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Horrorgami

Posted in Fun and Games, Halloween Junk, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 23, 2017 by ranranami

Since I promised more craftiness this year, I think it’s about time I make good on my promise. None of these awesome origami designs are of my own creation, but they’re all pretty awesome anyway. Video or diagram, these patterns are sure to help you budget for some last minute decor and have a bit of spooky fun with your kids while you’re at it!

 

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Patterns listed above are, sadly, not of my own creation. I found them at youtube and these awesome sites. If you’re looking for less creepy patterns, definitely check them out: 

– Origami-Fun

– Origami Resource Center

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Halloween Bath Bomb Recipes

Posted in Fun and Games, Halloween Junk, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 14, 2017 by ranranami

There are two times you’ll find yourself routinely soaking in boiling water: when you’re in the process of becoming a delicious stew for your friendly neighborhood cannibals, and when you’re just in the mood for a nice bath. Me, personally, I like my baths hot enough to turn me lobster red. As far as being prepared for a meal goes, I’d like to at least thing I didn’t get the same kind of crustacean treatment, but you can’t always pick and choose. Cannibals probably don’t like the taste of bath salts, bombs, or soaps. Even if the smell is incredible. Then, when it comes to having an amazing soak in your bathtub, those things can get so darn expensive! 8-12 dollars just for a bath? Surely you want something more out of it than a half hour soak. That’s where these awesome crafty recipes come in, just in time for Halloween season….they may only last for a couple of minutes, but they sure are fun to make.

Be sure to check out the other amazing videos from these creators if you liked their spooky selections. They really are all pretty awesome.

 

Halloween Cross Stitching

Posted in Fun and Games, Halloween Junk, Media with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 1, 2017 by ranranami

Gosh, my crafts section sure looks pretty empty. How about we spruce some things up this month with a few crafts? This year, our method of choice isn’t going to be your traditional pumpkins and knives, but needles, scissors, magnifiers, lights, fabric, and grids.

Alright, alright, so maybe it’s not as simple as most crafts. In fact, the patterns I drew up today aren’t terribly simple either, and may not be for the faint of heart. BUT they sure are fun to look at! Don’t worry, guys, if you’r not a cross stitcher there will still be plenty of fun stuff to do this month. Junk for the kids, cocktail ideas for the adults, movies, comics…etcetera. Hey, it’s October! That’s what this blog is all about!

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Selections from Calling all Girls Magazine, Issue #64

Posted in Books, Fun and Games, Halloween Junk, MAgazines, Media with tags , , , , , , , on October 10, 2016 by ranranami

Today I’m going to do something kid-friendly. I was digging through old magazines and comics online while I finished polishing up the last few pages of the remainder of Man in Black I’ll be posting, when I stumbled on ‘Calling all Girls’, a magazine for young girls back in the late 50s and early 60s with a delightful style I couldn’t help but be charmed by. There’s definitely something enchanting about an old magazine with more hand-drawn pictures than actual photographs.

There’s also something equally enchanting about the idea of having your kid actually organize their own Halloween party and put everything together, though I don’t doubt you’ll still have a little hand in helping them along the way. It’s very self-sufficient, isn’t it? And the ideas in the first article I selected to show off are absolutely adorable, though I would say be careful about how old your kid is before you let them bob for balloons…just in case they weren’t aware that you probably shouldn’t swallow the rubber bits.

I also picked out a spooky story in the magazine, though there was another mystery I had considered. This one had a spooky cabin, though, so I went with it. Can you imagine, though, if teenagers in modern horror were as resourceful as these two girls? I think the body counts would be pretty much 0. Warning, there may be some animal casualties in this story, read at your own risk.

Vintage Halloween Paper Dolls

Posted in Comics, Fun and Games, Halloween Junk, Media, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on October 2, 2016 by ranranami

Children, small and big, arguably even adults…can be destructive. Which is why, when you find yourself a vintage Halloween magazine or game book…you may want to reconsider cutting out the paper dolls inside for a one-time spooky game of house. Fear not, those beautiful images can be appreciated outside of their antique setting, thanks to modern technology…google…and your printer.

The following dolls were some of my favorites I found browsing the web, and they’re absolutely perfect for the Halloween season.

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Charlotte Ware, 1939-40

 

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Newspaper Doll Series, 1926

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Joan Walsh Anglund, 1987

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Dolly Dingle by Grace Drayton, 1916

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Children’s Playmate Magazine, 1958

 

Spooky Story Cards

Posted in Fun and Games, Halloween Junk with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 19, 2015 by ranranami

Jazlaan (whom some of you may remember as one of my regular podcast guest hosts) and I used to draw a lot of comics together back in high school. Before he moved back to Japan this year, we even came up with a new writing exercise game for 24-hour comics, which are essentially entire comic stories written and drawn in the course of one day. With a bit of tweaking, I decided the same game could be used wonderfully for anyone looking to have a scary story night this October.

Rules:
Each person draws 2 cards from each pile (Nouns, Settings, Motivations). They discard 3 cards of their choosing, and use the remaining cards in their hand to make their story. You can of course come up with whatever you like, but I’ve also taken the liberty of drawing up these quick cards for you to print out. Please enjoy, and let me know just how spooky your scary storytelling turns out. I’ve included a blank slate if you’d like to use the same pattern for your own ideas.

Motivations

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Nouns

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Settings

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Slate

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Pumpkin Patterns (Somewhat Advanced)

Posted in Fun and Games, Halloween Junk, Media, People with tags , , , , , on October 4, 2015 by ranranami

So, this year I decided to make something of my own. Sort of. I always see so many cool pumpkin carvings around Halloween, I thought perhaps I’d post a few kiddy pictures again to guide you on how to shape the perfect triangular bat or even a creepy pumpkin within a pumpkin…but then I remembered I’ve got Photoshop, and heck…plenty of adults like to carve too! These patterns are modified stills from various films, many of them featuring my favorite horror greats. For those of you who may have no idea how to proceed with your carving based off of these pictures, I tried my best to make them as simple as possible. The darker, the less you carve. So when you put a candle inside, the white parts should be better illuminated, making a great depth and shadow effect.

If your pumpkin turns out successfully spooky, please post pictures in the comments or send me an email. Heck, even if it doesn’t, I’d love to see what you guys come up with!

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