It’s October 31st, otherwise known as Halloween, Hallowe’en, or All Hallows’ Eve. This holiday has been celebrated for hundreds of years, and people commemorate the occasion in a number of different ways. We like to look beyond tradition, offering new ways to celebrate Halloween.
We’re big fans of Halloween here at MakeUseOf, and like to help our readers celebrate in geeky ways. So, by all means get dressed up in a scary costume,
stay safe while trick-or-treating
, or intricately carve a pumpkin into a jack-o-lantern. But we’re here to help you do all of these things with a geeky twist.
5 Halloween Safety Gadgets for Safe Trick or Treating
5 Halloween Safety Gadgets for Safe Trick or Treating Monsters aren't the scariest thing about Halloween. Not by a long shot. Halloween ranks among the three deadliest holidays -- so, we've rounded up the best Halloween safety gadgets for protecting your kids.
First up, if you have some time on your hands, you can spend the day working on a Halloween-themed project. We have all of the information you need to
make a pair of spooky glowing eyes
How to Make Spooky Halloween Glowing Eyes for Less Than $5
How to Make Spooky Halloween Glowing Eyes for Less Than $5 Want to spice up your Halloween decorations this year? Learn how to make LED eyes for less than $5 in this beginner's electronics project.
make a motion-activated soundbox
. Either of which is sure to scare trick-or-treaters away into the night.
Scare Trick-or-Treaters With a DIY Motion-Activated Soundbox
Scare Trick-or-Treaters With a DIY Motion-Activated Soundbox It's that time of year again when it's considered socially acceptable to terrify young children and give them candy. Oh joy.
If you’re not into messing around with electronics, perhaps manipulating photos is more your thing. In which case, follow this guide to
make photos look vintage using Photoshop
. And if even that sounds too much like hard work, you can simply
How to Make Spooky Vintage Halloween Photos Using Adobe Photoshop
How to Make Spooky Vintage Halloween Photos Using Adobe Photoshop Old things are spookier - it's a fact. If you want to fake a scary old photo that you "found" in your Gran's basement, then follow this awesome guide.
download Halloween-themed printables
Download Free & Fearsome Halloween Printables for All Ages
Download Free & Fearsome Halloween Printables for All Ages The internet hosts myriad awesome sites full of free stuff to print. Why should Halloween be any different? Presenting some cool printables from around the web.
Gamers have plenty of ways to celebrate Halloween. If you’re staying in over Halloween, why not
play the scariest video games ever made
? Or, if you’re a fan of
The Scariest Must-Play Horror Games for Halloween
The Scariest Must-Play Horror Games for Halloween In the spirit of Halloween and all things scary, here's our pick of the scariest and most atmospheric horror games of the last few years.
The Walking Dead, install a zombie mod for your favorite game
. Or, if you prefer gaming on the go,
Zombie Mods Turn These Games Into Halloween Nightmares
Zombie Mods Turn These Games Into Halloween Nightmares Want to stay in and game on Halloween night? These eight mods will turn your favorite games into zombie-infested nightmares!
check out these mobile horror games for kids
5 Mobile Horror Games for Kids to Play on Halloween
5 Mobile Horror Games for Kids to Play on Halloween This Halloween, when your kids ask you trick or treat, give them the treat of some spooky video games. Here are five video games that are appropriate for children!
If you prefer to chill out over Halloween, why not climb into your favorite onesie, brew up some hot chocolate, and sit down on front of the TV. Then you can
binge-watch some truly scary TV shows
, choose one of
15 Scary TV Shows to Binge-Watch Over Halloween
15 Scary TV Shows to Binge-Watch Over Halloween These scary TV shows will disturb you in ways you wouldn't expect. So sit tight and enjoy hours of dread with some television horror you can stream over Halloween.
the best horror movies to watch on Netflix
, or try to remain seated despite watching
13 Horror Movies to Watch on Netflix This Halloween
13 Horror Movies to Watch on Netflix This Halloween Halloween is the perfect time to curl up on the couch, switch off the lights, and scare yourself with some good old-fashioned horror movies. And Netflix has plenty to choose from.
movies filled with jump scares on Netflix
13 Nightmarish Netflix Movies Full of Jump Scares
13 Nightmarish Netflix Movies Full of Jump Scares Jump scares are those moments in movies which make you jump out of your seat. Literally. So if you enjoy being scared, you'll enjoy this list of jump scare movies on Netflix.
Lastly, although it may be too late for this year, we have a list of
Halloween decorations, gadgets, and toys all geeks should buy
. Bookmark that one, along with all the others, so you’re more prepared for 2017!
10 Techie Halloween Decorations, Gadgets, and Toys
10 Techie Halloween Decorations, Gadgets, and Toys With the 31st of October lurking, consider ordering a few Halloween decorations and gadgets to terrify your friends and family. We've gathered some of the most chilling gear around -- read on if you dare!
So, how will you be celebrating Halloween this year? Will you be sticking to the age-old traditions? Or trying something a little geekier than usual? What Halloween-themed articles would you like us to publish next year? Please let us know in the comments below!
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