Move over, Heidi Klum. Adele is the new queen of Halloween.
The British soul phenom, who comes to Austin this weekend for a two-night Frank Erwin Center engagement, has been lighting up Dallas for a similar series of gigs just up the highway. According to Guide Live, Adele arrived in the Big D a little early and spent Halloween in Highland Park. Would you like to guess what she dressed up as? I don’t care what your guess is. It’s wrong.
Unfortunately, the photos are in black and white, so it’s impossible to really see that neon green pop. But I’d like to point out that Adele’s makeup bears a slight resemblance to “RuPaul’s Drag Race” winner Sharon Needles.
But what’s this? Jim Carrey himself responded to the homage on Twitter? It’s true! And also offensively rooted in stereotypes about British dental hygiene!
Hi @Adele. It's Jim from the other side. Weird coincidence, I dressed up as one of your roadies for Halloween. I absolutely love you. ;^* pic.twitter.com/xE8M6vaSWP
Not that you shouldn’t have already been excited for Adele’s Austin shows this weekend, but this might take your interest from piqued to positively smokin’. Remember: No matter what happens, it can’t go worse than her 2007 South by Southwest debut.
A Reddit user posted this photo of a woman dressed as Komie, and it quickly shot to the top of the r/Austin subreddit. The woman, Leann, later said in the comments, “The idea came to me forever ago so I’ve been anxiously counting down the weeks to Halloween for some time.”
Well, Halloween hasn’t even officially happened yet, and this girl already won.
Tis the season for spooooooky decorations on houses and in front yards, but one Houston-area display has people wondering if maybe there’s such a thing as “too far” when it comes to Halloween displays.
A home in Katy, Texas has a blood-spattered crib sitting in its front yard, with a zombie mother tending to three gray, terrifying, beady-eyed zombie babies.
Some neighbors are saying it’s a harmless Halloween display, but others say it may go a little too far, especially in a neighborhood with young children. The homeowner reportedly said that she and her husband are just having fun with the decorations.
The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and French Legation are proud to present you with outdoor movies on the beautiful French Legation lawn. Bring your fold out chairs, blankets, and beverage of choice for a night of entertainment.
When: Oct. 21, 6:30 p.m.
Where: French Legation Museum, 802 San Marcos Street Buy tickets here.
Boo at the Zoo is a fun-filled evening for ghosts and goblins of any age. Come dressed in your Halloween finest (no adult masks, please) and enjoy the Zoo-wide event including the Zoo bedecked in Halloween spookiness, our nocturnal animals, unlimited trips through the Haunted Mansion and an eerie train ride.
The regular story night is back this month with a spooooooky theme. Bring a blanket, a chair, a snack, a friend or just yourself and settle in for some scary stories. If you’d like to tell a story, you can fill out this form.
When: Oct. 23, 7 p.m.
Where: The Historic Scoot Inn. 1308 E 4th St.
Patio pumpkin carving at your favorite bar
Both Black Sheep Lodge and Haymaker are hosting pumpkin carving on their patios this month. You can bring your own pumpkin or buy one for $5. The bars will provide the pumpkin carving tools, have Halloween candy and do a contest for the best carved pumpkin. The winners of the carving contests will get passes to the upcoming Sound on Sound Fest.
Hear Austin writers read their spine-tingling short stories. Featuring work by Owen Egerton, Felix Morgan and AJ Reyes. Content is for mature audiences, this event is recomended for ages 17 and up. Costumes are encouraged and light refreshments will be served.
When: Oct. 26, 7 p.m.
Where: Old Quarry Branch Austin Public Library, 7051 Village Center Dr.
Alamo Drafthouse and Austin Parks Foundation invite the community to celebrate Austin’s parks and the season of witches with a special fundraiser event benefitting Austin Parks Foundation! Much more than the typical Movies in the Park, this event is a true Halloween Spelltacular featuring Westen Borghesi as DJ Skellyton hosting a Halloween dance party at Palm Park filled with a variety of activities, including broom races, photo booths, a candy corn wading pool and food trucks. The whole party is BYOB, so guests may bring anything in their cauldron that they’d like to enjoy. Additionally, guests will have the opportunity to participate in a costume contest with special prizes for top adult and child costumes. To cap off the evening, guests are invited to sit back and enjoy Hocus Pocus on Rolling Roadshow’s giant outdoor screen. Tickets for admission are $20 for adults, $5 for children 4-17 and free for children 3 and under.
The Austin Symphony Butler Pops series kicks-off with one of Tim Burton’s most celebrated films, “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” The film will be projected on the big screen with dialog and effects accompanied by Danny Elfman’s enigmatic score played live by the Austin Symphony Orchestra.
When: Oct. 28, 8 p.m.
Where: The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Dr. Buy tickets here
The free tours cover the chilling, untimely deaths of 13 “residents” of Oakwood portrayed by actors at their grave sites. The 45 minute tours highlight historical – not scary – events from 1842 through 1918 and showcase a wealth of information from the Austin History Center and local Austin sites. Tours start every 15-20 minutes between 10 am-3:15pm at the blue tents erected for the tour. Kids under adult supervision are welcome, but please leave your pets at home and wear closed-toed shoes.
Nothing says ‘Halloween’ like costumes, pumpkins and spooky stories – and this October, PBS KIDS is celebrating Halloween with friends from some of our favorite series including Nature Cat, Odd Squad, Peg + Cat and Wild Kratts. Families are invited to come in costume. It’s the perfect way to celebrate Halloween with all the treats and none of the scary tricks. Reserve your seat with a donation of $1 to 3, with all ticket sales benefiting education programs at KLRU.
Before entering the haunted house with cameras strapped to their chest, the two comedians seem pretty nervous.
“I want to say this,” Kevin Hart says. “You jump out on me if you want to, you’re gonna get a boot to the neck.”
At the beginning, they try to play it cool, and Hart even points at a severed hand, joking, “Hey Jimmy, give me a hand” — and then a woman jumps out at them, screaming, and the haunting has begun.
They meander through different rooms with varying themes and characters, but the scariest part happens when they walk through a dark corridor, and hidden people (which we can see, thanks to night-vision cameras, but they can’t) grab at their ankles. NOPE.
At one point, they get brave and tell a chainsaw-wielding man to “stop it,” and they chill out for a second, laughing — until a girl jumps out screaming and scares them again.
At the end of the video, Fallon says, “Happy Halloween, dude.”
“Why don’t you, uh, go f*** yourself, Jimmy,” Hart replies.
This “Blood Manor” place looks legit terrifying. Shout out to these guys for scaring themselves for our laughs.
Plenty of people dress up their dogs for Halloween. It’s an increasingly common trend, and after seeing how cute our furry friends look in their get-ups, it’s hard to resist finding the perfect costume (my shih tzu, Oso, is going as an Ewok this year – so yes, I’ve joined the dark side).
But one Texas teen decided to take her dog’s Halloween celebrations one step further.
The “Trumpkin,” as the creation has been nicknamed, is the work of Jeanette Paras. She is known for drawing caricatures of noteworthy people on pumpkins, though she does not consider herself an artist.
In past years, Paras has drawn caricatures of George Bush, Bill Clinton, Lady Gaga and Miley Cyrus. She says she does the pumpkin drawings for fun and does not sell her creations.
She puts them on display for others to enjoy. The “Trumpkin” includes a yard sign that mimics a Donald Trump campaign sign, with the slogan, “Make Pumpkins Great Again!”
According to the CNN report, Paras said the hardest part of the process is choosing the pumpkin shape that best suits her subject.
Looking for an original costume this year? Then you might heed a new study by Estately, a real estate website and blog.
Though it conceded that the data would not in fact help any of their clientele make real estate decisions, Estately recently went about identifying the most “googled” costumes in the 50 states.
The most searched costume in Texas? Real life person Caitlyn Jenner.
The costume, modeled after Jenner’s first public appearance on Vanity Fair as “Caitlyn,” has been the subject of much controversy over the last few months. Nearly 20,000 have signed a Change.org petition asking the costume maker to “stop exploiting Caitlyn Jenner with a transphobic costume.”
Some might cringe at the fact that the controversial costume is Texas most searched costume, but it should be noted that Estately’s findings only indicate Internet interest, not what people are actually wearing on Halloween.
Estately, which used 11 years of Google Trends data for their findings, also found that Texans were searching in large quantities for:
ant, barbarian, Bigfoot, Caitlyn Jenner, Cat in the Hat, Cowboys cheerleader, Dalmatian, Daphne (Scooby Doo), Dr. Who, Duck Dynasty, Flintstones, football, Fred Flintstone, Freddy Kreuger, gingerbread man, goat, good witch, hillbilly, hobo, Honey Boo Boo, Klu Klux Klan, lizard, luchador mask, movie star, NASCAR, Nazi, Pacman, Pebbles Flintstone, Predator, Rainbow Bright, Rainbow Dash, rock star, Roman soldier, saloon girl, Tooth Fairy (tie with New York), white trash, Wilma Flintstone, 1950s
The diversity of Texas’ findings prompted Estately to note:
“The funniest part about Texas costume party is when the people wearing KKK and Nazi costumes get beat up by those in Rainbow Bright and Rainbow Dash costumes.”
What do you think, Texas? Do Estately’s findings ring true?