Now, mind you, I think I'm pretty good at what's cool in the monster world these days. Though I haven't seen but one of the Twilight movies (the horror!) and I haven't even read any of the Twilight books (double horror!) I at least know what it is and can let you know I'm team Jacob (glittering vampires just don't do it for me...I'll take Matthew Clairmont any day).
But Monster High? Completely broadsided me. I had no clue. Cool Ghouls? Are these the goths of the six year olds these days? Be prepared because I wouldn't be surprised if young girls showed up at your door this Halloween dressed as the ghouls from Monster High.
These fashion dolls came into existence a few years ago and I guess have developed into a passion among youngsters. The dolls are inspired by monster movies and horror fiction. The characters are depicted as being either related to or as offspring of famous monsters such as Dracula, Frankenstein's monster, the Mummy, Medusa, the Creature from the Black Lagoon, The Phantom of the Opera, and Zombies.
Originally, this all started with webisodes online, but has morphed into TV specials on Nickelodeon and direct to DVD movies. There are also video games (lots of games and interaction on the website not to mention their own You Tube channel) and young adult novels.
Here is a description of one of the dolls...Draculaura, the daughter of Count Dracula "She was 1,599 years old and is now 1,600 years old as of Valentine's
Day, and her pet is a bat named Count Fabulous. Although a vampire, she
is a vegan and does not drink blood, and is scared to say the word
"blood" and faints when she hears it. She has fangs and pale pink skin,
and is very friendly. She likes to write stories about her friends and
loves to take long walks under the sun (with an umbrella, of course).
She is dating a werewolf named Clawd Wolf who is also Howleen and
Clawdeen's big brother".
I will definitely be on the lookout for a trick or treater dressed up as one of the characters from Monster High. I might even have to check out that DVD movie. Where were cool dolls like this when I was a kid? (no offense to Barbie who really was cool to me back in the day. Along with Chatty Cathy. But Halloween coolness they were not.)
Though I didn't have time to make this Along Came A Spider Lamp this year, I'm definitely making it next year. I love the fact that you can make this yourself instead of spending a fortune on buying it somewhere. The coolest thing about the lamp is that it looks like a black shade until you turn the light on. If you don't already have a lamp in your house to make this with, a quick trip to a local thrift place should find you an inexpensive one. I have a lamp shade that this will work perfect on (not going to repaint the base or anything, but the old lampshade currently on it, is a bit old and weary, and will be perfect for this transformation). You can find instructions for making the lamp here.
One of the fun parts about finding Halloween items, is coming across things that can be used at other times of the year. I absolutely love this punch bowl stand. It's not very scary or even
very Halloweenish but I can see it as part of the serving items on a Halloween decorated table. I can also see it being used during non-Halloween events...just
use a different punch bowl (the pumpkin punch bowl shown here is sold
separately). You could use this for any owl themed party be it a baby shower or fall celebration. How about a Harry Potter party? Winnie The Pooh? Your monthly book club meeting? Lots of possibilities.
I realize I'm posting this on the 29th...but give me some slack, I was busy with something called the World Series yesterday (CONGRATS GIANTS!). Sooo dang cool. Though this year Mr. L and I didn't go all baseball food crazy we do plan on opening a bottle of bubbly tonight and celebrating with my Mom.
I want to do this to my house. I currently live in a three story place, so having these guys climbing up the side would look very cool. Of course even thinking of this gives me nightmares (too many zombies in the world) so maybe not my house, maybe on my neighbors house. Oh I have an idea, sneak them up on the outside of their place while they are out trick or treating with the kids so they freak when they get back home! Yeah, my mind works like that...
You can find the instructions on how to do these Halloween Climbing Skeletons here. I guess I need to go find a cheap place to buy lots of skeletons!!
Currently I'm getting about five hours of sleep a night. Unfortunately not consecutively. So my friend right now is caffeine. Starbucks. 7-11. Packets of instant Tasters Choice. Free coffee being given away by my local grocery store. I'm not picky when it comes to how I get my coffee mojo every day. If I have a few minutes outside, I'm usually making a quick run to pick up a cup of joe.
I need this coffee grinder. Alas, like so many wonderful ideas I find on the interwebs, this isn't real. It's photoshopped. Sigh. Please someone make this!
Do you remember the days when having a plastic pink flamingo was a sign that you were white trash? And then they became "cool" and "retro" and having pink flamingos on your lawn was a sign you were "hip"?
I have no idea what having a plastic pink flamingo on your lawn says about you these days*. I do know that having these Skel-A-Mingos on your lawn for Halloween, says you are a cool Halloween decorator.
You can buy these in bulk at $7.95 a pair plus shipping. Or you can get the special package which includes two bone colored Skel-A-Mingos, a R.I.P coffin, a package of Flamingo Sizzle Sticks (4 bone, 4 pink and 4 black), metal stakes and a parchment testimonial page for $12. The flamingos also come in a red devil version, DevilMingo, for $18.95 a pair. You can find them at Pink, Inc (A One Leg Up company) here.
*I do not have a lawn, so no, I do not own pink flamingos. Plastic ones anyway. I do have a wonderful iron pink flamingo that my Mom gave me years ago that sits on my deck. So there.
I think it was on an episode last week of America's Funniest Home Videos where they showed someone opening a toilet and finding a rat swimming. That (or a snake) would probably be scary for me.
Scary toilet paper? Unless it starts disintegrating into ants or cockroaches (oh, a new product idea!), it's probably not going to be scary.
Having only one bathroom in the house and having your loved one sitting on the potty for hours reading toilet paper while you're trying to "hold it". Yeah, that could be pretty scary too.
If you are having a party, having lots of rolls of toilet paper, in clear view and easily reachable, is a good thing, so I think these rolls would be cool displayed for your party goers. The “world’s scariest toilet paper,” which will sell overseas, features a horror story in English written by Koji Suzuki. Not available yet, these will sell for $2.72 a roll. You can read about them here.
The more I think about it, not letting me in to the bathroom while you're reading the toilet paper would probably result in an axe murder. Just sayin'.
Every year, I decorate my bathroom for Halloween and every year I spend a fortune buying Halloween themed bath soaps. This year I got smart and made my own.
I know I saw this idea on Pinterest somewhere but the pin currently alludes me. It's super simple. Buy some plastic liquid soap dispensers (I found both purple and orange really cheap at a discount store). Take off the label (they just peeled right off). Clean off the gunk aka the sticky residue under the labels (the closest thing I had was Goo Be Gone for barbecues which worked fine). Wash and dry the soap containers. Stick on some clear Halloween stickers and presto, you have your own themed soap dispenser. Actually, I plan on doing this for every holiday.
The spiderweb stickers I used here were a bit thick, but they come off pretty easy. My thought was to take them off after Halloween and put pumpkin stickers for Thanksgiving. Next time I'll probably use thinner Halloween stickers which will be mire permanent. Lord knows I have plenty in my scrapbooking stash.
Not the best looking photo of the project, but it's been one of those days and I wasn't able to take a better shot.