These Labyrinth Cosplay Photos Are Simply Amazing

No one had to kidnap a baby and threaten to turn it into a goblin just to get these two star-crossed lovers to fall in love. OK, yeah, maybe the plot of The Labyrinth isn't exactly romantic, but there's no denying that there is some real chemistry between this Jareth and Sarah. 

This lovely picture series was made to help promote Labyrinth Productions push their wonderful wedding services. Ad or not, it's a great cosplay series that truly capures the magic of this fantastic film.

Via Geeks Are Sexy


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The Perfect Furniture for a Halloween Party

Last week on Homes and Hues, we showed you the happiest furniture on earth and this week it's time for something a little darker thanks to Vladi Rapaport's Skull Chair. This delightful illusion is made from fiber-reinforced polyester and even comes with a matching brain ottoman.

While some might think this design is only suitable for Halloween, those of us who love celebrating All Hallows Eve every day of the year, it really is a great centerpiece for any room. And, as the artist explains, it's a great way to reflect on mortality and remember how important it is to make the most out of our limited time on this planet.


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Say Hello to the Worms of Your Nightmares

This isn't a photoshop. It's a picture of the giant gippsland, a worm that reaches up to nine feet in length don't worry, they don't usally grow longer than three feet long. Yeah, it's pretty much just alive for the sake of giving you nightmares.

The worm takes up to five years to mature and can actually live for a full decade. If you're screaming just looking at these photos, there is one thing that might make you feel a little better, the giant gippsland rarely comes to the surface during its entire life -though that does mean that if you visit Australia they're going to be hanging out, writhing under your feet. Well, you will probably actually hear the audible gurgles their bodies make as they slither underground.

Think of them next time you have a hard time sleeping, just think of these monster worms and then you'll be motivated to get up out of bed and go do something since you won't be sleeping any time soon anyway.


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10 Creepy and Seriously Cool Abandoned Mansions

This 1890's mansion was once a stunning sight to behold, but after it was abandoned in 1930, General Electric took over and encouraged salvagers to take anything they wanted from the home as they were planning to demolish it anyway. When WWII broke out though, the company dropped their plans for the property and just left it to rot. 

And that's just one amazing mansion that you won't believe people just allowed to crumble away over the decades. Read about the rest over on Oddee.


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Cigarette Shoes Make A Deadly Fashion Statement

They say smoking cigarettes will kill you, but these cigarettes ain’t for smoking- they’re for strutting around town looking all dangerous, showing the world that messing with you can cause shortness of breath. Fashionably deadly, cigarette pumps six inches high make a fierce statement about your independence and the fact that you’re smoking hot.

And if you’re trying to quit then making a pair of shoes out of those leftover cartons of cigarettes you’ve got lying around will not only help you kick the habit, they’ll remind you why you quit in the first place.

Caution- these shoes contain chemicals known to the state of California to cause cancer. Spotted at FailBlog.


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Horror Movie Trivia: The Trifecta

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I apologize for the lack of horror movie posts last week - I was on vacation. I'd like to tell you that I was visiting the Stanley Hotel or Sleepy Hollow or Gettysburg or some other haunted location, but I was actually at Disney World. I enjoyed lots of rides on the Haunted Mansion and the Tower of Terror, if that counts for anything. So, with the countdown to Halloween now in the single digits, let us continue with the horror movie trivia posts from the week before last.

The Shining

Classic Kubrick, classic Nicholson. Released in 1980, the Shining was one of the first films (and definitely the most famous of these early movies) to use the newly-invented Steadicam. It was a camera that was weighted, which allowed for smooth movement even in smaller spaces. Anyway... the trivia!

• Jack Nicholson's visitors on the London set of the Shining included Anjelica Huston, Mick Jagger, George Harrison, John Lennon and Bob Dylan.

• Other actors considered for the Jack Torrance part were Robert DeNiro, Robin Williams (can you imagine?) and Harrison Ford. Nicholson was always the first choice, though. DeNiro later said the movie gave him nightmares for a month. Stephen King didn't like any of those choices and tried to talk Stanley Kubrick into using Jon Voight or Jack Palance.

• Diana Vreeland is more or less the reason the movie was able to continue shooting. Jack's back was bugging him from a previous movie injury and he was popping all kinds of pills to try to alleviate the pain. Nothing worked and he was starting to get worried that his pain was going to have to halt production. The fashionista heard about this while at dinner and promptly left her meal and had Jack's driver take her to a pharmacy, where she purchased two back plasters. Then she went back to the eatery, commanded that Jack drop trou and applied the plaster right then and there. It worked, and the film was finished.

• Jack Nicholson claims he wrote the scene where Jack Torrance writes, "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy," over and over and over. "That's what I was like when I got my divorce," he said.

• It got baaaaad reviews: Variety said it was the "biggest box office disappointment since Exorcist II", the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner said it was "completely fake and banal" and the Wall Street Journal said it failed not only as a horror movie, but as any other genre as well.

• The famous "Heeeeeeeere's Johnny!" line was improvised.

• Although most exterior shots were done at the Timberline Lodge on Mount Hood, Oregon, all of the interiors were a movie set. Kubrick refused to film in the States if he had to, since he was an ex-pat. At the time, the movie set was the largest ever built.

• Stephen King didn't care for much of the Kubrick version, which is why he made his own T.V. miniseries version in 1997. Among other things, he didn't agree with the casting of Shelley Duvall as Wendy Torrance. He pictured Wendy as a blonde, cheerleader type who had clearly never known any type of hardship - pretty much the opposite of Duvall. He cast Rebecca DeMornay in the 1997 version, which, you have to admit, fits King's original vision much better.

Rosemary's Baby

This was really Mia Farrow’s breakout role. Prior to this she acted on Peyton Place but was mostly just known as Frank Sinatra’s wife. The film rights to the book were purchased before the book was even released because producer William Castle convinced Paramount that the book was going to be a huge hit – and it was.

• The book the movie was based on was written by Ira Levin, who also wrote The Stepford Wives. Strangely, he also wrote a play about a hillbilly who joins the Air Force - the play that launched Andy Griffith's career.

• The book, which was published in 1967, had the birth of Rosemary’s baby occur in June, 1966 (6/66).

• That creepy lullaby (title: “Lullaby”) that accompanies the credits is actually sung by Mia Farrow. It hit 111 on the Billboard charts.

• The movie caused a bit of marital strife for Mia Farrow and Frank Sinatra, who was her husband at the time. Filming and post-production ran longer than expected, which made Sinatra angry because he wanted his wife to appear in one of his upcoming movies (The Detective). He actually called the production offices and demanded that the movie wrap by November 14, 1967, because Mia was scheduled to be on his set by Thanksgiving. It didn't happen, and he told her that her choice was to be done with the movie or be done with him. She stayed with the movie after Roman Polanski convinced her she was all but guaranteed to win an Oscar (she didn't). Sinatra then had her served with divorce papers on the set of the film.

• Jack Nicholson and Robert Redford were both considered for the role of Guy Woodhouse - Redford was actually the first choice.

• When Rosemary calls the actor who went blind, allowing her husband to land the role, the actor on the other end of the line is Tony Curtis. Mia Farrow recognized his voice but couldn't quite put her finger on how she knew it, so the confusion you hear in her voice in that scene is Mia trying to place his voice.

• Lots of rumors plague the movie - that Anton LaVey consulted on the movie, that he wore the devil costume in the scene where Rosemary is raped, that Alfred Hitchcock was scheduled to direct, and that Sharon Tate was one of the party-goers in the scene where Rosemary throws a party to see her friends. None of them are true.

• Polanski was incredibly true to the novel. Ira Levin wrote in the book that Rosemary had her hair cut at Vidal Sassoon, so Polanski actually made sure that Mia Farrow's iconic pixie cut was shorn by Sassoon himself.

• Also - apparently a remake is scheduled for 2010. I'm horrified.

• Ira Levin published Son of Rosemary in 1997. Rosemary wakes up in 1999 after the witch coven put a spell on her to keep her in a coma. However, the last witch has finally died, freeing her from the spell. Her son with the devil is named Andy and was raised by Minnie and Roman Castevet, and he is now the CEO of a huge charitable foundation. There’s a big twist at the end, but I won’t reveal it in case you want to read it. I find it to be a cop-out ending, but I’ll let you decide for yourself. If you want to know now, here you go. • And a non-movie-related fact: after the divorce, Mia Farrow traveled to India to study with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, who the Beatles were also studying with at the time. She brought her sister Prudence, who inspired John Lennon to write "Dear Prudence" for the White Album.

A Nightmare on Elm Street

We’re breaking into a new horror genre here, but I think that’s OK - Nightmare is a classic in its own way. According to the book Nightmares in Red, White and Blue, the movie was inspired by some articles in the L.A. Times. Apparently there had been a rash of cases where people had nightmares so horrific that they didn’t want to do back to sleep in case they fell into the nightmare again. So they tried to stay awake for as long as possible, but when the urge to sleep finally came over them, they died in their sleep. You can see why Wes Craven was inspired – that’s some pretty creepy stuff.

• When you’re watching movies like these, check out the posters on the walls in bedrooms and similar scenes. Wes Craven and Sam Raimi have a running joke with the posters. Here’s the whole story – and hang on, the Nightmare reference is in here, but it’s going to take a minute to get to. First, in Wes Craven’s 1977 movie The Hills Have Eyes, a Jaws poster can be seen in the background. There was speculation that Wes Craven specifically put that poster there to say that his movie was much scarier than Jaws, which had come out two years before. So, in Sam Raimi’s The Evil Dead, he placed a poster of The Hills Have Eyes to suggest that his film was even scarier than Hills. Not to be outdone, Wes Craven referenced The Evil Dead twice in Nightmare - there’s a poster on the wall, of course, but it’s also the movie that Nancy watches to keep from falling asleep. Evil Dead II features Freddy Krueger’s glove hanging above the door to the tool shed – which, according to the DVD, is the real glove from the movie. I’d be willing to bet that the subsequent Nightmares and Army of Darkness contain more Craven/Raimi references, but I think I’ll stop there – it will give you something to look for next time you catch them on T.V.

• Robert Englund, the actor who plays Freddy, could have been in Star Wars. He was best friends with Mark Hamill in the ‘70s. Englund went to the studio to read for the surfer part in Apocalypse Now and ended up going across the hall to read for Han Solo. Rumor has it that he was the one who told Hamill to read for Luke Skywalker, but Englund didn’t actually address that part of the story. The interview is here if you want to read the whole thing – it’s pretty interesting.

• Johnny Depp’s part came down to Johnny and two other actors. Johnny got the part because Wes Craven’s daughter thought he was the cutest. I must say, that girl has phenomenal taste!

• Disney was one of the first companies to express interest in the film, but asked Wes Craven to tone down some of the violence and gore. He didn’t think that was in the best interest of the movie, so he held out. New Line Cinema picked it up and it really launched their company – prior to Nightmare, it was just a film distribution company.

• Two reasons have been given for Freddy’s red and green sweater – Wes Craven once said that he read those that color combination was the hardest for the mind to process, so he used that combo to achieve an unsettling effect. He has also said that Freddy was partially inspired by an elderly guy who scared him as a child that was wearing a similar sweater.

• More than 500 gallons of fake blood were used to make the movie. Sometimes it was just water tinted red (it flowed better during the geyser scenes) and sometimes it was a mixture of corn syrup and powder and dye.

• The name is said to have come directly from Wes Craven’s childhood bully – Fred Krueger. I think I'll try to squeeze one more in before the big day. The last post will focus on three of these six movies: Evil Dead, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Child's Play, The Blair Witch Project, Friday the 13th and Psycho. Or maybe the Birds. Hmmmm. Tune in to find out!


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Why We're Afraid of the Dark

Fear of the dark is a common and an almost universal fear for at least a part of our lives (usually some part of our childhood). Though it's not so much the dark itself that we fear, but the unknown -those scary things that might be hiding in the dark. At some age we figure out that what we can't see can hurt us! As we mature, we internalize the real odds of something dangerous hiding in the dark, and that calms us in appropriate situations, but that fear can come back when we are in unfamiliar places. The reason we are all afraid of the dark at times is because that fear gave us an advantage during our evolutionary history.

Remember, for a large portion of humanity's early days, we were far from the top of the food chain. Our ancestors quickly learned that many predators prefer the cover of darkness to hunt and over time that association strengthened into a subconscious absolute: stay out of the dark because that's where the danger is.

While fear of the dark can manifest itself as an acute reaction—like panicked screaming when someone suddenly turns out the lights, or as insomnia, as a recent study conducted at the University of Toronto suggests—it more commonly manifests as foreboding anxiety. The emotion of anxiety plays a specific role in our behavioral responses to stimuli just as the emotions of love, anger, and sadness do, acting to increase our ability to cope with stress and more fully exploit beneficial opportunities.

An article at Gizmodo dips into the specifics of what happens when we confront the scary dark places into which we cannot see, and how we learn to judge its dangers. -via the Presurfer

(Image credit: Flickr user Joe Penniston)


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Incredibly Detailed Plague Doctor Helmet Mask

Most cosplayers are dedicated to making their outfits, and all related accessories, look as realistic as possible, but costume fabricator Brian Cargile wanted to create something that looked fully functional yet totally fantastic, so he created this amazing looking Plague Doctor mask/helmet.

With light up goggle eyes and mouth grate, shiny metal bits where appropriate and the look of worn steel plates everywhere else, Brian has brought the Plague Doctor look into the 21st century in style. This one-of-a-kind piece has already been sold, but you can check out more of his unique gear available at his Etsy shop.

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On the Vampire Trail in Scotland

After Shannon Moore Shepherd spent time in Paris researching the origins of Bram Stoker's Dracula, she visited her husband's family in Scotland, where she once again found herself tracing Stoker's travels. The author had stayed at the same hotel they were in!

In 1894, while taking holiday here in Cruden Bay, Bram Stoker may have experienced a similar palette and sense of delicious anticipation as he came upon the ruined castle grounds. According to multiple sources on New Slains Castle, Bram Stoker was invited by the 18th Earl of Erroll to visit his humble home. A dark and foreboding sky combined with a sense of awe at the majestic structure before him and curiosity about the nobleman who ordered its construction and walked its candlelit hallways at night, is all reportedly real inspiration for the fantastical fictional Romanian castle in Dracula and its eccentric master. The Kilmarnock Arms website even affirms that the castle was a tangible inspiration.  

If Stoker was invited to cross the darkness to New Slains by its Earl, then his own story isn’t much different from his protagonist, Jonathan Harker. As Stoker might have done politely with the Earl, Harker returns the invitation to Count Dracula. Now, collective consciousness would tell us, though we may not be sure how exactly we know, that a vampire cannot enter a home without being invited. This is something Jacques Sirgent touched on in his recent lecture at the Shakespeare and Company bookstore in Paris.

Sirgent also had information about the ties between a Countess of Erroll and the original Dracula family in Romania. Read the rest of the story, and see New Slains Castle in many pictures, at Atlas Obscura.

(Image credit: Shannon Moore Shepherd)


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A Calendar Of Sexy Monsters

The art of seduction is generally lost on the classic monsters of filmdom, but when they’re asked to get in touch with their tender side and let it all hang out these sexy beasts don’t disappoint.

Luckily artist Erika Deoude was there to capture these baddies striking a seductive pose, pin-up style, and she put all of her illustrations together in The Calendar of Sexy Monsters- a set if 12 giclee prints featuring Godzilla, Zuul, the Predator, King Kong and more like you’ve never seen them before. They’re perfect for brightening up a dank cave, haunted house or swampside cemetery.

Via JazJaz


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World's Most Famous Corpse

The following is reprinted from Uncle John's Bathroom Reader Treasury.

More people have seen Lenin's mummy than any other mummy in history. It's a tourist attraction, a cultural artifact, and as you'll see, a political gimmick. How did this weird monument - denounced by Lenin's official historian as an "absurd idea" - come into being? Here's the full story.

Lenin's tomb in Moscow's Red Square is the best-known landmark in the Soviet Union, as well as the spiritual center of Soviet political ideology. Some 150 million people have visited the mausoleum since it was first built ... There are always long lines, but you should expect to be descending the gloomy stairs into the tomb within 20-30 minutes. Without stopping, you walk around three sides of the glass case in which Lenin lies, stubbly and ashen-faced, wearing a jacket and a polka-dot tie. - Travel Guide to the Soviet Union

DEATH OF A LEADER

At 6:50 p.m. on January 21, 1924, Vladimir Ilyich Lenin [wiki], first leader of the Soviet Union and father of his country, suffered a stroke and died. No one was sure how to handle it. Lenin had asked for a simple funeral. He wished to be buried next to his mother and sister in the family burial plot. But when Soviet leaders met to discuss the matter, they came up with another idea - turn the funeral into a "propaganda event" that could help legitimize the Communist regime. They decided to embalm him so he could lie in state for a while. Then, only three days after his death, the Politburo began discussing the idea of saving the body "a little longer." Lenin's relatives balked at the idea ... but Joseph Stalin insisted. As Dmitri Volkogonov wrote in Lenin: A New Biography, Stalin "came to see [preserving Lenin's body] as the creation of a secular Bolshevik relic with huge propaganda potential." A short time later, the Politburo issued the following orders:

1. The coffin containing V.I. Lenin's corpse is to be kept in a vault which should be made accessible to visitors; 2. The vault is to be formed in the Kremlin wall on the Red Square among the communal graves of fighters of the October Revolution. A commission is being created today for the construction of a mausoleum.

A burial vault was dug along the Kremlin wall, a wooden hut was built over it to keep out the elements, and Lenin's body was placed inside the funeral.

The first Lenin Mausoleum in 1924 (Photo: Lenin Mausoleum)

The second Lenin Mausoleum (wooden structure, lasted 5 years) (Photo: Lenin Mausoleum)

CORPSE OF ENGINEERS

Meanwhile, the secret police were rounding up the country's top scientists to put them to work figuring out how to embalm Lenin for eternity. A streetcar was towed into Red Square and fitted with beds, hot plates, and washbasins; it served as the terrified scientists' home for the rest of the winter.

But restoring Lenin to his former glory was not so easy. Illness had ravaged him in the final years of his life, leaving him frail-looking and emaciated. And since permanent, lifelike embalming had never been attempted before, research on how to accomplish such a task had to begin from scratch. In the meantime, the body continued to deteriorate. Lenin's cadaver was packed in ice to slow the decay, and by June the scientists finally succeeded in "stabilizing" the body. By then, however, it was a mess.

"In those four and a half months," historian Robert Payne writes in The Life and Death of Lenin, "remarkable changes had taken place: he was waxen gray, wrinkled, horribly shrunken." Nonetheless, by August 1924, Lenin's body had been cleaned up enough to put on public display.

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The Best Aquaman Crossplay We Could Hope For

Last month, we showed you what 13 classic geek characters would look like as pin ups, and here's another one to add to the collection -Aquaman, well, at least the rule 63 version. Would she be Aquawoman then?

Either way, she certainly looks lovely and with the exception of the heels, her outfit looks like it would be perfect for lounging on the beach, below the waves or fighting crime. I do wonder if swimming in high heels is easier than walking in them though, because they do seem a little less than functional when it comes to performing superheroic feats.

Via Fashionably Geek


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When Street Signs Are Hit By Walkers

To promote The Walking Dead in France, the television network NT1 zombified a number of local road signs. With only a few small stickers, the company changed every day street signs into Walking Dead signs.

Of course, to make things really go viral, they encouranged people to tweet about the signs with the hash tag #streetargh, which was put on the bottom of most of the signs to provide people with the correct tags. You can check out more of the signs on the official Tumbr, Street Argh.

Via Design Taxi


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How to Make Your Own Sand Worm Costume

While the giant sandworms of Dune can stretch over 400 meters, you don't have to go quite that crazy to make a great sandworm costume. In fact, Instructables user canida has detailed all the steps you need to know to make your own great Dune cosplay. Unfortunately, you'll still have to create your own spice even if you harness a few of these worms.

If you aren't a big fan of Dune, you can even add some stripes and a few modifications to the mouth to make a Beetlejuicce sandworm instead. 


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The Most Epic Halloween Decoration Yet

Halloween may be over, but it's never too late to appreciate an epic piece of Halloween decor like this and it's never too early to start planning your display for next year. Halloween Forum user Raven's Hollow Cemetery made this impressive prop back in 2011. The skeleton climbing from a hell hole is even rigged to move and the whole thing is rigged with a fog machine so the glowing lava actually looks like it's smoking.

If you're wondering how he created that iconic lava glow, the secret is three shades of orange string lights that have a flicker effect on them so they look like they are varying in tempurature.


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Macaroons Are Nothing Without A Little Xenomorph Flavor

I don't know about you guys, but no movie scene makes me more hungry than the famous Alien chestburster scene. Fortunately, the UK's Lou Lou P's Delights now sells these delicious-looking Alien macaroons depicting the chestburster, the mama and the facehugger so you can enjoy all the great flavors of the classic scifi film in one setting. 

Someone call Ripley and Jones (my favorite Alien character is the cat, of course), because they're pretty much the only one who can survive eating these tasty, but terrible xenomorph treats.

Via Foodiggity


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20 Things You Didn't Know About The Nightmare Before Christmas

The Nightmare Before Christmas is one of the handful of Halloweenish movies that is still appropriate for the Christmas season, which is one of the many reasons we love it. But if you need more reasons to love the movie than what's on film, Buzzfeed has some amazing facts about the making of the film that show just how much effort went into the stop motion masterpiece. For example, the characters had to be moved 24 times for each second of footage and that meant one minute of footage took an entire week to film -adding up to a total of three years for the film to be completed.

Oh, and Jack Skelington had over 400 heads to ensure he could express any emotion he might have and sync his mouth movements up with his words at the same time. Even if you don't love the movie, the article might very well give you a new appreciation for it.


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The Nightmare Before Christmas Halloween Party

When I decorate for a party, I tend to put up some streamers and balloons, and, maybe a streamer if I'm feeling really fancy. But I'm not a film or set designer, so my guests don't really expect that much from me. That's not the case for our Facebook fan Michael Aiello, who sent us pictures of the decor for his Halloween Nightmare Before Christmas party.

If I put this much effort into party decorations, I'd keep them up for a while. Fortunately, with a Nightmare Before Christmas theme, you can use it again for Christmas -assuming you're inviting a different set of party guests that is.

Either way, I want to go to your next party Michael.


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11 Lawn Decorations That Sparked Controversy

A few weeks ago, John shared the story of a man in England who was told to tone down his Halloween decorations because they were too scary and made a little boy cry. As it turns out, he's not the only person who had the authorities called on him because his Halloween decorations are too scary. 

This Oddee article has the story of a few other home owners who were told to tone it down, though not all of the controversial yard decor is related to Halloween. Some of the complaints are a lot more political in nature, though personally, I prefer the classic scary Halloween decorations and the middle finger hedges.


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Paperman Cosplay

Paperman is an Oscar-nominated animated short film by Disney. It's a touching, magically romantic story of a chance encounter between a man and a woman on a busy street.

Nico Colaleo, a cartoonist and filmmaker, attended a Halloween party hosted by Titmouse, a t-shirt company in New York City. He snapped photos of great costumes from that party, including this one of George, the lead male character in Paperman.


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Great Costumes By The Readers of The Mary Sue

While The Mary Sue didn't post up pictures of their readers' costumes throughout October like we did, they did still do a round up at the end of the month. While there are plenty of great ones in their collection, this take on Microsoft's dreaded "blue screen of death" is a great example of how to turn a concept into a tangible costume. I particularly love Rachel's use of Perler beads as the Windows logo hair piece -and her blue hair only helps sell the costume.

Beth's Totoro dress is also quite cute and something that she could wear throughout the year, if she's nerdy enough.


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Lucy Skywalker Has One Heck of a Father

Say hello to Lucy Skywalker and her trusty tauntaun that will hopefully not be converted into a frozen rebel incubator. This adorable little Jedi owes her impressive costume to her pop, Paco Allen, who has apparently not joined the Dark Side as he is still lovingly slaving away to be a great daddy.

Make talked to Paco about what he needed to do to create this masterful costume, and you can find out everything you need if you have any intent to attempt to recreate his brilliant design for your own aspiring Jedi nect year.


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The Empire State Building Halloween Light Show

(Photo: The Empire State Building Realty Trust)

The Empire State Building in New York City has a sophisticated new light system. Last night, it lit up for Halloween festivities. You can view many more photos here.

In the video below, you can watch the musical show, which included songs from The Nightmare before Christmas and Ghostbusters as well as Bobby Pickett’s “Monster Mash” and Rockwell’s “Somebody’s Watching Me.”


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NASA's Pumpkin Carving Contest

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The annual pumpkin carving contest at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory had all the geeky elements you'd expect: power tools, laser etching, gears, animation, lights, smoke machines, and spaceships. They also had a couple of things you wouldn't expect, like a pumpkin aquarium and a chocolate fountain disguised as an alien chestburster! Each contestant had only an hour to finished their project, although any of these would have taken the rest of us mere mortals days to pull off. No mention about who won.  -via Digg  


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Historically Accurate Snow White

We previously featured Claire Hummel's drawings showing how Disney princesses would dress if their costumes were historically accurate. Now here's a cool take on her Snow White drawing turned into an actual dress by DeviantArt cosplayer Tsu-yaa. In case you're wondering, the story takes place in Germany in approximately 1500-1550.

The pictures look particularly great considering that they were shot in a small Austrian castle. If I was Snow, I would be wary of that giant mirror, mirror on the wall. That thing is just bad news, even if it is just being honest.


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The Best Tweets of Halloween

With kids knocking on your door every five minutes, it's not like you'll have time to form a coherent, complex thought. So just turn off your brain and log in to Twitter tonight. Here are some of the funniest tweets of the evening.


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The Most Haunted Graveyard in the World

The cemetery Greyfriars Kirkyard in Edinburgh, Scotland, was established in the 1560s. That has given it plenty of time to gather restless spirits, legends, paranormal sightings, and famous residents. It's the home of the MacKenzie Poltergeist, the supposed spirit of George MacKenzie, whose tomb was broken into in 1999. They say he has wandered the graveyard ever since. The cemetery butts up against a prison to which 1200 would-be revolutionaries were incarcerated in 1679. Only 257 of them came out alive. Even today, visitors to the cemetery report strange phenomena, including attacks by ghosts. But what may surprise you the most is the link between JK Rowling's fantasy world of Harry Potter and Greyfriars Kirkyard. Read all about this haunted cemetery at The Daily Beast. -via Digg

(Image credit: Margaret W. Carruthers)


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Of Wolves and Men and Delicious Little Girls

The legend of the werewolf has evolved over centuries, but its genesis is the wolf. Only a couple of hundred years ago, wolves were plentiful in Europe and posed a real danger to the people who lived there. In the rural area of Gévaudan, France, wolves attacked and killed people sporadically for almost 100 years (1674 to 1767), causing the citizenry to live in terror lest they, too, be eaten by a wolf. Over a hundred people were killed and eaten before the horror finally ended (however, many more wolves were killed).

In some places, the terrifying and uncontrollable attacks were explained by accusing people of making deals with the devil in return for being turned into an animal themselves -although why anyone would want to do that is never fully explored. Atlas Obscura has a rundown of the history of wolf attacks and werewolves. Curiously, the same area of France where the Beast of Gévaudan once killed citizens left and right now has a wolf sanctuary where wolves can roam free and protected.

The post is part of their 31 Days of Halloween series, which wraps up today with a post recapping each story. You can also browses articles from previous Halloweens at Atlas Obscura.


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14 Awesome Geeky Jack-O-Lanterns

Ready to carve your pumpkin just in time to put it on the porch before the trick or treaters show up? Then perhaps these 14 great geeky pumpkins on Make Us Of can provide you with a good source of inspiration. They have everything from comic book characters to Minecraft creepers to the Death Star blowing up. I'm a particularly big fan of this Guy Fawkes pumpkin that would make any member of Annonymous proud.

Of course, if you aren't much of an artist (I'm not either) then perhaps a V like the one from V is for Vendetta would be a little easier.


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