Nestled near Niagara Falls is Nightmares Fear Factory, a haunted house that has been running for over 30 years. In addition to actors wearing Halloween costumes, the haunted house has a huge, huge, huge amount of animated props. One of those props is a car that explodes out of the darkness and accelerates quickly toward you. Right when the car should run you over, it stops, and a photo is taken of your reaction.
Here are some of those photos:
For more photos, check out the official Flickr account: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nightmaresfearfactory/
The world is full of horrors worse than the darkest horror movie. People murder, kill, steal, starve, scream for help until their lungs bleed, only to have their life snuffed out as quickly as a candle. To help you get past hump day and on with decorating your house with Halloween props, or whatever, here are two horrific stories that recently hit the newsstands:
Boy Locked In Coffin
Tuesday, October 4, police started a search for the parents who locked their 7-year-old boy in a coffin in the basement of their house. According to the boy’s statements, being was often locked in the coffin with nothing more than a diaper. The diaper was for if the boy escaped the coffin, since there was no bathroom in the basement. To heighten the fear, the parents told the boy that the basement was haunted by ghosts, and would often rattle chains outside the coffin.
Neighbors called the police when they heard the boy shouting. When the police arrived, the boy was alone, crying because he was hungry.
We’re trying to locate the mom and step-dad to serve these warrants, but at this point we don’t know where they’re at, said Detective Captain Al Leoncini. The warrants are for endangering the welfare of a child and unlawful restraint.
In 1991, a woman tied up her newlywed husband, killed him, chopped up his body, and then churned it through a garbage disposal. Neighbors claimed they heard the disposal running for hours. When police discovered the husband’s body, they found his hands had been fried in oil, his head boiled and stuffed in the freezer, and various body parts either in garbage bags or mixed with leftover turkey.
A psychiatrist was brought in to testify that the wife had confessed to cooking her husband’s ribs barbecue-style and tasting them…
The wife claimed that her husband frequently sexually abused and raped her. In defense, she stabbed him with scissors, and then did all of the previously mentioned things. She also contacted two of her other boyfriends to help remove the husband’s teeth and dispose of the remains.
Now the wife is seeking parole from her 25-years-to-life sentence. Will she get it? I sure hope not, especially when the attorney defending the wife claimed that she chopped up her husband in an effort to avoid meeting him in the afterlife in accordance with Egyptian mythology.
Yeah, no thanks, let’s pass on the whole parole thing.
Halloween is a dark, twisted holiday, one that requires equally dark and twisted Halloween costumes. Some people turn to morbid costumes that depict zombies or other ghouls, but there are others that love to push the edge of social acceptance. For those edgy individuals, here’s a list of the top controversial costumes for 2011 Halloween.
This bodacious bombshell of a costume comes equipped with loads of controversy. As the name hints, this costume embodies anorexia nervosa you know, the eating disorder that leads to more deaths than any other mental disorder. Of course, if you glanced at it quickly, you would think its a sexy skeleton costume, not an eating disorder. Outside of the name, there isnt much to be offended about. It really depends on whether you can stomach the joke.
Immigrant activists were not too happy with this grey-skinned, orange jumpsuit-wearing extraterrestrial. Take a gander at the item in his hand: a green card. When this costume came under criticism, William Gheen, president of Americans for Legal Immigration, said, The only people getting upset are the hyper-sensitive, over-politically correct, pro-amnesty, illegal alien-supporting nuts. Yup, this costume definitely reeks of controversy. Perfect!
Equipped with loads of negative stereotypes, the Kung Fool costume has come under heavy attention of various Asian-American groups, who openly declare this costume as racist. I mean, it doesn’t take a genius to see all of those stereotypes. They’re right there displayed in latex that easily fits over your head and allows for comfortable breathing. Just be careful not to run into someone who knows actual Kung Fu. They may kick your ass.
Ah, Vato Loco, the crazy mask that spawned so much controversy within the Latino community. Honestly, what can we say about Vato Loco? We created it! One only has to look at the mask to see why someone would get angry teardrop, spider web tattoo, bandanna, and the list goes on and on. Similar to the Kung Fool costume, this one was called out for being racist and reinforcing negative stereotypes. We’ll let you be the judge.
This costume is exploding with controversial potential! Get it? Exploding with controversial potential the kids wearing a vest of explosives. No? Still don’t get it? Here, let me explain further: its a child wearing an explosive vest. Still don’t get it? Hm, let me try one more time: child, explosive vest, your familys dead. Are we getting through to you? Great, I thought the terrorists won for a moment there.
I’ll do a more extensive post later, but I wanted to kick off this Monday with some phenomenal Halloween decorations. Specifically, this picture:
“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.
On September 28, 2011, CNN reported that a Florida ice cream shop had to scrap its ice cream cone mascot because passers-by thought it looked like a man dressed in a Ku Klux Klan outfit.
If you are wondering what the costume looked like, we actually sell it as in, we sold it to this ice cream store. Hilarious, yes, and we’re quite proud that one of our Halloween costumes can attract so much attention, even if it is accidental. (We’re thinking of renaming it the Unintentionally Racist Ice Cream Cone.) Anyway, here’s the picture that we showcase:
Nothing wrong there, right? The costume features an oversized vanilla ice cream cone with sprinkles on top absolutely nothing racist. Unless, of course, you were standing in the sun all day and the cone began to sag, causing it to look more like the iconic image of a hooded Ku Klux Klan member.
The Florida store first noticed an issue when they saw a drop in business. But no matter how hard they searched, they could not find the problem. Eventually, customers called the store and yelled at them to take the mascot off the streets.
We were just trying to get people to come in, said Jasmine Gonzalez, store employee. We thought it was something fun for people, but eventually people took it the wrong way.
If you want a costume that is both appropriate for children and inappropriate for being accidentally racist, give this ice cream costume a swing.