Halloween night on the New York Subway

It's an annual tradition--Sai Mokhtari photographs the New York subway on Halloween.

Take a scroll through hundreds of photos from the last few years. Yes there are lots of Suicide Squad characters, but there's also a living bodega, Billy Mitchell from King Of Kong, Joanne the Scammer, and a woman dressed as the entire Zola Twitter story. Read the rest

Bob Ross couple's costume and other Halloween night surprises in my neighborhood

This Bob Ross "painted" happy little trees onto their partner's face all evening.

I've lived in Alameda, California going on 10 years now and I'm always surprised by what I see on Halloween night — it's a real circus! Each year, thousands of revelers head to my neighborhood in the Fernside district to trick or treat. And my neighbors go all out with decorations, costumes and candy. I've heard from friends in the busier parts of the neighborhood that it's easy to hand out over 1,000 pieces of candy in that one night.

This year I decided to document the madness. Here's what I captured.

This giant faux spider dropped down from a tree to frighten folks.

I didn't end up making it to this "Haunted Cave" but I sure do love its sign.

There was a line of people with kids waiting to get photo opps with this pretend Goofy.

I saw many Jack O'Lanterns, including this toothy one.

Two years ago was when I first spotted a couple of vendors selling light-up toys. Now, they're everywhere and they've graduated from small push carts to actual tables.

This was the first year I saw vendors selling hot dogs and sausages. Business was brisk. (A neighborhood friend reports that he's seen them in other parts of our 'hood in past years._

This family must dig Shakespeare.

Every year, this family truly brings it. This year their display contained a fire element in the pirate ship's cannon.

This skeletal pirate and his gold were on the other side of the lawn, behind the ship. Read the rest

The Porch of Doom: a Halloween haunt that sends visitors to a billionaires' Mars where they are expected to do all the dirty work

Pete Tridish and pals made a hell of a Hallowe'en haunt this year: on their "porch of doom," trick-or-treaters were sent to a Mars colonized by billionaires where they were expected to mine Mars rocks and put them in Amazon Mars boxes at a sweatshop Amazon Mars warehouse; Pete notes that the haunt was partly inspired by my 2011 young adult novella Martian Chronicles, which was recently podcast in two parts by the excellent Escape Pod podcast! Read the rest

Utah elementary student wore a Nazi costume to school parade

On Halloween, a child at Creekside Elementary School in Kaysville, Utah wore a Nazi uniform as his costume for a parade at school. After some people complained online, the school principal and a teacher were suspended with pay for allowing such a thing. I wish they could suspend the boy's parents from being parents. According to the Salt Lake Tribune, "others (on social media) supported the boy." From the Salt Lake Tribune:

In a statement, the Davis County School District apologized for the costume.

“[The district] does not tolerate speech, images or conduct that portray or promote hate in any form,” the statement read. “The district is taking the matter very seriously and is investigating every aspect of the situation.”

School district spokesman Chris Williams declined to name the faculty members who were placed on paid leave, but the elementary school’s website lists Steve B. Hammer as the principal.

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Security camera captures dinosaurs invading home

Aw, and they only took one piece each despite being terrifying dinosaurs. Read the rest

Watch this kid do a good thing with his candy

Wait for it.

This is good candy karma. Read the rest

This guy sacrificed 4 years of beard growth for an epic costume

He was growing this beard out for four years. Read the rest

Costumes of Greatness: 'Blue Screen of Death'

This is a genius Halloween costume idea. Read the rest

Amazing! 7-months-pregnant lady cosplays 'Fat Thor' from 'Avengers: Endgame' (Chris Hemsworth)

This is the most amazing expecting mom costume idea ever. Read the rest

Listen: "Bela Lugosi's Dead" vs Disneyland's Haunted Mansion

In 2004, Howard Hallis celebrated the devilishly wonderful crossover of Disney and Goth culture with the now-classic "Haunted Bela," a mash-up of Bauhaus's "Bela Lugosi's Dead" with the spooky narration heard in Disneyland's Haunted Mansion dark ride. Listen above! Howard also created the enchanting artwork, titled "Goth Princesses." Read the rest

Let's celebrate with Ministry's "(Every Day Is) Halloween," plus a bonus acoustic live version!

From the days when Al Jourgensen cultivated an English accent, Ministry's underground club hit "(Everyday Is) Halloween" (1984). Above, a fan video cut up from horror films. And below, a bonus acoustic performance of the song from last year, the first time Ministry played it live in decades, with special guest guitarist Dave Navarro.

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Scariest Halloween decoration ever: measles viruses

Toronto's Andrea Addario lives next to one of the world's greatest Halloween haunters. As she tweeted, he exhibits "extreme genius" every year, and this year is no exception: he's studded his tree with giant measles viruses made out of pumpkins and carrots, along with a coffin-shaped sign reading "VACCINATE YOUR KIDS." (Thanks, Allen!) Read the rest

This vintage Halloween safety video from 1985 is a real treat

This Halloween safety video from 1985 starts with puffs of dry ice smoke set to funky music. It then cuts to floating disembodied masks, and it just gets better from there. Read the rest

Cosplay of Greatness: 'Isaac Clarke'

Stupendous dedication and execution on this cosplay masterpiece. Read the rest

Halloween Costume: Lunar Module Costume: Big Sis Lunar Lander, Little Sis Astronaut (with flag)

The photo is priceless. Read the rest

Japanese group wears hilarious "mundane" Halloween costumes over flashy ones

Forgot to take out the trash, the Halloween costume.

"Too embarrassed" to wear glitzy, showy Halloween costumes, a group of folks in Japan decided to start wearing "mundane" ones starting in 2014. These hilarious "jimi Halloween" costumes feature people in ordinary, everyday types of situations.

Like, here's a lady who is playing a "camera assistant for children's photo studio":

And this guy is about to win at Old Maid:

This lady is a YouTuber testing lipstick colors:

Mundane? Sure. Boring? Never. Clever? Yes, my god, yes!

Search the hashtag #DPZ or head to Spoon & Tomago to see more.

(Kottke)

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Man with one leg creates wonderful Halloween costumes

Paralympian skier, comedian, and motivational speaker Josh Sundquist and his collaborators create fantastic costumes based around the fact that Sundquist has just one leg. This year, he's Pixar mascot Luxo Jr. who first appeared in the 1986 short film of the same name.

A few years ago, Sundquist was a foosball player!

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