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Halloween Countdown: Vintage Ghost Illustrations

Posted in art, halloween, illustration, vintage with tags , , , , on October 30, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

Here are just a few of the rare ghost illustrations I’ve collected over the years.

We’ll start with a favorite specter!
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I love seeing the way different illustrators represent the dearly (and not-so-dearly) departed.

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Hat tip to Frank Zumbach for posting a number of these!

Halloween Countdown: Los Meurtos Animal Mug Set

Posted in day of the dead, halloween, skulls and skeletons, wish list with tags , , , , , on October 28, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

Oooh…I love this Los Meurtos Animal Mug Set!

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Definitely adding that one to the wish list!

Halloween Countdown: Harrison Greeting Cards

Posted in cats, ephemera, halloween, skulls and skeletons, vintage with tags , , , , , , on October 26, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

I won’t be typing much in the near future, due to a bad nerve pain flare in my hands, but will still try to post if possible.

Harrison Greeting Cards has released re-prints of vintage Halloween cards, most of which range from the 1920’s-1960’s (at reasonable prices)!

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Harrison Greeting Cards

Halloween Countdown: Clay Disarray

Posted in art, craft, film, halloween, horror with tags , , , , , on October 24, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

Check out these polymer clay renditions of classic horror movie posters by Clay Disarray.

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What movie poster would you like to see get the clay disarray makeover?

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There are even more on the official Instagram account than the website!

Clay Disarray

Halloween Countdown: The Victorian Book of the Dead

Posted in Books, death, halloween, undead with tags , , , , , on October 23, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

I just added this perfect piece of October reading to my wish list. It looks fantastic!

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Chris Woodyard, author of the The Ghosts of the Past series, digs through long-buried newspapers and journals, for this fascinating look at the 19th-century obsession with the culture of death. The Victorian Book of the Dead unearths extraordinary tales of Victorian funeral fads and fancies, ghost stories, bizarre deaths, mourning novelties, gallows humor, premature burial, post-mortem photographs, death omens, and funeral disasters. Resurrected from original sources, these accounts reveal the oddities and eccentricities of Victorian mourning. Packed with macabre anecdotes, this diverting, yet gruesome collection presents tales ranging from the paranormal and shocking to the heartbreaking.

I took the liberty of grabbing screen shots of the table of contents.
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Is this something you could see yourself reading?

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Halloween Countdown: Spend the Night in Dracula’s Castle

Posted in destinations, halloween with tags , , , , on October 22, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

Due to hand pain, I’m going to quote my source article to describe this awesome opportunity.

For its Halloween contest, Airbnb offers you to sleep with Dracula by opening the doors of a castle in Transylvania.

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Guests will enjoy a deep sleep, lying comfortably in their coffin, installed in a wet and dark crypt.

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Located in the misty forests of the Carpathian Mountains in Romania, this unusual hotel room will be available the night of October 31 only, and you have until October 26, 2016 to participate.

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Airbnb logo on the coffin pillow…nice touch.
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Halloween Countdown: Oriental Trading Co.

Posted in day of the dead, decoration, halloween, macabre, skulls and skeletons, you can't handle the cute with tags , , , , , , , on October 20, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

I always like to do an Oriental Trading Co. roundup this time of year. Here are my favorite offerings from the 2016 catalogue.

Zombie Garden Gnome Set
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Big Top Terror Cardboard Stand-Up
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I love all their Day of the Dead offerings. This is the basic design.
Day of the Dead Skull Wall Decoration
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I handmade a version of these years ago. Not your grandma’s die-cuts.
Bloody Weapon Cutouts
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Halloween Roses with Eyeballs
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And if you’re looking for something kid friendly, there are adorable Halloween Owl Favor Boxes
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