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I hit the Skullery again, yay!! We have a United Way fundraiser at work every year and for the last couple of years I have wanted to donate to the Silent Auction. I made the decision I was doing it this year, so to make sure I didn’t get lazy I told people I would donate a OoAK art doll of a Halloween theme.

I knew I was going to make a Ghost. I didn’t want anything spooky but not to cutesy either. I have always loved the classic ghost with the bed sheet form, now to figure out how and what the scene should be. Secondly I wanted a pumpkin, I also had to figure out how to manage that too.

The ideas formed but how to bring the two together in a story line? AH HA moment hit me, he would be the Ghost of Peter D. Pumpkin Eater!

The Pumpkin is Poly Clay. I formed it around a Styrofoam ball and during the baking the ball shrinks so that you can get it out. I don’t recommend this. Not only do you need to ventilate your house, it is not good for the oven, which I use my actual kitchen oven for instead of a counter top toaster oven.  The tombstone is wood from my 30+ year old cedar fence, wood burned with Peter’s name. The Ghost is a form created with an armature covered in Plumbers putty, which I built up a bit for the body and to hold the arms in place. Over that Plumbers putty is air dry clay for the head, to make the eyes and mouth. The sheet is an actual bed sheet dipped in Paverpol and draped over the body form. I love Paverpol! The pumpkin guts are poly clay seeds with orange string and Carpet Latex as the yellowy guts part.

Here are the before and after photos:



















I have to share a Post from Shellhawk’s Nest that was written by Cory Hunt of Nightmare Playgrounds.

First a little back story: West Coast Haunters Convention is a Convention for Pro Haunters, Home Haunters, Halloween lovers of any kind and generally a large loving family of people that not only love the Spookier side of life but also enjoy the company of like minds, although I will fully admit that most of us do not look approachable or may seem, on first glance, like the person your Mother warned you about.
The WCHC is also geared around being a fundraiser for the Oregon School for the Deaf, “How is there a link between the two?”, you ask. OSD hosts a Haunted Attraction called Nightmare Factory which Ed Roberts is responsible for it’s inception, the haunt being created as a fundraiser for the residential programs at OSD. Ed also started the WCHC a smidge over four years ago and it’s original location was OSD. Clicking on the Nightmare Factory link will give you more history for the haunt. Not only do the students work as actors within the Haunt they also attend the Convention.

Back story having been told and the warning’s from your Mother fresh in your mind, you may not expect such a heart felt and well contemplated post to be written by ‘one of those Halloween/love to scare the bejeebee’s out of you types’…

Please head on over to Shelley’s Blog and read this… you will be glad you did.


Here is a snippet of Cory’s Article:

Deaf Kids Don’t Listen
By Cory Hunt

One of the great joys of my life is being with people who are enthusiastic, curious, willing to be themselves and let you be you.  I have always tended to find myself drawn to the outcast of society.  And, pretty quickly, I realized that we are all outcasts in our own minds.  There is a whole side topic in this thought that I am going to shy away from.

Because what I want to talk about are some awesome deaf kids, their cool teachers, and how they hear us better than we hear ourselves.  More importantly:  the lessons that we can learn from them and how to better work with them.

Continue reading here


Wicket has been back home since mid August and has been doing wonderfully! We are still gradually introducing exercise to him, even though he does get to play full out at Puppy Daycare, he doesn’t get to run in a large open area just yet. I have taken him to our Little Dog Meetup group at a dog park a couple of times but he has been kept on lead so he can’t run. We don’t need a re-occurrence of his back injury, so it’s slow and steady.

But… this does not mean I cannot torture him with Halloween dressup!! Yes, I want to dress him as a Flying Monkey for Halloween and have yet to make the costume. I’m still contemplating the colors I want to use, will probably go with the original blue and red even though I dislike that color combo. While shopping yesterday at Walmart, ugh, I stopped in the pet section… actually the pet section stopped me, due to having an endcap of Halloween Pet sweaters and whatnots. I had to buy two sweaters, which I’ve been meaning to do since the weather is turning cold.

I let Wicket model his own sweaters and here is the little darling along with a picture of the endcap at Walmart…


Kyle Murphy that is Som Ep’ Laceak took video while we were doing the photo shoot. His daughter is Olivia Murphy and is the young girl you see in the video and it is her picture that I have used my Facebook profile picture. She does creepy so well.


PumpkinRot has done it again. If I could just pluck out his imagination and meld it with my own… Frightfulish things would occur, at least in my own realm. They are already occurring within his own….

Swamp Foetus

You can find the man of Rot and his darling of a wife, Bean at the following locations:

PumpkinRot Website

PumpkinRot Blog

Pumpkin Hollow on Etsy

Halloween Theme Greeting cards by Rot


Hope you have had a wonderful weekend of spookiness. 

Here is the link the original post with the links to he Photographers
Here is the link to Part 2
Here is the link to Part 3

More photo’s from Sandee Rice…

Here is the link to the original post that contains the links to the Photographers and the info about the shoot.

Here is the link to Part 2.

Photo’s by Sandee Rice

More Photo’s from Mhark Laroza

To see the original post with the links to the artists click here

The following photos were all done by Mhark Laroza


Yesterday I went out on a photo shoot with Rebecca Belcher to Gateway to Darkness Haunted Attraction. For those of you that don’t know, GtD is the only Pro Haunt in Alaska and they hold the bar very high compared to all of the Non-Profit Haunts we have.  Michelle and Sam Marsh are the owners and both are active within the haunt.
The main theme of the shoot was ghostly haunted with the models wearing mainly whites and grays.  Michelle worked the airbrush for whiting out faces while a couple of her makeup artists did the detail work. Sorry, I didn’t catch their names.
There were four photographers total, Rebecca Belcher, Sandee Rice, Mark Laroza and John, that I need to verify the last name of, and one videographer Kyle Murphy that is Som Ep’Laceak Media.  The number of models numbered somewhere in the 12-15 range. Most were professional models  both female and male. A few males, that had come with female models, were persuaded to join in the on the fun. Who can say no to dressing up before Halloween??!!
We had roughly four hours of shooting time, which seemed to fly by once everyone got into the flow of things. All in all it was really fun running around in the dark, the hard part was leaving and having to return to the bright reality of the outside world.

I’m going to post a few pictures for now, when the photographers make them available I will provide more and update the names of the male photographers.


Gateway to Darkness
Gateway to Darkness on Facebook
Rebecca Belcher Photography
Rebecca Belcher Photography on Facebook
Sandee Rice Photography
Sandee Rice on Facebook
Mhark Larazo on Flickr
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