All posts by Ryan R. Palmer

Author of Jeremy, the Jack-O'-Lantern, Dead Skin Dave: the Pirate and blogger of Fantastic Adventures in Family Entertainment.

You Won’t Believe Your Eyes When you see Statues Singing Grim Grinning Ghosts!

The wonderfully talented VoicePlay A Capella group has released a video just in time for Halloween. They are singing the wonderful song “Grim Grinning Ghosts” from the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland Resort.

Turn up the volume, gather the family and watch this great video today!

A Peek at my Halloween Decorations 2016

Another year, another photo gallery of my Halloween decorations.

This year was a fun challenge, as it is the first Halloween season I got to decorate in our new townhouse. It’s always fun to figure out where things are going to go. As always, I tend to wish there were more indoor decorations.
With a little one around, I have started to switch to more cute Halloween decor instead of spooky or gory. Each year I try to add at least one piece to the collection, so at some point I hope to have an entire room full of Halloween/Fall decor.
One place I have discovered that has some wonderfully cheap ways to decorate for Halloween is Michaels. You can buy a lot of cheaper styrofoam products, such as jack-o’-lanters, monsters, ghosts, etc., and paint them, decorate them any way you choose. It’s a great way to save money and also get your kids involved in decorating the house with you.

Happy Halloween, everyone!

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Fantastic Halloween Adventure: Alvin & The Chipmunks Meet the Wolfman

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Today’s Fantastic Adventure in Family Entertainment brings us to an old children’s favorite: Alvin and the Chipmunks.

In this full length feature, Alvin becomes obsessed with monsters and pranks, especially when a creepy neighbor moves in.
At the same time, Theodore is looking to be in the school play production of Jekyll and Hyde, along with the Chipettes.
Why doesn’t anyone believe Alvin when he sees a wolfman running around the city? And why has Theodore begun acting so strange? Find out when Alvin and the Chipmunks meet the Wolfman!

Why it is a Fantastic Adventure: Any Halloween themed movies immediately catch my attention. This one is above average, but not the greatest. Like any entry in this series, there is always a lesson to be learned. As usual, Alvin goes overboard and scares too many people which gets him grounded. A good teachable moment and reminder that sometimes play can get out of hand.
But, it is not all lessons and mischief! There are some great Chipmunk songs for your kids to dance and sing and burn a few calories. They will love the comic interactions between the Chipmunks.

The animation style is hand drawn animation, which I always prefer over CG. It gives the entire cartoon a familiar, friendly feel. A few Fall elements appear, such as orange leaves, dark skies, a yellow moon and a creepy werewolf imagery! Start this one early in September and get your kids in the mood for the Fall.

Fantastic Halloween Adventure: Costume Quest 2

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Last year, I wrote about the first Costume Quest game. A rare gem that perfectly encapsulates the experience of Halloween. This year, Costume Quest 2 has been released and looks to continue the amazing Halloween spirit.

Why it is a fantastic adventure: Differing from the first game, Costume Quest 2 takes place in various eras of time. Not only will you and your kids get to virtually trick or treat in a familiar neighborhood setting, but you’ll get to visit Ancient Egypt, the Louisiana Bayou, a future where Halloween is illegal, and more!
There are multiple costumes to try on, lots of creepy cards to collect, and tons and tons of candy to collect and spend.

It is a fun adventure for the entire family. So gather round the computer or TV and spend some quality family Halloween time together.

Costume Quest 2 is available on PC, PlayStation or Xbox.