Bungalower: New website brings Horror Nights houses online. “A new website by a former theme park designer and blogger has just been launched to bring the screams of Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights online….Virtual Frights is the first effort by Pseudonym and it shares video walk-throughs of five years of Halloween Horror Nights haunted houses using easy-to-navigate videos sourced from local vloggers and media sites.”
CBS News: Utah toddler befriends Halloween skeleton amid COVID-19 pandemic. “It’s hard being an only child – especially during a pandemic – which may explain why 2-year-old Theo Brady of Salt Lake City, Utah, recently felt a strange attraction to a Halloween decoration. ‘I think he got kind of lonely, and he found this skeleton and was like, “Oh, this can be my friend,”‘ said Theo’s mother, Abigail Brady.”
NPR: CDC’s Halloween Guidelines Warn Against Typical Trick-Or-Treating. “In a year that’s been plenty scary, this much is clear: Pandemic Halloween will be different than regular Halloween. Many traditional ways of celebrating are now considerably more frightful than usual, because now they bring the risk of spreading the coronavirus. Accordingly, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued new guidelines on how to celebrate Halloween safely. No big surprise: Classic door-to-door trick-or-treating and crowded, boozy costume parties are not recommended.”
Los Angeles Times: L.A. County walks back Halloween ban, says trick-or-treating ‘not recommended’. “Less than a day after issuing new health guidelines that banned trick-or-treating and other Halloween activities, Los Angeles County public health officials walked back the decision Wednesday. Citing an inability to maintain safe social distancing and the potential for gatherings beyond household members, county officials initially nixed trick-or-treating along with other Halloween traditions, including haunted houses and parades.”
Slate: Do Not Be the Coronavirus for Halloween. “Despite drugstores’ insistence on setting up Halloween candy displays in August, you probably haven’t given much thought to what that holiday is going to be like in this pandemic year, what you should dress up as, or if you should dress up at all. As you begin to consider the possibilities, I have an early request. Don’t be the coronavirus for Halloween. And if you do (which, again, you shouldn’t), don’t wear one of these masks that depict the virus itself, that microscopic spiked sphere rendering enlarged and given a grotesque face.”
CNET: 7 best scary Halloween music playlists you can stream for free on Spotify. “Like Christmas, Halloween has its own tunes to get you in the spirit of the season. No matter what you’re into — classic movie soundtracks, family-friendly kids songs, chill lo-fi beats or metal — there’s probably a Halloween-themed playlist for it. While there are dozens of playlists, albums and podcasts available across platforms to get you amped up for spooky season, here are seven Spotify playlists to get you started, no matter what mood you’re in or what kind of Halloween party you want to throw.”
Philly Voice: Need Halloween costume inspo? Check out Google’s Frightgeist. “As we inch closer to Halloween, here’s something scary to think about: walking into a Halloween party and realizing your costume isn’t as awesome/unique as you thought because there are at least 12 other people dressed up as the exact same thing. This year, you can avoid that thanks to Google’s very-’80s-looking costume trend tool Frightgeist.” It is SO 1980s.
I hereby apologize for posting this in September, but. Popsugar: 11 Emoji Pumpkin Templates That’ll Make Carving So Much Fun. “When it comes to carving pumpkins, the sky’s the limit. From scary quotes to movie characters to food items, you can get super creative with what you carve. But for us, we don’t have to look any further than our phones for inspiration, because we’re all about the emojis.”
CNET: For Halloween, Google scares up its first multiplayer Doodle game. “Two years ago, Google captivated Doodle players with a game featuring an adorable black cat with magic powers that races the clock to save its school from a horde of invading spirits. This year’s Great Ghoul Duel takes things up a notch by letting you form two teams of four ghosts to collect as many wandering spirit flames as possible and return them to your home base within two minutes.”
Library of Congress: New Online: Scary Stories and More. “With Halloween just around the corner, the Library of Congress has released a new web guide to Halloween resources at the Library. It features select materials on the folk customs, fine art, pop culture and literature of Halloween and Día de Muertos, or ‘Day of the Dead,’ observed in Mexico and elsewhere in North America on November 1.”
Lifehacker: Add Your House to the “Teal Pumpkin Project” Map to Make Halloween Safer for Kids With Allergies . “Started in 2014 by FARE, the Teal Pumpkin Project is a campaign that aims to make Halloween safer for everyone, including the one in 13 kids who has a food allergy ranging from mild to life-threatening. Common allergens in candies include nuts, milk, egg, soy or wheat. To participate in the project, you simply need to provide non-food treats for trick-or-treaters, and place a teal pumpkin—the color symbolizing food allergy awareness—in front of your home.”
SEO Roundtable’s got the Halloween search engine roundup. Doesn’t look like Yahoo did anything. Aww.
Wondering what the hot Halloween costumes are this year? Search Engine Journal’s got the scoop. “According to the NRF [National Retail Federation], 34 percent of people turn to search engines for Halloween costume inspiration. Which costumes are inspiring consumers most this year? Harley Quinn, Star Wars, and Deadpool are among the most searched for costumes this year, search data from Google and Bing reveals.”
Need a little fun for Halloween? Check out Google’s Halloween doodle. “Google has launched their Halloween Doodle, aka Google logo, a day early – it is a fun game where you fight ghosts and scary critters.”
Facebook Live has added new filters for Halloween. “The limited edition masks include a jack-o’-lantern, a witch, a skeleton, and a few animals. This is the first time Facebook has introduced Snapchat-style face filters. The filters are admittedly less flattering than Snapchat’s, but if you want to look like half your face skin is peeling off, it’s a pretty good option.”