While these free downloadable labels certainly aren't the only take on pretend poisoning your Halloween (or, if you've a sense of humor, anytime) potent potables, they're among the most believable and well-designed I've run across.
And with that,
Pop Chart Labs, the great design firm/culture scholars that brought us The Many Varieties of Beer and The Splendiferous Array of Culinary Tools, have released their latest intensely researched poster - The Diabolical Diagram of Movie Monsters.
In honor of last week's Halloween festivities, the team at G4 have "released a series of short films that transform classic videogames Mario Kart, Angry Birds and Duck Hunt into delightfully gory horror flicks."
There's a somewhat famous pumpkin festival about an hour from my house, which came very highly recommended when I first moved to the city six years ago. It's standard fair and festival stuff: touring food trailers and games, local non-profits and faith communities fundraisers, student art, etc. It's kinda crazy and kitschy and pretty awesome, and certainly worth a visit. But, after a few years, my attendance slowed: mostly 'cause all we'd do is stand around and eat mediocre food that's really bad for you, look at the cloggers, get stuck behind the parade, and stand in line for forty-five minutes for some seriously tasty, piping hot fresh pumpkin doughnuts, the highlight of the festival if you ask anyone.
So, this year, we decided to skip the drive and the parking fiasco and the food-on-sticks, and just make pumpkin doughnuts at home.
And they were incredible.
Pixy Sticks are one of those nostalgic childhood treats - along with Lik-M-Aid/Fun Dip and Frankenberry - that I still turn to as an adult, because of the ridiculous fact that it tastes like nothing but sugar and citric acid. I figure, if you're gonna eat junk, eat junk. And, they're still crazy fun to eat. 'Cause, as it turns out, flavored sugar in a straw is a mostly brilliant idea.
Each Halloween season, I allow myself one 'cool pumpkin carving' post. I've been collecting ideas all month, and they've just been sitting there at the end of my tabs list, hoping to be chosen.
Then, this morning, I saw the work of sculptor Ray Villafane, and I closed them all.
Mmm…brains. Halloween is quickly approaching, and that can mean only one thing: the zombies are coming. Heck, even the CDC wrote an article about how to prepare for a zombie apocalypse!
Technically speaking, this gory brain cap is probably the worst thing you could wear when the zombies arrive, but it would definitely be a great costume for Halloween if the brain-eaters aren't around.
Even if I carved a jack-o-lantern this year, I dunno where I'd put it in my house. It'd have to sit on the floor somewhere, out of sight, making it not worth the effort. (Which, as you might guess...is why they don't get carved at my house.)
But, a family of tiny little gourds with oversized fangs and eerie red eyes. Those I can handle.
Skull art is pretty popular in the blogosphere these days, but never before have I seen one so delicate. This skull, created by Polly Verity, is made out of tissue paper.
I can barely imagine how difficult it would be to make a three-dimensional object out of such a tenuous material...
Just in time for the Halloween season, LEGO artist Mike Doyle has completed his masterpiece, "Victorian on Mud Heap" made using only actual LEGO bricks. Its five and a half feet tall, six feet wide, and uses more than 100,000 pieces, taking more than 600 hours to complete.
Unless you're ready to go full out, it's kinda hard to decorate for Halloween. Anytime I've tried, my house has looked like 1) a crappy, half-finished haunted house, 2) like the clearance aisle at the discount store on November 2nd, or 3) like a kindergarten classroom.
But, wait. Hold up. What about something that's Halloween-y, but doesn't resort to overplayed imagery, and even includes a bit o' nostalgia and pop culture imagery to boot?
Last year, it was the Lichtenstein-alike halftone costume that took the prize. And this year, this Halloween costume is the internet's most impressive.
George Schnakenberg took inspiration from Banksy's perhaps-most-famous 2D stencil and created a full scale, 3D version of it, flower bouquet and all.
Click through to see a side-by-side comparison.
Each year, a UCC congregation in my neighborhood hosts a massive pumpkin sale to help send children to camp. While their urban parking lot may not be as festive as an out-in-the-sticks Pick Your Own patch, the charitableness and convenience can't be beat. Yesterday, post-Trick-or-Treat, I noted the sign had changed to "Free Pumpkins!" I snatched up four of the remaining 100 or so, and made quick work of cleaning them out and trying more of this year's favorite roasted pumpkin seed recipes.
Looks like I'm headed back there today, cause I just figured out how to turn one into a camera.
Sometimes, folks can get a little carried away with the gross realism of Halloween, and we need a softer, yet not cute, tongue-in-cheekly frightful craft project to do while drinking cider and watching It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.
These needle-felted eyeballs fit the bill perfectly. Scary (cause they're eyeballs), fun (cause they're made of felt), and awesome (cause you did it yourself).
The nighttime is the right time...for cocktails that is. "As twilight descends and drinks are poured, add bite to your beverage with the Cold Blooded Vampire ice cubes. Perfect for Bloody Mary and other spine-tingling drinks fit for the vampire lovers in your family."
The tray's even shaped like a coffin!
Sometimes, it's that one little bit of extra effort or inspiration that turns an ordinary project into something unbelievably awesome. In this case, two thoughtful additions - natural sticks and a bit of black food coloring, turn the fall classic-y candy apples into something straight terrifying.