Thursday, October 30, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Here's another shot of this year's display. Notice the silhouette of the person hanging in the window? That's a real corpse. Seriously. We dig up a fresh body each year and hang him in the dining room. It gets a little stinky, but I think it's worth it for that added bit of realism.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
Here's a shot of the butcher shop I created for this year's display. The body parts mark the first time that I've allowed any "blood" into the display. I figured it wasn't gratuitous or overly gory. (It is a butcher shop after all. There has to be some meat on display.) I picked up the bar at an after Halloween sale at the Spirit store two years ago. (It wasn't even for sale. Just a display piece that they were planning on throwing away but gave to me instead.) Pair that with the "Chop Shop" sign that I picked up at Party City this year, a pair of fake candles I made myself, a vintage meat grinder and an old scale and voila!... instant spooky butcher shop!
From today's Boing Boing: "A zygomatic bone glommed together from old sauce pots; a mandible constructed from rusty whisks; a maxilla ossified from dinner plates and moustachioed with unwashed spoons. This gloriously sepulchral skull constructed entirely from old cookware and crockery was on display in London's Regent Park a couple weeks ago as part of the Frieze Art Fair."
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Yesterday, was "Thrill The World" day. In this annual event, people from around the world simultaneously perform the "Thriller" zombie dance. This year, there were more than 3700 dancers performing in 93 different events in 12 countries. If you're thinking of joining in on the fun next year, be sure to check out the official website. Not only is it flush with details, but they even provides step-by-step instructions on how to boogie-down like MJ's undead.
Here's a video of a couple hundred people in San Fransisco doing the dance.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
There was a huge storm in my area tonight and this gorgeous "stone" column was badly damaged. Why is it that high winds only kick up on my block during the 3 weeks that my front yard is filled w/ carved foam? Now I have to spend much of the day tomorrow making repairs. Plus, the lights in one of my giant witch's eyes went out today. It would be easy enough to fix if she wasn't perched on top of my roof. Not sure how I'll fix that one.
Friday, October 24, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
For some reason, I got it stuck in my head today that I need to have a set of Halloween-themed nesting dolls. Shouldn't be too hard to find, right? This is the 21st century. Computers bring the world to our fingertips. But all I can find is this one with a witch/skeleton/Dracula/black cat/spiderweb, and then this other set with cutsie black cats posing with pumpkins. That's it! I could buy Star Wars-themed nesting dolls, Barack Obama-themed nesting dolls, Bart Simpson-themed nesting dolls, but no Halloween-themed nesting dolls that fit my aesthetic. I'm starting to think that I may need to buy a set of blank nesting dolls and paint them myself
Here's a fun tradition: every year during the month of October, Todd at Weird Hallow buys Halloween-themed lottery cards. (I didn't even know that these things existed).
Check out his terrific site to see images of many more cards.