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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

Anything can be made into a sexy costume these days.

10 Inexplicable and Possibly Offensive Halloween Costumes You Can Buy (But I Don't Recommend It) Haven't we all wanted to dress as a sexy crayon or a sexy body bag at some point?
posted by SisterHavana on Oct 2, 2012 - 126 comments

Mmm, tastes like chicken

It might still be September, but signs of halloween are already in the air. Or, rather, at the butcher's.
posted by overhauser on Sep 30, 2012 - 27 comments

An introduction to cult movies

"What is a cult film? A cult film is one that has a passionate following, but does not appeal to everyone. James Bond movies are not cult films, but chainsaw movies are. Just because a film has become a cult movie does not automatically guarantee quality. Some are very bad; others are very, very good. Some make an awful lot of money at the box office; others make no money at all. Some are considered quality films; others are exploitation movies. One thing cult movies do have in common is that they are all genre films - for example gangster films or westerns. They also have a tendency to slosh over from one genre into another, so that a science fiction film might also be a detective movie, or vice versa. They share common themes as well, themes that are found in all drama: love, murder and greed." - of the British TV film slots accompanied by an introduction perhaps the most celebrated is Moviedrome, running between 1988 and 2000 and presented first by Repo Man director Alex Cox and then film critic Mark Cousins. [more inside]
posted by Artw on Aug 3, 2012 - 88 comments

If it's what's inside that matters...

Did you find Heidi Klum's Halloween costume hot? Then these muscle leggings are right up your alley.
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Feb 7, 2012 - 44 comments

Oh Good for you! Now, you'll probably get a belly ache.

Sorry, kids I ate all the candy!
posted by empath on Nov 4, 2011 - 154 comments

Subject presents with insatiable appetite for human flesh.

What can neuroscience teach us about zombies? A pair of neurology blogs go over nine common symptoms: Aggression, Lumbering Walk, Memory Loss, Aphasia, Capgras-Delusion, Impaired Pain Reception, Locked Attention, Flesh Addiction, Insatiable hunger, Conclusions.
posted by empath on Oct 31, 2011 - 45 comments

All Hallow's Read: because there aren't enough traditions that involve giving books

"This Halloween, give somebody a scary book, to read. That's it. That's the idea. It's going to be a tradition." It's an idea Neil Gaiman came up a year ago. It's called All Hallow's Read, with a website and everything, which has book recommendations of all sorts, plus stickers, bookmarks, cards, and a small story you can print off, as well as a poster contest for next year's event. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Oct 31, 2011 - 22 comments

I want you to meet my wife.

"The Thing on the Fourble Board" is a nicely creepy episode of the fantasy/horror radio program "Quiet, Please". You can stream or download it from the link. Originally broadcast on August the 9th, 1948, it's widely considered one of the best episodes of the series. (Here's an archive.org MP3 mirror, also.) [more inside]
posted by Monster_Zero on Oct 31, 2011 - 6 comments

No one goes to the euphemism on a night like this

You've probably all seen or read Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1 2 3). But did you know about its Halloween sequel, Halloween Is Grinch Night? The first Dr. Seuss special to feature music from Joe Raposo, it has finally been released on DVD. Or you can watch it on YouTube (1 2).
posted by Mchelly on Oct 31, 2011 - 14 comments

I vant to track your bleh

At no point in Bela Lugosi's iconic role in the 1931 film Dracula does he make the sound "Bleh!" So why is "Bleh!" so deeply associated with Dracula in popular culture? Followup with more examples.
posted by Horace Rumpole on Oct 31, 2011 - 50 comments

Tales From The Far Side

in 1994, Gary Larson's Far Side came to life on television in the form of an animated Halloween special like no other. Tales From The Far Side only aired once, and the television version differs from the not-easily-located DVD version. You can read more about this dark and hilarious animated classic courtesy of Vinnie Rattolle's, and find a copy of the television version for your very own holiday viewing.
posted by hippybear on Oct 29, 2011 - 28 comments

In this white darkness, we will take the place of everything

Just wait till we're alone together. Then I will tell you something new, something cold, something sleepy, something of cease and peace and the long bright curve of space. Go upstairs to your room. I will be waiting for you... As a rare October blizzard drifts a blanket of white across the Northeast just before Halloween, what better time to settle in and read (or watch) Conrad Aiken's most famous short story, "Silent Snow, Secret Snow." About a small boy who increasingly slips into an ominous fantasy of isolation and endless snow, it could be viewed as a metaphor about autism, Asperger's syndrome, and even schizophrenia before such conditions even had names. In addition to the 1934 short story, the tale has also been adapted as a creepy 1966 black-and-white short film (also at the Internet Archive) and as a Night Gallery episode (1, 2) narrated by Orson Welles. Or for a more academic take, see the essay "The Delicious Progress" examining Aiken's use of white as a symbol of psychological regression.
posted by Rhaomi on Oct 29, 2011 - 9 comments

Sixth annual BCLA Halloween Costume Surf Contest

"Just to see all the creatures on a wave is wild." Local coverage of the sixth annual BCLA Annual Halloween Costume Surf Contest in Newport Beach, CA. [more inside]
posted by eddydamascene on Oct 29, 2011 - 5 comments

Good Evening. Please Come In.

A week after Halloween in 1969, the great Rod Serling debuted a new television program. Night Gallery [more inside]
posted by timsteil on Oct 28, 2011 - 31 comments

First he gave me flowers...

Margot's Room, a Halloween tale by Emily Carroll [more inside]
posted by overeducated_alligator on Oct 28, 2011 - 14 comments

All parents are welcome to come by on Wednesday afternoon to help us make candles and decorate skulls

Dear Mountain Room Parents... a tale for Day of the Dead / Halloween.
posted by Artw on Oct 28, 2011 - 15 comments

Why are you so angry at her for being a sexy... giraffe?

"For the last two weeks, people have been like, "talk about sluts on Halloween!" And at first I didn't even really want to make this video because you, my friend, are talking to a slut on Halloween. But because people kept bombarding my social media platforms with requests for me to do a video on sluts on Halloween, I'm gonna do a video on sluts on Halloween. But I'll tell you one thing right now: you're not gonna like it."

(nsfw language, her avatar is a lingerie pic, plus it's a single-link vlog post)
[more inside]
posted by juliplease on Oct 28, 2011 - 146 comments

Sometimes I suspect the correct answer is Halloween IN Williamsburg

Single Serving Tumblr of the Day: Halloween or Williamsburg?
posted by 2bucksplus on Oct 27, 2011 - 41 comments

NOT OKAY

"We're a culture, not a costume." Noted... however, you are also now a meme.
posted by hermitosis on Oct 26, 2011 - 514 comments

Haunted Air

"The perishing of fabrics and the rotting of early rubber, due to chemical instabilities and damp conditions, create new and sinister, puzzling abnormalities. Time and repeated wear have caused a beautiful metamorphosis, never intended or imagined by the maker." Haunted Air: "A glimpse of how the old, weird America celebrated All-Hallows Eve."
posted by billypilgrim on Oct 25, 2011 - 24 comments

The most terrifying song imaginable

Halloween light show complete with grinning pumpkins. Warning: LMFAO.
posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn on Oct 24, 2011 - 39 comments

Corgi don't give a shit.

What's better than 90 pictures of Corgis? 90 pictures of Corgis in costume.
posted by MaryDellamorte on Oct 24, 2011 - 64 comments

Something wicked delicious this way comes

12 Bottle Bar, a site dedicated to classic cocktails for the home bartender, have transformed themselves in the run up to Halloween. Now they are... 13 Bottle Bar: Blood, Booze and Beyond, in which they review classic horror and post terrifying cocktails inspired by it. [more inside]
posted by DRMacIver on Oct 23, 2011 - 18 comments

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