Halloween’s about dressing up and eating candy (and, for many adults, getting incredibly drunk). But that doesn’t have to be all it’s about. Back in 2010 Neil Gaiman suggested a new Halloween tradition of giving away a scary book to a friend on that most spooky of holidays. Since then that basic idea has evolved into All Hallow’s Read, and we here at The Mary Sue are supporting it by highlighting eight of our favorite literary horror heroines. All of the books we’ve mentioned here—including one by Gaiman himself, which is only fitting—come with the TMS stamp of approval if you want to participate in the AHR tradition of book-gifting.
As always, this one goes out to the runners-up: Carrie from Carrie, Eli fromLet the Right One In, and the godmother of horror herself, Mary Shelley. Read more…
Did you guys get a chance to go to the pumpkin patch this year? I went with my brother last week, and while we were in the petting zoo he mentioned that my parents may have lied about the circumstances surrounding my bunny’s death when I was in 5th grade, so that kind of colored the whole trip, but that’s beside the point. You know who else loves pumpkin patches? Celebrities! Yep, every October they flock to sunny LA pumpkin patches in droves, cute kids in tow, determined to find the perfect pumpkin. Click through to check out 12 celebs–from Gwen Stefani to Hilary Duff–taking part in this fun fall tradition…
Adding a laugh track can make just about anything better. Witness how the ’70s horror classic “The Shining” is transformed into a total comedy fest with the addition of the “Seinfeld” theme song and a friggin’ laugh track. It almost, almost makes Jack Nicholson seem like a kitten. Okay, not really. [YouTube]
Halloween is here and Henri the existential French cat has succumbed to the meaninglessness of it all. Alors, I don’t think you can watch this without getting bummed. Sorry. [YouTube]
I’m sure this squirrel didn’t mean to get its head stuck in this Halloween decoration and scare the ever living crap out of the neighbors. But still, the results were effective. [Humor Train]
Old Hollywood makeup can work well for a variety of Halloween costumes, whether you’re dressing up as Marilyn Monroe, Bettie Page or Jessica Rabbit from “Who Killed Roger Rabbit” (a costume we highly recommend). This makeup look works on non-Halloween days, too. It’s quick, easy and very, very bold. Watch Rachel give Julie some va-va-voom and then give it a try yourself!
Last week we watched an interesting social experiment on the TV show “What Would You Do?” where actors playing a mom and kids went to a Halloween costume store looking for non-gender-conforming costumes. A little boy begged to be a princess and a little girl begged to be Spiderman, while nosy shoppers (mostly) discouraged the kids and their mom from those costumes. So I was delighted to see an actual real-life mom write a piece for the New York Times this weekend about the time her three-year-old son wanted to be a princess. And interestingly, her concern wasn’t that he wanted to be girly — it was that all the princess junk out there didn’t take into account her son is black.
Doreen Oliver writes that her older son is autistic and struggles to communicate. So if her younger son wants to express himself in any way, even by dressing up like a princess on Halloween, she and her husband will support him. And, she adds, “[I]f it turns out Bug is gay, we’d embrace his identity.” The problem wasn’t that Bug wanted to be a princess, though — it was that “his idea of a princess had blond hair and peach-colored skin” and sure enough all the princess costumes had blonde wigs and pictures of “smiling white women.” Keep reading »
It’s happened to all of us: you go to a movie expecting a thoughtful drama or lighthearted romp. No one warned you — it was all a sick trick to expose you to a vision as bloodcurdling as any “Saw” sequel.
Two hours later, you stumble into the lobby, unsure whether it’s tears or your last meal welling up. Maybe it was a disturbing truth exposed in the film that did it. Or maybe the line between surrealist daydream and psychotic nightmare was inadvertently crossed. In honor of Halloween, here’s our list of top 9 movies that failed to warn us in the commercials that they’d scar us for life. Keep reading »
Hurricane Sandy who? Frankenstorm what? Eighty-five MPH winds and flash floods aren’t going to stop Halloween from coming. We just have to adapt. Here are some water-worthy costumes appropriate for what may prove to be the soggiest Halloween ever. Even if you have to wear them in your storm cellar.