It's a Horrorful Life!

You'll see a lot of strange things from now on.

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Honoring Sweet Death


Yesterday kicked off the two day celebration of the Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos.  The Day of the Dead is a holiday during which the dead are honored and remembered.  These celebrations can be traced back to nearly 3000 years ago in Mexico.  Traditions vary throughout different cultures of course but generally, families and friends gather together to pray for and remember loved ones who’ve died. Continue reading

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Not So Scary Crochet

Have you ever been browsing the crafting books at your local bookstore and stumbled upon a book on how to crochet baddies and just had to have it? No? Well, I have. Did the fact that I knew not how to crochet factor into my purchasing decision? Of course not! I saw it as a challenge; I imagined my crocheting skills would magically appear overnight and I would churn out cute little monsters in no time.

Clearly, I was wrong. Continue reading

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Luna's ready for anything with this practical and tactical fascinator!

If you’re serious about preparing against sparkly vampire attacks and fashion, grab your glue gun and whip up this quick and easy all-in-one accessory!

You will need a comb or clip, some yarn or ribbon, white fabric roses, a tiny bottle that can be opened and resealed, a garlic clove, a silver cross, preferrably blessed by a pope – John Paul II, not that guy who hates Harry Potter – and a small wooden stake.  If the local five and dime is out of stakes, get a clean dry stick and a pocket knife and commence to whittling. Continue reading

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Upcoming Events: October 13-16

Guys and Ghouls, tomorrow is the debut of Dark Moon Sanctuary, Kanawha Players’ first haunted offering!  Admission is $8, a dollar off with a non-perishable food item, and the show runs Thursday 7 pm to 10 p, Friday and Saturday 7 pm to 12am.  If you want to act in the haunt, please show up an hour before doors open. 

The Winfield Haunted Barn is open this Saturday as well!  Tickets are $7, and the haunt comes highly recommended.

Before you leave Charleston for the Barn, head over to the West Side (Bigley Ave between Washington and Pennsylvania) and check out OktoberWest from 4 to 8 pm.  Tickets are $25, but you get all the food and drinks you want – and trust me, you want this!  Blue Moon Pumpkin Ale and Morgantown Brewery Octoberfest – and Miller Lite, if you prefer.  The Poor Taters will be playing some music too, I hear. 

Whenever you wake up on Sunday, get a good breakfast, grab your sketchbook and a sixer and head back to Kanawha Players for the monthly meeting of Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School!  Penny and Elle are appearing with the fabulous Cait Cool and Sarkany for a night of dames, drinking and drawing, with makeup fx by the sterling Adam Edwards and Sarkany.  Art stars and noobs alike are welcome at the Zombie Pin-Up Extravaganza!  $8 advance, $10 at the door!

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A Jacko’lantern a Day Keeps the Demons Away!

Penny's grinning Jack and Russi's elegant silhouette

Guest Artist Russi came over and we lobotomized some huge orange vegetables.  Kroger has large pumpkins on sale, $6.99 with your Kroger Card, but fair warning – the medium pumpkins have a much thinner, less involved shell.  All told, it took us nearly three hours to gut our jacks, winnow the shells down to a manageable carving thickness, and finally design and carve them.  Sometimes you need the larger surface, but I think mine would have been better on a smaller gourd. Continue reading


Nevermore Lenore!

Today is a special day. Today we honor the memory of the great and wonderful Edgar Allan Poe. Born in Boston on January 19, 1809, Poe was an author, poet, editor, and literary critic. He is best known for works such as The Raven, The Pit and the Pendulum, The Tell-Tale Heart, and many others. He lived a short, tragic life in which he was orphaned at a young age and lost his wife to consumption. Poe was a heavy drinker, and many believe he used drugs as well (this is now known to be fiction)


Dark Moon Sanctuary is calling to you!

Dark Moon Sanctuary, Ginger Workman

Kanawha Player’s enthusiastic board member, Ginger Workman, has been busy coordinating the most badass haunted house in the Kanawha Valley!  For weeks, droves of dedicated volunteers and talented artist have tramped through the de-consecrated church, planning and preparing for the total-experience in thrills and chills, the Dark Moon Sanctuary!  

For the next two weekends – October 13, 14 and 15, and 20 and 21 – you can view the creatures of the sanctuary up close, but until then, come down to Kanawha Players and help build the spooky scenes!  And don’t be shy!  If you’ve dreamed of terrorizing people, well, here’s a way to do it legally!  If you’d just like to act, that’s fine too… Call (304)343-7529 or just show up at 309 Beauregard Street this Thursday at 7 pm.  I’ll see you there!

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Hippie gets a sack…of juju

Remus blessed our gris gris bags.

In the spirit of Voodoo and just because we can, my pals and I decided to make some gris gris bags. The internet gives all kinds of information on how to make gris gris bags. And it’s all different, not that I’m surprised in the least. I decided it’s all about intent anyway so we just did what felt right. Continue reading


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