This week’s Questionable Stock Photos roundup is a special Halloween edition.   After all, when you start a photo series born out of  the strange, ill-conceived photographs that surface in a standard stock photo site search, it’s only natural that some of those will apply rather nicely to Halloween.

This week’s collection has one Marketing use case each that may or may not justify the energy it took to produce them.


Yes, I will murder you while you sleep. Just kidding! I have no lower arms. But I’m friends with the evil clown puppet, so… well, just sayin’.


American Girl Halloween Limited Edition: Clementine Bates, 1935.

 Once the beloved doll of a Midwestern farmer’s child , Clementine went missing when her family evacuated their homestead during the Dust Bowl.  Can she travel through time and find the great-great-great-grandchild of her original owner?

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Thank heavens Obamacare covers mummies! We come with our own bandages, yet insurance companies have considered our post-mortem state of being a “pre-existing condition” for years.


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I know, I know: you didn’t expect me to go with white on my wedding day. Look, just because this is my job doesn’t mean I’m not a traditionalist.


SCREAM 5 | Desert Doomsday –  

It was just a typical day at Burning Man… until people started dying!



This mask is not nearly as warm as I’d like it to be.  Can someone please call my agent for me?  My extremities are frozen.


Den Norske Opera & Ballett presenterer: Phantom of the Tundra

En ny opera av Olav Anton Thommessen

(The Norwegian National Opera and Ballet Presents: Phantom of the Tundra
A new opera by Olav Anton Thomessen)



I didn’t realize that the guy was so serious…


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Feel free to submit your own marketing scenarios via the blog comments.

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