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Halloween Countdown: Creepy Co. Pins N’ Patches

Posted in accessories, cats, halloween, skulls and skeletons, undead with tags , , , , , on October 17, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

Creepy Co. has released a series of enamel Beistle pins for Halloween this year, and they are awesome!

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Bonus pin: cemetery winged skull!

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Creepy Co.

Halloween Countdown: The Spooky Music of the Waterphone

Posted in halloween, music with tags , , on October 16, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

Thank you, Colleen, for sharing this quintessential horror soundtrack instrument with me!

The Waterphone, invented by Richard Waters, has been used in countless horror movie soundtracks.

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Waterphones are stainless steel and bronze monolithic, one-of-a-kind, acoustic, tonal-friction instruments that utilize water in the interior of their resonators to bend tones and create water echos. In the world family of musical instruments, the Waterphone is between a Tibetian Water Drum, an African Kalimba (thumb piano) and a 16th century Peg or Nail Violin. Each Waterphone is custom made using a hot metal process developed over the past 40 years. The tonal rods are tuned to a combination of micro-tonal and diatonic relationships presented in two distinct but intergrated scales having both even and uneven increments.

Take a listen!

Apparently, there are many imitation Waterphones being produced and sold all over the world, but the creator states that they are a rather “sad” rendition, and lack the depth and nuance of the real thing.

The Waterphone

Halloween Countdown: Monster Vitamins (Starring Vincent Price)

Posted in absurd, advertising, animation, halloween, monsters, music, video with tags , , , , , , , on October 14, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

Vincent Price’s voice can make absolutely anything sound ominous with a twist of undeniable sophistication, as evidenced by this 1974 commercial for children’s vitamins.

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Some might say he “sold out” with product endorsements like these. But I think he knew how (comically) amazing various products would be with his iconic presence behind them. I like to believe he enjoyed the irony.

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If you’re feeling particularly masochistic today, you can listen to one side of the “Monster Vitamins Record.” But…you’ve been warned.

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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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