Macabre Media: Dance in the Graveyards plus Daniel Radcliff in Horns

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Tonight’s post comes to you courtesy of my daughter, Pooka. Last night she sent me a link to this amazing video. This could be my theme song (even OUR theme song.) It just makes me happy. I had to share it with you all ASAP (though it would have been entirely appropriate to save it for The Day of the Dead.)

& LATER:

Horns, the movie adaption of Joe Hill’s book, starring Daniel Radcliff, is coming to the big screen on October 31st, 2014. Here’s the trailer:

I’ll send a heads-up out on FB & Twitter & G+ when we get a little closer to the release date.


What will you be for Halloween? Makeup can MAKE the costume.

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Only TWO weeks until Halloween!

Show your love of Halloween and drive your friends crazy by sharing the above image on your social media sites this week.

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So what are you going to be for Halloween? What’s your excuse for dressing up?

This year, I don’t have any parties to attend and I won’t be working on Halloween night. I suppose I could skip the costume thing, but I know I won’t really do that. If nothing else, on Halloween night, I’ll be out roaming the streets, looking for houses that deserve to be recognized as Halloween Heroes. And I’ll be wearing something spooky to do it. For me, that probably means a simple black dress, maybe a veil or a hat (or both,) and makeup. If I don’t get the chance to pull out my kit and turn myself into a monster, it’s not Halloween.

Last year, I made a video of me applying zombie-style wounds. I also gathered and posted some great professional video tutorials. All links have been checked and content has been updated as needed for that post:

Halloween Makeup Tutorial Videos:

my own attempt and a selection of GOOD ones.

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PS: We’re getting close folks. If you’ve been slow to dive into Halloween mania, now’s the time. Before you know it, we’ll be scraping smashed pumpkins of the street and packing away all of our cool Halloween decoration. In the stores, shelves of Halloween merchandise are starting to look a little bare. (Get your shopping done soon.) Right now, though, the spirit is rising. In our neighborhood, several houses have haunted their yards. The haunted houses and pumpkin farms are all open. All over the interwebs, bloggers and YouTubers are posting their creepy and/or cute contributions.

Here at The Paranormalist, the hits are increasing every day, especially on the Halloween Countdown posts. As I mentioned yesterday, the 1st Annual Halloween Photo Scavenger Hunt is starting to take off. Just last night I uploaded another new gallery (by Patrick Keller) and added some more shots to my own.

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When I walked my dog yesterday evening, I was extremely lucky to come across a great flying saucer shot.

Come play with us at:

2014: The Paranormalist’s 1st Annual Halloween Photo Scavenger Hunt

PPS: I ordered my Halloween Hero magnets yesterday. If you plan to celebrate by playing some variation of  Twisted Ding Dong Ditch, you can still get them at Pooka Creations.

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Have you taken any pics for the Halloween Scavenger Hunt yet?

There’s a new gallery up at the 1st Annual Halloween Photo Scavenger Hunt as of today.

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What do you think this is?

 

Author Jennifer Brinkmeyer got together with some friends a couple of weeks ago and got creative. Her post about it is over at her blog, in Halloween Scavenger Hunt.  She used the basic (original) hunt list, rather than the more complicated pocket-mod-style list … which worked out just fine. I loved her work, especially her flying saucer and her cryptic message. She gave me permission to grab the shots and create a gallery for her. I’d be happy to do the same for any of you. (You are also welcome to submit pics to halloweenphotoinbox@gmail.com)

Posting the pics reminded me how fun this activity is, and I’m inspired to go out and take some more shots this afternoon. (According to our weather predictor, today is a “Minnesota Top 10 Weather Day,” so I shouldn’t waste the opportunity.)

In my gallery, I just added my own attempt at the challenge concept word “black.” (I took it with my cell phone while I was on break at work earlier this week.) Another gallery owner (Laurie) did a great job with “purple.” I think I might concentrate on getting some more color words today … the leaves, after all, all peaking.

Go have a look at galleries … maybe you, too, will be inspired to immerse in the season for an hour or two and come out with some great photographs.

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Only 3 weeks to go – time to obsess about candy. (Right?)

So I have been deeply, wretchedly sick for the past 10 days or so. It started out not-so-bad but – boy! – it worked itself into a fine misery-inflict-er by the time it ran its course. Just yesterday, I started to be able to be useful again and I have A LOT to do. Today I plan to run some errands with Ogre and bring Halloween into my home and life. (Time to get out the decorations, buy a pumpkin for immediate carving, and stock the house with too much sugar.)

I’ve gotten a good start this morning by preparing the countdown post for this week:

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Only THREE weeks until Halloween!

Show your love of Halloween and drive your friends crazy by sharing the above image on your social media sites this week.

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All links have been checked and content has been updated as needed for the post:

Classic trick or treat loot ~ nostalgic candy & prizes from Halloweens past.

PS: Come play with us at:

2014: The Paranormalist’s 1st Annual Halloween Photo Scavenger Hunt

PPS: I ordered my Halloween Hero magnets yesterday. If you plan to celebrate by playing some variation of  Twisted Ding Dong Ditch, you can still get them at Pooka Creations.

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To access the Halloween Countdown homepage / index of articles, click this image wherever you see it in the blog, or find the link in the header.


Twisted Ding Dong Ditch (Reverse trick-or-treating the Halloween Heroes)

HALLOWEEN HEROES:

You know who they are.

In a time when Halloween as a neighborhood event seems to be slipping in popularity, these are the folks who are keeping the tradition alive. Some of them create a whole haunted experience in their yards and sheds. Some carve and display multiple or elaborate Jack-O-Lanterns. Others are less flashy but equally enthusiastic. Maybe they have an elegant little display and give out the very best treats. Maybe — because trick-or-treaters don’t visit the area where they live — they do other things to celebrate the holiday. They throw a party. Or volunteer at a church or school or retirement home.

Don’t you think it’s time that we — the true Halloween lovers of the world — start showing our gratitude? Here’s one (kind of elaborate) way to do it, but feel free to pick and choose from these elements to enhance your Halloween celebrations.

TWISTED DING DONG DITCH:

twisted ding dong sitch halloween heroesLast year, my daughter, Pooka, came from North Carolina to Minnesota for much of the Halloween season. While talking before her arrival, she and I were mourning the fact that The Boy is no longer young enough for us to take him trick or treating. (Pooka’s trick or treating years were extended by the 10 year age difference between her and her brother.) Over the course of several late-night instant messaging sessions, we came up with a substitute. We decided to reward households that did a nice job with their outdoor decorations. She designed a limited edition button. I decided we needed a poem. (But she mostly wrote it, because I suck at poetry.)

We’re past the age for treats and tricks.

No TP rolls, nor eggs to pitch.

The giving urge trumps prankster itch.

And so our twisted ding dong ditch!

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After she arrived in Minnesota, between other events, we crafted several of these:

HOW TO MAKE A TWISTED DING DONG DITCH TREE:

When I was thinking about the game ding-dong-ditch (which I never played as a child, btw) I kept envisioning a flaming paper bag full of, well, you know. I was determined to find a prize format that would be a little reminiscent of that, and this paper bag tree fit the bill nicely.

  • 1) weight the bottom of the lunch-size, brown paper bag with a variety of fun-sized treats
  • 2) flatten the bag again and cut strips from the bag opening to the base, as shown above
  • 3) open the bag carefully, gather all the strips at the very bottom, and start twisting them together tightly to create the trunk
  • 4) after the trunk is formed, separate the strips into 3-5 sets which will become the main branches
  • 5) twist one set of strips at a time to form branches
  • 6) a main branch can be further divided to end in 2-3 smaller branches if desired
  • 7) add stickers (found at a craft or dollar store) to emphasize the “treeness” of your creation
  • 8) (optional) hang or pin a Halloween Hero button to a branch (see below)
  • 9) DO NOT set fire to it, no matter how tempting it is

The key to making this project work is to twist the trunk and branches tightly. It can be a little tiring for the hands, but it’s mindless enough that you can do it while watching a Halloween movie or a great old horror classic.

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To deliver our goodies, we wanted to wear costumes that were nostalgic and harmless. When we found a GIANT plastic trick-or-treat bucket, in the classic shape of a Jack-O-Lantern, we were reminded of the old-fashioned ghost costume.

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The night before our adventure, we found some old sheets. We cut large holes out for the eyes and lined the holes with some sheer black fabric I had around the house. Somewhere, I have pics of me hand-basting that in, and other shots of the ghosts when they were done, but tonight I can’t find them.  (I’ll add them if I do.)

The “kids” (18 & 27) put on the darkest pants they had, and draped themselves in ghost-sheets. We pinned a big bow to the head of Pooka’s ghost.  Then we went out into the night armed with a pumpkin bucket filled with 13 little trees.

I drove around the neighborhood and we pulled over whenever we saw Halloween decorations we appreciated. Some of the displays were elaborate; some were simply charming and elegant. Here’s a shot of the kids running up to a door.

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TIPS FOR PLAYING TWISTED DING DONG DITCH:

  • 1) we found that many houses we wanted to hit were actually unoccupied — this year we will probably do it on Halloween night itself
  • 2) the tree is small and folks don’t automatically look down when they answer the door — this year we may attach a glow stick or an eye-level floating balloon
  • 3) if you don’t want to deal with the uncertainty of your gifts being found, simply walk up, ring the bell and present the award (we did that too)
  • 4) be prepared to explain what you’re doing — no one we spoke to had ever had anyone GIVE them something for Halloween
  • 5) understand that folks will react to your actions. Some may press some treats into your hand in return for the gift; some will be disconcerted; many will be THRILLED you noticed their hard work. (One group  offered us beers and really tried to get us to stay at their bonfire. At one house, we fear we may have freaked out some kids who were home alone — they were very confused about why grown-ups were out … and on the wrong night to boot.)

We were looking for a way to enjoy a whole evening of being out reverse trick-or-treating, but your situation might be different. Pick and choose whichever elements of our adventure that suit your available time, energy and funds.

THE HALLOWEEN HERO BUTTON:

If you’re interested, Pooka has just listed this year’s limited edition Halloween Hero button at her Etsy shop, Pooka Creations:

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This 1″ button design is available in either pinback ($1.25 + shipping) or magnet ($1.75 + shipping) | Click the pic to go to the listing.

This little button is a great addition to any kind of prize that you decide to bestow on a Halloween Hero you know. There is still plenty of time to order a batch if you live in the continental USA.

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If you arrived at this post via Celebrating Halloween for couples, families and / or just a few friends: dates, games and activities, for smaller social groups this is the link that will take you back.

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HALLOWEEN COUNTDOWN QUICK LINKS:

2014’s Countdown-to-Halloween Ideas & Checklist

Join The Paranormalist’s 1st Annual Halloween Photo Scavenger Hunt from here

Print your 6-week planning calendar from here

FOR MORE HALLOWEEN COUNTDOWN ARTICLES VISIT THE MAIN INDEX

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We’re working on it …

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Only four weeks until Halloween!

Show your love of Halloween and drive your friends crazy by sharing the above image on your social media sites this week.

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Pooka and I are collaborating on a little project for this week, but there have been some delays. On Saturday or Sunday, there will be some festive new content for you. In the meantime, feel free to check out the otherwise link-checked and updated countdown post:

Celebrating Halloween for couples, families and / or just a few friends: dates, games and activities, for smaller social groups.

PS: Come play with us at 2014: The Paranormalist’s 1st Annual Halloween Photo Scavenger Hunt

To access the Halloween Countdown homepage / index of articles, click this image wherever you see it in the blog, or find the link in the header.


Get ready to put up the Halloween decorations!

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Only five weeks until Halloween!

Show your love of Halloween and drive your friends crazy by sharing the above image on your social media sites this week.

Okay. I completely forgot to write a NEW post, to tell you that I updated the old one on Friday … I’ve added more than a dozen new ideas (with instructions) to the collection of (mostly) easy, cheap, and great-looking options for DIY decoration projects.

Click here for:  Halloween Decor ~ easy, inexpensive haunts for the house and yard (plus some wow-projects.)

PS: Come play with us at 2014: The Paranormalist’s 1st Annual Halloween Photo Scavenger Hunt 

To access the Halloween Countdown homepage / index of articles, click this image wherever you see it in the blog, or find the link in the header.


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