10 Things I Would Have In A Monster Squad Style Tree House Horror Hangout!

Inspired by The Monster Squad, John Squires over at the must read horror blog “Freddy in Space”, asked the question:  “If you had your very own Monster Squad style tree house horror hangout, what types of things would you put in it?”

Accepting John’s challenge, here for your consideration, are my 10 must have items.

1.  A Stephen King Rules T-Shirt

Stephen King Rules T-shirtFirst off, as this is a fantasy style tribute to The Monster Squad, anyone who entered my tree house hangout would have to own the Stephen King Rules shirt like the one that Sean wears in the movie.  This would be the official “uniform” of the tree house.  Because, even though (in my opinion) the master has slipped a bit in his later years, Stephen King indeed does RULE and all horror fans need to pay their respect.

2.  Gonesh Halloween Themed Incense Selection 

Gonesh Halloween Incense CollectionAs a way to set the perfect ambiance in my tree house hangout, I’d be constantly burning these Halloween inspired incenses.  I can speak from personal experience and say that the “Ghostly Glow” incense is really, really good.  Hints of cinnamon, mixing with other warm spices make this the perfect Halloween/fall incense.  The “Spooky Brew” incense is described as smelling like warm mulled cider and “Scary Night” brings to mind smells of a candy filled night of Trick or Treating.

 3.  The Halloween Official Motion Picture Soundtrack

Halloween Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Further establishing the perfect horror hangout vibe, I would have this disc playing on repeat in my tree house.  Perhaps the most perfect horror movie soundtrack of all time.  Even the most casual horror movie fan recognizes the Halloween Main Theme; easily John Carpenter’s most popular musical composition.

4.  Friday the 13th part 3-D PosterFriday the 13th Pt. 3-D Poster

Adorning one of the walls of my tree house hang out would be one of my all-time favorite horror movie posters.  Incredibly subtle yet still very sinister, this poster also announces that this installment of the Friday 13th franchise will literally be coming at you in 3D.  Adding to the unprecedented 3D treatment, part 3 also marked the first time Jason Voorhees would don the iconic hockey mask he would come to be known for.

5.  The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad DVD

The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad

Timeless.  This superbly animated feature showcases the amazing voice of Bing Crosby as he narrates and sings a faithful retelling of the legend of Sleepy Hollow.  A staple around my house every Halloween, this classic would be required viewing in the tree house.

6.  Cryptozoological Action Figures

Mezco Cryptozoology Figures

These super rare cryptid figures were released in limited numbers by Mezco back in 2003.  Consisting of highly detailed and articulated renditions of Bigfoot, The Jersey Devil and The Mothman (The Loch Ness Monster was never released for some reason) this series is tough to find.  Mint in package pieces do turn up on eBay with prices ranging from $45 – $100+.  A more affordable (and possibly superior) alternative  will be available in the The Legendary Monsters line of action figures and cards.

7.  A Ouija Board

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Whether its the older “wood grain” version, the new glow in the dark version or even the pink one, a Ouija board is essential in the tree house horror hangout.  Not only is it an awesome conversation piece with some timeless artwork, it’s fun to sit around with some friends on the night of a full moon and commune with the other side.

8.  How to Survive a Horror Movie

How to Survive a Horror Movie

In How to Survive a Horror Movie, Seth Grahame Smith (he of Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies fame) has crafted a love letter to all horror geeks.  Laugh out loud funny and smartly written, Smith deconstructs all manner of horror movie situations and antagonists and teaches you everything you need to know to live long enough to see the end credits.  I read through this book at least a couple times a year and it never gets old.  It would find a permanent spot on the bookshelf in my tree house (Yeah, I’d have a bookshelf in my tree house).

9.  “The Mask” from Don Post Studio

Don Post The Mask

Originally released in 1985 “The Mask” was the first commercially available Michael Myers mask.  While the mask didn’t bare that close of a resemblance to the mask used in Halloween,  it was the best that was available for many years.  It wasn’t until independent mask makes started plying their trade that a screen accurate Myers mask would become available.  Nonetheless, this mask still holds a nostalgic place in my heart as I actually had one as a kid and used it for more than one season of Trick or Treating.  The rest of the year it was proudly displayed on a shelf in my bedroom and would look great displayed in my virtual tree house as well.

10.  A Collection of Classic Horror Video Games

Horror Video Games

Rounding out my list I’d have to have a small collection of classic Nintendo (NES), Super Nintendo (SNES) and Playstation (PSX) horror video games.  Games such as Zombies Ate My Neighbors, Silent Hill, Resident Evil – Director’s Cut, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th and the NES Castlevania series would be must haves.  While not all great games, (Elm Street and Friday, I’m looking at you) they do represent a large cross section of the horror and video game landscape.  From zombies and slashes to side scrollers and survival horror, just about every taste would be satisfied.

As a bit of a bonus, I decided to add on 3 more items I’d have in the tree house, bringing the list to 13.

11, 12 and 13….

Marvel Zombies Comic Book Collection

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Such a perfect set up:  zombie super heroes.  This is the series that got me back into reading Marvel comics.

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A genuine classic toy amongst horror aficionados.  Monster in My Pocket (MIMP) was a series of highly detailed rubber mini-figures that consisted of monsters from mythology, urban legend, literature and film.  From Bigfoot, ghosts and vampires to more obscure entities such as Herne the Hunter and Spring Heeled Jack, all the monstrous bases were covered.

Classic Horror Movie Rifftrax

Rifftrax

Finally, in the tree house we’d fire up some Rifftrax to add a fresh and seriously funny take on classic horror movies like Night of the Living Dead, Halloween, The House on Haunted Hill and Carnival of Souls.  While I consider these movies all true classics of the genre and to otherwise make fun of them would be sacrilege, when Mike, Bill and Kevin do it, I can’t help but laugh.

So, there it is.  My list of 10 things I would have in a Monster Squad style tree house horror hangout.

I’d love to hear what anyone else would put in their horror hangout.  Either drop a list into the comments below or head over to “Freddy in Space” and post it there.

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The 100 Candle Game

This is a game I saw showcased on the A&E show Paranormal State. It was believed to have been a right of passage and test of courage for Samurai in feudal Japan. I suggested we play it at our Halloween Party this year and I was glad I did. It involves lighting 100 candles (we lit as many candles as there were guests). You then turn off all the lights in the house, all of them. Next each person takes a turn telling a TRUE ghost or supernatural story. The tale doesn’t have to be a first hand account but it must be true. After each person tells their story they blow out their candle. As each story is told the room gets darker and darker until you are sitting in pitch darkness. It is said that the “game” is an evocation and by the time the room is shrouded in darkness a spirit will manifest itself. We played our 100 candle game in a house known to be haunted and by the end of the game, three different people reported seeing the same thing; a glowing orb in the upper corner of a closet. One of them also said that they had seen a tall black shape pass in front of the orb. The owner of the house said that while one of the stories was being told he saw something moving in his kitchen. All of us were in the living room at that time and no one else was in the house. Also when I was telling my story all of us heard a loud popping noise come from the kitchen.

It was a truly creepy experience and as the room got darker and darker the excitement and fear grew. It’s an easy game to set up, you just need some friends and some candles and you’re all set. Just be warned that when you’re done you may have a few new guests amongst you. HERE is a link to a small article on the games origins.

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A new batch of our handmade, dark art pendants has been placed up for auction in our eBay Shoppe. The starting bid is only $1.

New Listings on eBay Tonight.

Greetings all.  Check back in later this evening as Jack’s Attic will be listing a new batch of handmade, dark art pendants up for auction in our eBay Shoppe.  As per usual, all auctions will begin at just $1.  If you get outbid or cannot wait to add that desired piece to your collection be sure to stop by our Etsy Shoppe and make it yours.

All Handmade, Dark Art Pendants Now $20!

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As promised, here is our very important announcement regarding our entire catalogue of handmade, dark art pendants: As of today, October 19, 2008, the price of all regular collection pendants has been reduced from $35 to $20. All product listings in our Etsy Shoppe have already been amended to reflect this new price change and have also been revised with new product photography. You may also peruse our catalogue of antiquated, handmade jewelry through our eBay Shoppe as well.

Come back to see us soon as we are working on a new limited edition design we hope to have finished in time for Halloween.

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All New Photographs Showcasing Our Pendant Designs

We here at Jack’s Attic like to keep things looking fresh and like to update the photography showcasing our collection of handmade, dark art jewelry. So it is with great pride that we present out latest selection of photographs depicting our catalogue of products. Also don’t forget to stop by our Etsy Shoppe as well as our eBay Shoppe to make any part of our collection a part of yours.

We also would like to remind you to stop back by later this evening for a very special announcement regarding our entire selection of dark art jewelry.

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Never Ask About Your Own Death – New Dark Art Pendant Now Available

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“Never Ask About Your Own Death”, the latest handcrafted, dark art pendant offered by Jack’s Attic is now available for purchase in our Etsy Shoppe as well as up for auction in out eBay Shoppe. Bidding has begun at just $1.

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“The old timers warned us about dabbling with the channeling board. Especially this close to All Hallows Eve. They told us stories of dark things that had come through the board and of frightful premonitions that came to pass. Above all though, they warned us to never ask about our own death.”

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Also, don’t forget to check back with us on Sunday, October 19, 2008, for an important announcement regarding our entire catalogue of dark art jewelry.