Friday, October 21, 2016

The Little Man Who Wasn't There

Click on the pic for a vintage offering from Red Novo and his Orchestra.

I remember reading a reference to this song in one of Stephen King's books (The Shining, maybe? Can't recall...), then I ran across it while I was researching for one of my Charmed Pot episodes.

Pretty creepy, in spite of its danceable, upbeat sound...

By the way, if anyone knows who originated the Whisper Men graphic, above, please let me know so I can give credit!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Open House Time!

Another year has whizzed by since my last open house, and I really just can't believe it! This is traditionally my last in-person sale of the year, and I know that this year, after this one, it will be time to catch up on long overdue commissions (still!) and start planning and designing for next year.
A couple of the folks from my hood came over to help me set up, which allowed me to get to bed at a decent hour!
After tonight's open house, whatever is left will get put into the ShellHawk's Creations Etsy shop.
See you soon, gang!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Hauntcast - Undead!

Hauntcast: Undead is a new addition to the Hauntcast family, and will be lurching your way monthly!

Live interviews, prop shops and other nefarious goings-on will be available with a subscription to Hauntcast. The newest podcasts are always free, but you get access to so much more content with a subscription!

And don't forget the latest offering for Hallowe'en fanatics: Haunt Club!

Haunt Club is a gathering of Hallowe'en lovers to swap ideas, share prop tips and so much more.

"Haunt Club delivers value via Halloween media and Haunt related services across multiple websites and in all mediums from one centralized place. We provide technology that is vital for Haunters to inspire learning, creativity and sharing via web, native IOS & Android app, mobile, video, and chat. Our goal is to bring unity to the greater Halloween community and provide access to the most talented Haunters and the greatest Halloween minds."
Shamble over to the site now and browse around! You'll be glad you gave yourself these Hallowe'en treats!

This just in:

The Theater of the Mind video pilot episode is available! Yes, Theater of the mind can now be seen and heard!
Although Revenant does have a face for radio, so be warned...

Monday, October 17, 2016

Final Details

If you're one of those crazy people like me, who loves to put detail into every little thing in your Halloween decorations, you might think about putting a small cabinet of curiosities together, or perhaps just a little apothecary display in a handy front window.

I did this a few years back and threw in a Madame Leota effect, and it turned out pretty well!

What you need to do is either cruise through your local second-hand store or just save bottles and jars of different shapes and sizes that you were going to throw out, anyway. Fill up your sink or a bucket and put your bottles and jars in there to soak the labels off completely. After a few hours, most of them will just separate easily from the glass.

If you're handy with Photoshop, you can create your own labels. But if you're like me, the person who keeps saying you're going to learn Photoshop, but somehow never gets around to it, you can search around for cool labels to download. There are plenty of creepy labels available on Etsy, but you can also find free downloads, like this one, from Catch My Party.
At this point, all you really need is a pair of scissors and a glue stick, and you're in business! Fill up the bottles with tonic water and position a black light where it can't be seen, but it will shine down on the bottles, and you've got spooky, glowing bottles! (Tonic water is black light reactive.)

If you're really ambitious, throw on a pair of disposable gloves and take apart some fresh highlighter pens of different colors. Take the ink cartridge and squeeze it into the tonic water for different colored "potions." Throw in some plastic eyeballs, spiders, or whatever you want, to give yourself some variation in your contents. You can even drip some wax on the lids, or use a glue gun to glue down some sisal twine and then drip wax on it for a real, homemade look.
Most of all, just have fun with it, and let your imagination roam!

Happy making!

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Need Hallowe'en Inspiration?

Pinterest is great inspiration for everyone, isn't it? I suspect it of somehow warping the fabric of the space-time continuum, because any time I go on the site, I lose hours!

In any case, if you need ideas on last minute how-to's or just want to see all the pretties, you can go to my This is Halloween Pinterest board, or just do a search for Halloween.

Many happy sighs to be had this time of year!

Friday, October 14, 2016

The Paul Lynde Halloween Special (1976)

Proving, in this horrible and horrifying election year, that Facebook still has a few redeeming gems to offer up!

Paul Lynde. Are you old enough to remember him? I surely do! So snarky, witty, and just freaking hilarious! Hollywood Squares icon. Immortalized in my childhood alongside Phyllis Diller and many others.

Click on the pic for an hour-long Halloween special!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Lil Werewolf

Image by Shaefer on Flickr.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Four Rules of Hallowe'en

In case you had forgotten the most important four rules of Hallowe'en, click on the pic and then hit, "Play all."

And in case you haven't seen Trick 'R Treat, click here to purchase the DVD, or click here to rent or own a digital copy.
Remember: Sam will be watching you!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

NorCal Scares: Direworld

Every year, I swear I'm going to get out to a haunted attraction. This year, it may actually happen! 
Direworld is fairly close to me, and now? It features Stewie, who has completely gone pro this year!

It started with a somewhat alarmed phone call in late September from the storage space where I'd been keeping him.

"Umm, hello. Ma'am? There are strange noises coming from your storage space. And something that may be fingers is poking out from underneath the roll-up door. I can't get anyone to check it out. They're too scared. Just what have you been keeping in there?!"

Hard to explain about a giant pumpkin-headed scarecrow with a life of his own...

So I drove over to have a chat with Stewie about scaring the normals.

I could hear him grumbling from outside the door as I put my key in the padlock. It was a bit muffled...

"Mfrl. Grummmmmble. Grr. Rumble. Grumble grrf."
I suppressed a smile. My creation was just so cute when he was just waking up for the season.

I rolled up the door. He stood there, spiders fleeing the inside of his head in terror. 

"Grumble? Grumble!"

"Hey, Big Guy! Happy Autumn!"

There was an awkward pause. Then he told me that while he loved his yard and scaring the kids there, that he wanted to go back and play in the big leagues. Scaring hundreds, being on the local news, having his picture taken, going out for beers with the cast and crew afterwards...

How could I say no? At a certain point, the kids grow up and need to spread their wings.

We'll miss him. We're hoping to get pictures soon, maybe a postcard here and there to let us know how he's doing...

I'm so proud!

Monday, October 10, 2016

My Scary Bookshelf

If you're looking for some good reading material for the lengthening Autumn evenings, something to put you in the mood for the upcoming holiday, I've put together a Pinterest board to help you out!

My Scary Bookshelf is a collection of stories, art, how-to's and how-it-was-done's (if that's actually a phrase). I add to it as I discover (and sometimes remember) new books I've enjoyed and older books which scared me over the years. You can click on the images to be taken to Amazon to purchase them if you find you can't live without them!

Happy reading!
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