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Oct 31, 2021
There are so many Halloween-themed events and activities taking place this weekend, it can be daunting to make plans. This Sunday’s Weekender has got you covered.
Don’t feel like doing much this weekend? Dive into the streaming world with some of our favorite Halloween frights. I mean, Halloween simply wouldn't be Halloween without the movies that go along with it. So break out the stash of extra candy, turn off all the lights, lock every last door, and settle in for some of our favorites. And, thank us later for these last-minute Halloween costume ideas. Now that you have more time on your hands, feel free to share your favorite costume, or costume idea with us. Let loose, be safe, party and trick-or-treat!
OZY’s Guide to Last-Minute Halloween Fun
1 - Play the Squid Game
We haven’t stopped talking about Netflix’s, Squid Game, for the past few weeks. The South Korean thriller has been watched by 111 million users across the globe and counting. Get into character and into the game as the players, clad in blue tracksuits with white numbers emblazoned on the jackets. Or if sinister villain is more your vibe, try donning yourself in menacing crystal animal masks and silk robes. Another idea, come dressed to kill as Younghee, the childhood literary character turned deathly robot with her pigtails and orange smock.
2 - Spooky-Inspired Face Masks
Since we’re all wearing masks anyway, your costume is halfway there. For example, to become a jack-o-lantern, buy an orange face mask and draw on your nose and mouth. Or be a mummy: Buy a plain muslin mask and use gold thread to stitch muslin fabric around it. If even that feels like too much work, wear a standard surgical mask and pop on a blue shower cap for a quick doctor costume.
3 - YOU
Taking inspiration from another popular Netflix series, Joe from You is the ultimate easy outfit. Find your comfiest hoodie or sweatshirt, a baseball cap and carry a book (so you can inconspicuously creep). Bonus points if you find a baby carrier last minute to really complete the look!
Chill Out Online
1 - Discord
You may be familiar with Discord but chances are it’s changed a little since you formed that impression. Originally a social media platform and communication channel aimed at gamers, the app is now hoping to appeal to a wider crowd. They’ve done so by making a more user-friendly onboarding experience, easing the process of setting up a server (don’t be scared!) and even cutting back on the gamer inside jokes. And it’s working: The number of Americans logging in daily has increased by 50 percent since the beginning of 2020, though that may be due to boredom in lockdown.
2 - Clubhouse
The cat is out of the bag and there’s no putting her back in. Created for venture capitalists to rub virtual elbows despite quarantine, the new voice-based social media app Clubhouse has been a hit among Silicon Valley’s in-crowd. At the beginning of 2020, it had just two employees — and now it’s been valued at $100 million and is getting buzz from heavy-hitters like activist DeRay Mckesson and hip-hop legends MC Hammer and Meek Mill. Now, that it’s open to everyone, sign up and find your tribe!
3 - Presidential Daily Brief
Our personal favorite place online hits really close to home. OZY’s popular morning newsletter— a collection of the most interesting stories, analysis, gorgeous images and of course, the day’s top news — already has a devoted following of readers who gather daily to play our games and keep us on our toes. Just this week we introduced subscribers to the metaverse and 4,000 year old mummies. You won’t get this anywhere else.
What to Watch This Weekend
1 - Get-Out
Revisit the Oscar-winning new-ish horror classic, “Get Out”, this weekend. When this Jordan Peele-written and directed feature dropped on the scene, we couldn’t get ourselves together. The film follows a Black photographer going home with his white girlfriend for the first time. Touching on topics of casual racism and objectifying black bodies, the mind-bending movie gets eerier, scarier, and more entertaining as the film progresses.
2 - Army of Thieves
On Netflix, you can catch Zack Snyder’s Army of Thieves,his prequel to his zombie film Army of the Dead. Matthias Schweighöfer reprises his role as ace safecracker Dieter set six years before the original released earlier this year. A German bank teller, Dieter has some serious skills when it comes to safe-cracking, and he's recruited by a mysterious pickpocket (Nathalie Emmanuel) to join a crew of most-wanted criminals to crack three infamous safes across Europe...amidst a zombie outbreak. Despite the zombie-filled setting, Army of Thieves does not revolve around zombie hunting at all, making it a unique action-packed film to enjoy this weekend.
3 - Muppets Haunted Mansion
For those not ready for nightmares this evening, check out the fun-filled musical comedy, “Muppets Haunted Mansion” on Disney+ captures all its ghostly, family-friendly vibes. Gonzo and pal Pepe attempt to survive a night in the Haunted Mansion, but run into some trouble along the way. With an all-star supporting cast, including Will Arnett and Taraji P. Henson, there’s no way you’ll be disappointed!
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