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Links to Like-Minded Ghoulies

There are thousands of Halloween websites on the Internet. Some of them are good, some of them are...well, not so good. Over the years I have compiled my own list of favourites, from friends to resources, and now I am sharing them with you.

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Friends of Ghoul Friday

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Dave the Dead is both an artist and a haunter. His blog showcases his stunning sculptures. Get lost on the farm, but don't pet the livestock.

An Atlanta-based sculptor, creature designer, and sometime storyteller who crafts dark and dangerous visions inspired by the sensuous, the grotesque, and things as foul as they are fair.

Born in the wilds of Los Angeles, The Mistress of Mayhem/ShellHawk is a woman of many trades: home haunter, radio personality (Hauntcast.net), and the creator of some of the most sublime ceramic jack o'lanterns you'll ever see.

Known to her loyal subjects simply as The Frog Queen, Chris Davis (along with her husband Jeff) have taken the art of home haunting to a new level with the help of their team of minions. Famous for their larger-than-life yearly Halloween display, Chris shares her building process (and the occasional LOLcat) with readers.

If you've read my blog, you may have noticed numerous mentions of a friend I call Cooter. He is pirate passion personified, and his home haunt proves it.

Looking for that perfect soundscape for your haunt project? In the mood for some Halloween stories? This site is for you.

Canadian Creepers

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You don't need to live in Edmonton to appreciate this site: "We have a ghastly, ghoulish and grotesque gathering of our morbid metropolis’ most spine chilling events. From horror movie screenings, to ghost walks, art events and concerts - if it makes the hair on the back of your neck stand on end, you’ll find it here!"

A great blog from Nova Scotia: "Along with ramblings about the things I love about Halloween, props I'm working on for my yard haunt and Halloween-related road trips, I'm hoping to include some Canadian (specifically Nova Scotian) ghost stories, legends and more".

The zombie walk started one gloomy Sunday, a week before hallows eve in 2003. A handful of the living dead rose from their graves to wander the streets of Toronto in search of brains. The plague returned every year, and the zombie count grew into a large and deadicated legion of the undead.

What started out as a regional club of home haunters back in 2004 has grown over the years to a National Canadian Club of home haunters, commercial haunters, haunt industry businesses, and Halloween enthusiasts from coast to coast. The CHA (Canadian Haunters Association) website was created to pass along information and ideas on all things related to Halloween for free.

I find it rare to see websites that highlight the talented, artistic Halloween creations of women. Even rarer do I find fellow Canadians online who share their creative approach to paper mache creatures. The thing I respect about her work is her attention to detail. While haunters often pour their efforts into large displays, they tend to overlook (or completely ignore) finer details (mainly the little props). I'm all about small details. And so is Dead Spider. Check out her very detailed how-to's.

Who knew there was beautiful vintage style Halloween folk art being created in Oshawa Ontario? Be sure to visit this EHAG (Eclectic Halloween Artist Group) member's website to browse some paper mache beauties.

From Quebec, a couple shares their haunt plans and love for Halloween.

Looking for tips on how to make an animated werewolf? How about a cemetery fence or zombie ground breaker? You'll find these and more on this Ontario haunter's site.

Halloween Resources & Blogs

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Scott has been building props since 1992. His medium of choice (like mine) is papier mache. On his site, you will find loads of images and how-to's of his wonderful creations.

Ray is an artist. He writes short fiction, has a gallery of his art, some videos and horror-themed online games...but that's not what gets him in my top picks. Ray has free, beautifully crafted paper toys that you can download, print out and fold into existence. They are awesome. So take a stroll in Ravens Blight, and be sure to pop into his Toy Shop.

Part Disney's Haunted Mansion, part Martha Stewart, the Love Manor is a home haunt worthy of the envy of Halloween lovers everywhere. Not only are the displays sophisticated and beautiful, the photography is stunning. If you like eerie elegance and creepy chic, this is the blog is for you.

This site is run by a philosophical haunter who describes his website this way: "Through visuals, stories and ghostly encounters, it paints a portrait of what Halloween means to me - the suspension of our current concepts of reality and the fostering of ideas that expand the imagination."

HauntProject.com is a collection of links to Halloween related how-to's, organized by category, each represented by a picture of the finished product. It's pretty simple to search and will provide loads of inspiration.

As the webmaster describes it, "The Monsterlist of Halloween Projects is the most complete collection of links to pages with do-it-yourself projects on them that I have ever seen...the Monsterlist has no pop-up ads or sponsors, it is a volunteer site and will stay that way".

It's your one-stop-shop for prop ideas and how-to's, from simple to complex. You may not need to go anywhere else on the Internet.

As stated on the site, "Hauntershangout.com is a member based site for Halloween and haunted house enthusiasts". Props, how-to's, book reviews, message boards...you'll find them here.

A friendly bunch of very talented people sharing ideas, how-to instructions and pictures of their haunts and props on an active forum.

Some impressive work is done here at an outside haunt. Be sure to visit the project pages for how-to instructions once inspiration hits.