2017 Spooky Holiday Gift Guide

Even though I saw Christmas decorations out before Halloween was even over, I am officially okay with accepting Christmas into my life now that Thanksgiving is over. So, with that being said, I’ve put together a handy guide to help you figure out what you’re going to gift the other strange people in your life this year.

 

1. Gremlins Sweater

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Step aside Krampus, Gremlins is the original (and dare I say better) scary holiday movie and because everyone knows that, everyone on your list will LOVE this sweater from Middle of Beyond. Middle of Beyond is the best of the best when it comes to strange gifts; I would know as one of my prized possessions is one of their amazing, super-cozy blankets. If this sweater feels anything like that blanket, it will be the best gift you have ever given. You can purchase it at the Middle of Beyond website.

 

2. Serial Killer Playing Cards

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It’s a fact that our culture has a dark fascination with serial killers, so this deck of playing cards is perfect for the true crime enthusiast on your list this year. The cards feature 54 notorious serial killers and include facts about each, like kill count and preferred methods of murder. They can be purchased here through Etsy.

 

3. Hunt a Killer Subscription

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If a deck of playing cards isn’t satisfactory enough for the true crime fan on your list, consider giving a gift that keeps giving. Hunt a Killer is a monthly subscription box described as “a dream come true for any true crime fan” and is also said to be “seemingly real” and “not for the faint of heart.” This ain’t your momma’s Clue board game, people. Each month, the recipient will get to play detective and solve an intricate case. Apply for a subscription at huntakiller.com.

 

4. Labradorite Coffin Ring

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Show me a woman who complains about getting jewelry for the holidays and I’ll show you a liar. However, for the woman in your life who doesn’t want you to go to Jared, Blood Milk has an array of gorgeous jewelry to bring a big smile to her face this year. Personally, I’ve been drooling over their coffin rings lately, which come in a variety of stones and sizes. Check out this ring and the rest of their gorgeous jewelry at bloodmilkjewels.com.

 

5. Child’s Play Print

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For the horror fan and VHS collector on your list, checking out the inventory from Studiohouse Designs is an absolute must. I have several of their prints hanging in my home already and can’t wait to add to my collection. Prints are not all Studiohouse has up their sleeve, however; they also have lots of awesome clothing, pins, patches, and even Horror Cult, a bi-monthly subscription box . You can buy this 18″x24″ Child’s Play print and much more at studiohousedesigns.com.

 

6. TokyoMilk Gift Set

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I have been using products from the TokyoMilk Dark collection for years now and I’ve never looked back. What first attracted me to this line of products was the beautiful, gothic aesthetic of the packaging and the scents are just as great. This gift set includes 1 eau de parfum, 1 shea butter hand cream and 1 lip elixir in my favorite scent from the collection, Tainted Love. It’s the perfect gift for the witchy woman on your list. It can be purchased through tokyomilk.com.

 

7. Altar Gift Boxes

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We have found THE essential gift for the spiritual person on your list: a beautifully curated gift box from Altar, a boutique based out of Portland, OR. Each box contains an assortment of items, from cleansing sage and aromatic incense to bath bombs and quartz stones. With 3 different options to choose from, this “box of treasures” is sure to please. Check out the gift box options and purchase through altarpdx.com.

 

8. Universal Monsters: The Essential Collection on Blu-ray

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Bring the horror fan on your list back to their roots with this Blu-ray collection of Universal’s classic horror characters. The collection includes 8 original horror classics, restored in perfect high-definition picture and sound. This is a must-have for any horror fan’s collection. It is sold by A-B-C Titles & Media through Amazon and is even available for prime for all you last minute shoppers out there. Follow this link to purchase.

 

9. Holiday Candles 

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We know candles are typically the gift you give someone when you have no idea what to get them, but not this time. Give a candle someone will be happy to receive from Burke & Hare Co. Give the gift of dark Christmas with their holiday collection. Vom Krampus is described as a bright and brisk lend of candied peppermint and vanilla cream, while Black Forest is said to remind you of winter walks in the forests with scents of birch, eucalyptus and pine cone. These candles and their other collections can be purchased at burkehareco.com.

10. Ouija Bat Clock

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This wall clock will bring every home one step closer to being the Addams Family mansion, and let’s be real, who doesn’t want that? Its even available in two finishes for you to choose from, satin black or glitter black gloss finish. You can purchase it at the Curiology Ltd. website.

 

 

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Discover your local Krampusnacht

If you listened to the finale episode of the podcast’s first season, you’ll recall we discussed Krampusnacht, an ancient Austrian tradition occurring each year in early December where townspeople dress as St. Nick’s evil sidekick, Krampus, and scare the living shit out of local children.

As promised in that episode, I did my best to compile some of the Krampus-related festivals that will be coming up throughout the country. Check it out:

Asbury Park, NJ

Asbury Park will be hosting their 3rd annual Krampus event, Krampus AP, on December 1st and 2nd at Paranormal Books & Curiosities on Cookman Avenue. They’ll kick off the festivities on Friday with Pictures with Yeti and Krampus followed by the Krampus Film Festival. On Saturday, they’ll have events throughout the day, including Karoling with Krampus, Running with the Krampusses and Crowning of the Krampus.

Dallas, TX

The Vampire Court of Dallas will be hosting Krampus Nacht on December 17th at the Church on Swiss Avenue. This event will feature main stage performers, DJs, Christmas horror movies, vendors for all your spooky gift-giving needs and even a Krampus costume contest. As if there isn’t enough holiday spirit to enjoy, they will also be doing a toy drive for New Beginning Center of Garland, which helps those struggling with domestic violence.

Bloomington, IN

Bloomington will host the Krampus Rampage and Bazaar on December 2nd. The event begins with the Bazaar, an all-ages event which features sack races, Krampus mask making, plus much more. At the Bazaar, you can pick out your “naughty” or “nice” sticker before you head over to the Rampage. Wear a “nice” sticker and you may receive candy from St. Nicholas or an angel, but if wear a “naughty” sticker prepare for Krampus to come for you.

Detroit, MI

Detroit will host Krampus Night on December 1st, 2017. Described as a “holiday-ish charity extravaganza,” Krampus Night features a ton of different events, including a Toys for Tots drive as well as a a Burners Without Borders Detroit canned drive to help feed the homeless this holiday season. In addition to the charitable portion of Krampus Night, guests can also indulge in a Naughty List Bazaar and Wreck the Halls Exhibition, plus much more!

Fieldsboro, NJ

Fieldsboro will be hosting their first ever Krampus Bazaar on December 9th. It will feature a variety of events for guests, including music, dark art, unique gifts/oddities and of course, a Krampus costume contest. It will also feature sideshow performances by Phialdelphia’s own Sickart Sideshow.

Los Angeles, CA

On December 2nd, Los Angeles will host its 5th annual Krampus Ball at Alpine Village on Torrance Boulevard. The Ball will feature a performance by Krammpstein (also known as metal band Rammstein dressed in leather, fur, horns and masks to pay tribute to the infamous Christmas devil Krampus). Guests can also expect to see an appearance by Krampus Los Angeles in their premiere seasonal outing. Themed costumes are encouraged (though not required)!

If you can’t make the Ball, LA will also host the free 5th annual Krampuslauf (Krampus Run) on December 14th. Dozens of Krampusses will pursue the brave, while children and more timid adults will be protected by St. Nicholas. If that isn’t enough for you, there will be an (also free) after party beginning at 9PM at The Lash nightclub.

Philadelphia, PA

Philadelphians can attend Krampusnacht Philadelphia, which will premiere on December 10th at District N9NE on North 9th Street. It will feature a marketplace where you can complete your holiday shopping for all the strange and eccentric people on your list this year. Guests can also anticipate getting “thrilled and chilled” by a variety of live entertainment as well as their very own freakshow, all for an affordable $5.

If you can’t make it to the event on December 10th, Philadelphia will also host Parade of Spirits (formerly known as Krampuslauf Philadelphia) at Liberty Lands Park on December 17th starting at 3:30 PM. They encourage guests to come dressed as Krampus or their favorite mythological shadow side creature from any tradition. Sounds like the Christmas version of Halloween to me!

Portland, OR

On December 10th, Portland will host its 8th annual Krampus Lauf beginning at 4PM at Sewallcrest Park. Those who would like to participate are encouraged to dress up in masks, fur, chains, claws and horns. Once dressed, event-goers can walk down the boulevard chanting the Krampus Carol and spreading the “mirthful terror” of the season.

Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C. will be hosting its annual Krampusnacht DC on December 2, 2017 at Gallery O on H. It is a holiday event and charity walk benefiting Santa’s Cause DC, a project of Family Maters of Greater Washington which aids local foster children. Get your scare on for a good cause!

If you’re aware of any upcoming Krampus festivities that we haven’t mentioned, please fill us in by sending an e-mail to admin@hexfilescollective.com so that we can include it in our list!

Gang members stab man over 100 times, decapitate him then cut out his heart

Members of a gang known as MS-13 made headlines earlier this week when it was made public that they stabbed a man over 100 times, decapitated him and then cut his heart out earlier this year. This brutal homicide occurred in Wheaton, Maryland. There is currently one attacker in police custody. The 19-year-old has been charged with first-degree murder. According to Assistant State’s Attorney Kelly McGann, “He is noted as being the first individual to thrust a knife into the chest of the decedent.” To read more about this breaking story and to learn more about MS-13, check out this article in the Washington Post.

Will the Real Ed Kemper Please Stand Up?

Anyone who listened to episode nine of the podcast might recall Jen talking about a YouTube video I sent her that did a side-by-side comparison of Mindhunter’s Ed Kemper and the actual serial killer. Here is the link to that video for all who are interested, I definitely recommend checking it out if you’re a fan of the show.

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