Tonight is the Halloween Howler! What is the Halloween Howler, you ask? It’s a double header live 80s metal show! Adhering to the restrictions in place, a hotel in the downtown core of my city has found a way to support live music. Thus, my tiny entourage and I will be making our way down to the belly of the city, decked up in 80s metal gear, and watch two live bands prove that 80s metal is still alive!
Last week, when a multiple day snow storm hit, and winter descended upon us much too early, I thought, oh my, we will be huddling in our winter coats watching the show. You see, in order to meet the requirements, the show is at a hotel, the bands will be on the pool deck, and the fans will be watching from room balconies.
But then…the weather turned. The sun came out, the snow melted, and the day of the show is looking very promising indeed.
I am particularly excited about seeing Delicious Dan (yes, that’s my name for him). He was my favourite when I saw Broken Toyz at a small dive hot-boxed in sweat.
Here’s to Halloween! Here’s to 80s Metal! And here’s to making the best of life.
What activity are you looking forward to this Halloween? I would love to hear! Share in the comments.
Since this is the week leading up to Halloween, I’m devouring scary movies. I tend to stick to the ‘old school’ stuff. I love the 80s. This week I have ventured into the current year! Yes! And guess what? It’s not so bad.
Being an 80s metal head and a horror lover, I came across this absolute gem! If you love sassy characters, metal heads, and ritualistic murder…this is for you. Give it a go. The story is decent. I’ll admit, I was surprised a few times – the twists are well executed.
I LOVED the fact that it PROVED that metal isn’t dead. Really.
I LOVED the unexpected twists and turns.
I LOVED the unsettling ending…where you start to question what really happened.
Have you been watching scary movies? What’s your favourite? Any recommendations for Halloween night? I’d love to read your suggestions in the comments.
It’s almost Halloween!! Grab a handful of cheap, sugary candy from that pumpkin bucket and take a few minutes (well, 13 minutes and 42 seconds) to watch the full video (or shall I say mini-movie?). You can’t tell me you don’t want a creepy blast from the past…and a bit of sugar to put you in that Halloween spirit.
Now that you’re hopped up on sweet chocolate and caramel goo, why was (and still is…) Thriller so good?
Was it because of Michael’s sheer joy over seeing himself transform into a werewolf in front of the eyes of his sweet, pure girlfriend? I mean, c’mon, he’s clearly enjoying this! Or the incredible transformation, fur, nails, teeth and all? I mean, this was 1982.
Or was it the perfectly choreographed dance of the dead? These zombies had moves! And, of course, we were all in love with the way that Michael could slide across the dance floor…or the cemetery.
Or was it the fact that this video was 13 minutes and 42 seconds long? In a time when the video format was new, videos were short and full of glam, this one pushed the limits WAY beyond the boundaries. It was LONG. It was SCARY. It was completely different than any other video out there when it was released. Yet, it was a HIT! We all love it.
How about we sum it all up as a chilling, thrilling, mini-movie wrapped up in a video box? We all loved this tiny film. We all watched it over and over. And we also played that LP until it was scratched and jumpy.
Things might be a little different this year. But it doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate the spooky day of Halloween. Why should the kids have all the fun? Us adults (or demons) like a good little trick or treat too.
What are your plans?
Parties and trick or treating aside, there are plenty of other deliciously dark things we can do!
Today, we talk about makeup! Yes. Creepy makeup is easy and fun to do. And the reactions are to die for. Doing creepy makeup is simple and doesn’t cost much. After all, a demon has to watch her budget.
Step one is to pick a look. With the internet, this is easy. Pinterest is a good source for ideas, or you simply use Google. Go on, search away, come up with at least three ideas.
Here’s some looks I’ve done in the past….
Once you pick out your look, you need a simple set of tools. This is my basic (cheap) toolkit. If you have a Halloween themed store near you, check it out. I found some great stuff at Halloween Alley. Shopper’s Drug Mart often carries special Halloween items. Any store with a cosmetic area will have some good, basic, inexpensive stuff (brushes, sponges, palettes).
(1) Base creams – white, black, red. I always keep white, black and red cream base. This can go all over your face, or used to accent.
(2) Palette – I’ve been reusing an old palette full of shadows and creams. I mix and match—an eyeshadow can be used for creating shadows on your face. A lip gloss can be used to emulate blood or make thick, glossy eyebrows. Have some fun, play around a little.
(3) Brush Set & Sponge – a simple sponge is cheap. I buy them by the bagful at Super Store. Don’t throw away those old brush sets—repurpose them for creepy makeup time.
(4) Mascara & Liner – I love to mascara my eyelashes at the end. Liner is perfect to draw lines or darken around the eyes. I love Urban Decay (Sephora) as one stick lasts a long time, and this brand offers lots of glimmer options.
The creepy-photo-idea you chose to follow is a guide only. Your face is shaped differently than the person in the photo, and your look will be your own unique creation. Be free and expressive. Go with the flow.
STEP 1 – BASE: The first step is to do your base. Most of mine have been white. A simple sponge and base color do the trick. Make it as smooth as possible, but don’t fuss. Then, take a larger brush, swipe it through a flesh coloured blush, and pat/dab/brush over the white to bring out a little flesh colour.
STEP 2 – EYES: Next, I usually move on to the eyes. I make small additions to mock the shape I want and effect I want. I just play around while taking regular looks at the photo.
STEP 3 – FACE: When the eyes look almost done, try adding to the other parts of the face. Look at the photo, start with the areas that have the most makeup featured. Add a stroke, look back at the picture, add a stroke, look back at the picture…you get the point. Play with this! If you want to try something different than in the photo do it!
STEP 4 – FINAL TOUCHES: I usually put final touches on the eyes, revisit any areas I want to bring out more, then end with the lips.
Go out and look for ideas! Then post your photo ideas below! Come back on Halloween and share your final look.
And STAY TUNED here for more tips on specific creepy makeup looks. If there’s something you want to be featured, mention it in the comments.