So, you’re having friends over for a night of Halloween films this weekend? Well, we applaud you (frankly, we’ll probably be doing the same thing). But unlike usual movie marathons, you probably want to make this one note worthy, amiright? That’s why we’ve created these tips. Whether you’re planning on watching family-friendly Beetlejuice or a series of cringe-worthy slasher flicks, you can deliver a memorable evening in 4 easy steps:
“Plans are pointless. Staying alive is as good as it gets.” – 28 Days Later (2002)
Actually, pre-zombie apocalypse, we’re all still into a man (or woman) with a plan. So for your movie night, don’t just stockpile freaky films and expect your pals to pick out their favorites. That’s going to take hours and defeat the purpose of you choreographing this event. The first thing you want to do is decide how many scary movies you guys can sit through and what your theme is going to be. You need a theme. Don’t even think you don’t. It can be a director, time period, character, top-horror movies, whatever, it doesn’t matter – just have one and stick to it.
On Halloween, there’s nothing worse than having your creativity rewarded with bad candy. You have to lug that crap around for like 10 blocks, only to get home, dump your loot out, and find that some houses seriously missed the mark. Sure, you can try to trade with your friends, but there are some confections that no one – not even your best bud – is willing to find redemption in. And here they are, in no particular order, the worst of the worst Halloween candies:
1. Bubble Gum
In a world where Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups exist, what kid wants to waste their time unwrapping single pieces of Double Bubble? Don’t be fooled by the packaging; these pink, rock-hard slabs will never live up to their promises of outrageous bubbles and lasting flavors.
2. Symphony Bars
While you’re at it, why don’t you just hand out jars of Grey Poupon. No kid – or even adult, for that matter – in their right mind is stoked to get a Symphony bar. It’s exactly the same thing as a Hersey bar, only it’s creamier because everyone wants a creamy candy bar that’s about as symphonic as the Baha Men, which is to say it fails in every way.
What’s red, white, and blue all over? Patriotic popcorn, of course! This 4th of July, give those fireworks a run for their money with this super easy to make, explosive treat! (Seriously though, it couldn’t get easier or tastier than this.)
What You’ll Need:
¼ cup oil (canola, peanut, and grapeseed have high smoke points, but whatever your preference)
½ cup kernels
1/3 cup sugar
½ tsp food coloring
Salt to taste (optional)
What You Do:
1. Pour the oil into a saucepan and crank it up to high heat.
2. After it’s been heating up for a few minutes, toss in a few kernels to test the oil temperature and then cover.
As you know, your dad is one a great guy. Every time you needed someone, he was there for you – even during that phase (don’t worry, we all had one). And it wasn’t always easy for him, you know? So this year, for Father’s Day, it’s kind of your duty to show him that you appreciate everything he’s done for you – because he really has done a lot. Of course, there are tons of gifts out there, which is why we’ve made this blog post to help you. Displayed in a somewhat random order, this list is comprised of gifts to avoid so that Father’s Day this year is memorable…but only in a good way.
You should never have to ask what size boxers your dad wears. That’s pretty awkward – it’s your dad, guys. Even if he’s really into boating and you just happen to stumble upon super cute, anchor-printed boxers, it’s not okay. Sure, he might really like them, but this is Father’s Day we’re talking about here.
Exception: None Found.
Dumb Grill Products
What’s more versatile than a hot dog flipper? Tongs. What allows you to rotate meatballs besides an overpriced, specially designed basket? Tongs. How is corn evenly grilled without a non-stick cage? TONGS. So maybe instead of spending a crazy amount of money on ridiculous grilling products, you should just purchase one product that makes sense: a really good pair of tongs.
Exception: A taco grill rack.