Latex Halloween masks make for some of the most fun, creative and creepy costumes, but they do require a bit of finesse to make them be all they can be.
The beauty of latex masks lies in their wide variety and larger-than-life detailing. The bane of them is what they typically look like when first taken out of the box. How are you going to be the scariest werewolf ever when your snout bends to the left, there's a crease running up your forehead, and one eye is caved in?
Follow these tips to make sure your latex mask is going to look and fit exactly how you want.
Dealing with Folds, Creases and Bends
If you’re serious about making your mask the sensation you know it can be (you bought it because you fell in love with it, right?), then you’re going to need to bring on the heat!
Stuff the entire head with paper until the mask resembles want you want the end result to look like. This is important because it is during the cooling process that the latex actually takes on its new shape. Using a hairdryer, apply heat to each trouble area for a few minutes. The heat will soften the latex and make it more willing to bend to a new shape. Be careful – the latex gets extremely hot to the touch. NEVER wear the mask while applying heat!
For parts that are bent to one side (noses, mouths, etc.), you may need to use a ruler to keep them straight while heat is being applied and also while the mask is cooling. This additional support will encourage the latex to keep its new direction. Allow the mask to cool for at least 10 minutes.
Sizing the Mask
Although most latex masks are created as “one size fits all,” this rarely ends up being the case. If the mask is too large and the eyeholes do not meet up with your eyes, then fill out the extra space with foam, plastic bags, or paper until you are able to see out of the mask.
If the mask is too small, then extend the slit in the back of the mask with an X-acto knife or a small pair of scissors. Cut the slit up one half inch at a time and keep trying on the mask until it fits. Once it fits to your satisfaction, use a paper hole-puncher and punch a hole at the top of the slit. This will prevent the slit from running any further.
Most latex masks intentionally come with eyeholes that are very small and it may seem impossible to properly see out of the mask. While some people have no trouble at all with the default eyehole size, most of us will not be so fortunate. Impaired vision can be a total buzzkill if you’re supposed to be some creepy creature but you’re fumbling about, trying not to bump into things! To correct this issue, use a small pair of scissors and trim the eyehole cuts a little bigger. Go slowly and cut sparingly, trying on the mask frequently until you are happy with your ability to see.
If you find yourself with a mask where the eyeholes are too big and people can actually see your eyes (thus robbing you of the joy of being completely anonymous and threatening), you can fix this in one of two ways:
Use black face paint around your eyes to cover up any exposed skin.
Personally, I recommend the second option, as the black-out mask is guaranteed to not smudge, smear, or make a mess inside the latex mask.
Now that you’ve smoothed out all the creases, fixed any bends, fitted the mask so it stays snugly in place and lets you see out of it, you’re ready to go and scare the daylights out of your friends! Happy haunting!
What does horror and hip-hop have in common? Answer: music/video artist KARDIAC - one of the most controversial artists known to the underground.
Hailing from Middletown, NY, KARDIAC began playing drums in hardcore local bands at the age of 15. He quickly realized his vision exceeded beyond the sticks, and he started producing beats, selling tapes and dropped his first solo LP "Prescription for Death." From there, he hit the underground circuit, and opened for such artists as Immortal Technique, ILL BILL, Q-unique, Jedi Mind Tricks, 7L & Esoteric, Outerspace, Life Long and last but not least the infamous Boot camp Clik.
Over the years, KARDIAC has also been involved in several group project album releases of which he published himself. It was in 2011, when he came back strong with his 4th solo album release, “The Afternoon of Extravagant Delight,” as he broadcast his very first professional music video, “The Nest.” That album took a different and out of the ordinary approach from the monotonous style that rap had to offer at the time. KARDIAC has appeared on radio stations in New York, and also performed all over the United States opening for many major artists in the underground industry.
In 2012, KARDIAC began creating his own official videos and commercials. This includes: video production, video editing, special effects, and film scoring. He has since released a few promotional commercials. For his December 2013 album, "Sleep Deprivation," he showcased his first independently produced official music video for the track entitled "It's Hard to Keep a Secret." In 2014, he took a bigger step into the film world to write and produce his own Short Film Music Video, "The County Road Cover Up," that was inspired by a track off of the album, "Gifts of Blood Two."
To date, KARDIAC has released 5 solo LPs and is currently working on his 6th solo album. To get a taste of his horror hip-hop style, check out his albums here: https://kardiac.bandcamp.com/
KARDIAC is also working on his next official horror video currently titled "When Everything Changed." The idea for this music video is a dark horror story. Production will start within the next couple of weeks.
Midst the planning and developing his next release, KARDIAC continues to develop beat production and artwork for the general public.
For more about KARDIAC, be sure and check out his music and video offerings here:
You've been debating with your friends for years about how you would survive a zombie apocalypse. You've watched all the movies, read all the books, and you'd wager that your mad skills are on par with Daryl Dixon's on "The Walking Dead."
But talk is cheap. How do you know how you'll really react to a zombie when you've never actually encountered one? Well, here's your chance to find out! Put your money where your brains are when you sign up for The Zombie Run - a 5K obstacle course that pits Humans against Zombies. For an even more realistic experience, The Zombie Run: Block Ops starts after sundown!
The Zombie Run is a unique 5K run that helps raise funds for the Kennedy Krieger Institute. Kennedy Krieger Institute’s sole focus is on the problems and injuries affecting a child’s developing brain. For decades, dedicated researchers, physicians, therapists and educators have been helping children battling brain injuries and disorders across the nation on their road to recovery.
Through your support, Kennedy Krieger is able to provide ground-breaking research and critically needed care for children battling brain injuries and disorders nationwide.
When you register for The Zombie Run, you can sign up to be either a Human or a Zombie.
Run for Your Life
Register as a Human and Test Yourself
Start off in a temporary refuge, but be prepared for zombie attacks. If the refuge becomes overrun with zombies, you'll have to trek 3.1 miles to reach the next designated safe zone. Make it to the designated safe zone in one piece and you'll be identified as a "Suvivor." Think you can survive running 3.1 miles through hordes of ravenous zombies? The course is segmented into several themed zones. Each zone is populated with more zombies than the one before, and will feature bizarre and unexpected events and elements.
Be prepared to encounter massive fires, infected school buses, herd highways, chainsaw massacres, medical checkpoints, scaling walls, and of course starving zombies who see you as their next meal!
Humans will be provided with a belt and three "life flags," which the zombies will attempt to steal. Complete the course with at least one "life flag" and you will be identified as a "Survivor."
Worried about your survival rate? You can purchase additional "life flags" with a $10 donation to the Kennedy Krieger Institute. Or team up with other runners. Start your own team of trusted comrades, or join an existing team.
Run for Their Brains
Register as a Zombie
Do you think it would be the coolest thing ever to be a zombie? Dying to do the Undead Shuffle? Sign up to participate as a Zombie and scare the brains out of your friends! When you register as a Zombie, you'll receive a professional zombie makeover upon arrival.
Once you have been zombified, you will be assigned to one of the many zones within the course. Go into full-on Zombie mode and act your rotting brains out as you terrorize the Humans trying to make it to the safe zone.
Can't Run but Still Want to Have Fun?
Spectators are always welcome! In fact, the more, the merrier! Sponsor a runner, rally your friends, have fun and support a good cause! Once the run is over, stay on for an epic after party.
Enjoy music, food, photo ops, cool merchandise and where state law permits, beer! You can even get a professional zombie makeover!
For those of you who prefer your holidays with a sick twist, then you've come to the right place! We've scoured the web for the best demented Valentine's Day delights that are sure to scare the pants off your date or make them fall stalkerishly in love with you. We know stalkerishly isn't really a word, but that's okay because stalkers don't follow rules anyway...
Creepy Vermont Teddy Bears
If you're looking for a creepy twist on a traditional gift, then the Zombie Love Bear or the Love at First Bite Vampire Bear may be just what you're looking for.
Zombie Love Bear
The Zombie Love Bear is frightfully funny and irresistibly cuddly. He has living-dead inspired gray fur, red eyes, a facial scar, a razor heart tattoo, tattered jeans, and t-shirt that says "I love brains you." To keep your loved one entranced, he even comes with a stuffed brain tagged "Romantic Dinner for Two," as well as a stuffed heart that says "I give you my heart." He was reanimated in Vermont.
Give the vampire bear for Valentine's Day to tell your sweetheart it was love at first bite! Made of soft black fur, he wears fitted black denim jeans, a black tank-top with heart-shaped blood drops, and a faux leather trench coat with red brocade label. His removable felt fangs will prevent him from turning your loved one.
Worm your way into her heart with this trio of dark chocolate-covered scorpions, superworms and silkworms. Insects are naturally high in protein, so these chocolates don't come with the traditional guilt!
Curl up with your sweetie and swap stories of unrequited love as you sit down to watch this creepy movie about four friends who start receiving morbid Valentine's Day cards. Someone out there is stalking them ... someone they all spurned when they were younger.
If you hate cupid and love slasher movies, then this one is not to be missed!
But this article really isn't about creepy Santas. We just wanted to provide you with your daily dose of disturb to go with your coffee or Red Bull. Now that we've gotten that out of the way, let's get down to what this article is REALLY about: how to become the rockstar in your Zombie-lover friend's life. We've dug up some super cool Zombie toys that will make your Christmas tree fear for its life! Not that it could anyway, since it's already dead, but you get the point.
What happens when you take old broken plush toys and bury them in the woods by the light of the full moon while whistling the theme song from "Halloween"? Unfortunately nothing...which is why the skillful design monkeys here at ThinkGeek were forced to come-up with our own scary (but cute) zombie plush. The Dismember-Me Plush Zombie begs to be torn limb from limb. After all he is a decaying re-animated corpse turned into irresistible cuddly plush. Rip off an arm... he doesn't mind. Tear him in half.. he'll barely notice. Pull off his legs... ok now he's getting a bit annoyed. Steal his brain... now you've really done it. Keep your teddy bears under close guard tonight because undead plush have come back from hell to walk the earth.
In a world overtaken by zombies, the only hope for survival lies in learning the language of the undead. How to Speak Zombie demonstrates how to blend in and avoid being eaten while carrying on with everyday activities like ordering a latte from a zombarista and shopping at a zombie-infested mall. This essential guide features an electronic sound module that demonstrates proper zombie pronunciation ("RAHHHhh!"), helpful text that explores the customs and etiquette of the zombie world, and detailed illustrations that show the undead doing everything from pumping iron to dancing the night away. Deeply informative, this handbook also includes an all-purpose BRAINS button that can be used in any situation, deadly or otherwise.
Emerging from the grave, this edgy shape shifter opens his powerful jaw in a silent, sharp toothed hiss that forewarns anyone who dares come near. Cast in quality designer resin and hand-painted with an almost illustrative quality. In his gruesome world, death comes bearing a mangled tongue and blood red eyes in a menacing image your guests will not soon forget. This two-dimensional, clever gothic Werewolf Zombie sculpt is - as you'd expect - found only at Design Toscano! 5½"Wx4½"Dx7½"H. 1 lb.
So Now You're a Zombie: A Handbook for the Newly Undead
Being undead can be disorienting. Your arms and other appendages tend to rot and fall off. It’s difficult to communicate with a vocabulary limited to moans and gurgles. And that smell! (Yes, it’s you.) But most of all, you must constantly find and ingest human brains. Braaaains!!!
What’s a zombie to do?
Thankfully, zombiologist John Austin details everything you need to know, as a newly undead soul, to hunt, fight, and feed on the living. As the first handbook written specifically for the undead, So Now You’re a Zombie explains how you ended up in this predicament, the stages of zombification, and what you need to survive in this zombiphobic world. Dozens of helpful diagrams outline attack strategies, such as the Ghoul Reach, the Flanking Zack, the Bite Hold, and the Aerial Fall, to secure your human prey. You’ll even learn how to successfully extract the living from boarded up farmhouses and broken down vehicles.
This handbook also explores the upside of being a zombie. Gone are the burdens of employment, taxes, social networks, even basic hygiene, allowing you to focus on simple necessities in “life”: the juicy gray matter found in the skulls of the living.
A Zombified spin on the quintessential white elephant gift. Perfect for gift exchange parties or when you get stuck being the Secret Santa to your nemesis.
The Chia Pet Zombie collection is ghoulish, scary and frighteningly fun! Comes with a convenient plastic drip tray and chia seed packets for 3 plantings. Planting and care instructions included. Expect to see a luxurious chia coat in about two weeks.
The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead
From the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, World War Z, The Zombie Survival Guide is your key to survival against the hordes of undead who may be stalking you right now. Fully illustrated and exhaustively comprehensive, this book covers everything you need to know, including how to understand zombie physiology and behavior, the most effective defense tactics and weaponry, ways to outfit your home for a long siege, and how to survive and adapt in any territory or terrain.
Top 10 Lessons for Surviving a Zombie Attack
1. Organize before they rise!
2. They feel no fear, why should you?
3. Use your head: cut off theirs.
4. Blades don’t need reloading.
5. Ideal protection = tight clothes, short hair.
6. Get up the staircase, then destroy it.
7. Get out of the car, get onto the bike.
8. Keep moving, keep low, keep quiet, keep alert!
9. No place is safe, only safer.
10. The zombie may be gone, but the threat lives on.
Don’t be carefree and foolish with your most precious asset—life. This book is your key to survival against the hordes of undead who may be stalking you right now without your even knowing it. The Zombie Survival Guide offers complete protection through trusted, proven tips for safeguarding yourself and your loved ones against the living dead. It is a book that can save your life.
Walking Ginger Dead Undead Zombie Gingerbread Cookie Kit
There is an enormous number of gruesome and ghoulish gifts and goodies out there. It's not easy to find just the right wrapping paper for that Walking Dead Bluray or that I Heart Zombies shirt. When kittens, flowers, balloons, or jolly reindeer just won't cut it to wrap those flesh-eating-ghoul-gifts for the zombie enthusiast in your life, you need awesome Zombie Gift Wrap.
To celebrate our GRAND OPENING, we are giving away a SIGNED, limited edition box set of Clive Barker's BOOKS OF BLOOD.
"Dip the apple in the brew. Let the Sleeping Death seep through."
DIY POISON APPLES
Make your own "poisonous" apples for your next Halloween party!
WICKED BLACK TOFFEE APPLES
6 Granny smith apples (unwaxed)
2 cups granulated sugar
3/4 cups water
1/2 cup light corn syrup or liquid glucose
Black gel food coloring
1. Grease a piece of baking paper and place it on a baking sheet.
2. Insert bamboo skewers into the apples and set them aside.
3. In a medium pot, combine sugar, water, glucose/corn syrup, and a few drops of food coloring. Stir over medium heat until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture feels smooth when you rub it between your fingers.
4. When the sugar has dissolved, turn up the heat and wash the sides of the pot down with a pastry brush dipped into clean water to prevent crystals from forming.
5. Allow the caramel to boil until it reaches the hard crack stage (310 degrees Fahrenheit).
6. Carefully dip the apples into the hot candy mixture and place on the baking paper to set. Allow apples to cool for at least an hour before serving to your victims.
To celebrate our GRAND OPENING, we are giving away a SIGNED, limited edition box set of Clive Barker's BOOKS OF BLOOD.