Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Homemade Halloween Costumes With European Pagan Themes

Natural elements to make Halloween costumes means giving an Old World magical vibe. We know the usual characters of Halloween - Frankenstein, witch, vampire, etc. What we NEED are self-created personas in an Old World way using goods around us to look very homemade and creepy.

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

My Top 5 Favorite Horror Movies I MUST See at Halloween Time


Halloween movie marathon watching is standard this time of year, but there are certain movies that you feel you MUST see as Halloween approaches. 

Monday, September 28, 2020

Halloween: How to Create Subtle Terror

I came into my teens during the peak of slasher films so you'd think they'd be special to me. They were so formulaic and I never felt torture and guts were particularly scary, just repulsive. 

Sunday, September 27, 2020

Halloween: Use of Projectors Inside and Out

AtmosFX (prior called AtmosFearFX) did a great job of showing home haunters and holiday lovers a way to keep their display safe from theft while still enjoying the super creep factor.

By hanging a simple cloth in your window or doorway, you could project holographic film or images that people out front could enjoy. Some of the ones they have come up with are super creepy and they extended into the holidays! (I'd love to see a Mothman or Bigfoot one - please hire me!) 

Saturday, September 26, 2020

The Creep Factor of Fog

Sure, thunder and lightning are in-your-face unsettling and snow is bleak and colorless, but nothing quite unsettles a person more than fog rolling in, eating up the landscape, one acre at a time.

Friday, September 25, 2020

Spooky Atmospheric Halloween Music

If you love horror movies, you know that they would be totally ineffective at spooking you out if they didn't use tense, creeping music. It totally sets the mood. Whether you are spending a day indoors and want to get your gothic on or plan to create a scary haunted display, I've found some music for you!

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Urban Exploration: Exploring and Photographing Abandoned Places

You wanna get in the Halloween mood, but the world is so odd going to public events. Why not do something that gives you the vibe while keeping you far from the crowds? 

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

The Year of the COVID Halloween

No matter how cautious we are about the comeback of COVID, Halloween is a time to get out and about to see decorations and families are going to be walking or driving the streets in search of eye candy for the season.

In fact, for the dark introverts of the season, the barren quiet might add to the atmosphere.

Here's some options for a safe and happy Halloween 2020 - 

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Photographing Cemeteries

Cemeteries are a kind of spiritual park. You wander the quiet grounds that are almost never crowded, and see a lot of nature that took over because man barely visits (a statement on memorials). 

My tips for photographing a cemetery are below. You don't usually think of it as a very photogenic place, but cemeteries are beautiful sites with sometimes hauntingly creepy statues and chipped ancient headstones. If you pick a cloudy day, the atmosphere is ideal to get some somber and even Halloween-vibe inspirations for a yard haunt design. I enjoy going to be with prior people who in their own ways changed the world with their butterfly effect.

Monday, September 21, 2020

Cheap and Easy Halloween Decorations

You don't need cookie cutter out of the box designs from Halloween shops and big chain stores. Try and make some of your own Halloween decor that suits you, your personality and the layout of your home. Here's just some ideas.

Sunday, September 20, 2020

If You Like This Abandoned Site, You Might Like These Movies

September on GHT was all about how-to prepare for Halloween and how to to repurpose, upcycle, and hand-make from natural or leftover items.  This month, however, is all about the flavor of Halloween - mood-setting spookiness and the season in concentrate.

How to Take Spooky Photos


Scary is easy to find. It presents itself with light and dark, odd angles, and looming images taken from below. A nest of bare branches becomes something sinister - a portal to the macabre. A dead tree and a storm sky takes on an ominous tone - 

Saturday, September 19, 2020

Halloween Party Foods

Halloween and crazy creepy snacks - a dream combo! Here's just some of what's cookin' for Halloween 2020 - 

Friday, September 18, 2020

Halloween Cocktails

alien brain hemorrhage

It's that time of the year where you expect to have cocktails that are gruesome, daring, and grotesque. Here's just a few great Halloween cocktails to inspire.

Using Cardboard and Paper for Halloween Decor

Continuing my focus on recycling/repurposing/upscaling items that are readily available, found, or bought for very little, today I want to show the amazing potential of cardboard and paper!

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Elvira Costume Tips and Happy Birthday Elvira (Cassandra Peterson)

Today is extra special because, even though we were born in different years, Cassandra Peterson "Elvira" and I share the same birthday! We are both redheads, Scandinavian, and tall. We both love horror and humor. 

Witch-Themed Movies

As we ease into the awesome month of October, GHT will shift focus from how-to crafting and prepping for Halloween, to sitting back and enjoying the spooky season. 

Here's my suggestions if you're in the mood for a witch-y marathon!

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Halloween Makeup Tips

Years of acting, theater arts, pageants and modeling and makeup is second nature for me. But it's not always intuitive for everyone. 

I'm going to share some awesome tips for Halloween that are easy to replicate and to take the concepts and make them your own!

Monday, September 14, 2020

On the Radio Tonight!


Tonight, Dennis Guern and I are on Shawn Whittington's "Vegas Supernatural" show on KCOR Radio at 8 pm EST/7 pm CST/5 pm PST. 

There a lot of subjects we will be covering from treasure hunting to ancient giants, UFOs to Bigfoot, ghosts to potential portals.

Can't wait to give y'all an evening of mysteries to ponder.

Here is the link to the ARCHIVED SHOW

How to Reuse Plastic Items for Halloween

No doubt, like the landfills around the planet, you have plenty of plastic stored away from grocery bags to milk jugs, water bottles to lawn bags. Here's some great ideas for giving them a purpose again - 

Sunday, September 13, 2020

How to Use Halloween Pumpkins in Lots of Ways

Real pumpkins and plastic pumpkins both - they abound this time of year. Start thinking about new ways to use them this Halloween. 

Saturday, September 12, 2020

Meet the Rotten Applehead Gang


My Polymer clay shrunken applehead figures are now in our Groovy New Life shop on Etsy.

Meet them - 

This fella didn't fall from the tree. Polymer Clay – designed by the hands of artist Sharon Day.

This fella once a day keeps the vampires away.

This fella is totally crocked with 100% hard cider.


This fella’s ideas are half-baked.

This fella is rotten to the core! 

This fella is the bad apple of the bunch.

This fella is the apple of his mother’s eye. 

This fella upsets the apple cart. 

Homemade Halloween Masks: How to Make a Vintage-Looking Halloween Mask

Halloween masks of the 70s and 80s were plastic store-bought variety, but prior to that, folks made their own masks often times. Some of the masks they came up with were very unsettling. I believe they are much scarier than any "realistic" werewolf and clown masks of today.

Friday, September 11, 2020

Cryptozoology Awakening in Papua, New Guinea - and All Across the South Pacific Islands!


Post offered by researcher Karl Sup 


Rex Yapi has been a cryptid researcher out in the field for many years, studying the flying Pterosaur, also known as the Ropen, in Papua New Guinea. 

After Rex witnessed a Ropen on Umboi Island, it sparked his interest in cryptid research and to better understand his world around him. He has been out in the wilds and jungles of Papua New Guinea since that day!

The Independent State of Papua New Guinea (PNG) is a sovereign state in Oceania, in the southwestern Pacific, and encompasses the eastern half of the island of New Guinea and its offshore islands in Melanesia. It is the world's third largest island country with 178,700 square miles (462,840 sq km) and 75% of that area consists of virgin, dense and unexploited tropical rainforests. It is a country of immense cultural and biological diversity, and one of the world's least explored, both culturally and geographically. The shores have magnificent beaches and coral reefs, while the inlands have active volcanoes, 14,793 foot tall Mt. Wilhelm, dense rainforests, gorgeous Lake Kutubu, and hiking routes like the Kokoda Trail. Papua New Guinea is one of the few regions close to the equator that regularly experience snowfall, which occurs in the most elevated parts of the mainland. There are even equatorial glaciers!

With 12 years of research under his belt now and despite many set backs, mostly with filming equipment failures due to the brutal environments, Rex has never given up his pursuit of the truth. In 2020, he formed his own group, the Papua New Guinea Cryptid Research Organization (PNGCRO), with a vision to continue the research for all cryptids reported to thrive in PNG based on eyewitness accounts of Bigfoot (locally called Lama Ango and Tono Ango), Thylacines, Pterodactyl and many others. He is only one single person struggling to introduce and promote cryptozoological research in a remote land that has almost 9 million people that speak over 800 languages!


Possessing only a single camcorder that developed many issues and problems through the years, he has been struggling. Cryptid research is not known or presently carried out in his country, including all across the small Pacific Island nations. He is the very first indigenous citizen to introduce this expansive research concept of cryptozoology to this region.
How can he be expected to penetrate this part of the world with a single run down camcorder? Rex is forming a team to gain access across all of the tropical frontiers in Papua New Guinea. He is desperately in need, and urgently requires, support with acquiring the following equipment (new or used, as long as it is in working condition): 

○ Drone - DJI Phantom 3 Professional ○ Professional SLR camera ○ Camcorder - Sony HXR-MC2500 Shoulder Mount AVCHD Camcorder ○ Night vision scope or binocular ○ Trail cameras ○ GoPro with case/accessories ○ Jungle or hiking boots - Red Wing Size 8.5 ○ Waterproof gear and raincoats ○ Laptop ○ Memory cards ○ Mobile phone ○ GPS
Rex also has a GoFundMe called 'Cryptids Research in Papua New Guinea, SW Pacific organised by Dan Walck'.

DIRECT CONTACT Rex Yapi C/O Gavin Mai P.O. Box 290 Lae City Postal Code: 411 Morobe Papua New Guinea Mobile: +675 75426012 WhatsApp: +675 75426012 Email:

Let's get this man equipped and back out in the field!
Thank you!!

Carnival-Themed Yard Haunts

The carnival theme is always a favorite weird vibe for Halloween. With some cardboard, colored lights, and clown elements, one could do a fantastic job decorating with the carnival theme - 

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Yard Haunt Themes

There are plenty of themes for Halloween Yard Haunts, but some are so fun that we could see a thousand variations of them and still delight. Here's some fun ones and what folks have done with the themes - 

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

How Make Horror Short Films For Family and Friends or YouTube

It's such a great time of the year to use your imagination and create easy cellphone videos to upload to YouTube or share with family, friends, or Facebook. 
Here's some ideas - 

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Halloween Windows - How to Use Windows For Halloween

contact paper cut in various shapes

Utilizing windows for haunting effect is a huge boon. Many times, the effects are on the inside of the window so if you go to work or are away, you don't worry about someone messing with your hard work.

Monday, September 7, 2020

Sunday, September 6, 2020

Ways to Use Michael Myer's and Jason Voorhees Masks

There are lots of variations of the Michael Myers mask and the Jason Voorhees mask available from cheap to pricey. I like the cheap ones because the plastic and basic image without details painted in makes for some very cool opportunities. 

Saturday, September 5, 2020

How to Make a Scarecrow Head

Scarecrows! It's early, but hey we need to start those Halloween props early because October can be a busy season! Enjoy this how-to on how to easily and very cheaply make a scarecrow head.

Friday, September 4, 2020

Glow Sticks Crafts for Halloween

Great craft for TP hoarders of 2020

Halloween 2020 and glow sticks! This is a seriously cool and economical way to take your parties and decor to a whole new level.

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Halloween Crafts Made of Twigs

I will be filling September with tons of crafting and party planning so you have time to do it before Halloween. 

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Ice Themes For Halloween

When you think of Halloween, it's normally colors like orange and black, scents like pumpkin and cinnamon, but there is something acutely spooky about a frozen world. There are plenty of inspiring ways to use ice this October to create a horror movie marathon or an ice bar party. Here's some concepts -