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Dad Wins Halloween by Building a Working Replica of Disneyland's Haunted Mansion Ride

A week ago, we thought no one would ever best a Disney-obsessed railroad engineer who built a miniature replica of Disneyland’s Fantasyland in his basement. And then we discovered Dan Schmidt—who, for the past couple of years, has created a working version of the Haunted Mansion ride in his garage for Halloween.

Unintentionally Creepy Halloween Costumes, Space Rovers, and All the Best Toys You Missed This Week Unintentionally Creepy Halloween Costumes, Space Rovers, and All the Best Toys You Missed This Week

Ending the week without a list of new ways to blow your paycheck just feels wrong, so welcome back to Toy Aisle, io9's weekly roundup of the coolest toys we’ve seen on the internet. This week we’ve got some Star Wars-themed costume ideas that will unintentionally terrify your neighborhood, a fun Squirrel Girl doll…

An Amazing Japanese Take on C-3PO, and More of the Loveliest Toys of the Week An Amazing Japanese Take on C-3PO, and More of the Loveliest Toys of the Week

Welcome back to Toy Aisle, io9's regular roundup of all things merch. This week, Tamashii Nation’s “movie realization” range takes on Threepoio, an incredibly detailed Keanu Reeves emerges from the Continental, and Doctor Who’s Bill Potts finally gets her own action figure. Check it out!

Report: Amazon May Prey on Your Toys 'R' Us Catalog Nostalgia By Mailing You Its Own Report: Amazon May Prey on Your Toys 'R' Us Catalog Nostalgia By Mailing You Its Own

E-commerce giant Amazon, which remains determined to cannibalize what’s left of the brick-and-mortar competitors it helped kill off, may be making a move on the turf formerly occupied by bankrupt retail chain Toys “R” Us with plans to distribute a holiday toy catalog.

This Empty Box Hides a Screaming Ghost Head That Will Make All Your Friends Hate You at Halloween

If, for you, Halloween is less about trying to score free candy, and more about terrifying every last adult and child that crosses your path, then a company called VFX Creates has the perfect prank for you. What looks like an empty (suspiciously blood-splattered) box breaks open to send a screaming, heart…

Hallmark Has a Talking, Glowing HAL 9000 Ornament Headed for Your Christmas Tree Hallmark Has a Talking, Glowing HAL 9000 Ornament Headed for Your Christmas Tree

Hallmark is continuing its celebration of the 50th anniversary of 2001: A Space Odyssey right to the end of 2018 with a new keepsake ornament that lets you hang a miniature version of the film’s HAL 9000 computer on your Christmas tree, complete with its menacing, glowing, red eye.

This Is the Most Terrifying Halloween Decoration You Have Ever Seen in Your Goddamn Life

The TransWorld Halloween & Attractions trade show is going on in St. Louis right now, and if for some reason you thought last year’s It remake wasn’t terrifying enough, come Halloween you can put this demonic, animatronic Pennywise clown on your front lawn, which includes a screaming, one-armed version of Georgie in…

Celebrating Christmas and Protesting a Pipeline in Cancer Alley Celebrating Christmas and Protesting a Pipeline in Cancer Alley

ST. JAMES PARISH, LA.— The murmur of voices and stampede of children’s feet is unmistakable even across the street. But walk up the four wooden steps and open the doors to the St. James community center and the muted sounds become a cacophonous roar of holiday spirit.

Here's Why You Can't Find Fingerlings: How a Company Engineered the Perfect Viral Holiday Gift Here's Why You Can't Find Fingerlings: How a Company Engineered the Perfect Viral Holiday Gift

You’ve seen Fingerlings. They’re the colorful monkey, sloth, or unicorn clinging to all those prepubescent fingers. Their sensors and AI allow them to react to gestures and sounds, so they can chat, kiss, snore, and even fart. They’re a hell of a lot cooler than a fidget spinner and at $15 they’re about the same…

How to Make That Next Trip a Bit Easier on the Planet

Some of us are lucky enough to live a train ride away from family. Others might have to catch a flight to see la familia, or maybe to get away from them. But whatever your reason for traveling, the truth is, it isn’t easy on the planet. That’s why we put together some tips to make your next trip a little greener.

How to Bring Joy to the World By Not Destroying It This Holiday Season

The holiday season is upon us. That means warm hot chocolates, winter tunes, and all the consumerist habits environmentalists try to avoid all year. Behaving in an environmentally sound way is tough this time of year. I mean, wrapping paper is so cute—and Beyoncé always sells her own.

Gifts Your Parents Would Never Buy the Ten-Year-Old You Gifts Your Parents Would Never Buy the Ten-Year-Old You

Every kid knows the best way to get almost every item on your Christmas list is to include one outlandish, obscenely-expensive item your parents will never go for. Out of guilt, they’ll happily deliver everything else on your list. But you’re an adult now, with a job and disposable income, so why not finally treat…

Turn Your Leftover Halloween Candy Into a Giant Turkey Lollipop and Win Thanksgiving

Here’s a harsh truth the country needs to hear: turkey is actually the worst part of your Thanksgiving meal. It’s bland, it’s often dry, and it takes up valuable space in the oven all day long. There’s an easy fix, however, that doesn’t involve brining or frying. Just replace your bird with a giant turkey-shaped…

Your Christmas Decorations Can't Compete With the Light-Up Millennium Falcon on This Family's Roof Your Christmas Decorations Can't Compete With the Light-Up Millennium Falcon on This Family's Roof

If you’re the type of person who gets caught up in decorating competitions around the holidays, be thankful you don’t live near Colby Powell and his family. Instead of inflatable Santas or a towering tree, they built a light-up Millennium Falcon on the roof of their house that measures almost 29 feet long.

Filling a Turkey With Molten Aluminum Is a Terrible Way to Cook Thanksgiving Dinner

Toss a turkey in the oven and it cooks from the outside in, which can take hours of roasting before it’s done. But what if you cooked a turkey from the inside out? That’s what Allen Pan tried by filling a raw turkey with molten aluminum and then letting the whole thing cook, cool, and solidify, en route to a friend’s…

How to Host a Great Thanksgiving Without Ruining the Planet

For many, the holidays are one of the more stressful times of year. Between cooking for a motley crew of relatives, having to deal with that one uncle who doesn’t believe in climate change, and figuring out how to stay sane through it all, Thanksgiving isn’t the laid-back day with friends and family that Nicole…

A Working Speeder Bike Automatically Makes This the Best Star Wars Costume Ever

Have you ever wondered what kind of Halloween costume you could put together if you had lots of money to burn, and didn’t start planning it on October 30? It would probably look something like this amazing Star Wars: The Return of the Jedi getup featuring a ‘working’ Speeder bike.

This Delightful Lego Contraption Deals With Trick-or-Treaters For You

The lead up to Halloween is one of the best times of the year, with spooky parties, scary movies, and copious amounts of cheap candy in stores. But Halloween night, when you’re constantly running to the door to give away your coveted candy stocks, is less enjoyable. So why not build a Lego robot to deal with…

Don't Bother Handing Out Full-Sized Snickers Bars, This Guy Already Won Halloween

You know how you were planning to impress trick-or-treaters this Halloween by handing out full-sized Snickers bars? If you live in San Francisco, don’t bother, because nothing you can do on October 31st will ever best Tom BetGeorge’s incomprehensibly over-the-top Halloween light show.

Animating a Short Film Using Carved Pumpkins Requires More Patience Than I'll Ever Have

It’s a good thing Halloween only happens once a year, because cleaning out a pumpkin and carving a fun design (that’s hopefully better than your neighbor’s) can be pretty tedious. With that in mind, you’ll realize just how much work went into this stop-motion animation that was carved into countless pumpkins.

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