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Blue Halloween buckets raise autism awareness
For some children with autism, trick-or-treating could be overwhelming, but blue pumpkins will let others know they are trying to enjoy the dayLast year, she said, she had to explain at every house for five blocks that her son was not going to say "trick or treat" because he is nonverbal. "This year we will be trying the BLUE BUCKET to signify he has autism," she wrote.
It's October, and that means you can now start your, break out your tiny pumpkins, and pair that PSL (pumpkin spice latte!) with an appropriately spooky book. But just because you love the candy and color scheme of the season doesn't mean you can't enjoy a spine-tingling read all year. So here's a list of books — from the truly scary to the mildly spooky — to both fill out your fall reading list and keep you delightfully frightened all year.
Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell and Faith Erin Hicks
This adorable graphic novel isn't the least bit scary (unless you've had any unfortunate run-ins with an angry goat, in which case it might be terrifying) but it does have an unmistakable Halloween vibe. Set in the most expansive pumpkin patch you've ever seen on Halloween night, it follows two BFFs as they chase a chance at true love and the perfect pumpkin-flavored treat.
Google adds seasonal Nest doorbell ringers in time for Halloween
If you're the type of person who goes all out each Halloween decorating your home to make it the star of the neighborhood, Google wants to help. Starting today, the company is updating Nest Hello video doorbells to add a new seasonal ringtone to help create the right atmosphere for the spookiest day of the year. Once you enabled the feature through the Nest app, instead of a standard ringtone, visitors will hear a rotating cast of characters that includes a "cackling witch," a ghost, a vampire and a scary monster anytime they ring your doorbell. The feature also works inside on Nest smart displays if you enable the visitor announcements functionality.
Dread Nation by Justina Ireland
This historical fantasy imagines if the Civil War was slightly interrupted — by a zombie plague. Now zombies are a constant threat and black teenagers like Jane are taught how to fight off the undead in service of the white families they might grow up to work for. But as the zombie problem ramps up, Jane is sent to the front lines of fighting the dead. This novel is a must-read if you love historical fiction, but you might need to avoid it if The Walking Dead leaves you shaking.
Monster, She Wrote by Lisa Kröger and Melanie R. Anderson
If you love the story of Frankenstein (not the monster or the doctor, but how a teenage Mary not-yet Shelley basically invented science fiction for a short story competition) this compendium of women behind literature's creepiest titles will delight you. Beyond the authors' bios and brief rundowns of their spookiest works, the book also has a suggested reading list that will keep you drowning in feminist sci-fi long after all the Halloween candy is gone.
Google is bringing some ‘spooky sounds’ to Nest Hello, just in time for Halloween
I have some fond memories of trick-or-treating as a kid every Halloween like I'm sure we all do -- one of those great holiday traditions when your life is still hopefully pretty innocent and mostly stress-free, and you can roam the neighborhood dressed up and knocking on doors asking for candy. Besides the fun of racing home and dumping it all out to check out the totality of your haul, one of the other fun things I remember is the extent to which some neighbors would go all-out, adding scary decorations outside and maybe even greeting you when you got to the door with spooky sound effects.
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
This first novel in this series follows Cas, a teenage ghost killer determined to save the living from the dead. But his life's mission is put on hold when he meets Anna, the vengeful spirit of a teenage girl who was brutally murdered. If you want a little more romance with your horror, this book has moments of awww! as well as AHHHH!
Through the Woods by Emily Carroll
This graphic novel is full of beautiful, but haunting, illustrations that tell tales that range from the spooky to the "maybe don't read this before bed, especially if you have a creakier home." While some of the stories have familiar, dark fairytale threads, most are refreshingly original.
Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
Even if you were never scared of the flying monkeys as a kid, this retelling of The Wizard of Oz might cast the original in a more frightening light. When Amy, who describes herself as "the other girl from Kanas" arrives in the magical land of Oz, she has to deal with more than a witch — Dorothy has gone completely over to the dark side, and Oz has become full of people with magic at their disposal and murder in their hearts.
Google's Nest smart home devices get spooky updates for Halloween
For Halloween this year, Google has rolled out a handful of festively frightful features to their Nest home products including letting owners swap out their doorbell chime for the sound of a cackling witch and asking the Assistant to "get spooky." On Monday, Google announced that users can look towards their Nest smart home devices for help getting festive (or scary) this Halloween. As of yesterday and through the beginning of November, owners of the Nest Hello video doorbell will have the option to make their chime sound like a cackling which, ghost, vampire, or monster to make your home the spookiest on the block -- no decorations necessary.
NOS$A2 by Joe Hill
Joe Hill has long stepped out of his father's shadow as a horror author in his own right, and NOS$A2 — which was recently made into an AMC series — should definitely make Stephen King proud. This is a story of fantastic lands turned horrible, and one of the best warnings you could give a kid as to why they shouldn't take rides from strangers (but seriously, don't share this book with a kid) will have you looking at every long, lonely road with a little extra trepidation.
The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff
The terror of The Replacement comes from its point of view. Sixteen-year-old Mackie must come to grips with the fact that he is the creature that others would fear, or at least, that's who he was before he was left in the home of his human parents, swapped out for their biological son. Part coming-of-age saga, part creature feature, this is the kind of story that will have you jumpy because it makes you question what you think you know is true.
Google's Nest smart home devices get spooky updates for Halloween
For Halloween this year, Google has rolled out a handful of festively frightful features to their Nest home products.On Monday, Google announced that users can look towards their Nest smart home devices for help getting festive (or scary) this Halloween.
There's Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins
Perkins is known for her sweet interwoven rom-coms. But with her latest thriller, she ditches meet-cutes for meet-terrified (actually, the novel isn't completely without heart eyes). The many-murders mystery unfolds in a small town in Nebraska as the body count ticks up with a killer on the loose. Try to unravel the mystery even as the details prove to be disturbingly distracting.
Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
Flynn is known for her thrillers, including the now-iconic Gone Girl. In Dark Places, she looks at the world of people enthralled by murders who spend time turning over the most gruesome details of those killings. Libby Day is willing to wade into that world for a payday, despite her past connections to multiple murders, and finds herself in the precarious position of running to escape becoming part of another one.
Soulless by Gail Carriger
If you're more likely to seek out Casper than The Haunting, Halloweentown over Halloween, you can get your ghost and ghouls fix from Soulless. Alexia Tarabotti can make supernatural creatures, from werewolves to vampires, human and otherwise unremarkable with one touch. Which can be helpful, because there are a lot of vampires and werewolves running around Victorian London, including her vampiric best friend and a powerful werewolf who might be in love with her.
Kim Kardashian Transforms Into Elle Woods in Legally Blonde Halloween Costume
Kim Kardashian channeled Legally Blonde's Elle Woods for Halloween this year. You have to see how spot on her costume is.Kim Kardashian channeled Elle Woods from 2001's Legally Blondefor Halloween this year and totally nailed it. The mom of four debuted her costume on Instagram on Thursday, nearly breaking the internet in the process. "Legally Blonde," she captioned the post.
The Babysitters Coven by Kate M. Williams
What the classic Ann M. Martin series was always missing was more witchcraft. In this novel high schoolers Cassandra and Esme are tasked with making sure their young charges don't get too much screen time and avoid being carted off by the forces of darkness. Both are fairly scary prospects.
His Hideous Heart: 13 of Edgar Allan Poe's Most Unsettling Tales Reimagined Edited by Dahlia Adler
Poe's stories of embodied guilt, grief, and hearts pumping after death have been terrifying readers for over one hundred years. But even if you think you've read "The Black Cat" or "The Tell-Tale Heart" so many times you've become immune to the fear they inspire, you can get freshly frightened by this collection of retellings from master horror and fantasy writers ranging from Tessa Gratton to Caleb Roehrig.
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Halloween Costumes: The Coolest Ideas for the Next Halloween Party
Every year you're missing creative Halloween costume ideas? We have put together the coolest and scariest Halloween costumes for you
On Halloween, there are many ways to stand out with your costume. But ghost, witch or bloody victim are not exactly the most creative costume ideas at a Halloween party. That's why we've gathered some inspiration for you. New inspired classics as well as extraordinary costume variants will be on display, with which you will shine at every Halloween party.
Loved as a child, hated as an adult: dolls! They are, especially in connection with fake blood, absolutely scary. This is due to countless horror films that dolls often use as a shocker. At this year's Halloween party you are on top of the scary scale with this costume - promised! All you need for this is a girlish dress, a childish hairstyle, a fixed look and, if you wish, some fake blood. Especially good is the Halloween look, if your eyes are big, your cheeks pink and your lips especially small and full make-up, like here:Well-known movie characters
Especially cool are costume ideas that are inspired by movie characters. Whether "Black Swan", "The Joker" or the "Red Queen" from Alice in Wonderland. Everyone knows why you will notice the Halloween party. Certainly a clever little hand for make-up is necessary to achieve a great result. Let this help you best from a friend.The Clown
Clowns are known to be not only the funny jokers, but above all, scary. Certainly, this Halloween costume idea is one of the absolute classics. But bring in some creativity, this disguise can be anything from sexy to scary, or even both, as the following pictures show:Dead Entity
Dead creatures can appear very differently. Let your imagination run wild on Halloween. Whether skeleton or ghost - in our costume spasms you can see what is possible. Particularly important here is the choice of high-quality make-up, because the clothing is usually simple and therefore minor matter.
Our personal favorite is the so-called "Sugar Skull", whose skeletal appearance is scary, but with flowers in the hair and colorful decorations on the face makes an almost chic impression.Our tip
You can enhance every Halloween costume with colored contact lenses and make it even scarier. This tip is especially useful if you do not trust elaborate make-up!
Vote for the best solo costume from our Halloween contest .
Your three finalists in the individuals category are here! Now it's your turn to help us pick a winner. Voting ends Nov. 8, 2019.After hours of reviewing hundreds of submissions, we selected three finalists. Please check out their costumes and captions in the poll below and vote for your favorite before Friday, Nov. 8 at 10 a.m. PT.
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