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Functional, animated Disneyland map Hallowe'en costume

Kirby sez, "Rob Cockerham built himself a working, wearable Disneyland costume for Halloween this year. Yes. Working!"

And his own mouth forms both the gates of the castle and the mouth of Monstro the Whale in the Storybookland Boats. Rob, you win the Internet today, even if your Splash Mountain makes you lopsided.

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Mad Monster Party: the comic book


Zack sez, "Is there another holiday movie more underrated than the Harvey Kurtzman-scripted 1967 Rankin-Bass stop-motion classic MAD MONSTER PARTY? If you haven't experienced it yet, sample this adaptation by Dell (no artist credits are given, though it was adapted from Kurtzman's screenplay). Nothing can compare to the film, but it still retains some of the original's charm. The adaptation is in two parts (Part 2 is here)

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Mickey Mouse in Ghoul Friend

On Metafilter, Filthy Light Thief provides excellent context for Mickey Mouse in Ghoul Friend , a delightful horror-themed seasonal Mickey cartoon that's one of 19 new toons.

It's one of 19 new shorts that are part of the new Mickey Mouse series of shorts that are inspired by the 1930s era Disney shorts. If you'd like to see more, 11 of the shorts are currently available to view on YouTube (in a playlist with two bonus behind the scenes clips), from the DisneyShorts YouTube acccount.

Mickey Mouse in Ghoul Friend

The history of carnival dark rides

Lisa Hix of Collectors Weekly says: "I just did a deep dive on dark rides, and I thought you'd get a kick out of it. I go into how the first dark rides -- the 1920s Pretzel -- just relied on manual sound effects and its curvy track to freak people out. Later, they got soundtracks, electric eyes, pneumatics, all that. Most dark rides still don't have animatronics or Pepper's ghosts like Haunted Mansion.

Jeepers Creepers! Why Dark Rides Scare the Pants Off Us

Spooky fan-video for TMBG's 'Darlings of Lumberland' made with public domain assets

Craig sez, "This is an unofficial music video for 'The Darlings of Lumberland' by They Might Be Giants, from their 16th album 'Nanobots' (2013). It was created using both famous and obscure silent horror films found on Archive.org, and photos from the vintage photo site Retronaut. TMBG is giving away a free MP3 of 'Darlings.'

TMBG - The Darlings of Lumberland (a Halloween music video) - from Nanobots (2013) (Thanks, Craig!)

Mask carved from a palm tree frond

Doctorinister made a cool Halloween mask out of a palm tree frond.

Yard Waste = Free Halloween Costume: How to Make Creepy Masks from Fallen Palm Tree Fronds

Grim Grinning Ghosts on a uke

I love Jen's ukulele cover of "Grim Grinning Ghosts" from Disney's Haunted Mansion -- she crushes the oft-neglected final chorus.

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Rum-filled chocolate rotting body-parts


Miss Cakehead writes, "A macbre preview of some 'treats' which will be sold in Miss Cakehead's infamous Eat Your Heart Out Halloween pop up cake shop in London - the theme for 2013 being 'Feed The Beast'. Undoubtably these rum filled chocolate body parts make the world's most disturbing liqueur chocolates, and there is much much worse to come!"

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Davis Graveyard: totally kick-ass haunters


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?

Davis Graveyard (Thanks, Dan!)

Pythor costume


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.

the making of pythor (Thanks, Jason!)

Venom body-paint


Here's a Venom body-paint job that ups the ante on the two earlier 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?

Awesome Venom Body Paint (imgur.com) (via Super Punch)

Haunted Mansion, the Little Long-Playing Record

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.

The Story Of The Haunted Mansion (via MeFi)

Father creates amazing witch makeup for his 11-year-old daughter

Artist Bryan Silva says:

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. :)
(Via Cynical-C)

Rot: makeup stop-motion of a body in the dark

"Rot" is Erica Luke's stop-motion makeup animation showing a corpse's decay in a dark, enclosed space. It's beautifully, creepily well-done.

Rot (via IO9)

BB Readers' DIY Costumes: Zombie Baby breaking out of womb

In our Epic Halloween DIY Costume thread, Boing Boing reader Laz Burke shares this awesome photo of a zombie baby breaking out of the womb.