Chrome Unboxed: Google Launches Interactive Tool To Help You Decide On The Perfect Halloween Costume

Chrome Unboxed: Google Launches Interactive Tool To Help You Decide On The Perfect Halloween Costume. “Are you trying to decide what you’d like to be for Halloween? Being yourself or the new kid on the block doesn’t count, and you’ve only got a few weeks left! What are you going to do, perform a simple Google search for the most popular costumes? That could take a while. Luckily for you, Google has compiled all of this data into a new interactive tool called Frightgeist, and you can access it right now!”

Make Tech Easier: 8 Scary Apps to Freak Out Your Friends on Halloween (2021)

For a given value of “useful,” also it’s Friday. Make Tech Easier: 8 Scary Apps to Freak Out Your Friends on Halloween (2021). “Halloween’s coming up, so prepare a list of SpOoOoOky movies, carve up some pumpkins, and set a tripwire across your front gate to protect yourself from trick-or-treaters. It’s also a good time of year to play tricks on people (like April Fool’s, but scarier), and there are some great apps designed just for that purpose. So get your spook on with our list of scary and creepy apps to try out on yourself and your friends this Hallow’s Eve.”

New York Times: ‘Go out there and enjoy Halloween,’ Dr. Fauci says.

New York Times: ‘Go out there and enjoy Halloween,’ Dr. Fauci says.. “Despite the wide availability of Covid-19 vaccines, not all Halloween parades have been safe from virus-related cancellations this year…. But Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease doctor, came to the defense of the mask-friendly holiday during a CNN interview on Sunday, saying that outdoor trick-or-treating was perfectly safe.”

Make Tech Easier: 5 Sites to Stream Free Scary Movies for Halloween

Make Tech Easier: 5 Sites to Stream Free Scary Movies for Halloween. “What’s your favorite scary movie? If you’re in the mood to spice up your Halloween with some delightfully spooky movies, you’re in luck. While movies on the big screen like ‘It’ and the upcoming ‘Jigsaw’ will be scaring cinema-goers, you’ll be happy to know you don’t have to stray from the couch to get in the Halloween spirit.”

NBC News: Illegal Halloween party with nearly 400 people shut down by deputies in NYC

NBC News: Illegal Halloween party with nearly 400 people shut down by deputies in NYC. “The sheriff’s office in New York City said Saturday its deputies shut down an illegal Halloween party of more than 387 people that violated emergency orders prohibiting large gatherings during the coronavirus pandemic. The police bust occurred at around 1 a.m. on Saturday in a Brooklyn warehouse.”

Mass Live: Salem preserves 400 year old documents, creates online database for public to search about Joshua Ward House, genealogy and more

Mass Live: Salem preserves 400 year old documents, creates online database for public to search about Joshua Ward House, genealogy and more. “Salem’s typically filled with ghost tours, visitors walking through cemeteries and other haunted happenings. This year, however, the city is discouraging visitors due to the coronavirus pandemic. But that doesn’t mean people can’t still discover the stories behind the well-known city. The city of Salem has been working with Laserfiche, a software company, for about three years to preserve some of its oldest documents, creating an online database for the public to search.”

Android Police: Google adds new creepy (and cute) 3D AR creatures just in time for Halloween

Android Police: Google adds new creepy (and cute) 3D AR creatures just in time for Halloween. “Frightful times have fallen, and Google is getting into the swing of things with an array of special Halloween-themed 3D animals and objects. From a witchy cat wearing a pointy hat to a skeleton getting jiggy with it, summoning up some October thrills is now simply a search away.”

Bungalower: New website brings Horror Nights houses online

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

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

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’

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

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

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

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.