HallowZeen – Issue 11 – Zombies and Grapevine Pumpkins
October 13, 2011
Holy scarecrow, it’s mid October! Until recently, it still felt like summer, here. Then, suddenly (yesterday, actually), a cold wind swooped in from the north. In its wake came piles of red, brown and yellow leaves, dark skies, plunging temperatures and the lament of summer-loving individuals.
That means only one thing – Halloween is nigh! By now, you should have your costumes, but if not, it’s not too late! There’s still two weeks and a bit, especially since trick or treating falls on a Monday. Parties will likely be on the 28th and 29th (and we’re all booked!)
In this issue, we’ll explore zombie make-up, ideas for a retro Halloween party, DIY steampunk costume ideas, and a grapevine pumpkin craft.
Have a Happy Halloween, and for anybody planning a party, check out the re”vamped” Party Halloween ebook!
If you scroll to the end of this email, you will find a coupon code for a 50% discount! Also, read about how you can get a copy for a 100% discount!
Editor, Halloween Alliance
Back issues of Happy Halloween magazine are now available for purchase! However, there’s only limited quantities available. Check out the selection here.
Remember Halloween when you were a kid? Whether you were a young one in the 60s, 70s, 80s or another decade, or if you’re simply in love with all things retro (as far back as the 1920s and even earlier), you probably have your own idea of what constitutes vintage when it comes to Halloween.
Here’s how to put together a great vintage Halloween party complete with die-cut decor, delicious dishes and memorable postcards for friends to treasure.
I never thought I’d say this, but “zombies are hot.” Just look at all the Zombie walks that take place all over the world in big cities like Toronto, New York and London. Not to mention the hit series “The Waking Dead” and every other horror movie now having zombies. (Screenwriter: “I have this great idea for a horror movie!” Producer: “Does it have zombies?” Screenwriter: “Uh … yeah!”)
The first thing you need is a clean slate so be sure to wash your face. Apply a white powdered base all over your entire face so you get that ghostly, sickly pallor. You can use very porcelain colored light liquid or porcelain make-up, or you could buy commercial grease paint or pancake in a ghostly green, white or yellow color. Be sure to do your neck down to where you will be covered in shabby clothing.
Next, get a dark eyeshadow, eyeliner or stick of black grease paint and hollow out your eyes and your cheeks. Make yourself look as deathly as possibly. Be sure to black your eyes completely. You can experiment with gray shades as well to get the most rotted and haunted look possible…
You’ve heard about it, the idea of “steam” plus “punk” intrigued you, but you really have no clue what it’s all about … well, friends, you aren’t alone. Steampunk falls into that mysterious, difficult to define place between fantasy and fact, which is absolutely ideal for the geek in all of us that seeks adventures in uncharted territory.
Let’s begin with the essential ingredients of Steampunk:
- 1/3 whimsical Victorian past
- 1/3 clunky, adventurous future machinery (if there was never found a use for oil)
- 1/3 punk mayhem, anarchy, and unrest
- 1 generous helping of corsets, bustles, petticoats, and vests
- 1 scoop of flying machines, clockworks, optical apparatuses, copper
- 1 sprinkle of Final Fantasy, 10,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Mad Max, and the Labyrinth
Keep in mind that this recipe is only the starting place. Like any good formula, variations on a theme can produce magnificent results! To really pull off the Steampunk look, time, energy, and odd adornments are required- this realm is for the brave costumer only!
You in? Let’s get started with these tips and ideas for becoming your Steampunk fantasy…
By Gillian Grimm
Grapevine pumpkins pack craft and décor stores this time of year. But how about making your own? It’s quick, simple and allows you to customize it to create something a little more unique – like this spooky black version, perfect for your Halloween porch decorations!
- 1 – eight foot grapevine garland
- Floral wire
- Wire cutters
- Matte black spray paint
- Soak the grapevine overnight in a tub of water to help soften the wood and make it more pliable.
- Untie the larger strapping but leave the small wires that hold the vines together into a garland. You’ll remove these later but leaving them for now will make forming the pumpkin easier.
Our sister site, Partyhalloween.com, has long sold a Halloween party ebook called, appropriately, “Party Halloween.” It was mainly a compilation of articles from our Happy Halloween Magazine which ran in the early 2000’s. It’s time for an update, and it’s nearly ready!
The new ebook features gorgeous Halloween invitation print out, detailed ideas on various Halloween theme parties, recipes, drinks, adult games (you’ll love “The Body Part Toss Game”), lighting techniques, fog machines and set design. You’ll also find out how to contruct a temporary Gothic bar for your party!
The ebook contains over a dozen costume ideas, Halloween recipes, how to build an actual bar in your living room for your party, and a huge section on setting up various theme parties (each one of which includes costume ideas, recipes, music choices and the like). There’s also a section on using fog machines and proper Halloween lighting.
Finally, we include a variety of bonuses, such as making pumpkin beer, set design to construct walls, and more!
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Thanks for reading, and have a great Halloween!