Remember that quirky Brookstone knockoff catalog you see on airplanes? The one that sells high-tech (but somewhat low-brow) inventions like these?



And wildly unique gifts like these?


Three available!! One for every Maroon 5 fan on Earth.


With the same ubiquity as Bibles in cheap motel nightstands, Skymall magazine can reliably be found in the seat pockets of most every U.S. airplane. Right next to the airsickness bags.

And guess what? Right now they have Halloween products.

Here is a smattering of their October offerings online.

Martian-tini, anyone?


Not just for Halloween! Also perfect for pre-teen boys’ bedrooms everywhere!


I legitimately like this giant lawn spider web.


And this grim reaper wall sculpture.


My favorite product might be this pewter figurine of a skeleton reclining in an open casket.


But hilariously, Skymall decided to spin the product as a “catch-all dish,” lest it seem like a frivolous purchase devoid of usefulness. And they did so by ‘Shopping some purple accessories into the image. (Thank goodness. I finally have a place for my purple Tic Tacs!)


I’m still undecided as to whether “Resing” is a misspelling of “Resting” or of “Resin.”

Keep the myth alive in your neighborhood with this peeping Sasquatch!


Or any of these other Bigfoot-related products (which are legion … and often strangely not categorized in the site’s Halloween section).


Two questions: 1. Do you need a costume? and 2. Are you a Poison fan??


Shirt includes tattooed arms, white graphic tee, vest, and chest hair. Note: The product description is quick to remind potential buyers that the shirt “works great as an everyday shirt to stand out from the crowd.” (I’d say that depends on the crowd.)

I leave you with the inexplicable 30-inch “Tasmanian Devil Statue,” which is featured on the front page of the “Halloween Decor” section of the website … because it looks like a massive subway rat, I guess?


And let’s be real: on what other holiday can they push this thing?

Thank you, Skymall, for reminding us that Halloween is the holiday when truly anything goes.

The Art of Strange Words

This visual dictionary of obscure English words by the Project Twins includes many dark and morbid terms, plus it showcases some clean, effective graphic design skills.

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See more eerie work by the talented duo here.

Masked Madness

And now, ladies and gentlemen, on this beautiful late-October day, I would like to introduce you to a photographer that I despise.


I hate him because he’s so talented.

Joey L. has taken exactly the type of beautifully eerie neo-Meatyard costume photos I dream about taking. Every year I awkwardly drag my camera downtown with me on Halloween night, getting it tangled up in my costume, only to end up with blurry snapshots.

He disgusts me because he took these on Halloween. In Brooklyn. With real people wearing real costumes. And they’re sublime.

So go ahead. Bask in the visual glory of Joey L.’s incredible photographic abilities.

That bastard.🙂

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View the whole series here.

All images from the artist’s website.

Halloween by the Year

Take a moment to marvel at House BeautifulHalloween timeline, which goes back one hundred years, all the way to 1916.

It allows you to see what our holiday was like the year you (or your parents, and even your grandparents!) were born. It’s also a source of interesting Halloween trivia, like the date of the first published mention of the phrase “trick or treat” (1927), the opening of Disney’s Haunted Mansion (1969), and the first year the United States tasted a Twix (1979).





As I write this post — in Salem, MA, no less — I am both joyful and wistful that it is mid-October. Joyful because we are situated snugly right in the middle of our Prime Month, the best month, perfectly enveloped within our favorite season. But also sad, since October is already halfway over! It’s already been going by WAY too fast.

If you agree, then I think it’s time to break out some Halloween-related humor! It’ll cheer us all up.


  • First, have a good chuckle at the Onion‘s Halloween history timeline, starting with Native Americans’ discovery of pumpkins “while searching for a foyer adornment that would go well with dried cornstalks” and ending with the “eighth f***ing installment of the Saw franchise.” (Quick shout-out to my dear friend Monique, who sent me this link.)
  • Second, watch this hilarious Key & Peele sketch that takes us back to the early boardroom-planning phase of Gremlins 2 The best part is that the ludicrous and seemingly random plot ideas they describe while spitballing are in the actual movie itself!
  • Thirdly, here’s a collection of funny images, starring Slenderman, the IKEA-catalog version of Freddy, pets, and more signs of the impending pumpkin-spice-ocalypse.

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Freak Rock

What could be spookier than haunting doom-metal-style covers of popular hits of the 80s, as performed by …


The Chipmunks?!?!

Believe it. Not only will these versions give you nightmares, but they were created by simply slowing down the Chipmunks songs to normal speed. (Yes, that means that the pure sonic evil you’re about to hear is how the songs were originally recorded!)

Click each track below to hear the song. But heed my advice: Don’t listen to them alone!





For more slowed-down Chipmunks tracks, see Chipmunkson16speed’s Soundcloud site.

Dark Honey

Yum. Look at these mouthwatering and perfectly autumnal concoctions by culinary artist Tanya Balyanitsa. I’ve hand-picked some recipes for you below, but even just ogling her photographs is a sensory experience. Feast thine eyes on these images!

This gorgeous food photography is worthy of those classic Martha Stewart Living October magazines. (Remember those? Back when they devoted an entire issue to Halloween? Sigh.)

Damn, this website makes cooking in an insufficiently lit kitchen look SO good! And the fall-inspired ingredients make for superb October meals. Click each image below to view its recipe.


Pumpkin brioche.


Artichoke and eggplant tart.


Chocolate crepes made with dark beer.



Pumpkin-chorizo crumble.


Pumpkin chocolate-chip cookies.

All images from the Honeytanie site.