Spooky season came to Milwaukee early this year as monsters descended upon the city for the Midwest Haunters Convention.
A peek at the ghoulish new Halloween decor coming this fall from Target.
It’s mid-July and nearly 100 degrees in the hot summer sun…but you and me, we’re definitely thinking about Halloween. Target is getting a jump on the season too, it seems, releasing a peak at this year’s new Halloween decor.
Target’s Halloween offerings have been really great in the last few years, and I usually have a long wish list. This year is no different, with a variety of monstrous plants, tombstones, and other ghoulish goodies that would seem right in home in Tim Burton’s Halloween Town or in the dark corners of the Addams Family mansion.
Here are some of my favorites:
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A collection of new short horror stories for Halloween and Samhain.
“Samhain marks the beginning of the darker half of the year, and there is darkness in the pages that follow. So lock the door, draw the curtains and light that jack-o’-lantern. We’ll see you on the other side…”
The latest volume of short horror stories from The Ghastling features new fiction from contemporary authors compiled especially for Halloween and Samhain.
About The Ghastling Book 8:
Book 8 is our seasonal edition compiled especially for Hallowe’en & Samhain. In Damien B. Raphael’s story THE SCULPTURE, an artisan suggests that the flesh of a pumpkin is far more forgiving for this type of work than the more traditional turnip – but what exactly has he been commissioned to carve in his dimly-lit studio? Grinning, hand-carved faces light the town in Catrin Kean’s FOGTIME, as children in bedsheets run from door to door swinging rattling buckets. Dressing up as someone else – or something else – and demanding treats is another odd custom that we’ve grown to accept as part of the season. This too is traced to the Celts, who were said to leave offerings of food and drink to placate the fairies, witches, demons and unfortunate souls who wandered between this world and the next on Samhain. Perhaps it isn’t just the young trick-or-treaters, then, that make Mammy lock the doors and pull the curtains.
In Alys Hobbs’ IN WE COME, it’s adults who roam the streets disguised – a troupe of actors, to be exact, searching for an audience for their folk play. “Make room, for in we come! We’ve come a-mumming, three-two-one!” However, this troupe’s antics seem to go beyond mere performance, and it may not just be money or food that they’re looking for in exchange. The Celts believed that the sun began to grow weak during Samhain, and so bonfires were lit not just in honour of the dead, but also to guide them on their journey – and keep them away from the living. So when Jenny watches a constellation of flickering lights appear on Kristy Kerruish’s THE HILL, she should probably keep a safe distance – but Trevor has been gone for a while, and it’s all mumbo-jumbo anyway…isn’t it? Mr Fanner certainly hopes not, as he walks AMONG OCTOBER’S FIELDS with the derelict Riverbrook Home for Boys in his sights. Callum McKelvie’s story begins with whispers: the tragic fire, all the children gone and mysterious sounds across the fields at night. Mr Fanner is searching for inspiration for his next ghost story, but he may wish that he had looked elsewhere. Leaving the restless bonfires of Samhain behind, let’s instead turn to the quietness of the fireside, where storytelling has long been the preferred form of entertainment. At Halloween, the attention of the fireside storyteller unsurprisingly turns to ghosts and the macabre, and so we felt it was important to include a selection of tales that, if not specifically Halloween-themed, were befitting of this seasonal tradition. So read aloud if you dare the DIARY OF A DEADMAN by N. A. Wilson, follow Mark Sadler into the sweltering woods in THE POACHER’S BALL and enter Florence Vincent’s THE TEMPLE to experience foreboding in a foreign land. Then, we suggest you gather friends around the campfire to share HOW SHADOWS FALL, C. L. Hanlon’s fresh take on the legend of the vanishing hitchhiker.
MORE spooky reads: 2018 Cult of Weird Fall Reading List
Macabre baker and artist Christine McConnell turned her parents’ home into a real life monster house for Halloween.
Three years ago Christine McConnell, purveyor of morbid cakes and crafts, as well as the star of the new Netflix series The Curious Creations of Christine McConnell, decorated her parent’s Los Angeles-area home for Halloween. It got so much attention that she was approached by some 300 production companies to create her own reality show.
But McConnell wanted to do it her own way, and signup up to work with the Jim Henson Company to create a show that combines dark Addams Family-style humor, macabre puppets, and baking. Exactly what you’d expect from her.
So this year she returned to spook up her parents’ home again, overhauling the entire front of the house with a giant monster face, menacing eyes, and giant fangs.
McConnell says it took her over a month to create, and is her most ambitious project to date.
Watch how it was made:
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Roughly 4,000 shingles had to be cut for this ? The first night I put up the bottom panels, a crazy wind came through and ripped them off and into pieces. The next time I rented a Boom Lift and had every family member I could find come help ?????? #TheCuriousCreationsOfChristineMcConnell @Netflix Thank you #HUB construction in San Bernardino for having nearly all the supplies I needed for this ? Song is ‘Prelude’ from the Vertigo soundtrack by one of my favorite composers Bernard Herrmann Thank you to my parents for letting me do this to your house ?
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See Christine McConnell’s monster house creation for yourself at 27773 Pacific St in Highland, California or find more photos on her Instagram.
The Curious Creations of Christine McConnell
Battle monsters, ghosts, voodoo curses, boobytrapped mansions, haunted carnival rides, and more with these vintage spooky board games.