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Mutterings of a Mad Woman

Post-Party Pack-Up

on November 5, 2007 - 10:24am

All the guests have left. Not a trick or treater to be seen for another year. It's time to take down the decorations. People don't realize that there is an art to packing up that can make your life simpler. Here are some tricks that I have incorporated into my packing ritual.

1. Ziplock The Small Critters
Put all of your spiders, bats, mice, and bugs into ziplock bags. This way you don't end up with tiny plastic critters spread throughout your boxes, and you can easily grab a bag of whatever nasties you need during next year's party set up.

Happy Halloween!

on October 31, 2007 - 12:57pm

It's Halloween morning, and I am adding some final touches to the front of the house. To decorate this year, I put all of my large monsters from the party out on the enclosed porch - Bubblehead in his crate, a demon and a hag. They are all looking out the window to the street.

Everyone is walking by, and I comment to my boyfriend Yetch that no one is looking up to take any notice of the evil creatures eyeing them.

Making Macabre Cupcakes

on October 26, 2007 - 12:38pm

I've been having a bit of fun this morning making cupcakes. You must understand, my devilish darlings, I don't bake. This was my first attempt at decorating cupcakes and I am pretty chuffed.

So I am not going to win any culinary awards for them, but it's a simple thing to do and I feel it adds just a bit of something spookily special to my party spread.

A Pasta Dish That is All About the Senses

on October 19, 2007 - 11:46am

Eyes and ears pasta. How absolutely, awfully, awesome is that? Mark Hill submitted this recipe on in their Halloween section. Though I never make pasta from scratch, it inspires me to create some creepy cookery. Perhaps one of you gruesome gourmets will give it a try as well.

"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.