Day 24: Witches Night Out

Last night, we traveled to Volant, Pennsylvania for that perennial 60 Days of Halloween favorite: Witches Night Out!


A very bewitched blogger!

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Day 23: Block Ghost

Today, we made a block ghost!


I don't have a clever name for today's craft, so block ghost it is!

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Day 22: The History of Wonka Candy

Today, let's talk about one of those old bastions of the trick or treat bag: Willy Wonka Candy!


Oooh... Bottlecaps...

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Day 21: Fall Recommended Reading List

Let's take another foray into literature with the official 60 Days of Halloween Fall Recommended Reading List!


Good books abound on this blog!

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Day 20: Apple Picking, the 2016 Edition

As part of our annual tradition, we went apple picking this week!


Artistic apple shot of the day!

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Day 19: Halloween Traditions Around the World

Today we learn about cool Halloween traditions around the world!


McQueen has nothing to do with today's post. She's just
hanging out here as our awesome main image.

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Day 18: Jethro Tull, Revisited

For this Media Monday, let's return to one of my all-time favorite groups: Jethro Tull.


Once again, I give thanks to the fountain of pictures from Wikimedia Commons,
and the awesome photogs that release rights back to the public domain.

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Day 17: Happy Birthday, June Foray!

Today, beloved voice actress June Foray turns 99! Happy birthday, June! Let's celebrate!


One very talented lady who is fabulous to the max!

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Day 16: Make-Your-Own Monster

On this Saturday afternoon, we created a monster!


And a cute little one at that!

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Day 15: Harvest Moon Folklore and Songs

Tonight's the Harvest Moon! Let's celebrate!


I wish I could claim this image as my own, but nope, it hails from
Wikimedia Commons. Big thanks to user AnRo0002 for releasing their
photograph into public domain!

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Day 14: The Story Behind Gurley Candles

On this lovely Thursday, let us take a trip in the Way-back Machine and discover the story behind Gurley Candles.


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Day 13: Melted Bead Pumpkin

On this fine Wednesday afternoon, we created a melted bead pumpkin!


Pumpkin on pumpkin!

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Day 12: Pumpkin Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

For our second Tasty Tuesday of 2016, we made pumpkin grilled cheese sandwiches!


A little messy, but oh so good!

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Day 11: Fun with Wednesday Addams

Today at the 60 Days of Halloween, we hang out with the one and only Wednesday Addams!


And yes, this is a reused picture from last year. If it's not broke, why fix it?

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Day 10: The Debut of Mantid Magazine's Second Issue

So how should you spend this lazy Sunday afternoon? Reading, of course! And I have the perfect literature for you: the weird and wonderful Mantid Magazine!


Cover art by Grimoire Pictures Studios!

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Day 9: Lighted Pumpkins

For today's craft, we created a festive piece for our mantle featuring lighted pumpkins!


A little haphazard looking, but we'll just call it rustic!

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Day 8: Eerie Events, 2016 Edition

Today, I spotlight awesome Halloween events in the tri-state area!


Witches and Good Times Abound!

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Day 7: 80s Halloween Commercials

Today for the proverbial Throwback Thursday, we travel way back to the time of big hair and leg warmers for 1980s Halloween commercials!

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Day 6: Bug Soap

Today we made bug soap!


Creepy crawly fun!

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Day 5: Apple Scones

Welcome back! For our first Tasty Tuesday of the year, we made apple scones!


And they were quite delicious!

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Day 4: Creepy Lace Candles

Happy Labor Day! As part of our long weekend craft extravaganza, we created creepy lace candles!


And we didn't even burn down the house!

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Day 3: Halloween Wreath

Today, we made a very festive Halloween wreath!


Here's looking at you, Halloween kid!

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Day 2: Harvesting Pumpkins

Today we harvested pumpkins and butternut squash from our garden!


Not the biggest harvest ever but not too shabby either!

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Day 1: Lighted Black Cat Banner

Welcome back to the Fifth Annual 60 Days of Halloween! That's right! This year marks five years of Halloween hijinks! Our plan is to make 2016 bigger than ever! That means cooler crafts, tastier recipes, snarkier commentary, and more glue gun accidents than ever before!

So let's get to it! Today's idea comes courtesy of Country Living. Since I'm obsessed with cats, it only makes sense to start there this year. So behold: a very festive lighted black cat banner!


It's our first craft of the year, and it wasn't a total disaster! Go us!

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Day 60: Day of the Dead Dinner at Table 9

Last night, we traveled to Morgantown, West Virginia, for the Day of the Dead dinner at Table 9!


This is what happens when Bill drinks three tequilas and tries to
take a photo: we lose the top half of the letters.

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Day 59: Cat Photo Shoot

Today we wrangled cats and took pictures of the results!


McQueen is suspicious already...

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Day 58: Witch Hats

Look! In the Halloween sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! No, it's our last craft of the year!


It's a felt witch hat. OBVIOUSLY.

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Day 57: Forgotten Horror Movies

Searching for a cool horror film you've never seen before? Then look no further than this blog for your Halloween film pleasure!


Cobweb-covered zombies say "We've got your forgotten film list ready for you!"

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Day 56: Recipe Roundup

For today, let's do a roundup of festive recipe videos!


Why, yes, this is last year's image of apples. Thanks for noticing!

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Day 55: Charles Beaumont

For our last Media Monday of 2015, let's turn a spotlight on famed speculative writer, Charles Beaumont!


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Day 54: The Return of Owl-O-Ween

Yesterday, we saw owls! Lots and lots of owls!


Dumbledore bids you welcome!

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Day 53:woMANOS: The Hands of Fate

Last night, I ventured into downtown Pittsburgh for woMANOS: The Hands of Fate, an all-female reading of the 1966 cult classic film out of Texas that brought us such beloved characters as the Master and Torgo and Necking Couple with No Names!


The original Torgo, looking dapper as always

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Day 52: Pumpkin Picking and Farmhouse Fiction

Today is a combined blog featuring pumpkin picking and something for your Fiction Friday!


I love you, Fall! You don't stay nearly long enough!

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Day 51: Pumpkin Carving

Today we carved pumpkins!


Please note the glass bead spiders crawling along the top.
Nothing like combining current projects with past ones.

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Day 50: Apple Monsters

For today's craft, we made apple monsters!


An army of produce never looked so good!

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Day 49: A Brief History of Libby's Canned Pumpkin

If you've ever baked a pumpkin pie (or if you've ever dined on one), you probably know it well, but do you know the story behind Libby's canned pumpkin? Well, you will now...


Yes, this is an image from Day 36 of last year. But
that's Libby's in the background, so I figured, Why not?

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Day 48: Elsa Lanchester, the Bride of Frankenstein

For today's Media Monday, let's highlight one of the coolest movie monsters of all time: that not-so-blushing Bride of Frankenstein!


To be fair, she doesn't end up being anybody's bride.
This is one gal who doesn't take kindly to arranged marriages.

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Day 47: Halloween Songs for a Lazy Sunday

After our journey to Ohio yesterday, Bill and I weren't up for any craft mishaps, so instead, we scoured YouTube for cool playlists and came up with a pretty rad one that highlights some great 90s Halloween tunes.


This image has nothing to do with today's post. It's just McQueen being
her cool McQueen self, and that should be more than enough to entertain.

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Day 46: Halloween Tea and Book Reading

This afternoon, as part of a Halloween tea event, I did my first ever public book reading!


Read, little Halloween blogger! Read!

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Day 45: Fall Foliage, the 2015 Edition

As we do every year, today we celebrated the fall season with--what else--a walk through the changing leaves in our backyard.


My backyard's more fairy tale than yours.

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Day 44: A Harvest Dinner

Tonight we dined liked Halloween royalty on a veritable fall smorgasbord at Morgantown Brewing Company!


That's right: we did not even try to make this dessert at home.
Best to leave some things to the professionals.

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Day 43: Bead Spiders

At long last, the bead spiders have arrived!


Spider army! Not quite as cool as my pal Payden's real-life spider
army, but eh, it will have to do.

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Day 42: Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

Welcome to this week's Tasty Tuesday! Today we made pumpkin pie smoothies!


They look like eggnog, but I swear it's pumpkin in there.

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Day 41: Edvard Munch's The Scream

You'd know that face anywhere! It's the shriek heard, er, seen around the world! Edvard Munch's "The Scream"!


And you thought you were having a bad day...

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Day 40: Podcasts and Serials for the Halloween Season

Halloween is almost here! So when it comes to horror and generally weird literature, what should you be reading (or listening to) this October?


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Day 39: The Barn

I would like to introduce you to the new horror movie on the block: Nevermore Production Films' The Barn.


Vintage, creepy, and cool.

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Day 38: An Interview about "Simon's Cottage"

Since it's Friday, that means I need something alliterative, so let's opt for another Fiction Friday. Only this time, let's go behind-the-scenes on a certain story from A Shadow of Autumn written by none other than my dear old pops, John Kiste.


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Day 37: The Evil Dead

Let's take a quick jaunt into haunted woods and learn some little-known facts about The Evil Dead. And I've got just the lead photo for the occasion...


Here I am with the Book of the Dead. And no, that's not a
fake Necronomicon I bought off the shelves. That's a real prop
from the Evil Dead series. I don't mess around with horror posers.

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Day 36: Hideous Halloween Wound

Today we did a reenactment of previous crafts gone awry!


To be honest, some of our craft-induced wounds have probably looked worse than this

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Day 35: Ghost Pumpkins

I would like to introduce you to a particularly creepy up-and-comer of the Halloween season: the ghost pumpkin!


Or two ghost pumpkins in this case.

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Day 34: Halloween Shadowboxes

This evening, we made Halloween shadowboxes!


Ooh la la! Pretty colors!

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Day 33: Richard Matheson and The Comedy of Terrors

For our macabre adventure this Sunday afternoon, let's take a quick detour with Richard Matheson as he discusses the behind-the-scenes antics of The Comedy of Terrors.


They don't make movie art like they used to. They don't make movies like they used to.

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Day 32: Gourd Critters

For our Saturday night activity, we designed gourd critters!


A blood cat, a pumpkin, and a goofy bat. Does this just scream Halloween or what?

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Day 31: Folklore of the Day--Crows

Today is Folklore Friday, so let's celebrate with some mythos about that loveliest of carrion birds: the crow!


Not the Brandon Lee version, though, why not?
Let's celebrate that version too.

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Day 30: The Addams Family Theme Song

Welcome to the first day of October! Because I'm still in an Addams Family mood, let's take one final foray with that strangest of close-knit clans, shall we?


Still way better role models than the Kardashians.

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Day 29: Halloween Decorating, Part Two

Over the weekend, I helped my friends Melinda and Joseph decorate their awesome Halloween haven!


Look at that handsome skeleton face!

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Day 28: Baked Apples

Welcome to another Tasty Tuesday! This afternoon, we took the easy way out and made baked apples!


They're a little burnt but oh-so-good anyhow.

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Day 27: The October Country by Ray Bradbury

For today's Media Monday, let's celebrate with one of the coolest, most macabre books of all-time: The October Country!


And yes, I've used this image before. It's my blog and I'll reuse if I want to.

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Day 26: The Gashlycrumb Tinies

Today, I would like to introduce you to more than two dozen ill-fated kiddos---who else, but the Gashlycrumb Tinies!


I want that hat. And that coat. And that umbrella. And that
general sense of pervading dread.

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Day 25: Disney's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Today we go behind-the-scenes on one of the most well-remembered adaptations of Washington Irving's signature story---Disney's "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" cartoon.

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Day 24: "Old Pages Beneath a Casket" by John Kiste

For today's Fiction Friday feature, I am thrilled to spotlight yet another awesome horror story from none other than the man who got me into horror himself--my dear old dad.


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Day 23: We Have Always Lived in the Castle

While I was trying to choose today's topic, a certain creepy novel might have toppled off my bookshelf and demanded a spotlight. And really, who can deny those faces?


And who can deny that cat? Not me, that's for sure.

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Day 22: Monster Wreath

Today we created a monster wreath!


Grr. Argh.

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Day 21: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Welcome back to another Tasty Tuesday! Today in our mad scientist lab, we created pumpkin chocolate chip cookies!


It's alive! ALIVE! And delicious too!

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Day 20: The Many Faces of Morticia Addams

For this week's Media Monday, let's make it even more alliterative by christening it Morticia's Media Monday and exploring the varying faces of that famously strange matriarch of an equally strange family.


Yes, it's true. I'm obsessed with the Addams Family this year.

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Day 19: Witches Night Out

On Saturday evening, we returned to Volant, Pennsylvania for our third consecutive visit to Witches Night Out!


Witches to the left of me! Witches to the right of me! Witches everywhere!

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Day 18: Halloween Decorating, Part One

Yesterday, we trekked to the wild lands of Ohio to decorate my parents' house for Halloween.


Chilling with a ghoul. So basically my normal M.O.

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Day 17: Fiction Friday--The Treehouse by John Kiste

Let's celebrate the start of the weekend with a bit of horror fiction, shall we?


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Day 16: More Addams Family Fun

For today, let's take another detour back to the humbly creepy abode of the Addams Family!

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Day 15: Eerie Events, The 2015 Edition

As I like to do once a year, let's explore a round-up of kickin' Halloween events forthcoming in the tri-state area!


This festive pup commands you to enjoy the holiday!

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Day 14: Pumpkin Pastina

Ooh! Look! Books and recipes!


Oh, A Shadow of Autumn. How did a nice book like you end up
in a messy kitchen like this?

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Day 13: Mad About the Addams Family

Happy Media Monday! I know, I know--it's MONDAY. How fun can it be? Well, pretty fun when you're hanging with the first family of the macabre: the Addams Family!


Can Thing be my spirit animal? Yes, I declare Thing my spirit animal...

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Day 12: Homemade Halloween Goodies on Etsy

Today, I scoured the pages of Etsy to discover some of the coolest homemade Halloween goodies out there!


Shiver me timbers! It's almost Halloween!

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Day 11: Popsicle Stick Creations

Today, we're back to our crafty ways with a popsicle stick pumpkin and Frankenstein's monster!


One of them is happy to be here. The other not so much.

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Day 10: The official release of A SHADOW OF AUTUMN

Yesterday was the cover reveal, and today is the real deal: A Shadow of Autumn has finally been set loose upon the world!


Kindle today; paperback and world domination tomorrow!

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Day 9: Cover Reveal for A SHADOW OF AUTUMN

I am pleased to reveal the official cover for the fall anthology, A Shadow of Autumn!


No, this isn't the full cover. You'll have to read the
whole article to see that!

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Day 8: Monster Crafts

Today, Bill and I created monster crafts!


And they didn't turn out half bad!

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Day 7: Pumpkin Gingerbread

For today's first Tasty Tuesday of the year, we prepared a very flat and very bland pumpkin gingerbread loaf!


I taste like mud!

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Day 6: "Spur of the Moment" from The Twilight Zone

For our first Media Monday, let's check out the very cool--not to mention mind-bending--episode, "Spur of the Moment," from The Twilight Zone.


Ooh... glowy...

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Day 5: Halloween Memes

For today's tear-out-your-hair-and-scream project, I bring you the Halloween memes of A Shadow of Autumn!


Because I don't want the other memes to get jealous, I'm just
going to put my story meme above the jump. It's actually not my
favorite of the bunch, but hey, jealous memes can be total jerks.

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Day 4: Early Pumpkin Picking

Although we normally wait until October for this one, today we went into our paltry garden and gathered what little crops we could find there. SPOILER ALERT: there weren't too many.


Seriously, this is about it.

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Day 3: Folklore of the Day--Baba Yaga

I am quite pleased to present our first Folklore Friday of 2015, which is a spotlight on none other than Miss Baba Yaga herself!


Judging from this picture, she's pretty excited too!

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Day 2: Pumpkin Paracord

For Day Two, Bill and I (and the cats) created pumpkin paracord!


Way better than those silly balloons

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Day 1: Balloon Pumpkins

Welcome back to the 60 Days of Halloween! For our 2015 celebration, we are eager to carry on our legacy of botched crafts, hideous though mostly tasty recipes, and general fall shenanigans. This is our fourth consecutive year, and we're off to an inauspicious start with these diabolical balloon pumpkins!


See this haphazard mess? It's actually a special form of performance
art. I'm representing my inner turmoil through arts and crafts.

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