Sexy Mr. Rogers costume

Trashwear retailer Yandy has released the perfect costume for Halloween 2019: sexy Mr Rogers. (Previously)

Won't you be my neighbor? Entice your friends next door with your playful puppets! Suit up with a neck tie, and be the friendliest next door neighbor in town in this exclusive Nicest Neighbor costume featuring a red top with a V-neckline, long fitted sleeves, a white detachable collar with a black neck tie, and matching high waisted gray shorts with belt loops. (Hand puppets, wig, belt and socks not included.)

Amazon has plenty of gray wigs in the requisite style, but those hand puppets seem hard to find. Read the rest

Check out this amazing DIY turtle costume

Turtle costumes, all the way down. Read the rest

1977 Woolworth TV commercial for Halloween masks, candy, and a record of spooky sounds

If you're of a certain age, the nostalgia will be thick for this Woolworth/Woolco television ad from 1977 for "your Halloween needs."

Complete costumes from $1.83 to $3.99?

"Six Million Dollar Man, Bionic Woman... Superheroes: Batman, Superman, Spiderman, and a new favorite for girls, Holly Hobbie..."

Yes, please.

"Wrapped candies of every kind"? I need, I need!

"Sounds to Make You Shiver"? Oh yes. [P.S. There are loads of these records on eBay. They cost a bit more than the original $1.89 though.]

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Be a sexy 'Happy Tree Painter' for Halloween

Or not.

New rule: You haven't jumped the shark until your likeness is made into a "sexy" Halloween costume. Read the rest

You can get adaptive Halloween costumes for differently-abled kids at Target

Come Halloween, more kids will be able to find a costume that fits thanks to Target's new adaptive collection.

There are tag-free, flat-seamed unicorn and shark onesie-style costumes for children who have sensory disorders. Both are designed so that individual pieces, like wings, fins, and/or tails, can be removed to ensure comfort.

There are also two wheelchair-friendly costumes to choose from, a pirate and a princess. Each boasts back openings to make dressing easier. Plus, Target has made wheelchair covers for both the princess and pirate costumes, so everything is in theme. The princess gets a carriage and the pirate gets a ship.

Parents: feel free to ignore the specific gendering of these costumes!

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Make: high-end eyeball props, from humans to monsters to gore

Fourth Seal Studios has everything you could possibly want from high-end prop eyeballs, including $40 "camera-ready" eyes ("Gray cores darken the the 'white' of the eye and can add a more realistic sense to the overall piece the eyes are being featured in"); $22-40 sculptural eyeballs in a variety of scales; "Undead and Creature" eyes (including Red Lich, Hemorrhage, Goat Eyes, etc); kits for making your own eyes and irises; painting and display stands, and custom eyeballs to order. Check back frequently for discounts on seconds and imperfections. (via JWZ) Read the rest

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

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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