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Oregon's Davis Graveyard: local haunters who go all out

Dan from the Journal of Ride Theory writes, "The semi-pro Hallowe'en display in my neighborhood just gets better every year. I'm sure you'll spot the Haunted Mansion references."

Library of Congress wants your Halloween/Dia de los Muertos/All Saints Day/All Souls Day photos


Trevor from the Library of Congress writes, "The American Folklife Center at the LOC is inviting Americans participating in holidays at the end of October and early November to photograph hayrides, haunted houses, parades, trick-or-treating and other celebratory and commemorative activities to contribute to a new collection documenting contemporary folklife."

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No Such Thing: spooky (not scary!) picture book

In the new Flying Eye picture book No Such Thing, a little girl named Georgia finds herself in a delightfully spooky situation: things in her home keep going astray -- but Georgia knows that there's no such thing as ghosts. Cory Doctorow field tested the book on his six year old, and comes back with a tale of mystery, delight, and fright, just in time for Hallowe'en. Read the rest

Open source hardware pumpkin-puppet

David writes, "A year ago I pledged to make a fully interactive version of my augmented jack-O-lantern, Gourdy; I've finally gotten around to doing it, and I'm releasing him free for anyone to use.

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Spooky stereoscopic GIFs: 'Monsters, Villains, Heroes and Victims'

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A gorgeously retro-spooky series of stereoscopic GIFs from The Saline Project: "Monsters, Villains, Heroes, and Victims (MVHV)."

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HOWTO make your own head-in-a-jar illusion

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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Gross-out makeup: flayed-skin domino mask


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.

Halloween 2013 (via IO9)

HOWTO make an animated Haunted Mansion-style crystal ball


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)

Gashlycrumb Tiny Hallowe'en costume


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”

Rob Ford-o-Lantern


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!

Photos of terrified people freaking out in a spook-house


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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Free Halloween mixes from Death Waltz Recording Co.

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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.

Ministry's "(Everyday Is) Halloween"

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.

Monster portraits made from candy mosaics: TOTALLY SWEET!

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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DIY Halloween: Baby Jackhammer Jill

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.

The Candy Hierarchy, 2013

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Followed From the Mansion: scary Haunted-Mansion-inspired short

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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Hauntbox: open-source hardware box for controlling your automated, electronic haunted house

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.

Hauntbox.net (via Make)

LED stick person costume for toddler

Royce Hutain made a wonderful "stick person" costume for his toddler from LED lights and a body suit.

Pumpkin Tap turns pumpkin or watermelon into keg

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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.

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!)