Upcoming Event For Halloween: Cakeageddon, An Evil Fairy Tale Horror Farm… With Cake

My search for disturbing and gruesome cake continues (well, it passes the time) with this upcoming installation in Standalone Farm in Letchworth Garden City, London, from Oct 29 to Nov 1.

By Nathan Pask
By Nathan Pask

Creepy cake maker Miss Cakehead will treat attendees to the inside of her disturbing mind and taste buds. The press release says:

“The event combines live horror action with cake for the first ever time, creating an incredible terrifying edible experience the likes of which have never been seen before. The family farm attraction taken over by renowned creative and food art curator Miss Cakehead for a special event targeted strictly at older teenagers and adults which features some of the world’s most infamous cake makers.

By Nathan Pask
By Nathan Pask

Red Riding Hood chasing you through the woods and the remains of the three slaughtered little pigs strung up and dripping ‘blood’ (strawberry sauce) are just some of the CAKE treats in store for you when the mistress of macabre cake takes over Letchworth Garden City’s Standalone Farm every night from the 29th October to the 1st November. Cakeageddon – the World’s first edible horror farm – will be extreme gruesome cake at its most terrifying.

By Nathan Pask
By Nathan Pask

Scattered around the farm will be a series of large scale cake installations which brave visitors will be able to tuck into if there dare… There will be plenty of nasty surprises in store as they go on their cake-walk though the night… Even the children’s play barn on the farm is touched by Miss Cakehead’s twisted mind, taken over by a nightmarish edible creation of Animal Farm.”

Well who wouldn’t want to go? I know I do! Below is a video of Miss Cakehead and previous scary confectionary projects. Enjoy!

Who Killed Bambi – a collection of weird and disturbing art, fashion and other jollies

For all your weird art, fashion and other eyeball needs, visit this one stop gathering together of shops, Who Killed Bambi?

Photo by Helmut Dick
Photo by Helmut Dick
Hat by Eleonora Marchi
Hat by Eleonora Marchi

Need any anatomical heart hats? Look no further!

Want to surprise your partner with skeleton underpants? This is the place!

Not only that but photography, performance and visual art and music and toys and BKWOOOOHH (I exploded).

Below is a rather upsetting video by Banksy:

Crucifixion Re-enactment, Girl Whipping and Death Dancing: Odd Easter Customs

Merry almost Easter! Is it me or does the date keep changing? Here we’re used to exchanging eggs and dancing naked whilst weeping (just me?) but other countries have their own ideas of spring tradition.

1. Girl Whipping (and Soaking) in Eastern Europe. Yes, show those Slovak ladies who’s boss! In the Czech Republic you give them a good hiding with a willow stick and then a dousing with freezing water! The water tradition occurs elsewhere in Eastern Europe too. Apparently the voracity of the dousing can vary from “having a teaspoon of warm tap water dribbled over you to a bucket of frigid well water thrown at you.” Likewise the strength of the stick beating can depend on how drunk people are, but it’s not really supposed to hurt. Read more about it here.madeleine-swann-slovak-whipping-easter

2. Semana Santa in Spain and Latin America. An odd spectacle indeed, chosen members of the Christian Order of Penitents wear robes known as capirotes. Read more (and see videos and pictures) here.

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Semana Santa

3. Crucifixion in the Philippines. Flagellation, genuine crucifixion… these people take the grim part of religion very seriously. Be warned, the video below features some very unpleasant business. Have a read about it here.

4. ‘Halloween’ Easter in Finland. In a kind of reverse trick or treat children dress up as witches and bring gifts door to door. Those gifts might be twigs and crepe paper but it’s the thought that counts, and they still manage to extort chocolate so all is right with the universe.

5. Pot smashing in Greece. Greeks just love breaking stuff! If you’re ever annoyed with a person it’s probably best to get down there and smash up a load of china – just be sure they’re not trying to eat off it at the time.

6. The Dance of Death in Spain. If you go to Verges, Costa Brava, you may find yourself surrounded by a procession of skeletons. Apparently to remind people that ‘death can occur at any time,’ everyone dances to drums and carries something ‘death related’ such as a scythe.

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The Death Dance in Verges
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The Death Dance in Verges

Spooky Valentine Make Up Tutorials

Merry almost Valentine’s day! For the first time in five years I will not be spending the day in a dark corner, bitterly hissing at anyone who passes. For anyone else who has a date, or just wants to attract a member of the living dead, here are a couple of gruesome and spooky Valentine’s day tutorials I found on youtube:

And don’t forget your nails…

21 Vintage Postcards of Krampus That Will Haunt Your Dreams

Apparently in some European countries Krampus is the dark side of Santa, and follows him around doling out payback to all the children who’ve been naughty. Have a look at the blog post and show your children whenever they misbehave and you’re rich enough to pay for therapy sessions once they get older.

Hallowe’en Greetings: 77 Vintage Halloween Postcards

It’s almost time! Merry Halloween!

The Year of Halloween

Vintage Halloween Postcard The Magic of HalloweenDarlings, Halloween is just three days away! To usher in this Halloween week, let’s travel back in time to the turn of the century for a few proper Halloween greetings from America’s Golden Age of Postcards.

Spanning roughly from 1898 to 1918, the Golden Age of Postcards represented a time when the popularity of post cards exploded, especially seasonal and holiday designs. Halloween was no exception, with thousands of different Halloween designs printed over the twenty year period. In particular, the lovely postcards from artist Samuel Schmucker and printer John Winsch, such as The Magic of Halloween, were in unsurprisingly high demand and are still sought by collectors today.

Observing the Halloween traditions of the day, where young people would attempt to foresee their fortunes for the year and play games to predict future spouses, the cards often bore wishes for good luck and references…

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