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To Have and to Hold (Or Horrify): 10 Reasons to Tie the Knot During the Halloween Season

Top 10 Reasons to Have a Halloween-Themed Wedding

 

1. It is perfectly acceptable to dress like Tim Burton’s Jack and Sally in front of your parents.

2. Instead of dancing to Dion/Carey/Houston/Boyz II Men power ballads during your first dance, jam to The Rocky Horror Picture Show’s Time Warp. Watch your guests shriek with delight as they join in on the chorus’s signature line: Let’s do. The time warp. Again!

3. Pumpkin carving contests. Think about all the pumpkin seeds you’ll collect, which you can turn into frightfully delicious snacks to take on your Halloween honeymoon!

4. Guests are encouraged to wear costumes instead of formal attire. Pro: Guests are free to choose how spooky or risqu they will be. Con: See Pro. To save yourself (and your friends and family) from a potentially embarrassing situation, send out some Costume Rules with your wedding invitations.

5. It is a well-known fact that couples who have fun together are happier in both the short-term and the long-term. What holiday is more fun than Halloween?

6. You can use candy corn as tabletop confetti. You can eat candy corn.

7. Unless you live in an extremely hot climate, you can expect lower temperatures and fewer bugs! in October. Your veil will not act as a makeshift mosquito net.

8. The increased availability of pumpkin liquor, pumpkin beer (if you haven’t already, check out Southern Tier Brewing Company’s Pumpking Ale), and hard cider.

9. Silent Hill: Revelation 3D is scheduled for release on October 26, 2012. See it on your honeymoon or at your bachelor/ette party. Extra points will be given if you don a Heather Mason-style haircut.

10. FrightCatalog.com has many party supplies in stock for your Halloween wedding, including: glittery haunted house centerpieces, pumpkin-and-bat shaped confetti, inflatable cauldron coolers, Fangtastic invitations, skull pathway lights, and skeleton-and-spider detailed wreaths.

Frightfully forever yours,

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It’s Never too Early to Start Planning for Halloween!

For those of us who live in the world of Halloween 365 days a year, the summer season is the hardest. Fall is on the horizon and that means Halloween! But it’s not quite here, yet. You can bring the creeps to the summer heat by planning your Halloween haunts and parties now, before it’s too late!

Here’s how to get the party started in five easy steps:

 

  • Pick a theme Zombies and vampires are popular Halloween themes this year. No matter what you choose, make sure you go all out!
  • Find inspiration Search the web for costumes, d©cor, and Halloween props. Pinterest is a great site to find ideas and inspiration. You can create your own pin board to organize all your ideas online. And don’t forget to follow FrightCatalog.com when you’re there.
  • Buy or build props This is where all your ideas come to life. Props and decorations are an essential part of every home haunt. To add drama, don’t forget lighting, fog, music, and other scene setters.
  • Make the guest list Who do you want at the party? Are you hosting a haunted house for the neighborhood? Will it be a quiet party for a close group of friends or a monster bash that lasts through the night? Get a guest list down on paper and decide on invitations. The possibilities are endless!
  • Decorate & bake When October 1st rolls around, it is officially time to start decorating. We recommend starting on the inside of the house and working your way out as it gets closer to Halloween. Have as much of the food ready the night before as possible, you can always freeze and reheat!

So how soon is too soon to start your Halloween plans? There’s no such thing as too soon!

Shards of Glass Cupcakes, and Other Delicious Treats

Halloween is only a few weeks away! Hopefully you have your Halloween decorations already up, because now is the time to focus on baking delicious treats. Cupcakes, candied apples, brownies, and all sorts of sugary goodness is essential for a Halloween party. And to save you the panic of searching for recipes, here are some inspirational photos, and one gory recipe.


Shards of Glass Cupcakes

As the name suggests, these cupcakes look to have fallen through a window. However, that’s not real glass sticking out of those cupcakes. It’s homemade sugar glass, which is edible and absolutely delicious. Here’s how you make it:

INGREDIENTS

24 cupcakes (any kind), frosted (with canned or homemade frosting)

Sugar Glass:

Nonstick spray

2 cups water

3 1/2 cups sugar

1 cup light corn syrup

1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar

Blood:

14.5 oz can of dark cherries in water (water, not syrup)

1/4 cup superfine sugar (you can find this in the baking aisle)

1/2 teaspoon lime juice

1 Tablespoon cornstarch

To Make the Glass:

Line a large cookie sheet with foil and spray with nonstick spray. You want to spray the pan at least 30 minutes prior to using it.

Mix together the water, sugar, corn syrup and cream of tartar in an old saucepan and bring to a boil with a candy thermometer inserted. Let the mixture boil, stirring continuously, until it reaches 300 F. Pour the mixture very quickly and carefully into the lined and oiled pan and let cool.

When the mixture has cooled completely, carefully pop it out of the pan and peel off the foil. Tap it in the center with a hammer or meat mallet to crack it into shards.

To Make the Blood:

Pour the can of cherries (with juice) in a food processor or blender and mix just enough for the cherries to be mostly broken up but not completely smooth. Pour the cherry mixture with the rest of the blood ingredients into a heavy saucepan and heat on medium. Slowly bring to a boil, stirring constantly.

Reduce to a simmer and heat until the cherry mixture has thickened. Allow to cool.

Spoon a blob of “blood” on the center of each cupcake. Dip an edge of a “glass shard” into the blood and insert in the center of the blood.


Need some more inspiration for delicious cupcakes? These photos should be more than enough to get your brain juices flowing:

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It’s October! Time to step up the decorations.

I’ll do a more extensive post later, but I wanted to kick off this Monday with some phenomenal Halloween decorations. Specifically, this picture:

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“I used contact paper, tissue paper and modge podge for the eyes,” said the creator of this design. “I used cardboard, black paint, and duct tape for the rest! You can’t see them from the inside of the house because there are curtains behind them.”

Ah, Halloween is definitely on its way, and I cannot wait to see more of these pictures. If you want to showcase your designs, drop us a comment.

The White City’s Murder Castle

If someone was to tell you that a man in the late 1800s built a three-story castle dedicated to kidnapping and killing people, would you believe it?

You should, because that’s what we’re talking about today.

Herman Webster Mudgett, more commonly known as Dr Henry Howard Holmes, was one of America’s first documented serial killers. Before he was known as a serial killer, though, he was a conman that specialized in swindling people out of their money. Nothing too violent, mainly just shady business transactions.

With a mustache that villainous, there’s no wonder he became a serial killer.

Herman graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School. However, Herman stole bodies from the school’s laboratory, mutilated them, then claimed that the people were accidentally killed, which allowed him to collect insurance money. Gruesome yes but nothing on the scale of mass murder. Not yet, anyway.

So let’s dig into Herman’s past and see what happened:

Herman traveled to Chicago in 1886. It was there that he found Dr E.S. Holton’s drugstore. Holton was suffering from cancer, so Holton’s wife ran the drugstore. Herman received a job at the store and proved to be an outstanding employee. With Holton’s wife grieving for her husband’s pain, Herman charmed her into selling him the store; however, Herman did not have enough money to purchase the store, so he used his outstanding previous record to convince Holton’s wife to loan him money. She agreed.

Oddly, though, when Holton died of cancer, Holton’s wife disappeared. Herman told inquisitors that she was visiting relatives in California. If people continued to ask, Herman said that she loved California so much that she decided to stay out there.

Herman then built his three-story castle on a lot of land across from the drugstore. The castle’s first floor housed Herman’s relocated drugstore, while the other floors were rented out as hotel rooms.

Here’s where it gets really, really strange:

The upper floors contained over one hundred windowless rooms. A large number of doorways opened to brick walls, stairways to nowhere, or impossibly angled hallways. Some doors only opened from the outside of a room. Nearly every room had a secret entrance. Herman repeatedly fired builders and hired new ones, so only he knew the castle’s layout. (Reminds me of the Winchester Mansion.)

When the hotel was finished, Herman selected mainly female guests to stay within the rooms, some of which were his past lovers or employees. He then tortured and killed them. According to Wikipedia, Some were locked in soundproof bedrooms fitted with gas lines that let him asphyxiate them at any time. Some victims were locked in a huge soundproof bank vault near [Herman's] office where they were left to suffocate.

Truly horrifying things, but it doesn’t end there.

The deceased bodies were dropped down a chute to the basement. It was in that basement that Herman stripped flesh from bone, dissected body parts, and crafted skeletal models. Those skeletal models were then sold to medical schools. Herman’s previously connections with medical schools made it very easy for him to sell his crafted skeletal models. Herman also owned two large furnaces for cremating bodies, along with a pit of acid, bottles of poisons, and a stretching rack. These aren’t Halloween props – this guy really owned a pit of acid.

So, next time someone tells you about a three-story murder castle, tell them to back off, you already know about it.

Top Halloween Parties for 2011

Feel the bass ricochet off your bones. Let the music swim through your veins. Succumb to the energy of a costumed mob bearing down upon you in waves of movement and dancing.

Halloween parties are less than two months away, and now is the time to start planning which ones to attend. You take care of your local neighborhood parties; we’ve collected the international sensations that make people scream until late in the morning.

Great Halloween Grave Dig

Place: Pennsylvania
Date: October 15, 2011
Known as The Worlds Only Vampire Hunt, the Great Halloween Grave Dig is an adult competitive event that will have you howling with joy. Attending guests must venture through graveyards, woods, and other areas to find the events host, who is dressed as a vampire. According to the official site, the event is an adventurous mental and physical romp. The event is invite-only, with two teams winning the hunt and earning $350 per team. The Grave Diggers Ball is held after the event.

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One of the invited teams.

New Yorks Village Halloween Parade

Place: New York City 6th Avenue from Spring Street to 21st Street
Date: October 31, 2011
Started in 1973, the parade began as a neighborhood walk from house to house, inviting adults and children to join. The second year saw the Theater of the New City step in, bringing the parade to a larger scale. The parades eighth annual event saw the size of the celebration reach 100,000. Now, 30 years later, the parade draws roughly 60,000 costumed participants and 2 million spectators, making it one of the largest parades in the world. Proceed to the site to find out how to watch, volunteer, or participate in the parade.

Festival of the Dead

Place: Salem, Massachusetts
Date: October 1 31, 2011
Salem, Massachusetts, infamously known for its brutal witch trials, transforms its streets every year to become one of the largest annual Halloween events. The event spans the whole month of October, with events taking place on every single day. The events range from a Vampires Masquerade Ball to the Annual Psychic Fair and Witchcraft Expo. The place is also littered with haunted houses, more than enough to scare you stiff!

Parade of Lost Souls

Place: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Date: October 29, 2011
Ditching the traditional horror and fear aspect of Halloween, the Parade of Lost Souls celebrates the burning of fear with fire. Participants have been known to bring lanterns, dress in costume, and build shrines in Grandview Park. There are loads of individuals firedancing and burning symbolic items that represent fear. If you want to celebrate Halloween with a more traditional, less horrifying party environment, this is the event for you.

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Firedancing.

Playboy Mansion

Place: Location Unknown
Date: October 28 & 29, 2011
Models painted up in body paint, mandatory sexy Halloween costumes, and completely open bars and buffets, what more could you want from a Halloween party? The Playboy Mansion has been known to throw some of the wildest, most risqu© parties ever to exist. Of course, the party better be amazing, since the tickets cost anywhere from $600 to $1,000+. You have to really, really love some sensational skin to attend these parties, or be a loaded celebrity.

Capgras Delusion: Someone stole my loved one!

Taking a quick break from the candy and Halloween decorations, let’s look at something more deliciously creepy: Capgras Delusion.

Discovered in 1923, Capgras Delusion is described as a disorder in which a person holds a delusion that a friend, spouse, parent, or other close family member has been replaced by an identical-looking impostor.

That’s right the individual suffering from Capgras Delusion will fully believe that someone stole/kidnapped/murdered their loved one, then replaced them.

Here’s an example from NPR:

A 37-year-old woman came into the office of Carol Berman, a psychiatrist at New York University Medical Center, with a strange complaint. She had returned to her house recently to find a man sitting on her couch. He was familiar, sort of, and he was wearing her husband’s clothes. But something didn’t feel right to this woman. She felt a strange kind of emptiness when she looked at him. She was struck by the very deep sense that her husband had somehow been replaced by this strange man.

Here’s another one:

A student at the University of California, San Diego was severely injured in a car accident. After several weeks in a coma, he regained consciousness and seemed to be doing fine. But according to V.S. Ramachandran, a neuroscientist at the university, when the patient’s mother came to see him, he exclaimed, ‘Who is this woman? She looks just like my mother, but she’s an impostor! She’s some other woman pretending to be my mother.’

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Here’s how the Dinosaur Comics explained it.

When looking at the cause for Capgras Delusion, one must first look at prosopagnosia. Individuals with prosopagnosia are unable to consciously recognize faces, but they can still recognize other visual objects. (They can tell cat from cup, but not an anonymous woman from their mother.) In a 1984 study on prosopagnosia, it was shown that individuals with prosopagnosia had unconscious emotional reactions to the faces of their loved ones. Consciously, they could not visually recognize their loved ones. Unconsciously, they still held emotions to their loved one’s faces.

It has been hypothesized that Capgras Delusion mirrors the effects of prosopagnosia. Consciously, individuals with Capgras Delusion will visually recognize their loved one’s face – I know this face! Unconsciously, they hold no emotional connection to the face – But something feels not quite right! Thus, we have individuals recognizing their loved ones, without the emotional memories of why they recognize them – “I know this man, but he is not the man I know!”

But let’s go one step further:

Let’s say that a mother calls her son. The son suffers from Capgras Delusion. Hearing his mother’s voice on the telephone, the son recognizes that it is his mother – he fully believes that his mother is on the phone. They end their conversation, then the mother walks into the same room as the son. Even though he just heard her voice fully believed it was her the son cannot visually understand that the woman standing in front of him is his mother.

His mind literally cannot comprehend this fact.

That’s Capgras Delusion, and it’s one of the creepiest psychological phenomena that I’ve ever heard about.

Ghoul Out Your Windows for Halloween

When decorating the outside — or the inside — of your home for Halloween, it can be easy to overlook the windows. Don’t do it! A well-decorated window can make a big difference, turning your nice, lived-in home into the picture of a terrifying haunted house on Halloween.

Mummy Window

The Mummy Window decorations adheres to the inside of a pair of double windowpane doors, making it look like the mummy is trying to escape.

Cat Eye Window

This is the coolest, if you have windows on either side of your front door — or any pair of 60″ x 36″ windows — looks like a giant Halloween black cat is inside the house looking out!

Drips of Blood Splat

Stick-on blood splatter for your windows! Highlight these by hanging a white sheet and dirtied gauze behind them as a curtain. Some polyester spiderwebs wouldn’t hurt, either.

Black Widow Window

Black Widow Window (say that five times fast) is a dramatic Halloween window decoration that looks like a giant 3D spider crawling up the window. Heads will turn.

All available from FrightCatalog.com.