Dan from the Journal of Ride Theory sez, "I hope someday your travels bring you to the Pacific Northwest around
Halloween time, because you will absolutely LOVE the Davis Graveyard.
It's an amateur yard display of near theme-park quality. And as a
bonus for you and me, they have LOTS of Haunted Mansion references --
a full-sized horse-drawn hearse, a skeleton trying to get out of a
coffin, a singing statue who briefly recites the Ghost Host's
narration, and a replica of the frightened gravedigger. And that's
just the icing on top of all the geeky pop-culture references on the
gravestones, the excellent projected ghosts, etc.
You would plotz."
I plotzed. Holy moly. The Davis family are the greatest human beings on the face of the earth. Why isn't there a Nobel Prize in Hauntology?
Jason and his wife made this totally kick-ass Pythor costume for their wee lad. It's beyond awesome. Also makes me feel like a bit of a bad parent for merely helping to assemble a(n admitted smashing) Wednesday Addams costume. But in a good way.
Here's a Venom body-paint job that ups the ante on the twoearlier versions posted here. This one was posted by a Redditor called Tapout189, who says it was found on Twitter. Anyone know who the original makeup artist and photographer were?
Here's the audio from Disney's classic "Story and Song from the Haunted Mansion," narrated by Thurl Ravenscroft, starring a young -- Andy Griffith show era -- Ronnie Howard. I had this in the original Disneyland Little Long Playing Record edition, and played it to death, as you might expect.
Metafilter's Hippybear has included links to lots of supplementary material in a MeFi post, too.
There's also a beautiful CD reissue from Disney, with excellent liner notes and additional data-tracks with the visuals from the original Little Long-Playing Record.
This is a Witch prosthetic for my 11 year old daughter. It was sculpted in Monster Clay and cast with Gelatin that I made based on a recipe from Matthew Mungle. This is a make up test application that I did. She's only in the prosthetic in this video, not her costume. We went to the Halloween store afterward and then to Target and she had all kinds of people looking uncomfortable. :)
Theoretical physicist and mathematician Benjamin K. Tippett has posted a paper called "Possible Bubbles of Spacetime Curvature in the South Pacific," which analyzes the account of Gustaf Johansen, the author of the manuscript embedded in HP Lovecraft's famous story The Call of Cthulhu, and tries to account for the weird geometries that hide "the corpse city of R'lyeh." It's got rendered diagrams and everything. Science!
We contend that all of the credible phenomena which Johansen described may be explained as being the observable consequences of a localized bubble of spacetime curvature. Many of his most incomprehensible statements (involving the geometry of the architecture, and variability of the location of the horizon) can therefore be said to have a unified underlying cause.
We propose a simplified example of such a geometry, and show using numerical computation that Johansen`s descriptions were, for the most part, not simply the ravings of a lunatic. Rather, they are the nontechnical observations of an intelligent man who did not understand how to describe what he was seeing. Conversely, it seems to us improbable that Johansen should have unwittingly given such a precise description of the consequences of spacetime curvature, if the details of this story were merely the dregs of some half remembered fever dream.
We calculate the type of matter which would be required to generate such exotic spacetime curvature. Unfortunately, we determine that the required matter is quite unphysical, and possess a nature which is entirely alien to all of the experiences of human science. Indeed, any civilization with mastery over such matter would be able to construct warp drives, cloaking devices, and other exotic geometries required to conveniently travel through the cosmos.
We've made masks again this year. My husband Jacob is a plague doctor. I'm a spider (ironically, my least favourite animal but I loved working on the mask!). More pics and a bit of info on how they were made here.
In our Epic Halloween DIY Costume thread, Boing Boing reader Shannon Stewartsays, "My husband and I went as Mars and the Curiosity Rover. Had a ton of fun making these babies and the costumes were a huge hit everywhere we went!"
This year I have become Fish-Man! The idea was inspired by the fish-man character, Toby, in the show Ugly Americans. I think the idea of a fish wearing pants is pretty hilarious, and luckily the costume turned out to be as funny as I hoped it would. I've already worn it out on the bus and train home from work and it made quite a few smiles all
The head is chicken wire, screen door mesh, paper mache, foam and fabric. I also had to special order some very large pants which I velcroed to the fish head. Oh, and the eyes light up too-- they're those battery-operated closet push-lights ;)
I'll be walking in the 16th Annual Halloween on Halsted Parade this Wednesday in Chicago at 7pm CST. Hope to see you Chicago readers there-- Happy Halloween!