Halloween

Halloween doesn’t have to be about October… for those of us who are goth, it’s a year-round vibe.

8 easy pumpkin decorating ideas for lazy parents

I am unafraid to admit to the masses that I am the laziest of parents! And the last thing I need this Halloween is another mess to clean up. So here are some easy pumpkin decorating ideas that won’t leave you covered in seeds and despair…

Hocus Pocus gear, Hocus Pocus shirt, Hocus Pocus jewelry

Tons of Hocus Pocus gear (shirts! prints! costumes!) to put a spell on you

Come little reader, I’ll take you away, into a land of enchantment. Hocus Pocus has entered the pantheon of classics to rewatch this time of year. Thankfully, when something becomes popular, MERCH arrives! There are some cute AF Hocus Pocus gear like shirts, jewelry, props, prints, and even costumes that are available to get you in the spirit.

Let me put a spell on you while you peruse the merchandise. I promise not to steal your youth. Probably…

Now THIS is how you do a 40th birthday costume party

Now THIS is how you do a 40th birthday costume party

Bundling a milestone birthday with Halloween made for an excellent night of costumes, spectacle, performances, and celebrating life in San Francisco. From the world famous singer Lisa Lisa, to contortionists, a champagne girl, tarot card readers, and pole dancers never a dull moment was had. Let’s see how costumes and revelry can make a 40th birthday party simply spectacular…

Last-minute free digital Halloween party invites for your spooky soiree

Last-minute free digital Halloween party invites for your spooky soiree

Planning a Boos & Booze Halloween or fall bonanza? There’s still time to get Halloween party invitations in the mail, but in case you don’t have time to get to it or just run in a more digital crowd, I’ve found some seriously adorably creepy free digital Halloween party invites that will entice everyone to your hair-raising fête. Evite-style invites are still totally a thing and help keep waste to a minimum. Plus: FREE!

savory pumpkin recipes

11 unusual pumpkin recipes that go WAY beyond pie

Tired of pumpkin yet? Pumpkin isn’t tired of YOU. It never tires of you. It loves you. And when you see these unusual pumpkin recipes, you may change your tune and return that love. OR maybe you’re still totally ready for pumpkin to find its place in your menu, in which case, scroll for the goods. We’ve got savory pumpkin dishes, pumpkin sweets that totally aren’t your usual pumpkin pie, and even a little treat for the pooch in your life. Because y’all KNOW puppies love pumpkin. So grab a can of pumpkin puree or a whole pumpkin if you’re feeling Martha Stewart-ish today, and tell us how the cooking goes…

How to carve a foam pumpkin

How to carve an everlasting jack-o-lantern (from a foam pumpkin!)

I’ve loved holiday-specific crafts my entire life: gingerbread house building, Easter egg dying, and most especially, pumpkin carving. I moved to Louisiana seven years ago. The first few years I was down here I’d carve a real pumpkin, and due to humidity it would be moldy in three days or less no matter what I did to try to preserve it. That’s when I discovered foam pumpkin carving!

Bad-ass woman warrior costumes and armor for LARP, Ren faires, cosplay, or Halloween

I was thinking about the upcoming summer festival season, convention season, Renaissance faires, and of course, it’s never to early to plan your Halloween costume. And it dawned on me: this past year has been ALL about the woman warrior. From the Dora Milaje in Black Panther to Wonder Woman to Captain Phasma to Tessa Thompson’s epic Valkyrie, bad-ass women in armor are where it’s at.

So I went a-hunting for some not-too-revealing, super kick-ass woman warrior costumes and armor for all your LARPing, convention, Ren faire, cosplay, or sexy role play needs. Here are some of the best I found…

Last minute no-carve pumpkin ideas for Halloween

Last minute no-carve pumpkin ideas for Halloween (geeky, chic, or cute as hell!)

It’s almost Halloween, you’ve got kids coming over (or adults for pumpkin-flavored cocktails!), and you’re so not in the mood to start carving and de-gooping pumpkins. I’ll be honest, I’m almost never in the mood, outside of when I can roast those seeds. Yum.

But if you’re not down with pulling out pumpkin guts and want something a little shmancier than simply painting them one color, here are some rock ‘n’ roll, glam AF, and easy as (pumpkin) pie no-carve pumpkin ideas…