Halloween Countdown: Extraordinary Face Painting

Posted in body decoration, halloween, makeup with tags , , on October 24, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

There is face painting, and there is total face transformation. Some artists are so skilled with costume makeup that they create elaborate optical illusions on the canvas of the human face.

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It must take a great deal of patience (for the artist and model) to make these masterpieces happen.
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Have you come across any incredible makeup this season? Have you painted your own face?

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Halloween Countdown: Solar Jack O’ Lantern

Posted in halloween, photography, space with tags , , on October 23, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

On October 8th, the sun had a series of active spots that made it resemble a happy, glowing Jack O’ Lantern. Isn’t it sweet?

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It reminds me of the flaming pumpkin at the end of Disney’s Sleepy Hollow…only in a better mood.
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(Thanks Liz, for being the first to show me this!)
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Halloween Countdown: They’re Coming to Get You, Barbara!

Posted in film, halloween, undead with tags , , on October 22, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

I’m keeping the vintage theme going today with an amazing series of screenshots put together by My Monster Memories.

I might make a lot of enemies by saying this, but I’m rather tired of zombies (I even stopped watching The Walking Dead!). However, the original Night of the Living Dead is a classic film. Barbara certainly has her melodramatic moments, and the following images display a single brief emotional meltdown (as she recounts how she and her brother were attacked by zombies).

I want to make a flip book out of these. Scrolling through, I’m enjoying this old favorite in a brand new way!
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Excellent job, My Monster Memories!

Halloween Countdown: Vintage Photos

Posted in halloween, photography, vintage with tags , , on October 21, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Vintage Halloween is tied for first place in the countdown poll, so I give you these photographs of what costumes and masks used to look like before they were sold in bulk at party supply stores (and made slutty).

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Vintage masks are, in some ways, creepier than the highly detailed rubber monster masks on sale today.
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What the…?
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Note the odd floating head.
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Jesus Christ! Eyes…eyes…eyes…
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Second one from the left: amazing.
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See the rest of the Buzzfeed roundup here.

Halloween Countdown: Haunted Overload

Posted in decoration, exhibits, halloween with tags , , on October 20, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

I just got engrossed in Haunted Overload for too long. It is an attraction filled with beautifully wicked things to look at, and their use of ambient lighting perfectly compliments the props and scenery.

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From the Haunted Overload mission statement:
Haunted Overload is simply one of the most creative and unique haunted attractions in New England. Now located on the DeMeritt Hill Farm on Route 155 in Lee NH. The show has twice been voted one of the top 13 haunted attractions in the country.
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Focusing on quality, we are committed to giving the customer the ultimate Halloween experience at an affordable price. Nowhere else can you see huge monsters looming over the crowd, some as tall as 34 feet. The authentic farm location provides the perfect backdrop for the hundreds of lighted pumpkins and movie quality sets.
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The haunt is changed and expanded each year to give the patron something new and exciting to experience.
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Has anyone visited?

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What Would You Like to See?

Posted in audience participation, halloween with tags , on October 19, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

I’ve gathered way too much Halloween stuff to post (as always), so I’d like to narrow down the lot by asking what you guys would like to see in the rest of the countdown. Please take a second to click on a preference!

Feel free to comment with other suggestions as well.

Halloween Countdown: Munsters Squeak Toys

Posted in halloween, monsters, toys, TV, vintage with tags , , , , on October 19, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

In 1965, Spanish company Laya produced a line of Munsters squeak toys.

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Does anyone know why Bugs Bunny is involved in this? I couldn’t find much info about the company.
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Interesting color choices for the toys. Though I remember also being surprised when I first saw a color photo of the Munsters (I’m not sure what I expected…real life grayscale?).

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