Halloween Advent Calendar

The Ghosting of Ghost

Day 1 hello hi hello oh  oh hi there has to be someone here  there really just has to be i dont want it just to be me here  hello? oh oh i dont want it to just be me

Day 19 well this happens to be a phone I couldn’t really say about the others so nobody knows then  I didn’t say that Some of them don’t wind up here or some of them do but not all of them or not for very long I can’t make you any promises you won’t end up in a cactus for a time or a cursed and collapsing star or a [...]


A Halloween-ish Short Story

It was a dark and stormy night, and Dan and Carol were on their way home from a party for Dan's work.

"Don't the wipers go up higher?" Carol asked, squinting as she leaned toward the windshield.

"Yeah, they go up a lot higher, but I'm keeping them low because I hate to see the road," Dan said.

"Oh, good," she said, "I wasn't sure but I just wanted to—" the car screeched, and then ground slowly to a stop. "Oh my god, are we out of gas?"

Dan put his head against the steering wheel. "Shit."

Carol shook her head and looked out the window. (Also, their phones were [...]


Estate Jewelry: The Horror

This 18k yellow gold “Scorpion” necklace, ca. 1978, was created by Italian designer Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co. The necklace, which is formed of interlocking segments, has a detachable tail, so that just the scorpion claws can be worn as a collar. It’s an iconic piece, and typical of the stripped-down, organic style of the designer. Peretti actually drew her inspiration for this piece from the scorpions living near her home in Catalonia, Spain, and the British Museum, which owns one of these necklaces in sterling silver, quotes her as saying “While working in Sant Martí Vell, I came across a lot of scorpions. The animals [...]


Carving a Jack O'Lantern Without Making Any Mess at All

1. Live alone.

2. Buy a pumpkin, draw a face on it.

3. Set it by the sink, get out a bowl. 


Girls Who Wear Glasses on Halloween

Before you suggest it – in fact, before you even think it — let me stop you right there: Yes, I have already been Daria for Halloween. I’m sure any bespectacled brunette with bangs and a penchant for monotone sarcasm has been told, year after year, “You know, you should be Daria for Halloween,” as if no one else had ever been clever enough to make that connection before, including myself. Been there. Done that, in 2007. And no one knew who I was, despite a practically spot-on outfit.

And Waldo. Of course I’ve been Waldo. I kept a red-and-white-striped shirt in my wardrobe years after it ceased to exist [...]


I'm Redecorating My Living Room*

Coffin Couch | VonErickson They say that the centerpiece of any living room is the couch, so we'll start from here and keep going. (I'm not exactly sure who "they" are.) 


Happy Hour: Booooo(ze)

Sure, it's kind of a bummer not to celebrate Halloween by making your neighbors give you candy. And, as some of us learned last year, that dressing your cat up as a baby and telling your neighbors that it's really your child dressed as a very realistic cat only gets you sad looks, and very few miniature Snickers.

But there are also great things about celebrating Halloween as an Old — like you can get more out of your costume when you bring it out for bedroom roleplay. How else would you have discovered your Where's Waldo fetish? And let's not forget the best part of adult Halloween: booze. Who [...]


Beyond Clarice: Underrated Horror Heroines

I love October because, for thirty-one days, I am allowed to watch all the horror movies I want without anyone thinking I’m deranged. (I also like cider.) Granted, I pretty much watch all the horror movies I want during the rest of the calendar year, but it’s a little harder to start a conversation with a colleague by saying, “What did you do this weekend? I had a little Carpenter marathon and watched The Fog and The Thing. Yeah, alone, in my own room. You know the part in The Thing where the thing takes over the huskies, and that huge weird mouth thing bursts out of one of them? [...]


How to Make a Halloween Costume

Tiger Costume. Be five or six years old. Be adorable. Have your mother pull your hair back into a ponytail and put you into footed PJs the supposed color of a cat from the wild — orangish-brownish. There should be a head part to this suit, which she has created, topped rakishly by triangular ears with felt pink insides. There should be a hole for your face so your own face can do the work for you. If your mother is very devoted to the craft, she will also sew black stripes using felt or some other fabric upon the arms and back of the suit. Using black eyeliner [...]


Wikipedia Entries to Read in the Dark

5 Wikipedia Entries for When You’re Feeling Possibly Receptive to the Idea That Ghosts Might Exist

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belchen_Tunnel http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moberly-Jourdain_incident http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosenheim_Poltergeist http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bachelor's_Grove_Cemetery http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kate_Morgan

5 Wikipedia Articles for When You Want to Take Your “Walking Dead” Costume to The Next Level

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Incorruptibility http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Premature_burial http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Felicia_Felix-Mentor http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mercy_Brown_Vampire_Incident http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Necromancy

5 Wikipedia Articles for When You Find Yourself Wondering About the Historical Accuracy of 'Hocus Pocus'

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malleus_Maleficarum http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moll_Dyer http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grace_Sherwood http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/True_name http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dorothy_Talbye_Trial