Halloween Papercraft 2008

It's the middle of October, which means it's time to decorate for my favorite holiday, Halloween. I've done my share by scampering about the Internet, gathering up some fall flavored papercraft. This year we present a mix of scary and sweet, kind of like the holiday itself, I suppose.

I particularly like these paper Halloween buckets from the Canon Creative Park. They come in green, yellow or black with yellow or black accents. The eyes come in triangular, winking and crescent moon (my favorite.) You can also make a pirate eye patch, which adds a nice touch, especially when combined with the optional pirate hat. Other accessories include a witch hat and bat wings. I suppose you could combine them all have a flying pirate witch; likely the only one in your neighborhood.

Our much beloved toymaker, Marilyn Scott Waters, who toils year long making delights, has once again supplied us with a bounty of beautiful treats. I quite like Professor Pumkin's Boo Bus, especially the squashed look of the pumpkins in the back of the bus. Madame Fortunata's Cottage is also lovely, and just the sort of paper project I've adored since I was a child. The pdf file comes with the cottage and the figures of Madame Fortunata and Professor Ravenwing.

I really like the looks of this piece from Jack at Horrorwood. It's called A Bad Dream on Birch Street and I especially like the stretchy, nightmarish arms. Information about this project comes in both English and Japanese. Be warned, Jack says the hat was a bit of a nightmare to put together. Maybe you could leave it off all together? Or leave it unassembled and make up an interesting story to explain its condition.

I love the ravensblight website. Ray, the creator, is always coming up with something new that appeals to my inner zombie child. This year I'm enthralled with the ghost house, a peeling, shambling monstrosity that is just exactly the sort of place I've always wanted to live in. You'll also find a link to the story of the Ghost House, which includes many traditional elements, including a madwoman, a mysterious bride and the bones of previous residents.

Last year I included a link to a Japanese papercraft master's interpretation of a helmeted bird from Hieronymus Bosch's painting The Garden of Earthly Delight. While not a traditional Halloween image it was certainly spooky enough to fit in. He's added a couple more pieces which are quite nice and scary; a letter bird, made in December of last year, and a bird headed monster from March of this year. Both pieces are complex and exquisitely detailed, so don't leave making them to the last minute or you'll do you and them a disservice.

The letter bird is from Bosch's painting The Temptation of St Anthony, specifically the left wing, called the Flight and Failure of St Anthony. It clutches a letter in its beak and has a tin man type hat on its head, with a tiny tree growing out of the top of the hat. The bird is also on ice skates, which is an unusual mode of transport for birds. Maybe St. Anthony isn't the only who had a flight and a failure and now the bird has to get around via skating.

The final figure, the bird headed monster, which apparently is also a man-eater, is also from the The Garden of Earthly Delight. This interesting figure wears a water jar on his head and has an unusual choice of footwear. While the previous bird has skates, which allow for lots of movement, this guy wears vases on his feet, which I'm guessing is rather restrictive. Perhaps that's why he comes with a chair, because even standing would be difficult in his situation.

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