I love Halloween. Always have. Cool costumes, dark decorations, mysterious movies, and creepy activities make this one of the most fun times of year! So, in keeping with the Halloween 'spirit,' here's some spook-tacular treatsll!
Images © Lucasfilm 2005.
HALLOWEEN IN A GALAXY FAR, FAR AWAY...
In addition to the Star Wars paper masks I blogged about last Halloween, StarWarsKids.com has posted a new set of masks for you to print, cut out, and wear. This year's masks feature characters from 'Star Wars Episode 3: Revenge of the Sith' including Kit Fisto, Yoda, Aayla Secura, Tion Medon, Chewbacca, Darth Vader, R2-D2, General Greivous, C-3PO, 3 clone troopers, Padme Amidala, The Emperor, Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and the Boga.
The site also features a tutorial for home-made Star Wars treat bags at this link.
For Jack O'Lantern patterns, Star Wars Kids also features fun intergalactic designs ranging from a simple Rebel Insignia to a complex Tusken Raider. Paste them on your pumpkins and start carving your galactic affiliation!
SPOOKY SONGS SURFACE AND VILE VIDEOS EVOLVE!!!
Michael Fleming has been posting an insane amount of links to obscure but fantastic Halloween-themed MP3 music files on his blog. Unfortunately, the process is slightly complex but it's definitely worth it to hear some great music! Especially noteworthy are Bing Crosby's 'The Headless Horseman,' Vaughn Monroe's '(Ghost) Riders in the Sky,' Ronnie Dawson's 'Rockin' Bones,' 'Watusi Zombie' by Jan Davis, and 'King Kong' by Tarantula Ghoul and the Cryptkickers.
A few more obscure songs that fit the Halloween mood can be found at this link on WFMU's Beware of the Blog. 'Parade of the Damned' features the cool 'Bo Meets the Monster' by Bo Diddley and Messer Chups' 'Intro Monstro Crescendo' among other hip tunes.
Image courtesy of The Scooby Doo Case Files.
Halloween without everybody's favorite canine sleuth and his gang, Mysteries, Inc.? No way! 'Scooby Doo, Where Are You!' is still considered one of the finest animated series. From spooky storylines to eerie locations with evocative background art, the show still outshines some of today's top cartoons.
The Scooby Doo Case Files website has posted links to the hip 'Scooby Doo themes,' including unreleased symphonic score tracks from the show. A real treasure, Ted Nichol's compositions are not to be missed! Delve into the site to discover episode summaries, imcompetent sheriffs, avatars for the Internet, and an index of monsters with roll-over images revealing their true identities! Be sure not to miss a section I savored, Wallpapers, which features a ton of outstanding animation background designs from the show!
Images courtesy of Ben Kane.
Some readers will probably remember 'The Hilarious House of Frightenstein,' a 1970's Canadian TV variety show featuring some of our favorite monsters. Wth the legendary Vincent Price and Billy Van, the show had some truly enjoyable moments featuring Count Frightenstein, Igor, Grizelda, the Librarian, Wolfman, the Oracle, and others. I remember being particularly fascinated by the set design, cinematography, effects, and music. 'March of the Martians,' the memorable theme from the show, (created with the famous Moog Synthesizer) can be found among the other goodies on the Frightenstein Downloads page. Be sure to snoop around the incredible tribute website for show info, music, video clips, and even a 'Return to Transylvania' documentary!
Of course, no Halloween should go without a visit from Jack Skellington or a giant robot!
EERIE IMAGES AND TERRIFYING TEXT!!
Keith Milford's blog, Old Haunts, collects "Halloween photos of long past," marketing material, greeting and trading card art, and even music and audio stories from old vinyl LPs. The bonus audio downloads 'Alfred Hitchcock presents Ghost Stories for Young People,' 'Casper the Friendly Ghost Haunted House Tales,' 'Sounds of Terror!' and others let your ears enjoy a Halloween chill! I have no doubt that you'll recognize some of the costumes and relive childhood 'trick or treat' memories.
Check out Jay Stephen's blog, Monsterama for some amazing illustrations and creative monster lore. Described as a place to see 'cute creeps from popular culture,' the new blog is already loaded with great images by Jay. Along with artwork, you'll discover brief histories of characters like Casper the Friendly Ghost, Gossamer, Fangface, and others.
Jay, a Canadian with a great sense of design, is the creator of 'Jetcat,' 'The Land of Nod,' and 'Tutenstein,' all of which I highly recommend. He's also a regular contributor to Drawn!, a blog that provides insight and links about illustrators around the globe. Some of the links in this post were found at the blog.
Project Gutenberg has online text versions of 'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow' by Washington Irving. Available in both HTML and Plain Text formats, this is the original tale that has spawned numerous film versions. No Halloween celebration is complete without a reading or viewing of this great story! Download 'Dracula' by Bram Stoker or 'Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley as well!
RavensBlight features a fun collection of Haunted Paper Toys including The Mechanical Bat, Coffin Gift Boxes, the Splatterbot, and more; all courtesy of artist Ray O'Bannon. With paper (preferably heavy cardstock), scissors, an X-Acto knife, glue, and tape, you'll be able put together these morbid masterpieces. To download and print the files, you'll need the free Adobe Acrobat Reader.
retroCRUSH, "the world's greatest Halloween website," is a must-see for any pop culture and Halloween fan. The vast archive of images, audio, and text will devour hours of your time. Check out "the world's greatest Halloween costumes" with photos of many vinyl and plastic costumes from yesterday and today. I know I've certainly worn a few! Marvel at the Top 100 Monsters of All Time! Note: Not all portions of the website are safe for younger children or work viewing.
Open your goody bag to find the MonsterParty font by Michael Gaines (use the caps lock key with it) or the many other horror fonts that await your experiments!
How about some great icon sets such as Vintage Halloween, Creeps, Boo Buddies, Macabre, Snappy Hour Halloween, and Cute Dead Icons. You may also enjoy Haunted Hard Drives, Ravenswood Revisted, World of Aqua - After Dark, and Jack Skellington.
Oh yeah...if you can't find a real pumpkin to carve...how about a digital one? Thanks Tad!
Well, that's a bowl full of treats from me! How do you like them apples?!