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Guest Post on ShellHawk's Nest

on October 20, 2010 - 9:48am

Want to know the story behind this picture? Then you'll have to head over to ShellHawk's Nest. She was kind enough to ask me to write a guest post about a Halloween memory, and my favourite memory is captured in that one image.

I normally don't post images of myself, but I thought I would make an exception for Shell. Plus, the glory of the caterpillar costume should not be hidden any longer.

Be sure to nose around her site for a while. She's gathered an interesting collection of guest posts, and I've enjoyed reading everyone's stories so far. It's perfect for getting you into the Halloween mood.

I Had a Sally Brown Moment in Vegas

on October 11, 2010 - 11:18am

Freemont in Vegas in October 2010You know. Sally Brown: Charlie's little sister. I had a Sally Brown moment.

While in Vegas, my spirits were lifted when I saw an advertisement for Freemont's Oktober FrightFest. Freemont is old Las Vegas, and FrightFest made promises of Halloween decorations - a full street transformation, to be specific, with shows and maybe even a parade. Hooray, I thought, I get to play Halloween after all!

We took the 30 minute bus ride to the north side of town, and I was sure to keep the list of events I'd noted in my back pocket, just to make sure I wouldn't miss a thing.

The main strip is canopied from one side of the street to another. Each hour they project videos to various musical artists. We arrived just as "Time of the Season" by the Zombies (nice) started to play. I must admit, it is a spectacle to behold - psychedelic imagery pouring over the roof as the rest of the flashing lights on the street go dim.

Then there was the obligatory "Time Warp" (of course) with lots of pumpkins and skeletons. Really cute.

Once the show was over, I turned my eyes to the rest of the street. Bring on the Halloween decorations! Keep in mind this is day 4 of my trip, and with the exception of the pumpkins at the Bellagio, I had not caught a glimpse of Halloween - or fall - at all.

Halloween Houses

on May 26, 2010 - 11:32am

Decorative Halloween House by Ghoul FridayContinuing with my quest to create collections rather than single items, I've put together two 8 inch tall (at the peak) Halloween House decorations. The first has an orange roof, painted to look like it has worn shingles, with bats in the attic.

The second (below) has a simpler, textured purple roof and a matching spider hanging from a string of web (I quite like how the spider turned out).

They stand well but I'm trying to sort out the best way to add a hanging option to the back. I'm thinking epoxy and a black ribbon might do the trick.

Halloween Hutch

on May 20, 2010 - 12:37pm

My mini pumpkins and little hooters were a big hit last year. Many people bought them, and even more people loved them. I had to wonder what would have turned the loving admirers into buyers.

One thing that seemed to perplex people was where they would put it or how to display such a tiny figure. My immediate solution was to turn some of my little hooters into Christmas ornaments. This worked well.

But it didn't solve the problem for people who would have bought multiple figures if - again - they knew how to display them once they got them home (more than one person - some clearly joking, some half-serious - wanted to take home part of my display for the table).

Thus the Halloween Hutch was born. I've made two so far, experimenting with how they should look.

Each one stands just under 5 1/2 inches. All the items with the exception of the little hooter are secured in place on their shelf. The drawers don't slide very well, but if someone wanted to keep rings or other items in the drawer, they could easily take out the moss.

Halloween Pictures in the Art Ghoullery

on November 4, 2009 - 11:22am

Ghoul Friday's Halloween theme 2009

There are now 40 pictures posted in the Art Ghoullery for Halloween 2009. I may add a couple more (of the flowers on the windowsill) but overall, I'd say I'm finished.

You'll want to open the images in a new tab or utilize your back button. There are plans to revamp the site with better navigation for the galleries, but that won't be happening just yet.


Happy Halloween 2009

on October 31, 2009 - 10:35am

It's Halloween morning and my beasties are staring at me, reminding me to post a greeting to you all before I return to the couch.

I'm officially taking today off, lounging around in my "devil made me do it" pajama pants for as long as I can. I promise to have pictures of the Halloween tree and the rest of the decor up soon.

To my seasonal visitors, I hope you'll come visit me again next year. To my regulars, I look forward to swapping Halloween pictures and stories with you in the coming days.

Sneak Peek of the Scarecrow

on October 29, 2009 - 7:46pm

Ghoul Friday's Scarecrow backlit
Who knew I could get the sun to rise in my living room just by adding a scarecrow. More pictures to come.

A little later...

I've posted some quick shots of him all lit up. I'll be sure to take some nicer photographs on Saturday or Sunday, but I wanted to give you a sense of what he looks like.

He isn't exactly as I imagined. He needs some cooler clothes and a few adjustments, but he'll do for this year. The bonus is I can take him completely apart for storage.

His stand is an actual tree trunk (a deceased tree we pulled from the ground). His eyes are lit with LED. I weaved pieces of wood for the eyes, and whittled his teeth.

For all the images posted below (with the exception of the one that just shows the base), you can click on the image to see a bigger picture.

Ghoul Friday Invades The Wine Rack

on October 15, 2009 - 9:57am

Skeleton checks out Wine of the Week
I was recently given a generous offer by someone: decorate a store for Halloween (using my private collection of decorations) and they will sell my items for two weeks.

I've never decorated a store, so I had to come up with some logical guidelines pretty quick for myself:

  • Keep everything up and out of the way
  • Don't detract from the products or block them
  • Items must be fairly small (shelves were 1 foot deep)
  • Set up and take down must be easy (and not messy especially since it's during store hours)
  • Choose items that match the style of the store and are LESS likely to offend

That last point was even more important when I found out they were going to be inspected by a bigwig in the company in the next week. While the employees were excited for some bloody severed heads and cocoon victims, I didn't think the manager of the store (or the big suits coming to inspect the store) would be so keen.

Hitchcock Halloween Hipness

on October 14, 2009 - 10:40am

The folks over at Decor It Yourself ( have put together a fun little instructional video on how to add a little Hitchcock to your Halloween party.

Music For Halloween

on October 9, 2009 - 10:13am

This morning I remembered I should post a link to my Halloween playlist on I've been adding tunes to the list for months. Just keep it open in a tab in your browser to listen to the collection while you surf the net or work within earshot of the computer.

It's a lot of rockabilly-style tunes with some classics mixed in. Hopefully I've unearthed a number of songs that are new for your listening pleasure.

While I was looking for an image to go along with this post, I came across this record of the Monster Cereal gang. Thought I would post that as well for your amusement.