Is it Halloween yet?

Bonnie’s pics from this year’s ILM party. Yeah, there are a ton of awesome costumes, but my hat is off to the cardboard stormtrooper and working (?!?) digital camera.

Sabrina Fried writes her latest ‘Fried Circuits’ column about Star Wars costumes.

R2-D2 among the Northern Iowan’s last-minute costume ideas

Meanwhile, the incomparable Cleolinda has a Halloween present for her many readers: The Prestige in Fifteen Minutes

(P.S. random Googlers: Looking for the pumpkin stuff? It’s here!)

Video Monday: Halloween!

The Life and Death of a Pumpkin, from the folks who bring you Chad Vader. Fan-freaking-tastic.

Old-School Daily Show: Steve Carell teaches Stephen Colbert the true meaning of Halloween. It’s heartwarming. In a way.

Robot Chicken takes on The Great Pumpkin. And yes, it’s flagged as mature content for good reason, but pretty damn funny.

Have a scary Christmas. I’m a big grouch, so this is the closest you’ll ever get to a Christmas-themed video post from me. (The Holiday Special doesn’t count.)

Okay, fine – one more. Your requisite Nightmare Before Christmas clip: This is Halloween. There’s also a new Marilyn Manson version for the 3-D re-release.

Backstreet’s back! I am so, so sorry. Here, have some Ghostbusters instead. Or Dead Man’s Party, an awesome Army of Darkness fanvid.

And of course, it’s just not Halloween without The Rocky Horror Picture Show: It’s just a jump to the left / And then a step to the right / With your hands on your hips / You bring your knees in tight / But it’s the pelvic thrust that really drives you insane / Let’s do the Time Warp again!

Any of you guys know how to Madison?

Pumpkin time!

Almost Halloween, time for the annual pumpkin-carving post… Alas, our old favorite, Zombie Pumpkins has gone for paid membership this year, although unlimited access does go for as little as $2. There are a tone of great stencils to choose from, including Star Wars, Buffy, and Pirates of the Carribean.

But the geek community moves ever on, and this year’s hot custom pumpkins include the Daleks, Cylons, a pirate, and even an actual PC. MAKE and CRAFT have even set up a contest and a Flickr pool for geek-ready pumpkins.

More pumpkin links

  • Extreme pumpkin. On fire, puking, drowning… you name it, it’s here.
  • Weird O’Lanterns. Includes a cannible pumpkin, carvings inspired by Goatse and Calvin and Hobbies, and the MOST HORRIFYING PUMKIN OF ALL!
  • Klingon Pumpkin. Exactly what it sounds like.

ETA: Star Wars Tricks and Treats.

Seeds of geekdom

What self-respecting geek would carve a pumpkin with triangle eyes and buck teeth when one could fashion Darth Vader or Legolas in squash instead?

Here you will find an amazing array of pumpkin carving patterns just in time for Halloween.

Choose “patterns” on the left-hand side of the screen for a complete listing, including SW, LOTR, Super Heroes, Famous Movie Monsters, and more.