Friday, October 30, 2009

A Halloween Arcade of Games . . . TGIFF!

This just in for your Halloween online gaming pleasure:
(Halloween Mah Jongg anyone???)

Halloween Arcade

Have fun!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Go Ahead And Eat This Spider . . . I Dare You!

Yum! Meatloaf never looked so good!

This Meatloaf Spider recipe was submitted by Janna Weiss on the website.

Serve this up for dinner on Halloween night and scare all the ghosties away!

In case you were wondering, Associated Content is an open content network whose "...platform enables anyone to participate in the new content economy by publishing content on any topic, in any format (text, video, audio and images), and connects that content to consumers, partners and advertisers."

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

How to Make Origami Claws . . .

If your costume this year requires low budget claws (Lions & Tigers & Bears, Oh My!) (. . . Or should that be Werewolves & Vampires & Freddies?) this is for you!

Origami Claws

Go crazy with decorating them! Enjoy!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Online Coloring Pages......TGIFF!

Halloween Online Coloring Pages

By registering for a free account (on the home page) you can save your finished pictures to a gallery.

There are tons of coloring pages on this site. Don't let the kids have all the fun!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

A Little Edward Gorey, in keeping with the season, plus a video!

In case you are not familiar with Edward Gorey (and you might not be if you don't have a macabre sense of humor) here is a mini- introduction:

Edward St. John Gorey (1925 - 2000) was an American writer, illustrator and designer most noted for his offbeat sense of humor and gothic sensibilities.

He created over one hundred works, including The Gashlycrumb Tinies, The Doubtful Guest and The Wuggly Ump; prize-winning set and costume designs for innumerable theater productions (including a Tony award for his costume design for the Broadway revival of the play Dracula); a remarkable number of illustrations in publications such as The New Yorker and The New York Times, and in books by a wide array of authors from Charles Dickens to Edward Lear, Samuel Beckett, John Updike, Virginia Woolf, H.G. Wells, Florence Heide and many others.

Most folks might know him for his design of the title sequence animation for the PBS Mystery series. (One of Miss Bun's favorites!)

Check out these sites for more info:

The Edward Gorey House
(which you can go and visit on Cape Cod)


Edward Gorey Biography

Last, but certainly not least, take a look at the following very well done YouTube video production (by mandreas) of Gorey's most celebrated illustrated alphabet The Gashlycrumb Tinies in which he disposes of 26 children from A to Z in his signature Edwardian, macabre pen and ink style.  (Miss Bun's favorite is "N is for Neville who died of ennui".)  Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Boo-ography, Anyone???

Boo-ography is part of the website that is part of the A&E  network empire.

On this fun site you can read about the lives of many of your favorite monsters, actors, writers and filmmakers that have (or had) a relationship with the "dark side" (so to speak).

While you're there be sure to check out these other interesting offerings: Died On Halloween, The Oracle, Videos, Monster Stats, Zombie Mail, & Quizzes.


Tuesday, October 20, 2009

A Spooktacular Happy Birthday To . . .

Bela Lugosi who was born on this day in 1882 in Lugos outside the western border of Transylvania. He has   remained (in spite of the Twilight series) the quintessential Count Dracula of all time. (IMHO)

Here are a couple of sites to check out:

Bela Lugosi -  Wikipedia  has info on his life, career path, filmography, references, further reading, external links & more.

Official Bela Lugosi Website is run by the Lugosi family and many pages appear to be under construction. This site is worth a look see for the cool intro plus the biography is written by his son, Bela Lugosi, Jr., and gives a unique perspective on the famous actor's life.

Did you know that after his death he was evidently buried in one of his Dracula capes? How cool is that?

Monday, October 19, 2009

Crunchy Munchy Skeleton Cookies!

How cool are these?

Epicurious (for people who love to eat) has this great Gingerbread Skeleton recipe that is perfect for this time of year.

(While you are on their site be sure to look for the other 74 Halloween delectables to conjure up!)

If you sign up (it's free!) you can save, rate, and share recipes too.

It sort of puts the gobble in goblin, right?

(photo by Eric Staudenmaier)

Friday, October 16, 2009

Halloween Hangman! TGIFF!

Here's a little seasonal take on a popular word game complete with spooky music and a totally sarcastic skeleton! What's not to love about it???

Halloween Hangman


Thursday, October 15, 2009

History Channel's History of Halloween. . .

This month just wouldn't be complete without a visit to The History Channel's History of Halloween site.

Here you can explore & learn all sorts of things such as Halloween history (ancient origins, coming to American, today's traditions, around the world, historic haunts & superstitions) to pumpkin stencils to ghost hunting games to videos and more!

P.S. There are annoying adverts on this site so just use your esp powers and mentally make them invisible!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Check Out the Ouija Board Museum. . .

 Have you ever played with one of these? They are a little creepy, no? (Just right for this time of year!) Who knew there were so many varieties?

The Museum of Talking Boards has everything from history & lore to theories & directions. Along the way you can peruse the Gallery, check out Interactive Talking Boards as well as boards in books and movies.

The best way to navigate this site is through their Site Map which you can find at the bottom of the main page. (Note: the links on the Site Map page are not highlighted so they don't look like links. Go ahead and click on them anyway. If you dare!)

Friday, October 9, 2009

Carve A Pumpkin Online! TGIFF!

This is a simple, yet kind of charming, little site that will give your mouse skills some practice.

Carve A Pumpkin

Don't forget to click on the "Done" button when you have finished carving your masterpiece.

Have a great weekend!!!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Pumpkins.......and Then Some!

Ok, Peeps, this is the place to go for all your pumpkin informational needs: Pumpkin Nook!

Here you will find info on how to grow them, giant pumpkins, facts & education, recipes, fun stuff and more. Plus lots of links related to the two main pumpkin consuming holidays: Halloween & Thanksgiving.

One of Miss Bun's favorite pages is "Naming Your Baby" which assures us that what name you give your growing pumpkin is very important! (Who knew???)


Wednesday, October 7, 2009

What Do You Know About Poe?

Knowing Poe  is an award winning website from Maryland Public Television that aims to introduce us to the literature, life, and times of one of America's foremost writers.

Take your time while visiting this site because there are many  interactive activities, videos, and more to look at that have been created especially for students in middle and high school.

Check out the Classroom Connections, For Families, and About This Site links at the bottom of the homepage.
"In addition to these interactive experiences, there are lesson plans created by Maryland teachers, primary source documents, links for further research, and materials for fun family activities related to Edgar Allan Poe."

"Throughout the site, watch for the Random Raven to give you some inside information and little known facts about Poe the person and Poe the writer."

Edgar Allan Poe + Halloween = How Cool Is That??? (So says Miss Bun!)

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

A Haunting We Will Go . . .

LibraryGhost is all about Willard Library (over 110 years old & the oldest public library building in the state) in Evansville, Indiana and the Lady in Grey who walks alone among the bookshelves there.

 There are ghost cams set up in three locations in the library that avid library ghost hunters can watch to their hearts content as well as photos, videos, and related links to explore.

It's too bad that some of the links don't work but that shouldn't stop you from checking out this awesome Victorian Gothic building that any self-respecting phantom would be honored to call home.

Halloween road trip, anyone?

Who ya gonna call????

Monday, October 5, 2009

For All Your Undead Literary Needs . . .

The Vampire Library "is a resource for readers of vampire fiction, literature and non-fiction books. This site offers lists of vampire books, detailed book information, and links to purchasing information where available." 

What a great concept in light of all the Twilight-mania going on at the moment. 

Here you can search through 1,048 books for your favorite prince (or princess) of darkness. Books are listed by Novels/Sequels, Fiction Series, Anthologies, Fiction Guide, Non Fiction, All By Title, &  All by Author.

There is a blog (although it seems it is not regularly updated) as well as "Related Links" which has some interesting sites to check out. Oh, and they are on Twitter, too.

So, Peeps, get on out there and grow some fangs!!! Enjoy!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

It's October!!! Celebrate With Free Haunted Paper Toys!!!

Just in time to celebrate the start of Miss Bun's favorite month,
Haunted Paper Toys will put you in the right frame of mind to really enjoy October's festivities!

"Here you'll find a variety of rather unusual paper toys, all free for you to
print out and enjoy. 

The toys include a hearse playset, coffin gift boxes
(with occupants), a little cemetery, several unusual board games, a
gloomy little haunted house, a rusty old-style robot, and quite a few
other dark delights. 

So pick out some toys, print out the pattern pages,and with a few common supplies like scissors and glue you're ready to create all these strange little curiosities."

P.S. The coffin boxes would make great party favors and who could resist a game of Undead Chess???

P.P.S. This is post 200, Peeps!!! Wahoo!!!