‘Halloween’ Review: Solid Sequel That Lacks the Simplicity of the Original

What Is Halloween?

Michael Myers is back. The masked killer who murdered his sister — then 15 years later, a group of teens — has been in prison for 40 years. But he escapes the night before Halloween and makes his way back to Haddonfield, where he has plans for Laurie Strode, the girl that got away.

Changing the Narrative

The new Halloween takes an unusual approach to the sequel business, picking up the many films that followed John Carpenter’s 1978 classic, and throwing them out the upstairs window and onto the grass below. The new chapter, a direct sequel to the original, connects with heroine Laurie Strode precisely 40 years after Michael Myers massacred her friends during what’s now called “The Babysitter Murders.”

And it’s a very different Laurie we meet today. One who has been bruised, battered, and broken by that tragedy. Retreating into herself, Laurie has spent four decades waiting for the killer to come home, imprisoning herself in a heavily secured compound, building up an arsenal, alienating two husbands, and having her daughter removed from her care. She calls herself a “basket case,” but Laurie knows what’s coming, and she’s determined to be ready — and will do whatever it takes to protect her family.

Unfortunately, the film doesn’t spend nearly enough time on her story. The first half instead focuses on a pair of English podcasters recording a Serial-style podcast about the events of that fateful Halloween night. The pair visits the now 60-something Michael in prison to talk to him, and provoke him, in a scene that looks amazing — Myers chained up in a courtyard, on what looks like a giant red chess set, and surrounded by equally sick individuals — but sadly plays a little silly.

So when we should be learning about Laurie’s PTSD, and the way in which her pain and grief has affected both her daughter Karen (Judy Greer) and granddaughter Allyson (Andi Mattichak), we’re instead listening to the podcasters’ unnecessary exposition —  and watching them enable Michael to reclaim his mask and return home in a contrived and clumsy fashion.

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The first half of the film is all over the place, checking in on Laurie but also introducing doctors, police officers, horny teenagers, and members of the Strode clan. The film gives them little time to establish themselves and make their mark on the audience before the killing begins.

And begin it does. The second half of the flick follows Michael on a gruesome killing spree as he journeys back to Haddonfield, and towards Laurie and her girls. But director David Gordon Green and his co-writers Danny McBride and Jeff Fradley take an unusual approach to those kills, choosing to show the aftermath of much of his mayhem rather than the acts themselves. Their finest moment is a riveting tracking shot that follows Myers in and out of houses as he delivers brutal death, sometimes offscreen.

The filmmakers have filled the film with Easter eggs, with new Halloween echoing and shadowing the original, frequently poking fun at it, and using the audience’s knowledge of that celluloid history to great effect. It’s a very funny flick, with Green and McBride putting their comedy skills to good use, and the jokes rarely feel out of place. Though the way in which Allyson loses her phone is pretty painful. And not in a good way.

Unfortunately, the movie builds and builds towards that final face-off between good and evil, but fails to stick the landing. The sight of three generations of Strodes doing battle with ‘The Shape’ oftentimes feels silly and underwhelming when it should have us on our feet.

Is Halloween Good?

When dealing with Laurie, Halloween is terrific. Jamie Lee Curtis delivers a career-best performance as a woman who has been driven mad by both the events of October 31st, and the fact that no one will believe what she knows to be true: that Michael Myers will return.

Her interactions with her daughter and granddaughter, the way in which she has passed on her paranoia and neuroses, and the exploration of that generational trauma, is genuinely affecting.

The narrative also features dopey teens, dumb journalists, and eccentric doctors, however. These characters annoy, frustrate, and slow proceedings down so that the film feels like every one of its 109 minutes. The new Halloween is a solid sequel, but one that lacks both the simplicity and efficiency of its predecessor.

Halloween was reviewed at Fantastic Fest and hits screens October 19.

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Here Are the Hottest Halloween Costumes of 2018

Flossing is gonna be huge this Halloween. (Calm down, dentists. Your dreams aren’t coming true.)

Fortnite, the video game that has captivated players and become the bane of professional baseball and hockey teams, looks set to dominate Halloween 2018. So, be prepared to hand out candy to all manner of Skull Troopers, Brite Bombers, and Bunny Brawlers.

Though Halloween is still well over a month away, Fortnite costumes are among the most popular searches for shoppers on eBay. The outfits are currently #2 on the site’s trend list after topping it Thursday. And interest is continuing to grow.

Over on Amazon, meanwhile, princesses, and T-Rexes are leading demand, so far. Among kids’ costumes, a Frozen-inspired dress and inflatable T-Rex costume are the two most popular items.

T-Rex costumes are just as popular for men and women, as they were in 2017, as well. (Lederhosen and Dirndl dresses are also popular among adults, but those tend to spike before Oktoberfest and typically see interest dwindle before Halloween.)

Halloween costumes are big business for both manufacturers and companies that license their characters. In 2017, Americans were spent an estimated $ 9.1 billion on the holiday. One study found that the average per person Halloween spending ranged from $ 169 to $ 183.

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Update: The first trailer for Halloween has arrived and it's every bit as terrifying as we hoped it would be. Jamie Lee Curtis returns as Laurie Strode in a thriller that takes place after the events in John Carpenter's 1978 classic.

Watch the trailer and then catch up with everything we know about the film in our previously-published posts below, starting with the initial reaction to the footage at CinemaCon in Las Vegas back in April 2018.

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‘Halloween’ First Look Is Equal Parts Sequel and Remake

Halloween is a big deal for horror fans. The iconic franchise hasn’t had a film in almost a decade, but that’s about to change. This October, Michael Myers is returning to the big screen in a film written and directed by David Gordon Green with Danny McBride as a co-writer. Fans have been eager to see what their vision will look like and we got a look at the first trailer during the Universal presentation at CinemaCon. And now, you can see the trailer for yourself!

Our reaction? Mixed in some very strong ways.

All the Old Familiar Places


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Fans will recognize a few familiar images in the new 'Halloween,' like a nod to this classic scene.

The trailer starts with a duo of documentarians inquiring about a certain mental patient. Through some refresher course backstory, we discover that this is Michael Myers. As they approach him, they open a bag and pull out the iconic mask. Yeah, that’s a really good idea.

From the dialogue we heard, it’s clear that this new film is only acknowledging the original Halloween. There is even a joke where some teens talk about the original murders and one kid says, “Wasn’t it Laurie Strode‘s brother who killed everyone?” Another teen responds, “Nah, that was just something someone made up.” The audience laughed and things seemed to be going along quite well.

But, we see a number of shots that feel like direct riffs on the original Halloween. Michael escapes due to a bus transfer that tips over and we see patients roaming the roads. It’s an image that anyone familiar with the first film will recognize. We see the same Haddonfield sidewalk shots of people walking, and even a callback to the infamous “ghost” scene from the first film. The parts of the trailer that looked like a remake were somewhat discouraging.

However, the new elements looked great.

A New Nightmare


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You'll also seem some inversions of some classic 'Halloween' scares.

We catch up with Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) and she has become a bonafide badass in the 40 years since Michael’s massacre. Her house has a secret basement that’s hidden by a motorized trap door, and she even looks to have a shooting range where she’s been practicing her headshots. Since Michael’s capture, she’s been preparing for his return. “I’ve been waiting for Michael to return… so I can kill him.” It’s definitely treading similar ground as Halloween: H20 but in a much more polished and intriguing way.

And the few scares we saw were actually really effective. There’s a small bit in a child’s bedroom where a babysitter is trying to close a closet door and it won’t shut. She slams it over and over but it won’t cooperate, so she opens it wide and Michael is right there. It’s a perfect use of his boogeyman persona. But, the coolest shot wasn’t even a scare. Laurie is standing on the street and looks up in a window. She sees Michael staring back at her. She pulls out a gun and fires. It looks like she hits her target, but it turns out that it was a mirror with Michael’s reflection in it. If there are more creative moments like that, the remake aspects might not be as damaging.

It is worth noting that the film itself looks incredibly polished with some cool compositions. It’s the first Halloween sequel since the original Halloween II that feels like it belongs in the same visual world as the first film. Green is an accomplished director and we want to believe he’s got some tricks up his sleeve.

You can judge for yourself but we’re staying cautiously optimistic on this one. Halloween opens on October 19 in the US and UK.

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Beyoncé Dedicates Halloween 2017 to Lil Kim: ‘Hip Hop Would Not Be the Same Without Our Original Queen B’ [Photos]

Beyoncé transformed the front page of her website to honor Lil Kim.

As you’ve probably seen, Beyoncé celebrated Halloween dressed as Lil Kim from Missy Elliot’s “The Rain” music video — and Jay went as Biggie.

Accompanying dozens of photos of their costumes (Bey recreated several of Kim’s iconic looks that we haven’t seen yet), Bey kicks off the tribute with the following note:

We have to agree.

Check out the rest of Bey’s photos here.

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Heidi Klum Dresses as Michael Jackson in ‘Thriller’ for Halloween 2017: Pic

She’s done it again. Heidi Klum went all out for Halloween 2017, dressing as Michael Jackson from his “Thriller” video for her 18th annual holiday bash in NYC on Tuesday, October 31.

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Heidi Klum arrives at her annual Halloween Bash in New York City. Dara/Backgrid

The model and Project Runway host teased her look — which some fans on Twitter thought was a scarier take on the Teen Wolf character played by Michael J. Fox in the 1985 classic film — earlier on Tuesday in a series of videos on Instagram. “All righty, here we go,” the mom of four said as she ran her hand down the costume’s heavily textured torso.

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The 44-year-old teased her elaborate face makeup, which included a massive prosthesis, in two other videos.

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Klum has gone all out with her costumes in the past, spending more than 10 hours in the makeup chair and enlisting the aid of Oscar-winning special effects artists to become Jessica Rabbit, an old woman, Hindu goddess Kali, Betty Boop and more.

She teased this year’s costume with a Spotify playlist on Monday, October 30, hinting that this time around she “wanted something much scarier.”

In an interview with Vanity Fair on Thursday, October 26, Klum said that she had been rehearsing for her entrance in her werewolf costume this year.

“It’s a bit more involved,” she said, explaining that what she had to do in the outfit “doesn’t come super natural to me.”

Klum told Vanity Fair that she came up with the idea for her annual Halloween party 18 years ago because, “I thought, ‘There isn’t one party that I’m dying to go to.’ I was in New York City and there was not one destination people would go for Halloween, so I thought, ‘I’m going to have to take that over.’ So, I did! I feel like when you’re the host of something like that, you have to really give it some.”

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Is it time to retire the Halloween candy-eating prank?

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It’s the question that has divided most parents I know for the last few Halloweens. Is Jimmy Kimmel’s annual prank, where parents tell their children they ate all the kids’ Halloween candy, funny or mean?

I’ve always found it unsettling. I swear I have a sense of humor. I like joking with my kids. I really like Jimmy Kimmel and I think he’s hilarious, too. There were a few years when I wondered if I was being too uptight. But this particular prank never sat well with me.

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Then today, I stumbled across this Washington Post article that perfectly articulated all the reasons it made me uneasy. This sums it up here:

“I have a different view. In my opinion as a longtime child psychiatrist, the children in the clips — most of whom appear to be between 3 and 7 years old — are reacting not so much to the temporary loss of candy but to a sense of betrayal that will linger long after their parents own up to the joke.”

Aside from the fact that we have plenty of crying around here already, and I do not need to introduce reasons for more of it, there’s that sense of betrayal. The writer, a child psychiatrist, states that kids see things as strictly right or wrong. We don’t understand nuance, or shades of gray, or pranking, until we get older. So either you’re a good guy, or a bad guy. When parents deliberately lie to their kids, and steal on top of that, it confuses them.

The author also points out that this is the first time a lot of kids get some independence. They get to pick out a costume. They get to knock on doors, and ask for candy, and keep that candy in a special container just for them. And then we consider this:

“But they are still very young. Their bonds with their parents are built on trust — trust that Mom and Dad would never do anything to hurt them. And it can feel like a violation of that trust to hear that Mom and Dad have stolen and eaten all of their hard-won spoils, the stuff they went to bed dreaming about.”

I’m probably going to let my kids down more times than I can count before they’re grown. I hope those times will all be unintentional, and I hope my kids will forgive me. Why would I add deliberate disappointments to that?

I second the writer when she says she hopes this is the year the prank is retired for good. Let the kids have their candy without any pranking. And if we’re going to take a piece or two (and I will…I definitely will…), let’s be honest with our kids about it from the start.

What do you think? Is the candy-eating prank funny or not?

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Love Halloween? Here’s a checklist to help you do it right

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Some people count down the days until Christmas. But me? I can’t wait for Halloween.

I’m lucky enough to have given birth to someone who shares my passion.

The world's most adorable toddler sits on a porch with a pumpkin decorated for Halloween and makes a silly face with his tongue sticking out

As I child and teenager, I celebrated the holiday with abandon. I’ve done cute costumes (Snow White), crazy costumes (sexy Snow White), and spooky costumes (burnt and bloody Snow White). (Hey, I wanted to get another year out of my Snow White costume, okay?)

Now as a mom, I’m a little more cautious with how I don my apparel for Halloween festivities. Case in point: I watched a YouTube unicorn makeup tutorial the other day, and I couldn’t stop cringing every time the amateur makeup artist flicked glitter along the inner rim of her eyelid.

“Noooo!” I shouted at my laptop, as though this adorable but misguided unicorn girl could hear me. “Think of your eyes!”

Maybe I’m a little biased, since my eyes seem to be deteriorating by leaps and bounds every since I hit 30, so eye damage frightens me more than any Halloween horror movie.

A spooky PSA that says "Don't let an eye infection be the scariest part of your Halloween" and features a wrapped mummy-like character with red eyes

On my side is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which just issued its annual warning about eye safety. The CDC’s focus is on decorative contact lenses worn without a prescription, which can lead to eye scratches, eye sores, infections, and vision loss. (Same goes for sparkly glitter in your eyes, natch.)

No matter how enthusiastic you are about Halloween (guilty), don’t purchase decorate contact lenses from online shops, costume stores, flea markets, beauty salons, or anyone else who isn’t your legit eye doctor.

A PSA from the CDC that warns against the dangers of decorative contact lenses without a prescription and includes drawings of a Frankenstein monster-like face, Dracula, a witch, and a pirate.

Along with the CDC, the Food and Drug Administration has issued some additional Halloween safety guidelines.

When you’re getting decked out:

• Wear costumes that say “flame resistant” on the label. If you make your costume, use flame-resistant fabrics such as polyester or nylon.

• Wear bright, reflective costumes or add strips of reflective tape so you’ll be more visible; make sure the costumes aren’t so long that you’re in danger of tripping.

• Wear makeup and hats rather than masks that can obscure your vision.

• Test the makeup you plan to use in advance. Put a small amount on the arm of the person who will be wearing it. If a rash, redness, swelling, or other signs of irritation develop where the makeup was applied, that’s a sign of a possible allergy.

• Vibrantly colored makeup is popular at Halloween. Check FDA’s list of color additives to see if the colors are FDA approved. If they aren’t approved for their intended use, don’t use them. (Especially around the eyes!)

When you’re out and about in the neighborhood:

• Don’t eat candy until it has been inspected at home.

• In case of a food allergy, check the label to ensure the allergen isn’t present. Tell children not to accept—or eat—anything that isn’t commercially wrapped.

• If you have very young children, remove any choking hazards such as gum, peanuts, hard candies, or small toys from the Halloween bags.

• Inspect commercially wrapped treats for signs of tampering, such as an unusual appearance or discoloration, tiny pinholes, or tears in wrappers. Throw away anything that looks suspicious.

Before you start bobbing for apples:

• Reduce the risk of bacteria by thoroughly rinsing the apples under cool running water.

 

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This Is Officially the Most Googled Halloween Costume of 2017

T-minus 11 days until Halloween. And if you’re among the few who have yet to piece together a costume, don’t fret just yet. We have a seriously chic selection of Halloween attire inspiration, from the most pinned costume on Pinterest to the easiest last-minute looks you can put together with a pair of jeans. And while all of these ideas are sure to make people stop and stare (either out of fear or out of style envy), it seems there is one particular costume that is officially the most Googled.

According to a report released by Google, the most searched-for Halloween costume this year is—drumroll please—Wonder Woman. A state-by-state breakdown reveals that there was a significant spike in searches related to this comic book heroine. So as the site puts it, “There’s a frighteningly high chance you will see a Wonder Woman costume on Halloween this year.” Ranking second on the list is Harley Quinn, with a clown, a unicorn, and a rabbit rounding out the top five, respectively.

So if you were still unsure about what to dress up as this year, consider transforming into Wonder Woman for the night.

Scroll down to see the most Googled Halloween costume of 2017, and check out the rest of the list here.

Up next, this is who Lauren Conrad will dress up as for Halloween.

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7 tried-and-true Halloween games for school parties

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If you’ve got kids in preschool or elementary school, you may be very familiar with the last-minute quest to procure games for the Halloween Party. I’ve done this dance for a decade now, so I thought I’d compile a list of my tried and true favorites that have worked from preschool all the way through fifth grade.

These are fun, easy, and don’t require buying much stuff. They’re the ones I come back to year after year, and the ones that are easiest for kids of all ages and abilities to grasp.

7 Tried-and-True Halloween Games For School Parties

Spider Blow

Each child uses a milkshake straw to blow plastic spiders to the finish line! This can also be done in teams; the first team to finish all kids is the winner.

Candy Corn Relay

If the party’s in a classroom, I typically set this up in the hallway outside. Create a relay course (just a few cones or boxes is fine).

Set a bowl of candy corn on one end of your course and an empty bowl on the other end. The first child in line scoops a few pieces of candy corn out of the bowl and maneuvers through the course to dump it into the empty bowl; they then run the spoon back and gives it to the next person in line.

The next person takes another scoop of candy corn and maneuvers through the course to dump it into the bowl. Continue until all of the candy corn has been scooped from one container to the other.

Pumpkin Toss

Place a piece of duct tape on the floor. Set up three plastic buckets (Halloween jack-o-lanterns work great) at increasing distances from the tape. Have kids line up with toes on tape and throw candy corns into the pumpkins. More points for the pumpkins farthest away.

Dracula Mover

Give each child a pair of plastic Dracula teeth. Place a small bowl full of food (Pretzels, popcorn, marshmallows, candy corn) in front of them as well as an empty bowl. Start a timer and see who can transfer all their food from one bowl to another with their “teeth” in.

Pin The Eyes On The Ghost

Similar to pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey, this game always give kids the giggles when the eyes end up in a very wrong place.

Candy Corn Catch

Divide kids into teams and give each team member the same amount of candy corn, usually around 10 per person.

Now select a team member to wear the pumpkin (these should be the ones for trick or treating so there is a hole on top) and tie the plastic pumpkin around one team member’s waist. Now establish a throw line for those with the candy and place the pumpkin-wearing teammate a good distance away.

Once everyone is set let the tossing begin. Kids can throw candy corn all at one time or one at a time. The person wearing the pumpkin can move around to try to catch the candy corn as it is thrown. Once everyone has thrown the candy corn, take the pumpkin and count how many went in.

Switch who has the pumpkin around their waist and play another round of Candy Corn Toss. Add up how many go in each round and then total the amounts after everyone has had a turn. Add up the number of candy corn that made it in the pumpkin from all the rounds and the team with the highest number wins.

Hot Pumpkin!

Similar to the old Hot Potato game. Kids pass around mini pumpkins and if they’re caught holding the pumpkin when the music stops, they’re out.

What are your favorite Halloween party games?

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15 Best ‘Game of Thrones’ Halloween Costume Ideas

With Halloween just around the corner, we list our top 15 Game of Thronesinspired costumes to dress up as this year. Whether you’re aiming for terrifyingly creepy, (we’re talking blood, guts, severed limbs; the whole GoT shebang) or if you’re just wanting to look fabulous this October, we’ve got all your Halloween costume inspiration here.

The Unsullied


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The Unsullied is definitely a costume for the “lads” night out on Halloween. It’s pretty simple too. Get your mates to join in or, if you’re pairing up with your Mrs. this Halloween, why not try a Grey Worm and Missandei joint costume.

What You’ll Need:

  • Black clothing (black pants and sleeveless black top)
  • Armour pieces — these could be made from card
  • Captain America-ish shield covered in aluminium foil
  • Massive-ass spear
  • Helmet — spray-painting a Roman gladiator helmet black could work

The Hound


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Whether you want to go all-out armour gear, complete with Sandor Clegane’s dog helmet, or just dress in a casual villager’s outfit, the symbol of this costume would be the burn that covers almost half of The Hound’s face. Make the scar gruesome, realistic and gross to make a big impact.

What You’ll Need:

  • Rough, brown waistcoat or sleeveless jacket with a cream shirt and trousers
  • If you have the skills, utilise latex and pink face paint to create that awful scar and it will look even better if it spreads beyond your hairline (use a bald cap)
  • If you’re not that creative, even sticking small pieces of foam or paper on your face and painting it will give your skin that patchy look
  • As with most of these Game of Thrones Halloween ideas, the costume isn’t complete without a greasy hairpiece, and Clegane’s is very tangled and messy
  • Throw a ragged beard in there if you have time.

Poisoned Joffrey


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You will make more than a few people uncomfortable dressed as a poisoned, dead man walking. For maximum impact with this Game of Thrones-inspired Halloween costume, focus on the make-up for the dying Joffrey here.

What You’ll Need:

  • Blonde colour wash-out hairspray — the lightest one you can get your hands on
  • Some trousers, top, and jacket in light colours (golden, silver, yellow, orange) to show royalty
  • If you’re good with a sewing kit, add detail with some elegant gold embroidery on your sleeves or chest
  • Pale, dried foundation to show that you’re dead
  • Bloodshot contacts
  • Fake blood for your nose and mouth.

The Mountain


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Gregor Clegane is yet another dead man — or is heIf you have the right build and height, this Halloween costume can be very intimidating. Remember not to talk too much to make your costume even more spooky. This can be a terrifying zombie outfit.

What You’ll Need:

  • A shiny helmet spray painted gold
  • Armour pieces. These can be made out of card, again sprayed gold (the shoulder pads and torso are the most important)
  • Red contact lenses.

Tyrion Lannister After the Battle of the Blackwater


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With this look, you want to focus all your attention on that ghastly scar Tyrion received during the Battle of the Blackwater in Season 2. Make this cut your pride and glory which should spread right across your face. Wear it freshly slashed or healing slowly with the Medieval-style stitches and dressing. Bandaging half your face like Tyrion had after the battle would also look incredibly creepy.

This classic scar is a big part of Tyrion’s character and would turn Game of Thrones fans’ heads. Much like the dying Joffrey Halloween costume, the scar is really all you need to make a big impact.

What You’ll Need:

  • Even if you’re not a master of prosthetics, you can easily use adhesive glue to stick some black cotton or string to your face to make it look like stitches
  • Fake blood
  • Bandages (blood-soaked and aged)

The Sand Snakes


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Bastard daughters and deadly assassins, this costume can be pulled off with two of your friends and some stunning colour coordination. All three of you will look irresistibly poisonous as Dorne‘s Sand Snakes for Halloween.

What You’ll Need:

  • Brown boots
  • Gold or brown dress — you can even buy some gold material to wrap around yourself. Remember it’s warm in Dorne so make sure whatever you wear is thin and loose
  • Embroider some gold detail on a brown belt or use a gold craft pen or marker to draw it on
  • Very long spears, knives, whips, and machetes.

The Crows and The Wildlings


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Just hope that it’s cold at your Halloween party because you’re going to be roasting in this costume. If there’s a costume competition going on, split into two teams, one team dressing as Free Folk and the other dressing as The Watchers on the Wall, and fight to the death over who gets to be Jon Snow.

What You’ll Need:

For the Wildlings

  • Grey trousers and top
  • Winter coat or customise a regular coat with pieces of furry material
  • Snow boots — walk around in the snow for 30 years and then you will get the perfect, antique, gritty look. If you don’t have 30 years to spare, go traipsing around in the snow, mud and/or dirt in your street for a while to scuff them up.

For the Night’s Watch

  • Black leather (most importantly gloves and belt)
  • Super long black cape with the furry hoods
  • Accessorise with Jon Snow’s Valyrian steel sword which you can buy online.

Jaqen H’ghar


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Follower of The Many-Faced God, Jaqen H’ghar is the pinnacle of mystery, so don’t forget that less is more. Don’t worry too much about your makeup here; plain and pale complemented with a vacant expression is all you need. A man is no one without this costume.

What You’ll Need:

  • An oversized cloak with a large hood. Make it look dirty and aged by spraying it grey or soaking it in coffee for a day or so
  • A reddish wig with the all-important silver highlight which you can paint on yourself.

Melisandre


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Want to dress as a witch this Halloween? You still can with Melisandre. You don’t need a witch’s hat or broom for this look but swap those for red hair, red boots, and a red dress.

What You’ll Need:

  • A long red wig or extensions
  • Rosy cheeks, red lipstick, and on fleek eyebrows
  • Red boots and dress
  • To make fellow Game of Thrones fans notice, perfect the look with a replica of Melisandre’s beautiful, ruby gem choker that keeps her young and beautiful and hides her decrepit, old-lady form.

The Dothraki


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You may be confident enough to dress up as the buff Khal Drogo, complete with blue body paint, but, if not, there are millions of Dothraki extras you can draw your inspiration from. Bonus points if you own a horse.

What You’ll Need:

  • Armoured kilt — you can attach pieces of card to an old medium-length skirt
  • Card torso pieces and wrist cuffs
  • Bandages to wrap around your knuckles
  • Spears and large swords
  • A stick-on black beard plaited or in a ponytail
  • Dark liner to define those deep eyes
  • Finish off the look with casual sandals

The Stone Men


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Whether you’re dressing as Jorah Mormont, Princess Shireen Baratheon, or Stone man number three, this one is guaranteed to freak people out. You may want to think about having crazy eyes and yellow teeth if you want to look fully infected with the greyscale disease. However, make sure to keep the infection subtle but shocking on one side of your face if you’re dressing as lil’ Shireen. Tip: don’t moisturise for a couple of weeks.

What You’ll Need:

  • It’s all about the makeup here; apply a dusty, grey foundation to start
  • Make your skin and lips look dead and cracked with liquid latex or even try applying toothpaste to your entire face or body and leave it to crack up. Make sure to paint it grey afterward
  • Grey, loose shirt, trousers/leggings, and gloves
  • Colour your teeth with yellow teeth stain if you are dressing as an infected Stone man and maybe even add some bloodshot contacts.

Children of the Forest



This Game of Thrones Halloween costume can be incredibly intricate but you will look supernatural, alien-like, and scary all at the same time. If trees could walk and talk, they would be The Children of the Forest, so we want to go for a natural, green look.

What You’ll Need:

  • Start with plain underclothes — shirts and leggings can be brown, green, grey or cream
  • Use brown rope as vines and wrap them around your legs, arms, and torso (you can even get real leaves or flowers to stick to these ropes)
  • Braided/plaited hair
  • Green face paint; you could draw trunk-like patterns on your skin with a makeup pencil
  • Black or dark green lipstick
  • Green contacts.

Daenerys Targaryen



Why dress up as a monster, when you can dress up as the stunning Queen of Dragons? Work that long, silver wig, and draw on those thick eyebrows. If the look you’re going for this year is less sexy and more gory, then maybe a blood-covered Daenerys after she ate that horse’s heart would be perfect for you. Anyone who can persuade their mate to wear a dragon costume alongside this gets bonus points.

What You’ll Need:

  • A gorgeous full-length blue dress
  • Red Riding Hood-like cloak but in blue
  • Add more detail with dragon symbols on jewellery and don’t forget Dany’s wedding ring
  • Blue contact lenses
  • Long, wavy blonde wig
  • Thick eyebrows and extreme lashes.

Wights


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This is the ultimate zombie costume. The ticking time bomb antagonists to the entire series, the cold, dead, bloodied figures, the terrifying White Walkers and their reincarnated slaves, Wights, are the pinnacle of horror. If you want to pull off looking like a Wight, you will need to have obvious, open wounds and even missing limbs. Wights always appear dirty, so don’t forget to roll around in the mud to develop the decaying flesh look. The more blood, the better.

What You’ll Need:

  • Pale foundation
  • Contact lenses (dull blue)
  • Fake blood to cover yourself with
  • Create open wounds with latex, makeup, and blood — even lodge some weapons into these to make it look more gruesome. Have blood seeping from your mouth and nose
  • You can also wear a skeleton costume. After all, you’re dead.

White Walkers


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White Walkers are a little more complicated to replicate than Wights, with their silver skin and icicle-looking hair, but will end up way creepier too.

What You’ll Need:

  • Silver, shiny face paint
  • Battle armour — this can be made out of grey card
  • Bright blue contact lenses
  • Icy horns and claws
  • A long silver wig

A version of this article was previously published on October 6, 2016

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While there may be plenty of current pop culture–inspired costumes you could choose this year, you’ll be hard-pressed to find one that gets more compliments than one of these Clueless Halloween costumes, never mind that the movie was released in 1995.

Whether you go as Cher Horowitz, Dionne, or Tai, the classic ’90s flick provides ample fashion inspiration—and the outfits are relatively easy to re-create at home (bonus points if you grab a friend or two and go as a group). All you need is plenty of coordinating plaid, knee socks, shiny Mary Janes, and an attitude that says “we’re friends because we know what it’s like for people to be jealous of us.” Alternatively, grab a red minidress (no Alaïa required), a slightly OTT white feather boa, and an old flip phone, and you’re ready for a party in the Valley.

Below, shop three perfect costumes inspired by the girls of Clueless, and start memorizing your speech about how it does not say RSVP on the Statue of Liberty.

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Kids in the kitchen: Easy monster eyeballs for Halloween

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Lindsay Weiss

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My kids had no school on Friday, so we needed a project. These little Halloween cookies seemed like the perfect thing and we only needed a few ingredients to make them happen. My 4-year-old could do this project from start to finish, but my older kids loved it too. I just spread out a big plastic tablecloth on our kitchen table and let them have at it. I also melted the candy wafers for them (because their attention span for the microwave is questionable).

I mistakenly took the long route and baked mini cookies from some sugar cookie dough for the kids to use. But after I did that, I realized mini vanilla wafers would have been ready-made and much easier!

We actually included these in our “Boo” baskets we gave to friends. It was a super cute homemade addition that the kids felt really proud of.

Easy Monster Eyeballs

Mini vanilla wafers (Or mini sugar cookies)
Green candy melts (I found Wilton melts at Walmart)
Eyeball candies (Also from Wilton)

Melt candy according to package directions. Stir in canola oil to thin if necessary. Dip cookies entirely in melted candy and shake off excess. Top each with eyeball candy. Let set for 20 min or so to harden.

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10 historical Halloween costumes for smart girls and boys

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You can’t go wrong with a Halloween costume based on history. Portraying a historical figure helps kids understand history in a new way — not as dusty old-timey events that existed only in the pages of a book, but real things that happened to real people.

Most historical figures are also easily recognizable — kids HATE people asking what they’re supposed to be — and lend even the smallest trick-or-treaters an air of dignity. So whether it’s Cleopatra or Alexander Hamilton who makes your kids’ eyes light up, here’s what you need, or can easily whip up at home.

1. Joan of Arc

She changed history in France — and was a badass with a really cool outfit. This version in particular has a great hood that’s made of mesh that looks a bit like chain mail, yet is still light and soft, and the dress is comfy and warm (though you may want to add a flesh-colored bodysuit underneath or a cloak on top). Though the costume is pictured with the sword, it doesn’t come with — pick up this good-looking California Costumes Crusader Sword & Shield Costume Accessory for $ 17.53 extra if your child wants the accessories. This version of the costume is only available for youth sizes 8-14; if you want the costume for a smaller child, look for “knight” or “warrior” costumes, particularly if they have “chain mail” head accessories and a fleur de lis on the front.

Buy it: sizes 8-16 $ 30.31-$ 36.95

2. Alexander Hamilton

Kids crazy over the musical will be eager to slide into colonial wear. We love this costume because it comes with the tricorn hat, which kids love playing with. It doesn’t come with the wig — a Hamilton costume may not need it, if your child does or if you want to turn your Hamilton costume into a George Washington, wigs can be had for $ 12.31 — or the shoes. You can fashion your own colonial look at home with white or black socks, and buckles made out of cardboard and tinfoil.

Buy it: sizes 6-12 $ 23.25-$ 28.99

3. Lady Liberty

A costume with great pomp, circumstance, and dignity, Lady Liberty’s green robes have the added bonus of being super comfortable. Carrying a book and a torch adds to the realism — but kids tire quickly of carrying things, so add that fact into your consideration. This costume comes with the headpiece, but not a torch. You can fashion something torch-like with an empty paper towel roll and some tissue paper, or buy a pre-made beauty for an extra $ 10.

Buy it: sizes 6-12 $ 10.06-$ 15.99

4. Blackbeard

No child can resist a pirate costume with its swagger, skulls, and crossbones. Why not allow your child to be the most notorious pirate of them all? Read up a little on pirates and what they did (and do!) — Blackbeard was a surprisingly gentlemanly pirate, despite his fearsome image, yet still a thief and a strongman. We like the fanciness of this particular pirate’s costume for toddlers through age 4, but if your child is older or doesn’t care for this costume, all a Blackbeard getup really requires is ragged pants, a white flouncy shirt, a vest, and a bandanna. This costume doesn’t come with a sword, which could be a good or bad thing for you.

Buy it: sizes 3-6 $ 18-$ 29.99

5. Cleopatra

The Egyptian ruler has an absolutely beautiful costume that can make even the silliest child glide along with royal dignity. You can make your own Cleopatra out of any tube of fabric (a pillowcase will do!) with a jeweled collar, and a headdress and a belt. But when a Halloween costume is this beautiful (and comfortable!) it’s hard to resist buying a ready-made costume.

Buy it: sizes 4-14 $ 19.75 to $ 24.17

6. Uncle Sam

Warning: Donning Uncle Sam’s trademark red-white-and-blue threads may lead to uncontrollable anthem-singing and razzle-dazzle. Teach your child a little about who Uncle Sam is — a drawing used for patriotic posters and graphics who’s supposed to be a little like the spirit of America personified — and you’ll be knee-deep in patriotism in no time. This costume for kids age 4-12 comes with the jacket, hat, pants, and bow-tie; you’ll have to supply your own white shirt, shoes, and goatee. You can buy a goatee for $ 12.60, but kids are notably non-fond of things they have to wear on their faces, so you may just want to leave it out altogether.

Buy it: sizes 6-12 $ 10.99-$ 13.97

7. Amelia Earhart

Any child in an Amelia Earhart hat and goggles looks so cool and walks so tough. This costume has the added bonus of making kids feel brave and adventurous. With its jacket and hat, it’s warm for chilly Halloween nights, and comfortable, too. You can fashion your own Earhart duds with the aviator cap, goggles, a brown jacket (preferably a bomber), and light pants tucked into boots. But these costumes come with all the pieces except the boots.

Buy it: For toddlers age 2T-4T, $ 39.99; for sizes 4-10, $ 54.99; and for sizes 10-16, $ 28.81

8. Robin Hood

He wasn’t a real person — but his place in English folklore is so old and firmly established that he’s a real historical figure now. Read your child a few thrilling Robin Hood tales, or show them a movie — Men in Tights, perhaps? Or the Disney version? — and you’ll soon have a green-clad child leaping heroically around your living room. If you’re short on funds, fashion your own easy Robin Hood costume by cutting jagged sleeves and bottoms on a green shirt and pants. The hat and bow and arrow are a little harder to DIY. Both of these costumes come with the hat but not the bow and arrows. If you want to let your child have a bow and arrow, we like this toy version for $ 10.99 for very little kids, or this one for just $ 4.79. Warning: If you let your children have a bow and arrow, they might break it before Halloween night is over, and they will definitely try to hit you in the butt with the arrows.

Buy it: sizes 4-12, $ 9.38-$ 13.95; and for sizes 8-14, $ 23.56-$ 25.30

9. Abraham Lincoln

Lincoln is a classic because of that killer stovepipe hat. What kid can resist a Lincoln hat? Hey! That’s the guy on the penny! You can make your own Lincoln costume with any dark suit-like clothing plus the hat. We’ve seen stovepipe hats fashioned out of cardboard tubes, but they’re not comfy and will be quickly discarded. Better to buy a costume version, or better still, this costume that comes with the hat, jacket, a vest with a dickie so it looks like there’s a shirt under it, and the bow tie. It also doesn’t come with the facial hair. Fake beards are very uncomfortable — you can make comfy and serviceable-looking whiskers with any black/brown makeup, like mascara or Halloween paint.

Buy it: sizes 6-12, $ 12.52-$ 21.93

10. Rosie the Riveter

Her costume is iconic, cool, recognizable, comfortable, and warm — and she makes anyone who wears it feel like they can do it! Fashion your own with a chambray or denim shirt, jeans, a red-and-white bandanna, red lipstick, a strong bicep and a tough expression. Or buy this cool denim jumpsuit, which has a nametag and zips up the front like a real mechanic’s, and give your child something to fix, quick!

Buy it: sizes 3-14 $ 37.65-$ 56.25

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13 Halloween trees Jack Skellington would approve of

13 Halloween trees Jack Skellington would approve of


13 Halloween trees Jack Skellington would approve of

“Oh Halloween tree, oh Halloween tree, how lovely are your dead black branches and bone ornaments and — oh my gosh, is that blood?” Halloween is coming up quick, ghouls and ghosts. Have you decorated your Halloween tree yet?

If you’re wondering what in tarnation a Halloween tree even is, it’s simply a piece of decor that combines the best of both Halloween and Christmas, something our good friend Jack Skellington is all about. They’re spooky and strange. They’re downright hair-raising — and they’re the coolest piece of Halloween decor you can put in your house this season.

There’s only 46 days until Halloween and you do want Santa Claws to come to your house this year, right? You better get cracking on that tree, then!

1. The Scared Silly Tree

As Pinterest user, Iris Gonyea, said, this tree is perfect for those “that prefer a silly Halloween to a scary one.” And we’re all about those silly skeletons.

2. The Addams Family Spiderweb Tree

A simple, primitive way to spook up any corner and show a little sparse tree some love.

3. The Candy Corn Tree

DIY your own candy corn tree by purchasing a faux white tree along with orange and yellow spray paint. Diligently spray your orange and yellow tree sections, let dry, and decorate with all the Halloween-y things you have on hand.

4. The Haunted Candelabra Tree

If you’re looking to DIY an eerie centerpiece for your Halloween candlelit dinner, this wire tree is the way to go. Begin wrapping wire around a rock base and build up from there. Don’t give up — remember, patience is a virtue, child!

5. The Nightmare Before Christmas Tree

Obviously Jack Skellington would love this tree because he and his friends are featured in it. But on the flip-side, Jack probably wouldn’t be too happy with Oogie Boogie taking center stage (like he’s always wont to do…ugh!).

6. A Tree to Go Batty Over

Make your own haunted tree by tying a few dead sticks together at the base and propping the bundle up between a few sturdy pumpkins. The silhouetted bat ornaments that Kristen Whitbey added to her tree are the perfect chilling touch.

7. The Spooky Silhouette Tree

By using a faux white tree lit with white lights, any ornaments you hang will be silhouetted. Darken the room, plug in your tree, and watch the shadows come alive.

8. Black and Orange Everything Tree

This room is literally what we think heaven must look like. When can we move in?

9. The Bone-Chiller Tree

Skeletons, skulls, witches, and that truly terrifying crescent moon skull at the top make this tree the ultimate mashup of all of our favorite fears.

10. The Festive Fall Tree

Keep this DIY pumpkin tree up through Halloween and into Thanksgiving! Check out Lia Griffith’s tutorial on how to make your own paper pumpkins and get the whole family involved in putting together your perfect autumn-themed tree.

11. The AHS: Freak Show Tree

This tree is giving us creepy clown/Coney Island-gone-bad vibes. Those vintage eye-less masks give us the willies but we don’t care. We love it.

12. The Farm Stand Tree

So you grew a ton of veggies in your garden this year and want to show off your green thumb? Fashion a pumpkin/veggie tier tree out of some old furniture or milk crates, stack your bounty on top, and call it a farm stand tree! Bonus points if you carve some of the pumpkins into jack-o-lanterns.

13. The Alfred Hitchcock Tree

Hitchcock would love this avian-themed tree. It looks like these guys are taking a quite rest before shooting their next scene in The Birds.

Make The Nightmare Before Christmas a reality in your house this year with a crafty Halloween tree. The presents underneath may be a bit unsavory, but hey, at least the tree looks great.



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Lindsay Weiss

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I found this little package on my kitchen table this morning.

We are slime headquarters over here. My oldest has been running a slime business on Instagram (Seaside_.Slimes) and Etsy, so it’s safe to say we have slime coming out our ears. But this little guy packaged up all jack-o-lantern style made me smile, and I figured there are a few kiddos out there who might love to make this too.

As always we’re Borax-free over here, since there’s so much slime happening in my house. Here’s how your kiddos can make this Halloween slime:

Halloween Slime
A note about using food coloring in slime…more is not always better. After a while, it won’t get any darker but it will start rubbing off on your hands. Stick with just a couple drops of good food coloring. We love the gel colorings from Wilton.

8 ounces Elmer’s glue
3/4 cup shaving cream
2 drops orange food coloring, or to desired color (or combo of yellow and red – mixed together first)
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 to 3 tablespoons saline contact lens solution, divided

Pour the glue into a medium bowl. Stir in the shaving cream and the food coloring. Add the baking soda and stir until smooth.

Add 2 tablespoons of the contact lens solution and stir slowly. The mixture should begin to harden, becoming stringy. Continue mixing slowly until a ball of slime forms. (We basically add contact solution until the mixture no longer sticks to the bowl.)

Pick up the slime and work between your two hands until smooth. If the slime is particularly slimy, work in another 1/2 tablespoon of contact lens solution as needed.

Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

Makes 2-3 cups slime.

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