Paint Your Face – Sugar Skull for Halloween

FROM: CeciNewYork.com

Need a last minute Halloween costume? Try this Day of Dead look:

DIY sugar skull facepaint

Day of the Dead Face Paint tips

 

DAY OF THE DEAD MAKEUP Tutorial:

  1. Inspiration images: To find a variety of inspiration, try googling “Day of the Dead makeup.”
  2. Face paint: Buy a palette of Halloween face paint from your local drugstore. Make sure it contains enough white paint to cover your face!
  3. Foundation: Paint your entire face white, from the hairline to the jawline. Apply with a sponge and pat makeup on to get fuller coverage. Set white makeup with white powder.
  4. Accent color: Choose an accent color and use it to make large circles around the entire eye area (you will use this same color later to do detailing).
  5. Details: Use an eyeliner pencil to apply details to match your inspiration image, or get creative and add your own spooky touches! An eyeliner brush and liquid liner will help you get a finer line.
  6. Final look: Complete the look with a bright dash of color – try adding a flower to your hair!

 

Learn more here: http://www.cecinewyork.com/cecistyle/2012/10/02/v114-ceci-creative-tips-day-of-the-dead-makeup/

 

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Luna Moon’s Gothic Jewelry

Luna Moon Gothic Jewelry has Unique, Handmade Horror, Halloween & Rockabilly Designs

Silverstone Jason Voorhees Pendant & Chain

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Jason Voorhees Pendant and Chain from Luna Moon’s Gothic Jewelry

 

See more designs like this at https://www.etsy.com/listing/240723401/friday-the-13th-jason-voorhees

 

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El Chupacabra

El Chupacabra

Chupacabra by chezarawolf

FROM: livescience.com

The chupacabra was a very recent addition to the Mysterious Monster Club, coming many decades after Bigfoot and the Loch Ness monster made their debuts. But only a few years after the chupacabra first appeared on the scene, the mystery was solved.

Bigfoot, the mysterious beast said to roam the North American wilderness, is named after what it leaves behind: big footprints. Bigfoot’s Hispanic cousin, the chupacabra, is also named for what it leaves behind: dead animals. Though goats are said to be its favorite prey (chupacabra means “goat sucker” in Spanish), it has have also been blamed for attacks on cats, rabbits, dogs, chickens, and other animals.

There are no known photographs of the beast, or even credible footprints. Instead, the chupacabra is known mostly through a few dozen eyewitness sightings and many dead animals. The chupacabra is probably the world’s best-known vampire after Dracula, and its victims are often claimed to have been found completely drained of blood.

Descriptions of chupacabra vary widely, but many accounts suggest that the creature stands about four to five feet tall. It has powerful legs that allow it to leap huge distances, long claws, terrifying, glowing red eyes, and distinctive spikes down its back. While some believe that chupacabra sightings date back to the 1970s or earlier, the monsteractually first appeared in 1995 in Puerto Rico; there are no records of any vampiric chupacabras before that time.

Read more here: http://www.livescience.com/24036-chupacabra-facts.html

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El Sombrerón

El Sobreron

El Sombrerón

FROM: http://www.quepasa.gt

Walking through the streets of La Antigua Guatemala, surely your curiosity and imagination have taken flight and you have wondered what things have happened here in this place, what stories have been told about those still-standing buildings, what moaning and groaning hides, whispering among the ruins, and what kind of footsteps have clattered along the cobblestones.

This is one of those stories that still echoes through the silent nights of the full moon, so if some day you wander through the market and beyond and let your feet take you into the La Recolección neighborhood, don’t panic; just let go and allow yourself to feel a bit of the history and the magic that makes this place what it is.

There, they tell of a character who goes out walking at dusk. Is it a man? Is it a goblin? Is it a demon? No one knows for sure, but among those who have seen and heard it – and among those who haven’t – all agree that it’s someone or something very small, dressed all in black with a big shiny belt. On its head, it wears a black hat that hides both its big eyes and its questionable intentions. The feet, encased in a pair of black boots, clomp loudly, and the nearby walls echo with the noise. Over its shoulder hangs a silver guitar.

They say that El Sombrerón (“The Big Hat,” also known as Tzizimite, which means “goblin”) makes mischief through the neighborhoods of the city with his four mules. Sometimes he rides people’s horses, making them gallop all night and wearing them out; sometimes he braids their tails and manes. But he also likes to make young girls fall in love with him, especially those with big eyes and long hair. He enchants them with his sweet voice and the beautiful melodies from his guitar. When they come to the window to see who it is, they become bewitched. He follows them; he braids their hair; they become unable to eat or sleep. They fall under his spell and his mules stay hitched to their houses, while he sings and dances for his beloved.

So if one day you, or a friend, are attracted to a sweet voice that drifts through a window and you feel the moon’s influence beginning to flow through your veins, remember these words, because there are many sombrerones and sombreronas ready to make their mischief.

 

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Herend Skull Black Fishnet

Herend Skull Black Fishnet

Herend Skull Black Fishnet

Herend Skull Black Fishnet

Endearing animals meek and bold, large and small, demure and majestic eagerly await the chance to melt your heart and warm your home. Each is brought to life by the skilled hands of artisans crafting and painting these charming porcelain creatures. The famous fishnet décor adorning many of the animals took form in 1858 when a Herend painter became inspired by a fishscale design he saw on a Chinese porcelain plate and painted a similar pattern onto a rooster figurine to imitate feathers. The rest is history, with the fishnet design now a Herend signature prized worldwide.

 

See more here: http://www.herendstore.com/Herend-Skull-Black-Fishnet-p/hsvhnm-05780-0-00.htm

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El Espinazo del Diablo (The Devil’s Backbone 2001)

 

the devil's backbone (2001)

The Devil’s Backbone (2001)

 

The Devil’s Backbone (Spanish: El espinazo del diablo) is a 2001 Spanish-Mexican gothic horror film directed by Guillermo del Toro, and written by del Toro, Antonio Trashorras and David Muñoz. It was independently produced by Pedro Almodóvar, and filmed in Madrid.

The film is set in Spain, 1939, during the final year of the Spanish Civil War.

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Day of the Dead Marshmallow Sugar Skull Pops

Day of the Dead Marshmallow Sugar Skull Pops

Photograph by Melissa Bailey

 

 

Ingredients

  • One bag of marshmallows (for smaller hands, look for the jumbo marshmallows)
  • Edible decorating markers
  • Other decorating candy that can stick to or be inserted into the marshmallows, such licorice lace
  • Candy or lollipop sticks

Directions

  1. Start by selecting marshmallows that have a clean and smooth shape and are not squished or torn.
  2. Take two small pieces of licorice lace and insert them in the marshmallow to represent the eyes of the skull.
  3. If you are just using the edible decorating markers, then start by drawing the eyes, followed by the nose and mouth.
  4. After you have framed the basic elements of the skull, let your imagination run wild with the endless possibilities on how to decorate the skull with colorful adornments and embellishments.
  5. Use different shapes and colors for a more festive sugar skull.

Learn more here: http://mom.me/latina-mom/14736-day-of-the-dead-marshmallow-sugar-skull-pops/#_a5y_p=2446771

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Cheddar Witch Fingers

 

 

 

cheddar witch fingers

  • COOK TIME: 15 minutes
  • YIELD: about 30 “fingers”
Ingredients
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 ounces (1 cup packed) shredded, extra sharp cheddar cheese
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons cornmeal
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper, optional
  • 1 large egg
  • Coarse salt
  • 30 sliced almonds
  • Black food coloring gel, optional

Combine butter, cheese, flour, cornmeal and cayenne (if using) in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until mixture has the texture of wet sand. Transfer to a bowl. Using a fork, mix in egg until dough holds together. Turn out onto a sheet of parchment paper about 12 inches long. Top with another sheet of parchment and press dough into a ½-inch thick circle.

Freeze for 15 minutes or refrigerate up to 3 days. Remove dough from freezer and roll into a rectangle about 8 inches wide and 10 inches long. Return to freezer for an additional 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, if desired, paint almonds. Mix a tiny amount of food coloring with a tiny bit of water. Using a small paintbrush, paint color onto almonds and set aside. Remove dough from freezer and preheat oven to 350º. Peel off top sheet of parchment. Using a sharp knife or pizza cutter, cut the dough into two 8×5-inch sections. Then cut into about 30 ½-inch wide strips. Place strips on an ungreased cookie sheet.  Sprinkle with coarse salt, to taste.

Use your fingers to shape each strip, rounding the ends and bending in various directions to create a knobby shape. Using a sharp knife, score “knuckles” onto each “finger.” Lightly dab one edge of each finger with water, then gently press the almonds into the dough. Bake for about 15 minutes, until the fingers are golden and crisp. Transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.

From: http://cooklikeachampion.com/2010/10/cheddar-witches-fingers-spooky-cheese/

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Spider eggs treat for Halloween

Spider eggs dessert

Very easy! All you are going to need are some powdered donut holes, plastic spiders and a fun little sign.

From: http://www.sweetcitycandy.com/blog/2014/05/30/events-a-to-z-i-is-for-insect-and-bug-themed-birthday-parties/

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Recipe for Sugar Skulls

sugar skulls

FROM: www.tomzap.com

Recipe for Sugar Skulls * Calavera de Azucar

2½ cups sugar
Egg white from 1 extra-large egg or 2 small eggs
1 teaspoon light corn syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla
Cornstarch, about a half-cup, for powdering surface
Colored sprinkles
Food coloring
Fine paintbrush
Colored icing

Sift sugar into a large mixing bowl. In another bowl, mix the egg whites, corn syrup, and vanilla.

Slowly pour the liquid into the powdered sugar. Mix with your hands until a sandy dough forms. Form dough into a ball. At this point, you can continue, or you can refrigerate dough for later use.

Lightly dust surface with cornstarch, as well as your hands. Pinch off a heaping tablespoon of dough, and shape it into a skull. If you’re using them, lightly press colored sprinkles into the soft candy. Let the candy dry overnight.

When candy is dry, use the paint brush with food coloring to decorate the skulls. Or you can use frosting (one that will dry hard) with a fine tip to decorate them. Hand them out as is, or wrap in a small cellophane bag tied closed with a small ribbon.

Tips:

The skulls may not dry completely on a humid or rainy day.

The dough should be the consistency of damp sand, just moist enough to hold together. If the dough is too dry and crumbly, add 1 teaspoon of water at a time to moisten.

If dough is too moist, add sugar 1 tablespoon at a time until dough is the right consistency.

If the candy has trouble drying completely, place in a 125 degree warm oven until dry.

 

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