Thursday, October 30, 2014

Spooktacular Halloween Shows

If you are looking for some great vintage Halloween shows to watch while getting all the ghouls and goblins in the spirit here are a few I recommend:

The Haunted House
("Ain't he the one that put chains on his hired man and then done away with him?? With an ax!

Three Wishes for Opie
(You can't talk to Count Istvan Telecky, he lives in the 18th Century!")

Stranger in Town
("something from the supernatural!")
The Darling Baby
(Witchcraft! Just a little on my mama's side!)



 {Any episodes of Twilight Zone, Addams family, Munsters, Alfred Hitchcock Presents work as well!}

More "current" offerings are the awesome Roseanne Halloween Episodes and The Simpson's Tree House of Horror series!

Leave me your suggestions for your favorite Vintage Halloween Episodes!  I know I left a lot out!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Spider Bread

Last night to accompany our dinner of goulash (gumbo) I made Spider Bread!

I used a boxed bread mix but shaped the loaf into a spider.  I brushed the outer skin with an egg wash and a sprinkling of black sesame seeds before baking in the oven.

Pass me the neck, Clark!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Pumpkin Pancakes

 I whipped up a patch of pumpkin pancakes for PB and I recently.  Hubs says sewer rat and pumpkin pie tastes the same and he isn't going to eat either of the filthy mother fudgers... Well then, more for us, bring on the sewer rat!
I followed the pancake recipe on the side of the box of Jiffy baking mix.  I then added a can of pure pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg.  I didn't measure the spices but added what was practical to me.  You can never have too much cinnamon so load up on it.  Ginger can be strong so add about 2 dashes.  Nutmeg tastes like tree bark so add 1 pinch.   Make and place butter facial features just before serving.    For folks that are pumpkin "sensitive",  regular pancake batter could be used with orange food coloring added.  For those that are health sensitive and butter is a four letter word, use sliced fruit for the ocular and nasal regions.  As far as the flavor of the pancakes go, they turned out very yummy! Substitute canned sewer rat if you have it!

I based my idea after the below image.  Mine turned out stemless due to a gang of pumpkin stem snapping bandits that have been running a muck through the pumpkin patches of our fair city.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Skull Head Biscuits

My oven's baking section has been non-functioning for three months now. That's just fine! I know I could have called a repair man like a normal sane person would have done but, no.  I decided I would work around it by using the toaster oven and, yes, even the Easy Bake Oven.  Temperatures reach baking standards inside of cars so I had that option too. Heck, why not fry eggs on the sidewalk ?! It's too hot during the summer to be firing up that oven anyway!  This worked fine for some things and disastrous for others...poor pineapple upside down cake.  May it's burned soul rest in peace.  But times have changed.  My favorite holiday is now upon us and I may need to bake some spiders or snakes or something and they aren't going to fit in the Easy Bake Oven.  So I called "the man" yesterday and within 15 minutes the oven was back up and baking.

 For the oven's first run I wanted to make something festive.  I have had this Wilton skull cupcake/muffin pan for a few years but never used it. 
Break out the Jiffy mix! Let's have us some skull head biscuits! 

Make biscuit mix as directed on box.  Fill each skull 2/3 full. Then BAKE as directed.  I microwaved a cup of cherry jelly to make a drizzle.
Delish and gruesome,  what could be better? 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Treehouse of Horror!

Simpsons stuff, you know we collect it!  My favorites are the Halloween toys that came with the kid's meals from Burger King several years back.  
This year we were given an awesome addition to the mix!

A (somewhat) life size Mr. Burns as the Head Vampire...

and Krusty the Clown as an equally menacing blood sucker!
 They both measure about four feet tall and are made from a thick plastic material.  They were given to Hubs from a friend of his that has/had something to do with a sign company.  These two guys had been hanging out in a storage shed for years and have now found their way to us, just in time for Halloween!  Apparently there is a Lisa lurking in that shed as well, yet to be found.

Here are a couple of images of the BK Simpsons collections.  The bottom section of the display shelf is generally reserved for them each season. 

For more Simpsons related fun see my other posts:
Greetings from Springfield!
Simpsons Christmas Tree
Hub's Doh! Birthday

Friday, October 10, 2014

Eerie Asylum of Ruins

 Here are a few shots of the house spooked up for Halloween!  Same stuff really, just in a different arrangement.  The large Beistle jointed skeleton on the wall is new to the mix.
 I have had these three JOLs for years and never realized that they were related!  Look at those eyes! They must be from the same pumpkin patch.  I generally have the two small pumpkins in one room and the bigger guy elsewhere.  Punky Family Reunion 2014!
 This lamp is new to the house this year.  I like the tattered remains hanging from the lower second shade.
 One of a few framed tombstone rubbings I did several years ago.

 The creep display.  Jarred brains, embalming fluid *, and vintage smelling salts from a funeral home.  The dolls didn't get to come out and play this year.

 This is the top of the green vintage Sylvania display case.  I now have four Halloween Krispy Kreme Doughnut boxes...which makes a "collection".  They are making their debut for viewing pleasure this year. 

 One of several cubbies in the display shelf.  I framed several past Halloween photos to put in each space.

New this year!  
It's a portrait of Old Man Rimshaw!
From the Andy Griffith Show, season 4 episode 2 "The Haunted House".
He is watching your every move....

if you are wanting to make the bottle of embalming fluid be aware that the link for the image involved with the post is not functioning anymore, not by my fault, it was 8 years ago!   But I am sure there are a crap ton of images out on the nets that can be used in the same way. 

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Boo it Yourself!

It is time to deck the crypt!
Vintage Halloween stuff is really hard to come by and it never is at a thrifty price.
So I say Boo it Yourself!

  I have this adorable accordion Beistle cat image saved on my Halloween Pinterest Board and have been studying it for well over a year, trying to figure out how I could reproduce it.  The accordion parts were giving me the problem.

 I am happy to say that I came up with a easy, affordable and cute solution!
It is not exact, but I am very pleased with the results.  

 The solution was found by coming across the jolly fellow seen below.   I must have those limbs! They were the key pieces I had been missing!  I found him and three other different color appendaged characters at Dollar Tree.  There are white, green, purple and orange available for dismembering.  (See them all here: "Hanging Honeycomb Halloween Characters")  The arms and legs are really long and you may even be able to make two projects by cutting them in half.  I don't do well taking photos along the way while I am making something so I will have to talk you through most of it.  

1. Go buy goofy pumpkin scarecrow dude at Dollar Tree. Dismember his limbs.  Then chunk his wretched remains into the recycle can.
2.  Print out the below image at full page.  
If the resolution is not to your liking, go to my Halloween Board for the original. 
3.  Cut out the cat's head and scarf.
4.  Use the hand and foot pieces as a template.  Cut out two of each from black card stock.
5.  Make the body from black cardstock. The body is the trickiest part.  I traced the body from the photocopy and then realized I did not account for the original body accordion material that was folded up. So the first one I made (seen above) looks like he is "husky" and wearing a crop top.  I made another longer body that was about 9 inches.  I still don't think I quite nailed the torso just yet but i can certainly live with it!
  6.Glue cat's head to the top of black cardstock torso.
7..  Paint the hair and nails on to the black cardstock feet and hands using an off white acrylic paint to mimic the look as seen on the photocopy.  For cohesiveness I painted hair on the body since I didn't have accordion material for the chest and he needed something going on there.
8. Hot glue feet to legs and hands to arms, then leg bone connected to the hip bone and arm bone connected to the shoulder bone.
9.  Hole punch where original hole was on his noggin.
10.  Done and hang!
There are several other images out there on the nets of vintage accordion characters (skeleton, witch, scarecrow) that could have this same treatment applied.
I am now excited thinking what other accordion characters I could make with the other colors.  Universal Monsters could work well.  I was thinking that a Creature from the Black Lagoon with the green.  Bride of Frankenstein with the white.  The only image needed is the head and the rest can be cardstock with a little detail paint.  I could even make one of PB and Hubs!

Friday, October 03, 2014

Welcome Foolish Mortals!

To start this Halloween season off proper, I take you to a circa 1906, quite possibly haunted, mansion! Enjoy this delightful House of Horrors song while creeping through!

A couple of weeks ago I went to an estate sale at this house.  I don't think anyone, alive, has been in this house for 30 years.  The rooms had numbers on the doors, so I assume it was a Mrs. Mendlebright's Boarding House at one time.  Lots of beautiful millwork and lots of creepy unlit areas.  
Let us now venture ahead!
When hinges creek in doorless chambers...
and strange and frightening sounds echo through the halls...
Whenever candlelights flicker where the air is deadly still- that is the time when ghosts are present!
Welcome foolish mortals, to the Haunted Mansion!
Kindly step in please, and make room for everyone....There's no turning back now!
We spirits haunt our best in gloomy darkness.
We find it delightfully unlivable here in this ghostly retreat...
Every room has wall to wall creeps....
And hot and cold running chills!

Look alive..and we will continue our little tour!
When the crypt doors creak and the tombstones quake,
Don't close your eyes and don't try to hide!  For a silly spook may sit by your side!
Shrouded in a daft disguise, they pretend to terrorize!

Our library is well-stocked with priceless first editions.  Only ghost stories of course!

There are 999 happy haunts here...but there is room for a thousand! Any volunteers?!
If you should decide to join us, final arrangements may be made at the end of the tour ! 
We've been dying.... to have you!
Rest in peace, the haunting's free!  So hurry back, we would like your company!

Be sure to bring your death certificate if you decide to join us!
There's a little matter I forgot to mention.  Beware of hitchhiking ghosts!

Here is a portrait still hanging in the parlor showing the house in well-cared-for days.  Everything in the house was for sale.  Including the doors, tubs, toilets, fireplaces and fixtures .  I heard from one of the employees that the house was going to be torn down. Boo! The sale was for three days and I went every day just to hang out in the house.  Some parts were blocked off due to structural issues.  I tried to find the entrance to the attic but it must have been in the forbidden section.  I bought a few things that I will post next.
On a side note, I love checking the pockets of old coats!  There were four of these vintage beauties at the sale.  The prizes in the pockets: several balled up keenex tissues and a folded up unused plastic rain bonnet.  I don't expect to find a hundred dollar bill, just part of a story and a peak into the previous owner's life.  This one had the sniffles and expected rain.

Estate Sale Goods

Everything was for sale as I mentioned previously, including old jars of expired medicine from 1954.  I considered buying a bunch of it and putting them in our bathroom medicine cabinet for when we have visitors over and they happen to check inside.  Then I remembered we don't have any friends that would be surprised by that.
So on to the goods.  As some may know of my obsession with old food packaging and then you can understand why I bought an old mayo jar.  It was located in the creepiest room of the house.  It was the picture of the gurney with old jars on it.  I seriously got weird vibes off of that room.  PB wouldn't go near it.

I didn't see this glass on the first day of the sale but found it on day three (half price day) so it was 1.50.

I got Hubs this super cool black and orange skinny tie. Just in time for Halloween!
I like the serving suggestion of wearing it with a blue or grey suit!

I bought a big ziplock bag full of 'still in package' items. 
Mastro Spring Clothes pins:

Little Octopus Soap Holder:
This is so cute!
The back has cute graphics.

A Fowl Lacer:
Because all fowls need lacing.

Needle kit:

Ironing Board Cover Fasteners:
I could actually use these, but not sure I want to take them out of the package.

There were a crap ton of hats for sale.  I picked out a few that looked good on my head regardless of color.  I have a few upcycling ideas that I want to use them for.

This dress and bolero jacket looks plain in the photo but it has some really nice lines to it and it fits me.  It needs work, washing and mending minimally.  I may have to dye it as well because I don't think all of the discoloration is going to come out. It was only 2.50 so not much is lost if it doesn't work out.
 Hopefully only friendly ghosts hitchhiked back with these items!