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

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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.

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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.



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.


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

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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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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.

-via That's Nerdalicious!

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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 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.

-via First We Feast

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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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-Via Nerd Approved

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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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