Scarydad’s Haunted Market

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Happy New Year my good and faithful minions! I trust you survived 2016 if you’re reading this right now so it’s time to get scary! Last night I spent hours cultiviating some of the finest books, films, apparel, and haunter’s supplies available and compiled them into our new Amazon Store. Click on Frank’s face above or on any of the red words in this post to be whisked away to a magickal world of pure awesome.

How does it work? We are an Amazon associate. That means we get a small commission if you click through our site and buy Amazon stuff through our store front. Our store is full of wonderfully frightening things, but you can buy anything you want on Amazon and we’ll get a commission as long as you clicked through us first. 

In addition, our newest feature on the blog is going to be a featured item of the week where either Swampy or I will extoll the virtues of something we love. These will be personal endorsements of products we either own or have firsthand experience using so you know they’re good.

Thank you so much for supporting us now and in the future. Now click on Frank’s face and get to shopping!


Scarydad’s December Wishbook

Ah, it’s that time of the year when I accept offerings from my beloved minions. Every item in this holiday wishbook is something Scarydad would like to own. But in the rare case that you aren’t shopping for me, you can help keep it scary by clicking on one of the links and do your Amazon shopping as normal. If you buy anything at all on Amazon after clicking through, Scarydad receives a commission. It doesn’t cost you any more than normal, I just get a few coins for patching you through. Merry Krampus!!!

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Jack O’ Lantern in the box (Shelf-Size)

IMG_0143Hello there everyone. As I said in one of my previous posts, I’ve been hard at work on some new projects. Hopefully the paint dries on enough of the others that I can show you this week. In the meantime, I have a bit of news.

One of the first projects I did for the site was a Nightmare Before Christmas-inspired Jack o’ Lantern in-the-box. Since then I’ve had more than a few requests by folks who wanted the box but would rather just buy it outright rather than follow the tutorial. Unfortunately, the Jack in that project is about two feet tall and his box is made of 3/4″ plywood. He weighs more than ten pounds. I just couldn’t come up with a way to get that guy from my front door to yours for less than $200.

But the idea stuck with me a a few days ago I just thought what the hell. I acquired the materials and built a smaller, lighter, more shipping-friendly Jack. And here he is.

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I want this.


Hello my fine feathered Minions. I realize it’s been a while since we talked. I assure you I haven’t forgotten you. We’ve had a series of sicknesses followed by events followed by very important thing to do followed by hangovers and chores and such. It’s not that I don’t love you, it’s that even the dead have to sleep sometime.

I also realize it’s been a while since I showed you some of the wonderful items that would make acceptable offerings should you wish to please your master. First up tonight is this Badass Tactical Tomahawk. I’m not sure what I might need one of these for, but I figure if I have it and then discover what I might need it for, that’s better than not having it at all.

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Exploding Pumpkins. Because Explosions.

Coolest Costume Ever.

I Want This


Some of you know that I often have guest posts published over at Dumb White Husband.  That’s because the site is awesome and I’m honored to be featured there. Ben, the original dumb white husband wrote a serial about how dumb white husbands deal with the zombie uprising. Dumb White Husbands vs. Zombies: The Zomnibus is the collected parts of the serial. I haven’t read it yet because I’ve had too much on my plate. But if it’s like any of his other books, I know it’ll be hilarious. I’m going to hit Ben up for an autographed copy. The rest of you just click the links and buy books until you run out of money. Do it now. Continue reading

Cool Halloween Lanterns

pumpkin lanterns


By guest contributor David Collins

What springs to mind when you think of decorations for Halloween? Maybe you’re looking to decorate the front of your house to attract trick-or-treaters or spook up your lounge in preparation for a ghoulish Halloween-themed party?

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I Want This.

NBC20While I allow the current coat of paint to dry on my Jack Skellington project, I figured I’d do a little early Christmas shopping for myself. For those of you in an I-want-to-buy-stuff-for-Scarydad mood, here is my latest list of desired loot. We start of tonight with this, The Nightmare Before Christmas: 20th Anniversary Edition. This is the original short story/poem that Tim Burton wrote that later became the stop-motion animation classic we all know and love. I can’t believe it’s already been 20 years. I remember, I guess it had to be around 20 years ago. My buddy Chris and I were talking and I asked him whet he had planned for the weekend and he said, “I think we’re going to check out that Nightmare Before Christmas movie.”

Damn. That makes me feel really old.

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Interview with Heather Gleason: My Eclectic Mind

I’ve probably mentioned before that it’s really hot where I live. Halloween, outside of the regular fun it brings, also means that we can go outside and play again. It’s the harvest and the promise of holidays, cold air, wood smoke, and festivals. It’s not just a day or a month; it’s a feeling. Unfortunately, that feeling is seasonal and, for me anyway, gone all too quickly.

So, I spend my time looking for things that keep that feeling alive. I scour the internet looking for stuff that truly defines the meaning and the spirit of my favorite time of year. A while back I was doing some scouring and I came across an artist who captures both the meaning and the spirit perfectly. When I saw Heather Gleason’s art I immediately felt a cool northerly breeze and caught the scent of caramel and cinnamon and burning leaves…

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