Your Pumpkin Can Also Be A Disco Light

Ready to party this Halloween? Then head over to Homes and Hues, where you can learn how to make a fun disco ball with nothing more than a pumpkin, a flashlight, string and either a screwdriver or a drill. The effect is particularly cool if you happen to have access to a flashlight with a strobe effect on it.

Learn how to make your own cool light over at Homes and Hues: Ready Your Home For Halloween With This Cool Pumpkin Disco Ball


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Pineapple Jack-o'-Lantern

This pineapple looks much more frightening than an ordinary jack-o'-lantern! Cory Doctorow of Boing Boing saw it at a Trader Vic's in Portland, Oregon. It would be great for a Halloween party with a Tiki theme.

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A Game of Thrones Halloween


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It sounds as if Jon Snow is leading the Night’s Watch on a mission, but as his pep talk continues, it begins to remind you of something much more familiar This is not exactly a Halloween special from Westeros. It’s the holiday offering from Funny or Die.  


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26 Not-So-Scary Facts About Halloween

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For the Halloween edition of the mental_floss List Show, John Green has a whole long list of facts about Halloween! The biggest pumpkin, the origin of Jack-o-Lanterns, why people used to eat chicken feed for Halloween, and a whole lot of superstitions about the holiday. He says he is wearing Halloween masks because he’s being punished, but I prefer to think it’s a fortunately seasonal workaround for some kind of facial blemish.


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Josh Sundquist’s 2014 Halloween Costume

Josh Sundquist is an athlete, a math nerd, a rapper, and an author. He lost his left leg to cancer as a child. Lately he’s become internet-famous for his imaginative Halloween costumes: the Gingerbread Man from Shrek in 2010, the leg lamp from A Christmas Story in 2012, a flamingo in 2013, and we couldn’t wait to see what he’d cook up next.



This year’s costume is infinitely appropriate for a one-legged athlete. He’s a foosball player!

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The Truth Behind Halloween Candy Tampering Urban Legends

Urban legends about people tampering with Halloween candy have existed for decades, and even though they’re largely seen as scare tactics these legends still put enough fear in parents and kids that x-raying candy has become a Halloween tradition.

So what are the facts about candy tampering?

Surprisingly, the fear of tampered Halloween candy seems to stem from one case- in 1974 Timothy O'Bryan died from ingesting a cyanide laced Pixy Stix given to him by his father, who was trying to cash in on a massive life insurance policy he'd taken out on his kids.

In fact, most of the proven cases of tampering were traced back to a friend or relative who was trying to play a prank on the unwitting child by sticking sharp objects in treats. Way to fail at pranking folks!

Want to learn more about the roots of these urban legends? Read more about A Brief History Of Sick People Tampering With Halloween Candy over at mental_floss.


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Father and Son MechWarrior Halloween Costume

Geraint is a lucky boy. His father, Ryan, was planning this costume for years before he was born. It’s a Sunder mech from the BattleTech universe. Imgur member PutABowOnIt writes:

My husband had this costume planned for several years, long before we had a child.  The inspiration was a computer game he played in high school.  When we found out we were having a baby, he got to work.  Ryan sketched out the rough designs probably two months before Geraint was born.  With so much baby stuff coming in the mail, we had plenty of boxes for him to work with, so he just had to buy a few things to make it.

The frame is cardboard wrapped around PVC pipe and held in place with zip ties. It’s a flexible form with Velcro keeping the limbs attached at the joints.  The visual details are made of foam board.

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Amazing Jack-O'-Lantern Sculptures by Jon Neill

Jack-o’-lantern carving has gone from simple cutout features to full blown squash sculptures with amazingly realistic detail and horrifying Halloween appeal, and one of the artists taking the pumpkin carving game to new heights is Jon Neill.

Jon’s incredibly detailed pumpkin sculptures are simply oozing with personality, and in his gifted hands a simple squash becomes a thing of horrifying beauty.

Jon enjoys creating characters both hilarious and terrifying- some look like they’d be fun to hang with at a party, while others look like they'd rather be sinking their teeth into trick or treaters. 

See more of Jon Neill's amazing pumpkin sculptures here

-Via Bored Panda


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Reminder: Enter Our Instagram Halloween Contest & Win Free Tees

Got a great picture of your Halloween costume from this year or from Halloweens long ago? Then head over to Instagram and enter your costume in our NeatoShop costume contest. Just tag your image with @NeatoShop and you could win four tees from the NeatoShop. The contest ends at midnight PST on Halloween night, so upload your pic today!

For full details, including how the winner will be selected, read our announcement here.


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Ten Howling Good Halloween Themed TV Episodes

Holiday themed episodes are like eye candy to TV junkies like me, and each year we look forward to watching our favorite characters get all dressed up for a Halloween themed episode sure to get us into the spooky spirit.

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Halloween episodes are such a beloved TV tradition that even summer season shows try to squeeze one in, and even if the show is kinda crappy the Halloween episode is sure to be entertaining!

GeekTyrant put together a collection of 10 Awesome Halloween Themed TV Episodes, which includes the absolute best annual Halloween TV tradition- The Simpsons' Treehouse of Horror. 

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"No TV and no beer make Homer go crazy" I'm right there with ya, Homer!


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What Is America's Spookiest Sound?

What sounds spookier: The theme to the movie Halloween, or Vincent Price’s laugh? An antique toy or a slow knock at the door? Funny or Die is staging an online tournament to determine what you least want to hear alone in the dark. You can listen to each sound effect and make your selections. The tournament is down to the final day of voting in the quarterfinals, with the final four round voting tomorrow. Yeah, it’s a silly idea, but silly can be fun -or frightening, in this case. 


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Here's An Upside Down Clown To Give You Nightmares

Meet Brian- he's a great father, beloved NeatoShop artist ambassador and one heck of a nice guy, but during the Halloween season he becomes the stuff of nightmares.

Brian enjoys putting a fear of dark places in folks who pay him a visit at his terrifying home away from home- Spooky World's Nightmare New England.

Spooky World's Nightmare is New England's premiere haunted destination, located in the otherwise sleepy town of Litchfield, New Hampshire.

If you're brave enough to endure attractions like Brigham Manor, the plantation home of the murderous Bishop family, the hellish labyrinth called The Colony, or the neon circus nightmare Freak Show in 3D you might run in to Brian or one of his ghoulish buddies.

But hurry- Spooky World's Nightmare attractions will disappear back into the mists come November 8th!


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Homemade Mystique Costume

Redditor drbonedaddy posted a picture of his girlfriend’s Halloween costume. She is the Marvel character Mystique, as portrayed in the X-Men movies. The process of constructing the costume went like this:

Wasn't easy at all. The spandex suit had to first be landmarked, then painted. Each side took three to four hours and had to be allowed to dry overnight. Applying the latex for the scales on her face and painting it took two to three hours as well. She dyed her hair for the costume which was another hour. So in total it was roughly a 10 hour process over the course of a few days. I'm sure there are some very intricate costumes posted on here, but it really was a painstaking process to make it come together

She even dyed contact lenses to make her eyes yellow! And what did drbonedaddy select for a costume? He was also an X-Men character, the lesser-known Gambit.


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These Goofy Halloween Skeletons Will Make You Shriek in Laughter

Steve Miller and Stacy Adams of Fort Mill, South Carolina own a set of poseable human skeleton replicas. Last year, they started putting them in scenes on the front porch of their home. They call their project the Baxter Skeletons.

The settings are increasingly elaborate, using props, backgrounds, and lights. The skeletons aren't just trying to scare you. They're trying to live normal, fun-filled lives. 

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Psycho-O-Lantern: Recreating the Psycho Shower Scene in Pumpkins

You think you spent a lot of time carving a Jack-o-Lantern for Halloween? Yuliya Tsukerman took a bunch of pumpkins and carved images from the iconic Psycho shower scene on them. Several dozen images, in fact, with up to three images on a pumpkin. She spent two weeks carving pumpkins.



She then lit up the pumpkins, took photographs of each carved image, and synchronized them with the soundtrack from the original Hitchcock film.  



You can see that video at Tsukerman’s site, as well as the full gallery of carved pumpkin images, and photographs of process. You can even see a comparison of the pumpkin video with the original Hitchcock footage. -Thanks, Yuliya!



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Mini Bobak in the Mars Curiosity Rover Costume

Friday on Twitter, Commander Chris Hadfield  (previously) announced a Halloween costume contest for the cool kids who choose to dress as an astronaut. Great idea!

He got a reply that just floored everyone. Inked Frog’s son is in a wheelchair. His father made it into the Mars Curiosity Rover for Halloween! And her son is made up to look like like NASA engineer Bobak Ferdowsi, who wore a red, white, and blue mohawk during Curiosity’s historic landing on Mars.  

Ferdowsi’s reaction to the costume: Rad! Is that not the coolest idea you’ve seen for a Halloween costume in a while? -via a comment at Metafilter


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How to Make Spooky Halloween Eyes

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Dave Hax always finds a clever and easy way to do things you were going to do anyway. He’s been super busy lately making Halloween decorations, most of which are perfect for kids to participate in making, like these spooky Halloween eyes. I love the idea of shoving these into the shrubbery around your porch just as it gets dark on trick-or-treat night! -Thanks, Dave!

See also: Dave’s Jack O’Lantern Tips.
 


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What’s a Dad to Do?

Tom Burns and his young daughter have a tradition of coordinating their Halloween costumes. When she talked about dressing as Hermione Granger this year, he expected to don a costume from Hogwarts. But then Burns showed his daughter Star Wars. The first movie. She loved it.

“Do you think I could be Han Solo for Halloween?”

Immediately, I responded “Yeah, why, of course, you could. That would be amazing. Why couldn’t you be Han Solo?” And, even though I didn’t want her response to come, it did. “Welll…. I’m a girl.”

There’s no reason a girl can’t be Han Solo for Halloween. It’s been done before. And if she’s going to dress as a male Star Wars character, it only made sense to her that Dad dress as Princess Leia. And that’s just what he did. The two wore their costumes to an event at the zoo.

All in all, I think my daughter and I will make a great pair for Halloween. We got nothing but smiles at the Halloween event we attended last night and even got a few laughs when I came face-to-face with a mom dressed as Princess Leia and said “Well, this is embarrassing…”

Read the whole story and see another picture of the pair at The Good Men Project. -via Metafilter


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13 Halloween Costumes That Fail So Hard They Win

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You ever see a Halloween costume that is SO awful, it transcends that status and becomes its own work of art? I have, and it is amazing. A costume that is so bad it is awesome can sometimes be better than a costume that is just plain awesome. Does that make sense? Just look at the Homer Simpson above as a perfect example of this ideology. It is awful, it is terrifying, but if you were at a Halloween party with that and went home, that would be the costume would you be most likely to remember still, days later. That says something. Good or bad, I'm not sure, but it says something.

So if you take as much pleasure in Halloween faux-pas as I do, this list of 13 Halloween Costumes That Fail So Hard They Win will be right up your alley. You have to give these people credit for trying. Not a lot of credit, mind you, but at least some. D for effort seems fair.


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Men Try On Ladies’ Sexy Halloween Costumes

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Have you ever heard the saying, “What’s good for the goose is good for the gander"? Well, take a gander at these guys who are willing to try on sexy Halloween costumes designed for women. Sure, the costumes are overly revealing, poorly-constructed, and mostly just dumb. But at a few points, the fellows start to enjoy it. -via Geeks Are Sexy


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A Little Girl Named Willow Has Totally Won Halloween Two Years In A Row

People post lots of pictures of their kids wearing costumes around Halloween, and they’re all undeniably adorable, but one little girl has won the award for mostest adorablest two years in a row.

Her name is Willow, and with a little help from her mother photographer Gina Lee she became an internet sensation before she could walk, all because her mom declared October "Dress Up Willow Month." 

Willow’s ability to slip effortlessly into character has made her Halloween costume photos especially popular with followers of Gina's Instagram account, who eagerly await the sets that come out each October.

Even though Willow has left her Hot Dog On A Stick days behind she's still having a blast playing dress up, and we can't wait to see how she has grown, and what she'll be wearing, next year!

You can see more of Willow's adorable Halloween costume photos here


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You Can Go Trick-or-Treating at George Washington's House


(Portrait by Rembrandt Peale)

Mount Vernon is the estate of George Washington. It's a historical site open to the public that features year-round events. This Halloween, children can go trick-or-treating there! Visitors can listen to Halloween-themed storytelling, play colonial-era games, and take a wagon ride. They can also sample chocolate as it was experienced during Washington's lifetime. 


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The organizers will offer prizes to guests who have the best George and Martha Washington costumes.

-via Marilyn Terrell


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8 Realistic Sexy Halloween Costumes for Moms

It is trendy these days for people to wear sexualized Halloween costumes. I confess that I will succumb to the trend this year.

What will you wear? If you're a mom, you've got a lot of options. Suzanne Fleet has photographed 8 wonderful possibilities that reflect actual parenting. They're all really easy to make. You can probably assemble them from your everyday gear. What will you be--the Crazy Carpool Mom or the Dirty Delouser?


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25 Easy DIY Halloween Costumes You Can Make Last Minute

Are you ready for Halloween yet? Don't worry if you're not -there's still plenty of time left to get ready. Even if you put things off as long as possible though, you can still create a great DIY Halloween costume in no time. Here are a few ideas in case you have to make your own Halloween costume last minute.

Silent Movie Stars

Here's an easy one for men or women. All you need is a black and white suit or dress (if it's 1920's style all the better), some gray cream makeup and some black eyeliner and black eye shadow to add some accents. To really sell the concept, it helps to bring along a title card too like this couple from Shrimp Salad Circus did.

Breakfast at Tiffany's

Just about every gal has a sleeveless black dress. Add a tiara, some long black gloves, a chunky necklace, a tiara and a long cigarette holder (available at most costume stores) and you have a Holly Golightly costume. Of course, you need to have some serious hair styling skills to pull this one off as well as Redditor CampingIsIntense.

Frida

         

You may not be able to paint like her, but you can easily look like Frida with only minimal effort. Just grab a peasant blouse, put your hair up with a few flowers and then draw in a bit of a unibrow. Megan Rose shows how simple it is.

Van Gogh

For red-headed male fans of art, you can always go as Vincent Van Gogh. Paint a few thick, impressionist brush strokes on a jacket, sport a collarless button up shirt and then apply a some broad streaks of makeup along your neck and face to complete the look. This cool costume was created by a friend of Redditor josh1510.

Pinata

If you don't have any time to get tulle, but have crepe or tissue paper available, then consider making a pinata costume. Glue strips of the paper to a body suit and trim to make frills. For more detailed instructions, don't miss this post by Camille Styles.

Rosie the Rivetter

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5 Scariest Haunted Toys

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I believe it was Poltergeist that triggered my fear of toys in me, and I have carried it with me since I was a child. Something about a little, lifeless, object we play with that could come to life at any point is scary (and implausible, and silly, but go with it for a second because it is almost Halloween). 

The scariest part is, as you will from this list, there have been cases throughout history when toys have allegedly been possessed or haunted. With haunted dolls becoming so "in" again (wait, where they ever "in?"), seems a perfect time to drop this list on you of 5 toys that were said to be haunted. Now I know as much as the next guy that the likelihood of any of these stories being true is slim-to-none (a haunted N.E.S? Come on), like I said, it's Halloween. Just let go with it and have some fun for a moment. Oh, and if you are interested, I have a haunted Frisbee I am selling. 

Freaking thing just goes wherever it wants. Must be demons, right? Five bucks or best offer. Hit me up here, we can make it happen.


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25 Halloween T-Shirts That Are Way Easier Than Making Your Own Costume


The Great Pumpkin King by Blueswade

Forget fancy Halloween costumes! Here's something far easier: just wear these spooky fun pumpkin-inspired Halloween T-shirts from the NeatoShop. And with free shipping worldwide available, these shirts won't put a scare on your pocketbook.

Best of all, with cool artwork designed by the web's best indie artists, you can wear these ghoulishly awesome T-shirt all year round!

Take a look at 25 Halloween T-shirts to wear this coming Halloween:


Pumpkin is Coming by WereAllMadDesigns


That's No Pumpkin by Robotic Ewe


Who Halloween by Kellabell9


Howloween by Captain Sunshine

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11 Household Items You Can Use to Decorate Your Pumpkin

What do you use to carve your pumpkins? If you still use regular kitchen knives and a spoon, maybe you should try something a little different this year. You don't even need to buy fancy pumpkin carving tools -there's plenty of stuff around your home that you can use instead.

From power tools to spaghetti, you'll be surprised what you can use to decorate your Jack-O-Lantern. There's even a great way to make your pumpkin last longer so it doesn't become a mold-laden biohazard.

Check out all of the fun household items you can use to make your pumpkin look amazing over at Homes and Hues: Using 11 Common Household Objects to Decorate Your Pumpkin


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Internet Trolls – The Halloween Musical

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What’s the scariest monster you can think of? That’s right, online trolls! And to add to the horror, they now have their own Broadway-style musical number, courtesy of AVbytes. As you’d expect, they are fairly proud of the chaos, discord, and misery they leave across the web. The lyrics to this song are posted at the YouTube page. You can enjoy the song, but remember, don't feed the trolls! -via Laughing Squid


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LED Minnie Mouse Stickman Costume

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Last year, Roy Hutain created an internet sensation when he created an LED Stickman Costume for his toddler daughter Zoey. This year, Zoey is a year older and the costume is more elaborate. Her “Glowy Zoey” LED costume changes color in response to sound, and has Minnie Mouse ears for her trip to Disneyland! This version is a prototype, but you can buy the basic Stickman Costume at Glowy Zoey. -via Tastefully Offensive


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The Modern Monster Mash

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The Key of Awesome brings us an update to the classic song “The Monster Mash,” with Frank lamenting the current state of monster movies. Too violent, too shocking, too gross! Modern horror characters show up at the party, including Hannibal Lecter, Freddy Krueger, and the Human Centipede. Concerning that last one, the video contains NSFW language and subject matter. -via Tastefully Offensive


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