For Halloween this year, Alexis Noriega of the Crooked Feather designed and built this wickedly amazing pair of pneumatic articulating wings that spring to action at the press of a button. What a great design, the sound of air pressure really adds to it. Noriega says she’ll soon have a tutorial online so you can build your own. (via Laughing Squid)
We’ve added a number of creepy things in the Colossal Shop this month for Halloween. Paper Dandy’s newest DIY paper kirigami (fold & cut) book, Horrorgami, featuring 20 sinister scenes inspired by haunted houses and horror films. Take a sip from seven different Creature Cups that reveal critters lurking in your morning brew by Yumi Yumi. Lastly, some edible Chocolate Graffiti bars from UNELEFANTE. See more in our Halloween collection.
Marianne and Steve over at Wintercroft (previously) spent the last year dreaming up several new geometric paper masks that you can download as DIY templates. Last year they just had a handful of great designs, but now they have over 50, some of which have multiple components and even moving parts like an articulated elephant’s trunk, or the long body of a fish. All you have to do is download, print, and assemble, and paint or color as you see fit. See more on their Etsy site.
Need to do Halloween on a budget this year? Designer Steve Wintercroft has a series of inexpensive geometric mask templates that you can download, print, and color. From animals and skulls to stormtroopers and faces, he has a little bit of everything over on his Etsy page. (via NotCot, This Isn’t Happiness), All Things Paper
Happy Halloween folks. Here’s a pretty spooky animation of a pumpkin carved by Brooklyn-based artist and pro pumpkin carver Chris Soria based on an illustration by Jason Smith. The piece took about 15 hours to carve. If you liked this, don’t miss Rot from last year. (via And is Better)
Update: The clip was created and directed by Joe Vaughn.
Held every year in New York, the Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze is a 25-night-long Halloween event featuring some 5,000 hand-carved, illuminated pumpkins arranged into dinosaurs, sea monsters, zombies, and other spooky sculptural forms. Via Instagram:
Although only associated with Halloween as we know it today since the late 1800s, the tradition of gourd carving dates back to the 18th and 19th centuries in rural Ireland and England. People created jack o’lanterns for the old holidays of Samhain and All Souls’ Night when spirits were thought to be the most active. Grotesque faces carved into the objects were meant to frighten away any ghouls seeking to do harm.
This is bar-none one of the creepiest things to ever appear on Colossal, but it’s Halloween and this clip is so well animated I couldn’t pass it up. UK artist and illustrator Erica Luke depicts rot and and decay with this super spooky stop motion video made with facepaint. Sound by Matthew Perryman. Man this gives me the heebie jeebies.