Archive for halloween

Hallowvember: Killer Snail Makeup

Posted in halloween, horror, makeup with tags , , on November 4, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Now THIS is killer snail makeup done right (okay, I’ve never seen it done wrong…or at all for that matter…but these guys nail it).


Swedish duo Elli Macs SFX is responsible for this creation. Here’s a tutorial video, if you’re interested in seeing the process.


Post Halloween…Post

Posted in cats, craft, halloween with tags , , on November 1, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

I hope everyone had a fabulous Halloween! I spent mine thoroughly “stoned” (with kidney stones, that is), though despite being doubled over in pain it was still a very special day (thank you, CP!).

Crafts were limited this year due to illness, but my space was adorned with cheesy effigies to my cats (The resemblance is rather striking):


And a walleyed jack o’lantern named Gruber.

Although I’ll get back to posting some regular SWS material, I adore Spooky Moon’s idea to prolong the Halloween spirit with HALLOWVEMBER! Who says Halloween has to end on the 31st? Rubbish! You may see some ghostly posts pop up here.


What did you guys do for Halloween?

Halloween Countdown: My Haunted Body

Posted in anatomy, halloween with tags , on October 31, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Sadly, my countdown got derailed for a day. On top of my plentiful standard health problems, I got walloped with three kidney stones that have left me curled up on the bed and unable to concentrate.

But it turns out there are some cool creatures living in my body, as evidenced by my CT scan results. For example, check out this bat!

butt bat

My guts are also haunted.
bone ghost

What does this one look like to you? In my opinion, a Tapir.
butt tapir

I have no idea what I’ll be feeling like tomorrow, so if I don’t make it on here…HAPPY HALLOWEEN! And thank you all so much for reading.

Halloween Countdown: Artistic Illusion Makeup Roundup

Posted in art, body decoration, halloween, makeup with tags , , , on October 28, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

We’ve seen creepy makeup and neon zombie body paint. Here we have some cosmetic creations with an artistic slant.


Gore and shock value can be great for Halloween, but illusions are quite impressive in their own unique way.







Halloween Countdown: Desktop Goodies #2

Posted in art, Books, craft, halloween, macabre, monsters, photography, retro, toys, vintage with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 27, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Who had these as a kid? (Thanks for reminding me of them, Colleen!)


Not sure if this is what The Weather Girls had in mind when they belted out “IT’S RAINING MEN! HALLELUJAH!”

Side note: if you haven’t seen the video for It’s Raining Men in a while (or ever), I highly recommend you go enjoy the neon chaos at the cardboard weather station.


There’s something I really love about this. Perhaps the simplicity.

Why didn’t I think of this? Next year…

That Pumpkin.

It looked so much cuter in her head when she thought she wanted to look like a doll.

I wish they still sold these!

Gorgeous Green Man.

The shading on Cruella is absolutely impeccable.

I feel this has meme potential. Why don’t more memes involve vintage monster illustrations?

Poor kitty…

Halloween Countdown: Vincent the Vegetable Vampire

Posted in absurd, halloween, music, music video, retro, undead with tags , , , , , , , on October 26, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

I urge you to drop everything and watch the inimitable Morgan Freeman in the role of a vegetarian vampire (he starred in The Electric Company 45 years ago). Within 10 seconds, you’ll realize the combination deadpan delivery and exaggerated vaudevillian charm is nearly impossible to describe…but utterly fantastic.

I’ve actually never seen this show. Has anyone watched it?

Halloween Countdown: Guiseppe Balestra

Posted in art, halloween, horror, monsters with tags , , , on October 25, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Guiseppe Balestra creates spooky pieces inspired by beloved horror stories (new and old).



I encourage you to visit his portfolio and click on the larger versions of each drawing in order to really see the detail of cross hatching and pointilism. His mastery of these techniques is truly among the best I’ve seen in modern illustrators.
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Guiseppe Balestra

Halloween Countdown: Vincent Price- Witchcraft and Demonology

Posted in halloween, horror, vintage with tags , , on October 24, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

I’m sharing this before even listening to it myself, so I can’t vouch for…well…anything in this recording. But it’s Vincent Price, speaking dramatically (with ghostly sound effects) about witchcraft, so in my opinion there’s not much that can go wrong here.




You can read a little more info about it on Horrorpedia.

If you listen, let me know what you think!

Halloween Countdown: Chills! Horror! Suspense!

Posted in clothing, halloween, horror with tags , , on October 23, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Vintage spookshow posters are fantastic (I have a large collection of them in my image files; I wish I could post them all). This shirt really appeals to me because it’s not only a throwback to the golden era of spookshows…it gets to the point. The hell with subtlety.


Even better? It’s hand screen printed for only $12! Unfortunately, being the elfin creature that I am, an adult “small” T-shirt (the smallest they make) nearly fits me like a dress…perhaps I will have to create my own.

Chills! Horror! Suspense!

Halloween Countdown: When Gothic Was Born

Posted in halloween, horror, TV with tags , , on October 22, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

I meant to watch this as part of my Halloween season last year, but never got to it. There were a bunch of free full episodes on the BBC website, but when I attempted to play them I got an error message stating that the content is unavailable in my country.

Has anyone seen this series?