Category Archives: Halloween

Best Halloween Playlist: Songs about Ghosts!

Thirteen songs are enough to anchor a good Halloween party playlist. Not all of these are on your iPod, I’ll bet either. If your friends are like mine, their creativity shines brighter when they have a set theme to work … Continue reading

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How to Haunt Your Home, Part VI: Senses and Assessments

By Michael Cieslak Considering everything we have covered so far, I can hear you ask “Zed, what else can we possibly have to cover?” Well, voices in my head, allow me to first thank you for the lead-in. While sight … Continue reading

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How To Haunt Your Home, Part V: Professional FX on a Budget

By Michael Cieslak A trip to the local Halloween store can be a little daunting. Generally speaking, I visit the Halloween stores in the area a number of times during the eight to ten weeks that they are in business … Continue reading

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2015 Theatre Bizarre

My only disappointment from the 2015 Theatre Bizarre was that at this fete exhorting us to “Ride the Goat,” there was no appearance by the Baphomet statue so recently flaunted by the local Satanists. It’s probably for the best. I … Continue reading

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Photos from 2015 Theatre Bizarre Gala

The Theatre Bizarre Gala for 2015 is but a pleasant memory. Elsa and I know to arrive early to prolong the night. As usual, clowns, mimes and other shenanigans entertained us while we waited in line.

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Horrific Snacks: Skull Pies!

Can a pastry truly capture the spirit of Halloween? Skull Pies from Why Not Pie certainly try very hard! The pastry takes on a pleasing bone-like appearance when cast in the form of a skull, and the fruit filling inside … Continue reading

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How to Haunt Your Home: Part III : Skeletons, Skulls, and Straw Men — Populating Your Haunt

By Michael Cieslak By this time, you have spent months planning your home haunt, meticulously determining where each and every prop should be placed. You’ve arranged your material to maximize your Spooky Quotient (SQ), but it still looks like something … Continue reading

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How To Haunt Your Home Part II: Setting The Scene

By Michael Cieslak Welcome to part two of our discussion of how to haunt your home. As noted in our first installment, we’re investigating what is required to turn your residence into something fantastically frightening for Halloween. In terms of … Continue reading

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How To Haunt Your Home Part I: Planning

By Michael Cieslak My name is Zed, and I’m a professional home haunter. I’ve been approached by the Head Nightmarian to discuss the ins and outs of turning your home and/or yard into something terrifying this October. For those unfamiliar … Continue reading

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Date Night along Marshall’s Haunted Trail

How far would you go for true love? The ends of the Earth? The Underworld? Marshall, Michigan? Friday night found the Doktor and me walking hand-in-hand down the annual Haunted Trail in Marshall, this one titled “Johnny Octane Vs. The … Continue reading

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How to Haunt Your Home, Part Two: setting the stage

By Michael Cieslak Welcome to part two of our discussion of how to haunt your home. As noted in our first installment, we’re investigating what is required to turn your residence into something fantastically frightening for Halloween. In terms of … Continue reading

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How to Haunt Your Home, Part One: Planning

By Michael Cieslak My name is Zed, and I’m a home haunter. I’ve been approached by the Head Nightmarian to discuss the ins and outs of turning your home and/or yard into something terrifying this October. For those unfamiliar with … Continue reading

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Horrific Snacks: Skull Cakes

Tonight, the Great Lakes Association of Horror Writers gather for an evening of crappy holiday-themed horror movies. We mock, chat… and snack. Last year, I brought a cheese ball shaped (more or less) like HellRaiser’s Pinhead and Elsa brought a … Continue reading

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Motor City Haunt Club HAUNTED GARAGE SALE

‘Tis nearly the season for scary fun and the Haunted Garage Sale, Saturday, September 7, is a great place to pick up new or gently used haunting gear. Located at the Halloween Bazaar, 50 North Grosbeck in Mount Clemens, the … Continue reading

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Theatre Bizarre Tickets!

Today, Elsa and I scored a pair of tickets to Theatre Bizarre, the creepiest spectacle in the Motor City. This year’s theme is The Procession, and fittingly, the line was long but briskly moving in front of the Rust Belt … Continue reading

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Making Funny Faces at Home – Plaster Facial Casts

It’s been a week now since Elsa’s “Best Date Ever” and we figured it was good time to rekindle the magic of that experience… and cast some more plaster heads. We left StudioFX101 not only with plaster casts of our … Continue reading

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Horrific Snacks: Pinhead Cheeseball and Severed Fingers

When the Doktor announced an upcoming party, I was excited at the prospect. I enjoy a social outing as much as the next consort, and the fact that this was a Christmas gathering of the Great Lakes Association of Horror … Continue reading

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Halloween Treats: Meat Hand

It’s not often that we are moved to post recipes here on the Daily Nightmare, but this was one I couldn’t resist. How gruesome, how fitting, how… delicious. A mold was used to shape meatloaf into a hand. Cheese, ketchup, … Continue reading

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HOW TO: Colorful Skulls

There’s nothing wrong with bone colored bones but you’ve got to admit that it’s a bit the over-obvious choice. This weekend I decided to spice up my collection of skulls with a bit of color. These same techniques, I suppose, … Continue reading

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HOW-TO: Zombie Sign

A friend of mine is teaching a class on Sociology Through Zombies. Her classroom desperately needed a sign that warns, “Danger, Zombies” so I made her one. I found the perfect raw materials at the local Halloween Store. I find … Continue reading

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