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Have a Scary Halloween!

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Noche de los Muertos #5

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Sights from "My Scary House 2017" yard haunt ~ Noche de los Muertos (Night of the Dead) #5 of 5. Collect them all!

Noche de los Muertos #4

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Sights from "My Scary House 2017" yard haunt ~ Noche de los Muertos (Night of the Dead) #4 of 5. Collect them all!

Noche de los Muertos #3

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Sights from "My Scary House 2017" yard haunt ~ Noche de los Muertos (Night of the Dead) #3 of 5. Collect them all!

Noche de los Muertos #2

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Sights from "My Scary House 2017" yard haunt ~ Noche de los Muertos (Night of the Dead) #2 of 5. Collect them all!

Winchester: The House that Ghosts Built

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The trailer for the movie  Winchester: The House that Ghosts Built  has arrived! And a pretty snazzy poster with it! Starring Helen Mirren and Jason Clarke, the film's release was moved up to February 2, 2018, which is fairly rare for a horror film. Are they excited to show it to us, or trying to hit that home video market window for October 2018? Having lived down the block from the Winchester Mystery House I can attest to its weirdness. I've taken just about every tour there except the one they launched this past spring called the "Explore More Tour" that takes you to the fabled round room. I've caught a glimpse of the ghost in a basement and saw a supposedly locked door open in front of me purposefully . Yes, there's a difference in how a door opens and this wasn't some errant wind issue. For anyone wanting to ruin all the fun of a spooky ghost story, and to prove that I am both an equal opportunity type and a man of sy-ance , please check out the

Noche de los Muertos #1

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With only a few days to go before Halloween, I'll be sharing a daily pic of my tiny 2017 yard haunt, Noche de los Muertos (Night of the Dead) in Santa Clara, CA.

Beistle for Beginners

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The Beistle Company is the oldest and largest manufacturer of party decor since 1900! They partnered with a Paper Novelty Company in 1921 and pioneered honeycomb tissue paper decorations and launched their first seasonal line for a then little known holiday called Halloween. With its popular diecut paper skeletons, witches, black cats and jack o' lanterns, Beistle would establish what would become the look and feel for Halloween in America, and established the color palette of orange and black! The Beistle Company has since keep a line of Halloween paper goods available for purchase through their website  VintageBeistle.com  as well as many retailers. In more recent times, the reverence of this "vintage Halloween" decor has launched a cottage industry where collectors spend hundreds of dollars acquiring original pieces, and many modern artists reinterpret the original designs as three dimensional pieces. Check out some of these great sites for more: vintagehallo

Noche de los Muertos ~ preview

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For my yard haunt last year I staged a vibrant, colorful Dia de los Muertos display. Earlier this year I decided to re-run the entire display but soon afterwards the thought of all that pink and pastel cheeriness gave me nightmares. So I am giving the display a makeover! "Dia de los Muertos" is Spanish for day of the dead so I've been creating a "Noche de los Muertos" or night of the dead remix. Taking a cue from  The Book of Life's Land of the Forgotten, everything is darker, murky, and even a bit spookier. The candy colored gravestones are now gray and weathered dripping with black goo, pumpkins are rotting and sinister, the flowers are decaying and brown, and the skeletons have a more decomposed appearance. The woman is now named "Pecadora" (or sinner ) and she is in a tattered, burnt dress that suggests a less than easy trip to hell. She has slimy organs (yes, a skeleton with organs) including a bloodied heart, drippy tongue, and her chi

Ouija Prop Drives Cleaning Ladies from My House

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Okay this sounds made up but it's a true story. I purchased a rather cool ouija board prop in August and planchette zips across the board in a very realistic manner. It's motion activated and it sits on my dining table. Next thing I know, I received a call from the owner of our house cleaning service telling me that the ladies ran out in terror in the middle of cleaning, leaving behind equipment and overturned furniture. Yes. This actually happened and I had a lot of explaining to do. Once again, I found myself having to explain my love of Halloween, scary things, and that 'no' I wasn't a devil worshiper. Oy. I was reminded of an incident a few years ago when I was testing and cleaning my fog machines and then a fireman shows up at my front door. A concerned neighbor thought our house was on fire. Granted that same week the house behind ours actually did catch on fire, so it's understandable that some were on edge. And now with all the Northern California fi

Eerie Elegance Eats: A Halloween Cookbook of Creepy Cuisine

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Halloween is the most creative holiday, with so many different themes to choose, whether you are purchasing elements or making them yourself! I have always had such a creative drive since I was very young that I must constantly be making something, which over the years turned into focusing my efforts for all the fun food and decor for elaborate holiday theme parties, especially for Halloween. I launched my website Britta Blvd in 1996 including photos documenting my Halloween parties each year, and my Halloween Recipes webpage that started in 1997 grew to be the top hit on Google search for several years through at least 2008, when I released my first how-to book, Eerie Elegance . After I released Enhanced Eerie Elegance in 2011, my second book combining decoration projects as well as recipes, I received several requests for all my recipes to be in a single cookbook, but I waited until I had plenty of new content to add to the collection. This year happened to be the 20th anni

October TV Viewer's Guide

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We're halfway into October, and my DVR is bursting with so much scary TV. Here's list of some of the show's I'm watching. Did I miss something spectacular?! PLEASE let me know!!! NETWORK SERIES Ghosted on fox features the unlikely pair of Adam Scott and Craig Robinson (from Parks & Rec and The Office ) as a duo working for a secret government agency trying to solve paranormal crimes. It's seriously funny show with lots of potential even though the premise sounds eyerollingly unoriginal. Sundays at 8:30 p.m. on Fox The Exorcist: The Next Chapter takes our two exorcists (Alfonso Herrera and Ben Daniels) from the first season and puts them on the road with a new story. John Cho is a welcomed addition as the head for foster home where something is about to go terribly wrong. Fridays at 9 p.m. on Fox American Horror Story: Cult  is easily the most disappointing and uninspired season yet its worth tuning in just to see the masterful performances of  Sarah

Ghosts of Manor House

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Edmund can sense the house before he sees it. He feels its presence, a shadow over his soul like a cloud across the sun. He slowly squares his shoulders. With a deep breath, he meets the house’s gaze. Edmund is sure he hasn’t been here before but everything seems so familiar. Like he is finally coming home. * Like a spooky story? Something creepy and suspenseful that keeps you turning the pages, wondering, guessing, at what will happen next? I have just the story for you. My name is Matt Powers and I’ve written a book that has what you are looking for, Ghosts of Manor House . This is my first book, and it’s a story about a family trying to rebuild. And a house looking for companionship. It is about what a husband and father will do to be with his family, and to make his family whole again. And about what a house will do to ensure it isn’t alone. I have always been fascinated by haunted houses and ghosts. And I thought a lot about how an entity like a house might have its own

A Whole Lot of LORE

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If you like podcasts, you must search for the LORE podcast . Every 2 weeks you get a spellbinding history lesson about some the greatest horror stories ever told. Each is carefully researched and only facts are presented. What you make of the evidence is up to you – and the stuff that folklore is made of. Writer and producer Aaron Mahnke created the podcast in 2015 and soon earned recognition and awards from the Academy of Podcasters, The Atlantic, Entertainment Weekly and iTunes. As of 2017, he's also had over 90 million listens - quite super for a supernatural e podcast. After roughly 70 episodes, we're about to get a lot more Lore. Available today is the beautifully illustrated hardcover book, The World of Lore: Monstrous Creatures . This is the first of three planned books, and features stories from from the podcast. Early supporters of the podcast used to get PDF transcripts of the show and most of us thought, 'Gee, this would make a great book.' I'm

Ghostland: An Engrossing Buzzkill

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Author Colin Dickey sounds extremely pissed. With an incredible admiration for history, Ghostland, An American History in Haunted Places takes us through the greatest spots of haunted lore including houses, hotels, bars, prisons, cemeteries, and towns with purported ghostly activity. Each stop is carefully scrutinized with (presumably) carefully researched history although it didn't seem like he interviewed many actual people with first-hand knowledge and often referring to other books, internet sources and their comment sections. I'm not suggesting this is bad approach. I mean how can you possibly interview someone at the Salem witch trials or the Amityville horror house? That stuff happened like a long time ago. But nonetheless, this is an engrossing history lesson of the events as they could have/likely happened. Yet Dickey is still mad, mostly at the people who profit from such places by making them attractive to dark tourism by ratcheting up the haunted lore, reimagini

A Ghost Story ~ Review

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Some scary movies wash over you quietly like a midnight fog. A Ghost Story is not a bonafide horror movie but its ambitious story is most definitely supernatural. It also happens to be completely original and often challenging head trip that defies modern storytelling. It will divide audiences especially anyone seeking a traditional horror movie rather than an arthouse contemplation on the afterlife and the futility of time. It is also deeply affecting and genuinely melancholy and proudly sentimental. And there's a now infamous overly-long pie eating scene that features Rooney Mara (and I beg you to get past it). Beyond these stumbling blocks lies a unique wordless performance from Oscar-winning Casey Affleck, fleeting moments of tense terror that are incredibly effective, and an aural soundtrack that is a character all of its own. It's a strange, conceptual film and a treasure for fans of movies that stray far from the norm.