The weekend we’ve been eagerly awaiting is here. Check out our big plans for Halloween. What are yours?
Use lots of fake blood.
Whether it’s on our cookies or our costumes, you can bet we’ll be seeing a lot of red this weekend. Just don’t get it on the couch.
Eat something healthy.
Between candy and booze, we’ll try to squeeze in a nutritious Halloween snack.
Feel confident about our costume choices.
There’s no turning back now. Don’t read into your costume too much, and you’ll be fine.
Who said Halloween costumes have to be silly and frivolous? Just think of all the environmental disasters out there, and you can pack an unwelcome, socially-conscious message into your Halloween costume without much extra effort. True, your costume may not inspire peals of laughter, and neighbors may call you “Debbie Downer” to your face. But when’s the last time someone dressed as a sexy flight attendant (or a pissed-off one, Steven Slater!) actually made a difference in the world? These Halloween costumes are perfect for people who care about the environment â€“ and don’t mind preaching about it to cornered party guests who’re just trying to have some damn fun. More
Watching horror movies around Halloween is like lighting fireworks around the Fourth of July â€” it’s just what you do. But we’re suffering from co-eds-get-slashed-fatigue, so we found six non-horror flicks that take place around Halloween. Like the classic E.T., these movies use Halloween as the backdrop for their narrative arc. You’ll still get into the Halloween spirit, but, as a bonus, you’ll be able to sleep without the lights on. Tell us your favorite non-scary Halloween films in the comments section. Oh, and boo (Radley). More
You slaved over a hot oven for hours, and have a sore back from individually decorating two dozen pumpkin cupcakes. Now they’re sitting in a not-so-festive cardboard box on your counter, and you’re wondering why you never invested in an elegant stand to give your handiwork a little more oomph. We’ve got a solution for you: The Wilton cupcake stand. While it’s perfect for showing off your pumpkin-cakes, it’s not Halloween specific, so you can use it on any (or no) occasion.
We haven’t carved pumpkins yet â€” we’re waiting til this weekend to hollow out everyone’s favorite gourds. But we’ve been browsing Flickr for some inspiration, and we found more than a few Halloween jack-o’-lanterns that we’d be happy to display on our front stoops. Check out ten of our faves: More
Okay, so would you actually dress up as any of these nine celebrities for Halloween? (via Betty Confidential)
You’ve finally decided what you want to be for Halloween. Congratulations. Just one problem: Your costume requires face paint, which can contain some toxic ingredients, like lead and other heavy metals. Does this mean you’ve got to ditch your hilariously clever idea in favor of a costume that doesn’t require makeup?
No way. There are plenty of companies that make eco-friendly and non-toxic face paints, and Terrafirma Cosmetics is one of them. More
We know you’ve been waiting for this all day â€” your five moments of nostalgic zen. This week, it’s a Halloween-themed zen-sesh. We’ve got the trailers of horror flicks that were released when we were kids. We may have been too young to watch them, but that didn’t stop us from sneaking into the theater and, consequently, sleeping with the lights on for a week. Okay, maybe these films aren’t particularly “zen,” but they do bring us back to our childhoods. Let us know the first horror film you saw in the comments section. Be sure to include how many nights you had to sleep in your parents’ bedroom after seeing it — you big baby. More
We know this week you’ll be busy carving pumpkins and perfecting your ghost-shaped quiches, so we have a suggestion: Follow Blisstree on Twitter and let us do your Halloween legwork for you. We’ll be tweeting all of our Halloween coverage, including recipes, costume ideas, and cocktail suggestions. And all you have to do is check your Twitter every so often and benefit from our obsession with October 31. More
There’s less than a week to go until Halloween, and whether you’ve been dreading or dreaming about the ghoulish holiday, we have a feeling you’ll be scouring the Web for last-minute ideas about costumes, cookies, cupcakes, candy, and cocktails. To help, we’ve compiled 19 of our best and most recent Halloween-y posts: Recipe roundups, costume galleries, baking ideas, candy facts, and cocktail suggestions for your big October 31 bash. (Some funny, some just plain scary.) You may want to rethink that Snooki costume, though. Just saying.
1. Hungry and Haunted: 10 Seriously Spooky Halloween Cookie Recipes
2. Green Halloween: 10 Eco-Friendly (and Hilarious) Halloween Costumes You Already Own
3. 10 Creepy Halloween Cocktails: 5 Under 200 Calories, 5 Not So Much
4. Trick or Eat: 10 Scarily Disgusting Halloween Recipes More
Pumpkin patches and jack-o-lanterns provide some of the greatest pleasures of the autumn season â€” except for the stringy, gooey guts you have to scoop out before you get to carving. But if you take the time to separate the insides of your gourd, you’re left with something really good to eat: Pumpkin seeds. You can make them salty, sweet, spicy, or with exotic flavors like curry or black tea, and the best part is that you’ll use nearly every part of the pumpkin by the time you’re done. More
Halloween isn’t just about Milk Duds, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, candy corn, and caramel apples. Actually, it is about those things, but later on in the evening (after we’ve raided everyone’s plastic jack-o-lanterns), we like to mix things up…into a cocktail or two, that is. While we’re not usually fans of gimmicky alcoholic drinks with cutesy names, October 31 is one night when we don’t mind looking (or acting) stupid. However, we did just polish off a king-size Milky Way, so we really should watch how much we’re eating. To help, we found five creepily colorful Halloween cocktails under 200 calories, and five more with frightening calorie counts. (Which you can drink, as long as you lay off the Laffy Taffy.) More
Remember our 10 Scarily Disgusting Halloween Recipes? This time we’ve got a Halloween hankering for cookies, and some of the ones in our gallery are even more gag-worthy than we thought possible. Check out these ten recipes and let us know how you like to up your cookie crudeness factor on October 31. More