The Spirit of Halloween
Holiday homogeneity (say that three times fast) is giving us a Valentine’s Day in autumn, rife with its own brand of dainty, must-have accessories to celebrate the same way as everyone else. As I walk down the streets around my neighborhood, I see more and more houses tarted up with the hallmarks of a touchy-feely holiday. Giant inflatable Halloween themed Scooby-Doos and smiling plastic spiders, do not a magical holiday make. Cast them out I say!
(Not candy of course, that’s still a necessary evil. We’re not animals after all.)
Where are the things that go bump in the night? I don’t want to buy the same holiday as everyone else. Halloween is brimming over with opportunities to create things yourself, and this month practically demands that you get your hands dirty. Lest I become an old Halloween grump, like a music snob pining for the good old days, I offer a handful of alternatives, commercial and otherwise, to help you and me get in the spirit of the season:
- Spooky Sock Monkeys: Kim at Sock Monkey Drawer is at it again with eight ghastly Halloween sock monkeys. Last year’s monkeys sold out in about a day, so this year she decided to stretch the fun out a bit and put them up on eBay. Guillaume and Morlak are just damn cool.
- Blood Puddle Pillows: Take the most comfortable dirt nap of your afterlife.
- Skull-A-Day: A Skull-A-Day keeps, well, it probably keeps friends away. Some favorites include the doily skull (a.k.a. skoily) and the floppy skull.
- Gross-Out Cakes: Celebrate the holiday in gruesome culinary style with a Kitty Litter Cake. Or maybe you prefer a Toenail Torte?
- Carve Something: Halloween would not be complete without some wholesome pumpkin related fun. If you’re new to pumpkin carving, start out with some basics before moving on to some more serious fare. Make sure you dress appropriately.
- Old time Horror Radio: Ghosts, Monsters, Mad Scientists and more! Something to drown out the howling winds and creaking window shutters.
- Idle Hands: MAKE Magazine has a great Halloween issue this year chock full of tips for making your own haunted house, and really nice makeup how-tos. Check back on Instructables and the MAKE Blog all month long for loads of DIY fun.
- HotBloodStix: Blood sticks that work with your average hot glue gun. You can also make it the old fashioned way.
- Spooky Stickers: The latest Halloween icon set from the Iconfactory. Some other favorites include Vintage Halloween, Halloween 2004, and Eat Me, as well as two awesome desktops, Haunted Mansion and There Castle! (both include iPhone sizes).
- 50 Dark Movies Hidden in a Painting: From last year, but still a great game to waste your afternoon with.