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With Halloween ideas for EASY Halloween decor and decorations, cheap Halloween costumes, how to carve a jack-o-lantern, and general amazing Halloween life hacks, we teach you How to Halloween!
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Both: Hey!

Emma: So Halloween is just around the corner and that's got us thinking about the holidays. Like so much of adulthood, the holidays are what you make of them.

Mike: So we've come up with some cheap and simple Halloween hacks in case you happen to be celebrating as well, so this is how we Halloween.

Emma: Maybe that should be scarier?

Mike: Ok...

Both: How we Halloween.


Emma: Ok so first let's talk decorations, you don't have to live in a mansion to get your Martha 'Boo-art' on.  Obviously, a staple of the holiday is the carved Jack-o-Lantern, and we'll link you to some videos that will help you with that.  In the meantime, here are a couple little pumpkin tips.  

If wielding blades is not your thing, try the cookie cutter technique.  All you need is some cookie cutters and durable stainless steel is preferable, and some kind of hammering mechanism such as a hammer.  Place the cookie cutter on your pumpkin, gently tap it in, remove and repeat until you're happy with your creation.  

Mike: And if you don't feel like scooping out the pumpkin guts, then here's another trick.  Instead of carving the Jack-O-Lantern, use glow-in-the-dark face paint on it.  It'll look like a regular pumpkin by day, but by night, it'll be spoopy.  

Emma: This is also helpful if your apartment doesn't allow open flames.  Another possibility: LED candles.  But hey, who says you even need a pumpkin for Halloween decorating?  That's what Benedict Cumberbatch invented glow sticks for.  

Mike: I don't think it was him.

Emma: The mythos of Cumberbatch knows no bounds.

Mike: Fair enough.

Emma: With a few dollar glow sticks or some LED lights, you can make creepy faces out of balloons and cardboard tubes.

 Scary Movies 

Mike: These can keep you company if you'd like to stay in and watch some scary movies, for instance.  One of my favorite traditions is to stay in with my wife, make some s'mores, and watch scary movies on Netflix.  We'll put a list to some streamable faves in the description.  By the way, s'mores hack, instead of using a piece of chocolate, use a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup.  It changes everything.


Emma: Costumes!  Obviously, there are the 'oh, crap, Mom, I forgot it's Halloween' favorites, such as a toilet paper mummy or a be-sheeted ghost, but here are a few other options.  Throw on an old robe and go as The Dude.  Get an old fishing hat and a bunch of popsicle sticks and be Home Improvement Backyard Philosopher Wilson Wilson.  Got a black hoodie and some aluminum foil?  You're The Winter Soldier.  Got a sunhat?  You're The Summer Soldier.  

Mike: No matter what you're wearing, whether you're out there with your plastic pumpkin bucket or your handy Netflix queue, be sure to do what makes you happy this Halloween.  


Emma: And that's all we've got for you today.  What are you doing this Halloween, if anything?  Let us know in the comments section below.  Also, if you feel like it, shout out your favorite Halloween costume of all times, we would love to hear from you.  In the meantime, we're gonna go door-to-door with our plastic--

Mike: BOO!  



Mike: This video was sponsored by Warby Parker.  One of the cool things about costumes is that you get to try on a new look.  Warby Parker, an online store that sells prescription eyeglasses and sunglasses sent us five pairs of frames for an at-home try-on, and we want your help to decide which ones to keep.  

Emma: If you guys want to try them out as well, go to, pick out five frames to try, and they'll cover three-day shipping both ways.  One cool thing about Warby Parker is that for every pair you buy, they donate a pair to someone in a developing country.

Mike: Let us know in the comments which frames do you guys like best, and again, if you'd like to try them out, just go to