Unmasked: Real Halloween Costumes


Vintage Halloween costumes rival modern gore with atmosphere

Here’s looking at you this Halloween!

Halloween has changed over the years, as have the styles of costumes we wear. Now, Pinterest influences us more than the local five and dime. The best  costume pins that don’t require masks and leave colored contacts optional, I bring to you.

Besides well-known characters, we have plenty of clever, homemade, and fun costumes to choose from. Some are elaborate and some are great last-minute endeavors. And some are for professionals, but sure look cool.

If planning to go out with others, you could try to match them. If you are fortunate enough to entice a group into a coordinating costumes, the looks below are real winners.

Some other ideas might include: pop star nightmares, dark parodies, Sharknado style matchups…

imageThese lurking silhouettes are elegant and frightening. Black skin suits can be purchased, or tights might do the trick, too. Matching blacks might be a major challenge, but it will be worth it for the finished product.

Warning: shadow children may be impossible to locate in the dark. Adults could make great use of this costume themselves.


Fitting in

Remember Tetris? This group does! Kind of looks like portable furniture, right?



Another popular group trend leans toward alcoholic beverage themed costumes. Whether you pick flavors of vodka, wine, or shooters to express yourself, try to keep the outfits upright on the dance floor.

Mixed drinks could inspire some interesting interpretations of their names when set to attire.


And my favorite group costume is…


These positively photographic three take black and white to the next level with grayscale makeup. If you can’t afford grey or black contacts when picking up your rinse out hair tints, think color splash photography.

Maybe you don’t have access to a whole group for a costume. You may still be able to rope one other person into your trickery this Hallows Eve. Though some of these group costumes would be just as nice in a pair, I’ll show you some others I found instead.


Another fun costume idea revolves around childhood toys. Yes, those things before the Xbox. Physical toys. Tangible play things. Anyways.

I remember little green army men like it was yesterday. Loved them back then, and still do. This would be great for a group or a one man unit. Real life in plastic takes no prisoners!



How cute! Admit it, you have a soft spot for nerds too!


American Gothic


Cops & Doughnuts. They go together like a horse and carriage.

Clever ideas and simple construction equals super fun Halloween party attire.


Day of the Dead inspired looks are perfect for couples. This could be a fairly inexpensive costume variation to put together, too. Think paint on an old jacket, face paint, fake flowers, and headband.


Maybe you’d like to be your own pair? Who’s to stop you with this updated classic look?


If you like to do things yourself, there are plenty of DIY costumes that are very fun and scary. Just be realistic.

You may want the nurse on Silent Hill look, but you aren’t a professional.


What these guys did was a lot more fun! (And cheaper.)


“Little pig, little pig. Let me in.”


Baseball trophy

But, if you insist on making pretty ugly this October, here are some looks that YouTube might be able to teach you.




Pop art



Zipper face


And some you might be able to figure out on your own.


“Always gonna be an uphill battle…”


Body bag




Go, Gadget, go!


“Wanna take a bath?”


Do you Voodoo?


And some that are a little more advanced, but may also inspire.

Whether ghostly or shady, people will take notice.




The Shadows


The Real Perfect Storm


True Doll


Ice Queen

Hope you enjoyed. Good luck on that costume.




It’s kinda what it sounds like. But, if you want to read it, you’ll have to wait until 100 Doors to Madness comes out from Forgotten Tomb Press. The anthology promises there are many doorways to madness, one hundred of which exist between its covers. “100 scares. 100 authors. 100 ways…”

Just one, ‘Parafornication’ tells a tale of found video footage that will turn heads. Can reading it expose a portal to the ethereal dimension where restless spirits are clamoring to get through? Probably not, but you might get sucked in anyway.

Merideth Grue

Cake Fear: The Wedding Edition

Cake Fear

Lovecraftian Dream by CAKE Amsterdam

Getting hitched is terrifying. Loving or fearing the idea, these horror-themed cakes will take that chill off the feet and move it to the heart.

Most these cakes are or could be wedding cakes, though some could be birthday or other celebration cakes. What occasion doesn’t just scream for frighteningly beautiful dessert?

Just make sure you eat it before it eats you.

The cake to the left is likely the cuddliest ethereal creature cake in existence. This Lovecraft-inspired, tentacle extending lagoon dweller sure has its eyes on a lifetime commitment. Don’t let it down.

It no doubt takes guts to theme a big event something so often considered offensive. Nonetheless, towering horror cakes are pictured across the net. Many popular themes have emerged, including zombies, brides attack, Tim Burton movies, skulls, and spider webs.

If cuddly isn’t your thing, maybe the next treats will do the trick.

See you at the altar.

New Word Order $

wpid-Soft-white.jpgShort fiction up on Voluted Tales from yours truly. ‘New Word Order’ is in the Voluted Dreams Volume 2 issue.

Writer and editor Christopher Nadeau said, “Perhaps the most startlingly original story comes from Meredith Grue, whose “New Word Order” spells out in no uncertain terms just how horrifying language can be underneath the surface of day-to-day communication.”

New Word Order is available now!

Submerged by Urban Wall Art & Murals


This new artwork done in spray paint on canvas is scary beautiful. As serene as it appears, movement therein is undeniable. Beneath the crisp, flowing lines and delicate, misty shadows, a motion teases the surface, shifting and fluctuating with awareness unnoticeable in most modern art.

If this doesn’t take your breath away, you might want to check your pulse. With custom stencils and spray paint, Ray Ferrer has done it again.


Optimism – SOLD

Click the link for more great pieces. Maybe you’ll find something that moves you. Also, check out these places to browse or connect.


Urban Wall Art & Murals Blog

Yeah, paintins.


Nevermore - Abril Andrade Griffith

This time I want to share some professional paintings that I found intriguing, if not altogether comforting. Since art aims to affect us deeply, it’s no wonder that horror has a place in fine arts also. “Nevermore,” above, beings back images from my own childhood nightmares. And yet, it is… cute. I think.


Poltergeist - Tom Carlton

Speaking of childhood, this was the second movie to give me nightmares. The first being Platoon (nother story). The artist chose precisely the scariest image in the film. I’d set my TV outside, but it’s busy right now.

Think it’s my favorite.


Solitude - Ken Meyer

Just another awesome tonal study. Watercolor has never evoked this kind of emotion in me before. Love it enough to hang it up? Available online.


Uneasy - Matt Truiano

Hauntingly beautiful. So simple in form and genius in perspective. Yet so complex in color and texture. Plus, if you stare long enough, the skull sorta seems to float… Or I’m tired. Either way, sleep will be uneasy tonight, that’s for sure.

Hope you enjoyed!

Fear Art: More Pretty Scary Stuff

Enjoy these images of scary art from across the net and one pic of my own.


Match this!

That’s right. Matchsticks. Lots of them. The real nightmare is the contractor’s bill.


Escher plus

Reflective surfaces offer the best scares. Check here for why. Or here, if you’d rather have fun.


Scary Lisa

Every time I see this one, I’m reminded of a coworker who’s always trying to convince me that some of us are descended from aliens. Yep. I think she’s had some work done since.


Sidewalks are not safe

Is it December already? Sidewalk art brings out the best in pedestrians, I bet.

The internet scares me, btw.


Metal sculpture

Not sure where this is, but I like it. What will they do when they are done mourning, I wonder?


Curtains for you

If you’ve never seen kirigami (paper cut art), you need to.


Museum exhibit

I’ve tried some of this myself. You won’t find it in museums just yet.


Taken in Frederik Meijer Gardens, 2011

Look closely at the midsection of this one. I believe the sculptor was inspired by their relationship with their mother.

From the Depths Comes Gratitude


Just in time for Halloween, free horror mag released on issuu! From the Depths is a literary magazine that I find ‘pretty’ scary. Inside, you’ll find short fiction, shorter (flash) fiction, poetry and more, all spun from terror and quite possibly wit. And, it illustrates how the macabre can be beautiful.

Many thanks to Penny Dreadful, the editor with the fully swypable name, that allowed my two cents contribution. For simultaneous chills and thrills, please check out the attractive little horror collaboration in the Fall 2012 From the Depths magazine.

Leave the light on…

Merideth Grue

Three Things to Make You Woozy


Hug a tree lately?

Number one: Can’t believe this ad from Masterlock. It looks wicked cool, but the implications are disturbing. I think the one on the right was the one who forgot the key.

Must admit, prolly not this dedicated to saving the trees.


Dexter's dream date?

It’s only catsup. It’s only catsup. It’s only catsup.

Love, love, love this ad for stain remover. Kinda looks like what I saw in the glint of my date’s eye last time we were at dinner. Funny, he doesn’t eat catsup.


Wee! I’m dizzy, but in such a pretty way. Like in that hair-flip near head-stand way. Go ahead, go flip your hair, you know you want to.

Pretty sure something about that made you woozy.