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Have a Scary Halloween!

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Don't forget the rules of Halloween! Rule #1 – Always wear a costume. Rule #2 – Always pass out treats. Rule #3 – Never blow out a jack-o-lantern. Rule #4 – Always check your candy. Now go watch Trick 'r Treat , carve a pumpkin, and have a scary Halloween!

Eerie Elegance's Day of the Dead

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Eerie Elegance with Britta, Webmistress of the Dark at the helm has done it again! She and her team have created one of the best Day of the Dead displays I've ever seen, drawing inspiration from the 2014 animated film The Book of Life . If you live in the Bay Area you still have a few opportunities to catch the "live" Mariachis de Muerte band as they play and tell you original stories of their ancestors. The animatronics used to bring this skeleton crew to life rivals what you've see at Disneyland considering this a group of passionate home haunters. Simply stunning! For more information visit Eerie Elegance's Day of the Dead page. For those who live outside of the area, a video and full posts are coming soon! For more information on how this spectacle was created like  Eerie Elegance on Facebook , or follow the in-depth blog Britta Blvd .

Exorcism: LIVE!

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I was raised Catholic and that means that I had a fear of the supernatural instilled in me at a very young age. Every thing that went bump in the night was undeniably a demon trying to devour my soul. Then at the age of seven, I watched The Exorcist  on primetime. Even though it was edited for TV, the horror of seeing those demons affected me profoundly. All this comes as a preface to Destination America's special, Exorcism: Live! , the first "live" televised exorcism of a house in the country's history. The event is scheduled for October 30 and is taking place in the original "Exorcist House" in St. Louis. It was in this house where several rites of exorcism where performed on a young boy in the late 1940s to free him from the clutches of demonic possession. This story served as inspiration for William Blatty's novel The Exorcist which subsequently became the notorious film. And now the crew of Ghost Asylum will join medium Chip Coffey to explore

Halloween By The Numbers and Why It Matters

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The Los Angeles Times recently published an article saying that consumers will spend $6.9 billion on Halloween this year (down from a peak of $8 billion in 2012 ). That spending encompasses a large sector of retail (with pop-up stores like Spirit Halloween), entertainment (haunted attractions) and even the farming industry (oh glorious pumpkins)! While it still trails behind other major holidays, it's also the only one that doesn't involve direct gift-giving (which bloats the numbers across the board). What was once considered a children's holiday now appeals to 18- to 34-year old millennials (the #1 target demographic for most business) and even older adults who let loose on one dark night in October. One of the major causes is considered to be social media, since sharing of pictures seems to be fueling the spread of cultural glee. (Read the full story here at  LATimes.com .) Why It Matters So there's all this data and you might be wondering wh

For Trick 'R Treat Fans

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One of the best movies about Halloween is Michael Dougherty's Trick 'r Treat , the anthology horror film that defines what the holiday is about and why traditions are so important – your very life depends on them! The movie has yielded a frightfully fun following, and while Trick 'r Treat 2 has been announced, it has not yet gone into production. In the meantime here is some stuff to tide you over. I'm not an earnest comic book reader so my experience is fairly limited but I enjoyed Trick 'r Treat: Days of the Dead  and think it reads like a teaser to the upcoming sequel. Written by Dougherty and his cohorts, one wonders if this comic will be the basis for Trick 'r Treat 2 , especially since he mentions the sequel in the introduction. It's beautifully illustrated and definitely a must-have for fans. Available on Amazon . For discernible collectors, this limited edition Trick 'r Treat original film score  is a double LP pressing – on orange

Halloween Home Haunters Check In

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With just over a week until Halloween, it’s time to check in and find out if you are: EXCITED (Halloween is going to be epic!)  FATIGUED (So over this year. 2016 will be way better.) ANXIOUS (I will never finish anything in time!!!!) GUILTY (How did I buy so much stuff?) We at MyScaryHalloween.com want to reassure you that it will all turn out awesomely frightful and fun. Now go relax with a horror movie, some pumpkin cider, and a handful of Kit Kats from the candy bowl – we won't tell if you don't.

Crimson Peak: Review

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Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak is an old-fashioned haunted house movie and at the center is a somewhat old-fashioned love story. However, the foreboding atmosphere and the impeccable art direction are the focal points, and the real star is Allerdale Hall, a sprawling gothic mansion with crazy details only a madman like del Toro could bring to the screen. The mansion, like its inhabits, is rotting at the seams with walls that drip a never-ending ooze of liquid red clay that instantly evokes blood. (I rarely recommend this, but this is best experienced on an IMAX screen to fully allow the film to engulf your senses.) Yet the screenplay with its rather slight story and straightforward approach don't quite match the grandeur and opulence of the set decoration. Nonetheless, the action moves swiftly, and the pace although uneven keeps the audience entertained and enthralled by the very dark possibilities that lurk around every corner. The film is also aided by a highly charismati

The Simpsons: Halloween of Horror

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The Simpsons airs its first-ever Halloween episode tonight! Wait, what? Unlike the wonderfully oddball standalone Treehouse of Horror episodes, this Halloween of Horror  is just another episode within The Simpsons universe that happens to take place on Halloween. Early reviews say the episode "feels creepier than a typical Treehouse of Horror story because it's 'real.'" Will it work to put our beloved characters in actual peril? Tune in tonight and find out.  And don't worry! The standalone special Treehouse of Horror airs next week!

The Pumpkin King Tee Collection

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My closet is literally crammed full of Nightmare Before Christmas shirts and Tee Fury just unveiled yet another 16 new mash-up designs, including Sugar Skull Jack, Live and Undead musicians, Sleepy Hollow Jack, and Haunted Mansion Sally. Honestly, can you have too many Jack Skellington shirts?Charge cards locked and loaded. But hurry – they are available/discounted through Oct. 19. Here are some of my favorites:

Undead Teds Go Peek-a-Boo

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English artist Phillip Blackman is the creator of the original  UndeadTeds . He finds cute teddy bears and adds ghastly elements to scrub away the precious and create a unique zombie creation. Launched in 2013, it has been a booming business and it's fueled via social media. Every couple of weeks, he alerts fans via social media and site that a new batch will be released, and minutes after going on sale are sold out! I know because I've been trying to get one since 2013. His latest creation is an animated edition that is quite gruesome (and not for the squeamish). Take a look at the Peek-a-Boo Edition below. Want one? Read the Buyer's Guide , sign up for the newsletter, follow UndeadTeds on Facebook, and cross your fingers. https://youtu.be/nHMS71tsJDY

Scary Movies for October 2015

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October is the month of scary movies and between mainstream theater releases and VOD, there's much to choose from. Here's our guide to the the movies that look promising and the ones that you should probably avoid like homemade candy from that stern old lady on the hill. Deathgasm From New Zealand comes this heavy metal horror splatterfest about two boys who accidentally summon a demon. It premiered at South by Southwest this year to great reviews from hardcore horror enthusiasts who call it ridiculous fun. Available now on VOD and select theaters. Knock Knock Eli Roth goes mainstream with this quasi-home invasion/sexy seduction movie starring Keanu Reeves. Wide release on October 6. Tales of Halloween This anthology features 10 tales from the top indie-horror directors in the business. Early reviews are calling it "kick-ass", "a treat", "gorgeous", and "a blast" and a nice follow-up to Trick 'r Treat . Look for it

Poltergeist Extended Cut ~ Revisiting the Remake

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The Poltergeist remake released earlier this year had many strikes against it. It was compared to the beloved original, expectations were sky high due to the filmmakers involved, and remakes create instant loathing. The Extended Cut released to home video last week fixed a huge chunk of the movie and revealed the true focus of the movie. In the original, the Carol Anne was the pivotal young girl who makes first contact and is subsequently abducted by spirits. The relationship between the mom and dad are also crucial in establishing this as a realistic family. (It was a Steven Spielberg production after all.) The new Poltergeist Extended Cut restores some of the family dynamics needed to establish the characters and relaxes the build up in the first half hour. However, a curious discovery emerges. This story is really about the young son and overcoming his fears – not the young girl (here called Madison).  I'm sure the studio/focus groups saw this deviation from the original

Classic Horror Tees from Tee Fury

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TeeFury.com offers tees and apparel designed from a plethora of wicked artists, and their claim to fame is the daily $11 tee – a new design every day available for only 24 hours. Between now and October 6 they offering a closet full of class horror tees worthy of any horror enthusiast. Here are some of my favorites and make sure to check out their full Halloween Collection .

HA1loween Whopper

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Burger King has lost its mind and is finally speaking to our Halloween community via a sandwich. The HA1loween Whopper is now available and features a black bun, and A1 steak sauce. So what makes that bun so black? More A1 sauce, of course, and maybe some squid ink. And possibly whatever was scurrying about the floor. They're not saying anything officially. This isn't the first time that Burger King has gone black. Last year they introduced the Kuro Diamond and Kuro Pearl burgers in Japan which featured the black bun, darkened with bamboo charcoal, and added a black cheese(!), black squid ink sauce, and a lot of black pepper to the meat. Apparently this was all too much for the American palette and they opted only for the black bun.