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Nicotine-Free Cigarette Look-Alike?

I recently quit smoking. Yay! For my Cruella De Vil costume for Halloween, I've already got a cigarette holder and I'd like something to put in it that, you know, looks like a cigarette. The thing here is that it absolutely, 100%, no wiggle-room cannot have any nicotine. What are my options here? [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl on Oct 8, 2015 - 17 answers

Dress my muffled ears

I'm looking for ideas for fancy dress costumes that incorporate a set of ear defender earmuffs, which I need to wear in order to deal with amplified music and crowded environments. The earmuffs look like very large headphones. I'd like gender neutral/masculine costumes if possible, but really all ideas are welcome. [more inside]
posted by Acheman on Oct 8, 2015 - 9 answers

Need recommendations for spooky mysteries to give to my Grandmother.

It's October, so I'd like to give my Grandmother some spooky mysteries to read. I've given her quite a few gothics, and those aren't difficult to find, but she now prefers the young adult books I've been getting for her. I know her taste, because we talk a lot about which books she's enjoyed the most, and I know she won't like anything too dark, too serious, or too gross. Lighthearted (but not too silly) mysteries with Halloween themes are what I'm looking for. [more inside]
posted by Beholder on Sep 29, 2015 - 9 answers

Painting a Paper Mache Costume in Bad Weather

I've created a paper mache Darth Vader helmet for my son, and it needs only painting...but the weather's supposed to be rainy for the next few days, and he needs it for Friday. [more inside]
posted by Dr.Enormous on Sep 29, 2015 - 6 answers

Favorite Halloween episodes of TV shows available on streaming.

My SO and I love watching Halloween-themed stuff this time of year. What are some awesome Halloween episodes of TV shows that are available on Netflix, HBO Go or Amazon Prime? Assume that we're not looking for movie recommendations (got that covered) and the following series are mainstays/have been seen: [more inside]
posted by Ufez Jones on Sep 26, 2015 - 11 answers

Best & Most Fun Halloween (board?) Games for Non-Board-Gamey People

Trying to find a fun, and spooky, board game for several adults to play on Halloween. Not a Ouija board, please. [more inside]
posted by Miss T.Horn on Sep 26, 2015 - 8 answers

Simple sewing patterns for costumes or bags, for boys?

My five-year-old son is interested in sewing (he's interesting in construction and design, in general). I am not much of a sewer, but I could probably cut out something from a simple pattern and stitch it by hand. (No machine). How can I indulge this with him, given that I have limited skills and he's five? [more inside]
posted by pipti on Sep 23, 2015 - 23 answers

How do I explain this?

My 7-year-old daughter's favorite books right now are Louise Erdrich's Birchbark House novels about an Ojibwe girl named Omakayas. She wants to dress up like Omakayas for Halloween. Last year, she went as Laura Ingalls Wilder. However, I feel like it isn't okay in this day and age for a white girl to dress live a Native American for Halloween, particularly in a city where so many real Ojibwe live. Am I right? If so, why? What should I tell her? For her, this is just about adoring her favorite character.
posted by Area Man on Sep 23, 2015 - 27 answers

Read to me classic stories of horror.

This Halloween, I'm going to bake myself a Halloween cake, light some candles, turn the lights off, and listen to recordings of classic horror stories read by masters of the form. Need to beef up the story list! [more inside]
posted by Sheydem-tants on Sep 21, 2015 - 16 answers

High-Class Horror Costume

I suck at costumes. I've been invited to a Halloween party from a person with whom I really want to be a closer friend, and she loooooves Halloween. I need help with a costume/makeup. [more inside]
posted by jaguar on Sep 18, 2015 - 20 answers

Halloween S'Carols 2015 edition: creepy new songs for the annual mix?

Looking for any new creepy sounding tracks for my annual Halloween mix. New, or new to you; original songs; cover songs; or even soundtrack selections work. (If a recommendation has appeared on a previous AskMeta thread for Halloween mix tunes, less candy for you!)
posted by Unsomnambulist on Sep 18, 2015 - 11 answers

I'd like to cosplay Hattori Hanzo in Kill Bill (played by Sonny Chiba)

Here's one photo. Leather black sandals, loose cotton khaki pants, simple cotton apron, white tank top undershirt. All these are straightforward. I need help with... [more inside]
posted by artlung on Aug 26, 2015 - 9 answers

How do I win a Halloween Costume contest remotely?

Need help coming up with a badass Halloween costume with some interesting constraints. [more inside]
posted by theRussian on Aug 20, 2015 - 20 answers

Help my daughter become the ghoul most likely to succeed

My 7-year-old daughter is intensely into makeup. She went as Cleo De Nile (A mummy queen with gold lame sandals) last Halloween, and as a Vampire Princess the year before. I think she'd like to learn about special effects makeup. I recently saw a young girl's work who had done some amazing things, including a great looking third eye on her forehead. Is there a particular set of books, or kits, or websites you can recommend?
posted by atchafalaya on Aug 9, 2015 - 14 answers

All Hail the Great Pumpkin!

For the first time ever in my life, I have a giant display window at the front of my house, and I want to do the biggest, baddest Halloween display ever! But I have no idea what to do! Help!! [more inside]
posted by Toddles on Jul 22, 2015 - 15 answers

Trick or Treating tips for all ages

I'm putting together a seminar on how to better trick or treat... I'm not looking for safety tips. I need tips on how to get better, bigger candy, from picking neighborhoods to whichever costume solicits the most stuff. Tips on how to have "more fun" while trick or treating, whether you're 5 or 45. Practical and borderline legal suggestions accepted.
posted by Unsomnambulist on Jul 3, 2015 - 29 answers

help me become Left Shark for Halloween

you probably now know left shark from the superbowl halftime show. I need to be that shark. help me be that shark. [more inside]
posted by nogoodverybad on Feb 3, 2015 - 12 answers

Can you help me find a pdf of a printable Chewbacca mask?

Starwars.com used to have free printable star wars masks. Of course I waited last minute to pull a costume together under the assumption that I would print a Chewbacca mask like I have done in the past. Is there a way to retrieve this pdf?
posted by Nickin on Oct 31, 2014 - 3 answers

Roadtrip to see the Day of the Dead in Baja?

This Halloween weekend, I would like to surprise my wife with a daytrip to Mexico to see a traditional Día de Muertos observance (we live in San Diego county). I would like your help, MetaFilter. What are some good places, within a couple hours drive, for us to do so, and is there a specific time that would be best? Is this even an appropriate thing to visit as (visibly non-mexican) tourists? Help me plan this.
posted by anonymous on Oct 31, 2014 - 5 answers

How do I "sexify" my bug costume?

How do I make my cockroach costume "sexy" in a really obnoxious way. [more inside]
posted by Captain Chesapeake on Oct 30, 2014 - 45 answers

Halloween costume for a female with very short blonde hair

I am a female with short dark blonde hair. It suddenly occurs to me that I need a Halloween costume, but I hate wearing wigs and I'm not going to color my hair. What can I dress up as that makes use of this hairstyle? We've already got Claire Underwood, Switch from The Matrix, Twiggy, and Patricia from the movie Breathless on the list--so we don't need those. [more inside]
posted by elizeh on Oct 30, 2014 - 23 answers

Tales from the database!

I'm looking for the spooookiest videos on YouTube. Or Vimeo. What are the scariest videos you've watched online?
posted by codacorolla on Oct 28, 2014 - 5 answers

Help me find some non-bloody scary movies

This year my partner and I are planning a scary movie all nighter on Halloween, after the trick or treaters are gone. I would like to get about 4-5 scary movies that are not gory ( no Chainsaw Massacre), no zombies and no first-person documentary style horror movies. Anything else is a go, but would prefer movies made in the last decade rather than vintage stuff. Help me scare the pants off my man! Mwahahah!
posted by Karotz on Oct 28, 2014 - 35 answers

How to achieve Calvin's hair with much longer hair

For Halloween this year, my 11 year old son is being Calvin of Calvin and Hobbes. We've sorted out his costume, but I am having a hard time figuring out what to do with his hair. My son's hair, (seen here) is much longer than Calvin's. How can we style his hair, which he has no desire to cut, into a style that still evokes Calvin?
posted by Nimmie Amee on Oct 25, 2014 - 9 answers

Evil Circus Roustabout Costume Help

We are going to a Halloween party where the theme is "sinister circus." My husband wants to go as a wicked roustabout. He's all set with a belt full of rope and carabiners, old-fashioned, tattered clothes and oil smudges on his face. He even made up a batch of blue rock candy (which if you're a Breaking Bad fan you'll get.) Problem is... [more inside]
posted by Fenriss on Oct 24, 2014 - 12 answers

Give me the best short bursts of horror/VHS/halloween nostalgia you got.

I'm putting together a Halloween marathon party this weekend, with a few horror movies (about evenly split between good and cheesy selections), and lots of video interludes in between that speak to a sense of pre-2000 horror/VHS/halloween nostalgia. I need your help on the interludes. I'm finding it hard to pick the exact vibe I'm looking for, but for examples: [more inside]
posted by Ash3000 on Oct 24, 2014 - 9 answers

How demons regard Halloween in Buffy

I feel sure that one of you has got this. I know in the Buffyverse that demons generally avoid Halloween. But where is this concept is explained? Do you have a cite for it? I checked the Buffy wiki but there's no citation.
posted by dontjumplarry on Oct 23, 2014 - 6 answers

"What about a golfing ghost?"

My nephews and I seek your assistance in kicking butt in a pumpkin carving contest. Pumpkin shaped snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by jaksemas on Oct 23, 2014 - 11 answers

Help, Book-Sleuths of AskMe!

Trying to track down a Halloween-y children's (?) book of puzzles and such. Details within. [more inside]
posted by xenization on Oct 23, 2014 - 0 answers

Suggestions for Trick or Treat Trip from Philly to Boston

I have two kids (5 & 8) who are very excited about Halloween, but we are going to need to spend the evening of the 31st driving fro Philadelphia to Boston. I would like to stop at a couple of places on the way for them to do some Trick-or-Treating (yes, they will be in costume in the car - sorceress and cobra). So, I would love suggestions for some neighborhoods/streets that would be good places to trick or treat. Ideally in CT off of the Hutchinson River Parkway, Merritt Parkway, or I-84; or else off of the MassPike. [more inside]
posted by blahblahblah on Oct 23, 2014 - 6 answers

Shine, little glow stick, lead us away from allergenic treats!

I'm passing out glow sticks and glowy spiders in lieu of candy for Halloween. A Facebook friend posted a link to the Teal Pumpkin Project about kids with food allergies and Halloween treats. So, yay, my treats are allergy-safe! But my house is definitely NOT a pristine allergy-free zone. Will this be an issue? I don't want to inadvertently poison some poor trick-or-treater. [more inside]
posted by Rosie M. Banks on Oct 23, 2014 - 9 answers

"What has Luis Suarez done now?!"

I want to be Vampire Luis Suarez for Halloween. I have the soccer kit, I have the fangs, I have the soccer ball. I just need some good fake blood to put around my mouth - blood that won't stain a polyester soccer shirt. [more inside]
posted by spinifex23 on Oct 21, 2014 - 9 answers

One of these days I'm gonna get costumizized

I'd really like to pull off a Travis Bickle costume for Halloween, but I'd really really like to do it without having to shave my head. Help me find the perfect mohawk wig/prosthetic/something! [more inside]
posted by Venadium on Oct 20, 2014 - 2 answers

Looking for fun Halloween comics, like Chick tracts, but not religious.

Despite not being a religious person, I've always enjoyed finding and reading Jack Chick tracts, and I always enjoyed getting them at Halloween as a kid. Are there any small, Chick-like comics appropriate for kids that aren't religious, perhaps on spooky historical topics or that are just fun adventures, that I could give away along with candy for Halloween this year?
posted by I EAT TAPAS on Oct 19, 2014 - 3 answers

How do I make this awesome plastic cauldron safe for serving drinks?

I got a sweet plastic cauldron for a pre-Halloween party we're having and I'd like to serve punch out of it, but it's not watertight and I don't know that the plastic is safe for serving drinks. What's the best/easiest/cheapest/surest way to make this cauldron a punch bowl? [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl on Oct 15, 2014 - 15 answers

Special effect lenses with a corrective prescription?

I've been trying to locate some "white out"-style special effect contact lenses (the kind that make your iris and pupil a milky white, like Storm in the X-Men films when she uses her powers), but I've been having a hard time finding something that fits my prescription. Does anyone know of a reputable store that sells these kinds of SFX lenses with corrective power? [more inside]
posted by millions on Oct 9, 2014 - 3 answers

How do a put together a Social Services costume?

For Halloween this year, I'd like to go as Tilda Swinton's character "Social Services" from the movie Moonrise Kingdom. Can anyone suggest online places to purchase the hat, pantsuit, shoes and a wig? Difficulty: I'm a 6'2" (slim) man. Photos for reference: one two. [more inside]
posted by Cogito on Oct 9, 2014 - 3 answers

A Fandom Halloween

What are some good fandom-related Halloween treats or tricks for an artsy foodie fangirl? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Oct 7, 2014 - 4 answers

Help With Zombie Makeup, But Not Really Gross Zombie Makeup

So, my kid wants to be a zombie for Halloween. Fine. But stuff that is too scary gives him nightmares. I do not think he can deal with most of the zombie masks you can find in costume stores. And also I don't want to scare the little kids that will be at the places we are going. [more inside]
posted by emjaybee on Oct 6, 2014 - 16 answers

Help me make a Wadsworth costume for Halloween

This year for Halloween I will be part of a group going as the main cast of Clue. Help me pull off an amazing Wadsworth (i.e. the butler). [more inside]
posted by jedicus on Oct 5, 2014 - 3 answers

...And the goblins will get ya if ya don't watch out!

I'm looking for creepy couplets, spooky sonnets, and other Halloween-y poems to share with younger children. Shorter is better, and I'm not interested in the overtly gross. [more inside]
posted by These Premises Are Alarmed on Sep 29, 2014 - 20 answers

This is Halloween, This is Halloween...

Where's the best place online to buy quality baby Halloween costumes? [more inside]
posted by erst on Sep 26, 2014 - 8 answers

Make Me Mason

Since my most recent haircut has made me look a bit like Mason Verger off NBC's Hannibal ( proof) I've decided to make it my Halloween costume this year. I want to focus on his first appearance in the white fur-trimmed coat. ( Like this ) What the hell is he wearing and where can I find a reasonable look alike within the month? Something cheap enough that I don't have to work it into my daily wardrobe to justify buying it. [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Sep 24, 2014 - 12 answers

Ideas for literary or science knuckle tats for Halloween

Looking for knuckle tattoo ideas from which to base costume off of for Halloween - 2 word phrases about literature or science. Help? [more inside]
posted by barchan on Sep 10, 2014 - 42 answers

Halloween Calendar Project

Help me brainstorm ideas for small gifts/treats to include in a Halloween “advent” sort of calendar for my goddaughters. [more inside]
posted by Fenriss on Sep 9, 2014 - 14 answers

The Ultimate Halloween Mixtape 2014

Looking for anything new or newly discovered that should be included in my annual Halloween mix... creepy covers of seasonal favorites welcome. [more inside]
posted by Unsomnambulist on Sep 8, 2014 - 20 answers

How can I achieve this glowing pumpkin effect in Photoshop?

I really like the idea that I've seen on a number of t-shirts like this one, and want to create on myself using my own jack-o-lantern face. Does anyone know of a tutorial or action, or could even walk me thru the steps to create this effect with any shape?
posted by Unsomnambulist on Jul 25, 2014 - 1 answer

What science experiments can I do with a balloon full of carbon dioxide?

This Halloween I did some Halloween candy science experiments with my nieces and nephew. One of the experiments we didn't get to do (but soon will) is: Pouring Pop Rocks into a bottle of pop will make all that pent-up carbon dioxide escape but not fizz over. If you put the rocks into a balloon, then fit the balloon over the bottle's mouth and let the rocks fall in, it inflates the balloon with carbon dioxide. But what can I do with a balloon full of carbon dioxide? ...Is it a stupid idea to inhale it to see if I get a funny voice? [more inside]
posted by Jacob Knitig on Nov 3, 2013 - 12 answers

Help me find a recording that scared the hell out of me as a kid.

So, it's Halloween and I'm thinking about ways to frighten my child. I've just recalled a recording my parents had when I was young that made a strong impression on me. I don't even know how I'd start googling to find it, so I'm hoping a description will jog someone's memory. [more inside]
posted by R. Schlock on Oct 31, 2013 - 3 answers

Arcade Fire costume

What's the best way to make a fire costume? What kind of store should I go to buy what I need? [more inside]
posted by esprit de l'escalier on Oct 31, 2013 - 9 answers

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