October 2016 archive

Bedtime Scaries

An illustration of the classic children’s poem “The Spider and the Fly” made quite an impression on Reggie Oliver when he was younger. But it wasn’t a good one, seeing as how his mother had to destroy it after it gave him so many nightmares. He confronted this bit of childhood trauma years later by …

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6’+ Episode 193 is Up!

To quote the description given at the new listing: “Eat every last bite — who cares if it’s rotten? This episode goes through some leftover Halloween candy while playing some scary music — favorites of the past and some new tunes. Hear tracks from HORROR OF ’59, WORMWOOD INN, BLOODSUCKING ZOMBIES FROM OUTER SPACE and …

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It Came From Amazon VIII

Diamond Select has finally addressed your pressing need for Creature from the Black Lagoon ice cubes. Something tells me this VHS release of the second “Blind Dead” movie got very popular after the release of a certain 1981 horror movie starring Bruce Campbell. For the record, this film was using the term “Evil Dead” in …

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Fear For Your Ears VII

Both Earbud Theater and Prometheus Radio Theater have a wealth of creepy tales, as do Hypnogoria (which often features Mythos tales) and the Odditorium. AudioComics also has some free goodies linked to their Horrorscopes line of classic stories and original works. Those with a taste for comedy might prefer the sci-fi adventures of The Mustache …

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Video Store Day Is Here!

If you somehow haven’t heard of Video Store Day, its official Facebook page has all the basic information you need about the event. But if you know about the event and don’t understand why it’s so important, here’s a little song for you: Admittedly the subject of the song sells rather than rents movies and …

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How To Build Haunted House Walls

Okay, so you know how to detail haunted house walls. But such knowledge means absolutely nothing without any walls to detail! So I have combed YouTube for the greatest selection of videos on the subject I could find. Although I tried to cover the greatest variety of walls possible, there is bound to be some …

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Yet More Vile Verses

Like the illustration? It’s linked to “A Halloween Thought” by the mysterious “H.M.Y.” Google Books also brings us poems like Charles Frederick White’s “Hallowe’en,” Blanche Elizabeth Wade’s “Jack-O’-Lantern’s Prank,” Stanley Schell’s “The Ghost of a Flower,” Carl J. Segerhammer’s “Halloween Party,” R. Chetwynd-Hayes’ “The Shadmock,” Ina A. Bickford’s “Falling Leaves,” Lulu G. Parker’s “Halloween,” Jack …

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Haunted Attraction Facade Art

I love the painted facades of the haunted attractions you see at fairs and carnivals. The garish, often airbrushed artwork never fails to catch the eye and promises so much that the stuff inside rarely lives up to your expectations. The more impressive the art, the greater chance you’ll end up like Lio once the …

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Royalty Free Music For Haunted Attractions II

To rehash what I said the last time I covered this topic, royalty free music is music which can be used in a haunted attraction without requiring you to pay every time it gets used. In all but a few rare cases, a haunt owner only has to pay for the initial purchase of the …

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Corpsing

“Corpsing” (sometimes known as “corpsifying”) refers to a technique where a prop skeleton is treated so that it looks like a decayed corpse. The most popular type of skeleton used for this is a human anatomical skeleton. Many tutorials refer to this kind of skeleton as a “Bucky,” due to the website “Bucky’s Boneyard” (now …

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6’+ Episode 192 is Up!

To quote the description given at the new listing: “It’s the reason for the season, and the season is HALLOWEEN. For the first foray into the October Country, we have creepy music from BLACK FLAMINGOS, LUGOSI’S MORPHINE, THIS MACHINE KILLS ROBOTS and more. Monstermatt Patterson tries to trick or treat, only to wind up getting …

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Classic Halloween Mask Decor

If you are looking for some spooky wall decorations for the Halloween season, or just because you’re awesome, look no further my friends. Retro A Go-Go, along with artist Doug P’gosh have developed a new line of deadly decor called Vac-Tastic Plastic. Giant, 2 Feet tall masks in the tradition of the classic Halloween masks …

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Haunted Attraction Walkthroughs V

In spite of the problems of I noted in last year’s installment, I have decided to continue this particular series of articles. But I have decided to cut back to ten videos instead of fifteen since replacing videos is still a concern. This way I’ll still be able to keep this going while not having …

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Creepy Cocktails and Devious Drinks IV

Do you remember all the buzz over the special milkshake promoting the Goosebumps movie? If you wanted to try one and didn’t have a Johnny Rocket’s in your area, you were out of luck. At least you were until Let’s Play OC! shared the recipe online. Speaking of drinks linked to films, there’s the “Sharknado …

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Freaky Food III

Back when meat wasn’t as readily available as it is today, people would make nut roasts to get by. Such recipes were so popular that Forecast magazine’s directions for making a “Halloween Nut Roast” only told you how to decorate your roast to look like the one shown above and said any nut roast recipe …

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Halloween Party Game Ideas II

It figures. It was only a few days after I posted my original collection of party game ideas when I found the “Ghostly Groans” game on Facebook. Then I found games like “The Witch’s Stocking” and “Snakes in the Grass” while looking at the previews for various editions of Dennison’s “Bogie Books” on Amazon. So …

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