A Spooky World New England Review

‘Twas a dark and dreary night… You know the kind where you could see your breath for seconds before the cold rain beat it down.

Any other time of year and I would shut myself inside and watch reruns of Gilmore girls but it’s October. October, halloween, leaves changing, and scaring myself silly but not really. It’s also where I start mourning the loss of sunlight and warmth for the next 6-8 months. Ugh.

But in the mean time, it’s October and the month of my favorite holiday, Halloween. Did I mention Orange is one my favorite colors?

So when blog and tweet Boston did an event at Spooky World, I signed myself and Tony up unexpectedly. You see, I get scared easily, so while I love, pumpkins, candy, and dressing up for Halloween, I avoid other more bumpy things. I watched the first Saw movie with hands in front of my eyes the whole time and I think that was the last scary movie I watched.

However, after 4 or more years of avoiding scary movies and haunted houses it was time to face my fears. Spooky world on a cold wet night seemed to be the perfect frightful experience.

Spooky world takes place seasonally at Mel’s Funway Park in Litchfield, New England. It’s about an hour drive north of Boston. As bloggers we got VIP passes that allowed us to get ahead of the lines. Even on a wet night, where attendance was relatively low, I loved being instantly in the front.  Plus I really hate queuing as it makes me super anxious and claustrophobic! And everyone that attended got a poncho to help with the rain.

Dark, cold, wet, and the mood was set.

There’s 5 haunted attractions and we started with the 3D horror house…

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Neon paint and 3D glasses we set out.. things jumped out, and things glowed and flickered and ended with a spinning room that really left me dizzy. A good and short little scare. I survived!

The next stop was the Carnage. A haunted, outdoor junkyard filled with trucks and cars to navigate your way to freedom. To be honest, this was my least favorite. The concept was interesting but homeless bums and junky sales people don’t scare me too much.

Next up was Bringham Manor

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A haunted house with every horror, natural and supernatural imagined to scare you. This was my second favorite one. I didn’t take photos inside because I think you should all come out and experience it yourself. I don’t want to ruin any surprises.

After three haunted houses we decided it was time for a break. Screaming makes you hungry!

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There was a firepit going and a beer/dancing area to get your freaky party on. However, my mind was on the food. The usual concession stands from fried dough, fried chicken, candy apply, and hot chocolate was there. But my eyes are always on one thing.

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Yes, I visit attractions for one purpose at times and a seasonal turkey legs is all I want.

After feeding, drinking and warming we continued with our night. Next up:

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Ravenclaw is your usual haunted scary walk in a cemetery. Crypts, ghosts, ghouls, zombies immediately try to befriend you.

And final stop was called the Colony. My favorite out of the five. And where I fully excelled my screaming skills. It was set in the woods and was a mix of scary witch woods style walks with chain saws, and cabins. It was probably the longest attraction as well. Every time I thought we were done, I found something new to scream at.

Overall, we had a blast at Spooky World and if you love Halloween fun, check it out!

 

QOTD – Do you like to be scared? What are your favorite Halloween things to do?

Cambridge Oktoberfest 5K Race Recap

The Cambridge Oktoberfest 5k is part of a series of 5ks put on throughout the year ending with the Yulefest in December. I haven’t done any of them; however I’ve always wanted to. Sadly when you run as many races as I do and drag your boyfriend into half of them, you have to eventually get picky since these events aren’t getting cheaper. Luckily, Dani at a Weight Off My Shoulders holds tons of giveaways and discounts throughout the year. I entered for Octoberfest and kept my fingers crossed. And… I won!

And immediately went in search of a dirndl. Yes, I have never raced in a costume before, but this seemed like a good way to start. And no, I am not one of those cool kids that makes their own. I’m an accountant, creativity isn’t my strong point and I ain’t got time for it in between all the miles and Doctor Who episodes I’m watching. Soooo,.. Amazon to the rescue!

Race registration was around $40 but I wanted my favorite running partner with me! So yes, that’s how Tony got roped into back to back 5ks.

The bib pick up was offered earlier in the week at Jacob Wirth in Boston and made it super easy for me to grab our numbers on Friday night since they were available until 8pm!

The race swag came with a parking pass to Cambridgeside Galaria and a cotton shirt that although won’t be used for running was pretty soft and cute.

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On race day we woke up at 8AM and in theory had plenty of time to get to the race on time if Mr. snooze didn’t enter our world. Damn you snooze, so tempting like the devil. Before we knew it, we were scrambling out the door. It took us 35 minutes to drive 4 miles and find parking. Luckily parking wasn’t too difficult on a Sunday morning but road closures due to construction were frustrating.

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It was chilly, around 48, so I played around with ideas of how to stay warm and still fit into my costume. These things run small! I only have one small regret, I should have ordered a small and not an extra small!

Anyways, the race started at 9:30 and we got there around 9:27. And at this point, I told Tony I’ll wait for him while he finds the bathroom and we’ll run together.

So I waited for him and we get to the starting line about 2 minutes late and I see tons and tons of runners. Seriously, I don’t know the numbers but I feel like 3,001 is a good guess. Suddenly I get the gleam of reaching the starting line and not trying to run at least 7 minute pace seemed unacceptable to me.

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I don’t exactly know how it happened but the crazy eyes took over and within 3 seconds I parted with Tony and started to weave in and out around people, sidewalk etc to get ahead. If you didn’t start in front of the pack this was a tight race and I started two minutes into the race.

However, I have to say, I work best when the adrenaline or trying pass people takes over. It’s how I ran a 3:24 on my first marathon because the DC metro broke down and I got to the race 20 minutes late.

They had clocks at mile 1 & 2 that I saw and for the most part, my Garmin seemed to be in sync with the distance. The course goes up one street with an uphill around mile 1.5 that rewards you with a mild decline for the remainder of the race. No matter how hard I tried to get ahead, it didn’t get any less packed and I was definitely starting to get tired. The 13 miles from the day before was definitely in my legs.

As my watch beeped 3 miles, I was excited for the pain to end in about a minute, but there was no finish line in sight. Eventually, it came and I kicked ahead because the last 10 seconds of a 5k is always my favorite part.

By the time I finished my Garmin said 3.25 which isn’t a bit deal. I’m no pro, so for me more miles, more smiles even if it’s an extra .1 mile.

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The one thing this 5k is known for is a killer after party put on by Swissbaker, Jacobwirth and Cambridge brewing company.

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After waiting and watching Tony finish, we went to grab out beer and feed. I got the pumpin ale which was light and refreshing for a 10am drink and then it was the food.

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I justified it since it was past noon in Germany so I was drinking with them, right?

Anyways the food… Swiss Bakers had their amazing pretzels

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and I actually have no idea what I ate from Jacob Wirth but it was delicious, there was pickled cabbage, a pulled meat, gravy and something that reminded me of gnocchi but German.

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Yea, this doesn’t look that pretty, but I promise it was tasty.

Overall it was a fun event and I hope I get a chance to participate next year.

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Official Distance: 3.1

Official Time: 21:50

Overall Place: 107/2121

Gender Place: 14/(not sure total)

 

QOTD: Have you ever ran in a costume?