Most people don't believe in haunted houses. Those that do are either terrified of such places or want to actively visit them. If you're in the later group, you don't want to miss this Travel and Leisure article featuring some of the creepiest haunted houses in America -like the Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast pictured above.
You might be surprised by at least one property on the list -that's right, the White House itself is said to be haunted.
You don't really need a spoon for a shot glass in most cases, but when the spoon and shot glass compliment each other as well as this crawling hand glass and bone spoon do, practicality certainly gives way to aesthetics.
The creations, by artist CTCordingly, come in a multitude of colors and are 3D printed in porcelain. They're perfect for any creepy party, especially a creepy dinner party with a tasting menu that includes a soup course (since it's the perfect excuse for a tiny amount of liquid that still requires a spoon).
Halloween may be over, but there are certain Halloween costumes that are so epic you want to look at them even if it's Christmas day. This amazing Sauron costume is absolutely one of these types of costume. Best of all, Instructable user jdgrosky actually wrote detailed instructions on how to make your own version of the costume -of course, part of what makes this one so lovable is the fact that this Sauron is actually a little kid so you're probably never going to beat this one.
The Denver Broncos cheerleaders put on their Halloween costumes for Sunday's game. You see a lot of superheroes, princesses (with short skirts), pop culture characters, and a classic spooky skeleton, all rendered in the "sexy" style. But what's this?
Matt MacMillan had a Halloween costume that you never saw coming. He's a cute girl wearing a pumpkin bag. Or is he? He was looking forward to greeting trick-or-treaters wearing this. I hope he had video running to catch their reactions. If that's not scary enough, look what's on their roof! -via Buzzfeed
You know what horror films are lacking in? Dancing! A nice dance number always makes a movie more memorable. Ellen Degeneres rectified that grievous omission for quite a few classic horror movies. Because you need a laugh after dealing with hundreds of trick-or-treaters. -via Tastefully Offensive
The past few days, I've had to restrain myself from just posting everyone's cool Halloween costume, but this one takes the cake. So many people are dressing as the different incarnations of David Bowie. Who knew that the best version of Jareth, his character in the movie Labyrinth, would be a dog? This Tweet is from a Bowie fan account, so it may be hard to track down who did the pup's hair and makeup. -via Buzzfeed
Sure there were horror movies pre-1960, but most horror fans know the best ones came after that groovy decade. If you're still looking for a perfect film to watch for Halloween, or if you're just looking to enjoy a trip through horror movie history, you won't want to miss this list of the best horror flicks every year since Pyscho came out. It also is a great source of debate ass I'm sure plenty of people won't agree with their assessments.
Can you believe it's finally Halloween? I don't know about you guys, but one of my favorite parts of the holiday is getting to see animals in costume -particularly when they match their owners. That's why I took the liberty of rounding up some of the best matching pet and owner costumes from across the web, so now everyone can get in on the fun.
Bowser and Chomp
These Mario baddies look incredible in their costumes, made by Redditor MapleSuicide -even if Chomp doesn't look all too happy about the situation.
LordBrandon made his son a dinosaur costume out of mattress foam and spray paint. He said it cost him about $25 for materials, but a lot in labor. It was a labor of love.
I made a model in 3D, then used software to split it apart into a pattern, then I hung the foam on the wall and projected the pattern with a little pico projector, traced it with a sharpie, and cut it out with an electric turkey carving knife. It really seemed to come alive when I painted the eyes.
They have a workplace pumpkin-carving contest every year, but this are no ordinary pumpkin art, because the workplace is NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Let's take a look at what rocket scientists do with pumpkins.
The time to make a costume for Halloween is running out fast, but there are still plenty of clever costumes you can DIY at home that will properly display your silly side, like this Han Solo red cup costume.
My mother never checked my Halloween candy when I was a kid, but that was years before the Halloween candy tampering panic. We picked up homemade treats at quite a few homes. I always checked my kids' trick-or-treat bounty -and confiscate all the Almond Joys. They handed over any dark chocolate automatically.
Daven Hiskey of Today I Found Out explains why parents are so worried about candy tampering. Reports of poisoned Halloween candy turn out to be hoaxes, accidents, or in one horrific case, a parent murdering his own children. Just as in murder, rape, and theft, you're in more danger from family and friends than from strangers. -Thanks, Daven!
The Monster from the Netflix series Stranger Things is a humanoid with no face, but its head opens up to reveal a mouth full of terrifying teeth. The series characters call it a Demogorgon, which is a Dungeons & Dragons term. If it weren't so difficult to pull off, this would be the biggest Halloween costume of 2016.
Indiana artist Carl Leck (Instagram user CBLimagery) made this awesome Demogorgon costume with a mechanical system that lets him open up that mouth with a flick of a finger. Redditor ins1der uploaded a slightly longer gif. Here's another look, with some friends included.
Ladybeard is a cross-dressing professional wrestler who became famous in Hong Kong and now lives in Japan. He is also a heavy metal vocalist, formerly with Ladybaby (previously at Neatorama). And for Halloween this year, he's Harley Quinn, armed with Negan's baseball bat! He calls the character Beardy Quinn.
Sabrina Faire and her family put on a musical Halloween light show every year. But how many times can you listen to "Thriller" or "Monster Mash"? This year, they had a better idea. It's been very popular with the neighbors and everyone in the city. The Chicago Cubs are currently playing the Cleveland Indians in the World Series. -via Bits and Pieces
You can also scroll up or down, or use the switch at the top left to spin the scene around, but you might lose the cat. Still, it's a video, you can always find the cat again. Your kids will enjoy this.
First off, while this video may be technically SFW, it is not for children. We know that witches were depicted as riding broomsticks as far back as the year 1451. Daven Hiskey from Today I Found Out goes a little further into the reason some women took such pleasure in riding a broom stick. Yes, it was the drugs.
In days of yore, women who would never be afforded the honor of being called a scientist or a physician learned what plants could heal, kill, or get one high. Many of these plants were later associated with witchcraft because they could easily cause death. But in the hands of someone armed with the ancient knowledge passed down to them, they could be a mind-expanding trip. It's strange to think of this parallel world where highly respected men were sponsored by kings and nobles to experiment with turning ordinary substances into gold, while more secretive folk were performing real magic with herbs and flowers. -Thanks, Daven!
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Mark Williams and Heidi Loutzenhiser of Portland, Oregon, go a step beyond for their Halloween decorations every year. They turn their home into an attraction called The Doll Asylum. Over a thousand dolls are used to create haunting and/or bloody tableaux from science fiction to slasher scenes. The asylum has an extensive "history" to set visitors up for an evening of dread. The Doll Asylum will be open every night through Halloween. Admission is free. The picture above is one of the less disturbing of those available. You can see more, rather gruesome images of the Doll Asylum at Unreality.
A closer reading of the literature proves the menu for your next zombie gathering is more complicated than just "brains."
1. HUMAN OFFAL
In the ancient Sumerian Epic of Gilgamesh, Ishtar, the goddess of love and war, threatens to start a zombie apocalypse: raising the dead to eat the living. It’s the oldest reference to zombies in the world. It makes no mention of brains in particular.
Some say the Nachzehrer from German mythology is actually a vampire, but blood is not on its menu. Instead, after rising from the grave, the ghoul eats its own flesh. As the Nachzehrer feasts, its living relatives become sick.
Kristy Ralphs recorded her family's pumpkin-carving evening. The kids are showing off for the camera. Her daughter Rachel thinks she can fit her head inside the big pumpkin. Yes, she can, but then she couldn't get her head back out!
Everyone had suggestions, like calling the fire department or using a sawzall. Kristy eventually put the camera down to help out. In case you are wondering if Rachel is still in there, here's a clip recorded just a few minutes later.
A guy in Japan who goes by RuiRei Channel saluted his family's love of video games by designing their Halloween costumes in the form of Nintendo's Family Computer game console and two controllers! His twin sons are the game controllers. These are completely homemade. See pictures of the costumes in development, and a peek at the family's awesome LEGO costumes from last year, at Unreality.
Brothers Joe and Lloyd Stas bring us a goofy Halloween short film that delivers in a hurry! The Spooky Club is a group of guys who have eerie but useless talents. In this video, they are on a mission to find Vincent Price's skull and cremate it as he had wished.
No matter where you live, you're bound to hear some sort of urban legend about your town, city or state. While it would be a little insane to do an article with all the urban legends from all the cities in America, this collection of the scariest urban legends from each state is filled with delightfully terrifying local tales. While you'll obviously want to read the one from your state, if you really like scary stories, it's worth the time to read them all. And, of course, like many collections of urban legends, some of the stories are actually true -like the California one.
Neatorama presents a guest post from actor, comedian, and voiceover artist Eddie Deezen. Visit Eddie at his website.
Holiday songs are nothing new. Whenever Christmas approaches, we will all be bombarded on our radios and at the malls we visit, by various Christmas carols, classic songs and novelty tunes. “The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late)" sung by Alvin and the Chipmunks is as expected at Yuletide as electric razor commercials for Dad or diamond ring commercials for your girlfriend.
More recently, we have Randy Brooks' “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer.” Even Hanukkah now has Adam Sandler's recent classic “The Hanukkah Song.” These are all categorized as "holiday novelty songs.”
But for Halloween, for the past almost 50-odd years, we've all become accustomed to listening to the musical strains of a man named Bobby "Boris" Pickett and his main contribution to musical immortality. It is almost impossible for most of us (especially those of us who grew up in the '60's) to think of Halloween novelty songs without immediately thinking of "The Monster Mash."
Robert George Pickett grew up in a movie theater in Massachusetts where his father was the manager. Like countless millions of kids before and after him, he fell in love with the movies and dreamed of growing up and becoming a movie star. Bobby started doing impressions of the various movie stars he'd see on the silver screen. He did various impressions of the stars he loved, but by far, his favorite movie star was horror movie icon Boris Karloff.
Haunted houses are bigger than ever. There are more than 1200 professional haunted attractions in the U.S., many of them running all year long. The people that work at these "haunts" are dedicated to their craft, so they come together of the annual HAuNTcon, the Haunted Attraction National Tradeshow & Convention. It's held in a different city each year, in late January or early February. There are seminars and classes on fright acting, props, makeup, and setting up a business. There are all kinds of weird things for sale. There's a costume ball, tours of nearby haunted attractions, and a chance to show off what you can do. Leonard Pickel, founder of HAuNTcon, says the people who come are a close-knit group.
“You would think they’re creepy, but haunted house people are the best people on Earth. We get all our frustrations out scaring the crap out of other people,” Pickel said.
To Leonard, the warmth that permeates HAuNTcon is consistent with the very nature of haunting, which—while antisocial on the surface—is fundamentally about forming a connection. “When you scare somebody, they get an adrenaline rush. But you get an adrenaline rush, too. It’s symbiotic.”
You recall the LED Stickman costume that Royce Hutain made for his toddler daughter Zoey in 2013. He improved on that to make it a Minnie Mouse costume for her in 2014. This year, he and Zoey collaborated on a new costume: a thunder cloud! She is “Princess Cumulus.”
The costume is adapted from an inflatable suite with Arduino-controlled LED strips underneath. The fart sounds for thunder are Zoey’s contribution. While they had fun with this one, it is impractical for going door-to-door, so she will trick-or-treat as Wonder Woman. -via Tastefully Offensive
San Francisco is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, and the City by the Bay is full of proud citizens who adore their city despite the grime, the crime and the soaring rent costs.
These proud San Franciscans show love for their city in creative ways, and since Halloween is such a big deal in the city it's the perfect time to dress up as an SF landmark, like the leaning Millennium Tower.
It's not hard to come up with a San Francisco-themed costume idea, just look at all the cool stuff they make in the city, like the best croissants in the U.S., the most banal modern art, and the self-driving car. (Illustrations by Kelly O'Grady)
Everywhere you look on the ‘net, there are tips for making your Halloween celebrations easier or even more fun. As he does sometimes, John Green takes some of those ideas and tests them to see if they really work the way they are supposed to. He doesn’t take a lot of care, so your results may vary, but you get the idea. My contribution: use a large rubber glove, cut the glove off with scissors, including each finger. But his result is funnier, in the Halloween episode of the mental_floss List Show.
PS: I have never found a better way to carve a pumpkin than by using a hole-boring drill bit and a sawzall. Done in two minutes.