Archive for the halloween Category

Halloween Countdown: Haunted Typewriter

Posted in decay, decoration, halloween with tags , , , , on October 13, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

Grandin Road has this excellent (animated!) Haunted Typewriter in their selection of decorations this year.

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From the site:
Don’t just decorate, put on a spine-tingling show to write home about with our Animated Haunted Typewriter. The hit of your Halloween spectacle, they’ll still be talking about next year. As the unsuspecting approach, it simply appears as a forgotten writer’s relic.

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Once the motion sensor is activated, the ghost at the keyboard repeatedly depresses the keys that spell, “H-E-L-P.” Paper carriage moves side-to-side, as typewriter sound effects play, adding to the spellbinding illusion.

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Halloween Countdown: SheWalksSoftly Store Giveaway!

Posted in announcement, etsy, halloween, jewelry with tags , , , on October 5, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

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I’m celebrating the inaugural Halloween season for my brand new SheWalksSoftly Etsy store with a giveaway! Win ANY jewelry item of your choice (or a custom request).

This was originally an Instagram contest but I’m opening it up to blog readers! You can either follow on Instagram or Facebook and use the directions there, or participate via email by forwarding this post to at least 3 friends (please include shewalkssoftlyblog@gmail.com as well, so I know you’ve participated).

Contest ends 10/12, 11pm EST. All entries will be assigned a number, and the winner drawn at random.

HAPPY HAUNTING!

Halloween Countdown: Dennis Carlsson

Posted in anatomy, art, halloween, macabre, monsters with tags , , , , , , on October 3, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

Dennis Carlsson gives beloved pop culture cartoon characters a horror makeover.

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I particularly love the way he does teeth and shining viscera.

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Which cartoon would you like to see Carlsson reimagine?

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Dennis Carlsson

Halloween Countdown: Peeping Thomas Vampire

Posted in decoration, halloween, monsters, undead with tags , , , on October 1, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

Welcome to the Halloween Countdown! I couldn’t wait to post this window decoration from Victorian Trading Co. But I found the link was gone, and the original Peeping Thomas product had been replaced with a Peeping Thomas “vampire.” I feel it’s a major downgrade.

Here is the first version:

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This has be to be the most legitimately creepy Halloween decoration I’ve seen. It’s not over the top ghoulish, and the face looks almost real from a distance.

Here is the new version:

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Come on…did that figure really need BLOOD? Now it’s closer to a Halloween superstore item. Do you agree, or do you think the blood works?

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Call for Halloween Submissions!

Posted in announcement, halloween with tags , on September 29, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

As always, I’m taking part in the Countdown to Halloween next month!

Please share your amazing Halloween finds from around the Web (see contact link on the right sidebar). I always credit submissions and include a link to your own personal websites/art if you provide one. Can’t wait!

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Vintage “Vegetable Harvest Creature”

Posted in absurd, halloween, thrift horror, vintage with tags , , , on May 28, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

This is technically an autumn item, but I’m posting it as the Northeast US starts to swelter with summer heat because it’s too good to wait.

I present: “Vegetable Harvest Creature.”

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Made of early celluloid plastic from the Viscoloid company, this super rare fellow is…wait for it…

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…TWO FACED! Yes, he can be happy or sad, tragic or comic (well, he’s always both of those no matter which face is forward).

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The price tag is steep, but for serious celluloid collectors, this…exists.

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Hallowvember: Haunted Swamp Designs

Posted in craft, halloween with tags , on November 8, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

I’ll try to cool it on the extended Halloween posts and get back to standard SWS spooky material, but first…check out Haunted Swamp Designs’ painted gourds.

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This shop carries Holiday folk art, with a twist; characters with rather intense expressions.
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Hallowvember: How Pumpkins Feel About Being Carved

Posted in craft, halloween, humor with tags , , on November 7, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

As a child with, for better or worse, an exaggerated sense of empathy, I remember asking my mother if pumpkins felt pain when we carved them. She reassured me they did not (though fascinating plant studies have emerged to indicate otherwise, at least with plants still growing in soil).

Here we have 3 whimsical jack o’lanterns that are appropriately irked by having their insides scooped out.

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Hallowvember: Octopus Eats a Pumpkin

Posted in halloween, sea, video with tags , , on November 6, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

The octopus is, in my opinion, perhaps the most magnificent creature on earth. Smart, mercurial…capable of crushing a jack o’ lantern in its own tentacles. Observe this lovely cephalopod celebrating Halloween.

Hallowvember: Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular

Posted in exhibits, halloween with tags , on November 5, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Did anyone near Louisville, KY make it to The Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular this year?

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Over 5,000 carved Jack O’Lanterns line a quarter mile walking trail. It looks like a fabulous show with some expert carving in the mix.

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The Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular