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HOWTO make your own head-in-a-jar illusion

By photoshopping a pair of mirror-flipped profile-shots of your face onto either side of a full-on shot, you can make a gimmicked photo that, when curled and placed in a jar of water, creates a convincing illusion of your head in a jar. Mikeasaurus's Instructable has easy-to-follow instructions for making your own.

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Gross-out makeup: flayed-skin domino mask


Makeup artist Psycho Sandra created an amazing, gross-out effect for her Hallowe'en costume last year: she created the illusion that she had made a domino mask of her own flayed skin. She's got a whole gallery of bloody makeup effects on her site, including a crazy zombie to die (and come back) for.

Halloween 2013 (via IO9)

HOWTO make an animated Haunted Mansion-style crystal ball


This simple, effective "crystal ball" illusion is documented by Nikki on Ehow: basically, you put a video loop on your phone's screen, drape it in black cloth, and insert it into a crystal ball, and voila, you've got your own Madame Leota (or whatever video you choose), as seen in the Haunted Mansion at the Disney parks worldwide!

Super Simple Crystal Ball (via The Haunted Mansion Disney)

Gashlycrumb Tiny Hallowe'en costume


Hope sez, "My husband, Jeff, and I decided to combine our love of Edward Gorey's Gashlycrumb Tinies and our son Dash to make a Dashlycrumb Tiny for Halloween. Jeff designed the tombstone detailing Dash's untimely demise...Thought it would be fun to share!"

My son Dash’s Halloween costume as a “Dashlycrumb Tiny”

Rob Ford-o-Lantern


Toronto's fun-lovin', crack-smoking Mayor Rob "Laughable Bumblefuck" Ford is having an exciting Hallowe'en, which Robbo Mills's wife has commemorated with a very special Jack-O-Lantern.

Teh Missus made a pumpkin to celebrate!

Photos of terrified people freaking out in a spook-house


Niagara Falls's Nightmares Fear Factory (a spookhouse) has continued its tradition of posting pictures of people losing their minds at the event's climax. Wired has rounded up a collection of some of the best of the fresh crop and they're pretty amazing.

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Free Halloween mixes from Death Waltz Recording Co.

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The freaky folks at the phenomenal Death Waltz Recording Company, the reissue label that deals in exquisitely-curated horror/cult soundtracks in gorgeous packaging, have issued not one but two free Halloween mixes of creeptastic tunes!

And if that's not enough for you, there's another one over at FACT Magazine.

Ministry's "(Everyday Is) Halloween"

Al Jourgensen may prefer to forget that he once cultivated an English accent and created this underground club hit, but on this day, we happily remember. Above, a fan video cut up from horror films.

Monster portraits made from candy mosaics: TOTALLY SWEET!

Eric writes, "I am Eric Millikin and I am an experimental artist from Detroit who has created a series of portraits of monsters, each built out of Halloween candy. I call this series 'Totally Sweet.' So far, this series includes everything from classic monsters like The Bride of Frankenstein to modern killers from slasher movies. And I've been taking requests; one of my favorites has been Gort, the alien killer robot from the 1950s sci-fi classic, 'The Day the Earth Stood Still.'"

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DIY Halloween: Baby Jackhammer Jill

This year, my husband, Chris, and I made a baby and a costume to put her in. Here, Althea Koerth Baker, 4 days old, shows off her Halloween costume and her ability to tolerate parental shenanigans.

The Candy Hierarchy, 2013

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Followed From the Mansion: scary Haunted-Mansion-inspired short

Ricky sez, "In a follow-up to last year's 'Missing in the Mansion' short shot at Disneyland, the Daws brothers have just released 'Followed from the Mansion' - another Haunted Mansion-inspired short, this time answering the question of what happens when a ghost follows you home."

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Hauntbox: open-source hardware box for controlling your automated, electronic haunted house

The Hauntbox is an open-source hardware controller for all the sensors and controllers necessary to build sophisticated, automated electronic haunting projects. It requires no soldering or prior knowledge to use, and is fully hackable and accepts Arduino shields. The Kickstarter was successful, and they've gone into full production: you can pre-order them for next Hallowe'en now.

Hauntbox.net (via Make)

LED stick person costume for toddler

Royce Hutain made a wonderful "stick person" costume for his toddler from LED lights and a body suit.

Pumpkin Tap turns pumpkin or watermelon into keg

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The Pumpkin Tap turns hollowed-out pumpkins and watermelons into drink dispensers! I think most any beer faucet and shank would work, but this is a fun idea.