A fun look at how Pixar celebrates Halloween

This cute animated short looks at Pixar's in-house Halloween culture -- from the crazy costumes their employees wear to the unbelievably cool and completely unconventional prizes they receive for wowing the judges at the annual lunchtime contest.

Pixar's Halloween Celebration emcee Michael Frederickson narrates the piece and says, "At Pixar, we take not being serious on Halloween pretty seriously. It feels like a bunch of kids playing in a place of work where, of course, you should be able to do that." Read the rest

Cybersecurity class challenged to hack a Raspberry-Pi-enabled "smart pumpkin"

Frequent Boing Boing contributor Sean O'Brien and his colleagues Laurin Weissinger and Scott J Shapiro built a Raspberry Pi-enabled smart pumpkin and then challenged their Yale cybersecurity students to hack it. Read the rest

Worker at Utah DMV wears best #Halloween costume ever for DMV worker

I love this. Read the rest

Exchange unwanted Halloween candy for Reese's with this vending machine

I can't help but love the "Reese's Halloween Candy Converter." It's a vending machine where some fortunate trick-or-treaters can feed their unwanted Halloween candy (cough *Good & Plenty*) to get a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup in exchange. Now that's a clever marketing stunt!

There's only one machine though and it's in New York City:

Reese’s lovers can make an exchange from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. outside Washington Square Park on 5th Avenue between Washington Square North and East 8th Street in New York City on Halloween.

Delish reports that the machine will make 10,000 candy exchanges. Read the rest

Picking locks with a cheap battery-powered pumpkin saw

The LockPickingLaweyer modified a cheap battery-powered pumpkin-carving saw into a rather effective electric lock pick!

Read the rest

Ministry's "(Everyday Is) Halloween" (1984)

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 Ministry's "(Everyday Is) Halloween" from 1984. Above, a fan video cut up from horror films.

Read the rest

Watch the Addams Family dance to Joy Division

Last year they danced to The Ramones. This year the Addams Family is grooving to Joy Division.

Related: How Wednesday Addams got her name Read the rest

These Halloween dog treats are called "Bits O' Brains"

I'm not sure what's funnier about these Halloween dog treats: the fact that they exist or that they're clled "Bits O' Brains"!

My friend Lisa just spotted these at a local Bay Area Target and I was amused, to say the least. I mean, the dog on the package has his own brains exposed. Are we feeding dogs the (all natural, soft and chewy) brains of other dogs? I kid, of course. (I went to the Blue Dog Bakery website for an ingredients list and could not find the product at all.)

I mean, I knew Thanksgiving dog food was a thing but Halloween dog food is new and hilarious to me. I was going to make a joke about how they'll probably make Easter dog food next but they beat me to the punch.

Thanks, Lisa! Read the rest

Kids react to sitting on Michael Myers' lap for a photo

Jimmy Kimmel and his team played a new prank on kids this year. He set up a free Halloween photo stand.

He explains:

“We asked some parents who were walking by our theater if they wanted their kids to take a Halloween picture -- the same way you take a picture with Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny -- but we told them this picture would be with Michael Myers. And believe it or not, lots of parents sent their children right in.”

I'm with that last girl. Nope. Read the rest

Using science to fine-tune your fake blood recipe

Blood is complicated: it changes texture, color and thickness depending on where it's flowing from and how fast. Though you can make a convincing fake blood with water, food coloring, flour and corn syrup, getting the proportions right depends on a scientific understanding of the context in which your fake blood is appearing. Read the rest

Epic Halloween light and music show is a Michael Jackson tribute

In 2013, music teacher Tom BetGeorge of Tracy, California created his first holiday light and music show, the "Christmas Can Can". It quickly became a viral hit, landing him two spots on Good Morning America. He's continued to create epic shows like these on his home and has even started a business to create them for others. His team, known as Magical Light Shows, has now created this impressive synchronized Halloween show which is a fun musical tribute to Michael Jackson. Read the rest

Baking Skullzones, skull-shaped calzones, for Halloween or any time

Awesome baking project for Halloween. Read the rest

Halloween ornaments painted on salvaged lightbulbs

David Irvine (AKA gnarledbranch) sent us a selection of photos of his delightful Halloween ornaments painted on salvaged lightbulbs. Read the rest

Mom crochets badass glow-in-the-dark Slimer costume for her son

Crochetverse's Stephanie Pokorny is putting all us moms to shame with the crocheted Halloween costumes she's made for her six-year-old son Jack. Recently her all-yarn Predator costume made the rounds and now she's back with this glow-in-the-freaking-dark Slimer costume. (You may remember when Jack was two, she made an adorable E.T. costume for him.)

Here's a look at her son in the Predator costume:

And here he is in the Slimer costume:

Also, get this, she freehand crochets her costumes. That means she doesn't use a pattern. If you know anything about crocheting, you'll appreciate what an incredible feat this is.

See more of her creations here.

(Geekologie) Read the rest

A streaming Jack-O-Lantern is your Halloween "Ghoul Log"

This Decorative Gourd Season, you can soothe your anxiety with a perpetual streaming video wallpaper in the form of a "Ghoul Log" (like a yule log, gettit?) from the good people at Shudder. Read the rest

"Halloween Whimsey" mask is "great for any costume party"

The "Halloween Whimsey 3D Latex Mask Head Mask for Party Cosplay Costume Prank Joking", available at Amazon, is this season's de rigeur trick-or-treat outfit.

• Great for Masquerade Parties, Costume Parties, Carnival, Christmas, Easter, Halloween or any other parties • Perfect for a fun meme, Halloween,Easter, Carnival, Costume parties, Tag party or simply for going to a night club. • Anyway, it will see plenty of use at times other than Halloween

"Anyway," the author trails off there. Yes, anyway. Plenty of use. Job interviews. Court dates. The opera!

This marvel was chanced upon by Julia Pugachevsky on Twitter: "THE EYES," she writes.

UPDATE: Combine this year's two most popular Halloween accessories in a single terrific costume!

Read the rest

Masked employee in Ohio haunted house park pushes down and mock-rapes horrified visitors

Before entering Ohio's Akron Fright Fest, a park of self-proclaimed "extreme haunted houses," people need to sign a waiver.

The waiver lets them know that these are mature haunted houses with actors who might physically touch them, but never do they mention people getting pushed down for a simulated rape. Read the rest

More posts