Ways To Celebrate Halloween Responsibly With Cannabis

Halloween is a spooky fun time of year, filled with fun events, themed parties, and CANDY. But the fog machine doesn’t have to be the only thing clouding up your living room this season. Cannabis, when used responsibly, can be the perfect addition to this year’s festivities.

This guide, brought to you by Hemper and their Halloween Inspired Smoking Box, will help you get your creative juices flowing with ideas for incorporating cannabis into All Hallows Eve.

1. Host A Costume Party

The best parties are always those that have an underlying theme for guests to follow. Whether it’s a black and white required theme, a masquerade, or even a get together inspired by Disney, themed parties are extra fun when it comes to showing off your creativity.

So this Halloween, why not try hosting a costume party? But not just any costume party… a cannabis inspired themed party! Tell your friends to come dressed as anything or anyone that involves cannabis, and see what kind of cool ideas stop by! Whether they show up as Snoop Dog or a giant pumpkin bong, a cannabis inspired costume party will be the highlight of your year!

Alternatively, you could host a non-cannabis inspired party and simply incorporate cannabis into the festivities. For example, make “Trick or Treats” such as cookies or brownies, with a twist.

Label them as “Trick” (weed-infused), or Treat (regular non-cannabis treat for non-users and designated drivers).

2. Movie Night

Halloween is a great night for a movie marathon! From comedic Halloween themed movies to traditional slasher films. Especially if you’re not typically a fan of scary movies, cannabis can ease fears and let you enjoy movies that you wouldn’t typically have the guts to watch.

Mellow out this season and toke up with your favorite strains guaranteed to help you enjoy, responsibly from the comfort of your own home…just don’t forget the snacks. Want to spice things up even more? Consider checking out Hemper’s October Hemper Box, filled with Halloween themed smoking tools and accessories, including a “Jack the Ripper Bong”!

3. Cannabis Arts And Crafts Night

It’s always more fun to smoke out of something that you made yourself. Well, maybe not always, but Halloween is the perfect time to challenge your creative skills and see who can make the best DIY bong or pipe!

Not into making a bong? Take this opportunity to make decorations for the season to hang up around the house or outdoors. From plastic milk carton skeletons to scary props, you’ll find countless “how to” videos online…just don’t use sharp tools or powered devices when high ok? Remember, fake blood is fun and creepy, real blood is downright scary. The last thing you want is to spend the night in the Emergency Room. Enjoy responsibly.

4. Halloween Game Night

Who doesn’t like a good game night? Many of us grew up playing games with friends and siblings, only to have graduated to drinking games in college and beyond.

But what about cannabis games?

Think of it as drinking games, but with a twist. Replace the shots of alcohol with hits of your favorite herb, and challenge your friends to a game of Never Have I Ever, Poker, Weed Jenga, Rock Band, or even an old school game like Pin The Tail On The Donkey! Cannabis will make any Halloween game into a burst of giggles and fun.

Just remember, moderation is still key and advised. So plan accordingly and make sure participants are staying within limits they are comfortable.

5. Cannabis Dice

Speaking of games, why not try a game of cannabis dice? The best part is, you don’t need to use any special kind of dice! Although, the more sides it has, the more fun the game will be. Split a piece of paper into 2 columns.

In the left column, make a numbered list of spooky dares, and in the right column, make a list of things you have to do while performing the dare. For example, scare a friend in the tune of a song. The loser has to take a hit until the winner says stop!

6. Nature’s Candy Cooking

If you like to bake, why not have a nature’s candy Halloween themed party? You can either invite your friends for a giant cannabis cook-off, or simply tell them to bring their own Halloween cannabis infused desserts, and see which one you like best!

Consider setting up blind taste tests, voting, and awards for the most unique, best tasting, best decorated, and other categories. The only limit is your creativity.

7. Carve A Cannabis Pumpkin

Step up your pumpkin carving skills and make your own pumpkin dab rig! Choose a nice, round pumpkin, and start by carving it out like you normally would do when carving a pumpkin. Next, scoop out the seeds, push the pumpkin stem through 2 opposite sides of the pumpkin, pour in some water, and kick off your Halloween with a pumpkin dab!

The best part about carving a cannabis pumpkin is that your October Hemper Box comes with all the things you need to complete your pumpkin rig! You can also check out their head shop to find many more smoking accessories.

Smoke Up this Halloween and Enjoy

We hope you enjoyed this Halloween guide on how to incorporate cannabis responsibly into your holiday festivities. Don’t be shy about sharing any ideas you have with us, we’d love to hear what you have in mind.

Shane Dwyer
Author: Shane Dwyer
Shane Dwyer is a cannabis advocate who isn’t afraid to tell the world about it! You can find his views, rants, and tips published regularly at The 420 Times.

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1,600 New Reasons to Celebrate Medical Marijuana in Italy

At long last, domestic Italian cannabis is here for the medical community; which is, as they say, fantastico! Colonel Antonio Medica completed the first portion of a very special mission: growing medical marijuana for the country. Army officials announced that the first shipment of 1,600 5-gram jars is ready for shipment to Italian hospitals and pharmacies in need. Italy passed […]

Spark Up Your High Holiday Shopping List, We Have A Lot To Celebrate On This 420

It’s almost 4/20! That’s right. The adult version of Christmas for our demographic is just a few short days away.

Making at least one hump day a little more irie this year, 4/20 falls squarely in the middle of the workweek, turning an average Wednesday into the potential beginning of a five-day celebration of all things cannabis. After all, with the next crop of states prepared to legalize recreational marijuana this November – think California, Nevada, Vermont and Arizona – we have a lot for which to be thankful.

Ready to party, we’ve cultivated a handy list of cannabis-centric items that are sure to help make any celebration a little more festive this 4/20. Creating sort of a high-functioning survival kit for the modern patient and stoner alike, the Weedmaps family is ready to honor the monumental progress our community has made towards the outright legalization of cannabis for all!

With that in mind, it’s time to fire up as a community and celebrate.

In the random order you’d expect from a website that observes 420, here are a few items we think could help elevate anyone’s celebration: freshly cleaned glassware, plenty of rolling papers, lots of lighters (because we all have that friend), a few cans of butane, a ton of munchies and assorted beverages. And don’t forget to keep the Uber app handy, just in case a guest gets a little too high to drive. How can you tell? Well, they’ll be the ones raiding your refrigerator while quoting Carl Sagan on the infinite vastness of the cosmos.

420’s Top 10 High Holiday Shopping List:  

Screen Shot 2016-04-04 at 2.14.58 PMFlavRX – Featuring popular strains like Girl Scout Cookies, True OG, Blue Dream and Sour Diesel, FlavRx vape oils boast a superior product consistency that prides itself on purity and flavor. Dedicated to the flavorful core of any vaping experience, FlavRx has created a convenient and tasty line of lab-tested, strain-specific oils.                                                   Screen Shot 2016-04-11 at 8.02.19 AM

NG / Nameless Genetics –  For those looking for a top shelf flower this 4.20 in So. Cal, Nameless Genetics should be on your very short list. NG is responsible for some of the most fragrant and potent OGs in the chronic world of medicinal and recreational marijuana. Developing a cut of OG back in 2009 that blew everyone away, Nameless Genetics quickly graduated to making some of the better concentrates in the industry.

Screen Shot 2016-04-11 at 9.52.36 AMWest Coast Cure  – West Coast Cure (WCC) blows some of the best marijuana extracts in the greater LA basin, hands down. WCC’s award-winning dabs have gained them a BHOmb reputation throughout the industry. WCC’s top shelf concentrates enjoy a stellar fan base, lifting celebrities like Wiz Khalifa, Action Bronson, and Cypress Hill.                                                   Screen Shot 2016-04-04 at 4.20.58 PM

WonderBrett’s Pineapple OG –  Sure to be the highlight of your 420 celebrations, this distinctive brand of the Pineapple OG is nothing short of an aromatic juggernaut.  A 70/30 sativa-dominant hybrid, this perfectly balanced strain works well in social situations. 

Screen Shot 2016-04-11 at 8.11.19 AMMothership Glass  – Mothership makes some serious high-end glass. Striving to produce the best glass for consuming the best weed and concentrates, Mothership utilizes only the finest German-made Schott Duran Borosilicate Glass and the highest quality American-made color.  From swing arms to joints, every Mothership piece is created in-house from start to finish.Screen Shot 2016-04-03 at 6.51.13 PM

Cloud Penz– For the sophisticated and health-conscious consumer, these inconspicuous and stylish vape pens make hitting those tasty concentrates easier to accomplish in crowded locations.  Minimizing any potentially socially awkward moments, the Cloud Penz 3.0 offers both discretion and convenience.

Screen Shot 2016-04-04 at 2.02.44 PMMoxie Concentrates  – Terpene rich and tasty as hell, Moxie live resin torches the competition when it comes to flavor. Grown and blown in Southern California, these concentrates are the go-to brand for today’s connoisseurs.                                                                                           Screen Shot 2016-04-11 at 8.18.26 AM

Bezel’s Creamery – Organic. Medicated. Damn tasty. With a love of all things deliciously unique, Beezle’s Creamery combines fresh organic ingredients with award-winning cannabis extracts to create far-out treats that will put a smile on any sweet tooth.

Screen Shot 2016-04-11 at 8.25.08 AMJSLV Clothing – Wave your freak flag high this 4/20 JSLV is a high-energy brand committed to providing quality apparel for  those that surf, skate, snowboard and live within the 420 world. JSLV’s high-end apparel designs feature unique hats, hoodies, and tank tops.

Screen Shot 2016-04-11 at 8.22.11 AMSlightly Stoopid – With summertime 2016 just around the corner, Slightly Stoopid  are back at it, delivering some hybridized jams guaranteed to ignite your beach parties, road trips or backyard gatherings around the barbecue. With tracks like “Life Rolls On,” and “Dabbington,” Slightly Stoopid  fires up a sublime mix of reggae, punk, and some heady blues. “Meanwhile Back in the Lab” is guaranteed to set the right mood for your 420 celebrations.

As is true with any righteously dysfunctional holiday gathering, conversations during the 420 season can get a little rough for some: decriminalization vs. legalization, rescheduling vs. descheduling, and states’ rights vs. federal rights. With the ultimate end goal of legalization clearly in sight, and everyone’s collective efforts paying off in the end, 4.20.2016 will truly be a day to celebrate with your 420 family. As for those misguided individuals that don’t understand the multitude of applications for the cannabis plant, and that don’t consume today’s connoisseur strains for fear of past propaganda, think of it as an opportunity to expand your horizons – a moment for higher learning.


Cover photo courtesy of Allie Beckett.


TIFF Kids to Celebrate 40 Years of Aardman Animations


The TIFF Kids International Film Festival, taking place in Toronto April 8-24, is planning a special 40th-anniversary program to celebrate the achievements of Aardman Animations. The U.K. studio is responsible for beloved shorts and features starring beloved characters like Morph, Wallace & Gromit and Shaun the Sheep.

The Aardman’s 40th Anniversary Retrospective will look at how the studio’s creations have evolved from purely traditional stop-motion fare through CG-augmented masterpieces, highlighting Peter Lord’s Grand Morph’s Home Movies (1981), Nick Park’s Oscar-winning, 30-minute short The Wrong Trousers (1993) and Jay Grace’s Shaun the Sheep “3DTV” (2014). The lineup also includes samplings of Purple & Brown, Creature Comforts and commercial work, and even the original cel-animated Aardman cartoon.

TIFF Kids’ Aardman retrospective will screen Sunday, April 17 at 1 p.m. and Sunday, April 24 at 10:15 a.m. at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. Click here for the complete film lineup and to purchase tickets.

The Wrong Trousers

The Wrong Trousers

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Cannabis Activists Celebrate 4:20 At White House, But No Joint Allowed

You gotta give them a lotta credit. They tried.

Patients and activists attempted to bring a 51-foot inflatable joint to the White House on Saturday to highlight the failure of President Obama’s drug policies, and especially his failure to reschedule cannabis.

The event was sponsored by DCMJ, who were instrumental in legalizing recreational use of marijuana in Washington, DC (and that’s up to 2 full ounces with growing rights…California, get your act together!). They held the demonstration on Saturday because it was  4/2, and it represented their view that “the Obama Administration has been a big ZERO on cannabis reform”, so they took the zero off 4/20 and got 4/2 (I’m sure it sounded better after a few bowls if you were there at the time).

“The placement of cannabis in the same category as drugs like heroin—which brutally kills thousands of Americans each each year—remains not only irresponsible, unjust and unfitting, but also makes a continued mockery of the Controlled Substances Act,” according to the DCMJ.

The Secret Service didn’t let them get that joint anywhere near the White House — probably because it also looked like a giant rocket launcher — but there was plenty of fun had by all. And the 4:20 PM “smoke-in” went great by all accounts, although two people got arrested for smoking in public.

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Mexicans celebrate spring equinox at Pyramid of the Sun

Visitors, many dressed in white, trudge up the steps of the Pyramid of the Sun, north of Mexico City,  on Sunday to catch the first rays of the day and to celebrate the spring equinox.

By raising their arms and soaking in the warmth of the sun at the top of the pyramid they gather energy for the year.

“It’s a very important cultural place,” said Julie Parker of the United States. “And I think it represents the ancient culture of Mexico.”

The Pyramid of the Sun is thought to be a fertility symbol built around 80 AD.     

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Celebrate ‘Snoggletog’ with DreamWorks Toy-Motion Short


DreamWorksTV invites you to celebrate a new annual tradition from the world of How to Train Your Dragon: the age old Viking tradition of Snoggletog. You can get into the spirit by watching a new “Toy-Motion” episode from Kevin Ulrich (BrotherhoodWorkshop), Hiccup & Toothless vs. The Skrill that Stole Snoggletog, animated using Ionix toys and stop-motion techniques.


“Twas the night before Snoggletog, and all throughout Berk, not a creature was stirring ‘cept a viking at work. Hiccup & Astrid were fishing with dragons, unaware of what soon would happen! A hungry Skrill was all up in the sky, ready to attack! Help Toothless & Stormfly!”

Hiccup & Toothless vs. The Skrill that Stole Snoggletog

Hiccup & Toothless vs. The Skrill that Stole Snoggletog

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German church hosts galactic service to celebrate Star Wars release

Children carried toy lightsabers to a church in Berlin and some of the congregation dressed up as Darth Vader on Sunday to mark the release of the new Star Wars movie with a service on Sunday.

At the terracotta-brick Zion Church, an organist played the movie series’ theme and Ulrike Garve, a vicar in training, opened the Protestant service with the words “The wait is over – the Force has awakened!”

A screen set up next to the altar showed a clip from a Star Wars movie in which Luke Skywalker fights off Darth Vader and declares to The Emperor that he will never turn to the Dark Side.

Garve and fellow vicar in training Lucas Ludewig, fans of the seven-part epic space movie series, said Skywalker’s actions showed it was important to eschew violence.

Speaking to a packed church with capacity for 500 people, they said this was also a message found in the New Testament of the Christian Bible, in which some passages refer to overcoming evil with good.

“The more we talked about it, the more parallels we discovered between Christian traditions and the movies,” said Garve. “We wanted to make churchgoers aware of these analogies.”

Some on social media called the service “sinful” and “disgraceful”. But priest Eva-Maria Menard, who is mentor to the two trainees, said: “We need to address contemporary issues or our faith will not be able to carry us through it.”

(Reporting by Tina Bellon; Editing by Ruth Pitchford)

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Parent-less Colorado teen finds a family to help celebrate birthday

A Colorado college student who grew up in foster care will get her birthday wish – a family to help her celebrate the occasion, local media reported on Wednesday.

Natalie Carson, 19, gained national attention after posting an ad on Craigslist.com saying she had never had a happy birthday and wanted to rent a family to make the one coming up this month special. KMGH-TV in Denver reported on Wednesday that she had found a fill-in family.

Carson’s Craigslist ad last month said she had been taken from her abusive parents as a child and grown up in foster care. She was never adopted and then aged out of the foster system. Carson said she was willing to pay a family $ 8 an hour to celebrate the birthday with her.

“I just want one day that I can feel important and special, and like I matter even if I really don’t,” Carson’s ad read. “I have never had a good birthday, so I figure why not this birthday.”

Carson told KMGH that she had been flooded with offers, including some from people in other states willing to fly her out for the day.

She told the station she had decided on a Colorado family to help her celebrate and asked for privacy after being overwhelmed by so much attention.

She also said her story was not unique and that many children who have been in foster care spend their birthdays alone.

“There’s something more, you know, than just me because there’s a million more of me,” Carson told KMGH.

Carson said she was inspired to post the Craigslist ad after seeing a teen in California make a similar request seeking a family for the holidays.

(Reporting by Victoria Cavaliere in New York; Editing by Cynthia Johnston and Bill Trott)

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Animators, Fans Celebrate Draw A Bird Day with Woodstock Art


Wednesday was Draw A Bird Day online, and the filmmakers at Blue Sky took the opportunity to put one of cartoon-dom’s most-famous birds in the mix with a Draw Woodstock promo tied to its upcoming Peanuts animated feature.

Here’s Peanuts director Steve Martino demonstrating how to draw Woodstock:

And click through to Twitter using #drawwoodstock to see contributions from animators, filmmakers and cartoonists, including: Phil Lord, Jorge Guttierez, Paul Feig, Patrick McDonnell, Jeff Kinney, Chris Wedge and more.

Peanuts is due in theaters Nov. 6.



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Doom Designer Reveals Rare Artwork to Celebrate Franchise’s 21st Birthday

To celebrate the 21st anniversary of seminal shooter Doom, originally released on December 10, 1993, designer John Romero today released a trove of rare, behind-the-scenes artwork and images of the game and the people who made it.

The collection includes gems like the one above showing younger versions of Romero and John Carmack, as well as in-game assets that never made it into the final title for various reasons. Romero even reveals some never-before-seen Doom logo tests.

Romero released the images in a series of posts on Twitter today, with captions for some explaining why the asset was memorable or interesting. Check out some of these below, while the image gallery above has even more.

Doom is one of gaming most well-known and influential titles, helping raising the profile of FPS games. The game took a lot of hard work to make, as developers such as Romero, Carmack, and Tom Hall often spent 100+ hour work weeks on it.

A new Doom game is currently in development at id Software for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC, though the game remains mostly a mystery.

Got a news tip or want to contact us directly? Email news@gamespot.com


TIFF, NFB to Celebrate McLaren Centennial


On Sept. 7, the centenary of the birth of National Film Board of Canada film and animation legend Norman McLaren will be celebrated with a free program of outdoor screenings, accompanied by live music, as part of the Toronto International Film Festival‘s pedestrian walk on King Street West.

Titled Re-Sounding the Films of Norman McLaren and created especially for TIFF, this program features seven short films from McLaren’s legendary oeuvre, with original scores written and performed live by Toronto pop/psychedelic/experimental group Absolutely Free. McLaren’s films will be projected onto a wall especially painted for this event, which is presented by TIFF in collaboration with the NFB.

From Sept. 4 to 7, King Street West between Peter and University Streets will be transformed into a pedestrian promenade featuring art works across multiple disciplines, pop-up performances, a music stage, food trucks, relaxed seating areas, and much more. Re-Sounding the Films of Norman McLaren is one of a series of special activities taking place in Canadian and international cities to mark the 100th anniversary of McLaren’s birth, as well as the 75th anniversary of the founding of the NFB, in 2014.

Norman McLaren

Norman McLaren

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Disney, Nick Celebrate Ratings Triumphs


Thanks to Sunday’s original programming fare—primarily of the live-action variety, notably the series’ finale of Shake It Up, the week’s #1 telecast in key demos—Disney Channel has extended its streak as TV’s #1 Total Day network to 126 consecutive weeks (nearing 2½ years) among Kids 6-11 and Tweens 9-14, since the week of 6/13/11. Additionally, the channel overwhelmed rival outlet Nickelodeon by at least double digits for the 105th week in a row with Kids 6-11 (+19%) and for the 107th consecutive week in Tweens 9-14 (+69%). In Prime, Disney Channel was cable TV’s #1 network for the 443rd week with Kids 6-11 and 180th week in Tweens 9-14.

The Mouse House’s 24-hour preschool outlet Disney Junior ranked as TV’s #1 preschool exclusive network in Total Day for the 32nd consecutive week with Kids 2-5 and Boys 2-5, for the 16th week with Girls 2-5, 21st week in Women 18-49 and 31st in Total Viewers. The channel rose by double digits week to week across all target demographics, posting its #2 week on record in Total Viewers and Women 18-49 and its 4th most-watched week to date for Kids 2-5 and Girls 2-5. Key categories Total Viewers and Kids 2-5 grew by solid margins week to week’ 13% and 10% respectively.

Against the competition, Disney Junior beat out Nick Jr. for the 32nd week in a row in Kids 2-5 (+22%) and Boys 2-5 (+41%, for the 15th week in Girls 2-5 (+8%), for the 20th week in Women 18-49 (+40% and for the 31st time in Total Viewers (+30%), despite being available in 13.1 million fewer homes. The channel also out-delivered Sprout by its largest margin on record, more than tripling the network in Total Viewers (+207%) and Kids 2-5 (+270%) and delivered its second-largest margin to date in Girls 2-5 (+241%). Disney Junior also marked its 32nd consecutive week over Sprout by triple digits in Total Viewers, Kids 2-5 and Boys 2-5 (+293%).

Fueled by animation and preschool hits, Nickelodeon this week was the top basic cable network with Kids 2-11 and Total Viewers, marking six straight weeks at #1—building on Nick’s nine-plus months of year-over-year ratings gains. The channel’s performance was driven by its hit toon lineup: SpongeBob SquarePants ranks as the top program with Kids 2-11, followed by Sanjay and Craig. These shows also topped with Kids 6-11, ranking as the week’s top two animated series with that demographic.

Paw Patrol marked its fourth consecutive week as TV’s top preschool show, averaging 6.8/861k with Kids 2-5; it was followed by Bubble Guppies which averaged 6.4/808k with Kids 2-5 for the week. Nick at Nite’s original Sunday night lineup also continues to gain: newcomer See Dad Run drew 1.2m total viewers and posted double-digit increases with Adults 18-49 (+11%), Kids 2-11 (+21%) and Kids 6-11 (+17%). Instant Mom boasted +50% delivery gains with Adults 18-49 and grew its rating to double digits with Kids 6-11 (+14%).

Shake It Up

Shake It Up

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