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Movie Review: House of Usher (1960)

House of Usher (1960)

So that’s it, huh? Halloween is officially over. You might be like me, thinking of all the props you didn’t finish this year or how you ran out of candy a lot earlier than you expected. Well however your Halloween turned out, its nice to reflect on the successes and failures and toast the holiday off just right by enjoying a good horror movie the day after. In my goal to watch more classic films I decided on watching House of Usher (1960) starring Vincent Price. This film is considered one of his better ones. So kick off your shoes, pour some left over apple cider and enjoy my movie review. Continue reading

Happy Halloween 2019 From The Ghoulie Guide

As the sun begins to set tonight and the crowds of kids and parents plot their trick or treat routes I thought I’d share with you some pics of last year’s yard haunt at The Ghoulie Graveyard! This is my front yard all dressed up for Halloween. I really love transforming it into a spectacle for the neighborhood to enjoy. Check it out!

The Ghoulie Graveyard 2018

Admittedly the lighting was a bit crazy (all colors of the rainbow) but it still threw cool shadows up on the house from the cemetery fence. I even added old tree branches that had fallen to the scene. Now for some close ups!

Cauldron creeper
My cauldron creeper!

I actually love the lighting here. The creeper which I never really did finish has a motor allowing his head to move up and down.

Fog zombie
My fog zombie.

The fog zombie was the first real prop I ever purchased for the yard haunt. A tube goes through the back of his mouth allowing chilled fog to roll out onto the grass in front of him.

My first DIY tombstone.

The tombstone above was my first DIY project with the SoCal Valley Haunters group. They taught me how to make tombstones out of foam and how to make them look real. It’s inspired me to make 6 more for next year. Below it are a couple of my witch mason jars. Sorry for the blurry image.

The Ghoulie Graveyard during the day.

The fence I had built the previous year worked wonders to keep spectators out of the prop area but still allowed them to trigger the werewolf and take as many pictures as they liked. It looks so peaceful during the day. But at night the graveyard comes alive with spooky ghoulies!

Hope you enjoy yourselves and have a safe and frightfully spooky Halloween this year!

Remembering Nostalgic Halloween TV Specials

The Muppet Show Halloween Special

I have very fond memories of nostalgic Halloween TV specials when I was a kid. In the late 70’s and all through the 80’s I couldn’t wait to watch TV to find the next Halloween sitcom or cartoon special. Television was so fun back then! We’d get our TV guides and circle all the Halloween episodes that would be on during the week. Sometimes TV shows had a Halloween or spooky theme such as when horror movie icon Vincent Price guest starred on an episode of The Muppet Show. However, it was the Halloween cartoons that aired year after year that really warms my heart now. We never tired of them but waited to watch them each year with great anticipation. Many are so good that today they are considered classics. Continue reading

A Visit To The Haunted Hayride

Los Angeles Haunted Hayride 2019

Many years ago, I can’t remember just when, I attended the first ever Los Angeles Haunted Hayride. It was small but had the workings of a really cool Halloween event. This year I finally went back and my how it has grown! Not only do they have the usual hayride through the old LA zoo, but there are now Knott’s Scary Farm type mazes for guests to enjoy. That’s not all! I’ll break down the experience for you in case you didn’t get to make it this year! Continue reading

Create A DIY Halloween Graveyard Sign

The Ghoulie Graveyard Sign

Are you one of those Halloween people that tends to overcommit yourself to build as many Halloween projects as you can before Oct 31st? Well, that’s me to a T and I did it again this year. Every year I have big plans to expand and add to my Halloween yard haunt. This year I was going to complete 6 new tombstones, redo my witch jars, and make a Halloween graveyard sign. Then I realized …uh not enough time! I was really stressing out. So I decided to kill all projects and focus on one…the Halloween graveyard sign. And you know what? It paid off. I really like how this one turned out. So I’ll share with you my newest addition and how I built it. Maybe it will inspire you to build your own! Continue reading