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Saturday, October 31, 2015
I really admire the skill that went into this one. It's simple and lovely, and I could stare at it all day. I am itching to take a set of markers to it, though.
I'm seriously impressed with the artistic ability involved here, but what's the point of decorating a pumpkin if there's no carving involved? Kelly ought to have drawn this on the side of a canvas bag to hold trick-or-treating loot.
The Pumpkintrope by Picturesmith is a creative Halloween-themed zoetrope carved into a pumpkin. The video that features the Pumpkintrope shows each step of the carving and animation process as it goes from a simple pumpkin into a work of art.
There’s kitbash, and then there’s kidbash. YouTuber TJ Maggio took apart Jakks Pacific’s 48″ Big Fig First Order Stormtrooper figure and used its parts to make a costume for his 8-year old son. It helped that the huge toy was hollow, though I’m sure they had to make adjustments here and there. TJ says he used Velcro to secure the shoulder, bicep and thigh pieces.
In case you’re interested, Jakks also has a 48″ Darth Vader figure.
In case you’re interested, Jakks also has a 48″ Darth Vader figure.
"A First Order Stormtrooper Suit. My 8 year old son and I decided we needed to make a suit for the upcoming release of Star Wars 7 The Force Awakens."
Unlike the BB-8 Pumpkins by CaptCash and Alan Tudyk that we previously featured, MagneticAttitude's is entirely carved (or is that shaved?) so that its features are picked out in light. It looks great, but I have to believe it was a lot more work that painting or carving alone would have been.
Cory and Jeremy Newton-Smith and their two adorably post-apocalyptic kids, 4-year-old Cooper and his 11-month-old sister Ziggy. This year for Halloween the Newton-Smiths turned a pair of second-hand Power Wheels toys into a fantastic mini War Rig from Mad Max: Fury Road. Cooper is dressed as a diminutive Max and Ziggy makes a tiny but fierce Imperator Furiosa.
The 2015 Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular is currently underway in Iroquois Park in Louisville, KY. Once again the master pumpkin carving artists from Passion for Pumpkins have outdone themselves by carving 5,000 awesome jack-o’-lanterns that currently line a ¼-mile walking trail, lit up in spooktacular fashion from dusk to 11pm through November 1st, 2015.
Friday, October 30, 2015
In a brilliant display of wit and imagination, the JavaZone community-driven conference based in Oslo, Norway, has created a winning video that seamlessly blends the worlds of programming and Game of Thrones. Running against a series of other amazing videos that garnered 100,000 votes altogether, the dramatic, pun-filled video, titled ‘Game of Codes’, shut down the competition with its stunning reimagination of the HBO series.
Baby Gets Adorably Attacked by Hyper Pug Puppies - In this cute video, baby Louie becomes instant best friends with his two new energetic pug puppy siblings. You can see more of Louie and his puppies on their Instagram page.
Baby Tries to Howl Along with Dogs - Larry Woods' two dogs, a yellow and chocolate lab, frequently have howling competitions to determine who is the loudest. They do this so often that Larry's cute baby son has decided to join in the dogs' howling wars.
The Benefit of Taking Your Toddler Trick-or-Treating - The latest video from mom and blogger, Esther Anderson, illustrates the tasty bonus that comes from taking your small kids trick-or-treating on Halloween.
Oliver Hilbert has put a fresh new twist on the old horror chestnut of a group of friends being killed off one by one in this colorful Halloween comedy.
"This snail horror comedy is so scary, it'll shock your shell off!
Claude and his friends are out of their element and in a whole lot of trouble when they choose the wrong lettuce for lunch. They must now find their way out of this world of horrors before they end up on the menu!
Escargore is the latest third year production from Media Design School's Bachelor of Art and Design (3D Animation and VFX). The project took around four months of intensive work to complete by a group of 22 students."
This whole film was shot in a single weekend as part of the first annual Austin 48-Hour Film Horror Project. While nobody's going to mistake it for a major studio production, what Yancey was able to achieve in forty-eight hours is pretty impressive.
"A young couple inherits a run-down farmhouse with some serious baggage."
Original Screenplay by Michael Voyer
"Suburbanites, Steve and Mary, are great cooks. And they love to show off their skills with sharp kitchen knives. That's unfortunate for the young boy bound and gagged in their bathroom. A few blocks away, Bill, the boy's father, scours their affluent neighborhood in search of his son. It's Halloween - he could be anywhere."
It's always been my opinion that this game is ridiculously underrated, and I'm glad to see someone showing some Luigi love
Written by Scott Hamilton & Peter J. Hamilton
"Held captive in a basement, a young man is repeatedly beaten. As his torture intensifies, he finally breaks. His captors have won, but they've missed one little, bloody, thing..."
"The Last Halloween" is a fantastic, eerie horror short that follows four trick-or-treaters going door to door in a post-apocalyptic landscape on Halloween night. It's one of the most fun Halloween-themed short films I've ever seen.
"The city is quiet; the streets, deserted. It doesn’t much feel like Halloween, and yet four young trick-or-treaters – a Ghost, a Devil, a Grim Reaper and a Witch – make their way through the night, door to door and house by house, gathering up an unlikely harvest of kindness amid the devastated wreckage of society’s collapse.
In a world where the only rule is that there are no rules anymore, it is perhaps a fitting irony that it should all come down to this… a simple choice between two starkly different options.
The Last Halloween is here at last, and the time has come to make your choice.
So, what will it be?
Trick? Or treat?"
Geek Dad Ryan Scott Miller converted his son's wheelchair into a Snowspeeder for Halloween. His son, Jeremy, who has spina bifida will be going trick-or-treating dressed as a rebel pilot (Luke, I'm guessing) from the Battle of Hoth in The Empire Strikes Back.
"Jeremy is a pilot in his very own snowspeeder from The Battle of Hoth from The Empire Strikes Back! Working flaps and the guns shoot glowing Nerf darts loaded with glow sticks!"
Alexis Noriega created this beautiful human-scaled pair of pneumatic articulating feather wings for her Halloween costume. She promised to post a tutorial for people interested in building their own pair. I'm giving it a bookmark in case DC ever gets around to releasing a Hawkman (or Hawkgirl) series.
These DIY Brains Cupcakes with piped frosting are dipped into a bloody syrup. If you don’t have an icing tip, just take a plastic bag and cut a small hole in one of the corners.
I don't have the ambition to create treats this elaborate, but maybe you've got some time to kill or someone to impress. If so, head on over to Not Martha for step-by-step instructions on making your own. The plastic sheet used to create this wood texture was bought at a ceramics supply store. I've seen something similar before, but it never occurred to me to use one to make teeny tiny coffins.
Psycho Donuts is celebrating Halloween with a Friday the 13th-inspired donuts. It's a chocolate raised donut filled with raspberry "blood" and is topped with powdered sugar.
Andrew Barr of Canada’s newspaper National Post collaborated with illustrator Mike Faille to tally up the carnage from antagonist Jason Voorhees in the Friday the 13th slasher film polylogy which began in the 1980s. This amazing graphic depicts every which way a character has kicked the bucket in the hands of uber-bad-guy hockey-masked Jason, from strangulation to machete-induced amputation.
"Since 1981 Jason Voorhees has been waging a one-man war against the evils of premarital sex, drug use, being a teenager and not being Jason Voorhees."
"Ghost Rider" by Arthur Suydam
Interview: 10 Questions With Comics Brewmaster Jeremy Bastian
Interview: Christopher Butcher writes about his experiences with Naruto creator Masashi Kishimoto, including hosting two interview panels, at New York Comic Con.
Interview: Eleanor Beardsley interviews Riad Sattouf, whose graphic memoir The Arab of the Future has been getting a lot of attention lately.
Interview: Meredith Finch on Wonder Woman’s Vulnerability, Female Friendships, and Defining Strength