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Creepy Photos for Halloween

A week from today is Halloween. That day, and in the days leading up to it, it's time for all things creepy, when people  innocently entertain the macabre, in  thought and deed.

Typically protective parents take their kids to haunted events, where organizers have designed tableaux meant to terrify. These are the places where monsters lurk, all in the name of fun.

After all, who doesn't like to be scared? The horror genre is becoming increasingly popular in movies and television, many shows based on characters first introduced in literature, such as the enigmatic Dracula and his later counterpart Edward from Twilight. The youth culture in particular today seems to find a great deal of attraction in heroes with fangs. Dark gloomy gothic fashion has also been adopted by many angst-ridden teens.

Though I'm more likely to pick a tear-jerker over a spine-tingler when choosing a movie, I am a big fan of the horror genre in literatrue. Perhaps it's because the terror is less …

Tips for Great Halloween Photos

Take trick-or-treating out of the equation and the real fun of Halloween is in the images that surround it. Nothing is more visually entertaining than a home transformed into a place suitable for haunting, each meticulous detail designed to chill and thrill, 

Then there are tiny hands helping carve impressive pumpkins, while special treats — candy apples, iced cookies and caramel corn — are prepared for little trick-or-treaters. Of course, there are the children themselves, faces alive with excitement during the preparations,  completely charming dressed in adorable costumes for the big night around town. 

For photography buffs, it's a great opportunity for some terrific pictures, full of colour and personality.  With an endless supply of subject material inspiration should be easy to find. If you need a little help, though,  there are always plenty of expert tips to be found online. Here's a sampling:

Digital Photography School Halloween Photography Tips

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244 Spooky Animations for Halloween Fun

While Halloween doesn't fall on my list of favourite holidays to celebrate, I have a modicum of appreciation for people who get into the spirit of the occasion. The haunted houses, the witches that greet little trick-or-treaters at their door, the massively decorated homes with stereophonic shrieks and howls emanating from within, certainly grab my attention.

The effort is obviously appreciated too as these are the places where tots converge en masse. With shivers in their giggles they respond to the spooky aura and spine-tingling atmosphere that's been created with delighted, albeit nervous, glee.  While there might be a hesitancy to their step, you know too there is eager anticipation as they await any chills and thrills promised by the sights and sounds around.

I've tried on occasion to add a little more enthusiasm in welcoming tiny ghouls and goblins to my porch. With cackle and sneer I've greeted them at the door in full hag attire (no, not the usual). I've l…

Dozens of Awesome Halloween Photoshop Tutorials

It might still be several days before we get to Halloween, but there are signs of the imminent arrival of ghouls and goblins, witches and warlocks at every turn. From decorated houses and storefront windows, to promotional materials and classroom activities,  the minds of parents, merchants, teachers and tiny tots are full of spooky images and ghostly themes.

Artists too can add a little "Boo" to their work with their version of terror in image form.  Check out these intense paintings from some masters for example:

Top 10 Terrifying Paintings by Great Artists

And for folks who like to play in Photoshop there are also a number of really great tutorials out there to help them create special Halloween fun. Whether it's a graphic element to serve as a starting point, a photo alteration, or a creepy background to which you can add text for ads, flyers or posters, there's no need to fear you won't be able to find something to elevate the scare factor.

To dress up your…

Hundreds of Colouring Pages to Get Tots in the Halloween Spirit

In 11 days, little ghosts and goblins will be haunting the streets, gliding figures silhouetted in the glow of streetlamps. Front porches will be festooned with gauzy spectres and sneering jack-o-lanterns attracting  tiny trick-or-treaters, and some young-at-heart ones as well. Up to the door they will come, baskets and bags in hand, in search of  sugary sweets.

Until then though, the excitement of the upcoming occasion will have children full of chatter and energy. For moms at home, or educators in classrooms, finding activities to entertain and occupy the mind goes a long way toward filling the days and making the wait until Halloween tolerable.

In keeping with the spirit of the ghoulish holiday, there are many fun projects and crafts  to be found on the internet that will help active little minds and hands keep busy. As well,  a subscription to an online graphics service can provide an endless supply of  colouring pages with themes for Halloween, as well as many other child-prefer…