What are your Halloween costumes this year?

By on Oct 31st

meggyfin does Steampunk Princess Bubblegum

Last Halloween, I was finally able to unveil my costume that took me all year to put together: Steampunk Princess Bubblegum from Adventure Time — based on this drawing. (If you're interested, here's how I pulled off the entire costume without sewing anything.)

This year, I'm continuing on with the Adventure Time Halloween theme, but with a LOT less preparation. I'm going to a Halloween-themed dance club night and an alien-themed Halloween party. This means my costume needs to be light and danceable, but also fit into the space alien theme (so I didn't have to buy two costumes). I also have purple hair this year, and I didn't want to sweat it out in a wig. So… the obvious answer became…

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How I made my own working miniature dark ride inspired by Disney's Haunted Mansion

Guestpost by Kevin Karstens on Oct 30th

making your own dark ride

Though I cannot afford to build or run an actual dark ride, nor even set up a Halloween yard (my wife and I live in an apartment), I have wanted to create a dark ride inspired by Disney's Haunted Mansion since I was about eight years old. My kid sister and I used to create "rides" in our backyard — complete with fully operational animatronic figures, powered by record players, audio on cassettes, and black light effects — which we pushed neighborhood kids through in a wheel barrow at 25 cents a head.

I finally determined a way, however, to bring my own dark ride ideas to life…

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Horrifically awesome mortician-themed bathroom

By on Oct 30th

mortician bathroomOh, what, you didn't think I'd use a theme week to create a themed bathroom!? Of COURSE I'm using Halloween as inspiration for a bathroom. The only thing was narrowing down the theme. Then I stumbled upon mortician-themed apothicary jars, and it hit me. I've already made an apothecary-themed bathroom, so what would a mortician-themed bathroom look like?

I'm gonna say, it'll look something like this…

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Books, timers, and mallets: Home security measures to keep you safe in your temporary space

By on Oct 29th
Find out how all these things can keep you safe.

Find out how all these things can keep you safe.

I have a job that requires a lot of travel and living in temporary spaces for several months at a time.

My current temporary living situation is in a not-so-great neighborhood. I read your post on living happily in a dangerous neighborhood, and it made me wonder…

Do any Homies have tips on temporarily but effectively creating the safest space possible in un-safe areas? -Tali

We have a whole tag full of safety tips that you might want to peruse. But perhaps the best advice on this subject came from a comment left on this post by Offbeat Homie Stilleto.

She had a fabulous breakdown on temporary home security measures…

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Bloody beach hummus and shark fins

Guestpost by Lisa Gant on Oct 29th

It's the Shark Attackiversary today! So we're making this bloody, shark-themed snack, from the mind that brought you the pumpkin cake recipe. (Make sure to scroll to the end for another Megan cooking video!)

bloddy beach hummus with shark fins

Basically this is a recipe for beet hummus with Egyptian dry spice dip. But the idea is that the Dukkah recipe is sand, the beetroot hummus is bloody water, and then you cut pittas into "fins" and stick them in the bloody waves. Dip the fins in the hummus, then the "sand" for a mind blowing flavor sensation.

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Dukkah — Egyptian dry spice dip

This recipe will make two cups of dukkah, which should be enough for 6-8 people a good few dips. (You probably have all of these ingredients from the cooking challenges.) Maybe some of the spices are ground already, which negates the need for the blender. Still, warm them in a dry pan even if ground to bind the flavours.


  • 2/3 cup of crushed pistachios
  • ½ cup sesame seeds
  • 2 tbsp coriander seeds
  • 2 tbsp cumin seeds
  • 2 tbsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp flaked sea salt

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  1. In a dry heavy-bottomed frying pan over medium heat, toast the sesame seeds until light golden brown.
  2. Pour into a bowl as soon as they are done so they will not continue toasting.
  3. In the same pan, toast the coriander and cumin seeds while shaking the pan or stirring occasionally until they begin to pop.
  4. Transfer to a food processor. Process until finely ground, then pour into the bowl with the sesame seeds.
  5. Stir crushed pistachios into the bowl with the spices. I like to put some into the blender and leave some quite chunky.
  6. Season with salt and pepper, and mix well.

Dukkah dry spice dip

Serve as "sand" or with a bowl of great olive oil and some fantastic bread — warm ciabatta works well. Dip bread in olive oil then in dukkah. I like to serve it alongside a beetroot hummus — the flavours go together SO well together!

Beetroot hummus

This probably also makes 2–3 cups, never measured it before.


  • 1 can beets drained, liquid reserved in case
  • 1 can chickpeas, drained liquid discarded (I think you Americans call 'em garbanzos)
  • Clove of garlic, roasted if you like but raw is fine
  • Lemon juice and rind
  • Tahini (optional)
  • 1 tbsp cumin seeds or 1 tsp powder
  • salt

making beetroot hummus

I have found that the secret to this is just to add a bit at a time until I get it how I like it. You are going to have to taste it as you go to get it right.

I toast the cumin seeds first (or add ground if you have it as you blend the beets) then whizz with the beets and add chickpeas a handful at a time until I get the texture I want. Colour is important to me too — I like it bright shiny purple, not pink, hence keeping the beet juice in case. If you're making bloody ocean you might like it more red.

Add garlic. I love it with roasted garlic over raw, milder flavor and you can add as much as you like. Sprinkle with grated lemon rind, and add a squeeze of lemon here and there until you get it right. Tahini is optional really — just gives another dimension.

I generally don't add much salt to the recipe but like to serve drizzled with olive oil and lightly sprinkled with flaked sea salt.

serving beet root hummus and Dukkah

This recipe is difficult to do wrong… and if you do… maybe no-one will ever know because it's unlikely they've had it before!?

And just for funsies, I made a video with my friend Jessica (of lasagna-making fame) documenting our process:

How planning Wonder Woman's funeral made me plan my own as a gift to my family

Guestpost by Kelsey Munger on Oct 28th

"Today we're going to get into small groups," my thanatology teacher announced, handing out a list of questions. The challenge: planning Wonder Woman's funeral.

Wonder Woman, according to our assignment, had tragically passed away after many years of kicking butt as a sexy crime fighting crusader in the name of justice. Because she was loved the world over, Ms. Wonder Woman's only direct request was that her body disposition (what's done to the body), final disposition (the body's final resting place), and funeral service equally include all of the many unique death-related practices without offending or marginalizing any of the inhabitants of the earth.

The request was sweet… but not exactly simple…

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Use a towel to make a grave, and 3 other final-hour DIY Halloween projects

Guestpost by Sabrina Zbasnik on Oct 28th

use a towel to make a grave

If you're looking for last-minute (final hour?) Halloween decor ideas, Homie Sabrina has a ton of easy DIYs that you could do today… probably with things you already have in your home! Check out how to make a grave from a towel, how to create "witch lanterns" from Mason jars, the cheap and easy way to rust plastic, and how to make drippy candles that won't ever drip.

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Get your "Oh shit, I'm sick" kit ready before it's too late

By on Oct 27th

oh shit im sick kit

Being sick freaking sucks. But if there's one thing that sucks even more, it's having to go to the store when you're sick to stock up on all the illness accoutrements. During undergrad I worked at a pharmacy on campus, and was regularly exposed to all manner of germs and products with which to treat those germs. I started stocking up on supplies at the beginning of the year, so that when the inevitable welcome-back bug infected me, I'd be ready.

I made the sick version of Offbeat Bride's "Oh shit!" kit. Having this kit handy means you can devote more time to lying on the couch and watching as many Gilmore Girls episodes as you can in a row and less time trying to look presentable to the outside world so you can buy throat drops. It also means that all of your supplies are kept in one spot. I keep mine in a big purse I never use anymore but still like the look of. It hangs in my closet, unassuming, yet handy.

Here's what I keep in my "Oh shit I'm sick" kit:

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