Poison Toffee Apples for Halloween

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

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Skeleton Dog

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

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A Massive Collection Of Hilariously Awkward Halloween Costume Pics

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

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

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

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

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12 Of The Worst Cinematic Portrayals Of Dracula

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

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

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

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

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A Peek at the Halloween Decorations

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1. Wine Glass Mummy Candle Holder-

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

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

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2. and 3. Spooky Wreaths-

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

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

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4. Modge Podge Monsters-

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

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

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The Subtly Spooky Chair Perfect for All Year Use

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

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

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

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The Great Jack O' Lantern Blaze

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

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

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

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

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

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Punny Halloween Costume Ideas

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

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

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

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14 Fantastically Creepy Halloween Decorations

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

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

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

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Have You Joined In On The Halloween Fun Yet?

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

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

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

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Get In To The Spirit Of The Season With These 30 Halloween Themed T-Shirts

Halloween will soon be upon us, and the ghosts and ghouls are becoming restless, preparing to haunt the living and scare up some screams.

That means it's the perfect time to gear up with some ghoulishly good NeatoShop t-shirts, so you can show the world how much you love Halloween!

Everybody is preparing to dress up like their favorite frightful figures, so they can blend in with the creepy crowd:

TREE'S COMPANY by Jason Parish

Even those who normally look a bit scary like to dress up and score some extra fright points:

Boo! by Kgullholmen

A mask is a crucial part of many scary costumes:

Tools of the Trade by Chip Skelton

But if you're going to go out and paint the town red you're going to want a great costume too:

King of the Horror by Ninjaink

And be sure to dress up your furry little friends if they're going out trick-or-treating with you!:

Howloween by Captain Sunshine

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19 Terrifyingly Good Haunted Attractions

Haunted Houses have gone from small neighborhood affairs to massive megahaunts that have to rent out huge buildings just to house all the horrors the creators are dying to share with the public.

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These megahaunts can be found all over the country (a few even stay open year round), and if you’re a fan of the haunt experience you’re probably always on the lookout for a new experience in personal horror.

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Those searching for a new fright should consult this handy list of 19 Terrifying Haunted Houses You Should Experience Before You Die, where you might discover your new favorite Halloween haunt experience.

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There are some veteran haunts like Netherworld in Atlanta, Georgia and The Dent Schoolhouse in Cincinnati, Ohio, some brand new screams like The Bates Motel & Haunted Hayride in Gradyville, Pennsylvania, and some unusually sadistic sites like McKamey Manor in San Diego.

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This is a far from comprehensive list of haunts, but there's enough variety, both in theme and location, to satisfy the frightful craving of Halloweenies all across America. Have a good fright!

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31 Great Group Costumes for You to Try This Halloween

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If you've got a group of people heading to a Halloween party this year, you can have one giant theme costume among yourselves. And it doesn't have to be the Seven Dwarfs or the Four Horsemen. There are lots of creative opportunities this year. Alanna Okun of BuzzFeed rounded up photos of 31 group Halloween costumes that will make you the life of the party, provided that you don't end up just eating salad by yourself in the corner.

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41 Great Two-Person Costumes for Halloween

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Sure, you and your friend can go to the company Halloween party as Adam and Eve. But there are other, more inventive couple costumes that you can wear together. Alanna Okum of BuzzFeed rounded up 41 two-person costumes that show a flair for originality, including a cat and her litter box, a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, and the painting American Gothic.

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A Spooky Crow Wreath to Creep Out Your Halloween Guests

Plenty of us have wreath forms lying around in storage, just waiting for Christmas time to roll around again, but why only have a wreath for winter? This cool Halloween wreath is  a great way to celebrate autumn and put something just a little creepy onto your door.

Best of all, it's pretty easy to put together. Just attach moss to the wreath with wire then arrange your craft birds according to your preferences and use hot glue to secure them. You can find a template for the banner over at Live Craft Love and once you've put that together, just glue that on across the front. 

Learn more and see a few how-to photos at Homes and Hues: Spruce Up Your Spooky Halloween Decor With A Wreath of Crows

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A Ghoulishly Good Collection of Trunk-Or-Treat Themes

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There’s a new Halloween tradition taking place in parking lots across the country, a gathering that many schools, churches and neighborhood groups are organizing as a safe and fun alternative to traditional trick-or-treating.

It’s called Trunk-or-Treat, and it looks like a lot of fun for kids and extra fun for those who consider decorating for Halloween half the fun of the night.

Parents and teachers have a blast creating their own spook-tacular space with fun themes based on classic movies:

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Or more traditional, and terrifying, horror themes that put the howl in Halloween:

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Some people keep their trunk decorations to a minimum:

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While others go all out on the visual treats in their trunk, working hard to make the night a magical affair:

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Trunk-or-Treat events aren't likely to put an end to traditional trick-or-treating anytime soon, but they seem like a great way to keep the spirit of Halloween alive, and as long as there are costumes and candy you know it's gonna be a good time!

Check out the rest of the 36 Trunk-Or-Treat Themes That Totally Nailed It here

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A Collection Of Unusual And Easy To Make Halloween Costumes

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Taking pride in your costume on Halloween doesn’t mean you have to spend a ton of money on a custom made or professional grade costume, nor does it mean you have to be a talented costumer to create something that looks amazing. 

All you really need to create the costume of your dreams are some inspirational images, a few construction guidelines and the right supplies.

Maybe you're looking for something inspired by classic horror movies, like this Mummy costume made with paper towels:

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Or perhaps something cute to wear as a couple, like this fun roller coaster ride costume:

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Or how about a basic guideline that's infinitely customizable, like these grayscale silent movie star costumes:

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These costume ideas are fun and easy to put together, and they make great jumping off points to help you come up with your own original Halloween creation.

You could be a Silent horror film slasher, a disco mummy, a pair of roller coaster accident victims, or a pop art nightmare- the possibilities are endless!

Check out the rest of the 21 Unusual Halloween Costumes You Can Make Yourself over at BuzzFeed

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Dress Up Your Porch For Halloween

Most home Halloween decorations go the spooky route, but if you can dress up like Frodo, John Travolta or Spock, then why can't your house dress up as something little different too? This year, let your home reflect your geeky interests by covering your porch light up with these fun Star Wars light covers.

The Darth and storm trooper designs are only $9 a pop and can fit on any light up to 17".

Find out where you can get a set for your own pad at Homes and Hues: This Halloween, Let Your Porch Play Dress Up

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Love Halloween? Then Enter Our Halloween Scream Time Pinterest Contest!

Halloween is our favorite holiday and we know we're not alone. If you're ready to celebrate then head over to our This is Halloween Pinterest group board and check out all the amazing content related to spooky foods, costumes, decor and more. Best of all, you can even join the board and add your own pins for other fans to enjoy -and by doing so, you can even win some amazing prizes.

To get added to the board, follow it with your Pinterest account and then send us a message through Pinterst, leave a comment on the board or leave a comment on this post with your Pinterest user name. We'll then send you an invite so you can go crazy.

We'll be choosing two top pins, one that gets the most repins and one voted on by our editors, the people who shared these with the board will win a messenger bag, a tee shirt and any other NeatoShop item valued at up to $25. All pins added to the This is Halloween board between September 15 and October 15 will be counted as an entry as long as they are posted by someone over 18, who lives in one of the countries that the NeatoShop ships to.

We'll notify all winners before October 20. Anyone who fails to respond within a week will be disqualified and we will have to choose an alternate winner -so check your Pinterest messages and any social media accounts connected to it so you will know if you win.

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Montreal Comic Con Cosplay 2014

Finally, a comic convention came to the doorstep of our Canadian friend Kiltak at Geeks Are Sexy, and he got the pictures to prove it! See a gallery of some the best cosplayers from the three-day Comic Con Montreal/Le Comiccon de Montréal, which is just now wrapping up. There will be more pictures tomorrow. Glad you had so much fun, Kiltak!   

Update 9/15/14: Here's Part II

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A Massive Dissection of Stanley Kubrick's The Shining

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As we are sure many of you are aware, The Shining is a film that seems to have countless "fan theories" floating around about some deeper meaning buried in the film by director Stanley Kubrick. The kicker is, none of these theories can (or ever will) be confirmed or denied, because Mr. Kubrick is no longer with us. And to know anything about the secretive director is to know, even in life, he would have never confirmed or denied anything. As an artist, he seemed to genuinely enjoy the mystery and hushed rumors that seem to circle his films after they came out. From Eyes Wide Shut to The Shining, fans of film have gone over his work with a fine toothed comb, sometimes finding things where there are none (and sometimes, coming up with some solid theories that really seem to have some weight to them).

Among all the fan theories about Stanely Kubrick's work, few are quite as extensive as this dissection of the movie The Shining. If you are a fan of the film, you could easily lose hours on the site. Couple things to be aware of. The site is quite old (which you can tell in one glance). It is sometimes a little hard to read, but once you get into the flow of it, there are some really captivating ideas about what Kubrick may have been saying with certain shots in the film. If you can get past the WEB 2.0 appearance of the page, there is some substance to what is being said. The moon landing stuff is really interesting. Though some of this stuff is touched on in the documentary Room 237, even that film does not quite go into the detail that the website does.

Granted, some of it is just grasping at straws, but if you are a fan of the film or the legendary director, it is well worth checking out.

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"The Cat With Hands" by Robert Morgan

Every now and then you come across a short film on YouTube that just blows your mind. It often manages to make more of an impact in its short screen time than some major length movies. That is how I feel about The Cat with Hands. A short film written and directed by Robert Morgan. I wont sit here and ruin any of how this story plays out, and I feel the name may give a little too much away, but regardless. Take three and a half minutes out of your day to get a chill up your spine. Also, you may never look at cats the same way again. It may be a bit dated, but this never gets old and is worth re-introducing every couple years to make sure more people are traumatized by it.

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It's funny. There are writers and actors and directors who spend millions and months and man-hours on making epic films that hope the audience walks away from affected. This proves, it only takes three minutes and a really twisted story to accomplish that same thing.

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Top 10 Real Events That Inspired Horror Movies

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The fun part of going to a horror movie is repeating that phrase your parents taught you when you first saw one as a kid: it isn't real, it isn't real. But what about those rare occasions when the horror movie you are seeing is based on some aspect of a true story?

The reality is, there are far more horror movies out there based on some semblence of fact that any of us would like to openly admit. Top Tenz put together a nice little list of horror films that were partly inspired by true stories, as well as the stories that go along with those films. 

For example, did you know:

In 1950, four Philadelphia, Pennsylvania policemen reported the discovery of “a domed disk of quivering jelly, 6 feet in diameter and one foot thick at the center.”  When the men touched the substance it dissolved into an “odorless, sticky scum.”  In 1958, the story inspired a collection of filmmakers to develop an independent movie named The Blob.

Of all the horror films based on true stories, who would have thought The Blob was one of them? That is just one amazing example. But be forewarned before you read it. You may never look at that doll you keep in that rocking chair in the corner of your kid's room the same way again.

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Bizarre Fortune Telling Methods

For some people, consulting a crystal ball to tell the future is just too boring! Here are 12 strange ways to tell the future, from Uncle John’s Ahh-Inspiring Bathroom Reader:

Scarpomancy: Predict someone’s future by studying their old shoes.

Tiromancy: Study the shape, holes, mold, and other features on a piece of cheese.

Scatomancy: Predict your future by studying your own poop. (Not to be confused with spatulamancy, the study of “skin, bones, and excrement.”)

Bibliomancy: Open the Bible and read the first passage you see – that’s your fortune. (In some Christian denomination, this is grounds for excommunication.)

Stichomancy: Read the first passage of any book you see.

Pynchonomancy: Throw darts at a paperback copy of Gravity’s Rainbow, by Thomas Pynchon, then read the sentence on the deepest page penetrated by the dart.

Uromancy: Predict someone’s future by studying their urine.

Dilitiriomancy: Feed African benge poison to a chicken. Ask the gods a question, being careful to end the question with, “if the chicken dies, the answer is yes,” or “if the chicken dies, the answer is no.” Then wait to see if the chicken dies.

Haruspication: Study the guts of an animal, preferably a sacred one.

Hepatoscopy: Study only the animal’s liver; ignore the rest of the guts.

Alphitomancy: Feed a special cake to an alleged wrongdoer. An innocent person will be able to eat and digest the cake, a guilty person will gag on the cake or become ill.

Alepouomancy: Draw a grid in the dirt outside of your village. Each square represents a different question. Sprinkle the grid with peanuts, wait for a fox to eat them, then study the fox’s footprint to see how the questions are answered.

The article above is reprinted with permission from Uncle John's Ahh-Inspiring Bathroom Reader. Where else but in a Bathroom Reader could you learn how the banana peel changed history, how to predict the future by rolling the dice, how the Jivaro tribes shrunk heads, and the science behind love at first sight? Get ready to be thoroughly entertained while occupied on the throne. Uncle John rules the world of information and humor. It's simply Ahh-Inspiring! Since 1988, the Bathroom Reader Institute had published a series of popular books containing irresistible bits of trivia and obscure yet fascinating facts. If you like Neatorama, you'll love the Bathroom Reader Institute's books - go ahead and check 'em out!

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Mutant Giant Spider Dog

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It’s bad enough when you open a door and see a spider. How much worse is it when you open a door at night and a three-foot-long hairy spider rushes at you? Relax, this is a dog in a really nice tarantula costume. Doesn’t make a bit of difference to strangers who are pranked by seeing him emerge in the dark. This prank was pulled off by SA WardÄ™ga. The fact that most of the prankees have their faces blurred tells me they have yet to forgive him. -via BroBible

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Pyro Pet Candle Melts Away To Metal Cat Skeleton

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Candles are slowly beginning to realize they can melt away and leave awesome (and in this case, kind of creepy) surprises for adults. Sort of like a flaming Cracker Jack box. The Pyro Pet Candle is just such a creation. Initially, the candle just sort of looks like a pink cat. But as the waxy facade starts to melt away, the real creature is revelealed!

Well, not so much the real creature as a thin, metal skeleton of a cat. It may sound morbid (and kind of is) but it is also an undeniably cool conversation starter. "Excuse me, but is your cat candle slowly turning into a metal skelton? Why yes, yes it is!". I didn't say it would start long conversations.

But hey, with Halloween just around the corner, seems a perfect time to get a pyro pet candle. Or just get one to show your cat who's boss.

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Colorful Animated Tribute To Dia De Los Muertos

Dia De Los Muertos is a celebration of life and contradictions- colorful skeletons symbolizing the beauty of death, freshly made food eaten graveside, and a party thrown in favor of those who can no longer celebrate with us- the dearly departed. 

Cemeteries are a big part of the celebration, and the vibrant colors of life are juxtaposed against the solemn, earthen tones of the graveyard forming the backbone of the Dia De Los Muertos folk art aesthetic. 

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Mexico City based animation studio Llamarada created this vibrant animated short, capturing that colorfully creepy Day of the Dead feel by projecting animated characters onto tombstones in Mexico’s largest cemetery, Panteon de Dolores

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