New York City is notorious for its small living spaces, which is why it makes sense that rats are catching on as pets in the city, since they take up such small spaces. And of course, if New Yorkers fall in love with something, you know they'll make it fashionable -including their rats. At the recent Fancy Rat Convention, New Yorkers showed off just how fancy their rats can be.
Because why should anyone settle for a boring, nude rat when they can have a chic, well-clothed one?
That's a pretty great TARDIS dress, but I'm really impressed by the girl in the background -I've never seen a Cassandra costume like this one. These aren't the only amazing Doctor Who costumes out there. In fact, Geek Sugar has a collection of 25 great Doctor Who costumes that are probably from conventions but would make epic Halloween costumes too. While there are tons of David Tennant costumes, and even though he's my favorite, it's actually quite refreshing to see people dressed as Christopher Eccleston or Peter Davidson. Also, I've never seen someone dressed as Donna Noble, which is also great -even if she just looks like a bride when not next to The Doctor.
Love cheese and Doritos, but tired of Nacho Cheese Doritos? Then you just might love the new limited edition flavor just released in Japan - Camembert flavor. These tasty treats will be available from now until January 2014, but you'll have to get a hold of them by traveling to Japan or find someone from Japan to send you some if you want to try them.
InventorSpot questions the notion of having such a fancy, gourmet flavor on something as snacktastic and corny as Doritos, but as a huge fan of snack food and luxurious cheeses, I would love to try some of these tasty teats.
It's almost Halloween and reader Cassandra Gallegos did a great job meeting the deadline to finish her handmade Ghostbusters costume on time. Captain, her precious little chihuahua mix, might not look too excited to be decked out for ghostbusting, but that's just because he's too cool for your Halloween games. He knows you don't have to dress up to actually bust ghosts.
Don't forget, if you want to see your pooch, kitties or other critters in costumes on our site, be sure to send your cute pictures to email@example.com.
If there's anything The Hitchhicker's Guide to the Galaxy teaches us, other than the importance of the number 42, it's that you never want to forget a towel. With that in mind, this fantastic messenger bag by Nerd By Night will ensure that you always have a towel wherever you go and an easy place to carry your Hitchhiker's Guide wherever you go. Best of all, the site even has directions on how to make your own bag.
If you bring this to high school, no one will get it, but if you want to be cool in college, this bag is certain to get you noticed by all the right people.
I think I just found my Halloween costume. Just kidding, you really can't get away with this kind of adorable costume if you're over the age of 10 -as much as I wish I could. Although, I still wouldn't be surprised if I saw someone copying the idea at Comic Con.
This three year old's fairy princess Darth Vader even has sparkly Tie Fighter wings, making every aspect of the ensemble quite well coordinated and quite perfect for any young geek girl. Just imagine the Imperial March play when this little gal walks down the street.
Reader Tanah Snyder was inspired by all of our recent animals in costumes posts (all from readers like you who sent in their submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org), so she tried to get her critters into the Halloween spirit with her.
Since Tanah is going as Bob Ross this year, she wanted her critters to match. Unfortunately, her kitty just wasn't comfortable posing as a happy tree, but at least Chumley, Tanah's adopted English bulldog, is all too excited to dress up as a soft, comfy cloud -at least, as long as he gets treats as a reward. The two make quite a cute costumed couple.
Oh Gandalf the Gray, you're looking pretty shoddy these days. Twitter user and Hobbit fan Denise recently Tweeted this picture of the epic Gandalf the Gray lint art she created on laundry day. Of course, we know what happens to Gandalf the Gray when things go too badly...
Say Hello to Gandalf the Fabulous! This pinktastic creation is Redditor gnatman64's Halloween costume. If you think Gandalf the White was powerful, just imagine how much this version could do with the flaming power of Pepto Bismol coloring behind him.
Remember, you shall not pass -in that terribly drab ensemble.
What do you think of when you watch Texas Chainsaw Massacre? I'm no psychic, but I'm willing to be it has nothing to do with food. But if you go to the iconic house where the Leatherface resided in the film, you won't find a bunch of rotting body parts, but a dinner called the Grand Central Cafe. They do have Texas Chainsaw Massacre memorabilia on the second floor, so you can look at pictures of a family of cannibals enjoying their dinner before you enjoy yours.
Believe it or not, that's not the only weird transformation of past horror movie locations either. Cracked has four more you won't want to miss as well.
I know, I know, Halloween isn't over yet, so it's still a little early to start thinking about Thanksgiving, but if you plan on making all 50 of these great bacon-enhanced Thanksgiving recipes courtesy of Buzzfeed, you'll need to start shopping early in order to buy up all the bacon you can find in the grocery store.
Personally, I'm a big fan of bacon, but I have discovered that some Thanksgiving favorites are better without it -like green bean cassarole where the bacon just add saltyness and doesn't even enhance the crunch. I do recommend adding bacon and dried cranberries to your sweet potatoes for some some serious flavor enhancement though.
Reader Lorena Landeros is the most recent person to submit a picture of her pet in a Halloween costume to email@example.com. Unfortuantely, her adorable little adopted lab/husky/who-knows-what else, Othello, just doesn't believe this costume his mom bought at the local Goodwill is very flattering. While Lorena has tried to convince him that he looks absolutely adorable as a pumpkin, he's just not buying it.
Perhaps a little encouragement from all of us can help calm his insecurities. I assure you Othello, you are one of the cutest pumpkin puppies I've ever seen and I'm sure many of our readers will agree with me here.
What's more romantic than a stroll in the country with your fiance? Well, if you're this couple who was photographed by Brandon Gray, apparently getting murdered by Jason is the epitome of romance. At least, I assume that's why they chose to include the serial killer striking down and killing them in their engagement photo series.
While I tease, I actually think this is pretty cool. Part of being a geek couple is celebrating your shared interests and I wholly support doing this during your wedding and all the preparation you put into your wedding and these kinds of photos are just this. Besides, you can always send the pre-murder photos to your grandma and other relatives that just "wouldn't get" the whole serial killer photo series thing.
and Wolverine. It's about time these peaceful sea cows could defend themselves from others. Maybe it would stop them from being so endangered or at least stop people from molesting them, but then, I guess if they weren't so sweet and docile, they wouldn't be the loveable, huggable manatees we've all grown to love.
When sitting on the bench, this costume actually looks rather wolflike and fairly uncreepy. When the wearer is actually moving around though, the effect is pretty horrifying in a werewolf kind of way. This would be a great Halloween costume certain to give nightmares to anyone who saw it in action.
The impressively real suit, made by Youtube user radywolf, is made from faux fur that was airbrushed with wolf coloring. Even more impressive -he completed the piece when he was only 19.
What's better, loaded nachos or grilled cheese sandwiches? It's a hard decision as each has its benefits, but now you don't have to decide thanks to the heavenly blend between the two dubbed the "Loaded Nacho Game Day Grilled Cheese" by its creator, BS In The Kitchen.
The magnificent taste sensation adds black beans, salsa, olives, cilantro, avocado, jalapeno, scrambled eggs, nacho Doritos, tomatoes, seasoned ground beef, green onions and sour cream to an already melty, gooey grilled cheese sandwich. The only thing that would make this sound even better (at least, to me) would be a little carne asada in place of the ground beef -just like what you find on the best nachos.
We've featured videos from Gracie, Leo and Tommy before, but usually they're such happy, cheerful affairs, even Tommy's previous Halloween video was filled with lively fun. This time it's a real horror story, or at least as close as it gets for this family of critters.
Will they fall prey to these attacking arachnids? Or will these kitties come out on top? Only time will tell...though I'm sure you could probably guess the outcome considering they're fake spiders and this is just a silly and cute pet video. Really, these two seem to think the spiders are just great toys.
I've seen some clever takes on super hero costumes and some crazy burlesque costumes, but I've never seen a Spider-Man burlesque costume before -especially with a fans prepared for the classic fan dance. Photographer David Ngo spotted this sexy Spider-Lady at this year's Dragon Con. One can only hope that she actually is a real burlesque dancer and developed a specialty routine for this outfit.
If you happen to recognize this lovely lady and know if she is a real burlesque dancer, let us know in the comments as we'd love to verify whether or not this is an act we could hope to see in the future.
One of the great things about being a new parent is getting to geek out with your youngsters who actually think you're pretty cool...at least until they hit about 12 and suddenly decide you are the lamest person on earth and that anything you enjoy must be the worst thing ever. That's why you've got to get in your family Halloween costumes while you can. If you still need some ideas for your family's costume, or if you just want to see what other clever parents have come up with, you won't want to miss this fun Oddee article with 12 fantastic families in matching costumes.
Is there anything better than a banana split? Perhaps a deep fried banana split! And that's just one of the amazing new foods featured at this month's Arkansas State Fair. If you want more enjoyable sweet treats, you should check out the deep fried Rice Krispie treats.
I'm also quite interested in the deep fried cream cheese filled sausage balls, which sound (and look) a little disgusting, but if you're one of us who think that anything is better with cream cheese and pretty much anything is better when deep fried, then it certainly has potential to be utterly amazing.
Whether you love seeing pets in costumes or are still desperately searching for ideas for your own critter's costumes, this great Etsy blog post is sure to put a smile on your face as it includes all of the best handmade Halloween costumes for pets on their site -which is filled with great handmade pet costumes. We've actually featured a few of their cute costumes, like the chinchilla bug that was in our non-dog costume round up, but most of them are still new and totally adorable. I'm a particularly a big fan of this spooktacular doggy headband from ilickyou.
When Halloween rolls around, I can’t help but think of Disney’s Haunted Mansion. Of course, if you actually visit Disneyland this time of year, you’ll be treated to The Nightmare Before Christmas version, which is great, but still not the classic we’ve all come to love. So, since no one can enjoy the traditional version of this great attraction in person, we may as well enjoy it through art. While a few famous artists, like Shag, have been commissioned by Disney to create artwork based on the Haunted Mansion, the most heartfelt creations are those by fans with nothing but love to motivate them. Here are a few of our favorites:
Your New Ghost Hosts
Here’s a creation that does a great job branching between the Nightmare Before Christmas Haunted Mansion with the original by imagining Jack and Sally dressed up in the iconic ensembles worn by the ride’s cast members. Artist Brianna Garcia also did a great job illustrating the famous bride from the Haunted Mansion in this piece.
There are a whole lot of fan tributes to the stretching portraits and a lot of them are good, so you’ll just have to excuse the number of them in this article. With that in mind, it’s hard not to love seeing DeviantArt user smallvillereject’s version with some of the many classic Disney villains. Humorously, Madame Medusa’s positive relationship with her pet alligators makes the tightrope portrait take on a whole new vibe.
Is Toy Story Actually Stretching?
Similarly, I don’t think Jesse has much to worry about as long as Rex is the only “monster” under her tightrope. And this time, Hamm is pretty much OK as well, considering a barrel of monkeys isn’t exactly as dangerous as dynamite. If Woody weren’t dead in this scenario, Chris Raimo’s Toy Story mashup wouldn’t even be all that spooky.
Snuggies may be comfortable, but they aren't exactly cool and fashionable...at least, until now. This TARDIS Snuggie could keep you warm while you enjoy a Doctor Who marathon at home or help you enjoy your role in the most comfortable Whovian cosplay at your next convention.
While Crafty Lil' Thing doesn't have any patterns available to help you make your own, she did add a lot of pictures that might help if you decide to create your own or create one for an impossible-to-shop-for Whovian friend. This would also make a great gift for your favorite Neatorama writer...hint hint.
Oh snap! That's right, it's an Oregon Trail costume. Now that's something I'd be into wearing, but I don't have the technical skills needed to build the wagon that's critical to the costume.
No worries though, that's only one of the 8 great costumes on this list of creative cosplays by Fashionably Geek. The N67 cartridge is also pretty amazing, though you'll need some serious makeup skills to actually pull it off. The list also includes a few other great ones we've featured before, including Jayne's Hat, zombie Audrey Hepburn and 221B Baker's Street, but it's been a while since we put those posts up, so they'll still seem pretty new and exciting to most of you.
While we've been talking about pumpkin carving all month, it's finally getting close to the end of the month, which is when it's actually time to carve the pumpkin so it won't go rotten before Halloween night. If you're one of those pumpkin carvers who loves to put their seeds aside to save for later, you probably have a great tried and true recipe, but if you're looking to switch things up, Serious Eats has 9 great variations for your seeds and Swanky Recipes has 10 fun and tasty recipes for you to enjoy. I'm particularly interested in trying that one in the center that features chorizo and smoked paprika.
I've always been in love with playpuses as they are pretty much the ultimate animal (combining ducks, beavers, and more all in one amazing, adorable package). But for whatever reason a lot of people just don't like them or think they're cute. If you're one of those people, then this video of a young platypus swimming in a pool, getting scratches and having all kinds of fun in general just might change your mind.
Of course, there is always the risk of accidentally bumping against their venomous spurs (if it's a male) and getting seriously sore just from playing with them, but I would be more than happy to accept that risk if it meant getting to play with one of these cuties. What about you?
That's right guys and gals, it's time again for our photo-filled, funtastic Great Pics of the Week series and before Halloween comes around, we thought we'd enjoy one more fantastic set of spooky pics...this time all incorporating some kind of horror. But don't shield your eyes just yet -even the most squeamish of you should still get a kick out of these stupidly hilarious horrific pictures.
I Love You Chestburster
For many parents with kids who grew up in the 90s, this is far, far scarier than the original scene.
Do you prefer Cybermen, Daleks, Weeping Angels, The Master or another new or classic Doctor Who villian? Whichever one is your favorite, now you can make your voice heard by voting on the BBC website for one of the top ten greatest villians ever shown on the fifty years of the TV show.
Of course, if your favorite bad guy isn't on their list, you'll have to settle for the ones on their poll, but at least they are encouraging fans to support their villians on Twitter with the hashtag #supportthe and your villian of choice. This way, you can build up support for your favorite on the social network.
Peter Pan's eternal youth makes him an ideal source of inspiration for Halloween revellers everywhere. But for those who don't want to do something quite so generic, or those looking for a cute matching costume to wear with a friend, consider going as Peter Pan's shadow instead.
TikkiDo has a great tutorial on how to make this costume for yourself, but I suggest adding one thing as an accessory (especially if it's part of a matching costume) -a bar of soap so Peter can try to reconnect you to his body if he can ever catch you in the first place.
Did someone say taco lasagna? Sounds like I've got new plans for dinner tonight. If you think that sounds good, what about macaroni and cheese in meatloaf balls? For those who prefer dessert, you might instead enjoy cupcakes with pumpkin pie inside.
If you dig food concoctions combining a few of your favorite snacks, then you'll absolutely love this great Buzzfeed list featuring 18 food mashups -like the pasta burrito from Californa chain Burrissimo. Best of all, most of the creations include recipes so you can try your hand at making them for yourself at home. Now, excuse me whille I make a taco lasagna.
Just looking at this giant tribble rabbit is probably all the evidence you need to pronounce it as the world's fluffiest bunny, but that's why you're not a Guinness Book of World Records judge. Of course, even if this specific bunny isn't officially the fluffiest, he does have impressive hair volume. In fact, in this great round up of the adorable balls of fur called angora bunny rabbits, this little guy is still the fluffiest of the furriest bunnies on earth.
Oh and if you still were wondering, yes, these bunnies are where the yarn for your angora sweaters comes from -and as you can imagine, they are all too happy to be sheared for their wool.