If you thought the only thing scary about paper was the occasional paper cut, think again. Paper Dandy’s Horrorgami brings the screams with 20 spooky kirigami (cut-and-fold) designs. Each project comes with a precise template and clear instructions with plenty of photos of the entire process and all the ghoulish-greatness of the finished project, so you’ll know you’re on the right track. From Gallows Hill to Dr. Frank-n-Furter’s castle, every Horrorgami project has been meticulously designed by noted paper artist Marc Hagan-Guirey, who has exhibited his horror-themed paper sculptures all over the world.

While Horrorgami‘s extremely thorough instructions make these projects great for beginners and seasoned paper veterans alike, there is quite a bit of cutting required and it may not be the best solo project for children.

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A Typical Friday Night at Hometown Bar-B-Que


This Halloween, I found myself crossing two rivers by PATH, subway, and bus, to attend the jungle-themed party of a sustainable furniture studio in Red Hook, Brooklyn. The venue was fantastic. And while the party, libations, costumes, energy, and attendees were stocked in excess, the food was not. It was then that we remembered the massive, metal barbecues that we passed, one lot east of us. The smokers belonged to Hometown Bar-B-Que, he said. And though the lot had been rented to prepare the meat, they didn’t have any to sell.

Strike One.

I walked back to the party, dejected, and spoke with Dan, my host. He said that they had to use Eventbrite for ticket reservation because the previous year yielded unprecedented numbers. This year, they decided to cap the list at 650 attendees before declaring the party sold out. He then fished me and my friends a craft beer from the ice tub, and ladled a hearty serving of jungle juice for my date.

I wasn’t going to last long with this guy offering me free, hoppy beers all night. I returned to the entrance and Googled Hometown Bar-B-Que. Mitchell answered. Read more

Carv-a-que: Time Lapse

For the last four years, I’ve been having a pumpkin carving barbecue (appropriately called the “carv-a-que”) at my place in Hoboken. Last year we created a time lapse video of the party. This year we had about 30 carvers and decided to reprise the recording. Below is the result.