Thursday, October 30, 2008

My neighbor's display

Here are a couple shots of my neighbor's display. Emanating from the dog house are ferocious barking sounds, bright red glowing eyes and the occasional movement of "Diablo's" heavy metal leash.

Morgan Freeman taking a bubble bath in a casket

Morgan Freeman as Count Dracula on "The Electric Company". What more is there to say?

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Grim Visions

Grim over at Grim Visions has posted some terrific new photos of his 2007 display. (Check out those gates!!) I can't wait to see what he's put together for 2008!

It's just around the corner...

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

Bat and Venus Flytrap wallpaper

Perfect for any haunted house... bat & Venus flytrap emblazon wallpaper!

**It's not very Haunt-centric, but this company also produces a very Willy Wonka-esque scratch and sniff wallpaper.

Shrunken heads

Artwork by Robb Mommaerts. (You can check out more of his work here or purchase his "Shrunken Head" print here.

Sunglasses ad

This may look like a horror movie poster, but it's actually a print ad for a sunglasses company.

Owl skeleton

"Owl Skeleton" by Chris Buzelli.

Skeletons, muscles and veins

Artwork by Doug Boehm.

Creepy toy photos

Artwork by Richard Edson.

Trick or treaters

Artwork by Annie Owens.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Haunted butcher shop

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!

Kitchen skull

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

My 2008 display

Zombie peeking up from behind a tombstone in a graveyardHere's the first official photo of my Halloween 2008 display. I hope to have more up soon.

Spooky Kids

On Mike Hoffman's blog, he gives readers an inside peek into his artistic process. Amazing how a pair of plastic, thrift store frames inspired him to create these gorgeous paintings.

Monster University

I love these two limited-editon prints from Mike Hoffman's Monster University. Be sure to check out more of his amazing art.

Thrill The World

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

My display was damaged tonight

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

Vintage utilitarian masks

There's something about these vintage masks that feels creepy. I wouldn't be surprised to see some horror movie character walking around wearing these.

Monster totem poles

Totem pole sculptures by Ojimbo.

Razor blades in apples

Artwork by Brandon Reese.

(Via Drawger)

Monsters, Ghouls & Ghosts

Here are a few of my favorite images from Drawger's "Monsters, Ghouls & Ghosts" show.

Blacklight artwork

Here's some cool blacklight artwork created by Gary Leib.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

My yard

Skull topped fence post with Frankenstein monster in background

Another old image of my display. I hope to take some new shots this weekend.

Halloween nesting dolls?

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

Monster lottery

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.

Decapitated man photo

This trick photo (circa 1875) of a man holding his own decapitated head is from the George Eastman collection.

(Via Weird Hallow.)

My display in 2006

Halloween yard haunt with giant witch on roofNot the best photo in the world, but it should give you a good idea of what my display looked like in 2006.

Jason Voorhees on Arsenio Hall

I can't decide which is stranger... that Arsenio Hall had a nonspeaking Jason Voorhees on his show, or the fact that the "interview" goes on for nearly 6 minutes!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Monster vitamins

And to think that I was stuck taking Flintstone vitamins!
(For more pictures and info on Monster Vitamins, go to Weird Hallow.)

Releasing a ghost into the world

Image by Bob Staake.

Gothic art by Kako Ueda

Using only an x-acto knife and giant (sometimes over six feet tall) pieces of black paper, Kako Ueda creates intricately designed pieces of art featuring insects, reptiles and skulls.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Evil death monkey

Read here for the tale of the "Evil Death Monkey".

Skeleton tree illustration

Illustration by Benjamin Hall.

See-thru corset

Perfect for any haunted wedding, check out this see-thru corset available on Etsy.

(Via Creepy Cupcakes)

Skull wedding

Here's a cute idea from Creepy Cupcakes... have a haunted wedding. (Gothic wedding dress, skeleton cake toppers, skull rings, etc.)

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