So you have two days left to find a Halloween costume? Arg…panic time. Let’s face it…there’s a lot of pressure to come up with a costume that can generate an “OHH THAT’S COOL” comment. I don’t remember having to work so hard at costumes in the past. Maybe our parents did…the ones that went to the local craft stores and actually sewed. Very crafty! But before that there was a time when acceptable costumes had plastic masks (that would stick to your face from all the sweat) and weird plastic/nylon clothing that you jumped into and tied up behind your neck. We had a few good ones… Wolfman, Frankenstein, etc..but I do remember some really weird costumes during that time. Well I almost pee’d my pants when I read Robert Berry’s article Worst Halloween Costumes Of All Time. Give it a read. Robert has some hilarious commentary on those plastic costumes of the late 70’s, early 80’s. I also found this site The Haunted Closet while researching old costumes. The costumes in here are hilarious! Man, there were some weird characters on TV in those days.
What’s so fun about running through a corn maze on a hot October afternoon? Last year I tried one (in an attempt to answer that question for myself). What started as a nice little jaunt through those fields of husks became a mind-bending, nerve-wracking race to finish the maze as quickly as possible. Usually, corn mazes aren’t so dramatic…but let me give you this bit of advice. Go to the bathroom BEFORE you enter any maze! Trust me. When your bladder doesn’t feel like its going to pop, a corn maze can totally be an enjoyable thing. Continue reading
Last Halloween I bought three of the scariest portraits I’ve ever owned. Your looking at one of them above. These are part of a series called “Haunted Memories Changing Portraits” created by a truly incredible artist named Eddie Allen. You might be familiar with the changing photographs in the Disney’s Haunted Mansion attraction at Disneyland. Remember the pretty lady whose hair turns into snakes? Eddie uses a similar type of technology along with creativity and artistry to turn antique photographs into something much more frightening. He began his first design in 2003 and has added many portraits for purchase since then. He can even create you a custom haunted photograph. Of course you must be on his waiting list because he only does a few customs a year. Browse through his gallery and buy one if you dare!
If you haven’t seen this yet re-cut trailer yet on Youtube, you must. This is an example of the power of editing and how something as sweet as Disney’s classic “Mary Poppins” can become something as sinister and frightening as “Scary Mary”.
I’ve always wanted to do one of those really cool yard haunts for Halloween. Problem is…I never had a yard of my own. Since AFFORDABLE quality homes are still somewhat of a fiction in Southern California, I’ve decided to quit waiting and invite myself to my brothers house for Halloween this year. His home has great front yard haunt potential! Since this is my first attempt, I’ll share with you some great resources and ideas for how you can create a killer halloween yard haunt. Continue reading