35 Awesome Homemade Matching Pet and Owner Couples Costumes

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.

ET and Elliot

Larissa and her cat, Opie Winston, make an amazing Elliot and E.T.

A Pan Am Crew

Coolest Homemade Costumes user Sandra has twins and these two 15 month olds are up to flying anywhere and it looks like they'll even make sure your luggage gets their safely.

A Barksy Painting

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Homemade T. Rex Costume

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.

He'll be the best-dressed kid on the block for trick-or-treat, but all reddit could talk about was his socks.

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NASA's Hi-Tech Pumpkins 2016

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.

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These pumpkins are out of this world! The ones that do things are impressive, but I particularly like the cow abduction pumpkin. You can read more about the event at Wired. -via Metafilter

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A Fun Collection Of Punny Halloween Costumes Anyone Can DIY

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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.

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Punny costumes are always a big hit on Halloween, but make sure your punny costume is easy to read or people will keep asking you what you're dressed as, which can be super annoying.

Oh Deer she can't figure out my costume, Holy Cow how hard is it to understand?

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If you wanna be safe create a costume with a food based pun, because people always understand food jokes for some reason.

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And when all else fails simply show up as your normal self, aka a Pot Head, and make people LOL and ROFL wherever you go!

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See The Absolute Punniest Costumes That Anyone Can DIY here

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Has Anyone Ever Actually Poisoned or Put Razors in Halloween Candy?

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.

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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!

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Animated Demogorgon Costume

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.

#strangerthings #irvingtonhalloweenfestival #indy #irvhalloween

A photo posted by CBLimagery (@cblimagery) on Oct 29, 2016 at 6:03pm PDT

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Beardy Quinn

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.

See more pictures at Facebook. -via Metafilter

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Chicago Halloween Light Show

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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

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Simon's Cat in Halloween 360

Simon's Cat has an interactive video! Use your cursor to scroll around and keep up with the creeping cat.

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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. 

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About Those Witches and Their Broomsticks

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.  

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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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The Doll Asylum

Locally sourced and organically raised. #dollasylum

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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.

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What Do Zombies Really Eat?

A closer reading of the literature proves the menu for your next zombie gathering is more complicated than just "brains."


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.


Nachzehrer by Flibertyjibbeth on DeviantArt

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.

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Teen's Head Stuck in Pumpkin

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!

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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.

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Dad: Why were you putting your head in there, anyway?

Rachel: I just thought it would be fuinny.

Mom: It was funny!

Funny enough for a viral video. They never said exactly how she got out of the pumpkin. I like to think that she ate her way out. -via Uproxx

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Family Computer Halloween Costumes

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.

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Spooky Club

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.

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We got an email from Vincent’s daughter, Victoria saying how much she liked it and how her Dad would have loved it too. It made us feel super proud! It’s 23 years this week since he died.

Read more about Spooky Club and the making of the short film. If you want to join Spooky Club, sign up here. -Thanks, Joe!

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The Scariest Urban Legend From Each State

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.

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"The Monster Mash": The Most Popular Holiday Novelty Song

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.

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The People Who Scare People For a Living

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.”

Read about HAuNTcon and the people who attend each year at Fusion.

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Princess Cumulus

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.”

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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

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San Francisco-Themed Halloween Costume Ideas

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)

See San Francisco-Themed Costume Ideas here

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25 Halloween Life Hacks

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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.

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An Honest Trailer for The Nightmare Before Christmas

Get ready for Screen Junkies to ruin your childhood (again) with an Honest Trailer for the 1993 Tim Burton movie The Nightmare Before Christmas. They say they are doing this for Halloween, but isn’t it supposed to be a Christmas movie?  

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I have my suspicions that this trailer contains things that aren’t really in the movie. Or was it really a Hot Topic ad?  -via Tastefully Offensive

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The First Known Depiction of a Witch on a Broomstick

The first time a witch rode a broom in popular culture could have been in the illustrations of a book published in 1451. French poet Martin Le Franc’s Le Champion des Dames (The Defender of Ladies) shows two women flying with sticks between their legs, although only one is clearly a broom. At least, that is the oldest evidence we have of the legend of witches flying on brooms.

According to Witchcraft in Europe, 400-1700: A Documentary History, edited by University of Pennsylvania history professors Alan Charles Kors and Edward Peters, Le Champion des Dames has “the first such illustration in the pictorial history of witchcraft.” Le Franc’s long poem about virtuous women is interrupted by a discussion of witchcraft, and the covered heads of the two women marks them as Waldensians. This Christian movement emerged in the 12th-century. With its tenet that any member could be a priest, even a woman, and perform sacraments and preach, the bloody ire of the Catholic Church soon followed. That these heretics would also meddle with the supernatural was not a leap, but why the broomstick?

What people said about witches and what they did with their brooms is pretty suggestive, if not downright prurient. Read more about witches and their brooms at Hyperallergic. Link contains some art nudity.

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11 Spooky and Totally Tasty Halloween Cocktails

Halloween may be on a Monday this year, but that doesn't mean you can't have a Halloween party on the weekend or even enjoy a few fun cocktails the night of. If you're looking to celebrate with a little buzz this year, but want to make sure your drinks suit the mood, here are some fun cocktail recipes perfect for the spookiest day of the year.

1. Candy Corn Cocktail

Candy corn is a highly polarizing creation with some diehard fans and a lot of outspoken enemies. You don't have to like the candy to appreciate this delightfully layered cocktail though since they incorporate the fantastic flavors of whipped crime vodka, sour mix, pineapple juice, grenadine and fresh whipped cream.

2. Black Heart Cider

No, this recipe doesn't actually involve making your own hard cider from scratch as that would take months -it does, however, contain cherry cider -hence the name. With black vodka, cherry cider, muddled blackberries and sparkling wine, this pitch-black cocktail is surprisingly light and fruity as well as creepy-looking.

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Crocheted E.T.

Stephanie Pokorny made an E.T. costume for her 2-year-old son Jack with a crochet hook and a good eye. She didn’t use a pattern, but just tried it on him as she went along and stopped when it was big enough! The costume is one-of-a-kind, so she won’t be making another, no matter how many requests she gets. Read more about the project at Pokorney’s website Crochetverse. -via Everlasting Blort

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The 2016 Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade

God Save the Queen. #NYC #halloweendogparade

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The annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade was held today, and the dogs really put on the dog! You can see the Queen and her corgis were there, as well as this “sheep” dog.

This dog was hilarious. Meet Cilantro - A Dog In Sheep's Clothing #halloweendogparade

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There was a rock band in attendance.

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Where’s Your Costume?

Halloween is our annual excuse for impersonating someone other than who we are. This guy was making his best effort, but was shot down for having motivations far beyond reality. He won’t try that again. This is the latest from Buttersafe.

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Monster House

At first glance, this looks like a big Halloween decoration (and it is), but just watch what it does.

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Help! I’ve been eaten by the garage! Amanda Destro Pierson made this monster garage for her home in Cleveland. It’s proved to be so popular that she is working on marketing a kit to sell for Halloween next year, so that every garage can be monstrous. Meanwhile, here’s an Instructable tutorial to get you started on your own. -Thanks, hearsetrax!

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Custom-made Squid Man Mask

Devon made a silicone mask for her boyfriend Peter as part of a sculpting class at Make Up Designory NYC. The finished product is jaw-dropping! She posted the process of the mask being made, which meant making a mold and model of his whole head. See how she did it, plus more pictures of the finished product, at Unreality.

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8 Haunted Houses You Can Buy Right Now

Have you ever dreamed of living in a haunted house? Making that dream come true is as easy as believing the home you are in is haunted. But if you want a haunted house that has been scaring other people for years, you can certainly purchase one. For example, there’s the Priestly House in Canton, Mississippi.

Originally built by physician James Priestley in the 1950s, this Greek Revival home stayed in the Priestley family until the 1990s. When new owner Frankie McMillan moved in, she became concerned that Priestley’s wife, Susan, hadn’t gotten the message to clear the premises. McMillan claimed to have seen Susan in hallways and in the bedroom where the woman is believed to have died. The home was restored in 2004 and is listed for $699,000.

There are a range of locations, prices, and ages among the eight haunted houses on the market right now that you can check out at mental_floss.

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