Wishing you all a safe and happy October!
We had a blast at the events in September and are looking forward to the remaining fall shows!
Added Event: Anime-Zap!
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Upcoming Event Reminders:
Concealed Realms will be returning to SciFi Family Fun Day! The event takes place on October 1st at Discovery World in Milwaukee, WI.
We plan to return to Iowa for ICON47! This event takes place from October 14 to the 16th at the Marriott in Cedar Rapids.
Concealed Realms will be at OddMall:Hallowondrous in Akron, Ohio. The event is set to take place on October 21st and 22nd.
We plan on returning to Burlington, IA QuadCon! This event is set to takes place on November 19th and 20th at the Westland Mall.
Concealed Realms with be at Anime-Zap! The event takes place January 6th, 7th and 8th in Peoria, IL.
Concealed Realms plans to participate at the Ceder Rapids QuadCon on February 5th. This event takes place at the Cedar Rapids Convention Center.
We are scheduled to participate at the Hall of Heroes Comic Con on March 4th and 5th. This event takes place at the Northern Indiana Event Center, located in Elkhart, IN.
Quotes about Halloween:
“Halloween was confusing.
All my life my parents said,
‘Never take candy from strangers.’
And then they dressed me up and said,
‘Go beg for it.’ ” -Rita Rudner
“Have you come to sing pumpkin carols?”
– Linus, (It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown)
“Halloween is not only about putting on a costume,
but it’s about finding the imagination
and costume within ourselves.” – Elvis Duran
“On Halloween, witches come true;
wild ghosts escape from dreams.
Each monster dances in the park.” – Nick Gordon
“I love Halloween, and I love that feeling:
the cold air, the spooky dangers l
urking around the corner.” – Evan Peters
“Shadows of a thousands years rise again unseen,
voices whisper in the trees,
‘Tonight is Halloween!'” – Dexter Kozen
“There is a child in every one of us
who is still a trick-or-treater looking
for a brightly-lit front porch.” – Robert Brault
“The farther we’ve gotten from the magic
and mystery of our past,
the more we’ve come to need Halloween.” – Paula Guran
“Halloween wraps fear in innocence,
as though it were a slightly sour sweet.
Let terror, then, be turned into a treat…” – N. Gordon
“‘Tis the night—the night of the grave’s delight,
and the warlocks are at their play;
Ye think that without the wild winds shout,
but no, it is they—it is they.” – Cleveland Coxe
Definition of Inspired:
Each season is lovely in it’s own unique way, but autumn is hands down my favorite. Fall puts on a colorful show for us with its beautiful leaves, pumpkin patches, corn mazes, memorable holidays, and spooky decor. As for the haunting holiday, if you couldn’t tell, I look forward to it every year.
Why do I love Halloween?
Its not really the Horror movies, or the cool weather, although I do have a borderline obsession with both scary stories and sweaters… for me Halloween conjures up joy, pure and simple. To me it represents, happiness, adventure, and togetherness. When I was young, my father would take us to a local farm each year to sip warm cider as we searched to find the perfect pumpkins for carving and my mother would make a big deal out of Halloween with food, candy, costumes, and crafts for the whole extended family. So, while many may find October 31st to be a frightening and indulgent holiday, I find it stirs up the best magical childhood memories and so, I make an even bigger deal out of it every year, than they did.
I love to try new things and work with different artistic mediums, especially when I am working on a big writing project. For me, it always seems breaking away temporarily with a different creative endeavor helps rekindle the spark of inspiration overall, and so for this creativity post I will share a new tutorial specifically for the Halloween season.
Skull Fire Ring
Tools and Supplies:
Part one: Base and Outer Ring Prep
- Always use gloves when working with insulating foam. It is not something that you want on your skin.
- Be sure to follow the directions on the insulating foams label for application as well as minimum drying times.
- Originally, I coated half of the stones with brown textured paint and half with black, but the textured paint was too hard to see without a solid color underneath, and in the end I decided to use a darker colored texture paint for all of the stones.
Part Two: Fire Ring Top
- Cardboard was not the best choice for Step 3-A, as it was rather difficult to remove the foam from it.
Part Three: Adding Lights and Finishing Up
I had a a lot of fun creating this skull fire ring! It should look great in my front yard this Halloween along side my skeleton crew, graveyard, and tentacles. If you would like to check out some other seasonal tutorials, check out the dismembered body parts, spider egg sacks, or Snake Wreath projects that I shared in these previous posts: Book Charms and Updates, updates-quotes-and-halloween-ideas, fearing-snakes. Happy Haunting!
I hope that you enjoyed this creativity post! Stay safe and keep being awesome.