Kensington Gardens' Great PumpkinWe've made it to the midpoint of summer, and there are signs of spooky season popping up all over. I hope your pumpkin patch is doing well in this heat. London's Kensington Gardens has sprouted a 19.5 foot tall pumpkin! That would be a record-holder, if it were a botanical pumpkin. But this is art.
A Do-It-Yourself Haunted House Tour in the BasementThree brothers in Germany went all out to rig up a haunted house attraction in their basement! They only have two rooms, and one is for a video introduction and for exiting, so they created a maze in the other room with seven sections of thrills. There are a lot of moving parts here. Each section has a single spooky effect, whether store bought or hand made. No costumed actors are involved. Some of the effects are triggered by an operator hiding in the room, while others are controlled remotely as hidden cameras tell the operator where the guest is. One even uses a trip wire! You have to wonder how many people it takes to operate the tour, although I suspect they've worked it out so that the three brothers can do it by multitasking. After the build process is explained, we get a nicely shot walk-through tour. This is the kind of home addition that will get you a reputation in the neighborhood. -via reddit​
Agatha Harkness Returns in Agatha All AlongWe met the witch Agatha Harkness in the Marvel Television miniseries WandaVision in 2021. She's coming back with her own spinoff series called Agatha All Along. The trailer shows us Harkness reclaiming her with powers and forming a new witches' coven. The "dark comedy" stars Kathryn Hahn returning as Agatha Harkness, and also features Patti LuPone, Aubrey Plaza, Joe Locke, Sasheer Zamata, Ali Ahn, Maria Dizzia, and Okwui Okpokwasili. We don't yet know how many episodes there will be, but it promises to brighten up your Halloween season. Agatha All Along is expected to premiere on September 18 with the first two episodes on Disney+. -via Geeks Are Sexy​
The Ten Best Films from the Horror Career of Nicolas CageNic Cage doesn't specialize in horror films. He has acted in more than 120 movies, with more being added seemingly every day. But it's in the horror genre that he gets to go full berserk, and you can tell Cage enjoys that. His newest film Longlegs opens onJuly 12, in which he plays a Satanic serial killer. It's supposed to be really good, if you love being creeped out and held on the edge of your seat. To get you ready for Longlegs, Gizmodo compiled a list of Cage's ten best horror films. They actually list 11 of them, but one is labeled an Honorable Mention, and one is Longlegs. They aren't specifically ranked, so the number doesn't matter much. What you'll find is some inspiration for what to watch as you get ready for the opening of Longlegs next week. Trailers are included for each.
Make Your Own Miniature GraveyardRemember all those homemade Halloween decorations you saw last year, and you said you were going to try that next year? Or maybe the year before, but time got away from you? The height of summer is the perfect time to get started on Halloween crafts, before you let time get away. Besides that, it's the perfect excuse to get into the Halloween spirit!You can make your own miniature tabletop graveyard. This cute and spooky little scene was made by Priya Chauhan at Homecrux. It's made mostly of modeling clay, with the addition of natural wood and moss you can find in your back yard. The fence is made of toothpicks! It's all set on a slab of clay set on a plate for portability. Chauhan takes you through every step, because this project is easier when you break it down into small parts. The finished product will be uniquely yours. Readthe complete instructions at Homecrux. (Image credit: Rishik Sharma/Homecrux)
Six Flags' Fright Fest Opens September 7 with New AttractionsFall is the best time to plan a fun getaway weekend or even a full vacation, as crowds are smaller and you don't have to compete for vacation slots at work. For those of us who celebrate Halloween for months every year, that can mean a visit to Six Flags for their annual Fright Fest! This year, the thrills begin on September 7, and tickets are on sale now, for less than they will be later on. Make your plans to visit Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey or Six Flags Magic Mountain in Los Angeles and see attractions based on the horror stories like the SAW franchise, The Conjuring, Stranger Things, Army of the Dead, and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. There are also mazes titled Trick ‘r Treat and DCeased (based on the comic book series). Other Six Flags Parks will parks will offer some of the attractions. Read a description of each attraction at Businesswire, and check your local Six Flags for what what they offer and to get tickets.