Wednesday, October 22, 2014

31 Days of Spooktober, Day 22: the vintagey Halloween awesomeness of D. Blumchen

So you want some incredible Halloween items that are vintage-looking but don't break the bank?  Go to D. Blumchen and Company fer cryeye!!

The following are instructions for crepe paper rosettes from the amazing people at D> Blumchen and Company.  Please visit their site for a bevy of Halloween items that will knock your witchy-striped socks off:

This is copied from the D. Blumchen site.  Go there for more how-to's!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

31 Days of Spooktober, Day 21: "Monstrous Monkee Mash" episode of "The Monkees"

Ghoulies, sit back with your Bosco and enjoy a FULL EPISODE of vintage "Monkees" goodness.  I remember every year they ran the reruns, I'd always hope and pray this one would show up for Halloween.  And look!  My favorite Monkee as my favorite Universal Monster!  Doesn't get much better than this!


Monday, October 20, 2014

31 days of Spooktober, Days 19 and 20: The new "Haunted Mansion" swag!!

Hello ghoulies!  I was not able to write yesterday because of a jam-packed schedule compounded with the fact that I threw my lower back out.  It happens every couple years or so.  The last time was because I was sitting for hours in a rental car while travelling all over the East Coast to visit vintage amusement parks for my book, "The Cotton Candy Road Trip".  Yes, I visited the last few parks on my journey barely able to walk. It was pretty pathetic.  This time, I was bending over to wash my face, and my back just said, "Okay - I'm done." And it doesn't matter how much exercise I do (cuz I'm power walking at TOP speed); my back was just kaput. (Shakes fist at onstage injury I suffered twenty years ago ... bah, bah and double bah).

So, what will make up for my absence?  And what will come close to soothing my tender back? Oh, looking at recent posts about the new Memento Mori shop in Disney World, with all items devoted to my beloved Haunted Mansion!

Photo: Once you enter Memento Mori, the new Haunted Mansion Store, you won't want to find a way out:
Image from D23.  Definitely a print I must own to add to my "Witches and Gypsies" wall in my meditation room.
More info about the store on the Disney Parks blog:

Some other "Die hard" fans made these things:

And this blogger is feeling pretty much like I'm sure I will when I finally get there in November: take my money!  You win!:

Finally, a video tour of the store:

Saturday, October 18, 2014

31 Days of Spooktober, Day 18: Boozy Autumnal Cupcakes!

My dear friend Zach makes the best cupcakes.  And they are decorated to the teeth.

I need to have Zach make me most of these cupcakes.  And I need it now.

Honey Toasted Hazelnut Chocolate Chunk Cupcakes with Boozy Honey Buttercream Frosting |
From Half Baked Harvest: Honey Toasted Hazelnut Chocolate Chunk Cupcakes with Boozy Honey Buttercream Frosting.

Oh, my god ...

Friday, October 17, 2014

31 Days of Spooktober, day 17: Vintage Gurley Halloween Candles!

Vintage Gurley Halloween Candle ~ Witch with Pumpkin
I've got one just like her.  Wick pulled out to keep her UNlit!

Check out this Pinterest page that's dedicated to vintage Gurley Halloween candles!

These little figurines played a huge role in my childhood!  I can still smell the waxy goodness.  I can also remember how I pulled out the wicks so my Mom wouldn't ever burn them; I just dug them as the wonderful pieces of Mid-Century art that they were!

So click the link above and enjoy!

P.S. I still have mine.  I have the Big Witch, several Little Witches (who I called "The Tabithas"), a couple ghosts, and a bunch of pumpkins.  I'll never part with them.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

31 Days of Spooktober, Day 16: Do-It-Yourself Werewolf Kit ad!

Do-It-Yourself Werewolf Kit!

How could this company have ever gone out of business?


I do love vintage ads.  take a look at this one, which I've found in various sources, but this one is being reblogged from Archie McPhee.

Now sadly, I can't seem to find this anywhere, like on Ebay or Etsy. And when I looked up Victor Specialties, I found a company that makes clamps, straps, hangers and gang boxes in the Bronx.  And I don't even know what half of those are ...

Anyway, back to the kit. I looked up "1964 werewolf calendar" and got nothing.  I Googled around various elements of this kit, got zip.  All I can say is, some girls might like to get together and have a make-over night.  THIS girl would like to take turns with her friends making up as a werewolf.

Is that weird?  Hey - don't be a wallflower!  Order your kit today!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

31 Days of Spooktober, Day 15: Fun facts about the Haunted Mansion from D23

I've been a D23 member for over a year now and I really enjoy all the rare historical photos and informational tidbits and oddities.  Like in the link above, wherein you'll learn a lot of nifty things about the signature Disneyland ride, the Haunted Mansion.

So grin your way through the "Haunted Mansion" movie stuff, and focus on the good stuff.