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A weblog by Laura Moncur


The Dead Mannequins

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

This photo is particularly disturbing.

Scary Dead Mannequins

When I first saw it, I had no idea what I was looking at until Theremina told me:

Damaged and melted mannequins after a fire in 1930 at Madame Tussaud’s Museum.

They looked like the dead people who were pulled from Mount Vesuvius after thousands of years encased in ash, but more realistic. I breathed a sigh of relief when I learned they were only mannequins.

Via: WIL WHEATON dot TUMBLR, theremina: Damaged and melted mannequins after a…


Ghosts Make Perfect Sense

Filed under: Halloween — Laura Moncur @ 5:00 pm

Sheldon: Ghosts Make Perfect Sense - Click to see full comicWhen I was in sixth grade, I was obsessed with ghosts and read EVERY book in my school’s library about them. The stories would scare me so much, yet I was insatiable. When I see this Sheldon comic from yesterday, it reminded me of that phase of life. This comic, however, explains why ghosts make evolutionary sense in a completely logical world, which wasn’t the answer I was looking for when I was in sixth grade.

Click on the picture to see the whole comic in all its glory.

PAAS Halloween Makeup Kits

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

Last year, Neato Coolville posted a bunch of photos of the old PAAS Halloween Makeup Kits from the 80s. My favorite was the animated GIF of the step-by-step instructions for the vampire.

PAAS Vampire Make-Up Kit

I remember looking at those boxes, wishing I could dress up like a vampire.

Here is a commercial from the same time period.

I never realized that the company that did Easter Egg kits was the same company as these makeup kits. Now, that seems so obvious and a smart business move on PAAS’s part, but I had no idea when I was a kid.


Off With Her Head

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

I found this picture on Pinterest and I hope beyond all hope that it is actually an All Hallow’s Eve photo, like it says.

Off With Her Head from Pick Me!

Otherwise, it’s a particularly disturbing photo of a crime…


Star Trek Continues: Kickstarter

Filed under: Personal History — Laura Moncur @ 12:00 pm

I just finished watching the first episode of Star Trek Continues and I want MORE!!! Here is a taste of what they can achieve if they get their Kickstarter funding.

Here is a link to their Kickstarter page:

I can’t believe how well they were able to recreate the feel of the original series. Right down to the wigs, skin texture and lighting. How did they get Michael Forest, the original actor who played Apollo?! And Chris Doohan is a shining image of his father as Scotty! Seriously, I just want the show to be the Scotty Hour. Just watch this “Happy Birthday, Scotty” vignette. It’s only a couple of minutes.

The actor playing the doctor is MUCH better than the guy they had on episode one.

I absolutely ADORE this quick vignette called, “You’ve Got The Conn.”

So much of my belief that I could do anything came from Star Trek and seeing a touch of that in this little vignette makes me so happy!

This vignette is a recreation of a scene from the original episode, “Turn About Intruder.”

I didn’t like this one as much as the others, but it’s all so awesome, I’m hoping the Kickstarter funds!

Portrait of a Young Vampire: Bela Lugosi Age 18

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

I love this photo that was found by Retronaut of a young Bela Lugosi. He would go on to become the icon of a vampire for over fifty years until the Lestats and the Edwards took his place.

Bela Lugosi Age 18

Even before the movies transformed him, he looked the part of the exotic vampire.

Happy Haunting!


Scary Zombie Makeup

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

This photo from Imgur is horrifying.

Scary Zombie Makeup

The next time you are stumped for a costume idea, remember to think outside the box. Your chin isn’t necessarily your chin. It could be painted black and become the inside of your gaping zombie mouth.

Happy Haunting!

Via: Horrifying face/throat zombie makeup – Boing Boing


Glow in the Dark Ghost Nails

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

I love this manicure from honeymunchkin.

Ghoulish Glow China Glaze manicure in the dark

Using China Glaze’s Ghoulish Glow, glow-in-the-dark nail polish, she created some ghosts who will shine all night at the Halloween Party.

Sometimes, all it takes is a really good manicure to top off a boring Halloween costume.

Happy Haunting!


DIY Zombie Makeup

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

This is a pretty good video showing you how to do zombie makeup:

The only problem I have with it is I’m super allergic to latex, so if you are trying this, put a tiny bit of latex on a sensitive spot on your face, like a small drop under your eyes. Leave it there for about a half hour and see if you have a reaction. I did a test spot of liquid latex on my arm a couple of years ago with no reaction, but the minute I put it on my face, it started burning.

The most realistic wound that I’ve ever made was using gelatin and corn syrup back in 2003:

Halloween 2003

I can’t believe it has been ten years since that photo was taken! I have been haunting for far too long!

Via: DIY Zombie Makeup: How to Make Hideous Wounds That Last for Hours | Underwire | Wired.com


A Retro Halloween Snapshot

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

I love this old photo posted by Todd Franklin on Neato Coolville.

Girl and Skeleton

It’s just a picture of a little girl dressed up for the holiday in front of a cardboard skeleton, the likes of which graced every house in my neighborhood when I was a child. It’s funny how that well-known skeleton makes the that unknown girl seem familiar. Do I know her? No, but she represents every little girl at Halloween when I was a kid to me.

Happy Haunting!


Zombie Sculpture Is Made Out Of Pumpkins

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

I love this zombie sculpture that I found on MTV Geek.

Pumpkin Zombie Sculpture

I am always so amazed at how talented people are. I have a hard enough time just cutting out a couple of triangles and teeth, much less creating something as scary and beautiful as this!

Happy Haunting!


Ze Frank’s Guide to Trading Halloween Candy

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

This little video about how to trade Halloween candy with your siblings is funny. I found it on Boing Boing last year after the Halloween season, so I thought I’d save it until now.

To do this properly, you really need a copy of The Candy Hierarchy.

I love the suggestion to find someone with allergies to trade with, but the idea that Smarties and Twizzlers are your “workhorses” makes absolutely NO sense to me. I HATED Smarties and saved them until the very last.

Oh, and apples? I can’t believe anyone gives those out anymore. Do they?


Lawnmower Man Costume for Your “I Love the 1990s” Costume Party

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

I love the look of this mask for a Halloween costume from kongorilla. A black turtleneck and jeans with this mask printed up on black cardstock would be perfect.

Low Poly Mask for Halloween

In fact, they have made a version with that black cardstock and some glow-in-the-dark tape.

Lawnmower Man Mask Costume

So cool!

Via DIY low-poly mask, now with glowing edges! – Boing Boing


Read All The diesel sweeties Halloween Comics

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

Boba Tea Fet CostumeLast year, diesel sweeties put all their Halloween comics in one place. Now, you can read them all to get in the mood for the holiday and get some good ideas.

I love it when comics, TV shows and even fiction books depict Halloween. It’s such an important holiday to me and I love it when it’s just as important in the fiction world.


Truly Scary Halloween Costumes from The Joy of Tech

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

Trans Fat Molecule CostumeI love the REALLY scary costumes that The Joy of Tech came up with last year. They always make me laugh and I love the inside jokes they make (like the one with the Chinese chips with a HUGE back door).

I love this one, Trans Fat Molecule, but if you want to see a REALLY good (and scary) costume, click on over and look at the costume called Sedentary Lifestyle. THAT would be a funny AND scary costume. Of course, it would be one of those costumes where people are asking all night, “What are you supposed to be?”

If you’re racking your brain, trying to figure out what to be for Halloween, here is a big list of funny and scary costumes.

Happy Haunting!


Chuck Lorre Loves Halloween

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

So many sitcoms forget about Halloween, but not Big Bang Theory. Ever since the beginning, they have enjoyed the holiday. I really believe that Chuck Lorre must love Halloween. Here is Sheldon playing a Halloween prank on Leonard.

And the guys play a Halloween prank on Sheldon.

Last year’s Halloween Party, however, was the best.

I remember the first sitcom that I ever remember really going all out for Halloween and it was Roseanne. Considering that Chuck Lorre was a writer for Roseanne, it’s not surprising to me. Here is a playlist of the best of Roseanne’s Halloween episodes.

Thanks, Chuck, for years of delightful Halloween episodes for those of us who enjoy the holiday far more than Christmas!


Jenna Marbles’ Loves Halloween

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

I haven’t seen Blades of Glory, but Jenna Marbles’ costume last year was totally awesome.

Jenna Marbles Blades of Glory Costume

Here is her video showing you how she made it.

Jenna loves Halloween and has another video about Sluts on Halloween here:

I love this!

What you are doing is taking away from the spirit of the best holiday ever, Halloween. Halloween is the one night of the year that you get to be whatever you want to be! When you see these girls dressed as sexy cops, nurses, animals, I don’t know… It’s not that they’re such a huge fan of cops and nurses and animals. It’s just that they want to be a slut for Halloween, because they’re probably not sluts in real life.

People want to be perceived as attractive and hot. Halloween is the one night to do it. So what I want to say to all the girls out there is that I challenge you. I dare you to go out on Halloween, see a girl who looks cute, and just go up to her and go like, “You know what? You look hot! I appreciate the fact that you probably went on a diet and exercised your tiny little butt off to fit into that costume. Congratulations! It worked!”

If you’re not the type of girl who wants to dress up like a slut, that’s your choice. No one hatin’ on you for being a toothbrush.

I love that she was able to address the Sluts on Halloween issue for what it really is, which is girls hating on other girls. We should all just get along!


Vintage Photos Enter Spooky Afterlife as Animated GIFs

Filed under: Art and Photography,Halloween — Laura Moncur @ 10:00 am

Last year, Underwire at Wired.com had these vintage pictures that had been animated to make them spooky. Here are my favorites.

This one is called, “Clearing Away Debris from the Bangkok Fire.”

Clearing Away Debris from the Bangkok Fire

Ghost Cannon Kills Soldier

Ghost Cannon Kills Soldier

Mother Jones Turns Into Starlings

Mother Jones Turns Into Starlings

These photos remind me of one of my favorite books of 2011, called Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. I absolutely ADORED that book. Here’s a trailer describing it.

It looks like it might become a movie, which I would go see in a second. Please let it come to pass!


Coffee Shop Carrie!

Filed under: Halloween — Laura Moncur @ 5:00 pm

This video is an advertisement for Carrie, but it is amazing. A team set up a coffee shop to make it appear that a woman with telekinesis is losing her control.

The fear on the faces of the customers is real, but I’m surprised that more of them just didn’t run away. I think I would have turned tail and run if I saw that. Real or not, I don’t want to be around.

Via: Geek Culture: Coffee Shop Carrie!

Creepy Vanitas Bust from the 17th Century

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

This photo from Retronaut reminds me that this day and age doesn’t have a monopoly on creepy.

17th Century Vanitas Bust

I think I find this bust so disturbing because that appears to be a REAL human skull embedded in the marble. Were they trying to immortalize a loved one or a leader?

I couldn’t find anything online about it, so I am left with my own morbid imagination and the haunting image of this bust.


The Last Trick-Or-Treaters 2013

Filed under: General — Laura Moncur @ 5:00 pm

I ADORE R. K. Milholland’s work on Something Positive and read it every day, but his yearly tribute to Halloween is my favorite. Every year on Rhymes with Witch, he posts these entries showing trick-or-treaters meeting their final demise. Here is a list of the entries so far:

Here is a glimpse of my favorite so far. It’s from October 2nd. Click the photo to see the full story.

Last Trick-Or-Treater 10-02-13

Simply Brilliant!

Dynamite Magazine And Monster Love

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

I had a wave of nostalgia when I saw this poster on Flicker.

Dynamite Magazine - Count Morbida insert poster - by Arthur Friedman - 1976

I must have looked at that poster a million times when I was a child. Dynamite Magazine was sold through my school when I was a kid and I bought EVERY one of them for my entire grade school career. Here are a couple more issues that were dedicated to monsters. (Continue Reading…)


Haunted French Pancakes Give Me The Crepes

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

I love this billboard! It’s great for Halloween time!

Haunted French Pancakes Give Me The Crepes from Pick Me!

It reads:

Haunted French pancakes give me the crepes!



Animal Crossing Halloween

Filed under: Halloween — Laura Moncur @ 5:00 pm

I’ve been playing Animal Crossing New Leaf constantly for four months now. I am so excited that they have brought Halloween back to the game. On the first of the month, Jack visited me and asked if I wanted to be one of his loyal subjects.

Animal Crossing Halloween

Since it’s my favorite holiday, I agreed and I am eagerly collecting candy and Halloween masks to wear on that wonderful night!

So excited!

If you would like to visit my town, my Dream Address is 4000-2185-7855.

Dracula Vs. Kitty Cat

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

I love this comic from The Ideal Cat! Click on the image to see the whole comic.

Dracula Vs. Kitty Cat

The next time I’m bugged because Lucy is crawling under the covers with me, I’m going to remember this and know that she will protect me from lurking vampires.

Via: WIL WHEATON dot TUMBLR, hassavocado: What’s Michael by Makoto…


Monster Skin Makeup Tutorial from Make: Believe

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

This tutorial for how to make monster skin is AWESOME!

I love how it looks like he is an alien from the miniseries, V!

Monster Skin Makeup Tutoria from Pick Me!

It’s a complicated process, using Sculpey clay for a mold for the reptilian skin and lots of liquid latex. If you have an allergy to latex, then this isn’t for you, but if you don’t this is a terrific way to make your costume SO believable!


Grim Grinning Ghosts Sung by the Dapper Dans

Filed under: Halloween — Laura Moncur @ 5:00 pm

I love this video of the song, Grim Grinning Ghosts, sung by the Dapper Dans in Disneyland.

This song just makes me excited for Halloween!

Spider Colony in Brazil

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

If you were able to sleep well last night, just imagine living here:

It’s a spider colony in Brazil.

If you can’t watch the video right now, here is a glimpse of it from Señor Gif:

Spider Colony in Brazil from Pick Me!

The next time you feel like we are safe here on this little planet, remember there are huge colonies of spiders just waiting to take over the world.


Why Are Things Creepy?

Filed under: Halloween — Laura Moncur @ 5:00 pm

Why do things scare us?

He found a lot of the images here:

Corny Halloween Costume Ideas from Troye Sivan

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

If you’re trying to think of some easy and silly ideas for your Halloween costume, Troye Sivan had some good ones last year.

Some of the ideas are kind of dorky, but they gave me a chuckle.


The Haunted Mansion at Disney World: New Tricks For Old Ghosts

Filed under: Halloween — Laura Moncur @ 5:00 pm

I found these awesome pictures on Haunted Mansion Backstage. Here is the description:

At Walt Disney World’s Haunted Mansion, they removed the classic Hitchhiking Ghosts mirror effect (where the ghosts follow you home) and replaced it with a 3D computer animated, interactive effect. Phineas, Ezra and Gus now have a little fun with you, the Doombuggy riders. They’ll switch your heads, or blow your heads up like balloons, or shine a lantern and make your heads disappear. It’s pretty impressive.

Haunted Mansion Head Removal Lantern

HHaunted Mansion Head Removal Lantern

Haunted Mansion Head Switching

Haunted Mansion Head Switching

Haunted Mansion Roof Rider

Haunted Mansion Roof Rider

Haunted Mansion Head Blowup

Haunted Mansion Head Blowup

Backstage Photos:

Haunted Mansion Head Switching: Backstage

Haunted Mansion Head Switching: Backstage

Haunted Mansion Head Switching: Backstage

Haunted Mansion Head Switching: Backstage

Haunted Mansion Head Switching: Backstage

How To Do The Hunger Games’ Effie Trinket Nails (Reaping Costume)

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

Last year, my sister, Stacey, came as Effie Trinket from The Hunger Games. She won for Beast of Show, meaning that she got 3-4 votes in EVERY category, giving her the most votes anyone received last year. It’s not surprising, because her costume was PERFECT!

Stacey Vest as Effie Trinket

We worked long and hard on her clothes, turning a horrendous pantsuit from the 80s into the jacket. A overly frilly t-shirt from the 90s became her skirt. She went to extra effort on her flowery headpiece and choker as well.

And her HAIR!! That is HER hair (not a wig), curled, backcombed and sprayed white and pink! She said she had to take a TWO hour shower to get all the coloring out of her hair.

Stacey Vest as Effie Trinket

You can barely see it, but we even were completely authentic with her finger nails.

Effie Trinket Reaping Costume Manicure

After gluing on artificial nails that were the proper length, I used Sally Hansen’s Gem Crush in Lady Luck for the base.

Effie Trinket Reaping Costume Manicure

Using a makeup sponge, I dabbed on China Glaze’s Cleopatra glitter polish on the tips.

I followed this YouTube tutorial:

It’s surprising how little details like your manicure can make or break a costume. Stacey went all out last year and she ended up with the Beast of Show prize for it!


Felicia Day’s Comic Con Makeup

Filed under: Halloween — Laura Moncur @ 5:00 pm

This year at Comic Con, Felicia Day went with a comic book look for her makeup that really knocked my socks off.

It reminds me of the makeup that M.A.C Cosmetics did back in 2010:

Roy Lichtenstein Costume

More pictures of that here:

How To Make the Raiders of the Lost Ark Melting Nazi Costume

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

Last year, I won a prize for Scariest Costume for my Raiders of the Lost Ark Melting Nazi Costume.

Laura Moncur as the Melting Nazi from Raiders of the Lost Ark

After the break is a tutorial for how I made the mask… (Continue Reading…)


Haunted Mansion Backstage Photos

Filed under: Halloween — Laura Moncur @ 5:00 pm

Today is October first and this entire month is devoted to Halloween, the best holiday of the year! This year, we start out with a bright look into the last half of the best ride in Disneyworld: The Haunted Mansion! Haunted Mansion Backstage had these photos of the Haunted Mansion in Disneyworld. Here’s what they said about it:

Not exactly backstage, but here’s a cool lights-on peek near the end of the Graveyard scene after a ride stop and evacuation at the WDW Mansion. Every time I ride the Mansion I wish for this to happen to me! Ride stops, eventually lights come on and a CM has to escort us out. Please! :)

Haunted Mansion Backstage

Haunted Mansion Backstage

Haunted Mansion Backstage

Haunted Mansion Backstage

Haunted Mansion Backstage

Haunted Mansion Backstage

Haunted Mansion Backstage

Via: WIL WHEATON dot TUMBLR, hauntedmansionbackstage: Not exactly backstage,…

This is Halloween! Everybody Make A Scene!

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

I LOVE Halloween, so the blog entries for this month are going to be devoted to the lovely holiday!

In this town, we call home, everybody hail to the pumpkin song!

Life’s no fun without a good scare…


Swatch Knockoffs in Milan

Filed under: My Life in Swatches — Laura Moncur @ 6:44 am

SecondWatch Blog found some Swatch knockoffs in Milan. Here is a Google Translation of their site:

Milan yesterday for me eye fell on three watches are very similar in form and packaging in the New Gent Swatch. The watches are very similar at first glance to New Gent and the box is almost identical in form. The sale price is 69,00 euro, a unique choice as “expensive”. The brand has seen fit to “imitate” in the form of our Swatch.

Swatch Knockoffs in Milan from Pick Me!

I have seen lots of watches that are borrowing from Swatch’s style, but I haven’t seen any that are trying to pass as Swatches, right down to the packaging. Why does Europe have all the cool stuff?!


Sometimes Life Is Beautiful

Filed under: General — Laura Moncur @ 9:06 am

There are some days that shine a little differently than others. I don’t know if it is caused by extra neurons firing in my brain or if the sun hits the world at a slightly different angle, but there are days that are just prettier than others.

Today is one of those days and the vision of a snail crossing the sidewalk on our walk back home from dropping the boy off at school was lovely to me.

Sometimes Life Is Beautiful from Pick Me!

Whether it’s misfiring neurons or the slant of a late summer sun in the morning, I don’t care. I’m just going to enjoy the beauty and wish for more moments like this.


The Fireworks Trailer

Filed under: Personal History — Laura Moncur @ 10:00 am

I snapped this photo of a little boy wishing he could buy fireworks at the local fireworks trailer last year in Arco, ID. It was such a beautiful moment for me.

Fireworks Trailer 2012 Arco, ID from Pick Me!

Watching him look at the fireworks so longingly reminded me of my childhood experience of the Fourth of July. My family was Jehovah Witness, so I wasn’t allowed to celebrate the birth of our nation. I felt a pathetic longing every time I heard the cracks and whistles of fireworks going on outside our house while I tried to sleep. I felt guilty every time I enjoyed seeing fireworks lit by other families on the street.

That little boy, hanging out at the fireworks trailer, wishing beyond hope that he could buy some represents EXACTLY how I felt every year during Independence Day.


How To Make a Patriotic Cake

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

I love this tutorial on how to make a patriotic cake:

You can see the full list of ingredients on the Lifehacker website:


  • Two vanilla cake mixes (although you might want to get a third just in case you screw something up or want to make a bigger cake), plus any ingredients those mixes call for. You can make the cake from scratch, but we tried it that way this year and it tasted like a sugary egg sponge. Using a mix is faster and it tasted much better to us.

  • Two Three containers of vanilla frosting. Any standard-sized store brand will do. (You won’t need all the frosting in both containers, but you’ll need more than one.)

  • One bottle of red food dye and one bottle of blue food dye. It’s a little troubling, but you’ll use it all up.

  • 8″ or 9″ cake pans, depending on how much cake you’re going to get out of the cake mix you bought. (Most cake mixes can make two 9″ cakes, so you should be fine either way.)

  • A 4″ cookie tin top (or anything that can cut an even 4″ circle out of cake).

I saw this last year and it made me want to make the cake, but I had seen it AFTER the fourth of July, so maybe this year!

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