Saturday, November 01, 2014

Dia de los Muertos

A little girl visits the land of the dead and finds that Dia de los Muertos is a fun festival to celebrate the dead, which makes her feel a little closer to her departed mother. This wordless animation was produced by Ashley Graham, Kate Reynolds, and Lindsey St. Pierre of the Ringling College of Art and Design. It won the 2013 Student Academy Award. (via Laughing Squid)

Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloween News

This happened in Paris, Kentucky, in 1898. I think that several real nice young men got what was coming to them. (via mental_floss)

The Paul Lynde Halloween Special

Originally aired on October 29, 1976.

Redefining "Broom"

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The Shironeko Cats Celebrate Halloween

The most chill cats in the world are all dressed up for Halloween! And as usual, it's a non-stop party atmosphere... if your idea of a party is a good nap. This video will have you on the edge of your seat -Shiro’s eyes almost opened once! (via Tastefully Offensive)

My Kids' Halloween Costumes

It's been a long time since I posted a picture of my girls. Here they are, getting ready to leave for school on Halloween. My youngest is putting the goth back in Gothgrrl. Princess has given up on a Disney fairy tale life, but she still likes sparkly dresses, especially vintage fashion from the 1920s.


Three Ways Parents are Ruining Halloween

Lenore Skenazy gives some facts about trick-or-treat night. My town sets trick-or-treat hours, but this is mostly a benefit to homeowners and the police more than for the safety of kids. At the end of the trick-or-treat window, I can go inside and relax (if the candy lasts that long). Then it's time for Halloween parties! Also, the curfew is a real help as far as traffic danger goes. Drive extra carefully tonight! (via Boing Boing)

Happy Halloween!

Miss Cellania's Links

Lemp Mansion: Tales of a Cursed Family and Their Haunted House. Generations of suicides left a bad taste in the family home.

These Simpsons Fans’ Costumes Are Insanely Clever And Detailed. Bonus points if you recognize all the characters and references.

On October 30, 1938, The Mercury Theatre on the Air offered an radio adaptation of H. G. Wells's 1898 novel The War of the Worlds. Ron Geraci’s mother remembers that broadcast from her childhood, and what her family did to protect themselves from the invaders.

5 Incredibly Creepy Zombie Books. That’s enough to creep yourself out for the rest of the year.

Ghosts in the Machines: The Devices and Daring Mediums That Spoke for the Dead. An overview of Spiritualism and the relics some practitioners left behind.

The Shocking True Story of My Life With a Flip Phone. The backlash against smart phones is not just chic and economical, it’s a lifestyle choice.

 Scientific Reasons to Believe in Vampires, Werewolves & Zombies. And if you’re going to believe, today would be the day to do it.

Obamacare: what it is, what it’s not. A very thorough explanation in comic form.

15 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About A Nightmare on Elm Street.

Ghost Islands: Eight of the Eeriest Abandoned Places on the Seas.

Halloween Chillin'

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Dead Man’s Party

The League of S.T.E.A.M. does Dia de los Muertos! The League of S.T.E.A.M. is a group of steampunk ghostbusters (“Serving all your supernatural elimination needs since 1884.”). In this adventure, they investigate a horde of skeletons who won’t return to their graves after the Day of the Dead festivities. Yes, it’s corny, but the skeletons are funny, and it has the perfect punch line at the very end. (via the Presurfer)

Thursday, October 30, 2014

9 Impressive Halloween Costumes from 2014

It’s often only after Halloween that we get to see the most brilliant Halloween costumes, because they are made to wear to functions on October 31st. This year, plenty of them were constructed for earlier events that are spread around the holiday season, or else they are modeled and photographed ahead of time. I have no doubt that we’ll some awesome costumes over the weekend, but here are a few from this year that we’ve already caught a glimpse of, in a list I posted at mental_floss.

Visions of the Future Required

A Deadly Halloween Choose Your Own Adventure!

Wouldn’t it be great if a haunted house tour was like a Choose Your Own Adventure book? That’s possible, with the technology of YouTube. YouTube Nation assembled some of the biggest video stars for the project: Glozell, Tay Zonday, Felicia Day, and others. Each time you start the video, the story might be different, depending on your choices. I don’t yet know which choices are best. (via The Daily Dot)


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