Awesome Halloween

Lava Lamp Costume

Lava Lamp Costume

Halloween may be over, but we’re still discovering some of the many awesome costumes that people wore for the holiday. Among the best ones we’ve seen is from Genevra Collier (aka tragopandemonium) who created an incredible outfit that turned her into a human lava lamp. See how she made it on YouTube.

Ghostbusters on Devices

Ghostbusters on Devices

If there’s something strange in your neighborhood… who ya gonna call? DEVICES! Everyone’s favorite electronic orchestra is here with a special Halloween cover of Ray Parker Jr.’s Ghostbusters theme song. Anyone got a proton pack around here?

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13 Vintage Halloween Songs

13 Vintage Halloween Songs

It seems like Halloween songs have become a bit of a lost art. But back in the 1920s and 1930s, we had plenty of creepy songs to choose from for our trick-or-treat playlists. History Tea Time with Lindsay Holiday compiled an appropriate quantity of these vintage tracks to set the mood for your festivities.

Halloween III Stacking Tiki Mugs

Halloween III Stacking Tiki Mugs
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These limited-edition tiki mugs feature fantastically creepy sculpts inspired by Halloween III: Season of the Witch. With a snake winding through their ceramic heads, the jack-o’-lantern, skull, and witch look even more awesome stacked for display. Pre-orders start at 12pm CT 10.26.2021 at Mondo, shipping 5.2022.

Raven’s Manor Cocktail Lounge

Raven’s Manor Cocktail Lounge

Portland has a reputation for keeping things weird, and Raven’s Manor is up to the challenge. The downtown lounge has a haunted mansion theme, loaded with creepy secrets to discover. Its cocktail menu includes bubbling, smoking, and flaming concoctions in fruity and “spirit-forward” varieties to please all palates.

Spray Snow Portraits

Spray Snow Portraits

Artist Scott Wilcock creates his freehand Snow Graffiti by spraying cans of fake snow onto windows. Watch as he creates a series of Halloween and horror-themed portraits, inspired by Edward Scissorhands, Hocus Pocus, and IT. Find more of Scott’s images on Instagram. The Mandalorian one is really incredible.

Heinz Tomato Blood

Heinz Tomato Blood

It’s easy enough to make stage blood, but ketchup has always been a go-to for last-minute Halloween costumes. Heinz is rolling with that idea with its “Tomato Blood” – their beloved red condiment in special Halloween packaging. They’re also selling a collectible costume kit and various blood-compatible costumes.

Melodica Thriller

Melodica Thriller

Enjoy a little Halloween fun with this not-so-evil version of Michael Jackson’s Thriller played by the Melodica Men, as they ham it up and terrorize y’alls neighborhood with the funk of 40,000 years.

The Matrix Halloween Light Show

The Matrix Halloween Light Show

Each year, Tom BetGeorge puts on an awesome Halloween light show to help raise funds for the McHenry House Family Shelter. One of 2021’s displays was inspired by The Matrix, complete with those iconic green computer effects, and set to Rage Against the Machine’s Wake Up, the track from the ending sequence of the movie.

Closebusters

Closebusters

Musical mashup and meme maker William Maranci managed to assemble this brilliant mashup just in time for Halloween, somehow blending together Ray Parker Jr.’s theme from Ghostbusters with Nine Inch Nails’ industrial classic Closer.

Muppets Haunted Mansion (Trailer)

Muppets Haunted Mansion (Trailer)

In this Halloween special, The Muppets find themselves as guests in Disney’s famed Haunted Mansion, challenged with surviving one night inside of its creep-filled walls. They’re joined by Will Arnett, Yvette Nicole Brown, Darren Criss, John Stamos, and another famous Henson, Taraji P. Premieres 10.8.2021 on Disney+.

Creepy Crawly Salad Plates

Creepy Crawly Salad Plates
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Celebrate Halloween with these spooky salad plates from PATCH NYC and Crate & Barrel. Each glazed porcelain plate features a black and white woodcut design against a high-contrast color scheme. The set of 8″ plates includes scary skull, kooky kitty, crazy crow, and batty bat designs. Also: creepy old fashioned glasses.

Creepy Creatures Playing Cards

Creepy Creatures Playing Cards
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Just in time for Halloween, artist Chet Phillips has released a spooktacular deck of cards, each illustrated with a playfully creepy creature. The monstrous deck includes four trick-or-treat inspired Wild cards, including a possessed candy corn, a batty Tootsie Roll, a bad caramel apple, and a cupcake straight out of The Thing.

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LEGO Star Wars Terrifying Tales (Trailer)

LEGO Star Wars Terrifying Tales (Trailer)

What could be better than LEGO + Star Wars? According to Disney, LEGO + Star Wars + Halloween. In this Disney+ special, Poe Dameron and BB-8 land on a Mustafar, where a Hutt named Graballa has set up a Sith-inspired theme park and hotel. Then Emperor Palpatine shows up and tries to start raising the dead.

Glass Skull Liquor Decanter

Glass Skull Liquor Decanter
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Halloween candy is dandy, but liquor is quicker. No bones about it, this mouth-blown Glass Skull Decanter from Pottery Barn is ideal for serving spirits – and ghoulish guests – at Halloween parties. Molded of clear borosilicate, it’s BPA/lead-free and dishwasher safe, so there’s nothing to worry your little head about.

Making a Stop-Motion Animation for Will Smith

Making a Stop-Motion Animation for Will Smith

For Halloween 2020, animator Lawrence Becker created a stop-motion short featuring a miniature Will Smith carving a pumpkin with a tiny sword. This behind-the-scenes look at how he made it is just as awesome as the animation itself. Also, his stop-motion Danny Devito Penguin pumpkin would make Tim Burton proud.

How Candy Corn Became a Halloween Tradition

How Candy Corn Became a Halloween Tradition

Despite many people despising the fake, sugary flavor of candy corn, it’s still a wildly popular Halloween treat. Mental Floss explores the history of this divisive, tri-colored candy and why it’s so closely associated with the holiday. We never thought about it before, but candy corn has real corn in it, sorta.

Gothic Tea Party Set

Gothic Tea Party Set
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This gothic serving set pours on the charm with tea for four. Portland’s Angioletti Designs kiln-fires porcelain fine china with Victorian, baroque, and rococo images, including this moody black-and-gold set that invites a bat, cat, eye, and crow to the tea party. Foodsafe, durable, and wear-resistant with hand-washing care.

Roberto Cambi Ghost Tea Lights

Roberto Cambi Ghost Tea Lights
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The grinning ghosts in installations by artist Roberto Cambi have won awards for playfully haunting European landmarks. Cambi also makes mini versions as tea light holders to decorate not-so-haunted houses everywhere. Artemest and Pasadena’s Gold Bug sell them in small, medium, and large. No two are alike.

How to Build a Giant Spider

How to Build a Giant Spider

It wouldn’t be Halloween without some creepy, crawly spiders, and when it comes to scary arachnids, the bigger the better. Paul Jones of Dead and Daughter shows us how he built a massive spider for his lawn using PVC pipe, bendy hair rollers, a bike helmet, duct tape, and wig hair among other things.

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Danny Elfman: Happy

Danny Elfman: Happy

(PG-13) “Everything is crumbling.” The man behind Oingo Boingo and the music from The Nightmare Before Christmas among other things unwraps another Halloween present. Elfman created the track in 2020, saying “The cynical nature of the lyrics echo how I feel about living in a semi-dystopian world turned upside down.”

A Night in Camp Heebie Jeebie

A Night in Camp Heebie Jeebie

As the girls of Camp Heebie Jeebie share their creepy ghost stories, things take a turn and their creations start to come to life. Animator Dylan Chase’s comedic horror short has some genuinely laugh-out-loud moments, along with exceptional character design and storytelling.

Monster WAP

Monster WAP

(PG-13: Language) Halloween is nearly here, and to celebrate, DJ Cummerbund is here to bring us some holiday cheer. Combining Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s WAP with Bobby “Boris” Pickett’s Monster Mash, and a dash of Elton John’s Crocodile Rock is something only a truly warped mind could come up with.

Wonders of the World Wide Web Halloween Special (1988)

Wonders of the World Wide Web Halloween Special (1988)

Retro software experts Squirrel Monkey look back a series of fictitious programs from the late 1980s that were designed to help people talk to the dead and predict the future. Early PC software was apparently way creepier than we remember it. And yes, we know the World Wide Web didn’t actually start until 1989.

Robot Pumpkin Carver

Robot Pumpkin Carver

Shane from Stuff Made Here has a thing for robots. For Halloween, the engineer repurposed parts from his terrifying haircutting robot into a CNC machine that can automatically carve pumpkins based on images he uploads to it. Along the way, he got to play with a fancy new Tormach plasma cutter.

The Skeleton Dance 4K Remaster

The Skeleton Dance 4K Remaster

The 1929 Disney Silly Symphony animation The Skeleton Dance is a Halloween classic. But modern copies of the clip are grainy and filled with flicker. Adam Maciaszek used a mix of AI tech and his own intelligence to dramatically improve the quality of the footage. Watch at 2X speed on YouTube, or a regular speed on Bittube.

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