Amy Ratcliffe

halloween r2-d2

I’ve seen some impressive pumpkin carvings and builds in my day, but Greg Aronowitz’s R2-D2 pumpkin just knocked me off my feet. Not only did he carve a pumpkin to look like the lovable droid and decorate it with candy, he built legs and rigged the pumpkin so that it has a spinning head and moves by remote control. Wow.

See this Halloween astromech come together and move in the video after the break.

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game of thrones drinking

When people talk about Game of Thrones, they often mention the high number of deaths and lots of nudity. But what about all the drinking? The Movie Maniacs took it upon themselves to create a seven minute super cut that strings together all the times characters on the HBO series toss back any form of booze – wine, mead, ale – it all counts. They also keep a tally of drinks consumed by house. It will either make you thirsty or make you feel like running to the bathroom.

See which house drinks the most in the video after the break (though the answer is obvious). And yes, there are spoilers so stay away if you’re not caught up!

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Pumpkin - Walking Dead

My pumpkin carving and decorating skills are barely past the beginner’s stage so I’m always floored when I see others create masterpieces. Twitter user @Devil_Doll1101 shared some pictures of the beautiful pumpkins her husband carved for Halloween this year, including The Walking Dead version pictured above and the Frozen design pictured after the break. He did an incredible job designing, carving, and painting Elsa. I’d never let that pumpkin go.

Check out more pics after the break (including a Minecraft version).

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franken frappuccino

Starbucks has an officially sanctioned “secret” drink for Halloween: a Franken Frappuccino! “Secret” being kind of a misnomer since it’s officially sanctioned and there’s signage. So not really secret at all.

The frosty beverage is only available through October 31st, and according to Starbucks Melody, this is how it’s made:

Start with a green tea Frappuccino
Add java chips
Add 3 pumps of white mocha sauce
Add 3 pumps of peppermint syrup (and substitute that for the classic syrup – there’s no classic syrup in the Franken Frappuccino.)
Top with whipped cream and mocha drizzle.

Don’t be surprised if the cashier and barista can’t stop themselves from cringing if you order one.

(via Eater, photo by Jade Evans)

Meat Freddy Krueger

Ready to see a different kind of Nightmare on Elm Street? Then watch Mandatory’s “Fast Food Formations” and observe them turn meat like chorizo, beef jerky, pig skin, and more into a disgusting version of Freddy Krueger. I’m both scared and thoroughly grossed out.

Watch this edible version of Freddy come to life in the video after the break.

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sarlacc cake 1

The galaxy far, far away is full of risks and dangerous creatures. One such creature is the Sarlacc, but Kathleen of Yummy Crumble makes the Sarlacc Pit look scrumptious in her bundt cake recipe. The cake is a caramel flavor and is drizzled with homemade caramel sauce. Madeleines and buttercream teeth form the Sarlacc’s mouth. I’d willingly jump into this Pit!

See a close-up of the Sarlacc after the break.

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fritos chili pizza

Fritos and chili is a wonderful combination, and to Papa John’s, that means it’s fit to be put on a pizza. The Fritos chili pizza will be available nationwide through November 23rd and is topped with beef, chili, Roma tomatoes, onions, cheddar, mozzarella, and Fritos corn chips. So basically, it’s a casserole on a pizza. I’m intrigued.

Check out a close up look at the pizza in the video after the break…

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star wars rebels cake

If being turned into a cake means a series has made it, then Star Wars Rebels is all set. The series has only been airing on Disney XD for about a month, but it already has fans who adore the characters and story (myself included). This cake was presumably made for one such fan by Fuget Pasta. The cake features the show’s logo and sculpted versions of the entire crew of the Ghost from Hera to Chopper. I just hope the baker didn’t add any icing that acts like Sabine’s explosive paint.

(via Johnamarie Macias)

Bloody Witch Fingers

Are you still looking for scary but delicious treats to whip up for Halloween? You can’t get much weirder than bloody witch fingers! These sweet and gross snacks by Niki Achitoff-Gray at Serious Eats are actually shortbread with raspberry jam and almonds. You can transform the cookies from lovely snacks to creepy body parts with just a little sculpting using your hands and a knife.

Get the full recipe at Serious Eats.

Photo by Vicky Wasik.

pizzadilla

A cast iron skillet is a useful tool to have in your kitchen arsenal (bonus: it doubles as a weapon). When you’re not using it to bash heads, consider whipping up a pizzadilla. J. Kenji López-Alt of Serious Eats was inspired by a Redditor to throw a tortilla in the cast iron, add on sauce and cheese, and put a second tortilla on the top. He finished off the pizzadilla by cooking both sides and then adding toppings and sticking it under a broiler. Yum.

Get all the details at Serious Eats.