Halloween Costume Contest Winner: TBA tomorrow

But in the meantime, don't forget to send us your best ideas and pictures -- the winner will be announced tomorrow as the Grand Marshal of our Halloween parade! In the meantime, here's a tidbit about a much bigger parade, New York's West Village extravaganza:

In Celtic times, the last night of Autumn was celebrated by gathering around a communal fire. Villagers would then carry home embers from the communal fire to rekindle their own hearths. The glowing embers were carried in hollowed gourds adorned with decorations in homage to Brigid, the goddess of the Hearth. The Jack-O-Lantern, the most famous symbol of Halloween today, originiated with this tradition.

To honor the Celtic tradition, the 2006 Village Halloween Parade procession will be led by a troupe of dancing Jack-O-Lantern and Squash Blossom puppets bearing the communal fire within a great pumpkin lantern.

It will also apparently be led by Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of KISS, who of course don't need the excuse to dress up.

You can see photos of last year's NYC parade here. Last year's grand prize winner was a guy covered in feathers and whizzing around on Rollerblades, scaring people -- can you guess what he was supposed to be?

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Don't Have Space For a Christmas Tree? Decorate a Pineapple Instead

Christmas trees aren't for everyone. Some people can't fit a fir inside their cramped abodes, while others are turned off by the expense, or by the idea of bugs hitchhiking their way inside. Fake trees are always an option, but a new trend sweeping Instagram—pineapples as mini-Christmas "trees"—might convince you to forego the forest vibe for a more tropical aesthetic.

As Thrillist reports, the pineapple-as-Christmas-tree idea appears to have originated on Pinterest before it, uh, ripened into a social media sensation. Transforming a pineapple into a Halloween “pumpkin” requires carving and tea lights, but to make the fruit festive for Christmas all one needs are lights, ornaments, swaths of garland, and any other tiny tchotchkes that remind you of the holidays. The final result is a tabletop decoration that's equal parts Blue Hawaii and Miracle on 34th Street.

In need of some decorating inspiration? Check out a variety of “Christmas tree” pineapples below.

[h/t Thrillist]


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