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October 24th, 2014 by Cobwebs

Rucus Studio – Neat folk art-y Halloween (and Christmas; whatever) sculptures by artist Scott Smith. Items featuring prints of some of his work are available at Society 6. (via Old Fashion Halloween)

Vintage Halloween Cartoons – ShellHawk has put together a great playlist of old-time Halloween cartoons.

Let’s Make Halloween Pompoms – Yes, let’s. Instructions for making cute li’l ghosts, skulls, and eyeballs. These would be a great accent for a hat or sweater. You could even make a brooch or earrings out of ‘em.

“Masque of the Red Death” Musical – Wendy Pini’s adaptation of Poe’s classic story is going to be a “science fiction horror musical.” Okay then.

OppoSuits – Men’s business suits made of…um…striking fabric. There are a couple of Halloween ones, like Pumpking and Bat Guy. (via Pixel Pixie)

Halloween Claws – Simple manicure idea which gives the illusion of sharp nails.

Feeling Halloween – Dooce has a roundup of some upscale Halloween-ish items. I love the bat cocktail napkins.

What It’s Like to Run Into a Puppy-Sized Spider in the Middle of the Night – Naturalist’s description of his encounter with a giant spider. I didn’t know spiders could hiss. Neat. (Bonus link: Giant Spiders)

Werewolf Cupcakes – These take more time and effort than I, personally, put into decorating cupcakes, but they’re quite cute and the method isn’t difficult.

Phantom of the Opera Pumpkin – This definitely qualifies as “serious effort.”

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Attack the Link Dump

October 17th, 2014 by Cobwebs

DIY Spider Pumpkin – The glittery spiders would look cute on a brooch, too.

X-Ray Plates – This set of salad plates features an X-ray snake skeleton twining across them.

50 Sugar Skull Makeup Ideas – Big roundup of different designs from Skullspiration. And also there’s a whole site called Skullspiration.

Spiderweb Lanterns – Tutorial for making “lanterns” which would be great for lining a pathway at night.

Consentacle – Upcoming Kickstarter for a card game that explores consensual tentacle porn. Kotaku has a writeup.

Share Your Photos of Halloween – The U.S. Library of Congress is inviting Americans participating in holidays at the end of October and early November to photograph “hayrides, haunted houses, parades, trick-or-treating and other celebratory and commemorative activities” to contribute to a new collection documenting contemporary folklife.

Spider Cupcakes – The spider toppers are easy to pull off, since they use round chocolate candies.

Dracula Untold Told – I haven’t seen the movie, but I doubt it could live up to The Toast’s recap.

Silvery Claw Gloves – These are cute, but you could DIY the same thing with fake nails and superglue. (Update: The item is “not available” at the original link; this is what they looked like.)

Young Frankenstein Halloween Party – Some great theme ideas using inexpensive Halloween novelties and paper cutouts.

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Hour of the Link Dump

October 10th, 2014 by Cobwebs

The Haunting of Netflix House 2 – Roundup of spooky movies to stream. (Hat tip to hng23)

Ghostbusters 3 is Official – Paul Feig (director of Bridesmaids) and Katie Dippold (writer of The Heat) are teaming up to do a new sequel starring “hilarious women.” If Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig aren’t in it I will eat my hat. And not the hat made of lunchmeat that I keep around for such occasions. My real hat.

Gourdy – “The world’s first Jack-i-lantern.” Open-source code and instructions for creating an interactive “magic pumpkin.”

Dexter Tablecloth and Cocktail – Even if you aren’t a fan of the series, the blood-spattered tablecloth and toe-tag drink straws are great for other party themes.

Kraken Umbrella – Despite the big Kraken Rum logos on the outside of this umbrella, I want it just for the tentacle handle. (Hat tip to Kaitlin Michell)

Secret Lobster Claws – The wonderful Tragedy Series will have all tragedies collected in book form, plus a lot of other print-exclusive material.

Delightfully Twisted Porcelain Sculptures – Sculptures by Maria Rubinke combine cute little kids with creepy, surreal imagery.

Twin Peaks Returns – A nine-episode series is planned for 2016. It will continue where the original left off.

Lilith – Unsettling sculpture on display at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts.

Spooky “Monster High” Parties – More than a little too cutesy for my taste, but there are a few useful ideas for kid-friendly Halloween parties. (Here’s another witch-themed party.)

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Not Another Week of Link Dumps: Day 5

October 3rd, 2014 by Cobwebs

This concludes the latest Link-Dump-o-Rama. Regular posting (and once-a-week link dumps) will return on Monday.

Move Under Ground – Entertaining “mythos” novel in which the main Beat writers (Kerouac, Burroughs, etc.) save the world from Lovecraftian horrors. There’s a review here.

Medusa – Click the red button under the main ‘toon for a popup extra.

7 Adorable Animals That Spawn Terrifying Babies – A roundup from Cracked.

Pulguinha, the Steampunk Guinea Pig – It’s a guinea pig. Wearing custom brass-and-leather steampunk wings. This is what the internet was created for.

Rejected Princesses – “Women too awesome, awful, or offbeat for kids’ movies.”

Skull Pop-Up Card – Free pattern and instructions for making a cute pop-up skull that would be perfect for greeting cards or party invitations.

Terreurs – Digital photo series of kids fighting scary monsters. The kids seem to be having a pretty good time.

The Monumental Cemetery of Staglieno – Nice virtual tour of an Italian cemetery with heaps of funerary monuments.

Bat Mug – Attractive ceramic mug. It’s lumped in with the Batman merchandise, but the bat wings are suitable for general gothiness. (Although it’s admittedly really hard to not go, “Nananananana Bat Mug!”)

Man Turns Mouth Into Pinhole Camera – This guy created a little pinhole camera that he can place at the back of his mouth and take tonsil-eye-view shots of things. Which is cute, but it seems to me that it would have been a heck of a lot less effort to attach some false teeth to a standard camera lens.

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Not Another Week of Link Dumps: Day 4

October 2nd, 2014 by Cobwebs

Wonderfully Horrific Crochet – Crochet cute li’l spiders, poisoned apples, bubbling cauldrons, and other spooky things.

Pumpkin Dance – This is a very silly video.

Girl Empowerment Halloween Costumes – A Mighty Girl has a great collection of costumes for girls (and women).

Glue Gun Potion Bottles – Great, easy method for turning empty vitamin bottles, spice canisters, and other discards into good-looking props.

Vampire Donuts – This is such a ridiculously simple idea, but it’s so cute.

Gentle Brain – Play with a wiggly brain.

‘Ween Dream – This charity donates new and gently-used Halloween costumes to kids in need. A very worthy idea, particularly if your kids have outgrown their favorite costume.

Family Labyrinth Costume – I love that they even got their dog involved.

Dead Philosophers in Heaven – A very odd little webcomic.

Salty Sweet Monster Bark – Easy recipe for Halloweeny candy bark. Icing “eyeballs” are available at cake-decorating supply shops and online, but if you can’t find them you could use a “food writer” pen to draw pupils on plain white candies.

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Not Another Week of Link Dumps: Day 3

October 1st, 2014 by Cobwebs

Gashleycrumb Tinies Manicure – Adorable Gorey-esque nail art idea.

Stag Beetle Plush – Rather arrestingly lifelike giant stuffed beetle.

Papier Mache Pumpkin – Really well-done, detailed decoration. I love the, “Here, have my face!” pose.

Morbidní krása – “Morbid beauty” feature from Czech magazine Fler. Loads of interesting photos.

Halloween Hairdo – Cute, easy child’s hairdo made with dollar-store novelty rings.

Moonstruck Chocolate – Lots of yummy chocolates in spooky shapes. I especially like their Haunted House Collection.

The House That Halloween Built – Neat Pinterest board full of spooky home design ideas. (via Shellhawk)

Dementor Action Figure – This is nicely creepy-looking. Use it to menace your other action figures.

Mini Apothecary – This altered Altoids tin stuffed full of potions is just adorable.

Headbangers Banquet – Party with all of the foods named after heavy-metal songs like “War Pig” and “Painkiller.” The page is in Portuguese, but Google Translate does an adequate job. (Hat tip to Bruno)

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Not Another Week of Link Dumps: Day 2

September 30th, 2014 by Cobwebs

Bat-o-Lanterns – Cute and easy decorating idea for mini pumpkins. (And just as easy to use fake ones as the real thing.)

Krisztianna – Sculptor who’s created a series of “Muertitas,” which are sort of mounted-trophy calaveras. She sells art prints of the sculptures at Society6.

Vera Bradley Pumpkins – These elegant-looking decoupaged pumpkins are made with patterned napkins.

Look, Just Make Up Your Mind – I sort of love the idea of this kind of supernatural portal.

Skeleton Hands Necklace – Lovely “heart hands” pendant with a skeletal twist.

Octopus Products – Roundup of tentacle-heavy decor, accessories, and other items.

Lumos/Nox Switchplate – Cute light switch cover; it’d be easy enough to DIY. I also like this plate by the same manufacturer featuring a vintage funeral parlor ad.

When the Old Gods Return – Wonderful set of illustrations depicting the moment juuuust before the apocalypse kicks in.

Cicada Hairstyle – Shoko Nakagawa enhances her hairdo with shed cicada exoskeletons. Now I sort of wish I’d picked up a lot more of ‘em during the recent cicada hatch.

Final Fantasy Bookmark – This is such a simple idea, but it’s funny anyway.

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Not Another Week of Link Dumps

September 29th, 2014 by Cobwebs

As a pig is to truffles, so am I to random crap on the internet. This week will be a buffet of the finest hand-picked links.

Steampumkin – Cherie Priest’s Jack-o’-lantern. There’s a tutorial for steaming up plastic pumpkins here.

Stellaluna Costume – This is a rental costume used for promoting the children’s book. It’d be a heck of a cosplay outfit. Or just wear it to lounge around the house.

Anatomical Coat – Submitted by xJane with the comment, “Could be DIY’d…if you have a steady hand, artistic talent, patience, 62 hours of free time, and a thrifted light trench.” I could probably manage the “light trench” part.

A Map of the Introvert’s Heart – Yup.

Punk-kin – Instructions for making a leather-studded S&M pumpkin.

12 Stunningly Spooky Halloween Heels – Some of these would be reasonably DIY-able with decoupage. (Hat tip to Cat)

Dragon Backpack – By the ever-awesome Bob Basset workshop.

Frankenstein Exhibition – Upcoming exhibition at the British Library which sounds pretty neat, as does the BBC’s associated “Gothic Season” programming. I don’t know if the exhibit will tour or not, but hopefully some of the programming will be available to a non-UK audience.

Horror Star Chart – Interesting “star chart” which maps horror movies as constellations.

Human Remains Displayed in Strange Places – I’d sort of like to know who thought it’d be a good idea to store mummies in a public restroom. (Hat tip to pdq)

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Switchblade Link Dump

September 26th, 2014 by Cobwebs

Super-Scary Crochet – Pattern book of cute li’l amigurumi monsters.

Ceramic Doll Head Night Light – This isn’t creepy at all.

Scooby Slasher – Iconic horror characters re-imagined as Scooby Doo villains. (via Burning Prairie)

10 of the Spookiest Scary Stories You’ll Ever Read – I don’t think Jezebel knows my audience very well. Still, these are some spooky anecdotes. There’s another installment here.

Fudge Mountain – An unpublished chapter from an early draft of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Medicantica – The site was a “virtual museum” of antique medical instruments. Citing personal reasons, the owner is now selling the entire collection. (Hat tip to Cat)

Coffin Outlet Plate – Electrical outlet cover shaped like a toe-pincher coffin. There’s a matching switchplate.

Jackalope/Deer Antlers – Tutorial for making surprisingly realistic-looking fake antlers. To, y’know, wear around the house.

DIY Potion Bottles – Jill at scrapbook.com has a whole bunch of Harry Potter-inspired potion bottles that look really good.

Skull Coffee Grinder – I guess this is some sort of artwork, but if it were an actual appliance I would buy the hell out of it. (Hat tip to pdq)

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The Link Dump Zone

September 19th, 2014 by Cobwebs

creaturesfromel – Marvelously surreal sculptures of animals. I think this little winged rat might be my favorite. The artist sells some of her work on Etsy.

Squash Softies – Use scrap fabric to make cute little pumpkins. Or Halloween tribbles. (via Old Fashion Halloween)

31 Creepy Items Every Horror Fan Should Own – I have to admit that the snow globe is splendid. (Hat tip to WitchArachne)

Sag es mit deinem Projekt – Cute “goth” ad for German home improvement chain Hornbach.

Deathwish – I want an organization like this to exist in real life.

Skull Boiled Egg Mold – I’ve always thought that molding boiled eggs fell into the same category as fluting mushrooms and ironing bedsheets: Stuff that nobody reasonable has the time for. But these are kind of awesome.

21 Punny Skeleton Comics That Will Tickle Your Funny Bone – The effect is cumulative. (Hat tip to pdq)

Shirrstone Shelter – Spooky Moon has a feature on some lovely, surreal dolls.

The Year According to Tumblr – It’s the year according to me, too. (Hat tip to xJane)

Blood Fondue Bar – If you’ve got access to a chocolate fountain, this is an interesting party idea.

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