One of the most frequently used items for costumes, props and Halloween meals is blood, and in both the real world and the Halloween world, quality is important.
In the real world, people with O negative are considered to be universal donors as A types, B types and O types can use it. It’s often the blood “of choice” for treating preemies, burn victims, cancer patients or emergency surgeries that require transfusions.
In the in-between-the-real-world-and-the-Halloween-world are vampires, and according to Ask Mystic Investigations, the best tasting blood is B- of which 2% of the populace has flowing through their veins.
In the Halloween world, the quality of “blood” you use is also important. For props and costumes, it needs to look realistic when it’s dry and when it’s wet.
And for Halloween parties, once of the best recipes I’ve seen is the Dracula’s Dream Juice from Creepy Cupcakes. In fact, I’m feeling a little thirsty right now…
The second annual Calgary HorrorCon will be held in September 22-23 at Wyckham House, Mt. Royal University.
If you didn’t attend last year’s inaugural event, make sure you don’t forget to make it to this one which will be bigger and horribly better. (And don’t forget to come in costume!)
For details, times and tickets, visit their FaceBook page or their website: www.horror-con.ca.
Exercise can be a pretty scary and frightening concept for some people, but a company called Six to Start is aiming to make it every scarier.
Zombies, Run! is an app for the iPhone (and eventually Android) that is part immersive game and part exercise coach. Well, sort of…
Six to Start has taken the traditional exercise app concept that tracks your distance and gives verbal updates, and replaced that with tasks and warnings about zombie activity in the area. As you complete your tasks and running distances, you earn points to help add people and supplies to your home base within the game.
If you’re a fan of old horror classics like The Plague of the Zombies, Dracula or The Curse of Frankenstein, you’re in for a treat, not a trick.
Hammer Films, with the help of film industry giants Warner Bros., Paramount Pictures and more, are working hard to restore numerous horror classics with a release on Blu-Ray. Some films, such as Dracula, will have additional scenes that were thought to be too gory at the time added back in. Others will include interviews with cast members and newly filmed extras.
To keep up to date with the restorations, follow the Hammer Films restoration blog.
I don’t usually like or post “cute” Halloween or horror things, but as a big fan of stop-motion films I thought this little short was well done. Even if it is “cute”….
Buildings & Vampires from Nico Casavecchia on Vimeo.
Wow, this was a tough year for Halloween!
It fell on a school night, it snowed in the morning, rained in the afternoon and the wind started getting crazy just as darkness started to fall. It became almost impossible to keep all the candles lit in the witch jars which was frustrating because I’d made a bunch of them to line the driveway.
Oh well, we still had a great turnout considering the weather. I think next year I’ll have to plan for wind-proof candles or try and find some little electric tea lights that are strong enough and flicker properly.
Anyway, visit the 2011 photo gallery page to see photos from this year’s yard haunt.
This is a beautifully dark animation and a sad little story.
Well… I’m not sure if this a good thing or something to worry about.
Our yard haunt now has several warning signs indicating that the CDC has designated our yard haunt a Level Three Infected Zone.
That means only individuals with appropriate government authorization are permitted to be in those zones. I guess if a home yard haunt frightens government agencies it must be good.
Our little guy made a cake of our yard haunt at one of his cooking classes.
It’s complete with tombstones, zombies, spiders, freshly dug dirt and a wiggly green blob that’s apparently one of the garden beds.
It’s quite an honour to be immortalized in food, even if that food didn’t last long.