Top 10 2018 Los Angeles Halloween Haunts

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Top 10 2018 Los Angeles Halloween Haunts (Photo by Neonbrand)

The spooky season is upon us and many Halloween haunts are already in full swing! Do you relish in a good scare? Enjoy being made to scream? Seek out dark and frightful experiences? Well, I do, so I’ve compiled a list of a few of this year’s most talked about haunted attractions happening in and around the LA area. I’ve included not only big-name theme parks, but also a few interactive and more intimate haunts. Some I’ve done in the past and others I’m hoping to do for the first time this year. Here are my picks of the Top 10 Los Angeles Halloween Haunts for 2018. Continue reading “Top 10 2018 Los Angeles Halloween Haunts”

The City of Angels Goes Dark at Scare LA

Welcome to Scare LA
Welcome to Scare LA

Scare LA was the first weekend-long horror convention of its kind, debuting back in 2013. It inspired others, such as Midsummer Scream, another event dedicated to resurrecting the Halloween spirit during summer. This was my first time attending the festival, which took place in mid-August.  If you haven’t experienced it for yourself, here’s a look at what happened this year. Continue reading “The City of Angels Goes Dark at Scare LA”

How to Throw a Frankenstein Day Bash

Frankenstein- and Halloween-Inspired Art
Frankenstein- and Halloween-Inspired Art

August 30th is Frankenstein Day, a date that honors the classic novel by Mary Shelley. To commemorate this annual event, I thought it would be fun to share some ways we can all pay tribute. There may not be a time machine to transport us to 1818 (the year the book was released) to chat with the author, but why not use the imagination to bring to life our own monstrous creations! Here’s how you can celebrate Frankenstein Day. Continue reading “How to Throw a Frankenstein Day Bash”

Getting Into the Halloween Spirit at Midsummer Scream

Midsummer Scream Halloween and Horror Convention
Midsummer Scream Halloween and Horror Convention

This year marked my first time attending Midsummer Scream — a Halloween and horror convention that happens in Long Beach, California. The annual two-day event is fairly new having been around for just three years. It took place the last weekend of July and paid special homage to the 200th anniversary of Frankenstein. In case you haven’t heard of or been to this ghoulish festival, here’s a look.

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Top 10 Macabre Instagram Pages to Follow

 

Photo by Dan Burton on Unsplash
Photo by Dan Burton on Unsplash

When I joined Instagram, most of the initial accounts I followed, besides family and friends, embodied a dark aesthetic, from art to fashion to music and travel. The fact that Instagram is all about the pictures makes it an awesome platform for creative people to show off their work, and not just professional photographers. For those that have an appreciation for the strange and unusual, or are just plain curious about it, these are my top 10 picks of the best macabre individuals and brands to follow on Instagram.

I present them in order of their spooky shock factor, so if you’re curious enough, read until the end. Continue reading “Top 10 Macabre Instagram Pages to Follow”

Ghoulish Art Inspired by “Goosebumps” and “Tales from the Crypt”

Tales from the Cryptand Goosebumps BackdropR.L. Stine’s “Goosebumps” book series is probably many children’s introduction to horror. I know they were for me. And late night, spine-chilling television on HBO was once dominated by the show “Tales from the Crypt,” based on the 1950s EC Comics. Who could forget the grim mansion and maniacal laugh of the Crypt Keeper? Both initially flourished during the 1990s giving audiences an entertaining dose of scary.

As an ode to “Goosebumps” and “Tales from the Crypt,” The Mystic Museum in Burbank, California, has created an exhibit showcasing a wide range of artwork inspired by both series. I attended opening night and had a ghastly good time!  Continue reading “Ghoulish Art Inspired by “Goosebumps” and “Tales from the Crypt””

Best Ways to Keep the Halloween Spirit Alive Year-Round

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If you’re like me, you start the countdown to next Halloween once November 1st hits. I absolutely love when fall rolls around, especially when October begins. Both my birthday and favorite holiday happen during this time. Some celebrate All Hallows’ Eve just for the day, some make it a month-long fete. For me, Ministry got it right when they sang “Every Day is Halloween.” For those of you out there that feel the same, here are some of the best ways to keep the Halloween spirit alive throughout the year. Continue reading “Best Ways to Keep the Halloween Spirit Alive Year-Round”

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