seen a variation of babà al rum where little yeasted sweet cakes are soaked in limoncello instead of rum.
The best Limoncello is made with Ovale lemons from Sorrento. The liqueur is made by soaking only the lemon peel in a flavorless alcohol (such as vodka or grain alcohol) for 40 days, then a sugar syrup is added along with more alcohol, and the mixture sits for another 40 days. After 80 days total, the resulting liqueur is strained and bottled. Limoncello is always served very cold and is normally kept in the freezer.
Finocchietto is similar to Limoncello, except it is flavored with fennel seeds and other parts of the fennel plant instead of lemon. Some versions also incorporate anise seed and dill. Finocchietto is also served ice cold after lunch or dinner.
The very best Limoncello I have tasted comes from lemons grown in the community garden of Sorrento. The garden, and production of the limoncello, is managed by I Giardini di Cataldo. Limoncello and Finocchietto can be ordered online directly from I Giardini di Cataldo, but be aware the shipper (UPS/Fed Ex) will forward a customs tax bill to U. S. recipients based on the declared value of the shipment. In my case, the bill was around $10 and it arrived a week or more after the shipment of liqueur.
I Giardini di Cataldo also sells Finocchietto, which is made from fennel grown on a private estate on the Amalfi Coast just south of Sorrento. It is delicious.
For more information on the lemons of Sorrento, visit SorrentoInfo.com.