Late to the Halloween Party

Forgot that Halloween falls on the 31st of October? Don’t worry, it happens to the best of us.  Last week we gave you ideas for an easy to do party. This week were here to supply you with some last minute costume ideas. So if you don’t feel like spending a ton of money on a costume that you’re only going to wear once, we’ve got you covered. Literally.

 

Ceiling Fan

Ready? Ok! Use adhesive letters (or masking tape) to spell go ceiling! on a shirt. Carry pom-poms or mopheads. Short pleated skirt optional.

Iron Chef

Wear a chef’s hat  or an apron and hold an iron. Bonus points if a friend dresses as your (orange-clogged) competition: Mario Batali.

Fork in the Road

Wear black. Using white duct tape, make a line of dashes (your lane lines) that begins at one ankle and ends at your collar. Fasten a fork along the route.

Split P

Cut out a large p from a piece of colored construction paper, then cut it in half. Tape it to your hoodie so that the zipper appears to slice through it.

Bottleneck

Grab an empty bottle from the recycling bin. Tie a string around its neck, then loop it around yours. Complain all night about “traffic on the 501.”

Pumpkin Pi

Dress in orange. Cut out a pi symbol from black paper (or print one out; type option + p) and tape it to your shirt. Look infinitely more festive.

Buccaneer

Tape a $1 bill to each of your ears. Now you’ve got a buck an ear.

Self-Portrait

Carry a large, empty picture frame (minus the glass) and hold it in front of your face.

Tickled Pink

Dress from head to toe in rose or fuchsia. Accessorize with a feather boa.

Cat Out of the Bag

Wear cat ears. Hold an empty bag or pillowcase. Purr-fection!

 

 

 

 

Here Comes Halloween!

It’s getting cold and the trees are losing their leaves. Somewhere it is snowing and stores are closed down, but everywhere else massive piles of candy are going on sale. Halloween is around the corner and people are getting ready. “What do you need for halloween?” you might ask. Three things – 1. A costume 2. Massive amounts of candy 3. Decorations.  We’ll leave the first two up to you. But if you are looking for good, scary, and inexpensive Halloween decoration ideas, you’ve come to the right place.

Caught in a Web

Wrap spooky skulls and spiders in spiderweb. Hang from the ceiling.

Haunted Terrariums

Fill empty jelly jars with twigs, crows and spiders to make a haunted terrarium.

Spooky Ghost

Make a paper ghost to stick on the mirror.

Glowing Drinks

Add tonic water to drinks to make them glow.

Scary Spirits

Cover styrofoam heads with cheesecloth and hang from the ceiling.

Vent Pipe Pumpkins

Turn dryer vents into pumpkins.

Glowing Eyes

Cut out different shaped eyes from toilet paper rolls and place glow sticks inside. Hide them in the bushes and trees.

Spider Pods

Place a glow stick inside a water balloon and hang from the ceiling inside a stocking.

Ghost Hands

Fill a latex glove with water to make a ghost hand for your punch.

Chicken Wire Ghost

 

And there you have it, 10 quick easy tips sure to spook your guests out this Halloween. Be safe and have a great time!

 

 

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Yes, you read that correctly, we have added a new cashout option to our website and it goes by a little name of Target.  Just in time for the holiday season, we thought we’d go ahead and do our best to make your shopping a little bit easier. Now, along with Paypal Dwolla and Amazon, you can choose to redeem your points from us via a wide array of options.

“How does the new Target option work?” you might ask.

The same way the Amazon card does, but via Target’s online shopping store.

“Can I use it in the store?”

no, but you can always choose to order online, and then pick it up in a store of your choice.”

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Lunar Eclipse Alert!

The full moon will turn red for half of the world when Wednesday’s lunar eclipse occurs, but some Americans and Asians could be treated to an extra helping of astronomical weirdness — the sight of an eclipsed moon sharing the sky with the sun.

Just seeing a lunar eclipse is a treat: This is the second in a “tetrad” series of four such events, spread over the course of 18 months. The first in the series took place in April; this time, the best seats in the house are in western North America, east Asia, Australia and the Pacific.

Technically, the show gets under way at 4:15 a.m. ET Wednesday when the edge of the moon just starts to dip into the lightest zone of Earth’s shadow, known as the penumbra. But the viewing doesn’t get good until at least an hour later, when the darker part of the shadow (the umbra) begins to creep across the moon’s disk.

The climax comes between 6:25 and 7:25 a.m. ET, during the eclipse’s total phase. That’s when the sun, moon and Earth are positioned so that our planet blocks nearly all the sunlight heading in the moon’s direction.

The term “nearly” is key: Earth’s atmosphere should refract the sun’s rays just enough to throw a reddish, sunset-like glow onto the moon’s darkened disc. The precise shade depends on atmospheric conditions: Sometimes it’s so ruddy that skywatchers call it a “blood moon” — which is apt for Halloween season.

What Is a Blood Moon?

Skywatchers in the eastern United States (and other regions of the world, including a slice of Asia, Australia and the Pacific) could get in on the strange sun-plus-moon sight.

When you consider that the sun and the moon are on precisely opposite sides of our planet during a lunar eclipse, it may seem geometrically impossible for an earthly observer to see both celestial bodies at the same time. However, the refraction effect means light can be bent enough to place the sun on one side of the sky, and the darkened moon on the other.

This effect is known as selenelion — pronounced “sell-a-NELL-ion,” to rhyme with “hellion” (though “sell-a-NEEL-ion” may be an alternate). To see it, you have to be at just the right place at the right time. For Americans, that’s when the moon is setting and the sun is rising.

“It’s a phenomenon that’s barely possible,” said Michael Zeiler, who has charted scores of eclipses as the curator of Eclipse-Maps.com. “Besides being in the right location, you have to have the right conditions. Those right conditions require that you be at a high point, with an excellent view toward the horizon to the east and the west, and have transparent sky conditions to see both the sun and the moon.”

Image: Eclipse mapSKY & TELESCOPE

This map shows where Wednesday’s lunar eclipse will (and won’t) be vlsible. The transition zones are where it’s theoretically possible to see the eclipsed moon and the sun at the same time.

Specifically for the United States and Canada, East Coast residents from Newfoundland to the Carolinas could see the sun rise as the totally eclipsed moon sets. That’s a hard observation to make, because the moon will be so dim in the daylight. Moon-watching binoculars are advised. (But don’t use them to look at the sun!)

Farther inland, Midwesterners could see the rising sun and the partially eclipsed moon together in the sky. This map from Sky & Telescope gives you an idea what you can see where, and the U.S. Naval Observatory can fill you in on the times for moonset and sunrise in your locale. If you’re in one of the eclipse transition zones, and if sunrise precedes moonset, there’s a chance of seeing selenelion.

If you miss out, don’t despair. Even Zeiler couldn’t quite catch the climactic moment when he watched a lunar eclipse from Los Alamos, N.M., in 2011.

 “I missed it by 10 minutes or so,” he recalled. “I was just a little too far east, but I gave it the old college try.”
Image: SelenelionMICHAEL ZEILER

Michael Zeiler’s multiple-exposure image shows the lunar eclipse of Dec. 10, 2011, just as it was nearing its total phase. At the same time that the moon was setting in Los Alamos, N.M., the sun was just about to rise.

If you’re located on the part of the globe that will totally miss seeing the eclipsed moon in the sky — a wide stretch that includes Europe, the Middle East and Africa — you can still get in on the fun online. The same goes for those who have cloudy skies. Here are four promising prospects:

  • NASA will offer a live Ustream video feed of the eclipse, plus a Web chatwith moon experts. The chat begins at 3 a.m. ET and continues until sunrise. NASA also says it’s planning a Reddit “Ask Me Anything” event as a warmup for the eclipse at 4 p.m. ET Tuesday.
  • The Coca-Cola Space Science Center at Columbus State University in Georgia has scheduled a skywatching webcast that begins at 3:30 a.m. ET.
  • The Slooh virtual observatory will feature live feeds from Australia and North America during a webcast that begins at 5 a.m. ET. EarthSky.org’s Deborah Byrd will be among Slooh’s guest commentators.
  • The Virtual Telescope Project will share views from astrophotographers in Australia, New Zealand, Panama, Canada and the United States, starting at 6 a.m. ET.

After the eclipse, you can bet that photographers will be posting pictures to SpaceWeather.com and other websites. Want to try it yourself? For detailed tips, check out Bob King’s guide to lunar eclipse photography at Universe Today.