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Countdown to Halloween 2012

on October 1, 2012 - 7:27am

Happy October 1st, everyone. And so it begins, another Countdown to Halloween where a large group of folk pledge to try and bring you Halloween-related goodies daily for the month of October. 

To kick off my first post, let me draw your attention to Mad Lab Productions, an animation company who have created fun zombie shorts in the past like Rise of the Zombie Corpse and Springtime Zombie

Now they have a new animated mini-series (cute and kid-friendly) called Vampire Instructionals.

"The premise: a kid vampire takes it upon himself (itself?) to create little instructional animations to school OTHER kid vampires on key aspects of vampire life (unlife?)"

The first is a 30 second tutorial on how to become a bat (which, using kid logic, is actually very simple). They will be releasing a new tutorial every Monday until they feel vampire children have all the basic skills they will need as they work towards becoming better vampires.

If you've ever watched Christmas Eve on Sesame Street, it reminds me of when Grover and Kermit interview children to figure out how Santa comes down the chimney.

Be sure to check out their YouTube video listings to get your Halloween quick fix. 

And to everyone participating in this year's countdown, get posting. Pumpkin flavoured coffee is on me. 

 

Wicked Halloween Prize Packs

on September 18, 2012 - 10:16am

Got an email tipping me off to a Halloween giveaway from Something wicKED This Way Comes

The contest is running until October 7th.

The prize packs are actually a lot of fun and varied - books, dvds and more.

Be sure to enter. We all like free stuff, and since the neighbours won't like it if you trick or treat as an adult, this is the closest many of us are going to get. 

While you're on the site, check out their haunt pictures from last year.

Labels and Inspiration from the Love Manor

on September 18, 2012 - 9:10am

Came across a blog that had posted some of Johnny Love's Halloween labels without giving credit to him.

To balance the internet universe, I've decided to remind people of the beautiful work he's done. You can see them all here and use them to add some class to your own display this year.

Johnny has also uploaded pictures from last year's haunt.  Take some time to go through his gorgeous photography of decor, food and drink. 

His main website is under construction, but his blog is up and running.

In other news, Misgivings Day Weekend was spent working on my own Halloween items for this year's theme. Actually, most of it was spent running around and getting what art supplies I need for this year's theme. That still counts, doesn't it?

To fuel the hectic pace, I consumed pumpkin coffee, pumpkin loaf, and candy. 

Misgivings Day Project: Paper Mache Bust

on September 14, 2012 - 9:47am

I've been working on casting a form from a mannequin (don't we all have mannequins hanging around?) using paper mache. It's the first prop for my Halloween theme this year, and probably the one that will take the most time. 

Thought I would share the process so far. 

Miss Mannequin gets covered in tinfoil. To help keep the tinfoil in place without actually attaching it to the form, I've put tack adhesive putty on spots around her body (especially around the facial features). I want it to stay in place, but I want to be able to remove the tinfoil and paper mache form fairly easily when I'm done.

Covered Miss M with a layer of newspaper using watered-down white glue. Basically, I rip newspapers into strip, coat them in the glue/water mix, and smooth them over the tinfoil. For a more detailed explanation of my technique, check out my tutorial

Since she is so large, for the first layer I used fairly big pieces of newspaper for the torso. After it was completely dry, I added a second layer of more traditionally small pieces. The smaller pieces tend to give a smoother finish and allow you to work around angles. 

Misgivings Day Weekend is Coming Up!

on September 10, 2012 - 2:33pm

Cool breeze, blue sky. Feels like fall. And it should, becaaaauuuuuuse....

It's that time of year again! Two years ago it was decided there needed to be a holiday weekend to mark the approach of Halloween. It is to Halloween what Thanksgiving is to Christmas.

"It takes place the 7th Sunday before Halloween, which means this coming weekend is Misgivings Day Weekend!

How to celebrate? Well that's easy. Eat as much fall fare (like pumpkin ale, trick or treat candy which is now on sale at the stores, pies both savoury and sweet) as humanly possible. Work on Halloween props, decor and projects. Watch horror movies and break out Halloween cartoons.

Halloween in a Jar

on July 19, 2012 - 3:00am

 

I've tossed this idea around for a long time, and finally sat down to put it together. I think it's pretty cute.

I wanted to put together very simple sculpture displays in jars. I've started with a group of ghosts (below) and a family of owls in a nest (left). 

I like the idea of having Halloween sitting on a shelf like a preserve, just as you would with peaches or other summer fruits that remind you of warmer days during the winter. 

I'm going to make a pumpkin one as well, and bring all three to my next convention to see how people respond to them. Perhaps I'll make an entire series for the fall if folks respond well. We'll see. 

What do you think?

 

Halloween + Puppy = Halloween Puppy Toys

on February 28, 2012 - 2:50pm

A package of puppy supplies just arrived. Before you say "Oh Ghoul, enough with the puppy talk", take a look at what I got.

Did you know they sell Halloween themed dog toys? I didn't. And I realize that getting a puppy has given me excuses to buy more Halloween stuff. 

It started inexpensively with this $3 double-sided Happy Howloween rope flyer, and a cackling skull and crossbones for $8 from www.petonly.ca

Add this to the fact that hats might actually be a safety feature for my soft-skulled little girl...I mean...I would be a bad owner if I didn't get her some costumes that incorporate hats. Like this. Or this. Or maybe this. Or this.

Hee hee hee.

Best Spells by Betty Croaker

on November 3, 2011 - 12:15pm

Betty Croaker Spell Book

On Tuesday, I spent close to nine hours putting away Halloween decorations because I decided to completely reorganize the bins (and make sure everything was off the floor since we had that incident with water in the basement after the torrential storm). 

While doing so, I came across a box of all the decorations I had made for my first big Halloween party back in Grade 4.

Amidst the paper bats and pumpkins was a bound book entitled "Best Spells By Betty Croaker" (and my other name). I do enjoy that I put a copyright symbol on it.

I'd bound the book with thread and used wall paper for the cover. No, the wallpaper isn't very scary, but when you're little you have to work with what's in the house.

The book is a collection of spells for monsters from A to Z. Some are classic Halloween characters while others are creatures I'd seen in my Dungeons & Dragons books (I didn't play at the time, I just liked having books about monsters).

Want to make a mimic? A Frankenstein monster? A Zorma? 

It's all here.

Need an elf for a recipe but don't have one on hand? No worries. There's a recipe for making your own elf. 

A is actually an introduction. Note how little Ghoul uses the traditional spelling of Hallowe'en.

I hope you enjoy the pictures below. I got a good chuckle out of them.

Happy Halloween 2011

on October 31, 2011 - 12:48pm

Jack O'Lantern Mouse House

Happy Halloween everyone! 

Though reports of ice and snow storms are top stories for haunters on the east coast, Toronto is all blue skies and sunshine. 

I hope those shivering without power are safe and still finding ways to enjoy the day despite terrible conditions. 

As for me, I finally had a moment to carve this year's pumpkin. Decided to do something different from my usual styles and I think this mouse house is pretty cute (real mice need not apply). 

Not sure what the plan is for the day. It's lunchtime and I have yet to get out of my pajamas (which has made this whole day so far feel a bit like Christmas morning for me, and isn't that a nice thing?). 

The book I ordered for October reading at the start of the month arrived today. So much for leisurely reading this last month, slowly getting into the spirit of the holiday. But I'm still pleased to have it. Now I can thumb my way through some Poe, Lovecraft, Straub, Sir Walter Scott, Bradbury and a load of other authors perfectly designed for Halloween reading. 

Enjoy the holiday. Keep creepin'.

Party Nosh

on October 31, 2011 - 11:26am

Last night's dinner party was a blast. Great company, good food, and lively chat. I think that's the perfect recipe to keep the spirits away on devil's night.

Speaking of recipes, all three of the above dishes - chili cups, tomato eyeballs, Halloween shaped puff pastry - are available on the Eerie Edibles page in the Party Planning section.  

 

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