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Halloween and Twitter

Filed under: Halloween — Laura Moncur @ 10:00 am

Last year, the world was all excited about Twitter. Here are some funny comics about it from Joy of Tech.

Click to see full sized Joy of Tech

Click to see full sized Joy of Tech

I fully expected Twitter to be dead or bought out by now. It continually amazes me that it is still around today.


The Guild: Halloween Episode

Filed under: Halloween — Laura Moncur @ 10:00 am

Last year, The Guild made a Halloween episode.

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Unless you’ve watched episodes of The Guild, this Halloween episode might not be very funny to you because it’s packed with inside jokes. The series is brilliant, though, so check it out!


Halloween Walker

Filed under: Halloween — Laura Moncur @ 10:00 am

Check out this creepy Halloween walker on YouTube:

According to WGhost9, it is a lot more complicated than it looks.

Introducing the Creeper 2: My brand new hexapod.

Designed, built and programmed in about record 3 weeks! It runs C on an Axon microcontroller. It uses all digital servos and can lift over twice its body weight. The software (soon to be given out open source) allows for 6 synchronous degrees of motion. Future additions will include foot sensors and a remote control option.

Mike and I have a Halloween pumpkin that rolls around the floor making farting noises that we fill with batteries every year. I really should take a video of it for posterity. I would be heartbroken if it ever quit working.

Via: Pass the Book « westerblog


8-Bit Halloween Costume

Filed under: Halloween,I Love Makeup! — Laura Moncur @ 10:00 am

8 Bit CostumeI love this costume. It looks like an 8-Bit rendering of her face. All it takes are some makeup skills and simple patches sewn onto a plain shirt.

I wonder how it looks when she closes her eyes. Excellent work!

Via: A Fantastic Halloween Costume: 8-Bit Low-Res Makeup And Shirt – #26035 – NOTCOT.ORG


Roy Lichtenstein Costume

Filed under: Halloween,I Love Makeup! — Laura Moncur @ 10:00 am

This year, our Halloween theme is 60’s and 70’s. I absolutely LOVE this costume idea because it reminds me of the Roy Lichtenstein paintings in the Sixties.

Roy Lichtenstein Costume

This was created by a M.A.C Cosmetics artist for Halloween last year and I think it’s genius. They started by using white makeup on her face and then added the black lines to highlight the features.

Roy Lichtenstein Costume

Then they used a dowel twisted into red lipstick to create the red dots on the face.

Roy Lichtenstein Costume

Roy Lichtenstein Costume

The finishing touches include a bright yellow wig, oversized earrings and a dress made from polka dotted material (which might be the most difficult part of making this costume).

Roy Lichtenstein Costume

One note of caution: if you are going to a Halloween party, this kind of makeup is VERY difficult to keep for an entire night. One touch to the face, and the image is ruined. Make sure you do a test run at least two days before your party so you can perfect your technique and practice NOT touching your face for the month before so you have a chance of living through the night without smearing your own makeup.

Via: Go Retro!: A Halloween Costume that Really Pops

Update: 08-15-13

Felicia Day did a similar look for Comic Con this year:


Toilet Bowl Costume

Filed under: Halloween — Laura Moncur @ 10:00 am

I love the inventiveness of this Toilet Bowl Costume from Carolyn Terlet.

Toilet Costume from Carolyn Terlet

It looks like a Porta-Potty connected to a white box. Add a white mask, turtleneck and leggings for the finishing touches. They used a flushing handle made out of aluminum foil and a clothes pin, but a REAL toilet handle is pretty easy to come by at the hardware store, so I’d go that route.

According to Carolyn, the candy went in the toilet bowl. Brilliant!

Via: Candy Bowl « AwkwardFamilyPhotos.com


Make Monsters Mad For You With Coty

Filed under: Halloween — Laura Moncur @ 10:00 am

I love this old advertisement from Coty cosmetics.

Coty Halloween

The Mummy and the Wolfman are two classic monsters that we just don’t get to see anymore. Sure, there are scary mummy or werewolf movies, but they have changed so much since the Boris Karloff and Lon Chaney days.

This advertisement just brings back all of that classic Monster Mash to me. Here is a closeup of the Wolfman.

Coty Wolfman

And a the detail for the Mummy.

Coty Mummy

Advert via: vintage_ads: LiveJournal


Mattel’s Fright Factory

Filed under: Halloween — Laura Moncur @ 10:00 am

I love this advertisement for Mattel’s Fright Factory:

Mattel Fright Factory

It reads:

Now you can be the moster you’ve always wanted to be!

Make all kinds of icky, sticky things to wear… bloodshot eyeballs, scars, mustaches, drooling lips, monster fangs, and more. You make them with Mattel’s new Fright Factory Thingmaker. It comes with a Thingmaker, molds, 4 colors of Plasticgoop… everything you need to make yourself into a new monster every day.

And while you’re out scaring the neighborhood, why not fill it with slinky, creepy, ugly bugs and beetles and lizards and centipedes. The kind you make with Mattel’s famous Creepy Crawlers Thingmaker.

The best part of this ad is that you can cut out one of the eyes and wear it as a mask. I think I would have loved this toy, but I’m pretty sure I would have burned myself with it. I still have Easy Bake Oven scars.

Here is a commercial for the Creepy Crawlers Thingmaker:

Advert via: vintage_ads: Mattel’s Fright Factory

Commercial via: Plaid Stallions : Rambling and Reflections on ’70s pop culture: Creepy Crawlers Thing Maker 2 Commercial


Haunted Mansion Computer Generated Walkthrough

Filed under: Halloween — Laura Moncur @ 10:00 am

I am enthralled with this computer generated walkthrough of the Haunted Mansion at Walt Disney World.

If you play the game Counter Strike on the PC, you can download this and other Halloween inspired maps to play on the game.

This walkthrough is so good that it makes the REAL Haunted Mansion walkthrough a little disappointing.


The Haunted Mansion 40th Anniversary

Filed under: Halloween — Laura Moncur @ 10:00 am

Check out this great video from Disney celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Haunted Mansion.

Here are also some other videos of the Making of the Haunted Mansion with interviews from the Imagineers who made it come to “life.”

Disney goes all out for Halloween.


The Parkson’s Had No Idea…

Filed under: Halloween — Laura Moncur @ 10:00 am


Via: The Parkson’s had no idea « Lolcats ‘n’ Funny Pictures of Cats – I Can Has Cheezburger?


Family Dresses Up As Wizard of Oz Characters

Filed under: Halloween — Laura Moncur @ 10:00 am

I love this photo of a family of kids all dressed up for Halloween as Wizard of Oz characters: Tin Woodsman, Scarecrow and Wicked Witch.

Wizard of Oz Halloween Photo

The Tin Woodsman is made out of a aluminum turkey roaster. Brilliant!

Photo via: The Tinfoil Man « AwkwardFamilyPhotos.com


The Face Painting Art of James Kuhn

Filed under: Halloween,I Love Makeup! — Laura Moncur @ 10:00 am

Why just paint your face to look like ONE of the members of Kiss when you can be all four. Check out this video from James Kuhn, face painting artist:

If you’re at a loss for what to do for a costume for Halloween this year, this idea is perfect. Just wear a black turtle neck, black pants, and spray your hair black and the makeup will do the rest!

Here is his version of Miss Piggy and Kermit.

This body builder job is AWESOME!

If you go as this Cyclops, you’ll have to walk around sideways all night at the Halloween party, but you’d be a shoe-in to win the costume prize.

With just a little bit of face makeup, you can be the life of the Halloween party! Make sure you do a couple of test runs before the big night so that you are able to do it without pressure. Good luck!


Werewolf Bar Mitzvah

Filed under: Halloween — Laura Moncur @ 10:00 am

The brilliant 30 Rock had a funny clip called Werewolf Bar Mitzvah. Here’s the quick clip from the show:

Paranoidemdroid created a video for it using The Sims:

I wish I could buy a version of this song online. Why haven’t they released it?!


The Final Frontier

Filed under: Halloween — Laura Moncur @ 10:00 am

I found this photo on AwkwardFamilyPhotos.com, but this family doesn’t look awkward to me. All of them (except Mom), look totally stoked for a Star Trek: Next Generation family photo.

Final Frontier

I especially love the daughter’s Counselor Troi outfit with beautiful matching hair. They all look so awesome!


Grocery Bag Costume

Filed under: Halloween — Laura Moncur @ 10:00 am

Alex’s little sister got to be a ballerina, but Alex had the best costume of all: a bag of groceries.


I love the receipt dangling out of the bag in one long strip. It’s the perfect touch. Awesome costume, Alex! Keep up the good work!

Photo via: Bag Lady « AwkwardFamilyPhotos.com


Angry Birds Halloween Edition

Filed under: Halloween — Laura Moncur @ 2:53 pm

I have been vaguely amused by Angry Birds on the iPad, but the fact that Rovio came out with a Halloween edition of the game shot them to number one on my list. Here is a video showing the action.

You can download the games from iTunes here:

It’s funny how something as simple as a two dollar video game can make me so happy for the holiday!


Halloween Makeup Tutorials from Sephora

Filed under: Halloween,I Love Makeup! — Laura Moncur @ 10:00 am

Check out these awesome makeup tutorials from Sephora! They make me want to run right over to Sephora and buy a bag of false eyelashes, glitter spray and black lipgloss!

What makes this look really pop are those red contacts she’s wearing.

Sephora has been posting videos like this for the last couple of years. You can see them here:


Halloween Movie Vault for the iPad

Filed under: Halloween — Laura Moncur @ 10:00 am

Halloween Movie VaultFlingsoft has brought us a huge collection of old movies that you can stream onto your iPad. I thought maybe all of the movies would be really bad, but there are some good ones there including: Dementia 13 (directed by Francis Ford Coppola), White Zombie (with Bela Lugosi) and The Last Man on Earth (with Vincent Price).

You can download Halloween Movie Vault here:

There’s nothing like a bunch of scary movies to make Halloween feel even scarier!


Halloween Makeup Transformations from Eve Pearl

Filed under: Halloween,I Love Makeup! — Laura Moncur @ 10:00 am

Eve Pearl is a makeup artist who works at The View. Here is a clip showing how she transformed the crew into a bald biker guy, a Planet of the Apes character, Linda Blair from The Exorcist and Pinhead.

She used real nails for the Pinhead costume. I don’t think that’s all that safe, if you ask me. Can you imagine showing up in the emergency room and having to explain how you injured yourself by trying to make a really cool costume?!


Ghost Radar iPhone App

Filed under: Halloween — Laura Moncur @ 10:00 am

I talked about Ghost Radar on the Gadgets Page earlier in the year:

It is such a fun app, that I’m going to have it running in the background in the kitchen during my Halloween Party. Here is a quick video showing it:

You can download the app here:

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