Turn Blue: The Short Life of Ghoulardi

Just a quick update, group. I've been toiling away like a madman in the garage, hammering out Halloween prop projects left and right. I have a card full of progress photos but I'm going to save them all for the Countdown To Halloween, a mere 4 days away! So much to do and so little time! Where has all the time gone!?

I was able to stop for a moment tonight and grab a little bit of dinner in front of the tube (that's "tv" for all the youngsters out there), and was amazed to see that the local PBS station was playing, Turn Blue: The Short Life of Ghoulardi. What luck! I had wanted to see this documentary for a while and had actually forgotten about it until I started scanning the channels and channels of mindless drivel.

Ghoulardi, played by Ernie Anderson, was one of the early Shock Theater horror hosts of the early '60s in Cleveland, Ohio. And while I wasn't born in time to witness the madness firsthand, I have checked out quite a few clips and would have to say that this would have been right up my alley. Stay Sick!

Lorain County Zombie Walk - Part 3

There is no stopping me now! I've made the cover of the single largest news publication in all of Amherst, Ohio. A big thanks to Jason Hawk for the cover photo and story.


Lorain County Zombie Walk - Part 2

So after the events of the actual zombie walk had ended and many of the undead shambled into the nearest watering hole to quench their thirst, a group of us decided to walk a few blocks down to Cleveland Street Cemetery, in Amherst.

Always one to keep an eye out for reference material for my own home haunt tombstones, I pulled out the camera and went to work as soon as we passed through the nondescript entrance (we couldn't even find a name for the cemetery anywhere - I had to Google it). And what a treasure trove of reference material it turned out to be! Centuries-old tombstones were packed into every corner of the small cemetery. I could have taken pictures of every single stone there...

And seeing as though we were all dressed up as zombies, and we were in a cemetery, we couldn't resist the urge to goof around a little... Oh, the faces of some of the motorists as they drove by and saw us lurching toward them from behind a tombstone. PRICELESS!!


And it looks like we just got an added bonus, as Tall Frankenstein, Eric and I have made the homepage of the Amherst News-Times! The accompanying article has a few more photos, too. Looks like I'll have to find a copy of Tuesday's paper. We'll all be famous for sure!! Call George Romero!!

Lorain County Zombie Walk - Part 1

This past weekend, I decided at the last minute to venture up to the Lorain County Food Drive & Zombie Walk, put on by some friends in the GoE's Northern Ohio Haunters group. Originally, I was not planning on going, as Mrs. Highbury was out of town at her parents' house and Scrapes was off doing the Warrior Dash. I really didn't want to go by myself, but late Friday night I got a volunteer to tag along. My mom! Sweet! How cool is it when your mom wants to go to the Zombie Walk with you!?

So we jumped in the car and headed up to Amherst, mom driving, me desperately trying to finish my makeup in time for the start of the walk. As we got into town, the walk had just started, so I grabbed a rubber brain, jumped out of the car, gave mom the camera, and ran to catch up with the shambling horde of lunatics, lurching down the street.

And I must say, we had an unbelievable time. I met up with a few GoE members and we all staggered down the road with well over 100 other ghastly, undead pedestrians. A big, big thanks to Tracee WitchOtastic for putting this thing on, for all of the zombies for coming out to help good causes (benefiting the Lorain County Food Bank and Life Share Blood Bank), and to my mom for grabbing the camera and taking all of the shots below!!

Tons more event photos here and here.