Top 25 Halloween Makeup Tutorials – Roundup of video tutorials for various makeup effects. Most of them seem to be in the medium-to-hard range, but it’s worth taking a look for the leopard-print lipstick alone. (Hat tip to MaDonna)
Here’s a fun little time-waster: A Flash-based game wherein you play a ghost trying to rid your house of noisy party guests.
There are 30 guests scattered around a multi-floor house. Use the arrow keys to maneuver your ghost around the house. You can “possess” various objects (furnishings, toys, etc.) by hovering near them and hitting the spacebar, then use the arrow keys to cause various actions: The bathtub walks across the floor, portraits scream, a teddy bear growls, and so on. If you do spooky things in front of guests you can frighten them out of the room and (eventually) out of the house; the goal is to scare all 30 people away.
Scaring people will increase your haunting abilities and allow you to do more powerful things, but if you frighten anyone too badly you run the risk of causing them to panic and accidentally kill themselves. Also, children and a few of the giddier adults tend to take your paranormal activities in stride, so there’s some skill involved in being juuuust scary enough.
The game is whimsical and cartoony instead of creepy, so there’s no risk of causing nightmares in small children.* Whether you’re trying to set a record for the fastest time chasing everybody away or just wandering around and seeing what you can cause various objects to do when you possess them, it’s certainly worth a play or two.
*Shadowboy loves this game, and is much better at clearing the house than I am. Being pwned by a seven-year-old is humbling.
The Nefertem shawl is a lace-knitting pattern by Kristen Kapur of Through the Loops Designs. It’s currently only available as part of a pattern/yarn kit through The Loopy Ewe, but the pattern will be available by itself in October.
There’s a little more information about it in the Ravelry library, plus a photoset on Flickr where it’s also shown being worn as a scarf. Red Pepper Quilts has a review of the pattern and some more photos.
I love the delicate, spiderwebby look of this piece, and have to say that I think I like it better in the dark purply-grey yarn of the kit than I would in plain black. This would be a perfect light wrap for an evening out or, as Hinkenhook suggests, a bridesmaid’s gift to be worn in a Hallowedding.
I recently ran across an EMF Detector app which purports to detect the same “ghostly” energies that paranormal investigators look for, and wondered what other smartphone apps might be available for the gothier amongst us. As it turns out, there’s a bunch of ‘em.
There are several other flavors of EMF apps, including iEMF (which seems to have a more detailed readout), EMF Meter + (appears to be aimed more at scientists than ghost hunters), and Paranormal State EMF Reader (associated with A&E’s Paranormal State program ; I don’t know how much useful data it collects but the interface is well-suited to costume parties).
Other ghost-hunting tools include:
Ghost Recorder – Claims to record ghostly sounds beyond the range of human hearing.
That right there is some Grade-A Nightmare Fuel, y’all.
Artist Tracy Ann Lister creates “Reborns:” Eerily-lifelike dolls that resemble real babies. She’s currently got a whole series of Harry Potter-inspired babies in her eBay store, and although Harry, Ron, and Hermione are all reasonably cute, baby Dobby, Lupin and most particularly Voldemort look like the sort of thing you’d hit with a stick if you found it lurking in the cellar.
They aren’t cheap, but if you simply can’t live without your very own baby Tonks or Snape, now’s your chance.
The Fine Brothers, who somehow managed to explain 47 years of Dr. Who in 6 minutes, are back with a (spoileriffic, obvs) recap of all 7 Harry Potter movies in 7 minutes. I think what’s most impressive about these is they actually manage to be comprehensible.