Sunday, October 22, 2017

Now Playing: Face Outside The Window

By Dead End Ranch from Atmosfear.

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Saturday, October 21, 2017

Random Things

We went to a favorite Mexican restaurant and walked into a haunted house.  You have to love when a severed head is dangling from the ceiling in an eatery.  The entire ceiling was covered in three layers of spider webs.  There were giant spiders everywhere.  On the way out I looked back to make sure we didn't leave anything (paranoid) and as I turned back around my face clipped a large spider's leg and its big furry butt.  A proud moment in a crowded restaurant.

This wasn't the guy I got to know...

Drove around the neighborhood one night this week trying to find Halloween decorations.  Not too many as yet, but found this fun house...

And we saw this creepy scarecrow in the front of a school that normally does a scarecrow event, and this year had more scary ones than previous there's hope.

A Haunted Place

Images by galunlatidreaming.

Invasion On Chestnut Ridge

Again I'm giving my highest recommendation to a Small Town Monsters documentary - Invasion on Chestnut Ridge.  Amazing production value and some truly chilling tales.  And another incredible film score by Brandon Dalo.

Click below for the trailer:

Friday, October 20, 2017

A Haunting On Dice Road: The Hell House

We bought Small Town Monsters' Invasion on Chestnut Ridge this morning to watch tonight, and while on amazon I spotted this gem available for streaming with Amazon Prime.  Dear God does it look great...going to watch this as well.

Click below for the trailer...

Our New Michael's Scarecrow

Begging For Candy

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Porch Decor

The pre-Halloween "normal" decorations...
Put up the ol' scarecrow from the 2014 display and added some more lights to the garden.

Haunt Photography

Click below for some truly amazing shots by Steve Fretz:

The Skeleton Key: Halloween Playlist

I do believe this is The Skeleton Key blog's finest year...

Click below for a wonderful playlist by K.O. (loved the cover of the Stranger Things theme):

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

October 20th

A great day for releases....John Carpenter's Anthology album and Small Town Monsters' Invasion on Chestnut Ridge.

Click below to stream some tracks from the album (with a great cover/revisit of HALLOWEEN which will surely please Sara)...

Scarecrow's Revenge

The Haunt of Vocal.
I always look so forward to this one...

More images here.

The Skeleton Key

Some more great posts over at a favorite blog...

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Speaking Of Weather...

I realize that anything in the Not Raining spectrum is what we Haunters/Lovers of Halloween want, but if you could hand-pick your weather for Halloween day/night, what would it be?

Me... during the day, in the 50's, completely overcast and semi-gloomy.
At night?  Some clearing, but with large dark clouds floating across a pale watching moon...probably in the high 50's...light wind.

This would work just fine...

Monday, October 16, 2017

Now Playing: Stacy's Spark After Dark

Really dig this track from the latest Halloween at High Noon release...

Click below:

Photo by Todd Hido.

Weather Worries

WHY do they even put out a "Month" weather calendar?
Makes absolutely no sense.  NONE.
Though I was still relieved to find that it's going to be amazing weather on Halloween (though I was hoping for more clouds)...

The Great Pumpkin Project

Still planning on where to place our pumpkin this year, but there's a ton of activity on the Warts and All... blog.

Click here for more (and start planning your locations!)...

Sunday, October 15, 2017

New Bill Basso Show: Last Rites Gallery

"Conglomerate"  In New York City...until October 21st.

More information here.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Final Push: Anise & Clove

For one of my favorite things (I lied when I said the last push was the final push for the season)...

Click below (she should call these "HALLOWEEN")...

Friday, October 13, 2017

Happy Friday The 13th

The Wreath Witch Curse

I work in a very large department...  not that many people, but a giant work area with a lot of unused space.  The entire building is getting refurbished one department at a time, and our old outdated vile wing was asked to consolidate itself onto one side of the wing while visiting departments can inhabit the empty side while their department wings were being stripped down and refurbished.  So it's been a couple years of new neighbors showing up every few months.  It's like getting to know and being annoyed at horrible neighbors/tenants moving in next to your home many times a year.  And knowing they're moving on to nicer homes/apartments and you're still stuck in your old one til God-knows-when.

Early this week, one of the women on the new side, without getting permission or taking a poll, hung something like this wreath (this is actually way nicer so I suspect she might have made hers).

She hung it on the two giant automated doors at the entrance of our department (important to note she hung it on the door on OUR side of the wing).  There was great hooting and hollering on the day she brought it in and I heard her say many times "I LOVE HALLOWEEN!" (I think I might have hissed like a vampire seeing a cross).

Well, four people asked me this week:  "You put that wreath up?"

THAT wreath....the one with the striped witch legs and tiny glittery witch hat and clumps of shiny silver tulle.

Begging For Candy

Thursday, October 12, 2017

That Old Integrity Discussion Again

Been seeing this guy's pictures popping up more and more in my searches for Halloween images for the blog.  After checking out his website, instagram, and facebook accounts and seeing absolutely no mention of my site anywhere as the source material, well, I wanted to call him out on it.

I simply do not get how someone can feel that they are truly creating if the entire premise of their works, the very end product of their hard work, exists solely because they saw it elsewhere.  And I'm not even going to get into the issues I have when that person starts selling these works.  Is it legal?  Sure it is.  Is it honest?  Absolutely not.

Here's a photo of his "Guardians of the Gate" (Sentinels):

And here's some text from his website:
The scarecrows and corpses you see on this website were designed for this event and I have continued to produce them in varying forms and sizes. They are a culmination of my study of the natural effects of time and the elements on various materials and surfaces, while at the same time designed to have a classic, bygone era appearance that in a curious way simultaneously invites and repels. Using photos I have taken of these creatures, I have designed Halloween greeting cards featuring composites of them on the property and combined with sunset photos I have taken to create a style that is uniquely my own.

"Uniquely"... This guy has some chops.

Anyway, below is the source material for this guy's existence.  My Pumpkin Sentinels.  I love these guys, and am very proud of them.
Here's the guy's site...

Slight update on this issue:  The builder of these Guardians of the Gate, Kerry Lawton, claims that any resemblance to my Pumpkin Sentinels is, and I quote, "purely coincidental."