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"Evil Dead: The Musical" & Bruce Campbell

on October 18, 2007 - 3:20pm

Hello, dastardly minions. In August, we surprised a friend of ours with tickets to go and see Evil Dead: The Musical. As an added bonus, Bruce Campbell made an appearance for a question and answer period after the show.

The show itself is a blast. It's campy, funny, and has catchy tunes like "Cabin in the Woods" and my favourite, "What the F*ck Was That?". There are line references to the original movies, and tons-o-blood (the first two rows in the theatre are referred to as the 'splatter zone').

Quick, Easy, Chillingly Cheap Walls

on October 16, 2007 - 5:38pm

I'm creating a quick holding cell/dungeon in my office for this year's party. I'm not about to move my desk and all its contents out of the room (I think taking all my pictures down and clearing out most of my living room accessories is enough). SO I've created some really quick, easy and cheap walls.

They are simply large cardboard boxes flattened out (I left the bottom outside edge flaps attached. This allows it to stand on its own for the small wall seen here). I draw the outlines of the boards with black spray paint. Let it dry. Then take light coloured paint watered down a little, dip a brush in (removing some of the paint from the brush) and lightly drag the brush along each length of "board".

New Wretched Resource: Exhibit Labels

on October 13, 2007 - 10:07am

Sometimes it can take an excruciatingly long time to create labels for your Halloween display. I've posted 2 pdf sheets in my "Wretched Resources" section under "Printable Props and Decorations". You can see the first one here and view the second one here.

Halloween at Home Sense

on October 9, 2007 - 1:48pm

I love Home Sense. They already have cast their voodoo on me with their trinkets, pillows, glassware and pretentious gourmet food items that no one really needs (yet I feel empty inside because I don't have them). And they have me right where they want me.

While I was aware that Home Sense always had cookie cutters and aprons for kooky, creepy kitchen creations, I did not know that their buyer has gone out to find what I would call upscale props. Not only are they inexpensive and interesting, they are well made. Solid. Heavy. And quite attractive.

On the far left in the picture is a Frankenstein candle holder. I also picked up the Dracula one but passed on the witch and mummy made in the same style (can't afford it all, can I?).

Eerily Energy-Friendly

on October 9, 2007 - 1:32pm

How many of you Halloweeniacs have suffered burnt fingertips from black light bulbs? Those little glass balls of death which are cheaply made and cast hardly any light will soon be a thing of the past.

Headless Spectre Radio

on October 8, 2007 - 3:24pm

His name is Doktor Viktor Von Kreep, monster enthusiast and talented cartoonist. Some of you may be aware of the publication "1313" or his website and fares on Kreepsville Industries. These are all great, but what I want to draw attention to is his blog for Headless Spectre Radio.

The Dok has put together track lists of classic 50's/60's monster music by bands such as "The Vooduos" and "The Astro Zombies", not to mention original clips from movie trailers (including Mad Monster Party, my favourite). Go to his website for a listen, bone daddies. I promise you won't be disappointed.

Toys, Masks and More

on October 6, 2007 - 12:01pm

My dear devilish darlings, I've been waiting a long time to share this website with you. It's, and it's a lot of fiendish fun.

You can stop in the library to read Ray's stories, or play some online horror games in the arcade, but I'm going to gently shove you down the street to the toyshop as our first stop (I tend to zero in on toy stores in real life as well). Here you will find masks, game pieces, even helmets, all made out of paper and all ready for you to print out at home. It's quite fantastic. Enjoy.

Hanging Curtains to Dry on a Bright Fall Day

on October 1, 2007 - 4:06pm

In my neighbourhood, it's common to see scores of crisp white t-shirts, towels and sheets waving like flags from breezy backyard clotheslines. I have a clothesline too, and I used it for the first time in the 11 months we've lived here. It didn't seem to help me blend in though.

It's a bright and warm sunny Autumn Sunday afternoon, and I'm outside taking a serrated knife to some curtains.

The knife worked great. Scrape it sideways along the material, it creates one pattern of runs in the material. Draw it down, and it makes another. Press harder, and you get some small tears. Perfect.

Flash Animations *shudder* and Pop-ups

on September 11, 2007 - 6:30pm

Hi-ho Halloweeners,

Just wanted to shed some light on the blight of many fright-sites. Websmasters, please. Though having a skull that jabbers its jaw may seem spooky cool, think twice and remember: moderation is key. When you buckshot your website full of flash, you are creating not only an eerie eyesore, but a potential web browser crippler. Those flickering flames, blinking eyes and flapping wings together can cause your visitor's web browser to freeze, and in the worst situations, their computers to seize.

Prequels, Sequels and Remakes

on September 7, 2007 - 4:42pm

Hello ghastly ghoulies,

I needed a break from typing up activities to post on the site, so I decided to slither through the internet and find something to entertain my grey matter while my bony fingers rested. I found three things worthy of my short attention span.