When it comes to seasonal novelty songs, few have reached the level of dominance achieved by "Monster Mash". Unlike, say, "Jingle Bells", The Mash (as I will refer to it throughout this post) is now basically synonymous with its associated holiday, becoming the first and maybe only Halloween song readily named by the average person.
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If you head on over to Deercreek Drive in Riverside, California, and find the house near Orange Terrace Park, you'll be treated to what has become one of the best Halloween traditions anywhere in the country. There you'll find one of the most spectacular Halloween light shows imaginable — making you thankful you're not one of this guy's neighbours.
Video: Lots of kids are terrified of thunderstorms, but not Zoey. Her dad, who you might remember from the glowing stick figure costume he made her a few years ago, is back with this over-the-top Princess Cumulus thunderstorm costume that's as wonderful as it is impractical for actual trick-or-treating.
Even if you're not the Michelangelo of pumpkin carving, you can still make a memorable jack-o'-lantern using a bit of grade school science. All you need is water, dish soap, baking soda, food colouring, and vinegar. The same ingredients used in a science fair volcano can make your pumpkin appear to puke or ooze disgusting slime from its orifices.
Everyone in your neighbourhood is going to have a pumpkin carved with a goofy face sitting on their porches. Booooring. If you want to decorate for Halloween with something a little more original, why not turn your jack-o'-lantern into a working animated zoetrope and really wow all the kids stopping by to beg for free candy.
Kids love Halloween because they get to dress up, act like a monster, and be rewarded with free candy. Then you become an adult, and suddenly have to deal with little monsters demanding free sweets. Halloween is suddenly less fun, unless you build a Lego robot to deal with trick-or-treaters.
If you can think of a better idea than transforming your lounge room into a communication device for the upside-down then for Halloween, then, well...fine. But for the rest of us, this tutorial is brilliant, and temporary — so you won't have to have an uncomfortable conversation with your landlord). Happy decorating!
Video: I'm not into Halloween, but I appreciate the people who really, really love it. You know the types, the ones that plan out elaborate costumes decades in advance, the folks who decorate their houses so well that it rivals the haunted houses of theme parks, the people who buy the best candy, the people who host the best parties, etc. Those people make everyone feel better on a day where we don't have to be ourselves.
Looking for an incredibly easy, inexpensive, last-minute costume? I recently found a treasure trove of comfortable (and soft!) adult onesies that a) make Halloween shopping a cinch b) are nerdy beyond belief and c) are so glorious that picking just one to buy is honestly the hardest choice I have faced this year.
Remember the brilliant Star Wars Snowspeeder costume that Ryan Scott Miller built around his son's wheelchair last Halloween? He's already managed to top himself a year later by now turning Jeremy's wheelchair into a miniature version of the Ghostbusters' Ecto-1. This kid is getting so many lollies.
I am afraid of everything, and for good reason: the world can be a really miserable and terrifying place. There are some things, however, I fear for no tangible reason. Like the number eleven. It freaks me out. A lot. You know what's even worse than eleven? One hundred and eleven. I'm writing these numbers out because I will panic if I see that many ones next to each other. On my quest to figure out why the heck eleven has some inherently evil quality only I can perceive, I found a beautiful website called Phobia Wiki. Here's its mission statement.