Thursday, September 30, 2010

Halloween Haven at Grandin Road

If you haven't yet shopped for your Halloween decor, the next five days are a great time to do so. Grandin Road's Halloween Haven is offering FREE SHIPPING on all their Halloween merchandise through October 4th. No code/coupon needed. Just log onto

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Dark Night of the Scarecrow

I've been fascinated with scarecrows for a long time. Since October 24, 1981 to be exact. That was the night CBS aired the made-for-tv movie, Dark Night of the Scarecrow about a simpleton who hides in plain site as a scarecrow then kills a bunch of people. It was atmospheric and totally creeped me out as kid. The movie is being released on DVD for the first time ever today! Get your copy on

Monday, September 27, 2010

Fright Catalog

My favorite place for sinister shopping is the This ever expanding site has everything – and I mean everything – from haunt props (small, big and professional), to costumes, to party supplies... and they have a fantastic, irreverent blog that is worth checking out. The site is open year round, features very good customer service, and quick shipping (but get your order in early and avoid the rush). For 2010, has offered visitors of a discount of 6.66% off any order (when checking out, use coupon code "myscaryhalloween", all one word, lowercase).

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Elvira's Movie Macabre premieres today!

Elvira is back!!!! It is so exciting to welcome the Mistress of the Dark back into our living room – you've been gone much too long! For details on TV stations and air times, visit

Can't get enough? Then download her new CD, Elvira's Gravest Hits from iTunes or visit Gris Grimly's Mad Creator site for her collaboration with Ghoultown – a limited edition CD/DVD "ultra-single" featuring cover art by Gris Grimly, 5 songs, and music video!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Supernatural Season 6 premieres tonight

The last season of Supernatural was amazing and a fitting end to a great series. So where do the Winchester boys go from here? The apocalypse was averted, and Sam died... sort of, until he showed up at the last second. (Please no more deus ex machina!!!) I'll hold my judgment and hope the creators will not let us down. Maybe this season will serve a nice coda and finish with a definitive ending (which means the brothers BOTH have to die... at the same time... of natural causes). Take a look at the awesome poster for season 6 with a line of blood running down the middle and between the brothers. With the tagline "The end begins" and the move to Friday nights, this is the last season... most likely.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Autumn finally arrives!

Today is the first day of autumn (even though technically it started last night at 8:13pm pst). This is also the first time in 19 years that the day will be marked with a full moon. Eerie. What does Mabon have in store?

Monday, September 20, 2010

Kisses for Halloween

The iconic Hershey Kisses have gotten a fall makeover: try out Pumpkin Spice, Caramel Apple, and Candy Corn limited edition flavors, available at Target. The pumpkin spice is rather sickly sweet, but the caramel apple's soft caramel center is a winner.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Devil: Review

It’s clear that the “M” in M. Night Shyamalan stands for “marketing”. His movies are ALL clever trailers and creepy posters – and not much else. After The Sixth Sense, studios and horror fans handed over their trust and we were all severely disappointed. Strike one was the very mis-marketed Unbreakable which could have been more successful if the big twist wasn’t so damn corny and out-of-genre (a superhero, really?). Then came the ill conceived “fable” Lady in the Water (too scary for kids, too ridiculous for adults). And then The Happening which is the worst movie of the last 10-20 years (run from the wind?!?). The brilliant star dimmed to reveal a self-indulgent “actor” and “writer” with no discernible skill at writing realistic dialogue or directing actors coherently.

I approached Devil with contempt and dread of duty, and wondered WHY anyone would pay to be swindled again. As usual the posters and trailers looked good, yet I knew this would be another M. Turd. The big twist? It’s not bad. In fact, the worse thing they did was drop a piece of toast dramatically (yes, literally), and associate the name M. Night with it. Devil would stand a MUCH better chance without M. Night’s name attached (he didn't direct –thankfully– and supposedly didn't write the script but his scent is all over it). Ultimately the movie plays like a Twilight Zone-y whodunit that is chilling, suspenseful, and engaging. I wouldn’t go as far as saying it’s scary, but I will think twice about getting in an elevator with strangers again. Worth a matinee or video rental.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Adventures with Ghosts

Zak, Nick and Aaron are back for Season 3 of Ghost Adventures this Friday. Yes, they are big nancypants and Zak's dippy-don't hairdo is obnoxious, but there's some fun in hanging out with the boys, doing dumb things. (Thankfully Nick keeps the show grounded.) And they do tend to catch some interesting activity on video. New shows air every Friday on the Travel Channel.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Creepy linens at Kohls

Kohls department stores have two great Halloween finds: a spiderweb tablecloth ($25-$35), black material with silver strands woven in (not painted on), and a skull and bones table runner ($30), white cloth with raised black flocking. Perfect decor for your eerie entertaining!  Check out their site.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Nightmare at Disney

Jack Skellington has returned to the Disney Store! The website and the stores (are there any still open?) have received their Halloween shipments which of course means a slew of cool Nightmare Before Christmas stuff. I think the desk set would make my Halloween-themed office complete. (Oh yes... it's Halloween year round in my home.)

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Vampires return to network TV

The second season of The Vampire Diaries premieres tonight on the CW. In the right frame of (juvenile) mind, this is an entertaining if somewhat sullen alternative to the foolish Twilight movies (glitter vampires, really?). I'm hoping season 2 will maintain the scarier tone established in the last few episodes, all due of course to Entertainment Weekly's winner of the sexiest beast contest, Damon Salvatore (Ian Somerhlader).

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Skelton Flamingos

I know it may be tacky, but I've loved the pink flamingo lawn ornaments all my life. They give manicured lawns a decidedly kitschy/trashy 50s look. You can only imagine my wicked glee to discover SKELETON FLAMINGOS!!! And they even glow in the dark! Must order them immediately from

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

A Zombie Ate My Cupcake

You have to admire a book with a title like A Zombie Ate My Cupcake. UK artist and baker Lily Vanilli will alienate some cupcake makers with her gothic and often bloody cupcakes but fans of Halloween will cherish this book. Most of the devilish details involve some advanced techniques with fondant and marzipan, but some are quite effective and simple. My favorites so far are the "Bleeding Hearts" that look exactly like red, squishy hearts, and the "Shattered Glass" pictured below that uses sugar candy glass and cherry syrup for blood. BLOODY BRILLIANT!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Machete: Review

From faux trailer to full movie mayhem, Robert Rodriguez's Machete is a welcomed bloody appetizer for the season. Rotten Tomatoes said it best: "Machete is messy, violent, shallow, and tasteless – and that's precisely the point of one of the summer's most cartoonishly enjoyable films." Agreed.

And mark your calendars now: the original theatrical version of Grindhouse is being released on blu-ray on October 5th. This edition will finally include the faux trailers missing from the previous Planet Terror/Death Proof releases.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Specter Projector

Lowe's home improvement centers are now selling a few Halloween products. Yes, they have those airblown lawn abominations you see everywhere, but there's also a creepy little surprise: a specter projector! Choose one of six slides, pop it into the projector, and plug it in. On the wall across the room you'll have a gigantic, ghastly image with a cool "rippling" effect. It also makes Halloween noise which can be turned off. (The Specter Projector retails for $29.99 and according to the manufacturer's website it's also available at select Ace Hardware and Menards.)

Friday, September 3, 2010

Little shop of horrors?

When it comes to village collecting I usually stick to the Department 56 offerings because of their high quality, careful painting and interesting designs. This quality is definitely reflected in the price, which ranges from $75-$145 per building. Their only competitor is the Lemax Spooktown and it's consider the gaudy, cheaper sister. I do like the many lighting effects that Lemax puts into their designs, but they tend to over do the details & colors (less is more!). However, this year, one building sent me into wistful 80s nostalgia and, of course, I immediately bought it: Grisley's Greenhouse. The play & movie "Little Shop of Horrors" is one of my all-time favorites and regardless of what Lemax is calling it, this is a total homage to Audrey II (the mean green mother from outerspace and he's bad). You can get it at Michaels or online at

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Day of Village is here!

My Halloween decorating officially begins on Labor Day weekend with the set up of my Halloween village. I've spent the entire first day on a new wood platform, and the entire process with painting, layouts, foam cutting and accessorizing will take up to 2 weeks. To observe the start of my Halloween celebration I coined an official term a few years ago: Day of Village! Friends taunt me for coming up with my own "quasi-holiday" (that celebrates another real holiday) but a little ceremonial self-validation never hurt anyone. More on this year's village coming soon.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Clive Barker goes bizarre with "Bazaar"

I am a long term fan of Clive Barker (author of the Books of Blood, which includes Hellraiser), so I was excited when it was announced last year that a line of costumes inspired from his works would be unveiled this Halloween season. Disguise has finally let loose with some of the images from the forthcoming line. Check out for more information.