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Misgivings Day Weekend 2013 is Almost Here

on September 17, 2013 - 4:25pm

It's that time again!

This Sunday is Misgivings Day, and that means it's time to start some serious Halloween fun.

This year I have big plans to kick off the season starting Friday, and if you want to follow along, be sure to take a peek at my Instagram feed that evening. Otherwise, I'll be posting pictures later this month.

There will be jack O'lanterns, candy, pumpkin flavoured treats, monsters and even trick or treating. I am very, very excited (sore eyes or no sore eyes).

So what will YOU be doing this Misgivings Day Weekend? Might I suggest horror movie marathons and pumpkin beer? Or perhaps some prop building is in order. I know many of you are already doing some Halloween activities.

I've fallen behind on everything since the accident, and am trying desperately to get figures ready for the Bazaar of the Bizarre on Oct 12th in Toronto. Once that is done, I can focus on my own Halloween theme for this year's gathering.

Oh Christmas Tree, Mine Enemy

on December 7, 2011 - 4:09pm

See it glowing, so lovely, so welcoming? It's all a ruse to lull you into a sense of calm.

It all started a week ago.

Yetch and I brought the tree upstairs. Since I'm a light fanatic when it comes to Christmas trees (thank you Mom), I tend to have more lights than most people. In fact, I have so many lights my tree looks as though it's decorated before I hang the first ornament.

Because of this, I don't take the lights off each year. Instead, we carry it into the storage room every January, throw a large orange jack o'lantern plastic bag over top, and leave it alone.

What follows is a mundane, boring tale of how Christmas has an evil side lurking beneath it, and how it all started with a string of lights.

Misgivings Weekend 2011 is Almost Here!

on September 15, 2011 - 10:33am


Some of you may remember last year when I 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.

Christmas Eve 2010

on December 24, 2010 - 9:09am


It's Christmas Eve at Ghoul's house. Last minute preparations are being made for a night of merriment.

And oh look! Santa's here! Glad he's early. I could use his help to finish cleaning. Odd, most of his presents are twitching and oozing. Looks like a great Christmas for me (though I'm not sure Yetch is going to like it as much. His present is growling).

So from me and Yetch, I wish you all a Merry Christmas, with a bit of nightmare sprinkled in.

See you when the wrapping paper settles.

Christmas Decorations & Big News (99% Confirmed)

on December 7, 2010 - 7:57am


From a grand Halloween display in my office, I moved directly into tackling Christmas decorations in the living and dining rooms.

With the exception of one gift, I am done Christmas shopping.

I have one or two gifts to make, and then I'm free to create. This is important. It will be the first time in months that I will be able to create in an organized space, without distractions of other things I should be doing.

Not only do I look forward to the simple act of getting messy while making some monsters, but it's the last thing on my 'to do' list. In fact, I've been rushing like a mad woman to get the rest of the things done so I can get to creating.

Because you see, I have some news.

It's 99% confirmed. And being a pessimist sometimes, I generally like to keep news to myself until I know the good is going to happen. But I don't think I can keep it a secret any longer, and I don't think I can wait until January.

So here it is.

I'm going to be in the January/February issue of Rue Morgue Magazine.

Well, my Plague Doctors will, in their Needful Things section.

Happy Canada (Pumpkin) Day

on July 1, 2010 - 11:20am

Sculpey pumpkins work in progress

Happy Canada Day! Can't think of a better way to celebrate than to make some pumpkin sculptures. It's my first time sculpting large ones, and I'm really enjoying it. These guys are about the size of an orange (approximately 3" tall). I'm still working on them, but already their personalities are shining through.

These three will be coming with me to Scarefest on Saturday. I hope to see some of you locals there!

For Easter: Hitchcock's "The Peeps"

on April 4, 2010 - 10:29am

The Peeps

I was happy to see some activity on frankensteinsfunhouse.blogspot.com this month, and even happier to find this candied version of "The Birds" (via cuteoverload.com).

Happy Easter everyone.

Updating Groundhog Day Traditions

on February 2, 2010 - 9:03am

I signed into Twitter today and there was a lot of chatter about Groundhog Day. Morbius Kromwell got me thinking when he tweeted "Just once, instead of a groundhog, I wish some mutant creature from the depths of hell would rise and wreak havoc...". I started musing about ways to improve this holiday.

This is what I've come up with.

We replace the Groundhog with a Chicken. On the special day, the chicken gets decapitated. If it runs around for more than 1 minute, it means we have a longer winter. If the corpse stops moving before then, we have an early spring (hence the term "spring chicken").

If children in the crowd of festivities get splattered with blood as the chicken runs around, it means more precipitation (rain or snow depending on the spring/winter forecast).

AND best of all, if someone eats the chicken - and by doing so, devours the chicken's living essence/soul - THEY get to overrule the outcome of the chicken run and decide what the forecast will be.

There is a small group of supporters already. Who else is with me?

Happy New Year

on December 31, 2009 - 8:22am

Was looking for the perfect image to celebrate New Years and found The Zombie's First Love by Justin Reed. I'd come across a few images that had potential, but they were all disqualified because the bloggers didn't post who the artist was. Not only were the images not sourced, but when I tried to track down a specific illustration that is common around the net, I saw that it was being sold on zazzle (or another made-on-demand site) on merchandise by someone who obviously wasn't the artist (there were a number of images, all different styles, being sold).

Merry Christmas, Ghoulies

on December 25, 2009 - 9:20am


For my Christmas post, I couldn't think of a more perfect picture than the one snapped by Spirit of Halloween. Poor little pumpkin. Probably thinks we've all forgotten him. Well I haven't.

He's like my own personal Tiny Tim.

Last night we had family over for dinner. My mother, on the brink of her sixties, still cares for a household of troubled teenage girls - two of which came with her last night. And while I was out of the room, one of them said as she was looking around "I was expecting more scary things in her house." They both seemed genuinely disappointed. I thought that was pretty funny.

Even funnier were the big smiles on their faces when I took them into my office where I have all my ghoulish goodies tucked away. As if the sight of glowing pumpkins, macabre figures and art, and a flickering skull candle made everything right in the world for them.

And that's how Halloween saved Christmas.

Merry Christmas, folks. Happy Holidays. Seasons greetings. Be kind to each other today.