By photoshopping a pair of mirror-flipped profile-shots of your face onto either side of a full-on shot, you can make a gimmicked photo that, when curled and placed in a jar of water, creates a convincing illusion of your head in a jar. Mikeasaurus's Instructable has easy-to-follow instructions for making your own.
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Makeup artist Psycho Sandra created an amazing, gross-out effect for her Hallowe'en costume last year: she created the illusion that she had made a domino mask of her own flayed skin. She's got a whole gallery of bloody makeup effects on her site, including a crazy zombie to die (and come back) for.
This simple, effective "crystal ball" illusion is documented by Nikki on Ehow: basically, you put a video loop on your phone's screen, drape it in black cloth, and insert it into a crystal ball, and voila, you've got your own Madame Leota (or whatever video you choose), as seen in the Haunted Mansion at the Disney parks worldwide!
Super Simple Crystal Ball
(via The Haunted Mansion Disney)
Hope sez, "My husband, Jeff, and I decided to combine our love of Edward Gorey's Gashlycrumb Tinies and our son Dash to make a Dashlycrumb Tiny for Halloween. Jeff designed the tombstone detailing Dash's untimely demise...Thought it would be fun to share!"
My son Dash’s Halloween costume as a “Dashlycrumb Tiny”
Toronto's fun-lovin', crack-smoking Mayor Rob "Laughable Bumblefuck" Ford is having an exciting Hallowe'en, which Robbo Mills's wife has commemorated with a very special Jack-O-Lantern.
Teh Missus made a pumpkin to celebrate!
Niagara Falls's Nightmares Fear Factory (a spookhouse) has continued its tradition of posting pictures of people losing their minds at the event's climax. Wired has rounded up a collection of some of the best of the fresh crop and they're pretty amazing.
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The freaky folks at the phenomenal Death Waltz Recording Company, the reissue label that deals in exquisitely-curated horror/cult soundtracks in gorgeous packaging, have issued not one but two free Halloween mixes of creeptastic tunes!
And if that's not enough for you, there's another one over at FACT Magazine.
Al Jourgensen may prefer to forget that he once cultivated an English accent and created this underground club hit, but on this day, we happily remember. Above, a fan video cut up from horror films.
Eric writes, "I am Eric Millikin and I am an experimental artist from Detroit who has created a series of portraits of monsters, each built out of Halloween candy. I call this series 'Totally Sweet.'
So far, this series includes everything from classic monsters like The Bride of Frankenstein to modern killers from slasher movies. And I've been taking requests; one of my favorites has been Gort, the alien killer robot from the 1950s sci-fi classic, 'The Day the Earth Stood Still.'"
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This year, my husband, Chris, and I made a baby and a costume to put her in. Here, Althea Koerth Baker, 4 days old, shows off her Halloween costume and her ability to tolerate parental shenanigans.
Ricky sez, "In a follow-up to last year's 'Missing in the Mansion' short shot at Disneyland, the Daws brothers have just released 'Followed from the Mansion' - another Haunted Mansion-inspired short, this time answering the question of what happens when a ghost follows you home."
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The Hauntbox is an open-source hardware controller for all the sensors and controllers necessary to build sophisticated, automated electronic haunting projects. It requires no soldering or prior knowledge to use, and is fully hackable and accepts Arduino shields. The Kickstarter was successful, and they've gone into full production: you can pre-order them for next Hallowe'en now.
Royce Hutain made a wonderful "stick person" costume for his toddler from LED lights and a body suit.
The Pumpkin Tap turns hollowed-out pumpkins and watermelons into drink dispensers! I think most any beer faucet and shank would work, but this is a fun idea.