Canadian Home Depot removes "peeping tom" halloween prop


After a customer in Canada complained about the Tapping Creeper, Home Depot removed the Halloween prop from its shelves.

From Fortune:

Breanne Hunt-Wells, who is a mother of two, told CBC that she feels the decoration downplays voyeurism, which can often lead to sexual assault or rape. She also said that she ”failed to see the humor in it.”

“It makes light of a very serious crime,” she said. “Voyeurism is a crime in Canada.”

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Howto: make a fearsome prop battle-axe


The October issue of Make is focused on making props and costume armor (natch!) and on the website, master propmaker Shawn Thorsson shares an elaborate and fearsome set of instructions for making your own gigantic, embossed battle-axe. Read the rest

Animatronic, maniacally giggling spooky eyeball doorbell


We went to our neighborhood Halloween store yesterday to find cool stuff with which to celebrate the best holiday of the year, and came home with one of these $30 animated, spooky eyeball doorbells, which I am now officially obsessed with. Read the rest

Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven" - the pop-up book edition

Pop-up book veterans David Pelham and Christopher Wormell have collaborated on a just-in-time-for-ween edition of Edgar Allen Poe's magnificent torch, 1845's The Raven.

Haunted Mansion tiki mugs!


They're on sale at Trader Sam's at the Disneyland Hotel for $30, limit 2 per customer. (Excited about this, but Trader Sam's needed another reason for crazy, badly managed queues like it needed a hole in its draught beer pressure system). (Thanks, Cecil!) Read the rest

Donald Trump They Live mask


Trick or Treat Studios is accepting pre-orders for their $70, official They Live Donald Trump Hallowe'en mask, the first in a series of masks based on the 2016 presidential candidates, which will be released in late Sept/early Oct. Read the rest

Googly-eye-face Hallowe'en costume


Lana covered her face in adhesive googly-eyes and won trypophobic, slo-mo Hallowe'en. (via JWZ) Read the rest

Reverse trick-or-treating


It's when you carry a frame and door to someone else's door, while dressed as someone who's staying at home and giving out candy; you interpose your door between you and their door, ring the bell, and when they answer, they're confronted with your door, with a PLEASE KNOCK sign. They knock, you open up, and offer them candy. Trick-airity ensues. (via Reddit) Read the rest

The Candy Hierarchy 2015: your essential guide to Halloween treats


(View this graphic as a huge PDF)


It’s always about the candy. The Candy Hierarchy is full up with this “joy induction” measurement, this thing that the co-principle investigators (PIs) Cohen and Ng go on about each year. From 2006 to 2013, the PIs conducted a longitudinal study, more or less guided by PI expertise and whim (or whimsical expertise) and possible corporation sponsorship. Research by others in the field sought to refute the findings, obviously unsuccessfully. Yet the PIs were so moved by the yearly outpouring of commentary that they opened up the study to additional data sources, namely people. People who the PIs surveyed. Or is it whom? Anyway, nobody cares - this is about sugar. The 2014 Candy Hierarchy was thus defined by data analysis of 43,767 votes obtained from 1286 individuals. Good for them. But not good enough for science. Because the 2015 Candy Hierarchy doubled down and reworked the whole thing with all kinds of more stuff. This hierarchy therefore presents the newly calculated 2015 rankings, based on a total of 518,605 data points obtained from 5459 individuals in a randomized fashion. It also provides the raw data from a secondary study that sought to understand the character of the survey takers, or rather how character affects joy induction. It’s all in there, just go check out the figures. TRANSCRIPTION OF THIS MORNING’S CONFERENCE PROCEEDING DISCUSSION, WITH DR. COHEN AND DR. NG.

BC: Don’t you love how they call us Dr.?

DN: I don’t mind. Read the rest

Everyone's favorite underground club Halloween anthem from 1984


From the 1980s, an era when I wore copious amount of black eyeliner, and Ministry's Al Jourgensen cultivated a faux English accent, we bring you the underground club anthem "(Every Day Is) Halloween."

(Fan video via YouTube.)

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Parents: beware of the Infant Catcherbots


A poster from Scarfolk, the English horror-town that loops through the decade 1970-1980, over and over, warns of the Infant Catcherbots that roam the town's roads, looking for children whose parents unwisely hid them from the civic trials of the 1970s. Read the rest

Inkjet Samhain: awesome, printable Hallowe'en masks


Super Punch's annual roundup of printable Hallowe'en masks includes some old faves and some stunning new entries in the race to celebrate a truly incredible inkjet Samhain. Read the rest

Hallowe'en with NYC's super-rich


The New York Times's slideshow of the Hallowe'en displays of hedge-fund managers and other NYC oligarchs has some pretty impressive haunts, though nothing that justifies the socially corrosive effect of out-of-control wealth gaps. (Photo: Christian Hansen) (via 3 Quarks Daily) Read the rest

The Coolest Tin Toy from the Sixties: Hootin’ Hollow Haunted House


Watching TV as a little kid in the early 1960s, I yearned very deeply— an insatiable craving sucking at my guts — for a Hootin’ Hollow Haunted House, a tin toy produced by Louis Marx. I saw this commercial on our small black and white TV (I was between four and six years old at the time) and immediately began pestering my parents:

It was probably too expensive, but Robot Commando from Remco cost just as much and that showed up under the Christmas tree although I didn’t ask for it. I think my father really wanted to play with it and that’s why I got it. But he didn’t care about ghosts, witches, and haunted houses, and so my desire was doomed.

What is so special about the Hootin’ Hollow Haunted House? To a six-year old boy it was probably the coolest thing on earth. There are eight typewriter style buttons on the right side of the house, each neatly labeled with the effect that is produced when you push it down. And it was like they took every neat spooky thing a kid could wish for and stuffed it into this beautifully lithographed tin house—an example of great toy design. The sides of the house are not straight verticals, but splay outward from the bottom up, as if viewed in a foreshortened image; the roof and windows are a-kilter, all influenced by German Expressionism in the art design of films like The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.

Of course, I didn’t know crap from Caligari as a little kid, but damn I wanted a Hootin’ Hollow Haunted House so badly it seemed like my life could not continue without it. Read the rest

Spooks everywhere: EFF's Hallowe'en guide to street-level surveillance


If you really want to be scared this Hallowe'en, spare a moment to ponder six ways that the state engages in widepread and indiscriminate surveillance, from social media monitoring to license plate and toll-transponder readers to IMSI catchers, biometrics and more. Read the rest

My kid is allergic to nuts, so I demand you give carrot sticks to everyone on Halloween


This parent doesn't want to check their kid's candy haul for nut products, so they put up these obnoxious posters instead. See full size image here. Read the rest

What's it like to be a vampire who's afraid of blood?

Erebus is a vampire who seeks psychiatric treatment for his hemophobia.

Turns out he really likes mambo sauce.


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