On the WebAfraid to go out Trick or Treating? There are plenty of sites around the Internet to keep you busy, or to get you in the mood for a spooky evening. Here are just a few of CANOE's favourites.
For information on how to create wild costumes check out the Halloween Costume Centre at http://www.goodwillnj.org/hallowe.htm
The All Hallow's Eve site at www.allhallowseve.com/makeup/index.html has makeup tips and techniques and some additional easy costume ideas.
Commercial costume sellers are also online, such as www.halloweenmart.com and www.badplanet.com. While they offer a huge range of ready-to-wear costumes, both sites caution that their products are best ordered four to six weeks before Oct. 31 to guarantee delivery during their busiest time of the year.
Aside from our safety pages, the Winnipeg police site others more insight. Its interactive safety page is at www.city.winnipeg.mb.ca/police/youths/halltips.html. KidSecure, a site dedicated to general family safety, also has a safe trick-or-treating guide at www.kidsecure.com/safety/hallo_tip.html.
Trick-or-treaters, remember your UNICEF boxes (in Canada: www.unicef.ca), and help collect money for the United Nations children's fund.
Check out Absolutely Halloween http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/7134/Halloween/hall.htm to find simple games for younger children, free graphics, a scary story, a plan for building a 3D paper model of a haunted house and a collection of spooky sounds.
To bone up on the most frightening flicks chech out Horrormovies.com (http://18.104.22.168/home.html) which has info on more than 400 scary movie sites.
If you're looking for a new recipe for pumpkin pie, or any other ideas of what to do with our favourite fall vegetable, start at Pumpkinfarm.com at http://www.thepumpkinfarm.com/, www.jack-o-lantern.com or www.suite101.com/page.cfm/765.
Pumpkin carving is a messy but necessary part of the holiday, and jack-o'-lantern templates and carving advice can be found at www.thepumpkinfarm.com, www.carvinkeepers.com or http://designerpumpkins.com.
Wondering what the Celts had to do with Halloween? Puzzled about witches? Stumped by Jack and his lantern. Take a look at Halloween History -- http://cgi.cadvision.com/~burke/halloween/history.htm, http://www.allhallowseve.com, www.halloween-online.com and www.holidays.net/halloween/story.htm. They explain the ancient Celtic harvest festival of Samhain (Soh-en), and how it has developed into the modern-day costume-and-candy celebration of the supernatural.
For a slightly more offbeat look at the scary side of Halloween, try http://urbanlegends.miningco.com or www.hauntedhouse.com
Then there's the ultra-creepy City of the Silent at www.alsirat.com/city.html, a page devoted to taphophilia -- the appreciation of cemeteries and gravestones -- which features an article on tombstone rubbings.