Thursday, October 30, 2014

The Halloween Nightmare House (suck it, Barbie!)

Halloween is my Christmas.

I want to instill in my daughter the same reverence for the holiday that I've felt for decades. But how do you make a 5-year-old appreciate Michael Myers, Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees and all of the other homicidal maniacs of filmdom without scarring her for life?

Give her the toys without the context.

Behold, the horror fan's answer to the Barbie Dream House ... The Halloween Nightmare House!

I bought a beat-up Fisher-Price "Loving Family" (Ha!) abode for $7 at a thrift store.

It was the typical pastel-colored bullshit that they market to little girls. However, with a little bleach and some black spray paint it became frighteningly awesome!

Of course, you can't have a house without occupants, so I bought a bunch of Funko's ReAction Figures, which emulate old school Star Wars toys in look and articulation. We've got Freddy, Jason, Michael Myers, Alien, Pinhead, Frankenstein & His Bride, Dracula, The Wolfman, The Mummy, The Creature from the Black Lagoon, Jack Skellington and Sam from Trick 'r Treat!
Camp Crystal Lake representin', yo!
Welcome to prime time, bitch!

I'm a prick.

Old Skool
Trick 'r Treat
He's fucking drunk ... again! Sigh.
Jack resting in between Halloween and Christmas

Um, a little privacy please.
I spent the month of October transforming this shack. I worked in the late evenings when Sarah was asleep, watching horror movies and drinking Southern Tier Warlock Imperial Pumpkin Stout. It was a labor of love. I added horror nerd homages throughout the house.

It's only a game, isn't it?

My Zombie Lounge in miniature.

Ghoulies! (and reading material)
There is no Dana, only Zuul!
Monster Cereals and Audrey II. Feed me!

Vigo the Carpathian
Stay Puft Marshmallow Man

Drawing by Damien

Handbook for the Recently Diseased .. Deceased.

Drink this, Michael. Be one of us.
And she can store all of her creepy toys in this vintage McBoo pail!
I hope Sarah has as much fun playing with it as I've had making it.

Happy Halloween, baby girl!

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