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 »