Best of 2013: Halloween Used to be Creepier

Juxtapoz // Sunday, December 29, 2013
Originally published October 31st, 2013: Perhaps it's just the old, faded photos but it seems to us from looking at these vintage photographs that Halloween costumes used to be much much creepier and weirder than it is now. 

Trip or Treat Kids...

Graffiti // Thursday, October 31, 2013
Baer painted a very special “Trip or Treat” themed piece on a kids billboard in celebration of this Halloween. It appears that the mummy and Dracula are getting extra weird and hogging all the party favors (Those are grown up candies BTW). This is officially NSFP aka not safe for parents. 

Ben Newman's Monster Band

Illustration // Thursday, October 31, 2013
Ben Newman floundered around in the dross pits of earth for several millennia before finally gluing his brain blocks together, then gettin' up and goin' home. Since then he's been honing his contemporary fusion of bold shapes, bright colours and playful characters into something resembling a career. He has produced work for clients including the Tate, IBM, BBC Radio 4, Fantagraphics, Absolut Vodka and Nobrow Press.  

Modern Halloween Pin-Ups

Erotica // Thursday, October 31, 2013
Everyone knows it just wouldn't be Halloween without the seductive side of spook, so Church of Halloween went ahead and put together this collection of some provocative pin-ups from a few of our favorite contemporary artists... like this little temptress from Matt Dixon.

Happy Halloween from The Lab Partners

Illustration // Thursday, October 31, 2013
Husband and wife creative team Lab Partners is a small boutique design firm based out of Northern California. 'We believe the best work is a combination of imaginative storytelling, a strong sense of craft, and a good dose of color magic.' 'For Halloween and Christmas we designed various greeting cards, wrapping paper, and custom invites for stationery company Hello!Lucky. Each piece features festive colors and illustrations meant to fit with the playful wit of the Hello!Lucky brand.'

Tom Whalen's Monsters

Illustration // Thursday, October 31, 2013
Tom Whalen recently revealed this series of 10 classic monster prints that Dark Hall Mansion commissioned. Shown here are the images in the set including classics like “Frankenstein”, “The Mummy” and “Bride of Frankenstein”. 'My vision was to treat each of the seven films in the set as a classic movie title card, complete with custom title treatment, credits and year of release. the folio, over two years in the making, was one of the most challenging and rewarding projects I’ve taken on to date.' he states.  

The Best of New York's Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze

Juxtapoz // Thursday, October 31, 2013
A 25-night-long Halloween event held in New York every year, the Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze produces some fantastic pumpkin carvings, carved pumpkin sculptures, and anything else involving pumpkins and spookiness! 

Eelus "Horrorshow" @ Ink_d Gallery, Brighton

Juxtapoz // Monday, October 07, 2013
Just in time for Halloween.Wigan born Eelus entered the world of street art after moving to London in 2000. He was almost instantly snatched up by master printmakers Pictures On Walls after street legends Banksy and Eine noticed his work on the grimy walls of East London. Now he enters the gallery with Horrorshow... 

Guillermo del Toro for "The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror" 2013

Juxtapoz // Friday, October 04, 2013
Every year, and it seems like this has been going on since 1952, "The Simpsons" does a special Halloween episode under the moniker, Treehouse of Horror. This year, for the upcoming Treehouse of Horror XXIV episode, the show's producers invited director Guillermo del Toro of Hellboy fame to create the opening sequence to the show, which as you will see, was done quite wonderfully. 

Ray Villafane's Superior Pumpkin Carving Skills

Juxtapoz // Monday, September 30, 2013
We realize that Halloween is still a month away, but we thought we'd inspire you to get started practicing your pumpkin carving skills. You have 31 days to out-do Ray Villafane's superior squash carving carving skills. Go!
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