Thursday, August 26, 2010

Sam's Club Couple...

 In the online Halloween community, these props now available at Sam's Club seem to be making quite the impression. For a mere $73, you may add these two, shall we say, unique personalities to your haunted home.



YouTube User: ukats1958

Monday, August 23, 2010

"Skeleton Dance"

 This evening, I offer for your viewing pleasure Ub Iwerks' 1937 animated short "Skeleton Dance."

 There are few things I enjoy as much as some vintage, spooky-themed animation.



YouTube User: tweedlebop

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Edgar's Dream

 For this rainy Thursday evening, I offer you this interpretation of Edgar's "A Dream Within a Dream."





YouTube User: singthesorrow1983

Monday, August 16, 2010

The Girl with the Zombie Tattoo(s)


 For this evening's entry, I give you an awesome woman-- who my partner met in a grocery store and apparently had a conversation with about me, zombies, and a desire to be on my blog-- and her spectacularly cool tattoos.


Some great work of art, those members of the dead breaking the ground.

 Thank you, girl who's name I do not know but wish I did, for having some phantastic artwork and for allowing me to feature you on the floor.

 There's a zombie on her leg. There's a zombie on her leg. There are zombies on her leg- we'd like a zombie on our leg....


 

Friday, August 13, 2010

Happy Friday the 13!

 May several black cats cross your path today. For today is that wonderful day when the world is supposed to be that much darker, that much more mysterious.... even though it is not All Hallow's Eve.

I meant to write a post on the history of the day, but it appears that the danger of the number 13 has been believed in for thousands of years, with no set origin.

Some sources will tell you that the number originated from the number of attendees at the Last Supper of Jesus Christ (13), and yet others will remind you that Ancient Babylon's Code of Hammurabi leaves out the number 13 in its list of laws. The superstition is, then, at least as old as 1700 BC. 

 The number and the day of Friday, apparently, didn't become wed until the 20th century, when an American stockbroker published "Friday the 13th," which told the story of a businessman's attempt to crash the stock market on the unluckiest day of the month.

One last interesting historical fact about this day of days. In 1939, a small American town in Indiana forced all of its residents who were black cats to wear bells on Friday, October 13. Apparently to warn human residents of the furry impending doom coming their way. The good luck the town had on that day was enough for them to continue the practice for 3 years.

Carpe diem.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Abandoned

 Today, I offer for your viewing pleasure two things that should go together more often: claymation and zombies.



YouTube User: cartoonoctopus

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

"Danse Macabre" from the PBS of the 1980s


 A while back, I posted John McCloskey's fantastic short "Midnight Dance." Tonight, I give you one of the most quintessential pieces of Halloween music set, again, to animation-- this time as shown on PBS in the 1980s. 

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Halloween History Fact of the Day: Turnips

 
When I first read David J. Skal's "Death Makes a Holiday: A Cultural History of Halloween," something that struck me the most was something I'd heard about but never given much thought to. 

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 Of all the iconography surrounding my beloved season of Halloween, the image of the jack o'lantern, the orange glow of the imaged carved into a hollow pumpkin emanating from the candle inside, is perhaps the single most widely used image of the season. But the pumpkin was not always Jack's first choice. 

 The Irish brought the tradition of the Jack O'Lantern to America, where the hundreds of years old Irish legend of the Jack O'Lantern has brought us the orange glow we so love today. 

 The legend goes something like this. Many years ago, in Ireland, lived Stingy Jack. Stingy Jack was rotten. He was a miserable old man, a drunk, with a particular fancy for playing tricks of everyone. His family, his friends, his neighbors-- even the Devil himself. One day during his trick, he conned the Devil into climbing a an apple tree. Once Jack had the Devil up in the apple tree, he placed crosses all around the trunk of the tree, preventing the Devil from ever climbing down. At this point, the Prince of Darkness did some of his own trickery, and accepted Jack's offer to not take his soul upon death in place of removing the crosses so he could get down. Jack did this, and the Devil was able to come back down to earth. 

 When Jack finally died, he met Saint Peter at Heaven's gates. Peter informed him that he was too cruel, and had lived too miserable a life to ever make it into paradise. So, Jack descended to Hell, where he met the Devil again, and the Devil kept his word. He would not allow Jack to enter hell, and take his soul. 

 Scared, Jack had nowhere to go. From then on until the end of time, he would be forced to wander the ephemeral darkness between heaven and hell. Jack asked the Devil how he could leave hell, being that there was nothing but darkness and he had no light. In response, the Devil tossed him an ember from the fires of hell, and Jack placed the ember in a turnip he had been carrying, for it was one of his favorite foods. From that night forward, Jack was doomed to wander the earth, without a resting place, lighting his way with the ember in his turnip. 

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 On All Hallow's Eve, Irish households would hallow our turnips, rutabagas, gourds, potatoes and beets, and place candle lights inside them to help ward off evil spirits, and keep nasty old Jack away. And in the 1800s, when Irish immigrants came in waves to America, they discovered the pumpkin, and how much larger and sturdier a canvas it was to carve for Jack's ember. 




Monday, August 9, 2010

"The Legend of the Scarecrow"

Since I'm traveling for work, and staying in rural upstate New York between a country club and a corn field without a scarecrow, I thought this interesting little piece of creativity was appropriate for this dreary midnight. Enjoy.



YouTube User: eifelx1822

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Retractable Fangs

Well, ladies and gentlemen, these look awesome. Real and genuine-looking retractable vampire fangs are (perhaps) no longer the stuff of movies, only. Brought to you by VampFangs.com. 

Without jumping the gun, the video looks very promising, and I promise a full review once mine arrive in the mail. Depending on how well these work, my costume this year may have been decided.


Wednesday, August 4, 2010

A Girl and Her Broom

For tonight's YouTube presentation, I give to you another amusing little short from aniBOOM-- a tale of a witch and her broom. Enjoy.



YouTube User: aniBOOM