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Mutterings of a Mad Woman

Petrified Pizza

on October 28, 2008 - 12:59pm

Here are some pizza ideas I used at this year's party. It only takes a few extra minutes to make your meals match the decor.

For one pizza, I had a tomato sauce, onions, mozzarella cheese, sliced turkey pepperettes and red peppers. I used the red peppers to spell out 'HELP' across the pizza...a cry from an employee in the kitchen.

The next was a giant sea monkey pizza (shrimp) with fresh basil, some mozzarella, and an artichoke and asiago cheese spread as the sauce.

Head Shot - The Game

on October 24, 2008 - 9:25am

"Shoot'em in the head and they'll stay dead". That is the basic premise for the game I created this week.

This game uses balancing skill. You have one 'bullet' to kill the zombie. As most of us know, a zombie only dies if you shoot him in the head. The object of the game is to manoeuvre the bullet (a tiny ball or marble) by tilting the picture box of the zombie back and forth, rolling the ball into the head shot hole without accidentally 'shooting' the zombie in other body parts or missing him completely (making the ball fall through other holes). It's super easy to make and you could change the image of the zombie to match your theme.

If you're interested in seeing how it's done, take a look in my Horrific How-To Monster Workshop, and peek in on other Step-By-Step Prop Projects while you are there!

I have 33 hours left to create before my party starts. Wish me luck!

Finger Food Anyone?

on October 22, 2008 - 8:40am

Use this idea to serve your guests some authentic finger foods this Halloween.

Check your local dollar store - they often sell popcorn containers in their party section. If you can't find them there, head to the local party supply store.

Fill your containers with snacks and a few extra bits. Be sure to use food colouring for the blood effect, and you might want to give the body parts a rinse before placing them in the containers.

Ghost Buster Gambling

on October 21, 2008 - 6:41pm

This is a simple game idea you could adapt for your own party. The object of the game is to predict where the ghost will appear next in the haunted house.

For my party, people will be earning tickets as they win different games. They will have a chance to bet some of their winnings (either against the house or each other). Get it right, they double their bet. Get it wrong, they hand over their tickets.

The Countdown Continues

on October 21, 2008 - 5:36pm

I have four days to finish getting ready for my party this year (hence the sporadic blog posts lately). Every free moment is being dedicated to decorating.

I just finished carving this craft pumpkin or Funkin. I've never bought one before because a large one will run you close to $20 at the craft store. I found this one in a second hand store for $1.50.

Carving was a little tougher than I thought it would be. If you try to carve one, be sure to use a sharp knife and please be careful. They are great because you can reuse them, they won't go mouldy, and you can put them anywhere.

Ok. That's all the time I have. I must get back to decorating. Speaking of which, if you're interested in seeing how the house is coming along, take a peek at Halloween 2008 in the Art Ghoullery. I'll be updating the album as I get each room finished. Right now, you'll find images of the kitchen.

Zombies and the Bazaar of the Bizarre

on October 18, 2008 - 10:18am

Before you attend the Toronto Zombie Walk on Sunday, take a stroll over to 6 Noble St (Dufferin and Queen) for the Bazaar of the Bizarre.

The Royal Sarcophagus Society has gathered all the local artistic ghouls and gals to participate in a sinister shopping experience.

Our first Halloween & Holiday Marketplace! Over 40 artists, clothing designers, craft-folk, publishers and other independent makers of all things exotic and macabre will assemble for this eccentric emporium of curious crafts.

Playing with Fire

on October 17, 2008 - 3:10pm

Today I've been playing with the stove I snatched off the street. I need to finish the gift shop area, the party room and the kitchen this weekend so the rest of the week can be focused on the game room.

I thought I would share a quick glimpse of the oven with you. To create the illusion of fire, I have a simple LED rope light in the bottom of the oven. I put a metal cooling rack on top of that (even though the lights are LEDs, I still would rather not have the other material touching it), and piled wood and bones on top of that. Stay tuned for more!

Toronto After Dark Film Festival Begins!

on October 16, 2008 - 4:48pm

Have you missed me, my little monsters? Things have been busy, so I'm sorry if you've been neglected.

Tomorrow marks the start of the Toronto After Dark Film Festival. I don't have time to ramble on in my usual rotten way, so I'll just quote the source:

8 Nights of New Horror, Sci-Fi, Action and Cult Movies! And we just can't wait to share with you some of the most amazing movies we've discovered over the last year!

Starting from tomorrow, Friday, Oct 17 to next Friday, Oct 24, we are at the Bloor Cinema, 506 Bloor St. W, Toronto screening 16 thrilling new feature film premieres and a host of kick-ass short films.

Check out their website for more details.

One Man's Trash...

on October 12, 2008 - 3:42pm

1940's Gas Stove
I was enjoying a coffee this morning on my porch when I looked across the street and spotted this stove staring back at me.

Kitchen prop, the Halloween voice quickly whispered.

Everyone passing by, on foot or by car, was turning to look at the stove. I knew it wouldn't be there for long, so I quickly got dressed and went for a closer look.

My neighbour, who has lived in the house since the 60's, said the stove is left over from the previous owner who must have purchased it somewhere closer to 1940. It's been in their basement ever since and they decided it was time to finally get rid of it.

With the help of Yetch, the two of us carried it back to our property and into the back yard to be cleaned. First, I attacked it with the air compressor, just to knock out as much of the dust and grime as I could before taking the pressure washer to it.

Mr. Flopsy is a Bit Tired

on October 11, 2008 - 1:32pm

Mr.Flopsy Bunny Mascot CorpseShhhhh. Mr. Flopsy's sleeping. It appears the children were just too much for him at the last birthday party booked at Clive E. Cleaver's (everyone's favourite restaur-haunt).

For this year's theme, I thought it would be creepy to juxtapose a cute pink bunny mascot costume with a crusty corpse head. The result: Mr. Flopsy. He'll be sitting in the corner of the birthday room for the party (right underneath the Birthday Poster I made).

He's a pretty simple prop. His body is stuffed coveralls with a pink sheet as the costume. His head is wire, styrofoam and cardboard. His skull is paper mache and paperclay.