When I was in sixth grade, I was obsessed with ghosts and read EVERY book in my school’s library about them. The stories would scare me so much, yet I was insatiable. When I see this Sheldon comic from yesterday, it reminded me of that phase of life. This comic, however, explains why ghosts make evolutionary sense in a completely logical world, which wasn’t the answer I was looking for when I was in sixth grade.
Last year, Neato Coolville posted a bunch of photos of the old PAAS Halloween Makeup Kits from the 80s. My favorite was the animated GIF of the step-by-step instructions for the vampire.
I remember looking at those boxes, wishing I could dress up like a vampire.
Here is a commercial from the same time period.
I never realized that the company that did Easter Egg kits was the same company as these makeup kits. Now, that seems so obvious and a smart business move on PAAS’s part, but I had no idea when I was a kid.
I can’t believe how well they were able to recreate the feel of the original series. Right down to the wigs, skin texture and lighting. How did they get Michael Forest, the original actor who played Apollo?! And Chris Doohan is a shining image of his father as Scotty! Seriously, I just want the show to be the Scotty Hour. Just watch this “Happy Birthday, Scotty” vignette. It’s only a couple of minutes.
The actor playing the doctor is MUCH better than the guy they had on episode one.
I absolutely ADORE this quick vignette called, “You’ve Got The Conn.”
So much of my belief that I could do anything came from Star Trek and seeing a touch of that in this little vignette makes me so happy!
This vignette is a recreation of a scene from the original episode, “Turn About Intruder.”
I didn’t like this one as much as the others, but it’s all so awesome, I’m hoping the Kickstarter funds!
It’s just a picture of a little girl dressed up for the holiday in front of a cardboard skeleton, the likes of which graced every house in my neighborhood when I was a child. It’s funny how that well-known skeleton makes the that unknown girl seem familiar. Do I know her? No, but she represents every little girl at Halloween when I was a kid to me.
I love the suggestion to find someone with allergies to trade with, but the idea that Smarties and Twizzlers are your “workhorses” makes absolutely NO sense to me. I HATED Smarties and saved them until the very last.
Oh, and apples? I can’t believe anyone gives those out anymore. Do they?
I love the REALLY scary costumes that The Joy of Tech came up with last year. They always make me laugh and I love the inside jokes they make (like the one with the Chinese chips with a HUGE back door).
I love this one, Trans Fat Molecule, but if you want to see a REALLY good (and scary) costume, click on over and look at the costume called Sedentary Lifestyle. THAT would be a funny AND scary costume. Of course, it would be one of those costumes where people are asking all night, “What are you supposed to be?”
If you’re racking your brain, trying to figure out what to be for Halloween, here is a big list of funny and scary costumes.
So many sitcoms forget about Halloween, but not Big Bang Theory. Ever since the beginning, they have enjoyed the holiday. I really believe that Chuck Lorre must love Halloween. Here is Sheldon playing a Halloween prank on Leonard.
And the guys play a Halloween prank on Sheldon.
Last year’s Halloween Party, however, was the best.
I remember the first sitcom that I ever remember really going all out for Halloween and it was Roseanne. Considering that Chuck Lorre was a writer for Roseanne, it’s not surprising to me. Here is a playlist of the best of Roseanne’s Halloween episodes.
Thanks, Chuck, for years of delightful Halloween episodes for those of us who enjoy the holiday far more than Christmas!
I haven’t seen Blades of Glory, but Jenna Marbles’ costume last year was totally awesome.
Here is her video showing you how she made it.
Jenna loves Halloween and has another video about Sluts on Halloween here:
I love this!
What you are doing is taking away from the spirit of the best holiday ever, Halloween. Halloween is the one night of the year that you get to be whatever you want to be! When you see these girls dressed as sexy cops, nurses, animals, I don’t know… It’s not that they’re such a huge fan of cops and nurses and animals. It’s just that they want to be a slut for Halloween, because they’re probably not sluts in real life.
People want to be perceived as attractive and hot. Halloween is the one night to do it. So what I want to say to all the girls out there is that I challenge you. I dare you to go out on Halloween, see a girl who looks cute, and just go up to her and go like, “You know what? You look hot! I appreciate the fact that you probably went on a diet and exercised your tiny little butt off to fit into that costume. Congratulations! It worked!”
If you’re not the type of girl who wants to dress up like a slut, that’s your choice. No one hatin’ on you for being a toothbrush.
I love that she was able to address the Sluts on Halloween issue for what it really is, which is girls hating on other girls. We should all just get along!
This video is an advertisement for Carrie, but it is amazing. A team set up a coffee shop to make it appear that a woman with telekinesis is losing her control.
The fear on the faces of the customers is real, but I’m surprised that more of them just didn’t run away. I think I would have turned tail and run if I saw that. Real or not, I don’t want to be around.
I ADORE R. K. Milholland’s work on Something Positive and read it every day, but his yearly tribute to Halloween is my favorite. Every year on Rhymes with Witch, he posts these entries showing trick-or-treaters meeting their final demise. Here is a list of the entries so far:
I must have looked at that poster a million times when I was a child. Dynamite Magazine was sold through my school when I was a kid and I bought EVERY one of them for my entire grade school career. Here are a couple more issues that were dedicated to monsters. (Continue Reading…)
I’ve been playing Animal Crossing New Leaf constantly for four months now. I am so excited that they have brought Halloween back to the game. On the first of the month, Jack visited me and asked if I wanted to be one of his loyal subjects.
Since it’s my favorite holiday, I agreed and I am eagerly collecting candy and Halloween masks to wear on that wonderful night!
If you would like to visit my town, my Dream Address is 4000-2185-7855.
This tutorial for how to make monster skin is AWESOME!
I love how it looks like he is an alien from the miniseries, V!
It’s a complicated process, using Sculpey clay for a mold for the reptilian skin and lots of liquid latex. If you have an allergy to latex, then this isn’t for you, but if you don’t this is a terrific way to make your costume SO believable!
At Walt Disney World’s Haunted Mansion, they removed the classic Hitchhiking Ghosts mirror effect (where the ghosts follow you home) and replaced it with a 3D computer animated, interactive effect. Phineas, Ezra and Gus now have a little fun with you, the Doombuggy riders. They’ll switch your heads, or blow your heads up like balloons, or shine a lantern and make your heads disappear. It’s pretty impressive.
We worked long and hard on her clothes, turning a horrendous pantsuit from the 80s into the jacket. A overly frilly t-shirt from the 90s became her skirt. She went to extra effort on her flowery headpiece and choker as well.
And her HAIR!! That is HER hair (not a wig), curled, backcombed and sprayed white and pink! She said she had to take a TWO hour shower to get all the coloring out of her hair.
You can barely see it, but we even were completely authentic with her finger nails.
Today is October first and this entire month is devoted to Halloween, the best holiday of the year! This year, we start out with a bright look into the last half of the best ride in Disneyworld: The Haunted Mansion! Haunted Mansion Backstage had these photos of the Haunted Mansion in Disneyworld. Here’s what they said about it:
Not exactly backstage, but here’s a cool lights-on peek near the end of the Graveyard scene after a ride stop and evacuation at the WDW Mansion. Every time I ride the Mansion I wish for this to happen to me! Ride stops, eventually lights come on and a CM has to escort us out. Please! :)
SecondWatch Blog found some Swatch knockoffs in Milan. Here is a Google Translation of their site:
Milan yesterday for me eye fell on three watches are very similar in form and packaging in the New Gent Swatch. The watches are very similar at first glance to New Gent and the box is almost identical in form. The sale price is 69,00 euro, a unique choice as “expensive”. The brand has seen fit to “imitate” in the form of our Swatch.
I have seen lots of watches that are borrowing from Swatch’s style, but I haven’t seen any that are trying to pass as Swatches, right down to the packaging. Why does Europe have all the cool stuff?!
There are some days that shine a little differently than others. I don’t know if it is caused by extra neurons firing in my brain or if the sun hits the world at a slightly different angle, but there are days that are just prettier than others.
Today is one of those days and the vision of a snail crossing the sidewalk on our walk back home from dropping the boy off at school was lovely to me.
Whether it’s misfiring neurons or the slant of a late summer sun in the morning, I don’t care. I’m just going to enjoy the beauty and wish for more moments like this.
I snapped this photo of a little boy wishing he could buy fireworks at the local fireworks trailer last year in Arco, ID. It was such a beautiful moment for me.
Watching him look at the fireworks so longingly reminded me of my childhood experience of the Fourth of July. My family was Jehovah Witness, so I wasn’t allowed to celebrate the birth of our nation. I felt a pathetic longing every time I heard the cracks and whistles of fireworks going on outside our house while I tried to sleep. I felt guilty every time I enjoyed seeing fireworks lit by other families on the street.
That little boy, hanging out at the fireworks trailer, wishing beyond hope that he could buy some represents EXACTLY how I felt every year during Independence Day.
Two vanilla cake mixes (although you might want to get a third just in case you screw something up or want to make a bigger cake), plus any ingredients those mixes call for. You can make the cake from scratch, but we tried it that way this year and it tasted like a sugary egg sponge. Using a mix is faster and it tasted much better to us.
Two Three containers of vanilla frosting. Any standard-sized store brand will do. (You won’t need all the frosting in both containers, but you’ll need more than one.)
One bottle of red food dye and one bottle of blue food dye. It’s a little troubling, but you’ll use it all up.
8″ or 9″ cake pans, depending on how much cake you’re going to get out of the cake mix you bought. (Most cake mixes can make two 9″ cakes, so you should be fine either way.)
A 4″ cookie tin top (or anything that can cut an even 4″ circle out of cake).
I saw this last year and it made me want to make the cake, but I had seen it AFTER the fourth of July, so maybe this year!