Paras Pumpkins: Because Carving is So Old School

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When it comes to pumpkins, there’s a way to decorate a pumpkin and there’s a way to DECORATE a pumpkin. Jeanette Paras of Paras Pumpkins is known for the latter.

My darlings, this woman has put our pumpkin carving to shame.

Instead of carving a face into a little store bought pumpkin, Paras paints the faces of famous people onto ginormous pumpkins, some weighing over 350 lb.

Yes, you read correctly. Three hundred and fifty pound pumpkins.

The faces of Kim Jong Un, Lady Gaga, Steve Jobs, Kanye West, Miley Cyrus and even Betty White have been marvelously pumpkin-ized by Jeanette Paras.

Enjoy some of her creations below!

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October Favorites: Demi Lovato’s Engagement, “Froot” & Skittle Milk

October faves

It’s the end of October, and you know what that means…

Halloween and monthly favorites!

This month gave us a taste of the cold weather to come, but October’s pop culture and gossip was enough to warm us right back up!

Favorite News Articles

1. Demi Lovato is engaged. Who’s the lucky guy? A 5-year-old cutie named Grant!

2. Buzzfeed’s “35 Things That’ll Make You Reevaluate Your Entire Existence.” Best Buzzfeed list I’ve seen in a while!

3. Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher’s baby girl Wyatt has arrived! Can you guess which baby pic is hers?

4. This kid totally photobombed a Las Vegas newscast. And it was divalicious.

5. Long lost bird returns to British owner speaking Spanish. That was a very educational four year disappearance!

6. Obama meets a jealous boyfriend at the polls. That’s gonna be a story to tell the kids.

Favorite Music

1. “Froot” by Marina and the Diamonds. Farewell, Electra Heart. I just love the ominous opera-like vocals and reference to Fellini’s La Dolce Vita. Definitely looking forward to her next album!

2. “Numb” by Nick Jonas. Can’t say I’m not digging his new R&B vibe.

3. “Runaway (U & I)” by Galantis. These guys have mastered the art of baby chipmunk voices.

4. Hellbent by Mystery Skulls ft. Snowblood. Even though I wasn’t that impressed by the album, I really love this pre-released track!

Favorite Celebrity Instagrams

1. Grace and Chester are official. I don’t care if it’s not confirmed. Can they just skip to the engagement announcement already?!

Good morning. I am ready for the day.

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2. Even though Sarah Jessica Parker got in so much trouble for this, I think it’s adorbs.

Look what I found promenading.

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3. Sawyer Hartman in film noir. Spiffy.

4. Work that flower Jesse. Werk. It.

5. Lucy the Twitter bird. I just love how creative her costumes are!

This year I go as the Twitter bird.

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Favorite TV Episodes

1. New Girl “Dice.” I can’t even begin to imagine what Jess would be like on Tinder!

2. Castle “Clear and Present Danger.” Can I borrow that invisibility costume for a day?

3. Pretty Little Liars “#WeLoveYouToDeAth.” I love how laid back the cast was in their interviews. I especially love how they brought back all the dead characters for the questions!

4. Mindy Project “Crimes & Misdemeanors & Ex-BFs.” I can’t believe she pretended to break up with Danny to get her taxes done. What even.

Favorite YouTube Videos

1. Rhett & Link’s Good Mythical Morning, “Will It Cereal?” These guys get too excited about drinking the milk from the Skittles test.

2. Taylor Swift’s Diet Coke kitten commercial. She’s drowning in a sea of kitties!

3. Mike Falzone’s Poppy Seed. Too much talent.

4. Meet PewDiePie’s mom and sister! Johanna and Fanny are too cool.

Goodbye, October, and Happy Halloween!

Re-visit Your Childhood Home with “The Wilderness Downtown”

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I challenge you to creep yourself out this Halloween by re-visiting your childhood home using the 2010 interactive short film “The Wilderness Downtown.”

The short film by Chris Milk is a Google Chrome experiment created with the help of Google Maps and a song long enough to navigate through the streets of the neighborhood you grew up in.

Just type in the address of your childhood home and grab a bowl of popcorn, because things are about to get grade-A stalker-ish.

“The Wilderness Downtown” begins with a faceless man wearing a hooded sweater as he runs through the streets. As the video progresses, Google Maps is figuring where the neighborhood that corresponds with the address is located.

Pop-up windows show a birds eye view of your childhood vicinity before zooming in to reveal the front lawn of your old abode.

The interactive video also allows you to write a letter to your childhood self. Of course, you won’t actually receive it, because you would have remembered getting a letter from your older self if that were the case.

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The film lasts for about five minutes, and it’s soundtrack happens to be the Arcade Fire song “We Used to Wait.”

“We Used to Wait” features a beautiful piano melody that keeps the songs medium tempo. I especially love the bridge where the line “we used t wait for it” is repeated several times before the song comes to an end.

This is one of the most impressive interactive videos I’ve seen to date.

Give it a try for yourself here.

8 Not-So-Spooky Halloween Movies

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I’m going to be honest here: I do not like scary movies. I just cannot sit in front of a screen while a character is being repeatedly tortured, brutally murdered and/or frightened to near death. Call me a scaredy-cat, a wimp or any other names you want–I don’t care.

I’m sure I’m not the only one, and this distaste doesn’t have ruin your Halloween film-watching escapades. No need to jump out of your PJs screaming, because here’s a list of eight not-so-spooky Halloween movies for you to enjoy!

1. Corpse Bride (2005): This move was created with so much beautiful artistry that there’s no time to feel afraid by it. Those who love a little bit of romance will enjoy this Tim Burton classic.


2. Young Frankenstein (1974): 
Turn your screams into laughs with this hilarious parody version of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Who would have thought that such a horrid disaster could be so funny?


3. Disturbia (2007): 
It’s kind of hard to believe they were able to work some funny bits into this film. Become a spy while Kale, a student on house arrest for punching his Spanish teacher solves a neighborhood crime.

4. Vacancy (2007): Check into Pinewood Motel with Amy and David–or don’t actually, because you might end up the victim of snuff film. The couple’s paranoia becomes mildly laughable in some scenes.

 5. Warm Bodies (2013): Who doesn’t love a hopelessly romantic zombie? Warm Bodies will indeed warm your entire body, from the inside out.

6. Haunting Hour: Don’t Think About It (2007): This family film is based on an R.L. Stine book of the same name. Oh, and the “evil thing”? I dare you NOT to think about it.

7. Edward Scissorhands (1990): A bedtime story about a man with scissors for hands who doesn’t try to intentionally harm people, and he even styles hair?! Where can I find him?

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8. Oscar’s Hotel (2014): Unlike Vacancy‘s Pinewood Hotel, Oscar’s Hotel is one you might actually want to check into. This short film by YouTuber PJ Liguori (KickThePJ) is loads of fun, featuring monsters, a crazy uncle, and YouTubers Mitchell Davis (livelavalive) and Chris Kendall (crabstickz).

 

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Have a happy and safe Halloween 2014!