Homemade Tauntaun Costume

Clint Case was ready with a video camera when his young son tried out his Halloween costume yesterday. He will be trick-or-treating as Luke Skywalker riding his Tauntaun. This adorable costume is completely handmade.  

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“Is your Tauntaun drunk?” Oh, he has two weeks to get used to walking in that thing before Halloween. Sure, you can buy a Tauntaun costume, but it’s not going to hold a candle to one you make yourself. -via Tastefully Offensive

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Can You Guess Which of These Spooky Urban Legends Are True?

You hear dozens of scary stories every year around Halloween, but it's sometimes hard to tell whether the stories you hear are true or false. Sometimes that can actually be part of the fun -guessing whether the story is an urban legend or a true terror tale. That's why this TopTenz article featuring ten horrifying Halloween stories is so delightful -some of the stories are just urban legends and some are entirely real. Can you guess which is which?

Be prepared -a lot of the tales truly are nightmarish.

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Best Couple Costume Yet

Party time! Excellent! This Wayne and Garth is actually former Miss Delaware Kate Banaszak with her Irish Wolfhound Kellan. That’s a big dog! Commenters were speculating about the breed when WhiteheadJ suggested:

Could've been a Great Dana Carvey.

Party on, Wayne. Party on, Garth. -via reddit


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A New Room Was Just Discovered at the Winchester Mystery House

It's been almost 100 years since the famously disturbed Sarah Winchester died, but we're still discovering new surprising things about her legendary Mystery House in San Jose. After Sarah was accidentally trapped in an attic room during a 1906 earthquake, she had the room boarded up because she feared that spirits caused the earthquake. Inside the room, the preservation team uncovered items that had been sitting in storage for over 100 years, including a pump organ, a Victorian couch and more. It's a perfect surprise just in time for Halloween.

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Pumpkin Cheesecake Truffle Mummies

These adorable little mummy faces will be the hit of your Halloween party! And they are filled with yummy no-bake pumpkin cheesecake. The recipe is genius: crushed gingersnaps and graham crackers added to pumpkin and cream cheese, plus more spices. The decorating part requires a little dexterity, but the results are cute as can be. Get complete instructions at Creme de la Crumb. This was part of a list of Halloween party treats at Buzzfeed.

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Stranger Things Halloween Costume

The most topical costumes for Halloween 2016 include the presidential election, Harambe, Suicide Squad, and Stranger Things. The Netflix show has several characters you could portray but the most iconic image from the series is the wall of lights. The costume above was spotted at Dragon Con. It’s the most elaborate of the many Stranger Things wall costumes in a list at Buzzfeed. The others would be much easier to pull off.

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Halloween Then And Now

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Halloween is relatively young as far as holidays are concerned, but by the mid-20th century it was so popular with adults and kids alike that everyone agreed they couldn't live without a night of costumed trick-or-treating.

But over the decades Halloween has become virtually unrecognizable, and much more terrifying...

In the beginning Halloween costumes were simple and homemade, but as the holiday became more popular so did the idea of buying a licensed costume off the rack, and then some adults started buying off the wrong rack.

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Soon the madness spread to other Halloween traditions, as simple and smile inducing gave way to complex depravity, and the world was exposed to the horror of a jack-o'-lantern giving birth.

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But despite the changes Halloween is still pretty much the same as it ever was, only these days people tend to show a lot more skin.

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See 12 Comparisons of Halloween Then And Now here

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In the past, you may have known Trumpkin as a character in The Chronicles of Narnia. It’s lately come to be a term for Trump supporters. But this is Halloween season, so get ready to see plenty of Trumpkins, meaning pumpkins carved to resemble Donald Trump. Yan from Geeks Are Sexy saw the Trumpkin above at the Montreal Botanical Garden yesterday. Here’s another view of it from Redheadwithoutacause.

It’s not the only one. Redditor xMeta4x posted this one.

The idea is not all that new.

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Creepy Chocolate Chip Cookies

You rarely ever see chocolate chip cookies decorated, but Halloween is the perfect time to experiment. These cookies were made by Jennifer Wold of Clever Wren Cakes & Sweets. They helped her illustrate a tutorial at Instructables that shows you how to make your own. Wold has a recipe, but says you can use your own. The fun comes from the decorating, with sugar pearls, almond slivers, and food coloring gel. These cookies look as if they will eat you up, but instead, you eat them up!  -via Laughing Squid

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The BBC Halloween Hoax That Traumatized Viewers

We’ve been exposed to the old bait-and-switch on TV a few times now, particularly in the genre of reality TV, so that many viewers don’t believe a thing they see. TV audiences as a whole were more trusting 24 years ago. On Halloween night in 1992, the BBC aired an early version of what we’ve now come to know as the “mockumentary.” Ghostwatch was billed as a drama in the TV listings, but it came across more as a live news report, particularly due to the presence of popular BBC presenters Sarah Greene and Craig Charles right on the scene as a poltergeist tormented the Early family. But Ghostwatch had been completely recorded earlier, using actors.

The finale laid it on a little thick, but not everyone made it that far in. By the time Ghostwatch signed off, a not-insignificant portion of the show’s 11 million viewers were either convinced ghosts were real, extremely upset at the BBC for traumatizing their children, or both.  

The broadcaster had just five operators standing by its phones [PDF] once the show went off air, a number that was quickly overcome by the thousands of calls that flooded in. One woman reportedly went into labor due to the stress caused by watching the program; another reported her husband had soiled himself. Within hours, the BBC aired a brief segment that reminded viewers the show was fictional. It was a little too late.

Those who watched were either terrified or else angry at the BBC for causing such terror. Ghostwatch was blamed for several cases of PTSD and at least one suicide. Read the story of Ghostwatch and its fallout at mental_floss.

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The Seance

If you haven’t checked in with Liz Climo lately, you’ve missed out on comics that will give you a smile just when you need it, and all of October will be Halloween-themed. The punchline under this spooky comic is “I ain’t afraid of no goat.”  

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What Halloween Was Like the Year You Were Born


This is nice: a “year you were born” timeline that actually goes that far back. Look at how Halloween was celebrated from 1916 to 2016, with an image and a blurb about each year. There are costumes, customs, decorations, games, movies, world events, and more. The magazine shown here is from 1924, when Halloween parties kept children from mischief, before the rise of trick-or-treating as we know it. Check out a century of Halloween at Flipboard. -via Everlasting Blort

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Easy Dollar Store Halloween Decoration DIY Projects

Halloween is a great time to show off your artsy side, and crafty folks know the place to go when they want some cheap stuff to upcycle/repurpose- the Dollar Store.

Stuff that costs around a buck can be made to look like a million bucks with a little paint, some embellishment and crafty vision, like these Dollar Store pumpkins Hip2Save's Collin Morgan turned into eye-catching centerpieces.

Dollar Stores are full of crappy looking Halloween decorations dying for a makeover and your crafty hands can give them a second life, a better life as a colorful Day Of The Dead inspired sugar skull.

Or you could simply spray paint a Dollar Store skull white and cut the top off, turning it into a bare bones but cool looking skull vase.

And if you're lucky enough to have a fancy Dollar Store near you that carries those cute little Christmas houses they can be quite craftily turned into a spooky Halloween village you'll want to leave out all year long!

See 12 Easy Dollar Store Halloween Decorations here and Halloween Dollar Store Craft - Halloween Pumpkin Centerpiece here

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11 Hidden Spots to Enter the Underworld

There are plenty of places you can visit that are named as portals to Hades for one reason or another. It could be that they are really scary, or have a legend behind them, or someone thought that title would be good for tourism. And they were right! “The Gates of Hell” are found all over the world: Greece, Iceland, China, Italy, the US, Turkey, Ireland, Japan, and in Belize, as pictured above. This location has a truly terrifying history.

There is a cave network located in modern-day Belize, which the Mayans believed was an entrance to their underworld: Xibalba.

The name Actun Tunichil Muknal translates as "Cave of the Crystal Sepulchre." Extensive research has linked the site, located in the Tapir Mountain Nature Reserve, to ancient Mayan legends. These stories described rivers of blood and scorpions, and a vast subterranean labyrinth ruled over by the Mayan death gods, the demonic "Lords of Xibalba."

Since their rediscovery in 1989, the caves of Actun Tunichil Muknal have become a popular destination for explorers. There are numerous landmarks that make this network particularly interesting, including a vast chamber of stalactites known as the "Cathedral."

Amongst scattered fragments of pottery and bone, one of the more notable discoveries is the skeleton of an 18-year-old girl. Believed to have been ritualistically murdered in the cave as a sacrifice to the Death Gods, she has been nicknamed the "Crystal Maiden"; over the 1,000 years since her death, her bones have calcified to create a shimmering, crystal effect.

She’s not the only human sacrifice still visible in Actun Tunichil Muknal. Read more about it, and ten other places known as the gates of hell (not all of them as scary), at Atlas Obscura. This article is part of their 31 Days of Halloween series they do every year.  

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You, Yes You, Can Be A Demogorgon This Halloween

The scariest thing we've seen this year has to be the demogorgon from Stranger Things. This year you can actually be the terrifying flower monster -that is, if you have the skill to follow this impressive makeup tutorial by ellimacs sfx makeup (previously at Neatorama).

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Of course, putting it together takes more than just talent, it also takes a lot of time and a lot of specialized materials, so be sure you go shopping before you start trying to put this look together.

Via Instructables

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Find Scary Good Food for Your Halloween Party With This Contest

Are you hungry for some killer Halloween recipes? Then you won't want to miss this awesome Instructables contest featuring delightfully horrific foods themed for Halloween. There's still time to enter your submissions if you have a favorite spooky recipe, but if you're just looking for some great ideas, the contest is great for inspiration as well.

And if you are looking for ideas for your party, doing it right now should give you plenty of time to perfect the presentation of your Kraken tacos and severed hand cakes so your terrifying treats will look perfect on the big night.

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50 Over-the-Top Halloween Decorations

With only a couple more weeks left in September, it’s time for you to plan your Halloween decorations. Or maybe you just want to enjoy the over-the-top decorations produced by the work of others. This homeowner, somewhere in Texas, went all out a few years ago with a tribute to oversized movie monsters from King Kong and Jurassic Park.

And this one brings The Walking Dead to the neighborhood. Anyone would recognize it, but you’d think if they went to this much trouble, they’d put wings on the back of Daryl’s vest. If you’re considering doing your home up for Halloween, Housely has some tips for doing it right, plus 50 pictures to give you inspiration.

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Harley Quinn Cosplay

This young Australian woman is, believe it or not, NOT Margot Robbie, who played Harley Quinn in the movie Suicide Squad. She is a cosplayer who goes by the name infamous_harley_quinn on Instagram. She’s got the look down to the nth degree! This picture was taken by @whatabigcamera at Oz Comic Con. Here she is with another look-alike.

See more of infamous_harley_quinn as Harley Quinn at Instagram. -via Geeks Are Sexy

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Summer is Over

Like Mama always said, the end of one phase is just the beginning of another. Don’t be sad about the end of summer, because autumn has so much to offer: brightly-colored foliage, cooler temperatures, pumpkin spice lattes, football games, apple cider, the end of the presidential campaign (whew), and Halloween! This optimistic look forward is brought to us by Sarah Andersen.

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Dry Ice and Slime

The Crazy Russian Hacker just reminded me that Halloween is only two months away. He stumbled upon the perfect party special effect when he added dry ice to a bowl of green slime. And I learned there is such a thing as slime powder.

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The main effect seems to be that the release of gas from the dry ice is slowed down in the slime. This leads to nice round bubbles, sturdy enough to pick up at some points, and easy to see against the colored mess in the bowl. There are also cool-looking vents and eruptions. Looks like a lot of fun! You’d have to lay down some rules about playing with it if there are children around, though. Remember, safety is nubern prerty. -via Viral Viral Videos

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The Creepiest Abandoned Places on Earth

There's nothing like seeing a building, city or shipyard returning to the earth to remind us just how fragile our control over nature really is. Travel and Leisure rounded up some of the creepiest abandoned places on Earth and the collection is as intriguing as it is chilling.

Many of the stories in the article are just as haunting, like the tale of Bhangarh, India, which was abandoned overnight after someone cursed the entire city with death. Even now, visitors are forbiddden from staying after dark. 

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The T-Rex Costume Taking Over the Internet

Move over horse head masks and cat videos, there's a new player on the scene -stupid videos and gifs starring a now legendary inflatable t-rex costume. The costume was released at the same as Jurassic World and has quickly garnered a legion of fans, including a whole sub-Reddit dedicated to the sweet suit.

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The Daily Dot was nice enough to put together a collection of some of the best t-rex costume moments and to include a link to the Amazon page where you can buy the suit and see even more absurd images of the dino in action.

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Man's Penis Bit By Snake In Toilet

Talk about a buttload of nope, a man in Thailand was sitting down to use the restroom when a snake suddenly jumped up and bit his penis. That's right, the python climbed up through the toilet and latched its fangs into his man parts. 

Amazingly, both the man and the snake turned out ok, but the entire toilet had to be dismantled to get the lengthy animal free.

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Snake Costume

This little girl became a snake for Halloween and freaked out everyone who saw her. Redditor beningo83’s wife made the costume for their daughter. The snake body is held up by a hoop skirt-type harness worn underneath the costume when she’s standing or walking.  The eyes are makeup on her eyelids. So how did trick-or-treat go?

She did pretty all right but we didn't get to as many houses as we could have since she was always being stopped to take pictures. Lines started to form behind her so not only did she get candy, she prevented other kids from getting some as well.  

Today, she will virtually freak out people around the world.

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Oliver the Goldendoodle's Halloween Costumes

Eighties sitcom fans everywhere will know and love this absolutely adorable Halloween costume worn by Oliver the Goldendoodle -that's right, it's Alf, the lovable, cat-munching alien.

Oliver is a multi-talented guy though and he also has many interests, which is why he couldn't be limited to just one Halloween costume. Here he is as the adorable and always hilarliously unfunny Fozzie Bear.

You can see more of Oliver's delightful costumes and just revel in his overwhelming cuteness over at his Instagram

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A Coming to America Halloween

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We’ve hit the Coming to America trifecta for Halloween this year. First, we saw King Jaffe Joffer in the list of 2015 Halloween costumes. Then we find out that Weiner's Circle in Chicago changed into McDowell’s from the movie.

Now it comes out that Beyoncé, Jay Z, and Blue Ivy dressed as characters from Coming to America for their Halloween festivities. Beyoncé is Queen Aoleon, Jay Z is Prince Akeem, and their daughter is Imani Izzi, the prince’s chosen bride. Next we need to find out who dressed as the flower girls, Extremely Ugly Girl, and Randy Watson. -via Buzzfeed

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Reverse Trick-or-Treating

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Trent Toney and his friend played this classic Halloween gag last night. They carried a door frame up to houses, then knocked on the front doors. When residents came out to offer candy to trick-or-treaters, they found their roles reversed. Toney and his friend pretended to be elderly female homeowners who adored the costumes worn by the little adults who knocked on their door.

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Classic Monster Cereals for Modern Horror Movies

General Mills's line of monster-themed cereals have never been particular intimidating. Count Chocula, Boo Berry, and Franken Berry seem like fun people to eat breakfast with. But I'm less confident of surviving a meal with these cereal mascots by Kate Willaert. Her Restricted Mills cereals include Shark Mates, Krumpuffs, and Machete Mateys--all terrifying villains from modern horror flicks. You can see more pictures of them here.

-via Geek Tyrant

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Restaurant Turns into McDowell's from Coming to America

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In the 1988 movie Coming to America, Eddie Murphy plays an African prince who comes to New York City in search of the sort of woman he wishes to marry: an independent-minded American woman. Casting aside his royal wealth and position, Prince Akeem gets a lowly job at McDowell's -- a fast food restaurant is that is clearly a knockoff of the McDonald's brand.

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Periodic Table of Jack-o'-Lanterns

In 2007, the student chapter of the American Chemical Society at Clarkson University celebrated National Chemistry Week with this display of the periodic table of elements carved into pumpkins. I wonder if the transuranic pumpkins rotted before the others?

-via Marilyn Bellamy

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