Best Xmas Gifts for Halloween Lovers

Shopping for Halloween lovers is surprisingly easy and a lot of fun when you know what to look for.  But, sometimes under the pressure and stress of the holidays, the ideas get lost under the endless rows of candy canes and the mountains of sugary glittery goodness. Here are a few suggestions for perfectly dark and gothic gifts, that won’t break the bank and totally ensures your favorite Halloweenophile will have a scary Christmas at all.  Remember to shop small business when you can!

Artist Prints

Price $10 and up

By giving the gift of a Halloween or scary print, not only are you buying an awesome gift, but you’re also supporting the arts and helping local and living artists thrive. That’s a brilliant gift for us all.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/Sugarfueledart?ref=l2-shopheader-name

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Funko Horror Pops! – Horror Icons

Price: $10 and up

Every major horror movie icon has been made into a Funko Pop, including Halloween favorites such as Nightmare Before Christmas and Beetlejuice. It’s fun to build up a collection over time and owning a completed set of particularly themed Pops is strangely satisfying.

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Ouija Board

Price: $15 and up

What’s the fascination with the Ouija board? Is it real or just a game? Does the board really contact spirits of the dead? Only one way to get the answers, own your board. Buyers beware.

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Tarot Cards

Price: $15 and up

The 15th century card game was upgraded to divination tools around the late 18th century, when occult practitioners used the 78-card deck to peer into the past, examine the present and predict the future. Tarot’s usefulness is up to the card holder/believer, but the artistic beauty of some decks can be enjoyed by everyone.

With hundreds of decks to choose from, it’s easy to choose a theme or deck that appeals to the personal preference of the receiver. You can also head over to Aeclectic Tarot for a review of decks and learn the facts and secrets of tarot.

 

Handbook for the Recently Deceased Journal

Price: $17.99

Help your Halloween lover celebrate the 30th anniversary of Beetlejuice with this hard cover journal based on the movie.

Complete Collection of Edgar Allan Poe works

Price: $25

Yes, Poe’s work can be found online. But, there’s something very special about having a leatherbound omnibus of all of Poe’s fiction and poems, at your fingertips, for cold, dark nights. Grab a cup of tea and settle in for a spooky read.

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Gothic Christmas Stocking

Price: $30

Express the darker side of Christmas with a one-of-kind gothic or Halloween/alternative themed Christmas Stocking. Check back later in this month, when I post some great stocking stuffers to put inside it.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/213061114/nevermore-gothic-raven-christmas?ref=shop_home_active_17

 

Umbrella/Parasol

Price: $35 and up

Keep the beehive hairdo dry and protect delicate skin from the sun’s harmful rays with a beautiful gothic or Halloween themed umbrella or parasol.

 

 

Rue Morgue Print Subscription

Price: $49.95 for 6 issues/ $79.95 for 12 issues

A monthly gift of the world’s leading horror magazine will keep your Halloween lover satisfied with the latest movie, TV, book, and horror culture and entertainment news, all year along.

https://www.rue-morgue.com/shop_/

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Universal Classic Monsters (1931-1959) Blu-ray Box Set

Price: $79.99 and up

Halloween lovers, movie fans and collectors will love waking up and finding this ultimate horror movie collection under the tree. It’s the gift that keeps on giving, any time of year.

https://www.uphe.com/movies/universal-classic-monsters-complete-30-film-collection

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Poe Sundays

 

The Tell-Tale Heart
by Edgar Allan Poe

TRUE! — nervous — very, very dreadfully nervous I had been and am; but why will you say that I am mad? The disease had sharpened my senses — not destroyed — not dulled them. Above all was the sense of hearing acute. I heard all things in the heaven and in the earth. I heard many things in hell. How, then, am I mad? Hearken! and observe how healthily — how calmly I can tell you the whole story.

It is impossible to say how first the idea entered my brain; but once conceived, it haunted me day and night. Object there was none. Passion there was none. I loved the old man. He had never wronged me. He had never given me insult. For his gold I had no desire. I think it was his eye! yes, it was this! He had the eye of a vulture –a pale blue eye, with a film over it. Whenever it fell upon me, my blood ran cold; and so by degrees — very gradually –I made up my mind to take the life of the old man, and thus rid myself of the eye forever.
Continue reading “Poe Sundays”

Happy Caturday!

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To view more of John Pelico’s art, please visit the KillerPumpkins website here: https://www.killerpumpkins.com/

Friday Fright Nightcaps – Pumpkin Pie Shots

Tis the season of pumpkin spice and everything nice, and scary!

A nice man named Dan over at Mantitlement perfected the ultimate recipe for Pumpkin Pie Shots, just in time to celebrate National Pumpkin Day!

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Photo by Mantitlement

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces Caramel vodka
  • 2 ounces Pumpkin Spice liquor
  • 2 ounces RumChata
  • Sugar or sprinkles for rimming the glass (optional)
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Photo by Mantitlement

To view the full recipe, please go here: https://www.mantitlement.com/recipes/pumpkin-pie-shots/

 

Wicked Art Wednesdays – Toxic Toons

This October, we celebrate the multi-talented artist and animator Eric “Unkle” Pigors, who hails from Santa Clarita, CA.

Artist: Eric Pigors
Company/Studio: Toxic Toons
Where to Purchase Goods: Online shop, comic book and horror conventions, special events, specialty stores, i.e., Halloweentown Store, Mystic Museum, etc.
Website:  https://www.toxictoons.com/
Social Media:  https://www.instagram.com/toxictoons

Why we love them:  This former Cartoon Network and Disney animator serves up the creepy dark art of every type of monster you can dream of and several only he could think up. His works are silly, gruesome, and the characters always look like they’re having a good time. If you could picture yourself inside one animated cartoon for a night, it’d be at a Pigor’s Halloween party.

Halloween Playlists

The beauty of creating your own playlist vs. listening to someone else’s is that you’re guaranteed to LOVE every song. With the variety of hosts and methods available, it’s super easy to create your own playlists these days. The real problem lies in finding the time to research a good variety of songs. So, I thought I’d help out with a little playlist of my own Halloween faves.

30-40s-50s

The Ghost of Smokey Joe by Cab Calloway

Old Man Mose by Louis Jordan

That Old Black Magic by Frank Sinatra

I Want to be Evil by Eartha Kitt

Purple People Eater by Sheb Wooley

Poison Ivy by the Coasters

Witch Doctor – David Seville and the Chipmunks

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60s

Monster Mash by Bobby ‘Boris’ Pickett and the Crypt-Kickers

Riboflavin-Flavored, Non-Carbonated, Polyunsaturated Blood by Don Hinson and The Rigamorticians

Martian Hop by the Randells

I Put a Spell on You by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins

Love Potion #9 by The Searchers

Little Red Riding Hood by Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs

Devil in a Blue Dress by Mitch Ryder

Spooky by Classic IV

Ain’t Superstitious by Howlin’ Wolf

Sympathy for the Devil by The Rolling Stones

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70s

Superstition by Stevie Wonder

Angie Baby by Helen Reddy

Devil Went Down to Georgia by Charlie Daniels Band

Devil Woman by Cliff Richard

Don’t Fear the Reaper by Blue Oyster Cult

Werewolves of London by Warren Zevon

Frankenstein by Edgar Winter Group

Swamp Witch by Jim Stafford

Witch Queen of New Orleans by Redbone

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80s

Abracadabra by Steve Miller Band

Magic by The Cars

Thriller by Michael Jackson

Ghostbusters by Ray Parker, Jr.

Somebody’s Watching Me by Rockwell

A Nightmare on My Street by DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince

Dead Man’s Party by Oingo Boingo

Ghost Town by The Specials

Devil Inside by INXS

Hammer Horror by Kate Bush

Psycho Killer by Talking Heads

Pet Semetery by The Ramones

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90s

Sweet Dreams by Marilyn Manson

The Munsters Theme by Los Straitjackets

Werewolf by Southern Culture on the Skids

Dragula by Rob Zombie

Halloween (She’s so Mean) by Rob Zombie and the Ghastly Ones

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This is in no way a comprehensive or ‘best of’ list. I’m just hoping to inspire people to put together their own awesome Halloween playlist and encourage younger music lovers to continue listening to the great music of years past.