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carefully cut up a straight stretch to the tip of the nose

Sandra Holmborn does bloody makeup, nails and lips and also offers tutorials like this one, making lips into an eye.
posted by frimble on Feb 18, 2014 - 3 comments

A History of Horror, a personal journey of horror films with Mark Gatiss

"The cinema was made for horror movies. No other kind of film offers that same mysterious anticipation as you head into a dark auditorium. No other makes such powerful use of sound and image. The cinema is where we come to share a collective dream and horror films are the most dreamlike of all, perhaps because they engage with our nightmares." And so Mark Gatiss opens his three-part series, A History of Horror. "One of the great virtues of this series is that it is thoroughly subjective. Gatiss does not feel any particular obligation to give us an A to Z of horror, but instead lingers lovingly over his own favourites," taking the viewer with him from the Golden Age of Hollywood horror through the American horror movies of the 1960s and 1970s. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Jan 28, 2014 - 17 comments

Horse Fancy Dress Ideas

Do you have a horse that you want to dress up in a costume but can't decide which costume? Then check out the Horse Fancy Dress ideas blog. [more inside]
posted by jedicus on Dec 20, 2013 - 26 comments

Was the tooth fairy a stripper?

Women from the DC Youth Poetry Slam Team have a thing or two to say about women's costumes and the choice to be a sexy nurse or a mother-fucking monster. (transcript)
posted by drlith on Nov 1, 2013 - 99 comments

"Here's Johnny!" vs. "Boo!"

In celebration of Halloween, The Dissolve has devoted three long posts to The Shining: a keynote examining the film and King's relationship to it, a staff discussion, and a critical comparison of the film with the 1997 TV miniseries written by King. (Scrubbed the show from your brain? Let this episode of Nostalgia Critic refresh your memory.)
posted by Going To Maine on Oct 31, 2013 - 38 comments

Creepy things in a museum? Never!

Including the wind-up friar automaton repeatedly claiming his faults and not one but two creeping baby dolls, the Smithsonian lists the 11 collection objects giving them the creeps this Halloween.
posted by Katemonkey on Oct 31, 2013 - 10 comments

"Miss Kate helps me."

A Month of Witches Tennessee author Betsy Phillips (previously) (previously) is back again with a month's worth of spooky stories.
posted by emjaybee on Oct 31, 2013 - 2 comments

"Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your font..."

The story behind the Cheers logo and opening titles.
"A clever Halloween costume triggers nostalgic memories of classic TV typography."
posted by Atom Eyes on Oct 31, 2013 - 24 comments

A Freeform Chicken-Flavor Explosion

Real Kitchen as Alinea -- This Halloween, Chicago take-out cafe Real Kitchen is dressing up as modernist Michelin-starred restaurant Alinea.
posted by neroli on Oct 31, 2013 - 13 comments

oh gosh oh gosh oh gosh

Text Messages From A Jack O'Lantern.
posted by mightygodking on Oct 31, 2013 - 34 comments

Grand Illusions

Grand Illusions presents spooky toys in time for Halloween. [more inside]
posted by codacorolla on Oct 31, 2013 - 4 comments

Prison Architect flash mob

Everyone's favorite prison simulator Prison Architect wins Halloween with an awesome Easter egg.
posted by Artw on Oct 31, 2013 - 44 comments

they were everywhere

Out of Skin, a new horror comic from Emily Carroll (previously). Warning: gore & body horror.
posted by fight or flight on Oct 31, 2013 - 15 comments

A Very Spooky Episode

Grantland's YouTube Hall Of Fame: The Halloween Episodes
posted by The Whelk on Oct 30, 2013 - 13 comments

Drone Of The Dead

Do Fear The Reaper... (ScarySLYT)
posted by Caskeum on Oct 29, 2013 - 32 comments

Single, my glass.

Spell Block Tango (the Disney Villains meet Chicago: the Musical) (SLYT)
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Oct 29, 2013 - 21 comments

Lions Tigers & Bats!

Happy Growloween from Big Cat Rescue! [more inside]
posted by nadawi on Oct 27, 2013 - 14 comments

"I've been coasting on 'great idea' costumes for the last ten years."

Rob Cockerham (MeFi's own!) is quite the mad genius when it comes to making Halloween costumes. This year's offering, perhaps inspired by his vacation in April, is his most complexly detailed masterpiece yet. Presenting: the making of The Happiest Costume On Earth.
posted by radwolf76 on Oct 25, 2013 - 38 comments

LED-ORABLE

A two-year old and her homemade LED light suit Halloween costume [SLYT]
posted by Room 641-A on Oct 23, 2013 - 39 comments

high spirits

The ghostbots were created by man. They hovered. They grooved to smooth jazz. They look and feel like ghosts. And they have a plan.
posted by roger ackroyd on Oct 22, 2013 - 9 comments

This ain't your daddy's Monster Mash.

Looking to freshen up that old October playlist? Allow me to recommend Halloween Booootie, three free, full-length compilations (2009, 2010 and 2012) of bootlegs and mashups all perfectly themed for your next graveyard smash.

But do you want some more? Are you looking for, dare I say, the real wicked shit? Then please, step this way... [more inside]
posted by Faint of Butt on Oct 22, 2013 - 16 comments

Katastichophobia

For your October delight: Top 10 horror movies, as picked by Guardian critics, Ten Exceptionally Well-Written Horror Films, Top Ten Horror-Sci-Fi Films: A Primer And Pseudo-History, The 12 Weirdest Vampire Movies Ever Made, The Top Grossing Scary Movies Of All-Time, and, perhaps most importantly of all: The 25 best horror films on netflix instant.
posted by Artw on Oct 14, 2013 - 239 comments

Is it humerus?

If you enjoy skeletons and terrible puns, this comic will meet your needs for today. (SLTumblr, via Reddit)
posted by nicebookrack on Oct 12, 2013 - 24 comments

Which Is Creepier: Mom's Costume, or the One In the Box From the Store?

Josh Clark from the Stuff You Should Know Podcast, has put together two amazing galleries of old Halloween costumes. Really old, homemade costumes, and Seventies and Eighties costumes.
posted by Toekneesan on Oct 10, 2013 - 49 comments

Trick or Tweet.

Bird. Here to remind you that Halloween is on its way.
posted by kinnakeet on Oct 7, 2013 - 20 comments

The 10 Most Dangerous Places in New York City

via Scouting New York, a little pre-Halloween fun.
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Oct 7, 2013 - 53 comments

This ain't chemistry. This is Art.

With the momentous series finale of Breaking Bad just hours away, fans of the show are hungry for something, anything to wile away the time before the epic conclusion tonight. So why not kick back and chew the fat with your fellow MeFites with the help of a little tool I like to call "The Periodic Table of Breaking Bad." [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi on Sep 29, 2013 - 974 comments

Being in Solidarity with Monsters

China Miéville talks about Marxism and Halloween in a 39 minute audio recording from the Socialism 2013 conference organized by the International Socialist Organization. Miéville, Marxism, and the Fantastic previously (and many more)
posted by GenjiandProust on Jul 21, 2013 - 29 comments

The wheels on the bus go meow meow meow...

My Cat is a Bus. [more inside]
posted by Wordshore on Dec 5, 2012 - 34 comments

Putting the "trick" in "trick-or-treat": Tonight I gave kids an oyster instead of candy.

A slideshow of trick-or-treating jokes and other Halloween vignettes in Brooklyn. [more inside]
posted by drlith on Nov 4, 2012 - 17 comments

Gone, baby, gone.

Last year, after Halloween, Jimmy Kimmel had parents troll their kids for cheap laughs by telling them that they had eaten all their candy. While many observers, including some Mefites, felt that lying to your kids in this way was being willfully-mean, it garnered 34 million hits on YouTube, so naturally, he did it again. Whether you think this is funny or not is definitely debatable; but if you're an old curmudgeon, like me, perhaps 3 year-old Madeline might just restore your hope for humanity.
posted by PareidoliaticBoy on Nov 3, 2012 - 124 comments

[INSERT STORMTROOPER HEIGHT REFERENCE HERE]

In 2010, 1st grader Katie Goldman was the bullied kid at her school for being a girl who was into Star Wars (which is, of course, only for boys). Geeks and fans across the net rallied to give moral support to Katie ("The Littlest Jedi") for standing up for who she wanted to be. Katie and her mother went on to lead an anti-bullying effort at Katie's school (which now observes December 10th as "Proud To Be Me Day") and Katie became a symbol of geek pride and anti-bullying, standing up at a birthday party for a boy who wanted to have his nails painted like the girls were getting. The experience became the source of book Bullied. In 2012, it was Katie's turn to show geek solidarity. The 501st Legion/"Vader's Fist", who had been so supportive when her story went viral, were now among those being taunted online for their cosplay geekery at a con, and Katie wanted to be a stormtrooper for Halloween to show her support. When the troopers heard that, the 501st's First Imperial Stormtrooper Detachment came together to raise the funds/materials/expertise and build a full-on custom-fitted set of proper stormtrooper armor ('77 movie specs and all), with just days to spare before Halloween, as a gift for the little girl whose courage inspired them so much. [more inside]
posted by Pirate-Bartender-Zombie-Monkey on Nov 2, 2012 - 61 comments

Halloween Lobster

The New England Aquarium welcomes an unusual new guest, just in time for Halloween. Last week in Massachusetts, lobster fisher Dana Duhaine caught the lobster, which is perfectly "split" down the middle in two colours: black and orange. Scientists attribute this type of colouring to a complete cellular split that happens upon fertilization of the lobster egg. Split lobsters are relatively rare; they are estimated to make up only one per every 50 to 100 million lobsters. Recently, American and Canadian lobster fishers have been reporting more of the unusually coloured creatures in their catches, including blue lobsters, calico lobsters, and splits. National Geographic article about different colouration in lobsters.
posted by hurdy gurdy girl on Oct 31, 2012 - 27 comments

Happy Halloween, Metafilter

You may have read np312's wonderful Reverse Trick-Or-Treating story in Ask Metafilter. You may have seen Doctor Popular's comic based on the same. This year however, you can now enjoy a video of the same concept. [via]
posted by radwolf76 on Oct 31, 2012 - 35 comments

it's a major award!

Josh Sundquist in costume as the leg lamp from the 1983 movie A Christmas Story this Halloween. [more inside]
posted by flex on Oct 31, 2012 - 28 comments

Skeletal remains found in upended tree

Not-Hurricane Sandy turned over a hundred-year-old tree — that had grown through a body buried a hundred years before THAT. " A homeless woman made a spooky Halloween’s eve discovery on the Upper Green: bones from a centuries-old human body unearthed by a giant oak tree toppled by Superstorm Sandy."
posted by axoplasm on Oct 31, 2012 - 64 comments

Google doodles Halloween

A Halloween doodle from Google. Be sure to click around, and save the kitty for last.
posted by doctornemo on Oct 31, 2012 - 20 comments

Loose Candy Corn should be placed with your pennies. They're equally worthless.

The Guide to Trading Candy. (SLYT) Buzzfeed gets into the Halloween spirit by scaring kids onto the fast track toward embittered adulthood.
posted by Smart Dalek on Oct 28, 2012 - 16 comments

Hallowindow

Hallowindow The very talented Mark Gervais makes movies for projection in the window on Halloween. Some examples have been posted on Youtube, but the genuine article is worth every penny.
posted by Tarn on Oct 28, 2012 - 17 comments

"No licensed characters here, just the raw eroticism of a rooster translated flawlessly into a skirt and leggings."

Something Awful's Fashion SWAT returns to review sexy Halloween costumes such as Sexy Grinch, Sexy Rooster, and Sexy Woolly Mammoth. (Previously)
posted by EndsOfInvention on Oct 28, 2012 - 75 comments

Scroll Down for Shivers!

7 spooky web comics to enjoy via Io9.com
posted by Renoroc on Oct 27, 2012 - 18 comments

I Want Your (candy) Skull

So apparently, Misfits covers on ukelele are now a thing. [more inside]
posted by TheWhiteSkull on Oct 26, 2012 - 21 comments

Click-Clack the Rattle Bag

Neil Gaiman reads a story that scared people. A new Neil Gaiman story is available from Audible. It's free, and every copy downloaded means a donation to DonorsChoose or BookTrust. (Neil does ask that you wait to listen to it until after dark.)
posted by kristi on Oct 26, 2012 - 22 comments

Gross!

In the spirit of Halloween and scary movies: a remix of Mr. Sandman set to a supercut of some of the spookiest scenes from horror cinema: Full-On Lovemaking. Warning, NSFW. Further warnings for the squeamish below the jump. [more inside]
posted by codacorolla on Oct 26, 2012 - 18 comments

Now You Know Who to Blame for Ruining Your Halloween

Ronald Clark O'Bryan: The Man Who Ruined Halloween, the source of the urban legends about random Halloween poisonings and sadism
posted by jonp72 on Oct 26, 2012 - 71 comments

Area man sneezes...

Magician Rich Ferguson doing a Halloween head drop trick on the streets of his home town San Luis Obispo.
posted by KevinSkomsvold on Oct 25, 2012 - 29 comments

Frightening fiction

Scary stories for Halloween Guardian books writers select their favourite seasonal chillers
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Oct 25, 2012 - 54 comments

Serra Hirsch, clever costumier

A little Halloween inspiration: "Friendly, Upbeat,Youthful, Energized and Versatile" voiceover actress and puppeteer Serra Hirsch (Puppet Junction) earned herself a spot in Coolest Homemade Costumes' Contest Winner Hall of Fame -- and her very own page on the site -- with such creations as Eggs and Bacon, Photo Booth Picture Strip, and Prisoner in a Visiting Booth. Now there's a short documentary about her. She discusses some of the details of her costumes in this video interview (dull intro section skipped).
posted by GrammarMoses on Oct 19, 2012 - 5 comments

Animal Halloween Costumes

Jill Harness from Neatorama curates a collection of photos of Over 40 Fantastic Animal Halloween Costumes. [more inside]
posted by hippybear on Oct 12, 2012 - 29 comments

HI BATS!!!

Baturday! - A tumblr celebration of Chiroptera
posted by The Whelk on Oct 4, 2012 - 21 comments

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