BE SURE TO CARVE YOUR PUMPKINS BEFORE THEY HATCH.
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Looking deeper into the history of the un-dead, maroonbeard.com stumbled upon an ancient Etruscan Zombie Mural. This find once again reveals the similarities we share even with the oldest civilization.
Make sure to check out our previous Zombie Mural from the Persian Empire here.
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Tonight is the night, when moldy tombs tremble and quake.
Children roam free is search of soul cakes.
Death is so close, you can feel his stale breath,
as he draws nearer and pants at your neck.
If you feel a draft in your room as you’re trying to sleep,
clutch your hands tight and cover your feet.
Cold caresses from a long expired breeze,
Some lonely, cold souls just want a mortal to squeeze.
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All Hallows’ Curse had a pretty good run during it’s promotional period, just under 400 downloads. Thanks to everyone who downloaded the book, I hope you enjoyed it, I know I enjoyed creating it. In a couple weeks I’ll throw a free St. Picklas promotion back up. Until then, my distopian, post-apocalyptic children’s book “A Triple Rad Day” is available for free download on amazon for the next 5 days: CLICK HERE! …if you want to. Thanks again!
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As Halloween Season winds down, I thought I’d share a post about how I celebrate Halloween. I’ve said before that we Pfeifer’s are weird, and we go all out for holidays. I was thinking about what the pillars of a “properly celebrated” Haloween are. And I boiled Halloween down to these:
#1 DECORATE LIKE CRAZY
Decorating outside and in is a necessary part of a successful Pfeifer Halloween. I counted this year and I believe we have around nine full size tupperware-style storage containers to accomodate our Halloween decorating crap.
One of the key components of a proper outside setup is the “Dead Guy”
Ever since I was little I helped my Mom make the dead guy on the front porch and one year I graduated to making the dead guy all by myself. He is always sitting in a chair, stuffed with paper and usually roasting something over a fire. If I didn’t incorporate this corpse into my setup, the setup would be completely fraudulent.
Other important features for a proper setup are Styrofoam headstones, bones and more recently I’ve tried to include a new creature annually…
#2 WATCH TONS OF HALLOWEEN MOVIES
I don’t usually watch a movie more than once or twice so I don’t buy many DVDs because they just sit there unwatched… Unless it’s a Halloween or Christmas movie, then I usually watch it once or twice a year. Maybe it’s a thirst for some sort of associated nostalgia or some kind or neurosis but here are a few of our favorites:
GARFIELD’S HALLOWEEN ADVENTURE
Garfield and Odie’s adventure Trick or Treating ends with them fighting to escape from some angry, dead, pirates…
DISNEY’S HALLOWEEN TREAT
It’s hard to find a good copy of this special these days but it is possible to find the videos featured in the show. Trick or Treat with Donald Duck , The Lonely Ghosts with Mickey, Goofy and Donald and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow are all Halloween staples.
ALL OF THE SIMPSON TREEHOUSE OF HORRORS!
Some of the wittiest moments and funniest parodies in all of television history come from the years of Simpsons’ Halloween Specials. Some have been better than others but I look forward to watching every year (although I was always pissed during those years that they played them after Halloween because of some stupid sports event called “The World Series”).
THE GREAT PUMPKIN
What Halloween would be complete without The Peanut’s The Great Pumpkin. There are some pretty classic moments in this short cartoon but the Trick or Treat sequence is probably still my favorite part.
# 3 THE PILE
When I was little we would call the pumpkin patch “The Pile”. That’s what I thought pumpkin patches were called , I guess the name got started because the patch we would go to was just a big old pile of pumpkins that you could climb all over and pick out your gourd from. Eventually “The Pile” was paved over and replace by “a pile” of crappy apartments, but the name mostly stuck around with the members of my immediate family.
Maryland had some pretty decent Pumpkin Patches and we found a pretty good one here in the area. Whatever the case, we always do our best to find a truly sincere pumpkin patch in order to pay our tribute to The Great Pumpkin.
#4 PUT ON SOME WEIRD COSTUMES
My Dad usually skips the first 3 traditions for the most part but he has really learned to embrace this one…
There are many more, but I have limited access due to distance from home. But, my Dad really knows how to just let go and put on a weird costume. All the other days of the year my Dad is in no way bombastic, conversely he is pretty reserved and conservative. So, if you want proof of genuine Halloween magic look no further than the spell it puts on Joe every year on All Hallows’ Eve.
In a pitiful attempt to compete with my Dad, my little family and I do our best to scare away the undead with our own disguises.
We do a bunch of other crap too but I’m sick of this post. Traditional food, smells, books and a million other little things all make Halloween a magical and memorable time for us. If anyone wants to share their Halloween tradition please do!
Also for those who made it this far into the post… There is only one more day to get my book “All Hallows’ Eve’ for free… follow the link! CLICK HERE!
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Thanks for all the downloads, I had almost 90 downloads on the first day! There is still plenty of time to download and share “All Hallows’ Curse” with your friends. It is 100% free, but after Saturday it will be $1.99. If you did download it, what did you think? FEEDBACK IS WELCOME, take a minute to write a review if you can. Thanks everybody and I hope you like my weird little book…
For those curious here’s a sample…
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I have successfully uploaded my new Halloween book to amazon and it is FREE TO DOWNLOAD FOR THE NEXT FIVE DAYS! Please follow the link to download the book, if you like it please give me a good review. And if you don’t like it… DON’T READ IT!
AND PLEASE SHARE THE LINK WITH YOUR FRIENDS, THE MORE DOWNLOADS I GET THE HIGHER THE RANKING ON AMAZON…
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In the tradition of wasting my time by writing and Illustrating holiday themed books I have just completed a Halloween Book! All Hallows Curse is a short tale about a kid who encounters some frightening spooks while Trick or Treating. I am hoping to have the book available for download tomorrow or the next day on amazon and it will be free to download for the first 5 days. I will make an official announcement once the title is available. Until then here is an image of the cover.
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