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Month: May 2017

Skeleton Fights!

Skeleton Fights!

My first childhood encounter with skeleton fights, thanks to Sinbad! How do you kill a skeleton?


What?? Stop motion!!


The most famous skeleton fight.


And the creators behind it!


I’d say they’re in a pickle.


Skeleton battle, Minecraft style!


Skeletons vs zombies? If I had to choose sides? Skeletons!


Skeletons vs skeletons!? How do I choose?


This one’s bloody, but… what’s the word? Epic? Invigorating? Giants vs giant skeletons!


I’m so confused.

Animals in skeleton paint, and other weird pet costumes

Animals in skeleton paint, and other weird pet costumes

I love animals. I love skeletons. I love animals masquerading as skeletons. Before PETA gets their  knickers in a knot, this paint is non-toxic and washes right off after the haunting has ceased. I’m thinking these animals probably enjoyed the stroking and attention, and the fact that they dodged the bullet with all the cloth and elastic their owners could have instead strapped them into. What say you?

 This? horsesdraped

via Farm Girl Pink

…or this? skeletoncow

via Earth Porm

painted cats5

via Lii’s Peacock Notes

My cats would never sit still for this. The attention whores would be rolling over for belly rubs or rubbing paint all over my pant legs.


Via Pinterest

This isn’t a costume! It’s a training aid for horse masseurs.



via Making History

Where is this?? Williamsburg? I want to go live there and hang (no, not from a rope) with the skeleton crew that does this! Please go have a look at their blog post… it’s ghoulish!



Skeleton Horse and Apocalyptic Horse at Knot Just Rope in Ohio. I’m living on the wrong side of the country.



via Sulekha

I have nothing against Andy Warhol, but I’d find this funnier if he were replaced with John Malkovich.



via Herbs and Heart

This is Incredible.



Want to paint your pet?

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PetPaint Whippet White


PetPaint Basset Black


PetPaint Bone Stencil

But, really, just freehand it, or make your own stencil.

And I leave you with…



via Lush Home

Spooky Kitchen Stuff

Spooky Kitchen Stuff


Corelle 16-piece Dinnerware in B & W


Gibson 16-piece Dinnerware Set, Black & Red Flowers


Gibson 16-piece Dinnerware Set, Black & Flowers


Pyrex Spooky Cats 4-cup Storage Dish

I have this… it’s lovely!


Anatomy Theme Mug & Coasters


Square Anatomy Coasters


Calaveras Measuring Spoons


Ceramic Wall Hand

For assistance in holding your messy spoon or tea towel.


Skeleton & Raven Dish Towel


Chambray Tea Towels, Set of 6


Vampire & Casket Salt & Pepper Shakers


Vampire Bite Salt & Pepper Shakers


Headtones Salt & Pepper Shakers

I seem to have just figured out I have a thing for salt & pepper shakers.


DOTD Salt & Pepper Shakers


Newlydeads Salt & Pepper Shakers


Bat & Witch Cupcakes Salt & Pepper Shakers


Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde Salt & Pepper Shaker


Frankie & Bride Salt & Pepper Shakers

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A Spooky Fondness for Blow Molds

A Spooky Fondness for Blow Molds

I found this really interesting site about blow molds and how to repair and restore them. The site is about Christmas blow molds, but we’ll just pretend it’s about Halloween, m’kay? Carrie Sansing at Planet Christmas tells you how to strip old paint from, fix holes in, and repaint vintage blow mold yard decorations, and it just tickles me to death! I love it that someone took the time to become the blow mold repair expert! And I love it more that it’s a woman, because it feels like I found a kindred soul.

So I have this thing for blow molds. Both Halloween and Christmas, but Halloween blow molds are the only ones I collect. My collection is small (five is a collection, right?) and most are in the rafters in the garage, waiting for Halloween, but I just found two that escaped the curse of the Halloween storage…


This one I’ve had since childhood, and I totally defiled it with red candle wax. And, for some reason, the face is all rubbed off. I think I’ll restore this, as the state of this ghostly beauty is tormenting me.


I picked this one up at a thrift store a couple of years ago. When I find something like this, it feels like I’ve won a prize, I swear. It’s not obvious from the photo, but this Jack is flat and hangs on the wall. It casts a lovely orange glow. I call it mood lighting.

Have you ever seen a mid-century blow mold candy bucket or decoration with “Made in China” stamped on the bottom? Maybe some of the new ones, but not the vintage. It’s classically American, this blow-moldiness. I think I have seen one made in Japan (I collect mid-century Japan/Christmas and specifically look for “Japan” printed on the bottom of stuff), and I just read about some from the UK, but mostly the ones we see in the U.S. are made in the U.S., and I like that… buy local! Even if they were made decades ago.

The rest of my collection is candy buckets. Jack-O-Lanterns, to be exact. They’re not easy to find at thrift stores, but you’ll definitely know when you do. Everyone’s seen the multiple shelves of shocking-orange-pink-purple-blue-green at big box stores, and they pretty much all look the same aside from color. The vintage ones come in five colors (that I know of: orange (usually), white, grey, red, and black. The new ones are prone to just large and goofy grins, and they’re fairly limited to just candy buckets. The vintage ones often have much more character, and you’ll find a multitude of lighted tabletop and yard decorations in addition to candy buckets. They might be grinning goofily, but they might also include words, masks, moustaches, hats, and even cats! They also come in other shapes, like haunted houses, monsters, cats, witches and ghosts. I used my Google-fu to find you some examples. I hope you’re as enamored as I.


via Apartment Therapy


via Retro Chalet


via Pinterest

Apparently, someone out there has a less-trashed version of my ghost!


via Pinterest

This vintage blow mold advert is all kinds of fantastic!


via Halloween is Life

I’d like a setup like this. In this blog I will eventually teach you how to make a “cast iron” fence to display your spooky wares.


via Pinterest


via Pinterest

Here’s one I didn’t know existed, and it has me stupid excited! Too bad the Pinterest link is a dead-end, or I’d be hunting this corn-car-witch thing down to nab it!


via Pinterest

Whoooooooo wants some candy?


via Pinterest

Someone has a beautiful collection of Jacks.


via Pinterest

You know, it’s really starting to piss me off that these Pinterest links lead to nowhere. This one should have led to Flickr, but led to a hostile 404 instead. /rant. I’d really like to locate that “treat” Jack. He looks a little drunk.


via Etsy! Finally, a link that goes somewhere! This silly winker is like one of my guys up in the rafters of doom. He’s approximately a foot high… tall, orange and handsome.


via Pinterest, but with no link because it leads to one of those horrifying pages that makes you think you’ve been hacked and need to download some sinister fake file thing to save your computer from being hacked. Which is oh-so-ironic. Nope nope nope.

This is where I quit posting and allow that last one to leave you with one of my childhood favorite songs…

The Perfect Fake Blood Recipe

The Perfect Fake Blood Recipe

There’s a huge debate amongst theatrical and special effects makeup artists as to which faux blood recipe is superior. Even Scientific American has inserted itself in a lightly scientific approach to developing color, viscosity, and flow.

There are dozens of blood recipes out there in the web world, some more believable than others, but mostly just… not. Most involve some amounts of corn syrup or chocolate syrup and red food coloring, and are entirely edible. Then there’s the famous “Dick Smith Blood“, which is poisonous, as it contains Kodak Photo-Flo. Let’s not go there.

I’ve been a theatrical makeup hobbyist for the last 27-ish years, and never really tried making my own blood until just a year ago. It took me that long to wake up to the fact that the costume shop fake blood is FREAKIN EXPENSIVE. And it doesn’t look that good anyway.

Last year I started developing an online course on casualty and zombie makeup (which I’ve yet to finish), and needed a reasonable amount of blood for my lessons, but the popular corn syrup + red food color thing wasn’t working for me. I needed it to look realistic. I tried several recipes I found online, and they were all lacking one believable element or another. I found most to be too transparent and too pink, or too purple. When I bleed, it’s just red. And it’s not syrupy or transparent. It’s thick, but thin enough to drip. And when it runs down a vertical surface it leaves a red trail, not tiny beads of sticky goo. Also, none that I tried were storable long-term. They all developed mold after a few weeks/months, being largely made of food.

This one at Steve Spangler Science is spot on regarding color, and I’ve tried the recipe, but find it to be too grainy due to the addition of cocoa powder. And, I assume, as above, it may develop mold after a few weeks.

I bleed a color somewhere in between Pantone 186c and 200c. Yes, I checked. I poked myself with a sterilized pin and compared my own blood with the Pantone formula guide (my husband is a graphic artist, so this was just laying around and was really convenient).


Let’s put the corn syrup aside. I won’t go into every recipe I tried or developed. I’ll just give you the one I really love. It’s non-toxic, so you can ingest a bit of it if really necessary, but I don’t recommend it, as it is not meant to be edible.

You’ll need three common ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup white school glue (no specific brand… just get it from the dollar store)
  • 1 teaspoon black strap molasses (any brand)
  • red food color (I used Watkins, you can use anything)

schoolglue redfoodcolor

Simply mix these all up in a disposable, lidded container. That is all.

It’s fairly thick. If you want it to be thicker, leave the lid off to dry the glue a bit, stirring occasionally to avoid forming a film on top. If you want it to be thinner for, say, blood splatter, just add small amounts of water until you reach your desired consistency.

So far my batch has stored for several months, has kept its consistency and color, and has yet to develop mold.


Here it is on my arm and hand, in the sun and in the shade. I’ll add photos of what it looks like on cloth later.




Don’t accidentally smear this on the side of your house and forget about it. It ends up scaring the neighbors and/or gardeners.



Cleanup is a breeze (that is a lie). Being glue-based, it dries. On the plus side, it stays put. If you kept it thick, you may be able to peel most of it off when dry, but I just scrub it off with some warm water and dish soap. Expect some light staining to your skin, which will dissipate after a couple of hand washings, and definitely on clothing.

If you try my recipe, I’d like to see how you use it. Please share in a comment :)

Astrology Costumes for Cosplay or Halloween

Astrology Costumes for Cosplay or Halloween

I’ve collected some of the most interesting astrology-related cosplays and costumes for you to browse. I wasn’t able to find all of the original sources, though I tried. Enjoy.

Aries. March 21 – April 19






via Acre Residency



Taurus. April 20 – May 20

614-02003862 Model Release: Yes Property Release: No Taurus

via Masterfile


via Ashley Selberg Designs


via Lux Cosplay

Gemini. May 21 – June 20


The Grady Twins count as Gemini, according to me.


Unknown. Gemini witches for the win.


Unknown. The prettiest siamese Geminis I ever did see.

Cancer. June 21 – July 22


via The Cardboard Collective


Unknown (believe me, I followed so many dead-end links for this). Kid King Crab!


via Mylenium. I believe this is from Cirque de Soleil. Giant crab attack!


Unknown. If you’re good with EVA foam (I’m a foam crafter myself, aka “foamsmith”, I guess), you could be a sexay crab for your next Under the Sea party.

Leo. July 23 – August 22


via Wanelo


via Pinterest.


via Mundo Cosplayer – Simba in the tall grass.


via Tumblr – Another Simba, ultimately pretty.

Virgo. August 23 – September 22


via Pinterest


Unknown. White for virginity.

Libra. September 23 – October 22


via Pinterest


via Pinterest

Scorpio. October 23 – November 21


It is with stinging sorrow that I literally cannot find any good Scorpio costume ideas. Accept the challenge?

Sagittarius. November 22 – December 21


via Imgrum


via My Beauty Queens


via Pinterest Australia

Capricorn. December 22 – January 19


via Pinterest


via Pinterest

Aquarius. January 20 – February 18


via Cos Couture


via Pinterest


via Pinterest UK


via Pinterest UK

Pisces. February 19 – March 20


via Citizen Arcane


via Costume Pop


via Pinterest

Extra astro bits:


Gold Universe Queen by RMQuintiroli at Etsy.


via Tumblr.. I say she’s Miss Universe.

Sweetly Dark and Ominous: The Music of Derek and Brandon Fiechter

Sweetly Dark and Ominous: The Music of Derek and Brandon Fiechter

Mortifying Disclaimer: This blog contains affiliate links, which means I receive payment if you make a purchase using any links. This is to help pay for my domain, and any spooky adventures I may post about in the future.

I originally discovered Derek & Brandon Fiechter during a search for creepy carnival music. I go through phases: creepy carnival, creepy circus, creepy theremin, creepy this, creepy that, creepy creepy, and Weird Al, REM and Beck for the sunnier days. Digressing, I’m so grateful to have found this dastardly and brotherly (I assume – I can’t seem to find much about them aside from residing in Indiana) duo. They really know how to delightfully darken a mood. From creepy dolls haunted carnivals, elven music to ambient space music, I think they’ve got everything covered.

Please enjoy listening to a bit of their genius…

You can buy Enchanted Ballroom here.

I believe Dark Cemetery is my somber favorite, but to choose would be stifling… wouldn’t you agree?

You can buy Creepy Amusement Park here.