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Halloween Frights and Funnies: Party Open Thread

The time nears when ghosts, goblins, witches, and black cats will be lining the darkened streets of your neighborhood in search of “Tricks” or “Treats.”  Halloween, October 31st, has been linked to several religious and pagan celebrations such as the Celtic festival of Samhain, the Christian holiday of All Saints (All Hallows Eve), or the Anglo-Saxon’s Winterfylleth.  However, we know it as the night when the Great Pumpkin rises out of the most “sincere” pumpkin patch.  Linus Van Pelt will be waiting…how about you?

Rico -halloweenRico’s on duty making his “killer” BLOODY Marys, and will make sure that BLOOD Orange-tinis are dripping from the fountain all night.  We also have a case of Vampire Merlot for those that prefer to drink sweet, dark-red fluids and several Pumpkin Ales on tap.  If you’re trying to keep your wits about you, there’s always hot and cold cider.

We’ll be bobbing for (Adam’s) apple as soon as his severed head arrives, so grab a coffin chair, pull your hair back to expose your neck (you never know when the Count might stop by) and enjoy some spooky (and some very silly) snippets of a Halloween-ish nature.

We’re looking for the most outrageous, original, or downright incredible costume — Post your entries (picture links or detailed descriptions) below!

And make sure to check any “Finger” food before you take a bite.

For the right effect, open one of these youtube links in another tab or window and let run in the background, just to get you in the mood. Halloween Sounds —  Scary Halloween Music —  Monster MashJumpin’ Jean Simmons and The Haunted House SongMichael Jackson’s Thriller


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I’m going to start with the CREEPIEST thing I’ve ever come across.  It is guaranteed to bring the words, What the  #@$!??? to your lips:  Conclave Obscurum.  I wonder if it’s one of those things that cause you to die if you watch it.  How long do you dare watch?  Wait till you get to the blood drops and run your cursor over them…OK… I won’t tell you any more.

 

 

OK.  Now that the blood has curdled in your veins,  let’s start out with some

Spine-chilling stories and essays

Death has it’s own blog.  Do you want to know what the Grim Reaper’s best friend thinks?  Find out at Death’s Blog or you can learn all about death at Death Central.


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Riverdaughter is a fan of podcasts and so are many of the Confluence’s regulars.  For the podcast crowd, here are several spooky-themed interviews and stories to facilitate a frightful night: Ghost Chronicles.  For Civil War buffs, there’s even an interview with Mark Nesbitt, the author of the Ghosts of Gettysburg series.

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Tonight’s other competition is for the best, most traumatizing, horror flick.  My personal favorites are:

The Exorcist

or The Ring

What are your favorites?

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Here are a few of the biggies: Ten Great Ghost Movies — but if you’ve seen all of the more popular horror flicks, here is a list of some lesser known ones to check out: 10 horror movies for Halloween that you may never have seen before.  And finally, even Wes Craven has a few movies that give him goosebumps:  10 movies that even scare Wes Craven.

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You may never look at your vintage Raggedy Ann doll again in the same way after reading this story: The Possessed Doll

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And just the look of this doll gives me the willies: Robert the Haunted Doll (you see the doll at about 2 min. 30 sec.)

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Still looking for some scary stories to tell by flashlight?  Here are several that might do the trick:  Ghost Stories and Tales of the Unnatural, Moonlit Ghost Tales, Ghost Stories.  There are even a few podcasts.

Travel Ideas

 

You don’t have to go to hell just because others have suggested it to you.  You can always check out The World’s 5 Creepiest Places and have a helluva time.  One is the Catacombs of Paris where the remains of several million dead can be observed stacked into a wall along one of the corridors.

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There are also the 18 Creepiest Landscapes on Earth if you’re more of the Gruesome Geology type like me.  You might find the Icelandic Stone Trolls interesting, where the mountain sides are riddled with images of these gruesome goblins.  A photo reveals several in one spot.

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Those who find themselves in a spooky travel mood and who enjoy having their adrenaline spike to unhealthy levels can opt for one of these Real Haunted Places to spend your Halloween holiday.  At the Lodge Resort in New Mexico, you just may run into Rebecca, the friendly chambermaid ghost known to haunt these quarters.

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Or, if you’re in Louisiana, you can head 2 hours north of Dakinikat’s neck of the woods and spend a fitful night at One of America’s Most Haunted Homes: The Myrtles Plantation.

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If you are still in need of a terrifying travel destination, try these Top 10 places to get spooked on Halloween or take a Vampire Vacation.

 

Frightful Facts and Spooky Stories

 

Just because you hear noises doesn’t mean there isn’t an axe murderer trying to pick your lock.  Or it could be one of these insane and murderous animals:  10 Worst Serial Killers

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If you were planning to do so, you may want to rethink that project to resurrect the deceased :  10 Reasons Not to Bring Someone Back from the Dead.  Reason #3 — They’ll try to kill you afterward.

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Don’t close your eyes at night my friends.  They just might be outside your window because they’re real!!!!Scientific Reasons to believe in Vampires, Werewolves, and Zombies. Regarding Zombies and the process of “zombification.”

Zombification?  Now there’s a word I just might use again.

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Awww…even Vampires need love:  Vampires Tie the Knot

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There’s no such thing as a run of the mill vampire.  Actually, there are at least 23 types of vampires…you’ll very likely recognize a few.  23 Unusual Vampire Variations

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Don’t settle for crackpots peddling pictures of orbs and smoke.  Get the real deal — The 30 most infamous ghost photos ever taken

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Never fear.  If your Halloween party invites are a bit lacking, you can always find some interesting conversationalists by tapping into one of these “clubs.”  10 Doomsday Cults

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Donald Mills at crabbyoldfart.com weighs in for the holiday of horrors: Affronts to Old People #7: God Damned Teenage Trick or Treaters

Few things chaff my thighs more than damned teenagers who don’t know when to hang up the pillowcase and stop trolling for free candy on Halloween.

I have no objection to doling out some boxed raisins or wintergreen lozenges to a damned 3-year old in a Garfield costume but I get pretty incensed when some pock-marked 17-year old smelling of old bong water and sloth shows up at my door with a insolent scowl and a demand for free food.

From the comment section, an appropriate video to accompany the post:

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You could spend quite a bit of time at this creepy site where the owner has a large collection of morbid information, blogs, links, and photos.  The Asylum Eclectica.

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and of course

Everything you wanted to know about Halloween but were too afraid to ask: 7 Burning Halloween Questions: Answered!

 

Eerie Entertaining Tips

Having a Party?  You may find some great ideas for your Boo-ti-full Buffet among these Gruesome Halloween Food creations

 

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Ghostly gourds are only a knife away…if you’re willing to wield sharp objects and dig out the slimy guts of a gourd with your bare hands.  Take a moment to check out these Stunning Pumpking Carvings

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And if you’re just looking for some (heh) “cutting edge”Pumpkin Carving ideas, here you’ll find Extreme Pumpkin Carving Ideas. But don’t kid yourself into thinking you could try these at home.  This guy is the Master Pumpkin Carver: Amazing Pumpkin Carvings by Ray Villafane

 

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Need a main dish for that special spooky soiree?  There’s nothing better than a chunk of Meat Hand.  MMMMmmmm.  (blech!)

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You just might thrill and chill your party guests if you make one of these horrifying cakes: The Most Awful Cakes Every

 

 

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For all the ghoulish Martha Stewarts out there, wouldn’t you like to know how to make your very own charred corpse?  Of course you would, so the instructions can be found here.  How to Make a Charred Corpse.  Now that’s something I just might try.  Then again, you can always just buy a corpse: Corpses for Sale.

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My mouth watered the whole way through this recipe slideshow.  Everything Pumpkin!! Pumpkin Desserts Slideshow.

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And it’s not a party without: Oh Boy!  Party games (bwahahahahahahahaha!!!)  Any volunteers?  9 Insane Torture Techniques.  OK, if you’re not game for some “who’s hiding in the Iron Maiden,” you can always play one of these Halloween Video Games:  The Pumpkin Game, or for anyone who’s itching to know if they’re possessed or a vampire try this: We’ll be the judge of that.

 

Creepy and Crazy Costumes

If you’re looking to dispel all doubt this year that you’re the tackiest and most inappropriate Hallo-weener of all, select your attire from This year’s most inappropriate Halloween costumes.  And then of course there are The Most Offensive Halloween Costumes of 2009 to choose from.

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Dressing up Fido for your trick or treat trek?  Here are 25 Creative Dog Costume ideas that will have your four-legged friend tricking and treating in style.  Not enough dogalicious creepy couture?  Here are several more:  Doggies on (Halloween) Parade. Dogs in Costumes, and how about your cat? Cats in Costumes.  Finally, we can’t leave out your goats and iquanas:  Pets in costumes.

The Final Fright-filled Word

You know those scary,creepy set-ups your most creative neighbors whip up to decorate their houses on Halloween?  Don’t be so sure it’s their artistry that makes it look so real.  Neighbors thought dead man was a Halloween display

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and since there is nothing more frightening than this, I leave you with these images:

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and if that doesn’t scare you…


What’s making the hair stand up on the back of YOUR neck these days?


BOO!


This is an Open Thread — but we’re also looking for the “Best Costume” and “Scariest Horror Movie.”  What are your entries?

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