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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Horror Short: Mockingbird

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The helplessness of an infant is something most horror writers and directors wont even tread on. They know it is too much for some people to even try to fathom, so they don't touch it. For that reason, when someone does finally tread, it can be even more terrifying a thought because we so rarely "go there".

This leads us to Mockingbird. An amazing little horror short from the crew over at FEWDIO. It takes the idea of the helplessness of a child to new heights, all while never showing us a thing. Just using the simplicity of a haunting nursery rhyme and great sound design to drive the horror home. Don't worry, it's not gory. It's very disturbing, but not gory. When horror is this scary, it doesn't have to be gory.

I have said this about Fewdio's work before (seriously, go spend a few hours on their YouTube page after you spent a few hours here) and I will say it again: they do more with horror in two minutes than most full length, big budget, million dollar films. Hell, here they only needed a minute and a half.


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TARDIS Console Jack-o'-Lantern

This exquisitely carved jack-o'-lantern by Melissa, the Empress of Squee, shows the main control room of the TARDIS. The console is an orange with seeds for the controls. Very clever!

Hopefully someone expands on this idea and creates a jack-o'-lantern that shows all of the other rooms of the TARDIS, including the swimming pool, the bedrooms, the wardrobe, and the armory.

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A Collection Of Eerie, Unexplained Photos

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The internet is filled with weird stuff. That is half of the draw. It is like a Christmas gift each time you go to it, as you never quite know what you are going to get. One thing that internet has made far more accessible to most is the bevy of strange and unexplained photos out there. The problem is, with the inception of Photoshop and many other image manipulation tools, it is getting harder and harder to differentiate between what is real and what is fake. But it can still be fun to lose yourself in that, regardless of whether it is based in fact.

I found a twisted little gallery of "The Most Eerie And Unexplained Photos To Ever Exist", and though it could be assumed a couple of them are fake, many of them predate the internet. Like the above photo of the news article in the L.A Times about the "Battle for Los Angeles" that is something that actually happened (way back in 1942), when L.A was pretty sure it was being invaded by aliens.

No, not the crappy movie of the same name from a few years back. Best we just never speak of that again. But check out the gallery. "Falling body" is really creepy, too.


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Congratulations to Our Pinterest Halloween Contest Winners!

We just wrapped up our Halloween Scream Time Pinterest Contest and I have to say, it was a huge success. You guys pinned hundreds of Halloween costumes, recipes, decorations and more to our This Is Halloween board and it was amazing to see all the wonderful things you shared. 

While it was easy enough to find out who had the most repins, picking an editor's choice winner from all those entries was hard, but we finally managed to slim it down to just one. That's why we thought it was only fair to not only share the two winning images with you, but also some of our the runenrs up. You can always visit the board to check out all of the amazing entries as well as new pins from our wonderful fans. 

On a side note, if you are one of our two winners, please check your Pinterest notifications or email me directly at jill@neatorama.com to claim your prize.

This precious Despicable Me pumpkin won Angela Ramage first place for the most repins.

And this creepy, zombie Snow White won Keno Sproule first place in our editor's choice category. (For more awesome pics from this photo series don't miss this great Fashionably Geek post.)

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Got A Great Costume? Share It In Our Halloween Instagram Contest

Have you already put together an amazing costume you're pumped to show the world? Do you have pictures of your best costume ever from previous years? If so, head over to Instagram and join in on the NeatoShop Halloween Costume Contest. All you have to do is add your image to your account and tag it with @NeatoShop so we can find it. We'll pick one winner based on costume quality, cleverness and your number of comments/likes, and that person will win four NeatoShop tees of their choice. 

Contest ends Halloween night, 11:59 PM PST. So get going!


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Astronaut Creates Candy Corn Sphere in Space

A few years ago, astronaut and science educator Don Pettit joined the crew of the International Space Station. All astronauts are allowed to bring a few personal items with them. Pettit chose to bring candy corn. He used that candy corn to build a sphere in zero gravity.


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Why? Because Pettit wanted to teach certain principles of chemistry and physics to people back on Earth. He began his experiment by coating the wide ends of the candy corn with oil and inserting them into a drop of water. The oil-coated ends tended to move toward the edge of the sphere, away from the water. This is a demonstration of how soap works.

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Frankenstein Pumpkins

Tony Dighera of Cinagro Farms devoted four years to perfecting his crop of Frankenstein pumpkins. They’re not cobbled together from different individuals like Frankenstein’s monster, but pumpkins grown in molds that have the shape of the monster’s head. Now that’s a fancy jack-o-lantern right there! This year, Dighera brought in a crop of 5500 pumpkins, and sold every one of them at $75 each. Next year, there will be a bigger crop, plus white pumpkins shaped like skulls. Yeah, you’ve seen molded fruit before, but I can tell you from experience, it’s not easy to get them to come out consistently right. See more pictures at Geekologie.


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Vending Machine and Mailbox Halloween Costumes

Redditor MoobyTheGoldenCalf is a generous and crafty parent. S/he writes, “So last year my kid wanted to be a mailbox for Halloween. This year, he wanted to be a vending machine. Here are the results.” They are impressive costumes--possibly enough to fool the inattentive.


The vending machine has a plastic sheet in the front “so that kids don’t run up to him and steal the chips.” Smart thinking, that. The candy deposit slot is on the right. There’s a light on the inside and a mirror film that lets the boy see out, but other people won’t be able to see in.


The mailbox is made of cardboard and foam. There are stated collection times on the front: trick-or-treating takes place between 5-7 PM.

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The 5 Most Extreme Haunted Attractions in America

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When most people think about haunted houses and haunted attractions around Halloween, they imagine a school cheaply converted into a haunted house, where you walk through laughing while strangers in cheap costumes jump out at you an scream. While that may be an accurate description for most haunted attractions, there are a handful that are considered extreme. You need to sign wavers before you go through them, they can take hours, and the things you can see (and have happen to you) are troubling, to say the least.

For the few of you curious or brave enough to experience one of these traumatizing places, here is a list of The Five Most Extreme Haunted Houses in America, and I will warn you now, even the description of a few of these places is too extreme for me to put here.

Put it this way, if you do not like bodily fluids or being touched by strangers, these just aren't for you. For the rest of you, have fun and good luck.


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Watch Adults Get Scared Silly Playing Five Nights at Freddy's

There is something deviously enjoyable about watching adults get scared. When those adults are getting scared silly by a video game, it is even better. A medium initially created to entertain kids is now terrifying adults. Most mediums don't evolve like that, and it makes me drool with anticipation at where it might go.

Buzzfeed put together this video of people playing the point-and-click horror game, Five Nights At Freddy's, but they also throw in a twist around the 1:18 mark. I don't like to spoil things, so I wont say much, but it involves a grown man dressed in "furry" costume.

Now you KNOW you wanna watch it.

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By the way, to play the game yourself, click here. Just beware, it is like being stuck at a Chuck-E-Cheese after hours while on LSD. It is genuinely creepy.


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This Japanese Apartment Complex Will Be The Perfect Place To Trick-Or-Treat

There’s a fun new apartment complex being built in Osaka, Japan that will be the ultimate place to go trick-or-treating when construction is done, a complex the builders should just go ahead and call Halloween Town. 

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The complex is supposed to bring a sense of fairy tale wonder to the town of Hamamatsu, and so there's no mistaking that it's being built with Halloween in mind there are jack-o-lanterns and black cats on many of the roofs.

These whimsical buildings look like a fun and magical place to live, and a total nightmare to upkeep and repair, but it should attract plenty of Halloweenie tenants when construction finishes up just in time for Halloween next year.

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A Collection Of Weird Store Bought Halloween Costumes

The sexy and the strange- for better or worse these two Halloween costume categories come back every year to make us cringe and giggle (cringle?).

Whether you’re doing the Wolfman Boogie at a friend’s party, or pounding the pavement in search of free sugary treats, you’re bound to see some strange and sexy costumes out and about on Halloween.

Sexy costumes aren’t all that interesting, but weird costumes are always fun to look at, and every year a Halloween loving populace is exposed to a new batch of oddball costumes that amaze and delight.

There’s always at least one costume in the bunch that makes you wonder what the heck they were smoking thinking when they came up with such a strange concept, like this creepy Cheeseburger Mask:

Some costumes seem like a bad joke being played on the public, as if the costume companies are trying to make Halloweenies look like total, well, weenies!

Huffington Post put together a collection of weird Halloween costumes and products that should show you what to expect out there come Halloween night.  And if you're looking to see sexy costumes with the strange check out io9's post on the weirdest and sexiest costumes of 2014


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12 Halloween Ideas From 1884's Hottest Costume Guide

What would you wear for a Halloween costume if you didn’t have a century of pop culture characters to select from? Masquerades are nothing new, but long ago there was a whole different group of characters to dress up as. However, if you emulated the fancy dress balls of the 19th century, you might have to explain to people who you are impersonating, and then explain who that person was. The exception is the skeleton show here, which is eternal. Enjoy some obscure but wickedly elaborate costumes from the 1884 book Male Character Costumes, a Guide to Gentlemen's Costume Suitable for Fancy Dress Balls and Private Theatricals at mental_floss. 


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20 Fun And Creative Halloween Costume Ideas For Families

Dressing up and going trick-or-treating with your kids is a big part of Halloween for most parents, and even if the little one isn't old enough to walk around town on their own it's still great fun to dress them up

Here's a collection of parent and child, or entire family, costume ideas to inspire and delight:

1. Cereal Mascot-

Carrying a baby around on your chest is never more fashionable than on Halloween night, when you can turn that little tot into a ferocious cereal mascot!

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2. Duck Dynasty-

If you're dying to wear a fake beard with your costume then you might want to go as the cast of Duck Dynasty, complete with a little waddling duck! Or maybe it would be more fun to put a beard on your little one...

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3. The Wizard of Oz-

Neil Patrick Harris and his adorable familly show us how to do Halloween in style with their amazing Wizard of Oz themed costumes.

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4. Shark Attack!-

Are your little ones total terrors? Show the world what a day in the life of your fam looks like with this adorable Shark Attack costume set, and scare up some smiles!

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5. A Christmas Story-

A Christmas Story is another great movie to use as inspiration for a family set of costumes, and you can easily swap roles so everybody's happy!

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Halloween Candy Ranked From No Fang You To Nom Nom Nom

Candy is an intrinsic part of Halloween, and long after trick-or-treaters stop pounding the pavement in search of handouts our fascination with sweet seasonal candy lives on.

Despite the best efforts of the granola grannies and those skinflints who used to throw pennies into our trick-or-treat bags candy still reigns supreme on Halloween, but not all candy was created equal. 

Some sweets seem utterly pointless, and gross, to hand out to children working hard for the candy, while other divine confections show them why they bothered going through all the trouble in the first place. 

BuzzFeed has put together A Ranking Of 40 Halloween Candies From Nastiest To Raddest that is pretty much spot on (although I do admit to eating those little frosting pumpkins by the bagful), take a gander and see where your faves fall on their list.  (Contains some NSFW language)


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Poison Toffee Apples for Halloween

Even more tempting than Snow White’s apple! These apples aren’t really poison; that’s just the name. They are candied apples, made with homemade caramel with some black gel food coloring, but don’t they look absolutely striking? You’ll find the recipe at Simply Delicious. I don’t know if the look of these apples can be replicated with store-bought caramel, but if you have an aversion to making your own candy, it would be fun to try. -via Buzzfeed


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Skeleton Dog

Redditor brynmarele made her German Shepherd into a skeleton using non-toxic face paint. Yes, the dog sat still for it, with a bribe of a nice bone. Next, she’ll try to bury her own leg! The paint job is a trial run for her Halloween masquerade. She said her dog, Nixe, is in training to be a search and rescue dog. Nixe didn’t even try to lick the paint, but it came off easily with water. That's a good dog.


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A Massive Collection Of Hilariously Awkward Halloween Costume Pics

Any time you get a bunch of people together who are all hopped up on candy and wearing costumes you’ve got some totally awkward moments in the making.

Add families and/or alcohol and the weirdness level is sure to increase, creating an environment full of candid moments just begging to be captured on film.

If you delight in viewing scenes of extreme awkwardness, and you have a healthy love of Halloween, then you will simply eat up Awkward Family Photo’s collection of 73 Awkward Halloween Costumes.

It’s chock full of cheesy goodness, and should make you feel better about any awkward moments you encounter this Halloween. Don't forget-If there's something strange in your neighborhood make sure you get a pic!


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12 Of The Worst Cinematic Portrayals Of Dracula

Bram Stoker's Dracula was a devilishly debonair bloodsucker with terrifying powers at his disposal, but over the years the Count's powers have waned.

Now it’s more common to see a goofy version of Dracula in movies and TV shows than a scary one, and sparkly vampires have been allowed to take over in Drac's absence.

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If you're looking for a vampire film that doesn't suck you should steer clear of the films on io9's list 12 Of The Worst Draculas Of All Time, some of which actually make the Twilight twerps seem legit.

Instead, get vampy by revisiting Bela Lugosi's portrayal of the Count, or the 1992 film starring Gary Oldman, now those two versions of Dracula have some bite!


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A Peek at the Halloween Decorations

Redditor ColoradoMovieCars has understated yet perfect Halloween decorations for his house. In fact, it’s the most harmless thing he could think of.

The 22-foot tall Stay Puft Marshmallow Man was left over from last year’s Ectoberfest charity event in Denver, in which donors to Children’s Hospital were delivered to various haunted houses in the Ecto-1 Ghostbusters car. This year, the event will benefit the Don’t Be A Monster anti-bullying campaign. See more pictures here.


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There Are Only Five Days Left to Enter Our Pinterest Halloween Contest

You wanna hear something scary? There are only five more days to participate in our Pinterest Halloween contest. You can get all the details on entry here, but with less than a week to go it seems critical to remind you to get pinning and to repin your favorite items on the board to help vote for the winner. Don't feel discouraged if you're not into the popularity contest aspect -we're also choosing an editor favorite, so if you have something amazing, share it with us and you could win!

Again, visit this page to get all the details or head over to the board to start pinning now.


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16 Tutorials To Make Your Halloween Party A Spook-Tacular Event!

Halloween parties are all the rage with everybody from 3 to 103, and with good reason- candy, costumes and creepy decorations makes for one heck of a bash!

If you're planning on throwing a party this Halloween then you should take a look at these tutorials that cover the decor and the food, so you'll be ready to greet your ghoulish guests in style.

1. Wine Glass Mummy Candle Holder-

Decorating around the house means setting the right Halloween mood, and as every Halloweenie knows candlelight is just right.

These cute mummy candle holders are cleverly made out of dollar store wine glasses, and since you're doing the decorating you can paint them up to look like whichever monsters you like!

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2. and 3. Spooky Wreaths-

This fun variation on the traditional Christmas wreath is starting to catch on, like the Halloween tree, as a yearly tradition, and with these fun and easy tutorials your door will be stylin' all through the Hallowmas season.

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Here's a variation on the same theme, from the same source, that uses skulls instead of bony hands.

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4. Modge Podge Monsters-

Not every piece of Halloween home decor has to be scary- these modge podge monsters can be just as cute, or terrifying, as you want them to be.

They're fun for the whole family, suitable for display outdoors and built to last. And the best part- they're made out of stuff you can find at the dollar store!

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The Subtly Spooky Chair Perfect for All Year Use

Even if you live for Halloween, you still probably put most of your decorations away by December, but this delightful, monster-like chair is perfect for use all year long. That's because when it's not lit up from precisely the right angle, it looks like just another vintage wooden dining chair. 

The styling is perfect as creator Yaara Derkel was striving to design something that was creepy and strange, yet familiar and inviting at the same time. 

Read more about the Coppelius chair at Homes and Hues: The Spookiest Chair This Side of Halloweentown


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The Great Jack O' Lantern Blaze

Each year the Hudson Valley region of New York is set ablaze in honor of Halloween, but don't worry- the blaze is safely contained within thousands of jack o'lanterns! 

This annual celebration is called The Great Jack O' Lantern Blaze, and people come in from all over the East Coast to check out amazing displays featuring "more than 5,000 individually hand-carved, illuminated jack o' lanterns", ranging from somewhat traditional to udderly awesome:

In the last ten years the event has gone from a few nights in October to a whopping 28 nights of grinning delights for folks who enjoy the fine art of jack o' lantern carving.

The event takes place on the grounds of Van Cortland Manor, giving the festivities a suitably spooky feel, and those who come for the carved pumpkins stay for the thrill of the Horseman's Hollow, a Sleepy Hollow themed haunted attraction.

Read more about Hudson Valley's Great Jack O' Lantern Blaze here


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Punny Halloween Costume Ideas

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Folks who enjoy a good pun don't have a stylish way to express their love of wordplay, unless you count a t-shirt with a pun spelled out on it as stylish, but around Halloween puns take on a life of their own- as Halloween costumes.

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Punny costumes are great ice breakers, although you may have to deal with a few groans from those darn anti-punites, and when you bring some punny business to the party folks will be high fiving you all night long!

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If you're looking for a clever pun themed costume to wear this Halloween then check out BuzzFeed's 23 Halloween Costume Ideas For The Pun Lover In You and discover your dream of being a Pot Head, or maybe you're more of a Cereal Killer...


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14 Fantastically Creepy Halloween Decorations

When it comes to seasonal home decoration, Halloween is the second most popular holiday behind Christmas in the US. While some people just put out a few carved pumpkins, others like to go all out and these 14 horrific Halloween decorations on Homes and Hues are a great source of inspiration for those who really want to scare. 

The article covers everything from massive props (like a haunted tree with faces coming out of the bark) to small details (like multiple ways to make your store-bought skeleton look like a real decomposing body). 

There are even some cool tech-inspired decorations like this cool haunted mirror effect, so if you want to scare your neighbors and their children, you won't want to miss this great Homes and Hues article: 14 Over the Top Halloween Decorations To Terrify Trick or Treaters


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Have You Joined In On The Halloween Fun Yet?

If you haven't checked out our This Is Halloween Pinterest board, you're missing out. This one-stop-shop for all things Halloween is filled with great ideas for costumes, pumpkins, snacks, decorations and more. That's both because Halloween is awesome and also because just by pinning to the board, you're entering our Halloween Scream Time contest

As a reminder, if you want to participate in the contest, you just need to follow the board and then send us a private message on Pinterest, leave a comment on the board or leave a comment here with your pinerest account name. We'll then send you an invite so you can start pinning.

If you're on Pinterest and don't feel like entering the contest, you can help pick our popular votes winner by repinning your favorite items on the board. The pic with the most repins will win, along with one pic chosen by the Neatorama team.


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