Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Man Eaten Alive By Anaconda

Discovery Channel will air a special where a human will be eaten by a giant anaconda. Author and naturist Paul Rosolie is the man being swallowed alive in a special protective suit smeared with pig's blood. Whyyyyy? Who knows, but it doesn't seem like a science experiment and more like a stupid human trick. I'm rooting for the snake and hope it isn't harmed like PETA believes it will be. According to Entertainment Weekly, this is not the first time someone has tried this! A special last year titled Manaconda never made it to air presumably because someone or something was harmed.

Tune in this Sunday, December 7th and see who wins.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Halloween Wrap-Up

This was the soggiest Halloween EVER! California has been in a record-setting drought all year and our first rain day came to Northern California yesterday! Fate can be such a witch. Thankfully the heavy rain stopped around 4pm and stayed away for most of the evening allowing kids everywhere to celebrate Halloween! We're very fortunate to live in a family dense neighborhood and welcomed 293 trick 'r treaters to our haunted porch! I thought Halloween was ruined but The Great Pumpkin saved the night!

Here's our totals using one of our favorite Halloween apps: GoblinCount. You simply tap or swipe the screen to keep count of the trick 'r treaters – but you need someone who has a good attention to detail to maintain accurate records. 

Friday, October 31, 2014

Toxic Spider Attack 2014

My theme for my Halloween porch haunt this year is Toxic Spider Attack, inspired by Stephen King's IT (there's a big spider thing behind Pennywise the clown), the 1950's monster movies like THEM!, and because I've been a fan of The Cure's Lullaby since 1989. I've been wanting to improve upon my previous spider display from 2007, and thanks to Britta Webmistress of the Dark and Ghoulish Glen I have a new interest in prop building with years of experience and ideas on call. I built the big spider with chicken wire, paper mache, and pool noodles (that was Britta's brilliant idea), with webs made from beef netting (thanks to the tips and resources from the amazing Lynne and Shawn Mitchell of How To Haunt Your House)! Thankfully spiders are one of the few insects that don't completely terrify me, although I didn't like looking in my spider's eyes (I literally had it face the corner of the garage). Here's a few pics with a full gallery coming to MyScaryHalloween.com soon.

Have a SCARY Halloween!!!

Terrifying Old-Timey Halloween Photos

Happy Halloween!!! Celebrate the darkest day of the year with something really scary. The IFC FIX blog posted these old-timey Halloween photos a while ago that have terrified me ever since my eyeballs befell on them. Years of horror movies have trained to be suspicious of anything that looks antiquated. Sure, it's supposed to be a gentler, more innocent time, but these depictions are clearly sinister. Take a look and try not to pee your pants. Head over to the FIX to see the entire collection (and sources).

Thursday, October 30, 2014

How America Trick-Or-Treats

In the October issue of Food Network Magazine, readers were asked to share their opinions on Halloween candy. The results were somewhat surprising as I always let trick-r-treaters pick their own candy from the bowl, candy corn is 100% amazing, and 26% of Americans are liars because we ALL steal candy from our kids.

Trick-Or-Treat Time Line

Here's a history of Trick-or-Treating as featured in the October issue of the always perky and fun Rachel Ray Magazine. This magazine always reminds me of being at your cool aunt's house – you know the one that cooks fantastic un-gourmet food you want to eat, has a great sense of humor, and always talks about something interesting? Pick up the issue to see a great pin-up photo of Rachel Ray as a witch flying her broomstick!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Spooky Prop Crafting

Scary prop building (also called crafting by some people) is a sure sign of Halloween addiction. Once you leave the seasonal and discount stores behind, you can really use your imagination and repurpose other's people's trash into cherished decor. And it typically looks way better, costs less, and you can customize it to your blood heart's delight. As a newbie prop crafter (?) the finesse is something that I hope to develop over time, so I'm starting with smaller projects. Make sure you have a good tool kit, well-stocked supply closet, a crate of spray paints, and time to give attention to all those details. And follow directions! Talented prop crafters have forums and blogs to display their fiendish work and share their techniques – and many will be happy to answer questions. Here are some of the projects I'm attempting:

Spooky Crystal Ball Candlesticks
I love how creepy and classy this particular decoration looks and who doesn't love a crystal ball? Flaming Toes provides the tutorials and templates for these Spooky Crystal Ball Candlesticks. Rummage through Goodwill or yard sales for candlesticks.

Soda Bottle Bell Jars
With apothecary displays being all the rage, why not turn all those bottles of soda into a wicked display. The Soda Bottle Bell Jar tutorial from Planet Hollywood is pretty clever.

Gravestone Chair Covers
Leave no gravestone unturned! If you have a dining room that screams for decoration, why not make these Gravestone Chair Covers. Simple fabric, a little sewing and some stenciling is all that's needed. Not a sewer? No problem. Find a bottle of Fabri-Tac adhesive which bonds fabric, leather and even wood quickly – think of it as a glue gun in a bottle without the heat.

Bat Decals
Bats are must for Halloween and the NeatoShop has these great fabric bats that magically adhere to almost any interior wall, remove easily, and can be reused again and again. I love these!

Pumpkin Lantern
Lowes – yes, Lowes – has a great idea for little pumpkin lanterns. They use real pumpkins but you modify the project using artificial pumpkins and an LED light set. 

Bloody Hand Towels
This is so simple and easy theres no reason NOT to make this great project from The Queen of Halloween. Find her directions on her blog, and for those of you who have crafting aversion, you can always buy it here

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Toxic Cupcakes

Three years in a row I've won a Creepy Cuisine award at the amazing Eerie Elegance Halloween Party. It was held this past Saturday and you must take a look at the eerie trailer created for the party. Very fun!

Below is my winning entry: Toxic Cupcakes! It's one of my favorite recipes for a Lemon Blueberry cake. I separated the batter adding fewer smashed blueberries and green gel dye to one batch and left the other plain. The green batter went into the cup first then I topped it with regular batter. I pulled up some of the green batter from the bottom with a fork. After baking some of the green batter stained the tops and looked like mold. I then cored and filled each cupcake with lemon curd, and topped it with a dollop of lemony cream cheese frosting. (Citrus is so unexpected in the Autumn, right?) When you peeled the wrapper, you see all the spoiled green cake – gross! (Recipe will be on MyScaryHalloween.com site soon.)

Monday, October 27, 2014

The Great Halloween Fright Fight

ABC loves to set neighborhoods ablaze with ridiculous holiday light displays and now they are also taking on Halloween with The Great Halloween Fright Fight. The one-hour special airs Tuesday, October 28 at 8/7C and features families fighting to the bloody death for a $50,000 prize for the best Halloween display. The first person to put up one of those blow-up inflatables should be immediately disqualified. For more info, head over to the ABC site and watch the preview below.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

All About Ouija

This weekend's Ouija movie has been getting terrible reviews: uninspired, dull, bland, bloodless kiddie show, lazy, routine – and that's just from my mom. Just look at the bland, unfinished official U.S. teaser poster (on the left). It's like they aren't even trying. At least the U.K. got a much more interesting poster (on the right). So sad that this and the re-release of Saw are the best Hollywood could muster for a scary Halloween.

Imagine if someone made a real movie about the ouija, the rise of spiritualism in America, and made it scary?! Every experience I've had with a ouija board has been terrifying. When I was in high school, a bunch of us played with a board that we found on the street. The board started moving quickly and, yes, on its own. Lights flashed, the wind suddenly blew crazily on a still summer night, and board kept saying it was tired of hearing all the pigs screaming. We ran home after WE heard a pig squeal directly behind us. 

Read more true stories about ouija board experiences on the About Paranormal site, and read A Brief History of the Ouija on Mental Floss:

As a method of supposed communication with the spirit world, the Ouija board has terrified countless slumber partying children and served as a plot vehicle in a number of Hollywood films. Here’s where it came from. 
Ouija boards have their roots in Spiritualism, which began in the United States in the late 1840s. (Claims that ancient Ouija boards existed are unfounded.) The new movement was led by mediums, who claimed to be intermediaries between the living and the dead. 
There were a number of ways mediums made followers believe that they were communicating messages from those who had passed. One, table turning, involved the table moving or knocking on the floor in response to letters called out from the alphabet. Another method used planchettes, heart-shaped devices with two wheels at one end and a pencil at the point; users would place their fingers on the device, which would then be guided by spirits who would “write” messages. 
Both methods were problematic. Table turning took too long, and planchette writing was hard to decipher. According to the Museum of Talking Boards, some mediums got rid of these methods altogether, preferring to channel while in a trance, while others built complicated tables, dials, and tables painted with letters that required people to use a planchette as a pointer. This method became the most popular—and paved the way for the Ouija board.  
Read the full article at Mental Floss