Happy Halloween From Halloween Culture!

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Well friends, it’s finally here…the day we have been looking forward to all year! I have so many things planned…I hope you do to!

If not grab a snack and watch a scary movie, Halloween doesn’t have to be elaborate just have fun!

~Celeste

Happy Halloween!

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Neil Gaiman’s All Hallows’ Read, A New Halloween Tradition?

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Leave it to Neil Gaiman to try and make Halloween an even cooler holiday than it already is.

All Hallows’ Read is a new tradition of horror/scary book giving that Mr. Gaiman is hoping catches on.

“I propose that, on Hallowe’en or during the week of Hallowe’en, we give each other scary books. Give children scary books they’ll like and can handle. Give adults scary books they’ll enjoy. I propose that stories by authors like John Bellairs and Stephen King and Arthur Machen and Ramsey Campbell and M R James and Lisa Tuttle and Peter Straub and Daphne Du Maurier and Clive Barker and a hundred hundred others change hands — new books or old or second-hand, beloved books or unknown. Give someone a scary book for Hallowe’en. Make their flesh creep…” Neil Gaiman

In my humble opinion, it’s a great idea. In this age of ipads and electronic media it’s important not to underestimate the power of the printed page. The way it feels in your hands, the way the pages crease and age, as a bibliophile I appreciate the tactile sensibilities a book holds. My favorite uncle used to gift me books when I was young. Scary, interesting books filled with weird poems and wonderful illustrations. He was a university professor and he taught me the love of reading through the books he gave me. This is how I know it is such an important thing, because I was given that gift. Thanks Neil, for recognizing something so small such as a gift of a book, can mean so much.

What does Neil recommend we read this Halloween?

Stephen King – Carrie, Salem’s Lot, The Stand

James Herbert – The Magic Cottage

Peter Straub – Ghost Story, Mr. X

Clive Barker – Books of Blood, Damnation Game

Joe Hill – Heart Shaped Box

Susan Hill – The Woman in Black

Any Short Story Collection by Edgar Allen Poe, H.P Lovecraft,

or Robert Aickerman.

And For younger readers he recommends:

Roald Dahl – The Witches

Clive Barker – The Thief of Always

Ray Bradbury – The Halloween Tree, Something Wicked This Way Comes

Neil’s complete book  recommendation list is available in PDF form at allhallowsread.com

“Science Fiction & Fantasy writer Neil Gaiman put a great idea up on Twitter a few days ago: This year make Halloween All Hallow’s Read. Neil suggests giving someone you love a scary book on the 31st. I think it’s a great idea. It can be one of mine but it doesn’t have to be. Have a great Halloween!”  Stephen king

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The Walking Dead – Zombie Make-Up Tips for Halloween

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In honor of the return of the fourth season of AMC’s The Walking Dead…I’ve scared up some tutorials from the zombie experts who create the amazing monsters that scare the crap out of us every week.

The link for the video tutorial is here: Walking Dead Tutorial

To see my version of one of the “Walking Dead CDC Hospital Doctors ” scroll down…

The walking Dead Make Up Tips

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Paging Dr. Smith…(sorry about the blurriness my hubby was laughing uncontrollably at me while taking the picture)

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Drinking my morning coffee…

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Doesn’t every one dress up everyday to go to work? No…just me…?

Zombie Doctor Instructions:

  • Purchase scrubs and lab coat at Value Village
  • Apply dirt and black makeup to clothing to make dirty
  • Apply tea stain and blood to clothing to layer affect
  • Purchase Bloody gauze and wrap around appendages
  • Add body parts and/or other props such as stethoscope
  • Do makeup as directed in Tutorial

Courtesy of: The Walking Dead – Zombie Make-Up Tips for Halloween: Inside The Walking Dead – AMC.

Gooey Halloween Chex Mix

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This ooey gooey Halloween Chex mix is the perfect use of the new pumpkin spice flavored m&m’s…as if eating an entire bag of them isn’t enough.

Courtesy of: My Sister’s Suitcase: Trick-or-Sweet: Gooey Halloween Chex Mix.