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Halloween Art and Travel

36 EpisodesProduced by Kristen StaffordWebsite

This podcast connects artists and collectors of Halloween art. You will experience the stories and inspirations behind some of the best Halloween art being created today. You’ll hear from dedicated collectors who capture their dream pieces. You will add to your Halloween travel bucket list as we exp… read more

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Isaias Hiram Urrabazo: Celebrating Life

October 31st, 2021


Isaias Urrabazo uses his diverse skill set to create stunning visual art that celebrates life. Isaias is an accomplished artist, singer, actor, speaker, and costume designer.  

Isaias is well-known for his elaborate …

Jorene Lomenzo: Whim-spook-ical

October 29th, 2021


You can be sure Jorene Lomenzo’s heart is racing in excitement whenever she’s clicking refresh in anticipation of a shop update or standing in line …

Paskalini Savopoulos: Broomsquire

September 22nd, 2021


Picture a broom in your mind. Did it have glitter and dried flowers on it? Have you ever even dreamed those were possibilities? Creative …

Jennie Hepler-Takens: Sculptor of Stories

August 31st, 2021


Have you ever realized that an art collection can have the same function as a library? All of the creations by doll artist Jennie Hepler-Takens are …

Lurena Williamson: Passion for Textiles and Textures

August 13th, 2021


Lurena Williamson of Tattered Moon, is obsessed with resurrecting antiques by transforming them into one-of-a-kind Halloween dolls. She’s an …

Dennis Haynes: Halloween Renaissance Creative

July 30th, 2021


A “Renaissance person” has many skills and areas of knowledge. This is an accurate description of Dennis Hayes – he collects vintage Halloween, …

JR Pepper: Professional Eccentric

July 14th, 2021


Professional eccentric, JR Pepper, combines her love of art and bizarre history into her entertaining lectures and spooky photography. She majored in art history with a focus on female surrealists.  Today she is a …

Gravestone Girls: Cemetery Art and History Devotees

July 1st, 2021


“Keeping our dead alive” is the passion of the devoted Gravestone Girls (GG). In this episode, we meet Brenda Sullivan, the founder of this New …

Becky Kilimnik: Spooky by Design

June 13th, 2021


Becky Kilimnik fell in love with spooky storytelling during her childhood in the mountains of Tennesse. Today, she expresses this passion in her art, design, and podcasting. Listen today to hear her behind-the-scenes …

Sarah Boyce: Seasonal Folklore and Celebration

May 30th, 2021


Sarah Boyce’s love of the autumn and winter holidays will expand your understanding of the passage of time and seasons. Sarah created Garlands and …

Victorian Cemetery Symbolism

May 13th, 2021


What do you think of when you hear the word cemetery? Spooky? Do you think history and art museum? If you haven’t, you should! This episode explores …

Sharon Bloom: The Joy is in the Connection

April 30th, 2021


Sharon Bloom is a visual artist and teacher who LOVES Halloween. While her education is in painting and print making, today she is best known in the Halloween art world for her vivid Halloween themed hand-built …

Joey Marsocci: Creating Immersive Spooky Experiences

October 31st, 2020


Artist Joey Marsocci is a story teller who uses the mediums of theme park and haunt design, creature fabrication, illustration, writing, acting, cosplay, and more to tell his stories. He’s passionate about building …

Ellen Gee: Producer and Publisher of the Macabre

October 30th, 2020


Ellen Gee has dedicated her life to Halloween. It manifests in her music and fashion choices, home decorating, and career. Ellen is an artist, publisher, writer, and event planner – all in the theme of Halloween and …

Kristen Beason: Bright and Colorful Halloween

October 21st, 2020


Kristen Beason is creating cheeky folk art for Halloween merrymaking. She desires to make the holiday memorable for collectors, friends, and …

Susie Krichbaum: Creator of the Peculiar

October 13th, 2020


Artist Susie Krichbaum loves to create peculiar creatures with a twist. Not satisfied to create a standard mermaid, Susie sculpted one and gave it …

Nancy Malay: Spooky Sweet Creator

September 18th, 2020


Minnesotan artist Nancy Malay has earned her nicknames of “The Christmas Lady” and “The Halloween Lady.” Early American Life magazine named her as one of the best artists in the country. She’s been published in …

Melissa Belanger: Art Quite Contrary

August 31st, 2020


Artist Melissa Belanger's desire to be contrary is rooted in her childhood. Her mother was supportive but didn't like candy, Halloween, and dolls, …

Sian Ellis: Ghosts Everywhere

August 13th, 2020


In this episode, you’ll meet British artist Sian Ellis. Sian is excited to be a full-time artist after years working concurrently in charity events …

Karen Steinkraus: Heirloom Victorian Witch Hats

July 14th, 2020


Artist Karen Steinkraus, of The Victorian Witch Hat, uses her experience in theater costume design to create one-of-a kind, jaw-dropping witch hats.  Karen started by creating big Victorian hats for theater plays like …

Tom Taggart: Making Monsters and Mischief

June 30th, 2020


A man of many talents and skills, artist Tom Taggart is creating monsters and myths. Tom has a long list of artistic experience, including comic …

Isaac Bidwell: Thrills, Chills, Monsters, and Fun

June 13th, 2020


Isaac Bidwell is a designer and illustrator. The inspiration behind Isaac’s business name, Pickled Punks, comes from side-show specimens that were displayed in jars. Isaac is into side-show gaffs, an example of one is …

George Coghill: Life of a Monsterologist

May 30th, 2020


George is a monsterologist who studies creatures, creeps, and cryptids. His web site is  

Ever since childhood, his …

Kevin Buntin: It All Started With Clay on a Stick

May 13th, 2020


Today you’ll meet artist Kevin Buntin from Ohio. Kevin creates fantasy, seasonal, and Halloween based sculpture.

Kevin’s childhood Friday nights were …

Amber Leilani: A Doorway to Her World

April 30th, 2020


Meet artist Amber Leilani, a creator of folk surrealist paintings and mixed media. When I met Amber, she was sculpting. Repetitive wrist injuries …

Nicole Johnson: Have Monsters Will Travel

October 29th, 2019


Meet artist Nicole Johnson, monster specialist. Since childhood she has been drawn to creepy stories and things – she doesn’t know why. She jokes …

Gina Iacovelli: The Modern Legacy of Victorian Hairwork

September 30th, 2019


Hairwork is the art of making jewelry and other sentimental objects out of hair. If you like Halloween or history, you’ll start noticing it at oddities shows, incorporated into Halloween art, and at historical museums.

Zan Asha: Fairy Tales, Nature, and Halloween

August 31st, 2019


Meet Zan Asha, an artist who is blending fairytales, nature, folklore, and Halloween into her art.

Zan is friendly, fun, and has one of the most …

Cara Bevan: Gourd Life

July 17th, 2019


Listen to this episode to peek behind the vines of gourd life with award-winning gourd artist, Cara Bevan.

I saw Cara’s work for the first time at …

Stacey Walsh: Lover of Old Cemeteries, Handmade, and History

June 12th, 2019


Artist Stacey Walsh is a lover of old cemeteries, handmade goods, imperfection, and history – just some of the things that have led her down the path …

Amy Schneider: Obsessed Curator and Photographer

April 30th, 2019


Curious about the destinations of Halloween art pieces? The story doesn’t end with the artists finishing the pieces of art…their stories continue in …

Avery Applegate: Mourning Glory Jewelry

April 12th, 2019


Avery Applegate is a jewelry artist who loves hunting for forgotten treasures with a dark twist. She mixes these findings into assemblage art jewelry. Avery explores nature, sidewalks, and thrift/antique shops to …

Tanya Casteel: Painter of Cosmic Animals

February 27th, 2019


My guest for episode 4 was artist Tanya Casteel, painter of Cosmic Animals.  Tanya helped us explore what we can learn from animals that are …

Joyce Stahl: 20 Years of Enchantment

November 29th, 2018


Episode 3 is a special 20th anniversary celebration. My guest is artist Joyce Stahl, of Enchanted Productions. Joyce’s whimsical dolls are the …

Laurie Hardin: Smiling Halloween Art

September 27th, 2018


Let’s meet artist Laurie Hardin of Monkey-Cats Studio. For over 14 years, Laurie has been creating playful Halloween papier mache figures and …

Jennie Hepler-Takens: Affection for Oddity

August 30th, 2018


My guest is artist Jennie Hepler-Takens of Prim Pumpkin. Jennie creates dolls using vintage fabrics and found objects. Jennie's work is beloved by …

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