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Okay Google gives Halloween costume ideas. I tried it twice and the first suggestion was pretty bland, but I did really like the second suggestion about being an entire ecosystem ("It's all in the hat: try making it a tree canopy or a cloud layer"), but really, it's the short intro and the survey you get tht make it fun.
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This has been a fun week for checking out the Halloween aisles for spooky stuff. TeenyBuffalo and I went to Michael's on Sunday, where I picked up a couple of ceramic jars labeled "Organic Filtered Poison" and "Bat Wings." I put lemon drops in the poison jar, and just filled the "Bat Wings" jar with the small rubber bats that Alexx found for me. I already had a couple other plastic jars with witchy labels (the "Eye of Newt" jar is my button jar, though there is also a crocheted human eyeball in there), so now it's a collection.
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Because every time I read about the "Stranger Things" party in Salem, which happens waaaay past my bedtime, I need to have a Stranger Things" Halloween.

So, idea?

The official foods: Eggos and chocolate pudding (I heart Dustin!)

Christmas light, maybe with a handmade poster of a large Ouija board?

D&D paraphernalia (I don't know--this might be hard to come by at Melville Keep)

Oh, and compasses! Everybody must have at least one compass!


Edited later: And yes, if I had the skillset I would try to make a DIY sensory deprivation tank...
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I know most people are reluctant to say goodbye to summer but, in Kestrell's world, Labor Day weekend means the start of the Halloween season, and this is my pick for the second coolest event* happening this year.

Creative Salem Stranger Things Halloween Party -Tribute to Barb.
October 7

Stay tuned for details.. But this will be a multidimensional trip to the 80's like no other :-) DJ, BAND, ALTERNATE REALITIES, NIBBLES, TAB, GOVERNMENT CONSPIRACY, REALLY BAD DANCING, TWINKLE LIGHTS, CASH BAR, LASERS AND MORE

Tickets will be on sale soon and members will get first shot at them!

There will only be about 100 tickets available for this one so once it is go time we HIGHLY suggest grabbing yours!
RSVP on Facebook

*The coolest event is Halloween at Melville Keep, where people definitely get into the spirits of the season. Also, it doesn't happen after my bedtime.
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It's never too early to begin planning for Halloween, and who wouldn't want a flaming staff and the opportunity to scare the hell out of the Devil? All this would need is a black robe and sandals, and a few of those cheap stick-on lights to simulate flame. Also, it could easily be a costume idea for couples, as long as the other person didn't mind enacting a wild pig running amok through hell. Also,
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Most of these ideas
sounded sort of blah, except for dressing as Gulliver (it's a cinch that most SCA folks have the poofy shirt and boots) and I also liked the _Phantom Tollbooth_ idea, which would be a cinch for any guide dog user. My idea for someone with a guide dog (although on the whole, I think making your dog wear a costume is cruel and unusual) is Sherlock Holmes and the hound of the Baskervilles, which is basically a deerstalker cap, one of those squiggly pipes (I wonder if you can find those as bubble pipes?), and a dark-haired dog, perhaps with a little bit of whipping cream foam around the mouth.
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Instigated by Neil Gaiman last year, I solemnly swear that I am going to try to spread this tradition.

The idea is that you gift people with a beloved spooky or read a favorite spooky story aloud, or otherwise scatter the seeds of spooky stories like so many seeds of dark-flowering delight.

Read more about it at my favorite spooky blog
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From the Art of Darkness blog, links to images, tutorials, and vendors for adding glowing red eyes to anything
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Whether you are going out to a party, holding down the fort at home while being besieged by manic sugar imps, or just staying home and reading something spooky while eating the Halloween candy all by yourself,
have a happy Halloween!

And if you need more recommendations for reading material, here are a couple of links to free audiobooks:
"The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" by Washington Irving on Lit2Go (includes mp3 and text)
_Collected Public Domain Works of H. P. Lovecraft_ from LibraryVox

and, just because this looks so cool, Here is a link to a Lovecraft-related Kickstarter project which was successfully funded:
The Miskatonic School for Girls
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This list is going up on Green Man Review later, but I wanted to get it out in case anyone is looking for some Halloween books to read on what should be a cold and stormy New England night. At the end is a short list of free audiobooks.

Here is my list of the best Halloween stories ever. My requirements were that the story be set on Halloween or, alternatively, at harvest time, and that the story be worth rereading numerous times.

1. _The Halloween Tree_ by Ray Bradbury (1972)
Ray Bradbury is widely considered to be the master of Halloween stories, and has been writing stories set on or around Halloween since his story "Homecoming" was published in 1946. Since then, Bradbury has created a literal host of characters which he refers to as "the autumn people." Although many readers might recommend the more nostalgic _Something Wicked This Way Comes_ (1962) or the more horrofic "The October Game" (1948), I consider _The Halloween Tree_ to be the perfect Halloween book. Not only is the story set on Halloween, but it offers an overview of Halloween traditions through the centuries. Most of all, however, this book is the perfect blend of childhood wonder and shivery spookiness, all wrapped up in Bradbury's exquisite poetic prose, making it a wonderful read aloud book, whether the setting is a children's party or a get-togethre with friends.

2. _The Best Halloween Ever_ by Barbara Robinson (2004)
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Oct. 28th, 2011 10:20 am
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Instructions for using sunglasses, Sugru, and a tea strainer to make bug eyes like those of Jeff Goldblum in "The Fly"
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And some of us feel challenged enough if we can carve a jack-o'-lantern without losing a finger--now we have the possibility of setting ourselves on fire...Still, this gaseous gourd is very cool!
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This article

has info about Halloween classical music events in various cities, including Boston, which will host its annual non-scary Classical Music Cartoonfest on Oct. 29 at Symphony Hall.

Chicago will have a performance of "The Sorcerer's Apprentice," with kids encouraged to show up in costume (an excellent event for Harry Potter costumes), and LA will host an old-style showing of "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari" with a musician providing live music on a pipe organ. If I lived in LA, I would be tempted to go to this in period costume.
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I made a guy last year for Guy Fawkes, and he's a pretty cool guy. I kept thinking that I would buy him a Riff Raff mask and wig and then I would have my own Riff Raff. However, I have not followed through on this and frankly, my guy is taking up what is already very limited space in the Closet of Mysteries. So, if anyone wants his or her own guy, I'm sure he would appreciate being released from the closet.

The guy consists of: 1 tuxcedo jacket, one pair of tuxedo pants, 1 pillow/head, and enough clothes to give him a basic body. The materials include man made fibers, so he should not actually be tossed on a bonfire, as he would probably produce somewhat toxic fumes.
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I was huddled next to the coffeemaker this morning when M. came into the kitchen and anounced that
Melville Avenue made the Boston Globe as the safest place to trick or treat on Halloween

Her tone was a little ambivalent and I said it osunded like she wasn't entirely pleased about this.

"They had a picture of our street and it wasn't of our house...and he isn't even giving away full-sized candy bars."

Not having a response to that, here is the article.

Safe street a treat for revelers
In wary Hub, area a Halloween draw

Meghan E. Irons
Globe Staff / October 29, 2010

Melville Avenue in Dorchester might seem an unremarkable stretch of neatly kept Victorians and tended lawns, with the occasional picket fence. But the street,
tucked between the worn three-deckers of Fields Corner and Codman Square, has a prized quality: It is safe.

Each Halloween, hundreds — some say thousands — of costumed children come on foot and by the carload from nearby blocks and farther away in Mattapan and
Roxbury for what their parents worry they will not get at home: a night of trick-or-treating without fear of violence.

Throngs have come for years, turning Oct. 31 into an event that some residents prepare for with parties and huge caches of candy.
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with lots of good stuff ;
I have three Halloween-relevant reviews
_Twists of the Tale: Cat Horror Stories_ edited by Ellen Datlow
_The Philosophy of the Twilight Zone_
and _The Making of Salem: The Witch Trials in History, Fiction, and Tourism_ by Robin DeRosa


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