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.
They met in some far off galaxy called Genndy, a place inhabited by totally flat looking characters with lots of personality. The quiet one was busy swinging his sword around, chopping up hordes of strange looking creatures, when the Doctor's blue police box landed on the surface. It was one of the strangest vehicles Jack had ever seen, and when an ordinary looking man wearing silly clothes emerged from inside the box Jack became even more perplexed. Was this one of Aku's evil tricks, or had this man arrived to lend the samurai a hand?
Add some cartoon crossover color to your geeky wardrobe with this Samurai Who t-shirt by sugarpoultry, this is one ridiculously cool mashup!
Have you ever wondered how those savage titans stay in such stellar shape? They eat a high protein diet, spend a few hours a day battling humans and busting down walls, and when they can't get out and eat someone they hit the titan gym. The titan gym is full of likeminded individuals who believe the best way to devour the competition is to get totally ripped! Titan gym- where the big boys and girls go to get pumped.
Keep your geeky wardrobe in tip top shape with this Titan Gym t-shirt by AndreusD, and you'll spread maniacal smiles all over town!
Totoros make great neighbors- they're always ready to lend a hand to a human in need, and they're really great to cuddle up to on those cold, rainy nights. They're friends with all sorts of funny looking creatures, and even though they look like heavyweights they're able to catch a ride on a breeze whenever they feel the need to do a bit of flying. Chances are your neighbors aren't as interesting or fun to be around as a Totoro, but don't hold that against them, because Totoros probably seem pretty dull to other Totoros too.
Show your favorite forest spirits some love with this Forest Spirit Neighbor t-shirt by Fishbiscuit, and make the world a more imaginative place!
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.
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!
Disney’s rules and regulations extend to all aspects of their business, from their merchandise branding to the way they run their theme parks, and their rules seem less magic kingdom and more secret society.
These mysterious Disney employee rules aren't so mysterious anymore thanks to the internet, but once you learn how much Cast Members must conform to the Disney system you start to look at them in a whole new light.
Some are strict for a reason, like the fact that any Cast Member who dons a character costume must learn how to duplicate the character's classic signature exactly, so every guest has the same experience.
Others are a bit strange, like the fact that no Princess can be taller than 5'8", and if a Cast Member is asked a question they can't answer they must immediately call someone and get the answer.
These shorts are amazingly fun to watch, as is the norm with the DC Nation shorts, and they do a great job of bringing this retro character into the 21st century while keeping his classic appeal in tact.
When you're putting together the ultimate space fleet to defend the universe why choose just one kind of ship? The sci-fi world is full of amazing ships just waiting to team up and take down the bad guys, but what will those bad guys be piloting? Something tells me they'll all be calling in sick when they see this amazing collection of spacecrafts coming their way!
Show your love of all things sci-fi, and all the amazing ships that have captured our imaginations, with this Ultimate Space Fleet t-shirt by AdamWorks, they're all so shiny!
Every year around Halloween people flock to haunted attractions looking for a good scare. Haunts are becoming more extreme, and more disturbing, in an effort to outdo each other and up the fright factor for guests.
All sorts of terrible things can happen in a haunted house, but what happens when your everyday life starts to feel like a haunt?
This is the premise of a new found footage style horror flick from director Bobby Roe entitled Houses October Built, about a group of friends on a road trip in search of the ultimate haunted experience.
The found footage look seems to really work for this film, and there are some genuinely frightening moments in the trailer that will probably make the entire theater audience shriek with delight!
Dressing up and going trick-or-treating with your kids is a big part of Halloween for most parents, and even if the little one isn't old enough to walk around town on their own it's still great fun to dress them up
Here's a collection of parent and child, or entire family, costume ideas to inspire and delight:
1. Cereal Mascot-
Carrying a baby around on your chest is never more fashionable than on Halloween night, when you can turn that little tot into a ferocious cereal mascot!
If you're dying to wear a fake beard with your costume then you might want to go as the cast of Duck Dynasty, complete with a little waddling duck! Or maybe it would be more fun to put a beard on your little one...
Link has always been a fashion forward kinda guy, and when all of his friends were busy trying to grow beards and walking around in nothing but dusty old robes he was putting together totally styling ensembles topped off with cool hats. His shiny sword and shield reflect his unique brand of legendary warrior style, but what's with the scarf? Only epona and Zelda know....
Show the world you're a totally fashion forward gamer with this The Hero Of Fashion t-shirt by Unlikely Yuusha, it's the stylin' way to prove you've got game!
The jack-o'-lantern is a traditional symbol of Halloween, and a smiling ambassador of fall. When you see Jack's grin around town you know it's almost time for spirits to haunt the land of the living, and visions of candy and costumes start dancing around in your head.
Here are 13 fun, and easy to make, jack-o'-lantern shaped dishes that will add some Halloween fun to your get togethers, or simply make dinner with your family more festive.
1. Jack-O'-Lantern Quesadillas-
Let's start out with a super simple recipe that anyone can make, a recipe so easy even your kids can get in on the fun.
Simply cut eyes, a nose and a jagged smile into the top tortilla of a double decker quesadilla and put a smile on their faces!
The smiling pumpkin fruit plate is another super simple recipe/concept that you'll be using for years to come.
Arrange a plate of fruit, or candy, or pretty much any colorful finger food, into the shape of a smiling jack-o'-lantern on a serving tray and watch that pumpkin head slowly disappear during the night.
This recipe is a bit more difficult to prepare than a fruit arrangement on a plate, but the end result is so satisfyingly delicious it's worth all the effort.
This recipe is great because you can sub out any of the fancy tools or decorating ingredients for simpler ones- frosting instead of luster powder, cookie dough leaves instead of fondant, and jam instead of candy in the middle.
Jack's whole life has been a total nightmare, which is just how he's always wanted it to be, but when he heard the clop-clop-clopping of equine hooves, and a howling laughter that cut through the night, he knew this would be one nightmare he wouldn't be able to wake up from. The Headless Horseman had come to Halloween Town, and things were about to get really messy...
Bring a touch of wicked style to your Hallowmas season with this Sleepy NIghtmare t-shirt by Wirdou, and protect your neck!
The Doctor's police box had finally run out of fuel, leaving him and his companion stranded on an island full of scavengers and junkers. The crash had scared the wits out of his companion, but as usual the Doctor found the whole thing to be great fun. He raced around that junkyard of a planet gathering parts and soon he'd fashioned a stylishly retro set of fins and a massive rocket engine fueled by sonic
Show the world you've been a geek since back in the day with this Retrocket t-shirt by Yanmos, it's bold and
When the Doctor implanted the Dracula virus in their computer's mainframe he had no idea what the malware would do to those extermination obsessed rolling trash cans, but who could have foreseen this radical transformation? The virus caused those turret heads to become obsessed with sucking blood, and bats, and capes...at least they finally discovered a use for their plunger arm!
When you wear this Exsanguinate t-shirt by Dooomcat you'll be sporting a mashup tee that doesn't suck, a bloody good design that is sure to make your fellow Whovians howl with delight!
Everything was in full swing in Halloween Town, as the residents scrambled to get everything ready for their favorite three months of the year- Hallowmas and Christmaween! There was one well known resident who was conspicuously absent from the seasonal preparation scramble- that old pumpkin head Jack! It seems he'd found some tasty waves off the coast of Skull Island, and he simply couldn't stop shredding those curls...
Celebrate the endless summer of the afterlife with this Surf Before Xmas t-shirt by Victorsbeard, it's totally gnarly like a rotten old tree stump or a tasty tube!
If you ever find yourself visiting San Francisco's Chinatown steer clear of Lo Pan's High Cuisine, especially if anyone in your party has green eyes! If they seat you in the back, near the creepy looking statue, watch yourself or you might get snatched up! Lo Pan isn't a very nice man, despite the persona he sells to the public, and ever since Jack Burton exposed his soul sucking ways people have been steering clear of that restaurant.
Share your love of big trouble, and classic movies, with this Lo Pan's High Cuisine t-shirt by Andy Hunt, wear it in honor of your favorite comedic action flick!
There's a mean little brain named Krang who came to Earth looking for freebies but found a way to take over the world. His brain was a mighty instrument of terror, but his body wasn't much to look at, so he built himself a tough guy suit so he could blend in with the Earthlings. He remained undetected for a while, setting his evil his plans into action, but Krang wasn't counting on four green Earthlings with shells on their backs foiling his mind games...
Warn the world about the dangers of Krangification with this Turtle Recall t-shirt by Adho1982, and take your geeky wardrobe on a trip back to when cartoon turtles were cool!
They would no longer be called chicken, because the cuccos were now out for blood. They'd had enough of Link's bullying ways, and they refused to be picked up and tossed aside like insignificant shrubbery. They would peck, flap, claw and cluck their way to the top of the food chain, starting with that little pointy eared punk who had inspired their cucco revolution...
Tell a tale of classic video game tables being turned with this Cucco's Revenge t-shirt by Gordon Brebner Designs, and watch your fellow gamers giggle with glee!
They're scientists on the stage, with square and hollow legs, they sing and dance and cavort and prance and their theories are all the rage. Neil has shown us the galaxy, like Sagan did before him, and the night sky was Galileo's favorite show. Einstein brought us up with relativity, and Newton taught us why things fall down, and together they have entertained our minds with the greatest show on Earth- SCIENCE!
Add a touch of scientific wonder to your geeky wardrobe with this Science, The Musical t-shirt by Pacalin, and share your unique brand of geekery with the world!
The minions had never seen any horror movies, because Gru found them despicable, but once they got a taste for the dark side of cinema they couldn't get enough! They started sneaking around the compound, scaring each other and pretending to perform gruesome kills, until one little guy discovered some sharp tools in the shed and fashioned a crude weapon. That was the day when playtime became truly terrifying...
Bring the dark side of a minion's imagination to your geeky wardrobe with this Mini Evil t-shirt by Chip Skelton, it's delightfully dark and sure to make folks crack a fiendish smile when they see it!
Okay, I admit that wasn't the best title I've ever come up with, but short of calling these things "object hacks" I just didn't know how to perfectly describe making stuff out of stuff.
However, turning old useless stuff into shiny new stuff is totally fun, and a great way to show off your crafty side while being eco-friendly!
1. Chip bag hair bow-
You don't have to be a fashion expert to know that hair bows are always in style, and if you're out of chips and out of style then you're in luck! With a little crafty know-how and a mirror you've got one tasty hair accessory!
Losing an old pair of jeans is like losing a good friend, but you can turn that frown upside down by turning your old jeans into a snazzy denim tablet sleeve. It looks even cooler if your jeans are worn or covered in patches.
Heading out to poker night but you don't have a thing to wear? Grab a deck of cards, some scissors and a stapler and you've got all you need to make a sweet playing card top hat that'll make your friends flush with envy!
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.
Nowadays horror movies are so stuck on making us jump out of our seats, or crawl out of our skin with disgust, that it's hard to remember how pure the chills and thrills used to be.
The good old days of Bela Lugosi using his vampiric gaze to charm audiences into submission, or Lon Cheney Jr. becoming every kind of creature imaginable, may be gone, but their cinematic legacy lives on.
A Large Evil Corporation is the name of an animation studio from Bath that is neither large, nor particularly evil, but their utterly amazing 3D vinyl figure treatments have fan boys and girls simply drooling with delight.
Can you really blame pets for hating the vet with a passion? Some of us humans aren’t very fond of going to the hospital either, and we know why we’re going to see the doctor.
Animals just don’t get the point of being forced into a room with a stranger, poked and prodded and sometimes even restrained, all to appease their owners.
Many pets learn to hate the vet when they're young, and as they’re forced to go again over the years they become hip to that vet jive- some even come up with clever ways to avoid taking that terrifying trip to the vet.
When a pet discovers they're going to the vet it makes for an extremely photographic moment, and the expression on their face as they’re being taken to see their least favorite human is priceless!
There are some things you just don’t want to see your childhood heroes, animated and otherwise, doing to themselves or each other.
Seeing these beloved childhood icons either acting like adults, or like real animals, fills our inner child with dread, and yet our adult selves can’t seem to look away.
It's natural to feel ambivalence as you look through these dark and witty works by Ben Chen, but don’t worry- no bunnies, crickets or puppets, imaginary or otherwise, were harmed in the making of these twisted illustrations!
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.