Halloween Countdown 2017: Little One-Eyed Dolly from Smeddley!

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My pal Smeddley and I exchange small gifts on occasion; I send her rubber ducky items, she knits adorable little toys for my Collection of One-Eyed Monsters. I think she simply knits in her spare time and needs a project to complete on occasion and asks me what I would like. This one was a total surprise until she asked me if I liked the ears. I said “sure”, and the next thing I knew, an adorable cyclops dolly arrived in the mail! Thanks, Smedd!!

 

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Halloween Countdown 2017: The Haunted Archery Tournament!

Our dear pal Kenny used to be an archery instructor at a school. He was kind enough to send me some photos(and permission to use them) of the time he turned an indoor archery tournament into something  delightfully macabre with some building and crafting knowhow.

Grave Yard

I think that wall waaaay down at the far end is the area with the targets that the kids would shoot. I love these adorable little wood cutout ghosts!
They kinda look like they have beards.

 

Guillotine 2

This is so awesome…Kenny enthusiastically described this guillotine he made in a doorway, complete with robed executioner and bloody heads rolling out of a basket!!

 

Kenny & Kent

Kenny and his son Kent(also our friend) in their costumes for the event.
Says Kenny:  “I did a basic Steampunk costume and  Kent was Red Arrow. The shoot took place in Conyers at the county annex building.”

Halloween Countdown 2017: Boys’ Life Space Costume Fun!

Today I went by my favorite local flea market, which I haven’t patronized in a while due to my curbing my flea marketing activities. I was hoping to justify the trip by getting some good pics of their usual Halloween vintage goodness, but there wasn’t much out. However, that was all rectified with my discovery of some Boys’ Life magazines. After picking up several and thumbing through them, I was thoroughly convinced I would have loved being a Boy Scout, had I been a boy, of course. There was a lot more fun-looking stuff in those magazines than I’ve seen in magazines with a focus on young girls from back then. Except all the hunting stuff. No way, dude.
Anyway, inside one issue that  said something about  “space toys and hobbies” on the cover, there was an article on homemade costumes. I didn’t get a pic of the actual article or cover so I do not remember the year or month. But look at these gems:

Boys Life Spaceman

I think this kid has on his scouting cap, but has painted his face green and possibly his hands too. I don’t know what the space playset is even after a fairly thorough Google search, so I’m gonna ask some of my
vintage toy buff friends such as Plaid Stallions for  help.

Love the bare feet.

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Kiddo is playing, in his scouting uniform, with R2-D2 and an X-Wing!!!

 

Boys Life Spaceman 2

Oh god…kid in uniform again, playing in the sand (didn’t the kids have to keep these uniforms clean and pressed?) with a strange alien parrot mask and ray gun!!

 

Boys Life Vader with Godzilla

I have saved the best for last. Boy Scout Vader Gets Beat Up By Godzilla.

 

(The Shogun Warriors Godzilla, to be exact. Oh, how I wanted this thing.)

 

Thanks for looking at old space fun playtime pics!

 

HAlloween Countdown 2017: RIP, Basil Gogos.

Well,I didn’t intend to have this be part of the countdown, but this man was a master of capturing horror and should be included wherever people are making tributes to classic monsters.

Basil Gogos,American illustrator best known for his portraits of movie monsters  on the covers of Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine in the 1960s and 1970s, has died, aged 78.
His art on the covers of Famous Monsters  portrayed many, of not most, of the classic horror monsters and creatures  such as  Dracula, The Wolf Man, The Mummy, King Kong, Godzilla,Frankenstein’s Monster, The Bride of Frankenstein,The Phantom of the Opera, The Creature from the Black Lagoon and now-legendary horror actors including Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff,  Lon Chaney, Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, and Vincent Price.

What a master of color and mood. He could instill dread simply with a monster portrait’s color tone. His portraits are so unusual because they feature their subjects in often unconventional colored light sources. Gogos also strove to portray these characters as both frightening and sympathetic.

I had the pleasure of seeing his work at a couple of horror-related cons but never had a chance to talk to him. What a missed opportunity.

I shall now leave you with some of my favorites of his work. Enjoy.

 

 

Halloween Countdown 2017: A Trip Through Bath & Body Works!

I never really go in Bath & Body Works except at Christmas and Halloween; I don’t like scented things(gives me a headache) and I don’t really care about having a bezillion products scattered all over the vanity and tub. However, there are a few little things that this store offers that I covet: their hand sanitizers and accompanying holders, and occasionally their breakable doodads although I am trying with every fiber of my being not to buy that kind of stuff any more. Or if I do, it must be one big special thing. But anyway, here’s a look at this year’s designs and selection at Ye Olde Bath Shop: