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Chris Pirillo Dressed Up His Dogs Last Halloween

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I can’t believe his dogs would sit still that long together. I can’t get Sid to sit in one place unless he’s sleeping. Even when he plays dead, his tail is wagging.

“Looks like someone took a light saber to yer, uh helmet there”

Via: Cute Overload! :)

Twitter Log: 2008-10-01

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Original Star Trek Halloween Costume

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Jerry submitted this photo to PlaidStallions. It looks like the perfect Halloween costume for a nerdy kid like me!

Jerry in Original Star Trek Costume

He didn’t say that this costume was for Halloween, but for me, it looks like the perfect Halloween costume.

Twitter Log: 2008-10-02

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Food To Bring To The Halloween Party

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Here is a roundup of food ideas from Craftzine last year:

Last year, I made Monster Cupcakes based on the Craftzine article:

I actually liked how mine turned out better. I used fruit leather to cut out the tongues (instead of taffy) and I used a pastry bag and tip to apply the frosting so it looked like fur. I had many Elmos, Oscars and Grovers for everyone to eat.

Note to self: Do not stay up until 2am the night before making four dozen cupcakes. People only ate one dozen (despite the fact that over 50 people showed up). There was so much food to compete with my cupcakes that not everyone got to try one.

Twitter Log: 2008-10-03

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Vintage Hair Archives

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This is the hair do I tried last year...No matter what costume you’ve chosen for Halloween, there is probably some sort of hairstyle to go with it. Last year, I didn’t do a test run on my hair for the costume, so I ended up with my hair instead of the sixties bubble do that I wanted. I still don’t know how to make my hair do that (I’m sure back combing is involved), but at least I found an index to show me how it “should” look:

This year, I’m going to be something easy…

Via: Craftzine.com blog: Vintage Hair Archives

Twitter Log: 2008-10-04

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Halloween Costume Ideas From Craftzine

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Last year, there was just too much Halloween to fit into my blog, so I moved it to this year. Craftzine had a TON of costume ideas. Here are some of them:

Get thinking about your costume NOW! Don’t be scrambling at the last minute.


Jabba the Hutt Costume

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Jabba the Hutt Costume

Two people just to run the Jabba the Hutt costume, plus all of these awesome Star Wars bad guys! Here’s how they did it:

Jabba looked great:

Via: Sheldon: News forum: Jabba Costume


Old Doctor Who Costume

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Dr. Who Costume from Plaid StallionsPlaid Stallions has a photo of this awesome Dr. Who costume from the seventies:

I loved Dr. Who as a kid and I would have actually liked this costume. Unlike a lot of the costumes at the time, it is trying to look like the person it’s representing. When I was a kid, most of the costumes just looked like pajamas advertising whomever they were supposed to portray. As an example, see Wil Wheaton’s Halloween in 1977.

This one is MUCH better!

I never got to wear a costume like this. By the time I was allowed to celebrate Halloween, I was too old for a mask and pajamas. I had to have a MUCH more elaborate costume than that to impress the junior high crowd. The first year I was able to celebrate Halloween, I was a cheerleader. Dr. Who was long gone from my memory and I wouldn’t have even considered dressing up like a guy.

Even now, I wouldn’t dress up like Dr. Who, despite how much I love him. I’d be perfectly fine dressing up as Ramona, however. Of course, it would be yet ANOTHER Halloween of “What are you again?”

Twitter Log: 2008-10-07

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The Ward Jenkins’ Ghosts of Halloween Past

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Ward Jenkins of Ward-O-Matic fame posted his costumes from his childhood here:

I love this costume with him, a neighborhood friend and his sister. Doesn’t he look spooky?

Halloween 1978 from Ward Jenkins from Flickr

I don’t have any photos from my childhood dressed up because we didn’t celebrate Halloween. I feel really jealous of Ward’s old photos from his Halloween past, but that doesn’t stop me from enjoying them.

Twitter Log: 2008-10-08

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Sid Vicious: Demon Dog

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Sid Vicious: Demon Dog

Just a friendly “pet” to keep you company on your trip to Hell!

Here is a link to the original:

If you notice, dogs in Hell don’t wear bandannas and they CERTAINLY don’t have rabies tags. I had to edit those out for this photo, which was far easier to do than to try to edit out those glowing green eyes.


Costume Photos From TaMara Gold

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I got an email back in January:

This morning I googled “Tres Hombres” to find some information for work. I came across your “found” Halloween photo, and thus began a wonderful one-hour journey into your site: the Halloween subsection (I’m a huge Halloween fan), a short foray into Laurie Lipton, party photos etc, etc. I notice you’re located in SLC, as am I; then I came across your Halloween photos. The Norton’s photos surprised me as I’ve known David and Mary for several years. Wow…what synchronicity! I think when she was the kitchen witch in that photo she was wearing a hat she borrowed from me. =D

As you’re a costume aficionado I’ve included a couple photos of my own…and two photos I took at the cemetery in the Avenues for a photography class. I’m looking forward to future visits to your site and seeing more about our common interests.


TaMara Gold

And what costume photos! They are totally AWESOME! Check them out here:

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Tune in tomorrow to see her cemetery photos in their spooky brilliance!


Cemetery Photos from TaMara Gold

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TaMara Gold took some spooky cemetery photos and sent them to me. She allowed me to publish them here:

Cemetery Photos from TaMara Gold

Cemetery Photos from TaMara Gold

It’s always nice to start October out with a good cemetery photo or two.

Happy Hauntings!

Twitter Log: 2008-10-11

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A PlaidStallions Yoda Costume

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Click to see full sizeThere was nothing like the costumes that they used to sell in the late 70s and early 80s. They were made of plastic, had flat masks and looked NOTHING like the character that they were portraying. Instead, the costume showed a picture of the character on your chest.

Enter Exhibit A: PlaidStallions’ Yoda costume from 1980:

He explains:

I decided to go for realism with the costume by adding the greenest sweater I owned, some playtex gloves and my pajar boots, just like Yoda didn’t wear. I don’t why I was trying to add realism to a dark blue suit with Yoda’s face on it, guess that comes with being nine.

Click on over to PlaidStallions to see a full-sized photo and other great stuff from the 70s and early 80s.


Murdered Almost A Century Ago

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Miss Dorcas Snodgrass by Library of Congress from FlickrIt’s hard to imagine that a woman this lovely could be dead. Nearly one hundred years ago, she went missing:

YOUNG WOMAN GONE LIKE DOROTHY ARNOLD; After starting for New York to do some shopping last Wednesday, Miss Dorcas Iyams Snodgrass, 26 years old, who was living at the home of her sister, Mrs. John L. Crider, 140 Wallace Avenue, Mt. Vernon, has disappeared as mysteriously as did Miss Dorothy Arnold nearly two years ago.

SUSPECT FOUL PLAY IN SNODGRASS CASE; Officials at Catskill, Where Body Was Found, Say Nurse Was Not a Suicide.

CAN’T PROVE MURDER OF MISS SNODGRASS; Tests with a Dummy in the Creek Leave Authorities Still Uncertain.

NURSE’S BODY SENT SOUTH.; Relatives Think Miss Snodgrass Fell Into Creek While Ill.

FINDS NURSE KILLED HERSELF; Physician’s Report on Autopsy Shows Miss Snodgrass Committed Suicide.

CLUE IN SNODGRASS CASE.; Handkerchief with Star Picked Up Near Where Body Was Found.

A friend of Dorcas, Amelia Danby, went missing on July 13th, but she was able to make it home.

MISS DANBY COMES HOME.; Missing Mount Vernon Girl Says She Was Afraid to Return Sooner.

Still decreed as a suicide, the murder of this beautiful nurse has yet to be solved. Unlike CSI, sometimes they just don’t find the bad guys. My only consolation is that after nearly a hundred years, both Dorcas and her murderer are dead.


Zombie Feminism

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Twin Peaks

This brilliant essay from Annalee Newitz at io9 explores the idea that feminism is at the core of many zombie movies. The vision of a “dead girl wrapped in plastic” is enough to make anyone wish for revenge, but it goes further than that.

Ever since Dr. Frankenstein reanimated a woman to serve as his monster’s bride and she said no, the zombie woman has been a weird figure for female resistance to control. Zombie feminism is an uneasy subgenre, daring to use freakish gore and death slapstick to pose questions about what it might take for women to become unrapeable.

Kudos to Annalee Newitz for writing an insightful and interesting essay on zombies and how they relate to our collective feelings about fighting back, even if it’s from beyond the grave.

Kearns High 1987 Video Yearbook

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Here is the Kearns High 1987 Video Yearbook. There are only about 1500 people in the world who care about this, but I thought I’d post it here for them to see.

Click Here To See The Video

Download this video for your iPod

At the 14:20 mark, you can see me selling Kearn High Towels. I don’t know why they thought those little towels would be better than t-shirts, but we sold an awful lot of them. I still have one stored in my basement. I really need to do something about my hoarding instincts.

P.S. If you look really closely, you can see me wearing my Sir Swatch, complete with the old school Swatch Guard.

Twitter Log: 2008-10-14

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No-Sew Gnome Costume

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Garden Gnome CostumeCheck out this awesome garden gnome costume. You don’t have to sew a thing!

Who knew a couple of Fun Noodles, some fabric and some toddler clothing could make such a rockin’ costume. I don’t really think it would work for adults, however, since the size difference is so big between adults and gnomes.

On the other hand, I can’t really think of a kid that would really WANT to be a garden gnome for Halloween. It kind of reminds me of the kid who came to our house a few years ago as a table. I swear that kid’s gonna be in therapy for a LONG time.

Via: Craftzine.com blog: HOW TO – Gnome Costume

Twitter Log: 2008-10-15

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Haunted Children Photographs

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Nicole Litterst Photography

This year’s fires were devastating for some families. Nicole Litterst took her children to see what the fire had done to their area and took photos of their reactions.

They look like child ghosts looking for their way home.

Via: gwendomama: Haunting Fire Photos

Twitter Log: 2008-10-16

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Sexy Skeleton Dress

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Sexy Skeleton DressIf you are looking for a new twist on the sexy costume this year, Craftster smarmyclothes has something to show you. She painstakingly bleached this skeleton on a sexy black dress.

Smarmyclothes has done an excellent job:

This is by far my best bleached skelly, yet. And I guess it should be, I spent at least 2 hours bleaching that skeleton, making sure it was anatomically correct, and all!

If you are looking for a sexy costume, skip past the St. Pauli Girl outfits and the flouncy skirts and go all the way to skeletal with this awesome idea!

Via: Craftzine.com blog: Bleached Skeleton Dress


Snake Up Your Halloween Decor

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Pipe Insulation SnakesMartha Stewart shows us how to make some snakes out of some pipe insulation.

I don’t find snakes to be scary, so the idea of adding some snakes to my home to decorate it for Halloween doesn’t do it for me. I’ve heard that other people think snakes are scary, though, so spook it up!

Via: Craftzine.com blog: Halloween Snakes


Mad Monster Party

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This is one of those shows on television that I would have loved to watch, but worried that it was “demonized” and that my dad would catch me watching it. Being Jehovah Witness as a kid really made the most innocuous things “evil.”

Here’s opening clip from Mad Monster Party:

Via: WWdN: In Exile: happy october


Childhood Fears: Sleestaks

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I used to watch Land of the Lost every Saturday morning as a kid. I LOVED that show! The dinosaurs were scary, but they moved so slowly that they didn’t seem much of a threat to Will and Holly, but the Sleestaks! THEY were the scariest of the Saturday morning lineup.

I rated Sleestaks right up there with Nightmare Theatre. The only thing that kept me from having nightmares from Land of the Lost is that I watched it at nine in the morning and had a whole day of activity to forget it before I went to sleep. That slithery noise of the Sleestaks is still a little scary to me even to this day.

Twitter Log: 2008-10-20

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Old Photos from the Library of Congress

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Jane Addams by The Library of Congress from FlickrThe Library of Congress has been publishing its public domain photos on Flickr. They have them available in large sizes, so you can print them out and use them for creepy Halloween art projects and decorating.

Here is a photograph of a classic hearse from J.P. Morgan’s funeral:

If you want Victorian photos, the best selection is here:

They also have some gorgeous photos from the 30’s and 40’s.

If you need something definitively creepy, there is a lot to choose from in the 1910’s set. Check it out!


Spooky Papercrafts by Goobeetsa

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Spooky Papercrafts by Goobeetsa

If you are looking for a fun evening creating some cute decorations for you fireplace mantel, here is something for you to do:

There are six creepy creatures for you to create, so have fun!

Via: Papercraft Paradise | PaperCrafts | Paper Models | Card Models: Halloween Papercraft: Spooky

Twitter Log: 2008-10-22

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Steampunk Costuming

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Steampunk CostumingIf I hadn’t already chosen my costume back in June, I would be frantically working on a steampunk costume like the ones shown here:

I love the idea of steampunk. It takes the best of Victorian costumes (top hats and corsets) and pairs them with sci-fi gadgetry! Next year, my friends, next year…

Via: For Your Consideration: 10 Halloween Costumes That Rule

Twitter Log: 2008-10-23

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Horrible Real-Life Frankenstein Experiments

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This is a video demonstrating the work of Sergei Bryukhonenko, who created a heart/lung machine and connected it to the disembodied head of a dog.

All I could think of while watching this video is about the poor dog. Why do we need horror movies when real-life stuff like this exists?

Via: Mad Science: Eight Real-Life Doctor Frankensteins Who Pushed the Boundaries of Life and Death

Twitter Log: 2008-10-24

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Halloween Cupcakes from Bakerella

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I got an email from Newspapergrl a couple of weeks ago:

I don’t even like to bake but I’m in love with this blog today.
I thought of you when I saw her Halloween cupcakes.

She linked to Bakerella and the cutest Halloween cupcakes EVAR!

Halloween Cupcakes from Bakerella

I still haven’t decided what I’m going to bring to the Halloween party for my potluck dish. I have never even gotten a vote for my Halloween dishes, which makes me want to just bring something boring like the chili I brought last year. I thought for sure people would have voted for my monster cupcakes last year, but sadly, the giant Hostess Cupcake won instead.

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