October. Finally. It's here. It's here! And that means only one thing... It's the Countdown to Halloween! 31 posts in 31 days, all leading up to the grand celebration of the year... All Hallow's Eve. Samhain. Hallowe'en. Welcome, new guests to the madness of Highbury Cemetery, a blog about all things Halloween. Movies. Costumes. Music. Pumpkins. And most importantly, home haunting! I would also like to welcome back any and all previous visitors. I'm gearing up for another October full of posts in celebration of that most magical of days. Work in the garage has been at a feverish pace, pumping out a slew of new props for this year's version of the Cemetery. I've also got another bin full of goodies, just waiting to be shared on Freebie Fridays. The camera has been snapping away, documenting more local cemeteries to delight and inspire for Cemetery Sundays. And I'm even going to start a new segment called Throwback Thursdays. Just when we thought we did such a great job and had so much fun in 2013, 2014 looks set to blow it out of the water. So be sure to stop back daily and join the party. It's the best month of the year and I want to celebrate it with everyone! I may even have some contests in the coming weeks, where you'll be bound to win some cool Cemetery swag. But you'll need your thinking caps on!!
So let's get this party started! Every year, I like to whip up a little logo for my home haunt. It will be used for t-shirts, posters and stickers. I've been creating them for ten years running, and it's time to introduce the logo for 2014. Can't go wrong with some skulls and some splatters...
31 posts in 31 days? We did it last year, and this year we are going to do it again! It's time for the annual Countdown to Halloween! This year, the posts will be flying at you fast and furiously ranging from props how-tos all the way to haunt soundtracks that can give your yard or home haunt that extra creepy edge. We're also going to bring back our weekly installments of Cemetery Sundays as well as our fan favorite Freebie Fridays! I have a few more posts to roll out in September, but the madness starts right here on October 1. Join us for the party, won't you?
This past weekend, I made it out to Amherst, Ohio for the 2014 edition of the Lorain County Zombie Walk. A little rain in the morning didn't stop us from supporting the canned food drive benefiting the Lorain County Second Harvest Food Bank. The clouds eventually parted and the sun came out, making it quite a nice afternoon for a shamble through town with some fellow brain eaters.
I got to try out my newest version of the zombie, complete with longer hair and food coloring for the tongue. Originally I had black, but I forgot it at home, so I had to pick up some red for the walk. Still effective.
The zombies and survivors gathered at the town square before heading out for a stroll...
What does a Michigan fan expect here in the Buckeye State!? Ha!! A great makeup got him into the "Best Zombie" contest.
It was so cool to see all of the young kids decked out in their zombie gear, totally enjoying themselves!
Wait a minute. I recognize these two. Even without their secret weapon, they were last year's Steak & Shake zombies who won "Best Costume" and "People's Choice" awards last year!! Another great, bloody makeup this year.
After the walk, it was time to judge the "Best Zombie" and "Best Survivor" costumes. And for the second year in a row, I got picked to go up on stage for judging, along with four other great zombies. Sweet!
And for the second year in a row, I lost out. This year, the winner was a fine young gentleman with about 50 gallons of blood and a face full of centipedes and other gross bugs on him. Congrats, sir! You totally killed it!!!
A big thanks to my mom and aunt for tagging along and snapping most of the above pictures. Next year, you're both going in full makeup.
And a HUGE thank you must go out to the LCZORT crew for putting on another successful event for a really great cause. A lot of money was raised and a ton of food was gathered, showing that even the undead can get together to support the community. The countdown is on for 2015 and I can't wait. I'll have to up my game because third time is the charm...
I'm going to go ahead and turn in my Street Cred Card for this one. Wow, this is embarrassing, but I now have a new guilty pleasure. And I LOVE it. Start with some nice double-bass thrash metal and then somehow mix in some bubblegum J-Pop. Wait, what? I present my new guilty pleasure that has been on constant rotation since I heard it this morning. Ladies and gentlemen, the song that I CAN NOT get out of my head, I give you BABYMETAL:
A cold, weathered hand pierces the rust-laden earth of a late autumn night. Reanimated decay becomes the evening's guide. Masked faces bask in the fiery glow of a jack-o-lantern's illumination. A lifeless finger points the direction toward the next porch-lit house. For this is the night of ghouls and goblins and tricks and treats. This is the night of Hallowe'en...