Sunday, October 19, 2014

The Crevice Menace: An Original Halloween Song



I don't know who might have seen us mentioning this on our Tumblr, but in any case, here's a song we wrote about the monster who lives inside cracks and rips people's eyeballs out.

Sing along!

LYRICS
Lucy was a daring soul
Perhaps it was too much
She always loved to probe and pry
And see and smell and touch
One day, she found a crevice in the wall next to her bed
Her imagination soared
Clouding the common sense in her head
She went and peeked to see what might be hiding deep inside
And everything went black
And the darkness in the hole laughed

He's got three horns on his head
And hundreds more upon his back
But he's small enough to slip inside
The tiniest of cracks
Where he waits and waits and waits
Until somebody wanders by
Curiosity will be the end of that one's eyes
Don't peek inside the cracks
You won't be pleased with what you bring back

Jacob was a naive boy
With lots and lots to learn
He liked to ramble through the woods
With no care or concern
On his last hike, he came across
A cranny in a tree
His brain did somersaults
Wondering whose home it could be
He went and peeked to see what might be hiding deep inside
And everything went black
And the darkness in the hole laughed

He's got three horns on his head
And hundreds more upon his back
But he's small enough to slip inside
The tiniest of cracks
Where he waits and waits and waits
Until somebody wanders by
Curiosity will be the end of that one's eyes
Don't peek inside the cracks
You won't be pleased with what you bring back

There are monsters that live under beds
And those that live in closets
There are ghosts that haunt abandoned houses
And some that haunt your pets
But little is the legend told
Of the creature in the cracks
They call him Crevice Menace
And eyeballs are his snacks

He's got three horns on his head
And hundreds more upon his back
But he's small enough to slip inside
The tiniest of cracks
Where he waits and waits and waits
Until somebody wanders by
Curiosity will be the end of that one's eyes
Don't peek inside the cracks
You won't be pleased with what you bring back

Happy Halloween!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Free Printable Halloween Stickers!





Look what we've got for you! For all your Halloween journaling needs, snail mail needs, et cetera--little Zauberbear themed Halloween stickers!



I like to think we're gonna make new themed sticker sets for every holiday from now on. We'll see how that goes.

I am 96.59% positive that if you download these (left-click, right-click, and then "save file as"; it's all one photo) and then insert them into a Word document with .5 inch margins, they should come out at exactly the size they were intended to be, which is exactly 1-inch wide. You let me know how that works out for you because it worked out dandy for me and I would love for it to work out dandy for you, too.

To turn them into stickers, you're gonna need one of those sticker maker machine-y thingamabobs, and I can't give that to you for free, so here's hoping you already have one, or at least some glue or something. I would cut off the black rings, they're kind of just there as guides, but you can keep 'em if you think they're cool.

If you happen to use them for anything, please please please send us pictures or at least leave a comment about it!

PS - You can make the stickers smaller, but don't go trying to make them too much bigger or they'll turn to mush and grossness.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Cellophane Window Jack-O-Lanterns

You may have spotted these guys before in our post where we presented our spooktacular Halloween decor. They're probably my favorite decoration this year. During the day, my whole room glows orange when the light pours through the orange cellophane, and at night, they can be seen glowing outside, if the lights are on in my room.

They're the easiest peasy-est decoration, actually. Check out the tutorial after the photos!









Ingredients
Black paper
Colored cellophane
Scissors
White colored pencil (for tracing)
Double-sided tape or tacky (for attaching to window)
Tape or glue



Step One: Hold up a piece of black paper to your window to trace the size, then cut it out.

Step Two: Trace a Jack-O-Lantern face on your piece of paper. Cut it out.

Step Three: On the side where the traced marks can be seen, cut out a piece of cellophane to lay over the face of your Jack-O-Lantern. Tape or glue it down.

Step Four: Fit your Jack-O-Lantern in your window and use tape or tacky to stick it there.

Step Five: Make more Jack-O-Lanterns! If not all of the window is covered with Jack-O-Lanterns, you can either cover the rest with construction paper or cellophane. Cellophane will make a lovely colored glow in the room when the light shines through.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

It's Spookytime

As far as Silkworm and I are concerned, Halloween has been here since July. Clamoring skeletons have been dancing around in our heads for months, but we didn't want to let them out too early because we were afraid they might get tuckered out before autumn even arrived. Now that it's October, we've been decking the halls with bats and spiders ever since the air began to smell like apples and dirt.

We plug in the lights in my room every night post sunset (check out our tutorial for paper bat string lights). Halloween music plays every hour we're near a computer, and we're making a CD playlist so we can listen in the car. Silkworm wears an orange sweater with a purple bat on it daily, and his bat costume has been crocheted, though I wish I would have had enough yarn to make a hat with teeny ears.

Our to-do list is chock full, but things are getting crossed off day after day. I'm beginning to realize just how wonderful the holidays are going to be this year. I am so much more independent than I was last year, with a driver's license in my hands and a little bit of money I'm willing to spend from my job at the farm this past summer. Silkworm and I don't have to wait to go pumpkin picking, or apple picking, or simply photo-shoot-exploring. We can buy cute $1 ribbons for snail mail and send people Halloween goodies without begging Madre and Padre for a bit of money. It's the best feeling and good things are already coming of it. I cannot wait to see what Christmas will be like--but for now, Halloween is spooktacular.





















Saturday, October 11, 2014

Paper Bat String Lights

Silkworm and I had spotted these cat eye string lights on Pinterest last month, and our Halloween spirits burst like fireworks. We chose to make bats instead, but you could do any kind of spooky critter, though I think flying critters work best. Ideally, we wanted to use red LED string lights and black paper, but we didn't have either or, and we're on a strict budget. I don't think they suffered at all, though! They now fly above my bed, where their eyes come alive in the dark and they swoop around in the breeze of the fan I always leave on at night.

Scroll past the photos for the tutorial!









Ingredients
String lights (we would have loved to use red)
Black or purple paper
Scissors
Hole punch
White pencil (for tracing)
Template (Google "free bat clipart" and print!)



Step One: Trace as many bats as you want on your string lights. If you want to use each bulb on the string as an eye, make sure you count how many bulbs are on the string and then trace half as many bats so they can each have two eyes.

Step Two: Cut out your paper bats.

Step Three: Hole punch two eye holes on each bat.

Step Four: Cut one slit toward each eye hole, so the hole can be opened to fit around the bulbs.

Step Five: Hang your string lights and then add the bats by grouping two bulbs together and fitting them into the two eyes of each bat.